I can do all things in Christ who strengthens ME!!!! Phil 4:13

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!

I know it is a little early but since I have been so busy with work and now cleaning the house for a party on Jan 2. (I think I may find a little time to put the backing on my Aunts heart quilt. I found something called pond hopper it is sage green with flowers, dragon flies and butterflies. Kind of reminds me of a fairy garden. I think my Aunt will love it. I figured LOL Merry Christmas to all my blogging friends.

We in Minnesota are having way to many Currier and Ives moments, and there is more on the way for Thursday. I think this will be the snowiest December on record, since winter starts officially today.

Have a blessed week and God Bless all of YOU!!!!!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Weekend Snow In!!!!!

Technically I am snowed in at the motel. I chose to stay Friday night so that I could work on Saturday. After finally getting out (I am only a block away from one of the entrances to the mall) of the motel parking lot, I finally arrived at the mall at 11:00 am. The mall actually closed at 3 pm today. Sooooo...... I thought I was smart with my laptop LOL I just realized I have left the plug in at the mall. Hopefully it is still in my booth.

I thought I would share a couple pic from the mall door. The one was actually plowing the parking lot and 2 hours later it still did not look plowed. The other is from the one door the garage door is a loading dock. You can't read the words on the entrance behind it( can't see it barely).Woodbury had 20 inches, Shakopee had 15 inches. Not sure how much I have at home but it has to be similar to what St Paul has.
Well have a great rest of the weekend. I am off the puter until I get back to the mall tomorrow.
God Bless all of YOU!!!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tyler's Quilt

front, back, signature square

I made this quilt in 1997 and finished it in 1998. One never knows the impact of a gift. This year our Christmas party was at dad's motel and the main party was held in Tyler's apartment. The subject of I still have the quilt you made for me and can you fix it. When I make the quilts for people I hope they are used and literally worn out. At one time (pre-divorce) I figured I would be able to make many of them and all the neices and nephews and brothers and sisters and....anyone else who needed one would get one. I figure a quilt is a hug made from love.

I also found out that David, Tyler's brother took the quilt when he left home. Now David loved the quilt as much as Tyler. When Tyler went to visit his brother he found the quilt on David's bed. Well he did what any brother or sister would do...he took it home. I should have gotten a pic of Tyler with the quilt. I know I have one . but it is pre-digital 35 mm and of course I still haven't gotten organized from the painting of the kitchen and sewing room, because I am still working 2 jobs and blah blah. LOL :) (I just have to remember it is in baby steps).

As the story goes that evening when Tyler asked me to fix the spots the quilt is coming apart, he proudly showed me and told his brother see it really is mine. The wording has faded and I will trace over it. It says Made for Tyler by Aunt Kim finished 2/97, given by Uncle Arnie (my ex) 12/97. Now I have to tell you the quilt is a little small now as both boys are 6 feet tall.

Ahhh the memories I remember one little boy Shane cried when he received his quilt, of course he was only 4 or 5. Now it is a prized position. Funny how life turns out.

Have a great day and God Bless All of YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Miller Hill Mall and Finishes for Nov 2010

I did finally finish the last of the fleece quilts. They are for gifts but :) not exactly who they are going to. I saved a fleece one for me but it is a different type of fleece quilt.

If your in Duluth this weekend there is a huge craft fair at the Miller Hill Mall. I am hoping to be there but am not quite sure. Working 2 jobs sometimes I just have to take a weekend off just to regenerate.

I still haven't put the batting and backing on the heart quilt, that should be done over the Christmas break. Mom borrowed me her quilting kit for the Designer 1, I am so excited. I do not think the handiquilter will work with the designer 1 and have not tried to see if the old machine will even sew right now.

Work is busy right now getting the office ready for Tax Season, I am now teaching a second set of tax classes. I did have a job interview 2 weeks ago, but was never called for a second interview. I figure I will just have to work 2 jobs for the tax season and then start looking again in March. Maybe something will open up this spring. There are so many people out of work and unemployment benefits right now. It isn't unusual for an employer to receive 500 applications for 1 job.

Remember this holiday season all those who are silently suffering, remembering those they have lost, memories of happier times. Share a smile with them or call them and let them know your thinking of them, for at this time of year some of them feel all alone, even when surrounded by loved ones.

Well have a great weekend and God Bless All of YOU!!!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Finally almost finished

Well it just needs the backing and the batting then it is finished. I can't believe it, it has taken me 5 years to finish this quilt. She will be so happy to get it. Here is a not so great pic of it. Then I am off to bed as it is late. I couldn't get the lighting right but I wanted to share it. I am liking having a little free time. Although I haven't unpacked my suitcase from the last time I was out of town. I figure with the family christmas party this weekend I am just going to leave it packed and add to it. LOL Now I just need the higher paying job to make the traveling more fun and I can venture out and explore the areas rather than stay at the house (when I go to dad's) or the motel.

