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Treat Box

This weekend while I was bored I decided to browse the DIY & Crafts section of Pintrest (yes, I know this can be dangerous).  I found a few things to try in the future and a cute treat box to try then.  I was excited to find this tutorial because I like to bake, eat 1 or 2 pieces of whatever it is, and then give the rest away.  I tend to just bring all of the extras to work in a Tupperware container but this way I can do individual portions as presents (Valentines Day is coming up).

Treat Box front

Of course new craft projects require a trip to JoAnn’s or Michaels (again, dangerous I know).  In this case I lucked out.  The cardstock I needed to buy is on sale 5 for $1 instead of $0.59 or $0.69 each.  I may have to go get more before the sale ends on the 18th.  Anyway, not the point.

Treat Box side

The Pin leads to the Cosmo Cricket Blog with a wonderful video tutorial on this Treat Box so I will let them explain.  A few notes though. 

  1. The paper used is 12” x 12”
  2. I don’t have the scoring tool mentioned but found that the back of a butter knife works wonderfully
  3. Taping is not necessary but helps keep the box together before tying shut
  4. The final dimensions are 6” long by 2” wide by 5” high.  I think these final dimensions can be changed to 6”x3” by 4.5” but I haven’t tried yet.
  5. The cap that is mentioned at the end gives the box a nice finished look.  I need more paper, and a punch.


What I am currently reading:  Dangerous Tides by Christine Feehan

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Blues & Tans

This weekend I finally finished a quilt I started in 2009.  It was originally started at the request of one of my then co-workers, but then I moved and she didn’t want it anymore.  The point being that while 4 years is a long time to finish a queen size quilt there was never any rush.

Now that my procrastination has been justified…details of the quilt!


The colors were picked by my former co-worker but I picked the actual fabric.  I think my favorite part of making quilts is drawing out the pattern and picking the colors and fabrics.  I have a pile of different drawn and colored patterns; most of which are beyond my skill level.

I finished the top fairly quickly; but had trouble deciding if I should tie it or quilt it.  Then of course I had to decide how to finish the edges.  The first time I made a split rail fence pattern was for my friend Jac.  It was fall colors, quilted and finished like a pillow.


This time I decided to tie the quilt and bind the edges.  The only problem was that I didn’t know how to bind a quilt.  My first choice of teacher was my mom but she is in Michigan so that was out.  I decided to turn to YouTube.  I found this wonderful tutorial by the Missouri Star Company.

It is wonderful!!  I made a trip to JoAnn’s and bought fabric to make the binding.  Now I apparently did not pay very good attention to the details and it took me 3 tires to get the binding right.  Good thing I have a seam ripper :P.  When I was done I had to share my triumph so I texted my mom pictures of my finished binding.

side corner

Like any good mom she was excited and proud of my “accomplishment’.  She reminded me to “sign” and date the back.  So I did.


Now I just have to decide what to do with this queen size quilt.  I also needed a new craft project so my mom mentioned that my nephew would love a couch quilt.  So, I am now making a slightly smaller version of the same quilt.  Hopefully it will be done by the time I go home in September (14 days!!!).  I think instead of binding in an off white I will use blue and may even back it in blue.  My nephew is 5 so off white is not necessarily the best color.


What I am currently reading: Today I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and have not yet picked my next book.  Oh the choices!

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