Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Years

I just wanted to pop in and wish all my followers and readers of this blog a Happy New Year! May this coming year be the best year yet and be filled with many blessings, joy, love, health and family! Thank you for coming by and reading my blog and commenting on posts that I make...I look forward to the coming year with many great things happening. Have a safe night tonight if you are going out...and remember please don't drink and drive as it could forever change not only your life but that of someone else as well! Many blessings sent your way,
Until next time, 
Wendy

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

I joined in Chookyblue's SSS 2011 again this year since I had so much fun last year.....this little gift has been sitting under the tree for a couple of weeks now waiting to be opened....today is the day....this was sent to me all the way from Australia....who you may ask was my secret santa, well it was Narelle

Narelle sent a wonderful mug rug with the cutest ornament for me to open before Christmas.....then on today I was allowed to open the main pressie and it was this lovely bag....I love it Narelle! Thank you so much...made with peacock fabric and anyone who knows me knows that I love and collect all things that have to do with peacocks.....I just love this little bag! Now my partner that I sent to was Fiona and this is what I sent out to her....the ornament was a little stocking to look like an elf's boot....and then a table runner made with Christmas fabric that I thought she might like......
I also did a side swap with Andrea because she missed the sign up to the CBSSS 2011 and I did not want her to miss out on the fun....so I emailed her and we did a side swap with the same guidelines....this is what she made and sent out to me....

The ornament is so pretty and is now hanging out with my other handmade ornies....And just look at the beautiful wall hanging that she made and sent out to me....I love them both Andrea thank you so much.... and this is what I made and sent out to Andrea.....

I made an elf bootie stocking ornament and a wall hanging from some Christmas fabric that I just love....
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year....I will be taking a blog break until after the holidays to be with family....take care and I will see you again January 2, 2012.....
Until next time,
Wendy

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

I just wanted to pop in and tell everyone Merry Christmas! Please be safe and have fun with your family during this holiday season....May each of us remember during our celebrations the true reason for the season that we celebrate.....

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

TAST Project

This is the crazy quilt I will be working on during the TAST in 2012...I had put this project on hold because my mojo for finishing it had left....I have decided that I will finish it this coming year...what better way to showcase the stitches each week than on this quilt...
This is a closeup of the center block.....
 I am excited about working on this quilt once again and I am looking forward to finishing it in the coming year....now to put together my quilt for the Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2012...you still have time to sign up, but you need to hurry registration ends on December 27, 2011.....

An Awesome Giveaway!

Nichol is having an awesome giveaway on Dec. 23rd...she is giving away this awesome owl quilt that she made...if you want a chance to win this lovely quilt go on over and leave her a comment....good luck!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Hard Day and A Memory

 In Loving Memory
Payton Ryan Davis
December 20, 2009


Today has been a hard day in many ways...or I should say an emotional day instead....today is the anniversary of sweet baby Payton's birthday and death...Had he lived he would have turned 2 on today...instead of a birthday party we took balloons and snow globes out to the cemetery to say happy birthday...we released three of them, very shiny blue stars...I think he would have loved them...my heart cries not just for myself but for my daughter who has such a hard time with his death...today has been really hard on her....there are a lot of what ifs on today for us as a family...at the same time we know that he is safe in the arms of God and that one day we shall see him again...As we get ready to celebrate Christmas and the birth of our Savior we know that our hearts will mend and the pain will get easier to bear and that all is well....

Happy Birthday Payton, gran loves you very much and I look forward to seeing you again one day....Know that however short your life was, gran loves you with all her heart....

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sweet Furbaby/Updated

 Updated: Riddick came through surgery well and is now at home and resting...his vet said we are looking at a long recovery but he should fully recover....thank you for all the well wishes that you have sent out for him...I really appreciated it and it warmed my heart more than you will ever know...
Wendy

My sweet furbaby Riddick had to have emergency surgery today....I am really out of sorts as he is my sweetboy and companion....he has never been away from me since he was 5weeks old.....our vet said he must have immediate surgery and sedated him while I was holding him.....I will be able to check on him at 4pm....a long day and night for sure....no sewing or crafting going on here today....Merry Christmas everyone....
Until next time,
Wendy

Saturday, December 17, 2011

PIF

Look what came in the mail today. I signed up for a PIF with Cat and she made these lovely bird ornaments. They are now on my tree. Are they not the cutest birds ever....thank you Cat....go check out her blog, she is very talented and crafty.....
Now everyone knows how this works. I will take the first three people who comment on this post and make a gift for them. I have up to one year to make and send out your gift. I already have two made and the third will be made after the holidays. If you sign up you must promise to pay it forward so this will keep going. If you are like me and enjoy giving this is an excellent way to do so.
Until next time, 
Wendy

Friday, December 16, 2011

2nd CBSSS 2011 Side Swap

I had the opportunity to do a side Secret Santa swap this year. Andrea had missed the deadline of Chooky's sign up for the swap. I contacted Andrea and let her know if she would like we could do a side swap. My package from Andrea arrived this past week. Again we made an ornament that we could open now, and the main gift goes under the tree until Christmas. Below is the ornament that she sent out to me.

