Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Memories Digital Scrapbook Software Giveaway

I know this is a "quilty" blog, and that as followers most of you are quilty people :-)  I not only love quilting, but crochet, general sewing and I am trying to improve my knitting skills.  I also have several photo scrapbooks made and have been having fun trying the digital scrapbooking.  That being said, I have a great My Memories Suite Free Digital Scrapbooking Software Giveaway happening now and so far no takers!  Even if you don't make photo scrapbooks I'm sure you know someone who does right?  This could be a holiday gift for them, or for yourself!  Check out my post HERE for all the details.  Winner will be drawn on Friday.

On another note, my Sister and Mom were heading up to Keepsake Quilting in New Hampshire for the day on Sunday.  I really mean for the day as it is over two hours from us.  We shop, go out to lunch, then back to the store to shop some more!  Well, I "tagged along" for the ride as I didn't need anything.  Yah Right!  Here is what came home with me:

They were having an open house and sale on fat quarters so I had to stock up on those.  Then there was some items in the sale room that I'd better get; I'm also a sucker for charm packs, and thanks to Paulette at Sweet P, (a wool afficianado who does lovely work), I am now wanting to try a little wool project so I will start with this cute snowman kit.  The yo-yo maker was a gift from the store for their open house.  It's the shamrock shape so it can make three-dimentional flowers, so that will be fun too!  See Santa in there?  Couldn't resist him either :-)

I have some organizing to do in my sewing area and finish another little gift for my new niece who finally arrived last week.  Gotta get crackin' and finish some other projects before I can play with this new loot.

Don't forget to check out the giveaway!

Until Next Time,

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veterans Day and Time for a Giveaway

First off on this very special 11-11-11, a heartfelt THANK YOU to the men and women who serve and sacrifice so we may live our lives in freedom.

So much has happened since my last post.  The bad news?  I spilled coffee on my laptop this morning YIKES!  But techy DH cleaned it up for me and here I am.  The good news?  I tried to post (unsuccessfuly - I have more to learn) this morning from my new IPad which I WON!  How cool is that?  I was doing my part and bought raffle tickets for the school's fundraiser.  Who'd-a-thought?

I was working on my sample pages to show you for the My Memories Scrapbooking Software Giveaway I promised when I spilled.  I have been having a blast playing and here are a couple of pages I have done:

Neither page took very long because the software is so easy to use.  What takes some time at first is looking at ALL the pages and elements they have available.  The software comes with plenty for you to make nice album pages.  However The My Memories Store has tons of themes and ideas to choose from.  I find their products very reasonably priced and there's always sales and freebies to download.  You might want to check out their new Design Club - definite savings there!

When I think of all the "stuff" I would lug to an organized crop, or just the thought of digging everything out to set up at home I would spend most of my time deciding how to layout my page.  I'd be lucky if two pages got done and then it's time to pack it all up again.  There's a whole afternoon right there.  Fine some days, but I don't have time to do that very often which explains why my 5 yr old's baby book is only partially done!  Most of us have our pictures right on our computers so no more waiting for prints before we can start.  With My Memories Suite, you can sit down and work on a page a few minutes at a time.  You can even do a whole album in no time using one of their quick pages or themed kits.  They have layouts pre-made or you can start from scratch and go crazy!

One of the other aspects I like is I am no longer as limited as to how big the album should be.  My older albums could only hold a certain number of pages so I would  have to choose which photos "made the cut".  Now I can put a lot more into a single album.

Oh, and did you notice my new blog header picture?  Yep, My Memories!  It's not just for scrapbooks!

The team at My Memories has graciously offered to let me give away a copy of their My Memories Version 2 software.  You have 6 chances to win:

1.  Follow me here at Sun Naturals :-)
2.  Follow My Memories Blog  where there are tons of tutorials and tips
3. Go to the My Memories website and let me know which paper pack, layout or kit you like
4.  Like My Memories on Facebook - lots of contests and giveaways
5.  Follow My Memories on Twitter
6.  Post, Tweet, or Facebook about my Giveaway - tell all your friends!

You don't have to leave a comment for each item.  Just comment telling me what you did; I will put your name in the hat for each chance task you complete.  Easier for you instead of leaving me 6 separate comments!  Also please make sure I can contact you if you are anonymous or a no-reply blogger.  I will draw a winner next Friday, November 18.

If you can't wait for the giveaway and want to get the software right away, click on the My Memories button at the top of my sidebar, then copy and paste the promo code: 


at checkout to receive $10 discount off the purchase of the software and a $10 coupon to use in the My Memories store.  $20 in savings right off the bat!

