Quick and Easy Christmas Gifts for Keeping You Warm From Your Head to Your Toes

Suede slippers, winter warmers, and twisty twirly scar

It seems like lots of people in the blog-iverse are sharing their holiday gift guides right now, and I figured we should too. I personally love getting, and giving handmade gifts. However, as we all know, this is a busy time of year. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have hours on end to devote to making handmade gifts for everyone on my list. So I’m sharing three of my patterns that make great, quick gifts. Any of these projects can be finished in about four hours from start to finish. With the weather getting colder, don’t forget to make a gift for yourself too! Let’s get started!...

An Attitude of Gratitude

It’s no secret that I love to travel. I think I got the bug from my father. Most of my siblings seem to have been infected as well. My first international trip was to Europe when I was in High School. We went to visit my sister and her family while her husband was stationed there. I have always been grateful for the opportunity to travel and see the world. But the more I travel, the more I realize I have so much to be grateful for. I am so very blessed to live in this time and in this place. We are very good at noticing the unusual or...

Jelly Bean Bag Pattern

We introduced Kayla’s Jelly Bean Pillow pattern at the Sewing and Stitchery expo in Puyallup, WA. It has since become one of my absolute favorite patterns. It is also makes a really fun class. I just taught it at the NW Quilting Expo in Portland, OR and I hear the class filled up three days after the schedule went live. If you’d like me to teach a class in your area, let me know. My friend Leona came to help me set up and run the booth at Spring Market in St. Louis. Ever since that day I believe she has been thinking of ways to build on the pattern....

That time I spent a couple weeks making a Halloween sign I just had to have

First off, and most importantly: Happy Friday the 13th! A few years ago, mom, Kira and I got a ton of wood block decorations from a place in Utah called Wood Connections. Seriously, that store is addictive. The idea is, the masterminds behind this store come up with adorable décor items made out of wood. They paint them and add cute papers until the designs are absolutely irresistible. The catch is, you buy the unfinished wood projects, and then you finish them however you want. It’s genius. You walk through the store and the cute samples make the unfinished projects practically leap off the shelves and into your basket. The...

Thanksgiving appliques

It’s the first week of October! So naturally, we’re talking about thanksgiving. I wish I could say I’m kidding, and while we will still be talking about Halloween in the coming month, we wanted to feature our Gobble ‘till ya wobble pattern now so you will still have time to make a blanket or any other project your heart desires in time for the holiday. We originally released the Gobble ‘till ya wobble way back in 2013 at the same time that we released the Tricks and Treats and Joy to the World Template packs. It was incredibly popular, and although we re-stocked our kits twice, we sold out both...

Trick or Treat Tote

As you may have noticed, our goal of adding a new post every Friday has quickly fallen apart. We’re not giving up though! We’ll try again next Friday. Anyway, back to the real reason you’re here. We’re still in Halloween prep mode around here and I decided to make Trick or Treat bags for my granddaughters this year. When my girls were young I sewed a bunch of their costumes. I like to think we all loved it! One year I made ‘bridal dresses’ for both of my girls. The puffiness of those sleeves would have given Princess Di a run for her money. Another year, Kira was Little Bo...

Halloween Shirts & Skirts

Halloween is just around the corner guys!!! I’m doing my best to get ready before the actual holiday this year, but it’s a bit difficult to get anything done with 3 littles running around!!! I’ve been creating some new Halloween decor and clothing, and playing around with my Silhouette Cameo in the process. So in this post I’m going to be highlighting using a Silhouette Cameo and Heat Transfer Vinyl to make some cute Halloween shirts! I did designs for you and your kiddos! Look at all these cute kids! 3 are mine and 3 I “borrowed” from a good friend to help me model the shirts. I put together...

Halloween Placemats

Halloween Placemats

Pat and I moved a lot in the early years of our marriage. One of those moves took us to Colorado where our second daughter (Kayla) was born. However, the real highlight of our time in colorful Colorado was the purchase of our solid oak dining table. This wasn’t just any table though, it starts out as a fairly typical table, but once you put in all the leaves (which conveniently store inside the table itself) it can comfortably seat at least 10 people. Up to this point we had been using a circular metal patio tables given to us by my parents, straight out of their backyard. We were...

Decorating for Fall

fall leaves

I know for a lot of people, summer is their favorite season. That is not the case for me. I would so much rather be cold than hot. You can always add more layers, but you can only lose so many layers before it becomes socially unacceptable. It doesn’t help that getting too hot is a sure-fire way for me to end up with a headache. You would think then, that I would dress weather appropriately. Not so much. I seem to think that if I break out my flannel and plaid, the weather will magically change to fit my wardrobe. Case in point: these pictures from our girls trip...

Curiously Cute Halloween Blankets

tricks and treats, positively bootiful, and halloween lattice blankets

I know there are a lot of people out there that aren’t ready to let go of summer. I however, am not one of those people. I LOVE fall and I have been looking forward to it for at least a month. The 90+ degree-days have gotten old and I am beyond ready to break out my plaid and sweaters. I love it when the leaves start changing color and the days get cooler. It is definitely time to break out all the candles with pumpkin and cinnamon. Most of all, I am looking forward to making peppermint fudge (and then eating the whole pan by myself). So, while it...