Comfort & Joy Day 1: From Our Home to Yours

Welcome to Day 1 of “The Six Days of Comfort & Joy”!  

To kick things off we are going to take you on a tour of our home with a few project ideas along the way.  We aren’t big Black Friday people, we would rather stay in during the crazy weekend following Thanksgiving and decorate, decorate, decorate!

Our Front Door, Welcome!

We made this wreath using a variety of similar-themed ornaments from one of our favorite stores, The Old Crow, located here in Newark, Ohio.  If you are ever in the area or live close by, you should seriously stop by!  This place is loaded with inspiration, but I will warn you, take your checkbook 🙂  The owner does an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G job with the decorations!  We have several decorations from their store throughout our house.

We also have a breezeway and this is the door we like to put our garland over since it has a little covering and will be protected from whatever weather may come our way. 

This garland is Project #1.  Here’s what you will need:

  • A garland (We got ours at The Old Crow.  We used a 9 foot garland, because we didn’t want it going all the way down either side of the door, you may need a longer one depending on the look you’re going for and the perimeter of your door.)
  • A half yard of burlap, cut into 3″ strips (We got ours at JoAnn’s.)
  • At least 5 floral candle wrappers, these provide a denser look on the garland and the backs are flat so you don’t have to worry about what to do with the stems. (We got these at The Old Crow.)
  • A Bunch of Bells in a variety of colors (We got ours at Michaels)
  • Floral Wire – This is seriously my new favorite craft tool! (Again, Michaels)
  • Floral Wire Cutters (Michaels)
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue

Step 1: Using the floral wire, sporadically place the bunches of flowers around the garland.
Step 2: Weave the floral wire down each side of the burlap strips, so the burlap is malleable.
Step 3:  Using floral wire (again! see why I love this stuff, you can use it with so much!), put bells through wire and then in the center of the burlap, twist on back side of burlap.  We made 4 of these burlap “ribbons” and 2 burlap “ribbon” ends – 1 for each side of the end of the garland. 
Step 4:  Tie the burlap ribbons in between the floral bouquets.  Using the wire to mold and glue to adhere, place ribbons decoratively throughout.  Your garland is ready to hang!! You will need cup screws to attach around door.

Next stop, Our Breezeway

The door to our garage has this fun bucket hanging on it.  The ornaments are Santas from around the world, we got them last year at Hallmark.

This is what you seen when you first walk in our breezeway:

I made this using ribbon, 5 ornaments and attached the ornaments using what else(?), but floral wire!  I then tied them around the knob of the cabinet.

Wow! What a little paint will do … this cabinet used to be a peeling, icky grey.  (I took pictures, but no matter where I look I can’t find them! Darn!)  This summer we decided this cabinet needed a makeover.  We’ve had it since we moved my grandma out of her house 20 years ago (eek!).  We are in love with its new look and to complement it, we decided it needed a new lamp.

Notice the wallhanging??!!  It’s the Flashy ornament from our Flashy, Dazzle & Sparkle pillow patterns.  We simply left the pillow front alone, put a backing on it, quilted and bound it!  Voila, you suddenly have a wallhanging!

The lamp is Project #2.  Here’s what you will need:

  • A lamp base and white lamp shade.  (Ours is this one from Target.)
  • 32″ by 9″ piece of Linen (We got our linen at the awesome shop, Sew to Speak, they have an online store, too, but they’re physical store location is in Columbus, Ohio.)
  • Spray glue
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Sewing Machine and thread
  • Pre-made Bow (We got ours at Michaels)
  • Roll of Ribbon (Michaels, again)
  • Metallic spray paint, we chose a bronze finish

Step 1:  Using a tarp of spread out newspaper, spray paint the base of the lamp.
Step 2:  Fold a 1/4″ of linen over and press down on one of the short sides (9″) of the linen.  Using a zig zag stitch, stitch fold down.  This is your “finished” side that will face out on the lampshade.
Step 3:  Using a glue gun, adhere unfinished short side of linen down on lampshade.
Step 4:  With newspapers underneath your workspace, use spray glue and roll your linen piece on the lampshade.  Finish with the glue gun and adhere “finished” end of linen piece over unfinished side.
Step 5:  Using a glue gun, adhere top and bottom of linen around the inside of the lampshade so, your lampshade is finished.
Step 6:  Wrap a piece of ribbon around the lampshade and simply tie at the end (this will face the back of your lamp), make sure the ribbon is rather taught, but not enough to squeeze the lampshade.
Step 7:  Finish by tying pre-made bow around the ribbon that you used in Step 6.  You’re done, enjoy!

Our Dining Room, Home to the Nutcracker Tree

I love nutcrackers and this white tree, while a bit unexpected, showcases our collection of nutcracker ornaments perfectly.  We use white lights with white wire to make it glow and glued a sequined red star as it top.

The tree is finished with this fun fabric we found several years ago which is adorned in what else, but nutcrackers!  To make this super simple tree skirt, simply cut out an oversized rectangle with pinking sheers (so your fabric won’t fray) and voila, you’re done!  It doesn’t get any easier than that.

