Saturday, February 16, 2019

Another Snippet Roll

I told you these were addictive.
When you go searching through your stash, and find bits of lace, trims, small appliques, etc, put them in a box and mark it for Snippet Rolls. It will be easier to pick and choose if they were me.

So this one has a bird theme.

I have found so many little goodies for Snippet Rolls, so I will be kitting some up for those who want everything in one place. They will be themed and will include everything needed to make a Snippet Roll.
Base strip, Vintage spool, tiny fabric images, laces, several charms, mother of pearl buttons, scrim, tiny sea shells, tiny glass bottle for sand, tiny mermaid tears I've collected,bits and bobs, a muslin bag with large image to decorate it with for Snippet storage or gift giving. This is the first kit. The theme is the Sea/Beach and it is $35 plus SH.

Go through your stash and enjoy!

Friday, February 08, 2019

Snippet Rolls are addicting

Well my friends, just a quick post about my newest projects. I discovered the world of Snippet Rolls. I saw a photo then made one, then two, and started my third. They go hand in hand with crazy quilting because you use scraps and bits & bobs, and you can design them however you want, no rules. I did have to order some vintage thread spools, but I had everything else stocked. I'm sure you will find you have most everything you need to make a few as well.

I did some browsing and found my friend Liz, has bags of lace remnants at a great price in her etsy shop GypsyFeather

Many use random lace pieces and such in a miss matched, helter skelter method, but I prefer to tell a story, a theme, which is easy to do with this project. My first was for a dear friend that I thought would enjoy one.

The second was for another sweet friend who I know enjoys the beach. I also made a bag, which I didn't know was part of them until I did more browsing.

The one I'm starting now has a garden theme. Then I have three more to do before I make myself one. Check back in a few days, I'm sure to have more to share.

Enjoy your moments.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

New Year

Happy New Year to all of you who visit my blog. I hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed New Year. I wish you all the best of all you love, treasured friendships to warm your heart, stash to keep your hands busy, and sweet dreams filled with lavender whispers and finding that one special item that makes your heart do a somersault during your shopping jaunts.

I'm slowly making my way back into the studio, so hopefully I'll have some creations to share. I made a few vintage lace and lavender filled hearts with a touch of silk ribbon embroidery to test the waters. I've sent out several, but have some to stuff and put in my etsy shop which I hope to fill with goodies as I do another cleaning of the studio. Like most of you, I only use certain stash items, so the rest must go because it overwhelms me and I feel guilty knowing it will never be used.

On a happier note, my beautiful mother celebrated her 88th birthday this month. We had our traditional Red Lobster lunch and enjoyed a strawberry Daiquiri together and it was soooo refreshing.

I made her a collage of some of our fun jaunts. 

Well that's a little sampling of what I've been doing. I hope you are creating and enjoying your moments. HAPPY NEW YEAR! I will be back soon. I want to share something fun from mom's birthday.😉

Enjoy the beautiful music by Andrea & Matteo Bocelli

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

2019 Crazy Quilt Calendar is available

Just finished the 2019 crazy quilt calendar. 13 months of calendar girls, and to inspire your muse a little quote for each month. You can find it on the Magcloud button to the top left on my blog. Thank you. Enjoy.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Spring......I'm here, where are you?

The calendar says it's Spring, however the snow we got yesterday says otherwise. Brrrrrrrr! The sun is shining this morning, so I will settle for that until the weather breaks. The snowdrops, crocus and Job's Tears are in bloom, poor things.

Yes, I'm still here. I know it's been a while. Sometimes you need to step away from your usual life and focus on those who give your heart it's purpose, family. It's been quite a boat ride but we are finally arriving to port intact and smiling. Everyone is in good health and happy, and that is all I need.

Sewing still seems a bit foreign but I'm confident I will be stitching again. The desire has not left me,  I just have to get the mind to cooperate. I did make a few Easter themed strawberry pincushions for my etsy shop.My poor neglected etsy shop😕
While I was doing a little mending for my daughter in law on Sunday, we began looking through the boxes and drawers in my studio. I enjoyed fondling the vintage trinkets and fibers, making me want to finish a few projects. While browsing,my thoughts turned to many of you, my CQ friends. I miss our connection, and thank those of you who brighten my day with a note or surprise. I do appreciate it.💝

Mom is doing fine, we have been working puzzles together the past few months. We had a scare on New Years Day. I rushed her to the ER and found she had bronchitis and with one working lung, it became dangerous quickly. Thankfully everything turned out fine and she is feeling good.

We had a nice mild day two weeks ago so hubby was working in the front yard while I was raking out the front flower bed and we got a nice surprise. Our new neighbors walked over and introduced themselves. A nice family of five. I'm looking forward to getting to know them and enjoying everything having a neighbor brings. She said they enjoy gardening, so yeah! I will be adding a stepping stone path from the fence and do some nice plantings so they know they are welcome to visit.

