Sunday, March 25, 2007

Finally...something crafty!!

I made this bag today for part of my Spring swap for the Seasonal Swap group I belong to on Flickr. It was SO easy to put together as it has exposed seams. I love how it turned out. The green plaid is the interior pocket. The exterior print is from a thrift store find - I think it was at least a 3 yard piece for just a few dollars...I've already made several things from it before so you may recognize the print:)

Last weekend I made these little felt pincushions...the first official pincushions I have made, although I have ideas for several others in mind. This litte pattern was from the most recent issue of American Patchwork and Quilting - which features a quote from Miss Monica on the front page!! These were also really easy to put together and gave me a chance to practice my blanket stitch, which I haven't done in ages. I have four more in progress.

I finished my notecards for Regina's Notecard Swap 2007. The "hello" is stamped on linen tape. The colors remind me of neopolitan ice cream:)

I was lucky enough to snag this little quilting pamphlet from Em's Lent Giveaway...but just look at what else came with it!

Em included all these other wonderful goodies!! Some wonderful quilting and sewing magazines, quilt patterns and the latest Make...hubby is excited to read that one when I am done with it:) Thank you so much Miss Em!

Em surprised me again with this little goodie...a beautiful ATC that says "the road to a friend's house is never long"...and features a map with a line from Colorado Springs (where Em is) to Albuquerque (where I am)...what a beautiful atc!!

I finished my apron for the What's Cookin apron swap. This round is a "Mini" apron swap just right for our little minis:) Miss S is modeling the apron I made. I made a nice big pocket for all those little treasures little girls love and extra long ties so it has a nice big bow in the back.

I also joined this group on flickr - I can't wait to use up some of my scraps. I'm thinking about making little pillows with the finished blocks for Christmas presents.

And finally, if you've made it this far, I have a freebie as once again, I ended up with two copies of the same magazine:) I have an extra of the February/March issue of ME Home Companion - the special 10th anniversary issue. Leave me a comment if you would like it and if more than one person is interested I'll have a little drawing on Tuesday morning.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A Hodge Podge

My Flickr Fat Quarter swap package arrived for March...just look at all this yummy blue-ness!!

Also arriving this week was my Potholder Swap all the way from Holland!! Thanks Monica for hosting this awesome swap!! This lovely package from Monique took almost a month to arrive, but it was well worth the wait. Hubby's family is Dutch so this was very exciting:) He remembers his Opa eating that same black licorice. My links are not working so I'll have to post the link for Monique's blog tomorrow.

I participated in the Great Fabric Challenge that Miss Mary Ann did - you send her a yard of fabric and she makes some goodies for you, then she'll send you a yard of fabric and you make goodies for her:) These are the awesome items she made for me and I can't wait to start creating with the fabric she sent me:)

I recently got a gift card from Barnes & Nobles from a dear friend - one of the books I bought with it is this AWESOME Paul McCartney book from his last US is fantastic! The pictures and text are incredible. I really wish I had been able to see him on this tour....I last saw him in 1990...but there were no venues close and no extra money to travel to see him. But Hubby knows that when he tours again I WILL be going no matter what:)

Lastly, I just HAD to watch Dancing with the Stars Monday night cause look who is on it this season:

Heather Mills - the soon to be ex-wife of my adored Paul McCartney. She was introduced as a charity campaigner whose goal on the show is to inspire the disabled. Not exactly the way I would introduce her....since I have disliked her from day one! She did dance fairly well, but I just can't even hardly stand to look at her anymore!!!

I have one more Map atc left if anyone is interested!!! Have a great evening!!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

I Love Me Some ATCs

Miss Vallen sent me this awesome atc a few weeks ago - after I had sent her one of mine:) Isn't it fabulous:):) It has found it's home one of my Beatles shelves in the office....

A Fab Four atc for my Fab Four figurines. It fits in perfectly. Thank you Vallen!

Today I made these atcs for a new group I joined - Southwest ATC artists through Yahoo Groups. The theme this month was Make Your Map and I am so pleased with how these turned out. Of course, I made extras:) so there are 4 available to you, my lovely friends. Just leave a comment with your email address if you would like one.

Have a wonderful Saturday and Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Spring Fever and Photo Overload

Spring has sprung in Albuquerque. Just look at these lovely blossoms on one of our trees in the front yard.

I finally have a good picture of my thrifting find of the year for you...while I was in San Diego I had a chance to stop at a Salvation Army for a few minutes that was right next to our hotel. Some of you may know that I am a huge Longaberger fan...before Miss S was born I pretty much spent all my spending money with them:) Now I can only afford to get one basket every year or two as they are darn pricey (but worth every penny:)). I spied this beauty buried in a pile of cheap Easter baskets at Salvation Army. It was one of those finds where your heart skips a beat but you ever so casually saunter over to retrieve it so as not to make a scene:) The best part was the price - $2.50!!!! It's the 2001 Peony May basket with the liner and protector and probably retailed for about $75.00 if not more. Needless to say I was thrilled:) In all my years of thrifting this is the 3rd Longaberger basket that I have found.

I'm off work today - a little St Patricks Day treat from the bosses - so I spent the morning cleaning house. I can see the top of my dresser for the first time in months and my toilets are sparkly clean. I met Hubby for lunch and then made a nice leisurely trip to Hancocks and Hobby Lobby.

At Hancocks I bought this blouse pattern and this fabric to make the short sleeved version. After putting away a bunch of clothes this morning I realized I had better get busy sewing cause I have very few spring/summer shirts. If I like how this one turns out I hope to make several more.

