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my name is monica but now i'm better known as nana. i have recurring dreams about faraway places and wild animals running free. i love to create with paper, food and yarn and i love to share snippets of my life.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

What's your word for 2010?


Every year fo rthe past three I've chosen a word to focus on for the upcoming New Year. Last year I chose the word metamorphosis
This year, in an attempt to react more graciously towards others I've chosen the word 'lovely'.
Definition: 1love·ly
Pronunciation: \ˈləv-lē\
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): love·li·er; love·li·est
Date: before 12th century
1 obsolete : lovable
2 : delightful for beauty, harmony, or grace : attractive
3 : grand, swell
4 : eliciting love by moral or ideal worth
synonyms see beautiful
— love·li·ly \ˈləv-lə-lē\ adverb
— love·li·ness \ˈləv-lē-nəs\ noun
— lovely adverb

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Chance to win!


Giveaway Alert!
Hi, everyone! Just a quick post to alert you all to a giveaway!

You'll be especially interested in this one if you're a Ranger/Tim Holtz fan! Dawn and Kim from Wild West Scrap Divas are giving away a bunch of Tonic & Ranger products:

1 Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
1 Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors
1 Inkessentials Craft Mat (large)
1 Bottle of Crackle Accents
1 Bottle of Glossy Accents
1 Bottle of Matte Accents
1 Bottle of Sepia Accents
1 Pack of Ranger Embossing Pens
1 Ranger Craft Bucket
1 Perfect Pearls Naturals Kit
1 Tuscan Garden Alcohol Ink Set
1 Bottle of Blending Solution
1 Mini Mister Block
12 Mini Misters

Just follow the steps below and this awesome prize could be yours!
1. Check out their blog {http://wwscrapdivas.blogspot.com} and become a follower!
2. Tell your friends on the net about their giveaway on your blog, facebook, myspace or twitter!
3. Leave a comment here on their blog to let them know what you did to spread the word {be sure to include a link}!

Once they reach 100 subscribers, they'll draw the winner!

Good luck, everyone!

Monday, December 28, 2009

ahh!!!....


So here we are ...survived another fun filled Christmas. I spent the last couple of days in my pj's, relaxing, knitting and watching a ton of great movies and I've started the day off with these delicious 'Dreamy Creamy' scones and home made marmalade my dear friend and neighbour, Laura, made for me. Paired with some steamy, hot, spiced Khristmas Koffee and that's just about as good as it gets! I'm off today to catch some after Christmas sales but I hope you've found time to relax and enjoy everything around you!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

good will towards everyone....


Thank you to every one who pops by my blog every day and shares in this part of my life. I appreciate you,your comments and just knowing that you are there! Have a wonderful, blessed holiday season with all you hold dear and remember the reason for the season!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

How To Make a Baby Rag Quilt









I searched high an low online on how to make a rag quilt so I thought I would post how I made mine. I have two new grandchildren due in 2010 so I thought I would make some last minute quilts for them and give it to their parents at Christmas.
Off I headed to my local sewing store and was I ever pleased to find out that flannel was on sale 2 meters for the price of one!!

For one rag quilt you will need:
I meter flannel in print (45" wide)
1 meter flannel in coordinating print (45" wide)
3/4 meter white diaper flannel (45 " wide)
rotary cutter and mat
metal ruler
cardstock to make template
The photos above coordinate with the steps in this tutorial.
1. Start by making a template out of cardstock. MIne was a 6 inch square. Use a rotary cutter to out 42 squares of each fabric and keep the metal ruler on the edge to ensure exact cuts.
2. It's a good idea to create a table with word processing program on your computer that measures 6 squares across and 7 down so that you can plan your color design.
3. I made the front and back exactly the same for ease but you can do whatever you wish. Each square goes like this: Place right side down on the table, place lining flannel on top then place wrong side on top creating a 'sandwich'.
4. Start sewing the squares together using a 7/8 " seam allowance, placing wrong sides together as these open seams are what creates the 'rag' part of the quilt. Sew around the outside leaving raw edges showing.
5.The wrong side will look the way you would think the right side should look.
6. Once all the squares and rows are sewn together, take a sharp pair of scissors and make little snips on every seam and all the way around the outside edge.
7. Wash and dry a couple of times, trimming any loose threads until the seams are really fuzzy.
8. The finished quilt should measure a little smaller than 36 x 42 inches oor about the size of the bottom of an average playpen.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - Dec. 16/09

Last minute easy Christmas gift ideas!

Happy Holidays from: wildcardwednesday.blogspot.com

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Part Two - Wild Card Wednesday - Dec/ 9/09

n part two of this 4 part series I continue to show you how to make a holiday planner to help keep you organized through the Christmas season. Visit wildcardwednesday.blogspot.com

Part One - Wild Card Wednesday - Dec. 9/09

In part one of this 4 part series I show you how to make a holiday planner to help keep you organized through the Christmas season. Visit wildcardwednesday.blogspot.com

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Shop Etsy for Christmas!


Check out some of the new gift ideas we've added to our esty shop like these knitted ruby slippers for a new baby girl!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Wild Card Wednesday - Dec. 2/09

On this video I show you how to make matching bag, tag and card for your Christmas wrapping. Visit: wildcardwednesday.blogspot.com

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