Are You Caught Up? Dare You Say It Out Loud? 09/12/2012


I am finally caught up!!!!!!  Shhhhh, can’t let anyone hear that..or I won’t be for long. 🙂

So, what is my plan?  Well, I cleaned out my stash!!!! I had a garbage bag full of ‘I will never use this’ stuff so I sent it off to the middle for the home economics classes!

The rest has been sorted by the sizes of the pieces and I am measuring and cutting (prepping) items that I can make and put in my studio, here, soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am also planning to sell at the Christmas Craft Fair at the Church across the street and at the local high school Christmas Craft Fair !!!

In the meantime, and in my ‘spare’ time, I will work on my bedroom re-make and want to finish painting in the house.  Also, there are Christmas gifts to make and oh, yeah, I almost forgot….(NOT), a couple of outfits for me to pack for Maui!!!!

Of course, I still have alterations coming in, as well as a couple of memory quilts that are not due for quite some time, yet.

I will measure, cut, and add to the pile of  ‘ready to sew’ so when it is all cut, all I have to do is sit at the machine and not get up until it is all done….I find it very distracting to measure and cut and then go sew and then back up to measure and cut and sew again.  This way, ALL my projects will be ready to just sew. Somehow, when I walk out of the sewing room, I find so many things to do before I go back and before I know it….the day is gone!!!!

What are you doing?  Do you have a list of Christmas projects?  How’s your stash?  Is there something you can donate to a local school?  Do you feel ‘caught up?’

Have a wonderful and productive day!  Thanks for stopping by and be sure to set yourself up to follow here because there will be new things going into my studio soon!!!!!

~Louise

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Can You Spare 60 Seconds?


Just a small reminder and request for everyone to take 60 seconds, one minute, of our busy days, whether you are in the shower, eating a meal, working at your job, tucking your kids safely into bed this evening, or kissing your significant other ‘good night,’ take one minute, be silent while you remember all those who don’t have any more minutes, and their families who miss them EVERY minute as well as all those who were right there in a  minute or less to do what they could, while risking their future minutes, to save someone!!!

Just one minute!!!!! I am grateful for all my minutes thanks to all those who have sacrificed!!!!!

Thanks, also, to all those who are out there continuing to protect and making sure these United States, stay FREE and united and safe from all that is lethal!!!!  Thanks to their families who are missing them, but know why, their little ones who don’t know why, but just do miss mommy or daddy.

Thanks, lastly, that I live in the UNITED STATES of AMERICA, and God Bless Us All!!!!!

‘Let’s roll,’  with these one minutes, today!!!!!!

 

~Louise

 

Have You Met This Author/Artist? 09/10/2012


I have a special someone here with me today! Ruth Ann Nordin. She is an author! Haven’t heard of her? Go check her out!

I better let her tell you who she is and what she does!

Unlike most authors, I didn’t start out life with a love for storytelling or reading.  In fact, I hated reading and writing up until I was in grade twelve.  Hi, everyone!  My name is Ruth Ann Nordin, and I’m proof that even if you didn’t enjoy something as a kid, it’s never too late to make it your life’s passion.  Granted, I’m not that old.  I’m currently 37 and a stay-at-home to four elementary-aged boys.
I dabbled a bit with writing when I was in high school and college, but my real love was reading during that time.  So nothing came out of the stuff I wrote back then.  However, the day came when I found myself searching for a particular book I wanted to read, but I realized it wasn’t anywhere.  I bugged sales people at bookstores, searched online, and asked others in forums.  There were books close to what I wanted to read, but they weren’t exactly what I wanted to read.  This was back in late 2007.
I will back up for a moment to add that I did publish non-romance books from 2002 to 2006, but they weren’t books I was passionate about.  I was afraid to write romance novels because my family pretty much said romance was “trash,” and it’s awkward to see these people when you’re doing something that they don’t approve of.  So I wrote science fiction, fantasy, and thrillers (aka. books they approved of).
It was in 2007 when I got a brochure in my mailbox for romance novels.  Interested, I browsed through it and ordered a couple of books.  I realized I enjoyed reading those much more than the books I was making myself read (because of my family’s influence).  Reading romances led to ideas for romance stories, so I decided to write one.
I honestly expected to write one or two romance novels and stop writing for a year because that’s how it was with the other genres I’d written in the past.  But romance was different, and the more I wrote, the more ideas I got.  An Inconvenient Marriage was the romance novel that got me started on the road to where I am today.  Then with Eye of the Beholder, I developed a love for historical western romances.  Recently, I discovered how much fun it is to write Regencies. Now it’s 2012.  I just finished Her Counterfeit Husband, which is my 26th romance to date.  I’ll have Bound by Honor, Bound by Love (my 27th romance) out soon, and I’m currently writing three more romances.  My goal is to hit 50 romances and after that, I’ll aim for a higher goal.
 