Well have a great day and God Bless all of YOU!!!!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Where did all my posts go!!!!

I am thinking this will be a test, as when I went to view my blog, there was nothing but the added side bar pics.

Just out of curiosity has anyone elses posts disappeared???

Well my last tax class will be on Wednesday. I have been informed I need to teach another one and it will start in 2 weeks. There are still openings if anyone in Minnesota is interested.

On the quilting side :) I think I will get my heart quilt top finished and the last of the two fleece quilts done this week. Then I just have to quilt and bind and lol mail it, unless she comes home over the winter to visit.

Have a great day and God Bless all of YOU!!!!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

From Summer to Winter

This is the scene that greeted me this morning. What a pretty sight, what you don't hear are the cracking of the tree branches and the plows. I tried to make it to work today but, by the time the roads were clear enough to travel and with more snow coming in I ended up staying home all day.

I started taking out the sewing machine but instead played catch up with the dishes, I found the kitchen table, took out all these vhs tapes to give to my sis for a family with an autistic son, only to hear my son say lol "keep them". He just doesn't realize I can't keep all this stuff, in order for life to open up new things sometimes the old must be passed on or tossed.

It was not so a relaxing day as I thought but I did get a few things done and a nice dinner made.

So now that I am set up to sew here again, half a table just for me, my puter and sewing machine. Last week I was able to cut out the fabric for my sis's triple irish chain and have just 1.5 borders left to put on my Aunt's heart quilt. I also ripped out the last of the fleece quilts, just have two of those to finish.

Even a tiny bit of progress is hopefull.

I may have a job interview next week. This place has free ice cream on break (not sure if it is every day) and a workout room. The way I see it is you go on break eat the ice cream and then go for a long walk on the treadmill. I don't want to get my hopes up to much but just a tiny bit of income would be ever so nice. I really think I should have full time work. LOL especially if I want to live in the style I want to be accustomed to, and I live very simply just have a few expensive habits like food, shelter, LOL.

Have a great day and God Bless all of YOU!!!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Computer Issues

I have been trying to post to my blog, but the computer has decided not to give me a publish button on blogger. I have a pic of the almost finished heart quilt and will load pic as soon as I can get the dang thing to work. Although I haven't prayed over it or sent it Reikii yet, Best buy thinks I need to bring it in. I deleted the one virus and the new virus program messed it up. I can't publish here and my facebook page comes up blank.

And I really wanted to win the Go that was being given away today on another blog. Oh Well!!!! Maybe I will get lucky and get full time work so that I can get caught up on the bills and buy myself (well after I buy my kidlets and the grandkidlets pressies) a pressie!!!!

And did I tell you when AccuQuilt sent out the questionairre on a part time position demonstrating the GO, they really liked my quilting skills and asked me to send an application in. I figure it will be awhile before I hear anything as they are just back from Market (be awesome to go to Quilt Market one day, to bad mom and dad don't go to Texas until after it is over).

My Posting will be sporadic until I figure out what my puter is doing, although my son will let me use his and I have the dinosaur desktop which might work as well.

Well have a great day, thank you for stopping by and God Bless all of YOU!!!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I won I won lol just a little bragging!!!!!

