Friday, January 28, 2011


Our Wednesday sewing group is having a retreat for 2 days....I thought it would be fun to make Valentine cards with a little stitching.
The cards measure 3" x 6" The inside colored paper is 2.5" x 4" Put your machine on a cute zig-zag or scallop and stitch the colored paper to the tag. Add stickers, sparkle glue, and ribbon. You can write your love note on the back!

Monday, January 24, 2011


No calorie Cherry Chocolate Valentines from Cotton fun, so very "Valentine-y" Charm pack friendly!

Russell Stover marshmallow Valentine chocolates....milk and dark chocolate....the dark chocolate is DIVINE! Just ask my friend Lora, we are both HOOKED! Walgreen's often has a coupon for $.39 each....what a deal and the marshmallow is SO SMOOTH!

Thursday, January 20, 2011


GET A LOOK AT THESE COOKIES! I have this obsession about frosted Valentine cookies....I know where it came from. I have probably mentioned it before...but when I was in grade school, it was one of three holidays we ever had treats. I only remember frosted Valentine shaped cookies and red punch....every Valentines Day for six years. Perhaps we had other treats, (I don't think so) and the entire school made Valentine Bags for holding all the Valentines. It had such a profound impression on me of fun, colored paper and art time; goodies, cookies and red punch that Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday! I wish I made cookies that look like this. For a very fun Valentine gift holder, check here....SO CUTE!

This Valentina's Baby quit and pillow are still available in my Ruby Red Dots book. Check for it at Pickledish store Ruby Red Dots book or on at It is fast and fun. More Valentine goodies to come! Send me your favorite Valentine ideas or crafts and I will post them on my blog.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I have left THIS.
And have come to a week of THIS.....okay, not quite this because it is warm here, but not this warm....although the sun is out, the sky is blue and it has been in the 75-80's here the past week...and even though it isn't a month at a beach house, it is a week in the sun with my sister! I'll take it! Wish you were all here!
P.S. There is a very cheerful bird singing outside the window.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


January 25-26, 2011
Shelly, Idaho
North Bingham County Library District
197 W. Locust St.
Tuesday January 25th 10:00-6:00
Wednesday January 26th 10:00-7:00

I will be showing a trunk show of the quilts from my latest book,
Not Your Grandmother's Quilt
I will also be talking about how to get your quilts published.
Tuesday January 25th 1:00pm
See you all there!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


My dear friend Sherie gave me these darling vintage glass buttons for Christmas.
These are very bad photos....but you get the picture.
They are too pretty to take off the card and use.
I will wait until I find the "perfect place" to use them.

Friday, January 7, 2011


My daughter called a while back and said if I ever wanted to make a quilt, they could use a new one.....I hadn't planned on making one for Christmas, but I already had a quilt (the center section to the blue border) finished as a throw quilt. When I couldn't decide what to give them for Christmas... I added borders to make the throw a queen size.....hurried and gave it to my quilting friend Susan Hansen of Suzy Q's Quilts....and voile----MERRY CHRISTMAS.....I even had the binding all sewn together waiting for the quilt to be finished, 'oneday'!Isn't this cute....I mean the quilting! My granddaughter wanted to be in every picture. Thank goodness I had the throw already pieced because I didn't have time to make an entire having a few things stashed away is a good thing!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Erin from House of Turquoise shared this pretty room. Doesn't it look like a soothing place to land at the end of a day....or during the day in the sunshine with a good book?
I saw a show a while back about a lady who didn't buy anything new for an entire year, and the only clothes she purchased was at a second hand shop. At the time, I remember the thought going through my mind, "Could a person really do that?" So, when the new year came around last week, the thought came back to me and I truly wondered if it could be done? It would be an adventure....except it wouldn't help stimulate the economy. ....does that also include fabric? I like a good challenge, but no fabric? I do have a little stash....what do you think?

Monday, January 3, 2011


When I woke up this morning this is what the trees looked like from my window.That means it was so cold over night that the moisture in the air freezes to anything...and makes little frosted flakes. It really is very pretty.
Even the fence around my deck was fuzzy! Look at how the frost stuck straight out!
Mother Nature is so amazing!