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Lil Penguin turns 6


Over the weekend Lil Penguin turned 6. We had a Star Wars themed party to celebrate.

Lil Penguin helped decorate the top of his cake. He wanted an epic battle to be going on and I think he wanted to make sure I did it right!

He had a wonderful party with his friends and got “awesome” presents, including the t-shirt that I made him. He declared it ” the best party ever” and I felt like I got the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.


Zakka Sew Along


Zakka Style Sew Along

So, I have been following the Zakka  Along for weeks, but I haven’t actually sewn any of the projects! This week I decided to finally stitch one up.

I had a great time working on this project. The cookies were easy and fun to make. I was able to work on them at night while watching tv. I also had fun picking out the  “sprinkles” from my stash of beads. I think they turned out good enough to eat.


The bag came together very quickly and I really love the sweet, little embroidered label. I’m linking it up to LR Stitched and maybe I’ll win the weekly prize!

Happy Sewing!

My Craft Board


Ok, I have a confession. I’m a Pinterest Addict.


To control my addiction, I can only visit Pinterest a couple of times a month (for an allotted amount of time). Am I the only one with this problem? I’m guessing not! I thought I would share some of my latest obsession with you. Here’s my craft board with all the wonderful things I want to make. One day I’ll get them all done. Hopefully!

Swaps & Projects


I can’t believe a week has passed since my last post. I had the allergy attack of the century after my homeschool co-op went to the zoo last Wednesday! I don’t know what is blooming right now, but it’s been brutal on my sinuses. This package definitely aided my recovery!

Thank you, Alisha! I don’t have a lot of solids, so I’m very happy she sent me so many lovely kona solids.  This package was from the ALFALC swap on Flickr. We send out fat quarters, chocolate and some notions to our partner. I really love this swap and I can’t wait for the next one!

I just joined another swap on Flickr called Rapid and Tiny Zakka Swap.   The June swap is magnets. I have already started. I made 3 mini log cabin tops from the book ” Zakka Style“.  Here they are:

Offset Log Cabin Magnets

I’m also going to make some yo-yo magnets and  clear glass magnets. When I get some done, I’ll be sure to post some photos.

Today, I will be making a journal cover for my cousin. She’s graduating from high school and will be spending a year in Guatemala. I thought having a beautiful sketch book would be useful. I need to get it done ASAP and mail it off. I’ll post some photos when I’m done.

I’m off to stitch away!

Top 10 Sewing Tips and Winners


Well, Give Away Week is officially over! I had a lot of great comments for my quest of best sewing tips. I have read all the comments and will now reveal my favorites.

Top 10 Sewing Tips

1. When sewing anything clothes-wise I just always cut out the pieces with   my pinking shears. It saves me zig zag sewing time and helps prevent fraying while storing, sewing and handling. ~Jeifner

2. Enjoy the process, not just the product. And cut precisely – it will save time in the long run! ~ Becky

3. Always check your 1/4″ seam before starting anything major involving lots of tiny pieces. You’ll be so grateful you did, especially if you are a little off, then write it down somewhere so you don’t forget. ~Anita

4. If your slippery fabrics are being icky under your foot, stitch with paper on top and/or bottom. The paper comes off easy, and you get fewer catches in the delicate weave of the fabric. ~Alyssa

5. If you’re not making a quilt exactly from a pattern (i.e., with the same fabrics and everything), lay it out between cutting and sewing and take a picture of it! I’ve referred to my camera several times … “where was this red going?” ~Marguerite
6. The best tip I’ve ever received is to use a rotary cutter to cut garment patterns. ~Stephanie

7. I always trace the pattern pieces onto freezer paper. I then iron the pieces onto my fabric and cut the fabric around the freezer paper. The pattern peels off, leaving no residue, and is reusable. No pins and super accurate. ~Desiree

8. Don’t ever sew when you’re too tired to do the math! I make so many mistakes late at night! ~Christina

9. My best advice is that of good carpenters: measure twice, cut once…! ~Susie

 10. Best paper piecing tip = use painters tape instead of pins. The pins distort small pieces of fabric. ~Bailey

And now for the winners…

Prize 1 Winner:

Funky Log Cabin Pincushion

                                           is #12 Bethany! Congratulations!!! 

