Thursday, September 04, 2014

A couple Online CQ Stash shops I recommend.

Hi Peeps, I wanted to give a shout out to two deserving online shops if I may.The first is Crazy Quilting Supplies. Thearica offers crazy quilt kits, embellishments, trims, Venice lace,Silkies (ciggies), beads, etc. She carries the tiny porcelain roses that I love to use for a soft touch to any project. They would be adorable on a Christmas stocking, speaking of which, putting together a sampling from her shop would be a great inspiration gift for a new or established crazy quilter. We all need inspiration at some point in our journey. So if you have a moment go check out Crazy Quilting Supplies and sign her Guest Book and tell her Pat said Hi!



The other shop is Not Sew Serious offering sweet buttons for clothing, crazy quilting, etc. I love mine and it is hard to use them because I just want to look at them all the time. Here are a few of what she offers. I've used these buttons on purses too.




Wouldn't a card or two be nice slipped into a greeting card or a stash pack for your crazy quilting or sewing friend? Browse her shop to see the various styles she offers, you won't leave without grabbing a few I'm sure.

I wanted to mention both merchants are sweet and ship quickly so if you want an easy shopping experience, these two shops will please you.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Version two of 2015 calendar...no frame

My plans were cancelled for last night so I spent some time making my 2015 calendar with no black frame. The past few months I talked myself into adding something different but as I view it, I wasn't sure if I liked it better with or without so I decided to do both. Sorry if you purchased it already and wanted the plain version. This new one just has the border removed, like I said, same calendar just no border. Available here.
So, I have an empty day on my hands, what to do? I think I'll go see if mom wants to go to the post office, then to lunch after a visit. I think she might. Then I am going to make lasagna for her dinner. She has been asking me for it and I just haven't stopped to do it. So today is the day.

As advertised, Pam Kellogg released her CQ calendar yesterday featuring 13 crazy quilter's. I am honored to be featured among them. Thank you Pam. It is available on Magcloud here.

 I'm off to start my day. I hope you had a great weekend and have a great day!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

2015 Crazy Quilt Calendar

Hi Peeps, my 2015 crazy quilt calendar is published  on Magcloud. I added the button to my sidebar for easy access.

Thirteen months of inspiration to keep you stitching all year. Full color photos of various projects I've made recently and through the years. No duplicates from the three calendars I've published previously. 
Just a heads up, makes a great gift for the crazy quilters in your life or for those who enjoy this beautiful Art.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Feels like Autumn

After five days of hot humid weather I am loving the cooler mornings. Autumn seems like it is creeping in early this year. Leaves are falling and most of the Autumn flowers have bloomed around here already. I stitched a bit in the garden yesterday until the sun heated things up. Grandmas Hibiscus is dropping its gooey spent blooms all over the back deck so it has to be sprayed down daily, ugh! But they are so pretty, and it was Grandma's so it will remain where planted.

 I'm trying to finish a purse but there are always other things that take my attention. I'm wondering if it will ever get done????

 I did get the Autumn issue of CQGatherings published.
 You can order it on my sidebar if you haven't already. I'm hoping to get the Winter issue finished early, so if you have tutorials, please send them asap. It is filling up already but still room for some eye candy. I can't believe it is my last issue. I'm a little blue from time to time, but I know it will give me much needed time for my family. Illness and aging can't be put on hold unfortunately. I've always tried to be where I'm needed most, and now it is all about family as I know you will agree.

Speaking of family, the Newlyweds are doing great, I got to spend last weekend with them. It was nice to wake up and make breakfast and treats. We celebrated DH's birthday with Chinese take out and had a nice visit. No, I didn't cook, it was very hot and humid.
My brother and sis in law from Hawaii retired this year and now they are exploring the other side of the island and found this huge cave.
 The brother that threw rotten strawberries at me earlier this year :-)
 My sis in law has been through so much, they deserve to live in paradise. She has survived two cancers. She just finished her round of chemo shortly before they came in May for the wedding. She was tired from time to time,but we sure had fun.
 This is Mila three or four years ago when they renewed their wedding vows on the beach. She is a beauty, she has a sense of humor and I miss her.

Their youngest, my nephew Warren will be married soon and and Steve and Mila are thinking of buying a home around here to come visit and spend some time. Then I will get to enjoy more family time with them. 

