Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How do you measure.?....A Season of LOVE! Last day of See you in September...

It was a SEASON OF LOVE...
how did I measure it all...?

First let me serve you up a cup of your favourite brew...
and thank you all for popping in and being so much part of OUR
quilting and sewing world....
( this is an old diners cup,  it only holds 6 oz of brew but 
ohhh you will love sipping from this porcelain cup)

Big thanks to Shari for being a superb cheerleader and all
those who played a part in See you in September...
What creative, stunning and heartfelt projects you created to share....
and all those who left wonderful comments..I know you stirred many hearts....
Each one of you stitched a thread in my heart...

By now you have all popped in to see those I shared my day with....
Ohhhh did they ever create such magical and beautiful pieces..?
There is a lot of TALENT HERE!


Today Sept 16th


Here is what kept me busy this summer...


Although I completed all  the piecing and  sewing and the embroidery of these words...

525,600 minutes, how do you measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets in cups of coffee, 
in laughter in strife..
how do you measure a man's life....?

For so many reasons, I just could not get it done...
It sits by our loungers  in our sitting room....a constant reminder of the love
that has grown so complete in both of our hearts.
It will ALWAYS remind me of all the minutes we have
spent together....


When ready- I will pick it up once again and  hand quilt it over 
our winter months.... when I have it completed. YOU will be the first to know...

It was all made with solids from RBD to mimmick GINGHAM of course...
( this one did not count as my finished projects however it is what I was
working on this summer) 


In the meantime, I did complete a few NEW things...
3 categories...wink...


I was busy making LA MODELES....whimsical, adorable
bend into any shape dolls....This one in a variety of GREEN ginghams....
reminder when RBD   had the small and large print...BUT wait, 
they are keeping the MEDIUM RBD GINGHAM print
so we will still have lots to celebrate...
I so love my RBD Gingham!
And to all of YOU who were on our campaign to SAVE RBD
Thank you from my gingham heart...


 and.....I did some gardening....

We have 3 of these MUMMS on our deck...they have demanded much water and food
this season....they are 10 gallon size....just gorgeous....that is what my Green Gingham
Modele is sitting on... and yes white with a bit of splash of some yellow...
( another fav colour of mine) 

And of course some special TAMMYs were created this summer...
Cori from Chitter Chatter Designs...   created this gorgeous PINNY with the bird on it for me....
(and ohhhh so special because she knew my colours would match my sewing studio) 
I did not have a Tammy to match-  I know shocking......So I made one especially for this... She made me SEW HAPPY, because I love the HAPPY video....

What is striking about this pinny is, it has a little pocket in the back to put your
scrap threads and a place for your needles...and a very small pair of scissors 
about 1.5 inches long was attached...

In the NEW YEAR I have coaxed  Cori  into creating 4 wee patterns so YOU TOO
will be able to place them on your Tammy Bags (wait till I show you how to add them) 
...More on that at the end of the YEAR...
Many surprises in store for YOU! 

And this was made for a very special lady who you will come to admire and love 
as much as I....She is busy creating 4 patterns too, very special ones
for you...more on this soon....All that PINK....how can you not love PINK....?
She LOVES PINK.....


and this too was made for someone very SPECIAL...she loves Blues and GINGHAM
and soon you will see it dressed with something very special...more on that soon too...
 Oh my gingham cup was sent by a very sweet lady overseas....she is my special moments 
through and through..




And since I was busy as a bee on Tammy Bags- I did one in embroidery..
with lots and lots of french knots....
so this still is one of my 3 things...Another Tammy bag...
This one is already filled with Aurifil, Gutermann, Presencia and Superior...
threads...because each one has a special role with me....
( I will be travelling with this bag always) 

And then I found this x-stitch I did many many many years ago,
...while FALL cleaning, I found it in a container that  I had stored some needlework....
I could not find the pattern ( think it was lost in our flood) 
 I have no idea what  it was called and who did the design...
Any of you recognize it?  and it was not completed...she is washing in a tub...
She does not look to happy does she????? lol

sooooooo I made it into a longer coin purse bag, perfect for some
of my scissors when travelling.. alllll made from linen...
on the other side, it has a red ruffled  gingham pocket...

A grand idea to turn your needlework and cross stitch pieces .....
in coin purses and Tammy Bags.....

HOLD that thought....it will be coming in January....

