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!
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.
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!
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 7, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity
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.
ALL-SEW DAYNovember 26, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting, Scrapbooking Take it easy on your feet and make it Fabric Friday instead of Black Friday. With an assortment of panel prints you can whip out a fun selection of gifts and décor.
We have some darling soft books that your favorite little ones will enjoy. Coordinating Christmas tree skirts in your favorite family themes of Penguins and snowmen are available for your quick-sew pleasure.
New this year, we developed a couple panel prints to make gift bags and tags for the ultimate custom gift. (plus, you’ll love knowing that for years to come people will really enjoy re-gifting these special fabric bags.)
Set your goals and make it a SEW DAY, all day long. Happy Fabric Friday!
Grace your TableNovember 24, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Family, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quotes, Scrapbooking Grace your table with this quote of Thanksgiving to remind us all to express our gratitude on this day of thanks and everyday. We all seem to need little reminders (I know I do). Download this quote and post on a scrapbook paper tent card on the table as a reminder this season.
Get Scrap Happy!November 21, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Holidays, Home, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Scrapbooking
We’re having so much fun at the studio working with our great new Harvest and Holiday scrapbook papers and embellishments available at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Stores. This month we made place cards and menus for the Thanksgiving table and wait till you see our cute projects for December! (No peeking until December 1!)
One pack is over 180 sheets with three
12” x 12” papers in each of 60 designs. Just about every kind of harvest and holiday theme is represented in this huge paper pack. I love to use the matching glitter paper pack to add a little sparkle to my projects. I especially love the candy stripes and penguin family coordinates. Plus, you can use the snowflake patterns all winter long.
Use scraps from other projects to make your own gift tags. You'll love how easy it is to make a cute gift tag with just a pretty paper and a sticker or jewels from the matching embellishment kit. These sets are also fantastic gifts for your scrapbooking friends. This is one scrapbook pack that keeps on giving!
November 19, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Home, Quilting
Easy Fall DécorNovember 15, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Holidays, Home, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores I love all those assortment potpourri bags that you see everywhere from Target to Pottery Barn to JoAnn’s. Combine your selected assortment in a wooden bowl with a color coordinated candle for a very quick décor item for your table. It’s an idea you can easily change up for every season. Store your off-season potpourri’s in zip lock baggies for quick change up’s.
Veteran’s DayNovember 11, 2009 in Books, Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
Today we honor our Veteran’s and we have the perfect quilt to make for a special Veteran in your life. It is actually called “Veteran’s Lap Quilt” and can be found in our newest book called “I Care with Quilts.” This book was created because the most giving and caring people on the planet are quilt makers. Quilters are always looking for opportunities through their craft to support people who are in need or lend a hand to support a cause that is near and dear to their heart.
Harvest Table DecorNovember 4, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
A Good Day to Celebrate!October 27, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Recipes, Staff
October 27 is Caramel Apple Day and there is no better way to celebrate than with some yummy caramel apples. We've had the privilege of sampling Jackie's apples on a few occasions and we can attest to their deliciousness!
Caramel Apple Recipe
6-8 Small to medium clean, tart, apples (Apples from the store usually have a waxy finish that needs to be washed clean. Dry very well; caramel will not stick to a wet apple.)
Combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Cook on medium heat-- a too hot burner will scorch easily. Stir mixture constantly, scraping the bottom often. Do not walk away from the cooking caramel!! If you use a candy thermometer heat to 240 degrees or when tested in cold water to firm ball stage. When mixture hits the right temperature, add 1 tsp real vanilla stirring quickly.
Dip clean apples in caramel and place on parchment paper. The apples will not stick to parchment paper which is a very good thing. You will have a little caramel left in the bottom of the pan that you can not dip into so I drizzle this caramel over the already carameled apples for a little extra goodness.Enjoy!!
BOO!October 24, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Scrapbooking
Don’t be scared – all you need are paper-mache letters, shadow boxes, and fabric or scrapbook papers to create this whimsical Halloween décor. Display on a shelf or table for a unique Halloween accent.
