Six Simple Ways to Improve Your Home Value

If you are wanting to sale your home or add VALUE TO YOUR HOME and increase the chances of selling quickly, you may enjoy this article from LDS Living! Have a Happy and productive Saturday!


One of my favorite patterns "Just Can't Cut It"! It's a weekend quilt! I actually got a lot of the fabrics in Hawaii! I made this quilt for my husband and he picked the fabrics! He is not into fabrics at all, but he is certainly into Hawaii and Motorcycles! It was a fun quilt to make!

Design: With my needle
Threads: Anchor
Linen: unknown
Stitched by Barbara

Recipe For Daily Success

The KITCHEN is the HEART of the HOME! I'm sharing this recipe with you to give you some inspiration on some fun ways to share a great recipe of daily success!
I have used this recipe for so many different ideas! My favorite is to tuck it inside a homemade apron pocket for a gift! I have changed the recipe to fit Christmas! (One barrel of Christmas Cheer, 1 cup of JOY, etc) I have also attached this recipe to measuring cups, and tucked them inside a mitten hot pad!

Here is a fun idea! Decoupage an over sized recipe on your tabletop for a heaping helping of style and sentiment! (click to enlarge)

I serve you this recipe with friendship in generous helpings! Enjoy!
( Country Sampler, February 2003--Taken from my "Home Idea Book".)

And another three snowmen...

I finished these with beads around and they look great;-))

Poinsettia ornament

Can I proudly present this wonderful humbug to you???
it´s a design by faby Reilly and it was a lot of fun to stitch;-))

Brightneedle Ornament

2007 Merry Xmas Pinkeep
by Brightneedle
JCS 2007
fabric: 32ct cream Belfast linen
fibers: DMC
stitched by staci for Carol S
(Christmas Ornament Swap)
(more pictures can be seen on my blog)

Some "Bunny" Loves You!

I love the colors of spring! I always look forward to the new seasonal ideas for the up and coming holidays from Martha Stewart! Here are a few ideas to celebrate a cheerful Easter dinner with the ones you love!

Easter Bunny garland, easy to do from a die cut, with cupcakes and party favors to match!

Here are the directions: Easter Party Favors!
From paper cups to baskets filled with chocolate bunnies and jelly beans! These little favors are so cute and so easy to do! I think they are also great for Spring Birthday parties!

I've saved my favorite for last!
Easter rabbit shaped napkins are a festive detail for the holiday table and they only require a few simple folds! Here are the directions: Bunny fold for napkins! Have fun!

Jingles the Penguin

Latest Finish 23.02.09, Jingles the Penguin - Click for a larger image! It felt kind of funny to be stitching a wintery penguin today here in West Texas Town as the temperature reached 80 degrees, but stitch (and finish) him I did.

Behold, "Jingles the Penguin" from the JCS 2007 Ornie issue! I didn't have all the floss and embellishments called for so Jingles doesn't have a button for a nose, a bell at the end of his Santa hat, or a fuzzy red scarf, but I think he is cute all the same.

Snowman for February...

Here's my ornament for February... still need to do the *finishing* ...

Snowman and Bunny
by The Prairie Schooler
Book #151 Santas and Snowmen
Stitched on Cashel Vintage Maple Sugar Linen
by Lakeside Linens
with DMC threads...
Stitched by Lizzy

Blessings and Love in Stitches...


A Stitching Faery's Ramblings from under the Willow Tree...

Sketch Challenge #5 and Color Combo Challenge (02-23-09)

Hey Everyone! We're on challenge #5 now!! Whoohoo! That means 5 Christmas cards already out of the way!!

Okay. . .here is the sketch challenge for this week and there's an extra component for this challenge. On our Paper Craft Planet group site, we asked the members to vote on what additional element to be added to this week's sketch challenge!! The choices were a color combo challenge, Ways to Use it challenge, or technique challenge and the one that got the most votes was a "color combo challenge"!!!

So. . .this week's challenge in addition to the sketch challenge you MUST use this color combo: pink, purple and blue!!

If you want to participate in this challenge, post a comment on this post with the link to your blog site, SCS post, PCP upload, or your online album. You may also email the picture of your card to Hope you'll play along!! If you are uploading your card to PCP, tag your card as "CSAYL" so it'll be easier to find!!

Be sure to join our Paper Craft Planet Group Site, if you haven't done so yet. . .this where you can interact with the other members and have fun creating. Click on the banner below to link to the group site.

Check out the awesome cards created by the challenge divas

Monica Lockhart~Little Bit of Life

Michelle - Creative Journey

Sketch Challenge #4 - (02-06-09) Submissions

Hey Everyone!! Here's the beautiful submissions by our readers!! Please click on the image to link to the participant's blog site, SCS Gallery or PCP site. Thank you ladies for playing along. All your cards are beautiful. Comment on the post for Challenge 4 with the link of your photo if you want to show us your card using the sketch challenge and I'll upload your photo to this post. Have fun Christmas Stampin'!!! Scroll down for this week's challenge.

It's about FAMILY!

My friend Malia made this creative wall hanging at a fun "handmade" gift exchange last year! It was a big hit! We've all seen these signs at popular craft stores! Malia screwed hooks into the wood to hang the frames with ribbon! I think it turned out so cute! Cheers to Malia!

January and February ornaments

I've been finished these for awhile now but have neglected to post any pictures.

The first was a freebie I received with an order from San-Man Originals.
The second is from the Dec 2007 JCS by Angie Williams of Sweet Peas Designs.

Merry Ornament
Designer: San-Man Originals
Stitched on 28ct Lugana

Jingle All The Way
Designer: Angie Williams
Stitched on : 28ct Kiwi Illusion Rimu

My February Ornaments

The manger is adapted from Graphworks Mini Motifs for Christmas Vol 1; the D design is adapted from Alma Lynne's Christmas Alphabet; the tree is my own design.

Headboards and Fabric Wall Treatments

Here are a few ideas with fabric being used as dramatic wall treatments for a bedroom!

I love this idea! A solid oak door refinished and hung sideways becomes a perfect headboard!
Enjoy! You can check out more ideas on Dutch doors and a lot of creative inspiration at