Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hand scrub

Sure have needed a lot of gifts lately.  This was for a high school graduation.  I made her a whole basket, but forgot to take pics.  This is handmade scrubs.  Don't you love the cute little spoons.  I got them from Krogers of all  places. 

This is how I make my scrubs,
 in the jar put desired amount of sea salt, sugar, or brown sugar.
Put in desired oil little at a time. 
Let it soak in. 
Put in a little lemon juice and scented oil.

I found they do best if you don't stir, it breaks up the sugar or salt and makes it watery.

Easy peasy.  My daughter paid $20 for a jar this size for a store bought one.  We made a bunch for Christmas Presents this year, and everyone seemed to love them.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Small finishes

Here's 2 purple washrags I made for a gift basket.  I sure seem to be making a lot of washrags lately.  It may be small, but a finish is a finish and I'm happy with it.  Just can't seem to find time to sew lately.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Gift Basket - Handmade Goodies

I found this basket at CareHelp.   It was a good thing, because the same day hubby  told me we had a housewarming party to go to that day.  Yikes, So we went to the party, then went straight to WalMart to find yarn that matched their bedroom and kitchen.  The brown matches their kitchen.  The purple matches the bathroom.  I have never seen purple in a bathroom, it was really very nice.  They were really excited with the thick towels.  I couldn't remember the exact purple in the bathroom, so we went with beige towels and washrags.  I was pleased with the way the basket looked.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Working on flismies

Here is another border for several scrappy quilts.  This is a neutral fabric I like using. 

So do you give neutral quilts as gifts, or do you like give bold, brighter quilts as gifts?

Friday, August 30, 2013

Small finishes - baby present

I have been making more crocheted gifts then sewing lately.  hmmmm.  Handmade washrags are the big, new gift.  So I use 100 percent cotton, try to find thread made in American.  Yes, I do still think that is important.  I got this in a big cone at Wal Mart.  Love the shading.

The little sack actually has a bar of baby soap in it.  You wash up, rinse the bag, then hang to dry.  I wasn't sure that was a good ideal, but supriseling, it dries fine, and always looks clean.  My girls love using them.  I need to whip some up for Christmas gifts.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Working on finishes

I love working with scraps.  It is always so fun to pick borders for these scrappy quilts.  But borders is where my project usually stops, and then the expense starts.  So I have a new plan.  When I buy a border, I now buy enough for several quilts.  This will cut down on the time it takes me to find a border, and it will also save money, because I won't just be putting the leftovers in with my scraps.  It will go to finish at least 3 quilts.  I am kinda doubting my color now.  I usually use a brown or green for borders so that it is fairly neutral quilt.  I do this as most quilts are given to people I really don't know.  Red is a little bold.  It went with the quilt I am working on, and I didn't think of it at the time that it is not a neutral color to put in the quilt. 

So would you give a quilt to someone that is really bold, or would you make it neutral to fit in with there home colors?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Another Scrappy FLimsy

Here's another all scrap quilt.  The blue is from a quilt I made for a wedding present.  The nine patch is 2 1/2 inch squares.  A lot of the scraps are from friends who don't work with small pieces. 

I love this type of mindless sewing.  This makes nine flimsies on a hanger to iron and sandwhich.  This is a small quilt for a newborn.  I always make large baby quilts, but my daughter mentioned when the baby was newborn, she would have used a smaller quilt more oftern.  So I am making a few smaller ones.  I love making them, as they are a lot faster.

These nine patches are from when I was doing a block a day,  I do love whipping out a tip with all the pieces sitting in a box.

This quilt is already sandwhiched.  I will try to quilt it tomorrow on my day off.