Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Winner of the Take a Quill Pill Challenge #12

Wow, I am so late posting this! In October, Piyu at Take a Quill Pill Blog had her 1st anniversary challenge! I like to enter Piyu's challenges. I am not near as talented as these ladies, but it gives me something to strive for!

For her First anniversary challenge I donated a t-shirt as a prize. To win, the theme was 'Congratulations'.

The chosen winner was Kiddo! This was her entry:

I finally finished the t-shirt and got it off to her a week ago. Who knows how long it will take to get to Romania from the US! Hopefully she will receive it soon!

I included a few other little items in her prize package. I hope she likes it!

Please check out all the other great entries here:

First Anniversary Challenge!

Leo and I at the Light House

Hubby had a conference to go to about a 2 hour drive from home, so since I hadn't been to Fond du Lac yet I decided to tag along. Leo and I hung out in the park and got to check out this neat lighthouse.

The Fond du Lac Lighthouse has become the symbol of the surrounding city, located at the southern end of Lake Winnebago. As you travel the streets of Fond du Lac, the image of the lighthouse is readily seen on bridges, road signs, and advertising. The community’s affinity for the lighthouse is perhaps because the beacon was built and lit during one of the city’s darkest periods.

In 1932, lumberman W. J. Nuss generously offered to build a lighthouse in Lakeside Park using plans donated by the noted architect Roger A. Sutherland. The offer was quickly accepted by the park board, and work on the forty-foot tower started the following May. At this time, the country was suffering through the depths of the Great Depression. Unemployment peaked at 24.9% in 1933, spreading a cloud of gloom across the nation. Charitably, the laborers employed on the lighthouse project were all out-of-work Fund du Lac citizens.

The bottom ten feet of the eight-sided lighthouse consists of a flagstone-covered base, while the upper section of the tower is of frame construction. A wooden staircase, attached to the interior walls of the lighthouse, winds up through the tower permitting visitors to reach the observation deck, where an excellent view of Lakeside Park is afforded.
The information above is from Light House Friends. The lighthouse was closed but was still very pretty. The park surrounding the lighthouse was full of Canadian geese. I think Leo was a bit intimidated!

 The best part was standing next to the lighthouse listening to the water. The edges of the lake were iced up and the water lapping against the ice made the prettiest tinkling sounds.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Warning! Holiday Cards Everywhere!

This year I've decided to make all my own Holiday cards, and I say Holiday cards because I need to do both Christmas and Hanukkah.

I have a Silhouette SD cutter and a Texture Boutique embosser. These make things so much easier for me. Here are some of the cards I've made so far. Oh... and Leo has been a big help! (Read all about Leo HERE.)

I'm finding my style is rather simple and clean. I am not crazy about all the coloring and images and fluff, although there is something to be said for a few pearls or a piece of ribbon here and there.

That being said, here are some of my favorites so far.

These were all fairly simple to make. I am using supplies I have on hand other than the Christmas and Hanukkah paper. And the day after Thanksgiving Silhouette had their cut files on sale for fifty cents each so I scored!

These are my favorite Hanukkah cards so far.

I hope everyone has happy holidays!

Merry Christmas!

Happy Hanukkah!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Leo in Red!

Well, Thanksgiving is over and the kitchen is clean! Yay! I hope everyone had wonderful holidays, and just the right amount of turkey!

Leo has arrived! He arrived just in time to help me out with some projects!

He helped me finish this quilled poinsettia paper clip book mark. I am entering this in Pritesh's giveaway!

Leo did love wearing it!

Here are some other things Leo helped me finish.

I think I'll put him to work while he's here! He sure makes a good model! I will post more of Leo's visit next week!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Everyone Have a Very Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving MySpace Animations

Look for my Black Friday sale! BOGO at 50% off on Black Friday and 25% off any item the rest of the weekend! These sales will be at both KZ Embroidery & Gifts and My Etsy Shop!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Quilled Wedding Invitation

Well, it's finally finsihed!!! This is the project that has been keeping me busy for the last few weeks. I was neglecting everything else to try and get this one done...... Oh, not this, this is the view from our hotel room at the beach!

My step daughter was married last month on the beach! It was an amazing ceremony! I wanted to have this done for the reception which was two weeks later, but it is now two weeks after that. I finally got it off in the mail to them Friday.

