Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Whimsical Sno-Men and Sno-Women Wreath

   This Snowman wreath has been in my head since last year and I had originally planned to make it for last Christmas but just didn't have the time to do it the way I wanted.  I used the grapevine as the base and small gourds for the heads and my Husband painted them white. I left all the stems in place if they had them, and thought that would make a great nose! I knitted all the hats and scarves and painted on each face.Finally, embellished the wreath with small ornaments and snowflakes! Snowmen are my favorite!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Holiday Wreaths

Under the Sea Wreath

Every year my Husband and I enjoy the beauty of the season and make fun crafts together! Over the years we have made elaborate Christmas cookies, Scented Candles, made from scratch Gingerbread House complete with sleds and hills, trees,snowmen and lots of icing and candy. 
For the last few years we have been making wreaths all with  different themes! We talk about ideas early on and and gather our own items we have stored away or frequent the local shops and garage sales, taking advantage of discounts. We also like to make some things from scratch!
Late October-early November we cut long lengths off our grape vine and form them into wreaths and then set them aside until late November, when we are ready to create our wreaths. After Thanksgiving we got to it and while we watched MANY Hallmark Christmas Movies(we love these) and listened to an occasional Christmas Song we created our newest wreaths! FUN and Great Quality time with my Honey!

Grape Vine in the summer and beautiful Green Grapes

Steampunk Wreath

My Husband loves Steampunk and just had make a wreath with that theme!

                                                           Vintage Ornament Wreath

My Husband bought a large bag of Vintage Ornaments from the 50's and 60's at a garage sale and turn them into this beauty!

                                                               Outer Space Wreath
                        Lots of Robots /Aliens and Sparkle....make this wreath out of this world!

                                                                 Sweet Treat Wreath

All kinds of Candy make this wreath Extra-Sweet!

                                                               Favorite Foods Wreath

      It's a Food Frenzy in this Wreath...from Hot Dogs to Sushi!

                                                             Birds of a Feather Wreath

I'm a Bird-Watcher by heart and this Wreath of Adorable Birds is one of my Favorites!

Stay tuned for the latest wreath coming the next couple days! I'll give you a hint-Snow!

Thanks for stopping by and Enjoy the Season!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Apple Block

  Apple picking was always a favorite time of year for me! We would always pick bags of fresh juicy McIntosh Apples and make the most delicious desserts. This Apple block is raw edge applique, so it's quick and easy to make!

~10-1/2 inch square cotton print fabric~ I used a tree print by Thomas Kinkade
~10-inch scrap of red cotton print fabric for apples
~8-inch scrap of green cotton print for leaves
~paper-backed fusible
~decorative thread in coordinating colors~brown for stem
~Optional fabric colored pencils

Apply paper backed fusible on wrong side of  red cotton print and green cotton print. Trace two apples on red fabric on paper side using provided pattern.
Trace  five leaves (2 large 3 small) on paper side of green fabric  using provided pattern. Cut out all apples and leaves and peel off paper back. Place apples and leaves on background fabric any way you like or use my block as a guideline. Press in place.
Use decorative thread and stitch around leaves and apples.
I used brown thread and stitched a stem on both apples.
If you want to add more dimension to your apples as I did use fabric pencils to draw in highlights. I also drew on veins of leaves and will quilt them later when I set the block.

Any questions or comments please contact me at
Have fun~Damsel

Project Pattern to download and print
 Apples and Leaves

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fun Cotton Cloth Napkins

I really loved making these quick easy napkins!
I chose patterns that correspond with food we love to eat, cut 17 inch squares of food novelty cotton fabric,
then serge edge with a rolled hem. You can hem by regular machine by folding and pressing under 1/4" and stitching close to raw edge.   Saves on all those paper napkins in the trash and they are so fun!
Every little bit helps!

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Jungle Eyes" Reader Block Challenge

I created this Block for a Reader block challenge using Batik branches and custom leaves! You had to incorporate circles of some sort so I made eyes for my circles.

Please check out the gallery of quilt blocks and vote for me!

