A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Friday, December 15, 2017

And....another one....

This is another of the postcards.

Remember the other day when I showed you a picture of our 'Kibbles 'N Bits' (aka Nuts and Bolts)?  I've had a couple of people wonder why/how here at Chez Magpie they have earned that name.  It came from a tv ad for dog food by the same name.  We absolutely loved the ad and for some reason the name seemed to work for the recipe.  I found the ad and if you'd like to see it, have a look....   If you watch it closely you can see the dog food.  See the resemblance??? 

- THIS is an amazing tea cozy pattern (you'll need to use the 'translate' feature).

- THIS is one of those things that you probably wouldn't be able to make in time for Christmas, but it's something that makes you say 'awwwww' right out loud.

- There are fun possibilities in THIS gift idea - and the recipes are there too!  You could add one of THESE to this gift.

- If you're searching for a really nice table centerpiece for the Christmas season, there's an easy how-to HERE.  

- For those of us with an over-abundance of buttons in our stash, perhaps making a few of THESE would be just the thing.

- Or maybe THIS would be a cute little gift for a knitter.

- Although you would have to buy a couple of the supplies for THIS - it's something your kids would get an amazing amount of fun from, particularly when they're at loose ends over the Christmas holiday.  

- Personally, lavender makes me sneeze so I can't be around it (despite loving the scent), but perhaps you might find some of the gift ideas HERE of interest.

Instead of a quote today, I thought I'd share this...

Thursday, December 14, 2017

And....another one.......

This is another of the postcards that are now in the hands of the recipients...

In yesterday's comments, Sarah asked how I do my images for my crazy quilts, so I thought I'd answer here so everyone can know.  The images I use come from the internet - just search 'Christmas images - free' (or whatever criteria you like).  Then I save them to my word processing program on the computer and re-size them to suit whatever I'm creating.  You can usually get several images on one page.  

I then choose either a white or off-white fabric with a fine weave (good quality cotton is my preference).  Press it really well to be sure there are absolutely no wrinkles.  Cut a piece of freezer paper (the stuff that butcher's use to wrap meat - waxed on one side) to approx. 10 x 13" and press it onto the fabric.  Re-cut to measure 8 1/2" x 11" and then carefully re-press the edges to be sure they are adhered thoroughly.  Make sure there are no loose threads anywhere.  (Note: you CAN cut your freezer paper to 8 1/2x11" to begin with but in my experience the edges never seem to adhere properly and often catch in the printer).  

At this point I run a 'test' piece of paper through my printer so that I know which way up to place my fabric.  If you're satisfied, load your fabric/freezer paper sandwich and print.  Press really well once again to 'set' the colours as much as possible.  Remove freezer paper and use in your projects.  NOTE:  This process is NOT water proof, so don't use it in anything that you plan to wash.


- If you crochet and you have a pianist in your life, perhaps they'd appreciate THIS

- THIS is a quick-to-make gift for a tea lover you know.

- Three different versions of chocolate bark HERE

- THIS might take a wee bit of time (and some tools - or a handy hubby!) to make, but I love the look and it would be useful too, particularly if it were gifted with a cookbook.

- THIS is one of those things I'm sure we've all done at some point, but perhaps a wee reminder might be in order.  It's a perfect gift for a teacher, a shut-in, a neighbour...or....??  AND, how about THIS packaging idea for cookies??

- I love this packaging idea for a pair of slippers.  And how about THIS way to give the gift of much more fun that simply putting it in an envelope!

- I like THIS idea to gift a knitter or crocheter with a ball of yarn and some small knitting tools.  Or a fisherman with some lures (use twine instead of yarn)....or......??

Today your quote is from Francis of Assisi...."For it is in giving that we receive"

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Another postcard

Here is another of the postcards that winged its way around the world to an unsuspecting recipient...

And, here is another of the things that was created in our kitchen for Christmas giving...

There were three aluminum turkey roasting pans filled with what we call 'Kibbles 'N Bits' (probably better known as Nuts & Bolts).  Our recipe calls for more 'bits' than the traditional one...hence the massive amount it makes!  

This morning when we woke up we were greeted with this...

There was one on either side of the sun (they're called 'sun dogs' - not sure why).  What an amazing framework for the sun! Of course they were much more brilliant in real life. Don't know if you can see the snow piled on the tree branches....we were rather dumped on over the past 24 hours.

- I don't often mumble about something where you need to buy the pattern, but THESE are so cute (and not expensive) so thought I'd share.  

- If there's a Lego fan in your midst and you're searching for something to keep them busy as they anticipate the arrival of Santa, perhaps they might like to create THESE.  

- And HERE's another thing that can entertain both youngsters and adults alike.  

- THESE are rather cute - would look nice hanging on a tree - or used as a topping on parcels.  And if your kids like those Kinder Surprise Eggs, perhaps making some of THESE would be a fun surprise for them (you'll have to use the 'translate' feature).

Today your quote is from Henry David Thoreau...."The way you spend Christmas is far more important than how much"

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Little crazy quilts

Some of you will remember my moan awhile ago about how I managed to spill my glass of water onto some crazy-quilted postcards I was working on and how the ink ran on the images.  The surviving ones were completed and mailed out and I think they have all been received now, so I can show you. 

