Monday, April 27, 2009

Better Sooner Than Later!

Okay ... so I decided it'd be better to post these all now than making you all wait till later ... not to mention I have found in past that when I procrastinate ... life always manages to throw those unexpected curve balls to mess up my plans.

So ... pop on over to Amy's Ride and scroll away ... and claim your pieces!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Whole Pillow

Mel took pics of this a week ago ... and finally got her to upload them for me.

I've been playing some more ... Freda B used her butterfly Beady Bits for the block she's currently working on ... so didn't need the key rings ... and I had a spare one from another thing, so made 3 more Beady Bits for Amy's Ride.

I've also been going through my Free Form Embellishments and chosen a bunch that will go up for donations as well ... so look for those later this week ... by Friday at the latest! A few of them I've shared previously on my blog ... and many of them are the originals from the pattern sets!

So ... all you CQers out there ... I hope you'll be enticed with these special goodies! They'd be perfect additions to special blocks & at the same time you can share in this awesome cause!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Sofa Throw Jackets Fund Raiser

Okay so Cathy has re-posted her blog on her Sofa Throw Jacket event ... so check it out!

My sis is a wizard with a machine ... and believe me when I tell you the jacket shown is so much more awesome in real life!

There's still lots of Beady Bits to be claimed on Amy's Ride too ... and each donation enters you in the special draw to be held June 1st ... for an original published piece & a copy of the mag it was featured in!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ohhhh ... & CQ Mag is Up!

There's so much way cool stuff in this issue!

I noticed many comments asking Allie to share her curved process recently ... and guess what?
Yup ... there it is ... a detailed account of how she does those awesome curved seams!

Maureen Greeson did a fabulous article about easy seams ... using templates! I've made templates before...but her method was so incredibly easy I don't know why I never thought of it myself! Thanks Reen!

Dakotah ... your Paisley article is wonderful! Love the results!

Sharon B. also shares a fabulous technique to unify a block ... she has always been one of my stitching heroes...this kind of article is why!

Well don't just take my word for it ... GO SEE! It's awesome!

Sneak Peek

While I was at the mall on the weekend I picked up the new Spring edition of A Needle Pulling Thread ... as Carla had told me that she wanted to include a snippet from my piece on the Sneak Peek page.

And there it is ... she picked just the section that I would have!

Those of you who subscribe ... check it out ... it's on the last page before the cover ... and I'm sure if you know my stitching ... you'll know which one it is!

Incidentally ... the art quilt on the cover was created by another gal from Pickering ... Elizabeth Dillinger ... who owns the Art of Fabric store ... the very same store where I get my YLI threads!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Here's Them Berries & Nuts!

As mentioned ... I did get the trivet scanned ... oh make that two of them ... that's how many beads were in there enough for two ... then did toss the rest.

Sofa Throw Jacket Fundraiser

My sis Cathy has been inspired to share her awesome talent to raise funds for Amy's ride too!

She's offering up her Designer Originals on her blog!

(((Monday... I think she may have pulled it to edit ... or is switching it to other blog ... will post link again when I know it's up.)))

Highest bid gets this one-of-a-kind creation & she plans to have 3 more to add to the cause! Check it out!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Blueberries, Cranberries, Almonds & Macadamias?

Well ... that's kinda what it reminded me of!

I can see that without visuals that this will require some explanation.

I rediscovered some things during my clean-up that I totally forgot about ... like a bunch of wooden beads left over from way old macrame projects.

I was almost gonna pitch them out when a wee voice said "Nooo .... you can make something with these!" There's that damned pack rat talking again!

So any way ... I decided to play with them to see just what they could become.....and damned if they didn't turn into a trivet!

Okay ..... pop quiz .....who knows what a trivet is???

Yup ... it's a thing you put under hot plates/bowls so that the heat doesn't damage the surface beneath. While a good old pot holder or oven mitt would suffice...trivets are special ... decorative.

It took some big wire ... 20 gauge ... and a pair of pliers to manage it , but the finished piece turned out way cool ...and will share when I get it scanned in.....likely tomorrow!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Amy's Ride ... Update & Grand Prize Draw

I had a short visit with Amy this past weekend & she plans to do a "warm up" ride the weekend before the big event ... the Ride for Heart ... and has opted to do a 50K ride! Awesome! What a trooper!

The first 30 are now posted ... & I have finished another 20 pieces which I'll get scanned in and posted soon ... thus bringing the total number of "Beady Bits" to 50!

I'm hoping that all of these will be claimed ... which would mean around $250 from the event and would equal my personal donation ... bringing the total to $500.

I see we're off to a slow start ... so here's more incentive!

On June 1st ... I'll be doing a draw!

Each Beady Bit purchase will gain you one entry to the Lucky Tin ... so your odds increase when you claim multiples!

The Grand Prize will be one of my original creations ... & a copy of the magazine it was published in!

Yup ... that's right ... you heard me ... the original & the mag!

This is a rare opportunity ... a once in a lifetime thing ... so don't miss out!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I've Been Spring Cleaning!

I actually got a lot accomplished today ... in my quest to declutter!
My goal was to make my ironing board flat ... and tuck it away neatly.