If not for Sonya and all my buddies at the My Creative Classroom this would not have turned out so pretty. There were many iterations before I finally came up with this arrangement.

Thanks again to everyone for their help. I hope the bride and groom love it! Here are a few more pictures.

Also... here is a fun little giveaway to enter: Etsy Lawst Team Giveaway!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Fantastic Project Award

Hi all! I have been super busy these last 2 weeks trying to get my quilled wedding invitation done! I will post pictures soon.
But... I have received this fantastic award from Lori over at Lori's Artsy Obsession  for my quilled peacock shown here: Quilled Peacock

I am to pass this award on to 5 crafters who I think are fantastic also!

They are:

Laura at Creation Fairies
Brooke at Babblings and More
Tina at Sunflowers and Gingham
Shenita at Embellishments by SLR   and
Karen at Balatong Toys and Crafts

Congrats! and pass it on! Be sure and link back to Lori when you do!

And I almost forgot! Happy Halloween!!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

My Memories Suite Giveaway Winner!

The winner has been chosen by!

Congratulations #4! Brooke Kenny at Babblings and More.

Brooke, I've emailed you! Please contact me within 48 hours to claim your prize!

For those of you who didn't win and really would like this great software, My Memories has generously given me a discount code!


Copy and paste this code when ordering to get $10 off My Memories Suite v 2.0. Using this code you will also receive a $10 credit for the store! This is a $20 value!
They will also be giving away a free IPAD2 once they reach 10,000 likes on their Facebook page!!  Just go to Facebook page and Like them. When you Like them, you can get a $5 coupon code for use in the store! All in all that's a lot of savings!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

He's Finished! Quilled Peacock

Well, you all guessed correctly! Guess it wasn't that hard.

Here's my peacock! I think he's so cute! Had it not been for Sonya's class that I am taking over at
I would never have even attempted this!

Don't forget to enter the  My Memories Suite giveaway!!! Tomorrow is the last day to enter to win this great digital scrapbooking software! (Giveaway now closed)

My peacock has been share at these places:

Cooking it up With Katie
My Quilling Nest

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Quilling and a Giveaway!

We are off to Myrtle Beach for a wedding!!! It should be exciting! 1. We've never been to Myrtle Beach and 2. Hubby's oldest daughter who we don't get to see much is getting married! Yay!

Since I haven't finished my quilling project for this week, those pics will have to wait...

Can you figure out what it's going to be? LOL

While I'm gone.... enter to win this great, time saving digital scrapbooking software!!

My Memories Suite Digital scrapbooking software giveaway!!! Open to the US and Canada!

Shared here:

Friday, October 7, 2011

My First Giveaway!!! My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Software!

Entries are now closed! The winner has been chosen and is being emailed! Thanks!

Yay! My first giveaway! And for an awesome product!

Ok... so I am soooo not a scrapbooker! I have a love hate relationship with scrapbooks. I love to look/receive/have them, but I hate to make/design/compile them!

In comes this cool digital scrapbooking software! This software has so many features, is very easy to use, lots of ways to share, and best of all,  new and different layouts all the time! With this software, I will be making scrapbooks galore! Right off the bat, I did these two pages!

I downloaded some of the amazing free kits and background papers to do these, but there are lots of papers, embellishments and pages already included.    There are also lots of kits available on the My Memories website at very reasonable prices. And.... you can add music and videos to your scrapbooks with one click!

There are  lots of ways to share your book once it is finished. You can print it, export it to a jpeg, have a professional printed and bound scrapbook, calendar, dvd, movie, just any way you like it. You can turn your scrapbook into an interactive album on a disc that will automatically play on a computer!

I also love the fact that on their blog at they have weekly challenges and tutorials. If you 'like' their Facebook page, they have giveaways and you can get free stuff there too! There is so many amazing features included in this software that I cannot fit in one post, so check out all the features by clicking on the pic!

Now for the amazing giveaway! has given me one copy of  My Memories Suite to give away! That's a $40 value!

You must do this for your required entry:   visit My Memories and take a look at all their amazing kits. Come back here and leave a comment telling me what your favorite scrapbooking kit is.  
For extra entries:
  • Follow Not Just Embroidery and leave me a comment here that you are following.
  • Follow Blog and leave a comment here that you are following.
  • "Like" Facebook page and leave a comment here that you are following.

