Wednesday, November 14, 2007

shop update :: tutorials :: quilting progress

I have been as busy as ever, and just uploaded several new items to my etsy shop. Take a look, if you dare! One of my favorites is this new patchwork tote made from Amy Butler fabrics and natural linen. amy butler belle patchwork bookbag/tote
Yummy! I hope to continue to stock the shop in time for everyone to do some holiday shopping! Handmade is definitely "in" this year, and it's looking to be on the rise in the future, as well. You can't beat a lovely handmade gift, and in the time it would take you to go to the mall, you could purchase several one-of-a-kind gifts for your special recipients! A lot of time and love goes into every item I make and I'm sure I could say the same for many other crafters out there.

My children have been telling me I need to get in the Christmas spirit, so on that note, I have decided to "gift" anyone who would like a few tutorials by putting a link in my sidebar. The first of the tutorials is for these lovely quilted coasters.
quilted coasters
They only take a few minutes, and look so pretty wrapped up in a bow as a hostess gift! Make them in holiday fabric, and they'll be even more festive.

And, last, but not least, here is a photo of my finished quilt top.
completed quilt top!
I couldn't get a great photo, but wanted you to see it hanging on the wall in my favorite quilt shop! Now, I can't wait to get my hands on it to quilt it!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

fall camping! a tree planted by the water...
We took our church youth group camping last weekend and had such an incredible time! The weather was perfect...not too cold at night, but cold enough to need a campfire, and absolutely gorgeous during the day.
canoe tug-o-war
There were s'mores, canoes, hot dogs, hot chocolate, the "amazing grace race", songs by the campfire, time for reflection, and just a whole lot of fun!
quiet reflection
We have the best group of kids in our church and I love them all!