Saturday, August 18, 2012

DAY 6 on our Bowls with Borders Blog HOP



 Did you know we are at 100 PINS (pics, photos)
on our Pinterest board...
check out the 2nd button on your right on this blog.

Sew far it has been a wonderful
blog hop thanks to all of you
who participate..
WE all hope to see you again
soon...Next week we will be
announcing our next blog hop..
psssst it is FRIGHTENING! lol

OHHHH look who we have today..
I know  some of these people..
I can fill their bowls with stories..
but I will let them fill you
with inspiration today..






AND...
AND...

IN case you are here for the first time today..
WELCOME , the story behind these bowls..
but not before we add our HOPS TODAY...

IN case you are here for the first time today..hind these bowls..
but not before we add our HOPS TODAY...


The story behind the bowls..
( you will probably know this by heart by the end of 28 days_


It all started with making a gift for a sweet friend
and sharing that gift on my other blog ( with my final posting)
and many asking me where it came from.


Each time I shared another stack, another flood of
emails came in..."where did you get that?"

Flash to today...a blog hop came about..

165 ladies who made these bowls...
will be sharing what their bowls look like..

That I am pretty excited about..
Their BOWLS according to
their selections of fabrics, their appliques
each one will
be totally different...
I have not seen but one completed creation.
I will be as surprised as you...

See what one share of links from an inquiry about paper piecing
 from  Sharon at Vroomans quilts did?
See what one person who knows how 
to make time did ? ( hey, that is me lol)

And here we are....
CAROL from just quilt
is our  fabulous bring in the LIGHT cheerleader for this event..
 She deserves many cheers pulling
off the LARGEST  blog hop...
I think I can say that !!!
in all of our QUILT WORLD
This is the BIGGEST blog hop
EVER SEEN.
Yep I said it...



OH My wait till you see all of todays choices..
and they are all IN ...yeahhhhh

Oh look our top 2 choices today are....



  Oh my this ladies, would have me eating ice cream with a cherry on top even for breakfast
the detail and ohhh can we talk about her fabric choices...SERIOUSLY ? lol
I want this one..! lol



Another amazing showing in Blues...I don't feel BLUE at all, do you? 
this is outstanding too..love the photo shoot....lovely ! 



 HONOURABLE mention 


 And don't you just love this one...her fabric choices, her dots
background...ohhhh you have to play with your mouse on her 
blog...Yes I see stars and they are for this lady in Sweden! 



Thanks to our Sponsors...

Be sure to link their buttons  and see what is new...
They keep us all in some really amazing things..

I am waiting for some things to come
sew I get some pics for you..
We have 3 combined prizes from both companies!

I know without a doubt 
YOU will want these packages..yes you will !

Carol and  I will see you in The HOP...


REMINDER...all those who are participating
be sure to cheer on all of your fellow creators
and be sure to add the list for today on your blog...
sew we can find them as easily as we found you!
Sew appreciated

Those who are a NO Show after
numerous attempts, jeopardize
their attempt to join in any future blog hops!


1 winner for comments that were left on everyone's blog, ( big prize)
1 winner out of the 164 ladies participants..( 1 man) ( 165)  ( big prize)
1 winner who is in our top 2, honourable mention each day ( big prize)




2 sponsors...( big prizes) announced at end of hop..
their links below graphics

Let's Stick with Pellon



 Shannon Fabrics : "Making the World a Softer Place"

P.s Do me a favour please
if you are from any other country
but these..please let me know..

Netherlands
Germany
USA
Canada
Australia
England
Sweden 
Spain
England
France
 leave a message here..
I am working on a little something...
and this would ahhhh help me lol

Friday, August 17, 2012

Day 5..we reached 100 pins on day 5 !!! @ Bowls with Borders Blog HOP


 yes 81 Pins, not counting today...

OHHHH look who we have today..
I know  some of these people..
I can fill their bowls with stories..
but I will let them fill you
with inspiration today..

August 17th
Searching Out Simple ( her blog disappeared..some of us
saw it this morning???)


On Day 5 we are now up to 
81 pins ( photos, pics)
( not included today yet)

AND...

IN case you are here for the first time today..
WELCOME , the story behind these bowls..
but not before we add our HOPS TODAY...


The story behind the bowls..
( you will probably know this by heart by the end of 28 days_


It all started with making a gift for a sweet friend
and sharing that gift on my other blog ( with my final posting)
and many asking me where it came from.


Each time I shared another stack, another flood of
emails came in..."where did you get that?"

Flash to today...a blog hop came about..

165 ladies who made these bowls...
will be sharing what their bowls look like..

That I am pretty excited about..
Their BOWLS according to
their selections of fabrics, their appliques
each one will
be totally different...
I have not seen but one completed creation.
I will be as surprised as you...

See what one share of links from an inquiry about paper piecing
 from  Sharon at Vroomans quilts did?
See what one person who knows how 
to make time did ? ( hey, that is me lol)

And here we are....
CAROL from just quilt
is our  fabulous bring in the LIGHT cheerleader for this event..
 She deserves many cheers pulling
off the LARGEST  blog hop...
I think I can say that !!!
in all of our QUILT WORLD
This is the BIGGEST blog hop
EVER SEEN.
Yep I said it...


I am sure Marta from Polka dot is just a bit late..


Oh look our top 2 choices today are....

Oh wow, wait till you see the detail in this ladies bowls..
the colors are a rainbow of hues,  set up like a store.
which stack would you want...?

And look what this lady did...a chicken with eggs landed in 
her bowls...very well executed ... her chicken looked a bit 
unsteady in her bowls lol



 HONOURABLE mention 


Don't you just love those greens...her stack went on forever.
till the border stopped them lol


have to mention this lady..1st time paper piecing...look at what she created...
we have to have 2 HONOURABLE MENTION TODAY ...wink..



Thanks to our Sponsors...

Be sure to link their buttons  and see what is new...
They keep us all in some really amazing things..

I am waiting for some things to come
sew I get some pics for you..
We have 3 combined prizes from both companies!

I know without a doubt 
YOU will want these packages..yes you will !

Carol and  I will see you in The HOP...


REMINDER...all those who are participating
be sure to cheer on all of your fellow creators
and be sure to add the list for today on your blog...
sew we can find them as easily as we found you!
Sew appreciated

Those who are a NO Show after
numerous attempts, jeopardize
their attempt to join in any future blog hops!


1 winner for comments that were left on everyone's blog, ( big prize)
1 winner out of the 164 ladies participants..( 1 man) ( 165)  ( big prize)
1 winner who is in our top 2, honourable mention each day ( big prize)




2 sponsors...( big prizes) announced at end of hop..
their links below graphics

Let's Stick with Pellon



 Shannon Fabrics : "Making the World a Softer Place"

P.s Do me a favour please
if you are from any other country
but these..please let me know..

Netherlands
Germany
USA
Canada
Australia
England
 leave a message here..
I am working on a little something...
and this would ahhhh help me lol

Thursday, August 16, 2012

How I make time part 2... ( by special request)

compliments from  Patricia


Ahhh- you are back you must have some TIME to spare...
This is good..because today we will be talking- how our brains work..
Yes you heard me....it is 4:00 pm EST
many of those who share this time with me,
are almost out of time for the day....

OUR brains are slowing down... sew I will be quick lol.

Sew let's recap from our last visit..

1. NEVER drink anything sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners
our bodies do not know the difference.
( you will waste more time wondering what you did with your day)

Ahhh I see some hands up in the air.... leave your comments below...

2. The night before ( 2 hours before bed) jot down 3 things
you want to complete. JUST 3 for your next day....
( if you do it right before bed, you won't be able to sleep,
tooooo much information) 


Part 2 begins now.....are you all here?

What did you notice? Those who omitted sugared drinks...?
Did you find you had more time. Of course you did... YOU FOUND time
about 2 hours MORE EACH DAY....wow- heh....(  French / Canadian in me) 

Those who jotted down their 3 things for the next day, did you 
accomplish them? ( Did you use your timer?)  Do you have one now?

Tell me- what did you find out about yourself in 
this little experiment? ( comment below)

Ohhh I pray you did  your homework...? lol

compliments from Beth lol
WEll- here are the next 3 steps for you to consider...


#3. Whatever activity or chore you performed and whatever time
you set for yourself- do this again, BUT do it in half the time.
AND this time, do some preparation. 

Take for instance. I like to clean my personal bathroom, from 
top to bottom. The first time it did take me about 23 minutes.
The next time, I had my bucket, sponges, smart cloths, 
and new carpet and towels to lay out.. I did all this 
before I set the timer...AND I did it the night
before, took me less than 5 minutes to do that.

The next day when I was ready to clean my bathroom,
I noted everything was ready for me except the timer..
This time I set it for only 11 minutes. I got it done
with a few seconds to spare...It was some
workout, but I found in preparing in advance
I actually had more time! My bathroom was spotless!

( Lesson here, we waste time in not preparing for things we do not want to do.)
What can you do to shave 1/2 your time the next time you do your activity.
ohhhh the extra few minutes, I sat outside and drank my coffee! 


# 4. OUR brains can only handle about
 23 minutes of  any activity at any one time.
( it then begins to wander)

This is true, being I am still a full time student after all these
years and I study constantly-I have learned the secrets
how to study and retain information.
But first I had to study the brain.
Without going into how the nerve impulses and which
parts of our brain does what, let me simplify this...
OUR BRAIN NEEDS A BREAK EVERY 23 MINUTES.

Which is why I plan on 3 activities about 5 days out of my week
and they are always 23 minutes in length.  And I get at least
15 things completely done every week!

( I don't expect you all to do this every day, just when 
you want to be productive and complete tasks you may
be putting off) 

Take YESTERDAY, this is what my day looked like...

I have a working table in my studio which was too low,
I wanted it the same height as my island in the kitchen, sew my DH
built some lifts. I looked under the table and there is a lot
of unused space there....SEW......
My task was to make a curtain to put all around the table
6 yds of material with hems, ironing and stitching to do.
I also wanted to work on my bowls for this hop I am into lol
( oh the unused space, I drew up some plans for the DH
to do on the weekend to build some floating shelves)
and it will all be out of sight, because I made a curtain..
Yeah! Oh, and I ordered the wood and had it delivered!


SEW.....timer is set for  23 minutes. I  measured, ironed and sewed
for my table....timer goes off...STOP, then  I went to my island
in my kitchen where I had all of my paper piecing ready for me
to work on....23 minutes......STOP, back to my sewing studio
continue working. STOP...well you know I carried on like
this for 3 hours.  I got all my sewing done for my curtain for
my table, screwed in all necessary screws to hang curtain.
AND completed 4 sets of paper piecing for some bowls ....

My other task was to also complete 3 lessons for my
classes in vector design. I set my timer for you guessed-
23 minutes. STOPPED, got supper ready, I made some
teriyaki chicken, I cut some chicken breasts into strips, make some teriyaki sauce
 ( from scratch) threw the chicken in the bowl, let it marinate in the fridge...AND no not
for 23 minutes lol it needs a couple of hours.... Went back to studies,
STOPPED at 23 minutes..YES you are catching on...
answered some emails., made a couple calls...STOPPED
back to study.... I then put on some wild rice, put the chicken
in the cast iron pan in the oven....
DH comes home..." Ahhh smells like you have been cooking
all day" ...."YEP, all day long" shhh our secret! 


YOU all have heard...

if you want something donegive it to a busy person."



compliments .....?? who's this? lol

Have you ever asked HOW they do it!
This is how, they know how to use their TIME effectively!

I feel very fortunate that I learned this
22 years ago and I just know PAUL
would be smiling at me and urging 
me to get to the next one....

READY?


#5 This is the most important one. ONE I do practice every day. 

SHUT OFF THE NOISE.
 If you have young children, wear ear plugs...
not really. lol But don't have the TV on. Turn off any music. Do what 
I do.  When I am with the grand kids.. We do these
23 minute workouts...they can scream, run, do any activity , play
drums, play their music...but when the timer goes off
WHEN ? at 23 minutes..YES, oh you are good...

WE have 23 minutes of quiet time...we can only whisper
and only if it is really necessary.. I put out puzzles, 
crayons to draw, books to read....and yes it works...
no electronics of any sort..during this time...
TRY IT..

Now for those with no kids at home....
SHUT OFF THE NOISE!

The reason our society is sooooooo 
stressed, is we are constantly TUNED into
something. YOU will be much more productive
in silence. Try it the next time you have to do 
something, do it in silence for 23 minutes.

Shut off your tv, your phone, your iPod, your radio,

your computer....YES shut it all off for 3 hours

each day. YOU can do this. I know you can.

I am giving you the tools!
MY tools. This is how I get sew much done!

Again without going into what  and how the MEDIA
actually gets into your brain- and has you craving things,
wanting things, shopping for things.....

YOU know my background is Marketing right...?
I know how to get anyone off track....

BUT I would like to keep YOU all on track....


compliments of Wendy...
soon mine! lol 


Sew- here is your exercise for the next week...
that is if you want to continue....?
WE will come back here again at 4 PM 
HERE. OK?  I want to hear
how this little experiment worked in your house..
By sharing, you will learn from one another. 

I will also share how eating well, like my 
darling timer above...would you believe
it is on its way here...YES, I am sew excited..
Note the apples in her arms......

Anyway, as I was saying, I will share with you
how certain foods can keep you alert, thinking better,
and calmer....

YEP, I can, I will, I do...
I am pleased to have spent my TIME with you..


( and all of you who shared your timers with me
thank you...they were perfect)


I need MORE photos of your NEW
acquired TIMERS...
send to Madamesamm@me.com














How I MAKE TIME! ( by special request) Part 1 and PART 2 will follow along with part 3

Good Day,  a big THANK YOU to those who sent in great timers, I will highlight as I go...It will help in telling my story!)  send me more for the next couple of chats.. ok  madamesamm@cogeco.ca



The one question I get more often then anything else..." Do you sleep?" which translates to  "how do you get sew much done?"  Let me share you this....


 compliments...debby kratovil's timer..
( I love this one) 

1st    I sleep on average  8 -9 hours every night!
2nd     I get everything done by this...

MY Timer , allow me to share...
( which btw is on its way to Oregon, more on that later)
I have a back up!



22 years ago I was sent to a 1 week training course, cost my company  $11.000  to send me..
I was not pleased because in those days, I really thought I knew everything... 
I thought my time would be more effective in the field!
Little did I know then, I really knew nothing, I  still don't.

Life is about learning and serving others,
 if any of you missed that memo. 
Let me refresh it for you today!


 compliments -this is Deborah's timer! 

I laugh when I get questions in my inbox, where you live, do you have more hours in the day
then we do in Uk, Germany, Netherlands, U.S.A, New Zealand, Japan, Canada.....?

NO, I have 24 hours in my day..IN fact I don't think I would be wrong in sharing
with you that I probably have less productive  hours 
in the day than most of you who only sleep 5-7 hours...

I will share with you, I do not WASTE time on the LITTLE THINGS!
My philosophy is-- deal with it, mourn it, and get over it!
I allow myself 24 hours to stew...while being very busy of course..


Back to this course I was sent on...there were exactly 100 who attended.
All were chosen from different companies who were at the top of their game!

Compliments from 
Maureen's tape timer...
( where can this one be found)

I tried to measure up to my companies expense in making sure
I put my best foot forward..I listened carefully.....

What our speaker was talking about was--- a TIMER
I had one...yeah...I think I even let out a "Yeeeees, I have one"...lol

 It was from that moment on for 6 more days, 
the speaker of the house who's name was PAUL
used me as his barometer to measure his audience
attention. Let me tell you WE all held onto every word
he spoke. We were not allowed to tape anything,
but we did all have pencils and pens and pads..
( the day, when we all did that, you know- write)  I remember still
today, watching around all the notes people were taking.
I took few...I watched PAUL, I listened, I was
mesmerized by his ability to keep my attention ...


How I MAKE TIME!
for 22 years I have followed this regimen!

ARE YOU READY?


compliments - just Carol..

1. I never ever drink any sugar drinks, that is fruit juices or pop.

WHY?

Because even though Paul was not a nutritionist
I wasn't either then, he knew this.

Sugar affects our brain for about 30 minutes.
According to the Journal of Gerontology, a study
revealed that mice took 30 minutes to complete
a simple maze after being injected with glucose..'
( this is what is in pop and  in most fruit drinks)

In humans it was measured by easy math.
FEW could do them when they drank a POP.

That was enough for me, I never drink pop, unless
I am sick, I have some ginger ale. And I think the placebo
affect takes over, as I was given this as a child. We all were!

Conclusion: If you drink say 4 pops a day on average more or less.
YOU Have LOST 2 hours...YOU are just there, you really
are not on task,  you are occupying space, think about it!


compliments - Petra
2.  The night before jot down 3 things you want to complete...JUST 3 for the next day.

Why?

I remember this like yesterday, Paul said, 
" if you don't have a plan, you will
be part of someone else's"
We all looked at each other...gives us more....

I am slow on the uptake when it comes to jokes, 
I usually have to have it broken down lol..
but this made perfect sense to me..Does it to you?

I still PLAN on completing 3 things every day...
Now I am talking about hard things...
Give yourself a break...

Here is an example.

Call 1 person, and tell them how much you appreciate them -  ( 31 min) TIMER

Prepare a meal in the morning for the evening, prep everything, cut veggies, 
marinate meat, dry or wet, put everything on the counter  ready to go- ( 27min) TIMER

Clean your bathroom thoroughly ( only 1 bathroom) ( 23 min) TIMER


This was mine last night.

Write this post  ( 1 hr 11 min) TIMER

Send Erin info pck for special project (5 min) TIMER

Empty out sewing room ( 1 hr 7 min) TIMER
( I did complete this in 23 minute intervals...go check
blog, come back clean, get supper read, clean room)


Conclusion. If you did this everyday, you would be able to balance your life
better. I think it was  gpc who asked " is this going to take self- discipline?"
I would say the only thing that will take some discipline is writing
down your 3 things. ( 3 minutes) TIMER. 

