Monday, November 28, 2011

A HUGE Favor :)

Hello Everyone!! I made it into the FINALS over at Celebrate Color!! If you could take a few seconds and VOTE FOR MY CROWN BAG (in the Needlepoint Sections), I'd be pickled pink!! I'd love to learn more about needlework, and the prize is books about learning! Oh, pretty please, with cherries on top :) Thanks so much!!
Thanks again and have a great day!

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Meet Joy, as in Pride and Joy! This is the Pride and Joy of my Sewing items. I love my regular sewing machine, but this is something I've been looking for for quite a while. I found it thrifting last week- it seems to be in really good working condition. The etchings and filigree is all in excellent condition!! I could hardly believe it! It's in a cute table that is gonna be stripped and painted light aqua very soon :). I want to get it working in the future, but right now I just need to get it cleaned up and in my front room! Not too bad for $18! Someone donated something that they had no idea what it was. It's so fun to have something of the past!
A closeup of the etchings :)
Just so pretty- I can hardly wait to get it all cleaned up and beautimous!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

the Stack!

This is the stack, except for a few, that I still need to photograph for my shop :) Think I have some work to do? Uh, huh :). But it's fun work- I like it and it makes me smile to send vintage sheets all over the globe.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Friendship :)

This is my favorite Pyrex pattern; it's called Friendship! Friends are so important in life- not as important as Family though. I love these divided dishes and found this treasure thrifting the other day :) It is a brilliant orange-red color and the print is in excellent condition. For $4, it wasn't too bad. It will be good for using everyday :) I so love thrifting- it's so fun!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Winner Winner!!

Ok, Mr.Random Number Generator picked # 3 (sorry, I couldn't figure out how to copy the silly results :))!! It's :
Longvacation said...

What a wonderful lot of goodies! Thanks so much for the chance to win.

I'm emailing you now :) Congrats!!!! Hope you enjoy your Delighted yumminess!! And thanks for entering everyone, I really wish I had enough for everyone!!

The Real Reason for Thanksgiving :)

Oh, I just LOVE this! It's Paul Harvey, who was incredible, and I could figure this out being pretty young at the time :). He has a "rest of the story" for the real reason of Thanksgiving. It's got nothing to do with Pilgrims and the Mayflower. Pretty much floored me and I really enjoyed it! Hope you do too!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Another year??!!

Today is my birthday. WOW! Really??!!?? Getting closer to that 4-0, but a few more years yet :). hehe - How could have another year have gone by that fast?! I think of all that's happened, all the wonderful memories I've made, and the wonderful things I've learned! It's a lot! Today will be filled with Thanksgiving prep business and a big to do list. But in the midst of it all, I'll be smiling inside as I think of my dear family singing the Birthday song to me! They are so sweet and do that all day long :) Makes a girl smile and get a bit teary eyed from the joy :) And if I get some wishes, one of them will be to snag a few minutes of sewing time too! Hope your day is great- maybe even with some cake (or chocolate works too :))!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Fair Warning!

Ok, here's your fair warning! DON'T GO NEAR JOANNS on a Saturday close to holiday time!

You'd think I would have learned my lesson last year on Black Friday! HA! But I figured that Thanksgiving ha not hit yet, so I should be ok. WRONG!! I just needed some interfacing for a handbag I want to try, and today was the 60% off coupon day. I was gonna buy a whole bolt :) Well, got there, took a number, and ran to the interfacing aisle. The bolt only had less than 2 yards on it- ugh! Then I stood in line for the cut counter and it took 20 minutes to go from #1 to #2- and there were FOUR people cutting!! Really! I was #35~! Uh, NO! There was no way- I will just have to wait on my interfering. I'll try during the day next week and see if I have any better luck! Here's hoping- and now you have been warned ;)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Enter Away!

Don't forget to enter the giveaway in the below post!! Yipee Skipee!! Have a marvelous Friday :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


In honor of my Cutting Corners Course, Riley Blake told me I could give EVERYTHING I didn't use AWAY to Y-O-U!!!! And let me tell you, I wish I could win!!! :) There's a bunch of goodies here! I could hardly believe it when I opened the box! Here's the deets:
Some darling, and I mean DARLING, crochet strawberries- I'm tempted to keep these, but I will remain strong :) And some cherry red scalloped buttons!
Then some trims- beautiful grosgrain ribbon with green flowers on them, velvety ric-rac in the perfect aqua color! And precious green pom poms- the littler ones that are just too cute in any project!
And lastly, the FAT QUARTER SET of **DELIGHTED**!!!!! There is one FQ missing that I used for the front of the blanket set, and a few 6.5" pieces I used for the back and pillow, but other than that, it's all there!
I just can't contain myself! The colors in this line are dreamy perfect and the prints are more than wonderful! It makes me smile to just see it! I hope it will really make someone's day!

