Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Winner! Winner! 'See You in Sept' Give Away

Thanks to all of you who stopped by during the 'See You in September' Blog Hop~  I have been sew blessed by each and every individual comment.  I really enjoy the Blog Hops presented by the very Special Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt! and the Cheerleaders who keep us all on track.  I think you do too! *wink*

Sew without Further hesitation the WINNER of this Give Away is:

#13  Dorian from Ridge Top Quilts

Need to Rush now, "Rush Hour" is a mere week away, I hope to see you back again......

Huggs, Nancy

Friday, September 5, 2014

'See you in September' Day 3 & Give~Away

Welcome Friends New and Old, I am so very happy you stopped by to see me for Day 3 of our 'See you in September' Blog Hop!!  

Don't you think this was such a fabulous idea from Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt, and our Head Cheerleader Shari of Living with Purpose?  I do!  I have had a Grand Summer filled with New Beginnings.......

Until Madame Samm announced this Blog Hop, I was Gardening Away with a New Potting Bench my hubby built me for Mothers Day.  Planting Perennials around the New House that will be with us in years to come(Blog Post), and for our Veggie Garden this year, I did 85% of it in containers(Blog Post) and it hasn't affected the yield at all.  In between that it was crocheting and spending cherished countless hours with my Granddaughters.

While Pondering what to do for the Hop, I was introduced to Massdrop.  Massdrop offers various items at a reduced price depending on the number of committed buyers they have for a offered Product.  This is where I found Stitching Designer, Nancy Nicholson.  I picked up her Teapot Design,

Her kits come complete, even in a Fabric Bag that you can also embroider.  When I saw this I thought 'What have I gotten myself into'!  As you can see though the top and bottom of the design has symbols for all the stitches in the design.  Pretty Cool.  I did contact Nancy once through her Etsy Shop as I didn't receive a color card with all the thread I received in the Kit.  She responded with be creative or follow the picture card.  I could do that.


This is what I finished with, it is currently being framed as it will be a Christmas Gift.  So I folded back the sides to give you a pretty good idea.

Next up was my Kitchen Window, it needed a New Valance.  The one that came with the house was plain white.  I have White walls and I wanted Aqua/Teal in the Kitchen with the White.  Several Months back I had ordered a Aqua/Teal Ticking for the Valance, and a coordinating Aqua/Teal Toile for the eating area(project for another time).  Fabric was all cut and I was going to hand sew it when I received a call that I had won a New Sewing Machine(Blog Post).  Lots of Happy Dancing and Happy Tears were flowing here.

Once she arrived, I was on my way
I have a 72" wide Window, and I added a Front Rod Pocket of a 4" Dark Tan Dupioni Sash that I had in my stash of Trims.  I had to double layer the pocket so the Rod wouldn't show through, but then that added another benefit to the look
You see the Dupioni sash was wired so once hung I just pulled the two layers apart for another Ruffled look.

Bless you Riley Blake Designs for having a Aqua Gingham for my Towels.  I Love making pretty Towels for my home.  
I used the Medium Aqua Gingham for the Ruffle, and the Large Gingham for the Lower 6".  Now with the New Machine I purchased Oodles more of RBD Gingham in assorted colors for more Towels for Gifts and for my Etsy Shop.

Let me introduce you to Mrs. M. and Mrs D. (they have a long history together, sometime I will post a story that I wrote about them for Victoria Etc. Magazine)


Mrs M.(in Red) is wearing a Kimono Jacket I had started upon returning from China 4 years ago.  Mrs. D. is wearing a Quilted Scarf (pattern from 2 Peas in a Pod)I wanted to try.  No batting just a very plush back from a thick Burgundy Blanket(New).  

The fabric, a Vintage White Damask Tablecloth from my Mimmie.  It is the Perfect weight for cool Spring Mornings and now Fall evenings.  This was suppose to be a Pattern I wanted to play with, but it turned out so well it became a wearable finished product.

The Front Fabric of the Quilted Scarf is Robyn Pandolph's Boxwood House.  This was a Twice the Charm pack.  I love Robyn's Collections, she offers such a variety of Patterns in her color story.


I added some Vintage crocheted Lace from my stash in various places.  The scarf measures 6" x 72".  It will wrap nice and warm.  I have started more of these for adults and some in Children's sizes too. 


A bit more than the required 3 projects for the Hop but I have enjoyed every minute creating and sewing.

Now for the Give Away!!
I have picked up a few things to build my Quilting Stash, so I thought I would pick some up for you too!


Makin it Cute 'The Petal Pack' by Me and My Sister Designs
Easy Friendship Template by Omnigrid
Miniature Block Combo(2" Block Template & Fussy Cut) by Martelli Notions
A Pair of Measure Snippet Scissors by Martelli Notions
A Cute Measuring Tape(not shown, will be here by end of Give Away)
and
What would a Coeur d'Alene Give Away be with out a set of our CandyLight Light Strands!
Apple Harvest Light Strand for your Fall Decor!

