Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Sayin' it with Flowers ...


Pardon the dirt ... 
Oh, I'm not dishin' it ... 
but I've been shoveling it !!

Amid the stitching of flowers,
I've been planting them ...
Above is my "deck" garden ... looking west,
and below is my deck garden looking east.
I've got strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers,
green onions and flowers, lots and lots of flowers!


I also found time this past weekend to plant
ten bare-root rose bushes, and next up is a
row of poplars along the fence seen in the background.
Um ... next weekend maybe :)

However, today you are here to see flowers
 of a different sort, aren't you? 

Today I share with you my Lovely handbag
....I say lovely as in the material is Lovely by Sandy Gervais ...
I've had the material for quite some time, saving it for that
"something special" and when this hop was announced,
I knew this was the something special I wanted
to make.  What better than a Spring/Summer flower
handbag out of this Lovely material in the
Sweet Harmony handbag pattern by Amy Butler?
Well, my LQS friend thought it was pretty
neat too ... the day after I made it for me and this hop
it was decided it should be used as a shop sample ....
so ...
the following day ... I started again:

 ... the material used here
is Terrain by Kate Spain ...
well ... showed up to work with this beauty ....
and ...
NOT!!
This one's mine!!!

But, I did make another :
But this time, it was the tote ....
See the size difference?  Same pattern: 

Well, geez ... with all of that stitching,
you can imagine the threads and snips and bits
I had all over the floor, so ...

I decided I needed a 
handy-dandy thread catcher:


So, I made this little beauty of a thread catcher bag
and pin cushion ... pattern is The Abbey Bag
and the materials are just about all Me and My Sister Designs'
Ticklish line, though I probably threw in some others of theirs
I had as they have so many fun and bright flower prints.

So there you have it ... my creations for the Say It with Flowers
blog hop...  I'm so glad I got to participate with you fine 
hoppers again ... I perform well with deadlines ... would you say?

And speaking of deadlines, I have a graduation quilt to 
finish before Friday this week, which I started this past
weekend, so I guess I should get back to business.

If you are interested, I promise I will post pictures
of it when finished ... it's on the machine right now as
I'm in the middle of quilting it ... and if I posted it now, 
chances are my niece may see it before she should
{wink}  She turns 18 next week and graduates 
from high school this weekend ... I think that 
warrants a quilt, wouldn't you?

Please be sure to visit with our fellow
gardening bloggers today .... I'm positive
what they have blooming will be perfection
beyond compare:

Say it With Flowers
Wednesday, May 29th
Why Knot Kwilt  -- you are here!
Cheerleader Carol and Squad leader Madame ...
to each of you I give a bouquet of the sweetest
flowers to bloom in your heart as they do in mine.  
Thank you!

I leave you with one of my all time favorite sayings ... 
courtesy of Pinterest
as so well illustrated by Mary Engelbreit. 
It seems so fitting for this hop.

To each of you I give my sincere 
appreciation for your visit, 
and to every flower in my garden of life,
I give my undying love and gratitude!

Thank you!




77 comments:

  1. Wendy, you have a green thumb, not only for "real" flowers but for fabric as well.love your bags and tote and you should get to keep one. I would love to see your niece's quilt! Thanks for your parade of bloom.

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  2. Love all you bags! Just yummy and so perfect for the flower hop.

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  3. Wendy...what great bags! And LOVE the flower thread catcher too! Good luck with the graduation quilt, I'm sure your niece will be thrilled and we'll be looking for the pictures!

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  4. Your garden looks wonderful ... as do your bags and flower pincushion and thread catcher. I love the one in Terrain. I would not give it up either. The pattern is sew nice. I am sure there will be a lot of them sold when people see your shop sample. Thank you for sharing ... :) Pat

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  5. What beautiful bags! Your deck garden is wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Great bags ! i like them really !
    Greatings from Germany !

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  7. Your garden is beautiful! Love your bags - the fabric is so pretty :)

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  8. What a lovely garden. So pretty yoyr bags are.
    Thanks for sharing
    Frederika

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  9. Wow! A real flower shower! That first bag, I think I need a new bag too! :D

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  10. I love them all! So lovely. Thank you for sharing with us. :)

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  11. It is the greatest compliment when you make something so lovely and everyone wants one just like it. Your bags are all very pretty.

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  12. What a wonderful collection of bags. Amazing that you had time to plant real flowers. Great post especially nice ending with the Mary Engelbreit quote.

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  13. Your bags are so wonderful. I am not surprised that so many want one like that.
    Thanks for sharing

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  14. Great bags! No wonder you kept making them! Cute little scrap catcher too....thanks for sharing!

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  15. Wendy your bag is wonderful, I can see why you needed to make a few more..

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  16. One bag is no bag, two bags is just half a bag, three bags is a real bag.... or something like that you must have been thinking, whilst sewing so many pretty bags!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers,

    Jeanneke.

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  17. fantastic bags....and the thread catcher; too cute

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  18. Great bags! Love them. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Your bags and thread catcher/pin cushion are all wonderful!

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  20. Great bags, lovely threadcatcher! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. You've had a little bagapolozza over here. They are splendid.

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  22. lovely abby bad. I needed a thread catch but I cheated and bought one. now I'm finding all these cute ones. maybe some day I'll make myself a cute one but for now I'll settle with my store bought one. Love yours nice project.

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  23. lol, now I want one :) Great bags and thread catcher, love the patterns, fabric choices, everything!

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  24. ahhh Wendy...your bags, your thread catcher...alllllll beautiful...I love your back porch too... very serene and you have made it your heavenly garden....soooo nice...

