Sunday, July 26, 2009

July Teaser

Here it is the July Teaser! It is hard to believe that the year is now over half over! Before you know it it will be Christmas! Here in central Texas it is still HOT! I mean really HOT! So I have up my sleeves, well no one wears sleeves here in Texas these days, but if I had sleeves............Some really great prizes for the winners of this months teaser and bonus question.

This months actress is Bertha Galland. This lady was a wonderful Shakespearean actress! The prizes for answering the questions for our wonderful actress this month are as follows.

The person who answers all the questions for the teaser right first gets silkies of Miss Galland and a squshie.
The person who is second gets silkies of Miss Galland.

Here are the questions:

1) What was the year of Bertha Galland's stage debut? What was the year of her last appearance??

2)Miss. Galland had pets. What kind of animals were they and what were their names?

3)From who's plays did her pets names originate from?

4)Name 4 plays Bertha Galland acted in.

5)What 2 plays ran twice.

Good Luck!

Now for our bonus for the month. My bonus questions are on my favorite series! Yes, it is M*A*S*H! This month for answering all the bonus questions right you will get a Super Duper Squshie! Get ready M*A*S*H fans here they are:

1) What is the title of the opening song for M*A*S*H?

2)The M*A*S*H series came after the movie. Name the actor/actress who played the character in the movie then the actor/actress who played the character in the series. The characters are:

Benjamin Franklin"Hawk eye" Pierce

John Francis Xavier "Trapper" McIntyre

Franklin Marion "Frank" Burns

Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan

Walter Eugene "Radar" O'Reily

Henry Braymore Blake

3)Sorrell Brooke appeared in the M*A*S*H series as what character? What other T.V. series did he play in? What was his characters name in that series?

Okay ladies that does it for the questions for July! As usual email me the answers to the questions.

Good Luck!!!


Monday, July 20, 2009

My Daughter Says.............

Yesterday, my beautiful little girl got her heart broken. Well maybe she is not so little any more she is 17 years old. It was some green haired boy who did it! (Yes, he has green hair!)
She came to her mother for some "motherly advice". It is hard when you cant just mend these tears with a Popsicle anymore! As I listened to her and told her all the same things that my mother had told me after my first serious boyfriend. I went one extra and told her a story about how a boyfriend of mine did what hers did. Of how we met up years later and really saw what he was missing.
That seemed to do some good as I got a big laugh out of her! I got up and got on the computer and started going through my emails and I asked her a question about face book. She said I don't know. I am on My Space.

Here is what came out of her mouth after that:
Steph: Anyway, you don't have a life.
Me: What do you mean, I don't have a life??????
Steph: You spend most of your time in the house and on the computer.
Me: I do not spend most of my time on the computer! I do other things like, clean house and stitch on my blocks.
Steph: Well you never go out and just "hang out".
Me: Yes, I do! I have my sewing meetings, and I meet friends for breakfast, and meet friends at material shops, go with friends to thrift stores and quilt shows.
Steph: That is not really "hanging out".
Me: What do you mean that is not really "hanging out"?????
Steph: "Hanging out" means going like out to the river and doing nothing but maybe swimming. Lets face it mom you d-u-l-l. The only interesting thing you do is "hang out" and talk to me.
After that bit of reality from my teen, I was in shock and maybe a little depressed! I cant believe that I am d-u-l-l! I still listen to rock and roll for heavens sake!
I just did not know that I was d-u-l-l........................................

Sunday, July 19, 2009

My Sewing Basket

I have to tell y'all about this extra special gift that I received in the mail this past week. A few weeks ago I started up a friendship with a lady who needed help with her blog. She knew what she wanted but did not know how to make this blog thing go her way! So I offered her my help a meager as it is. Her blog is up and going now. She has the BEST tutorials! The link to her blog:

Yes! This is Carolyn! Carolyn also paints the best silkies! Yes, I said paints! She hand paints some extra wonderful silkies! I received one from her in the mail last week. It was a "thank you" for my help. It is just beautiful!! After the rough last couple of weeks that I have had this was one of the best up lifters that I have received!
Carolyn, I just want to say thank you for the gift!! I LOVE it!! I also know that I will enjoy it for years to come, and I will never forget you!

Here it is the beautiful Forget-me-not silkie!

I wanted to use it on a special project. One where I could see it all the time. One that others would see this beautiful gift and be able to enjoy it! So the thought process was on!

