Friday, May 30, 2014

Motivation Mayhem Monthly Muster LINKY PARTY & GIVEAWAY!! May 2014 :)

Welcome to our first ever Linky Party May 30, May 31 & June 1 &  a GIVEAWAY too if you play :) 

I say our because me and my friend Wendy are hosting a joint linky... she lives in Australia.. I am on Florida's east coast in the USA... we will get to see more fun eye candy but more importantly see how we are motivated to share what we are accomplishing!!!... and what we hope to accomplish!!!  Since this is kinda complicated.. we picked a crazy name .. made a badge and are still working out the kinks .. but here we are with the great unveiling!  Yippee!!!  Come join us and celebrate and share across the world!!!

Write a blog post.. just for this linky party... doesn't have to be fancy.. but talk and show pics of what you have accomplished and what you hope to work on in the upcoming month.. this can be quilting related... or otherwise... but you know we LOVE eye candy!!!

Why would you do this???  Hopefully to challenge yourself is enough motivation... just a once a month "check up" of sorts.. where you have been.. where you plan to go with all everyday life is throwing at you.  .. well for everyone that links up .. there is a giveaway for you... I have something and Wendy has something... so 2 chances to win something cool!

Here is how you win>>> List... Tick... Party!!!  Blog about it and link that post here.. simple as that... those that linked will be notified via their blog that they are the winner and we can get personal after that! lol

close up of Clips & Fabric Charms :)

So let me post for an example and you join in below when you have figured out what has meaning to YOU! 

 Welcome to my blog... today I want to share goals for Motivation Mayhem Monthly Muster linky party!  This is my first post so I want to focus on upcoming goals.. and show where I am now as well :)

I have now quilted, bound, and returned to quilting on THE MAN quilt.  I hope this quilt has a name but my main objective is to have it finish and gifted... I have left the naming to the recipient.. my awesome honey!  And how cool that it will be about Father's day when I call this one done... see here I am stitching straight lines in the ditch with 2 needles!
I have a total of 9 of these double lines to stitch to cover the quilt completely.. as I am going I am erasing the pencil marks too!  So I am getting so much accomplished so quickly... I now only have 7 strips of double lines left!  Yipee!!!

I also got a book a couple months ago that I have not read but part of the first chapter... called Loving Stitches..
on how to improve and be creative with your quilting hand stitches :)  I really want to read this book... so I will go for 1 chapter a month and give you all a little book report next month! lol

I continue to clean out cluttered spaces in my home and renovate furniture... those posts and activities will remain.. we are also starting a vintage sewing machine repair business that is doing well but takes my time and attention from personal goals... so giving room for them... I still hope to get this beauty quilted in June as well!
So here is hoping June gives me lots of energy, focus and stamina!  Thanks for walking this with me all that link up...

Look closely at the blue "star" are on the flag above.. Those are 9 of the prints in the charm pack as this is the charm pack I got but didn't use from this quilt... make your own if you like!

Enjoy making a list, ticking it off, and Partying all month long and come back the last weekend of June to share your achievements!!

Whooping in a Friday!

Two "stripes" done!  out of 9 to complete total... I am excited!!!
You see I have quilted feathers and swirls over the last 5 months all over this quilt... now time for some itd (in the ditch) stitching so once it is washed all that hard work shows up :)  So yes.. I am excited..

Once I finish this itd all over I will do the chain on the outer border.. so look forward to seeing that next Friday I hope...

For now... I am goal setting and goal meeting with a new monthly linky (with giveaway to those that link) that me and my friend Wendy started...

called Motivation Mayhem Monthly Muster!  Are you interested in setting and seeing goals met... this linky party is all about making a list, ticking it off and Partying!!!  Your goals don't have to all quilty but we love eye candy!!  Check out more info and link right HERE!!!  Check out my post then write your own goals and review what you have accomplished this month!  Yipee :)  Whoop!!!

This post was written to update my progress and to link specifically to Whooping it up on a Friday at Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict!!


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What's Up Wednesday!

Hello my bloggy friends...

I just guest posted my quilty endeavors HERE at Celebrate Hand Quilting blog.. please leave me a comment so I know you visited :)

Comments there I check for daily as they don't come to me... but to the main admin of the blog.

