Thursday, August 08, 2013

Three New Items Added to the Shop

Well, most of July was consumed not with sewing, but with battling and healing a very painful herniated cervical disc.  It has been slow getting back to normal life, much less a bit of sewing.  Even now I cannot do as much in one sitting.  Slowly, but surely I am getting back to quilting.  It is such a joy.

So, I finished up a couple more little mini quilts and listed them in my etsy shop, Celeste Creates.

Tell your friends!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A New Endeavour for Me

This has been really fun for me. Honestly, I am surprised this came out of me.  My middle sister has always been the artist.  I know they pale in comparison to the many more learned, gifted hand-lettering artists out there, but this is very fun.  A very different arm of my creative side.

Want a scripture?  I'll make one for you!



Monday, July 15, 2013

Scripture Everywhere

"You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. And you shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates"

Deuteronomy 11:18-20 

This afternoon I have been working on a little impromptu project.  One child threw up during the night so we are having a sick day.  Really relaxing, actually, following a week of VBS and a busy weekend.  I love Scripture, memorizing it, reading it, praying it, soaking it up.  Love it.  I love it in my home, but the lovely Scripture art on etsy can be pricey.  So today began a mission to locate free Scripture printables online.  I got on Pinterest and searched the words, "free Scripture printables," and found lots of wonderful links.  LOTS.  They are all free to download and many are a nice small size.  I have been choosing my favorites and printing them on glossy photo paper, usually four to a page.  I am cutting them apart and attaching them in prime places!  Loving it - for me and my family.

Near my phone in kitchen

 By the kitchen sink

 In the front entry near the stairs

 Over the lamp near my chair in the bedroom

 Over my towel ring in the master bath

And three more sets to cut and hang!

Here are a few of the wonderful links I found!

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Book Lovers

Let me just say it.  We are book junkies.  There.

We have an extensive library of books in our home that rivals, well, the library.  Not really, but close.

Anyway.............When I am out and about browsing bargain books, most of the time I can't remember what we own.  Sometimes I might even be sitting downstairs not wanting to walk all the way up the stairs to search the shelves.  Often times I call my children from Half Price Books wanting them to check!

Well, if you have an iPhone or iPad, maybe even one of those Android devices, there is a super nifty app called Book Crawler. 

Book Crawler

Some of you may have already found this one, but I discovered it recently and really played with it today.  You can catalog your whole library of books!!!!!!!!!!!  I haven't quite gotten there, but began with a few of book collections we have. 

I just finished cataloging all the American Girl books (oh, my) and all the Vision Saint Books.  There's even a barcode scanner and so far it works perfectly.

There is a "lite"version for free to try it out.  Half way through the American Girl Books I ran out of storage.  I paid $1.99 for the full version I liked it so much.  I usually hate paying for apps.

Anyway, I thought all my fellow book junkies would enjoy this little tidbit of info.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Plain Vanilla

Every year my sweet nieces sell magazine subscriptions as a fundraiser for their Christian school.  This year I decided I ought to subscribe to Martha Stewart Living again.  It has been so very long.  Needless to say, I have a whole stack of unread magazines.  Yes, they are lovely, but after a few issues I realized how far Martha's path and mine had diverged.  Were they ever really even close?

I find myself thinking how hard it must be to work at the Martha Stewart Magazine company.  I mean, really, these people have to work to keep digging up new stuff for these articles.  Sometimes I am not sure where they find it all!

I do not forsee myself baking tarts for Bastille Day, inspecting my beehives, or placing straw under my pumpkins (?). 

Anyway, I digress.

The true purpose of this article is really about ice cream.  Yes, ice cream.

Now, first, let me warn you we are ICE CREAM PEOPLE.  You would fall over backward if you really knew the amount of Blue Bell flavors we have at this or any given moment.  In fact, we really only keep the important stuff like ice and ice cream in the kitchen freezer.  The other less important items like beef, chicken and frozen veggies get to hang out in the freezer in the laundry room.  Priorities.

This evening I was rather pleased to see there was an article in the latest issue of Living about ice cream.  Perfect summer time article.  Ice cream.  Actually, perfect anytime article.  Anyway, I flipped to the article, read a few photo captions, and seriously, burst ought laughing.  I guess I have been a Blue Bell fan for far too long (nah).  I know I am prejudiced and I am very OK with that.  But, even so, I am just not sure my delicate palette can handle the flavors the article was suggesting I should make for our summertime enjoyment.

I am not sure which I will try first: Avocado Cilantro Sherbet or..... Sweet Corn and Basil Ice Cream.  You?

How about some Cucumber, Celery, and Gin Sorbet?

Oh, wait.  I know.  I think I am going for the Strawberry Aperol Sorbet.  What's an Aperol?

The Cantaloupe, Tarragon, and Vodka Sherbet might be a hit with the kids.

And who really puts roses and lavendar in ice cream? If you want to dress things up you can always just add Hershey's Chocolate Syrup!

I think I will remain a die hard Blue Bell fan.  I feel like I can trust them.  Count on them in my need.

How about some Homemade Vanilla?

PS - Next time I order magazines, remind me to stick with quilting ones.
PPS or PSS (whichever) - If you are surprised that I could write this extensively about ice cream, just remember my freezer!

Quilting Advancements

I am so excited about this quilt!  First of all, it was really fun to play with another one of Bonnie and Camille's fabric lines, Happy-Go-Lucky.  Such a precious bunch of fabrics.  I love everything they create!
It was also a lot of fun to make all these half square triangle and then come up with a design.  I really love how it turned out.
Once I got the quilt top finished, it was screaming, "Quilt me differently!"  Every time I looked at it, I kept feeling like it needed something different than one of my usual all over quilting designs.  It seemed like it might be a good time to try something new, especially since I have a block of the month quilt which will definitely need some special quilting!
I have had this book for a while and have used it to try some designs every once in a while.  It is a great book!

Then I bought the Kindle version of the following book after thumbing through it at a bookstore and liking what I saw!
Both books were super helpful in helping me think about the design for this quit and then put it into action.  It felt weird to quilt it all at a much slower speed.  I was able to adjust my speed higher after a bit, but never wanted to go too fast and lose control.

In hindsight, I wish I had flipped the designs on the patterned fabric to the white areas and vice versa.

Quilting this was such a huge learning experience for me and did a lot to build my confidence in working with other free hand designs.  What fun!

So here is the finished quilt before washing.  Yes, I am washing it as usual.  To me a quilt that is going to be used isn't a quilt until it is washed and dried and soft and snuggly!  I am interested to see how it looks post wash and dry.
 Here are a couple of up close front photos.  In the center white square is a fun flower.  Love this part!  In each of the patterned triangles I quilted a loopy flower looking fan thing (technical name, yes).  In white areas I did double circles.

Honestly, my favorite part of the quilt is the back!  I love how well it shows off the quilting design.  Stunning.  Makes me want to do a solid color quilt just to play with quilting motifs!
I am so excited about doing this and learning all I did!  Can't wait to get it out of the dryer!

Thanks for bearing with all my quilty gushing!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

In the garden today

I was outside photographing Andrew's quilt and marveling at how lovely all the flowers are right now.  I thought I would capture a few of them since they really make me smile.  I think it is not quite hot enough yet to start shocking and killing them all!  They are just lovely!

Andrew's Birthday Quilt!

I finished this over the weekend!  The top and the backing were done for his birthday, but I had to wait to quilt it until my machine came back from maintenance and cleaning.  

He loves his quilt!