HALLOWEEN FUN CHECKLISTOctober 21, 2009 in Creativity, Family, Holidays Buy Halloween Candy! (Baby Ruth is hardest to resist for me)
Pick out Costumes (When I was a girl my favorite costume was a Hobo. I put a bag on a stick and coffee grounds on my face for beard stubble)
Send Halloween Postcards – Use 6 ½ x 4 ½ paper Cardstock from our new Harvest & Holiday paper pack. Just add a message, address & postage to the back and drop in the mailbox- simple as that!
Have a Pumpkin Carving Contest among your family members
Decorate the Front Porch – gather any of the following: Cornstalks, hay bales, old broom, scarecrow, golden colored mums, autumn leaf garland, luminaries, a basket full of gourds, a door banner and of course an assortment of pumpkins & autumn leaves to cover the steps.
No time to make Caramel Corn? – Stock up on more Candy – Don’t want to run out!
Halloween is Saturday night this year – Invite friends over to celebrate. My new tradition is having my little friends Kate & Lena over to help me answer the front door and pass out candy. They love the princess costumes and scream and run away at the scary ones. It’s always entertaining!
Mad Hatter Vintage Flea MarketOctober 9, 2009 in Creativity, Decorating, Friendship, Quilting
I got to attend my friends Flea Market Sale this last weekend and it was so magical! Gladys and Celia (mother and daughter) are both so cute and have such a magic touch when it comes to turning their flea market finds into true vintage treasures.
Even though it was their first event they had an enormous turnout to the Five Mile Grange which was decked from top to bottom with antique linens, jewelry, furnishings, seasonal decorations, mirrors, vases, pillows, signs and so much more. Everywhere you looked your eyes were delighted by sparkles and glitter and twinkling lights.
Countdown to Halloween!October 5, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Holidays
We’re counting down to Halloween with weekly project ideas and this fun project is one that older kids will enjoy making. Light up your steps or walkway with grinning ghosts, cats, and jacks’. Tin buckets (or clean tin cans!) are pierced with hammer and nails, then painted for daytime fun.
Fright Night is Near!October 1, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
Only 31 days until Halloween! Fright Night has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love the cast of characters that includes jack-o’-lanterns, playful ghosts, haunted houses, cats and bats. The spooky frights and fun-loving delights of the holiday make decorating for Halloween especially fun and with my new Spooky Town Fabric Collection for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, you’ll be able to scare up some great decorations and costumes in just a few hours.
The collection includes pillow, apron, placemat, and treat bag panels as well as a great collection of glittery and ghostly coordinates. The panels make for fast sewing and we turned one of the pillow panels into a great door banner. So, sew up some fun before the bewitching time is here!
Sunny, the big fluffy PuppySeptember 26, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Pets, Quilting, Staff
Carolyn and her husband recently adopted a darling apricot-colored Labradoodle. While leafing through a magazine one day, Carolyn came across a photo of a woman sitting on the steps and a fluffy, soulful, floppy-eared dog had his head in her lap.
That’s all it took, she was hooked. Once they determined that the dog was a labradoodle, Carolyn’s husband, Nick, went on the hunt for their new puppy and they had the joy of being involved with their puppy from birth.
All their dogs of the past have been named after bears—Grizzly, Kodiak, Bear—so keeping with tradition Sunny is a nickname for Sun Bear.
He sure has the sunny disposition that goes along with his name. So sunny in fact, he charms himself out of being in trouble every time he unrolls the toilet paper or sticks his head in a trash can looking for goodies to chew.
Carolyn loves him to death, and when he’s done some kind of dirty deed, she laughs and says, “It’s a good thing he’s so cute!” I used to say that about my son when he was a toddler too!
Sunny has been an inspiration for all of us so we designed a dog bed, blankie, and even a pillow with his name on it featuring one of my new fabric collections for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores---appropriately named “Junkyard Dogs!”
First Day of Fall is hereSeptember 21, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Home, Well-Being
There’s always a period of mourning as you anticipate the ending of another summer. Don’t they go faster every year that passes? Probably the best distraction from this mourning is enjoying the most beautiful season of all - which is Fall.
