Saturday, December 27, 2008

doll quilt

Doll quilts are fun to make and collect.
I like to make them as I don’t have space to store many larger quilts.
I had a small piece of rabbit fabric left from a children’s quilt that I made.
I wanted to showcase the fabric and picked this pattern to use.
The pattern is paper pieced, one of my favorites to use.
I choose a tan and dark brown fabric to use. I did not have enough of the backing nor the rabbit fabric to use for my binding. The lime green fabric that I used was perfect. You can find this little quilt for sell on my artfire site.

Friday, December 12, 2008

sunsets and snow

I took this beautiful pictures the other week of a sunset over the mountains.

Trees on mountain covered in snow, looks like a winter wonder land. Click on picture for closeup.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Lavender sachet

I have been making new lavender sachets this week.
I have a box of beautiful antique lace that I bought in Canada several years ago.
Lace was so brown in color that I was not sure I could get it back to original white condition.
With a little hand washing all the lace washed out beautiful.
I was looking at my box of lace the other day and decided that I need to stop saving it for a raining day. Now that rainiy day is here and I decided to put on sachets.
A few pieces of lace I will use on a wall quilt at a later date.
You can see my sachets on my etsy site.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Good old days

With the high cost of everything today I found these ads from an old Sears Roebuck catalog in 1935. Prices seem to be eye popping cheap compared to today’s prices. We have to remember what folks made back then. I know my grandmother made $10.00 a week working in a cotton mill. Out of this she had $1.00 took out for her Christmas fund too buy her children and grandchildren Christmas gifts each year.
One yard of flannel fabric: 11 cent One yard of cotton fabric: 11 ½ cent. Ladies dresses: 74 cent. Three piece bedroom suit” $32.88, cash. Are you could pay $4.00 down. All wool blankets: $3.99 Men’s sweaters: 98 cents.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Fairy pillow and log cabin

I am finally getting back to my blog after a very busy summer.I am showing one pillow that I made sewn entirely by hand, no sewing machine used.
I put yo-yo flowers with glass beads on top.
There is a small fairy purse that is made with hand-dyed wool.
I like to make quilts and pillows all by hand and find it very relaxing. I will be posting more pictures of other items I have made as I get time.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Making preserves with Flathead cherries

My daughter gave me several pounds of flathead cherries last week. They taste so good at first, better than store bought cherries . After my family ate their fill for a week we started to get tired of cherries. I needed to do something with about six pounds as they were getting ripe fast. I decided to make preserves and ended up with 12 ½ pints.
Here is the recipe I used. You can also use this recipe with most fresh fruit.
2 pounds cherries ( 6 cups) 4 cups sugar. 6 ½ pint jars Pit cherries and add sugar into large pot. Cook to a rolling boil for 20 minutes. Because my cherries were so ripe and sweet I only added 3 cups of sugar to 2 pounds cherries. I also had to add one box Sure Jell to mine. Put cooked preserves in clean canning jars and seal. This is a simple and easy recipe to use. If you have never canned before I would recommend getting a canning and freezing book by either Ball and Kerr.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Summer flowers

There is a bed of beautiful flowers at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge. I took these pictures about 30 minutes before dark.

There were a lot of bees, damselflies and mosquitoes flying around the flower beds. The damselflies are a beautiful blue and after several attempts trying to photograph them I finally got a somewhat decent picture of one. The purple flowers are lavender. One of my favorites.

This is the latest picture of my husband camper. Starting to look good.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

1974 Aloha camper

My husband bought a 1964 Aloha Shasta compact trailer today. Camper had been used as a hunting camper and you can still smell dog odor in it. The price was very cheap, cheap, cheap.
My son and husband are going to use it on weekend prospecting trips .
They go into areas that have black bears and possible grizzly bears and did not like sleeping in a tent. Outside of camper needs a good painting.

I tried to get pictures before my son and husband gutted it but was to late.
The carpet was so dirty and smelly and it was hard to tell what the original color was.
This picture shows my husband mopping the floors after taking carpet out. You can see how dirty it is, after only just a small bit of mopping. Floor had nice vinyl floor and most likely the original.

This is my son vacuum the dirt out, he had earlier taken out an old frig that does not work. They plan to take this cabinet out and make bedding area a little larger.
There is one small leak in corner that can be fixed.
After we paint, put in new curtains, new bedding and a portable toilet camper should be ready to go.

I believe these are the original curtains. They are in very bad condition. Cute fabric when they was new, have little hula girls on them. I will make new curtains but without the hula girls. Maybe flowers, I think they would like that.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

My cat loves flowers

I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my duaghter on mother' s day. I decided to keep the dry purple flowers and put in a vase other red flowers..

The first day my cat, who loves flowers, jumped on the table and checked each one of them out for about 15 minutes.

