My new quilted bookshelf

 

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I am having such fun finishing up  decorating my new sewing space, in between diaper changes, laundry, and other things that keep a mom of 4 busy that is…

Today I finished my quilted bookshelf .  Yes, I quilted a bookshelf! This particular piece was built eons ago by my great grandfather.  It has stood sentry in many a place, with many a family member.  Too many coats of paint to recall and as many uses.  It began life as a cabinet in a post war tea room that my great grandmother ran in connection with the YWCA in northern NJ.

I have had possession of it for some time now and am ashamed to say it has sat rather neglected until now.  I knew right away that I wanted it in my new sewing room but I didn’t want to just slap another coat of paint on and call it a day.

Drawing on my fascination with the QAYG method I discovered not long ago from a post by Maureen Cracknell (check out the full tutorial here) and digging through my fat quarter stash to discover a few beauties I have wanted to use for some time now, I had a light bulb moment!!  Why not quilt it!

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So  quilt it I have!  I cut my strips 2″ wide and using some solids and linen scraps (cause you all know we love scraps!) I set to work sewing them on batting blocks I cut to the size of the backsplash. This project took no time at all and the result was wonderful!  After I quilted them I used some spray adhesive to stick them to the backsplash. Super easy and a great way to use those small fabrics you’ve been hanging onto for ages!

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This is now set in my area near a cozy chair and houses just a few things to help with my creative process!  I now have a spot to sit and blog!  (Maybe my sons won’t be able to find me).  I even have a cool coaster my son made me for my coffee cup.image

I am beginning to feel a bit more zen.

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Happy creating!

Rebecca

If you have a unique way of using something to brighten your space please send me a picture!  I would love to see what you’ve been creating!

My Return!!

IMG_0132Well HELLO old friends

I’m pleased to announce my comeback!  …and baring any natural disasters,  my I’m never leaving this awesome world of creating and blogging again position!  This passed year has turned me upside down and inside out and I will never be the same,   but most importantly  it has also shown me that life is short and we aren’t getting any younger.  So here I am once again as a self appointed SAHM, blogger and, sew-est.

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I am so happy to finally have a place to call home for all of my sewing and crafting gear.  I started Finn’s Door in the corner of our basement taking up as little space as I possible could, haha, like any of us just take up a little space!!  I made a temporary move to a small room upstairs but due to the overpopulated nature of our home I had to give it up.  So it is back to the basement I go.   Now don’t feel sorry for my I am loving creating my new space!  I have a ton of room and for the first time in my life I have all my tools in one place!  My dad would be proud.

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( that’s my little helper there!)

It is going to take me a bit to settle in but stay tuned for updates and the decorating.  I am looking forward to sharing all the little touches of making it a working sewing room with you!

So Excited!

Rebecca

How My New Shirt became a Bag

As with many moments throughout my life I once again conceded to delusions of grandur as I took on my lastest project.  I was simple enough, really!…design an awesome summer shirt, sew it with perfection (the very first try), post a great blog post, including an awesomely written tutorial, and become famous!!  Easy right? NOT

It all started with this fabricbirdbag5

Continue reading How My New Shirt became a Bag

Delicious Berry Cake

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We were lucky to go berry picking this week at my in-laws house!  They have a lovely little field at their home complete with black berries, red raspberries, mulberries, and blueberries.  My sons and I carefully dug among the thorns and were rewarded with enough berries to make…something..

After a long debate as to what to make we settled on a simple yet delicious mixed berry cake.  Its a recipe that I have adapted from a blueberry muffin recipe that I have had so long I fail to remember where it originated.  I love this recipe because it is easily adapted to our family’s ever changing taste and the seasonal selection we have on hand.

Delicious Berry Cake

Yield: 1 9″x9″ cake

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3C all purpose flour

1 1/2C sugar

1t sea salt

4t baking powder

2/3C vegetable oil

2 eggs

1C milk

2t Vanilla or 1 vanilla bean scraped

2-3C fresh berries

preheat oven to 350F

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In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix well.  Make a hollow in the middle.  In a separate bowl whisk eggs, milk, and oil until mixed.  Pour wet ingredients into hollow and mix well.  Add berries and carefully mix just until blended.  Greese a 9″x9″ cake pan and pour in batter.  Bake cake in center of oven, turning a few times during baking if necessary.  Bake 90 minutes or until skewer comes out clean when tested.  Cool to room temperature( if you can wait!).

There are so many options with this cake:

Add crumb topping

Serve with homemade vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream

We enjoyed ours drizzled with fresh honey!!

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Happy Baking and if you make this cake or your own version let me know.  You can post a picture on my Facebook page.

Rebecca

Rainy Day + Crazy Kids + Library = Quilting Inspiration

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I don’t know if this happens in your home but it seems like a never-ending battle in ours, the dreaded boredom.  When it sets in I am at a mad scramble to find an all pleasing activity!!  Add some rainy weather and I have a complete disaster if I don’t act fast.  Yesterday my sons nearly drove me crazy with the “but there’s nothing to do!!”  Finally, near my wit’s end the light bulb appeared,” Lets all go to the library!!”  Thankfully they LOVE the library.

