Sunday, January 25, 2015

Good Morning All!!!


What a fun time I have been having!!!

My friend, Joyce Weeks (Geoff's Mom Patterns) has been staying with me!!!  She flew here from Utah to attend her first rug hooking retreat and she's been hookin' up a storm!  Katie Puckett (Kiss Rug Hooking) holds a HUGE traditional Rug Hooking Camp each January her in Jacksonville (I think this was her 17th year).  It's called Off The Ocean Hooking Camp... we had 5 instructors from all over the US and 85 "hookers".  

What fun we had... oh my.. you should see the projects they were working on.... everything from traditional rug designs to hooking their children's portraits, pets... you name it.  I can't wait until NEXT year!  I helped Katie with the retreat since her mom had to stay in Michigan... her Dad had heart surgery (doing very well) so they had to take it easy this year.  The store was great fun and we are already planning fun things to make and have for next year!

Then.... Joyce and I have been working on projects that we have been designing this week... plus I'm getting ready for this coming weekend... at..


We have another super retreat planned and I can't wait to see the guys and gals!  It seems like it has been FOREVER since we've all sewn together!

So... I'm working on last minute details... making door prizes... packing up everything... ...

Here's the issue... I am so easily distracted!!  Oh Yes... we call it..."shiny" here in our family... this is how it goes... you are working on something... a thought comes in your brain... you leave your work area to take care of it...while doing that you see something on the computer that looks interesting...then another thought comes in your head... you remembered something you didn't want to forget to take with you... the phone rings and you are tied up for 15 minutes...while on the phone you have continued to look on the computer (ebay or Pinterest)... you have fallen deep into the rabbit hole of cyber-ville... then... ALL OF A SUDDEN IT "HITS" YOU... "shiny"... you are now wondering what in the heck were you doing... that "shiny" thing or thought has taken you OFF TASK!

OMG!!!!  I need those horse blinders to wear... and FOCUS!  

Okay... I feel better now that I have explained my issues to you!

Tell me... do any of you suffer from this disease?  



Oh.. and here is something else I must comment on.. and apologize for...

I was reading my comments on the blog just now and this is what's posted:


Blogger Lindy said...
you stole a picture of my dresdan heart and did not give me credit. Unbelievable! check your post Thursday, November 1, 2012
January 22, 2015 at 8:24 PM
 Delete
Blogger Lindy said...
Also you have tons of people re-posting it from your site....I took it off my blog because of people like you!
January 22, 2015 at 8:34 PM
 Delete
http://thegingerbreadhouse-lindy.blogspot.com/


     

I was in shock... I posted this wonderful piece of work in 2012       (3 years ago) ... getting the photo from Pinterest - with no information attached to it at all.  "Lindy" is not happy that I did not give her credit... and I do apologize for that.  However, credit cannot be given where credit is not available and what a compliment it is when someone loves your work to share it with the world.  So Lindy... if you happen to still read my blog... I do apologize... here is your credit.

The same thing happened to me the other day on Facebook... come on people....  We are designers toooo....   If things are posted to any of our cyber-space worlds... it is out there for anyone to see and do with what they want.... sorry...that's just the way it is these days. 
If you do NOT have information on a photo, etc. do not attack those that re-post and share your super talents... it's a COMPLIMENT - NOT someone trying to steal or take credit for your work!!!  

 I, however, think your work is fabulous and wanted people to see it!


Thanks to all of you that share MY WORK with others...  

Gloria

Check back with me soon... Happy Sewing!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Farmhouse Blooms!! March delivery.

It's finally about to happen...

Our new line of fabric with Marcus Brothers will be shipping to shops in March.  Here it is!!






This doesn't look like us does it?  Well.... here's the inspiration behind this fabric... when we were little... we lived on a farm in Columbia City, Indiana.  We can still remember these fabrics that we had around the house... mom's aprons... tablecloths we would spread out in the yard under our HUGE maple trees... we would read comic books, color, and play with our dolls.  

