Thursday, September 30, 2010

Are you ready for the Fall-into-Fall Giveaway?

Thanks for stopping by........

Wednesday I had a busy schedule

......baked these muffins in the morning.......in the oven by 6:45 a.m. It is the recipe from my previous post.

muffins

I had 2 quilt outings yesterday......at the morning outing I worked on a binding for Mama Spark's Curious George quilt. I finished it last night when I had the another quilt outing.

Yes I joined the Fall-into-Fall Giveaway.......what was I thinking.........not sure what I got myself into.  I'd been  throwing ideas around in my head for a week or so now.......day and night I'd been trying to come up with something that you would really want to win........I shared my ideas with Mama Spark.  She just loved the last idea I suggested and we decided we should do the same giveaway.  Mama Spark loves Halloween. (That's a hint) We hope you love it too.  We worked on it last night and are ready for tomorrow......when all the awesome giveaways are revealed.

Between quilt outings I managed to get some dusting and vacuuming done. Finally a few less dust bunnies......in all it was a very productive day.......I didn't get to the gym but did 20 minutes on the treadmill at home.

Today I spent a good part of my day blog hopping.  Heather Ross had a studio sale a few weeks ago and today I got an email from her..........my box of goodies will be shipped in about a week.  I am sooooo excited.  It will be like Christmas in October when the box arrives. We don't know what we will be getting.  We gave Heather a few guide lines as to what we would like .....fabric......crafts.....drawings.....stationery.....our order form had a list of things Heather had available for sale.  The less specific we were the better chance we had of having our order filled.  Not even sure what I ordered......I know fabric and fabric scrap bags were 2 of the things but what fabric is coming I don't know..... and you know what...... as long as it was designed by Heather Ross I'll take it...........The sale was over so fast...... lasted less than 30 minutes and she sent a posting on her blog.......... STUDIO SALE SOLD OUT!!  We didn't really have time to think too long.  I love her fabric and so does my DDIL.  Heather is making this so much fun.  I wish my DDIL (she lives in Canada) could be here to open it with me.

Please visit me tomorrow for the Fall-into-Fall Giveaway.

Till tomorrow

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I'm ready to give up on blogging

Thanks for stopping by.......

I tried to put some pictures in my last blog but every time I tried to insert a picture my spacing would get all messed up.  I must be doing something wrong.  Hopefully some day I will be able to blog like a pro.....don't laugh.....so I decided to  just do another post.  This blogging does frustrate me but I will not give up!!!!!!!!!!!

The following quilts were hung at the Belleville quilt show......I did have more quilts entered but my pictures are ..... should I say ...... not very good ..... a photographer I'm not.  I do have lots to work on.....blogging and now picture taking......

This picture is my DGD1's Bugs and Critters quilt. It was the first applique quilt I'd made and I made a second one as a graduation gift for a friend's daughter.  Katie wanted something cheery.

Leah's bugs and critters

The second picture is my first attempt at a one block wonder.  It is quilted with gold metalic thread. I really liked how it turned out.  Thank you Sharie for all your help.  It took me 3 years to finish.

Christmas One Block Wonder

This was a mystery quilt pattern and since I like 30's I thought I couldn't go wrong using 30's fabrics.

30's chain

That's it for quilt pictures.  OMG my pictures need help.

I really liked my pattern purchases at the Novi Sewing Expo.  Two of the patterns are from the line  It's a Jungle Out There are from Sew Wonderful Dreams  Check out their website here.  MamaSpark bought the one with the zebra and the tiger.  It is tooooooo cute too.  Snow Folks is a great pattern if you are into making tea towels.



It's a Jungle Out There


Snow Folks

The other pattern company I really like was Country Faces.  My photos didn't turn out very well as there was a lot of glare.  Their patterns are adorable.  Go here and see how adorable they are.

OMG!!!!!..........2 posts in 2 days.  Please, please leave a comment.  I need the encouragement.  I  am planning to join the Fall into Fall Giveaway on October 1st.  I think I've got a great giveaway planned but I have to figure out how to grab the scarecrow button and add it to my blog.    I'm going to go make dinner now and work on that scarecrow button later.  I may be calling for help later.  