Thank you so much!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Back to School Chalkboard Breakfast Mat

What a fun way to have breakfast on this Back to School Mat! Just enough room for your little one's breakfast and drink and more room for doodling or maybe a quick math problem....
I'm always trying to come up with new ways to use the piles and piles of jeans I have accumulated. This project is quick and easy and will be sure to put a smile on your child's face!
This mat measures 7"x 15"

Materials List

~Cut from a spare pair of jeans (leg) 1~7"x 15" rectangle of denim for chalkboard front
~Small can of chalkboard paint from Lowes or Home Depot 
~Cotton fabric for back 7"x 15" rectangle, plus 4-1/2" x 3-1/2"      scrap for chalk pocket
~Batting 7"x 15"
~Muslin 7" x 15"
~Strong nickel-plated pins for pinning layers together
~Jean sewing machine needle
~Coordinated thread
~optional Teflon foot or walking foot to help sew on top  layer(chalkboard paint)

Take your 7"x 15" piece of denim cut from old jeans

Paint top of denim rectangle with a generous layer of chalkboard paint almost to edges, let dry.

Paint a second layer of chalkboard and let thoroughly dry. Curls a little on edges but will pin in place easily with heavy duty pins.

Layer muslin on bottom, batting in middle, and top cotton backing fabric on top.

Pin layers together.

Free motion stitch all over back with any thread you want, set aside.

For chalk pocket~ with 4-1/2" x 3-1/2" scrap fold over one short side 1/4" then 1/4" again, press, stitch close to fold.
Fold right sides together and sew 1/4" across other short side.

Flip right sides out and press.

Lay quilted back, right side down, then lay chalkboard top right side up.

Pin Chalkboard pocket centered to left side matching raw edges of pocket and mat. Pin with heavy duty pins all the way around mat.

Using a jean needle,  sew a scant 1/4 " straight stitch all the way around mat to secure layers and pocket. A Teflon or walking foot helps make this chalkboard fabric feed more evenly or gently pull through.

Sew on binding all the way around.

Clip to 1/8 " of stitching, fold to back, pin, and hand sew in place.

Fun quilted back can be used as well.

Chalkboard mat ready to use while your little one enjoys breakfast!

Any questions or comments contact me at!
Thanks for looking~Damsel

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tomato Block

After spending the day making tomato sauce from beautiful tomatoes I plucked from the garden, I decided to make a tomato block. This block is raw edge applique~

Tomato Block ~ 1 square 10~1/2  inches for background 
(I chose a tomato print by Debbie Mumm)
                           ~Square 10 inch scrap of mottled reddish pink                                    fabric with paper back fusible applied
                            ~Small scrap green print with paper backed                                       fusible applied
                            ~decorative threads for machine applique

 Print out provided pattern and place pattern on paper side of fabric, draw tomatoes onto reddish fabric, and stems onto green.
Cut out and peel off paper.
Place in position using my block as a guide.
Iron in place.
Use coordinating decorative thread and machine applique in place.

Fresh lovely tomatoes I picked from the garden.

I use a chinois to extract all the goodness from the tomatoes. I use this as a base for my sauce.
                                                                                                                                                                I add crushed tomatoes,paste, garlic, fresh basil, parsley, and oregano.
Then I can the sauce in a hot water bath.
This way we can enjoy this sauce all winter long!

Tomato and Stem patterns
Print out full page

Any questions contact me at 
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sunflower Block

Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers! They are so big and bright...they just make me smile!

Just print out the following templates and cut out.
This block is done using raw edge applique.
I used three fabrics, I chose batiks. One background fabric and two for the sunflower.
Cut a 10-1/2 inch square for background.
Iron on paper back fusible to wrong side of the flower fabrics, draw on paper side and cut out.
Lay #1 right side up centered on background.
Lay #2 right side up on top of #1 turning to get the petal placement you want.
Place center on top and press to secure all the layers.
Stitch edges down using your favorite stitch!

These are some Beautiful Sunflowers from my garden; after they are done blooming, I throw the seed heads out for the birds to snack on! 

Sunflower Pattern

Thank you for your time and if you have any questions or comments let me know!  Damsel

Friday, July 18, 2014

Flip Flop Ocean Quilt

My Brother asked me to make a queen size quilt for him and his wife for their Beach Condo in Maine. They wanted Flip Flops on it and and various sea-life and I spent quite a few months making it with all my projects going on but finally hand delivered it to him! They were thrilled with it! It looks really great with all the decorations they had custom made!

The Beautiful Painting above the bed is by Artist Jacqui Hawk

Hand Embroidery~ Lesser Goldfinch

I am just having fun Hand Embroidering Birds that come to my yard for a visit, this is a Female Lesser Goldfinch! I incorporated real rose...