Thank you so much for the chance to win your prizes. :)
I won these really cool patterns from Quilter's showcase aren't they just adorable
She is having another giveaway this week as well. Quilter's Showcase
I also won the hop into Fall blog hop giveaway at The Quilting Pirate. I have put the link so you can see the pictures of what I have won. The patterns are so cute. I love the kitty fabric. When the prize arrives, sometimes I get so busy, it is better to post my thank you' s right away.
Tonight it is so windy. The weather channel said this storm is worse than the one that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior back in the '70's. We have an record setting barometric pressure, with hurricane force winds. This is really eerie. I heard a crack but did not hear the tree fall. My son went out back to check, so far no down trees in our yard. I may have to stay up way past my bedtine every time I hear the cracking of the branches. The trees are only next to the house on 2 sides but the other sides the top will reach the house if they fall. I guess this is the spot where I ask the angels to put a cover over my house where my roomate and son and I sleep. (I am such a Wuss).
We lost cable around 10:00pm, which wasn't good as I wanted to watch the news for a story on a family from Minneapolis who the father and 3 of the sons went down in a plane. The news was going to show the recovery efforts on what they will do to try and track down the plane. So far we have electricity, but I did get the oil lamps out just in case, the power is out in several areas all around us (Linwood, East Bethel). My son also said if it goes out nothing will happen until morning to fix it. Not much to read by LOL but if the flame is high enough it can be done.
Still no full time employment on the horizon but there is another job that has opened up a little over an hour south of me. It takes awhile on some of the county jobs, because they have the test date, the job isn't available for interviews until after the testing is completed.
I did apply to accuquilt to be a demonstrator. Talk about a fun job!!!! I will just have to make sure I leave most of my money at home. The quilt store I picked up my shop hop prize from August had an end of bolt sale and if you took it all it was 2 dollars a yard. I bought a cute pattern instead of the fabric. Since I forgot my suitcase at home and was staying at my dad's all weekend I ended up going to the Goodwill and buying a change of clothes. The Goodwill has come a long ways. Some of the clothes I looked at still had the tags on from the store that donated them. Remember to support your local charity by shopping at the thrift store. Lots of cute clothes for next to nothing prices. The tan and green labels were only a dollar that day.
My sewing room is starting to take shape, I will post pic when it is done (I was to embarrassed to take before pic 6 years of working 2 or 3 jobs get the picture.) right now I only have 1 day a week to work on it. Seems the others are taken care of by 2 days at work, 3 days working the craft fair, 1 day vegetating and trying to get caught up and 1 day of running errands and gone all day with the magnetics.
I am trying a new chiropractor, say lots of prayers, the anxiety is rampant. I am hoping this will help, I don't want to be comfortable for the rest of my life, so I am seeking and looking for alternatives. When he said disk degeneration though I am a little nervous for the 1st appointment on Thursday. God has a way of helping us through all of this. He blessed me abundantly with the prizes and another blessing that I messed up royally. But He still loves me.
I also looked at the preview and seems blogger is showing no paragraphs, so if it is all messed up. LOL I did double check the spacing. So strange the things we have no control over which really bug us. Guess this is God's way of saying RELAX!!! something hard for me to do.
Have a great day and God Bless All of YOU!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

It is now Wednesday :) and a new giveaway

Hard to believe it is Wednesday already. Well just barely it is actually 12:34 am. I really should be in bed, but....then I talked to Mom on the phone, I straightened up her blog,( looks quite nice actually), and then she came back online...well you know what that means...I had to show her, her blog and chat a little more. I am so thankful that I still have both my parents. They are such fun people. Mom and I quilt and hang out, Dad and I do the craft fairs. I am so blessed. Then my son went out on an emt call so I of course had to wait up for him. Well now he has gone back to bed and mom has gone to bed... wish I could be an early to bedder and early riser.

Well the job search is slow. God keeps closing the doors and opening new venues to put my resume out there. I am just about done taking the county tests, will see if that leads to a job. So far the one that is open is 2.5 hours from home. Definitely be a new adventure there. On the upside my students are doing really well, They are a great group of people. Midterms will be due around October 18th, that is 3 completed (on paper) tax returns. I only have a couple that have no experience at all, the others have either done their own taxes or were prior employees of the company I work for.

Glenna over at Hollyhock Quilts is having a awesome giveaway for some Moda precuts. Seems she has an abundance and is going to bless soneone or someone's with some beautiful precuts. I would love to win that.

I actually won a prize from one of the bloghops. This is a book from Canton Village and it has the most awesome patterns in it. I haven't received it yet. I did the blog hop when I was doing my mini retreat at my dad's on the September 1st post. I showed the book to my sis and told her she (she is a libarian - need spell check here-) has to have this book for her library.

No finishes for September was just to busy. I am finally getting most of the boxes out of the living room. My sewing room is being filled with all the sewing goodies and fabric. Did you know the pants hangers will hold a quilt that is not batted. It will be so awesome having everything in one area. Hopefully no more lost blocks and I will find the ones I have misplaced when it is organized.

Well kidlets it is time to go to bed, unless one more person wants to chat. I don't have to work until 5pm today so I can stay up a tiny bit later but I do see the sandman around the corner.

I had a busy Saturday at the Stone Lake Cranberry Festival. Lot of people there, such a beautiful drive. As I was going down a hill Dad called and said look to the left sure enough there was a big black bear!!!!! To bad I had someone on my tail or I would have been able to pull over and take a picture. But!!!! I did get some really pretty scenery shots, sun wasn't shining but most turned out ok. Will post them when I am not falling asleep. (lol time to hit the hay)

Have a great Wednesday and God Bless All of YOU!!!!!!
Yall come back now ya here. :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Go giveaway's Halloween and Edge blog hops!!!!

I am hopping are you????
Both are starting next week.

