Oscar Party Menu

Oscar party menu is set! I hope all my guests will be hungry because here’s what I plan to serve up:

Oscar Party Menu

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Bites

Rosemary Balsamic Steak Kabobs


Teriyaki Ginger Chicken Kabobs

Sugar and Nut Glazed Brie with Pears

Cheese, Crackers & Grapes

Dill Dip, Carrots, Wheat Thins & Cucumbers

Italian Antipasto Skewers

Hummus Three Ways

And for the dessert table…

Oscar Party Desserts

Chocolate Dipped Raspberries

Chocolate Mousse

Pomegranate Mediants

Gold Dusted Chocolate Oscars

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Tree

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Chocolate Truffles with Sea Salt

– Martta

Oscar Party Word Find

Has anyone been waiting to see the Oscar Party Word Find 2015? Well, wait no longer. Here she is in all her glory! Now Liz, I’m depending on you to NOT start working on this before the party.

Oscar Party Word FindTested, but not by my normal reviewer (who is coming to this year’s party in person! Woo Hoo!) so I have no idea how difficult it really is compared to other years. Here are the Oscar Party Word Find Answers 2015 (including the sneaky 10 words NOT in the word bank above!)


Oscar Party Word Find

Are you ready to test your skills against this year’s word find? My tester reports this year is much easier, what a relief after being truly diabolical in last year’s word find!

Oscar Party Word Find 2014Here’s the Word Find 2014 Answer Key to check your results. As always there are bonus words – can you find all twelve?

For more on how I make this word find, check out my previous post here.



The Lilly Quilt

Well it seems like it’s just been forever since I blogged. But even though my fingers weren’t moving across the keyboard, I have been busy! This summer was consumed with the Lilly quilt project.


I decided to make a quilt for my bestie for Christmas and the trek to make that happen started in June (yes, June!) when I found the inspiration fabric.

Well, it had to be Lilly Pulitzer fabric because she loves her some Lilly. It wasn’t easy to acquire enough with pattern variety and the right colors, but after much searching I was able to piece together what I was looking for from the We Love Lilly shop on Etsy. So an unmentionable amount later, I had my fabric and now I needed my design.

Lilly fabric is bold and large print and I wanted a quilt design that would feature the fabric. I was fortunate to stumble upon Spanish Tiles by Heather Mulder Peterson from her Living Large 2 book which features all large print fabric quilting patterns. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one! I loved her story of how she was inspired by the Alhambra – I love that place and think this pattern really echoes the beauty of the palace. So I set to work cutting my fabric. Lilly fabrics

I paired the fabric with a bright green accent – the lady who cut my fabric said, “Wow, that’s a bold choice” when I laid it on the cutting board and asked for 3 1/2 yards. In my head I was thinking, you should see what it’s getting paired with!

The assembly was pretty straightforward, though I did feel as if I was working on little bits forever and not seeing any progress. Steps one and two in the pattern call for assembly of strip units which will be cut into sections and used to assemble the sashing. One thing I needed here was a recommendation on how to cut the strip units since there are two different section sizes. If you cut the strip unit in all one section size, you end up with quiet a bit of waste. With a bit of math I came up with my cutting pattern to maximize the strip units. Of course this left me with two spare strip units. If you are making this quilt in the smaller size, I don’t think you would have this much waste, but the scale is different when you make the queen size version.

The second area where I stumbled was the assembly of these little sections. I thought I was following the directions for the triangle orientation, but found if I turned it I got better finished results.

Triangle direction matters!Once all the sashing pieces were finally assembled, the quilt started to come together quickly. The Lilly Quilt

And then I couldn’t leave well enough alone on the backing, I just had to add a giant monogram. It was a lot of pink polka dots without the monogram in place. And this quilt really called out for a monogram.Lilly Quilt Monogram

After a furious night of hand appliquéing (and thanks to a lot of hand sewing help from my Mom!) I was able to get the back wrapped up in time to drop it with the quilter on the first weekend in October.

Angela McCorkle of Quilts with a Heart provided the expert quilting help. She did an amazing job of outlining features in the fabrics to really highlight the ‘Lilly’ of the quilt. I highly recommend working with Angela!

Lilly Quilt QuiltingAll that was left was add on the green binding and get it shipped off to Virginia. I was so down to the wire that I didn’t even get to take a picture of the quilt with the binding before it went out the door! But it arrived just in time on Christmas eve and was happily opened on Christmas day by a very excited recipient.