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Stamping Fun in March

Now that I have a truly organized and wonderful stamping space, I made some cards for friends. There seems to be a constant need lately for support and cheering up. I got out this pretty lavendar rose paper, and it was easy to pick coordinating colors from the paper shelf, now that the colors are sorted.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Gluing the paper to the front of the cards, I added a dark purple ribbon tucking the ends behind the rose paper.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I stamped “Thinking of You” on cream stock, mounted it on green stock, then set it at a slight angle.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Inside, I did the basket of flowers in three colors of ink, and added the sentiment.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Of course, my stamp goes on the back. Better than Hallmark, right?

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I made one plus a spare to have one in reserve for later. A lavendar rose was stamped on the envelope.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I had enough of the lavendar paper left to do one more card, so I tried it out with a darker cardstock. Over the top a green strip of embossed paper was added.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Adding a gold cardstock scalloped circle, and then a pink one with a stamped butterfly, the front of the card was done.  I could add a sentiment in the lower right, but this time I think I’ll leave it alone.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Then I got more creative with the inside. I needed something light to show up the sentiment, so I chose the coordinating lattice paper and cut a piece to fit inside. I added a rose in lavendar ink, then the sentiment in dark purple ink. I really like the way it turned out! This may be an inspiration for the next card front.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I was on a roll, so I kept stamping. It was just too much fun to stop yet. This neat printed vellum was in the same paper pack as the lavendar rose stock. I had a stamp to use that looked nice with it, and I colored it with my chalks and blender pens.

Spring Stamping at From My Carolina Home

Picking up the gold color from the vellum, I embossed a strip for texture, and mounted the stamped image on two layers of frame.

Spring Stamping at From My Carolina Home

I only use my little rabbit tail stamp in the springtime, and usually I’ll just write my name under it. This time, I masked off the leaf on my personal stamp, and added my name below with ink.  It is crooked, but maybe that just adds to the charm of a handmade card.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Spring Stamping at From My Carolina Home

I use this sentiment a lot this time of year, this time adding a daffodil bouquet inside.

Spring Stamping at From My Carolina Home

A fun day of stamping!  I am getting started on my Easter cards too, and will show you those next month.

What are you having fun with today?


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Springtime Tablescape and Blog Hop

Springtime brings lighter colors, warmer days, and a desire to go outside to the garden. It’s a wonderful time when the air is clear, and warm gentle breezes drift across the veranda while we enjoy the sunrise over the mountains, and sunsets across the valley. I am so ready for it to warm up and stay that way, to see the budding growth of flowers and trees,  listen to the birds sing, and enjoy the explosion of spring color. The colors that appeal to me right now are yellow and green, so my tablescape features those in abundance.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

I began with the place settings, starting with a green tablecloth. I layered ivory placemats on top so the green chargers wouldn’t get lost. White china plates, with yellow floral salad plates complete the stack. Of course, I usually put out individual salt and pepper shakers on each place.  The good silverware comes out for this springtime dinner party, and wine glasses complete the setting.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

I use yellow napkins, gathered with yellow flower pot napkin rings for a garden feel to the table.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

The centerpiece is a yellow ceramic basket, with spring flowers. Daffodils and tulips say spring to me. A little yellow bird peeks out one side.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

Of course, gardens often have rabbits, and as long as I don’t put out any eggs, it just says springtime. So out came a few rabbits. This serving tray is one of my favorites, and I use it all spring. One of my little gardening rabbits sits next to the centerpiece.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

I have two gardening rabbits, this one is on the opposite side of the centerpiece.  This one has a watering can.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

Gardens also mean vegetables. This little guy peeking out of a lettuce head is a sugar bowl with a cute little carrot handle.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

On the opposite side of the yellow ceramic basket is this rabbit, in green and white.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

On the other end of the table, a sweet bunny offers his carrots. This cutie was a thrift store find recently. Isn’t it adorable?

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

Another little bunny serving plate, white goes nicely on the green tablecloth.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

This is a little nut bowl, so very cute with the bunnies trying to climb inside.  I usually have this on my coffee table, but decided to use it here this year.  One of the fun things I like to do is find new ways to use what I already have for fresh looks.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

All set for a lovely spring dinner!

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

I hope that by the day of the meal, the trees have leafed out. But the view from the dining table is wonderful no matter what the season.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

One more view of the table, yellow and green, fresh for spring.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

I am one of the bloggers on the last day on this fun Spring Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate.  Visit these other great blogs for more tablescape ideas!

