Sunday, August 21, 2011

Working at the Quilt Shop!

I couldn't be more excited!
I am working part-time at one of our local quilt shops Village Quiltworks!
It's a beautiful shop owned by Debbi Trevino and is located in Richland, WA.
I'm including a few pictures for now.
Isn't it lovely?  All that luscious fabric!
I just love going to work.  I work with Violet and Sara who are wonderful women!
Next post I'll include a link to the web site for the store as well as pics of some beautiful fabric we just received.
Please leave a comment so I'll know you were here and thanks for visiting!

Friday, July 22, 2011

I Won Binky's Giveaway!

I won Binky La Faye's wonderful giveaway!
The package was beautifully wrapped.
See the great vintage postcard and the little key?
And inside was her gorgeous prism!
Isn't it pretty?  I love it!
And the other side.
(Sorry for the flash reflection.)
I like both sides equally!
It is now hanging in my sewing room where it can inspire me and I can enjoy it everyday.
Thank you Binky!  You are a talented woman!
Good day everyone.  :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Go! Baby Giveaway!

Hop on over to the Threadgather and visit Deb for a chance to win this Go! Baby from Accuquilt

Wouldn't this be fun to have around?  I can think of some wonderful projects to stitch up with this!  Her drawing is July 14th so don't delay!
Have a great week!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Creamy Roses Lamp

I'm hooking up with Junker Newbie's  "Would You Buy It? Wednesday" and White Wednesday.
Hop on over to these blogs for lists of fun links.  At Junker Newbie's see what people are buying and weigh in on whether or not you would have made the purchase.
I bought this cute lamp at a thrift store.
 It's 11 inches tall and someone has put a new cord on it.
 I love those creamy roses!  It's in excellent shape.
And it was only $4.50!  Right now it resides on the computer armoire in the 
Goddess Room (aka - my sewing room, named so by my Hub).

The same shopping trip I also found this wise little saying.
It was only .50 and helps remind me not to stress out over, well,...nothing. 
It resides in the arms of a favorite teddy bear where I see it several times a day.
What a great reminder!
Have a wonderful day and please go over to Junker Newbie's
and White Wednesday  for all the great finds this week.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 3, 2011

I Won! & Other News

Good Morning!
I just found out I won this beautiful prism
at Binky La Faye's giveaway!
Isn't it lovely?  I can't wait to receive it!
Please visit her at
Her blog is full of the most wonderful eye candy sure to spark your creativity.

I would like to add a personal note.  My blog entries have been sporadic lately.  That is not what I intended when I started my blog.  However sometimes life gets in the way of the best laid plans.
My husband, Craig, also known as the center of the universe, 
was diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer that he had surgery for 6 years ago.
So since January we have been dealing with doctors, treatments and all that goes with.  He is in the last week of radiation now and doing pretty well.  Thank you God!

My intent is to get back to blogging.  I have met so many wonderful people in blog land and I thank my followers who have hung in there with me.
Coming up I have some wonderful 'needful things' finds to share, some quilts I'm working on as well as other needle work.

Thank you Binky for having the great giveaway!
God Bless!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I Smell Green!

Good Morning!
Well, we finally had a little sunshine over the Pacific Northwest last weekend.  Very exciting and uplifting!
For those of you who aren't familiar with me yet, we have a small farm.  This is the field in front of our home being planted to potatoes.
The green in front of the tractor is alfalfa as is the field in the background (that one's not ours).  Isn't it beautiful?  Everything smells so lush, fresh and well, green.
I love the smell of green!

We even got to do a little yard work over the weekend with the help of ROOFus of course.
To ROOFus Spring means freshly turned soil to lay on and he loves that!  Sadly for him it is being turned into a planter but he can have it for now.  Notice the top of the weather vane.  It is a frolicking, naked lady with a watering can...A bit of whimsey out here in farm country.
Our growing season is about 3 weeks behind due to Mother Nature.  I hope yours isn't and that you're enjoying your yards and gardens...and yes, the smell of green!
Breathe Deep and God Bless You!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Going to See KC Willis!

