Thursday, September 22, 2011

Charlotte the Black Cat

We got a new kitten a few weeks ago, and she is such a joy. We named her Charlotte after Charlotte Bronte because I am a huge nerd, and love Victorian literature. She is a black cat, and so beautiful. The lady who gave her to us found her all alone in a sewer. We are so happy to have her, and she is doing very well. She is getting along with our 2 pugs, but our one pug, Pumpkin can be a little rough,and it is worrisome.

Here is a picture of her on the first day that we got her.

She came to us with a cold, but that is completely gone, and she was about 3 pounds when she came to us, and I would have to say she is at least 4-5 pounds, which makes me a proud mama! I know she is getting the care she needs.

I finished my niece's quilt in time for her birthday party last Saturday, and she really seems to like it. The other day I went in to wake her from her nap, and she was all curled up with the blanket. I took some pictures of the fabric, but of course I forgot to take pictures of the actual quilt. If I can sneak it away from her for a few minutes one day, I will try to get some pictures.

The fabric for the rag quilt:

The fabric is by Joel Dewberry, and it is called AVIARY 2. Very pretty!

I am just working hard on Sweethoots, we have so many orders now. It is becoming overwhelming, but it is a good thing. I am also trying to get everything ready for Christmas, and that's how I spend most of my evenings.

Well I need to get some rest!

Peppermint Girl

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Beautiful Blooming Flower

Today I spent most of the day working on a quilt for my Etsy shop, Sweethoots. Still haven't had the chance to take a picture of this fabric, but maybe once it is all done. I was having a horrible time with my bobbin today, and there were a few times where my sewing machine almost ruined my fabric :(.

I did finish this cross stitch, and was able to put it onto my Etsy shop. The pattern is called the intricate flower by <-- You should definitely check out her patterns because they are adorable, and a lot of fun to stitch.

The Blooming Flower- was stitched on 18 aida white cloth and framed in a 5" hoop. I actually made and gave four of these for mother's day presents this past year. One to my mom, grandmother, aunt and mother-in-law. They were a hit!

Here is the finished work:
 And here is a closer shot:

I think that it really came out cute. 

Well I am going to go because my husband should be off of work pretty soon, and I will be heading home to work on a present for my parents for Christmas tonight! 

Peppermint Girl

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Day after Labor Day

Yesterday was Labor Day, and today is the day after. Summer is officially over :(, and this year I didn't get a chance to go to Ocean City. Nate and I were supposed to this past weekend, but then we had to cancel due to reasons beyond our control. It was a nice weekend though, I worked on Christmas presents, and planned out the ones I hadn't made yet. We also went food shopping, birthday shopping for my niece, and went to see the movie The Help. The movie was really good, I haven't had the chance to finish the book, or get much into it for that matter. 

Today is another day crafting away, and taking care of the business. I got over to my parents house around 6:30 am, and packaged orders that need to go out later on today for Sweethoots. Right now I am working on some laundry, and then I will be quilting the rest of the day. The fabric I am using is awesome. It is from Lily and Will. I meant to bring the camera today, but forgot (of course!), to take a picture of the fabrics. Maybe I will be able to get to it tomorrow. 

I am also working on a cross stitch pillow for the shop that is a cupcake scene. It is really adorable, and it is by the Historical Sampler Company. I will put some pictures of that up to when I get a chance. 

Here is a cross stitched pillow that I made for my mom this year for her birthday. It is also a pattern from the Historical Sampler Company. I think it is adorable, and hope to be able to make it for my Etsy shop, Sweethoots some day soon! 

The front of the cross stitch pillow I made my mom for her birthday. 
 The back.
 How thick it is.

 I really love the way this pillow turned out, especially since it is my first cross stitched pillow. I wish I would have stuffed it some more though. 

I have also been baking a lot, trying to get ready to open a small online bakery in the near future. I made chocolate whoopie pies with marshmallow fluff, and chocolate chip whoopie pies with marshmallow fluff. I also made pumpkin, and gingerbread ones but my whoopie pie maker wouldn't cook them all the way through, so I think I will have to start from scratch for all of them. 

Here is the chocolate chip whoopie, it makes me very hungry. 

And here is the chocolate whoopie with marshmallow fluff, yummy! 

Like I said though I will have to go back over all of these and remake them for my bakery, so I can make a clear representation of the product. 

Well I am going to get back to work! 

Peppermint Girl