A great way to commemorate the Equinox event (Sept 22) is a Hunting and Gathering adventure walk. It is almost time for putting out your Autumn décor which is always enhanced by a potpourri of natural elements. Pick a crisp, sunny day to invite your walking buddy to head out to a nearby park.
With large baskets on your arms, start gathering pretty leaves, pinecones, acorns, twigs or anything else nature leaves on the ground for you. While sipping on some hot, orange spice tea, get inspired to start your Fall decorating with your hand picked elements from Nature.
Hens only – No Noisy Roosters Allowed!September 16, 2009 in Creativity, Friendship, Staff
Normally, I probably wouldn’t think to acknowledge such a thing. But since we have our own Chicken Lady on staff, we must honor the chicken. All of us here at the studio benefit from regular deliveries of fresh organic eggs from Kathy’s flock.
Raising chickens for 18 years now, she has a brood of 27 and just loves these girls and all their personalities. Since she welcomes new hens into the flock every year, she has a system of creating fashionable colored leg bands to identify what year they joined the clan. This year two of her chicks did turn out to be roosters! (Yikes!) Each time a rooster makes their way into the batch, she says a little prayer in hopes that it will be the first rooster in history that doesn’t crow. Although she has inquired, the vet told her that you just can’t “de-crow” a rooster.
The hens all have names like “Strawberry” and “Silky” based on their colors and markings. One of her eldest (who is a little more full figured) has earned the name “Queen Mum” and naturally she is the grand dame and self appointed role model to the other chicks. (sounds a bit like a DIVA to me) The four golden hens that pal around in a pack are nicknamed “The Blonde Bombshells.”
Because of the growing interest in eating organic foods, Kathy recently interviewed her chicks about the eggs they produce. The response was positive...
“It’s not a bad job. About once a day I spend 10 minutes in hard labor, and give a big SQUAWK when the blessed event is complete. Then I have the rest of the day off to jabber with the girls and sun myself.”
Not a bad deal since Kathy keeps them well fed along with extra treats of cracked corn, wheat kernels and yummy kitchen scraps. These chickens are well loved and doted on by Kathy and we sure do love the eggs!
Red Barn SaleSeptember 10, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Gardening, Quilting, Staff
It's that fun time of year, when all the local artisans are coming together to sell their creations and flea market treasures. Carolyn, Jackie and Lori have all been buzzing over the last few weeks about plans to display their wares for the Labor Day Sale. Of course, there were several late nights, pulling it all together and getting everything done in time.
Jackie and Carolyn teamed up under the name Glass Garden and made beautiful glass bricks with seasonal mosaic designs. They also covered garden pots, windows, birdhouses and even a wine keeper with colored glass. Lori is quite the jewelry maker and set up her table showcasing her lovely necklaces, brooches, bracelets and earrings. Despite a couple of storms threatening to blow them away, the event was a success for all.
Coming Oct 2 & 3, another good friend is putting on the Mad Hatter Flea Market at the File Mile Grange in Spokane. What fun!
Coloring for GrandparentsSeptember 6, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Family
Pick up a fresh box of crayons and download as many copies as you need to entertain the kids with a fun afternoon project. Pop them in the mail just to arrive in time for the 13th.
Also, check out our new Grandparent’s Day e-card and pop it in the virtual mail box for instant delivery.
Back to School Organization TimeSeptember 3, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Scrapbooking
When the frig gets filled with papers and projects you can transfer them into this clever school paper organizer. To customize, you can easily decorate a portable paper file with any theme of stickers. For optimum organization, you can use letter stickers to spell out each grade on the file dividers. Use some of those spare wallet size class photos to mount on each grade divider.
If time is too tight for paper crafting right now, check out these printed expandable pocket folders from our partner Teacher Created Resources.
Can I get your Recipe?August 30, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Quilting, Recipes
Whenever I make my (almost) Homemade Salsa, I get yummy responses and inquiries about my recipe. I almost prefer they don’t ask me, because then I have to reveal my shortcut, cheater secret and they realize it’s not exactly homemade.
Chop up and add fresh avocado, tomatoes and cilantro. (In my opinion, all that chopping qualifies this recipe as almost homemade) Squeeze the juice from a fresh lime and stir. Lime is the secret ingredient that makes it taste fresh and tangy and keeps the avocado from turning brown. Now don’t let anyone spill on your new Salsa Tablecloth!
