This year the girls decided they wanted to be butterflies. I made their butterfly masks with felt and sequins.
Add some ginormous butterfly wings and the tutu’s from last year’s fairy costumes and I had some happy little butterflies!
We also actually carved pumpkins this year! I promised in my pumpkin patch post that I’d show you the final results…here they are… Cedi’s pumpkin is blowing a whistle and has the ever important ears.
Capri decided her pumpkin needed four faces :)
Little Pip insisted that her Mama help her with her squatty pumpkin :)
And here’s the five pumpkins in our pumpkin family!Tonight we headed to our friends neighborhood for some good old fashioned trick or treating! Capri didn't want to wear her mask (fine) and I think this is the only moment Cedi’s wings actually looked decent. (and yup – I made the girls trick or treat bags – like them? ‘Trick Or Treat’ is FMQ on the black fabric strip!) Pip was an adorable little apple that didn’t know what to think about her mama apple’s red hair.
The neighborhood we borrowed was perfect! We started trick or treating around 5:30 when it was still light. It felt just like I was back home when I was little – a nice neighborhood, basically no traffic and little ones trick or treating at the houses with their lights on. By the end of our little route it was dark out and the girls got to see some really amazingly decorated homes! (see above)
And this guy was just creepy…no one knew what to think… When we got home we split the candy in half (after mama check it all out) and then lit our jack-o-lanterns. If you ignored the melt downs throughout the day it really was quite nice…
Thanks to all of YOU, my supporters and fans, I made it into the RAW Semifinals. It’s going to be an INCREDIBLE show! Seriously – check out the breakdown:
What's planned for the show?
- FIVE MUSIC SETS, including: Color Me Once, Kaia Elizabeth, Sexy Ester, Brandon Beebe, and Livewire
- Tricking Performance (yah, that Bruce Lee sh*t!!)
- Hip-Hop Dance Performance
- Chez Bouche' Performance
- Hoops Performance
- RUNWAY Hair Show
- RUNWAY MakeUp Show
- RUNWAY Fashion Show
- THREE Film Screenings
- Visual Arts Gallery
- LIVE GUEST VOTING – this is where I need YOU all! I hope you can make it for at least a portion of the night (6:30 to 11:30) on Wednesday, November 7th! Plan your sitters now and have a fun ‘date night’ on the square!
- Judge Panel, including Rachel Frank, DJ Nick Nice, & Brent Gurlach
We went on a walk through of the venue (the Majestics) last weekend and I saw my 3’x 3’ area that I have to set up in. Many of you who have seen me in shows know that I have a problem bringing just a little…it’s definitely going to be a challenge for me but I already have some pretty fantastic ideas on how to make it work (at least they seem fantastic in my mind right now…we’ll see how they turn out in reality!)WHEN //November 7th, 2012 from 6:30PM to 11:30PMWHERE //Majestic - 115 King Street, MadisonDETAILS //
18+ | Cocktail attire.
Tickets are $15 via presale. $20 at the door.*
BUY your ticket NOW! They sell out fast!
*Guests under the age of 21 pay an additional $5 cover at the door
And here’s the group of pie bakers!
For the second pie I had come in in the midst of the first and the girls asked, “Is it okay if we make our own crust?” “Of COURSE!” I knew they liked to bake but I didn’t know that they knew how and liked to make crust! Did I mention that I love my sitters? Josie said she used her mom’s apple crisp crump topping recipe for the top of this pie – LOVE that idea!
And the proud baker’s around their second pie! Here are the pies post-baking. I think they look delicious! Only one tip that I did learn from Julia Child is that if you add crust to crust you need to attach it with an egg white. About half of the leaves fell off during the baking – but I still am so so so happy and proud of the pies the four girls made!
It’s time once again for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, sponsored as always, by Amy from Amy’s Creative Side. I am so so so glad I happened to see Prairie Moon Quilts Tweet about this! I might have missed it and that would have been TERRIBLE! I love this festival – so many great quilts to look and and such talent all over! Please keep in my Quilt 138 when you nominate your favorites!
I knew right away that I wanted to show of my ‘Amazing Technicolor Dream Quilt’.
