Bits and pieces

Hello friends,

Are you starting to get into the spirit of the season yet? We have had a little bit of snow and some verrrrryyyyy cold temps, so it is definitely starting to feel like Christmas where we live! And even though I haven’t managed to sneak in one Christmas decoration yet, I have been busy prepping for it!

I think I have shared before that we have this wonderful reuse store here in our town where people donate their unwanted craft supplies, such as fabrics, yarn, stamps, buttons and more. I absolutely LOVE this store because all the money I spend there goes right back into wonderful programs for people with special needs. Guilt-free shopping :). A few weeks back I found this fun, glittery Christmas fabric there and last weekend I decided that it would make for some nice new Christmas pillows:

Fast and easy, with very minimal quilting, to keep the focus on the fabric. These are going to be added to our regular pillows very soon ( let’s see if anyone in the family notices… 😉 ).

In my FB group we are doing a handmade ornament exchange and I can’t show you what I’m making because that would ruin the surprise for my partner, but soon…very soon!

On top of the ornament, I have also been making some more blankets for our quilt guild to donate to Toys For Tots. It has been a great excuse to buy some novelty flannels, as well as using up some fabrics that I had every intention of using, but hadn’t yet!

Speaking of projects for charity, I recently learned of another organization that is looking for people to make dolls and bears to give to kids in refugee camps. This seems like a wonderful cause, and they are looking for more people to make bears so if you are interested please read Amy Smart’s post here. I made sure to save little bits of flannel from my blankets so that I can make a few bears too!

I shared another fun project with my FB peeps a little while back. I decided to run it as a sew along for a few weeks. It has gnomes and trees so of course I had to make it!   The link for these instructions can be found right here, just in case you want to sew your own version. This past week we were sewing the 2 gnome blocks and here is my version: These blocks are easy and fast and there are only 4 all together so it’s a quick project!

I have been spending some hours removing the wallpaper in our dining room this last week. I would really, REALLY like to have this room all finished before the holidays ( are you getting the hint, dear hubby??) and the first step is to remove the wallpaper. I’m getting there, a few hours at a time. A wallpaper steamer is a wonderful invention, did you know?  ;).

And finally, I wanted to share this cute little wall shelf that I picked up for super cheap recently. Originally I thought it might look cute hanging in our dining room with some cups and saucers on it, then I thought it might be useful in the bathroom holding washcloths and hand towels, but it eventually ended up in my quiltroom holding all kinds of wonderful little bits and bobs, as well as displaying some gifts made by friends and family! ( My grandfather painted that dustpan so it has a very special place of honor!) 

Well, that is all for this week! I’m going to find some lovely handwork and warm my toesies by the fire!

Until next time~happy creating!

Monique

17 thoughts on “Bits and pieces

  1. Stripping wallpaper is the worst, but oh so worth it once it’s done. Temps here have really dropped and it does help one realize Christmas will be here before you know it, but first Thanksgiving, we’re traveling over Thanksgiving and by the time we get back it will already be December. Might even put my tree up before we go so I can enjoy it longer. I’m so looking forward to seeing everyone’s cute ornaments as part of the exchange , mine went in the mail a few days ago. Thank you for all you do to keep our creative juices flowing.i hope you enjoy your weekend.

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  2. Another great week you had. Look at the progress you have made in your home. I feel like all we have done here is remodel and do projects since the 6 years we have been here. It’s a treat to watch the magic happening at your place. Keep creating!

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  3. Dear Monique,

    I’m Hoda, your Mom’s neighbour. Lately, I hear about your blog from her.

    Now, I’m so happy and excited to be here.
    Wow, wow. You’re truly an artist.
    I love your blog, your quilts, your story life.
    I’m learning from you.

    Thank you so much for your time and definitely your art to be shared on your blog.

    Have a beautiful day
    Hoda

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      1. Hi Monique,

        I’m so glad to be here too.
        Really,I enjoy to create something.
        But I’ve not done any quilting before.
        Your beautiful quilts push me to start it.
        Have a nice day.

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