I’ve been a bit absent from posting on there the last couple of months. Job changes, life changes, when it rains it pours. Things have started to settle down a bit so I should be able to get caught up just in time for the holidays.

I have been doing some great craft planning however:

  • Wine bottle candle holders/covers – have all the pieces, just need to put them together or is it tear them apart?
  • Picked up some more vintage windows, have way too many ideas for these.
  • Auction – have been scouting out the online auctions and sending my hubby out around town to pick up stuff I “won” on the auctions.  Harness pieces/frames, cart frames, wagon wheels. Awesome stuff, lots of plans just need to start DOING some of this stuff.
  • Row by row – got way to carried away on these rows, I have 14 done and I’m stuck: Do I put them together for a large quilt or finish each one off as a table runner/wall hanging – I have the perfect place to hang them in my entry way too.
  • Picked up 8 ornate things to hand quilts/wall hangings from – now I just need to finish some of my quilt projects to hang on them. Good grief it’s a round robin!!!!!!
  • Can I just saw Pinterest is a crafters dream and a spouses worse nightmare. We are both out there finding things we want to make/do!!!!!
  • tore up one of my flower gardens to separate out the Daylilies. I expanded it 100% and still ended up with a ton of left over plants. I have plugged them in every where I can imagine.

Holiday are rapidly approaching – what oh what will they bring this year!!!

Fall is in the air and on the ground. My lawn is covered in beautiful yellow leaves, it’s very picturesque but brings with it a lot of work to pick them all up. Maybe we will take the easy way out and let them become lawn fertilizer/compost this year.


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Row after Row, after Row

I ran across this shop hop earlier this year, but I just got into it over the last couple of weeks. I have had so much fun doing these rows.

This is how you know I’m having fun…when my floor looks like this


Row By Row Experience – Mn Quilters

The Row by Row Experience shop hop is something new and exciting. It’s sort of a play on the old traveling license plate game when you were traveling with your family during summer vacation – only, it’s quilt oriented. Which makes is so much more fun.

So as I have been collecting the patterns/kits I have been sorting them into Piecing and Applique.   I don’t really care for the applique patterns, but it seems that almost half of the ones that I have collected are applique. Which just means that I have to go and collect more patterns.

5 rows completed so far, so far so good:

Rewards What is interesting to me though, is that each ones of these patterns are different finished sizes.  The rules of the challenge is to put 8 of the rows together into a quilt, finish it with label and be the first one brought into a participating store.  As you can see from the 5 shown above, putting them together will be a challenge.

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Stepping out of my comfort zone

So now that my niece found out that I have a sewing machine…you know the drill.

One of the kids was going to be a pirate in a local play house production, could I make something like this:

Well I’m going to say no. So off I went looking for material. She dropped off material for the pants. And I started sewing.

20140622_215052I think this turned out really cute, especially considering I wasn’t using a pattern. There was one hitch. Mom wanted the stripes, but dad said “Why do you want stripes” so then naturally, the kid went with dad…”Yeah, mom, why are my pants striped?” So off I went in search of black material. The second pair of pants were trickier – I had sent the pair of jeans I used for a pattern back with the first outfit, I was doing it from memory.

This pair doesn’t have the flare that the stripes does, but they turned out so cute.20140624_204705

The lesson of this task is “Don’t let Dad see the costume until the kid is on the stage!”


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Trying something new

I have so many tools and I use so very few of them, that I am obsessed with them when I do get an opportunity to use them again.

I have had a CNC cutting machine for 11 years and it has cut about 10 hours on it. I have made some amazing things with it for scrapbooking, cards, tags, etc. But I’ve always wanted to do more.

So recently I had a co-worker (my day job that pays for all my hobbies) that was getting married and her theme was country chique.  She was having mason jars for glasses, she made mason jar wine glasses (very cute – sorry no picture), had painted an old dresser for her cake stand – just cute, cute, cute stuff. So we were sitting around talking one day and she asked me if I new where she could get some vinyl cut – words. She was making signs for her wedding ( Menu, Bar Menu and Welcome sign).

I said I could do it, did she have windows yet?

Yep, she had the windows. So off I went into my den of creation (my computer room/office) and drew up some ideas. OMG – this was so much fun. Here are her completed signs:

Menu Bar Menu - Saloon SIgn

The Saloon Sign is one of my all time favorite things that I have done.  I could do things like that all day long, I’d be broke, but I’d be Happy, Happy, Happy!

I think the only thing needed is if you put a gold colored mirror the saloon sign it would be out of this world cute!

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Another finished blanket

pink flannel rag quiltpink flannel rag quilt backSo my niece texted me the other day and said “Can you make one of these?”

So I looked to see what I had around for material and started cutting and sewing. I wanted to see how much work it was and how much fabric I have around.  Well I put this little pink one together in one afternoon. It just kept going and going and going. And before I knew it I was done.

I think it took me just as long to do all the snipping of the seems as it did to  put the whole thing together!