If I had taken before and after pics ... it would be quite obvious why this was no small task ... and why it took me the better part of two days to do! It had become stacked with so much stuff that I couldn't use it for it's intended purpose ... as an ironing board. Not to menion all the other stuff that was cluttered around it.

Okay ... so I'm a self-confessed pack rat. But sometimes ya just gotta purge! Funny thing is you feel so good after you get rid of all that stuff that has been sucking up space with no purpose ... clothes that kids had outgrown years ago ... useless stuff that you wonder now why you even kept. The bonus is that now you know where everything is again.

I"m proud to say that out of all the stuff that I disposed of ... most of it has been recycled ... including an old printer and two old scanners. I only put one bag out as actual trash.

So now I have a flat ironing board ... and am pretty well tuckered out.

Tomorrow I tackle the other half of the basement...which will prove to be more of a challenge....'cause that's where all the fishing tackle lives ... and I don't think my purging will be so successful....but the other crap around it will be my goal.

Some vacation! Oh well ... I know I'll feel good when it's done...and will be pleased that I've gottten my stash straight. Whether that inspires DH to clean up his act ... remains to be seen.

'Nite all!

Monday, April 13, 2009

I Know...I Know ... They're Coming!

Bear with me ... while I had planned to have them all up by now ... I had a small laundry emergency to deal with ... the hose to the outside vent for the dryer came off ... and don't even ask what I had to do just to get to it ... and get it back on!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!

Hope you enjoy your day!

The Easter Bunny arrived early this morning ... and those chocolate Mini-Eggs he left were great with my coffee!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Amy's Ride

So ... I know you've all been patiently waiting to find out what I've been planning ... and I'm finally ready to share.

I mentioned recently about my deliberations regarding my artistic direction ... and while playing around with some marketable ideas ... a greater purpose came to mind ... and I have decided to commit my creative energies to a specific event ... The Ride to Conquer Cancer!

My dear neice Amy is participating with a team this year ... they call themselves Angels Watching Over Us ... and they will be riding 200K ... from Toronto to Niagara Falls!

I felt it was a big enough event to warrant a whole new blog ... so I've got it all set up ... and shared a background story ... and some pics.

But before you go racing over there expecting to see my creations I want to say:

I'll post them on Easter Monday.

For now what I'd like to do ... is share the inspiration that led me to this commitment.

I'm hoping that by Monday many of you regular visitors will have seen it ... before it gets buried in the barrage of 30 posts which will show the creations.

There is strength in numbers ... and I want to add that you may feel free to mention/link to Amy's Ride in your own blogs!

Thank you all ... in advance for your support!

Love & Hugs ... Marie

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Where Is This Coming From?

I am so excited about my latest bout of creativity that I could just burst!

Beads have consumed me again and I just can't believe all of these ideas that have popped out of my head! Inspiration & focus ... hard to sleep at night it's so consuming!

The source of this inspiration ... comes from the past & present ... worlds collide!

I've pumped out nearly 30 little bits this past week that you are so gonna be amazed by ... 'cause that is what I'm feeling about them (and I've always been my harshest critic) ... I will be so totally tickled when I get to share them with you!

Good Friday is when I hope to have it all together ... so make sure to check back then!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Quiet But Busy ... Tinkering With Beads!

My mind has been racing lately with ideas ... not of the stitching sort ... but was thinking and then started playing with beads...and wire. While it's been very productive ... it will also be with a purpose ... which I will reveal soon.

That's all I'm gonna say for the moment. I'm sure your curiosity has been peaked, but I'll share it soon. I cannot explain it in a Reader's Digest version ... I'm actually planning a new blog for it!

So...just bear with me till I get all my ducks in a row...and then it'll all be up & there to share.

I've had a scathingly brilliant idea ... and it'll be interactive!

And ... I can finally take a breather ... I'm taking a week off ... well it'll actually work out to more as I have Easter weekend off too ... so a whole 9 days. Woo hoooooo!

Hey ... MA ... thinking of a road trip to Lindsay ... you game? (We'll chat!)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Maureen Has a New Site & Blog!

Maureen Greeson & I have been Net friends for years ... I used to love her newsletter ... often volunteered articles ... and gained inspiration from other contributors submissions.

I give her full credit for being the one who inspired me to try CQ in the first place ... her style showed me that CQ can be elegant without being encrusted....that it's perfectly all right to show your seams and let them stand out on their own while blending them with beautiful fabrics & embellishments to create a stunning piece. Her work is awesome!

You can find Maureen's blog here .... and check out her new web site ... Maureen's Vintage Acquisitions here.

I'll be adding these to my Faves!

Glad you're back Reen!

Denim Pillow - Left

Here's the rest of it ... as mentioned before ... that PCR yellow cross-stitch flower row can be seen here in the 3rd & 4th pics ... as well as a tatted piece that worked out pretty neat ... the white/red/green variegated thread repeated over sections so that the same colours came together opposite each other. On the last pic bottom left corner I had fun with a "string art" technique ... remember those kits that used to be available ... where you formed a pattern by stringing thread around nails??? This reminded me of that ... only I simply anchored the thread through the fabric in the geometric design.
Will try to get Mel to do the full pillow shot for me today ... both of them are excused from classes because the Grade 10s have their EQAO Literacy Test today.

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