Even our Bathroom has Some Bling!

These little presents are on top of our cabinets!

All decorations are from Pier 1 (last year, I don’t know if they still have these exact items).

On the Pie Safe in Our Kitchen …

This cute little tree with the beautiful “tree skirt” my mom designed and made … watch for this pattern’s debut this Spring!!  The Santa was made by a local artisan several years ago, sorry but we have no other information.

Our Family Room

The Bookcase

We’ve had those wire stars for several years and they were a kinda rusted color (I don’t know quite how to describe the color … odd?!)  At any rate, we spray painted these with a deep silver glitter and it made such a difference.  We then used a group of holiday themed, antique postcards we inherited from my grandma.

The candle we simply tied with the same ribbon we used on the lamp from our breezeway and added one of our ornaments.  The top shelf is adorned with fresh greens and our collection of white pitchers.

The Entry Table

Using our Tree Farm pattern as the background, we filled candle holders with ornaments to decorate.

The Tree

Here’s our Christmas Tree, filled with our favorite ornaments.

The quilt rack is hand made and hand painted by my dad, the colors are just perfect for this time of the year!

We’d love to hear, what are some of your favorite Holiday decorations?  Did you go out on Black Friday or stay home?

From Our Home to Yours, Happy Holidays!

And the Winner Is …

Good Morning Everyone!  I want to thank everyone again for participating last week in the Glorious Autumn Block Party.  We appreciate you stopping, and hope you’ll continue to stop by!

The giveaway ended last night and the winner was chosen by … the winner is …

Barb from Spokane, WA!!! Congratulations Barb!!  I sent you an e-mail.

Don’t forget “The Six Days of Comfort & Joy” begins tomorrow!
Talk soon,

Comfort & Joy

For some fun holiday inspiration, we’re going to celebrate with “The Six Days of Comfort & Joy” … 1 day each week for the next 6 weeks!  You won’t want to miss this!

Here’s the schedule:

  • Day 1: Thursday, November 29
  • Day 2: Tuesday, December 4
  • Day 3: Thursday, December 13
  • Day 4: Tuesday, December 18
  • Day 5: Monday, December 24
  • Day 6: Sunday, December 30
 See you Thursday!
P.S. Today is the last day to be entered to win the prize from my Glorious Autumn Block Party post.  Go here if you would like to enter!

Small Business Saturday + 20% OFF!

For all our US friends, we hope you had a Thanksgiving filled with fun, food and lots of gratitude!  The holiday season is underway!!  While today is our traditional Black Friday …

AND … we are so excited to announce our first Thanksgiving sale here at Cherry Valley Designs!  With all retail orders placed until Monday, November 26th,  receive 20% off your entire order when you use the code THANKS2012 at checkout!

P.S. Be sure to check out our blog on Tuesday, November 27th for a special announcement!

Glorious Autumn Block Party

Hello Everyone!  I am so glad you are here!  My name is Megan and you can learn more about me on today’s Quilting Gallery post and on my website here.  As part of the Quilting Gallery’s Glorious Autumn Block Party, I will be showing you how to make my block, “Autumn Bliss.”  You can download a PDF version of the instructions here or follow my picture/video tutorial here on this post!

Some things to mention before getting started:

  • Don’t forget to check out the Quilter’s Super deal on the Quilting Gallery, too!  You don’t want to miss that!
  • Check out the Flickr group with even more pictures and inspiration from the Block Party!
  • Don’t forget to check out the other 2 uber-talented designers this week, Mishka herself of the Quilting Gallery on Wednesday and Cara Quilts on Thursday who also hosts the awesome Talkin’ Tuesdays on Twitter!  This is a “Don’t Miss Week!”
  • Finally, keep checking the Glorious Autumn Block Party’s headquarters to keep up-to-date on all the latest happenings!  I just can’t thank Michelle enough for hosting and organizing such a great event!!  She has done an awesome job!

Now to the tutorial!! …

You will need:

  • 12-1/2″ square of green fabric
  • 4 scraps of brown fabric
  • A scrap of dark gold fabric
  • A scrap of light gold fabric
  • Applique materials including a fusible product, applique glue and coordinating thread

Step 1:  Cut out (36) 1-1/2″ squares from a variety of the brown scraps of fabric.  Follow the pictures below for the order in which to piece the squares together.

All 36 squares at the beginning
Work in rows from left to right and sew 2 squares at a time.
What it looks like after you’ve sewn each 2 squares together.

Sew the pieces from above so you have 3 rows.
Sew the 3 rows together so you now have a 6 by 6 block of squares.  This will be used for the center of your sunflower.

Step 2: Using the circle template included in the pattern, draw a circle on the brown squares from Step 1 using a marking pen, pencil or chalk (I used chalk to draw mine) and cut the circle out.  This is your sunflower’s center!  Set aside to use later.

The circle template laying over the brown squares.

Drawing the circle with a chalk “pen.”