And I too did some canning...OUR PLUM tomatoes, yielded us so many
I was able to make some marinara sauce...our home had that homemade smell for days...

Don't you just love those stems....like they were made for these PLUM ( tomatoes) lol
My very fav in the world timer sits proudly among them...


7.5 quarts of thick marinara sauce to do us a few months...I have never ever purchased
spaghetti sauce, I have always made my own...kinda spoiled us
a bit....Takes 36 hours to make, but ohhhh so worth it...

And in the distance...something else I have been working on..
soooon you will see it very soon wink...



 AND..... remember my GINGHAM HEART needlepoint. that I had designed in the early spring... 
Showed you a couple times - my progress...
this took a few months to complete...
then what to do with it....

WELLLLLLL,  I made it into a ruffled RBD gingham footstool.. Bet you never saw that coming...:)
David made me a few footstools over the summer, using a lightweight wood, I had some foam
cut to size and voila...another new stool in my sewing studio...

The stool is 18 inches square...and about 8 inches tall...
Not that I need to remind anyone of my LOVE for Gingham....

So there you have it...it was a busy summer
and like you all, I am sad to see this season end....


My red gloves are ready for the fall....

To seasons of love....
it was a lovely summer of stitching...
Thank you for joining me and all those in our HOP...
I am sure I speak for them too....YOU MATTER!




is our next hop using this very fine collection
of the same from Studio E fabrics
and that other lady is cheering...
and she has already won
according to the clues she has been sharing..
OH Yes......she wins.. wink..



I have a special giveaway...
You may have read about Anna my new assistant.
ALLLLL proceeds goes towards her tuition and books....
she is studying Marketing and Finance!


$30.oo gift certificate 


be one of our NEW ADMIRERS
and we will choose a winner from there
and send you shopping on MONDAY of next WEEK!
( let us know here too, otherwise we will not who to contact)


Monday, September 15, 2014

day 9 see you in september



What WOWED us in TEXAS Style on Friday! 



See you in September reminds me so much of my teens...
I loved school and September meant new beginnings...

That is what we will be celebrating for the next two weeks..
NEW BEGINNINGS with all of YOU....

Shari has been an exceptional cheerleader through the summer..
always cheering everyone on, I have seen many notes
she left to all of you ....such an inspiration she has been
and a pretty great campaigner for our GINGHAM with RBD...
The medium collection has been saved...YEAHHHHHHH! 

Check the side bar for the list she has put together of some
very talented ladies... ( or link here for the schedule) 

Here are those we will be cheering for today.....all of them will be showcasing 3 projects
they worked on over the summer... One of their projects had to be something with 
GINGHAM....so for all you GINGHAM lovers ( me included) I just know
they will be inspiring so many of us...

WE have such talented, inspiring over the top WOW ladies...
I adore them all and filled with GRATITUDE they are in our 
SWEET LOVING SOCIETY! 


Monday, September 15
My Quilting Journey  
( be sure to visit Malini...her name was omitted
on some of the links) 

They all get so excited when they see a NOTE from you..
so be sure to share your delight with them....YOU HAVE no idea
how that sweet note can make such a difference...
They are WORDS OF "WE CARE"....


CAN I just say, WOW to all of you...
REALLY, could I ever stitch as many projects as some of you.?
Never...but HOW we LOVE seeing them and being so inspired....
Thanks again for a GRAND DAY! 

What WOWED US...



I know it is GINGHAM, but it is a RAINBOW SKIRT
and it is pretty and how I wish I could wear it myself...
What child would not be filled with PURE JOY to wear it..
everyone would be smiling at her .....


What filled us with CREATIVE DELIGHT 




This Lady had 2 CREATIVE projects, just could not pick over the other..
SO SHE TIED for CREATIVE....this is a first....
Her use of Gingham almost mimics dots....

and her square ruler centrepiece block is very creative indeed...





YOU matter! 






Link HERE as gentle reminder what to expect from this blog hop...




And a FLANNEL HOP , well it will just warm
you up to the idea..


September 4 - Riley Blake
September 9 - Quiltscapes
September 12 - Sew Fishsticks
September 16 - The Stitching Scientist
September 19 - My Fabric Obsession
September 23 - Sassy Quilter
September 26 - Simple Simon and Company
September 30 - Fabric Mutt
October 3 - Just Let Me Quilt
October 7 - Jedi Craft Girl
October 10 - Rose and Odin
October 14 - Sew We Quilt
October 17 - Haberdashery Fun
October 21 - Leigh Laurel Studio



Saturday, September 13, 2014

T'was the night....HOLIDAY Blog HOP......

