Thanks for the Memories…..March 5, 2010 It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost three and a half years since my first Blog post! I’ve really enjoyed keeping you up to date with the happenings in my life, new products, yummy recipes, and of course, lots and lots of fun projects for every season of the year. I enjoy reading your feedback and appreciate your support. I thank you for tuning in and keeping up. But, there comes a time when good things come to an end so you can focus your energies, so I’m going to take a break from my Blog – for now.
All my past postings are still accessible so if there was a project or recipe you hadn't gotten to, you can still find it in the archives. Check in regularly to the website for lots of FREE projects, desk top backgrounds and e-cards. Thanks for sharing the fun!
Best Always, Debbie
Drum Roll, please…….March 2, 2010 in Creativity, Quilting
And the winner is……..
Irene Homenuik (85 years young!) is the winner of the drawing for participants who sent of photos of their DM 2009 Natural Wonders Block of the Month quilt.
She also sent bonus photos of Christmas Wishes. Congratulation to Irene!
Your prize is a Crafter’s Organizer that is filled with gifts galore including 4 Debbie Mumm quilt books, two packets of "Thank you" and "Happy Birthday" cards, a 2010 engagement calendar, two beaded cross-stitch kits and an assortment of Debbie Mumm fabrics. Thank you to everyone who participated.
For our latest continuity Quilt project, please check out “Around the Block”. This project started in February and is posted on the website under FREE PROJECTS. There will be a total of 6 installments for the series and new updates will be posted in February, March, May, July, September and November. Enjoy!
I Care with QuiltsFebruary 19, 2010 “Let no one be discouraged by the belief that there is nothing one man or woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills…Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation…”
- Robert Kennedy
I wanted to let you know that I’m starting to work on the donation plan for some of the quilts from our recent I Care with Quilts Book.
JoAnn Store Grand Opening – Feb 18February 14, 2010
Hey there fellow Spokanites – Please stop by the new JoAnn Store at the Valley Mall to say Hello and take advantage of all the great Grand Opening Sales. I’ll be in the store doing the official Ribbon Cutting at 11:00 am. I plan to hang around until noon and in tow, I’ll have some fun Show & Tell projects to share and look forward to visiting and signing books. Hope to see you there!
Make your own ValentineFebruary 11, 2010 in Crafts, Scrapbooking
Send these calorie-free chocolate strawberries with a few sweet words of affection to whomever your heart desires with this downloadable
card art. Happy Valentines Day!
Heart in HandFebruary 5, 2010 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Holidays
Show a loved one that you care by creating a custom gift basket for this Valentine’s Day. A handmade miniature wool heart pillow will be a lasting memento of your affection.
National Compliment DayJanuary 28, 2010 in Friendship, Well-Being Have you ever regretted letting an opportunity to compliment someone go by or are you looking for the right moment to let someone know how much you appreciate them? I’ve been watching a great series on PBS called “This Emotional Life” and among many interesting topics one of them is about what makes us happy. The conclusion (from scientific research!) was that creating positive connections with others is how we create happiness for ourselves and for others. Sharing a compliment seems like a great way to reinforce your connections. Email everyone you know a compliment and it will make their day. (Yours too!!)
With Honey and Milk, please.January 22, 2010 in Crafts, Scrapbooking
That’s how I like to drink my tea…. Black tea with milk and honey is yummy in my tummy ~ particularly in the middle of winter. Because everyone seemed to enjoy the Snowmen downloads during December, I thought I’d treat you to some tea. Tea art downloads that is. I selected images with Bees to represent the honey. See what you come up with – how about some sweet Thank you or Thinking of you cards? Or, perhaps you might decorate a tea canister or a gift bag.
Decorative StorageJanuary 15, 2010 in Crafts, Home, Quilting
It’s something about the combination of New Years resolutions and putting away my Christmas decorations, that puts me in the mood to get more organized. And why not make it look cute at the same time? Here are some fun ideas for accomplishing both in your sewing or craft area. Recycle the Christmas tins that you received full of fudge and peanut brittle and turn them into decorative storage containers.
New Year, New Dog!January 8, 2010 in Family, Friendship, Pets
Murphy made his life long dream of being a Doggie Daddy come true in 2010. He adopted the sweetest little pup from Spokanimal and named her Penny. She’s about 1 year old and we’re guessing she’s a little hound, a little lab, a little retriever and lot of who knows what-else in her. But it all adds up to be adorable. She instantly bonded with Murphy and is friendly to all. Murphy is getting used to having a constant shadow. Wherever he is, Penny is at his side smiling from ear to ear. Murphy hasn’t headed back to school yet, so they’ve been camping out in my basement and so far we are incident free! I’m so happy the two of them have found each other.
Happy 2010!January 1, 2010 in Calendar, Holidays, Well-Being
It’s really hard to fathom just how quickly this past decade has gone. I created this piece of art to commemorate the year 2000 and here it is 2010 already.
In this coming year, I hope we can all remember to take a deep breath and notice and appreciate the special moments that you share with others and the ones when you feel ease and peace in your heart. Maybe we can all slow down just a little bit too! Life is good and we don’t want it to pass us by too quickly
I wish you blessings and joy in the coming year.
