7 posts categorized "Favorite Things"

09/18/2013

Lullaby Lamb Fabric Kits

Hi, there!  It's another beautiful day here in Texas - just a little too hot, still!  But I know it's going to improve soon.  I read Susan Branch's blog and she has pictures of beautiful, colored leaves and COOLER temperatures, so I know it will happen here eventually.

In the Spring I always try to encourage those to the north that it's warming, flowers are blooming, trees are leafing . . . . so they know it's on its way.  Now it's time for the reverse, and I know it will take a little time for the cool to reach us a-l-l-l-l the way down here, so it helps me be patient to know it's on the way!

MEANTIME, we've been stitching and cutting and packaging and photographing.  And now we have something to show you - the first of our Fabric Kits are ready for you to buy!  

Our Lullaby Lamb Fabric Kits!!  We think these are so cute!  Not only is this the most darling baby/children's quilt, but you can have it in the cutest little basket ever!  What do you think?

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Lullaby Lamb Kit - Girls' Version

That's Beatrix and she's trying to tell you all about the Girls' Version; she's very enthusiastic!  I'll translate.  But first, maybe you'd like to see the Boys' Version.

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Lullaby Lamb Kit - Boys' Version

 Oh, yes, here's Harry tying to tell us all about the Boys'!  Maybe I'll just tell you about the little baskets and we'll go back to Beatrix & Harry in a second.

The baskets are made of sheet metal and VERY sturdy!  I just love their wheels (stationary), and there are touches of glitter and sparkle all over.  One butterfly sits on the pull handle and the other one on top of the basket handle, looking like little jewels!  They are about 12" x 4" x 12".  After you make your quilt, you can fill them with a baby bath set, some darling little clothes, or so many other things.  Give it filled as a gift itself, or it can accompany your Lullaby Lamb Quilt filled with receiving blankets!  Now wouldn't that make someone smile!  Or maybe you'd like to keep it yourself!

Here you can see them when they're not chock full of fabric . . . . 

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The Girls' kit can come in all 3, but the Boys' kit will be in either light purple or yellow.  There is a limited supply.  When they're gone, the kits will be packaged differently, but still not in a plastic bag, if we can help it!  Looking for alternatives now, because we know these won't last long!  


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Here's a little closer view of the basket.  If you click on the photo, you can see a larger version, and you can see how cute the wheels are!

 

 

 

 

 

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Now you can see the little butterflies with their sparkle!

 

 

 

 

 

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The original Lullaby Lamb quilt, pictured on the cover of the pattern.  Of course the fabrics you'll be getting are just out, so it will look a little different, but still in keeping with ours.  We believe you'll be pleased!  Notice the bell & ribbon bow (not included) . . . a simple touch, but makes a wonderful presentation!

Now I'll translate what Beatrix was trying to tell us!  

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The Celebration fabrics for the Girls' Kit, starting with the outer border fabric on the left, pinks for chenille, lavender for lamb head, etc., white background & white border squares and 3 extra fabrics for inner border squares; binding varies but from the same fabrics.  With this outer border from Bunny Hill Designs, your little chenilled lamb will be surrounded by . . . . cute little lambs!

You'll also receive 1 skein pink floss for face details, 1 skein pearl cotton to tie the middle of each curlycue in the chenille, and of course, the Lullaby Lamb pattern.  Purchase from the Website!

 

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Here's the original Lullaby Lamb Quilt in blue for all our darling little boys!  Notice the bell & ribbon bow again. Nice finish!  Just like lambs in a meadow!

You'll be receiving fabrics from the Celebration line from Bunny Hill Designs from Moda Fabrics, just as with the girls' version. They have an up-to-date look, but still a traditional feel.  

Yes, of course, Harry, I'll tell them everything you said!

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Celebration fabrics for Boys' Kit, starting with the outer border on the left, red gingham for both binding & inner border squares, white background square & white border squares, dark & light blue for chenille body, extra fabrics in yellow & green gingham (this also for nose/feet) for border squares, and light blue for head, etc., and light & dark blue double for border squares, too.  Love that red gingham binding!  Doesn't it sound baby boy perfect?!  For a little boy, too!

You'll also have 1 skein dark blue floss for face embroidery, 1 skein dark blue pearl cotton to tie each curlycue in lamb chenille, and of course the Lullaby Lamb pattern.

