Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Black Friday sale in my shop

20% off everything in my shop until this Friday until around midnight. Black Friday, wahoo!!

Just type in:    20off    in the message box of the checkout. Lots of sellers on etsy are having similar sales, have fun looking around and finding lots of fun fabrics!


We are having the old Butterball today. I am working tomorrow and the earthfamily is coming in a few hours. I think I enjoy Thanksgiving dinner a wee bit much...turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. Cranberry jelly (in the can...the hubs loves it), cranberry jello salad, lemon 7up salad, green salad with shrimp, stuffed celery, deviled eggs, candied yams...oh, almost forgot. I made 2 pumpkin pies, a first for me, yup, from scratch! We'll see how that turns out, lol.  I'll try to remember to take pics before I jump into it.

I hear the oven going off...later, don't forget to head over to my shop for the sale~~

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Where's Elaine at...?

A sweet friend asked for inspiration about using some charm packs. I sent her this to check out. I also sent her:

The film strip quilt is one of my favorites to do with charms. 

And the really cool thing is you don't have to use white, you can use just about any color you want. I have a couple "go to" blogs I hit when I need inspiration. Try:

On Sun, Nov 20, 2011 at 12:42 AM, Elaine Christian wrote:
The film strip quilt is one of my favorites to do with charms. 

And the really cool thing is you don't have to use white, you can use just about any color you want. I have a couple "go to" blogs I hit when I need inspiration. Try:  she does great tutorials on her blog!   take time to really go thru her blog, she is awesome!   nothing to do with quilting, just a wonderful blog about living right. I want to be this woman, real bad.    what an inspiring quilter! This chick is very awesome   I could go on all day on Monica! real cool lady, awesome quilts. If only I could be half that talented!   she is an awesome quilter too   don't go to this site unless your wine glass is full, the Brie is spread on the crispy chilled Asian pear, the kids are at summer       camp, the hubs is gone hunting...omg, be prepared to be amazed!   Lucy is totally awesome. I would so love to have scones and tea with her. Be sure to take time to see her gems, the lady is an artist and does alot by hand.   omg, another full glass wine kind of reading...Janet is soooo very talented, truly an artist I would love to watch work.   wow. But then I heart repro quilts  Gay and Clutch are very cool. She has a ton of freebie patterns on her site. I love to visit her blog frequently to see where that little cutie Clutch is lounging, lol!  ms.Lottie is in New Zealand, is an awesome quilter who raises her children in such a wonderful way. I love her!!  she must be in a coma, no action here!

When I need a, "oh heck yes, that is exactly what I need to jump start my mojo," this is where I go. I love all these ladies and truly wish I could gather them all together for a spot of tea, or a cuppa!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Christmas 2011, we can make a difference!

I received this in an email from a good friend of mine from back east. It could apply to Canada, Australia or wherever else that is drowning in goods not from their own countries. As a small business owner, I have felt the crunch of the economy. So I will be using these principals for myself this year! **Remember sister Georgie, slip Canada in...oops, Canada is American too! And Lizzie, you slip Australia in where appropriate**    

Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into highgear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods --merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.  This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuineconcern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift-giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands.  Yes there is! It's time to think outside the box, people. 

Who says a gift needs to fit ina shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut.  How about gift certificatesfrom your local American hair salon or barber? Gym membership?  It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about somehealth improvement. Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed?  Small, American-owneddetail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or abook of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking downthe Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen?  Perhaps that grateful giftreceiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course. There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates.  And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half-dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint.  Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom?  Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day. My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal.  Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves.  They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner-operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip.  And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theater? Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand foreign-made lights for the house?  When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community.  If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or delivery person and babysitter a nice BIG tip.                                                          

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets and seeing our hard-earned wages go outside the country.   Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.

THIS is the new American Christmas tradition. Enjoy family get-togethers, church services, caroling, as in past Christmases but put more emphasis on the REASON FOR THE SEASON and less on material gifts.                                                              

Forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussiongroups -- throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section inyour city -- send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations,and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other,and isn't that what Christmas is about, plus remember Jesus after all HE is the reason for the season !!!


Monday, November 7, 2011

Well, we did it...!

but first, here is Helen's, my bff, Christmas quilt. It JUST came back from the quilters and doesn't have the binding on yet.

The next pic is a pic of a project we have tried, a Pioneer Braid. I am not crazy about it. But...we keep trying, lol.

Now, the coveted embroidery hoop.   Helen tells me that she has had this for years. I love it to pieces. I have searched the internet to no avail, no such hoop. I love it though. Check it out...         
 It has little sections on it with a stretcher wire under the beads. It appears to be made to accept a single piece of fabric, like a kitchen towel or pillowcase.                      

       Note to self:
Do not wear your mom jeans to Hooters!                                                                                  

And yes, we did go to lunch today...peel and eat shrimp...yummo. And I did get the T-shirt to remember our lunch date!                                                                           Our waitress was so darn cute. She was awesome. Next time...come along with us!