Archive | March, 2013


29 Mar

easter_clip_art__image_5_sjpg1828I hope everyone has a great Easter celebration with the ones they love.

~ Marla


Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative

28 Mar

Watching Sewing with Nancy this week she had a guest who talked about art quilts for Alzheimer’s.  They make small mini art quilts that will fit into a priority size mailing envelope, these quilts are auctioned off and the proceeds go to Alzheimer research.  If you are interested in making quilts for The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative, they could use your help.  For a list of rules and instructions go to this link.  There are many ways to help besides sewing a quilt just visit there home site for more information.alzheimeryhst-40258611477147_2255_0

Cowboy’s Wife

26 Mar

I like to cook, maybe not as much as crafting, but a close second.   This recipe for Kentucky biscuits is from Cowboy’s Wife and it is easy, fluffy, and tasty.  I used real butter, didn’t have buttermilk so soured the milk with vinegar.  Remember your chemistry of cooking you need the fat and the acid to make biscuits come out right.  I grew up in a cowboy town.  Not a cowboy lifestyle, but some of it wore off on me and I think Cowboy’s Wife blog is worth a also does crafting!CWIMG_5855-682x1024

Alisa Burke

25 Mar

Alisa Burke is one of my favorite bloggers.  She can take simple items and make them into works of art.  What caught my attention today was her work with shrink plastic.  If you have never worked with this product, give it a try, it is a lot of fun.  And look what Alisa did! ABIMG_4884 ABIMG_4897And what she can do with plastic eggs and a little scrap fabric  is amazing!AB5634231547_d2937d9a59_oCan you believe these came from cereal boxes?AB7182339379_6e3488be1b_oCheck her out. Wonderful work.

More Easter Ideas

23 Mar


By now you know I like working with felt.  I found these cute little felt chicks over on Buzz Mills Blog.  No real fancy cutting here and just a little hand stitching you could have a clutch of chicks.felt chicksOh Boy more felt!  This carrot garland would make a cute Easter decoration.  Again pretty easy!  The is from Positively Splendid I would take a short cut and sew all my carrots at once by sewing a piece of orange felt by folding in half 11 by 11 inch square and sew once seam making it into a tube.  Then cut out 1″ wide strips, I know have 11 carrots.  Then just follow the instructions for adding the carrot tops.felt-carrot-garland-4I think I will make these little nest bowls for setting Easter candies around the room.  Easy instructions found at Country Living.paper nestMay add a few of these cute paper mache bowls from Red Ted’s Art Blog.  Was thinking if I want to make small bowls I could use plastic eggs instead of the balloons.paper chicks

Garden Plans

21 Mar

This is different from my normal post, but I thought this site was so great that I had to share.  ”There is great information for the gardener from when to start your seeds, when to plant and how to set up your own garden plan and print it out for reference, or use one of their pre-planned gardens.  I still have to wait until the last freezing weather, but I can start seeds indoors!  Check this out at Gardeners Supply Company.american_bed_lg

Making Jewelry

19 Mar


I came across this great jewelry site that has 100 tutorials for making different kinds of jewelry. There are many easy to follow videos that teach different techniques.  Whether you are new to making jewelry or have been at it awhile there is a lot of information available at Lusk Studio Design.byzantinedaisy chain dianeearrings headpins


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