We were fortunate enough that Dad was home to hang out with the little guys while my grade school boys and I ran down the road to our very small yet very conviently located library branch.  While they were busy scouring through the Pokemon and Goosebumps books I snuck over to the quilting section.

I quickly came across 2 wonderful quilting books that, at first glance, seemed to be just my thing.  Looking further into the 2 I borrowed I was not proven wrong.

First I dove into “We Love Color” Compiled by Susanne Woods.  This book is all about solids!  Big, bold, and stunningly arranged in ways that completely inspired me.

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Espically this one!  Made by laying circles and bits of arched color on an even more stunning background!!

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And look at these beautiful little plusses!!

This book should be on every quilters list.

The second book I just had to check out was “Pretty in patchwork doll quilts” from Cathy Gaubert.  I am very close to posting every single picture in this book!  It’s difficult to choose my favorite.

Here are a few:

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In this book you will find a window of whimsy where you can view many stunning doll quilts.  I now have a billion of ideas running through my head as to how I may use the techniques I saw in these pages

So now it’s off again to scour Pinterest for more quilting inspiration and to map out my next quilting project!!  I can’t wait to get started.  If you’re like me and spend hours on end cruising around pinterest please check out some of my boards, hopefully you’ll find some inspiration.

Until next time

Happy sewing

Rebecca

Pattern review plus Giveaway!

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Just  a few days ago I was mindlessly surfing through Facebook land(yet again) when one of those “suggested pages” popped up.   Usually I  either ignor these ads or hit like (especially on small business and hand made pages, I love to show my support!) But something told me to go and check this out.

The page was E+M Patterns.

OMG am I  glad I listened to that little voice. The very first post I saw was asking for pattern testers for a new clothing pattern!!  A boy pattern and I just so happen to have four of that breed at my beck and call.   I jumped at the chance.  Literally, I’m pretty sure my husband started laughing.   Luckily it had only been posted a few moments before so I hit the link, filled out the form, and waited.  The very next day I got an email with details for me to test the size 7/long sleeve of Boy’s Shirt Pattern No.7. Continue reading Pattern review plus Giveaway!

The Not Frumpy Mom Top

I mentioned in my last post that I have always wanted to sew awesome clothing.  Actually it’s more like dreamimg of sewing awesome clothing for me!!  Now don’t think that I will be neglecting my family!  I will be sewing for them along the way.    After all I need to buy fabric, Right? So if  I happen to buy too much (lol like there is suck a thing)I promise I will be sure to make things for everyone.  But me first!

Today I finished the very first thing I have ever sewn for myself, besides purses and bags.  Its a sleevless tunic styly tankish top!!  Yes I know that’s a mouthful but I have yet to cleverly name said top!! Continue reading The Not Frumpy Mom Top

I’m back!!

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Well I know I’ve been silent for quite some time now but I promise I haven’t been neglecting my creative bug.  I have been super busy with family, sewing new and exciting things, and prepping for an upcoming craft show.  My very first one(yep, I’m a bit nervous).

I’ve been concentrating a lot on sewing. I have finally begun to sew some clothing.   Something I have always wanted to dive into but have hesitated for…well I’m not sure why I hesitated because now that I am working on a few things I am loving it!!

But before I get too far ahead, like I tend to do from time to time..actually ALL the time,  I want to share my latest quilt with you.  This piece is inspired by a quilter  I follow. Following her blog I  have found so much inspiration and really have to share!  Maureen Cracknell is one extremely talented quilter.  Her blog Maureen Cracknell Handmade is packed full of her quilts and as a bonus, some wonderful tutorials.  Here is one on her great QAYG method.A Quilt As You Go Tutorial

 

 

I based my latest quilt on her QAYG method and I really am quite pleased with the ease and versatility of the method.  I was able to finish my latest in record time!

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I have started another and cannot wait to show you the finished piece.

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So farewell for now but I promise not to stay away too long ever again!!

Rebecca McAfee

My Superhero Crew

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Where has the time gone, it’s almost valentines day and I’ve soo much to do.  I was knee deep into some great little zipper pouches for my super hero crew when my sewing maching had a breakdown. Ugh what horrible timing. Thankfully I had already finished these awesome extra large floor pillows so I was saved a bit but I had such big plans for the zipper pouches. Image

thankfully I had a few more things planned so not all was a bust. Plus the very same day the my sewing machine went into the shop my new vacuum cleaner came to the door!!  I’m thinking that may not be a coincidence considering I’ve been without for a few weeks now.  I have a lot of very busy feet in this house and they make a very busy mess!

Friday night I am planning a breakfast for dinner menu.  As we like to call it “bupper”.   It’s somethimg that we all enjoy very much but this is going to be a special edition.  Well yeah it’s Valentine’s Day.

Here’s a sampling of a few goodies I have planned

  • Heart shaped egg in toast
  • heart shaped cinnamon rolls(totally going tube kind here)
  • chocolate covered strawberries
  • double chocolate chip brownies (this is a breakfast food, right?)
  • and heart shaped bacon! Yep that’s right.  All you have to do is twist and bake as usual.  What did we all do before Pinterest  and all these new ideas?

Oh I can’t wait to celebrate this completely random holiday, a day to spoil my guys and make some memories.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Rebecca

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