I am over the moon excited!
I will be attending KC Willis' class Mixed Media Fabric Collage Book this November 5th in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Please visit KC on the Road  to view her schedule for the year.

 This is the book cover of the project we'll be working on!
 And two of the inside pages.
This is  KC's last year of traveling and teaching art so check out her schedule to find a class near you!  I have some of her Collage Camp DVDs which are well done,  full of energy and great, clear instructions, but I still can't wait to attend a class in person.  If you can't attend a class, her DVDs can be found at .  
 Also, Robin over at A Robin's Nest attended one of KC's classes in Texas recently and has posted some pictures of the art they created.  Robin also does beautiful collage work. 

Just had to share my good news.  This is going to be my 'treat' for the year!
Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spring Celebration Nest Giveaway

Good Morning!
Outside it's sunny, gorgeous and NO wind!  So nice!  It's cold but that doesn't matter.  
Hello Sunshine!
Other than the weather report, this post is about Vicki's Spring Celebration Nest Giveaway.
Is this not fabulous?
 Hop on over to Vicki's blog 2 Bags Full  for a chance to win this lovely piece of art.
Her blog is wonderful and I'm sure you'll enjoy your visit.
I am fortunate enough to own one of her nests but would love this one to keep it company!
Good luck and have a great day!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Winds of Change?

Yes, they are blowing.  But they aren't the only thing.  I live in Southeastern Washington and my goodness, the wind has been blowing for over 3 weeks.  Every single day!  I am ready for a change!  Some sunny weather, nice white puffy clouds instead of gray rain clouds...anything along that line would be wonderful!

But enough griping.  The good thing about this wind is that its kept me inside and I have been cleaning the Goddess room, as my Hub calls my sewing room. It is now neat, fairly orderly and ready for me to mess up again.  :)  
I love it!

Not much else to share today except for this nice vintage baby cap I came across at a thrift store.
 I don't have a doll the right size to model it so I had to make do with a jar of goodies.
 I just know it would look cuter on a baby's head but you get the idea!
Whoever did this did lovely work and it is so soft.
I hope you are having better weather than we are!  Have a lovely weekend!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Art with Ariana

Our grand daughter, Ariana came and spent the weekend with us!  She is 9 years old and loves to come over and see what Grandma has going on in the Goddess Room (as named by Grandpa).
She asked if she could make a collage for her room.
She picked out images she liked.
She especially liked the background, the roses and the little girl.
Isn't she cute?
Here is her finished product.  She selected and arranged almost everything by herself!  Last time she was here she did her first ATC.
We added a ribbon for hanging then signed and dated the back.
Finished product, happy girl, proud Grandma!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fabulous 100th Post Giveaway!

Sonya over at Counting My Blessings is having a wonderful 100th post giveaway. You won't want to miss this! Just click the link and it will take you right there. Her work is simply beautiful! Congratulations Sonya!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What A Difference!

Just two weeks ago I was in Lincoln City on the Oregon coast visiting my daughter and three grandsons.
Unexpectedly the weather was beautiful!  Where I expected rain, wind and cold, I found sunshine, no wind and something close to warmth!
I caught some pics of the waves rolling in at Boiler Bay.
It was warm enough that the boys went in the water.  They had a blast!
And here's a shot of Jenn and the boys (from left) Casey, Taron and Andrew.  Their dad, Andy had to work or he would have been with us.
I say what a difference because I am now home in eastern Washington with wind, hail and snow.  And we are supposed to have a low of 13 this week!
I think I'm ready for another beach trip!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I Went to Barbara's House!

Well, okay.  Not her house but her store, Treasures from the Heart.  Barbara lives in Eugene, OR about a 6 hour drive for me.  I stop to see her on my way to visit my daughter in Lincoln City, OR.  We had such a wonderful time visiting and drinking tea.  I also had a great time shopping!