I'll share the rest with you over the next few posts.

- I stumbled across THIS recipe and it's going in my 'idea' file for next Christmas (if I can wait that long!!!).  And if you want even more great-sounding (and looking!) Christmas recipes have a look at some of THESE!  

- For those of us who might like a check list to help us declutter after the holidays, how about THESE monthly charts?  Or how about THIS list??

- THIS tutorial calls for using wool sweaters, but I don't see why acrylic ones wouldn't work just as well.  HERE is another use for old sweaters  and another version HERE   and HERE.  I have a pair and they are the toastiest mittens I've ever owned.  

- Kathy Shaw has posted her list of upcoming *Free* 2018 online classes for crazy quilting (and will be updating that list to include 'sane' quilting classes as well.  Go HERE for further info.

- HERE is a cute tutorial for making a matching dress for a little girl and her doll.

Today your quote is from Norman Wesley Brooks..."Christmas is forever, not just for one day.  It's for loving, for sharing, for giving....not to be put away likes bells and lights and tinsel.  The good you do for others is the good you do for yourself."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Stir, stir, bake....awwwww......

Over the weekend DH made these...
Recipe is found HERE

this appeared in my sewing room...

Do you suppose this means that after 
38 years he still loves me?

- For your listening pleasure, have a look at THIS (have your sound on!)

- THESE ornaments are SO cute!!  Not necessary to put them on the tree either - they'd be perfect all year 'round.  HERE's another cute ornament idea.

- THIS is a beautiful crocheted snowflake and there are links to a lot more HERE.

- Or how about some really cute little snowmen found HERE.  Or maybe a really sweet little Chris Mouse (found HERE).

- I'm a huge fan of the Grinch (the original cartoon version) so of course I like THIS!

- I have often wondered why someone didn't come up with a small circular knitting needle to make socks and it seems that someone has!!  Have a look at THIS (and now I want a set so I can try it....SO much easier than fumbling with DPN's!!). 

- HERE are some free Christmas-themed cross stitch charts.

- THESE are some very sweet pincushions - a great gift for any time of the year!

- If you are searching for an easy, but really pretty, idea for packaging your gifts, how about THIS?

Your quote today is another one from an anonymous source..."When a child gives you a gift, even if it is a rock they just picked up, exude gratitude.  It might be the only thing they have to give, and they have chosen to give it to you"

Thursday, December 07, 2017

More for 'the box'...

I've been toying with the thought of making soap for several years and this became the year.  The picture isn't very clear (sorry!) but I was trying to show how I packaged them.  Melt & Pour soap (purchased from HERE), some done in a feminine scent and some in a masculine....wrapped in light-weight brown paper....added a colored band made from scrapbook paper....a label (from Avery, printed on my computer) and the whole thing encased in little cellophane bags.  They smell so nice!!  

- The amazing Stephanie of 'The Enchanting Rose' has a lovely little series happening on her blog involving making yo-yo's and some wonderful things you can do with them.  The first post is making a really pretty garland and you can find that HERE.  She is doing 6 different projects and if you continue to check back you will see what else she creates.

- HERE is a really pretty way to combine fabric and crochet to make a quilt.  The pattern isn't available, but she does give links to find how to make it yourself.  There's another version (with tutorial) HERE.  I love the Victorian look as shown, but also wonder what it would be like done with denim?

- THIS is a great way to keep your yarns from tangling.  There are more great ideas HERE.

- One (or several) of these would make a really nice gift.

- THIS is one of those really cute things that would be fun to make - and not a calorie to it either!

- THESE would make great little stocking stuffers.

Today I have another quote from an anonymous source...."A friend is someone we turn to when our spirits need a lift.  A friend is someone we treasure, for friendship is a gift.  A friend is someone who fills our lives with beauty, joy and grace.  A friend makes the world we live in a better and happier place."

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Another thing for the Christmas box

This is a sweater for our oldest grandson.  Pattern is 'Flax' by Tin Can Knits and can be found in sizes from 0-6 mos. up to 4XL HERE.  I used Vanna's Choice yarn and it worked up beautifully.  An easy pattern with just enough interest to make it not at all boring to knit.  I will be making this one again.

- THIS is another one of those patterns that's just too cute not to share.  And THIS is another one of those things (the pattern is there - you'll have to use the 'translate' feature)

- HERE's a really nice cross-stitched Christmas card pattern (or would make a nice ornament too).

- HERE's a nice hat pattern that might be a good gift.  THIS one too.  And THIS one.  And ANOTHER one.  Or how about THIS one.

- For those of you who are Harry Potter fans (or if you know someone who is) perhaps THIS might make a great gift.

- HERE is a lovely crocheted basket that would be a perfect gift.

- THESE would be so cute on a Christmas tree - or - as a little garland - or.....??  Or, if you want something just a tad more complicated, how about some of THESE?

- I found THIS which 'says' it's a potholder but to my mind it would make a beautiful piece of Christmas decor - or perhaps tucked into the Christmas tree.

- There are some interesting Christmas decor ideas HERE.  (Scroll down)

- and just to make you feel good, how about spending a few minutes watching THIS? I love the horses!!!  It seems the company has decided not to use the wonderful horses in their recent commercials and I think it's their loss.  

Instead of a quote today, I found this....