Friday, August 22, 2008

HGTV CRAZY QUILTING LESSONS

Two posts in one day.....that is sure new for me. I was going through some sites a friend sent to me and was happy to see what HGTV has put up. It is extensive lessons on the art of crazy quilting and is well worth printing off. Some have a good amout of pages but still worth the ink.

http://crazyquilting.pbwiki.com/CQ+Lessons+and+Challenge+HGTV

FREE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT PATTERNS

Make a Yo-Yo Advent Tree. I am working on mine.
http://sunshinescreations.vintagethreads.com/2007/11/part-1-how-to-make-yoyo-advent-calender.html

Check out the yo-yo friends too:
http://sunshinescreations.vintagethreads.com/2006/10/how-to-make-yo-yo-friend.html
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Elf Clogs:
http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2007/11/ears-to-your-el.html

Advent Calendar Pockets
http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2007/11/advent-calendar.html

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Directions for folded star ornament
http://www.make-stuff.com/projects/quiltball.html
Video
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1101652/folded_fabric_ornaments/
ideas:This lady makes and sells them.
http://www.meandfoxymcgee.com/catalog.php?category=31
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I also made many of these:http://whipup.net/2007/10/09/tutorial-ribbon-pinecone-ornament/
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I have made at least 50 of these. Instead of ribbon for wings I bought wings at a craft store. You can add things for them to hold that really dress them up.
http://www.craftelf.com/Craft_elf_holiday_Christmas_angel_ornaments_&_pins.htm
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The girls and I did these for gifts one year and they still dress up the tree
http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=1963**************************
I made these one year for our Jesus Tree and friends asked for them too...http://craftsayings.com/projects/holidays/christmas/jesustears/index.shtml
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All 3 of the kids and I made these. I did use some old cards but one year I bought some that would fit in the toothpick frame and than we added small itemson the bottom like small minerature trees or birds or small deer. Friends always liked these too:
http://blog.hummiesworld.com/2006/12/toothpick-and-christmas-card-ornament.html
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These are beautiful and worth the work!
http://craft.dow.com/proj/woven.htm
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Nicole and I made these....I bought painted wooden bead faces and they turned outso cute. http://www.geocities.com/cindi_lou_who1/CarnationAngel.html
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Look at one family makes each year
http://www.rollanet.org/~anderson/ornaments1999.html
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http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/explore/crystals.htm
Ryan and I made these as a school project 8 years ago and I still hang them on the tree.
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Thursday, August 14, 2008

OUR TALENTS ARE OUR GIFTS TO GIVE

My father passed away on August 4Th. We went to Sarasota, Florida in the middle of the night to be with mom. While we were there I took a few pictures of things I made for them. I love to do counted cross stitch and these were 3 I treasure.



The heart I did for their anniversary some years ago.
Amazing grace is a favorite song of Dad's and I loved doing this one for him.
I think this one I gave them for Christmas.
Dad treasured homemade gifts. To him it was giving our talent and time to bless others. He is right. Any form of stitching is indeed a talent. For many of us it is one that pays attention to details. We want to make sure each part of our stitching gift is as perfect as we can make it. I love to make and give to others. I often feel I was the one blessed as I see it develop.

Dad used to tell me that a talent that is not used is really a act of being ungrateful for the talent God given us. But when we use our talent we are giving praise to God for giving us that talent. I have come to believe that to be true. So this week as I reflect on Dad I am reminded he was a grateful man. He noticed the smallest things and always thanked God for putting them in his path. I too try to practice the art of being thankful for all things. I have a way to go but I thank my Dad for showing e it could be done.

Here are a few quotes he had in the notebook he gave me of what he collected over his years. Dad was 88 when he died.

Always demanding the best of oneself, living with honor, devoting one's talents and gifts to the benefits of others - these are the measures of success that endure when material things have passed away.
~Henry Ford

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, "I used everything you gave me."~Erma Bombeck

Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.~Unknown