I think I'll end this here, I just wanted to pop in and say hi. I'm going to browse blogs after lunch when I settle in my comfy chair with a cup of tea. Can't wait to see what you've been up to. Enjoy your day.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Summer days

Hi Friends, Mid summer and I've not blogged in ages. So much has happened, good and bad. I'll start with the bad so I can end with a positive note. In April I lost my step brother, Paul, my mom's son from first marriage. Although I've only seen him a handful of times because he lived in WV, we stayed in contact and he was the kindest brother with such a big heart. He was a Marine, Vietnam vet. I miss hearing from him. Ironically, I was planning a surprise road trip for both Paul and mom this year. His death was unexpected and I was once again reminded not to put things off. I will always regret that.
 Paul did get to meet my son Edward. I'm so glad he did.

Nine days after Paul passed, I lost my baby brother Bill. Again, unexpected and unbearably sad. Still recovering from this. It seems incredibly wrong to lose a younger sibling. I don't think mom will ever be herself again after these losses. She is trying to be brave and put on a smile, but her eyes show her broken heart which in turn breaks mine. My brother was a loner much like myself. I think we all are, except my oldest brother in Hawaii. He seems to have the world on a shoestring and I'm happy for him. I will miss the box of Fannie May mints that shows up on my birthday, his homemade beef jerky with that hint of sweetness and black pepper that only he can make, the wooden bowls he made on occasion with dad's lathe I used to share with him on our woodworking days in the shop, the birthday cards signed,"Love(I guess) Bill", and taking him his favorite licorice snaps when I found them. I miss him daily and wish I would have had more time with him.
So, my muse has left and I don't expect her back anytime soon. It's fine though because I have been enjoying visits with mom daily, gardening, and hanging with hubby. I've thought a lot and realized I am where I'm supposed to be. I tried the social thing, and loved my teaching and meeting students and new friends, but I shine most when I am in the environment I created through the years. I don't like drama, competition, negativity, etc, and I can choose not to engage in any of it any longer. Life is too short. My motto has always been to be true to yourself, now I fully understand that is exactly what I must do. 
I've enjoyed crazy quilting so much and felt I needed to share it so others may find that enjoyment. So, I was nudged into teaching, and although it was out of my comfort zone, I had the most amazing, supportive students who allowed me to be me. To see their creations, their joy and confidence, I can admit, I was successful. I'm complimenting myself, possibly for the first time in my life, and it feels good. Thank you to all who trusted me to introduce you to being free with crazy quilting. You are all amazing women. I will always be grateful for the crazy quilt ladies I've met. Time to step back, but will stop in on occasion when I have something to contribute. 
On the happy notes, as some of you may know, my dear husband has kicked cancers butt. Wed is his last checkup for two years. Thankful for finding the right dr at Northwestern. Three years of the wrong care locally, one year of the right treatment and it's gone! Thank you Dr. Ma, you are my hero.

Mom bought this Victorian tear catcher for an early birthday gift. I filled it with tiny mermaid tears. I love it and thought I'd share in case you find one. They aren't easy to find, but they are out there. Women would collect their tears from a loss and when the tears dried up, mourning time was over. Sad but sweet concept I thought.

So no worries aver me, I'm doing what I need to do, led by my heart and very content. I miss you all, and think of you often and I hope I come to mind on occasion and not forgotten because I will be back from time to time. After all, I've got to use up some of this collected stash.
FYI~Carole Cree is retiring, so if you want in on some great deals, 40% off at Flights of Fancy! So get over there and pick up some pretty stash! Tell Carole Pat sent you :-) (No, I don't get a kickback,lol) I wish Carole the best in her retirement. Her offerings have been a staple in my stash for so many years. Thank you Carols for supplying crazy quilters with amazing goodies.

I took mom out for a drive, ended up in St. Joe then caught some yard sales on the way home where I met the owner of Quilter's Resource. It was an honor to meet such a lovely lady. Although she closed a few years ago, she had some vintage lace that I was fortunate to acquire, so I really need to continue CQing now,lol.

Thought I'd leave you with some old photos mom shared with me. Don't laugh too hard. Oh the fun times we take for granted when young.
  Fishing with my little brother in Canada!

Dad,me,brothers Steve,Jim,Bill posing on a future car project. My dad was a body man and loved rebuilding from scratch.
 Sitting on boulders in Canada with brothers Bill and Steve. No, we did not add to the grafitti.

                                           Canada trip, I think this was our last one. 
 Step brother (Dad's son) standing, Rodney, left to right~Steve,Jim,Me (gotta love that dress,LOL)

 Guess who? Yes, I was born with dark hair then it turned blonde and now....only my hairdresser knows for sure :-)

 Mom and dad and a small hint of brother Steve before their brood were part of the picture.

Mom as a girl in WV where playing in a creek was her favorite pastime.

I hope you are enjoying your moments. Be safe and blissful stitches my friends.