Thursday, March 8, 2018

Camping Themed Pillowcase...

Earlier this year Mr. C nd I were invited to a fun grown up Camping Birthday Party.  It was held indoors due to weather concerns.  So, knowing the comforts we adults prefer, I thought of a pillow.

I found some fun camping themed fabrics and a nice coordinated solid to compliment the band of the pillowcase. 

I have made many of these in the past.  Mostly when I made them for children in the hospital.  This is referred to the "Burrito Pillowcase" and here is a link to a wonderful how to by Jenny Doan.  Very easy to sew.

And just like magic the burrito becomes...

Here are the three fabrics I used.  It is beginning to look like a pillowcase...

Viola!  A completed pillowcase.  All ready for an adult camping event.  Great gift idea for any occasion and you can make them any size from very small to very large.
We had Snowmagedden last week and for five days straight it snowed and we shoveled, broomed, snow blowed and bladed.  All total we had about 2 feet.  Now it is rain and helping to wash away the snow.  I hope our water table for Northern California is happier.  The ski resorts are certainly happy.  Tragically there were some avalanches and some people got saved, some got saved though injured and a couple people did not survive.  Always the danger when there is such a lot of fresh snow. Prayers for safety for all.
March came in like a Lion and the days are roaring quickly by.  Spring is closer every day!  Yay!!! 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Black Cork Treats...

On this last day of February I am sharing Black Cork with you.  My blog friend Donna of Brynwood Needleworks sews the most wonderful creations.  I decided it was time to treat myself to this gorgeous Grab and Go Crossbody Clutch.  I actually had a special need for it at an annual high end car collection meeting and dinner.  I wanted my hands free and I wanted no chance of touching any priceless vintage automobiles with any purse.

These are the accessories I added to my request.  I put mints in the small case shown on the left.  The larger case on the right is what I put my Driver's License and credit cards into.  It works beautifully.

This Wristlet Clutch is another treat and I wanted it to use for those times when I just need a few items.  Phone and ID and lipstick.  I love the handy size and convenience of this.

Donna also sewed a new larger card case for my Blue Cork Clutch I already own. It works perfectly.  Thank you sew very much Donna for accommodating my wishes and creating exactly what I wanted.  Your workmanship is perfection.  I highly recommend anyone to click her link and see the amazing things she creates.  Yes, it is quite okay to treat yourselves!
February has just a few hours left.  We have had mild and gorgeous weather...until...Sunday night. It snowed and iced and made a mess of everything.  Two showings had to be canceled for Monday.  And our Open House on Tuesday had to be canceled due to the weather.  Heartbreak for us and for our lovely broker who worked very diligently towards this Open House including mailing out 260 personal invitations.   Mother Nature is due to dump more snow and ice on us tonight and right on through Saturday.  Mr. C worked so hard to shovel and snowblow and broom everything to no avail.  He fell several times on the ice and I am grateful he didn't hit his head or break anything when he fell on the slate steps.  No complaining here about the weather because we need the water table so badly.  Northern California had a five year drought and we do not need to experience that again any time soon.  So we put our planning on hold and stay positive and continue to work towards our goal.
Safe and Warm at least we have a roof overhead.  Prayers for all affected by bad weather.
March will come in like a Lion and hopefully leave like a lamb.  Blessings and Love to each of you... 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Home Listed Now...

Busy is an understatement right now!  Here is the link to our home listing which went live Friday February 16, 2018.  Please enjoy the photos.  We are hopeful that this will be "Third Time is the Charm" and that "one buyer" will come along.
Thank you Tonya of Tonya for all the time and work you have put into our endeavors of moving on.
Please click the links for more photos and information.
Thank you sweet followers for hanging in with me.  I do have a bit of fun to share with you in the studio however it shall wait till later.
For now I shall share my home with you and wish everyone a safe and glorious President's weekend.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Hello Fabulous February...

January was a blurr because the days passed so quickly.  And now February is here and doing the very same thing that January did.  Zoom Zoom is not only for car commercials!  LOL
Mr. C and I have been following our directions and we are decluttering our home once again.  We now have a storage unit and it is filled in just one day.  Thank you to our friend John for helping move all this stuff.  We will have a sale in the future when our home sells. But for now we just might need to use all of this to resettle into our current home.  Well...truth be told we won't need all of this.

We spent yesterday staging every room and deck/patio.  Other than the constant schlepping of stuff to see if anything would work, I truly enjoyed myself.  I love having a real decorator with an eye for elegance and simplicity guide me and work with me.  We touched every room and every surface.  My favorite part is that we "shopped" within our own cupboards and repurposed whatever we could.  Thank you sincerely Ms. T for your guidance and expertise and physical help.  Mr. C was a very patient helper and photographer.  You know how women need to have the furniture moved several times before it is just right.

I love how clean and neat everything looks.   This little cabinet before had three colors of towels filling both shelves and I can completely agree it looked too busy.  And it had a towel warmer sitting on top.  Now it looks so much better.   I think you can see how a storage unit was needed.  Bring on the formal Photographer.  We will be ready for our new home photos. Third time is the Charm!!!
Our weather is glorious for me who does not like Winter.  We did get some rain and some snow in late January so that was good for our water table.  And we will get lots more I am sure...however for now I am truly enjoying this sunshine and mid-60F temperatures we are having.
I am enjoying your Valentine posts, d├ęcor and creations.  Hearts are Timeless!
Mindful Creative Bliss is how I am enJOYing each and every day...<3

Monday, January 22, 2018

Saving Adeline's Stitchery...