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  25. You are an over achiever with a deadline ! I love your bags and thread catcher. As I was reading I thought OMGoodness, I HAVE to make one of those bags ! It will be perfect for the upcoming bag swap I'm doing ! Thanks for the inspiration !

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  26. Your deck garden is beautiful! I've never lived anywhere that didn't have block or wood fences closing in my yard, so it is fun to see your wide open spaces. Those bags are beautiful in all the fabrics you chose and your thread catcher is something I really need to make for myself. Lovely creations, as usual! :O)

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  27. Love the purses. What a cute pattern. Good luck finishing the graduation quilt. What a treasure that will be.

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  28. Wow! You have been busy! The bags are beautiful, and so is your garden. I'd love to have a pretty, productive garden, but I don't know know much about it yet. I planted strawberries two years ago, so that's a start!

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  29. Such a beautiful post. Gardening and sewing are my favourites too.

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  30. Love your bags- they are stunning!

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  31. Beautiful bags! Love the thread catcher too.

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  32. Love your purses.The fabrics you used are wonderful. Love that pincushion, threatcatcher!

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  33. Your bags are all wonderful and I love the pin cushion. That is a fun pattern.

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  34. Great job! Love all your bags, and the thread catcher,too.

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  35. Good Morning Wendy!
    What a beautiful post!
    Why am I not surprised that you love gardening? You are such a talented young lady. Your projects are very nice and well done. Thank you for sharing your time and talent with us. Have a wonderful day!

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  36. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! Love the "happy" threadcatcher!

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  37. " To each of you I give my sincere

    appreciation for your visit,

    and to every flower in my garden of life,

    I give my undying love and gratitude!"

    What a beautiful thought!


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  38. Your purses are sooo cute. I just love the fabrics. And it sure looks like you have a beautiful place to sit outside and enjoy your flowers.

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  39. All of your purses are cute! And I love the thread catcher.
    Have fun
    jan

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  40. Lindos trabalhos. Cada um mais lindo que o outro. Adorei.

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  41. What lovely hand bags! I can see why the Lovely fabric one was snapped up right away and I think that one was my favorite. What a cool thread catcher too!

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  42. Beautiful bags!
    Your real flowers are wonderful.

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  43. Beautiful projects, Wendy! I love the bags! Who wouldn't love to carry one of those!!!

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  44. What beautiful projects. I lov etha thread catcher it is just amazeing.

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  45. Lovely flowers, real and fabric. My fav is the very pretty Lovely bag and the sweet thread catcher. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to seeing your graduation quilt.

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  46. What a lovely post to read and see. Beautiful bags and a lovely thread catcher.

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  47. lovely projects, and so colorful!

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  48. Great projects - I love your Amy Butler bags!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  49. Very cute bags, I love the fabrics you chose.

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  50. Great looking bags, really love your fabric choices! Thanks for sharing.

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  51. Such pretty projects. You are a busy stitcher for sure.

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  52. Beautiful Bags and super cute thread catcher!!

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  53. Your bags are lovely but your thread catcher pincushion stole the show. (I have a little pincushion addiction.)

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  54. Lovely bags, I liked them all. But as mdm Samm says, I'm a bag-lady :-)
    Think that makes two of us??
    Beautilful garden and flowers.
    Have a nice and relaxed summer on your balcony.

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  55. All the bags are lovely, I'm glad you managed to keep one! The thread catcher is fantastic too.

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  56. What a great place to unwind and relax :) All the bags are beautiful,the fact that other people are wanting them just shows how much!

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  57. Hi Wendy,
    your thread catcher bag is the moste beautiful I ever saw.
    Wonderful flower bags, great work!
    Bente

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  58. Oh my goodness, what great bags! And a darn cute thread catcher too! Wow. You did good!!

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  59. Your bags are lovely. So is the thread catcher.

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  60. Beautiful bags! I love the thread catcher and pincushion!

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  61. hi Wendy I love that you planted all of those roses they will be beautiful and so will the rest of the garden. Your bags are beautiful and your thread cather is so sweet and love the fabrics.

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  62. Hi Wendy, loved all your bags and specially your thread catcher. I have boxes and tin candy containers for my thread catchers and I really gave them a workout this weekend(filled them up). Anyway I admire your planting skills as well as your purse making.

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  63. I love that saying, too! It's one of my favorites. Your bags are super, THREE! Do I see "over-achiever" here? :) I need one of those thread catchers, too. The projects blend in with all your garden flowers.

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  64. Love the 3 bags. But the thread catcher is too sweet for words. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  65. Love the bags and the thread catcher. Thanks for sharing. vickise at gmail dot com

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  66. Lovely bags and a very cute thread catcher! Great job!

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  67. Wendy, you are a sewing genius! Your bags are all so beautiful, and your little thread catcher is so pretty. Good luck with the graduation quilt. I adore Mary Englebreit and totally agree with that saying! Thanks for sharing your flowery creations!

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  68. I bet that made you feel good that the shop owner wanted your bag for a sample to have in the shop. The bags are all fabulous!

    Love the thread catcher as well!

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  69. Love your totes, I'm a huge fan of bags =)
    Lovely thread catcher, I should make me one. So many nice ones to choose from though... how to decide =)

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  70. Love your bags, and the thread catcher is great!

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  71. Ohhhh do I love your bags too! And the bright and cheery thread catcher!

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  72. Cute purses adn LOVE the thread catcher!!!!
    Great job!

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  73. I love all your bags and the thread catcher is so cute. I must get round to making one as I end up with bits all over my clothes and the floor.

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  74. I am in love with our fabrics. Great bags. You sure do work well with a deadline!

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  75. Hi!!! Wow!!! Love all of your flower creations!!!! You have been busy!!!! I love the thread catcher too!!!!

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