The finished sunflower center!

Step 3: Using a fusible product (I use Heat ‘N Bond Lite – you can read my favorite applique method here) draw the flat petal pattern (see PDF directions at the top of this post) and cut out 10 dark gold, flat petals and adhere fusing to only the petals! Cut out petals and set aside. 

Petals drawn on my Heat ‘N Bond

Step 4: Cut out 10 of the light gold petals (see diagrams in PDF pattern).  For these, simply trace the petal directly onto the fabric with a marking pen.  Then, to make the petals ruffled watch the video below.  (This is the first video I have ever made and I apologize for it being a bit blurry, but you can still learn the technique!)

Step 5: Find the center of the 12-1/2″ green square by drawing a line 6-1/4″ down the middle and then another line 6-1/4″ perpendicularly with marking pen, pencil or chalk. It should look like a “+” sign.  Folding your circle template in quarters line the center of the circle with the center of the block.  See pictures below.

The “+” sign.
Folding the circle template in half twice and lining up the 2 centers.

Unfolding the circle to trace around it.

The finished, traced circle.

Step 6: Lay dark yellow, flat petals on the circle about 1/4″ in with fusing facing down.  Once you have all 10 petals around the circle and are satisfied with how they look, press them down and applique with a blanket stitch using coordinating thread.  See pictures below.

Notice the petals set inside the circle.

Lay petals out before pressing down to make sure they all fit and you like their placement.

The petals with their blanket stitch.  Notice that I did not sew down the inside straight part, since this will be covered by the sunflower center.

Step 7:  Using applique glue secure ruffled petals down in between dark gold petals.  Then sew down using a blanket stitch in a coordinating color.  See pictures below.

Lay ruffled petals in between flat petals.
Make sure all your ruffled petals fit and secure using applique glue before proceeding to sew them down.
Using a blanket stitch with a coordinating thread color, sew petals down.  Again, you do not need to sew the “inside” of the petals as these will be covered with the sunflower’s center.

Step 8: You’re almost there.  Using applique glue again, secure the brown center and sew down using a blanket stitch and coordinating thread.  See pictures below.  Good job!  Your block is done!

Using applique glue and let dry before sewing down in the center of all the petals.
After you have sewn the center down using a blanket stitch and coordinating thread, your block is done! Congratulations!

To celebrate our block hop, we having a fantastic giveaway!  One lucky winner will receive a spool of Aurifil thread (love this thread!), a bundle of 19(!) fat quarters of Buggy Barn fabric and one of our new fall patterns – Rose’s Palindrome!

There are 4 different chances to win (so if you do all 4 of these things, your name will be entered 4 times!):

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post stating your name, where you live and which of our new patterns is your favorite from our site (you can click here to see our shop).
  2. Follow us on Twitter!
  3. Friend us on Facebook!
  4. Sign up for our newsletter on our homepage.

Contest will end Tuesday, November 27 at 8pm EST.  Winner will be chosen at random and announced Wednesday, November 28.

Thanks again for visiting and be sure to keep checking back!

Knitting Update

Hi Everyone, I thought I’d give you an update on my first “official” knitting project.  I finished it a few weeks ago!  The pattern was great (you may remember from this post that the pattern was written by the employees at the store where I took the class) and the yarn was just to die for!  Seriously, for having very limited knitting experience I just fell in love with this yarn, the color is beautiful – it’s a heather purple – it has a nice shine, is sooo soft and was very easy to work with.  The yarn was Organik and the color was Heather Moorland.

Here’s a close-up.  See the diagonal holes adding a dimension of lace to the pattern?

Then, there’s my mom … the knitting machine!! She has made some beautiful items, and has been nice enough to let me share them.

The first is a teal throw …

It’s hard to tell from this picture, but the yarn has lots of different textures to it with various widths throughout.

Next up, is this gorgeous red throw.  The light doesn’t do this justice, there is such variegation in the colors.  The colors are so warm and inviting!  The yarn is by Mountain Colors and the color is Rosehip.  The pattern is also by Mountain Colors and is the Fireside Throw (what a perfect name!). If you can’t tell, I just love this throw … if it goes missing …

Finally, is this super soft shawl.  There are multiple cables making up the body of it.  Another warm and comfy creation!  The yarn is Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande in color #6024.  The pattern is by Keep It Simple and is the Elegant Cabled Shawl.

Great job mom!  Thanks for letting me share!

Have a great weekend!

Quilting Party

Last night we decided to celebrate our new patterns by having a “quilt-e-bration”! It was a lot of fun to make all these quilt inspired foods. So, here are some pics and even a recipe for one of our desserts … it was quite a buffet!

We had our favorite casserole, salad, “quilted” crackers …

Quilt block sugar cookies …

Log Cabins – 9 Patches – Pinwheels

… and S’more dip!

You may notice some doggies in the background eying the dip, but don’t worry we know chocolate is poisonous to dogs and none was given!!!

I created the S’more Dip just for fun … I love desserts!!! (and exclamation points!) Here’s the recipe: