Monday, September 1, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to routines and friendly reminders


Routines are just around the corner. One of the things I love about September. It always reminds
me of the excitement as a student returning to my studies . I have always enjoyed summers, even with the short lived one we have experienced here but nonetheless fall has me thinking routines.

We have "See you in September"



beginning next week....A hop that will have many sharing what they did over the summer..... All of our blogger friends will be showcasing at least 3 project that had them busy stitching or painting or quilting... A lot of inspiration that will no doubt carry us all through the seasons. Shari our cheerleader for this event has been busy keeping everyone informed and inspired.


Speaking of inspiration.....

Our campaign for saving Riley Blake Designs Gingham was successful . They will be keeping their medium size gingham collection. Although sadly their large and small check will not be included..But that is fine with me....the medium size is a great compromise..

such gratitude to all those who kept up on the challenge and RBD we soooo love YOU!


Soooooooo to all of YOU who were on our campaign to save GINGHAM it worked...
and you know that makes me very happy.



Following our See you in September  hop...we will
 be then rushing to 
 
a lovely new collection by the same name as our HOP
I  have heard of some pretty exciting things that are being  made with this collection..


And  then we have our Wicked Wendy -so ready for our Wicked hop
which this year is on the theme of Black Cat crossings by the same name
as the collection from Maywood...

Details are all on the side bar for reminders...



Something to share....I was approached by a business student late this summer
who is trying to earn some money for her tuition....
She had such a great proposal and  incredible work ethics that I have hired  her on part time.

We brainstormed on how her knowledge in technology could be of benefit to me.
One of the the things that I had tried doing since 2007 was open up an etsy store...


I would showcase what I had available here on my blog and each time
sold out of everything....So that was one of the things I needed help in..

She can sew and quilt too and she has become one of those young ladies
who has as much as energy is me... I know pretty scary..

I took all the photos and with my established empty store since 2007
well it is far from empty now. Anna has been a gift from heaven....

So everything  sold in the store will be hers for her education...
Her name is Anna...
She looks just likes this too! 




I worked out that everything we made together and list...
100% of the proceeds would go to help her in tuition and accommodations
for the next year....


Each day for the next little while she will be adding more treasures...
I can't tell you how excited we both are...

She is working towards a business degree in Marketing 
and in her spare time ( don't know how she will do it) but she will also
be sewing and quilting too....

She has already been approached
by a large banking institution to manage
a mentor/protegee program upon graduation.

Welllll let me share this....if anyone can do it, she can..

I have promised her a 2 year mentorship ( this is how long
she has at university) and I will continue to create and design and take the photos...
Everything else will be up to her....

So please do check out OUR store.....






She is working on adding more surprises ....a few bundles of fabric
that will be far happier in your hands than ours....
I have going through some of my stashes...very little
but I know I won't be using them anytime soon...so we may as well
put Anna through school.....

She has some terrific ideas and has already helped me out so much!


For all those who are friends of ours....
until Sept 2nd, everything in the store is 
FREE SHIPPING for North America
and 50% off for Europe and Australia.

all you have to do in your order and in notes
is mention ANNA FREE Shipping! 


In cozy warmth.....
time is ticking.....

News UPDATE, love Apple, hate Apple, LOVE ALEX!


Yes we have been away ( a lot) ....and yes I had many thousands of emails
to answer but my MAC has not been playing nice upon our return..

SOOOOOOOO I spent 7.3 hours with adobe and apple support today...
had my system restored, everything back to default...
loss all of mail, all of it...
loss all of my fav fonts all of them...
( anyone  who sent me something that req's immediate att: please resend) 

Apple could not even get me with their GENIUSES today
because they were filled with appt dates till next tuesday....

I have APPLE CARE still have 121 days left....
 and nobody could help me...

YOU always gotta have a back up....( working on my mac air)
Anna ( added text to my angry mouse) share all about her later...

so I am working on here for the moment...on my Mac Air...

