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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Quilt Update

I'm making progress on my quilt. During the week, I found a little time on a few evenings to finally finish up adding 'JOE' to one of the filler blocks - spelling JOE with trim I removed from old uniforms. J-O-E from trim
I also used some of the trim to outline the top and bottom of this lighter yellow block so it would show up better in the 'A'. More use of trim
Today was a gorgeous fall day but after some rain last night, Joe's two baseball games, about 1.5 hours away, were rained out. So I had a lot more time today to work on my quilt than I had thought. This morning, I added the green border. This afternoon, I pieced my denim backing. I have the quilt top, backing and batting all laid out now and am ready to pin it together so I can start quilting. It's getting there...
Backing, batting and top layered for pinning

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Getting Ready for Halloween

Well, once again I’ve managed to get behind in my blog posts. Last week was an incredibly busy week for me and I’m just getting caught up. Unfortunately, I spent a couple days flying to Dallas and back for the funeral of an aunt. Right after that, we went to a wedding in town for my cousin’s son. I spent some time with other relatives that were in town for the wedding, too. By the end of last weekend, I was ready just to rest! (But of course, I didn’t!)

Now I am gearing up for Halloween. I’m really looking forward to Halloween being on a weekend. Plenty of time to celebrate in style! My bat wreath got me in the Halloween mood. Now I’m planning other spooky decorations. I have bookmarked tons of web sites that contain food and decorating ideas. Martha Stewart has many great ideas for Halloween. I decided to share some of my favorite spooky finds with you today.

First, take this quiz to determine your Halloween decorating style. I learned that my style is Fright-Inducing. The perfect style for Halloween!

Some of my favorite decorating ideas:
Black paper mice templates
Clothespin bats
Ghosts of Halloween
Tombstones
Scary silhouette curtains

Entertaining ideas:
Party drinks
More drinks
Wine bottle labels
More labels
Even more labels
Glasses
Eerie punch bowl - page all the way to the bottom
Sound effects
Music - click on the underlined track listings to hear samples


I hope you will check out these great Halloween ideas and that you will find some to help make your Halloween just a little scarier! If you know of any great Halloween ideas or web sites, please leave them in a comment for me!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Halloween Wreath

When I went to Michael's yesterday to get a couple things for my ornament wreaths, I had to pass through the Halloween section, of course. Since I've been kind of into wreaths this year (see Valentine's, St. Patrick's, Easter wreaths), I was looking for materials that would make a good Halloween wreath. I found some really interesting garland - black with purple holographic bats - that I thought would look pretty cool on a wreath. I looked around for the least expensive wreath form I could find. I didn't want to use the $1.99 straw one. The $1.99 grapevine wreath that was on sale was a good deal but was bigger than I wanted. So I settled on this wire form for $2 and some change.Wire wreath form
This has got to be the fastest wreath I've made yet. Just wrapped my 12-foot piece of garland around this 12-inch wreath form. I didn't even glue it down because I was thinking about reusing the form for a different wreath to save on storage space. (All these wreaths are starting to take up a lot of storage space!) I probably won't reuse it - I'll just keep this wreath as is and start a second storage container of wreaths.

Here is my wreath
Halloween wreath
and a closeup of the cute shiny bats!
Bats on Halloween wreath
I might think about adding a purple bow. The wreath is hanging on my craft room wall already. I'll live with it a bit then decide on the bow.

If you need a quick Halloween decoration, give this a try. Super fast and easy! And now I've got my eye on some pretty fall garland for the next seasonal wreath I make!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I've Finished my Vintage Ornament Wreaths

I finished my two vintage Christmas ornament wreaths tonight. I'll be giving them as gifts this week, one to my mom Tuesday for her birthday, and another one as an early Christmas gift on Thursday. It's good to have these off my list. Of course, while I was at Michael's today, getting some garland and bells for my wreaths, I bought things for a Halloween wreath. Very simple...I'll have it done in no time. Then back to my quilt!

Here are my two wreaths.

Vintage ornament wreath
Vintage ornament wreath

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Quick Wreath Update

I spent tonight working on my vintage ornament wreath. I got all the ornaments glued on my wreath, then decided since I have many other ornaments and they were all spread out and the glue gun was fired up, I might as well make a second one. So I started the second one, but ran out of time. I'm pleased with the progress I made and should have no trouble finishing both of them early next week.

Here are photos of my wreaths in progress.

First wreath with ornaments glued on
Second wreath with half of ornaments glued on

I have to get up early tomorrow to leave for some baseball games 4.5 hours away or else I'd still be working on them now! So many crafts, so little time...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Next Project - Another Vintage Ornament Wreath

Although I still need to finish my baseball tee shirt quilt, and I wanted to finish it before starting any new projects, I find myself needing to make another vintage Christmas ornament wreath. I have to finish it within the next week. I'll explain my reason for that later, but stay tuned for photos soon of my next wreath! (See this previous post and this one for my previous wreaths.)

And I've once again fallen behind in my posting. We were gone for four days over the Labor Day weekend to visit some colleges (Georgia Tech and Auburn). And my son participated in a baseball camp at Auburn. He would love to go there, but we need to see what happens with the baseball. And we now have another road trip planned for this weekend. A trip to Great Bend, KS, about four hours from home. The summer baseball team, which also plays in the fall, will be playing a couple games Saturday and a game on Sunday at Barton County Community College. So I need to get working on my wreath before we leave very early Saturday morning. And I need to figure out which portable project I will take with me to work on in the car and between games in Great Bend. If I can't work on my quilt, I'll just have to find something else to do. (Like maybe the beaded crochet sweater that I started in Omaha and have been working on off and on.)