 Here's a closeup of the chenille in the Lamb body.  It is compact and interesting, isn't it?  And it FEELS wonderful!  Little ones love it's softness!

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This one's been washed just 3 or 4 times because it's a sample quilt.  But my youngest granddaughter had this quilt as a baby quilt and it's been washed quite a number of times, without any differemce in the look.  This stands up very well to little ones!  

Beatrix wants me to remind you that both versions of the Kit include the pattern and are shipped in a cellophane bag, so the contents stay together until it arrives at your house!

Between Beatrix, Harry and me, I think that more than covers it!  Go to the Website to purchase these! 

We have other kits coming soon, so bookmark or subscribe for the latest updates - kits are limited!  

As Always Yours,

Pat

P.S. Harry wants you to know that he and Beatrix will be back, along with some of their friends, to introduce future baby & seasonal items!


09/13/2013

Breakfast with Fiesta

Hi, Everyone!  

I was making my breakfast as usual this morning and I had to hunt for my new favorite pan!  I mean, I have 2 now, so am I going to have to have 1 more?  With just 2 of us, the dishwasher is never full before I need everything in it again!  I know, I could handwash, but . . . 

My breakfast is super simple every morning, so I like having super simple things to fix it with.  And this new pan is just exactly perfect for my purpose - about 5 minutes from my first yawn in the kitchen to everything on the plate, the first cup of a fresh brewed pot of coffee in the same 5 minutes, my favorite everyday dishes (Fiesta) and a beautiful napkin (it's just so cheery), and only 1 pan to put in the sink!  5 minutes and I'm heading to my library (a very cushy spot) with my cheery plate full, a delicious cup of coffee and my iPad.  Perfect!

When everything's over, I head back to the kitchen and there's only ONE pan in the sink to greet me.  Prior to this I have used large & small skillets for my eggs, until my Mom found a little, bitty 1-egg pan at the grocery store.  But it was really Too Small.  I like 2 eggs for breakfast and this one was definitely 1-egg!  So I continued to keep an eye out . . . . . and sure enough, I was looking at a Fiesta dinnerware display and there it was . . . Fiesta cookware - and there was this (very pretty) little skillet about twice as deep as the 1-egg one!  I bought two!  Here it is, in case you need one, too . . . .

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Fiesta's littlest skillet with dinnerware

 

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Fiesta's 5" skillet in turquoise to match their dinnerware

 I think their logo is fabulous!  So very 30's, so very stylish!  So far, this comes in 4 of their colors to match their dinnerware.  For the handle, you need one of their beautiful and functional mitts.  In keeping with my desire for minimal mess, I just use the napkin I have for my meal!


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Only 2 eggs here, but could hold 3!

 

You can see that it's a 2-egger, and I even added some butter & diced onion before the eggs for a little extra flavor.  This little pan is not only perfect in size, but it's ceramic so absoutely nothing sticks to it.  No scrubbing and no coating to come off in little bits as you use it! 

 

 

 

I think there will be other uses for it too, that I'll discover in time.  Melting butter in it will be really handy!

Now I'll admit it's a challenge to turn the eggs over.  I only have 1 small spatula and it's not small enough  . . .  Hmmm . . .  guess I'll have to keep my eye out for just the right spatula . . . 

Yours,

Pat

08/26/2013

A Book Break

So . . . . while our fingers & machines are stitching unendingly, I thought I'd try to distract you with some entertainment.  No, No, not that!  Not even a movie - enough of those!  Nothing on a screen.  How about a BOOK!?  I've got one that will make you drift away day-dreaming.  

This is the kind of book you'll want to read right next to the fireplace in your recliner, so throw your legs over an arm - get comfy now - and be sure your cream soda & popcorn are right there, and you'll probably need a down-filled pillow for something later (a shoulder or an elbow) . . . . (OK, go get your phone, but only because it's so terrible to have to move when everything's this perfect).  Now then, got everything?   Oh, yes, THE BOOK!