They were "happy" fabrics and are vintage today.  So... we decided to bring them back so you too can make happy vintage... colorful quilts, pillows... etc.    The red and blue is the traditional color we remember... however, Marcus thought it would be wonderful to modernize it a bit and bring in a second color palette with pinks and aquas... and we love them!

I know Cinnamon's Quilt Shoppe (here in Jacksonville) will be carrying this line... so keep watch on her website and newsletter.  I'm sure she will announce their arrival for all of you!   Delivery will be sometime in March 2015.

Happy sewing!

Gloria & Vicky

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Farmhouse Blooms !!!



Oh my gosh.... we are almost there...

Farmhouse Blooms is about to be wrapped up and out to the shops for ordering soon.

This line of fabric (by Olde Green Cupboard Designs) is through Marcus Brothers Fabrics.  

This has been a long process to make it JUST right for you and the shop owners.  It's full of great colors, just the right scale, perfect prints... and I simply can't wait to get my hands on it!

I have some fun ideas with this fabric... and it's NOT just quilts!  You  know... I love making other projects too with new fabric lines.... things for the house.

Here's one thing I want to make... a NEW ironing board cover.  Wouldn't it make you "happy" to iron if these sweet flowers were staring up at you?

DIY Ironing Board Cover...good bc I can't find a non ugly one! #sew #quilt #fabric #sacramento #meissnersewing






Oh.... and then I want to make some pillow cases from my little prints... and I may even add a sweet crocheted ruffle to the end!  Aren't these sweet???



  Crochet edge:)


Then... I have this pull cart that I take on antique trips... it needs a liner VERY badly so all of my treasures will STOP falling out of the wire basket.  How cute would this be....  Let me find you some pictures of my ideas....

PDF Sewing Pattern/Tutorial for Market Cart by PerfectPieLady, $10.00

  I must have one of these...how adorable!

So... you see... ideas are all around us... 

Keep watching... I'll tell you more as I hear when it's arriving!

Gloria

I have ONE done!

It's those "baby" steps that make you feel so good .... don't they?  

Well... I finished up my first project!  NOT a big one... but you know how they go.... you have to make a HUGE mess to clean up a MESS!  OMG!  I ... yes ME... am the queen at making messes so fast ... BOOM.. the room is trashed!  HOWEVER.... this little project made me clean good... dust off all my frames on the wall.... sanitize my desk top. clean up my file cabinet on the inside... organize paperwork in the file cabinet for next year's taxes... see how it grows.  

Then... I have to tell myself - STOP - this is enough for today... move on to those other items on today's To Do list!

LOOK!!!!!

From this:

to this!!!



Remember how I mentioned designating a notebook to be with you when you were organizing?  Well... it came in handy.... when going through the paperwork in this filing mess... 3 things came across my brain to follow up on... .1.  Checker back order  2.  Tax Exemption forms  3.  Follow up with my class in Texas  

2 of them have already been taken care of and the third one I already scheduled on my Monday TO DO list!

Wow... I feel so empowered!  

I'm now moving on to do some dancing with my vacuum cleaner!  (ugh!)

Have a super Sunday... I plan on working hard this morning and then stitching this afternoon during SEVERAL good movies (and... maybe a nap....)  aaaahhh.... retirement is the BEST! (I am retired ... right?... ha.. that's a joke!)

Oh... I almost forgot... my next project is this part of my desk!!!



This is my "junk" cabinet area....


This is under my desk!

p.s.  I do want to share with you that I really am a good housekeeper... I'm beginning to wonder who I'm kidding....... arg!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

MOP #1 !!!!!!!


Okay.... here is my first project for January!  These are stackable trays on my desk...that somehow get everything in the wolrd shoved in them.  I always start with:

1.  "DO NOW"
2.  Camp Blanding 
3.  Mail Orders
4.  Receipts
5.  Scratch paper

and so on..... Now.. I don't know about you... but I think it's OUT OF CONTROL!!