I made this quilt because of a scrap challenge and it’s one of those pieces that you make because of dream you have in your mind. I have those dreams often but they don’t always turn out the way I hope they will. This is one of those dreams that really did turn out! It was way more work than I thought it was going to be but it was so so so worth it!
Approximate Dimensions: 62" x 76"
I really love how that the quilt looks totally different depending on which angle you look at it.
Every piece of this quilt came from my scrap bin. I used the ‘free form quilting method’ and it was machine quilted by Barb Raisbeck of Quilts by Barb. You can read more about how this quilt came to be HERE.
The festival starts today, and runs through November 9. It’s open to anyone who wants to enter, and there will be lots of great prizes. Be sure to check it out NOW! Get your post written and show off your quilt!
Nominations will be made November 1st through the 4th. My Amazing Technicolor Dream Quilt (Quilt 138) would be a wonderful fit Best in the following categories:
Favorite Throw Quilt
Favorite ROYGBIV Quilt
Favorite Scrap Quilt
Thanks for all your support! I'm so excited that in just 3 days I'll be back to the quilting and creating world! It's bittersweet that our apple crop was terrible this year but the sweet part means I'll be at my machine a month earlier than normal!
I’m still loving my new camera… these photo’s capture my girls perfectly right now…
Pip, 17.5 months, is my little stinker right now. She’s testing all her boundaries – figuring out what she can do and seeing what we’re going to let her do. At the same time she’s so loving – if she’s in the mood she loves to give kisses and snuggle.
Capri, age 4.5, is my pouter. She is hypersensitive to everything right now. I would say that she’s definitely ready for apple season to be over and that even though she’s been amazing in school it’s taking it’s toll on her. When she’s in the mood – she will create for hours on end! From what I’ve seen her make now, at 4, I can’t wait to see how her creativity grows.
Cedi, age 5 11/12, is the leader. She takes charge over the group she’s in (her sisters) and has a plan for everything. She loves to go on adventures and is really enjoying pretending. She’s loving school and her lost tooth. Don’t get me wrong, she still gets whining and looses it, but it’s definitely in a more controlled manor with less frequency.
I hope you enjoyed meeting my October girls :) I have a feeling you’ll be seeing them a bit more frequently as I figure out how to use my camera (these are all taken in ‘auto’ mode still!)
photo from the 2011 Hoedown
I’ll start out with talking the basics:
What: An opportunity to buy unique, locally hand-crafted items for friends and family while listening to holiday music!
Items from numerous artists include: Quilts, Ornaments, Baskets, Bags and Purses, Belts, Scarves, Holiday Decorations, Baby Items, Hand-dyed Clothing, Jewelry, Crocheted Hats, Winter-Wear Items, Stockings, Tree Skirts, Candles and MORE! I’ll be doing some ‘sneak peek’ posts this year to give you an idea what you can expect!
Don’t miss the mini quilt shop!
Friday, November 16th from 9am – 6pm
Saturday, November 17th from 9am – 5pm
- A Girl Scout Cookie Booth will be set up on November 18th from 10am to 3pm!
N1959 Kroncke Road
Poynette, WI 53955
Make and Take (or Kits) Ornaments – Start a New Holiday Tradition
For the first time we’ll be holding a ‘Make and Take’ Ornament Station. We’ll have some cute, simple drawings of either a snowman, a reindeer, an owl, or a penguin for you to choose from (Capri is holding the snowman and reindeer). At the station the child will stamp their finger print into the main body portion of the creature. We can add the date and any other personalization you would like to the ornament. It will hang from a canning lid…a perfect decoration for the tree this season and a fun keepsake! If you don’t have your child with you we will also be selling the kits and you can do it with your child/grandchild/etc at your home. (Make N Take - $3, Kits - $2)
Each year we will plan a new Make N Take Station. These ornaments can become a tradition for your family to hang on your tree each year.
Gift Wrapping for Children in Need
We are going to be offering gift wrapping this year. For just a $1 donation we’ll put your purchase in a nice bag with tissue and tag – all ready for gifting! 100% of the proceeds from the gift wrapping will be used to buy gifts for children on the Poynette Bank Giving Tree. I'm really excited about this! Cedi, Capri, Persimoni and I will do the shopping (yes - I love to shop!)
I’m really looking forward to another fabulous holiday sale. Although we’ll be out of apples this year for the sale we will be offering apple cider donuts and caramel apples. If you need to stock up on either of these be sure to let me know ahead of time and we’d be happy to fill your order!
Because the apple store is closing earlier than normal you can expect to see some incredible new items from Diane and I. We’ve been brainstorming and working together on some projects…it’s going to be incredible!
photo from the 2011 Hoedown
Recently another friend of mine via etsy, Ebony Love of Love Bug Studios used Kickstarter to help her publish her very first book “The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Techniques’ which is now on Amazon ready for pre-order and she’ll be debuting it in Houston at Quilt Market! it’s been so fun to watch Ebony’s adventure with Kicstarter that I wish the best for Cherie and her dreams.
I personally have purchased some of Cherie’s patterns and I really enjoyed making her project with the clear and easy instructions she puts together.
To see more what Studio Cherie is proposing and to show your support for her newest venture check out her campaign HERE.
Cedi put her tooth under her pillow that night and waited for the tooth fairy to come. Much to her surprise the tooth fairy left her FOUR QUARTERS! And she said, “You know what I’m going to do with it Mom? I’m going to Spend it!” That’s my girl…but I think she needs to have a talk with her Papa about saving…
I finally did it. I purchased a new camera. It’s a Canon EOS Rebel T3i and all I’ve really done is the point and shoot feature. I’ve played on it for maybe an hour so far. I know there is still so, so, so, so much to learn BUT I am already in love! My editing was drastically time has been cut into a tenth of what it was and I’m loving the shots of I get of my kiddos (coming soon). Here are the first product images I took…these are new to my shop this year too!
These are some of my latest creations – scrappy, wonky patchwork Christmas Tree Ornaments with fun rik rak, glittery trim and even sequins on them! I have them for sale in my etsy shop of course! What do you think?
Since not everyone likes bright colors and crazy holiday decorations like I do I am also working on a more classic line of ornaments. Above is a wonky tree cut out of a vintage calendar linen – of course, I fussy cut out the month of December. Instead of going with a crayon for the ‘trunk’ I chose to use cinnamon sticks for these more traditional ornaments.
Lapacek's Orchard Pumpkin patch, photo by Karmen Linder Photography
It’s that time of year again! Time for a visit to the pumpkin patch! I have to admit – we’ve never carved pumpkins with the girls. ever. I feel terrible about this but in a typical October we’re are so busy that it is never even a remote possibility. This year we made a special trip down to the pumpkin patch (in our backyard) for the girls to find their perfect pumpkin. Next week – we’ll carve them!
Shots from Pips first trip to the pumpkin patch. She had fun playing, falling, and picking out a perfect little pumpkin! Capir was able to find a BIG pumpkin – but she carried it all the way to the wagon by herself!
Cedi found a perfect pumpkin – not too big, not too small and easy for her to carry it back to the wagon. Jared and I also found perfect pumpkins for a future carving date. It was fun for the whole family at the patch this year!
Lapacek's Orchard Pumpkin patch, photo by Karmen Linder Photography
To see the way the tri recs ruler is used to make the four 3.5” squares out of three triangles that you need for this sashing see the Diamonds in the Rough Sashing tutorial or just follow along with your rulers’ directions.
Cutting Instructions for Wild Trees (16.)
1 strip 3.5” x at least 14” – longer if you want to do some fussy cutting as I did.
4 rectangles – 3.5” x 5” of background fabrics - (same or all different)
I fussy cut out three main triangles so that woodland creatures would peak out of the trees. Using fun grey ‘house’ prints creates a great color combination with the pinks, grays and reds. Before this Home Sweet Home Quilt Along I rarely fussy cut everything! For this quilt I purposely did quite a bit of fussy cutting. I love that those little details make people excited when looking at the quilt. Every time I look at the quilt, I see something new – a detail I forgot about or missed previously. It makes me happy.