At the moment you can search the blogs recent entries and see how to hand quilt basic supply lists and things to consider when starting hand quilting ... check it out!!!  I really enjoy guest posting there!

We have really been learning how to live on a specific budget and not beyond it as we had been.  It is enlightening how many things are really WANTS and we just see them as needs.  Do you feel that way too?

My honey recently got a FREE recliner I shared with you here from our local Craigslist.  It had an arm that needed repair but was very comfy and in great shape otherwise... he used it and fixed it and loves it now... so I wanted to sit with him but if I recline... I fall asleep... so I wanted a comfy chair!  Look what I finally found on Craigslist!
It is vintage 1940's we think made by Shaw Walker and once completely rehabbed should be worth about $350!!  It is aluminum and hardwood of some sort... I am sure now that the broken part is fixed the rest of the chair will come along ... usable now but you will see more transformation in the future on this cute baby!

Now check out what was a junked up and messy craft studio is now a shared space for tv viewing and relaxing in our master suite :)

 Speaking of deals too... I must share out latest sale on eBay... a PRISTINE Singer Featherweight!  It was born January 23, 1950 and comes with an equally PRISTINE case plus accessories including buttonholer!!!  If you are in the market for a vintage machine for your collection or to sew on you don't wanna miss this one... check it out HERE!
Today I think we may be listing some local things on Craigslist to make room in our out building... not sure ... but stitching on THE MAN quilt will be my down time activity today for sure!

Don't forget to check back on this Friday for our LINKY party... a World Wide linky party in conjunction with! 
I am MONGO excited to see the goals you have met and MORE IMPORTANTLY the ones you set this month and see the results in next months linky!   Get your Lists ready and grab a button if you like in the sidebar!

It will be truly a Motivation Mayhem Monthly Muster blog PARTY!  I call it M4 for short :)

See ya Friday... till then may all your stitches by happy!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day & Upcoming Linky Party!!!

Okay so my dd says I overuse my punctuation.. but I love fun exclamation points... so instead of using 4 I used 3 (ha!)... nope ... not yelling just EXCITED!!!
Starting this Friday and every on the last weekend of the month we will be hosting a Linky Party!!!

Yay... and better yet this is a joint venture Linky Party... I am linking up with my friend Wendy at Wehago Designs blog here!!!

Don't you love how I keep using exclamation marks now :)

Anyway... you link with me or her and your linked post will show up on BOTH blogs... she is in Australia... I am in the USA in Florida!!!

We want to share out goal setting and goal meeting month by month.

Have you thought of writing a blog post of goals you hope to meet.. and goals you did meet?  Nice to occasionally take a walk down memory lane and see how far your adventures have come.

Now we are quilters... but this can be anything sewing/organizing/home reno/gardening... but keep your post for this blog to goals met, how list making may help... seeing those checks is awesome!!! and hopefully goals met too!

Think about a post for this weekend.. you could include any stitching or housechores you managed to knock out... then start by making a purposeful plan for what you will accomplish the upcoming month.

Okay.. still thinking if this linky party is worth playing in?

I will be offering a giveaway for all that link!  Wendy is offering a giveaway too!!!

So come on back by Friday and in the mean time...
 Make sure you are a follower :)

P. S.  Got half of the binding sewn down!!!  Yippee :)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Catch up and back to slow stitching! Yippee!

 This week has been a whirlwind of activity as we have been doing lots of eBaying
One of our items we are proud of currently for sale on eBay :)
and I have been doing lots of quilting and straightening of things.

My honey has been keeping up the house and working on his things... however, we are both delighted this week to see Sunday roll around... a day we keep to ourselves and relax and reflect on the week behind us and focus on the week ahead!  I love that about us :)

But I am most excited about the progress made on THE MAN quilt!
 On Friday I was looking at this last block on the left...
And yesterday I sewed on the binding there on the right...

Now I am hand stitching down the binding!  Yahoo!  Such a glorious job to do on a Sunday as well!

