Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Modern (Quilt Guild) Christmas

Hello Teacupers! How are you fairing in the colder weather? Here in South Texas we are trying to brace ourselves against the relentless wet winds that are blowing through our area. We don't usually have cold winters, maybe short bursts of cold temps, but there have been many Christmases in shorts, but we are surviving!!

Many of us are keeping warm with hot chocolate and quilting ... well that's my master plan. Today however, I did venture our into the cold and wet weather for the Guild Coast Modern Quilt Guild monthly meeting and Christmas Party, and it was worth it! Part of the festivities included an (optional) White Elephant with handmade gifts, so of course I made Quiltsmart Wine Shades in a festive fabric. 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

An (Almost) Perfect Girls Night Out!

Hello Sweet Teacupers! I hope you are having a wonderful week. We have had some extra excitement this week as Jamie has friends over after school- well sort of. My friend OhEmG had her sitter call in sick and since we certainly don't want her watching the kids if contagious, we've had them here for most of the week and we are loving it!!

Earlier this week I also invited OhEmG (and her sister who shall now be dubbed CraftWizLiz for blogging purposes) to join me at The Sparkly Elephant Sewing Lounge in Friendswood, Tx, for a No Sew Christmas Ornament Class set for last night. I missed the class when it was done last month and I haven't had a Girl's Night Out in 6 years (give or take). To be honest, I have been invited before, but I am more of a "crafty" night out than "drinking with the girls" night out kind of person. But this is the photo from the class description:

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Creative Christmas Wreaths

Happy Holidays Sweet Teacupers! Are you enjoying all the activities that the holiday has to offer or are you stressing a little because you realize Christmas is 3 weeks away? I'm doing both!! So instead of panicking, I wanted to take a break from some projects and share some projects made by another local mom.

A few weeks ago I was cleaning out my craft closet in the studio and found some rolls of decor mesh. Since George has bought a huge wreath with poinsettias for the front door last year and we already had 3 that had been made over the years, I figured I wouldn't get around to making wreaths anytime soon listed on a local sale page for moms in the area. Within minutes a mom asked to buy it and she picked it up the next day. I meant the just leave them on the porch, but I think I kind of startled her when I met her at the door because I had found more rolls and just added them to the pile. (Sorry, Kristie!)

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Big Love for Tiny Stitching

Hello my dear Teacupers,

Christmas is upon us and I can not get enough of quick and easy projects during this time of year. I used to do fun Christmas ornament projects with Lil Monkey (like these colored salt dough ornaments), but now that his is 8, I can barely get him to sit still for dinner, so I am back to doing solo projects.

I have always loved cross stitch and if you've been a long time follower of the blog you may know that this is my "comfort craft", my area of confidence and in fact the first "needle art" I learned- somewhere at the age of 5.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Elf on the Shelf Begins ...

Hello, sweet Teacupers! I know, you're probably thinking, "What!?! Two posts in a row?" And I'm just as shocked as you are, but last year I wrote this post with the idea to post it this week, so let's talk Elves...

I have had many friends who introduced their children to the Elf on the Shelf. They tend to fall into 2 categories after the first year, those who love all the different antics their Elf gets into ... and those who fell like they made extra work for themselves and often regret it a week or so into the Elf's arrival.

We are neither. It's not that we are against it, I just know my limitations and stresses and adding this would definitely kick my anxiety into overdrive.

We lucked out with the Elf on the Shelf because my son wasn't interested. I don't know if he had never had the story read to him at school (we didn't read it), and we never saw the movie, so it was never a thing for us. I thought about it one year, but wasn't sure how to introduce it since he was old enough to remember we didn't do it the year before, so we did other stuff.

Monday, November 19, 2018

In Love with Ornament Block Exchange

Hello Dear Teacupers! I hope you are staying warm with a nice cup of hot tea, or cocoa  or whatever makes you happy. It is uncommonly cold here in South Texas, with temperatures in the upper 40s and lower 50s. I'm pretty sure the rain is making it a little easier to decide to stay indoors for those of us who are not used to such weather.

I am so thankful that Lil Monkey was well-behaved as I met with the group of quilters exchanging the Christmas Ornament Blocks that The Teacup Cottage is hosting in partnership with The Sparkly Elephant Sewing Lounge. It turned into such a fun afternoon.

I finished my ornaments blocks and ended up using some vintage Christmas fabric from my stash. I have several of the black based Christmas fabrics and never know how to use it because it seems so fancy. but I loved how they turned out.