'Prairie Primer' Quilt

It's been about 8 years in the making but I have finally finished my Prairie Primer quilt.  Years ago when I used to homeschool my children I belonged to a yahoo group dedicated to all things related to the study of the Little House on the Prairie books.  Now, if you're asking yourself what one could possibly have to study that would turn these books into schooling - you'd be amazed.

When my children and I used these books for our schooling one year we learned all sorts of things.  We studied the gold rush, learned about various Indian tribes, learned how to make butter/jerky/other foods, learned a variety of 'crafts' such as sewing and making soap, we learned about homesteading, the Civil War and many other history items and we learned a variety of science related items about the human body and nature.  It was a great year and I think one of the most enjoyable of our homeschooling.

Now during our time in this group the ladies got together and decided to do a quilt block swap.  We all designed a block that told who we were and what state we were in and the fabric was related to something studied in the Prairie Primer.  Once I received my blocks I decided to make a Jacob's Ladder block to intertwine with mine and then put my quilt top together.  Well that was as far as I went all those years ago.

Fast forward to a couple months ago when I came across my quilt top and decided it was high time that I finish putting it together.  A month later I am happy to say that she is finally done and ready to be enjoyed!

Tag, You're It!

Today's post is brought to you by Cricut Cardz Challenge #98 where today we present you with two different Christmas tags using any cartridges of our liking.  As you will see I chose several cartridges.  And you might also notice that one of my tags is a recreation of a tag originally created by Scrapping Mommy.  Truth by told these tags offered me that final push I needed to go ahead and buy the Winter Frolic cartridge, and I'm so glad I did.

All of that said, I created these two tags using:

Winter Frolic for the Christmas tree
Accent Essentials for the scalloped tag
Tags, Bags, Boxes and More for the snowman's tag
Gypsy Wanderings for the Snowman

Snowman Toilet Paper Cover

After making a couple of hats and scarves I finally felt brave enough to venture out and try something new on my knifty knitters.  So I took a couple hours and scoured the net for newbie type patterns and came across this great one over on Loom Lore.

With the exception of the nose (because it's crochet - which I have always struggled with but want to conquer) this was very easy to put together.  Now to decide what to do with him.....

Rocking Around the Christmas Tree......

Happy Wednesday everyone!  It's been one of those weeks in my little part of the world.  My oldest daughter is graduating from Armstrong State this Saturday and wouldn't you know it but at the last minute I decide to go and get sick.  Regardless of all the chaos I did find time for this week's fun, fun, fun Cricut Cardz Challenge over at Cardztv.

This week our challenge was to create a card based on our favorite Christmas carol.  While I don't have an end all - be all favorite because it's too hard to chose just one - I did choose to use Brenda Lee's  Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree. 

For my card I used:

Christmas Cheer for the tree cut at 4"
George for the frame - I laid two rectangles one inside the other.  The largest one cut at 3 1/2" x 5" and the smaller one 2 1/2" x 4".

In order to get my text to print on the frame I had to use MS Word to layout three different text boxes at the correct size and spacing to print as seen on the card.

And now that you've seen my card why don't you play along?  Create your own Christmas card based on a carol/song  link it up to this week's challenge.

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Snowball Fight

Here in sunny Florida we don't really have the opportunity for snowball fights but that doesn't mean I can't dream   it......So today's card is another in my line of quick and easy.  

One cartridge is all I used - Winter Frolic.  Cut the boy at 4" - and the words snowball fight at 1 1/5".  I used pom poms for the snowballs and after putting it all together wish I had pop dotted the top snow hill layer.

On the inside I chose a clip art piece that would coincide with my sentiment to finish out the card.