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!!


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 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

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 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

Sunday, July 13, 2014

It's "Rush Hour"

What do you think of a the mere thought of Rush Hour???

With our Wonderful Pilot, Madame Samm over at 'Sew We Quilt' the Premiere Blog for Sewing and Quilting Hops, We're celebrating "Rush Hour", a New Fabric Collection from Studio E Fabrics in Red, Black, Grey and White.  The neat thing about this Hop is you can create anything with these colors to join in~
.You can find all the fabulous details about this Fun Hop HERE!

I would Love to see you there!  I'll be rushing to get there too!!

Huggs, Nancy

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer Container Gardening in the PNW~

Last year we moved into our Home right before planting Season.  As we bought the house during the Winter months, other than the Foliage and 4 Apple Trees I had no idea what the previous Owner had planted here.  So I took a guess and planted a small Garden of Tomatoes, Peppers, Peas, and Beans in a patch below my Kitchen Window, and put a Herb Garden in Pots.  Come to find out that area was just the Best!  This year I wanted to plant our usual Garden prior to this house, so I did Containers.  I thought I would grab a few shots since we had to move all the Patio stuff to one area so that my Newly built Potter's Bench made by hubby could be moved from the Garage to it's Permanent Location.

Vine Sugar Snap Peas I put in this Hanging Planter......yes, that's Saran Wrap.  Our Feathered Friends thought the Lining was for their Homes....and yes they have tried to pull off the Saran Wrap!

More Vine Sugar Snaps and a Planter each of Baby Red & Baby Gold Potatoes.  To the left of the Fencing is a future project.
The Rectangle Planter up front contains Baby Beets, behind it in the Blue Handle Pot are Stringless Green Beans and since I took these photos last week the Bean Stalk is now to the top of the pole.  To the Right are Cherry Tomatoes.
Up Front a Pot of Basil, to the Left is one of the Apple Trees.
From the Left here I have Spaghetti Squash, a Pot of Yellow and Red Peppers, Zucchini and a Pot of Roma Tomatoes.  I picked up a Vintage Baby Crib as I needed some of the pieces for a project, but didn't need the Springs.  Thinking that these Squashes will climb I thought it would look kind of Cool here.  
Continuing down under the Kitchen Window I have one of my Lavenders, which brings in a few Pollinators, Honey Bear Squash, another Roma in the Blue Pot and to the Right of it my Cukes.  The outside of the House is also going to be painted this Summer or Next.  Our Wonderful HOA has decided on a Variety of PNW colors for our Homes, each Home Owners expense of course.
Last years Strawberry Plant, some Basil, Bush Sugar Peas and Cilantro in the Pink Container.  In the Back ground on the Little Chairs are Garlic Chives and Rosemary.

Baby Carrots~
My outdoor Play Station~  I still have to stain her and give her some Personal Touches, but I just Love it!!  Thank~You Nick ;)
I found this Charming Swing at a Re Sale Barn.  It's one of my favorite Spots to Shop, the Owner buys at Storage Auctions and does Estate Sales.  We brought our White Iron Set from Florida, however as you can see I am re doing the Seats.  Even out here in the wet North West we still have to set the Sprinkler System for 4 times a week per the County Schedule.  I like Lush Green Grass so I do fill in with a little Sprinkler now and then.  
My Little Cherubs even stop by to help, a little snack is always ready for their visits~

Thanks for stopping by to see this Summer Garden in it's early stages.  I hope to bring you a Prettier Version when it's all put back together~

I hope your enjoying a Beautiful Summer Day!!

Huggs, Nancy

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

September Blog Hop!

I would Love to have you join me for this 3 Project Blog Hop!  
You have all Summer to Prepare 3 Projects. They can be any craft you desire! One must be done with Gingham(you can see on my sidebar were trying to save this wonderful Classic!)

Sign Ups are going on Now, HERE, so don't be late.  Or you will miss out on all the FUN!  I want to see what you did all Summer, and you'll be able to see what I did with a few Sneak Peaks along the way!!

Huggs, Nancy

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