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Saturday, July 20, 2013

FNSI and my Craftaholics Swap

Hi everyone!  I am thoroughly enjoying my Summer vacation but it is flying by!  I was so excited to participate in FNSI last night.  First before I show you what I worked on, I want to thank Wendy from Sugarlane Quilts for taking over the hosting duties.  I also want to thank Anthea from Hibiscus Stitches for donating some really great gifts we participants have a chance to win.  I decided to work on something quick and really useful. 

I made these twist ties from fabric and pipe cleaners.  They are so useful and very easy to make.  I learned about them from Karen at Sew Many Ways.  If you click on the link, it will lead you to her tutorial.  I am thrilled to finally have long twist ties for my iron cord and large bags of frozen food.  In the past, I twisted two small twist ties together and they would always come undone.  Now, I no longer have to deal with that and they are really cute.  I customized the fabric to the room I would use them in.  I will definitely be making more! 

I also wanted to share the gifts I made for my swap partner in the Craftoholics gift exchange.  I swapped info with my partner and discovered her favorite color is purple so I made her earrings and a sunglasses case in her favorite hues. I tried a really cool technique for the first time on the earrings.  I wire-wrapped  a crystal briolette for each one.  It took several tries but I was happy with the results.

I am sad to report, I never received a gift in exchange.  I am not sure I understand how people can sign up for something like this and not follow up on sending their partner a gift.  I understand that things come up, but you should email the person and let them know.  I am not sorry that I put time and effort in making and sending her a gift, but I was sad that she didn't care enough to do the same. 

I have been working on jewelry a lot lately.  I have been learning a lot from the kits I receive. 

This was two separate kits.  It is a coil bracelet and a two strand necklace with earrings and a ring.  I have worn it and received many compliments. 

I wanted to share an amazing recipe I tried from Sweet and Savory Sarah on the Tasty Kitchen blog.  It is almond cake and it is to die for.  If you are an almond extract fan, this cake is for you. 

It is super moist and the glaze is so good.  I have a friend who loves the almond butter cookies I make at Christmas and I may have to make this for her Summer birthday! 

Speaking of birthdays, today is my youngest son's birthday.  He turns 19 today.  We took him on a two hour car ride yesterday to have him experience the best all you can eat buffet around.  He is such a fan of those things and is actually entertaining to watch as he loads his plate numerous times!  Where he puts it, I have no idea as he is not a big person!  The buffet happens to be at a huge casino so he also got to play keno for the first time and he enjoyed it.  We had a nice day.  My other son came as well as my mother and father in law and my sister in law.  It was wonderful to have everyone together. With both of my sons over 18, we seldom can do things as a family all together anymore. 

We have a graduation party to attend today and I have to make my son's birthday cake as the family is coming over tonight for cake and ice cream.  I hope you have a wonderful week.  Take care.   Nancy 


  1. Lovely jewelry. Very sad your swap partner did not do her part. Are you sure it did not get lost in the mail? (wishful thinking, i'm sure, but it does happen every so often)

  2. I agree very sad when your swap partner lets you down!!! Ive had it happen twice now, tis not a great feeling, but I still participate cause I meet some lovely new friends! Hopefully it will turn up!!

  3. Hi Nancy,
    Lots of fab things happening out
    your way, busy girl. I hope you
    enjoyed your FNSI.
    Cheers, Anita.

  4. Love the look of those ties, I might make one for my iron as well. The cake looks yummy. Thanks for stitching with me.

  5. The fabric ties are such a great idea! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Monday Funday!

    Take care,


  6. wow, so many fun things in this post. Those fabric ties are amazing! Will have to remember that idea... SO sad to hear you didn't get a gift in return... kind of like the old chain letter idea... I was always sad that I didn't get the 36 letters {or whatever} that I was suppose to :o)
    Emily @

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