Doggie in Red


Not a Part of the Action

I took this picture of my “niece” Dallas as her Daddy was frying up some bacon for his house guests.  It was hard enough on poor Dallas when she was tossed outside, but then when those fabulous bacon smells began drifting through the open window … well, that was nearly too much for her!

I loved the expression on her face and decided to try making a redwork Dallas as a gift for her parents.  I went with the quickest “lightbox” I had, my computer, held up a white piece of cotton fabric, then traced the parts of the photo I wanted to use with a fabric pen.  (I probably shouldn’t recommend that, but it worked for me.)  When completed and added to the frame I painted just for this project, it looked like this:

My Niece Dallas

I should try this with my own pets next.

Quote Napkins


Quote Napkin

My little sister in law loves to entertain.  I love my little sister in law so I embroidered fun food quotes on a set of eight cloth napkins for her.  Here are a few more of them:

Quote Napkin

Quote Napkin

Quote Napkin

If you’d like to try your hand at these, just use a fabric marker that’s water or air soluble to write or trace your quotes on purchased fabric napkins, then stitch along the lines.  I got my food quotes from (I LOVE Quote Garden and use them for my CoopPics blog, too.)

That Earl Hickey is a genius!

Pillowcases Personalized for Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams of the Home Team

OK, these may not look “sweet”, but trust me — they are.  These pillowcases were made for my little sister in law and her husband.  She’s from North Carolina, he’s from Michigan.  For their engagement photos and Save the Date cards, they each wore their “home team” jerseys, she in her Panthers, he in his Lions.  (They’re a fun couple, aren’t they?) I hope the pillowcases will remind them that they started off in different places, but those pillows belong beside each other.

If you want to make pillowcases like this, buy high count percale pillowcases and launder them.  Then either draw or trace your design with a fabric marking pen that’s air or water soluble and stitch along your lines with two strands of embroidery floss to complete the pictures.

Work In Progress

See how easy it is?

When I tried to think what would give my in laws sweet dreams, one word came to mind — camping!  They can use their camper pillowcases at home to dream sweet on-the-road dreams or use them along with the camper dish towel as camper linens.

Camper Linens

My husband’s brother and his wife got doves.  If you put the pillows the “wrong” way, with openings in the middle of the bed, they’ll be lovebirds and fly together for a smooch.


But  after I stitched them I realized that put the other way, they’ll fly away from each other.

Dove Pillowcases

Who knew pillowcases could be such a metaphor for marriage?   Make sure to keep flying together!

These pillowcases should get softer and softer with each washing, so I hope they bring many years of sweet dreams to their new owners.

Little Penguin Gift Bags


Fun Fabrics

I visited my Mom over Thanksgiving and she took me to her local fabric store.  I bought the flower fabric for a project she helped me with (you’ll see it later) but the bulls in boxer shorts and penguins in toboggans were purchased just because they were too cute to pass up.

I decided to make a gift bag from a small canvas bag that was the perfect size to hold one Snowball Soap, maybe as a gift for an adorable little neighbor.  I made a simple snow scene out of felt and stitched it to the bag.

Penguin Bag

Then I cut a penguin from the flannel and stitched him on, too.

Penguin Gift Bag

Perfect!  Now to figure out what to do with those bulls in boxer shorts …

And a late addition, because I thought I had this post set to publish tomorrow:

Girlie Penguin Gift Bag

There.  I just hated to think she’d feel left out.

I’m really going now.