Friday, March 17, 2017

We have a Winner!

Wow! My {Special} March Giveaway was fantastic!
Here's lookin at you, Birthday Kid! <chuckles>
Thank you EVERYONE for entering, following me and sharing with friends!
I really enjoied looking at the great linked up projects, too!
Thank you for taking your time to share your projects with us. <3
I know you must be curious as to who won..
The winning entry was on day 2 at 2:31 in the morning!
Wow.. That is some Great dedication, Colleen! =D lol
I'm so sad to see it end but so glad that I get to send out some sweet happy mail!
Congrats, again!
Did you happen to catch that, again, I have a 2nd giveaway happening this month!?
I really didn't plan it this way, but how can I complain!? =D
The Quilters Laundry Day Blog Hop Reveal happened over the weekend.
I really like everyones' blocks, you should check them out! (blog links are in my post)
Like some of the other blogs that are participating, I have a bit of a treat to giveaway. =)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Quilters Laundry Day Blog Hop and Giveaway{s}!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
I was truly thrilled when my good friend Jan mentioned that she and her friend Jen, were doing a blog hop this year! - and how cute is that, anyway! Jen and Jan.. lol

Not only that.. Jen created this amazing house block for us all to download on Craftsy- free! It's called "Quilters laundry day"
It is the cutest thing ever and she did an amazing job on the pattern - Just Wow!
Thank you so much Jen, for taking your time to create this awesome block for us to enjoy!
These are the fabrics that I chose. I can't help it, those brights call my name every time and I am too weak to turn
This is the first block (that isn't just strips sewn together) that I have ever made and it definitely took me a little while to figure out what in the world I was doing.. haha
I'll admit, I almost chickened out of finishing it.. Thanks so much for your help Jan- Whew!
But- I did finish it and I'm proud that I was able to persevere! Yay me! =D
The picture below is not quite right, the house is supposed to be on the other side of the quilt but I wanted a quick progress pic ;)
THAT being said...
For some reason, I can measure (and check it twice) before cutting but in the end my block is a little off and it's smaller than it should be.
It's still super cute and now that I have the hang of it, mostly, I think I want to make more of them and practice.
Just maybe I can get the right size...somehow...haha
Here it is! I'm happy with the way it turned out but I am looking forward to practicing on this block and getting more use to this kind of pattern. It is a lot of fun watching it all come together!
Thanks so much for inviting me along on your Hop, Jan and Jen!
I had a great time trying something new and I can't wait to hop around and see  what everyone else has done with their blocks!
OH! Did I forget to mention that at both Jen's {A Dream and A Stitch} and Jan's {Color, Creating and Quilting} blog, if you make a comment, you can enter to win a prize!?
Some of the other hop stops along the way are offering prizes too, and Yes! I am one of them! =D

               The winner will be drawn on Wednesday, March 22, 2017
               Use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win some grunge!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Take a look at the hop stops below and enjoy the fun! =)
March 10 Reveal Day

Jen Rosin  A Dream and a Stitch
Kate Heads at Smiles From Kate
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Karen Thurn at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats

Melva Nolan at Melva Loves Scraps
Vicki at Vicki's Crafts & Quilting
Julie Stocker at Pink Doxies
Anja Clyke at Anja Quilts
Diann at Little Penguin Quilts
Jayne at Twiggy & Opal
Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication
Leanne Milsom at Lizzie the Quilter
Sandra Walker at Mmm! Quilts!

March 11 Reveal Day

Janice Holton at Color Creating & Quilting
Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter
Amy Gerlich at Amy Scrap Spot
Sharon Denney Parcel at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Susan Gordon at Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Anne Boundy at Said With Love
Barbara Wootie at The Flashing Scissors
Jan Welander at Making Scraps
Mary Marcotte at Fleur de Lis Quilts

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Closed- {Special} March Giveaway!

Happy Wednesday!!

So it's my FAVorite time, again!
Seems like we JUST did this!! =D

This month though, my giveaway is to celebrate my youngest son's 9th birthday! I can't believe my baby is getting so big!

His Birthday is on St. Patty's Day and he happens to be the luckiest kid around! We are part Irish, too, so it is very fitting!
He had major open heart surgery in Janurary, 2012 - This little boy is amazing.. To this day he blows my mind.
This post tells His Story!

