14 February 2017

14 Handmade Heart Projects

I love hearts, in general, not just for Valentine's day, I think all of these gifts could be given year round.
I gathered 14 of my favorite FREE tutorials and ideas all in this post, if you now of some more, please let me know in the comment section.  Have fun creating.
14 Heart Projects, from quick paper projects to more larger quilt projects.

Paper Projects
Wild Olive Heart Printable, ready to embroider.
From Simply Notable a Free Tutorial on how to make this heart cozy along with a Free Printable for the Latte Cups
For the kids to send a heart filled hug from afar
Felt Ideas
Zipper Pouch tutorial by Polkadot Chair

A Heart Pincushion Tutorial on How to Sew
A great project to enjoy with the kids, some of it is non-sewing.
 Don't feel like cutting out your own felt hearts, you can buy pre-cut heart's from Benzie Designs, they are awesome!
 Mini Quilt Tutorials
This 6" block could be used all by itself in a mugrug or add more to make a little mini, from Heritage Threads
Cute Love Heart Mini Quilt tutorial from Molly and Mama

Cluck Cluck Sew mini Heart pattern

Moda Bakeshop Big Heart Patchwork Mini
Kittens and Threads free pattern
Free HST Heart Mini Quilt from Canoe Ridge

Heart Quilts

Do you enjoy English Paper Piecing, then this Free Heart Quilt Pattern is for you from BrownBirdDesigns

This looks like an easy Big Impact Heart Quilt from Modern Handcraft

 Want even more Quilt ideas, these girls have a whole bunch of Heart quilts already linked, no reason to re-invent the wheel, although a few of them are above.
Heart Quilting Ideas 
Want some great ideas on how to quilt your hearts, how about with these motifs and free tutorials.
Free tutorials from Lori Kennedy, Doodle Heart and Hugs and Kisses 

09 February 2017

Blithe Quilt

Welcome to my Day on the Blog Tour, to see a list of everyone participating, please click here.

I was really thrilled about getting the chance to work with Katarina Roccella's Blithe fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics.  I especially wanted to work with the Canvas from AGF, and like all AGF fabrics it is amazing "Feel the Difference" is as always the truth.  In fact it is so great, that when it came in the mail, my husband asked if I was making something for him, he loves the feel of it, and if you think this is a common comment from him, it's not, he doesn't like me sewing, so for him to approve of just fabric was truly amazing.
Another thing I love about Art Gallery Fabrics is that they always do a great job of telling you what blenders/solids go great with a fabric collection.  I picked up a few of the solids suggested Sweet Macademia, Quartz Pink (I love this color so much!!) and Mystic Grey, I had Ash and Moonstone on hand and think they look good with the fabric collection as well.
from back to front, Sweet Macademia, Mystic Grey, Ash and Moonstone

I also added a little bit of Katarina's first collection "Indelible"

For the binding I couldn't help but add another Art Gallery Fabric designer's fabric to the mix for the binding, using a flange binding technique with Quartz Pink as the solid, which looks beautiful against the canvas.
Blithe, Skopelos and Paperie
I was so happy to have Fat Quarter Shop's Orange Peel Templates, it helped a lot in the making of the feathers.

I ended up hand quilting it since I was having difficulties with my sewing machine, I like the way it turned out.
But I have a few more "white feathers" to hand quilt down and so I have not completed the quilt and I apologize about this.
With all of the hand quilting I needed to take breaks for my finger sakes, so I also created the Airport Sling from the book "On the Go Bags"
I will be donating this for the Auction #sendkarritokorea that is going on on IG, this weekend.

I will complete the quilt as soon as possible, Thank you for the chance to create using your fabrics Katarina!

19 January 2017

Blithe Blog Tour has Started!

I'm excited to announce the Blithe Blog and Instagram Tour.

On the first day we have Katarina Roccella the designer of the Blithe Collection for Art Gallery Fabrics.
Her blog post can be found here, Like Flowers and Butterflies , also be sure to check out her Dear Deer Quilt  and her cute Christmas Stockings, a free pattern.