I am sooo looking forward to getting DD2's baby book done now as well as all the other pages I have yet to do!  I'm off to play some more :-)

Until Next Time,

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Attention Scrapbook Lovers........

Coming Soon......

I cannot believe this has happened to me!  I have been invited by My Memories to play with their fabulous scrapbooking software and give it a review.  The best part is, I get to share a coupon code with you, and soon I will be having a giveaway so you have a chance to WIN the My Memories v2 software for your very own!

I have been scrapbooking (or "cropping" as my friends and I call it) for more than 10 years now.  I was a diehard, attending organized crops and twice a year attending a marathon crop where we would get together for  8-9 hours!  I have several books made, but once the babies came I found myself with less and less time for it.  My youngest is 5 and her baby book has about 3 pages done in it.

We take pictures like crazy, they just seem to stay on the computer and never get printed!  Sound familiar?  I will fill you in more in my next post, but just in playing with the software for a short while I made this page:

I can't wait to play more with My Memories this weekend and come up with a couple of more pages to show you.  If you can't wait to check it out either, feel free to go to My Memories.com, copy and paste the code:  STMMMS13266

for $10 off the purchase of the My Memories v2 software, plus another $10 coupon to use for downloads on their website.  That's $20 in savings :-)  Feel free to share this code with everyone you can think of!

I am off to play some more and will be back with giveaway details soon!

Until Next Time,

Monday, October 31, 2011

Just In Time for Halloween....Sort of....

During the freak snow storm on Saturday I was able to get, what is for me, quite a lot of sewing done.  I managed to complete this Halloweeen top that I had started last season.  I had a few more blocks to put together, then let my DDs arrange them and was able to get them stitched together.  I was hoping to have it completed by this Halloween.  Oh well, at least the top is don.  I wonder if I will get it quilted before next Halloween? 

I used a Moda Haunted Mansion by Sanae Layer Cake I had and tried the Disappearing Nine Patch.  Every quilt teaches us something and what I learned here was that, in my humble opinion, DNP needs a solid in there somewhere.  My girls love it though and that's what counts.

I was on a roll so I dug out a UFO quilt I have planned for my own bed.  It is a Triple Irish Chain I am planning to hand quilt.  If this October snow storm is any indication of the winter we are in for, hand quilting this will be a cozy way to pass the winter nights.

I am loving this quilt and whenever I pull it out wonder why I don't have it finished yet.  Oh well, a little bit of progress is still progress!

Another thing I am trying to make progress on is checking out all the fantastic quilts on Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival.  I think I am only a quarter of the way through, sitting to visit a few blogs at a time when I have a minute.  If you haven't been over there yet, grab some tea and take a look!

Until Next Time,

Friday, October 28, 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2011

It's that time again!  Time for Amy's awesome Bloggers Quilt Festival.  Twice a year we are all invited to this virtual quilt show over at Amy's Creative Side and see what everyone else has been up to with their projects.  I love to see everyone's quilts and the stories behind them; it's inspiring!

May I present, my most recent finish:

This is a quilt for my SIL's first baby due tomorrow!

It is definitely one of my favorites that I have done.  I love the dots on the back.  I used Riley Blake's Indian Summer by Zoe Pearn.  This went together quick thanks to an easy pattern I found on Elizabeth Hartman's Oh, Frannson! blog.  Thank you Elizabeth!

Baby I Love This Quilt!

Nothing like patting myself on the back.  Go on over to Amy's blog and check out the Blogger's Quilt Festival and see what other goodness is out there!  And if you enter you just might win somthin' as she has some great sponsers participating.

See you over there!

Until Next Time,

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tonight is Friday Night Sew-In.........

My youngest started 1/2 day PM kindergarten last week.  Now I have 3 hours each day to myself.  (happy sigh).  I was a little lost at first but that didn't last long.

We had a wonderful but busy summer and I have missed the last couple of FNSI but not today!  Today I am stitiching six of these:

They are for a custom order at my Etsy shop.  Six huck dishtowels with a Mr. Moose on them.  I love how these are turning out.

I also hope to get crackin' on this baby quilt by Elizabeth Hartman at Oh Fransson!  She has some patterns on her site she is generously sharing and I think the charm square baby quilt will be perfect for my SIL due next month.  I am going to use Riley Blake Indian Summer:

I am L-O-V-I-N' that polkadot for the backing!