This post gives a peek into his days at the hospital and just after getting home, hanging with his bestest buddy- his older brother <3

This picture was from the day after surgery. I was doing whatever I could to make him smile and you know what..farting noises have never failed me and they didn't that day either!  Love that smile
As I am sure you can imagine, I began packing his hospital bag about a month beforehand. Lest I forget something very important, like his favorite bear or blanky! He would have loved it if I could have brought all of his animal friends! I kid you not, upon request, I use to bury this kid at bedtime in all of his animals. That is how he loved to sleep.. The little silly.. =D

Honestly, I wouldn't have any pictures with my kids if I had to like My
The boys were posing in new school clothes and we took a fun group shot. ;)
He's still my baby boy!
As you can see from the recent photos, he is just a regular boy - full of energy and silliness! He also happens to be very proud of his scar and if he likes you, he'll show you ;)
OK! ENOUGH reminiscing, already!
Let's get on to the good stuff!
To celebrate my boy's 9th birthday, I am doing this giveaway a bit differently! 
I am sponsoring this myself with a couple of super fun extras from a few awesome sponsors!!
I visited my favorite shops and found things to purchase, that I could include and also found things on line.
You get EVERYTHING in the box below..
{Go Ahead, you can scroll down for a quick peek, I don't mind at all!} =D
and also
2- Bonnie and Camille Basics- Packs AND another surprise that I don't want to oust JUST yet..
GreenFairy Quilts is giving a $10 Gift Certificate!
Front Porch Quilts in Troy Michigan, gave me 2 Toscana Charm Packs to include
CottonCuts is throwing in a Blueberry Park Fat Quarter Bundle
{pictured directly below}!

I have been working on this for quite awhile and boy ,am I thrilled with the outcome! 

Now- Maybe your wondering how you can enter?! ;)

Good Luck!! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Can I Get a Weekend Re-Do!?

Hey Everyone! 
 I was hoping that I could get a weekend re-do!
Saturday was going great until I began having some terrible pain in my shoulder and chest area. I try not to grumble about it too much here, so that should tell you the sheer ridiculousness of the pain I was having. Fun, Right!
Which means that my Rheumatoid Arthritis decided to flare up on me. ugh
It is rarely THAT bad, but boy, let me tell you.. I think it was the worst yet. Yay me! hahaha
If it were almost any other part of my body, I could still sew! With it being my shoulder, though, it is impossible to do anything!
Even the slightest movement meant severe pain.
THAT is enough to have even Me pushing my to-do list off a cliff, forget out of my mind- it was No where to be seen. lol
Basically, my favorite time of the week was spent with me in bed, for 3 days..
Yes, I was forced to include Monday in on my miserable- not so fun- weekend.
I am usually all too happy to have a 3 day weekend, I mean, who isn't!?
Except it's usually doing something that I enjoy, even if that's being lazy! lol 
I have to say that I have a fantastic hubby, though! He took care of me and waited on me hand and foot (he even volunteered to the grocery store, Holy cow!!). I would have been in big trouble without him! Been there - done that, it is NO fun!
Thankfully, I am already on the up-swing of that!
So, I am hoping that approaching THIS weekend, I will be able to get all of those other things done and get back on track!

I have a BIG March giveaway that I am still prepping for, eek.. That's like, tomorrow, right!?
My fingers are crossed, will you cross yours for me too, please!? ;)
I hope Your weekend was full of good things and fun, at least!!
Have a super week and God Bless!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Have You Heard!?

Hey everybody!
Happy weekend!
I don't know about you but I am ready!
My to-do list has been waiting patiently for just such an occasion- the weekend! haha

First, I want to thank you all for your thoughtful and helpful comments on my previous post! It warms my heart that you are all there for me with encouragement and help, thank you thank you thank you!! xox!!

Now that That piece of wonderfulness is out of the way;
Have you ever heard of Spoonflower??

I have been super intrigued with fabric design and started searching for ways to accomplish it..
You'd never guess that I went into it thinking I would have to figure out HOW to even print it onto the fabric, then thinking it would be this crazy drawn out process that would be a huge pain in the butt..

Then I found Spoonflower and was literally blown out of my chair to see that I could upload my own designs and THEY would print it for me! AND you can sell them right on their site/ or your own!
It's so beyond awesome that I can't even process it!

Check out my first batch of designs!

