Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Charming Travelers Luckie Duckie.....

Blogger Congrats to Tammie!!

 craftytammie said...
i made a background board for photos - just white foam core, and i attached a couple different 12x12 scrapbook pages to it. so i have a few choices for a quick snap, either white or the paper! this is a fun idea for a swap!

 Hey girl you won!!  Send me your address and I will send you the pretties.  OH and pretty please stop by From Blank Pages and let Diane know that you are the winner and to fill out the winner form so she can keep track of where the charms stop:)

Bloggers you can still put your number in the hat by following the party on over to Tammie's blog and enter the Charming Travelers there.

Thank you all for playing along and giving me some great photography tips too!!!  I love discovering new ways to take photos:):):):)


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Psssssst,pssst.... Over Here for The Charming Travelers!!

How did I get these charms you may ask?  Well from Pam over at Mama Spark's World if you really must know folks!

All this awesomeness originally came about from this smart lady at From Blank Pages named Diane.

Enticing right?!  I thought it was and so I entered to win and now I am  here with some beauties burning a hole in my hot little hands!

Who wants to be a winner???

Maybe you (pretending to point)....or you or YOU!

So want to know what you have to do?

Doh...of course we are all hungry for fabric.  All. the. time. Right?!

Leave me some kind of comment perhaps about photography tips (I need all the help you can venture up), maybe some FMQ patterns/styles you like, whatever you like...those are the top two right now:) and a contact email please.

Oh and you must actively blog cuz isn't that where it's at anyway!!

One whole week to enter so plenty of time to procrastinate enter this fantastic deal!

If you win I will send the pretty charms your way---there goes that enticement again;)
Pick out as many as you can't live without and then replace those with charms from your stash.  There should be 56 charms in total when you ship them out to the next luckie duckie.

**Don't forget to do a post like mine to get that next winner.**  

Over at From Blank Pages, she is keeping track of all the winners on a map.  
Our package is the blue one, which means USA and Canada only. 

There is a red pack for international and you can always go to FBP blog 
and see where the charm packs are so you can have a chance to win. 
Luckie Duckie gets to choose from:
What I took out:
 What I put back in:

Comment away and maybe leave some great tips too


Why not?!!!!!!

Deadline is August 25th and then I will shout out the luckie duckie!


Tuesday, August 14, 2012


I'm tired.  These last couple weeks are testing me.  Still waiting for the hubby to come back:/  Friday perhaps he will be heading back?  Possible.

So whenever the hubby is about to leave or about to come home after being away for work,for some time I can never sleep.  Restless.  Brain racing all over.

Lately it has been really odd.  Weird dreams.  Waking up sporadically in the middle of the night.  I was thinking about three colors.


Over and over.  Should I get up and sew?  No that isn't right!  It's the middle of the night.  I have to be awake for Ayden in the morning.  What to do, but lie there and wait until I fell asleep.  Thankfully it happened.  Eventually. 

Next night I fixed that evil curse of not being able to fall asleep the night before!

Stayed up until 12 (yeh that's midnight too btw) and worked on this tutorial by Faith.  Did you know she has been quilting since 2009 only and she rocks out some quilts and patterns like no ones biz!  She started after her son was born.  Huh, just like me:)  I love reading biographies on quilters blogs and well,  food blogs too!

I must have looked at Faith's tute on this block a 100 times last night.  I kept forgetting the next step.  Wonder why I didn't just bring my Netbook into my sewing room---doh.  The umbrella fabric stole my heart.  I got it from a lady on Craigslist back when I lived in GA.  She said she had purchased it at Hobby Lobby or Hancock Fabrics.  I was on FB earlier today and my bestie, Pam in MI mentioned that she was looking for some chicken fabric.  I commented that I didn't have any,but was looking for some more umbrella fabric.  She, in turn, got me in contact with a friend of hers, Stephanie.  It's a WIP as of this evening;) 

Back to the beginning of this post about being tired?  This chance to play around with some fabric scraps in a new found block could be a culprit.  Do I mind really?  Nah!  It was blissful actually!!

Oooops- I forgot to mention on Friday I received a call from a friend of mine that was back in town.  She is the reason for me doing a complete u-turn when it comes to exercising.  She gave me nice kick in the a** and muscles have been aching ever since.  Thanks friend!  NO,but really I have lost some post baby weight and I feel great overall.  Coupled with a healthy diet of course.

I had to reward my friend, C. for good behavior friendship skillz with some potholders.  She was eye balling them a month ago and had asked me about making some for her too.  Saturday I got to work and do you know it took me all day to crank those out.  Why?  Mom duty.  Chores,4 year old that wants to wrestle every minute he gets a breath,more chores,oh we have to eat too you know and so on.

Results are in:

Looks like some delicious Vintage Modern by the lovely Camille.  Her fabric lines are THE best.  That's me though:):)

I played with some funky patterns on the back of the pot holders.  I figured C. wouldn't mind or wouldn't even notice anyhow.  I made a bag out of this Amy Butler Daisy Chain Bouquet Forest fabric and I still had some left-yes!  Perfect color marriage! 

May I keep them..pretty please with sugar on top!  I even had a roll of binding all ready to go staring at me in my basket of binding.  Score!

