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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Flair for Fabric Blog Hop

I am so excited to be a part of this book, full of great projects for a great cause! Besides all the projects and tips included in the book, the proceeds of the book will be donated to the American Red Cross.  I think that's pretty cool!

This blog hop is going to be fun……so don't miss out.  Lots of give-aways and great sewing tips will be shared at each blog on the hop.  Click HERE for your first stop.  Let this creative blog hop begin!

Friday, May 9, 2014

That's How We Roll!

Here is a video from Heirloom Creations, showing their bag of the month That's How We Roll!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Life is Better When You Feel Better

I am somewhat introverted and have a hard time sharing personal experiences with others.  Because of the health problems I have faced over the last two years, I have realized that somethings just need to be shared.

I had a second brain surgery in early December.  The tumor behind my left eye, was not cancerous, but it was attached to my optic nerve, threatening my eye sight.  Thankfully, my surgeons successfully detached it with no damage to my nerve (it's a coin toss 50/50).   I am happy to report that they saved my sight.  Miracles still happen everyday!

After surgery I had a really hard time dealing with my children and coping with day to day activities.  Not knowing this was likely to be a direct result of frontal lobe brain surgery, I didn't know how to cope with it.  To be honest I was starting to scare myself.  My husband was working far from home and I was facing this basically on my own.  I shared things with him over the phone that I'm sure made him feel  hopeless and scared, not really knowing how to help me.  I was ready to go to the doctor to get on some anti-depressants, when a friend of mine shared Q96 with me.  Which is a vitamin/mineral supplement.  It's crazy what can happen to our bodies when we give it what it needs!  You don't have to be bipolar for this to help you, I am not.   I met Autumn Stringam and heard her story and a few others that blew my mind away.  What did I have to loose?  I didn't want to go on medication, but I knew it might be inevitable.  After just a few weeks of taking Q96, I started to feel changes.   The fog started to lift, and my energy level started to increase.  I've now been on it for about 2-1/2 months and I cannot believe how good I feel.  I often wonder why I have been given such a wonderful life and have recently realized that those thoughts and feeling were nowhere near my soul just months ago!  I really do have a great life full of wonderful people, the best part is I know it and feel it again!





I still face the unknown with my genetic disease, and life in general, but at lease I can feel good while I'm facing it!

I hope these video's help you or someone you love!  Thank you so much to that person (you know who you are) that shared this with me.

If you or someone you know is interested in these supplements, I do not sell them, but you can get in touch with someone who does by going to this website.

xoxo


~Amy

Monday, April 14, 2014

Get Inspired!

I know the first of the year is over and we've all put our New Years resolutions behind us…..but I'm a little behind this year.  Not that I want to have a tell all session, but one of the hardest things for me is being content.  Maybe it's the creative side of me that is always wanting to move on, something more, something different and I don't necessarily want to change that part of me.  I guess it's enjoying now…right now, today and all the good, the bad, the boring and excitement, the creative highs and lows that comes with each new day.  We all have constant instabilities and insecurities that surface in our lives from time to time.  Learning that it's okay and moving past those things that we can't fix, change or control is empowering!  How we do it is the complicated part.  

I have found that part of that never ending journey for me is finding what makes me happy…….one of those things besides my family and all the fun that comes with that is inspiration, brain stimulation which creates motivation!  

I have recently become a book junky!  Seriously overnight I have a library of books from social network books to drawing, quilting, photography, illustrator and in the front of Lori Greiner's (from Shark Tank) new book Invent it, Sell it, Bank it, she quotes -Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"Do not go where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

                                                          -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inspiration, not just creative inspiration but also life's inspiration can come from almost anything!  It's catching it and tucking it away in your brain so that when you need it, you can find it.   If you can write it down, inspiration is sometimes a feeling and you can't write that down, but you can write down
how you felt an what created that feeling.

My resent surgeries have helped….  okay...forced me to slow down and take time to enjoy each day and the important things that go on around me.  There is always good that comes from a hard things!  They may be hard to find…if you can't find it…..dig a little deeper and you will.

Now to the fun part……paint your world with things you love!

My favorite thing is color!  I can't help but smile when I touch a piece of fabric that is full of beautiful color, or walk into a book store and find a piece of inspiration!



Things that inspire me may not inspire you……here are a few things that inspire me
Ellie Goulding very talented music artist!

Soft and Stable (I am love…..loving this!)

Mint Converse (it's the color I promise)!  No….I've always had a thing for Converse!