I still have a bunch of designs that I need to get swatches of before they can be for sale but All of those above can now be purchased from my site!

This one below isn't available just yet but it will be asap! It is the cutest thing EVER!!
My 15 year old niece Madison (creator of the design below!) and I have joined together to create some awesome designs and I think you will love them, too!

I have named her collection 'Madison's Magic' and will do my best to keep her designs there, for ease. ;)

She is super talented as a artist and I just could not resist the idea of working with her, how awesome is that!?
We have long term goals that we are going to push to make happen. This could be her ticket to college, doing something that she LOVES! I'm going to do my very best to help her with that!!!

As soon as these birds are available I am making all sorts of fun things out of it!
THAT is a promise!
 We call it Bickering Birds.
Sorry for the terrible picture, it really isn't too shabby since it is a picture of my computer screen! lol
I hope you will check out my new fabric designs!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A New {UnExpected} Challange

I don't know about the weather where you are, but here in Michigan it has been gorgeous!
In February, we are used to getting a lot of snow and very windy, cold temps.
This week we have had some major record setting warm temps and none of us are complaining!
This picture is from a much colder, snowier night, though!

Today, I thought I would share something quite personal..
I have a fantastic community of friends here and I welcome any helpful tips that you may have to offer. :)

My boys are 12(JJ) and nearly 9 (CC). They are pretty much opposite in every way.
Where my 9 year old is laid back and "cool".. my 12 year old sometimes has a hair-trigger and stresses out.. CC has my body style, so he is tall and slender.
JJ has his dads body style and let's just say that isn't tall and slender..

JJ has been unhappy about his body for a long time but it wasn't until the doctor said (in December 2016) that he should loose some weight, that I realized there was a problem.
JJ was a big boy. Has been since birth. He's been in the 97% for height and weight, his whole life.

It's important for him to love who he is and that is all that it comes down to. And he didn't love himself. In fact, at this point, I think he even hated himself. His body was betraying him. He wants it to look a certain way and that just isn't possible for him. Do you know what I mean?
He looks at his slender brother and wishes it were him. but he just can't ever be slender. BUT He CAN be himself and we can make him the BEST self he can be! =D
After leaving the doctor, Jacob and I had some serious conversations about the changes that we would both have to make for him to be successful.
He didn't need a "diet", he just needed to make better decisions about what and how much he ate. He sometimes made poor decisions at his dads house (or ate because he was bored or stressed) and I needed him to understand that HE has to be in charge of what he eats. He can't count on anyone else to do it for him.
Though, at home with me, I do handle all of that for him. (So, I guess it kind of makes sense that given some freedom in that department, he would want to really stretch the limitations.. Way to go me.. ugh)
I make all the meals and tell him what and when he can and can't eat.
You know, I have been doing that since they were babies.
It just doesn't occur to me to give them full reign of the pantry and fridge.
That just seems and when their 18.. I'll STILL do it because they'll eat us out of house and home!! LOL!!

Immediately, I started taking my 2 boys on a nightly walk.
Initially, it was about 3/4 of a mile. I found an app on my phone to help us track how far we went for how long.
We haven't been able to go out every night. Sometimes it's rainy and that's no good when it is also freezing. lol
I think the coldest it has ever been was 14*f. Which, I don't think I really have to point out, is friggin cold!! lol
I made a decision early on that I could not let Cold be the reason we didn't walk. Newsflash, it's winter in Michigan, it's Going to be cold. lol

I realized very quickly that I needed to feel like I was doing more for my son that just making his food differently (when he was home, anyway). I just didn't HAVE him all of the time to be able to ensure that everything was going as "planned".. Taking them on a jog/walk makes me feel like I am REALLY trying to help him change. I want to show him that no matter how hard something is or what happens, I will never leave his side. (I'll admit, I'm not usually up for horseplay, it's cold and I want to get home. lol). I think my supporting him in this way has changed the way he has reacted to it and makes it a positive thing for him. Excersizing is already a great motivator but QT with me certainly doesn't hurt! -Man... when my boy doesn't want me around anymore, it is sure going to hurt..sniff sniff..

These days our jog/walks go for about 1.5 miles, or more.
It's been easy to get outside when we are in "the mode" but when we can't go out for a couple of days it gets easier to put it off.