Back to the LakeAugust 26, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Quilting
This is the time of year when they are shoving Back to School down our throats and all we want to do is spend more time at the lake! So instead of filling a back pack full of school supplies, I think I’ll fill my Nap Sack with sunscreen, bug spray, a water bottle, a juicy novel, and a comfy quilt to sit on and head out to the lake one more time.
Garden of InspirationAugust 22, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Gardening, Staff
I recently visited her garden and just had to share some photos with you.
Most of us don't have the time or energy to keep up with her ferocious drive when it comes to keeping up the garden, but we certainly can enjoy looking at it and feel that great vibration of creative inspiration just under our skin. Hey, that's just as good as dirt under our nails anyway.
Patio Party LanternsAugust 13, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating
Lori (who is new in our office) brought us a fun, easy project idea that you can make with balloons, tissue paper and a battery operated tea light. This is a fun one to do with kids, because they love everything about balloons. The application of the tissue paper is free form, so anything goes. If you’re having any kind of theme party, you can tear strips of the coordinating napkins (instead of tissue paper) to glue onto your balloons.
White and Printed Tissue Paper
LED Battery-Operated Tea Lights
20 Gauge Craft Wire
Foil Tape or Duct Tape
Small Sharp Scissors
- Blow up one balloon for each lantern desired and tie end. Tear white tissue paper into 1” X 6” strips and set aside. Tear printed and/or colored tissue paper into 1” x 6” strips and set aside.
- Pour decoupage into shallow bowl and roll balloon in decoupage. Using white tissue, layer tissue strips onto balloon, applying more decoupage with your hands as needed to moisten tissue and cover balloon with overlapping white tissue strips. This is the under layer of the lantern—white will reflect more light. Add several more white strips at the top of the balloon to strengthen it for hanging.
- When all surfaces are covered with white, use the same procedure to layer printed tissue over the white.
- If desired, decoupage colored tissue strips on the lantern in a pattern or randomly as an accent. Place lanterns in a warm, dry spot and allow to dry thoroughly.
- When lantern is dry and hard, pop balloon and referring to photo as a guide, use a small sharp scissors to cut a circular opening at the base of lantern. Use a large nail or ice pick to poke a hole in the top of lantern.
- Using about 18” of 20 gauge craft wire, form a holder for battery-operated tea light as shown. Secure wire to edges of tea light with foil tape or small piece of duct tape. Thread wire through hole in top of lantern and form into a hook for hanging. For best effect, battery-operated tea light should hang in the lower quarter of lantern, but should not be seen from outside. DO NOT USE CANDLES IN THESE LANTERNS—FIRE HAZARD.
- Hang lanterns in trees or from wooden structures.
Perfect Picnic ClothAugust 6, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
Around here if you want to have a picnic, you’ll need to do it before noon or after dark or you and your meal may melt from the heat. But maybe it’s perfect conditions if the air conditioning is cranked to stitch up this beautiful tablecloth. A simple plaid in the center that is bordered with strip pieced squares set on point is a classic look that will dress up any gathering whether you’re inside or out.
Aug 2 is National Friendship DayAugust 2, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Scrapbooking
What a way to make her day – spontaneously send a card in the mail just to let her know how much you value her friendship, to reminisce about a recent adventure, how you can always count on her to laugh out loud at your silly jokes, appreciate how she has helped you and listened to you during your last emotional crisis, and that you look forward to fun times in the future. It’s not her birthday, so you’ll catch her by surprise. Try your hand at one of these sweet & easy-to-make friendship card ideas.