All you need to do is leave a comment, the Give Away will be open until the end of the Hop on September 16th, 2014 at midnight.  I will announce the Winner the following Day.


Please visit these Wonderful Blogs today too!

Thank You so much for coming, I have thoroughly enjoyed your visit!!  Please contact me if you have any questions about what you have seen here today!!

Madame Samm & Shari, Thank~you again sew very much!!

Huggs, Nancy



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Let the Fun Begin! ~ See you in September Blog Hop

Summer may not totally be over, but.....'See You in September' Blog Hop is finally Here!!


With Madame Samm leading the way over at Sew We Quilt(You will want to visit her every day), and our Lovely Shari as our Head Cheerleader from Living with Purpose(yes, visit Shari too) we are in for a 2 week Treat of a Blog Hop!!  The Daily Schedule you find Delights that just don't compare.........

Wednesday, September 3
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Bumbleberry Cottage
Thimblemouse and Spouse
Mad Quilter's Disease
In The Boon Docks

Thursday, September 4

Jane's Quilting
Life in the Scrapatch
Sew Many Yarns
Gracie Oliver Arts
Everyone Deserves a Quilt

Friday, September 5

Stitchin' By The Lake
Coeur d'Alene  ~ Me
Words & Stitches
TheSlowQuilter
Pig Tales and Quilts
All Thingz Sewn

Monday, September 8

Quilting Quietly
Creatin' in the Sticks
Procrastination Queen
Lovelli Quilts
Cherry Blossoms

Tuesday, September 9

Just Let Me Quilt
Marjorie's Busy Corner
The Quilting Queen Online Blog
Marla's Crafts
K and S Sweets and Stitching

Wednesday, September 10

Secretly Stitching
Buzzing and Bumbling
Quilt n Queen
Quilted Delights

Grandmama's Stories

Thursday, September 11

Susie's World
Needled Mom
Cate's Linens
How ART you?
I Like To QuiltBlog

Quiltscapes

Friday, September 12

Sunshine-quilting
Sew Peace to Peace
MoosestashQuilting
More Stars in Comanche
Living With Purpose

Monday, September 15

I Piece 2-Mary
Till We Quilt Again
Vroomans Quilts
Nini and the Sea
Seams To Be Sew

Now many will want to respond to your Wonderful Comments and some will have Give Aways too!  If you are a No Reply Blogger visit Bonnie at Quiltville, she has all the Instructions to help you out!!

Have Fun my dear Friends and I will see you Friday, September 5th

Huggs, Nancy

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Slip of Paper, A New Door.......

When I lived in Florida, every Spring my friends(that sewed) and I were all gather up on a Tour Bus and head to the Lakeland Convention Center for the Sewing/Quilting Expo and spend the day.  If you have never attended one in your State and you love to Sew, this is a must attend Event!  It is just full of Wonderful Vendors, showing the latest and greatest in Machines, Fabrics, Quilting Designs, Embroidery, Needlepoint, Notions, Patterns, Patterns, Books, Shows, Classes, etc.  The Expo is usually a 4 day Event.  Every year we looked forwarded to attending.

This past Winter, now living in WA State I got to thinking about the Expo and had to google online, When...Where.  Found it!  Not too far up the road from where I live.  Immediately I signed up for their Newsletter to keep up for when Tickets to go on Sale.  The time came and I bought my Daughter and I each a ticket.  

It was a loooong 2 month wait from when I received the Tickets to the day we went.  The Show here in Pullyalop, WA was everything the Florida Show had been, and we had so much fun!  Looking at Quilt Patterns for Lauren's Bed, buying Fabric for little Girls Dresses and filling out pieces of Paper for Give Aways the Independent Vendors were having for Items that Interested us.  It was fun filled day I was happy to share with my Daughter at her first Sewing/Quilting Expo.

Last month, I received a Voicemail Message from a lady at Martelli Notions.  Her message, I had won a New Sewing Machine!  The questions were literally swirling in my head, from was this for real, to from where.  I returned her call, and basically went Numb with excitement!  After the call I couldn't even remember what type of Machine I had won.  Once reality hit, I cried.  You see, I lost my machine in 2007 when our home burnt to the ground.  There was so much to replace that took priority, that my Machine was really at the bottom of the list.  After awhile of saving up for a new one, something serious would come about and the funds were needed elsewhere.  I closed the Door of ever having another Machine of my own.  My love of sewing dwindled as it became harder and harder to find a decent Machine to rent for a project.  Buying a used one was out of the question as the Service call to bring the Machine up to date almost matched the cost of a New Machine.  

Two weeks ago my Gorgeous Janome Magnolia 7360 Machine arrived,(yep, more tears) but I had left my camera in CA where I had just returned from a Family Funeral.  So now today my Camera arrived and here is what I told you about a few posts ago that I had won~
Isn't she Beautiful!  for the first 2 days I just stared at her, and read the Manual.  My hubby is off on a trip so this is his first time seeing her too!  

