Saturday, March 21, 2009

New Beginnings...

Many people think of Spring as a time for new beginnings - a rebirth. For me spring is the ultimate chance to start over whether it is in a personal way or literally replanting a garden. A newly tilled garden is the visual representation of how I feel each spring. Completely cleared and ready to grow and learn.

In my area, we had unseasonably cold weather for the first day of spring, but the birds are singing anyway. Squirrels and chipmunks chased each other around and the sun was bright and high in the sky. But it was COLD. So, I spent the first day of spring looking through pictures of my garden and the wildflowers I found on walks in the spring and summer. Here are a few examples - I hope you enjoy them.

Happy Spring

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Daffodillhill too giveaway...

Here a a nice giveaway...Candice is offering 4 chances to win. Don't miss this one ! The giveaway ends this Friday.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I am in the process of making a few small purses to keep on hand for gifts. I love making these as they work up quickly so you get a real sense of satisfaction. They are pretty small - maybe 7" x 9" with a zip on top and several pockets on the inside that can hold a lipstick, small hand lotion etc. There are many ways to make these and quite a few tutorials out there in blogland. No need for a pattern - just cut out the size you want based on the sizes of scraps you have on hand. My kind of project !
Please check back if you would like to see the finished product.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Thanks to Heleen...

I was very excited to see the package from the Nederlands waiting on my kitchen table. It is from my swap partner as part of the 'wishing it was spring' swap. I just love my goodies which also included dutch chocolate. Thanks so much Heleen . Visit her blog here:

Monday, March 2, 2009

Another Wonderful Giveaway From V and Co...

There are so many wonderful giveaways out there and this is a great example. Use this link to check it out. Vanessa also has some great tutorials so check it out.

The Fabric Shopper: 5 Weeks of Amy Butler (Week 2) - Bag Pattern & Fabric Giveaway!

Another fabulous pattern and the fabric this week is from Contemporary Cloth. I am really enjoying this giveaway. Don't miss out - head on over and read how to enter multiple times.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Add to the Stash...

Just a few additions to the stash this weekend. Is there anything better than fabric shopping on a snowy day?

I just love dots and the colors in this are great. I may use it as a lining to a bag. The blue kitty fabric is very retro looking nice quality.

Shoes and apples. Can't go wrong. The little girl with tulips is more peach color than the scan is showing. I buy lots of fabric and the quilt shop I buy from gives discounts via a punch card. So for 4 fat quarters and 4 yards I spent $18.00. Fun !

Post Office Saturdays...

I was very happy to get my fabrics in the mail to the Netherlands for the "wishing it was spring" swap at Stitches and Scissors.

Yesterday the post office was very busy and since there are only two windows, the line snaked around the corner. I made it just under the wire as it was close to closing when I took my place behind 30 other people. The cost to ship the package was a bit confusing. There were 3 choices offered: $29.00 and a delivery date of 5 - 10 days or $27.oo for a delivery date of 6 - 10 days. The third choice was $5.50 - with a delivery date of 6 - 10 days. I just don't get how the USPS sets their prices and determines delivery times. With no change in delivery times - I opted for the $5.50 cost.

I won't post pictures of what I sent just yet - surprises are always best. Pictures will be added at a later date.

The Fabric Shopper: Giveaway! Fabric Bundles from Matatabi Japanese Fabric Shop

Here is another great giveaway with several opportunities to win. Don't miss this as the fabrics are gorgeous