Journaling TipsJuly 30, 2009 in Books, Crafts, Creativity, Gardening
- How you feel about spending time in the garden
- Favorite Quotes related to gardening
- Planting Dates and reminders
- Photos of plants at different stages of growth
- Fertilizers and Pesticides that you used and rate your results
- Notes about the weather conditions (hot temps, hail storms, late frost)
- Favorite smelling flowers
- Dried or pressed flowers and leaves
- Photos of guests visiting (and admiring) your garden
- What you want to plant more of (and why)
- What you will never plant again (and why)
- Clippings from magazines that inspire you
- Photos of garden décor and statuary
- Ideas and Plans for next year
- List Birds and other friendly visitors to your garden
- Gardening tips that you learn from the experts
Garden JournalJuly 27, 2009 in Books, Crafts, Creativity, Gardening, Scrapbooking
You can record all your garden musing or create the gift of a lifetime for your favorite Gardener by creating a wooden journal decorated with vintage seed packets and pressed flowers. If you do your projects in stages, it makes it easier to accomplish. Start today by collecting an assortment of flowers, ferns and leaves from the garden for pressing.
PRESSING FLOWERS & LEAVES
For our project, we got excellent results when we pressed clean, dry blossoms and leaves by carefully positioning them in big thick telephone books. Pile on a couple more heavy books for good measure. The flowers took one week and two weeks worked for the leaves. If you live in an area with high humidity, it may take longer. The flowers and leaves will be brittle when they are thoroughly dried, so handle with care. Hobby stores offer a variety of flower presses, including ones that can be used in the microwave if you prefer. “Google” for directions if you’d like to make your own flower press.
Kris RetiresJuly 12, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Family, Friendship
No one likes change, unless it’s their idea. But you know what they say about change, it is the one thing you can count on to be constant. After 10 years at Debbie Mumm, Kris decided she was ready to retire and attend to some family priorities. Good for her, bad for me!
The good thing is it gave us an excuse to have a little party and shower her with gifts. Because she is going to be spending some of her time caring for her Mother, our group at the office made her an RX Caregiver’s Kit. We filled it with all her favorite beverages, lots of scrapbooking supplies, we all scrapbooked a photo of ourselves and filled it with lots of other goodies too. As an assistant to me for 10 years, Kris did many things to take care of me in and out of the office. So I guess after looking after me, doing the same for her Mom will be a piece of cake.
I’ll always be grateful to her for the millions of “extras” she did to make my life easier. Because she has such a passion for Scrapbooking, I decided to create a Memory book with photos and captions for her to remember the people, trips and fun parties we shared. Best wishes and many thanks to you Kris.
Plan a GetawayJuly 9, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Scrapbooking
Are you planning more of a Stay-cation than a Va-cation this summer? I’m planning for a little of both and I sure hope some of my summerdays will be spent being lazy at the lake and catching some sun. You can also catch up on your scrapbooking on one of those days off and relive vacation memories by putting together pages from your favorite trips. Whether it was the trip of a lifetime or setting up camp at the closest State Park, you don’t want to forget the good times.
I’ve got a new line of TRAVEL Papers and stickers that will help you commemorate a Cruise, a road trip, a tropical destination or roughing it in the Great Outdoors. Set aside a little Getaway for yourself to create a Vacation Memory book that will be Picture Postcard Perfect, just because you took the time to create it.
Last Minute Summer Entertaining DécorJuly 2, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Holidays
All you need are Glass Hurricanes, Candles and colored Craft Sand. Once you’ve got your supplies, it only takes about 10 minutes to create - Go for it!
- Make sure hurricanes are clean and dry.
- Carefully pour a small amount of blue sand in bottom of hurricane, covering the bottom. Alternate pouring white and blue sand into the hurricane, making sure that sands don’t mix and that stripes are visible through the glass.
- Fill to point desired, then add red candle to complete the decoration.
Gifts for a GardenerJune 29, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Gardening, Home, Scrapbooking
Are your gardening friends just loving spending every waking moment in their garden or are they feeling a little overwhelmed by endless weeding? Either way, whether it’s a summer birthday or a sweetly timed “just because” gift, your favorite gardener will squeal with detail if they are a recipient of one of the following.
The Garden sign is all purpose for anyone, but could be customized by changing to a first or last name. The clipboard is a cheery way to review your gardening chores. Keep the dirt at bay and look like a million when you sport this vinyl covered Garden apron. Deliver your gift in an all purpose Garden pail, tied with a bow and attached seed packets.