I found this book today at Barnes and Noble and I'm in love with all the color and style in this book!

Even the most unpredictable things can cause you to take notice and find beauty in them……like the water spicket on the side of my 100 + old house! I love the new growth of the bright greenery up against the weathered stone.  See…... Idaho isn't totally brown!



I just started digging into this book and I'm really loving it!  It's hard to admit how behind the times I am socially…..LOL!! Check him out here!


Issue #5 of Love Patchwork & Quilting This is a fun new magazine that is packed full of fun fresh sewing/quilting ideas!



Your challenge…..find one thing you love and dig in!

xx

  ~ Amy
                   

Friday, March 28, 2014

Our Winners Are…….

It's time to announce our winners!  With a drum roll……….Our fat quarter bundle winner is Linda from Montana………..our next winner will receive the pattern Road Trip which is Jodi from Rhode Island.  Sunnybec from France is the winner of Chev-skis pattern and our last winner is Amanda  from www.stitchtostichesstore.com, she will be receiving Sew Edgy.

Thank you all for participating! I will email each of you today!

Locally you can find Sweet Harmony at  Abbotts Craft in Rigby and also the Ribbon Retreat in Shelley.  If you haven't been by…..you NEED to go! I'm not joking. You will love it!  It is so much fun and they really have a great selection of the best fabric (including mine)!  They have the entire line.

I took a little trip down to Shelley a few days ago just to give you a little preview.






Here is a close up view of the quilting on Sew Edgy, quilted by Rhonda Walker with oLliE and EviE.  She did a great job.  I'm all about simple crisp quilting that make my quilts look happy!
I love happy quilts :)



Bon Voyage, inside the Ribbon Retreat……Although this bag is constructed very different from The My Favorite bag, it is a take off from it.   The handles are sewn into a seam inside the outside pockets,  giving it a different feel and look from handles sewn into the top seam of a bag.  You could easily change it up by making one sash double the length and tie it just like the My Favorite bag.  


That's How We Roll is such a fun bag.  You need a jelly roll with at least (36) 2-1/2" strips and 1/3 yard fabric for the ties along with stabilizers of course.  The inside is pieced including all the inside pockets (a total of 4).  I used Annies Soft and Stable for the main stabilizer and it is fast becoming my favorite stabilizer!  I love the texture and the stability that comes with it.  Because it isn't fusible (which I hope is in the works)  I like to incorporate quilting into those projects, which again gives it a totally different look.  It's not just a bag, it's now a quilted bag!

Make it a girls afternoon and head down to The Ribbon Retreat for some good fabric-ology! Whatever
ever that is :)

Amy

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sweet Harmony Fat Quarter Bundle Give Away!

Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments, I love reading through each one.  We are going to wrap up this give away on Thursday March 27th!  I will announce the winners on the 28th.  We are also going to give away a couple new patterns, so tell your friends and quilting buddies!


Chev-skis, Sew Edgy and Road Trip paper patterns are now available on our website.  You can click the Shop Kati Cupcake button at the top right corner of our blog or click here.

I am working on digitizing a few favorites, The Carry On, Paige Perfect, Bon Voyage, That's How We Roll and Summer Afternoon along with Chev-skis, Sew Edgy and Road Trip!

Thank you all for stopping by!  Hope you have a great Saturday!

Amy

Sunday, March 16, 2014

SOMETHING NEW

Whether it's a new day, a new pair of shoes, a new line of fabric or new patterns, I'm in love with what new brings!  New shoes do come a little easier for me than a new line of fabric or new patterns, but the journey of creating is far more memorable.  Here is a little bit of what I've been working on over the past few months.

Road Trip Measures: 13" Wide x 6" Deep x 15-1/2" Tall.  Sweet Harmony is used for the main outside and the pockets.  I used Annies Soft and Stable for the outside stabilizer and Pellon Fusible Fleece for the lining stabilizer.  I love Annies Soft and Stable because of the extra stability and the quilting feature it can offer.  This is a perfect size for that next "Road Trip".



I love this for a baby boy!
……and a baby girl




Sew Edgy brings a little modern Aztec to the sewing room, then the living room or maybe even the nursery.  This one comes in both throw and baby!


Chev-skis baby.  It's pretty quick!  I can get this one done in less than a day!

Patterns will be shipping Monday and fabric I hear is in transit!  These patterns will also be available on
my website in both paper and a pdf download.


I am going to give away a free fat quarter bundle of Sweet Harmony to one very lucky person! Write me a comment, or pin this post for a chance to win!

Amy