I'm so excited to show you this area when I'm DONE!  

I love all the comments you have shared with me.... I'm so happy tons of you are joining me!

Remember... MOP !!!  (Merge.... Organize... Purge!!)

Happy sorting!!!  

Saturday, December 27, 2014

2015 - MY ORGANIZATIONAL PLANS!

Hi!! 

Today is the last day of our Christmas Celebration... the family is arriving around 1:00 and we are going to have a heavy food "munching" day... open gifts (for the kids) and just visit and have a good time.  

I'm hoping the kids enjoyed their Christmas day at home with their little ones.  It was pretty quiet around here... I cooked a BIG dinner for  Vicky & Larry, Linda  and of course Jack.  It was wonderful (if I do say so myself).  It was a bit unusual but fun to fix!

Shrimp Scampi & pasta
Fried Oysters
Cornbread
Caesar Salad
Gingerbread 

Then we just hung out and watched GREAT movies.

So.... the title of my post today is 2015 - ORGANIZATIONAL PLANS!!  I am going to work on this next year of cleaning, reorganizing, purging, etc. every nook and cranny in my house.  We've only been here a little over 2 years... but it's time.... know what I mean?

I have a HUGE walk-in pantry and I noticed the other day it looks like a typhoon swooped through it.

We have cabinets over our desk area that have things inside we have not touched since we moved in... so why do we have them?

I have tons of drawers in the kitchen... many of them contain (for lack of a better word) "junk"... you know.. it's those things you DO need to keep but only use them in a blue moon.  Well... I'm going to post pictures of what I'm working on "pre-organized" and what I've done after it's organized.

Now...this is baring my sole people.... letting you see my short comings!  But I feel it will give me inspiration to get some control back in my life and to  ACTUALLY know where things are!

Are you all game for this plan too?  I read an article that said if you take 15 - 30 minutes every day to straighten and reorganize something in your house you will feel so much better eah day...so
2015 is my year.  If you plan on working right along with me.... send me a comment and let me know!!!  We'll help each other get through this UGLY process.

Now... one more comment and then... I'm done with this posting.... here's what happens in my brain... when I start organizing certain things...it only makes my CREATIVE BRAIN CELLS go crazy and I can truly, truly get off track.  I'm now thinking of a million things I want to make and/or design.  So... as I work I have a notepad with me.  This too I will show you each day.... (what in the heck am I thinking...)  eeekk..... so you can see how a creative person's brain works!

Now... who's with me?  Do I hear a ton of you shouting... "MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"  !

Let me know... our mission begins on January 2 (after the holiday.... HA!!)


Organizingly yours,

Gloria

I'm off to take pictures....

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Party is Over.... NOT!!

Hi All!!

Today is December 26, 2014 - the day after Christmas... my sweet daughter's birthday - Heather!!!

I remember (40 years ago) when we lived in Great Lakes, IL (Jack was still in the Navy) and my doctor told me he would see me on Christmas Day... !!  She was due December 10... I told him NOOOOOOOOOO ... I don't want my baby born on Christmas - I want her to have HER special day.  Well...he just chuckled and told me... Merry Christmas!

Sure enough... Christmas NIGHT - I woke up and it was time... Just a few hours later...this wonderful little girl was born.  Back then we had no idea what sex we were having... it was a total surprise.  

When the doctor told me I had a baby girl... I cried... you see... I already had the best little boy in the world (Toby) and I wanted a little girl too since we decided two children was all we thought we wanted.  I was the happiest mommy in the whole wide world.

And here she is... my sweet, sweet Heather.  
I do believe she's one of best mothers, wife, friend, and Christian woman I know.  I'm sssssssssoooooooooo proud of her!  God certainly blessed Jack and I with she and TOBY.  

Happy Birthday my sweet Heather.... I simply love you more than words can describe...   Mommy