I don't use a thimble but already have my electrical tape out to cut into unique shapes to fit my middle "binding" finger... last large quilt I bound it wore a hole in my fingernail... so I have been taking my calcium.. using cream occasionally made to condition my skin and nails... and have trimmed my nails last week in preparation for this binding... we shall see how my hands hold up...
Using my new "binding clips" aka Wonder Clips... love them :)
May be that I will buy a leather thimble to use just for binding... but we shall see.. I hope not really!

Also yesterday I got the border added to the Aida cloth label my bestie Connie made for this quilt... isn't it lovely!  It is the only part my honey hasn't seen and won't see til the end! lol  His decision to have a surprise :)

And since I needed a place to "park" my needles while I machine sewed the binding yesterday and this morning... I found a bit of batting and put in the top of the bottle that holds my thread and threader!  AWESOME :)  Excited to do multiple needles now by prethreading several then just picking one out at a time.. more on that when I get back to quilting as I will be using more needles too :)

Now I want to share something VERY SPECIAL! 

 I will be chatting more about it this week but be following me here.... you won't miss an update!  Next weekend we are sponsoring a linky with GIVEAWAY for all to enjoy and enter in.
& my friend

The idea is you write a blog post with goals you have made... short or long term.. and that you met this month... then share what you plan to accomplish the following month... you have your blog post to keep you honest and each of us reading your goals met as well as your goals set!  Sound fun??

We call it M4.. but that is just short for Motivation Mayhem Monthly Muster blog :)

Finally... I have some very exciting news personally this week... as I was cleaning things out I found my old nursing license and had a sad feeling that I hadn't kept up my license... just to have it.. not that I may use it again but I worked hard to get it and used it professionally ... so it was important to maintain it... I thought it had lapsed...

Well according to the State of Tennessee it is still good and Active til my birthday!!!!
I will have to call them and register my new addy so I get an update to renew.. once renewed I will move my licensure to Florida.  But that is in the future...

Thanks for sharing in all my little victories this week!  Would love to hear about yours ... please feel free to leave a comment!  I respond to every one that isn't spam-a-licious! lol

Linking this slow stitch binding post to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching here

Have a blessed Sunday!

Friday, May 23, 2014

It's Friday and I am Happy Dancin'!

Hello my bloggy friends... Hope you have had a STUPENDOUS week!

I have been super busy listing and selling stuff still on eBay but also making progress with the MAN quilt!

Happily I can report I finished block #2 on the bottom of this pic to the right Thursday morning and have already gotten over 1/4 of the LAST BLOCK done!  Yip Yip Yippee!!!

I am really enjoying this last swirly block as I call the blocks of this quilt... and if you look at the pic you can see I still have 1/2 of a feather to do.

But all of a sudden this quilt... that I started hand quilting on Christmas Eve and marks as the most intricate quilting design I have done yet... has become fun again!  Yahooo :)

I plan on enjoying this last block and feather combo and then bind and sew down the binding to seal those exposed edges.. then come back and complete some straight line quilting so all this hard work will show off.. and the edge border needs done.. it is straight line too... a chain :)

Soon .. very soon!  I can see this quilt being done and gifted!  I am so excited for me and the recipient!!!! lol

If you are in the market for a Singer Featherweight or other vintage sewing machine check out these 2 beauties on eBay! 
1950's Vintage Japanese Clone ~ Sews through anything you can needle through!

Vintage Singer Featherweight 221-1 with case and attachments!
Vintage is ALL I sew on if I use a machine in the first place! You can do the servicing mainly yourself once it has been professionally done... and my honey does just that Professional Servicing of vintage machines :)  He greases and oils all the spots and crevices according to the machine's needs and then sews up a storm on them to get them well lubricated. :)  Metal parts don't degrade if cared for and these machines were built to last... instead of sending them to a landfill.. use what has already been manufactured for your sewing needs!  Just my humble opinion on the subject!  HA! :)

Linking up this Happy Friday post to Confessions of a Fabric Addict here WHOOP!  She is sharing a helpful tip that made her Whoop this week :)  Check it out!

Will be back tomorrow for a catch up for real on everything... so stay tuned to a weekend post just for all of you my readers :)  Is there anything you want to know or a question you may have?  Ask and an answer may be forthcoming in a future blog post! :D

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Quilting in Calmness on a Slow Stitching Sunday :)

Yesterday was a heck of a day for me and my house... so many ups and downs in life in general in one day I was happy to call it a day and head to bed last night...