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment!!
Extra entries can be earned from:
1-following my blog (or telling me you already are a follower) and
2-getting the word out via twitter, blog, fb, what have you!
So 3 entries possible- yay!!!

Mr.Random Number Generator Man will draw us a number a week from today, on Wednesday the 23rd! Now wouldn't that be a fun Thanksgiving surprise??! Good luck and talk soon :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cutting Corners!!!!

I'm over at Riley Blake Cutting Corners today! I have a darling and lovely Doll Blanket and Pillow Set tutorial for you! My next post, tomorrow, will be the GIVEAWAY from the amazing Quilted Fish's Delighted fabric!! Get ready and hop on over to see the cuteness :) I LOVE it!!

Cutting Corners with Riley Blake Designs

Monday, November 14, 2011

My first Handmade Swap:)!!

My first handmade swap was so fun! I was soooo nervous about making something for someone else and wanting them to like it sooooo much! I don't know if she likes it yet- I'll be mailing it soon, but the experience for me was a great one. And I love the bag! I am so going to make one similar for me!
I knew the person loved bright happy colors, so I went with tangerine and aqua- I mean, really, how can you not love those colors together!?! Makes ya smile just to see it! I pieced the back with 2.5" squares and a few rectangles too in a fun pattern. Love the look!
The handle is two tone- aqua on one side and tangerine on the other. But my favorite part HAS to be the embroidery!!!!!! I am a sucker for embroidery and especially original designs. When I found out my partner likes it too, well that was all it took to figure out the perfect thing for her! I wound up going with a simple crown outline I found and then giving it my own spin to make it mine. I think we all like crowns :) At least I do :). I added some sewing "jewels" to the crown of scissors, a needle, and a spool of thread. There is even a ruler at the bottom of the crown. I really like how it turned out! Like I said, my favorite part of the bag! And I off-centered the embroidery to give the bag a wonky, more fun personality!

The inside: well, you must have a cell phone pocket or it wouldn't be good :) hehe! So there is a happy aqua pocket, right there ready for a cell phone!
And a magnetic snap- WOW! My first one ever, and now I am hooked! They are so stinkin' easy and so perfect for a bag! They will be my new go-to item of choice :). Love it!

So there ya have it- my embroidered bag, all ready to go! I am so anxious to hear how my partner likes it. I stressed over it so much and really hope it makes her smile :)

Celebrate Color
I love it so much that I am sharing this over at Celebrate Color too :) What a beautiful and functional way to celebrate :)!! Hip, hip, hurray! :)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Giveaway COMING SOON and a TREAT :)

I have a big giveaway coming next week, in conjunction with a special treat! I am going to be a Course Instructor over at the Riley Blake Cutting College this coming Tuesday, and you won't want to miss it- it is so stinkin' cute :). One of my favorite projects, for sure!

And I'll be giving away something that's just **Delightful**!

Make sure you watch for the fun!

Friday, November 11, 2011

My week of no computer...(actually 2 weeks! NOT on purpose)

I never dreamed my computer would be gone for a week. That's what today is, and it's still not back. It has been tricker ye because I was out of town for the week prior to this past week and had no computer there either. So, without my regular way of functioning, it's been a little hairy! :) I will hopefully hear by tonight if my computer is salvedgeable or if I must bite the bullet and get a new one. Crossing fingers! Here's some things I learned:

1- don't ever take your computer for granted. I have a computer to use, but it is a bare bones model that won't let me do most of my normal things, like listing in my etsy shop. My photos are on my computer, so I'm dead in the water, shop wise.

2- an iPhone is great, but makes your eyes hurt when trying to read blogs! And forget scrolling on some sites- mine won't let me.

3- uploading photos is REALLY hard when when you don't have your computer.

4- you find lots of time to get the "to do" list done when there are no blogs to follow and no flickr to see.

5- your fingers can get really fast at "texting" when you are typing email replies and blog posts from your iPhone :)

6- technology is good and bad, but I choose to see the good!

7- your imagination gets rolling when you have to rely on yourself for inspiration :)

Number 7 is my favorite!! Hope technology is going great on your end, and that your imagination is still running wild! Have a marvelous weekend, full of sunshine :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Please Bear with ME!!

My computer decided to invite some lovely viruses over to play, without my approval! Drat! So, long story short, the past week, I have been computer less! Hopefully I should hear from Mr.RepairMan tomorrow and have some good news. OR maybe Santa will just bring me a Mac :) Ahhhh, dream! I have been thrifting to help my stress, and wait til you see the goodies I have found lately- tons of sheets and a gorgeous antique Singer Sewing Machine :) Swoon! See ya soon!