 I did not take a pic of the card she sent that is under the ornament in the first pic...but it has cupcakes on the front and the recipe for them on the back....such a great card. I will be making the cupcakes this weekend. Thank you Andrea for a lovely ornament and card. I am looking forward to opening the gift on Christmas! As soon as her package from me arrives I will post a pic of the ornament I sent out to her.
Until next time,
Wendy

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Secret Santa Sack Reveal

Six months ago I joined the Secret Santa Sack swap that Cheryl was hosting...over six months we were to send out two gifts per month to our partner...my partner was Sammie....today is the day that Cheryl decided we could open our gifts in the sacks. Sammie had originally sent the last packages before Thanksgiving but sadly they have never arrived...she was so stressed and so sent a couple of items as a fill in. Thank you Sammie for each little gift that you sent out to me...This is the sack that Sammie made for me.

These were the lovely gifts inside the sack...a book with recipes, note cards with peacocks (which I love as I collect those), a candle, emery boards, a foot bath, a cheese tray with my initial, soap, small lotion, small hand sanitizer, a cute small snowman picture frame, two hand towels, two crocheted dish cloths, a pair of fuzzy socks, a peacock feather and a couple of small tags.Thank you Sammie, and of course my favorite is the nativity ornament as I collect nativities....

Sammie will be opening her santa sack on Christmas Eve as that is when her family exchanges gifts...so I cannot post a pic of what I sent out until then....or you can go here to see them after Christmas Eve....
Until next time,
Wendy

CBSSS Is Here!

 I joined Chookyblue's SS swap again this year and have enjoyed making a gift and ornament for my swap partner.I have received my Secret Santa gift and ornament in the mail last week and am just now getting around to posting about it....I have been trying to get caught up on a few things and now have time to post. I could only open the ornament and my swap partner also included a second gift that I could open now. Here is the whole package....

 Thank you Narelle for the lovely ornament and the mug rug...I just love them both...I am already using the mug rug and the ornament is on my tree in the studio....I can only show you the ornament that I sent out to my partner...I did not realize the pic was blurry before I had packaged up the ornament....
 I also did a side swap with someone who missed out on this swap....I will post about it on tomorrow....
Until next time,
Wendy

Projects for the new year


This year is swiftly coming to a close and the new year is out before us. I am looking forward with great enthusiasm to the projects I will be working on in the coming year. The first one is a crazy quilt that I have set aside this past year. I just lost interest in working on the blocks and put it away. It has a total of 17 8x8 inch blocks and one large center block. I have joined this challenge given by ShawlK in the hopes of completing this crazy over the next year. There are five blocks already finished from a rr I was in and I added the other 12 blocks and the center block to make a nice size wall hanging for my bedroom. I will post pics of the blocks in the new year. You can go here to read more about the challenge and sign up if you are so inclined. Sign ups for this particular challenge are open until December 27,2011, so you still have a little time to join us. I am looking forward to finishing this project. At the same time I have signed up for TAST and will be combining the two.  Sharon B will be running TAST again for 2012. This will be a great way to learn new stitches and add to the projects that I will be working on in the coming year. There is still time to sign up on her blog here. Everyone is welcome and even if you don't do every stitch I am sure there will be some that you will want to learn that you do not already know how to work. Of course I will also be working on getting my sane quilt flimsies quilted and ready for use this coming year. I have 16 that need to be quilted and am hoping to get them done before making any new ones. And of course I hope to finish my yoyo quilt this next year. As it is a slow work in progress I won't be stressed about getting it done. I know that if I work on it daily it will come together in time. I started it as a slow work in progress and I am going to keep it that way until it is finished. I am not going to stress over this one as it needs a total of 2500 yoyo's. Seems like I have a busy and fun year ahead in the stitching and quilting department. What are your plans for the coming year?

Until next time,
Wendy

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Wonderful Gift In The Mail

A week ago before my fall I received the most wonderful package in the mail from my dear friend Cathy K....if you don't know her you should go over to her blog and look at all her beautiful designs...she also sells the most beautiful lace in her shop on etsy...I promise that you will be glad you went and visited her....she is a very talented fiber artist and crazy quilter....when I picked this box up at the po I was amazed at how heavy it was...then I opened it and begin to take out the fabric that she had sent....Cathy is a very kind and generous soul...she had asked me if I would like some of her scraps/fabric that were bright because she was not going to be using them and she thought I might use them for my yoyo quilt....of course I said yes as I need 2500 yoyo's for my quilt and I was running out of fabric...Well here is the awesome stack of fabric that Cathy sent to me...Cathy, thank you so much for this wonderfully generous gift that you sent out to me....it really touched my heart....and every time I look at my yoyo quilt I will think of you and your generosity.....





