Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
Click on the picture to go to my website. These are 1 1/4" pendants.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Little Bit of Everything...

I just don't get around to posting on my blog as much as I intend - so...I'm going to try to keep this short on words, but still show you a few things about what's going on here and what we've got coming up!

We've had a lot of snow in the last month - but it's all melted now except just in a few spots.  The birds spent most of their time at the feeders.  We always have tons of cardinals in the winter - I counted 28 one day...

 I received a super fun box of scraps in the mail from Tara Darr from Sew Unique Creations - not only does she design really awesome quilts, she sends the best scraps!  I have been playing in this box ever since I got it...

Instead of hand quilting for an hour or so in the evening, I've been trying to work on this quilt.  I want to give it to some friends as a house-warming gift.  It is called "What's the Point?" by Mark Lipinski and is in the March/April 2013 issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting.  I was on a roll, then when I put it all up on my flannel wall, my DH looked at it and thought it was ugly!  He's not dumb enough to come out and say it's UGLY, but he just said..."'s got a lot going on - is it your newest design?" (said kind of like...I hope not, because it's UGLY!).  Well, whatever, I don't think it's ugly, it is colorful and I used all reproduction fabrics, but I chose brighter prints because that is what I think the recipients will like.  I need to get back to it, but now I am too busy getting out the next charm for our "Charming" program, so it will have to wait a bit.
 And look what else came in the mail...

These are fabrics from Lynette Anderson.  There's more, but I don't know what happened to those pictures - I will have to retake them, because you just have to see them all!  Lynette sent me some wonderful bundles of some of her fabric lines - one that you will see at Market this spring.  So exciting!!  She will have some new jewelry made out of these pretties!  But unfortunately she has to wait until I return from my next show.

Which brings me to the next topic!
As soon as we get all of those charms finished, we have to get to work on jewelry to take to my next show...
It is in Stover, MO - so if you are in the area, please come and see us, and if you're not in the area, why not plan a little road trip!  With 30 vendors, it has to be fun!  I haven't received a full vendor list yet, but I do know that Renee Nanneman of Need'l Love and Dawn from Sew Cherished will be there.  Hope to see some of you there!!

And you know I can't post without mention of the kitties!  Ozzie keeps very busy taking naps in a basket in my sewing room closet. He occasionally gets little bursts of energy and plays with a mouse full of catnip, but then he needs another nap. And Callie is just...BUSY!  Even though she is 3 years old, she still has an awful lot of kitten energy! Here she is holding down some books, looking irritated!
Now, I have to get busy - it has been crazy around here, and we've got orders stacking up - so thanks to all of you for that!  I also want to thank Lynne Hagmeier from Kansas Troubles - she gave me a little shout out on her blog that led some new people my way, which I really appreciate!!  Lynne is opening a new shop and retreat and is now counting down the days and showing some of the items that will be for sale in the store.  I sure wish I was closer - I would love to visit - it is going to be wonderful!

Have a great weekend - Happy National Quilting Day, Happy St. Patrick's Day, and Happy Easter!