Monday, April 23, 2012

Quote for the Week

"The best things in life are free. 
The second best are Very Expensive"
                                                                                                   -Coco Chanel

Friday, April 20, 2012

A little bit of Progress

Ok, so I was finally able to get in the sewing mood - and did a couple more of my dachshund (spelling?)  blocks.
I love them, but they aren't perfect.  Which leads me to my favorite question when quilting....."does it have to be perfect?"  I'm scared to ask Mom - she usually tells me what I don't want to hear :)

Here are my concerns....
Are they too big?
Do the stripes have to line up?  I tried to line them up and was successful on a couple.....but not all.
On the text fabric they are puckering a bit.  I seem to have this problem a lot - any suggestions?

Hope everyone has a good weekend!!  I have to work, so this is probably the extent of my sewing for a few days.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wedding Shower Glitz

Still no sewing going on here, but I thought I'd share some photos from the wedding shower I helped plan for my cousin.  She is having a small destination wedding the beginning of May (Vegas - I am pretty excited)
I can't take all the credit for this event - it was a callaborative effort between my mom, sister and myself. 
The theme is peacocks - peacock feathers and the varying colors of course.  We almost went with an Elvis theme (which would have been FUN), but this turned out very nice and my cousin was happy. 
I put myself in charge of decorations and made several trips to Joann's.  All last week was consumed by this event, so here's another excuse I use for not being productive in the sewing department.

We had a couple different centerpieces

 Cake Table

And I also made chocolate covered pretzels for the tables

And just for fun - here is a pic of my niece - she was making sure the punch turned out ok ;)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Quote for the Week

"Friends don't let friends stay home on a Saturday night"
                                                                  -Shahs of Sunset

Sunday, April 15, 2012

sewing slump

I feel like I'm in a sewing slump.  There has been NO sewing going on here lately.  Are there others that fall into this?  I don't know if it's a combination of factors or what, but I'm getting worried. 
I have been busy with the fabric swaps and of course there's always work that I can use as an excuse - but I'm hoping I'll snap out of it soon!
Let me know if I'm not alone in this!!!
My goal is to get downstairs and make some progress on something - anything really, by Tuesday.  Tomorrow's Monday and I always have a hard time being motivated on Mondays. 
So, my goal is Tuesday - I'll let you know. 
In the meantime I do have some pics from the fabric swap - wrapping everything up and just waiting on one package.  Then it's off to the USPS!!!  I'm excited - I hope everyone enjoys their fabrics and posts soms pics of their final projects!

I convinced my husband to take a break from the red wings game to help me sort so it went a little quicker.....needless to say he doesn't enjoy fabric as much as I do :)

 little stacks of rainbow goodness

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Liebster Award

Holey Toledo - I won an award!

I was totally shocked to get a very nice email from Vicki over at Mommy Made It!.  She said she's a follower of my blog and was passing on the Liebster Award. 
Now, of course I headed straight to her blog to get some more det's (details - I picked this up from my daughter).  Here is what I learned:

Someone - not sure who, started this award for bloggers.  It is awarded to your "favorite" blogs.  Here is where Liebster comes in - it is actually the German word for "favorite".  It is passed on to up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers.  Yup, that's right, an award for us small timers!!!  Yay!

I've always wondered if anyone was listening or paying any attention.  Now I know there are people listening AND there are others out there like me that are newbies to the blogging world. 

So, now for the fun part........

I get to pass this on!!!!  Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who gave me the award and link back to their blog.
2. Choose 3-5 blogs with less than 200 followers and pass this award onto them.
3. Display the Liebster Award somewhere on my blog site!
4. Let them know you awarded them by sending an e-mail or posting a comment on their blog.
5. Have faith that your followers will spread the love too!

My picks are:

Steph from Hope Sewing is Genetic - love the name because I come from a long line of quilters and if I have half of their talents I'm in good shape :)  And I love seeing the home improvements ;)  I can relate....

Diane from the One Stop giveaway Shop - need I say more?  Why didn't I think of this?  Brilliant!!!  My go-to every day.

The Belle & Bee - adventures in everyday life - kids, family,'s something we can all relate to.

So anyway, a few of my favorite smallish blogs and my first award - telling me there are people out there that might be paying attention :)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My First Giveaway!!!

Giveaway Closed - Thanks everyone for the comments!

And the winner is............
#10:  AJ, who said:
 oooh fun - thanks for the chance to win!  I will be sending an email to you shortly!

I don't really have anything to celebrate, but wanted to have a giveaway!

Up for grabs is this jelly roll:

sorry - the pics aren't great.  couldn't get my camera to work with me!

Enter to win two ways:

1.  Leave a comment below
2.  Become a follower and comment that you are

If you are a no-reply blogger, please leave an email in your comment otherwise I have no way to contact you!


Giveaway will end Sunday, April 15 2012.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Sorting Charms

Surrounded by fabric - does it get any better than this?  I love seeing all these pretty prints just as much as putting different fabrics together and creating a quilt. 
this is just a few for the fabric swap

So the last few days I have spent most of my free time sorting and organizing fabric.  First I took on the project of organizing my fabric stash (not quite finished), and then I decided to get all the fabric for the swap situated.  I love hosting these swaps, but they do require some work.  Anyway, I had one last yard of my orange fabric to cut and sort.  I don't know why I decided to do this late at night, but I did.  Over the last few weeksI have purchased 10 yards of fabric and cut all of them into 5" squares for the various swaps I'm in.  When purchasing the fabric I have bought a little over a yard just in case I screwed up the cutting and needed a bit extra for a redo.  Well, the last fabric I bought I didn't buy that extra yardage.  Ugghhhh - totally jinxed myself!
I cut it all up last night - threw my tiny, tiny scraps in the garbage and headed upstairs to sort it all out.  Halfway through I noticed my one orange print was not exactly 5".  Uh oh - I put it off to the side and thought I'd save that one for myself.  Then another one was short.....then another one, and then another one!  How did I manage to cut these wrong?  And I had no extra fabric to cut more!
Needless to say I headed to the fabric store and bought some more.  What a pain in my a**!!
What do they say in construction?

Measure twice, Cut once 

I'll remember that for next time ;)