Prize 2 Winner:

                                                is #68 Julia! Congratulations!

Prize 3 Winner:

                                                is #152 kimr! Congratulations!

Prize 4 Winner:

Ora Owl Onesie


Olivia Owl Onesie

                                            is #99 Linda! Congratulations!!

Prize 5 Winner: The Scrap Bag

is #88 jeannegwin! Congratulations!!

Prize 6 Winner:

Hedgie Has a Heart

                                     is #10 blazeandcrochet ! Congratulations!!

I will be e-mailing all winners to get your addresses. If I don’t get a response, a new winner will be chosen. Thanks to everyone who entered. If your really loved any of these prizes (and didn’t win) all of them are for sale in my shop. Use code: GIVEAWAY to get 10% off your order through the 31st of May !

Butterfly Garden


I took Lil Penguin to Strong National Museum of Play the other day. We hadn’t been in the butterfly garden in ages. I figured since it was spring, we should go in and see some awesome butterflies. Here’s a few shots I took:

Lil Penguin calls this a Vampire Butterfly. I’m sure you can guess why! I don’t know it’s actual name, though.

                   This one is one of my favorites. I love the color combinations in this photo.
            This is a zebra butterfly sitting by the pink peace lilies.

It is amazing in there! In addition to butterflies from all over the world, they have gorgeous flowers, a koi pond with a waterfall, and a pond with turtles.


                   There are so many beautiful orchids, but these are we favorite.

Their new addition (since my last trip in 2007) is button quail. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture. Those cute little things are fast!

Hope you enjoyed my photos. I’ll be selling some of them in my shop very soon.

Giveaway Day!


It’s my favorite day of the year!

 This is the first year that I’m giving away and I’m so excited. I have 6 fabulous prizes to give away!


Prize 1:

Funky Log Cabin Pincushion

This sweet little pincushion measures 4 X 4. It’s made from fabric scraps of Denise Schmidt,  feedsack and kona and stuffed with polyfil.


Prize 2:

Pink Polka Dot Reversible Womens Headband

This women’s headband is reversible,  pink with white polka dots on one side and a white and pink print on the other. The headband is wider at the top and taper towards the ears & base of the neck with elastic for an great fit.


Prize 3

How cute would this look on your sofa or favorite chair? I handcrafted this limited edition pillow from a vintage burlap Planter’s peanut sack. It measures 15″ X 8.5″.


Prize 4

Olivia Owl Onesie


Ora Owl Onesie

Olivia and Ora are handmade from my original design. They are hand cut using  fabric scraps, fused on and re-inforced with machine stitching around the perimeter. It is normal for appliques to fray around the edges from continuous washings. 100% White cotton onesie, size 6-9 months



Prize 5:
A surprise 1 gallon size Ziplock bag stuffed with fabric scraps of all sizes, from 2″ squares to1/4 yd + pieces and all weigh at least 16oz . A colorful collection of fabric scraps – Mostly cotton, also may contain cotton canvas and flannel. Some are vintage, some are new , some are designer and some are not. Fabrics are from a lot of quilt shops and a few craft stores.




Prize 6:

Henry Has a Heart

This adorable hedgehog has a heart for you!  The illustration print measures 4 X 5.5 .

To enter: Comment below with your best quilting or sewing tip.

For a second entry, become a follower.

For a third entry, like me on Facebook.

For a fourth entry, tweet this giveaway. 

Enter between May 21 and May 25 at 8 p.m. EST.  Note: This Giveaway is open to US Residents only.  Six winners will be choosen at random. Giveaway is closed.

Good Luck and Happy Giveaway Day!