Monday, May 2, 2011

May Christmas Through The Year

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Well, I'm going to kick off the month [a bit late] without a picture of our give-away gift yet, simply because I FORGOT [see previous post here] it was May.  Um, yes.  Pathetic. 

This is month five.  If you've been following along from the start, you should have four gifts ready for Christmas.  If you haven't, don't worry - we still have 8 months to go.  But remember, they speed up as we get closer to Christmas - it's a well-known fact that the last six months before Christmas have fewer hours in them.  Ok, I made that up.  But it sure seems like it's true.

I do have a bit of news - exciting to me, at least - I finished my hand-quilting for my Sis Boom quilt!  Ten days ahead of schedule!  I'll show it to you when I get the binding on.

So, do you want some tutorials to start you off this month?  I do. 

From Carmen, who is a perfect dear....

Allsorts has the cutest bunny tutorial, along with the dress pattern for bunny.

Buzzing and Bumbling is a cute blog, scroll down the right-hand sidebar for some tutorials and ideas.

Cute tea cozy at Stash Manicure .

From Our Shabby Cottage, a kissing ball - everybody needs one of these at Christmas!

And a few from me -

Em's Scrapbag has a great tutorial for Stuck On You dishtowels, cute!

Penny from Sew Take A Hike has a darling tute at the Moda Bake Shop, for a reversible rug/bath mat.  If this doesn't come up to the proper link, the project is called Strawberries and Sunshine.  I really want to make this.

That is IT for now - guess I'd better get browsing!  I should have a bit more free time, now the quilt is done.  I'll leave you with one more piece of evidence that spring is almost here....

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Go forth and create something!

24 comments:

Marg H said...

Very inspirational! Loved the tea cosy and the kissing ball. Just gorgeous. I managed to achieve something in April - but didn't get it onto my blog in time. So for May, I'm aiming for both completion and uploading pictures onto my blog! What a month!

BubzRugz said...

such pretty evidence of spring.... at last...
Hugz

jan said...

Lots of good ideas! I love that bath mat, but I wish I had the tub that it is displayed on, too! Thanks for sharing your lovely spring blooms!

Val said...

Great ideas for gifts. I love the flowers.

rosie said...

Thank you for the links Allie, will pop over later.
Take care

West Michigan Quilter said...

Love all those great links! Thanks! I better get started on a gift idea for this month. I bet I can find something in one of these links.

Terry said...

Are you sure it's May? I seem to have lost April somewhere! LOL Love the spring pictures! It sure is nice to finally be seeing some color outside again! :0)

Cathy said...

Yah...spring is sprung. My Peonie plants and sending up shutes. Now if the squirels will leave them alone we will have flowers.

Linda said...

Hi, Allie! I'm Linda from Buzzing and Bumbling. Thanks for mentioning my blog in your post!
We're enjoying spring here in Texas also! (although it felt like summer last week with temperatures in the 90's!)

Mama Pea said...

Maybe I'll get something done this month....

Mary-Kay said...

Wow! Look at how delicate the flowers are in your pictures. That should inspire a few of us to do something springy.

Kim D. said...

Thanks for sharing all those great projects. I really would love to make some handmade Christmas gifts.

susan m hinckley said...

Our trees are not out yet, so thank you for sharing, Allie! I am dying to see your finished quilt. So get that binding on! (just kidding -- you already accomplish more than just about anyone I know.)

Talin's Corner said...

Pictures of Spring...finally!

Val said...

I cannot wait to go through all of these blog tutorials! Thanks. Love your pics! I will get busy this month!

donna said...

Your flowers are so pretty. Love the pictures so springy. I will have to check out the blogs.
Hugs
donna

Cheryl said...

Those pictures of Spring are beautiful!!! And YIPPPPPEEEEE for you getting that hand quilting done...such a big accomplishment. I love when you do the tutorial links...off to visit them.

Ivory Spring said...

Love those pictures, Allie!

Mickie said...

Hey Allie, isn't spring sooooo inspiring? I can't wait to see your quilt! Thanks for the links, having a slow day today and nice to look through them! Hugs, Mickie

soggibottom said...

Your tree :-)
It might have been a long Winter, but when your tree flowers isn't it beautiful ?
Thanks for all the links Allie. MORE TREES too :-) :-) :-) x x x

Joanne Lendaro said...

Great pics Allie!! Use your new camera?? Your dog looks so sweet...

Flamingo K (aka Karen Schurr) said...

Your words color the world with great aplomb, Dear....can tell you love poetry. Great pix, too. Off to visit the tute sites...have a great weekend...Hugs

Carrie P. said...

Love your nature photos in these last 2 posts. Just lovely. Off to see the crafts.

Catherine said...

Your spring pictures are beautiful! Trees and lush flowers! Wonderful!

I live in the desert and make do with drought tolerant and native plants. Not as festive as yours.

Lovely blog. I was a homeschooling parent, right through High School. Best thing we ever did.

Catherine

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