I also bought this shirt patterm from the new Khaliah Ali line for Simplicity. I really like these and I'm anxious to see if she has any new designs for summer. I bought the fabric at Hobby Lobby - it's very silky, satiny and was only $2.00 a yard. I already have brown pants and purple pants that will go perfectly with these tops when they are done.

And these fabrics just leapt into my cart while I wasn't looking - I'm not sure what they will be yet. I think I will make a bag for my best friend, Tammy, out of the coffee fabric. She is a coffee junkie.

Yesterday I received a wonderful package from Mary seems she found a magical box that just spilled forth goodies without end.

All manner of crafting goodies, ribbon, buttons, cards, a beautiful beaded blue bracelet she made, pink floral scarf, chenille rick rack, magnets...

zippers, an "R", magnet, notepads, stickers, cards made by her and cards for me to make, an AWESOME Beatles calendar (I have the perfect spot in the office for it)...

The awesomest purple bag (I have that SAME fabric in blue:)), corsage pin, headbands for Miss S, bunny ears too which Miss S has already taken off with, handmade quilted coasters...

A gorgeous and dainty pink floral apron with lace detailing, stickers and paper, blue striped scarf (in the right corner), a little stuffed birdie, and peeps - my FAVORITE Easter time confection.

And last but not least, a darling little altered notebook. The one Mary Ann made for me is open and the yellow one is one that I made for her! Great minds think alike. Thank you so much Mary Ann - these goodies are so beautiful and thoughtful. I love you!!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Good Readin

Saw this on Lain's blog, who got it from Ragan's blog, who got it get the picture:)

Look at the list of books below:
* Bold the ones you’ve read
* Italicize the ones you want to read
* Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in.

1. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings:
Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)

9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)ONE OF MY FAVES!! I used to work with both her niece and her sister-in-law (Jamie’s SISTER!!!) (at two different jobs)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. The Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) LOVED LOVED LOVED this one!! He’s my second favorite author.
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) – My All-Time Favorite Author!
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)

51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)

56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)

72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje) – I thought this was really boring
75. The
Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According to Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

Looks like I have a lot of reading in my future! I would say 90% of the books that are italicized I have already, but have not had time to read them yet. I am a sucker for books - especially hardbacks - so I usually limit my buying to second hand stores. I also cannot bear to get rid of books after I have read them so you can just imagine what my bookshelves look like. I'm going to have to get over that eventually cause I have just about run out of space:)

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Good Goodies:)

Just look at these lovelies that have arrived here in little old New Mexico last week and this week while I was gone:

First, from the lovely Miss Em - not one, but two packages in as many weeks. Miss Em sent me some awesome paper and a post it note pad. Then this week arrived an awesome "R" notebook and bookmark. Thank you!! Miss Em lives in Colorado Springs - about 6 hours from here so I'm thinking a get together should be in our future!

Then from the lovely Miss Kelli - a CAOK CD full of wonderful songs. I'm saving it to listen to on my drive to work tomorrow. I think if you click on the picture you should be able to read the play list. Thank you!! I love new music to listen too:):)

Miss S also had a wonderful surprise waiting for her - she and Mary Ann's daughter organized their own little swap and her package came while we were gone. She was so excited to open it that she could hardly stand it. I'll post pictures of all her goodies, but suffice it to say that the jump rope has been the hit of the party so far:)

Lastly, I subsribed to Adorn magazine and wouldn't you know that the first issue I received is one I've already bought - I HATE it when that happens. But lucky for you, the first one who would like it, gets it:) (It's the spring issue pictured below) Just leave a comment with your email address. If there is more than one person interested I'll have a little drawing for it tomorrow night. Have a fabulous rest of your Sunday!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Home Sweet Home

After a very uneventful travel day, the BEST kind, Miss S and I are happily home:)

Here are just a few highlights from San Diego:

Old Town San Diego - very cool!! It was just like being in Mexico.

Three of our monkeys at the Zoo - Miss S with two of her cousins.

A delicious dinner at Joe's Crab Shack. Aren't those bibs awesome!!! And don't you love what the humidity does to my hair!

The kids playing at Pacific Beach.

And I saved the best for last - the girls in the dresses that I made for them.

The skull tatoo on Miss S's arm goes perfectly with her beautiful dress:)

I am so pleased with the final results of these dresses. Rachel will hopefully be able to wear hers next year for her baptism and Miss S will wear hers for Easter this year too. I would highly recommend this pattern - I posted in a previous entry - the directions were very straghtforward and easy. I did not add the net slip though - I think they are poofy enough as they are:):)

I received some wonderful goodies in the mail while I was gone - it was so nice to come home to those and not just bills:) I'll be posting about those in the next day or two.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Here's What I've Been Up To....

eating out and eating WAY too much....strolling on the tv and knitting....entertaining a 6 year old and a 7 year old....taking tons of pictures....I have to say that San Diego is wonderful! This is my 3rd trip here but the first trip that we've actually just had time to relax and explore a little. The weather is perfect - not too hot and not too cold. The s looked so beautiful in their dresses and they fit perfectly. My brother, his wife and two of their kiddos were able to come down today and have lunch with us (they live in Temecula) and we ate dinner last night at one of my top favorite restaurants (Joe's Crab Shack). I'm sad and excited to have to go home tomorrow - we both can't wait to see Hubby and the dogs. But I'm not looking forward to going to work on Monday. I have lots of pictures to share and I hope to start doing that this weekend. Have a wonderful Friday!!!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

And We're Off!!

Miss S and I are heading to the airport in less than an hour and I'm so thrilled that I have little butterflies in my stomach!!! The dresses are done, the bags are packed... YEAH!!! We'll be home on Saturday. Have a wonderful week my dear friends!!! LOVE YOU!!!