Thursday, March 7, 2019

Handy Clutches & Matching Key Fobs

I have been busy in my sewing room, creating these handy little clutches with matching key fobs. I cannot wait to start carrying one and ditch that heavy purse 😄

 







I hope you have enjoyed todays post and you have a very blessed day!

~ Much Love, Bonnie ~

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Ironing...the bigger the better!

The more I quilt and sew, the more I realize that the standard store bought ironing board is not working for me. Especially since I have started making larger 20" - 24" quilt blocks. So instead of being frustrated, the lightbulb went on!


In the garage I had a fold up table that was waiting for a ride to the landfill, after being left out in the rain, which completely ruined the top. With the help of my son in law, we removed the top of the table from the legs and foundation.



He then took the top to Lowes and had them cut a piece of plywood to the same size. We reassembled the table using the old legs and foundation with the new top. Ta-Daaa!!!
Well almost, lol


The next step was fabric fun for me! I took a large 80/20 batting, made it into 3 layers and attached it to the new table top with thumbtacks. This will make it easier down the road if I ever need to freshen the ironing table up with new batting.


I then created an "ironing board cover" with a few yards of 100% cotton fabric and some rope I had in my stash! It was one of those.... it is on sale ($1.00/yard) and I don't know what I will do with it yet fabrics that suddenly had a purpose! I love it when that happens!


I applied the cover to the table, pulled the rope tight underneath and TaaaDaaaaa!!! I now have an ironing table that is 30" wide x 6' long! I can't wait to put this baby to work!

I hope you are inspired by todays post to think outside the box and go out on a limb to make something that makes your life easier too!

~ Much love & blessings ~  Bonnie

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Portable Design Boards ~ The Best Way to Begin or Improve Your Quilting Experience

Why do you need a portable design board (or two or three)?



Processing your cut fabric pieces from the cutting board to the sewing machine can be a bit tricky. 🙆

Most quilt blocks have multiple pieces to them and they need to go in a particular order or color arrangement when being sewn together.

If they are out of order.....well you have a choice...seam ripper or trash it and start over. And who wants to do either of those, Right!?

Now don't get me wrong... Seam rippers have their benefits...breath deep....


BUT!  What if there is a way to minimize those occasions and get your blocks right the majority of the time! I have to say the majority because, let's face it, we are human lol. 💁

IN steps the Portable Design Boards.

Simply keep them by your cutting board and after you have all your pieces cut, lay them in order on your design board, carry to your sewing machine and sew to your hearts content.


It really is that easy.

A good portable design board will have batting or fleece on the surface that your fabric will stick to and stay! Cool Right!!

Bonus....If you are making multiples of the same block, the bottom layer will stick and you can layer the rest of the blocks on top, making it easy to cut and sew a whole stack at once.

Bonus....A design board lets you "audition" various fabric colors and shapes to see how they work together.

And....if you ever sew at a friends house or take a class. The portable design board can go with you! Win-Win!!

Of course you may be able to buy these already made or you can make them yourself. I like the make it yourself version because you can customize your sizes and border colors and you can make as many as you like for a fraction of the cost. You know I love that!



I hope you have enjoyed todays post and you have a very blessed day!

~ Much Love, Bonnie ~

Monday, January 14, 2019

Making Yarn Cakes



I just love making these yarn cakes before starting any knit or crochet project. It really helps keep the tangles away when I am working on a project, whether the yarn is hand dyed or straight from the yarn store. This yarn is for my Granddaughters Campfire Wrap. Purple, Black and White are her team colors. 
Do you like to make yarn cakes too? So far I have made only solid colors but I am looking forward to trying multiple colored yarn cakes in the future. 

~ Much Love, Bonnie ~


Friday, January 11, 2019

A look back at Christmas Creations for 2018

While I am making Christmas gifts I don't like to post about them because it might ruin the surprise for the recipients. So I decided to take a moment and look back and share.

This is my rendition of the CC hats everyone has been raving about for the past couple of years. I like how it turned out!  I am so addicted to this hat now, I know I will be making many more. And I cannot wait to add a few with pom poms!! I will share the pattern with you on a later post. I like to call it my BB hat, as some of my good friends call be BonBon.



I also tried my hand at making some high boot cuffs. This was fun too! Again, I must admit with these I just played around with stitches until I created something I liked, then I made them all while I was on a roll, lol. I forgot to write down my pattern as I went along so if there is interest in this pattern I will make another and share it in a later post.

 


I took this pattern one step further. As I was making my 3rd set,  I realized that I didn't have enough to make a second one of the set with the same yarn. Knowing my granddaughter had asked for a purse, I played around with stitches a bit more, closed the bottom, made a strap and ta~da!! Purse.