Today I was still unsettled when I awoke so I started stitching...
I quilted in calmness :)  The peaceful morning sounds of birds and bubblers worked there magic as I quilted and calmness overtook me!  Yippee :)

Today I now have some great progress to share with you..
only 2 blocks and a feather left until I can bind and finish off the last of the quilting on this wonderful quilt for my honey we still only call THE MAN quilt !  ha :)

So today my focus is on this block I just marked...
and at least half of that feather too :)

I am not setting a goal for this as I have still lots of stuff going on otherwise... and I need this quilting to be my therapist of sorts for now..

One good thing that did happen yesterday is we got a recliner off the local Craigslist for my honey... when I called on it she said it was olive green... when I told her I wasn't interested in that color but thanks... she said let me send you a pic and if you like it have it for FREE!  Yipee :)
See... it is oatmeal not olive green! lol

So that is all I have to offer and am linking this post to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching Linky..

Don't forget... more details by weeks end but I will be hosting a linky the last weekend of the month to set and show off goals met!  Make some goals this week so you will have a post to link up soon on my linky party !!!!  Prizes are planned for those that link too :)

Friday, May 16, 2014

May for Me!

I noticed someone I follow had this pretty badge on their sidebar...

so I clicked on it and investigated HERE! lol

I found out that May for Me is all about taking 5 minutes a day for yourself... doing something you want to do!  This is Marcia's quote as it is her linky party...

"Every year, I explain that May for Me is all about finding 5 minutes or 10 minutes --- just for you each day.  If you do this for the whole month of May, you will be a happier person 365 days a year. You will find time for you!"

I found out that May for Me means doing more than just one project at a time and doing them all well :)

I also have discovered that I do enjoy mornings to myself ... coffee, reflection on the day ahead and goal setting, chatting with my friend in Australia on fb to hear about her day... I love that addition that May has seemed to bring into my life.

So I feel like that counts as my "5 Minutes for me" thing... but I liked how her article delved into spoiling yourself and making yourself a better person also!  I like that!

So I will continue to do other projects and spread myself a bit thinner than I feel comfortable doing to help me pay attention to all the things I am doing. 

We plan to continue eBay selling when the craft products are all gone or donated away.

I love the friendships I have in my life... I love my honey and how he completes me and makes me a better person.  I love my kids and my more active role I am taking in their lives these days... Life is good!

I am happy I took time to reflect on May for Me... Let me know if you decide to link up... there is a prize offered but I really did this for me not a prize :) Ha!

Have a blessed weekend... I am off to sew while listening to the wonderful ambient noises around me... the water bubblers bubbling.. new baby birds chirping for food, mama birds chirping back... peaceful!

Whooping Progress on Friday!!

I have been super busy this week quilting, cleaning, and selling :)

On the quilting front...
I have only 2 1/2 blocks left before I bind this baby I call for now THE MAN quilt... and finish the final quilting on it :)  I am Whooping Excited about THAT!

But even more exciting is my new craft studio... it isn't new .. just cleaned... decluttered... and organized... :)

Here is how cluttered it was when I started...

And here is how peaceful it is now :)

Don't you love that WHOOP!!!

Also we have paid that big bill that needed paying and I am soooo WHOOPING about that!
So now it is time to get back to selling as we have more stuff to list... and we have new vintage sewing machine on it's way to us for refurbishing!  Yipee and WHOOP!

Thanks for visiting me today and hope you will share what you are Whooping about this Friday!

Also look forward to an upcoming Linky Party ... starting the end of THIS month & the end of every month... a time to set goals and show off goals met.. adjust goals as needed and do our own celebrating!  Follow me so you can stay in the loop on that!

Before closing I wanted to share some cute quilty embroidered inspiration I found while surfing this week a bit on the internet... it is from this great book of "Patchwork and Embroidery"
I saved this pic to share with you and to inspire myself on the applique/embroidery section of the Spools & Tools QAL I finished the spools on in this post :)

Have a blessed weekend!

Linking this Whoop to Confessions of a Fabric Addict HERE! ~ she has Seinfeld doing a happy dance at the end of her post just before the linky party :)