How so very grateful I am to the one from Martelli Notions whose hand pulled my name from the Drawing Box, Valerie Webster from Martelli Notions.  Remember those great Fussy Cut Templates and the Ergo Cutter I showed you, they were a gift from Valerie as well.  

I just can't say Thank~you enough for the Thoughtfulness and Generosity of this Give Away.  A New Door has opened in my life and I am eternally Grateful!  An Angel with Golden Wings picked my name........

Now I can sew again with out the Stress of finding a Machine to use, I can participate in Blog Hops, and fill my online Shops with Items my Customers like, and fill my Home and my Children's Homes with Quilts, and sew for my Charity, Enchanted Makeovers.  I am sew very Blessed!

Huggs, Nancy


Sunday, August 10, 2014

WICKED Blog Hop with Black Cat Crossing from Maywood Studios.....

When I here the word WICKED I think of none other than Halloween, the Play, and Hubby's Birthday~  
Over at Madame Samm's Blog it's something BIG

A Annual Sewing/Quilting Blog Hop! 

How perfect to whip up something Special for your Halloween Decor or a Gift for someone one else.  
This year our one and only Wicked Wendy will be Cheering up her Brew with Maywood Studios Fabric Collection...Black Cat Crossing, and it is a Great Collection!  Not your typical Bright Oranges, Greens, Purples and Black, but Black is a Major color.  This collection is more fallish, muted, with Designs that will quietly scream a eerie Halloween.



You can see all this Beautiful Fabric and the Blog Hop Details Here.

I really hope you will join us for this Fall Eye Candy Annual Event either as a Participant or Cheering us all on!

Even at 90* it's that time to start thing about those Falls and Winter Holidays.....

I look forward to seeing you ALL!!

Huggs,
Nancy
www.coeurdalenegifts.com
rfnancy.etsy.com
SweettwinkleStars.etsy.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sneak Peak ~ 'See You in September' Blog Hop ~ A Very Special Gift

Please come in and have a seat~  Can I offer you some Hot or Iced Harney's Passion Fruit Tea?  It's my Favorite~ Hot is even refreshing during the Summer Months. 


 How has your Summer been?  Working on something special for the Fall or Holidays yet?

My Summer has been sew good to me......you all know I love creating, so as I posted before I jumped in on the "See you in September" Blog Hop over at Sew We Quilt, hosted by the awesome Madame Samm~

First I'll start with a few Sneak Peak possibilities of what you might see here come the beginning of September when our Hop Kicks off.....

Ahhhhhh, our Super Bowl Champs, the Washington Seattle Seahawks....will it be something for a Game???

 Maybe something for Fall.........

Some Holiday Stitching?

Definitely some RBD Gingham(requirement for FUN).....

One thing I can Guarantee is that all this Fabric will be cut with a very Special Gift I received from Martelli Notions, as part of a Drawing I entered in the Spring at the Original Sewing & Quilting Expo held here in WA.  I will tell you about the Major Give Away from them in another post.  But I have to tell you Martelli's ErgoCutter is the BEST Rotary Cutter out there!!  In this very generous package was also a set of Replacement Blades and the nicest (heavy too) Fussy Cut Templates!  Using the Ergo Cutter is like slicing Butter and it will cut up to 40 pieces of Fabric at once!

In my humble opinion every Seamstress/Quilter needs to have this ErgoCutter, and it comes in a Right Handed and Left Handed Model.   You will be seeing this ErgoCutter again in future post because I just LOVE IT! 

From the bottom of my Heart, and my Wrists, THANK~YOU MARTELLI NOTIONS!!

So Sweet Friends, I hope to see you all for the Blog Hop "See You in September", I'll be having a Give Away (you know I Love to do that) too!!

Pinkies up to Summer 2014!!

Huggs, Nancy
www.coeurdalenegifts.com
rfnancy.etsy.com
sweettwinklestars.etsy.com




Sunday, July 20, 2014

Early Summer Blooms....hosted by Daisy Bunny

Oops! Still bathing.....

Welcome to Windflower Cottage!  I am lil Daisy Bunny, one of the Residents here along with my sibling Iris, and Mama.....

Come along will see what's Blooming today....

The Lavender Gladiolas are open....here is where one of the places Mrs Hummingbird eats.....

Shasta Daisies....this is where I live.  Iris lives in the Iris Patch...but they are finished blooming....

Ever Blooming Hydrangeas...
 
Peruvian Lilies....hmmm, looks like Iris was nibbling here......

Yep, the Fall Mums have stated blooming too....

Little Sugar Snap Pea Blooms.....
 
Not a Bloom...just a favorite of mine....Apples...



Long Stem Pink Roses....

Lavender.....almost done here.....

Thank~You, I hope you enjoyed what you saw....Now I'll enjoy my much deserved snack....Carrot Greens and a Apple....a few Daisey Petals of my choosing for Dessert.....


We hope you are having a Great Day!!
Huggs, Nancy & Garden Friends
www.coeurdalenegifts.com
rfnancy.etsy.com
sweettwinklestars.etsy.com











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