I could not imagine letting the year end without a holiday blog hop....
suggested a- Holiday Season Hop and loved T'was the night...
so we went from there...

I love this time of year, I have noted many hearts swell
at the memories, I would love to create even more for you all..

And you know how much I love rhymes...
so this is what filled my screen and yours....

T'was the night...


T'was the night before posting we're told it's a gift
a holiday present that has to conjure a lift...
It has to be made within hours, something so sweet
a pleasure to masses that has meaning so deep..

So if you can think of a gift or a something to stitch
and you know it will take only hours to enrich..
then join us this season with hearts content
You know your time will be so well spent......

Mdm Samm x


So what does this mean....

WElllllllll YOU are all so imaginative, talented, filled with inspiriation...
so here is your opportunity to share something CHRISTMACY,
that could be small gifts that can made within hours...not days...
that YOU can share with us all..

Some suggestions, embroidery, towels, cards, paper piecing,
small wall hanging, cookie jars, pajama bottoms,
jewels, fobs wine bottle jackets, dolls, pin cushions....

Anything that would make for great christmas gifts
that tells someone YOU CARE...



NOTE: something else else.....
how about one of the projects that you make you share with one of our ladies
in our hop....kinda like a secret santa....?
( although it won't be a secret, but what you make for her will be....) 

Everyone in our hop would get a  small HOMEMADE gift to show how much we all care....

You would give to the person  below you  on the schedule...
( of course you would know who that is way when Marlene sends the schedule )
keep it small, filled with heart...

IE:
Marlene,
Cathy,
Cori

Marlene would make something for Cathy, Cathy would make something for Cori,
Cori would make something for the next person on the list......


On the day of your hop....YOU would show your small 
project you made Christmas and Holiday related...
and  then you would show WHAT you received from the lady
above you....

LIKE A SHOW AND TELL..
this gives everyone plenty of time to make something
remember that is a small project and you will send to 
the blogger below you...

GOT IT?

I will be gifting  to the first one on the hop....( wink)

So if interested let us know---- Marlene will be cheering you on this one...
She is one of those ladies who loves this season, a lady who
is always supportive, a lady who has a delightful sense of humor....
and a lady who is an ideal cheerleader....

So send her your info
with the subject line...

T'was the night, I WANT TO GIFT.....

mbushretired@gmail.com

She will need:

 YOUR NAME
ADDRESS ( home address)  this will help her to put the schedule together.
Name of your Blog
and LINK to your Blog..

She will be sure to line you up so you will be sending to someone
close to your state or country...


Guidelines
Anyone and everyone can participate in our HOPS.
If ever you wanted to have cheerleaders in your life
to cheer on your creativity….
well you do not need to look any further…


1. CREATE something that SHOUTS
T'was the night and send something to the lady below you on 
the scheduled hop.

2. BE a cheerleader for all those who participate, there is nothing 
as heartfelt as your lovely comments.

3. Please turn off your word verification the day of your
post…you really do not want to miss any comments..
YOU have no idea how that one comment can be a life changer….

4. Be sure to add your post at midnight EST. WE have visitors
all around the world who like to get up like we do in North America
to your lovely creations

5. Please ADD everyone including YOUR blog on your post 
that day, so we can find everyone as easily as we found you..

6. MOST IMPORTANT, commit, if you don't, you have
taken the spot of someone else who I will be hearing about,
trust me there…

7. Add the button to your blog so everyone will note your 
T'was the night day....ohhh I just know this will be a season none
of us will forget...



( will have the button with code up when I return) 

Friday, September 12, 2014

day 8 see you in september




What Creative Delight from yesterday..the back of this 
liquid sunshine dress....



See you in September reminds me so much of my teens...
I loved school and September meant new beginnings...

That is what we will be celebrating for the next two weeks..
NEW BEGINNINGS with all of YOU....

Shari has been an exceptional cheerleader through the summer..
always cheering everyone on, I have seen many notes
she left to all of you ....such an inspiration she has been
and a pretty great campaigner for our GINGHAM with RBD...
The medium collection has been saved...YEAHHHHHHH! 