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 31, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 30, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 29, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 28, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 27, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 26, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 25, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
Happy Holidays!December 25, 2009 in Christmas, Holidays
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 24, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 23, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
Cranberry-Raisin Nut BreadDecember 22, 2009 in Food and Drink, Recipes Cranberry-Raisin Nut Bread
1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
3/4 C. packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. backing powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 C. coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 C. golden raisins
1/2 C. coarsely chopped pecans
1 tbsp. grated orange peel
3/4 C. Milk
3 tbsp. butter, melted
1 tsp. Vanilla
- Preheat overn to 350ºF. Grease 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 -inch loaf pan.
- Combine flour, brown sugar, baking power, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in large blow. Stir in cranberries, raisins, pecans and orange peel. Mix eggs, milk, butter and vanilla in small bowl until combined; stir into flour mixture just until moistened, Spoon into prepared pan.
- Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack; cool completely. Store tightly wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature. Serve with Cranberry-Orange Spread. Makes 1 loaf.
Cranberry Orange Spread
1 package (8oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 package (3oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 container (12oz.) cranberry-orange sauce
3/4 C. chopped pecans
Combine cream cheese and cranberry-orange sauce in small bowl; stir until blended. Stir in pecans. Store in refrigerator. Makes about 3 cups spread.
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 22, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 21, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 20, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 19, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
To & FromDecember 19, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Scrapbooking
You can craft your own Gift Tags with these free downloadable designs. Print out the designs and mount on cardstock. Add a little glitter or some stick-on gems, fill in the “To and From” and they’re good to go. Spread your Christmas spirit!
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 18, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 17, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 16, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 15, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
Last Minute GiftsDecember 15, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Need some last minute gifts? Using fleece is a quick and easy way to turn out unique handmade gifts quick as a wink! With our easy instructions and some colorful fleece fabrics, you can make a stunning boa and hat for a girl and a handsome scarf for a boy. These Debbie Mumm fleece fabrics are available at Jo-Ann Stores.
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 14, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
I’m Dreaming of .….December 13, 2009
Just about everyone I know could finish that line ~ “…..a White Christmas,” of course. For me the holiday classic “White Christmas” is not only my all-time favorite holiday movie, it is my favorite movie of all time.
I have watched this movie since I was a kid and every year since. I recall that every year when Christmas was approaching, I would study the TV Guide to find out when it would be on ~ back then it only aired one time per year and I didn’t want to miss it ~ ever. It just wasn’t Christmas for me without seeing that movie.
I now own two copies because I don’t want to be without an emergency back up (just in case) and the soundtrack is playing in my car all month long (I long since memorized every word to every song). It is kind of ironic that I had never seen my favorite movie in a theater or on the big screen – but I got to do that for the first time ever this year.
Bing Crosby grew up in Spokane and went to Gonzaga University. A few years back they renamed one of our beautiful restored theaters, The Bing Crosby Theater, and started doing an annual Holiday Festival culminating in a showing of White Christmas. For me, it was a Christmas dream come true…..
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 13, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 12, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
Attention Shoppers!December 11, 2009
Our quilts have been very popular on eBay (probably because they are beautiful AND a bargain!) There’s still time to purchase for Christmas. Check out a whole new batch that we’ve just added. Happy Shopping!
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 11, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 10, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 9, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
Wrapped up in WoolDecember 8, 2009
You can use wool scraps for the tree and snowflakes and decoration is just white-headed sewing pins and miscellaneous buttons so you may already have materials on hand. A Styrofoam tree and a small flowerpot are all it takes for the tree and base.
This tree is so easy that older kids can easily make it in an hour or two or it makes a great project to work on together. Have fun!
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 8, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 7, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 6, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
Heart of a HeroDecember 5, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Current Affairs, Family, Friendship, Quilting, Quotes
Sometimes we don’t think about some of the agony that volunteers and people who serve others can feel. However, a letter I received from the founder of American Hero Quilts reminded me of that. We featured this organization in our newest book “I Care with Quilts” and as a thank you to Sue Nebeker, the founder I sent her a couple autographed copies of the book. Here is an excerpt from the letter she sent to me.
“I wanted to tell you a little bit about the arrival of your unexpected package and what a gift it was on a very difficult day. The day started with a phone call letting me know that a young Marine I had come to know had succumbed during a facial reconstructive surgery. I then sent off three quilts to a family where their daddy had been killed. We packed the car with 100 quilt to go to Madigan (Army Medical Center ) and another 25 to be mailed to our wounded service men and women getting care in other states. In truth I arrived home quite depressed and once again wondering how I could continue this. My friend and volunteer greeted me at the door with a huge smile and your book. This was just the medicine I needed.”
The message was clear – the volunteers who give their heart and soul to look out for others, need us to look out for them too. It really can make a difference.
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 5, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 4, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 3, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 2, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 1, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
Now that Thanksgiving’s over and we’ve had a couple of snowfalls, it’s time to focus on my favorite snow-time friends and begin the countdown to the New Year. Over the last 25 years, I’ve drawn innumerable snowmen and I still love these chunky circles of snow. It is amazing how much personality emerges every time I put pencil to paper and begin the snowman sketching process. I thought you’d enjoy a rundown (better than meltdown!) of snowmen over the years, so I’ve picked 31 favorites and will present a new snowman each day during December for you to download and use for ornaments, gift tags, scrapbook pages or even an Advent Snowman Tree.
Use a scrapbooking tag template for a fun background shape
An over-sized grommet repeats the circular shapes
Embellish ornament with glued-on beads and glitterA grommet reinforces the hanger
Make ornament dimensional by affixing snowman to Styrofoam ball with ModPodge®
Lots of glitter and a ribbon add charm to the ornament