Monday, December 24, 2012

a Christmas pillow & Merry Christmas!!

Hello, my sweet friends!  It was a busy week-end of baking, sewing, a lovely Christmas church service and spending time with family!  This is such a special time of year and I hope to be creating as many memories as I can for my dear ones.   Tonight we'll be having dinner with friends and then going caroling!  I'm excited for the day!

I was able to finish the Christmas pillow I told you about in my last post so I thought I'd share it with you today.  I think it turned out really cute.

My little vintage Elf on the Shelf found a home for it during the night and gathered some candy canes for my kiddos!  ;)

Last spring I made a couple of these pocket pillows but this time I added some sweet lace!  I really love the touch.

As in my Christmas patchwork quilt I used some Cherry Christmas and Alpine Wonderland.  I also love how the basics and florals of The Simple Life and Lecien compliments the sweet Christmas fabrics!

Yesterday when we were at church my Bishop told us about a wonderful Christmas message about the true meaning of Christmas.  It is so easy to get sidetracked with the business of the holiday season and forget.  I know I need to stop and ponder more often like a child of what the true meaning is.  I thought I'd share the little video as it really is touching.

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas as...


Thursday, December 20, 2012

the patchwork christmas quilt~ all done!!

This week I was able to quilt and bind my patchwork Christmas quilt!   It always feels so fabulous to finish a quilt, especially a Christmas one!

I added a couple borders, Cherry Christmas, Holly and a solid aqua.  For the binding I used Robert Kaufmans, Pimatex basics red and white polka dot.  I love how soft Pimatex is.   In this picture below my sweet little guy is doing his very best to hold it up for me.  :)

The finished size is 48 1/2 X 60.  Perfect to snuggle under on these cold winter nights.

For the backing I used an aqua and white floral vintage sheet.  I left the white border and lace edging on the vintage sheet to give it a sweet little touch.

I think it turned out cute, but how could it not with such cutsie Christmas fabric!  :)

 Love it with the light shining through!

With a couple winter and Christmas pillows!

I thought I'd show you what I did with a few of the vintage glass ornaments I showed you last week.  I hung a few from a bow and ric rac on my vintage up-cycled mirror. 

I love how it adds the perfect Christmas touch to the mirror! 

I also found a cute vintage Christmas tablecloth this last week!  I eyed it from way down the aisle at my favorite thrift store and made a mad dash run for it to make sure I got it before anyone else.  ;)

My favorite vintage find this week are these adorable little pixie NOEL candle holders!  Aren't they so precious!!  I adore them!

I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful holiday season!  I'm off to work on a Christmas pillow I started yesterday.  :)


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

a patchwork christmas quilt

This last week I started sewing a patchwork Christmas quilt with some of my new favorite Christmas fabrics, Alpine Wonderland and Cherry Christmas. 

I also added in some basics and pretty florals.  I love how simple and quick it was to put the top together.  

I think I'll add a border or two, and then on to sandwiching and quilting I go.

I've also been decorating and have added some new vintage and vintage inspired Christmas finds to my decorations.  My favorite find is a White Christmas tree I purchased off Craigslist for only $10.   Oh, nothing is more exciting to me than to get a great deal on something I've really been wanting!  :)

 Red and Aqua ornaments!  :)

I found a pretty red and white vintage tree skirt at a thrift store right after I got my tree!  It was meant to be. hee hee!!

My sweet Sophie loves our new tree and all the ornaments!!  :)

Some vintage class ornaments I found this week-end!  I think I'll do a wreath or hang them from a frame.

 A couple bottle brush trees and a gnome glass ornament from World Market!

I hope everyone is having a lovely morning!!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

a pillow, pinwheels on point, and a winner!

Hello dear friends!!  I hope everyone had a lovely holiday last week, and was able to spend it with some loved ones!  This week has started a little slow for me as I had some medical issues come up Sunday night and was in Urgent Care yesterday morning.  With some antibiotics now in my system I'm starting to feel better!  I'm so grateful for modern medicine!   :)

Last week I started on a quilt I've had on my to-do list...Pinwheels on Point.   I adore pinwheels and it is fun to start a new scrappy quilt with them.  I also love them on point so am excited to keep going.  Here are my first 4 blocks.

I'm mostly using Leciens Antique Flower in Pastel, Flower Sugar, and some basics. 

pretty, pretty colors!

Some little fabric spiders.  I don't know why I save these as I'm working on a project, but they sure do make me smile!  I never like throwing them out at the end of a project.  Silly, I know.  :)  I need to find something to do with them. 

About a week ago I received the prettiest pillow from Charise!  Oh, I was so delighted and just squealed with glee when I saw who the package was from!  I knew it was the pillow I had been hoping for!  :)

 I really adore the pattern, and all the little details that made it such a perfect pillow for me!

 Hand stitching and white scalloped lace!!  LOVE it!!

Charise also sent a scrappy leaf key fob!   I really needed one, and it adds a little cuteness to my key chain.  :)

Now for the winners of the giveaway!!  THANKS so much to everyone who entered and to all my friends who joined in with me to make a fun giveaway!  

Winner #1... Dresden Tea Towel by Heather of Vintage Grey


Your blog is lovely to browse through! Kind of like knocking on your front door and saying "hi." I love that you share personal things and are celebrating an anniversary. Cheers!

