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Canada Had the Last Laugh

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on April 15th, 2014

As long time readers know, Dave and I have spent the last two winters in Florida escaping the Canadian winter.  We left to drive back to Canada on Saturday and when we arrived at our son’s place in London, On yesterday afternoon, it was about 60 F.

We woke up to this….

Photo of snow covered tree

It’s not even supposed to get above 32 F today.  I guess Canada had one last laugh at our attempt to escape winter!

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Vintage Embroidery Monday – Bunny & Some Little Daisies

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on April 14th, 2014

Easter is next Sunday but you’ll still have time to stitch this cute little bunny.  You could even arrange the daisies so that it looks like he’s dancing though the spring flowers.

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern for a bunnies and small daisiesThis pattern is available as a pdf to download here.

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I’ve Done It!

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on April 12th, 2014

I finished my book!!  Oh it feels so good to say that.   It finishes just shy of 74,000 words and 384 manuscript pages.

I still have months of editing and revision ahead of me, but they recommend that you take a break before starting that, so that’s what I’m going to do.    The next couple of weeks are going to be busy ones anyway as we head back to Canada today now that spring seems to have finally arrived.  I’m hoping to have some really good news to share with you soon.

I’ll leave you with a photo of the main reason why we’ve spent the past two winters in Florida…

Photo of Johnson's Beach in Perdido Key, FL

I am always happiest when I’m living by a large body of water.

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Vintage Embroidery Monday – Lamb Baby Bib

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on April 7th, 2014

With Easter slightly less than two weeks away, here are two adorable bibs on one pattern to embroider for the babies in your family.

On the smaller bib, “baby” in French knots and lazy daisies should be traced onto the center of the bib after you’ve traced the outline of the bib onto your fabric.

For the larger bib, the lamb can be placed anywhere.  To make a bib with a pocket, add four inches to the length, fold the extra length up and stitch the sides.

If you embroider using a hoop,  I would suggest completing the embroidery first on a piece of fabric large enough to cut out the bib pattern after your stitching is complete.

Finish the raw edges of the bib using bias tape that you’ve purchased or made yourself.

Vintage Workbasket Bib Pattern with Baby or LambThis pattern is available as a pdf to download here.




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Winners of the 29 Gifts Fat Quarter Giveaway

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on April 3rd, 2014

All the names of those who commented were printed out on slips of paper and placed in my Kraft Peanut Butter Teddy Bear jar:

Slips of paper ready to be drawn from a Kraft Peanut Butter Teddy Bear jar

The first name drawn was:

first name drawn in 29 Gifts Fat Quarter Giveaway

Congratulations LJ!  You’ll be receiving an e-mail from me asking for your snail mail address.

The second name drawn was:

Second name drawn for 29 Gifts Fat Quarter Giveaway

Congratulations Deb!  You’ll be receiving an e-mail as well asking for your snail mail address.  Once I have your addresses, your little bundle of fat quarters will be on their way to you.

And I just want to thank everyone who took the time to comment.    I was so touched by your comments and some of the e-mail conversations that resulted.

I’m now on Day 17 of the 29 Gifts in 29 Days Giving Challenge.  So far, I’ve succeeded in giving at least one gift each day.   One of the benefits that I’m seeing is that I’m much more mindful of the many gifts I can give each day and I’m actively looking for opportunities.   And opportunities truly are everywhere.  Most of my gifts have been either small gifts or gifts of my time.

For instance, yesterday’s gift was a letter I wrote to Publix praising the store that is just down the road from us.  It has been our grocery store of choice for the past two winters we’ve spent in Florida.  Dave and I often joke that the store manager must send each of his staff to charm school because they are the friendliest, most helpful and cheerful group of people.  They make shopping for groceries a fun outing rather than just another chore.

In the letter I listed the store’s # and I also listed the names of the staff members (along with which department they worked) who stood out in our minds as giving exceptional service.   Before we leave, I also plan to thank those people personally, but by writing the letter, it is my hope that they will receive recognition from management as well.

I had today’s gift all planned but Dave took the car in for new tires and to have the oil changed.  So I’ll be looking for opportunities to give spontaneously!




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How to Make a Sea Shell Angel

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on April 2nd, 2014

If you’ve been on spring break to somewhere beachy and have been collecting those shells I showed you back in the middle of March, get ready to make some sea shell angels with them.

You need:  One scallop shell for the angel body, two small clam shell halves for the angel’s wings and one 3/8″ white pearly bead for each angel.

scallop shell, two halves of clam shells and one bead

You’ll also need:  Approx six inches of 1/8″ ribbon to make the hanger.    And either a low temp hot glue gun or Aleene’s Tacky glue.

Please note:  When I was making these I used a low temp hot glue gun but if you are making these with younger children, I would suggest using Aleene’s Tacky glue.  I made a test angel using the tacky glue before writing this tutorial and the glue holds the shells together really firmly.   It will take longer to make the angels using tacky glue because you have to allow the glue to set and dry for a few hours between each step, but even a low temp hot glue gun gets hot enough to burn little fingers.   Grown up fingers :)

Start by applying a circle of glue to the bottom of the pearly bead.

Apply glue to bottom of the bead

Then position the bead on the top edge of the scallop shell.  Hold in place until the glue sets.