It's Susan Branch's year-long+ awaited "A Fine Romance" !!!!!!  It's finally here, and I ordered a copy.  You can see it below:

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What a delight to see, read . . . did I say read?!   It is written in her own special hand - yes, as usual, the whole thing - and is FULL of photos of England and her totally delightful watercolors!   If you've read her blog (or follow it, as I do) you'll understand what I mean by saying you feel like you're right there and haven't missed a thing by being in your recliner!  Written like a journal, it takes you on a journey through the English countryside in search of insight into the lives of our most loved authors & artists, stopping at pubs, antique shops, gardens, homes and much more along the way.  It's a look at a part of England that happened centuries earlier, yet you see those very places in her pictures & watercolors.  She captures the feeling of a time long past, much of which is amazingly still in the present to enjoy.  But then that IS England!

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A couple pages with pictures, her handwriting & touches of watercolor.  She provides a wonderful, interactive Appendix on her website, you won't want to miss it.  You can read it as you go (there are painted stars in the text where the Appendix contains further information, pictures, videos, etc.), or read through first in order not to interrupt the prose, then be sure to look at the Appendix later.

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See her beautiful watercolor?  You can get her book on her website right here.  You can read her blog to find the closest place to you for her book signings & so many other things.  On her blog yesterday, she & Joe - the book is about their meeting & romance (charming) and their common desire to travel to England by ship - arrived at a small town for a book signing.  They parked at the town hall where she was scheduled to speak, but they noticed there was hardly anyone in sight; the streets were empty!  Now they began to wonder if anyone had come.  When they stepped inside, they realized Everyone had come - and emptied the streets!

The book is full of quotes and endearing comments, just like her blog . . . . just like her!  You won't want to miss it.  I am treating myself to a series of 'reads' where I find a quiet moment and plop into my chair for another installment.  Not too fast, I want to have something to look forward to for the next plop.  I'm already sorry it will be over, but thoroughly enjoying the now!  Part of that for me is having lived in England for a couple years.  We lived in a little village called Patrington in the north of England in Yorkshire.  I had the blessed opportunity to see village after village, take picture after picture (not as digital as today), and meet person after person.  I have not gotten over it.  If I had lots of $, I'd buy a cottage (or larger) around Thirsk or in the Dales and spend the summer there and the winter here in Texas!  That would be a dream come true!

So much for day-dreaming - see I told you it would happen!  So I'll leave you with this last picture - of Susan's book and one of the antique clocks we purchased in England.  It's now 124 years old!  

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Don't they look perfect together?

Yours Always!

Pat


08/21/2013

Something New!

Such a beautiful day here!  We ate breakfast outside in downtown Houston and didn't want to leave! 

Always, right in the middle of August, there is this subtle change that takes place. Have you noticed it, too?  It's still hot, dry, but we just b-e-g-I-n to see some mild fronts find their way al-l-l-l the way down here again.  As gradually as they leave in the spring, they return in the fall. Even though I talk about it coming (as if talking about its' coming might relieve some of the heat of July) and expect it to happen, I'm always surprised when it arrives!

Last week when Wilma was cutting fabric and I was writing patterns, trying to keep ahead of her, I remembered something I'd been wanting to try.  So later that afternoon I had the studio to myself and a cutting table all my own and thought I'd give it a try. This is an idea that Mary Jo Yackley showed me one time when I took a quilt top for her to quilt (she quilts all my models & personal quilts - not that I have many personal ones any more what with Daisy & Dell - and she's Te-e-e-e-riffic!).  Anyway, she said she wouldn't mind if I shared it with you.  So that afternoon I gave it a try - see what you think . . . . .

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A Bag for Your Quilt!

OK.  I won't make you guess - it's a bag for your quilt! :)  You can make one for every quilt!      And the fabric on the bag is one of the fabrics used in the quilt!  Isn't her idea great!?  Now I'll never have to look to know what's in there, AND it is protected from light, dust & contact with acidy surfaces by perfect, breathable, cotton fabric. 

I'll have a new pattern out in the fall for the quilt rolled up inside this one! 

Here's how the bottom end looks . . . .

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It's just a big yoyo!  And really easy to do. This took me about 2 minutes by hand. I'll show you how a little later!

Here's the top end  . . . . .

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Just a simple casing with a ribbon to gather it over the top of the quilt.  Since the casing is wider than the ribbon, you don't even have to run it through at the end. Just lay it in the fold as you're stitching the casing and when it's done, just tie a bow!  I loved that because I can never seem to find a safety pin when I need one!

This is just a prototype, and I'll want to improve a couple details. But it only took me 30 minutes to finish from the time I had the idea!  A little measuring . . . a little cutting . . . a little stitching.