So I gave it to her one evening and she just looked at me in total surprise – she didn’t think I would have it done so quickly.  Then it dawned on me, her youngest one (about 5 months old) is a little boy and here I was handing her a pink blanket.

So, off I went to see what other fabric I had around and I found 2 pieces of blue; a solid and a dotted one. And of course I put that together too. (I forgot to take a picture of the finished one, so I’ll have to update this next time I see them.)

So naturally, when I gave her the little blue one, I get a text from here “The big kids want to know if they get blankets too?”  I made a deal with her, she brings me the fabric and I’ll make the blankets.

Yep, I got a bag of flannel material to make blankets for the “Big” kids too.  I will post when I have them done.

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One finished project – 11 more to go!

WHOOOOOOOOT – WHOOOOOOOT – I actually finished a project.

Not only did I start the project this year, but I also finished it!!!!

Circles - Front Circles - BackSo I started this circle project back in April, and I just now finished it.

I know that this is the first actual finished project that I have but it’s my favorite. My favorite for sooooo many reasons:

  • Favorite color: Purple
  • Favorite color combination: Purple & Black
  • both a square and a circle – yah!
  • The back is part of the design

My hubby was laying on the couch the other day with this covering his legs (I am always over heated and he is always COLD) and he said “Wow, I didn’t expect this to be very warm – but it sure is comfy. I have lost my favorite, first finish project.


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MS Access Report – dynamically collapse groups

Here is another bit of programming to make things easier with reports.

As we all know, you can put in many levels of grouping in MS Access reports. And there is always the request – I want to see detail and then I don’t want to see detail. The simplest thing to do is have 2 reports – one with many levels of groupings and one without. But is that the best way?

Depends – if you are not comfortable writing VBA code, then yes that is the simplest thing to do, but beware you will have to update both(all) reports when any changes are asked for by the boss.

Here is what I did:

rptDesignModeI have a report that is setup with 3 levels of grouping: Territory, Salesman, Month – what I found is to set up the report with the most detail/grouping that you will want to have, then you can not view the ones you do not want. This gives you the ability to add text to the header, totals to the footers and/or any other custom things you may want in the header/footer.

With the report in design view, click on Event tab – go down to “On Open” and click on the down arrow and select “Event Procedure”. This should open the VBA screen.

You should see something like this:

Private Sub Report_Open(Cancel As Integer)

End Sub

Here is my code:

Private Sub Report_Open(Cancel As Integer)

Dim vdet As Integer

vdet = MsgBox(“Do you want to see Salespreson Totals?”, vbYesNo)

If vdet = 7 Then

Me.GroupLevel(0).ControlSource = “Territory”
Me.GroupLevel(1).ControlSource = “Month”
Me.GroupLevel(2).ControlSource = “Month”

Me.GroupHeader3.Visible = False
Me.GroupFooter4.Visible = False

End If

End Sub


rptPromptWhen the report is opened (usually by a button on a menu) you will see a prompt asking which report you want to see:

Here is an example (without numbers) using the above code to show or not show details.

Show Salesperson DetailfullDetailsRpt (default) Show Summary OnlySumRpt

Alternative: Have a checkbox or radiobutton (rptChoice) on your form that would make this decision before the report is opened. Here is the code to do that:

Private Sub Report_Open(Cancel As Integer)

Dim vdet As Integer

vdet = me.rptChoice.value

If vdet = 1 Then

Me.GroupLevel(0).ControlSource = “Territory”
Me.GroupLevel(1).ControlSource = “Month”
Me.GroupLevel(2).ControlSource = “Month”

Me.GroupHeader3.Visible = False
Me.GroupFooter4.Visible = False

End If

End Sub

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Circle me this, batman!

So I bit on a “Deal of the Day” and purchased a circle template about 2 weeks ago.  I love what they look like – and it was a “Deal of the Day” after all.

A month or so ago I purchasedCleo_LayerCake this Cleo Layer Cake from the same place – these are my favorite colors – that, by the way, do not match anything else in my house – in fact they horribly clash with everything in my house. Go figure!

So, I decided to use this layer cake with the circle template that I just got.

So far so good, I have 42 circles made so far, now I just need to sew them together. That is my project for the next week.

Cleo_ciclesThe only think I don’t like about doing this pattern is that so much fabric is thrown away it seems.


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Another Top put together

SewRedI have had these sitting around since last year and finally I put them together into a small top.  I love it!!! I picked up some white with swirlly red for the back.  This is now moving from the “Blocks” pile to the “Tops” pile.  And that gives me another empty “Block Box” for another project!!!!

Win – Win!!!


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Christmas in February?

I know, I know, it’s February – flowers, chocolates, love, love, love.

Well, I was putting stuff away and I ran across a stack of charms that I purchased during one of the last shop hops, it’s cold, cold, cold outside so I decided to put these together into a winter cuddle quilt.  They aren’t wool or flannel, but it’s those deep rich colors of Christmas.ChristmasTopper

So far, so good. I love these colors!!!!


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