Wednesday, April 8, 2015

OttLite and Hand Sewing (Giveaway, too!)

I had planned on sharing more photos of my painting in-progress, but I set it aside to work on sewing projects. It's been a joy to work late into the evenings and still have good lighting! I am so appreciative of OttLite for sending me this one to use and review. They kindly offered to send one to the winner of my giveaway, as well!

And don't forget the GIVEAWAY is still ongoing! Click this link to visit the giveaway post and enter using the Rafflecopter forms near the bottom of the post.

I've been having more problems with my Pfaff Hobby 750 sewing machine and there have been days when I couldn't sew. It is several years old and most likely needs a tune-up. I haven't been able to finish a couple of orders and I haven't been able to work on my son's quilt. I'm hoping I can get back to those tomorrow. I have been drooling over a Juki TL2010Q. It is my dream machine... it's just not in my budget at the moment. Anyone know of a giveaway I could enter? ;-)

As for the quilt projects, I did get this one finished several days ago and listed it on eBay . I don't sell on there much anymore and it shows. I think the little quilt has only 20 something views after a few days of being listed.

See the vintage hanger?  Using this one as inspiration, I'm making a few using some vintage components... and I'll share those with you in a few more days.

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care and Godd bless,

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

OttLite Giveaway! 3-in1 Craft Floor Lamp

I have been a huge OttLite fan ever since I got a lamp for Christmas a couple years ago. I LOVE that lamp and use it when painting, hand-embroidering, and making my paper-cut love tokens. In my Facebook posts I'd mentioned using this OttLite lamp when painting, and one of the reps wrote to me, saying she loved my paintings (thank you!) and wondered if I'd like to do a review and a giveaway of another lamp... how could I refuse?

And before I get carried away talking about the OttLite lamp that you can win, let me share their Facebook page with you. Visit OttLite here to see what's going on, new products, deals, giveaways, and more.

Now, back to the lamp: I went back and forth, trying to choose a lamp to review and finally settled on the 3-in-1 Craft Lamp. It's versatility is what lured me in... you can use it as a floor lamp, or very easily convert it to a table / desk lamp, or use the clamp-on attachment. The base is hefty, so there's no worries about it getting knocked over. The adjustable clamp can hold reference photos, patterns, and even a book because, let me tell you, that clamp is heavy duty! It also has a magnifier, which is awesome when you need to see details of a photo or to read those little needlework charts... or move it over to your project for a close-up view while doing handwork.

I'm currently working on a new painting... just now getting the backgound painted but I'll share in-progress photos over the next couple of weeks while the giveaway is open. I'm using the lamp for extra light and to hold my reference photos. The difference in the light (lamp on / lamp off) is amazing and I won't ever work without an OttLite lamp if I can have one nearby!

Here's what you'll get if you are the winner:

3-in-1 Craft Floor Lamp:
A real multi-tasker
The 24w 3-in-1 Craft Lamp is designed for ultimate functionality with an adjustable magnifier and pattern clip. Three lamps in one, it comes with a conversion kit letting you easily convert from a floor lamp to a sturdy clamp-on configuration or table-top lamp to meet the needs of your workspace. A flexible neck attachment with sturdy clip securely holds pictures, patterns, charts, instructions and more — it’s like having an extra hand. An up to 5x optical grade magnifier also extends from a flexible neck for hands free viewing.

Product Dimensions:
Max. Height: 63.75"
Min. Height: 45"
Base Diameter: 12" x 8"
Weight: 12.9 lbs

Now, are you ready to win your very own 3-in-1 Craft Lamp?

Just complete the Rafflecopter entry forms and a winner will be announced on April 18th. The more entries you complete, the more chances you have of winning!

Good luck! :)


Giveaway ends April 18th @ 12am. Winner will be notified and announced within 24 hours.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Folk Art Birds, Craft Books, Vintage Checkers, and Quilts! Oh, and Cats, Too!

I've been listing more items on my little shop blog, just trying to thin out my stash and I've been adding a few handmade items here and there. Come on over if you'd like to take a peek...

I'm also going to list some items on eBay this week, something I don't do very often anymore. My seller id is HONEYSUCKLELANE.

I'm still working on my son's king size quilt. I have 37 large blocks finished with 19 more to make! As soon as I finish that one, I'll be starting one for my youngest son who had a birthday this month.

I'm running a little behind, but I hope to catch up soon. I have plenty of supervision. See that brownish blob in the background on the left (please ignore the lint on my machine). That brown blob is Kitty. :)

She likes to watch from the ironing board while I sew.

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a blessed week,

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Beginnings of a Patchwork Quilt

I'm working on a quilt for the first time in ...oh... maybe 10 - 15 years! I kept changing my mind on the design, but always wanted it to be a scrappy quilt so imperfections weren't that obvious (unless you are a perfectionist and can spot mistakes a mile away).

That's my little Pfaff Hobby 750 in the background above. It's simple, but it gets the job done! I certainly wouldn't mind a newer one with an IDT (Integrated Dual Feed) along with a Sew Steady extension table... hint, hint! ;)

For this quilt, I chose blacks, browns, and grays, and finally decided on a "Nine Patch Rearranged" design. Basically you cut strips, sew them together in 3 sets of 3s, then cut those into strips and sew into a 9 patch square.

But you don't stop there. You cut the 9 patch in half horizontally and then vertically, turn the 4 smaller squares around until you get the variation you want, and sew those back together!

And then, if you were off a bit like me, you go back later and square up all the squares.

I have 10 large squares made... only 40 something to go!

I ordered some quilting supplies using an Amazon gift card I got for my birthday. Among the items was a new cutting mat because my old one has glue, paint, and marker on it!

I also purchased Aurifil thread for the first time (since so many quilting bloggers raved about it) and I love it! For this quilt, I'm using 50wt 2605 Grey. It blends so well with these colors.

Check back in a few days to see more progress on this quilt!


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Saving Scraps of Scraps

Years ago I found a few 1930s quilts at an estate sale. I loved those quilts... and so did the kids... we practically wore them out. They were utilitarian, not fancy, made of feed sacks and sweet cotton prints. So we used them, and used them well. We wore holes in them... and probably holes in the holes!

Time after time I put them in the discard pile, and time after time I took them out. They were nothing but scraps by then, but I still couldn't get rid of them.

And so I began salvaging the scrappy parts of the scraps. I made pincushions and scissor pockets and strawberry emeries... and little doll quilts...

sweet, wonky, little doll quilts... quilts for dollies to snuggle under...

quilts for protecting your farmhouse table from the vase of fresh cut flowers... quilts to hang on a miniature quilt rack... quilts to tack on the wall for a bit of quaint cottage charm.

Making these recent little prim quilts has let me practice my quilt binding technique. Not that I have a technique, I just read the directions in the book and take off, but I must say... I love making and sewing on the binding!

I need this skill because I'm getting ready to make a king-size scrappy quilt! I'll keep you posted on that one! :)


P.S. If you want to see more of the little quilts, just click this link.