Saturday, December 29, 2012

I double DARE you....new blog hop!

WEll I don't know about all of you, but I am sew ready for 
some excitement...something to draw us all out into the sunshine...

Ok, sew my sunshine has a bit of orange in its horizon.
I was trying for BOLD, FRESH and a bit of LOVE...feeling it?

Confession, the above ATTEMPTed DRESDEN plate is my very first
one I have ever made...I made all the pieces to make a circle
but I think I need some practice, I have till the end of the month 
to perfect it...  I think I CAN do that lol. 

Christine from Quilt Monster Closet
will be cheering you all on for this hop...
She has been busy with an injured hubby and lots of work
but she tells me she is ready for some excitement too...
pssst let's give her some! lol


YOU can sign up with her HERE!
jeepgirl300@gmail.com


WE won't have a lot of time to get ready for this one, 
and I apologize for that...This is our back up Plan C,
seems Nancy DREW got pushed forward ( she was Plan A) , and then 
our It's about Me ( Plan B)  got pushed forward...
Soooooo this is our Plan C....

Seeing that it only took me less than an hour to create
my 1/2 half DRESDEN, well I made a full plate...but only 
1/2 you are seeing for now lol. 
I figure we can all make some BOLD-FRESH-FULL OF LOVE
DRESDEN for end of January...

WE DARE YOU ?

I found these great videos on Dresdens
for those who may be in the same boat as I..

YOU tube DRESDEN #1


What is expected?

1. make any dresden, you like, any shape any size, any number of them
BE DARING and CREATIVE! 
2. place button on your blogs
3. if you sign up, we do expect you to participate
4. be ready to post at midnight EST the night before
5. have a giveaway if you like, have a tut all optional.


Here is our new button...code is on the top right of our blog.

Please sign up before next friday!
15 non bloggers can be accepted. 

Sew there you have it....family is all home now...
I have had 1 day to pull myself together 
and get ready for our NEW YEAR.

I feel quite daring! 



( Linda and Christine I am working on your cheerleader name tags) 


LOOKING FOR SOME DRESDEN INSPIRATION
LINK HERE




YES recap, reminder of IN YOUR WORDS

RECAP and  REMINDER, 



What does this mean? 

Well in my own words LOL ...our plans to 
do NANCY DREW blog hop for January
will be delayed till March..
( will make a new button today with new dates)

Sadly the fabric would not make it to anyone
till then end of December and that would only give
you a couple weeks to make something...
SEWWWW we will just postpone..
Carol is crushed lol---but she will get over it...
We will keep her busy getting ready for this one....


HERE IS OUR BACK UP PLAN...

As I always have a back up plan..
ALWAYS, even if it took me but 10 minutes to think of one..
as she will be managing this blog hop..
As a retired teacher, she was just over the top excited by this one...
I am hoping you will feel the same...
She will be putting up a post tomorrow to give you some
ideas on what we can do with WORDS.



This blog hop will have you incorporating
one word, 3 words, lots of words
that will be your new mantra for 2013

YOU can add them all to a quilt, wall hanging,
runner, mugg rugg, pillow...
anything you would like...

I added some of my very favourite words...
I am going to make this into a quilt.....
the US is not United States
it is US as in US together....
lol



Here is one for YOU...copy it and use it as your BOARD, place your very words in there...

Give you something to think about through this month of December as we unveil our month of our Books for Women by Women....( begins Monday)




I believe this will be an absolute delightful blog hop..
it will be a great exercise into turning
your passions into something that will
reveal-- who YOU are...It will give
everyone a snapshot  of YOU
and will be an absolute slide into our next
blog hop which will be revealed in a couple weeks...
( this one is pretty exciting too)

Sew IN YOUR WORDS, you can applique, stitch, piece,
glue, paper piece, embroidery..anything you want ...
But you must include WORDS....

Group is full now...


SEW who has words and wants to show us who you ARE?
I am in....YOU Know I have a few lol

my best



MONDAY DARE TO DRESDEN will be launched...



Friday, December 28, 2012

Our last day of books for women by women with Alicia and Sarah






Greetings to Alicia and Sarah, a nice way to end our
books for women by women by getting us all organized! 