 This fabric will go a long way in helping me to reach my goal...I am cutting circles and will start working on this again after the holidays...I love all the bright and happy fabrics in this pile of colorful goodness! And everything she sent will go great with the quilts theme which is bright and bold....again thank you Cathy....

Jazmine came for a visit the other day and she fell asleep on the couch...it wasn't long before Riddick and Whizzer decided to join her! Don't they all look comfy together!!! 



Until next time,
Wendy

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Took A Nasty Fall

Hi everyone, I have been having some down time as I took a nasty fall and injured my back, head and neck....no quilting or sewing to show.....I will be back on Monday as I am on the mend and feeling much better.....have a great week....

Until next time,
Wendy

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Few Updates and Jazmine is One!!!

I think I will call this block finished.....well, after looking at the pic I now know it is not yet finished....I need to add some bling to the cretan stitch.....that won't take long and then I will call it finished....just two more to go.....yay! Maybe a hat? hmmmm......

 The next pics are of some crocheted roses I have made recently....the first one will eventually find its way onto a crazy quilt block......the two green ones are for a shrug that I am almost finished with.....
 A Tilda snow lady that I made for a swap.......I enlarged the pattern as the original was way to small in my opinion...this one sits nicely and is about 8 1/2" inches tall......
 This is a shabby tote that was also made for a swap....it turned out nicely and I hated to see it go.....the pic is not really clear but the rosette is all shabby with thread pulls and such....I may make a pin like this soon....
Well I have had company since Friday as we celebrated Jazmine's first birthday! She has been such a blessing to our family....She also started walking on Friday night while her mom and I were talking....she was so funny and we laughed lots.....We also had our Thanksgiving with family last week with more company......this weekend will be Thanksgiving at my daughters home since we have already celebrated with my mom and dad plus the rest of the family.....can you say tired especially after not feeling well....anyhow, below is a couple of pics of Jazmine...such a sweet girl
 Jaz with Frostie (mom) checking out her pink elephant  that we gave her for her birthday......
 She absolutely loved the elephant and was not happy to move on to the other gifts! We all thought that was funny....the elephant is actually a chair for her to sit in.
Last but certainly not least is a couple of pics of my sweet boys......life would be so dull and boring without them running around......Riddick of course is my big sweet boy as I call him as he is the oldest....he stole my heart when he was a puppy and chose me as the one to lavish all his love on.....
 And this is Whizzer who came into our family in February of this year.....I actually helped to birth this big boy as his mom was having a hard time.....he was and still is the biggest of the litter.....he is also a very sweet boy....thus my little sweet boy! They both bring much joy to my life.....
Hope you have enjoyed my little update.....I will go ahead and wish all my blogging friends a Happy and safe Thanksgiving as I will be busy for the rest of the week and weekend with family......see you Monday!
Until next time,
Wendy

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Scissor Keep Swap

My scissor keep swap arrived from Simone all the way from down under.....thank you so much Simone, I love it! Every item you sent is just wonderful.....I will be using this set for my tatting items as I am just learning and this will be a great item to keep it all in....the fabric I am going to use in my yoyo quilt that I am making, thank you I just love it!....Look at this awesome basket that she sent out to me.......
 And the inside is for the scissor keep and a needle book that she made.....the inside of this sewing basket has pockets all the way around....I have already put my tatting shuttle inside along with a roll of thread.... hopefully I will learn to tat soon and be able to fill the basket with tatting that I can use in my crazy quilting...notice the cool lolly fabric! I am going to use that to make yoyos with for my king size quilt......
 Thank you again Simone, I love it!
Until next time,
Wendy

Friday, November 11, 2011

Tilda Swap

My Tilda package has arrived! And it is ever so pretty! I love everything in the package.......thank you so much Else I love everything you sent!
I will post pics of what I sent out to Else after it arrives to its new home.....

This is what I sent out to Else...


Until next time,
Wendy

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Shabby Tote Arrived!

I received this pretty shabby tote in the mail from Susan.....this bag is wonderful in person and I love it....thank you Susan.....look at all the goodies inside the tote......such great goodies!! When Susan's tote arrives I will post a pic of what I sent out to her.....
 Just the tote......see how lovely.....
 She also included these vintage melon shapes.....there is enough to make a small wall hanging and I will be starting that after the first of the year......
 This is what I sent out to my partner:
The goodies are on the inside, but you can visit her blog and see what I sent out...

Until next time,
Wendy

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