I caught a pic of this little red dragonfly yesterday. Its not a great pic but I was riding around on the golf cart and happened to see it land.
I don't know what got into me but I hopped on the golf cart and rode it around like a kid. Around the barn, down to the corral, up the hill to the garden, through the front yard then did a million circles in the corral before it was out of my system. I have to admit, it was fun. DH was at work, and I planted tall pines so I was out of view from passerby's,lol. Who cares if they think I'm nuts! I had fun.
 Since it is cool this morning I'm going to get in a beach walk then visit mom for a bit. A great way to start a long weekend. Perhaps we will get in a motorcycle ride as well. That is always enjoyable to meander country roads and take in the beauty of roadside wild flowers like Queen Anne's lace, Chicory, wild Horseradish and the yellow daisy like flowers that are so abundant this year. I love it when we hit air pockets of the sweet floral scents. In spring it is Lilacs, summer is Bridal Wreath and roses, and soon the Autumn Clematis will be releasing its scent since it has just begun to flower. I just close my eyes and try to inhale all the fragrance I can. Sometimes we do come upon a scent, or odor where I try to hold my breath until I'm blue, like a pig farm or an animal that just wasn't fast enough crossing the road(sorry for that image.) But that isn't often thank goodness.

It will be light soon so I had better straighten the house and grab a bite before I venture out. It is supposed to be 72 degrees today so I'm determined to sit on the porch swing and finish that darn purse! LOL.
 
I hope you have a wonder day and a fun Labor Day weekend.



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Trip to MI

What a fun trip I had. The only thing I would have changed was 5 or 10 degrees cooler temps, otherwise it was perfect. So I arrived in Metamora and chatted with Tish for a few days. We took a few trips to the city (don't ask me the name of it,lol) and we took a day to galavant in her 1972 Vette.
Wed I attended her weekly "gang" meeting. The girls are a blast. I learned a lot, but not sewing related,LOL. (wink, wink) I can't remember all the names so I won't mention any, but I can say the one with the arrow is the hostess and her new home is awesome. What a lovely group of women, and soooo fun.
 Whatever you do, don't ask for a chair....it is quite an event,LOL.(sorry gals)
Tish took me to a gourmet market called Papa Joe's which blew my socks off. If you ever go, you have to try these thin crisp delights. A M A Z I N G !!!
I headed toward Port Huron to visit some other dear friends, Jan and Jim. I had the pleasure of playing in her studio which is always enticing. I will only share a tiny portion otherwise I feel we are invading her home and that is not cool. This is her studio window.....I love it.
 I took her a little hostess gift....

The next morning another mutual friend arrived to do a bit of fabric shopping. Shannon of Sweet inspirations is a hoot. I have adopted her as my lil sis. I wanted to make her something different so I covered a box where she could keep special trinkets.
We stopped at a fabric shop Jan's hubby found from a TV news ad, then we stopped at Haberman's
 and a couple bead shops. The place Jim told us about was the best find of the day.
The 200 mile yard sale was going so Jan and I took Friday to peruse the offerings to Marine City.
The first sale we stopped at was fun, we found some tiny bottles that had been unearthed around the area. They were intact and some were blue and aqua. We gathered a few for our studios which I'm sure we will be soldering on.
We weren't the only ones shopping, this little lady found a toy on her own and carried under a cool place to enjoy. Her father did pay for it, like most of us do when our kids find something they can't live without.

I then found a little lonely looking teddy bear that called my name. I'm not a bear collector but she needed to go home to Indiana with me. I named her Prudence. She was the navigator and Jan was the co-pilot of our venture.
When I arrived home she got a bath. She is smelling as sweet as she looks.

Onward we go.....passing one sale after another until one spun our heads around. We pass all the sales with tons of toys or clothes which saves time. After all, we were on a mission!
It was such a beautiful day. We enjoyed lunch parked under shade trees watching the boats and listening to the birds while a cool breeze kept us very comfortable. It was a fruitful excursion.
We passed many beautiful homes to die for. It was magnificent for those who love old Victorian houses.
I was excited to get to stop at Jan's friend, Vera Grace Emporium. This quaint shop offers the newest to the oldest, jewelry,home accessories, cards, scents,antiques, garden items, fun things for everyone plus it is beautiful every turn you make. I could live in there. And yes, I did find some sweet things for my home.
When it was time to leave Jim packed a huge cabbage in my car for my mom. He has a big garden and really enjoys tending it and as you can see by the size of the cabbage, it rewards him in a big way. He loaded me down with zucchini and cucumbers too which I can't seem to stop eating because they are so sweet.
This beauty was handed to mom yesterday and she was in awe of the size. It is the biggest I've seen. I sat it on the table for the photo because mom couldn't lift it.

I stopped to say bye to Tish and Donald and hit the road for home. It was another memorable trip with great company. Thank you Tish, Donald, Jan, Jim, and Shannon and all the ladies of the Gang!

Until next time, enjoy life one day at a time!