Friday, September 25, 2009

Precious Puppy and A Giveaway at Sweet P's

As a new blogger I am spending way too much time thinking about what to post.  As if it has to be something profound.  As I read other blogs, mostly about quilting, I see that all I need to do is just be myself.  A life lesson I struggle with a lot as I am one who worries too much about what other people think, which blocks any creativity I have waiting to come out.

Anyway, I see a lot of pictures of people's pets so here is one of my poochie, his name is Shemar.  (He came with that name) He is a mixed breed rescue we adopted about 18 months ago.  He was 10 months old at the time and still has a lot of anxiety issues but is coming along.  He has a rather "unhealthy" addiction to me.  He has to be with me ALL the time, even peeking around the shower curtain to make sure I'm still there!  Fortunately, he LOVES my daughters and they love him.

Daddy's Home!

On another note, one of the blogs I enjoy following is Sweet P Quilting and Creations.  Paulette is having her first giveaway!  I am not a designer and it didn't even occur to me to do a giveaway but what fun!  I will have to work on that.  Paulette has a hot-off-the-press copy of Canada's newest quilting magazine, Quilter's Connection:

This is the first issue and it has an adorable Partridge in a Pear Tree wall hanging project on the cover.  She is generously giving away a copy of the magazine and some fabric to start the project!  Quick, pop on over to her blog to enter, she is doing her drawing September 30!

Well, off to get some stuff done so I can play with my fall table runner that is still in my head.

Until next time...


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

I have a new quilt top I just finished for my neighbor who is due with baby #2 in a few weeks.  I found this Hoffman "In The Wild" fabric on sale and loved it.  The pattern came from Quilt Taffy's Speedy Baby 2 Pattern.  The pattern calls for charm squares but I used the Hoffman and some out of my stash.  Now that I have it together I'm not sure about it.  Part of me loves this and part of me is hesitant because its not traditional "baby colors".   My family says it looks great don't change anything, the neighbor will love it.  I plan to use bamboo/organic cotton batting and quilt lots of circles. 

This indecisiveness usually happens to me when I am putting a quilt together but most times I am very happy with the result.  Is it just me?

I'm actually amazed I got any sewing done since I jumped into blogland. Geez I want to follow everybody! I just love seeing the other projects and ideas. That's how I came across Quilt Taffy's blog. I was just blog-browsing, found their site and here I am. Corrie and Des have a lot of cute tutorials and projects.  Take a peek.

Until next time....


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tongue-in-Cheek Timesaving Tips for Quilting Moms

I am having a ton of fun learning how to blog!  So much in fact that being on the computer checking out other quilter blogs is cutting into my sewing time, what little there is of it.  Which brings me to today's topic.

I subscribe to "Stuff We Love" newsletters.  Today I came across an article of time saving tips for moms; "Ten Great Ways to Glide Through Your Day" which immediately caught my attention.

I thought I'd share just a few of the tips and how they would benefit me:

Set up a large corkboard - Hang it in your kitchen where you can prominently display a family calendar. This calendar will serve as your family's command center. Each night, you can check the calendar to see what activities are on tap for the next day.   OR pin up your quilt ideas!.

After-dinner duty - Help your kids get their outfits and knapsacks packed and ready for the next day. You can also use this time to put your belongings together (e.g., recharge your cell phone).  OR pull fabric from your stash for your next project!

Set the breakfast table the night before - Set up the bowls, spoons, cereal boxes, skillet -- this way, there's one less thing for you to do in the morning.  OR... ok well, this won't work for me as I sew at the table...

Get a babysitter - To get a better perspective on your life, and to ultimately get all your chores done more efficiently, you need to refuel your physical and mental energy. (for quilting!) Employing a babysitter for one afternoon a week or even one day a month will help you step back and evaluate life from a clearer perspective. For Quilting ideas!

Get a housekeeper - Even if it's just once a month, try to get someone in to take over the heavy-duty cleaning. If you think you can't afford it, remember that one day of housecleaning provided by a cleaning company is equal to the cost of two people going out to a movie and dinner.  This would be a toss up; more time to quilt or more money for buying fabric!

I will definitely be taking these helpful hints into consderation!

I want to also invite you to click on the link in my sidebar for the Among the Gum Trees blog.  This is a great group blog made up of the Gum Tree Designers from down under.  These nine Aussie designers have beautiful patterns, ideas and oh yes giveaways.  Be sure to check them out.

Until next time...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

First Ever Blog Post.....

Hello Blog World!  Although I am a crafter and quilter, I think my first post should be a subject near and dear to my heart.  My sister survived breast cancer last year with a mastectomy.  My best friend of 30+ years has been cancer free for 1 year; she underwent full chemo and radiation.  With Breast Cancer Awareness Month coming up in October, it is high on my priority list of pondering.

Some Breast Cancer Facts from The Breast Cancer Site         

  • Every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer  
  • One woman in eight who lives to age 85 will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55.
  • Mammography is a low-dose X-ray examination that can detect breast cancer up to two years before it is large enough to be felt.
  • When breast cancer is found early, the five-year survival rate is 96%. This is good news! Over 2 million breast cancer survivors are alive in America today.
Did you know you can help women in need get mammograms with just a click?  Its free! Just click on the Breast Cancer Site link above or button at right.  Every click counts!

Until next time....

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