Month: October 2010

Random Fall Happenings

pumpkins on fire mantle

Signs of winter? Really! Already? I'm sad to report that we have had our first snow fall. Yes, the snow stayed in the mountains, but I have a feeling that when I wake tomorrow morning, that might not be the case. We striped the garden tonight, saving the edibles --I think we might get our first frost.

And in order to stay positive and fight my negative feelings concerning winter, I’ve been trying to be festive –pumpkins on the fire place mantle and I made some trick-or-treat candy bags last night.  What do you think?

halloween candy bags with screenprinthalloween candy bags with screenprint

I still have one more bag to finish before this weekend.  My friend Nicole from Elsa Bags did the screen-prints on these.  Aren’t they fabulous!?  She got the idea from The Graphics Fairy.

halloween candy bags with screenprint

Monet is ready for her first trick-or-treating experience –Daddy has already given her candy and now she’s “hungry” for it, like a vampire is hungry for blood

Do you recognize the fabric on the back of the bag?  It’s left over from the custom quilt I finished binding on Sunday.

machine applique quilt with embroidery

I'm pleased with how this quilt turned out, along with the message it conveys. I think it's perfect for a young girl's room.

My husband has also been busy creating beautiful things.  Look what he made…

This bowl is going to be perfect for holding Halloween candy this weekend.

Josh also brought home this ceramic box and I am absolutely in love with it.

ceramic box with letters

ceramic box with lettersceramic box with letters

What do you think?

I think I saved the best for last.

A happy fall, to you and your family!

Easy and Delicious Crock-Pot Recipes

crockpot full of beans

I love using the crock-pot in the fall and winter months.  It helps to warm a home with aromatic smells and excitement for dinner.  This past week we used it three different times and each meal was a huge hit.  Here’s what we made…

::Crock-pot Beef Stroganoff::

Here’s a link to the pot roast recipe I used from Food Network

I altered this recipe some –added about a pound of mushrooms cut into quarters, used a cooking white wine instead of the Chardonnay, and I used 2 cans of organic cream of mushroom soup instead of just one.  When the roast was finished, I shredded the meat and put it back into the crock-pot liquids.  I then added 1-2 tablespoon of spicy Dijon mustard, 1/2 cup sour cream, and about 1-2 tablespoons of corn starch.  Once the mixture was stirred well, I turned the crock-pot on high.  Meanwhile, I boiled up some egg noodles.  When the crock-pot concoction had thickened, we served it hot over a bowl full of noodles and it was delicious!

::Crock-pot Pork Chili Verde::

Here’s a link to the recipe I used from allrecipes.com

I altered this recipe some –used a large shallot and 5 cloves of garlic, along with an onion, added about 5 cut up jalapeno peppers from the garden instead of Serrano chili peppers, used about 1/3 of a cup of jalapeno jelly, and 1/4 of a cup of apple cider vinegar.  Also, when serving, we cooked cheese onto the tortillas, and then added both avocado and sour cream with the chili verde, before wrapping it up burrito style.  This recipe is a must try, a new family favorite here in our home.

::Pinto Beans::

Here’s a link to learn how to cook beans in a crock-pot

Over the weekend, my husband also made a huge pot of pinto beans in the crock-pot.  We’ll make bean burritos and chicken chili with these later this week.  We also freezed a few bags for later use.  My daughter is absolutely in LOVE with beans –these were a huge hit on her plate last night.

So tell me, what is your favorite crock-pot recipe?

Soothing Me, One Stitch at a Time

binding a quilt by hand

I’ve been binding a quilt this week –finishing a custom order.  This quilt is for a young girl; her mom is remodeling her room for her birthday which is at the beginning of November.  The quilt is called, “Think Outside the Box”.

In the past, people have tried to convince me to bind my quilts by machine.  And to be honest, I have considered it lately, now that I have an amazing sewing machine that would do a decent job.

Yet, along with hand-binding being more attractive than machine, there is also something about binding a quilt by hand that soothes me –something very therapeutic about it.  And yesterday, I realized that it was a metaphor for the needs I’ve been neglecting in my life these days, as I’ve been working too much and relaxing too little.  This quilt, begging to be finished, forced me to sit on the couch, with a blanket on my lap, and slowly, one stitch at a time, sew the distance of over 320 inches.

I have not finished binding the quilt yet.  I’ll finish it this weekend.  I’m picturing me and my hubby, cozy on the couch as we watch a movie and drink some wine, and me, relaxing with a quilt on my lap, as I finish it one stitch at a time.

Doesn’t that sound lovely?

