Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.(Philippians 4:8)

Monday, December 31, 2012

Thank you .... 2013

Courtesy of Madame Samm!  Thank you!

I happily bid adieu to 2012 
and heartily welcome 2013!

I am thankful for those who supported me, 
   for you helped me find my foundation,
I am thankful for those who challenged me, 
   for you helped me discover solutions,
I am thankful for those who listened to me, 
   for you helped me find release,
I am thankful for those who inspired me,
   for you helped me through dark times,
I am thankful for the voices in my head 
that say "you can do it ..."
   for your voices are becoming louder
 than those voices in my head
 that say "you can't"

I am most thankful for those of you that ask for no "thank yous" at all
   for you are truly holders of special places in my heart.

I am thankful for the new life I am finding. 
 I am thankful for the daughters I have been blessed with. 
 I am grateful for the new job and wonderful group of people
 I have been so fortunate as to have become a part of, 
 I am thankful for the roof over my head, the quilts to wrap
 around myself when I'm cold, and for the ability to put 
food in the cupboard and gas in the car.

I am on my knees with gratitude to God
for bringing all of you and all that I have
to be thankful for in my life when so many
more have so much less.

Today I will even be thankful for my broken
sewing machine which has been down for more
thank a week ... just today, mind you, for
I've spent that much more time enjoying 
my daughters these past few days and
they did not mind that their Christmas
quilts weren't completed .... but yes
they expect me to finish them soon ;)

I wish each of you more love, more happiness, 
and, of course, more time to be creative, in 2013!

Happy hugs and warm-hearted wishes,

Monday, December 24, 2012

I wish you ...

I sincerely wish each of you every happiness
you could hope for, and more!

Words ... words have been missing from my blog and now, after recent events, I have no words that can even begin to express the depth of sorrow I, like so many others, feel for all of those families... I have absolutely no imagination for the reasons and want none that would lead me to understand it ... my daughters are first and second graders.  I was in a news void before, and am more so now ... just being grateful for every moment I am blessed with them in my life.  So the words I have now ...

God bless .... God bless the families that remain, God bless the teachers who return to the school rooms, and God bless each of you for surviving the best you can.

I started my new job about six weeks ago... therein lies most of the reason for my absence. Full time leaves little time for much else besides just existing and these days existing is an accomplishment!

I've been doing extra work outside of my regular job and kids by picking up quilting and sewing jobs when available. Amongst the hemming of pants, and binding of quilts, and making of purses and mini bags for a craft bazaar and gift orders, I put together this t-shirt quilt for a lady who wanted to surprise her daughter for Christmas. Finished it last weekend:

She made my day when, after her husband came by to pick it up, she called
me to say that she cried when she saw it as she had no idea it would
be so wonderful ... how much nicer can it get ?
This past week I made a crayon/marker roll up and another make up case
though I didn't stop long enough to take photos.
I also finished this ... remember this wreath from my
Fall into Fall block?? I finished it! I gifted it to a friend
and told her it had an identify crisis ... I made it into a
pillow case, though it could be used as a table topper
or even as a wall hanging .... since I couldn't make up
my mind I figured she could do with it what she wanted.
Yesterday morning I started with this:

And by the end of the day, I ended with this:
And today, I got this top finished:

Yes, my girls have been absent from the house, so ....
They are both getting quilts for Christmas.... now
whether or not I get them quilted tomorrow is another
guess ... my sewing machine ceazed up again today
and put a kabosh on me finishing these babies.
After an hour or two of calm ... I opened the machine
and dusted, and oiled, and cranked,
and my patience paid off ... I got it working again!
Again ... Thank you God!
I apologize for the pictures .... took them with my phone.
Heaven only knows at the pace I'm going that I'm lucky enough
to grab a picture, let alone a good one. Besides, I think I drained
the battery on the camera at both of my daughter's Christmas
programs these past two weeks :)

I did take this picture on my phone, thought it
was pretty darn good ... subject matter obviously
the best! Please take a moment to give who ever
is in your life a hug, a touch of comfort, or a kind
word ... and if you are feeling very generous
share a kind word with a stranger ... you never
know if that word will make their day!
I wish each of you and everyone you
hold dear a very merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Modern Mini Mystery Reveal

The end has come to the Modern Mini Mystery round robin ... Thank you for your organizational skills, Michele ... what a task!

I give my sincere gratitude to each quilter that contributed their artistry to by 6 1/2 inch block.  I am truly impressed with the end result as well as am grateful for the opportunity to stretch my imagination with each block I was fortunate enough to work on with my group.