I would love to win a GO!!!!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

It is Monday and a Giveaway

Jaybird is sponsoring a giveaway.

It is definitely Monday. Mistakes, problems and just plain flustering day. So glad it is over. Teaching the tax classes is coming along, just seems to take time to train them in on the computer program.

On the upside though my spare bedroom has been painted and is just awaiting the arrival of all the fabric that is stored at this moment in the living room. I also have tons of boxes I am going through to de-clutter. I just pray that I will get rid of all that I will never use as someone else may enjoy it more. :)

Well God Bless all of you and have a great day. I am off to bed, I am like my children tonight when they have a bad day, CRABBY!!!!!!, so I am sending myself to my room. :)

Monday, September 6, 2010


Chris over at We Love Quilting is having a early Halloween giveaway.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Prayer request and my weekend away

Please pray for my friend's son Zack he was stationed over seas and has been injured, they are not sure if he will be able to stay in the (I think he is in the Army) service. Pray for healing and that God will send an angel to hold Leanne through this trying time. Better yet maybe I will just say the prayer here:

Dear Lord, Bless Zack and hold him in the palm of your hand, guide the surgeons, dr's and nurses to give him the best care and treatment he needs. Hold the family especially Leanne in your care, give them strength in everything as they are miles apart from each other. It is every mother's nightmare to receive any call such as this. Calm the fears, sending angels to tend to all of their needs.
Thank you Jesus for your truly are the great healer and none of us know when we will be called home, knowing you are there for us is a great comfort when we realize it is your will not mine.
Also if you have time please pray for my sister (she has a son and has not been able to find full time work for a long time) and I we are desparately trying to find jobs. I have an interview next week, but alas it is part time not full time, and will conflict greatly with my craft fairs on the weekends. As it is not a real high paying job I will still have to work 2 jobs to make ends meet.

I have a family member who is also stationed somewhere (lol confidential) and we all worry about him as well.

As for my weekend retreat I really needed this. I have the quilt top for my aunt almost finished. I shouldn't have turned on the computer but....I am weak, and needed a break. It has been fascinating watching the storm clouds roll over the lake. Sometimes in the evening around dusk it is like a fog rolls in and I can't see the light house then all of a sudden in the distance I can see the light beconing safety. My sister also came down from Silver Bay for a little crafting time(she makes cards) and she made SMOOTHIES they were just YUMMY!!!! Strawberry, cherry, blueberry, raspberry (dad did say I could eat anything), raspberry yogurt. When they were finished I told her I like the strawberry hot fudge sundae at DQ, needed chocolate and lo and behold there was chocolate in his fridge. They were so good and we had so much fun!!!!!! Now if I can organize a sister/mom event with my siblings up here....thinking smoothies will be on the menu.

I also saw a yearling and later in the evening saw 2 does and the yearling, It was awesome. I was able to come within 3 car lengths from them. Actually I just walked really slowly to the end of the deck. Would have pic but I had left the phone and camera in the house.

Well as all good things must come to an end tomorrow I will set up and do the early bird part of the show, but on the way I am taking some fabric to exchange to the quilt store in Floodwood. This fabric was damaged and we didn't find out until we brought it home. Actually it is my mom's but I will be buying 2 yards for me exchanging her and getting a yard for my sister. It is so cool a batik with loons, pine trees and the words Lake Superior written on it.

Have a great day and God Bless all of YOU!!!!

Remember we are all special in His eyes.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

August Finishes and my special retreat weekend and a giveaway

I finished just two embroidered towels for the month of August.

I am also bringing two projects to finish then it will be off to a show. It is not really a retreat but I will be staying at my dads and enjoying a wonderful view of Lake Superior. Should be a creative rest of the week. Then on the weekend I will be working at Wild Rice Days.
With the summer being so busy, I am taking just a couple of days of quiet time.

Have a great weekend and God Bless all of YOU!!!!!
Canton Village Is having a giveaway. Star Struck just beautiful.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

And The Winners Are!!!!!!

What a beautiful day here in Minnesota. Only problem is it going to be almost 90 degrees today. So I am just taking a lazy day. I have been thinking of sewing but just have not gotten around to actually picking out a project.

Have a great week, congratulations to the winners and God Bless everyone. :)

Only 3 people have entered the drawing, so I have blessed them all.

Allie is the grand prize winner of the beautiful Sunrise pattern.

Jeanette is the winner of a pattern I have just purchased called Snow Mamma and Little Flake table runner.

Stephie is the winner of some cute little cat stickers and an angel rubber stamp.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Awesome scrap giveaway at Melissa's.

Another scrapbooking giveaway at Creative Cowgirls blog.