    That's a possible 4 entries! This giveaway will close at midnight October 21st and the winner will be posted on October 22nd. Good luck everyone! 
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

This Weeks Quilling Class!

Well I'm a little behind this week, but if you haven't yet checked out My Creative Classroom, they have some pretty awesome classes!

I have been taking the Quilling, Twirled Paper! class. It has been fantastic! Sonya Appel is a wonderful teacher! Her blog is here: Sonya's Blog Last week I posted pictures of my first weeks projects.

Here are this weeks projects:

Fringed Flower Frame

Grape Tag

 Rose Tag
I cannot take credit for the designing of these projects. That was all Sonya! But I think they all turned out great! 
Shared at these challenges:

Take A Quill Pill First Anniversary Challenge 

My Quilling Nest

Monday, September 26, 2011

Quilling Class!!

I have come to love quilling! But I'm sure I'm not very good at it. Well imagine my surprize when I found this class at My Creative Classroom!

The first week we did basic open and closed coils. My daughter helped me make this out of the shapes we learned to make. It turned out cute.
The class homework assignment was this great card! I think mine turned out well! I do know that my coils look much better than my originals (read that 'before class') lol

The center scallop and oval is left blank because I am not sure what I will be using this card for. When I figure it out, I will stamp the sentiment on the white oval with blue ink and maybe add some crystals.

So... I had these cards listed on etsy. They get lots of views, but no sales. I thought they could use some sprucing up with some quilled flowers. What do you think? I like the new ones better!!

Old cards
More pictures here: Quilled Note Cards

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Coffee Cozies or Sleeves or Jackets Tutorial

We have the most fab coffee shop where I live. And they have the greatest mural on their wall. And an even greater YouTube video showing the time lapse of painting it!

Like all coffee shops, they use the cardboard throw away coffee sleeves. Since I am a sewer, I thought I would make some reusable insulated coffee sleeves and put them in there on consignment. They are pretty easy to make.

First assignment was a trip to Real Coffee to get some coffee. It came with one of their cardboard sleeves.

I used it to make my pattern. For length, I doubled the length and added a few inches to the width because I wanted mine to be a bit wider. You can make your pattern to your liking. That's the beauty of making your own.


Cut out your pieces. With the fabric right sides together I cut two pieces of the cotton. For the insulation, I used 'InsulBright' fabric. It is machine washable and dryable and helps protect against heat. You can also use batting and ironing board material. You would use one piece of each in the center instead of the one piece of Insulbright.

Take your 2 pieces of cotton fabric, right sides together, add your piece of Insulbright (or batting and ironing board fabric) to the top. The next thing you need is an elastic hair tie. I used some I had on hand. Mine had the little metal piece in them, so I just cut this out. Fold the elastic in half and place it as in the picture before sewing your seams. Place it with the cut sides even with the edge of your fabric, in between your two pieces of cotton that are faced right sides together.

Sew your seams using approximately 1/2 inch seams leaving an opening approximately 2 inches to turn your sleeve right side out. I left my opening on the bottom. When sewing over the elastic, I back spaced, then went over it again so it would be extra secure.

Trim the seams and clip your corners. Next you need to turn them right side out making sure that the Insulbright is still in the center. My first try I had it on the outside! LOL

As you can see, I made lots!

Next step is to iron them all. (By this time it was breakfast, thus the Eggo's! Bad, bad breakfast, but it tasted so yummy! and don't look at my mess behind the ironing board!)

Then sew about 1/8 inch around all the edges. Slip stitch the  opening that you turned it through.

In measuring where to put the button, I wrapped the sleeve around the large cup and made a mark under the elastic with my sewing chalk.
Oops! So much for the new Blogger format! I hit the wrong button!! A few more pictures to come! LOL
Ok... let's finish this up!
Wrap your cozy around the cup you bought for your sample. I used tailor's chalk to mark where I wanted my button to go. Sew the button on and yay! You are done!
I am now going to put tags on mine and sell them on consignment at the coffee shop. Next time I think I will do sew in labels. These would also make great gifts for the coffee lover on your list!

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