Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Fun Small First Swap

Hey Everyone!
I hope you are all having a good week!

I am a bit behind, lately, sorry!
I am preparing to go on my first big vacation.
It turns out that finding all of the things that you have to pack for such an adventure, is taking up a lot of my sewing time!

I was able to start cutting blocks for a small swap I am having with a few awesome quilty friends, so that is something, at least!

Fyi; in a few months, I would like to do a larger block swap and will be putting a call out to anyone else who wants to participate. Don't miss it, if your interested in joining us! =D

I want to thank Crazy Mom Quilts for allowing us to borrow her tutorial on these adorable blocks!
What do you think of my block colors??

It was brought to my attention that my blocks are too color coordinated, lol!
I can't help it, I don't have much of a "scrap stash" yet, so I had to buy FQ's for our swap.. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't "match" mismatchy

In light of that, I am attempting to put some of the oranges with the blues, but that doesn't work so well for the pink. I don't think I can force the pink and orange together, what do you think, is pink and orange too crazy of a combo for scrappy blocks?

I am going to do my best to get a good number of them done before I leave.
I have already gotten almost everything packed. lol.. You could say I am a little excited. lol

Have you started anything, recently?

Why not share it on my Linky!?
We love to check out what everyone is up to and encourage your progress!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Winner for my Hop Stop!

Hello everyone!
I hope you all had a great weekend!
I know of someone who had a slightly better weekend than the rest of us..

I drew the winner of my giveaway for Jen and Jan's- Quilters Laundry Day Blog Hop!

 The Winner is.......

She has already responded and I will get her Grunge out to her,asap!!

Congratulations again, Vicki!

Thank you so much everyone, for visiting my stop on the hop!
I hope you all enjoied the blog hop as much as we did!

Take good care and God Bless!

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