So, without further adieu, my completed Modern Mini Round Robin block as returned to me.... don't yet know what I'll turn this into, however, it deserves a quality finish which I will share when I can finish it right:
Please visit all of the participants of the Modern Mini Mystery to see what is certain to be amazing work by everyone:

Melinda - Tilda's Twisted Life
Deonn - Quiltscapes
Kylie - My Addiction to Quilting
Wendy - Why-Not-Kwilt
Bea - Beaquilter
Jane - Jane's Fabrics, posted at Quilts From My Crayon Box
Pippa - Pippa's Patch
Annie - Annie's Musings
Diane - The Cheshire Quilter
Vicki - Sew On and Sew Forth
Lisa M- A Day In The Life of Raising Six Munchkins
Renae - posted at  Quilts from My Crayon Box
Kathy - Kathy's Quilting Blog
Charlotte - posted at Quilts from My Crayon Box
Celine - Espritpatch
Lisa C-posted at Quilts from My Crayon Box
Edy - posted at Quilts from My Crayon Box
Ella - Throw a Wrench in the Works
Rachel - Suz Made Me Do It
Samantha - Sami's Quilts & Crafts
Karen - K's Quilting Korner
Leslie - Les Quilts
Ann - Orange Crumpled Napkin
Sharon - Dancing Through Threads
Doris - Made By a Brunette
Margaret - posted at Quilts from My Crayon Box
Tiffany - Pink Sweet Treats
Janet - Caribou Crossing Chronicles
Michele - Quilts From My Crayon Box

Best wishes to each and every one of you ....
I'm back to the pile of work waiting for me.
I promise to share pictures as soon as I get a handle
on the pile ... I hope sooner rather than later.

I also want to wish my fellow US'rs ...
Warm hearted wishes to you and yours ~

Friday, November 9, 2012

Pausing ...

I am pausing,
working ...
plan to return soon....
Thank you!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Wednesday's UR Priceless

YES!  The campaign ads are officially over ...
whether you won or lost ... we can all cheer that
here in the States, the campaign ads are over!!
While I am extremely grateful that I live in a nation
that gives me, and my daughters, the right to vote,
among so very many rights denied to so very many
others ... dang it all ... these campaigns are disheartening.
Just the opposite, however, and something else to cheer
about, is our very fun, creative and oh-so-inspiring
crafters sharing with us on this UR Priceless
blog hop ... so join me this Wednesday, for Day 3
and visit these fine crafters:
Day 3 - Nov. 7th
I Love Wool
I Like to Quiltblog
Keep Your Fork There's Pie
Retired to Quilt
From This to That
Jenny E.
Domestic Deficit Disorder
Pig tales and quilts
Count it all Joy!
Creative Notions
Thank you Katherine, and Madame, 
for this very fun and different hop ...
nice to see new things and new ideas.


Monday, November 5, 2012

My Day to be UR Priceless!

Welcome to Day 2 of the
U R Priceless Blog Hop...
A huge thank you to Katherine for
organizing all of us bloggers for the
hop and a wonderful and grateful
thank you to Madame Samm for
the adorable pattern for which
we are all sharing during this
hop.  Thank you!
I do happen to be on the
schedule today ... and I actually
have a few in the hopper to share
with you all ...
I actually have more that are still
on the cutting table, but I'm not
sharing those :) ... betch're glad, eh?
First up, are my little monsters ...
no! not my daughters ... at least not today!
but in their honor, I share with you these:
Okay ... I have to admit ... I ADORE the monsters!
They fit my sense of humor and sense of fun ...
I can't hardly resist anything that goofy
to make me smile :)
Next, I chose some material left over from
a quilt I've been working on ... front side:
and backside.... I used invisible thread attaching
the handle and it blends real nicely with the
silver of the handle...
For the last share I have for you today,
I chose something a bit more sophisticated ...
yes, I actually do know how to spin
a bit of sophisication when I have to!
Again, left over materials from other projects.
I hope to share with you the rest when I
get them completed ... and complete them
I will ... gift giving season is right around the
the corner and these are wonderful gift items
I'd say!
Thank you so much for visiting with me today.
Please be sure to visit my fellow blog hop stops
today, as we all enjoy encouranging support
whenever and wherever it comes from!
Day 2 - Nov.6th
And yes, you can always click on Katherine's
blog hop U R Priceless button to return to
the main schedule should you get sidetracked.
I wish you all a wonderful .... everything!
Thank you!


