Monday, July 21, 2014

Rustic means old....I like NEW, JUST LIKE THAT! AND AURIFIL THREAD TO GIVEAWAY!


Years ago, I received a collection of FROGS and I mean lots of frogs..
frog pyjamas, frog pens, frog crystals, wooden frogs, frog dishes, 
frog cement lawn ornaments...
frog mugs, and yes even some DOOR STOPPERS....

I managed and owned this Women's group called the NICE SOCIETY INC.
We taught women how to be nice in business..
It was very successful, I managed it for 10 years...

FROGS to us  meant...
FULLY RELY ON GOD!

We came together on so many levels...
My press agent started it all...
She gave me a glass frog....( it is somewhere at home) 

I then started sharing the story of what FROGS meant to me....
JUST THE ACRONYM, not the actual FROGS...

I never really liked FROG anything per say, but that did not mean
a thing to the thousands of ladies who were part of our community..
We all used to laugh at how our ladies would be on the search
for anything FROG related...kinda like how I feel about GINGHAM TODAY..
I get a lot of Gingham goodies...which I LOVE.....
Sooo that is  most welcomed...

But back to the FROGS.....



I then began seeing FROGS hopping in at every meeting...
there would be a frog on my table, the next meeting a frog mug...
and on and on...

I had everything packed when we moved....
I placed the hundreds of FROGS  paraphanalia in a very large BOX...

On the weekend, while away, I came across this box which got 
mixed up in some other boxes to store..

Soooo I opened it up....

THESE FROG door stoppers, kinda made me chuckle...

I LIKE DOOR STOPPERS, and I needed a couple more ...
sooooo although RUSTIC, and some call it weathered..
there is another term too, but that escapes me...

WELLLLLL my old rustic frogs, looked toooo weathered for my liking
so I painted them...
                                                             and now they are adorable
NEW door stoppers ....and FROGS have somehow hopped
back into my life AGAIN!




Ohhhh something else to share.....
( Shari is hosting the see you in sept one) 


I have something for all those who registered 
and will consider hopping along with us..

SOOOOOO everyone who will be in this HOP 
will be eligible to win these threads...


AURIFIL has sent along some THREADS
that will make this project FUN TO STITCH...

These are 50 WT perfect for your sewing machine,
your bobbin, your project....

3 reasons why I LOVE this 50 wt

1. I love ORANGE..wink
2. MY sewing machine loves this thread
3. Aurifil always has the perfect match...

YOU will win these threads so YOU CAN use them for your project..

Isn't Aurifil nice to think, this would be such a nice treat...


SOMEONE will WIN all 4 of these SPOOLS..
will it be YOU?


You have till WEDNESDAY to QUALIFY!



OHHHh and I have to show you something I have been working on...
this will be for a footstool ....
I only have about 3,794 stitches more to go....


Hope you are enjoying this SEASON...
I know I have been HOPPING MAD with things to do...wink



p.s to all those who have come with offers to help in the HUES OF GREY..
thank you so much...This will mean so much to our family..
WAIT TILL YOU SEE WHAT YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS will CREATE! 




Friday, July 18, 2014

YOU light up my life....let me return the favour....SCRAP BAG request...



 I have 3 more of these exact LADY LAMPS...
I happen to come by 1 on a day drip....It was a different colour..
and not a pretty colour at that....so I painted it in a MAT FLAT finish..
Liked it so much, called to get more...

They had 3 available, so I also painted those...
But what am I going to do with 3 of the EXACT LAMPS?

Why sell them of course...
So if you are interested, let me know...
Cost $49.00 plus shipping. 
They will come with a special coiled light bulb too...

Stands 18 inch tall and can light up my whole sewing room. 
The cord is translucent in colour and the shade has a little flat white
ruffle around the band..

Amy's little t-cup pinnie to show the scale of lamp..
her pinnies are 4 inches round...
I just these crochets cups....

SOLD OUT....thanks so much ladies! 


All proceeds will go towards yet another sewing machine for those in need!



And Soma was asking about T-cup this summer...seems she has been camping out
each day under our summer patio set....this is her fav spot..
She usually stays outside for hours at a time....
I lifted the table cloth to show her, she was a bit annoyed...
she prefers to be in the dark....

My Fabric arrived for my next GINGHAM PROJECT...
yes I will now be working on a red and white gingham with 
a solid black applique.... This one will fit a theme for the fall...


What a contrast in lighting....first one was taken in the morning
when my sewing studio was filled with sunshine...and this 
one later in the evening, when the sun was saying goodnight...






And now I have a request....

I require some scraps in these colours...anything from light grays to taupes, to dark grays..
I don't need much but this project is fairly large...I am working on this
for David for our anniversary in October...

If you can assist me I can provide a scrap bag of any colour you wish....

I have lot's of colours, just nothing in these hues of grays....


Take a photo of your scraps that you  have and I will send whatever colour
in fabric you wish...mine will be in fat quarters..I don't have 
any scraps at all since our flood..

I will supply photo too! 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

A summer-fall... filled with ....ALEX HALL ( NASHVILLE POLL)



OHHH that NASHVILLE series has filled me with  so many emotions and inspiration.