What a beautiful day here in MN 6pm and it is 73 degrees with very low humidity. Tomorrow I am going to make a date with my sewing machine and try to finish a ufo for my aunt.

Have a great day and God Bless all of YOU!!!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

AccuQuilt Giveaway

There is an awesome giveaway at Canton Village Quiltworks. She is giving away an AccuQuilt.

I would love to win one of these cutters. They are so awesome.

I have been doing a bit of stitching when it is slow at the craft fairs. Only problem is I get tired of the ones that take forever so I ended up starting a cute little snowman for a table runner pattern. Hopefully this fall I will be able to start doing some seriously sewing and quilting. Seems my fabric is ganging up on me and the spare room is just a walkway until I am home long enough to pull it all out, reorganize as well as toss and keep what I need.

Been awfully hot here again but looks like the geese are starting to gather, which means fall is in the air. Blanket weather and very good sleeping.

Hopefully soon I will get caught up on all my pic to post. I have the Minnesota quilt shop hop, the package I won from...and I so apologize I am so tired I just can't remember. A couple of finishes I actually remembered to take a pic of. Nothing spectacular but they are cute (a couple of dishtowels).

Have a great Day and God Bless All of YOU!!!! :) xoxoxo

Monday, August 16, 2010


Jaybird is having a wonderful giveaway in conjunction with Fat Quarter Shop.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

My Summer

It has been a very interesting summer doing shows and fairs. I had to be creative with working only one day a week.

This summer I went to Wisconsin, Iowa and did shows in Minnesota. I also did the Minnesota Quilt Shop Hop was so much fun I took several photos of quilts and patterns I would like to buy when I have the money and time to work on a lot of crafty things.

I have several more pictures and have not had a chance to take many at the Brown County Fair. There are several beautiful quilts in the building. I will have to post the pictures later.

Also don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY, sometime after Labor Day I will do the draw. This is my last fair, I am still looking for regular work as well, but will have a little bit of a break.

Wyoming 2010, I went through hot beautiful weather on the way out there and then on the way back was nothing but rain on the way home and snow over Powder River Pass. It is so pretty up there when it snows but even though it was June it was cold with the snow

Corn Palace Mitchell SD, I love this place. It has a different design every year and all done out of corn husks.

Not Much happened at the Crow Wing County fair. The square dancers didn't show up. But I got all my favorite vendor friends to pose, Mike in the bottom row didn't want his pic taken. This was a unique trip I stayed in the camper with no running water and out in the middle of nowhere. My sis borrowed me her lantern so I could at least have light when I went back to the camper every night. I had a 45 min drive every night.

Shop Hop

Shop Hop

Shop Hop

More Blue Earth County Fair pic the quilt on the far left was made by a 4H girl who told me all about it.

Scott County Fair

Wisconsin Dells Car Show

Wisconsin Dairy Fest
This is a real Amish cart the horse was not parked near the festival buildings. The Amish like the magnetics.

Wyoming to see my grandson
We had so much fun.

Amana Iowa Cajun Fest

Blue Earth County Fair

Virginia Minnesota Mall Show

I have tried to get the pic to go in a line but always one that doesn't work, the titles are pretty close to the pictures.

Well have a great day and God Bless all of YOU!!!!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

People, the fair and tornado's OH MY!!!!

Around 6:30 this evening at the Sherburne county fair where I have a booth, the tornado sirens went off. As we prepared for evacuation, the fair committee said this was a mistake and it was for a different area of the county. About a half hour later over the loud speaker we hear: please evacuate the fair grounds, in an orderly fashion.

This is the 2nd time this has happened in my craft fair history. The last time I was in a tent, this time in a pole barn. I had 5 min to get my tent down (my son the fireman, sister, future daughter in law, and a couple of the firemen (son's friends) helped tear down the tent and throw everything all went in the car, this time I cleared off my tables, walked to the car and tried to find the government center or fire department (thank you to the Sherburne Cty Sheriff's department for the wonderful directions). Because it was booster day they had bingo in the community center, some crafts and food, this time I was either in a hall way or room with chairs. Nothing spectacular happened when I left the community center for Booster days, but...when we (there were quite a few of us) left the government center the sight was a double rainbow.

My son was with us during the last storm, this one I just stopped at the fire station (they had to report and stay as long as the danger was there) and told him I just wanted to let you know I am ok. I also said the thing we need to say more to each other as life can be taken in an instant...I Love YOU. I was reminded even though we were in danger God was in control, everything just seemed to fall in place, and He protected all of us.

G0d really works in strange ways one of my fellow vendors said do you suppose the rainbow means something and I just smiled and said YES - it means everything is going to be ok.