Last August I was fortunate to attend a two day community flea market with my daughter-in-love.  Every home and the community all set out treasures and sell them very reasonably.  In fact on Sunday noon everything is half-price or less.  So I purchased this wonderful stitchery and removed it from a ratty frame.  I just knew I was saving this from the trash bin.  I adore it for the lovely hand stitches and the content represents everything I love!

Because wall space is always in short supply, I decided it should become a pillow for my sewing room.  My friend Martha gave me some perfect linen in a divine taupe color.  Thank you Martha.  I decided to band the stitchery to enlarge it and to feature the stitchery.  The pillow cover is now 18" x 20".  I will keep it flat and unstuffed for now.  We are still living in limbo...

This is the back of the pillow cover.  I decided to make it envelope style. I also decided to use the lovely softly fringed selvedges as they are and not turn them in and sew them inside.  I love the look.

When I removed the stitchery from the frame, this little brown paper signature was on the back. That is how I know Adeline did the stitchery.  It makes me so happy to imagine Adeline sitting and stitching this piece. is with great happiness that I have Adeline's Stitchery as a lovely pillow for my sewing room chair.  Thank you Adeline for your amazing homage to all things I love.
We are having rain and it is colder so now the ski resorts will be getting the snow they need so much.
What projects are you working on in our shorter daylight hours of Winter...Or Summer for my far-a-way visitors and friends?  JOYful Creative Bliss...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Apple Cider Salted Caramels...

These are NOT caramels!   I overcooked my mixture by just a smidge and ended up with Apple Cider Salted Hard Candy. It is still delicious!  At Thanksgiving my Daughter-in-Love made the most delicious Apple Cider Salted Caramels. Soft and chewy and so delicious. 
So...I wanted to make them.

She gave me the link to Smitten Kitchen and the recipe. Click here for your recipe.  I gathered my ingredients and got to cooking.  All was going well until...I almost reduced all of the apple cider.  It looked like I had foam only but I continued.  These are very easy to make...if you pay attention.

I poured my cooked batch into my prepared pan.  It looked amazing.  I let it sit to cool off.  And this is when I discovered I must have overcooked it by just a smidge. My caramels are not soft and cannot be cut with an oiled knife!  Ruined!  I was very sad.  Mr. C to my rescue. He suggested I break it up with a hammer.

I took my hard rock slab and a clean kitchen towel to his workshop.  Then I got his big heavy hammer and began to break pieces.  No need to wrap these delicious jewels in parchment paper.  They are in a container and ready for my pleasure.  These pieces merely melt in my mouth!  I am not going to waste them...since I love sugar and all candy.  Yes, I will try to make the real caramels in the future. For now I am enjoying the yummy flavor of my Apple Cider Salted Hard Candy.
We have been having some rain.  So refreshing and the hills are the most divine green colors.  My prayers continue for everyone across our Nation who are experiencing radical weather.  It is unbelievable that Highway 101 remains closed in the Santa Barbara/Montecito area of California.
January days are going by so quickly I just cannot keep up.  So I shall remain Mindful of each and every hour...even if I have no idea what day it is.
Creative Bliss and Valentine HeArts to each of you my dears...<3

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Powder Room Finish...

Before Christmas Mr. C decided to shred our Powder Room. We both agreed it needed updating.  That was only after we each confessed that neither of us really loved the old Victorian look with the dark navy blue wallpaper covered in little pink roses.  Taking that petrified wallpaper off with its vintage border was a lot of work! It only came off in tiny little bits.  It took 8 full days to remove.  Then Mr. C worked his handyman magic and resurfaced every wall. Primed walls and ceiling and then put on two coats of a lovely light shade of gray excellent quality paint.

Now the Powder Room looks brand new and fresh and bright.  No more 1980's bright brass fixtures.  No more dark dated wallpaper and border.  Simple clean lines and just a bit of sexy curves.

Job well done Mr. C!  I do hope there are no more major changes to be done.  It is exhausting and messy and expensive. 
My blog friend Donna of Brynwood Needleworks sent me a lovely little pin with my last order before the holidays. The pin says, "Choose JOY".  Here is what the card reads:
Choose to live each day with joy in your heart.  You have the power to determine your journey.
Achieve your destination through inner strength.  Reach out - let your life be an adventure.
Look for the unseen, listen to the silence.  Open your mind and heart to opportunities.
Believe in yourself and your dreams.  Choose Joy for the Journey!
This speaks to my being Mindful as I travel through each day of 2018.  Thank you Donna Dear.  I hope each of you choose JOY as you travel your Journey.  JOYful January to each of you...<3

Friday, January 5, 2018

Fresh New Year 2018...

I always enjoy a Fresh New Year with its promises of greatness.  I do not make Resolutions however I have selected a word each year.  I wasn't going to this year however it selected me.  MINDFUL
I shall be Mindful of each and every day as I am determined to make the best of every moment.
In the first few days I was able to accomplish this UFO.  I joined in Pam Kellogg's CQ ATC swap.  You can check out her blog here...Kitty and Me Designs.  This is the second Crazy Quilted Artist Trading Card (ATC) I am submitting. 

I am fairly new to Crazy Quilting and I learn with each project I create.  This ATC looks a little wonky but it is merely my finishing zig zag stitching. This is 2.5" x 3.5" which is the required size.  I am calling this one "Birds and Flowers".  I really like the greens and pinks together.
I came across this Lean Cuisine quote from a few years ago and would like to share it with you.
"The road to success is not straight.  There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, and caution lights called Enemies.  You will have flat tires called Jobs, but if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, a driver called Will Power, you will make it to a place called Success."
May each of you have a Blessed 2018 with lots of Peace, Joy, Health and Creative Bliss...<3