Friday, August 1, 2014

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Summer's Drawing to a Close...

Hi, all!

I don't know about your part of the country, but in Tennessee school is getting ready to start up again - signaling the end of summer!  Lilli is very anxious to get back to school - she will be in first grade this year.  She's had good summer, but is ready for something new and different.  Emmy and I will be back to a more normal schedule, and working on all kinds of new words and skills (like potty training!)  

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This week has just flown by - staying busy working on the tail ends of the fundraiser!  I've finished two flimsies - here's the first one…


Made using parts of two beautiful Fresh Cottons jelly rolls...



and I love it when I can get a "stained glass" shot of a flimsy!  Those colors are so luscious and soft.

I was planning to show only a teaser shot of the second flimsy…


But then I noticed something as I was looking at the quilt hanging on the line.  Something wasn't quite right  And I decided, in the interest of keeping it real, I should share the picture with you!



Needless to say, I did a little "frog stitching" this afternoon!  Everything is where it should be now!

I'll be quilting these early Friday morning, and hopefully they'll be off to their new owners, winners #5 and #6 of the fundraiser giveaway, by early next week!

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And…


that little FedEx envelope is the adoption dossier headed to the US State Dept. and the Chinese Embassy! Whoop whoop!!

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And I want to share a cute little picture I found this week - it really spoke to me and how I was feeling about all I had on my plate this week…


I can just imagine God saying that to me each evening!

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I've shared what I'm whooping about this week -

Now it's your turn!

What's making you smile today?


What's got you dancing the happy dance?

Share - we want to dance right along with you!

Remember, it doesn't have to be a finish - 
just whatever makes you happy!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.

Hope to see you there!

Hugs!

Sarah



Monday, July 28, 2014

Make-A-List Monday - Yipee!! Two More Quilts To Make!!!


Hi, all!

Well, it's Monday again - and I'm still alive!  Last week was amazing - two adoption fundraisers completed and a huge success!  The bunco party (more about bunco below!) raised $745 and the quilt giveaway/raffle ended up raising $2625!!!  So a grand total of $3390 for the week - not bad at all!

But - we received almost $1000 in donations on the final day of the quilt giveaway/raffle, which means I will need to make two more quilts!

First, though, let's see how I did on last week's list….


1.  Finish the fourth giveaway quilt. (More below!)
Done!  It turned out really nice, too!  My husband named it "Connected" because if you invert the design, it looks like the wireless connected icon on your computer.



2.  Draw winners for the quilt giveaway!
Done!  We had six winners, and if you missed it, you can read about it here.

3.  Gather up prizes and supplies for the bunco party.
Done!  It was a wild ride, but we ended up with everything we needed, including over fifty prizes!

4.  Make or bake lots of good food for the bunco party.
Mmmmm…..  I tried out some great new recipes!  Bunco Buns, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, and an amazing Whipped Pineapple Angel Food Fluff Trifle.  Lots of other folks brought some wonderful food, too - we ate, talked, played bunco and had a ball!

5.  Spend some quality time with my grand girls!
Done!  They are both growing up so fast - it's hard to believe Lilli will be in first grade this year, and Emmy got to do the potty dance several times last week!  Plus she's really getting the hang of sign language - even teaching me some new words!  We learned horse and cow last week, and today we learned tiger and lion!

6.  Blog about the quilts that went to NY last week for Hurricane Sandy survivors.
Still haven't done this….  bad blogger…..

7.  Keep up with any ministry needs that arise.
Done!  We gave away this quilt, designed, pieced and quilted by Tommy, to a gentleman awaiting a double lung transplant….



and this quilt went to a woman with colon cancer.


So, while I didn't get everything done, it was a good and very busy week.  But this week - - - oh, this week will be busy too!  Here's what's on tap…

1.  Make a fifth giveaway quilt.

2.  Make a sixth giveaway quilt!

3.  Start working on a quilt for Nancy to raffle off at an upcoming craft show.

4.  Work on final details for upcoming women's event at church.

5.  Keep up with all quilt ministry needs that arise.

I'm on the committee for the women's event at church in less than two weeks, and there's so much to do between now and then - I don't think I'll have time for much more than that and making the two giveaway quilts!  I've started working on quilt #5 - hopefully will have that top pieced by tomorrow afternoon.  I know what I'm going to do for quilt #6, too, so at least I won't be wandering through my pattern books trying to figure out what to make!  And I know what I'm going to do for the quilt for Nancy, too.  

I hear sleep is highly overrated……



Oh, and so many of you asked about bunco - apparently it's not a well known game in other parts of the country!  Here's a quick run down. You have three dice and four players at each table.  You are partners with the person across the table from you.  There are six "rounds" in each "set" of bunco.  In each round, you are rolling for a different number - in round one, you are rolling for ones, round two for twos, etc.  For every one you roll in round one, you receive one point.  As long as you roll a one, you get to keep rolling.  If you don't roll a one, the dice pass to the next player. You and your partner are trying to reach a total of twenty-one points to end the game.  While all this is going on, there are multiple tables playing the same game.  

Now, a bunco is when you roll three of a kind of the number you are shooting for that round.  (In round one, that would be three ones.)  Rolling bunco involves lots of yelling, dancing, wearing of the bunco boa (a fluffy scarf that goes from hand to hand as different people roll bunco!)

The round ends for everyone when someone rolls bunco, or a team reach 21 points.  Then you move on to the next number, and so on until a whole set is finished.  Then you swap tables and sometimes partners, get more food, talk some more, you get the drill.  There's lots of variations in scoring, and every group seems to play a little differently.  But it's lots of fun and a great way to spend an evening with friends!

So that's pretty much what I'm working on this week, plus taking care of my sweet little grand girls!  Should keep me out of trouble, at least.

And now the question is - - - what are YOU working on the week?

Hugs!

Sarah



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fabric Addict Alert!!!!

Hi, all!

You know all you fabric addicts are out there - I'm NOT the only one!  Well, it's time to stock up for all the cold winter months of sewing ahead, because it's time for..


Craftsy's Summer Supplies Clearance!
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See you there!

Hugs!

Sarah

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