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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Interesting Stuff in Five Short Chapters

Today's post is a collection of things I've been wanting to share so I'm putting them all in one post with 5 Chapters.
Chapter One

Do you remember when I blogged about this book, Happy Villages?
Happy Villages by Karen Eckmeier

Rosemary, my girlfriend, bought Happy Villages and I bought the Accidental Landscapes and Layered Waves books by Karen Eckmeier.  Rosemary is much faster than me....check out Rosemary's Haunted Village below.

This was still on the design wall and the threads were not clipped when I snapped the photo.  Isn't this a fun Halloween wall hanging?  I just love it.  I don't have any Halloween fabrics but I'm going to start getting some so I can make one too.  Of course, I want on for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Presidents Day, Valentines Day, Columbus Day...oh yeah....and my birthday too!!! 

Chapter Two
I recently needed to make my own design wall.  So I laid the insulated foam board on the floor with the batting under it so I could cut just the right length....don't want to waste any!  Check out these Batting and Fabric Shears that I received from Brint (Famore Cutlery) the Scissorman.  When I first saw them I thought they were huge.....I mean they are 11 3/4 inches from tip to top of the handle!!!  Everyone knows I'm almost a giant so typically I would not hesitate....but these really caught my eye.  I was pleasantly surprised how nice they felt in my hand as I cut the batting....the scissors cut the batting smoothly and I did not have to use my fabric shears which was wonderful (I only use those for fabric).  When I find out more about stocking them at I Have A Notion, I'll let everyone know.  They are some mighty fine scissors indeed!!!!  Yet another reason to LOVE the Scissorman!!!

Edited 15minutes later....found the scissors and have link embeded

Chapter Three
A year ago I learned about "Wrapagain" when a friend e-mailed me thinking I would be interested.  After reading more about Wrapagain I was very excited and thrilled for Susan Frantz, owner/designer.  She has designed her own re-usable gift wrap made from our favorite ingredients : FABRIC!!!!  I was tickled when I ran into her in town at a festival and asked if I could blog about her product and take some photos.  I'm so glad she said yes because I think her invention is genius.  It is green as green can be....nothing to throw away ever....and it is beautiful.  You can't get better than that for wrapping gifts.  Click here if you want to see how to wrap a gift using a Wrapagain.
(the little boy in the stripe shirt is none other than my co-worker Zachary :)
I bought the large red Wrapagain that Susan is holding above.  I have not used it yet because I'm having a hard time parting with it...LOL.  Word to the a Wrapagain that you are not crazy about.  That will make it much easier to actually wrap a gift and give it away!!  Another really cool thing is Susan has each Wrapagain numbered and when you register them there is a tracking system.  Isn't that cool?  I think they make neat gifts in and of themselves.

Chapter 4
Check out this beautiful holiday towel I got in the mail.  I was so tickled when I opened the envelope.  Surprises are so much fun.  A blogging friend, Karin, made it for me.  Now to keep it away from the boys!!!
Chapter 5
My traveling friend, Dana, came by to visit and stitch one afternoon and she brought some things for show and tell.  Check out the great skirt she made with Batik fat quarters. 

And of course, she had to make some fun fleece socks for this winter.  I made some last year and I'm telling you if you have not made yourself a pair of fleece might just want to....they feel wonderful and are guaranteed to make you smile.
Dana made a gift for a friend....and of course....her humor is right up my alley!  Check out this cute little shirt:
It is not an I-Pod, but a I Peed....perfect don't you think?  And check out the back:
This just cracked me up.  Mr. McSteamy came home for lunch that day.  Being in the IT field I knew he would appreciate this bit of humor.  He was more than willing to model the shirt for me.....LOL :)
Well, this concludes my interesting things to share in 5 short chapters.  I have been working on adding the GO! Baby Dies to my website for pre-order.  It takes me several hours to add items to my if you don't see me for a few'll know where I am...:)



  1. hahahaha!! Another funny post!! Love the little shirt...the fleece socks/slippers made me laugh again, I remember when you made them...not too long after you were blogging/posting in the nude. LOVE the fq skirt!! Super cool idea, and I can see where you wouldn't want to let go of the cute wrap, counter-productive?

  2. OH...almost forgot!! Cool towel, and very, very, cool wallhanging! Saw those scissors at MQX and those puppies are huge! I think that's it....

  3. love it! Yep, hide the towel or the boys (big one included) will magically discover it on their dirtiest day.

  4. Just loved your 5 chapters but that little shirt is tooo funny...still laughing (ooopsss maybe I peed)...HA!!

  5. That book looks like fun.
    You do keep busy, wish I had your energy;)


  6. Happy Villages is on my list - love the look of the book, and I really love Rosemary's quilt! And I don't even like Halloween, lol. The scissors look interesting, love the little towel Karin gave you [hide it well, I have two boys, I know], the skirt is gorgeous and the socks look so nice and warm!
    I had to laugh when I saw the shirt - I have those designs, lol! I think they're perfect for a kids' shirt!

  7. I love your blog. Those fleece socks look wonderful and I would love to know where to get the pattern. That little shirt is just to fun. I have a bunch of grandkids being potty trained right now and that would be perfect.

  8. ha ha ha..that tee-shirt is a crack up...or should I say
    Hugs Khris

  9. I sooo have to recreate the Ipeed shirt!! I have a 2 month old that would look DARLING in it!! LOl Although, Mr McSteamy is looking awesome in it, as well!!!

  10. Ahhhhh, I about peed my ownself when I saw my towel up there! THANKS for sharing that :) That shirt is just tooooo cute! And those scissors look AWEsome. Bet they go thru batting like a hot knife goes thru butter. Probably best to keep THEM away from the co-workers, too.

    That wall hanging is adorable. You ladies are just so imaginative & creative & inspiring!

  11. That is so flipping hilarious!! I was just laughing so hard that I almost peed. Too funny

  12. Absolutely love Rosemary's Haunted Village! Great job Rosemary!!!
    I really need to know where I can find the instructions to make the socks. I have some patients that would love those!

  13. I will have to get that book one day. Loved your post, and that pic of hubby just made me laugh and laugh...It is a priceless photo!

  14. I have this book. It's one of those things I really want to do, but I haven't yet. Funny, I was just telling someone about it the other day. I love that spooky village.


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