Sunday, September 30, 2012

A finish and a giveaway!

Just FYI if you hang around until the end of this post you won't be dissapointed, I PROMISE!

I finally took pictures! And got them uploaded!!! I'm not so great at the editing part, so I really don't do much editing, maybe chaning the size of the pic. So any editing tips y'all want to throw my way would be greatly appreciated!!! :)
My first paper pieced mini is FINISHED! WAHOO!!!!! And I did another first on it by doing some FMQ! It's not great, but it's not horrible either!
I had a little helper when I was taking pics! She loves helping!

Here is the back! I watched "Creative Quilt Backs" by Elizabeth Hartman on Craftsy! It's a free class so if you have any interest in it WHAT SO EVER you should definately go check it out here, you have nothing to lose! And she is an AMAZING teacher!

Here is an up close of the front, you can kind of see the quilting. I did an all over loopy design and a little bit of stippling.
And here is an up close of the back. I'm really happy with the way this turned out.
I've started working on a comissioned quilt. Which I included on my 100 day challenge list.
I love me some Tula Pink!!! I am inlove with her Nightshade line too, so when my friend asked me to make her a quilt out of it, I jumped at the chance to play with this fabric!
I've also started working a little bit on the quilt for my bed, no pics of it yet. I'm not really sure what I'm doing yet, I have a general idea, but that's it!!! Hopefully it'll come together pretty quickly though!

Now onto the GOOD stuff!!!Remember how I told you that you wouldn't be dissapointed if you stayed around until the end? Well you are about to figure out why!!!
Have you guys heard of the Amazing shop "Sew Me A Song" on Etsy? It is owned by Becca, who was previously co-owner of the shop Sew Fresh Fabrics. Due to life and a few other things, Becca had to open her own shop. She is AMAZING! I love love love her store and am JUMPING WITH JOY to have her sponsoring my lil ol blog! I went to her with a plea for help, I'm trying to grow my blog, and I know in order to do that you need some sort of sponsors! She gladly accepted my plea!
She is offering one of you, my follower, a lovely bundle of fabric! She comes up with the cutest names for her bundles and this one is called "The Daily News"
One of you will recieve these 4 Fat Quarters! BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL texty goodness!
I must mention that Becca specializes in text fabrics and imports as well! You guys can go check out her shop here. I promise you, you will LOVE it!!!
So anywho, I guess I need to get to the giveaway RULES!
*To enter you HAVE TO BE A FOLLOWER OF MY BLOG!* No exceptions on that one!
So as long as you are a follower all you need to do is tell me, What are you trying to finish up sewing before the end of the year?
That's it, that's all you have to do! If you don't answer the question you will not be entered into the giveaway!
*Edited to add: This giveaway is open to EVERYONE! Miss Becca said International entries are more than welcome!!!!*
I will leave this giveaway open until Saturday October 6th at midnight (EST) and will post the winner here as well as send the winner an email. If I don't hear back from the winner within 48 hours, I will draw a new name! Please PLEASE PLEASE make sure you leave your email address or that I can get to it through your profile! If I can't get ahold of you, YOU CAN'T WIN!
Only one entry per person please!
~Hope y'all are having a great day!~

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A bit wordy but let's HUSTLE!

I hate how it seems like I miss a lot of things by a day or two because I'm at work! UGH! I found out about the 100 day Hustle hosted by Kelsey of kelseysews last night! And it of course, was ONE NIGHT too late!!! I love the idea she has....making a list of the things you hope to accomplish in the rest of 2012 (wow, doesn't seem like it's already close to the end of the year!!!) or looking back at what you had said you wanted to accomplish at the beginning of the year and marking that list off!
Well, as I wasn't really sewing that much at the beginning of the year I don't have a list, yet!
But guess what? Yep I made me one!!!!!! It's pretty darn long too!!! I don't know if I'll be able to accomplish all of this list, there are DEFINATELY a few things I HAVE TO finish this year, and those of course will be at the top of my list!
You wanna see it?????
SUUUUUURE ya do! (well if not, I'm showing you anyways!)
 I could use all the cheering on and encouragement I can get too!

Kelie’s 100 day list (as of 9/26/12)

·        Amanda’s Quilt- (HAS TO BE DONE BY Oct 25th!!!) (Nightshade)

·        Dakota’s Quilt

·        A quilt for my bed

·        Christmas Quilt

·        My Niece’s quilt (HAS TO BE DONE BEFORE BABY SHOWER ON Nov. 10)

·        At least 3 to 4 blocks for my Swoon Quilt (if not more)

Bags and Pouches

·        Number one on this list is something I can’t share yet!!! HAS TO BE DONE BY END OF OCT!

·        Comissioned bag for Debbie

·        Comissioned bag for Deanna

·        Comissioned bag for Lisa H.

·        241 Tote (because I’m dying to make it! I’ve had the pattern FOREVER!)

·        A few things for something else that I can’t yet share!

·        Modernista Swap (Mail date Oct 29th)

·        2nd round of my Kona swap (don’t have all the details ready yet!)

