Tuesday, February 24, 2015

For me the hardest part of writing a blog post is the first sentence!! 
Where to start? 
And like so many I've read....They start out by saying something like.....
WOW ....HOW TIME FLIES.....Where have the days and months gone??
 So I know I am not alone when it comes to long stretches between blog posts!! 
Oh how I wish I were better at it....
.Oh how I wish I had the gift of writing.....of singing.....
of oh so many things!!! 
But here I am...just me....saying....

I am leaving in the morning to head up north to vend at the
Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA.
It's a great show!!
Lots to see and learn!!
I hope if you are in the area you get a chance to come!!

By the time we return it will be March!!!
I love March!!
Its the start of new things....
a new season....and FLOWERS!!!

 It is also the month Jeff and I got married.
We planned our wedding in March because Jeff
was a high school teacher at the time and it was Spring Break!!
We got married on the FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!!
And of course it rained!!!
That was 39 years ago this year!!

Anyway...that was a rabbit trail....
speaking of rabbits, I have a new pattern out called
Chubby Bunny!!
It's not on my website yet but if you are interested
send me a message and I will make sure you get one so you can
get it made before Easter!!!

ANYWAY....as I was saying.....
and my point is......
that it's almost March....
which brings us to such a fun FREE event!!

Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin has so generously gathered
a group of us to be a part of a SPRING  THYME BLOG HOP!!

There will be recipes to try and projects to do!!
Get ready for some fun and follow along!!

March 1 - Quilts by Cheri
March 2 - Plumcute Designs
March 3 - Gail Pan Designs
March 4 - Woolen Willow Designs
March 5 - Ali Strebel Designs
March 6 - The Cottage at Cardiff Farms
March 7 - Sew Unique Creations
March 8 - Wooden Spool Designs
March 9 - Heartspun Quilts
March 10 - Notforgotten Farm
March 11 - Crabapple Hill
March 12 - Threadwork Primitives
March - 13 Buttermilk Basin
March 14 - Calico Moon

Each day Stacy will have a link to each participants blog so you can follow along!!

I know that a lot of you are having such a cold winter and I hope you are all finding ways to keep warm and hopefully a little time to stitch!!

Happy Hopping!! 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A New Year

Happy Late New Year!!! 
Wow January is almost over.....another reminder of how fast time goes by!! 
I hope you are all settled into 2015 and starting new wool projects!!! 

Coming February 26th - March 1 2015 
I will be vending and teaching a workshop 
at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup,WA
I would LOVE to see you there!!! 

Here is something to put on your calendars and look forward to!!

Also don't forget that Valentines Day is coming up soon!!

Come spend a day with me
 "Let's Make Hearts"
Tuesday February 10th 
10:00 - 3:00 

This will be a fun day of making wool hearts to fill a bowl with!! 
please email me if you are interested in attending!! 

Monday, December 22, 2014

As the end of 2014 draws near 
you begin your family traditions
 and gatherings, 
make sure and take it all in.....
the sounds, the sights, the smells, 
 count your blessings big and small.

You all are a blessing to me and I am so thankful for  
your support and encouragement throughout the year.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!!! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Good Monday Morning to all of you! 

I hope that you've been able to following along and are having a great time with
 A Primitive Christmas Blog Hop!!
Don't worry if you've missed a day...you can just 
click on the logo for the line up and links to everyone's blogs. 

It's day eight of the hop!!!!!
Would that mean ........it's HALFWAY over
 it's HALFWAY  to go!!?? 
 Would  that make this HALFTIME? 
Time to go get snacks???

SO GO GET YOUR SNACKS!!!!........its' OK.....I'll wait.....
but make sure to come right back!!!


Today I am about to burst with JOY...it's my day to share!!!
It's common to hear that Monday's typically are not peoples most favorite day....
especially in the middle of winter!! 
Of course .....I guess that depends on which clock you live by and what season you live in....
but wherever you  are, I'm hoping to add some JOY to your day!! 

I have a very special friend named JOY whom I met when I was just out of high school. I met her at a time when I was young, insecure, and thirsty for a great friend!! She embraced that need with open arms and has never let go!! She has laughed, wept, and shopped with me, eaten pizza, chocolates, and drank with me. She's listened to me, witnessed my wedding, loved my children, and what else does a good friend do....
she stitches with me!!!  
She is my JOY of a friend! !!

While working on my project I thought a lot about how and what I see JOY in......
 and how I can better share JOY with others.

I love hand dyed wools and wool applique!!
When I see it, touch it, and stitch with it,
 it gives me JOY!!

"SO....with no further ADO....
Here is my little JOY banner for you"

 Click HERE to download 2 pattern pages
(alternate link)

This banner is super easy and doesn't take much time or wool at all!!
Make several of these banners and spread some JOY!

Now..... what better way to spread  MORE JOY
 around this season than to bake up some
 Favorite  Frosted Sugar Cookies,
package them up, and take them to a neighbor
 (FAST....before you eat them all!!)

click here to print recipe

I'm hoping by now you are all leaping with JOY to get started on this project!!!
But wait.....before you go....leave a quick comment
  randomly I will draw a name at the end of  this blog hop and send someone a
" bundle of JOY "
(aka - a kit for the JOY banner)

And don't forget to chuckle, laugh, and giggle!!! 
It's a JOYFUL bonus!!! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Welcome December!!!! 
It's the most wonderful time of the year.....
and the busiest it always seems!!! 

Take a little time the next 14 days and join in the fun with 
all of us at the 
Primitive Christmas Blog Hop!! 

Quilts by Cheri is the first up!!! 
I got to hang out with her for awhile in August during a class in 
San Diego at The Country Loft!!

It's cold and windy here in Oregon.
We are turning up the heat stoking up the woodstove. 
I'g looking forward to a GREAT month filled with 
fun, friends, family, and WOOL!!! 

It helps keep a person warm too!!! 
Gotta LOVE WOOL!! 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Beginning December 1st....

 Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin 
has planned and organized this very special blog hop!! 

14 days of fun!!
14 days of projects!
14 days of recipes!! 

Join us as we count down the days until
 Christmas and treat yourself
 for 14 days to a little fun!!  

Dec  1st * Quilts by Cheri

Dec 2nd * Plumcute Designs

Dec 3rd * Gail Pan Designs

Dec 4th * Woolen Willow Designs

Dec 5th * Ali Strebel Designs

Dec 6th * Cottage at Cardiff Farms

Dec 7th * Blackberry Primitives

Dec 8th * Wooden Spool Designs

Dec 9th * Homespun Quilts

Dec 10 * Notforgotten Farm

Dec 11 * Kathy Schmitz Studio

Dec 12 * Crabapple Hill

Dec 13th * Primitive Gatherings

Dec 14th * Buttermilk Basin


Friday, November 14, 2014

The beginning of the week brought a couple of cold and windy days. 
Warm enough to go outside and
 kick around the blanket of leaves that was covering the ground. 

Then.....Winter decided to arrive a bit early!! 
WE where hit with strong winds 
depleting the trees of the
 remainder of their golden leaves
swirling and tossing them
 into drifts of leaves in every corner. 

The clouds came and as the temperatures
 dropped we are now having a
 very cold, windy and wintry mix of snow and ice. 

Now its hard to keep our outdated drafty house warm when the winds blow....
so a good place to be
is in the dye room
 with the pots heating,
 the wool mixing,
 and the colors changing!!! 

The best job.....
taking the OHHH  SO WARM  piles of wool
 out of the dryer and folding them!!

Sure to warm anyone up!!