Pretty Neat

We heard the same thing from women everywhere we went: “I wouldn’t really consider myself super organized. Are you sure you want to talk to me?” Angela Harris, busy mom of two, joked, “People think I’m organized because I juggle things. But my car, my gym locker, and my office tell the real story.”
Even those who described themselves as very organized, even anal, were quick to point out their flaws and shortcomings. None felt remotely qualified to have their organizational tricks held up as examples of what to do.
Why on earth, we asked ourselves, did these women feel their “imperfect” ways left them short of the mark organizationally? Perhaps it’s because perfection has been held up as the gold standard when it comes to organization. We think it’s high time for a new standard of organization: an imperfect one.
What does it mean to be imperfectly organized? Foremost, it is a mind-set. It means making a conscious decision to let go of the notion that everything must pass inspection by the organizational police, and instead permit yourself to keep the gears of your life turning in your own unique way. Even if it involves shortcuts and a little messiness that might horrify your mother or mother-in-law, the goal is to have enough structure in place to avoid missing important things, yet remain limber enough to handle the inevitable curveballs that get thrown your way. And unless you have enough time to make organization a full-time job, you’ll need to embrace shortcuts and imperfect approaches to getting organized. Remember, organization is not an end state, it’s an ongoing fact of life—a process.

This book will be gifted today! 




Members of the Perseus Books Group | Distributed by Publishers Group West






                                       We Love our Sponsors..


A huge thanks to the following sponsors for offering up some very heartfelt presents for the month of December... Besides the featured Authors book each day, we will have weekly PRESENTS of the following..




From top to bottom.....Pellon is gifting 2 pillows, 1 batting for a throw, some  pillow stuffing, and some wonder under  to  2 winners who stick with Pellon!

Aurifil is gifting 4 boxes of large threads in a variety of colours to 4  lovers of threads....

Bag Lady is gifting 5 assorted frames for coin purses to 1 coin purse lover!

Reliable Corporation ( you can see close up here) is gifting 2 Sensor Irons to 2 quilters who love to iron.

Purdy's Chocolate is gifting 4 large boxes of chocolates...( I did not even peak under the wrapper, so I am not sure what is there )  to 4 lucky chocolate lovers.

Andover Fabrics is gifting 4 beautiful assorted fat quarter bundles to 4 fabric lovers...

And Seal Press will be gifting the book that is featured each day!

 Our whole month of December we cheerleaders will be celebrating all of YOU, who have been
with us for years. To our  new followers,  we will welcome you with all the warmth we can muster....

WE hope you will be visiting us and leaving lovely comments for all of our guests who have
made this month possible.... Take this time to thank those around you for all of our blessings...
It will be a very special month....

All those who follow will be eligible for all of our gifts.....and if we hit 5,000 followers, I have a very special gift for YOU....oh yes...wink... and all those who proceeded!


                      Whatever your wishes are this season, these are our wishes for you...!




With warmest blessings from our cheerleading TEAM...

Jane, Carol, Katherine, Marlene,  Wendy, Corrie, Linda, Cherry, 
Pauline, Christine....These are our cheerleaders...
and a new one who will be joining the team in 2013 Mary!

  Congrats to Jean(ie) who won yesterdays book

Riding Fury home

and Ryan who won


our last Reliable Sensor Iron..


tomorrow we will announce
the rest of the winners
of our remaining 'gifts



                                    congrats to Celia for winning our last andover bundle...


                              congrats to SharonP for winning our last Purdy's chocolates



congrats to JulietteR for winning a variety of BAG LADIES
coin purse handles...( 6 in total) 


and our final giveaway with much appreciation of all of our sponsors
goes to jerryanne T....


A big thanks goes out to Seal Press
for bringing us all a month filled with amazing authors...
It gave many of us an opportunity to slow down the pace
a bit and put our noses into books .....

a nice change it was...thank you all! 

Congrats to SALLIE for winning the book of the day! 
PRETTY NEAT..

See you all on Monday, for our announcement of our next
BLOG HOP.... ( for end of January) 
DARE to DRESDEN! 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Day 17th with Books for Women by Women with Chana Wilson





LET'S WELCOME Chana this morning
with a question and answers to her book! 

Q&A with Chana Wilson, Author of Riding Fury Home


  1. What led you to write the book?

When I decided to become a therapist, it meant I had to go back to college to finish my bachelor’s degree before grad school, but my dilemma was that I had a terrible writer’s block.  I asked myself, “What about writing scares you?” and what leapt out of my mouth was, “That the truth might come out!”  That truth was all the realities of my childhood that I had to keep secret because of stigma and shame.  So, I took a creative writing class where I deliberately wrote those stories.  In class, we did short free writes, and sweat would be pouring off my body.  Then, we had to read out loud what we’d just written.  The first time, as I read a story of one of Mom’s suicide attempts, there was a potent silence.  Afterwards, I could see how moved my classmates were, and some of them shared hard stories of their own.  The shame ebbed away as I saw that my very intimate, vulnerable stories resonated in others, and became a story larger than just my own. 