Think about this, have you ever heard?.....

"If you want something you never had, 
you must be willing to do 
something you have never done!"

 22 years ago....I had never done these 2 steps. ...
But I was willing to give it a try...
and 22 years later, I am still doing them.

YOU all have been asking, whether it be verbally, a written note
or thought..." HOW in BEEP does she do it" lol

I am sharing with you how....

I don't want you to carry a TIMER with you every minute of the day..

But I do want you to try this for 1 week...

What is Today? Thursday in North America.

Let's meet back here next Thursday,
Aug 16th
we will be in our blog hop 
Bowls with Borders...
( this won't be posted till late that day...
4 pm EST)
Cleared it with Carol ..

JUST ONE WEEK, and then I will share more
There are 3 more  steps ! 
A serving at a time...

DEAL? ( you have 5 minutes here to let me know)

Me, I have completed this task
with a minute to spare lol


ps. the next blog hop for early 
October will be announced tomorrow.
along with our next cheerleader of your team
Yeah!



   







Day 4 who is behind the door...81 pins @ Bowls with Borders Blog HOP




OHHHH look who we have today..
I know  some of these people..
I can fill their bowls with stories..
but I will let them fill you
with inspiration today..

August 16th
Gabi S. ( NO SHOW)
Monique H. ( NO SHOW)
Quilt-N-Queen
Sew Inspiring Crafts and More ( NO SHOW)

 ( sadly after numerous attempts these ladies did not show)

HOWEVER THESE OTHER LADIES DID 
WITH A WOW! 


On Day 4 we are now up to 
81 pins ( photos, pics)


to Pinterest board , today included

AND...

IN case you are here for the first time today..
WELCOME , the story behind these bowls..
but not before we add our HOPS TODAY...


The story behind the bowls..
( you will probably know this by heart by the end of 28 days_


It all started with making a gift for a sweet friend
and sharing that gift on my other blog ( with my final posting)
and many asking me where it came from.



Each time I shared another stack, another flood of
emails came in..."where did you get that?"

Flash to today...a blog hop came about..

165 ladies who made these bowls...
will be sharing what their bowls look like..

That I am pretty excited about..
Their BOWLS according to
their selections of fabrics, their appliques
each one will
be totally different...
I have not seen but one completed creation.
I will be as surprised as you...

See what one share of links from an inquiry about paper piecing
 from  Sharon at Vroomans quilts did?
See what one person who knows how 
to make time did ? ( hey, that is me lol)

And here we are....
CAROL from just quilt
is our  fabulous bring in the LIGHT cheerleader for this event..
 She deserves many cheers pulling
off the LARGEST  blog hop...
I think I can say that !!!
in all of our QUILT WORLD
This is the BIGGEST blog hop
EVER SEEN.
Yep I said it...


There were sew many wonderful ones today....
oh my...

Oh look our top 2 choices today are....

OHHHHH my this ladies choices of fabrics for this WOW- scary rendition
is hands down amazing. She even made more which could all have been included in 
our choices...look at the detail, each bowl is as "frightening" as the next lol

  This ladies detail, stitching, fabric choices was ultra modern and captured us
as a  unique purrrrrfect choice ...


 HONOURABLE mention 

And this ladies lovely idea as a chalkboard
with her perfected hand stitched cherries in her bowl...
Wellll, how could we not include this sweet delight?



Thanks to our Sponsors...

Be sure to link their buttons  and see what is new...
They keep us all in some really amazing things..

I am waiting for some things to come
sew I get some pics for you..
We have 3 combined prizes from both companies!

I know without a doubt 
YOU will want these packages..yes you will !

Carol and  I will see you in The HOP...


REMINDER...all those who are participating
be sure to cheer on all of your fellow creators
and be sure to add the list for today on your blog...
sew we can find them as easily as we found you!
Sew appreciated

Those who are a NO Show after
numerous attempts, jeopardize
their attempt to join in any future blog hops!


1 winner for comments that were left on everyone's blog, ( big prize)
1 winner out of the 164 ladies participants..( 1 man) ( 165)  ( big prize)
1 winner who is in our top 2, honourable mention each day ( big prize)




2 sponsors...( big prizes) announced at end of hop..
their links below graphics

Let's Stick with Pellon




ps. at YES TODAY- 4 pm EST
part 2 of how
I MAKE TIME!

part 1 is on the sidebar with the kitchen timer