When I’m not writing, I like to go out to the zoo, nature trails, the pool (in the summer), and movies with my husband and children.  I still read, and ironically, I lean towards nonfiction.  I guess it’s because I immerse myself so much in writing fiction that it helps my mind to get a break.
I’m a firm believer in the idea that our past doesn’t define who we are.  If so, then I wouldn’t be a writer today since I hated writing early on.  I think if there’s an interest someone has, they should pursue it and see if more comes of it.  Sometimes it doesn’t lead to more, but sometimes it can become a person’s greatest passion in life.  You just never know unless you try.  I also believe that failure is an opportunity to learn how to do something better.  So I’m not afraid of being imperfect as long as I’m improving with each new book I write.  And that’s the same thing I tell my kids when they don’t get a perfect grade on their work assignment in school.  It’s a lot more important that you’re doing better now than you did yesterday.  I also believe it’s better to try than to never take the risk.
Here are some links:

If you are an artist, or know of an artist you think deserves to be featured, please let me know by leaving a comment here.

My featured artist will go on to be featured again,  this week,  on Karen’s blog  and was just featured on Bridgett’s blog! So you get maximum exposure! Since we all do different things you will reach different readers on each of our blogs and you really get your name out there! It’s really great. And best of all: It’s free! If you enjoyed reading this and want to be featured, or know of someone that you think should be featured, leave a comment on this post, or email me at SlaveToMyNeedles@comcast.net.

(I do reserve the right to censor what I feature. I have a family friendly blog and WILL keep it that way! I hope you understand! )

~Louise

Happy Grandparents’ Day! 09/09/2012


Well, if you are a grandparent you deserve a salute, good wishes and most of all to be happy not just today, but every day,  as well as proud and loved.I am a grandparent of five grandmiracles by my children and four more by the spouses of my children.  They are all my grandchildren.  The only ‘steps’ in our family are the ones that lead us to each other’s welcoming front doors.Here are some of the goofy little faces that are part of the reason I want to wake up every morning!! :)
 Enjoy your family, your grandchildren and your day.

So many of you are raising your grandchildren for so many different reasons and my hat is off to you.  I would like to think I could do it if I HAD to, but just an overnight with two or three of the youngest and I am beat!!! So, congrats to you who do it daily.

We grandparents come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors, but one thing seems consistent among us all….as much as we love our children more than life itself….it is a whole new love experience when you become a grandparent.  One I will forever be grateful for having experienced.

Now, go make some memories with your grandchildren—visit, call, Skype, whatever you have to do to make today just a little more special!

Oh, hold on, please!!!!! Not so fast.  I have one more thing I’d like to do before we all go have a wonderful day.

Please, stop for one moment and remember all the lost grandparents and grandchildren from the 11-year-old tragedy of 9-11-2001.

God Bless Them All!  We will NEVER forget.

~Louise

I Knew There Was A Reason I Couldn’t Sleep And Just Had To Get Up @ 2 A.M. !!!


I found myself wide awake at 2 a.m., and as hard as I tried to go back to sleep, my eyes wouldn’t stay closed and I then got this gnawing feeling to come to my laptop and just catch up on emails, etc.  So, I did.  When you can’t beat them, join them!!! 🙂

Well, my first email was a notification of a new post on one of my favorite blogs, ever! I went right to it, knowing it would be good as usual and all I can say is it was better than good!!!  Bridgett was nominated for an award!!! She so deserves this! She writes THE most interesting things and you are almost certain to learn something at every turn.  In addition, she is a pro and actually, now, is a teacher and living out her dream in a beautiful little yarn shop.  I am sure she keeps asking people to pinch her to make sure she isn’t just having this very long and exciting dream!!! Congrats, Bridgett!!!! Go check out her blog and see the most beautiful work she does and I am sure if you check out her ‘most recent posts’ list you will find something exciting about food, probably that is growing in her yard that she has done something magnificent with, or learn something about an herb or two. The one thing I know for sure is you will be hooked and then excited every time you get a notification that she has posted something new!

Bridgett and I have been online buddies for approximately two years.  We chat nearly every day, and have soooo very much in common.  The only thing I can find wrong with Bridgett is she lives as far across the country as she possibly could from me.  We do share one goal in common…..one day one of us will be sitting at the other’s home, sharing hugs, an herbal tea and chatting and laughing till we lose our voices!!! THAT will happen, and when it does, it will be too short a visit for sure!!!  Bridgett loves to share her life, her stories, her recipes and her happiness.  She did this today with me, again.  This time she nominated me for the same beautiful award as she was nominated for!

THANK YOU, Bridgett!!!!  Coming from you, this is an honor!!!!