Happy quilting.......





Saturday, September 25, 2010

3 Giveaways and More

The muffin recipe is a great one and one that allows you to have the fresh batter in the fridge for fresh muffins every morning for a week or more.  The recipe makes 5 dozen good size muffins.  I add lots of walnuts and raisins too. 

Ever-Ready Bran Muffins

5       cups all-purpose flour
5       teaspoons baking soda
2       cups brown sugar
3       cups natural bran
3       cups all-bran cereal
2       cups golden raisins
3       eggs
1       cup vegetable oil
1/4    cup molasses
1       quart lowfat buttermilk
1 1/2  cup water

Combine flour, soda, salt, sugar, bran, raisins into a large bowl.  Set aside.  Whisk eggs with oil and molasses in a large mixing bowl.  Beat in milk and water.  Pour into dry ingredients and stir until well mixed.  Cover tightly and keep refrigerated.  To bake stir cold batter and fill greases tins.  I usually use paper cups.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 23 minutes.

Note:  The original recipe calls for 5 cups all-purpose flour but I use only 3 cups all purpose and 2 cups of whole wheat.  I used to use spelt flour a lot years ago.  It is so much better for you than the all-purpose.  You can substitute some of the oil with apple sauce.  I will add fresh blueberries, cranberries, cherries to the batter just before I bake them.  I don't like the fresh fruits sitting in the batter for too many days.  Dates are good too.  Let the batter sit in the fridge at least 1 day.  I find it makes a moister muffin.  Enjoy!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

It's a give away

Honey Bun Giveaway  

Moda HONEY BUN
from Blackbird Designs
called
BEACH HOUSE

Go to Lana's blog and enter she would love to hear from you.  The drawing ends September 27th.  Good Luck everyone.

It's 9:14 and I have a hair app't at 9:30 so I have to R U N no F L Y or I'll be late.  No I AM late.  I'll be back later in the day.

Hugs

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Awesome Giveaway

Head  over to visit Lori Holt (Bee in my Bonnet) and enter to win one of her new Paper Dolls patterns.  Lori is giving away 3 patterns. 



 Good luck everyone.

Till later

 

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Summer's End

With summer almost over I'm going to try to get back into a routine.    I've put on about 10 pounds this summer so I'm definitely going to take them off and a few more.  I've joined a weight loss challenge again and will be exercising more and eating less.  The eating less will be the hard part.  Wish me luck.  I'm also going to try to complete some of my quilting UFO's and to blog more.  It has been a busy summer with out-of-town guests.  Just today my  DGS went back to Canada after spending a week with us.  He is a very busy 5 year old.  It was non stop chatter and wanting my attention and that was OK............the house is very very quiet right now.  We didn't make it to LTW's farm but we did spend Friday at the Toledo Zoo.  It was a perfect day.

Kyler and the ape

On Monday DGS went to the gym with me.  They have a few set times during the week that they offer child care so Moms and Nanas can work out.  This past week, he also did some sewing,

 Kyler Sews Age 5

we went to the water park,  did some shopping.........Target is his favorite store.......and no he didn't get everything he asked for..... he played soccer and went bike riding with his  Bompa.  In all it was a good week.  This year was the first time I had all three grandkids stay with us for a week........of course they had their own week just could not do all three at once.  It is definitely a lot more exhausting having them 24/7 at age 60+ than at 30+.   It was one on one with Nana and Bompa.  All three weeks there were trying times but hopefully cherished memories and we can do it again next year.

I've not been very lucky ....... but I will keep trying .......that is......... to win an Accuquilt GO Cutter.  There seems to be a lot of Accuquilt giveaways lately.  Lots of lucky winners.  Congratulations to Paulette at The Painted Quilt as she just won some dies.  Check out her blog it is wonderful.  She blogged about Amanda's giveaway at The Quilted Fish.  Amanda has a brand new studio........it's gorgeous and she having a giveaway to celebrate.

There is an Accuquilt giveaway at I'm Just A Guy Who Quilts.  Check out Ryan's blog.  The giveaway ends tonight, Sunday September 5.  You may be the lucky winner.  Good Luck everyone.

Hugs