Have a great Friday Night everyone :-)

Until Next Time,

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Baby GO! Giveaway Spotted

One of the blogs I am lucky to follow is Moose Stash Quilting.  They are having a Baby GO! and your choice of three GO! Dies Giveaway sponsered by Accuquilt

Photo by Accuquilt

So GO! on over and check it out....tell them I sent ya!

Until Next Time,

Monday, August 22, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me :-)

Earlier this month I had a birthday.  We were camping at the beach with my sisters and their families and they presented me with a Banana Cream Pie instead of a cake.  How cool is that?

Anyway, I received some gift-cash so I bought myself a little something:

I have been wanting this for a couple of years now and finally bought it.  It looks overwhelming but I can't WAIT to play with it.  I have a baby quilt to make for my SIL and haven't found anything in my pattern stash that jumps out at me so this will be the first quilt I "design" with EQ7.

Do you have EQ?  Any tips for me? 

Off to play......

Until Next Time,

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I've Been M.I.A. and a Go Giveaway.....

Hello friends, once again I disappeared from posting on my blog.  I rarely miss reading other blogs though!  Summer has been a blur....I haven't been sewing much.  I did however blow the dust off of my jewelry-making supplies and have been fiddling with that.  I'll have to get some pictures up soon.

It's a good thing I keep reading the blogs I follow, because now I can tell you about an Accuquilt Baby Go! Giveaway happinin' at Twiddletails Blog.  How cute is that blog name?  So go on over and check it out.

Until Next Time,

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Back Again and a Great Giveaway!

Once again life gets in the way and I have neglected my blog.  We've been very busy around here, and still I have managed to get some projects done.  I guess I was sewing instead of posting and that's ok!

First of all, Congratulations to the Boston Bruins!  I was born and raised here in MA and have always enjoyed watching and especially attending the games.  I remember my Dad yelling at the TV when I was little!

I didn't sign up for this month's Friday Night Sew-In since we originally had plans last night.  Plans changed and I found myself with an evening with "nothing" to do.  (Yay!)  I've had a Kate Spain Verna Jelly Roll for a while now.  I bought it because I loved the colors but didn't have a plan for it.  Here's what I've made so far:

A pair of large hot pads came of my experiment with the tube quilting method I found on Missouri Star Quilt Company's blog.  You can read my previous post about them here.

I suffer from insomnia which turns out to be productive sometimes.  I got up early one Saturday with an idea for a table runner.  I cut the strips into random lengths and "threw" them together.  I am happy with the results.  Very springy.

So now I still have a bunch of strips left over from the same Jelly Roll.  I love being able to stretch it this far!  I started out with an idea for placemats but when I cut the blocks I didn't see placemats, but a lap quilt. So now this project is a "Placemats-Turned-Lap-Quilt".  Here's what I have cut so far:

I'm lovin' 'em

OK, so now the real reason you are reading my post, Judi at Green Fairy Quilts is giving away a Riley Blake Holly Jolly Fat Quarter Bundle!  It's never too early to start a Christmas project.  Not only that, she is having a 25% off Fat Quarter Bundle Sale!  There's lots to see over there so check it out and don't forget to see the pre-cuts she has coming in October, which, by the way, you can pre-order.

Now back to my Jelly Roll.

Until Next Time,

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Friday Night Sew-In Results and A Surprise in the Mail

As you can imagine, I wasn't able to get as much done on the bed runner as I would have liked having a sick 7 yr old but I did make some progress.  She's feeling much better today so hopefully I will get more quilting done on it.  Here is some of what I have so far....

I am really liking the pattern on the back.

I also got a sweet little surprise in the mail yesterday.  I had submitted a block for Moda's Just One Star project and they sent me a thank you card with a mini charm pack of Countdown to Christmas!   I. Love. It.

I have the perfect place for a little table runner in my living room.  Starting it however, will have to wait.  Not only do I have several projects in line already, but I just want to keep this adorable little charm near my sewing machine so I can just look at it.  It is sooo cute!  Thanks Moda!  You shouldn't have! (blush)

Enjoy your Saturday!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday Night Sew-In Tonight and Bloggers Quilt Festival Coming Soon

We have had a nasty stomach bug going around here....my youngest had it for 5 days and now my oldest is home from school with it.  Tonight is this month's Friday Night Sew-In and here is what I will be working on today and tonight in between sick care:

This is a bedrunner for my sister, you can see my previous post about it here.  Come to think of it, I worked on this at last months FNSI.  I am quilting in the ditch trying to get a chain link fence effect and having a hard time finding where I've already been!  So even though I thread basted using Sharon Schamber's method, I have to place pins in the blocks I have gone around so far.  I guess my top thread matches a little too well!  I hope to present this to her when we get together for Easter.