Scrapbooking for DadJune 11, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Scrapbooking
What Dad wouldn’t appreciate some special attention to his favorite hobby? Ask everyone to start capturing photos of him in action (along with a few good fish tales) and use those photos to create this accordion album. For the finishing touch cleverly package it all up a decorated Tin CD case. In appreciation, I bet he’ll even share his “catch of the day!”
A True Fabric FanJune 3, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
I recently received photos of a quilt made by Julie McGee that has been in the works for many, many years. She has been a longtime collector of Debbie Mumm fabrics and decided to display her collection in the form of a quilt. Even though there were no fabric stores near her, when she traveled she made it her mission to search out fabrics to add to her stash. And thank goodness for the internet where she rounded out her collection before she started piecing this beautiful Star Quilt. There are 108 stars in the quilt (each made out of a different fabric) and when you include the background and cornerstone fabrics her total count was 110 FABRICS! When Julia attached her photo to her email, she stated "I thought someone out there might appreciate seeing what lengths Debbie Mumm fans will go to." I think it's just FABULOUS!
Baby Contest WinnersMay 31, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Scrapbooking
Michelle from Monroe, WA constructed a magnificent gift basket. The face of the basket is covered in Mother Goose scrapbooking paper and embellished with ribbons and the word BABY on the handle. It's filled with an assortment of baby gifts. What an impressive shower gift.
Teresa from Hudsonville, MI sends us a series of
framed prints all mounted on a yellow gingham ribbon. The art is all cut out from our Nursery Scrapbook paper.
Thank you for sharing your creative projects and please enjoy your drawing prizes.
Birthdays are the BestMay 27, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Quilting, Scrapbooking
My super creative team at the office surprised me with a super creative birthday gift this week. Each of them made a wool flower that somehow reflected their own style. The colors and techniques were a personal stamp. Jackie included a ring of wired beads, Kris used scrapbooking supplies and staples to attach her layers together, Nancy used her favorite color of purple, Gil- Jin showcased her exquisite blanket stitching, Kathy used feminine colors with a pretty flowered button, Monica whipped out a glue stick and tie-dye, Mandie’s was decorated with Margarita glasses, Carolyn used her favorite orange and a big stitch edge and Tom’s was funky with cool stipple stitching. Then they each inserted a (color coordinating!) gift card to one of my favorite places. You know like Nordstrom, Starbucks, AMC, iTunes, Macy’s, Pier One Imports, Mel’s Nursery, Target and the coveted Punch Card for 10 dozen organic eggs from Kathy’s hens. I am set! Thank you for the fantastic gift!!
Baby Contest ReminderMay 22, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Quilting
We’d love to see your baby-themed projects that use Debbie Mumm® scrapbook products.
it’s an announcement, shower invitation, decorations, scrapbooking
pages or any Paper Craft, please send us photos of your projects and
for every project entered, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a prize
package of scrapbook supplies. Three winners will be drawn.
By entering this contest, you are granting Debbie Mumm, Inc., permission to use submitted photos on this website for future articles.
New Book!May 12, 2009 in Books, Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Quilting
Creating Memorable Year-Round Celebrations with Quilts and Crafts
I am so excited about my brand new book, HomeComings! We had such a good time designing and creating the projects and then planning and taking all the photos outdoors. Our theme is “creating memorable year-round celebrations with quilts and crafts,” and this 96 page, soft cover, book features more than forty quilt and craft projects to set the scene for seasonal celebrations. I hope you will love this new book as much as we do!
One of the most satisfying things in life for most women is gathering family and friends for a holiday or special occasion celebration. Those events when people come together from far and near are the most memorable and joyous of occasions. Preparing for these events is a big part of the fun and this book is loaded with projects and ideas for setting the scene for joy-filled reunions and homecomings.
We followed the seasons in this book and springtime projects include a beautiful basket quilt and colorful flower-filled lap quilt as well as a selection of pillows, a door banner, and Earth Day Wall Quilt.
A 4th of July celebration is the focus of the summertime section and includes festive patriotic décor including a lap quilt, Americana Wall Quilt, a door banner, and variety of pillows for charming indoor or outdoor décor.