 Winner #2...PDF pattern by Amy of Diary of a Quilter.



Winner #3...PDF pattern by Amy of Diary of a Quilter.


I have purchased from your Etsy shop! 

Winner #4... Designer Tub by Emily of Brody and Ma


I am thankful that all my kids and grandkids will be home for Thanksgiving. I am also thankful for our lovely weather today. thanks, kathy

Winner #5... Little Pink and Gold Dangle Earrings by Tamar of Nest Pretty Things


I've commented on your blog before. Happy Thanksgiving.

Winner #6...Vintage Wrapped Wreath Kit by Jeni of In Color Order


I'm absolutely thankful fr my 3 kids. They're my everyday prize. Tks fr the chance!

Winner #7...Japanese Christmas fabrics by me.  :)


I am a follower of your blog. I get your posts in my rss feed!

Thanks again to everyone who entered!!  It was a fun giveaway!!  If you are one of the winners make sure to email me your address at so I can pass on your information to the right person.  

See ya soon!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

300th post giveaway!

I can't believe this is my 300th post!! I started my journey in blogging about my "lovely little handmades" just about 4 years ago (January will be 4 years). I've come to meet the kindest, generous, and heart warming people these past 4 years, and I am truly grateful for everyone who has helped make this time "sew" delightful! Thanks for being part of this wonderful journey with me!

For my 300th post I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway! Several of my online friends have joined me to make this an extra special giveaway. :) I'm excited to share with you what we are giving away!

Would you like to see what you can win!?!  I thought you'd say yes.  :) 

My sweet friend, Heather of Vintage Grey is giving a special Tea Towel that she made especially for the giveaway! Its aqua and lime green with a pretty half dresden, vintage doily, and a lovely scallop crochet edging!  I fell in love with these the first time I saw her post them on her blog!  I have one in my kitchen and am excited I get to share this one with you!!  Isn't it so pretty!! 

This one I just purchased to add a little Christmas whimsy to my kitchen!!  Heather has lots of other Christmas ones too.

I also love this sweet wilendur royal rose table runner!!  Isn't so sweet!!  Make sure to check out all her other lovely handmade pretties!  I really want them all!!  :)

My lovely friend, Amy of Diary of a Quilter is offering two of her quilt patterns!!  I adore everything Amy makes, and her style is right up my alley.    The pattern above, I really want to try, Fast Churn Dash

I really adore this fun and simple Retro Christmas pattern.  I even pinned it on Pinterest awhile back!!  I love all the sweet vintage inspired fabrics Amy used!

This is another one of my favorites, Rainbow Connection!  Such a fun and scrappy quilt!!  One on my to-do list!!  :)

My sweet friend, Emily is offering a fun and practical designer tub!!  These are so adorable and can be used for decoration or as a photo prop for your little one!   This one is the red and white polka dot one!

I'm sure to no surprise, I really adore the sweet flower sugar ones!!  This is the Aqua Paisley Rose!

This is the one that I have and really do love.  It is such a sweet accent to my home and have used it for birthday parties too.  :)

My talented friend, Tamar of Nest Pretty Things, creates the most elegant and prettiest jewelry!   Tamar is offering these Little Pink and Gold Dangle Earrings!

Aren't they so delicate and pretty!!  Swoon!!!

This is my latest piece of jewelry I've purchased from Tamar!  There isn't a time when I go out wearing one of her delicate pieces that I don't get a compliment.  They truly add that special touch to anything you wear!!   Now wouldn't those pretty earrings make a perfect accessory to the necklace!!  I may need to get one too.  :)

My amazing friend, Jeni of In Color Order is offering a wonderful Vintage Wrapped Wreath Kit!!  I have one of these and still have it on my to-do list!  Maybe we can make it together!!  :)

 mmmm!!  I just love vintage sheets in a pretty vintage bowl!!  :)

 Jeni also is releasing her first fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabric this winter!!  I love how retro and full of color her collection, Color Me Retro is!  Also, check out Jeni's fun patterns!!  This girl really is amazing!  :)

I'll be giving away these lovely brand new (will be in my shop next week), Japanese Christmas fabrics.  A 1/2 yard of each of the five adorable fabrics!!  I can't wait to create something with them, and would love to see what you come up with too!!  I'll ship them once they arrive next week. 

Wowzer, that is some pretty good lute!!  Right!?!  Would you like to win one of these?  My giveaways are always simple,  and you get up to 3 chances to win. Choose any 3 of the following~

1. Tell me what you are thankful for (I know I've been thinking about this lots with the time of year it is) 
2. Blog about this giveaway
3. Have commented on my blog before
4. Are a follower of my blog and or Pinterest 
5. Have bought from my Etsy shop, Sew Deerly Loved

Make sure to leave a separate comment for the 3 you qualify for. I'll be using to pick the winners so if you don't leave a comment for each 3 that you qualify for you will only get one chance instead of three.

You have until Sunday evening, November 25th.  I'll announce the winner on Monday.

Good Luck! and Happy Thanksgiving!!
Ps.  I'll be having a little Thanksgiving/Black Friday special in my shop!  Free shipping on all Domestic orders!  I'll be starting it on Thanksgiving and ending it late Friday night.   :)