Here is one of my favorite places in her lovely store.
Her valentine display is delightful!  And what the heck was I thinking not buying that darling cart with the scrolly wheels?
Her tea time display is beautiful.
This is one of my favorite corners.  I always find something tucked away here that I can't live without!  This time it was two old books.
Another favorite spot. Love this space!  There are two very cool old ledgers right behind the adding machine tucked between the wooden mirror and the clock that were very tempting.
A suitcase of treasures!
And here, by far, is the heart and soul of the shop.
She is such a delight!  I just love her!
Barbara, thank you so much for the visit and the fellowship!  And for patiently teaching me how to make your lace flowers.  Very fun!
 I came home with old books, two clocks, sewing notions, baby shoe bookends, a glass cake cover, a necklace, some of Barb's handmade little booklets to keep on hand as thank you gifts along with some of her altered bottles, and the list goes on.
And I can't believe I'm seriously thinking about that cart!
I may be calling you soon Barb.  :)

Friday, January 28, 2011


 I love pincushions!
As a quilter of over 30 years I have had many.  But there are always those special ones in any collection that a person tends to favor and set aside.
These are some of mine.
Sorry for the flash glare in that picture.  Barbara Jean at Treasures from the Heart made me the one on the right.  It's one of my very favorites!  Had to show you the top!
Next are two pillow type pincushions.  The long pink one in the back I found at an antique store and is old and used sparingly.  The beautiful white one with the children on it is from Dorothe over at Den Lille Lade .  Another of my favorites!  The cute little bird pinkeep was a gift from a friend in my quilting group.

And last I have a beautiful shell pincushion that Dawn over at The Feathered Nest made me.  The  large, round, old crazy quilt cushion I use sparingly as it getting pretty delicate.  The other round one is wool with wool applique and has a pocket for holding sewing necessities.
So there you have some of my favorites!  I will be posting Grace's finished journal next weekend for those of you who asked.
Have a great weekend!  Take care of each other!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Grace's Journal

Today I'm linking up with Stamping Ground's What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday.
This is an art journal I'm making for our 11 year old granddaughter, Grace.

Almost everything is laid out and ready to be glued and sewn.  The front cover will look something like this.  The white flower is actually a new stamp still in the package.  It will be stamped on distressed cardstock  The background fabric is canvas that has been coffee dyed and ironed.  I love the marbling look!
This is the back cover.  There will also be flowers stamped on distressed cardstock on the green fabric.  Green is Grace's favorite color!

The inside of the front cover has a pocket and the little green square will be embellished.
The inside of the back cover also has a pocket.  The tags will be covered with vintage ledger paper and the flower will be stamped on them.
The journal is 7.5" x 9.75" and I picked it up at the grocery store.
I took Gail Schmidt's Fabric and Lace Composition Journal class over at Shabby Cottage StudioVery fun!  I plan on making more of her classes!
Please leave a comment so I know you stopped by~Thanks!

Monday, January 17, 2011


 I love Cheerios!  They are my go-to comfort food.  Yesterday I made my hubby this delicious, easy, sweet and crunchy snack. I don't know what it's called but here's the recipe. 
7 oz. cheerios
1 cup brown sugar
1 cube butter
1/4 cup lite corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Spray or grease (butter) a cookie sheet.  Next heat sugar, butter, syrup and salt until boiling.  Then cook 2 minutes longer stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and add the baking soda.  Stir well.  Put the cheerios in a large bowl, add the hot mixture and stir again.  Place in cookie sheet, spread out and bake 15 minutes.  Cool and cut into squares.
This would be good with different cereals, raisins, nuts, dried fruit etc.
I'm finally over my double dose of bronchitis and it was great to be up and doing something fun and easy!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Beauty from Dorthe!

Well, I have started the new year off rather sick!  The cold, the cough, the headache, etc.  I'll be back on a blogging schedule soon though.  However, I just have to share this little treasure that I bought from Dorthe over at Den Lille Laden.
I was so excited to receive it that I'm amazed I remembered to take a picture before taking off the wrapping.
Inside was a pincushion I had ordered off Dorthe's Etsy store and it is even prettier in person.
Aren't the little children darling?  I also love the lace, buttons and little twigs she's used to adorn it.  I have a small collection of pincushions and am so pleased to add this one.  Just looking at it makes me happy!  Please visit Dorthe's blog.  It's a most wonderful place to sit and read and look at all her wonderful art and dolls.  She is an amazing artist and a most lovely person!