So much for my excitement for the day.

Have a great day and God Bless all of YOU!!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

It is hot~!!!! My Giveaway - finishes but lost photos

I thought I should post this before I get tied up for the next month-month and a half with the county fairs. The county fairs are grueling 12-13 hour days (sometimes this does not include travel time). Some weeks (with my one day at work) I will be working 6 days (hopefully these fairs will be profitable, lol only other form of income I have). This giveaway is for my 100th post a few months back, as well as a thank you to all my followers, for all the prayers and support. I will be drawing around Labor day or a little after, when things slow down a little.

It is very warm and has been very muggy today. There have been lots of storms in our area and a few tornados in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Tomorrow should be cooler :).

I have a few finishes but seem to have lost the photo. I finished 5 fleece blankets, and 2 embroidered dishtowels (did not take photos of these) As soon as I find the photo I will post it.

My fat quarter swap has not taken off yet, but I am still offering it, just in case anyone would like to participate.

Sorry I haven't written back Allie or Rebag I just do not have a lot of time right now. But I have read all your comments :).

Just leave your name at the end of this post to be entered in the drawing for the pattern.

Have a great Day and GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!!!!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

I am baaaaaaaccccckkkk!!!!!!! LOL anyone miss me!!!!!!

Well after a long break from blog world, I am ready to start blogging. Sorry for not posting for a long time. Seems I lost yet another job and am still looking. I am back on the road doing craft fairs, which have not been very profitable to say the least. I am on the road quite a bit and in some places where there is not any internet.

I have several finishes - I have finished almost all of the cute little fleece quilts and will post pic, made a couple of dish towels and have finished just the quilt tops of 2 cute little sudoko quilts. I am also teaching a my cousin and neighbor how to make quilts - this is so much fun.

I think I have now broken in my designer 1, and can start to work on the quilts that I started a few years ago.

I have a giveaway that I am finally getting around to. I will post a pic of the pattern here when I get home. It is a cute Rooster wall hanging. The giveaway will be for just my followers for being here when I needed someone :).

Some things have changed in the last couple of months....I am in desparate need of a job!!!! Things are getting pretty scary around my house, any extra prayers would be so appreciated.

I have missed all of you and I hope you have a great 4th of July (it is my birthday and my son is a little disappointed - mom is disappointed to) that I will be working out of town all week and will not be home for it.

On the up side I was finally able to get out and spend 2 days with my grandson and daughter in law and her family. It was like a dream and went so fast I am hoping to get out there again soon.

Have a great day and GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!!!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Flirty Aprons GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

Flirty Aprons GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

These aprons are so cute.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Tozz is having a birthday giveaway and Dawn has a beautiful bag for sale for a wonderful cause. I did buy one, just have to stop working 2 jobs so that I may make it. Sandy is having a fun Easter hop.

Have a great day and God Bless all of YOU!!!!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

February Finish and Brenda Song and Jake Austin

I have been so busy this month and March doesn't look to quiet as well. I did get two finishes done this month.
2 of the fleece lap quilts. They really turned out nice. The stripe on is for Steph, a late birthday present. (Her birthday is in September). The other may be mine unless I give it for a gift.
My brush with fame this week. At the craft show this weekend I had my pic taken with Brenda Song (who is Londin of Suite Life of Zach and Cody) and Jake Austin ( who is Max on Wizards of Waverly Place)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

I was a baaaaaaaaad girl!!!!! & Friday night Sew In

As you can see I went to Joanne's tonight. The little quilt was a kit and the directions told me to cut the panel, which made it 6 inches to short. I only went in for another piece of minkee and walked out with some cream
for the postage stamp quilt I am going to start soon. I fell in love with the Tinkerbell fabric and the butterfly fabric. I just couldn't pass the angel fat quarter.

My Friday nite project I sewed all the little flags for the fleece quilt. The fleece quilt on the floor is the one Stephie is making.
Have a great evening and God Bless all of YOU!!!!!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Friday Night Sew-in

I am participating in the Friday Night Sew In. I am working on a fleece quilt. I just seem to be so pre-occupied tonight. I didn't even realize Steph was having struggles with her quilt. I will have to figure out why it isn't going together the right way. But for now I guess I am in need of some major therapy. This week is hard for me to many memories surfacing. Struggles on the job front. A big urge to do some deep cleaning and not feeling well. I have to go to the dentist, haven't been there in a long time, but my teeth are having a few issues. I will need lots of strength from above, as I have this stupid positional dizziness. He will say turn your head this way and I will say I feel really wierd. I can just see that one coming.

God is good He will give us strength when we have none. He will carry the load if I let Him.

