November 04, 2014

New Address: Same Blog

At the beginning of 2014, I chose the Theme: Refine. 
This year has been full of refinements, from perfecting 1/4" seams, to learning new hemming techniques. 

I also saved a new blog address, with the intent of moving this current blog to its new home. You will find all the information from this blog on the new site:

Isn't that easier to remember? See you on the new site! Pam

November 03, 2014

To-Do #45 Already?

Has a week already passed us by? If you've been following the To-Do Tuesday with Christine at you'll find that sometimes, we do not finish all our goals for the week. And that's okay with me. 

I did cross a couple things off last weeks list. And for this week, I'm going to keep it simple.

#1 Work on adding a slightly different angle for this blog. I'm hopeful that by adding in some of the "behind-the-scenes of quilting, sewing and crafting", that you will take away a portion for yourself or others. 

#2 If I find time: 
-Start the Blue Star Banner. 
-Deliver new ornaments to Fabric Etc

#3 Assemble ornament kits

So, what's on your list for this week?

October 27, 2014

To Do #44

How much did you accomplish last week? I managed to cross everything off the list. YAY! (see: To-Do #43). 
This week might be a little busier:
1. Dress Form- It's almost done, just need to create the stand. 
2. Ornaments: drop off new stock to Fabric Etc.

3. Pick up kiln-fired monkey's from CreativiTea 
4. Work on a Christmas and birthday block. 
5. Start and finish Blue Star Banner for Sister. 
6. Have friend over for a sew or bake day

What one thing do you want to accomplish this week? Perhaps it's to be outdoors, or read a book. Knit a scarf or buy some fancy cocoa? Leave a comment below or on the Paisley Parkes Facebook page. See you soon!
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October 24, 2014

Fabulous Finds!

 Yesterday, a friend and I went to lunch at Skylark's in historic Fairhaven. I ordered a delicious grilled cheese on whole wheat, with zesty coleslaw on the side. At $4.99 you have yummy choices for lunch.   

 After lunch, we walked across the alley to CreativiTea. Since this was our first visit, we were given a thorough walk-thru of each process: Fused Glass OR Ceramics. We opted to paint the ceramics on this visit. (They also offer classes)
After selecting our projects, we then picked out the paints. Every paint, at the paint station, show examples of how they will look once fired.
I chose two monkeys, simply because I couldn't resist those curly tails! I gave them a little bit of my paisley treatment and can't wait to see them once they are kiln fired. 
By the way, CreativiTea has a full-service tea bar. Perfect for an afternoon of painting. 

I ventured into the remodeled Rite-aid today, to pick up some items, and found the 75% off aisle. The animal cookies were .25 (11oz). Not only do they make a lo-calorie snack, but they are perfect for pie crust! I found a recipe on YouTube for you:

The last stop for today was the Ragfinery. For $17 I found buttons and fabrics. The blue ribbed knit is perfect for shirt collars, and the orange polka dot scarf and poly orange fabric will make a fun skirt. The Disney babies fabric is for a friend.

October 20, 2014

To-Do 43

Over on Instagram, Soak Wash has been hosting a photo challenge for October. The above photo is for day 19: Fave Notions. 
I thought I'd spend a couple minutes to explain each choice. 
1. Olfa Rotary cutter: This is the first rotary cutter I've ever owned and it's still going strong. When I first started quilting I was hand cutting each fabric piece. How times have changed!
2. Lint Roller: I use lint rollers to remove stray

October 13, 2014

To-Do #42

Busy, Busy, Busy........... Sew Kitschy blocks have been assembled and the quilting has begun. As usual, I love a little machine quilting and a little handquilting. Isn't the embroidery a nice touch? Thanks to my close friend Deborah. 

I created a few more ornaments, and played around with some different additions. I've set aside making more until I know what sells. (I've got oodles made). 

October 06, 2014

To-Do week 41

For To-Do #40, I made ornaments, went to a sew-in and made more ornaments. 

On Tuesday the Modern Quilt Guild hosted a webinar with Jacquie Gering. Wow, fantastic artist and entertaining speaker! She went over Modern quilting themes and ideas. I was so inspired by the information, that I scribbled ideas down as we went along. Visit her website at:

I'll have to miss the modern quilters Monday meeting, I woke up with a weather change headache. They are starting a Tula Pink QAL, and I'll have to pass this time around. I'm one of those people that can have 3 or 4 WIP's and that's my limit. I'm looking forward to when this group decides to join the MQG-that will help condense some of the future projects. 

How many quilt, sewing, hobby groups do you belong to? Do you accomplish most of your project goals? 

Sew-in with the Running with Scissors Group

Beads n More for Ornaments

The plans for this week are:
Sew Kitschy 
Pet Quilts

September 29, 2014

To-Do week 40

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Did you accomplish everything you set out to do last week? For me, it was close. I will have to postpone the Sew Kitschy block until later, while I get ornaments made for upcoming craft shows. 

So, for week #40 this is what I have planned:

* Make ornaments for holiday bazaars 
* Sew-in Saturday with guild
* Modern quilting Meeting Monday

update: (I've had to adjust the schedule for the week, and so I have learned a lesson......... don't plan daily activities)

I have so many photo opportunities this week, and I cannot wait to share! I am linking up with Christine at Stitch ALL The Things I hope you'll join us.