Sunday, October 19, 2008

I Have Moved

I have started a new Taylor Made Designs blog I would like to invite you to check it out. Most of my blogging will be done there. In the mean time, here is a photo of the new book cover Any Season Robe.

Hope to see you there


Monday, September 1, 2008

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

One day it is the 4th of July and the next think you know it is Labor Day! What happend to the summer? My summer was spent reading these books along with 3 others that I have already given away. I was not familiar with this author, John Sanford, until I picked up a book my husband was reading on vacation. These are thrillers and I am hooked. As soon as I start reading, all I want to do is finish the book. The writing is especially good...always just the right word used in a description. I was looking at the latest book and discovered that John Sanford is the pseudonym of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp. No wonder the writing is so good! This author has written 25 books but I will not be reading any more for a while. Quilt Market is just around the corner and it is time to get serious about new products. Beautiful new fabrics are piling up and begging to be made into something cute and irresistable.

Bye for now

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July

I couldn't resist making a patriotic cupcake today. It is supposed to look like whipped cream and a cherry on top. Thanks to those of you who have inquired about purchasing the Cupcake Pincushion pattern. I do not have a website but if you google Taylor Made Designs you will come up with a lot of on-line shops that carry my books and patterns.

Another holiday...another excuse to decorate a little. We are spending a traditional day with hamburgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob. Our neighbor is bringing Boston Creme Pie...not sure how that ties in but I know it will be delicious. Have a save and fun holiday!
Back soon,

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Pretty Hibiscus

I fell in love with and purchased this Hibiscus with a braided trunk at Home Depot in early April. It was blooming when I bought it and has been blooming off and on ever since. This is how it looked one morning last week. The biggest shock is that it is still alive!

Bye for now

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Cupcake Pincushion

This is the new little booklet for making a pincushion that looks like a cupcake. It is so much fun to make and a great way to use up small bits of fabric. I filled some of mine with sand. I really like the weight of these. The rest I filled with crushed walnut shells. Someone told me that it was good for your needles. It is actually reptile bedding. It comes in a large bag and can be found at a pet store. Here is the back cover so you can see some other variations. The pattern also includes directions for making a flower out of a yo-yo. You can see these on the back cover. The one on the front cover is a ribbon flower I purchased.
I made the little glass stands by gluing a glass candlestick to a small plate. I purchased these at a thrift store. I will make a little tutorial on the subject.
Bye for now

Monday, May 26, 2008

Quilt Market- Spring 2008

Quilt Market
New products are finished, Quilt Market is over and I have officially taken myself off of "blog restriction". I don't know how I got so far behind this time but it was a mad push to the finish line to get everything ready for market.

Quilt Market was great always. Got to meet a lot of nice people and re-connect with old friends. I wanted my booth to look like a party because I was featuring my new Cupcake Pincushion pattern. I think I can safely proclaim that I had the "pinkest" booth there. Tomorrow I will post the covers from the new books.

Have a great day!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Hoppy Easter

I found this cute Easter decoration at a new Home Goods store that opened in the middle of February. I, of course, had to go the first day. It was crowded but I was happy to find two of these, one for me and one for BFF Renee. The head comes off of the rabbit and the lid comes off the box. So cute!

I have had to put myself on computer restriction because I need to be working on new products for Quilt Market which is fast approaching. Yikes.

Hope you all have a great day.
Bye for now

Saturday, March 15, 2008

A Beautiful Day in Arizona

My brother, Brad, and his wife, Teresa, were visiting us last weekend so Sunday morning I took Brad on a hike up the trail at Pinnacle Peak. It was a beautiful day...perfect weather...and everything looked so lush and green. There were lots of flowers and other blooming plants.
Now I know that in most parts of the country you would never call this mountain green...but trust me...come summer, this mountain will be much more brown.
I just love the contrast of the brown rocks, the green cactus and the blue sky.

So if you ever come to Arizona, be sure to take a hike. We have lots of mountains with groomed trails for every level of fitness.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

I kept this tinsel tree out when I put away my Christmas decorations because I thought it might be cute for Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, I now have to find a place to store it.

Happy Valentine's Day
Kiss...kiss...make a wish!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Won't You Be My Valentine?

I love red...and Valentine's Day is a holiday that has my name written all over it. Any excuse to decorate a little.

Today I am going to finish sewing an apron for the new book "More Retro Aprons". I will give you a sneak peak soon.

Have a great day
Bye for now

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Leanne
I can't believe it...but today is my older daughter's 26th birthday. How can this be? The time has gone by so quickly.
It seems like only yesterday she was here playing with She-ra, My Little Pony and Rainbow Brite.
Now she lives in LA and will be starting law school in the fall. She is a wonderful daughter; full of joy and laughter.
Leanne, you are my sunshine!
Love you,

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Rainy Day Soup

This is the chicken soup the Holly Holderman mentioned in her blog on January 28th. She asked for the recipe so here it is. It was such a treat to have Holly and Penny visit. I got this recipe from my friend Judy. She is a fabulous cook. She calls it Chicken Chili but I don't really like that name. I think of chili as being red and thick with red beans and lots of chili powder. So lets think of a new name for this delicious soup. 2 lb. chicken breast cooked and shreaded
4 cans Navy beans (rinsed) use White beans if you can't find Navy beans
1 T. olive oil
2 med. onions chopped (I always use sweet onions)
4 cloves garlic finely chopped
8 oz. can chopped green chilis
2 t. cumin
1 ½ t. oregano
¼ t. clove
¼ t. cayenne
6 c. chicken stock
3 c. shreded jack cheese (reserve 1 cup)

Saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil. Add everything else and simmer for a couple of hours.

Top with some or all of the items listed below:
chopped cilantro, green onions & tomatos
sour cream
avocado slices
reserved cheese
tortilla strips

These toppings are great because the soup is pretty beige without them. And each person can customize the soup to their own taste.
Bye for now