Have a great day and God Bless all of You!!!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day, May it be just as sweet and pleasant for everyone out there. Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.

I am so busy at work right now but tax time will soon be over. Only 2 more months to go. I know God has a special plan for me to be there and new doors will open in April. I will either keep the same job or move on to something new and different. I think it is the changes that make us strong, in some ways we do not always welcome the changes. Well I will write more another day, as I am tired tonight.

Remember on this day of Love to say I love you to all the special people in your life. Sometimes it is the only time they may hear it.

Have a great day and God Bless all of YOU!!!!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

3 Finishes for January and some pondering thoughts

I have 3 finishes. One for each of my boys. I started these 5 years ago. There is one for Jeremy and one for Nick (who isn't happy with me but it was made for him) and one for Justin (grandson).

Then 2 more for the girls, they are way to big for Nick's kids. Will work on their quilts this summer. Although one girl has already gotten one from helping me alot during the second car accident, but it was the first one I made and it has lots of holes where the corners meet. (Life and sewing is really a large WIP LOL)

As I see all the advertising about valentines day and I get a little weepy, I have to slow down and think of my blessings. The same thing happens in May and until I slow down I don't even realize what it is. February several years ago I was blessed to be able to spend a week with my grandmother before she passed away. I was out of town and had arrived back in MN the day before Valentines day. My brother passed away in May when I was a child. I know they will always be with me but it is for this loss I get sad these times of the year.

I think I am also a little sad today because I miss the old relationship I had with Nick and being a part of his life. He doesn't seem to need me any more, especially since he remarried. I am like the wicked old stepmother. I ask for prayers for this relationship to open up again. I miss my little boy now a man and life is to short to not be able to have these people in my life.

On a happier note or should I say busier is going somewhat well...I survived the first week of Peak filing time, crashed computer and training. So... I may not be blogging very much this month.

I had the weekend off and was able to finish the 3rd quilt, do laundry, start the spare room I am making into a sewing room/office. Not going to take any pic it would just look like wall to wall boxes :).

It has been so cold here in the negatives at night.

I am now down 14 lbs :) YAY ME I can't afford to buy the Jenny Craig food this month so will be going on the maintenance plan only 40 more to go. I am Psyched!!!! Well it is off to do my hula hoop and the belly warmup's, maybe a little more tonight.

Have a great day and God Bless All of YOU!!!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Haiti By Hand

I am stuffed animal challenged, as well as the time to do much by hand right now with managing two (not 1 but 2!!!!) tax offices. Haiti by Hand is doing donations of a cute little bunny by The Willow Tree called Bella the Bunny

Yesterday I had a date with my sewing machine, I finished another little fleece quilt, just have to clip the edges it is a frayed edge. I will be posting pic later in the week. I hope to have 1 more done. They are little fleece quilts that came in a kit, I bought like 15 of them at a time, on clearance from walmart. Well I sold a couple to a couple of friends and gave a couple as gifts, I have 5 left and one kit my mom gave me out of fleece to finish.

I am starting small because I do have a lot of UFO's to finish this winter in between working tons of hours this winter. Once spring comes I will be back to two jobs and then there isn't much time to do any crafting other than hand stitching and counted cross stitch. The chiropractor said no more crocheting - oh well we will see how that feels in 5 months when were bored at a craft fair.

Hi Ho Hi Ho it is off to work I go. Have a great day and God Bless all of you!!!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Swap Deadline

Just a reminder if you would like to participate in the swap 2010 Precious Moments Quilt Swap sign ups are for some reason the hyperlink feature isn't working this morning.

Have a great day and God Bless all of YOu!!!!!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Songs I love this song, why and I just have to share it

I love these songs, it just speaks volumes to me about who I should trust and who is walking by my side. Sometimes for me it takes listening to a favorite song to realize that I have put other things first and not the big Guy upstairs. I want to share these songs because they are speak so strongly to me and there may be others that are having the same troubles I have had over the past few years and still continue to have. I need to trust God more than myself and I need to remember that. He has a plan in all the sadness and confusion I am facing at this moment in time.

I am having one of those days. LOL where I off today, but working from home. I am taking a little time to myself I have a small kit just need to finish cutting out the pieces. I have to somehow create a workable schedule for my two offices. My employees are great, they have all shown up. This is definitely a good sign. I seem to feel I am in way over my head but....I think God has other plans and today I am trying amidst the anxiety to dwell on His love and caring for me. As long as I was searching I wanted to share all of this with the many that are also facing struggles and searching. I do feel better after listening to all of these songs.

Someone once told me when things are really going bad and you are being tested to tell Satan to just leave me alone in the name of Jesus Christ for I know where I am going and I know where you will end up. LOL The devil can't compete with this.

For even though the raging sea is before me, He will hold my hand and my heart through it all, so that even though I am going through the motions HE is with me holding me up!!!!

Enjoy and have a great day. God Bless All of YOU!!!!!

This video reminds me that He is with Me, I have trouble remembering this when I try to take control of my life

This video has some very pretty scenes, I remember my grandmother telling me that one night she was looking at the moon after her stroke. She didn't always shut her shades at night, she saw the image of a cross in the moon. I guess I kind of follow suit whenever I seem to need Him he reminds me by showing me crosses in the image of telephone poles, tree branches, even shadings in the sun.

This song Matthew West wrote when he was facing surgery and might never have sung again. The one video I couldn't put here actually shows him going throught his journey. It reminds me of where I am not and where I have been. Do you sometimes feel you are just going through the motions and not really living life.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Stash Report

I have signed up to follow the Stash reduction on Judy's blog. I think this will help with the inspiration and reducing what I have so that I may buy more. How fun is that.

Used this Week: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 0 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Used for 2010: 0 yards

Having weekends off for awhile is going to be so much fun. I might get a little spoiled. This weekend I just stitched a few of the NPNT blocks. Cleaned and had company. Today I went to a class on Soul Coaching, I am hoping this will help with the anxiety and nervousness. Seems it is much worse since he second car accident 3 years ago.

It was great having company and having my house livable again. Now I can do some of the deep cleaning as well as work on my spare room to create an office/sewing room. One of the things I learned in the class today was to declutter, I am slowly going to have time to do this. Maybe a kitchen or dresser drawer a day.

Well I have to be to work an hour early tomorrow due to reconciling the month of December and then I get to TEACH again. (lol always need prayer on this one, anxiety just skyrockets).

Have a great day and God Bless all of YOU!!!!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year 2010 - Reflections and Unconventional Resolutions

Happy New Year Everyone, May God Bless you abundantly and keep you in the palm of HIS hand in the new year.

As I enter the new year I always think of what has happened over the last year. I guess I am really glad this year is over. We all have our mistakes we made, some to embarrassing to share as well as the blunders we share with everyone. This has been a hard year for me, working 7 days a week most weeks, losing a job, finding a job, messing up the finances (this was really :( easy ), not enough time to work on my house and craft projects, as well as working on my self. Sometimes we offend people without really realizing it (my appologies to anyone I may have done this to), and forget about those closest to us, again sometimes the hustle of life just seems to take control.

This year instead of making a long New Year's Resoulution list, I have decided to make a task list, one that is easily accomplished with just a little time. My job demands that I have most weekends off during tax season. I can understand where they are coming from on this as I will be managing 2 offices (need lots of prayer here and a little more than 10 employees.) I have managed 1 office and around 10 employees, but that was a few years ago.

I am making a list but it will be something I can accomplish and maybe see improvement in my sewing time, cleaning time (the house is a pit 4 years of working 2 jobs as well as a car accident, I guess you get the picture, therefore I will not be posting these embarrassing pics LOL for my own sanity)

My unconventional resolution list is going to be posted on my side bar where I can cross off my accomplishments. I want to go full speed ahead but....I have to realize I am a work in progress, so....all my resolutions are WIP's. Notice I did not number them or set deadlines, as even a small dent will be an accomplishment.

  • Find a new church and strengthen my relationship with God (seems when we get busy He didn't forget about me, I forgot to trust in Him) I guess this is where faith comes in.

  • Clean out spare room for either sewing room or new roommate (1 not so high paying job this may be a neccessity).

  • Find my house by shhhh....Decluttering!!!!

  • Lose 50 lbs (I am excited about this slow moving task, I have lost around 10 lbs since Nov 15) only 400 more to go LOL (yes that really is 400 not a typo)

  • Exercise daily even if it is in 5-10 minute spurts.

  • Sew a little each month....UFO's, quilt kits I have bought and the mountain of fabric-to reduce my fabric stash.

  • Learn something new this year.

  • Take some ME time this year.

  • Quit some obnoxious habits. LOL My son tells me I have these. Guess I am not perfect.

  • Find laughter and goodness in people every day.

  • Share the wealth, even if funds are tight, I can still open a door for someone or share a smile.

  • Learn Stress management techniques. (this one may be really hard for me).

Jeanette and I enjoyed the advent swap so much, with her help I will be having a Christmas in July Advent Swap. I haven't finalized all the details yet. But sign ups and details will follow.

The 2010 Feb fat quarter swap will close Jan 20, 2010.

May you all be blessed today, have a great holiday and God Bless all of YOU!!!!!!