What to do......What to do.........What to do............

As I was out yesterday on my round of yard sales and thrift stores I happened on that special project! A picnic basket!! I found it at the Methodist Church yard sale for $1.00. They were trying to wrap up the sale when I got there and had everything half off! Here it is the picnic basket that over the next few weeks that will be transformed into that special something! My brand spanking new sewing basket!!!

This particular picnic basket is plastic. I don't know if I would be able to spray paint it or not. Does any one have any suggestions?? I don't mind leaving it this color though. Although it would be so nice to have it a different color.............

As y'all can see the top is flat, it I do believe it is a thin "press board". Perfect for the method of attaching a CQ top, using the method that I put the tops on the CQ tins that I made for the CQI swap.

So..... I traced the top on to my muslin material.

Then using my silkie as a color guide I pieced together my top to embellish. I am seeing SRE flowers. I want to practice ones that I found to do on Simona's landscape block on my basket top. I also want to do some of those cute daisy's that I embroidered on Rita's block! Roses of course lots and lots of roses! I can just picture it in my mind!!!!

Now here is the hard part. How to finish off the inside of the basket! Below is a picture of the inside of the basket. If y'all would please leave me a comment on how to finish the inside. I would welcome any and all suggestions!


Under The Sea Heaven

My love for the Under The Sea blocks has no bounds. There is so much you can do with this theme! I cannot wait until I show everyone my finished quilts!

I have finished Karrin's UTS block and have to show it off. Everyone who worked on these blocks did such a wonderful job of using beads that I was a little intimidated! But then inspiration hit!!

When you look at all the already finished blocks you will see why I came up with my block. My block is a pearl garden!! I used some fresh water pearls on it. I have had them forever just waiting for that extra special block to use them on!

Here it is my block for Karrin:

I have this wonderful book called The Silk Ribbon Embroidery Bible. I found in it a UTS motif. That is where I got the inspiration for the "pearl flowers". This of course in my fantasy land is where they grow the pearls for the castle and treasure chest! Of course you have the mermaids go and pick them!

(Okay, Okay I will come out of my fantasy world and finish this post!)
I thought that everyone would like to see where I got my fantasy from. Here are the blocks that were completed before they got to me:

Quite awesome are they not?? I hope that Karrin likes what I did for her!
Next up and on their way to me are my friend Pam's blocks! I cannot wait to get my hands on them!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Pay It Forward

I recently signed up as one of the first 5 for Lady J's, Pay It Forward. I have not received my giftie from her but I thought that now is as good a time as any to post and start my Pay It forward! So if you would like to get one of my little gifties please be one of the first 5 to sign up for my PIF!!

Here are the rules:

1-You MUST do the same... post this on "Your blog" and pass on to FIVE folks as well.

2-You will receive this gift within the year.

3- I'm getting ready to start stitching my gifts to the 5 people.

4- If you don't want to Pay It Forward please leave the space for someone who would like too.

5- It MUST be something handmade/created by you in your favorite technique. It doesn't have to be a large gift, just heartfelt and it would help if you would be happy to receive it yourself.

(I copied the rules from her blog!!!)


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Rita's Summer Block

The first Summer DYB blocks I had to work on were Rita's. Her blocks were so beautiful! They reminded me of all the summer time clothes my grandmother made for me. Then they reminded me of daisy's. Daisy's were my grandmother's favorite flower. So that is what I thought I would do for this project.

I found this motif in one of my books and thought that I could modify it for this project. Of course I had to order some supplies for this project. (The fact that I needed to order new stash really broke my heart!)

Here is the finished block:

What do y'all think?? I hope that Rita likes it!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Meg's Autumn RR Block

Here is Meg's Autumn RR block. Meg's block is a stunning block with the most gorgeous, most luxurious fabric! The fabrics originate from Kosovo. Meg is a lucky lady she is a "world traveler". I like to live vicariously through her blog!! She has gone to the most wonderful places!

So I tried to come up with something special for her Autumn block. I thought that an Autumn block needed a spider web. So I emailed Meg to make sure that the spider web did not "creep" her out, it did not, then proceeded to work on her block. Since I was working at the top of the block I made some tree branches "hanging down" into the block. The spider web attached through the branches. I could not help it I had to add some "falling" flowers onto the black.

