Friday, January 22, 2016

Sharing the Love.....

February is coming,
 LOVE is in the air,
 HEARTS are everywhere!! 

Valentines Day is just around the corner
 and its a great time to stitch up some woolly hearts!! 

To say I love you to all of you who
 follow, encourage, and support me
 I am sharing my
Scalloped Valentine Heart Pattern with you!! 
Please use for personal use only. 
This download will be available only through February 14th.

Enjoy and THANK-YOU!!! 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

WOW!! Christmas sure went by fast!! 
As soon as I got home from Australia I hit the online shopping sites!!! 
The last two years I have done most of my
 Christmas shopping online and I have to say I like it!!
You get to shop without traffic, parking lots, and lines!!
 You find what you want or at least you don't
 have to drive from store to store to figure out who has it!!
 I turn on the Christmas music and away I go surfing the web!! 
Then....there is the anticipation of the package coming!!
 Checking things off my list as the orders are delivered!! keeps my husband employed!!!

Gotta LOVE those UPS men!!! least I LOVE MINE!!! 

We are 5 days into January and we have been 
stuck at home 3 of them due to weather!!
 It's ICY here....schools closed and Jeff wasn't even
 able to get out the driveway yesterday
 for work and hardly made it back in tonight. 
Whatever started to melt today refroze by the time he got home!!

I have been busy taking down all things Christmas.
 I always try and take time as I am wrapping up the
 season and packing away the ornaments to remember
 where I collected each item from.
 A FRESH package of white tissue paper is always 
a necessity when packing up Christmas!!

This cute little mouse stringing popcorn is a Hallmark ornament I got in 1986!!
I "Used" to sting popcorn EVERY year for my tree!!!

And as empty as the house feels with it all
 down and put away the New Year is moving in faster than I can get the calendar up!!!

So Happy New Year!!! First thing is to get organized....It FEELS GOOD!!! 
This week I am organizing my sewing and office area!!
 The Sewing and Stitchery Expo is right around the corner!!

February 25 - 28 2016
At the Puyallup, Washington Fair Grounds!!
It's a great show and so much fun!! 
Hope if you live in the area you can attend. 

New patterns are coming soon so keep watch 
and I will of course post them also when they are ready. 
I always have new patterns in the spring as it is Quilt Market time. 
This year it is in Salt Lake City, Utah only about a day or so drive.

Quilt Market is a wholesale trade show for the Quilting Industry. 
It's a huge event and requires lots of time and planning!! 
I will have more information coming about wool workshops I will be 
doing at a couple of quilt shops on the way home.

I hope you are all finding ways to stay warm if you
 live in a cold climate and for 
my aussie friends, I hope you are having ICE in your drinks!! 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

What a whirlwind it is around trip to Australia was
 amazing and had to end two days early due to flights being changed.....
Which meant that I had to change gears in my head, 
pack up and head home on Thanksgiving Day!!!

I have always been HOME FOR THE traveling home on Thanksgiving Day had me thinking of my family and as I got closer I began to understand something I had not experienced before....COMING  "Home for the Holidays"!! 
It was exciting, ,tiring, and full of anticipation!
 It was emotional, and heartwarming!! 
There were "Welcome Home" signs, lots of hugs, and tears!! 

 I will write more later about my amazing trip 
and share some of the things I got to do.....
but for now.....
I hope you all here in the USA had a
 great Thanksgiving with family and friends and are
 beginning to prepare for the weeks ahead leading up to

We are having a Cyber Monday Sale just for all of you!!
Place an order on Monday November 30th and receive 30 % off your entire order!! 

Type in the code
when you check out to receive 30% off
your order!!! 

Time for some leftovers!!! 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Blog Hop Day!!! 

What a JOY to have you visit my blog today!!
Christmas is on it's way and there are so many things to day!!
I hope that you take time to find the
Joy in the Christmas Season
and share a little of it with those around you!! 

 Hey everyone.....I hope you're having a good time
so far with the Christmas Joy Blog Hop hosted by Buttermilk Basin
and finding JOY in visiting 
each designer's blog.

It's Day #3 of the hop and
that's day to share!! 
joy (joi)
the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by
 something exceptionally good or satisfying.

The are so much JOY in my Christmas
memories that I hold in my heart
"bringing home the tree"
is one of them!
We have driven up to the mountain and hiked forever through the snow
in the search of the perfect tree...

We've driven from lot to lot in the city hunting and hunting for the right one....

I remember a Christmas when all the pine needles fell off the tree
So my parents went and bought a little silver tree at the department store!