I did a screen shot of this image over Juliettes bed ( Hayden)


and I just could not get it out of my mind..

For 2 weeks, I went seeking any info I could find...
.
NO LUCK.......I am a pretty determined lady so I thought
someone has to know...so I sent this out to numerous art dealers in 
Tennessee, finally someone shared with me it was from a gallery showing.
A great lead it was... so I then went through all the artists and found HIM..
His name is Alex Hall....


And that first image stirs me on so many levels..

It is called “Proelium”  
which in latin means Battle...
I want to design our whole bedroom around this image
in the fall....I have already selected the paint
and Alex shared with me, he will see about 
offering this in a very large print for above the bed.
His original sold was an oil.....
I am okay with a print at this rate....



Here are others with his permission that I can share with you...
this one is called  “Inertia” 

“Two Fates”



“Remission”

this one speaks to me too.....

Just as the music as stirred me now this...

Artist Statement
My new series “Relativity” depicts individuals floating in time and space. I chose to paint the figures with no distinct faces so they would relate to every man and every woman. This particular series is a very honest representation of where I am currently in my own life. Having recently graduated college and being thrown off my feet into the real world, I was extremely overwhelmed. I still was not sure what path to take or which way to go in life. I began to realize that most people are familiar with this feeling of uncertainty. With that idea, I sought out to create a series that was a visual representation of an emotion that has been universally felt by all people: A sense of uncertainty, and ultimately struggling to achieve a balance in life.

We are planning a trip to Nashville , already booked our B&B...
I hope to meet with this Alex Hall....

Ohhhh and I just designed my new quilt with NASHVILLE in mind..
it will have images that remind me of our summer...and gingham you can count on it..

Off I run....what do you think of my new find..?


and one more reason why NASHVILLE is getting more and more attractive





Need I say more...the LOVELESS CAFE
and is that GINGHAM I see....realllllly !



JUDY made a special request to
come up with a NASHVILLE theme blog hop..
everything country, cooking, music, guitars....
And she is from Suisse area.....

I placed a POLL on the side bar if you wish to
get involved...I am thinking NOVEMBER?

I love the idea, I was already working on something
for that theme, so this would be great to get
YOU involved too....

Thanks JUDY, let's make it happen


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nashville and my oh my have things changed...


I have been known to be eclectic in my taste in music, but I have never really 
been a big fan of country music ......well until now...

But first let me share an observation oh how things have changed
in only 20 years....

Years ago many of us had portable televisions with 
VHS ( tapes)  we used to push into and voila...

We could detail our doctors ( well I did) and watch movies at night
that we rented  on a little screen tv...

I had one for years and it was even in colour....wink...


And then NETFLIX came into our lives
- Canada was slow to get on board but now
we can stream ( that term used to mean a water brook, or creek)
now it means streamed through ICLOUD ( which is where the worlds seems to connect
and share stuff)   and as long as you have an
iPad or LAPTOP you can view anything you like...
of course you need an ISP ( internet supply provider ) with lots of bandwidth...
( i know all this new jargon that was only brought to life in the past few years) 

I love my MAC BOOK AIR, I can take it anywhere..
As long as I am near a router or time machine...( I know it is ridiculous isn't it?)
and all the while I was hand quilting the past couple weeks,
I watched 2 seasons of NASHVILLE...
yes I believe I watched 44 episodes...

And am I HOOKED....Hayden plays Juliette who could also be
Taylor Swift, although many downplay that...
and Connie plays Rayna who could be REBA but they also downplay that too...

And then there is this sweet SCARLETT played by an Australian singer..
Clare Bowen...she just melts my heart.... I have no idea who she could be...

and there is Deacon a love interest and Avery a love interest and Luke a love interest
and Jeff and Duncan and a whole lot of characters who sing
and can they sing....of course all COUNTRY....

I have even streamed many hits from the show like..

A life that is good
How you learn to live alone
Love Like Mine
Black Roses
Don't put dirt on my grave just yet...
Nothing in this world will ever break my heart again

Here is the Premise according to Wikepedia.....Thanks I could not said is better..

Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) is the established "Queen of Country" music. However, her latest album is not selling well and her tour is playing to half empty venues. Her record label suggests that she open for Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), the young and sexy best selling singer of bubble gum country. However, Juliette, seeing Rayna as privileged, purposefully alienates her. Rayna, who dislikes Juliette's style of music, rejects a joint tour out of hand. The two women come into conflict as each tries to get guitarist Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten), Rayna's bandmate and former lover, to sign on to their tour. Rayna's life is further complicated when her estranged father, millionaire businessman Lamar Wyatt (Powers Boothe), convinces her husband, Teddy Conrad (Eric Close), to run for Mayor of Nashville.



I enjoyed it sooooo much I may watch it all over again
while I work on some projects for the SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER blog hop
and RUSH HOUR...

The Next SEASON begins in September....I am there...
and I think I AM IN LOVE with NASHVILLE and their MUSIC...

And what have you been doing with your TIME...
what NETFLIX saga is a must see....?


Have you been watching NASHVILLE?



This is Juliette...she is a bit edgy....always seems to jump in way over her head
and create chaos..but I love her.....and she really sings....