Because people, smiles and laughter, more than anything else, is truly what makes a house a home, I hope you enjoyed this weeks “moment”…

om [one moment] meet upOM is *one moment* and is a meetup designed to notice & relish a moment in everyday life. The meetup idea was created by Linda at her blog, a la mode stuff.  If you’d like to participate in OM, just click the button and you’ll be taken to Linda’s post explaining it all.

Don’t Tell My Dog

Don't Tell My Dog by Emily King on Etsy
“Don’t Tell My Dog” by Emily King on Etsy

I recently had the privilege of meeting Emily King from Paper’s Edge. I have admired her work ever since the Kimball Arts Festival this past summer.  Come to find out, she is as warm and sweet as the art she creates.

creative antics by Emily King on Etsy
“Creative Antics” by Emily King on Etsy

We ended up doing a trade –I got the two beauties pictured above and she snatched up one of my machine applique fabric wall art creations pictured below.

Personalized Mixed Media Fiber Wall Art - Living Room Setting
Personalized Mixed Media Fiber Wall Art by Angela Flicker on Etsy

I hope that my piece of art has warmed her home, as much as her art has helped to warm mine.

Pillow Factory Seeks New Machine

throw pillowOver the weekend, my house abandoned it’s home like feel and instead took on the identity of a pillow factory.  Along with making over two dozen throw pillows for the upcoming Beehive Bazaar, I also started a few new quilts, cleaned the entire house (including the oven which use to cause the fire-alarm to go off every time it was used), did a few loads of laundry, planned this upcoming weeks meals, sent out a few invoices…

Ok, I think you get the idea.  Basically, I got a ton done.  Some of you are probably a bit envious right now, wondering how I possibly could of accomplished so much.  I contribute my success to three variables:

fabric pile
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1.  Josh, my sweet husband, took my beautiful daughter to Idaho for a long weekend, to visit grandma and grandpa.

2.  I turned the computer and electronics off and instead dove into my huge fabric stash.

3.  I kept my mind alert and occupied with lots of coffee and great books on tape.

As a result, I crossed a lot off my to-do list, and I was able to spend a lovely Sunday evening with my daughter and husband, who I missed dearly while they were gone.

Do you want to see what I made?  Here are a few photos…

machine applique pillow

machine applique pillow

machine applique pillow

throw pillow

The pillow pictured above captured my heart after I made it, and so I decided to keep it.  I did not do the embroidery shown, instead it was a clever vintage find of mine from many months back.  Doesn’t it make a beautiful pillow?

machine applique pillow

Do you like my couch pillow?  I love doing literal work!

pfaff sewing machine

And the best news of all is that I finally have a new machine.  I’ve been looking for a used Pfaff for awhile now and when Josh was in Idaho he found this beauty.  Can you believe it?

Needless to say, I don’t think the sewing is going to slow down in this household.

A Crafty Holiday Teaser

Starting in November, we’re running a blog hop event called A Crafty Holiday here at The Artists’ House.  And since I can’t stop “window” shopping on Etsy, I thought I might share with you part of my A Crafty Holiday list.  Just consider this a teaser…

(Note:  For more information concerning the products listed below, just click on the photos.)

Monet’s Christmas List:

 Freshlypicked Moccasins

Freshlypicked Moccasins

Chic bohemian dress by ManiMina's on Etsy

Chic bohemian dress by ManiMina's on Etsy

Girls handmade dress by SewnNatural on Etsy

Girls handmade dress by SewnNatural on Etsy

"Please Come" by Corid on Etsy

"Please Come" by Corid on Etsy

My Christmas List:

Black Cotton Jersey Triangle Top by OutOfLine on Etsy

Black Cotton Jersey Triangle Top by OutOfLine on Etsy

Build your own hoodie by Wolf Calls Clothing on Etsy

Build your own hoodie by Wolf Calls Clothing on Etsy

Vintage Floral Wallpaper Locket by Verabel on Etsy

Vintage Floral Wallpaper Locket by Verabel on Etsy

Dishcloths by Blackberrythyme on Etsy

Dishcloths by Blackberrythyme on Etsy

"Mini Zippy in This Little Piggy" by JennaLou on Etsy

"Mini Zippy in This Little Piggy" by JennaLou on Etsy

Felted Wool Slippers by Grazim on Etsy

Felted Wool Slippers by Grazim on Etsy

Josh’s Christmas List:

Messanger Bag by SewMuchStyle on Etsy

Messanger Bag by SewMuchStyle on Etsy

ipad docking station by woodtec on Etsy

ipad docking station by woodtec on Etsy

ipod case by tovicorrie on Etsy

ipod case by tovicorrie on Etsy

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Is it bad that I have more items on my list than my fellow family members?  I blame Etsy shop owners you know.  Why would a beautiful vintage cocktail dress come up when searching “men” for example?  Hmmm.  Conspiracy I tell you.