Fast forward a bit-
In the first 2 months, Jacob lost 13 lbs!
He can see the difference and he is very motivated to ditch more of those pesky ego eating pounds!

I have changed all of our diets - but let's be honest.. My hubby and I still eat pizza rolls for dinner when I don't want to cook.. I'm not even going to mention how often THAT is!! lol
We buy a lot of turkey, now! Ground turkey makes for great taco meat, meatloaf (though I have mixed 1/2 and 1/2 with ground beef for the flavor), spaghetti and chili! Seriously, you can't even tell it's different, except that it is softer and you know what, Better!! You should try it! ;)

I am starting him on the DoTerra Slim "shake" soon to help him get past this plateau in his weight-loss and I am confident that he will accomplish his goal and feel so much better for it!

If any of you have had AWE-some sucess with a certain thing for weight-loss, I would LOVE to hear about it, please share!

I think all of this could explain why I have been somewhat lacking with my posts lately. I would MUCH rather not have to do all of that work, but that's life, or so they say! ;)
I'm working on my projects in every spare moment, I promise!

Take real good care everyone and God Bless!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Minky Scarves, Again!


I hope everyone is having a great week!

I was finally able to give my sister and her 2 girls the minky scarves that I made for them! Since I wanted it to be a surprise I really needed to keep it on the DL (Down-Low). So I couldn't share it with you at all, not even on Instagram! That was reallllly hard and I am proud of myself for sticking to my guns! lol
                 When I seen this adorable fox flannel I just had to get it!

I like the simple quilting that I did on them, too!

They really liked them!
I had to do some fast talking to get them to agree to take a picture for me to post! lol
I'm still working on the other 2..
This is my beautiful -😭😭nearly adult😭😭- niece

I wanted to make something fun for them that would make them laugh and bring warmth to their necks and their hearts, I believe I accomplished that!

I now have Minky Scarves for sale at my Etsy Shop!
Get yours before winter is over and you'll be ready for next year!

I'm linking up with ElmStreetQuilts- OMG!

Have a wonderful week and God Bless!!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

I Have an Etsy Shop! =D

Hey Everybody!

I'm sorry that I have been a little absent lately.
Life never slows down, you know!?

I want to let you all know that I now have a Etsy Store! ...The picture gave it away though, huh.. lol

I finally was able to try out a new pattern idea that I've had running through my head for awhile now.. I'm sure you guessed that I am really excited about it, as I am about a lot of things! lol

So yes! I am super excited and I will be doing a tutorial for it for a shop's blog in the near future! - Even MORE Excitement!
You can BET that I will post the link here for you all to check it out, too!

This is all new to me but I can not wait for it to unfold!

I'm not going to give it all away here, but if you would like to check it out, it is in my store! I'll even give you a hint which one it is.....
It is NOT the easy one.... lol!
I only have 2 things up, so far and I hope to be adding to my Etsy shop very soon!
I make to order so you have some say in the final product!

I DO want to thank my buddy Janice for being my pattern tester! XoXo!!
(when I get her the completed pattern, that is! lol) She is so great at making quilts, I have no doubt she will knock this bad boy out of the park!

Thanks for stopping by!
Check out my store if you are interested, please let me know if you have any questions! =)

Have a GREAT weekend and God Bless!!!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Interview With A Quilter

I hope everyone is doing well and feeling blessed and loved!

I had this idea a few weeks ago and decided to roll with it- I hope you enjoy!

My Aunt has been sewing for years and years.
I got to thinking that she must have some awe-some tips and stories.
Out of the blue, I emailed her and asked if I could do this little thing on my blog and ask her some questions.
She said Sure! - Though, I am sure she didn't expect the 20 that I sent for her to answer- Sorry, dude! lol

For every question that I put on paper, 2 more would pop into my head!
I got quite a few down and then I added a couple good ones from my readers and viola! 20 Questions.. I guess it is quite fitting.. lol

1) How long have you been sewing
 I remember making a dress to wear to school in 7th grade.  My Mom  was a sewer and she taught me.  I also had Home Economics in Junior High and always signed up for sewing because I had no interest in cooking and those were the choices.
2) Why did you start, who inspired you

 My Mom was very crafty and I learned sewing and knitting from her.  Her hands were always busy making something.  (AmyScrapSpot's) Grandma Betty donated 100's of knitted hats and mittens at Christmas time over the years.
I've seen those, there was never a moment that she didn't have knitting in her hands! She has warmed up sooo many little hands and heads in her lifetime!

