Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sneak Peek

I got these two ready and thought I'd share with you. The first one is
#66 Little Candle Mats- Floral Wreath , it is 9" across. I was thinking about Mother's Day when I did it. My mother loves pink as do I. It retails for $7.50 at your local needlework shop. Since I have a drawing going right now for the craft bag on the blog, I thought I'd offer a drawing on Facebook for this one.

The other new one is another 4 X 4- #391 With Love. 4 designs X 4 projects- easy, quick and fun to make. It has simple designs with quick fuse applique. There's the Say It With Flowers wall quilt, Two Bells counter mat, Hearts table/ candle mat, and LOVE pillow.

The best part about the 4 X 4's is that they all interchange. Any of the 24 patterns released so far can be used on any of the projects. Next up is 4 X 4 Winter, probably in June.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

What? Again?

Looks like it's true- we got snow, again. Just when you think the nasty weather is behind you, it rears it's ugly face out there. Hopefully it will be melted by tomorrow. It was a very pretty snow to look at.

I got a kindle this week. I downloaded about 40 books and I'm all ready for surgery. I know I won't get to read them all but it was like a kid in a candy store. I want to read this, I want to read that, too easy now! I figured I'd be reading one handed after surgery so, what's a girl to do? right? It's justifiable.

I didn't finish the studio yet, two walls to go but got busy in other places. I'm trying not to stress about it so I may not even get it done before surgery. My office is nice and organized now. I'm upgrading the computer and getting a second monitor. So exciting!

My 4 year old grand daughter Grace will be here with us some this week. I already have art projects for her to work on, as she's very crafty and loves art. I plan to make cookies with her (she has food allergies so they are limited). Maybe we'll shop a bit. I spent last night cutting out paper dolls for her (she loves paper dolls). Any suggestions on what else we can do this week? I'd love to hear some thoughts on this!

We have a winner for the Carrot Hop quilt. It's Susan from Colorado. Congratulations Susan, I'll send it to you this week.

Let's do another drawing this week for a tapestry craft bag - it's just full of little pockets and zippers. So many places to hide your stash!
To enter, email me at by midnight next Saturday night, 4/2/11.
Put "Bag" in the subject line. Put your name & mailing address in the body of the email.
I'll draw a winner next Sunday and post it here.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Good Friday Morning

I'm up and at 'em early this beautiful Friday morning and listening to I Love Lucy on the Hallmark Channel. They sure don't make them like that anymore. I'm also an Andy Griffith fan. I guess I'm stuck in the 50's. ~sigh~ Enjoying my wonderful coffee with cinnamon vanilla creamer. yum!

I've been working on my office/ studio all week it's really coming together. Lots of room after throwing so much out. I still have several walls to paint in the studio but I'm getting closer and the office is completely done now. I hesitate to say I can see the light at the end of the tunnel as my husband always says it's a train coming. Knowing the train wreck that I end up with a lot, it's an ever present thought.

I went with gold walls for all of the rooms. I had a choice and I considered every option. I have moss green rooms, blue rooms and lots of tan rooms. I even have a pink bathroom. I was searching for a new color to use and something inspiring. I considered red and purple and ended with gold. Later I thought about burnt orange but by then, it was too late. I like the gold- called Yukon Gold. It's dark but very rich and inspiring.

Sarah and Grace are visiting these few days so I am putting the remodel on hold for now. It's great to see them and the grand kids are having a blast playing together. Four year old Grace has changed so much in a month. She is going through a growth spurt and getting very long, skinny legs. Nathan is only three but states the entire pledge of allegiance perfectly. Patrick is one but actually answers your questions. He's the only one year old that answers "yeah" for yes to just about everything. Most little kids say "No" to everything! My, they're all growing so fat.

What a joy to be a grandma!

Don't forget about the drawing this weekend. I have something in mind for next week also so stay tuned. Have a great Friday!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Too Busy To Blog?

Sounds silly I know but it's true. I've just been too busy to blog recently. I finished working on fabric line #4 just in time to start a minor remodel. Lines #2 and #3 release dates have been pushed back until Fall now. We have been working on my studio and what a job it turned out to be. It's like moving all over again. Everything had to be hauled out and once it was done and ready to be filled, I just couldn't bring everything back in. Lots of it had to be sorted, filed and sadly, mostly tossed out. I guess it's my Spring Cleaning. It feels good though. Someone told me once that you spend your first 40 years collecting "stuff" and you spend the next 40 getting rid of it all. Hence, I am in the later 40 years!

I am having Corpal Tunnel surgery on my left hand next month and I'm determined to get all these things done before then. I already started working on designs for fabric line #5 so I'm anxious to finish those before the surgery. This past week everyone in my family has also been down with the flu (including me) so I am definitely challenged on time.

Here's a picture of my newest 4 x 4 pattern (4 Designs X 4 Projects). It's called #390 4 X 4 -Flowers. This week for a drawing, I'll offer one of each of the 4 x 4's to a single winner.

To enter-
Email me at by next Saturday midnight 3/19/2011.
Put "Flowers" in the subject line.
Add your complete mailing address in the body of the email.

Next week, we'll have a drawing for something special. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Better Late Than Never!

OK, I'm a day or two late (and a dollar short- as my dad would say) but I do have a winner for the craft bag. I ended up going to Memphis for the weekend to visit my mom. I had a lot of entries this week and it was hard to give only one craft bag but I do have more craft bags and we'll have another drawing for one again soon.

The answer was 21 years (on the About Us page on the website). Most everyone got it right. A few thought it was the year my current web site was done. I actually started in 1990. Thanks everyone for entering. The winner is Kathy L from Louisiana. Lucky Kathy is a repeat winner. I'll offer another craft bag soon.