Friday, March 28, 2008

Fun at the Show

Here are a couple of my pals that I get to see once a year at this show.

This is Dottie from Sew Crazy. She specializes in redwork and the like. She always has helpful encouragement and advice. A wonderful lady!

This is Sandy, she is also a pattern designer and works a lot with wool and also designs redwork patterns. She does not have a site yet, but she promises to work on that! Another fun lady!

I've met a lot of great people at this show, vendors and customers alike. It's always nice to meet kindred spirits, people who love to create beautiful things and who appreciate others' work. I'm having a great time! I'm also getting a lot of positive response to my new patterns, and people tell me they think my booth is beautiful. Overheard in my booth: country but modern, refreshing, stunning. Stunning...Really?!?

Thanks to everyone who stopped by, it was great meeting you all. Thanks for all of your kind words, encouragement and support- really, I mean that from the bottom of my heart, it means so much to me.
One more day to go here. Looking forward to getting home (I hear that the dog misses me terribly.)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Here at the Show

As it turns out I have wi-fi at my hotel, so here are a few quick pix of my booth here at the show. Yesterday business was pretty slow, but today it picked up quite a bit. Hoping for 3 more good days!
Hubby took a fairly hilarious photo while here in Lancaster PA the other day. See it on his photoblog.

Monday, March 24, 2008

I'm Off!

This will probably be my last post till I get back from the quilt show. Today is a busy busy day, trying to get everything together to go set up tomorrow.
Around last Thursday I started designing this tote and had this crazy idea that I could finish it and assemble a pattern for the upcoming show. Somehow, miraculously, I got it done! I love the way this came out- I used a lot of fabrics from the Folklorique collection by Fig Tree Quilts (Moda).
The pattern is available for $8.00 plus shipping. (OK I have tried 3 times to put an email link here, but for some reason it is not working- please click on the "click here" to contact me link on the right bar. Thanks!)

Below are some photos of my kids having fun yesterday, Easter Day. Hope your day was blessed!

Sunday, March 23, 2008


Happy Easter
The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him.' Now I have told you."
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell His disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," He said. They came to Him, clasped His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see Me."
Matthew 28:5-10

Monday, March 17, 2008

Better than Prozac?

I hit a few quilt shops today and this is what I brought home with me. Once I got home, unloaded the car, picked my daughter up from school, made dinner, straightened up a bit...I was exhausted. I whined to my family that the only thing that might make me feel better was to display all of my new fabrics on the floor, so I could appreciate all their beauty and glory. And then, mostly for the amusement of my family, I got down on the floor.......and I rolled around on them. (Sorry if this is too much information.) And don't roll your eyes- I'll bet some of you have done it too. It did make me feel better, much better in fact.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Feeling Lazy

Today I am just tired- I have tons to do for my upcoming quilt show, but I just don't feel like doing any of it. So here I sit, surfing around the interweb, but I don't even feel like doing that. My brain just feels foggy, you know?

So I am watching Pride and Prejudice (2005), just love it- the photography, the music, the costumes. Sometimes I think I'd like to have lived during that era, but then I consider the lack of, well, hygiene, indoor plumbing.... I guess I really wouldn't be cut out for that.

If you love romance, fabulous costumes, lovely music, humor, the charm of the 18th century English countryside, and you haven't seen this movie- you must!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Just a Few More Bites...

Just a few more cake photos. Do your teeth hurt yet? I am just awestruck at the workmanship that goes into these works of art. Stunning. I asked one of the bakers if it breaks her heart to cut into one of these beauties after spending so much time on them, she said she's used to it. I just don't think I could do it, I think if I spent that much time on a cake, I'd put it under glass and display it in my living room for at least a few years.

This Mardi Gras themed caked was complete with edible masks.

Is this one fun or what?

OK, just one more.......

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Let Them Eat Cake

The name of the event we went to was called Let Them Eat Cake, sponsored by Philadelphia Wedding magazine, and it was a fundraiser for cancer research. In addition to getting to eat cake all night, we also got goodie bags filled with tons of samples, mostly salon products. Really nice stuff!!!