More goodness in the form of Heather Bailey:) 

Something new for C.'s kitchen;)

A new back pack for Ayden

my little soon-to-be preschooler ~ain't he a sweetie~

Time to get the linky party going!!

at Heather and Megan's

Friday, August 10, 2012

A Happy Ending.....

Falling for the Linky Parties everywhere!

  They are an excellent filter in which to {meet} new people around the world,see their {budding} creativity and learn {constantly}!  
What more can a girl ask for?

Maybe some hand sewing time...

Basted her all up today.  (Do your quilts tell you what gender they are all the time? Mine certainly do!)  I had the perfect green perle cotton on hand too.  If I can get her completed in time for Christmas----golden.  The more I look at her though, the more I am pleased with myself in choosing the colors for the stars and two different block patterns.  Stars really keep me happy!

Maybe a new Snuggly;)

Usually I would say a finish,but you know when I went to look up "finish" in google (because I like to use fun synonyms sometimes:)), the definition is: to come to an end : terminate.  That is such a sad view! I don't want the quilt to ever be the end or terminated.  

 I hear finish all the time in the blogging world and never thought about it.  It is really such a "typical" word to use is why I feel.  You may think I am taking this way out of the park,but I think it is something to ponder the next time someone says, "I have a finish."  Any other word besides "finish" may sound silly,but silliness gets a smile:)  My thoughts when a new quilt is finished perfected-ah--huh!
 New beginning!!  
New memories!!  
 New pretty artwork!
 New found joy in quilting!

Ayden soaking up the attention in front of the camera!

He is a ham!

{Oy vey}


Monday, August 6, 2012

All Over the Place!

Sometimes I surprise myself with what I can accomplish if I get off the couch and get to it already!  To all whom read my blog, you know how pic heavy it can get.  It takes me forever to get it together,edit the
 photos and have the time to sit down here and talk to you!  Maybe when the hubby gets home I will have some more free time to be lazy=====I mean be productive====yes, that's what I meant.

Part of the problem excuse, is that there aren't enough hours in the day I tell ya!  Now I know I am not the only one that feels this from time to time or maybe even every stinking day?

Maybe too many hobbies.  Likes.  "Joys" in my life to tackle.


Well you can come to your own conclusions while I show ya some pretty pics k?  lol;)

My new fave combination.  Greek yogurt and cherries or cherries and cacao powder in=====ummmm====well a smoothie of course.

This is definitely one of my top hobbies lately.  Eating!  Not only eating,but eating healthy

Another food that has walked into my life recently====lettuce wraps!

I got this green eating goodness from Angela over at Oh She Glows!  I may move to Canada to be closer to this woman!!  She has the best recipes for healthy eating.  They fit me anyway!!

Speaking of green I also tried her Green Monster Smoothie before fighting the heat outside and cutting the grass in my forever growing back yard;(  Hellooooo energy!!!  Great booster before some serious yard work!  These are going to become a part of my every day routine folks:)  And no you do not taste the spinach in there.

Go see what she has in store for you,you may be surprised!  Here's to your health!

Alright I will get off my soapbox about food now.  That was teaser I know.  It kept you reading on maybe??  Anyway as you know, obviously I quilt on occasion...............................

I am onto the binding for my scrappy border quilt.  You know what that means.  I finished quilting it!!

Some binding has been sewn into colorful dotty strips and attached to the back of the quilt sandwich.  Just have to sew it to the front and ======another finish.  This may. be. a favorite quilt.  It's been a thought:)

Hobby number 3:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

swapping my pants off or tryin' for that matter!

I did do a  great swap with Jamie over at Busy Bee Quilts last week.  She is a really sweet gal!  Her quilts are really pretty too!

The Neptune print is from another swap on Flickr.  The stack on the right is from Jamie.  Looks like some Full Moon Forest to me;)  Lucky,lucky me.  In return she received some vintage sheet goodness.

I decided to try some Connecting Threads cotton thread in parchment to take advantage of their 30% off sale.  Heard from many that the Clover seam ripper is a must have too so I added one of those  to the shopping cart as well.  I have one seam ripper a blonde kid living with me broke the cap to awhile back and one that just isn't much to hype about that came with my sewing machine.  Since my other white thread has run out on me today,the Essentials thread will be hitting my machine real soon.

Last week I came across this pattern over at Penny Dog that Kerry was nice enough to send me the link for right away.

Paper piecing made easy...That is what I have been told at least!  I had the hubby pick out some colors for this one since I would like to display it in the living room when it is finished.

He came up with========================

Isn't he a sweetie?:) He is really good with color too!!

Last night I was in the mood to sew!!!  You know how that can be right?!

I had found a tutorial on a really great blog called MADE.http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-simple-pajama-shorts.html a couple days ago and I was ready to bust these out already!!

One yard of a fun print

Some 1" elastic

Magic happens:):):)

The whole sewing adventure took around 2 hrs and then I had some cute new pj shorts.  I am liking them.
 Very much so.

Here is my little guy hanging out with mommy today in my sewing room:):):):):):):):):):):):)

 Linking up to Fabric Tuesday:)
Joining in here too:)