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Friday, March 23, 2012

Fabulous Thursday

How the heck are you?
I'm doing pretty well, thank you.

I took the afternoon off work yesterday
and had lunch with my
"sister from another mister".
(Don't freak out...that's just a saying
when two gals are so much alike
they really should have been sisters)

I've posted about my friend, Julie, before.
We seriously are two peas in a pod.
Except she likes dark, primitive fabrics
and I like cheery, modern fabrics.
Other than that,
we are identical.
And I forgive her for this
one, slight difference.

So here we are right after I picked her up
at work for lunch.
(Julie on the left and me on the right)
I thought I better tell you that
because you might not be able to tell us apart.

We're just crazy.
I made her the cute little
from Melissa
at 100 Billion Stars.

You'll have to excuse the shadow.
I made this at 5:00 in the morning.
Just cause...
you know...
she's that special.
So special that I made the pouch
in 'her' colors.
I put my iTouch next to it
so you can get a feel of what the size it.
I know you're going to want to make one!
So hop on over to the tutorial
and get busy.
I PROMISE you won't be disappointed.
Cross my heart.

I know y'all are just dying to know what we had for lunch.
We were good girls
(darn it!)
And had this luscious
oriental salad.

We ordered it with grilled chicken.
But I won't lie.
We really wanted that crispy
fried chicken.
Our hearts are thanking us right now
for staying away from the grease.
But my mouth is watering
thinking about that crunchy chicken.
No worries...
I'm not giving into the beast!

On a side note,
if you're not busy on April 20th,
that's the night for the
Friday Night Sew In.
They're doing something really special,
so click here  to sign up.
That's actually my 27th wedding anniversary,
(oh for the did that happen when I'm only 29?? LOL)
but I'm pretty sure I'll be fitting some sewing in that night as well.
I hate to not help out with something like this.

I hope you all have a fabulous Friday!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Friday Night Sew In

Last night I took some much needed time
to lock myself in my sewing room.

I love Friday Night Sew-In's.
You can get the button for this monthly event

It was great therapy to shut the world out
and just be in my room creating all these yummy projects.

I got 2 quilt backs sewn together
and they'll be off to the quilter today
(thanks, Sarah!)
I have two more quilt backs to go
and then I will be caught up with those.

Melissa from 100 Billion Stars
designed this adorable tutorial.
I love her patterns.
They are so easy to follow
and the end result always makes me happy!
Plus, as you know, she's just one of my all around
favorite people.
If you aren't already following her blog,
you really should.
She has been a HUGE inspiration to me.
I used Good Fortune by Kate Spain
for everything but the strap.
For the strap I used Terrain,
also by Kate Spain.
(cause, you know, I think she's pretty awesome too)
Melissa & Kate go well together,
don't you think?

I also made this zipper pouch
using this pattern

This pattern has GREAT instructions for zippers.

I hope you all have a great weekend!
Mine is full of busy things,
so I'm glad I had last night to myself.
I gotta say,
I do like my own company.

Make it a good one!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mouthy Stitches Swap

Look at this gem I received in the mail today!!

How cute is all of this?
As you know from my previous post,
I participated in the Mouthy Stitches Pouch Swap.
And mouthy it was!
But I have to tell you
that the amount of talent out there
is just incredible!
Every single pouch I looked at
I loved.

Wendy from Crafty Womble
secretly had my name.
I have to give this gal credit.
You may, or may not, know this,
but pink is my favorite color.
From reading a few of Wendy's comments on Flickr,
pink is her LEAST favorite color.
So I'm thinking that creating this pouch for me
may have been a little torturous.

But, Wendy, I will tell you,
that your work is stunning!

This pouch is so unique.
And it is an honor for me to receive it.
See...Wendy, though crafty, has only been sewing
since the end of last year. 
Can you believe it?
I can't!

Here is the back of the pouch

Pretty awesome, eh?

And check this out:

How adroable is that little embroidered needle case holder
that attaches to the inside of the pouch?
(I LOVE hedgehogs!)

And the scraps she sent me...
how can anyone go wrong with
those beauties?

Thank you so much, Wendy!
I dearly love all of this
and will carry it with pride.

And thank you for suffering through all the pink.
You didn't suffer for nothing.
I truly love it.
And it's my favorite.

Make A Difference Monday

smiley cartoon Royalty Free Stock Vector Art Illustration

Happy Monday!!!

Today's idea is very simple.
I came across it as I was getting groceries this weekend.
I was in a bit of a cranky mood.
(my sister will vouch for that)

Yeah...I was one of those cranky,
foul-faced grocery shoppers.
I truly despise getting groceries.
It's on my Top Ten list
of least favorite things to do.

So as I was being crabby
and thinking about how miserable
I was, I looked around the store.
It was full of people like me.
There was one rare woman in the bunch.
And I ran into her.
She smiled.
Not just a
"I'm smiling because I have to" smile,
but a smile from her heart.
And do you know what happened next?
I smiled.
Not just a
"I'm smiling back at you because you smiled at me"
It was a
"OMG...this is what life is about"

She said, "Excuse me",
as she turned the corner in front of me.
And I couldn't help but let my heart get all warm
because her joyous smile was contagious.
I said,
"Absolutely!  You have yourself a great day!"

See....I forgot.
I let my surroundings dictate
my attitude,
forgetting my attitude is just that.
MY attitude.
I control it.
And I can give in to the Negative Nelly's around me,
or I can smile and keep on keeping on.

They aren't kidding when they say smiles are contagious.
And I'm not saying that I didn't go ahead and give in to the
grocery gremlins who turn my heart into stone
after I ran into that little angel.
But I will tell you it made me think.
It made me write this post today.
So something good came out of one little heartfelt smile.

My challenge to you this week is to do just that.
When you are out and about,
look someone in the eye and give them that heartfelt smile.
And who cares if they smile back or not.
They might be shocked, because the world they live in
doesn't leave much to smile about.
You never know.
My guess is you'll make that teeny bit of difference to someone,
just like this little gal did for me.

Let me know!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Makeover Update

Good morning!
I can't believe I didn't post my update yesteday
(as it was the first of the month)
I can't beat myself up over it.  :o)

So, as I have mentioned,
I  have been extremely busy.
Actually more busy that I probably have ever been in my life.
Which leads to stress...
Which then leads to improper eating....
and I could really beat myself up over it.
But instead, I'm giving myself a pat on the back.

I started to fall off the wagon when things were getting a little nuts
Getting home from work at 9:00 at night,
doesn't make for a good combination.

I did start gaining weight.
5 pounds to be exact.
BUT....I caught myself
and as of yesterday,
I was only 2 lbs up from my Feb 1st update.

So come April 1st
I will have even happier news.
Because I am not giving in to the stress monster.
I'm learning to take time
to be selfish
and the tiny bit of extra time I have
outside of taking care of my family,
is mine.
And only mine.
And I treasure it.

This is the year I make a difference.
Even if it's only with myself.
Because that is OK!
It's not selfish.
It's taking care of myself
so I can better be there for others.
And when time is limited,
one has to focus on themselves.
Or life is lost.

I'm not giving up on my resolution.
I'm going to make it.

Have a great day!!
Much love & hugs!!