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After I folded the quilt in half lengthwise & rolled it up, I was able to use the wof (width of fabric) for its length, so it only took about 5/8 yd. Though it fit just fine (pins and all because the binding was pinned on) I would want a little more "wiggle" room on others, so maybe 3/4 yd would have been better.

Yes, it's NEW, but as soon as it's "New & IMPROVED", I'll show you how to measure and finish one for any quilt you may have.

It's good talking with you again, and remember I'm . . .

Always Yours,

Pat



02/14/2013

Happy Valentine's Day! Enjoy YOUrself!


Happy Valentine's Day!!!  

Hope you're going to do something special today!  If you have a sweetheart, you probably already have something planned, but you don't need a sweetheart to have a great Valentine's!  Enjoy YOUrself!  Plan to do something you really enjoy & don't often make time to do.  One of my favorite things is to curl up in a chair with some popcorn ....m.m.m.m.....and watch a favorite movie - either on the TV or on my iPad.  It's usually one I've seen a million times but love every time I see it!  Watch 2 in a row! Sometimes I like to watch the original movie and then the remake right after it.  Or watch the same one twice - just veg out for once!  Or after work, give yourself some time to work on the quilt you had to put aside a while back - or start that new block of the month you want to have!  Treat yourself!  If you're in the middle of snow & ice right now, staying in may be the only option.  

Here in Houston we've had a cold snap but still have daytime temps in the 60's.  I was surprised to see what's been going on outside while I wasn't looking!  I noticed it while I sat on the patio (south facing) for about an hour (then it got too cold), so I took some pictures for you who are snowbound to let you see what's coming your way! 

Redbud Blooms
The Earliest Redbud Blooms

 

Yellow Pansies
These yellow Pansies really light things up!

 

Winter flower pots
A group of winter flower pots to brighten the deck

 

Azalea blossoms
First Azalea blossoms

 

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In-ground plantings finally get some sun!

 

Quince blooms
Quince blossoms are in full swing! The whole bush in covered!

 

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Cyclamen loves our warmer winter, but these got bitten a little by the frost this A.M.

 

Closeup of Cypress leaves
Cypress leaves can hardly wait to emerge!

 

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They just caught the sun, which was out most of the day.

 Everything seems in such a hurry to wake up!  So it's made our Valentine's Day a little more special.  Hope these photos have added a little "bright" to your day!  

Sit down and make a few of our little hearts from the February Free Pattern.  It won't take long and all you have to do is go to the website and download the pattern.  Then add one to each place setting at lunch or dinner!

As Always, Yours with Hearts & Hugs!

Pat


02/02/2013

A Few Of My Favorite Things

A couple weeks ago I received an ad in the mail for Vera Bradley (I love her so-many things!).  On the back were these darling little coin purses, and they were shaped like HEARTS!  They were available 'while supplies last' . . . . THAT did it!  I had to have some, so I went straight to my iPad and got online . . . . but . . . . no little heart purses . . . I looked everywhere, but nothing.  So back to the kitchen to look at the ad.  There it was - I was so excited to have them that I didn't read the next part about them being available in two weeks. Crumble.  I'd have to wait.

There are just some things I'm unreasonably attracted to - anything with flowers, anything with hearts, boxes of all kinds, and everything Christmas, and . . .!  And if there is a combination of my unreasonable things, like heart boxes, well . . . . there's just no stopping me.  See what I mean?

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Only a few of my paper boxes

Most of these boxes were purchased while we lived in England. The box on the left side that looks like it's split down the middle vertically, really is.  It's hinged at the bottom point, so to open it you have to pull it left and right at the top of the heart!  I think I'm most taken with the large heart at the back, an antique hat box, which I found at a kind of antique boutique in Fredericksburg, Texas, in the Texas Hill Country, not too far from here.  It's one of our favorite places.  I'll have to take you there sometime with my camera.  You'll be an armchair traveler; I think you'd enjoy it!

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Some sheet metal boxes

These are so fun!  The small ones are about 2.5" across, just to give you an idea of their relative size.  The one on the front right has a chalkboard top where you can write a name or a Valentine wish!  Very much like a Conversation Heart!  One of them says "With Love" on the inside.  Wouldn't they make darling kit packaging?!