Welcome to our newest family member ...
Izzy ... a 10 week old Lhasa Aspo and
not looking too interested in her puppy treat ...
I think the girls wore her out today ... seriously ...
the blur is caused by the speed of action ...
 not just bad photography!
I did manage to get a couple of things completed
 in the sewing room ... proof positive:

I have another Kindle Classy Case, a pattern by GoLightly Sewing Studio
and a What's In Your Bag?, a pattern by Stitchin' Sisters.
I best be getting back into the sewing room too,
as Monday is the beginning of the UR Priceless blog hop,
brought to us by Katherine of Sew Me Something Good
and Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt ...
Here is Monday's schedule:

Day 1 - Nov. 5th
If you get lost in the wonder of creativity
along the way, remember you can return to
the full blog hop schedule by clicking into
Katherine's UR Priceless button on the sidebar.
I happen to be on tap for Tuesday ...
so I thank you for stopping in,
and I look forward to seeing you

Friday, November 2, 2012

Weekend Work on being Priceless

What a Week!
Wicked hop is over ... Wow!
Thank you so much to everyone
who hopped along with us, and everyone
who contributed ... couldn't have done it
without you!
Now Katherine will be bringing us the
U R Priceless hop and we will certainly
see some cuteness along the way.
The full schedule can be found by clicking
on the icon on the right.
I'll see you soon with more to share of the
projects I am working on  ... lots of fun!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Wicked Hop and a Wicked Tale

Wicked Wednesday ...
October 31st ...
Our last day of the Wicked Hop ...
Today's schedule brings you the following:
Wicked Wednesday,
October 31st

Please join me in cheering for all of our
Wicked Bloggers and the delightfully
wicked creations each has shared.
I give my thanks to all of you for joining
in and encouraging our fellow crafters...
I give special thanks to our Head Cheerleader,
who keeps us inspired to try new things
and keeps us on task ... thank you!
Today I also share with you my wickedly sad
tale of woe ... what better day to share than the
day of spooks and things that go bump in the night?

Meet the Quilt that Almost Wasn't ...
 Actually, this beauty is called "Sunflower"
designed by Amanda Murphy, using her
new line called Bella, which were debuted at
last week's Quilt Market.

Yes! Me!  I was so honored as to make a quilt
for the awesome and amazing Amanda Murphy
and the  totally unrelated 'murphy's law'
struck me wickedly!!

Remember a few weeks back when I was
so horribly sick that I couldn't even sew???
Yep, this beauty was sitting on my cutting table
and I couldn't even put a stitch in it.
Whahhh! --

Week 2 brings me healthy enough
to piece this marvel ... during the evenings
since I had to go to work during the day,
making up the time I missed work due
to illness. ... Small boohhooos ...

Week 3 --- I have my chance to show the
quilt market world that I can sew and quilt
... ... ...
yes ...
wait for it ...
Yep, my less than one-year old Pfaff
dies and I cry ... and cry.
After several desperate phone calls,
a very uncooperative local Pfaff dealer,
Cherrie, a Pfaff rep from the Pfaff
headquarters made a call and a few emails, and
the dealer agreed to work on my machine.
...  the following week ...
(yes, again!)
My back up machine was dead,
the reason for the new machine, in the first place,
so now, I'm again healthy enough to sew,
but can't due to a sick sewing machine.
I had my market quilt half free-motion quilted,
which I had to "un-sew" due to the inability
to finish where I left off
and that took me three evenings.

Week 4 ... I get my machine back.
I finish the quilt and very humbly
and gratefully package the quilt and
ship to the darling Amanda Murphy
in hopes to get it to her in time for market.

 I am extremely grateful the beauty is a completed story...
wicked though it is ... I learned I have persistence and
perseverance if not complete and utter pride that
I can share that I had a quilt at market ...

Wicked enough tale???

LOL ... yes, I can laugh about it now.

Bless each of you for visiting and
bless all those surviving Storm Sandy on the
east coast line of these United States.

Happy Halloween all and Wicked Wishes ~

Monday, October 29, 2012

Wicked Hop - Day 7

Something Wicked is truly coming your way,
on this, our second to the last day,
Madame Samm's Pinterest count has
248 Pinterest Wicked Pins.
Wicked Cool!

Spine Tingling Tuesday,
October 30th

Be sure to visit each of our Wicked Bloggers
to see the magic they have created ...
Thank you for joining us ...
Wicked Wishes~