Tuesday
Life and Linda | My Kentucky Living | Etched in Colloquy
Living With Thanksgiving | Charleston Crafted | The Bajan Texan

Wednesday
Sweet Sensations | Belle Bleu Interiors | Our Crafty Mom
Fjolla’s Table |  | A Casa di Bianca | Bluesky Kitchen

Thursday
Panoply | PMQ for Two | The Robin’s Nest
Dining Delight | Celebrate & Decorate

Friday
Simple Nature Decor | Rosemary & Thyme | Supper Table Talk
From My Carolina Home |  The Painted Apron 


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Be My Neighbor Quilt Along Block 6

Moving along to catch up, block six is next.  I picked a large scrap of purple fabric for the house as the bottom bit of this pattern has a piece 18-inches wide.  It has some squares on point at the bottom, and these still look like flower boxes to me.  So, I pulled some flower fabric to use.  I love this snapdragon print, but it is to close to the purple I have selected for the house.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

So, I went back to the daffodils. More contrast will look better.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

OK, I like that so I cut the required pieces. I double checked the sizes this time!

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

Lots of HSTs meant drawing a lot of lines.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

The top of the house has five flying geese sections that are not the same, so I laid out the pieces carefully, chain pieced, then laid them out again to check the placement.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

Then the top section was pieced.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

Assembling the top two rows, I got this.  The points are so far off I cannot stand it.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

And so the streak continues, I have to frog something on every one of these blocks.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

Sewing again with more pins to keep the edges lined up. It isn’t perfect, but it is as good as it is going to get.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

This block has a lot of pieces. Carefully following the steps, it went together.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

Chain piecing all the squares on point helped streamline the assembly.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

Finally, all done!

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 6 ~ From My Carolina Home

So, now I am caught up. The next two blocks are on the list for completion in April.  Are you sewing this week?

If you’d like to make these blocks too, go to Bear Creek Quilting Free Moda Be My Neighbor for the patterns for all 16 blocks.

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Blueberry Breakfast Cake

It’s the first day of spring, so we are ready for a fresh breakfast cake, perfect with a cup of coffee.  I had blueberries and a lemon, and set to work creating a recipe for a light and lovely coffee cake.  It would be lovely as dessert too. Something with blueberries and a hint of lemon, light and airy.  DH prefers this kind of cake plain, but you could add a lemon glaze to jazz it up if you like.

Blueberry Breakfast Cake @ From My Carolina Home

I begin with assembling a mis-en-place, assembling and measuring ingredients.

Blueberry Breakfast Cake @ From My Carolina Home

Cream butter and shortening with mixer on medium speed until well combined. Add sugar and continue until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time incorporating each one well. Add vanilla and lemon zest and stir in. Place blueberries in a bowl, stir in 1/4 cup of the flour to dust the berries. In a separate bowl, combine remaining flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients in batches alternating with milk ending with dry ingredients.

Blueberry Breakfast Cake @ From My Carolina Home

Remove bowl from mixer and stir in blueberries by hand, gently folding them into the batter.

Blueberry Breakfast Cake @ From My Carolina Home

Transfer to prepared bundt pan or a tube pan. Bake for about one hour, until lightly browned and top springs back when lightly touched.

Blueberry Breakfast Cake @ From My Carolina Home

Let it cool just a couple of minutes in the pan. Then turn it onto a platter.  Serve warm right away, or allow to cool for later.  Or both, LOL!!

Blueberry Breakfast Cake @ From My Carolina Home

It isn’t easy to resist having a slice warm from the oven, and you don’t have to.  Yum, enjoy!

Blueberry Breakfast Cake @ From My Carolina Home

Blueberry Breakfast Cake

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Zest of one lemon
1-1/2 cups blueberries
2 cups flour, divided
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a bundt pan or tube pan with cooking spray, or use butter/flour to coat inside the pan. Cream butter and shortening with mixer on medium speed until well combined. Add sugar and continue until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time incorporating each one well. Add vanilla and lemon zest and stir in. Place blueberries in a bowl, stir in 1/4 cup of the flour to dust the berries. In a separate bowl, combine remaining flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients in batches alternating with milk ending with dry ingredients. Remove bowl from mixer and stir in blueberries by hand, gently folding them into the batter. Transfer to prepared bundt pan or a tube pan. Bake for about one hour, until lightly browned and top springs back when lightly touched.

Blueberry Breakfast Cake @ From My Carolina Home

Delicious as is, or a lemon glaze can be added if desired by combining juice from the lemon with powdered sugar.

Download the recipe – Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Happy Spring!  Are you in the mood for a bit of spring baking?

 

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Lake Lure and Tryon Drive

It has been months since the car club was able to go for a drive, so little wonder that the one on Saturday was such a hit.  The warmer weather of the past few weeks has made everyone antsy to get back on the road.  So, a drive was planned, and we hoped for a nice day.  We met at 10:30 on Saturday morning for the first drive of the season with more than a dozen cars.