Place bead on top of shell

Next run a bead of glue along the top edge of the back of the scallop shell.

Glue all top back edge of shell.

Position the clam shells to form the angel wings and hold in place until set.  Make sure to get them positioned just right because once the glue is dry it will be difficult to remove and reposition them.  In fact, if you’re using tacky glue, it might be impossible to do without breaking one of the shells.

Position clam shells to form the wings of the angel.

And here you have the completed angel.

Completed shell angel

To make the hanger for your angel, fold the ribbon in half and knot the end.  Glue to the back of the angel and come Christmas time it will be ready to hand on the tree.

Sea Shell Angel hanging on the tree.

You can even add a tiny bow to some of them if you like.

Completed Sea shell Angel with bow

Dave and I made about 20 of these little angels to decorate our 2013 Christmas tree from shells we collected on the beach here in Perdido Key.  They are safely wrapped up in tissue paper and tucked away for us to use for years to come.

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Vintage Embroidery Monday – Violets in a Mug

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on March 31st, 2014

Even though the calendar says it’s spring now, for many of you it may still seem like is never going to arrive.    I always like to keep a few African Violets as house plants to brighten up even the dreariest of winter or late spring days.   Or you can spend this time waiting for spring to stitch these violets in a mug.

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery pattern for Violets in a Mug from Pattern Page No 78This pattern is available as a pdf to download here.

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29 Gifts and a Giveaway

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on March 26th, 2014

The Giveaway is now closed!   Winners will be announced tomorrow, April 3, 2014

The weekend before last I read a book that touched my heart to the core. It’s called 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life.

The author, Cami Walker is diagnosed with MS a month after her wedding. Over a period of two years she becomes addicted to a cocktail of prescription medications all designed to help her control her symptoms and ever increasing pain.

During a major MS flare up, she receives an unusual prescription from her spiritual mentor, an African medicine woman called Mbali Creazzo: Give away something every day for 29 days.

At first, Cami ignores the advice but after spending several days hospitalized doing a drug detox she decides to take on Mbali’s giving challenge. Almost immediately her life begins to change and over the course of the next 29 days she discovers not only how to give mindfully but just as importantly, how to receive the gifts of others.

No miracle MS cure occurs but by the end of the 29 days she is walking without the use of canes and beginning to work again. But from my reading of the book, miracles do abound both in Cami’s life and those who also take on the giving challenge.

I’ve been so inspired by Cami’s story that last Tuesday I began my 29 gifts in 29 days. One thing Mbali suggests is that for one of your gifts, you give something that you have a difficult time parting with.

For me, that’s fabric. I don’t have a large stash of fabric but the fabric I do buy is bought because I really like it. On Sunday, I went through the fabric box that has been traveling with us and sorted out two medium sized bags of quilt shop quality fabrics. Then I contacted the local Project Linus co-ordinator and made arrangements to meet her earlier today to drop them off.

I did save these 2 bundles of four fat quarters to give away here on Super Mom – No Cape!

Photo of fat quarters for giveaway

The giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere in the world. Simply leave a comment and you’ll be entered for a chance to win. I will draw two names next Wednesday, April 2nd and each person will receive one bundle of four fat quarters.


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Vintage Embroidery Monday – Pansies in a Box

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on March 24th, 2014

Pansies are one of my favorite annuals to plant because the little faces in each bloom never fail to make me smile.   Stitch them as you’d find them at a garden center ready to take home and be planted out into your garden.

Vintage Workbasket embroidery pattern page 78 - Pansies in a boxThis pattern is available as a pdf to download here.

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My Version of the Sweet and Spotty Needle Wallet

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on March 21st, 2014

I’ve wanted to make one of these “Sweet and Spotty Needle Wallets” by Natalie Lymer since I first saw it on her blog Cinderberry Stitches. I printed out the pattern at that time and put it in the binder where I store my embroidery patterns.

Last April, I got it and several other patterns traced onto fabric so that I would have projects to keep me busy while I was traveling from contract to contract with Dave. Depending on how smooth the roads were, I embroidered as the miles sped by. Other times, I worked on them to pass the time in the hotel room while he was off at work.

The embroidery for my version of the Sweet and Spotty Needle Wallet was one of the first to be finished. And then it sat in the crafting bag that travels with me until this winter.

I haven’t taken a lot of time to sew the past few months as I’m working on writing the final chapters of my book. I’ve promised myself that I won’t buy any new fabric or start any new sewing projects until it’s finished.

But sometimes sewing is just an itch that needs to be scratched, so one day when I was having a particularly difficult time coming up with words, I got out my cutting board, rotary cutter, rulers and sewing machine and by the end of the day, I had my version of Natalie’s needle wallet completed.

Embroidered Sweet and Spotty Needle Wallet

I did make a slight change to the pattern. Under the appliqué on the front, I added a circle of batting to give it a bit more of a raised look. I love how it turned out but it made doing the appliqué that much more challenging, especially since I’m still learning the various appliqué techniques.

By the time I finished with the appliqué and sewing the wallet together, I was hating those dotted fabrics. But after letting it sit for a few days, the dots have grown on me again and I quite like how it turned out.

Completed inside of the Sweet and Spotty Needle Wallet

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