There were a couple of scarves that I made that I forgot to take pictures off unfortunately. They were my first attempt at Finger Knitting. I'm not sure if I will make more yet, but the recipients seemed to love them! For these scarves I used the Finger Knitting Fun/Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Mandy Thomas. I have to admit though. On the 2nd one I used very large knitting needles because it was more comfortable to me than tying up my hands.

Next was a huge undertaking. I decided late last summer that I must carry a water bottle with me at all times. Well, I soon realized this was inconvenient and no fun. I need my hands free!! So, I set out on a journey to make my own water bottle holder that could be carried cross body. So after a few yards of fabric, trial and error and more than a few latte's I finally got it down. YAY!!!!!
Yes that was me!! But snoopy looks a lot better doing it LOL

Then I got crazy and decided to make a bunch for Christmas gifts. I think everyone likes them. At least I hope they do. As for me, I LOVE mine! Sometimes I forget I am even carrying it.


I hope you have enjoyed todays post and that you have a very blessed day!

~ Much Love, Bonnie ~















Wednesday, January 9, 2019

There once was a little Chicki~Baby who needed a turtleneck


And so the story goes.... But for real here. I have a small homestead and on this homestead I have 11 hens. This fall they all went through their 1st molt. Well, I have one hen that is a little behind the others and still has exposed skin on her neck. Not only is that cold but sometimes the other hens peck at her neck and I just don't want to take any chances. So, last night as I relaxed for the evening I knit her up a little turtleneck. This morning I put it on her and she really seemed to love it. She was a happy girl for about 15 minutes. Then proceeded to walk backwards ??? This puzzled me and the other hens until one hen decided that was enough. She grabbed the turtleneck and pulled it off her sister in one quick movement. 😲 And that was that. It was really sweet to see how they take care of each other though. Back to the drawing board.

I hope you have enjoyed todays post. Have a Blessed Day!

~ Much Love, Bonnie ~










Monday, January 7, 2019

Fresh Starts

I took the first week off of crafting to do a deep clean of my craft room and I couldn't be happier. While cleaning is not anyones favorite thing to do, it does make such a difference. Now as I walk into my room I feel inspired to create.



In the process of cleaning I was able to individually bin each of my WIPs (works in progress) and I have to say I am proud of myself for not having too many this year that I didn't finish. And with it so nicely organized into individual bins, I can just grab and go to finish them. 

I was also able to weed out all the bits and bobs that I know I will never use and donate them to the Idaho Youth Ranch for others to enjoy and create with, as well as help the children of Idaho.

In this process I was finally able to clear a whole wall in my studio and get my design wall up! I have wanted to do this for literally years (yes I know what your thinking, procrastinator lol). I could not be more happy! My first projects or should I say a couple from 2018 are already hanging on it and it works perfectly. I would say to anyone wanting a large design wall, don't pay a fortune, pick up Fleece, the yardage you need for your area, don't forget to use your coupon, and hang it. Easy Peazy!


On a side note, sort of, do you ever have those times when you just completely lose your inspiration to do anything? Or you are so overwhelmed with all the things you want to do, you don't know where to start? I know I do. Knowing how good it feels and how inspired I feel right now to create, may be a good solution for loss of inspiration or being overwhelmed is a good cleaning, it helps you organize your thoughts and really decide what is important.....food for thought. 🤔

I hope you are enjoying the beginning of your new year so far.

~ Much Love, Bonnie ~






Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year !

There is just something so exhilarating about everything being shiny and new. It is a little reminder that once again anything you put your heart to is possible.


I don't necessarily make "resolutions" because that feels to much like an obligatory "to do" list.
But I do take time to envision the things I would like to do, the things I would like to achieve and I write them in an Ambitions Journal. My definition of Ambitions is "an earnest desire for some type of achievement". I keep my Ambitions Journal handy and refer to it each day. This not only helps to remind me of what I would like to achieve but also what I have achieved as I check each item from the list. It also comes in quite handy giving me purpose when my mind lacks the immediate plan for the day. (😉, you know what I'm talking about)

This year and for many more, I look forward to being a blessing to all of the wonderful people in my life, having many creative adventures and living every day with joy in my heart.

Happy New Year Loves

~ Much Love, Bonnie ~



Saturday, December 8, 2018

My Elegant Card Caddy Tutorial returns

Hello! Thank you for joining me. Today, I am bringing back one of my most requested video tutorials. Bonnie's Elegant Card Caddy. I designed this caddy to look like a little wardrobe with feet.
It holds many handmade cards and makes a wonderful gift. Especially for that hard to buy for someone. I have updated the editing, but the tutorial is still the original.
Thank you so much for visiting!
Have a Beautiful Day ~ love always ~ Bonnie







Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Feeling a Bit like Christmas



I'm feeling a bit like Christmas today. How about you? I just love spending some peaceful time creating handmade cards to send for the holidays. I have made a video if you would like to watch and who knows you may even be inspired make a few of your own.
Have a beautiful day!  ~ love always ~ Bonnie