Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Beginning a New Year...

of 'homeschool'! We started school today...a day earlier than I was planning, because the girls wanted to!

Our Summer break is usually May and June, so they are typically ready to start again at the end of June...I like starting in July...and with starting early we get to take a good portion of December off. :)

Here are the eager students during the first day...
So willing to work today...
Liz working on Literature/English...
 Amber got to take a short break...
Hopefully they keep up the good attitude the whole year!

"Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right."
~ Proverbs 20:11

Amanda

Monday, March 16, 2015

Join Me...

Tomorrow is the 4th Anniversary for this blog that I started to share my love of crafting with others...

Well, now I've started planning, developing, and executing a plan to sell my crafts at local craft shows/fairs.

For this new venture, I've started a new site, Etsy shop, and FB page to coincide with my show booth...

Will you come Join Me?



For the moment I am planning to try to keep both sites open...

The Gift Cove as a place for things about crafts and the business stuff to go with it.

The Home Designs by Amanda blog to keep the information already here in an accessible place, and, if I can keep up with 2 sites..., I will post other things here, like family type stuff and other crafty things that might not relate so well on The Gift Cove site.

Just a note... I'm still working on developing all the "things" a site needs over at The Gift Cove, so please be patient with the beginning simplicity of it. After I got it initially set up, I started working on inventory, so the computer work kind of went by the wayside for a little bit!

Come join me at the new place and see what I've been working on for some of my inventory!

Amanda
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." 
~Romans 6:23

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Beginning a New...

Quilt! Yeah! It's so fun to get started on a new project, especially when it is a quilt. I put together a pattern from an inspiration quilt I saw on Pinterest and pulled fabric. Here is a sample of some of what I'll be working with:

I named mine Round-About Diamond Quilt and can't wait to get started! 
What are you working on?

Amanda
"He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich."  Proverbs 10:4

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In the Woods...

Over at Stitched in Color, Rachel is having a fabric bundle contest and I decided to do an entry...it's been a long time since I put together a fabric mosaic and it seemed like a fun thing to do the day I put it together!

So here is my entry into the Ice Parfait mosaic contest:
 "In the Woods"

This was my inspiration photo from off Pinterest...
It's fun to do fabric things that distract for a few minutes :) and that it includes the chance to win the fabric!

Amanda
"While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." ~ Genesis 8:22

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Finally Done...

Many years from the first thoughts of making my husband a quilt...it has finally happened!

This quilt has been a very long work-in-progress! Started over 3 years ago it has gotten pushed aside and neglected for other projects and priorities. Chad was always graciously accepting of the holiday's going by with his quilt still not done.


This morning my little helper helped remove the safety pins after the quilting was completed! She figured out how to open them on her own and was quite excited :)

The quilt is a plus design made up of a flannel top and a fleece backing...with no middle padding, which is good because it was heavy enough as it is! However, without the extra lining you can clearly see the place where the backing fleeces are joined together through the top with it laid on the bed. (Yes, that is a world map hanging above our headboard...doesn't every homeschooling family have one in the master bedroom? lol)

There is probably a little more pink in it than what would normally be in a quilt made for a man, but in house of 3 girls to 1 boy I think he's getting used to the pink!

A shot of the binding and fleece backing...the tan is on his side of the bed and the pink on mine :)

The quilting on this was quite difficult and not my best work! It can be seen in the finished product, especially in the orange + in this picture. I definitely think that working with cottons and batting is easier! :) Flannel works better in rag quilts!

So glad to finally have this quilt completed and on our bed...ready to keep us warm the rest of the winter!

Happy New Year!
Amanda
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." ~Matthew 5:16

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