Check the side bar for the list she has put together of some
very talented ladies... ( or link here for the schedule) 

Here are those we will be cheering for today.....all of them will be showcasing 3 projects
they worked on over the summer... One of their projects had to be something with 
GINGHAM....so for all you GINGHAM lovers ( me included) I just know
they will be inspiring so many of us...

WE have such talented, inspiring over the top WOW ladies...
I adore them all and filled with GRATITUDE they are in our 
SWEET LOVING SOCIETY! 


They all get so excited when they see a NOTE from you..
so be sure to share your delight with them....YOU HAVE no idea
how that sweet note can make such a difference...
They are WORDS OF "WE CARE"....

Many created very COLOURFUL projects over the summer
and many had seasonal pieces that certainly brought smiles.

What Wowed us


Texas FEEL-LOOK-SUMMER....a beautiful contrast
to the background... 


What filled us with Creative Delight..


So many creative ideas....the green bag made from screen material..
gingham slippers, tissue box...lot's of colour
to smile about..it brings a tear to my eye....tissue please..

CHECK BACK tomorrow..
T'was the NIGHT will be announced..

YOU matter! 






Link HERE as gentle reminder what to expect from this blog hop...




And a FLANNEL HOP , well it will just warm
you up to the idea..


September 4 - Riley Blake
September 9 - Quiltscapes
September 12 - Sew Fishsticks
September 16 - The Stitching Scientist
September 19 - My Fabric Obsession
September 23 - Sassy Quilter
September 26 - Simple Simon and Company
September 30 - Fabric Mutt
October 3 - Just Let Me Quilt
October 7 - Jedi Craft Girl
October 10 - Rose and Odin
October 14 - Sew We Quilt
October 17 - Haberdashery Fun
October 21 - Leigh Laurel Studios
October 24 - The Cottage Mama



Thursday, September 11, 2014

day 7 see you in september





Our creative choice of yesterday....soooo lovely aren't they?


See you in September reminds me so much of my teens...
I loved school and September meant new beginnings...

That is what we will be celebrating for the next two weeks..
NEW BEGINNINGS with all of YOU....

Shari has been an exceptional cheerleader through the summer..
always cheering everyone on, I have seen many notes
she left to all of you ....such an inspiration she has been
and a pretty great campaigner for our GINGHAM with RBD...
The medium collection has been saved...YEAHHHHHHH! 

Check the side bar for the list she has put together of some
very talented ladies... ( or link here for the schedule) 

Here are those we will be cheering for today.....all of them will be showcasing 3 projects
they worked on over the summer... One of their projects had to be something with 
GINGHAM....so for all you GINGHAM lovers ( me included) I just know
they will be inspiring so many of us...

WE have such talented, inspiring over the top WOW ladies...
I adore them all and filled with GRATITUDE they are in our 
SWEET LOVING SOCIETY! 


They all get so excited when they see a NOTE from you..
so be sure to share your delight with them....YOU HAVE no idea
how that sweet note can make such a difference...
They are WORDS OF "WE CARE"....


Before we moved forward here...ALLLLLLL of you created
such wonderful projects over the summer...you could all have
been featured....YOU do so inspire me to keep our hops going
really you do...Thank YOU!



What WOWED US




Where to start...first this lady is an exceptional artist on so many levels..
her INDIA curry influence here as turned a CLASSIC gingham into
a spicy adventure....and take a peak at her quilting....WOW!


What filled us with  CREATIVE DELIGHT



Now this lovely dress made me tear..it is so beautiful and wait till
you see it adorned on the sweetest young muffin....The use of dots
with gingham wellllll simply ...SUNSHINE in a DRESS..


YOU matter! 











WE share this flannel hop with you as RBD is our wonderful sponsor for 
continuing one of of fav staples of gingham





OH YES FLANNEL, NEXT TO gingham...my next best thing...well besides coffee Too.! 

Riley Blake DesignsFlannel Exhibition Blog Tour

September 4 - Riley Blake
September 9 - Quiltscapes
September 12 - Sew Fishsticks
September 16 - The Stitching Scientist
September 19 - My Fabric Obsession
September 23 - Sassy Quilter
September 26 - Simple Simon and Company
September 30 - Fabric Mutt
October 3 - Just Let Me Quilt
October 7 - Jedi Craft Girl
October 10 - Rose and Odin
October 14 - Sew We Quilt
October 17 - Haberdashery Fun
October 21 - Leigh Laurel Studios
October 24 - The Cottage Mama