Thursday, December 16, 2010

Why I love charm squares and eBay--a tree and a giveaway!

 If you are looking for my giveaway for Sew Mama Sew! giveaway day go here!

I love charm squares because they motivate me in so many ways.  A stack of turquoise squares inspired me to create this candle mat for my Secret Santa at school. 

It is a disappearing 9 patch.  I used 9 different fabric charm squares-3 of each.   I actually matched the colors to the candles I already had.  I then found some garland in one of my crafty stuff drawers and tada!
I attached one of my labels I had printed on fabric at Spoonflower.  If you have never been I reccomend it highly.  If you would like to design your own fabric this is the place to get started.  Hearther Ross fabric can be found here too.

Now for the why I love ebay.  There are so many great charm squares available.  I love to buy 4,5,6 or even 2 inch sets of 35 + by color.  They inspire me to create.  Here is my charm square stash.

I want to leave you with images of my wonderful Christmas tree I finally got.  Between rain and snow and high wind and bitter cold it has been a challenge. 

Each year I call my daddy to help me go to a local tree to pick out my tree. 
 The lot is owned by a friend with a tree farm in the mountains.  His frazer firs are always well shaped and have nice tops.


Here is the neat trailer they stay in

Dad even put it in his new truck!  He must really love me.
Here it is with the angel and the lights.

And Kalli approves as you can see.
Dont forget about the other giveaways at Sew Mama Sew!

Keep dreaming…Colleen


Vroomans' Quilts said...

I love that blue candle mat! Beautiful tree and cute Santa on the wall. Blessed Seasons, Sharon

Anonymous said...

Love your mat and tree...I especially love the snowman on the wall! =) Merry Christmas!

Samelia's Mum said...

Love your mat and your tree. One day I'd love to have a real tree and a cold snowy Christmas.

Hillbilly Handiworks said...

That is a pretty candle mat!

We used to get a real tree every year. Maybe we can again next year. I love the smell of them all during Christmas!

I really need to head over to ebay. I want to sell some of my hand dyed fabric as charm squares.

Stray Stitches said...

Beautiful candle mat!! Your tree is very pretty and I really like all of your Christmas decorations.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Really cute mat! I miss real Christmas trees. DH went out and bought a fake dead tree a couple of years ago....yuck!....grin.