Lake Lure Drive

Rain came down overnight, and the parking area had some puddles, but we came out hoping for a nice morning.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

We were off to a nice drive through east Henderson county. Sometimes a stray car got in line, but mostly we had the roads to ourselves. This time of year is preseason for tourists, and most of the Florida folks haven’t returned for the summer.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

Some of the sheltered valley areas are greening up. We passed by several apple orchards, and I was happy to see that they were still dormant, no blooms yet. Which means the hard freeze last week might not have done much damage.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

Arriving at the restaurant in Lake Lure called Larkins on the Lake, we mostly parked together, with a few on the other side of the restaurant.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

The food here was really good. I had a Salmon BLT, which was a lovely grilled salmon filet sandwich with applewood smoked bacon, fresh lettuce and tomato, and a spicy aoli. Yum! Looking out the window on the porch where we were having our lunch was a beautiful lake view.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

Our next stop of the day, after another nice drive on some back country roads, was Tryon. We stopped here for dessert. Tryon has a charming, small downtown area of shops and parks. There is an ice cream and coffee bar here that is fun. While some of the club stopped there, I went next door to the handmade chocolate shop for a dark chocolate truffle.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

There were little beds of daffodils in bloom all down the main street.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

The Tryon Toy Horse is a sight to see, a symbol for the town. Tryon is also the home of FENCE, the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center. They do horse riding events several times a year. We have been there in the past for a dressage competition that a friend was in.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive
Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

Back on the road after a stroll through Tryon, we went back another route through the southwestern part of Polk and Henderson counties, more mountains to go around. The orange-rusty color you see in the trees in this picture are actually maple tree flowers.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

But higher up, the trees are still in winter mode.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

We’ll see how the flowers do in the coming weeks. Soon, everything will begin to green up and the azaleas should begin their show.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

But any day driving in the mountains is a good day!  What did you do over the weekend?

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Scrap Dance Two Step March

How’s your mystery going so far, are you caught up and ready for the next step?  I really get a big kick out of seeing all the different color combinations, and choices for backgrounds.  There are some new posts in the Flickr group with really interesting quarter-square triangle units, such diversity!  I can hardly wait to tell you the rest of the steps so I can see the finishes of these wonderful quilts.  But, I’ll just have to have patience, not my strong suit, LOL!

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along

Match the 5″ background squares with an equal number of 5-inch scrap squares for your chosen size.  Draw lines on the back of the lighter square on the diagonal.

I have found it easier to actually draw the sewing line 1/4-inch away from the center line (that I do not draw), so I draw 2 lines on each square.

If you are using another method, make as many of these units as you have 5-inch background squares in your chosen size cutting instructions.  Chain stitch the units.

Cut apart and press to the darker side.

Now let’s Two-Step!  Take the remaining 5″ color scraps, make two color HSTs.  Pair up the squares with as much contrast as you can with color or value.

Cut apart and press to the darker side.  Square all HST units to 4-1/2 inches.

And that’s the Two-Step for March.  PDF – Two Step March  Don’t forget to share your progress in the Scrap Dance Flickr group.  If you missed any steps, or you are just now finding this post, click on the category of 2017 Scrap Dance Mystery Two Step on the sidebar to see all the posts for the mystery.

So, how’s your Two-Step coming along?  Or, how’s your progress on your current project?

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Be My Neighbor – Block 5

Getting back to the Be My Neighbor quilt, the first four blocks have been sewn together into the first row.  I laid it out so I could look at my spring scraps basket for the next house block colors.

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

This one has a heart on the side of the house, and I found a pink and red rose print for the heart. The house will be white, and the other floral print will be the ground.

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

Beginning with the roof again, I marked the sewing lines for the angled roof.

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

Once again, I chain stitched as much as I could to shorten the assembly time.

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

I sewed it, then realized I had cut one of the pieces wrong.  The blue strip on the far left should be a half-inch wider than I cut it.  Those cutting instructions have such tiny writing, I keep seeing 3/4 as 1/4.  Egads, can I just do one bloody block without frogging? And I thought I was doing so well by paying attention to the way the chimney should face.

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

Ah, well, moving on,

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

The re-cut and re-sewn roof unit matched up this time to the base.

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

Almost done, the piecing part is finished.

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

This one has applique too, another bird.  Picking up the colors in the heart, I decided to do a cardinal. The advantage is that I don’t need to make the bottom a different color.  So, I tried the technique of fusible web, sewing and turning the applique. It made the applique a bit more stiff, and I clipped out some of the bulk from the backside. I stitched it as well.  The small bits got the starch treatment, pressing around freezer paper.

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

I did another French knot for an eye, but again, will likely add a button after the quilt is finished.  The beak is a bit crooked, but it will stay as it is.

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

Now, all done.

Be My Neighbor Block 5 ~ From My Carolina Home

Finally today, I want to let you all know about a wonderful charity quilting event over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Sign up to participate this week and you’ll be entered into the first round of giveaways from some wonderful sponsors.

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There will be tutorials and giveaways, guest bloggers (including me!), check ins and link ups. With three very worthy charities to choose from, just about any quilt size is needed. Hop over to Confessions of a Fabric Addict and sign up to contribute a quilt HERE.

What are you working on now?  Are you participating with Hands2Help?

 

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