Sometimes I've ended up with two of the same thing!  Haven't you done that?  You see one somewhere and then later you see the same thing again not remembering it's already at home tucked safely away for its next display day, and again you've got the same feeling - just got to have it!   And then . . . . well . . sometimes, I confess, I get two the first time, just because!

(Actually in the top photo, see the box on the left side with the rose on it, right against the large hat box at the back?  It's actually sitting on top of another one that's exactly the same!)

So I'm hoping to hit your spot - and your heart - with our Free Pattern & Kit for Valentine's.  Will upload everything sometime tomorrow afternoon.  Just wanted to update you.  When it's up, you'll find the pattern on our website on the 'Free For You' page & the Kit on the 'Kits' page.  Just click the website button here on the left sidebar to get started!  We'll get the kits right out to you!  You can make these in a jiffy - and they're great for so many occasions - not just Valentine's!

See you tomorrow!

Always Yours,

Pat


 

 

 

01/31/2013

Valentines & Kits Coming!

It's been a most beautiful day here today. Really cold yesterday, overcast &  W I N D Y!  But today was sunny and 74.  I worked on our free February pattern for only a little bit when my O&O called and we met for lunch at one of our favorite places, Beck's.  It's a yuppie hamburger-to-steak place where you can sit outside on a deck under great old live oak and post oak trees. I love that and it was just warm enough today!  Yay! 

Did just a little bit of shopping on the way home and found the most beautiful napkins for Spring, what do you think?  I bet I can do something with these, yes?

Williams Sonoma Bunny Napkins
Darling Bunny Napkins

 

 

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Beautiful embroidery!

Yes, these are from Williams Sonoma.  Their beautiful table linens are cotton and linen, so they look & feel wonderful!  These napkins come in white, as well, and belong with a gorgeous jacqurd tablecloth.  I thought you might like to see them all here.  Beautiful things are food for the soul!

And I bought the cutest little Bunny - a stuffed animal, of course!  Can you just imagine what Jake would think of the real thing?!?!  He's a hunting dog, so let's just NOT imagine!  (Don't worry, the only thing he really hunts is lizards in the backyard). 

 

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Look how he holds his hands! Isn't that darling?

And he's planted himself right on the cutting table, where all the Valentine busy-ness is going on!  By the way, see that rotary cutter on the right - the lock is on guaranteed - do you know where your rotary cutter is?

 

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Just look at that face!

 
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And those eyes! Who could resist?!

Which is exactly why I bought one for me and one for someone's Easter basket!

This little bunny will have a life in front of the camera, surrounded by his own kind!  (That means he'll be on blogs, websites and social media, surrounded by other stuffed animals & soft quilting projects, looking adorable!).  Easter things are everywhere, it seems like all of a sudden.  But then someone reminded me how early Easter is this year, March 31!  Hence the bunny! 

I'm always looking for things I think you'll like to see in photos, sometimes just by themselves and other times with the things made from my designs.  I'm picky - it has to be something I love, and I know will look beautiful, or is cute or funky, and be the 'glue' that makes things work together.  I like nothing better than to put a smile on your face or touch your heartstrings!  So I keep my eyes open. 

Sometimes I run across something I just love and have a sense or knowing that it's perfect and I should get it.  But my practicality kicks in, and I think "Oh, but I don't have a specific idea for that, what will I do with it?", so I walk away to think about it awhile.  Then I realize the "knowing" I had was right, I go back to get it, and it's gone!  Some of those things I still think about.  So I've learned not to argue with it, and just get it the first time; and most every time it turns out to be a great decision!  Do you ever do that?

Almost have ready the February free pattern, and samples, and photos for the website, and photos for the blog, and kits, etc. etc.  The pattern graphics are finally finished, Sue does that, and it was a real struggle for her because her computer crashed and she had to wipe the drive and reload everything!  Then she had follow-up trouble with email & printers and was trying to do Daisy & Dell's complicated things from her phone - can you imagine?!?!?  But the samples are all made, and I'm working on staging photos for the blog, so you'll have some inspiration!  (Oh, and Sue IS getting things worked out, thank you for your concern!)  And I haven't forgotten January; even though its going to be late, it'll still be fun to do and you'll want to add it to your collection for the year!  

So sometime THIS WEEKEND I'll have up some great stuff for you to look at and do!  So check back!

Now must get back to those photos - and KITS!!  (and I might just have some Conversation Hearts!!)

Yours,

Pat

 

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