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Boxes arrived!

About a week ago we ordered boxes to start shipping my honey’s handiwork.  They came in EARLY!!!  Now we are live on Ebay finally!  Yippee 🙂  We are pondering an Etsy store but want to grow first on Ebay and “work out” any kinks (like coming up with a nice letter to put in each box about that products history and how to clean and use it….)

I have finalized my quilty girl here…

Isn’t she cute… and much better than “Hand Quilting Rocks” I think 🙂

And finally my honey’s productions with my computer designed ads finished up for ebay like this…

Can be found on Ebay for purchase in the USA here.

And the Doxie bowl set…

Can be found on Ebay for purchase in the USA here.

Now I will get back to my fave thing… hand stitching… THE MAN quilt is 50% complete on the blocks and over 70% done on the feathers giving me about a 60% finish on the whole quilt!  Yippee 🙂

Hope you have a blessed day and order some nice homemade goodies if you like!  My honey loves to make them and makes them to order 🙂

Whooping away Cabin Fever!

Although I live on Florida’s east coast in a little town near Daytona Beach we too suffer cabin fever when the days are cool and nights are cold… no sunlight for Florida is painful I will tell you!  Surely cabin fever is we are truly suffering from!  So I hand quilt!  My fave thing to do!

I am over 50% complete on THE MAN quilt for my honey…. it has 30 squares… this was #14 🙂  I am on 15 now!

I listen and watch my “bubblers”… water fountains that work continuously to flow the water… very soothing to listen to with a movie, a tutorial, or just quilting!

I have even taken to watching the cactus garden that is too heavy to bring inside so we prayed it would survive the winter as these are our smallest cacti…

And I have been selling my honey’s handiwork locally for now but we have boxes for shipping on order!  So exciting to see dachshund food bowls and mancave signs coming off the shelves as we get the word out that they are even available! lol

How do you cure cabin fever?  Check out Lily Pad Quilting Linky Party to share your helps 🙂

What are you whooping?  Check out the great stuff Sarah has going on here 🙂

Hope this post has inspired YOU to share what makes you whoop … or what cures your cabin fever… no matter where we live we can all get it ya know! lol

Happy Sunday Progress Report :)

December 23, 2013 I started hand quilting this quilt… so just over a month and I am over 30% complete!  How awesome is that for such intricate stitching!  THE MAN quilt is taking all of my quilting knowledge and putting it together… I am loving all that I am learning with this project!

Here is the 8th block I am working on now…

With a close up of the stitching on the lower half of the block… swirly blocks I call them 🙂

In real life the pattern shows up well.. but here is the pattern I started with… 
this is just how it ends until I pat off the remaining powder 🙂  See the powder how it disappears as you stitch??? I have had to adapt my way of stitching to touch the fabric less!!!  But now I understand this powder better and I am learning to stitch carefully… 🙂  
So how do I get 30% done if I have 8 blocks done out of 30? lol
Yep, that is 25% with the blocks overall… but I have finished lots of the feathers in the sashings already!  71% complete on those babies!                   
My thought was it would stabilize the curves I needed to quilt into the blocks and so far my idea is working perfect…. I lay out the block to be marked and remove the safety pin basting then.  I pat the whole block all over to equalize the 3 layers and have them lay nice and flat.  Then I mark about half the quilting and jump right in… sometimes I have to re-mark 1/3 way through… sometimes I get that whole half done before marking the rest of the block… 
 The feathers were simply marked prior to sandwiching with graphite… I have a fabric eraser to help remove residue there before washing! lol
My style of handquilting is without a hoop or frame and no thimble either.  I sometimes use electrical tape on sore fingertips but  I do use Udder Cream I found at Walgreens on my fiingertips before bedtime each night… and I awake refreshed and ready for more stitches the next day. 

You see no one told me to ever use a hoop when I started doing handwork as a young child… I have a hoop for quilting now… and I think for the right design I may use it one day… but for now I am working on my stitches and I am loving them and my tension is good… that is the problem many run into not using a hoop is poor tension… too loose or too tight can ruin a project… except for the love you stitched in 🙂

While I have been slow stitching my honey sold a chihuahua dog bowl that looked like this…

The recipient who commissioned it said it looked just like hers… she is painting it gray herself 🙂  And she chose a navy blue bowl for her little boy 🙂

Linking to Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday here

Have a blessed Sunday…

What’s up Wednesday!

There is sooo much good stuff going on around here… just wanted to catch you all up 🙂

My honey has been busy in his mancave making things we could sell… we have been racking our brains to make something together that we could produce to assist our financial needs 🙂  You know how that goes! lol 

So first I saw a proto-type that looked like this…

He just used plywood to give it a trial run!  I loved it 🙂  So off we went to get some pine… something lower cost but better quality to stain a nice red tint and wha… lah!

Our first doxie dog bowl was born!  Now to make a few extra and figure out where to advertise… we are thinking local first and try to figure out a way to ship then start selling on eBay.  We shall see where this course takes us!

This was my fave shot from the advertising photo shoot I had… and what I used as the backdrop for our ad….

The ad looks like this right now…

In order to make these my honey wanted to get a special saw for cutting shapes like my Cricut but for wood… so we got a scroll saw… not electronic like my gypsy/Cricut but works well… here is what it looked like when we rescued it from Craigslist for a pittance of it’s worth… it is heavy cast iron …

And after making a few doxie bowls and earning it’s place in the mancave… check out the makeover my honey gave it!!!!

 Sexy huh!  And she sounds so nice as she cuts the wood so fine!

Meanwhile… out on the Florida room… I have been quilting away feathers and yin yangs like crazy and reached 50% done on this part!  Yipee 🙂  You see this morning I reached the 25th feather on my quest to complete 49 to stabilize this quilt top well… then on to the 30 blocks to be meticulously hand quilted… on a busy fabric no less… but it is my honey’s quilt and his wish is my pleasure 🙂  I LOOOOVE Hand Quilting!

I am planning a quilt along that is about to be up and running… and I am planning 2 quilts ahead of myself! lol

I have added a quilt after next inspiration to my design board to keep me motivated but I am still loving what I am doing so not much inspiration really needed….

this will become the center of a king sized throw!

Finally, as if that isn’t enough to share I took a walk out back to see how all the plants fared the rain and cold we have had lately.. at least for this neck of the beach! lol…

Daisies ~ require frequent pruning… but aren’t they pretty!

Aloe nursery… with drawf cactus and a Christmas cactus waiting to be rehomed to a new pot…

Lots of wandering jew and houseplants that prefer the outdoors 🙂

Mexican petunias… can’t kill em! lol

Azalea blooms…. amazing how they love the cold!!!

And finally… if you stuck around this long… check out the cool cactus blooms I have now!

the whole plant….

the bloom… just used a little cactus soil and it took off over the last year!  HONEST! lol

A smaller version just blooming…

Hope you have enjoyed this catch up post and have a happy Hump Day!