3) What is the hardest thing you ever made

 I was interested in a quilt as you go wall hanging and over the process of making it decided I needed to learn how to make quilts the old fashioned way.  I did finish the quilt but was totally frustrated when I had to fold over and hand stitch all the seam allowances to cover the seams that held the blocks together.  Over time I have made intricate quilts with thousands of pieces that are doable as long as you are patient.

4) What is your favorite thing to create/ (5) What is something you Hate about it

 Quilting is my favorite!  Each process from choosing the fabric to making a label is fun!  The more difficult the pattern the longer it takes and you can some times feel you will never get done.  You start to question why you started it in the first place but when it is finished you get great satisfaction in viewing your labors.  You hope the person you share it with will appreciate the quilt and take care of it because of the hours of love you put into it.

6) Something you love

 I love to see the colors come together when the quilt is constructed.  The brights and whites to the subtle and pale can all fuse together to make an outstanding quilt.

7) Do you fix all mistakes

 Yes I fix all mistakes.  One time I showed a finished quilt top to a friend and she immediately spotted a mistake in the middle of the quilt.  I had to take the rows apart to get to the bad part and fix it.  Every time I looked at the quilt I would only be able to look at the mistake so I fixed it.

8) Do you always use patterns / (9) Ever create your own patterns

 I use patterns all the time.  My mind doesn't create patterns I follow them.  It's good to know your limitations!  I can do variations but making up the pattern is greek to me.

10) How many quilts have you made

 I can't count the number of quilts I have made.  I did start a scrap book with a picture of each quilt and a picture of the person I made it for.  Not every quilt has been documented.  

11) How many have you quilted yourself

 I would like to do more machine quilting.  I only feel comfortable quilting baby and lap quilts on my home machine.  I did get a Janome with a large throat so I could do larger quilts however it is very tiring pushing and pulling the material around while working on it.  Looking forward to renting time on a long arm machine at the local quilt store soon.

12) What is the biggest / smallest

 The sizes range from King to coasters and everything in between!
13) Do you have a favorite (go to) pattern or fabric

 I use a lot of Moda fabrics.  I don't usually have a preference, what I look for is color.  I do only use fabric from quilt stores or online quilt suppliers because I have learned by using them the colors don't fade.  Everything will fade eventually with washings and sun damage but for all the time you spend making them you will be happier longer with the good stuff.

14) Your best achievement

 One of my Trapunto quilts did earn a "Judges Choice" ribbon at a Missouri Quilt show.

15) What kind of sewing machine do you use

 I do love my Janome machine.  User friendly and a work horse.  The price is also to be considered over the other higher end machines out there.  I enjoyed it so much that when I bought the Quilter's Edition" I purchased another Janome.
16) Is there anything you'd like to sew but never quite got around to it

 Usually I have several projects going at the same time.  My wallet can't keep up with my eyes!  I love to be shopping for fabrics, have one or two that are in the process and looking for patterns. 
17) What is the best sewing tip you ever got

 Tip:  DON'T sew after surgery when you have been under anesthesia.  You think you know what you are doing but you DON'T.  You will look at the project a few weeks after and say "What the heck was I doing".
18) Whats the one piece of advice that you'd give to someone wanting to sew

 Start with one project at a beginner level and learn how to do it right.  It will save you grief in the long run.
19) Whats the one tool you could never do without

 For quilting the favorite tools:  cutting board, acrylic ruler and rotary cutter.  These three are invaluable.

20) Do you have any particular brands that you recommend for novice sewits/ quilters

 I like to use my coupons from Joann's when shopping for quilting tools and they carry a good selection of brands to choose from.  I do like the lines on the Omnigrid tools and find them accurate and easy to read.
She is an amazing quilter and I hope to some day be half good at it as she is!!
Also, she has been teaching her 8 year old granddaughter (T) to quilt and let me tell you, T's quilt (YES, she appliqued an awesome quilt!!) turned out so beautiful! You would never know that an adult hadn't made it! Sorry- I wish I had a picture of her perfect flowers!
I hope you enjoyed our little interview. =)
I had a great time, as usual, doing this post and I hope to do more like it!
Have a fantastic weekend and God Bless!!