 I have copied this Instagram list from Katarina Roccella,  (I will be linking the blog posts after they are published, too):

1. Erica Toole - January 18: Instagram only @ skynme2

2. Mariana Diaz - January 19: Instagram only @ sewMariana

3. Ashley Herrmann - January 20: Blogged at Petite Stitchery @ petitestitchery

4. Isabelle Selak - January 21: Blogged at Teach Sew Love @ southbaybella
First weeks makes, all beautiful!

5. Stacey Derksen - January 22: Instagram only @ sweet_finnagin_boutique

6. Eleri Kerian - January 23: Free Tote Pattern @ sewandtellproject

7. Hemamalini Elumalai - January 24: Doll Mini Quilt @ helumalai

8. Paola Baker - January 25: @ loveoffabrics

9. Sue Stone - January 26: Really lovely Linen shirt @ needleinafabricstash

10. Cassie and Alexis - January 27: Great Girl's dresses @ lilyshineforlittlelizardking and myysweetsunshine

11. Carolina Moore - January 28: EPP Pillow @ craftmoore

12. Lesley Storts - January 29: Mini Quilt and Pincushions @ lesleystorts
From Week 2, links above

13. Ali Brorsen - Beautiful dresses and even a shirt for a boy!! January 30: @ becauseofbrenna

14. Kimberly Baird - January 31: Instagram only @ monkeykimberly

15. Rebecca Makas - Half Rectangle Triangle Quilt February 1: @ restitcherator

16. Natalie Santini - February 2: Yoga Mat Case and Essential oil case @ sewhungryhippie

17. Anna Durocher - February 3: cute girl dresses @ bizzy_bean_clothing

18. Sharon Mcconnell - February 4: Baby quilt @ colorgirlquilts

19. Laura Scaramella - February 5: Instagram Only @ petitestitchery
From Week 3, links above

20. Audrey - February 6: Awesome Canvas vest @ skirtfixation

21. Terra - February 7: the most adorable socks @ mamasayssewblog

22. Nichole Vogelsinger - February 8: The most beautiful hoops @ wildboho

23. Mara Capron - February 9: That's me, your here! @ mara.creates

24. Anne Boundy - February 10: a really cool 3D mini @ anneboundy

25. Heather Hatch - February 11: Instagram only @ tanglewood_lane_dolls

26. Michael Caputo - February 12: Baby Quilt @ patchworkandpaper

Week 4 of the Blithe Blog tour, links above.

27. Julia Liebl-Fern - February 13: Quilt and Tote @ finefabric

28. Nicole Young - February 14: Cathedral Window Pillow @ lillyellasworld

29. Karly Nelson - February 15: Girls dress and Cardigan @ paisleyroots

30. Ines Hilsberg - February 16: Woman's Voile Blouse @ naehzimmerplaudereien

31. Geraldine Wilkins - February 17: Lap Quilt @ livingwaterquilter

32. Deanne Chambers - February 18: Philosophers Thoughts Cowl Dress and Deer dress @ wildforesthandmade

33. Mathew Boudreaux - February 19: Hexagon Sewing Box @ misterdomestic

Week 5 creations, blog post and IG accounts, linked above!

34. Judith Posdziech - February 20: @ septembers_delight

35. Elise Baek - February 21: @ eliseandemelie

36. Marija Vujčić - February 22: @ mvquilts

37. Elina Temmes - February 23: @ elinatemmes

38. Maja Wlusek - February 24: @ betyipiernaty

39. Jennifer DauFerermany - February 25: @ petitestitchery

40. Jacky Ayres - February 26: @ jackyayresdesigns

41. Yuliya Reshetnikova - February 27: @ yureshetnikova

42. Christine Bacquer Joubert - February 28: @ lopolokko

43. Katrin Umlauft - March 1: @ puppilalla

 My Day is on February 9th, can't wait to show you what I am making with these beautiful fabrics, along with some gorgeous Brillo Aurifil threads!

18 January 2017

Nik as Santa

I owe you these videos, I realize unless you speak Greek, you won't understand a word of it, so enjoy :)
There was a lot of singing at the beginning of the play.
getting ready
 And Katerina's teacher made a speech.
the Principal on the left and Katerina's teacher on the right.

Nik on stage with the "children"

02 January 2017

Christmas 2016

So my computer is running poorly and Arthur tells me I need to get rid of some of my photographs, so you may be seeing lots of post in the next coming weeks, so I can put all of my photos somewhere.
Starting with the most recent, this post will include pictures from Christmas Eve and Christmas day 2016.