Would you like to participate?

The deadline to enter your blogs participation is tomorrow, October 14th.

Follow this A Crafty Holiday link and sign-up today.


Featured and Honored

vintage bike and flowers(Picture from Mollys Muses Fine Art Photography on Etsy)

Unfortunately, I don’t have a blog post for you today.  I’m knee deep in fabric and quilts –working on custom orders, a secret project, and getting ready for upcoming holiday shows.

There is some good news though –I’ve been featured elsewhere.  At first, I didn’t know the protocol for things like this.  I was super giddy to be mentioned on such fabulous blogs, by such fabulous woman, but didn’t know if I should mention it to my readers.  Would it sound arrogant?  After time passed though, I realized that I was being silly, I should share my triumphs with you.

And so today, you should check out my past features over at…

Candied Fabrics as part of her Maker’s Must series

Molly’s Muses as part of her handmade countdown to Christmas series

Both of these woman are amazing artists.  You really should follow the before mentioned links, and check out their work as well.

Go on, go visit their homes today 😉

candied fabrics mod houses
(Picture from Candied Fabrics)

Embracing Fall

I hate winter.  And while fall on its own is generally a nice season, in my eyes Fall is like Winter’s best friend.  You might not mind Fall, you might even like Fall, but since Winter tags along behind Fall, well, it kind of makes Fall a bit of a downer when he arrives at a party.  Does that make any sense?

Winter brings the cold, the dark, the end to long walks, long days, and playing in the garden.  All joking aside, I struggle during the winter months.  When the leaves start to change colors, it remind me that winter is on its way, and frankly I don’t look forward to that one bit.

This year, I’m trying to be different.  I’m trying to embrace fall and the beauty that comes along with it.  And while I might not succeed everyday, one day this week, when Monet and I were walking, I genuinely enjoyed the brisk air, the rustic colors, the dying plants, and my daughter’s fascination with all the changes around her.

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Thank you Monet, for helping me to see something so beautiful, so obvious –thank you for helping me to embrace fall.

Because people, smiles and laughter, more than anything else, is truly what makes a house a home, I hope you enjoyed this weeks “moment”…

om [one moment] meet upOM is *one moment* and is a meetup designed to notice & relish a moment in everyday life. The meetup idea was created by Linda at her blog, a la mode stuff.  If you’d like to participate in OM, just click the button and you’ll be taken to Linda’s post explaining it all.

Modern Quilt Tutorials

spiderweb quilt tutorialToday I’m going to share with you, five mondern quilt tutorials that other quilters have created.  They’re amazing!  I truly want to make each one.  If only I had more time, and a more trustworthy machine.  Let me explain…

Some of you might be wondering how my 24 hour sew-a-thon went.  Well, after only 6 hours of sewing, my machine broke.  Unfortunately I don’t have any personal photos to share with you, since I was unable to finish any projects.  Sigh!  It really was a sad situation.  And as a result, since I didn’t have a sewing machine to occupy me, I didn’t do so hot on my electronic fast either.  Once again, sigh!

So, what does a person like me do when she’s blue and her sewing machine is broke, well, she looks at quilts instead.

Here are a few favorites that I found, and each of them comes with a tutorial.  Isn’t that great?!

Enjoy.

spiderweb quilt tutorialThe two great quilts pictured above were made by blempgorf .  You can find a spiderweb quilt tutorial by following the before mentioned link.

tokyo subway map quilt tutorialThis fun beauty is currently being made as a quilt-along over at Oh, Fransson! Head on over and join the Tokyo Subway Quilt Tutorial.

More modern quilt tutorials:

Cathedral Window Quilt TutorialCathedral Window Quilt Tutorial from Hyena In Petticoats

zig zag quilt tutorialZig Zag Quilt Tutorial from A Quilt is Nice

values quilt tutorialValues Quilts Tutorial from Sew Katie Did

Sew-a-thon & Electronic Fast

(Picture from Cb Sew on Etsy)

The house is cleaned, I’ve responded to all my emails, my daughter and husband just left for a one night camping trip, and the second I press “publish”, I’m starting a 24 hour sew-a-thon and a 48 hour electronic fast.  I’ll be back on Tuesday. Until then, wish me luck.

I’m off to sew…

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