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Photos 2-24-14


Please With A Cherry On Top Applique Block

As a child, if we wanted something really bad, we'd say, "Please with a cherry on top?" because who can resist a cherry on top? I know I can't. I could eat an entire jar of maraschino cherries, but, oh, having just one on top makes just about any sweet treat all the more special! Today we are sharing our Please With A Cherry On Top Applique Block. Here is a totally yummy cupcake, oozing with frosting, and the pièce de résistance... a cherry on top, of course! Like all our appliques, this one was designed to fit on a 6" x 6" block but it can be reduced or enlarged to meet your needs.

Yum... right?

The pattern for the Please With A Cherry On Top FREE Applique Block can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.

The Stitching Glossary can be found HERE.

DIRECTIONS - Refer to pattern and photo for applique placements and cutting instructions.

Make a copy of the pattern.

Cut out felt using the pattern as a guide. Transfer any embroidery markings.

Using a blanket stitch, sew cupcake bottom to block using 3 strands floss.

Using a blanket stitch, sew first the bottom icing, then the middle icing, and finally the top icing to block using 3 strands floss. Use the pattern to determine the overlap.

Using a running stitch, sew cherry on cupcake using 2 strands floss.

Using a running stitch, sew leaves to block using 2 strands floss.

Using a stem stitch, add cherry stem, leaf detail, and cupcake stripes using 6 strands floss.

Using a straight stitch, add "sprinkles" to cupcake icing using 6 strands of floss. Use a random pattern for color placement.

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PHOTO: 9-24-09


Postcard :: Celebrating Bug

11 Amazing Years with our Bug! Happy Birthday!


Michelle's Future Quilt and Funky Chair

Michelle is going to redecorate her bedroom. Actually, it's more like decorating for the first time. You know as parents, we often feel like we are on the bottom wrung when it comes to getting attention. Actually, when raising a family, my room got even less pampering than me! Every other room in the entire house was decorated... at least once... before I got around to doing my bedroom. Same is true with Michelle, but it is high time her and Todd got an inviting sanctuary for themselves, which seems to become even more important as your children get older.

And since you've got to start somewhere, Michelle decided to make a quilt for the bed and to pull those colors into the rest of the room. I'm not sure what type of quilt she will be making, but she bought the two of the beautiful Moda Wrens and Friends Jelly Roll pictured above. Aren't they beautiful colors?

She then asked me if I would make her a matching "funky chair" to go in her room. In a heartbeat I said yes! Several years ago I was driving along, minding my own business, and there, at the end of someone's driveway, was an old chair with a FREE sign on it. I had Tim nab it, we had our usual discussion about bringing stray things home with me, but it turned the chair into this:

It's wild, crazy and I love it! Well, Michelle knew I had a couple other stray chairs in the garage just dying to get funky, so we bought a matching print, and now the fun begins. Here is the "before" shot of the chair.

And here is the fabric I'll be using.

I'm hoping to get started on it this weekend. Of course, the chair will be done long before Michelle finishes the quilt, but hopefully it will be inspiring. I'll be sharing more on this as I get into it!

If you'd read more about my Funky Chair, check out these past blog posts:

Future Funky Chair

Progress on the Funky Chair

Finished Funky Chair

Photos: 9-18-11, 2-20-14


State Studies

One of the amazing things about homeschooling is the ability to reassess your process, your progress, and your goals at any time. You have the chance to make changes to your day or curriculum as needed. This is one of the gifts of homeschooling, at the same time though, it is one of the curses of homeschooling. You can find yourself mid-way through a program that you had carefully selected and purchased throwing in the towel. Over the years (I can't believe how many year now... gosh these kiddos are getting big), I have had several of these "AHHHH... this isn't working!" moments. But this time, it is to your benefit.

For those of you who have enjoyed our Homeschool Companion Guides, I'm happy to announce that a new guide is in the works. The history program that my girls were using this fall was an abysmal failure. We plugged away at it just to get through the holidays, but this semester we complete changed gears and I am writing a States Studies unit. We are back to reading wonderful books, coloring, and baking together. My girls are learning the states and their capitals as well as getting a glimpse of regional jobs, past times, landscapes, and cultures.

I am breaking up our State Studies into two 9 week units with a target age of 8-10 years old. Although I'm writing it to be completed in half a year, I believe that there will be more than enough included that it could easily be stretched out to be used over a full year. I hope to have the first one ready to share sometime in the next couple of weeks. I will be sharing more details as we go along. Be on the look out for it.

Please note: I haven't finalized the book list yet... so the books in the photos are just some of the books that I am perusing. Don't start shopping yet ;).

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