Of course, all of the flowers are completely edible- and incredible!

Sylvia Wienstock was one of the judges. Here is a picture of her with my daughter.

Monday, March 10, 2008



OK...Now that I have your attention...

My daughter, being very creative, loves those Cake Challenge shows on The Food Network (OK, I watch them too.) So as part of her 13th birthday present, I took her to a cake competition in Philadelphia last week. The cakes there rivalled those I had seen on TV. Honestly incredible. I took A LOT of photos.

Oh and by the way- WE GOT TO TASTE EACH ONE!!!! AND THEY HAD TAKE OUT BOXES SO WE COULD BRING CAKE HOME!!! (My pancreas may not recover from this one....)

Needless to say, there will be lots of cake photos over the next few days. Enjoy!!!

This one was modelled after a wedding ring quilt and had "stitching" in the fondant which covered the cake.

This little guy went with the quilt cake as a groom's cake- completely edible! Isn't he cute!

Believe it or not, this cake was in the student competition! Love the flowers and the lustre dust!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Not Edelweiss

These cute little flowers pop up in my front yard at this time every spring. First I thought maybe they were Edelweiss (which would have been perfect, since my daughter will play Maria in The Sound of Music this weekend at her high school), but I looked it up and they are not. Actually, I don't know why I thought they were Edelweiss, I guess they're just how I imagined Edleweiss might look like. Anyway, I have not been able to identify them in my books or wildflower guides (I think they were probably planted there by some previous owner.) They are only a couple of inches tall, and the flowers are shaped kind of like daffodils- 3 petals on the outside with a bell-like flower in the center. If anyone has any ideas what they might be, please let me know! But anyway, every year when they spring up, I know spring's on its way, and that makes me happy!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Today is hubby's birthday, the "big" 42! We have been together well over half our lives now (since we were 19!), I hope we have at least 42 more years together.

He put together a neat collage to celebrate his birthday (by the way, I will be 42 this August, and he is MUCH better about being in his 40's than I am- you won't see me making any collages for my birthday!). He has a lot of great photos on his photoblog, if you want to check it out. He was into photography in high school and college, and has just recently gotten back into it. I'm glad, because he is really good at it. Happy Birthday, Honey!!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Warm Wishes

I tend to get a lot of ideas in my head, and I've learned over the years that I can't jump on every one, that I have to really think it through before I commit. More importantly, I have learned to think and pray over these things before I mention it to anyone else. Too many times I have opened my mouth only to ask myself a short time later -What was I thinking, I don't have time for this?! I know you all know what I'm talking about!

I had been thinking for a while that the kids in my daughter's class needed to do some sort of service project. I remember when I was a kid we went at least once a month to a local nursing home to sing to the residents, and those old folks [as we used to call them :)] really loved it. I wanted the kids to experience what it feels like to help others-it's a good feeling, a feeling that we are all connected. It also reminds us of how blessed we are, and helps to develop empathy.

Last week, I helped my daughter's 7th grade class make lap blankets for a local nursing home. Yesterday, I took my daughter and a few of her friends and their teacher to deliver them to the residents. And, of course, the residents loved and appreciated them.

To make them, I cut out rectangles from lots of pretty colors of polar fleece. I took them to school, and the kids each picked out 2 pieces, in colors that they liked. We placed the 2 layers together, measured 3" from the edge all the way around, marked with masking tape, and then cut fringe up to the 3" mark and about 1" wide. Then, we just tied the fringes together. The kids had a great time, and were proud of their accomplishment. The local newspaper has agreed to feature photos of the class project.

The reason that I wanted to do a project like this is because I think it's really important to get kids involved in their community. Kids learn by doing, and when they do something nice for someone else, it makes them feel good about themselves. It's easy to get caught up in our lives and all the stuff we have to do, and not have time to go out of our way for others. I can't tell you how many times I thought to myself as I planned and prepped for this project, "I don't have time for this," and really wished I hadn't even mentioned my idea to the teacher. But in the end, doing right always feels right and I'm glad I followed through with that idea.
Dear friends, do you think you'll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, "Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!" and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn't it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? James 2:14-17 (The Message Bible)


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