...its the best time of the year. The Christmas greetings are starting to fill our mailboxes. The colored lights on the tree brighten my day. It's all good.
Last week I was reminded about the long-john money holder pattern that I shared several years ago. Knowing that many of you might not have it (but might just need it), I'm including the instructions below and the pattern.
Long-John Money Holder Pattern
Step 1: Cut out 2 of the long-john suit in red wool or felt. Cut a slit in the middle of one of them. With wrong sides together, hot glue the edges together. For more detail, use perle cotton and blankethole stitch the edges together or use a running stitch. Glue two white buttons to the front of suit.
Step 2: Glue pant flap just above cut opening on back side of suit. Add a white button in each corner of flap.
Step 3: Fill with $$ and enjoy the smiles your gift will bring.
Enjoy making these for your family and friends. Check back in the next few days and you'll find some cookie recipes to try during the holidays. And, be sure to stop by Hen & Chicks Studio during Christmas in Conrad this Saturday, December 7. We'll be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Hexagons are simple to prepare (especially with our favorite glue pen). Then with a few quick tips on piecing them together, they are simple to stitch together. And, if you need something portable, hexagons are the way to go!
But, what makes hexagons truly amazing are the designs that can be made with them.
From something simple (this is the project we're using during our Let's Hexi workshop--hope you can join us).
Or with unique placement of colors you can create new patterns.
Or, use a darker background as my grandmother did.
And, stop by Hen and Chicks Studio and see patterns for more modern hexagons.
Once you start to hexi, you won't be able to stop!
My calendar got started a week ago, but I finished it on Saturday during a scrapbooking class at Hen and Chicks Studio. The kit includes two things from Adorn It--a blank calendar ($12) and a pack of seasonal papers ($24). Grab some scissors (plain and decorative) and your favorite glue and in about eight hours you, too, could have a finished calendar. I loved trying to decide which of the paper options to use. Do you need scrapbooking inspiration? I have a Pinterest board with a variety of scrapbooking pages and other paper inspirations. Follow me!
Here are the rest of my pages:
I have my favorites...which calendar page is your favorite? Stop by Hen & Chicks Studio and purchase a kit to give as a gift or make for yourself!
Hen & Chicks Studio got in some great papers and calendar blanks from Adorn It. I'm preparing for our calendar class on Saturday, November 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and I thought I'd share my work in progress. This scrapbook calendar would be a great gift for one of your family members or a special friend.
First, I made myself familiar with the Adorn It seasonal papers. They are two-sided so lots of options.
A stack of solid papers is always nice to have at your fingertips to coordinate with the beautiful prints.
Pull out my "tear sheets"--a stack of magazine pages with scrapbook layouts I like.
Select photos for each month. My goal was to find 1-4 photos for each month.
Next, I match up the tear sheet and the photos and the paper....to find the right combination for each month.
This is my inspiration.
This is my January page.
This is my inspiration.
This is my February page.
I haven't done the journaling yet and I may embellish a little more, but I like the direction it's going. Would you like to join me in making this calendar? Call Hen & Chicks Studio at 641-366-3336 to reserve your calendar kit today.
On Monday night I returned home from four days of International Quilt Market. Although I've been going to market since 1992 in a variety of roles--book editor, magazine editor, sales manager, and now quilt shop owner--I don't remember being as energized with ideas as with this trip. And, I LOVE that. I love having so many notes in my book about events and ideas for the store and our customers that we need more than 365 days in the year. I love having a list of all the products I did buy and those I want to buy. How can it get any better? I LOVE being able to share all these creative things with you.
I know I have to tackle my to do list one thing at a time. So, first, Beth J. helped me get all of the product that I hauled back in my suitcase out on the shelves yesterday...new wool, new velvet, new books, new patterns, a new tool, a new game. Over the next few weeks and months more product with trickle in....but if there is one word that describes what I saw, it's texture. Let's mix those cottons, wools, velvets, denim, burlap, osnaberg, cheesecloth, and threads. Watch for that to happen at Hen and Chicks Studio in some of our upcoming store samples.
Then there are the events...the day events, the classes, the guests, the retreats. Oh, I think we'll have some quilting and scrapbooking fun at the store. Check out the Come Create with Me Retreats on November 6, December 7 and December 18. And, to get it started in 2014, I'm hosting The Love Retreat. Space is limited, so be sure to register soon if you'd love to come! Here's my promotional card I designed on the airplane ride home--I was so excited I just couldn't sit still.
Looking forward to sharing more of my excitement with you through Hen & Chicks Studio.