This has been a weekend of binging for me. I started off on Friday night with tons of baking. My daughter's service club was having a bake sale on Saturday, so I made a double batch of blondies, a double batch of brownies, and a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup cheesecake. Fortunately, I did not binge eat any of them!
After my baking marathon, I started binge reading my new book What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan. I finished it this afternoon outside enjoying the sixty degrees and sunshine with my dogs. If you like thrillers, this should be on your to read list! I know it is available at Target because it is their latest book club pick and it was fabulous--all 500 pages.
On Saturday morning, I made my first Pixie Basket. I had seen the tutorial last weekend, but I was too swamped with 15 hours of work paperwork to try one then. I used some scraps of some sunflower fabric and made this darling basket. Here is the free tutorial from Heidi at Fabric Mutt
It was so easy and a great use of random batting scraps and fabrics. I decided to make more as they will be the perfect gift for Secretary's Day with some goodies in them.
Between yesterday and today, I made 16 Pixie Baskets! I work at three schools and have 10 secretaries to show my appreciation to. I also need a little surprise for my BOM quilting students, so I made some extra. I am considering making some more for my fifth grade students as an end of the year gift. I usually make them monogrammed book covers, but these might be the gift this year. The only thing I bought was some twill tape for the little handles. Aren't they cheerful in my garden basket? I am going to dig into my Bonnie and Camille stash and make a couple more for myself next.
Have you tried these amazing mechanical pencils yet? They have a thicker lead, so I do not break it with my hard writing. I was given two by a friend and had to get some more because they are awesome. I ordered some more on Amazon to put in the Secretary's Pixie Baskets. They were great for marking an embroidery design on fabric.
This was the embroidery design I traced with them. This is the second one of these I have made. This one will be part of a retirement quilt for an amazing kindergarten teacher. I thought the sentiment and colors were fitting with her decades teaching.
I am going to continue my weekend of binging with an evening in front of the TV watching the Oscars and slow stitching my Down in the Garden Block 1.
Enjoy your week!