The next day he again jumped on the table and rearraged them to his liking. Yes, I just left them as he had arranged them.
The next day he again jumped on the table and picked one of the purple flowers from vase. He dropped it on the floor and the second picture shows what he did with it.
I hope this has satisfied his curiosty and will leave the rest of flowers alone.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Kootenai Falls or let me just die

Yesterday we drove 4 hours for a soccer game to Libby, Montana and the temperature was 93*. Not suppose to be that hot here in Montana.
After we left the games we stopped with some of the parents and about 10 kids at Kootenai Falls.

The walk back to falls and swinging bridge was suppose to be a short walk. But with temps in the 90’s and walking down narrow trails going down hill, the walk seemed to go on and on and on.
We crossed a bridge going over the rail road tracks with about 4 sets of stairs on each side of bridge and time I got to other side, I thought let me just die here, but my daughter would not let me. Finally we got to the falls and the river was raging with mountain snow melts.
After a brief look at falls and no kids falling in water we made our way to the swinging bridge.
By time I got there, I was hot , sweating, thirsty, and I thought my heart would beat out of my chest.
I was breathing like a horse that had just raced in the Kentucky Derby.
If my daughter had left me there I think I would have just died right there.
The kids went across the swinging bridge and seemed to have a good time.
I looked at those millions of stairs going up to bridge and decided that I had rather rest on a nice rock than cross that bridge.
After some time kids came back across, ready to climb back up that long hill (mountain) to me.
When we got to bridge going across rail road track, one man had lain down in grass to rest. I really wanted to join him but my daughter said she would carry me on her back up steps. ( great daughter).
I told her I can make it. I believe the steps had multiplied from the first time we had crossed them There seemed to be more of them than the first time.
I have decided either I am to old or out of shape for all these mountain trips. I think it is a little of both.
All in all we had a good time that day and I would do it again, but without the heat.
And a good bottle of whiskey.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Old man winter is out of here

Since old man winter seems to have lifted it's hold I have been doing a lot of bird watching and local site seeing. Came across this old log house that was about to fall down the hill. Also the rock buiding may have been a root cellar. The way the rocks was piled on top of each other was very artistic.

Ring neck pheseant in a field. Such a beautiful bird. Introduced to North America from China in the 1800's. Picture taken at Lee Metcalf wildlife Refuge.

Came across this garter snake lying on the path. He was reluctant to move. When I seen a group of people coming with dogs, I stomped my foot on the pavement and he crawled off into the grass. He was about two feet long. It would have been nice if the kids in the group could have seen snake. Since so many people are afraid of them and they had dogs, I thought it best if he went on his way.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day and a Canadian goose

I took these pictures this weekend at the Lee Matcalf Wildlife Refuge.

This is a favorite site for amateur and professional photographers to take pictures of birds and scenery.

There was two geese feeding on the lawn but only one that wanted his/her picture taken.
The mountains had a late spring snow storm that came through and dumped several inches of snow on them.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Snow Geese

I took these pictures of snow geese that had flown into the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge.
There was about 30 of them and they all made their way on shore to feed except for three.
It seemed that these three was timid or had been spooked before on land. Perhaps a fox or hawk chased them.

After a few minutes a car drove by on the road and scared them off.
The second picture shows them in flight and the third picture shows them landing.
There was a beautiful reflection in the water as they was landing.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Felted woman quilt

I made this for a group of crafters that my daughter and I belong to called “ In Good company”.

Each month we are given a challenge to make something from a kit that we get.

For the month of April we was given 4 colors of wool felt to use, a piece of wool fabric and felt needles along with a few other items.

I told my daughter that we should make something really different. After thinking about it for a few days I came up with making a man and woman wall quilt.
My daughter choose the man and that left me with the woman to make.

I decided to use a vintage picture of a beautiful young girl and use the wool felt to make her hair.
I used wool fabric to make the hat with.

You can see my daughters wall quilt at her blog site.

These are original designs.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Small wool pillow

I love to make small pillows and since I have never sewn with wool I decided to make a small pillow.
I wanted to see how easy wool is to sew.
I think the wool fabrics sew as good as cotton fabrics.
I will make a larger pillow and a few more smaller pillows.
I love this green color. Green and burgundy colors go together beautiful.
These are hand-dyed wool fabrics.
I bought fabrics from a shop that does their own dying of different fabrics.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Wool yarn and felting

This week I bought from two different shops beautiful wool and wool felting.
Both the fabric and felting had been hand dyed.
There was so many different colors that I had a hard time choosing which one’s I wanted to buy.
I finally decided on a few basic colors to start with.
One shop had every kind of wool from animals that I did not even know wool was used from them.
Some of the wool was so soft that I just wanted to dive into the basket and lie on it.
I used to knit and almost got tempted to start knitting again.
The new fabrics that are out for knitting are a lot different than the old dime store yarns that I used to use.
I keep telling myself I don‘t have time to start a new craft.
Now I just need to decide what I want to make with all this beautiful wool.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Mixed media art quilt. Girl with leaves

I love this vintage picture. I wanted to use it on a small quilt and I could not find just the right fabrics to use with it.
I wanted the quilt to have an old vintage look to it.
I had just made a lap quilt with plaids and had a scrap laying on my cutting table.
I had at last found the perfect fabric to use!
I put some new and vintage buttons on top , beads and hand and machine embroidery.
This is beautiful framed.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Lavender sachet

The wind is blowing as she runs through a field of flowers.