Bridgett likes to keep things exciting and fun so she gave me some rules.  The first one is to thank her.  Well, I have done that, both on her blog and here!  Thanks, again, Bridgett! ♥

The next rule is I am supposed to tell you seven things about myself…Yikes, I will try! Most of you know some of these things, about me, I am sure, but here goes!

1.   I am married to the most wonderful and supportive husband a girl could ask for. We have been married 33 years!

2.  My husband and I never had a honeymoon, so………We are headed to Maui on December 26th for 10 glorious days of celebrating a wonderful life together, raising four children, and sharing the fun and love of 9 grandmiracles!

3.  I love to sew! I love to cook, spend time with my grandmiracles, kick back once in a while and forget everything on my ‘to do’ list and do nothing all day on one of my husband’s days off. We don’t get to do this often, but it sure is fun when we do.  Oh, did I mention I LOVE to sew? 

4.  I love the ocean and everything in and about it!

5.  My dream has always been to have a beautiful log cabin on the beach, so that I can sit in the wall of windows on the top floor and sew while looking up now and again to see my hubby and our little grandkids playing in the sand!

6.  I love Thanksgiving and Christmas! I love having lots and lots of people over so I can cook for them!

7.  I love life and don’t believe in wasting one minute of it!  Oh, I know, you just thought of my love of doing nothing on hubby’s day off…but that time, being lazy with him, playing cards, watching a good movie or two, and just spending quality time is CERTAINLY never wasted with him. 

Okay, well if you know Bridgett, you guessed it….one more rule!!!! HaHaHa!!!  This is a fun rule as I get to nominate 15 of my favorite blogs!!!  I wish I could nominate Bridgett, but somebody beat me to it!! Drum roll, please!!!!

This list is in no particular order:

1.  Love It Handmade.  Jan has just completed a beautiful first Christmas gift for her new grandson! Go check it out!

2.  Artisan Originals.  Valorie was born to craft..ANYTHING and EVERYTHING!

3.  Poison Ivy Designs.  Ivy crochets and makes beautiful jewelry, but she is also a real estate agent and a nail technician.

4.  Project Remnant Redo.  You just have to check this out and see all the creativity and thought that goes into her creations.

5.  The Course of Our Seasons.  Kathleen shares her adventures of living in a circa 1800 farmhouse, and her current life in the Ozarks is shared in her poetry. She shares photos, recipes and more.

6.  The Renegade Seamstress.  Beth, among other things, is the queen of refashion.  This woman can turn anything into classy!!!! She has soooo many awesome tutorials. Her work is impeccable.

7.  Elegant Musings.  Casey shares her love for vintage, creativity and on-the-spot inspiration!

8.  Cheryl’s Purple Cow.  Cheryl brings awareness in a most unique way!!

9.  Red Door Home.  Stacy’s goal is to inspire you to create the home of your dreams and she reaches that goal. She has been featured in many, many home magazines, including Better Homes for starters!

10. Make It and Love It. Ashley is all about crafting, sewing and designing!  She shares tutorials and makes everything fun!

11. The Mother Huddle. Destri says if she had to pick one word to describe her blog it would be ‘sharing,’ and she does just this with DIY projects, tutorials, recipes and more.

12. Sew For Dough. Linda shares fantastic tips for alterations and more!

13. Sewaholic. Tasia is a self-described sewaholic!  She blogs about sewing projects, tips and inspiration. She has recently launched her own pattern collection.

14.  Sally Ann. Sally likes to sew and talk about recycling.

15. Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity. Sarah blogs that healthy and quality food doesn’t have to cost a fortune or come from an expensive natural store with awesome recipes and tips and photos and info about her garden.

There you have it!  I follow many more blogs, but these are my most favorite and the ones I will actually read from start to finish and not just skim or read the summary and go on. 

To all my nominees, please pat yourself on the back and then follow these rules;

  1. Leave a comment thanking ME hahaha.. I mean: the person that nominated you, and please be sure you are following this blog, and it is in your Blog Roll,
  2. Post the Lovely Blog Award to your blog,
  3. Tell us 7 things about you,
  4. Nominate 15 more blogs,
  5. Go to your nominees’ blogs and let them know they have been nominated!

I hope you have enjoyed this and will check out my nominees!  You will love them. Also, please check out Bridgett’s blog as she is just plain and simple blog candy!!!

Thanks, again, Bridgett! 

Just a small reminder;  If you or anyone you know is an artist of hand made items, and would like to be or think someone you know would like to be featured on three blogs in a week’s time, just e-mail me pics of your work, and a few paragraphs about yourself and what you do and I will send you a schedule of where and when you will be featured.  It is FREE advertising, so send me some info.

Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day!

~Louise

Have You Met This Artist?? 09/03/2012


I have a wonderful artist to feature today!!!!

THIS COULD BE YOU! