Saturday, September 25, 2010


Hello my name is Carlie and I am a craft-a-holic!!
I took off two days last week to go through
my 'room' in the basement that had a lot
of my crafts that have been
down there for 10 years.
Having been referred to as
being a 'hoarder' by my daughter every time
that I said 'Someday I will make something
with that...' I let go of a lot of crafting junk.
We had a yard sale and made only enough
to take the whole family but 3 out for
all you can eat BBQ.

But I did keep a lot of my UFOs!!
As you can see my table is full and
this is only a part!!! Yeah I have it bad!
I get excited with new ideas while
I am working on one thing that I
will stop and start something else.

This ATiskit, A Taskit BOM from Bunny Hill
that I have been working on at lunch and I
only have 3 more to go!!

Then I started a small basket quilt to work
on at lunch!! yeah I'm addicted...

Here is two redwork quilts that I designed...
Maybe I will start a freebie BOM with
them so it will get me going to finish them!!

This is another of my designs...a dulcimer quilt.

This is a stack n' wack quilt that I took a
class on. I did finish the quilt I made with
the scraps!!! But alas this one isn't quilted

This is two embroideries that I did to make
pillows for spring...several springs ago...

This is a king-size quilt that I started and got 80%
quilted 11 years ago and then we moved....

My tea pot quilt that is 75% quilted...also
started 10 years ago!!! what you ask???
I am airing my dirty and unfinished laundry
so that I will be shamed into getting them
Does this happen to anyone else???
I also write and have several books
started. It's a illness isn't it???

So I am not going to start anything new
until I finish at least two UFO's.

I will keep you posted on the results!!!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Some Finishes!

This is my small scrap pumpkin quilt.

This is a fall bag I made and use as a small
craft project bag.

I made this out of upholstery samples
using a pattern from a tutorial on
a blog that I can't seem to find at
the moment!

And this is little Emma with her 'Dorothy'
Raggedy Ann!

Have a great day....Carlie

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tshirt Re-do Tutorial

This is Meghan my oldest Granddaughter.
She spent the night and we decided to
re-do some old tshirts.
This one we cut off the neckline and then
cut it right down the center of the front.
Then with a rotary cutter I cut
strips 1" apart and 3" long on each side.
Then all you have to do is tie the sides
together and you have a neat new shirt!

Then Meghan wanted a shirt with the back
cut in strips(I don't know why but I did it!)
The cuts were 3" apart and almost all
the way across the back.

I made a second one (after she love the
first one so much) of a different color
and didn't cut it so far to the side.

Then I decided to try one for me. So I bought
2 tshirts for $3 and cut off the neckline and
sleeve hems on one shirt...

Then I cut the bottom of the second one into
3" strips.

The I sewed two strips together to make a
large circle...then I sewed a long gathering
stitch down the middle.

Next I pinned the gathered ruffle around the
neckline (that I had already turned under
about 1/4" and stitched). Then I sewed it
on top of the gathering line to the top of
the neck.

Using the same method only using 1 piece
for the ruffle, I did the sleeves...

The finished product...I thought the ruffles
were a little large so I trimmed them down about
1/2" on each looks much better so I
would recommend to cut the strips 2" instead
of 3". I like it a lot and will try another one soon!

Happy Stitchin'...........Carlie

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Painting Fever

I think I have got a painting bug!!!
This little dollar frame from Michaels
got a makeover to match my small chest.

I thought it would b a lot harder wood burning
a smaller piece but it wasn't so bad.
I also did a small shelf but my daughter
Heather liked it so I gave it to her
before I remembered to get a photo.

Now I have plans to redo another small
trunk, end table, and desk. If I can just
get them done before the fever subsides!!!

Have a great day...Carlie

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Painting Time

I finished two painting projects this week.
I seen furniture painted like this at an art
gallery in Biltmore NC. Of course I will
never be able to afford it, but my oldest
daughter said that I could make my I did!!!

Here is a closeup of the fall side.
Each side is a different season.

Here is the chest before being put together.
I saw a lot of furniture that is very pricey
on 'Sticks Furniture' website.

But since I couldn't afford them I did
my own. And I loved it!!!

Now I'm looking around for more old
furniture to paint!!!

I had an old farm table that had seen better days.
This is the before...

After sanding it down I drew the design
on and then wood burned it.
Then I painted it with acrylic paint.

This is the after...

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Aunt Ellie's Quilt

My husband's Aunt in Connecticut
turned 90 this year and most of the family
went there to celebrate with her.

She collects blue and white china
so I wanted to do a quilt with blue
and white china on yellow fabric that
I had. Sorry the color of the photos
are not good.

This is the back of the quilt.

A closeup of the flowers and butterfly applique.
It was hand quilted also.
I really liked the way it turned out. Aunt Ellie
like it too!