On Christmas Eve I made a Kiwi tart, why Kiwi, well at the kids school they sent home each child a big bag of kiwi's, I'm guessing it was around 3 Kilo's or 6 pounds per bag.  If you do the math there are about 100 kids at the school, yeah, that's a lot of Kiwi's
The kiwi's in the bowl are the leftover's from just one bag, the other bag of kiwi's I left at KokaRoka.
It was pretty good, if you want the recipe I will have to make it again since I was just goofing around and made up my own thing.
Katerina's godmother dropped by that evening so we ate Katerina's and Ero's favorite food, Spaghetti and Meat Sauce.  She brought presents for the kids, she is always so sweet in remembering Nik as well, they both just adore her.
A Barbie Farm Veterinarian

And a Helicopter for Nik
She only got to stay for a little bit before going to visit her mother, she is living in Athens right now and Thankfully has a job, unlike 50% of the rest of the young people in Greece, so that's good.
Having fun playing.
Christmas morning we woke up to having the stockings stuffed by Miss Molly Mouse, I had just finished Nik's stocking the night before around 10pm, I know I love a deadline, haha.
Just like my Mom I like to put some mandarin's in the stocking (no walnuts) and the morning juice, a lollipop, this year the inside present was pretty fancy with some additions from Amanda (see previous post for all of the gifts she sent)  Katerina was up first and had all of her stuff open by the time Nik came out, lol.
The Christmas Pickle hiding in the tree decided who got to open the first present, Katerina found it first, Arthur started pouting because I corrected him when he called it a Pepper and said it was a Pickle.
We always have the tree down at KokaRoka, there is more room and well I prefer it that way.
 I asked what they would like to open first, present from Mommy and Daddy, present from GeGe and GePa, present from mommy's friend Amanda or present from Santa, and surprisingly enough they went in the order that I suggested, I thought for sure they would say Santa's first, these kids never cease to amaze me.
Katerina's gift from us was a Fairy coloring book with Fairy stickers and some neon markers she had been wanting.
Nik got a plate, bowl and cup set from Mommy and Daddy, you can see the excitement on his face, hehehe, but I got this for him because he was always complaining about using the "kiddy" cups from IKEA (they are plastic and he wanted a real cup).
From GeGe and GePa a Playmobile Hair Salon, Katerina spends hours playing make believe with her Playmobile  and after playing teacher, doing hair and make-up is her next favorite topic.
Nik's gift from GeGe and GePa a game called Stratego, Nik's favorite thing to do is play games and especially military style games or Minecraft and he loves anything that requires some Strategy.  So this was a perfect gift for him, now he just needs a whole bunch of cousin's around to play with him all of the time, Mommy is kind of Strategied out.

The Third present to be opened was from a swap I did with Amanda, she sent the kids a Handmade gift and I sent her kids a handmade gift, you can see the items swapped here on this blog post.

Mr. Pouting Scrooge was on his computer the whole time, I was so pissed.

And his mother's usual position in the Kitchen, of course if she had been out she probably would have been yelling at the kids so it was better that she just was around but not involved.
The kids opening their gift from Santa, Katerina got her much asked for Barbie house that folds up, we do have a small house and Nik got a Playmobile Farm, that I was very surprised he asked for.  On both gifts Santa got a good deal, Katerina's was on sale from 40euros to 34euros and Santa had a coupon that had expired but that they still accepted for another 8euros off, so it came to a saving's of 14euros.  Nik's gift Santa had a flier that said it would cost 40euros, but when Santa went to the toy store they wanted 58euros, Santa showed them the flier and they called the company "Playmobile" and then they honored the deal, so a savings of 18euros, Santa greatly appreciated all of the good deals.

For lunch we had pork in the oven with potatoes (also ate this on New Year's day) only Nik and I ate, since ΓιαΓια Katerina yelled at little Katerina and made her cry so she went home and Arthur was still pouting so he went with her.
 Nik loves eating all things green, in fact we almost have a hard time getting him to eat meat, as soon as he taste any fat, he will stop eating the meat, so we have to be real careful in cutting the meat for him.
My little vegetarian, eating Horta, wild greens from the garden, he does NOT get this from me.

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas, does anyone else have a Scrooge in the Family?