I put my creative writing away for years and wrote academic papers.  When my mother was ill with cancer, she said, “I’m going to lick this thing and live to write a book about my life.”  When she didn’t make it, at first I thought I was writing her story for her, but I soon found I had to re-inhabit the story myself, and explore my own narrative.


2.    What is the meaning of the title of your memoir?

Riding Fury Home has multiple meanings.  One theme is a child’s suppressed rage at her fragile mother.  My mother attempted suicide and was committed to a mental hospital when I was just seven, and there was no room to express my need for her and my grief at losing her.  My father and the doctors said that she needed me, so I had to be very good to her.  All that discounting of self led to a deeply buried rage.  To ride that home is the journey of working through the hurt and anger between my mother and me to come to some forgiveness.

I was also crazy about horses.  In the chapter titled “Riding Fury Home,” my mother takes me to a rodeo where Fury, a horse from my favorite TV show, is making an appearance.  My mother had developed a driving phobia, so we lurch down the road with her sweating and cursing at the wheel.  At the rodeo, I’m completely entranced as Fury, a wild black stallion, races around the arena with no rider, looking so beautiful and free.  But as we drive home, I’m ripped from reverie by my mother’s driving, and I feel hatred for her for ruining my happy dreaming.         


3.    What would your mother have thought about the book?

             
Writing the book after my mother died gave me a certain freedom.  If she’d been alive, I would have had to push myself to be fully honest in spite of my fears of hurting her.  I think some of it would have been hard for her to hear, because the book went deeper than we’d gone.  We would have had to go through another round of processing the impact of her being unable to mother me in my childhood.  But I believe that it would have been healing for us, and in the end, she would have welcomed that process.   

On another level, my mother was my biggest booster, always proud of my accomplishments.  Purely in her “mom” role, she would have cheered wildly for me as an author.  She would have backed my writing the book, because as a therapist and feminist, she believed in revealing complex human truths.  That I acknowledge in the memoir the profound gift of her love and mothering of me later in life would have thrilled her.  And she would have been delighted that Riding Fury Home pays tribute to her resilience and zest for life. 


This book will be gifted today! 




Members of the Perseus Books Group | Distributed by Publishers Group West




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                                       We Love our Sponsors..



A huge thanks to the following sponsors for offering up some very heartfelt presents for the month of December... Besides the featured Authors book each day, we will have weekly PRESENTS of the following..




From top to bottom.....Pellon is gifting 2 pillows, 1 batting for a throw, some  pillow stuffing, and some wonder under  to  2 winners who stick with Pellon!

Aurifil is gifting 4 boxes of large threads in a variety of colours to 4  lovers of threads....

Bag Lady is gifting 5 assorted frames for coin purses to 1 coin purse lover!

Reliable Corporation ( you can see close up here) is gifting 2 Sensor Irons to 2 quilters who love to iron.

Purdy's Chocolate is gifting 4 large boxes of chocolates...( I did not even peak under the wrapper, so I am not sure what is there )  to 4 lucky chocolate lovers.

Andover Fabrics is gifting 4 beautiful assorted fat quarter bundles to 4 fabric lovers...

And Seal Press will be gifting the book that is featured each day!

 Our whole month of December we cheerleaders will be celebrating all of YOU, who have been
with us for years. To our  new followers,  we will welcome you with all the warmth we can muster....

WE hope you will be visiting us and leaving lovely comments for all of our guests who have
made this month possible.... Take this time to thank those around you for all of our blessings...
It will be a very special month....

All those who follow will be eligible for all of our gifts.....and if we hit 5,000 followers, I have a very special gift for YOU....oh yes...wink... and all those who proceeded!


                      Whatever your wishes are this season, these are our wishes for you...!




With warmest blessings from our cheerleading TEAM...

Jane, Carol, Katherine, Marlene,  Wendy, Corrie, Linda, Cherry, 
Pauline, Christine....These are our cheerleaders...
and a new one who will be joining the team in 2013 Mary!



                     Congrats to Janarama who 
won a copy of Wanderlust from yesterday...


( p.s. stuck at airport, flights cancelled, big storm, sorry for not replying to all messages these
past few days...trying to get everyone home lol)  WE will be resuming to our regular programming of blog hops very soon....