 There are a few things I didn't put on there because, well, they are just unrealistic goals!
And really the only thing I've started actually sewing from this list is Dakota's quilt. (For those of you who don't know he is my step-son)  I've got the design figured out for Amanda's quilt (which is going to be made from Tula Pink's Nightshade collection) and that is also my first comissioned quilt!!! *big grin*  I do have all the fabric I need for my quilt, and I know what "pattern" I'm going to use, just haven't started it yet! My Christmas quilt is going to be made from the Joy jelly roll I have, and a few pieces of yardage. As for my niece's quilt, ummmm......I HAVE NO CLUE YET!!! My brother and sister-in-law (mainly the later) are SOOOOO PICKY I have no clue what they will even like! UGH! The baby shower is on November 10th, which is coming sooner rather than later, so I need to figure something out! And I need to do it quick like, as well as cute like! Any one got any ideas????  I think I'm going to put up Dakota's WIP and work mainly on the blocks for Amanda's quilt first, the design is simple, so I'm hoping it won't take me TOO long to spit out a Full to Queen size quilt!
As for the bags, well, the ones with names to them will be done quickly. As for the other stuff I can't really share any of those details yet, it's a SURPRISE! (One that I hope you guys will enjoy!)
What's next....oh yeah...SWAPS! (I LOVE THOSE THINGS!) :)
My first swap that I hosted went sew well I've got another one in the works! It's going to be opposite of the Kona Rainbow, KONA NEUTRALS! And not charms either, one of the members suggested 5 inch by 10 inch bricks, which I LOVE the idea and have gotten some GREAT responses to the idea, so I'm going with it! And I'm still trying to work out the details, hopefully I won't have any last minute problems like I did with this one, but we will see! You live, you learn, right????

I'm also participating in my FIRST GROUP SWAP!!! I'm SEW EXCITED about this one I can't hardly take it!
It's the 2nd round for them! I'm loving all the great mosaics!!!

This is my mosaic! I know it's kind of ALL OVER the place, but hey, what can I say? I LIKE IT ALL!!!! LOL! This round is for the kitchen, we will include one large item (like table runner, placemats and napkins set etc) that is requested and one small "wild card" item that is the makers choice! This can be really ANYTHING we want it to be! I've got a few ideas brewing for my partner! She was pretty specific in what she really wanted so, of course, I have to make what she asked for! Me on the other hand, I'm good for ANYTHING! Sew, Partner if your "stalking" over this way and see this post, I would LOVE anything you make! I promise! My house is really in need of HANDMADE items! I haven't made really anything for my home, yet!
As for me, I'm so nervous about this swap, my partner is a FANTASTIC quilter, and I really REALLY don't want to let her down. I want to make something she WILL LOVE and use! Sew, I'm hoping I can do this without making too many mistakes!

Here is the mosaic I made for the swap of my kitchen. Yes, I have a VERY small kitchen, but it works. We are eventually going to build on and extend the kitchen to make it bigger, you never know, maybe what is now my kitchen will then be my dining room? (wishful thinking)

Okay, so I'll let you guys go, I know this was a VERY wordy post!!! So with that in mind, I'll leave you with some pics! :)

(that's one of my fav pics I've EVER taken of a landscape! It's the mountains of TN/NC! Which is breath taking in person!)

My first journal cover!!!

Yes, my baby girl has to wear glasses now! :( I'm praying she will grow out of it though!
(he's just so darn cute!)

~Hope y'all are having a great day!!~

Thursday, September 20, 2012


I'm back from vacation! I'm happy to be home but not so happy to return to work tonight!!!! We had an amazing time though! The kids think we are the best parents ever now!!! :)
Just figured I'd share a few pics with you guys!
So bare with me...I'll just share a few!
This is where we stayed

On Ocean Blvd!

This was the view from our room....LOVE IT!
I think he was trying to bury himself....

That little head poking up right there is my FEARLESS son! He about gave me I'd say FIFTY heart attacks, he just LOVES the water!!!

Lazy River Riders....
They had a blast!
HAHA more proof that they love each other!!!

We walked the beach nightly, this is the night they decided to try to bury my baby!
Boogie Board + my son + ocean =

Jordyn's version of boogie boarding! Laying in the sand where the water will JUST BARELY get to her!
Shy even had fun on the boogie board! Dakota thought he was in heaven the whole trip!
I actually got a halfway decent pic of the 4 of them! (This is before any edits though!)
Last time on the beach.....

I did my first emboridery job ever! I like it!!!!
Sorry to bombard y'all with pics but we had such a great time I had to share it with y'all!!!!!!
~Hope y'all are having a great day!!!~

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A little peak....

We are having so much fun on our vacation! I wish all of you were here with me! :)
I think I may be having slight withdraw from my sewing machine though!!! My husband would NOT allow me to bring it with me!!!! UGH! That's okay though cuz it gives me more time to concentrate on my kids!
So, I though I'd POP on here and show you guys a little bit of my trip! There will be TONS more pics when I get home! I promise!!!
This is from the ride down here...gorgeous mountains!!!
This is the view from our balcony...gorgeous!
Gorgeous day!!!
The view from the Lazy River!
I had to show y'all this one! She is plum wore out!!! She had a big day!
Been doing a little binding here and there on my "LOVE" mini....
I started my first embroidery project EVER! I'm loving the hand work though!

Julie of The Intrepid Thread is having a "clear the halls" sale....I couldn't resist
I had to HAD to get this FQ bundle Of Pagoda Lullaby for a specific project.....

Oh yes, I bought the SWOON pattern!!!! If you don't have it, you should definately go check it out here. The pattern is by Camille from Bonnie and Camille, designers for Moda!!! I love it!!!! She has some other AMAZING patterns here.
I think this one will be my next purchase! I LOVE the spools!!!!! Sew cute!!!
Well it's time to head down to the beach for the day...
Hope y'all are having a great day!!!