Thursday, July 24, 2014

College Days Blog Hop - Tickle Those Ivories Tutorial

COLLEGE DAYS BLOG HOP
Welcome to my day!

Thank you
Soma of Whims and Fancies
for organizing such a fun hop...
hopefully you've been following along...
such amazing blocks!

I relived so many sweet memories of my college days
as I worked on my 10" block to share with you today.
As a "Music Major" there was no doubt
my block would "sing"....


My 'instrument' was Voice...
I remember a few semesters of opera....

4 years of singing with friends....

I loved playing the piano...
although I was a much better singer...
than a tickler of the ivories.

However, it's a lot easier to imagine a block with a piano theme....
after all...I didn't think an applique of "vocal chords" held that much appeal!

This is an extremely photo packed tutorial today...
thanks for your patience...
it might take a bit to load...

(We could sing together while we're waiting...lol)

The finished block above and below
show my 10.5" block sitting on assorted prints...
this is just for the pics...

The block is made with two primary fabrics:
I've been saving a fat quarter of that grey music print
for just the right project.

For the white piano keys...

Little scrappies of solid black and dark grey are used for the black keys.

You'll also need a wee strip of a contrasting color for the 'shadow strip'
more about that when you get to that step.

Time for Class!










































***Note***
When stitching the 'corner'
you will notice I changed my 'stitch' setting to a straight stitch...
just a plain, regular ole straight stitch.
It took a little longer to keep switching back and forth...but worth it.
I zigged and zagged along the edge of the grey fab...
STOPPING at the "corner" with needle DOWN...
changed setting...stitched down the 'corner'...
pause with needle DOWN...
turn around...stitched back UP the corner...
needle down...
switched back to zig-zag and continued the edges.
(sounds confusing...but when you do it...it's pretty simple)


Next you will need to prepare your G-Clef.
To print pattern for G-Clef
click the image above or HERE





Thanks for the visit!
I hope you will tickle the ivories soon!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Skinny Sunday - Chocoholic Anonymous


Can't help it...
I LOVE Chocolate!

True confession:
There is always a bag of Dark Chocolate M&M's in my freezer.
It sits right next to the bag of Midnight Milky Way Minis, keeping company.
(nothing worse, than lonely chocolate)
Not a day goes by that I don't enjoy a wee bite of one or the other
(ok...another confession: sometimes....both!)

The nice thing about Weight Watchers...
nothing is *off limits*
as long as you don't go
Crazy!
As long as you know when...
Enough is Enough!

Thankfully I can be very happy with 2 or 3 points plus of my
Dark Obsession...
I realize not everyone can do that...
but it helps me 
*survive*

I just stumbled upon a new (to me) website today....
O.M.G!
If you are a Chocoholic too
but want to 'be good'
then you must visit 


I do believe she is my new HERO.
Be forewarned...
her sweet images will make you swoon!
Be sure to click on the
*nutritional info* link
that accompanies each recipe...
there you will find the "points plus" values.

She is without a doubt a *sweet find*...
Enjoy!




Sunday, July 13, 2014

We Interrupt this Skinny Sunday....

Sorry sweet followers....
there will be No Skinny Sunday today.

There has been
A LOT OF RAIN
here in usually Sunny Florida!

On Saturday we returned home from the shop
to find a
FLOOD
in our mouse house!

Still trying to dry out...
See you next Sunday!

UPDATE...Sunday morning...
Lemonade from Lemons....
Sometimes we forget what we have...
It takes a little shaking up to remind us...
Going thru soggy bottom boxes...
I rediscovered my Moms China...


No mood to cook last night...
but dear friend Crystal brought homemade Mexi Bean Salsa
and very *special* Jello to our shop earlier in the day.
Looks pretty sweet on those Nautilus plates dontcha think?

It's so good to have friends!


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Skinny Sunday

Welcome to Almost Skinny Sunday

This week has been a madhouse...
no time to even think...
We'll meet again next Skinny Sunday...
when my brain's engaged...
*Wink Wink*

I plan to try a new recipe for
Herb and Garlic Couscous
that I just came across today on Pinterest
from a new-to-me-site
Kecias Flavor Breakthrough

I'll let you know how it turns out...
and perhaps work out the pp info for my ww friends.

Meanwhile...something to ponder....


SMILE
And have a Great Week!

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