These days I send my kids out and they bring me home
The most wonderful trees!!
I think I enjoy these trees the most!
It's such s JOY to see the excitement in their faces
as they anticipate my reaction to their find!

I love going to see their trees as well
and have them show me
how they decorated their tree!

So this season when you are
"bringing home the tree"
I hope you are filled with JOY!!
Here is a little red trunk ornament
 for you to add to your Christmas decorations!!

Of course being a nana
I have to say my biggest JOY does come from my six grandchildren!


Keep Hopping!! 
Here's the line up!!

November 6th Plum Cute Designs
November 7th Gail Pan Designs
November 8th Wooden Spool Designs
November 9th Sheri Glasscock
November 10th Ali Strebel Designs
November 11th Notforgotten Farm
November 12th Woolen Willow Designs
November 13th Cottage at Cardiff Farms
November 14th Heartspun Quilts
November 15th Crabapple Hill
November 16th Bits n Pieces by Joan
November 17th Primitive Gatherings
November 18th Buttermilk Basin

Friday, November 6, 2015

Get ready for some fun stitching and some great recipes for Christmas 2015!!
Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin has a great lineup for you
of designers who are going to share with you 
a special designs that you can download and stitch 
along with a favorite recipe!!

So spread the JOY and spread the word.....

Here's the line up!!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

I absolutely love Fall and this year we have had such a gorgeous one!!!
The sun just keeps shining on all those golden leaves..... keeping them dry and crunchy....
and a strong wind has come through
tossing them up and around in the air!!
We have an abundance of trees here where we live,
which means.....
NO shortage of leaves!!!

The weather man says that rain is on its way though,
 and of course there never seems to
be enough free time outside to get them all picked up
 before they get all wet!!!
Slowly we will get them all collected. .....
hopefully before the daffodils start having to fight their way through them.
We usually spend some sunny winter days out raking leaves and picking up downed limbs with  a nice warm burn pile going!

I've had a great summer getting to travel around a bit!

I went on my first cruise to Alaska with
Terri Staats of Sweet Treasures Quilts 
and a group of wonderful women on a Quilting Cruise!!
It was so much fun and we got to sit and stitch and watch the ocean go by!!

Just a few days after that, I flew off to work with and help
 Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin
with her
 Barn Event!!
Oh my what an event it was!!!
You will definitely want to check it out and try and attend next year!!

I've been home a few weeks now and have been busy getting ready
to head back out the door the end of the month for a trip to

Gail Pan of Gail Pan Designs
has invited me to come and teach a workshop along with her!!
Its going to be a HOLIDAY Gail says!!!
I am excited and blessed to get to have this opportunity!! here it is!!
Its been two weeks since the
 Christmas Mystery Quilt Blog Hop started!!
I hope you are having fun stitching the blocks!!

Week #1 was
Christmas Candle
by Rhonda McCray of Farmhouse Threads

Week #2 was
Christmas Party Reindeer Girl
by Shawn York of Rusty Crow

which brings us to
Week #3
Christmas Mystery Quilt
Blog Hop Day!!! 
Each designer has been asked to create a quilt block with wool applique and embroidery.
We (the designers) will send our blocks to Rhonda and she will put them all together to create
the Mystery Quilt for all of us to see!

My little block is called
Christmas Lamb!!

I hope you enjoy making it!! 
Click here for pattern

Kits are available on the website
while supplies last!!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

I almost forgot to tell you all!!
 There is a blog hop going on that started today!!! 
Rhonda McCray from 
Farmhouse Threads is organizing a blog hop
 that you won't want to miss!!!

Join us for 
Farmhouse Threads
Christmas Mystery Quilt 
Blog Hop!!

Starting today for 10 weeks a group of designers will share a free patterns with you!! 
Each week, one designer will post the pattern to make a Christmas block using wool applique and embroidery on cotton. 
Week 10 will include the instructions to put all the blocks together with some special fun borders
to complete your Mystery Christmas Quilt!! 
Finishing kits will be available from Farmhouse Threads!!

Here's the lineup of the participating designers and links to their blogs!! 

Week 1 October 3rd - Rhonda McCray

Week 2 October 10th - Shawn York

Week 3 October 17th - Debbie Busby

Week 4 October 24th - Joyce Weeks

Week 5 October 30th - Gloria Parsons

Week 6 November 7th -  Joan Grenke

Week 7 November 15th - Kathy Campbell

Week 8 November 21st - Jeni Gaston

Week 9 November 28th - Lisa Bongean

Week 10 December 5th - Finishing Instructions 

Happy Stitching!!