Oh yes my back up plan...call someone else who knows MAC...
I know good people.......lol

I called upon my wonderful GENIUS Eric,  he tells me it could be my track pad...
It has been acting like it was possessed...had a "friggen" mind of its own....

Nobody at Apple could tell me that....they restored everything to factory
beginnings....now I have to spend a day or 2 getting everything downloaded from
my time capsule, so I can function again...

I called back Apple, in tears now...I am so frustrated...
ALEX ( a girl) had the answer, even though I could not get into the genius BAR...
I know HER, she said this...

"Come to the BAR, ask for me, we will do  a Swap, bring your track pad
and serial number....we will give you a new ONE....( 75.00) no charge"

Soooooooo I gathered all of my goodies, fed the cats, made sure they were fine..
( more on that later lol) and drove a 3.5 hour round trip to the Genius bar)

I walk in it is packed with at least 1000 people.....OMG
I am never going to get home, my 121 days will be up if I stay lol....
( there was no empty space in a room that is about 4,000 sq feet)

I lowered my dark  round glasses, brushed my hair back with my hand..
I am ready to faint...when........Barry comes up to me....read his name tag...
He says " are you ok, Maam....." I smile and I said  " I am here to see Alex"

He smiles back...." we were expecting you"

GET out of here...lol  Yep, they were, got my NEW trackpad...
no charge, in a sea of people,  I walked out
smiling.... all within minutes....
( and we know it works, because Barry tested it for ME)

I love ALEX and Barry....and I am somewhat happy...
somewhat tired, and somewhat missing you all..

GIVE Me back my routine NOW....
I will settle for maybe tomorrow..

BE BACK SOON!
(I want to go home. writing this in the parking lot, because
there is wayyyy too much traffic to try to get home now)

Mdm Samm 









Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer ....is still here...

I have waited all summer for my COSMOS to brighten up our garden..
Each time I came home I would whisper " can't wait to see you"....

and yes they have finally opened up....and will keep
flowering till late fall....



This was right after a downpour...they were acting as umbrellas
for those underneath....isn't that sweet? 



I forget what these are called...I am sure someone will recognize them..
but they have flowered all summer...
As you might remember, our garden only has white blossoms....

Ohhh and look at this sweet pear.....kinda looks like a sweet shapely bottom...
or a heart upside down....Gosh I love what sweet miracles present themselves to us
every day....all we need is to take notice...



A neighbouring field not far from us...I just love the colours....and I think some
fairies were visiting wink....



Ohhh don't you just love cattle....? I do....and whenever it is going to rain, 
we note they are lying on the ground....all of them were when we arrived..
but perhaps felt embarrassed, and some began to get up lol




Ohhhh apple trees all around us have been flourishing..it has been a great summer
for our growers....


I completed all my stitching....and I was going to show you..but it seems
the north west wind, had other plans lol...

One of my favourite things to see on our lines....our sheets...
we have many sets and all of them floral...I am happy
David does not mind at all....especially when we snuggle under them 
after being outside on the line all day... the smell welllllll there is nothing like it....



and what is SUMMER without seeing some pics of our sweet felines..
they have been enjoying the travels and the summer immensely...
Although at times I think we simply wear them out...

Sumatra rarely is this quiet...if you look closely, her eyes are open....or 
squinting at me....and yet she does not move....hoping for yet another 
authentic shot...

David was just coming in, when T-Cup got up to be stroked..she loves him so much....

Ohhh squirrels again getting her attention...I just love her profile....
and Sumatra's eyes...like a cloudless sky.....you can just fall into them...


In our travels....I came across this glorious winter cottage....
don't you just love it....I want to make one for our mantle....David is pretty good
with woodwork....soooo maybe this Christmas....



And yes this is solid steel....on top of welding shop....i was so impressed...



And for those who drop by from all over the world...I thought this would make
you smile...$4.99 Canadian is what you can expect for a breakfast special...
How much would yours cost in your area?


Enjoying every moment, relishing all the memories of this summer
and I will SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER wink...
with Shari cheering us all on....