November 24, 2014

2014 Holiday Notebooks..

It's time for my 2014 Holiday Notebooks.  Each year I make a holiday themed notebook for my closest friends and family.  I totally enjoy the process of choosing specific papers and embellishments for this project.  This year I chose papers and stickers from Adrienne Looman's Gingerbread Village collection for Webster's Pages.  I think I ordered mine from Scrapbook.com. So cute and charming.  My friends will love them and have grown to look forward to them every year.  
For each notebook I included a Candy Cane clothespin and some pretty wrapping.  I'll list the supplies I used at the end of the post. 
 Each notebook has something unique to it, no two are exactly alike.
 I use Papertrey Ink lined notebooks for my notebooks.  I use two for each book.  When you open the notebook there's a notebook on each side.  I don't have specific instructions for the notebooks....I just trim my cardstock to create a cover and then adhere the notebooks inside.
 I always tells my friends that the packaging is totally re-giftable.  They can just remove the circle with their name and the packaging is good to go.
 Definitely a highlight of the crafty season, seeing all these pretties lined up in a row.  I tuck them in a basket and hand them out at a basketball game or wherever I might see my friends next.
 While preparing my Noel Notions for my holiday shop update, I was sure to keep a few of everything for myself.  When it comes time to wrap gifts, I just grab my little basket with my wrapping supplies and it's quick and easy to assemble gifts.
 I like to keep wrapping supplies in a basket at all times.  The packaging is just as pretty as the gift but it's so hard to do if you're feeling rushed.  Each one of these packages took me about five minutes to wrap.  So fun and festive.
For my packaging I used Large White Sacks.  A tip:  Trim a piece of chipboard to fit the width of the sack.  Place inside sack and this makes for a sturdy way to tie the fabric strips or any ribbon around a sack. 
I'm in love with these wrappings kits I created this season.  I created them with mason jars in mind but they totally look just as cute wrapped around a flat sack. You can see how I used a kit to wrap a jar of jelly in this post. You'll be seeing lots more in the shop with different themes.  This one is the Modern Wrappings Kit and includes all you see below.  There's 5 of everything so you get 5 different wrappings for mason jars, sacks, etc.  So for this kit, you use a fabric strip, a doily and a tag.  
 This is the Vintage Wrappings Kit.  Same idea applies, the embellishments are just a little different. You can always purchase the White Doilies and tags separately in my shop.
 For my packaging I also used the Candy Cane Baker's Twine from the shop.  It's always a staple item come holiday time.
 I usually string on a few Jolly Jingle Bells too.  These are always a great hit every season...these are running low in the shop so grab some while they last.
 My favorite Noel Notions item this season are these Candy Cane Clothespins.  I hand paint the strips then add a beautiful frost.  I love these with the notebooks and use them to clip together lists, coupons and to attach to gifts with a tag.  These are also selling quickly so add a few to your shopping cart soon.
Hope you enjoyed a glimpse at my notebooks today.  There's still lots of Noel Notions in the shop, some items are close to selling out.  Thank you so much for all of your orders so far.  Orders placed up to today will be shipping out today and tomorrow.  I hope you enjoy all of your goodies....to me there is nothing as sweet and special as a handmade holiday.  See you again soon. 

November 20, 2014

Holiday shop is open today..

My holiday shop is opening at 10am Central Time today!  It's full of my annual Noel Notions and so much more!  Happy shopping.  
Here's just a sampling of the offerings.....vintage trays and Santa mugs. 
 Vintage holiday ornaments and tin.
 Tags made from vintage ribbons.
 Jolly Jingle Bells...always a favorite.
 My personal favorite this year....Candy Cane Clothespins.
 A woodland themed wrappings kit...
 A vintage mix of sequins.
 Cute wrappings for mason jars and more.
I've got a little something for everyone.  Here's a sampling of how I used some of the wrappings kits.  
I truly believe a handmade holiday is best.  I get so much enjoyment from creating handmade gifts.  I hope you find something you like too.  Enjoy!