Also, once again folks, it is time to start thinking of what project you will show us all at the next Blogger's Quilt Festival coming up next month over at Amy's Creative Side.  An inspiring ton of fun to see the beautiful projects of others. 

So mark your calendars and jump in on the fun!

Until Next Time,

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Friday Night Sew In This Friday!

Get your taxes done so you can be free to join us this Friday, April 15 for Friday Night Sew-In They have a new button....isn't it cute?

Click HERE to Sign Up!

I have been MIA from my blog lately as I have been taking care of Little One's tummy bug, Big Girl's birthday party and sewing like crazy (yay!)  I have my sister's bed runner basted and just started to quilt, and I have been making cute little sun dresses for my girls.  I will be working on these this week and Friday night as I want them done in time for Easter.  For once, I think I will make my goal!

I also received an email from Connecting Threads that I was a winner in one if their giveaways!  Yippee!  I am one of those people who "never win anything" so this is exciting for me.  I have this gem of a book on its way to me plus a charm pack to go with it!

Photo from Connecting Threads

I have to say though, that I have a slight problem with Connecting Threads in that I LOVE every collection they come out with!  Everytime a new catalog shows up I shake my head 'cuz I want the new fabric but often can't justify it without a project lined up as I am up to my eyeballs in UFO's as it is!  I can't keep up guys!  Their prices are amazing and their customer service is top notch if you ask me.  They also have a nice quilting community website called Quilt With Us.  Tons of inspiration and friendship...there are lots of different groups you can join, regional, techniques, experience, quilt-a-longs etc..  You are sure to find something you like!  Click on the Quilt With Us button on my sidebar to check it out.

Until Next Time,

Friday, April 1, 2011

Now I Know Spring is Here!

.....Despite the snow storm we got last night!

I am excited for Opening Day!  Go Sox!

The other sure-fire sign of spring in our town...,..

Our Dairy Queen is a walk-up, so it is only open spring and summer!  They opened last weekend! Wahoo! 

My name is Lisa and I am addicted to DQ Pecan Mudslides.
There.  I said it.

And most importantly......

My oldest DD turns 7 today.  No foolin'!  Happy Birthday Magoo!

Have a great weekend everyone...

Until Next Time,

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Friday Night Sew-In Progress

Did you get to work on a project for last night's Friday Night Sew-In?  My Friday Night project has trickled into Saturday.  Fine with me!  After all, it is National Quilting Day!

My sister has been remodeling her house over the last year and I've decided to make a bed runner for her brand new bedroom.  The only input she had (her choice) was that she wanted browns and greens.  This is what I have so far:

I need more blocks, but was itchy to play with the layout.  I thought maybe something more interesting than the square in square.  Her room is big and not very busy on the walls so I thought turning the blocks might give it some more interest.  I'm not sure about it as it lays on the floor, but in the photo I kind of like it.  Would love to hear your thoughts!

Enjoy National Quilting Day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Join Me in the Just One Star Moda Challenge!

"Just One Star Can Comfort a Soldier"

Moda Fabrics is having a challenge to piece, quilt and bind 100 quilts in 100 days to be donated to soldiers thru the Marine Semper Fi Fund.  They need 1800 star blocks to reach their goal.  Hit your scrap bin, pick out some cream and medium red or blue and whip up a block.  You can get The Star Block pattern and mailing information here.  The deadline for getting your blocks in is May 1.  Let's help comfort those who are fighting for us!

Here is what I am sending out today:

I got this tip from Rachel at P.S. I Quilt.  Have you visited her blog?  If not you should.  She's got great tutorials and just released some new patterns.  Plus she's just plain nice.

I'm off to finish making St. Patrick's Day T-Shirts for my munchkins.

Until Next Time,

Friday, March 11, 2011

My First Giveaway Winner......

Quick post today, not feeling too great.  Got a little sewing done and heading to bed early.  I can't seem to figure out how to show the Random Number thingy in my post.  I did use it however, and it picked #6 which is Gayle L. /La.  Congratulations Gayle!  An email is on its way to you.

Thank you to all who stopped by to visit; this was fun and I will definitely be doing it again!

Have a great weekend!

Until Next Time,