Monday, May 26, 2014

Anchors Away

Welcome to all the  Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop voyegers.

Being the member of a family with a long military heritage I understand the courage and sacrifice of every soldier and the families that support them, many thanks to them all.

May Arts:
2 1/2-inch Burlap/Wired Ribbon 398-25-11 Natural
1/4-inch silk ribbon SK03 - Navy
2mm Bakers' twind 412-33 Kraft

Authentique Anchored Collection
Tombow XTREME Permanent Adhesive
Chrystal Effects-Clear craft Lacquer
double ribbon punch
card stock
sanding block

Friday, May 23, 2014

Summer Satchel project and PRIZES

I'm a cover girl, again, and it still is just as thrilling as the first time BUT this time I get to share some prize winning opportunities!  Who likes free goodies? Yup me too. So first off here is the gorgeous cover that shows off the fabulous Riley Blake fabrics, thank you Riley Blake for making such amazingly fun fabrics.

So first prize winning opportunity comes from my friends at Sew News...
If you  make the pattern and post it on our Sew News Flickr group  you could win a prize!
for details go to Sew News Blog.

You can find all the instructions and pattern for the Summer Satchel HERE.
 I am excited to see what fabrics you will choose.


I choose Riley Blake: Andrea Victoria Cottons for mine, check with your local quilt shop for availability.
So on to your second prize winning opportunity. Win a fat quarter bundle of Riley Blake: A Beautiful Thing by Zoe Pearn. To enter for your chance to win this delicious bundle of fabric comment below...tell me where you will be bringing your "Summer Satchel" and what fabrics/colors you want to sew yours in....and for a second entry share or pin.  I will pic a winner via a random pick generator next Thursday 10pm Pacific Standard for a midnight announcement of the winner.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

selfish sewing

l may have shocked the employees of my local Hancock fabric this weekend, maybe even rocked thier core beliefs... As usual the question came "What are you sewing this time?" my reply almost came as a shock  to me ... "this is just for me, well me and daughter". I usually have some fun answer about  the destination of the materials I am purchasing ... a wedding , tradeshow or even the pages of a magazine  the mondain only for me  answer got a bigger reaction. l May have to reevaluate my sewing priorities!
l realize that l am a weekish late for "Selfish Sewing Week '' but I had so much fun taking the time to find cool features on my new Elna I had to share.
My sweet 11 year old daughter, who today I wanted to sell to whomever woUld make me an offer (would have thrown in the other 2 free of charge ! ) , is finishing her Elementary school career in a couple of weeks. the "other girls" are asking if she has a dress for  "graduation" yet ... I kinda have been itching to sew her something so l suggested a few things. And to my delight she chose a fun 2 piece outfit, Not too mature but not little girl.

 So cute yet sophisticated and sassy. Thanks Simplicity and Leanne Marshall! So this afternoon I cut the top out and by dinner it was done. there may have been Some school pickups, drop offs, homework, Costco run and eye appointment in there too but it's done!

My favorite new feature on my new Elna might be the automatic backstitch at the start of the seam . Then a tap of reverse at the end and your lockstitch finishes the seam, brilliant! Part 1 of "graduation" outfit is finished. Now for my daughters final desission on skirt color ... red or pink ?
What color would you choose?

Monday, May 12, 2014

May Arts, UmWow and Avery Elle Oh MY!!!

Welcome Welcome Hoppers! Monday is a fabulous day to kick off a new journey. As you journey through this week you will LOVE the fabulous ribbons, stamps and embellishments. As I have the pleasure of kicking off this week shall commence with the fun...

The giveaway is 3 prize packs of:

  • 1 Stamp Set
  • 1 roll of ribbon
  • 1 mask, flair set & layered chipboard set
To enter post a comment on each MA/UWS/AE blogs. and follow on to see what Valerie Gee has to share.


Kick up the divinely cut chipboard pieces with a little sponged on silver ink or use heat and bond powder to bond and glitter.

May Arts:

Um wow Studios:

Avery Elle:

Gray Card Stock
ink: Silver, Gray, Red 
Paint spray
heat and bond powder
heat tool






Saturday, May 3, 2014

a Quilt to Dye for

On newstands now...
Sew News April/May

A special thanks to Riley Blake for having all the best contrast prints that made this fun ombre possible. And of course the fabulous colors come to us courtesy of Tulip One Step Dyes. This project kicks "making it your own" to a whole new level. Go grab a copy  of Sew News and search your stash for those black and white prints!
Have fun and come back and show me what you did with yours!

Happy Sewing