Quilters and crafters will reap a bounty of projects in the Harvest Celebrations section. An eye-catching appliquéd wall quilt, Harvest Lap Quilt, table quilts, dimensional pumpkins, and a beautiful welcome banner set the scene for autumn activities.
A joyful celebration of projects is included in the Holiday Traditions chapter including bird banners, a log cabin lap quilt, snowman door banner and holiday décor projects. See all the chapter introductions by clicking on this link, then clicking on each photo. I think you’ll find many fun projects that you’ll want to make for your next family celebration!
Baby on the Way ContestMay 6, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Quilting
Our CPA, Mandie, is expecting a little boy at the end of the month so we are looking for scrapbooking ideas.
We’d love to see your baby-themed projects that use Debbie Mumm® scrapbook products.
Whether it’s an announcement, shower invitation, decorations, scrapbooking pages or any Paper Craft, please send us photos of your projects and for every project entered, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a prize package of scrapbook supplies. Three winners will be drawn.
Contest (and Mandie’s) Due Date: May 28, 2009
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Project Pics!May 3, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
I always love it when you send me photos of your projects. I recently received photos from Kathleen of Naples, Florida (it’s been a big Florida week) of the Easter table display she created. Kathleen recently got back into sewing and made up a darling tea cozy and table runner that coordinate perfectly with the mugs and egg cups in her setting. She even planted real grass in the egg cups – Clever! Kathleen – thank you for sharing how you used my products in your home and I hope sewing and decorating continue to add pleasure to your days.
Garden Boots – Practical and Decorative!April 6, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Gardening, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Does it get any simpler? And could anything look more like Spring? JoAnn Stores provides free “How To” project sheets in the store and this one features our fun new polka-dot rubber boots. Artificial Forsythia stems placed in these sunny yellow boots make a unique Spring statement when displayed on your front porch. And when you’re done with your display, slip your feet in them and look stylin’ while you clean out your garden beds. What a cute gift idea for Mom for hosting Easter Brunch.
Ahhhh......Signs of SpringApril 2, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
We love creating coordinating looks and this group really sings! Birds are such a welcome sign that Spring is in the air and so does this sophisticated collection. We created these simple-to-make appliquéd wall hangings for the Website this month.
And, they coordinate with our new Desktop backgrounds and a lovely “Thinking of You” card that you can send Just Because. Just in case you missed it, take a peek at the Songbirds fabric. It was so popular that it will be reprinted with additional coordinating prints too. (coming out in a couple months) Tweet~Tweet :-)
Spring FleeceMarch 31, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Fleece isn’t just for winter projects. I don’t know about you, but I’m on the lookout for the colors and signs of spring, but I still need a cozy throw to keep me warm in the evenings. This comes especially handy when I’m curling up with a bowl of popcorn and watching the latest installment of American Idol. (even if you live in Arizona or Australia – you need to keep that cool air conditioning at bay) Luckily, we have a great new assortment of fresh and lively spring colored fleeces coming out. These cheery colors and designs are also great for a baby or toddler blankie too. A friend of mine is home convalescing after hip replacement surgery and I know it will make her day (and the many days to come) when I deliver her a new springy fleece blanket.
Hug, Love, Save, WIN!March 26, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Quilting, Well-Being
HUG LOVE SAVE is selling raffle tickets at two upcoming events. Just in case you’re in the area, see them in Booth 326 at the Northwest Women's Expo in Seattle, WA on March 27th-29th. Or if you're in Spokane on April 19th for Race for the Cure you can also purchase $1 tickets in their booth at the Spokane Women's Show. Nancy who doesn't let a scrap go to waste made four tote bags for Hug Love Save team to carry to all their events. The winner will be notified April 20th. All money raised will be donated Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Eastern Washington Affiliate. Isn't it great to know that savvy and talented girls like Nancy and Monica are getting together to make great things happen!
Easter is Coming!March 22, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Holidays
It’s fun to experiment with different materials. If you have time for a little craft session or your Craft Group is looking for an easy project - you can whip out a whole basket full of eggs in no time! See how sweet these eggs are when you combine them with artificial flowers and greenery in a wall pocket. Decorate your front door with this Flourished-Up wall pocket to greet your Easter guests. Happy Spring! (it’s finally here)