November 15, 2014

Project Life...Week 32 (Gossamer Blue November Blog Hop)

Hey there.  Today the Gossamer Blue team is offering up some continued inspiration for the November kits.  You can visit the GB blog for the complete listing of blog hoppers.  I'm sharing my Week 32 Life Pages/Project Life. 
 Here's the left page. Nearing the end of Summer vacation for the girls, the garden is in full production mode and I'm still canning.
 The right page. Just daily life including garden veggies, home cooked meals and the county fair.
 Here's my main, dated 4 x 6 insert.  I used two cards in on slot.  I loved the little die cuts this month.  So cute to staple or stitch on.
 More added to my garden photo.
 Here I created a mini pocket insert by stitching some patterned paper to a 4 x 6 blank journaling card from the GB shop.  I tucked in 4 smaller photos of the girls night at the fair.
 The grasshoppers.  Oh, I'm glad they are gone.  Fresh jams and jelly on toast.  Now that is good.
 New shoes for Jordan and I'm gathering vintage props for Josey's Senior photo shoot. Love the colorful acrylic accents this month.  The YOU stamp is from the Main Life Pages Kit.  I designed it so that there can be an outline word and a filler word.  Love that look.
Hope you're enjoying your kits. The Lookbook sneak peeks should be up soon on the GB site.  December is going to be a fantastic month.  I'll be clearing off a spot on my work table also, getting prepared to assemble my December Memories album.  Always a fun time of year.  Have a great weekend everyone.  

November 11, 2014

Hello Cards using Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road + my shop kit..

Sharing a few more cards today made from my Rose Gold Craft Kit (now sold out) and the Gramercy Road collection from Gossamer Blue.  These patterned papers are some of my favorites from the line.  
I used Medium Manila Parcel Tags for some stamping with the set from the Gramercy Road collection.
On top of the tags I layered lots of little items from my shop kit plus added buttons, stitching and some notched, handcut pieces with more stamping and typed sentiments.
Lots of dimension, mixed textures and pretty little details.
Hope you enjoy & thanks for stopping by today.  I'll be back soon with my plan for December Daily + December Project Life.  Have a happy day!

November 7, 2014

Winged Blog Tour...Improv Quilted Pot Holders


Today I'm excited to take part in Bonnie Christine's Winged Blog Tour.  Bonnie is a fabric designer and I've just fallen head over heels for all of her lines.  If you follow along on my blog, the Honeybee fabric I used for my Catherine quilt is from Bonnie also.  I finally finished her and will be sharing photos soon.  For today I created some whimsical pot holders that I plan to give as Christmas gifts along with some note cards.  
Bonnie sent me these four fabric fat quarters and I just love how her lines are mixy matchy but coordinate so beautifully.  You can definitely choose fabrics from just this one line and get a really fun project going.  Bonnie was inspired by the first butterfly sightings of Spring for this line.  It evokes a new season, warmer weather and fresh blooms.  I think these fabrics will be perfect for my potholders come Spring time when we're all ready to be over with the holidays and cook something fresh and new.  
First, let me tell you that my process photos are a little wonky.  I like to work first thing in the morning when the light is bright so it wasn't the best timing for taking photographs.  But I wanted you to see my process so here goes.  I knew I wanted to cut out the butterflies and make them the center focal point of my potholders. 
 Next I trimmed fabric pieces from the other fat quarters.  No measuring, I just started cutting.  I used the improv style of quilting to create my pot holder fronts.  It's kind of like a wonky log cabin....there are no precise measurements.  Just keep cutting a piece, sewing it on, trimming and then continue on.
 Here's four of my pieces all cut and ready to sew.  I kept my potholders at a finished size of 8.5" so I just kept adding on fabric until I had a size big enough to trim to a 8.5" square.
 Here's my pot holder tops all sewn and pressed.  This is a great project for beginning quilters because you don't have to measure or be precise.  I am an experienced sewer and I like it because....well, you don't have to measure or be precise.  :)
 For the backing and batting I used all natural materials.  You don't want a polyester or some fabric that will melt when a hot pan is set on the potholder.  For my backing I used some fabrics from my stash.  For the batting I love to use Warm & Natural quilt batting.  I find it at JoAnn's and use a coupon when I need some.  It's all cotton and is fluffy and soft.  It makes the warmest quilts ever.  I had some large pieces leftover so I trimmed some out for my potholders.  I've also used old cutter quilts or layers of old flannels for the batting.  It's nice to have some thickness especially if you cook with heavy pots or cast iron.
 I sandwiched all my layers together and made some edge binding out of some fabric from my stash.
 Here are some of my finished pot holders.  Now don't hold me to perfect corners or even perfectly square pieces.  The pots aren't gonna care, folks.  :)
 What I love is the fun mix of fabrics, colors and patterns.
 To keep the fabric from shifting when washed or with extended use, I just top stitched over the butterfly squares.  This added a little poofy quilted look too.
I hope you enjoyed my project today.  This is a great blog tour and I've enjoyed Bonnie's previous blog hops so much.  Be sure to check out Bonnie's cute project from yesterday and then hop over to May Chappell's blog on Monday for another inspiring post.  There are 31 wonderful days to this blog tour so don't miss out.  Thanks for stopping by.  
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