Here is a picture of my work:

Here is a picture of the whole block:

Cobi, was the first to work on this block. Cobi's work is stunning! I always try to pull out my best to follow her up and I always feel that I fall short trying to measure up! Ladies, Cobi's needle lace toadstools are to die for!! I wish everyone could see her work in person!!!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The First In A Long Line...................

Hello, everyone! I am glad to see all of y'all! First off I want to tell everyone that I had an auto accident on Tuesday. It actually rained in this part of Texas............Well Lockhart any way! I hydroplaned off the road. My car went through three lanes of traffic(with out hitting any other car!). Down a bar ditch sideways the rear tire hit a covert(that is what finally stopped the car). I wound up sitting in the parking lot of The First Assembly of God Church! At that point I knew who I needed to thank!

So, I am just letting everyone know that I am a week behind in everything that I am doing here at the house. Ladies who are receiving prizes from my blog teaser they will be mailed out on Monday God willing! I took this weekend to try and catch up on my Round Robins and am almost there! I have two that I will be posting on this week well maybe three as I don't think that the third that I started this weekend will take me very long! Inspiration has HIT with that one!

I also started work on my Basic Quilting class for StitchMAP. I am mentoring two ladies through this class and taking it myself.
I had thought to myself how am I going to make this class a challenge for myself. It is a BASIC class after all..........
Then it came to me, color! Pick out colors that I would never pick out and learn to work with them thought this class.(I have to find a challenge in everything that I do. That is how I learn all the different things that I learn. Who is to say that I wont need to know how to work with these colors later?? I will already be ahead of the game!) Here are the pictures of the material that I picked out for the class:

What do y'all think?? Great colors, huh?? I cant wait to show off how these projects are coming along! I think that the finished projects will be stunning! When I get finished piecing them I will put up the photos!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Birthday To You..........

I am wanting to wish my baby sister a great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! My little sister was born on July the 4th 1976! She has always had a very special birthday. Her DBF has taken her off to Cancun for a great vacation! My sister is one of those workaholics! I am happy that she has finally taken off on a great vacation.
(Brandi, remember putting my picture in the company news letter??? You know the one. One of the really bad ones taken in the 1970's???? Well here is some payback. Look what picture I found of you! Naa, Naa, you are in Cancun and can't do anything about it!)
Happy Birthday, see you when you get back!
To everyone else................Happy 4th of July!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

June's Teaser Answers And Prizes!

Here it is! The moment everyone has been waiting on! The answer that has had everyone stumped!

Here are the answers to the original 5 questions:

1) The Tango
2)I have Vanity Fair but she was also on many others.
3)A Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame
4)Donald Brian

The original number 5 answer: Oh, Kay, it ran from 1926-1928.

New number 5: Any three that he recorded. There were many to choose from!

Now for the prizes!

I have two squishy winners this month! They are:
Ann and Ruby!

Second place is: Susan R.! Susan please be expecting a "Mini Lions squishy".

And all the runners up:
These ladies should be expecting replica silkies of our actress!

I think that I have all your addresses but please resend them to my private email so that I can get your prizes out to y'all!

As this months Teaser was especially hard I thought that this would be a fair prize disbursement!

Ladies, if there are any questions please email me!


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Lion's 2009 Christmas Stocking Swap

Here they are the guidelines for my Christmas Stocking Swap. I hope that everyone has a chance to join in! I am hoping to start this swap and have a new one every year! Sssoooo, here is this years theme: Santa Clause.

Remembering in to my childhood I could not wait for Santa to come! Remember the whole week before Christmas day you always tried not to make your mom yell at you? But you always wanted to smack your sister in the back of her head just because she was annoying you? Oh! Wait a minuet! That was me! That particular sister is now a correctional officer in McAllister, Oklahoma! She is able to annoy a whole new group of people!

The stockings:

Height: Stockings should be no taller then 11 inches high and no shorter than 8 inches high.

Width: Stockings should be no wider then 8 inches wide and no narrower then 4 and 1/2 inches wide.

Amendment: Please, line the stockings in case your swap partner would like to use them for more than decorations!

You can send up to 4 stockings, stockings are to be hand embellished.(please no glue)

This swap will be a centralized swap. Stockings are to be mailed to me no later than October 20th. Please, send along with you stockings return postage. I will mail them back out to you no later than October 25th.

Sign up for this swap will close July 30, 2009.

Please, email me with any questions at Also please make sure I can get in contact with you so that you can get my mailing address to mail your stockings to me!

Remember to swap unto others!