Holding onto her scarf to keep it from blowing off her head.

I am a big fan of Pre-Raphaelite art. The women are absolutely beautiful in the art works.

I decided to use this picture in a lavender sachet.


I like to add bead work to some of my designs. This is another Pre-Raphalelite picture. Original designs.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Fabric collage quilts

I have been making small art quilts in the past few days.
It has been some time since I have made any of these as I have been working on larger quilts.
To take a break from a large quilt, I feel the need to go smaller.
I love these small pieces framed. They can be hung in a small area that calls for a small work of art.
I never know what I am going to make when I start. Sometimes an idea will pop in my head before I get out of bed in the morning.
Morning is the best time for me to think. My mind is refreshed from the worries of the day, at least most times it is.
I first choose my picture and then I look for fabrics that go with the picture.
I lay everything out on a table and start adding different things to get an idea of what my quilt or art piece is going to look like.
Sometimes I will leave quilt over night if everything is not coming together right.
At times I have had a quilt to go together perfect the first time and other times yuck!!
If I am not happy with a piece that I am working on , I take it back a part and reuse the fabrics in something else.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Making vintage ACEO'S

I have been playing around with different ways to make ACEO’S this week.
I like making my bright colors ones that I have on Etsy but decided to make an aged looking ACEO.
Even thought the ACEO did not turn out the way I had planned. I still like the effects.

This is my challenge for this month. This is a group of ladies that get together once a month and we are given a challenge to make each month.

You can see their site at

We had to use gel or gesso on a picture and bond this to fabric. I decided to use a wood board that I had and then aged the process. I gave it an aged look.
It is called “Memories” of peaceful days.
It is not my favorite way of transferring pictures. Being a little lazy I had rather print my pictures off on my printer.

Friday, February 15, 2008

making an ACEO card

There are many ways to make an ACEO. I am only going to give a brief outline and hope this will help get you started.
An ACEO has to be only 2.5” x 3.5”.
You can put anything on top of card as long as it is not over ¼” thick. **********************************************************
Use any kind of foundation to put design on. Water color paper, mat board, fabric, metal, and wood.
Almost anything goes.
There are a lot of books out on this subject but it is hard to look at a picture and make an ACEO.
I have found that the ACEO’S I make come from deep within me and my imagination.
When I start making an ACEO I have no idea of what I am going to make. Sometimes even I am surprised at what I made.

I am showing how I made one card and try to take you through a few steps.
This is my turtle ACEO card.

First I painted a mat board using good paints. Golden paints are my favorites.

I used a rubber stamp in the back ground. Next I selected a picture from a page that I had run off earlier.
Be sure and use copy right free pictures are your own photos if you plan on selling the card.

I used a permanent glue stick to paste my pictures down.
I let these cards dry and then I put a coat of clear varnish on for protection.
Don’t forget to sign and date on back of card. Hope this helped a little.

Have fun and once you get started it is hard to stop.
Don’t try and copy what others are making, it can get very frustrating. Come up with your own


This is an ACEO that I made from fabrics. Maybe another lesson?

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Collage art

One of my favorite things to make has always been collage work.
I started making collages when there was no word for them. Back in the dark ages.

My sixth grade teacher kept a lot of my collage work, even after she had retired.
She invited me to her house one day and was showing me the things that I had made. I ask her to give me the art work but she wanted to keep them.
I was hoping to get my work after she passed away but never knew what happen to them.

It is still one of my favorite art works to make. I am now adding paints and canvas to my works and starting to sell in gallery’s and shows.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

UFO and wall quilts

I take a monthly class where we are given different craft challenges. The challenge is to take the kit that is given to us and make something from it. This is where one’s imagination comes into play.
For this months challenge we was given a jar of paint and a piece of Tyvek and told to make something with it.
This is mine. I call it “It came from space”. With all the UFO’s sightings being reported on the news I thought this would fit in. I painted a canvas board and glued the Tyvek to it.
I also made a small wall quilt with another kit. This one had metallic paint and a scrap of black fabric. I love leaves and used some of my rubber stamps to stamp on fabric with the paint.
The charm I sewed to bottom of quilt is from a seller on etsy,

The other quilt I call “Ladybug”. I made a tiny ladybug from fabric and sewed it to quilt.
The ladybug is about ¼” and takes some time to make these as they are so tiny and the fabric is hard to hold.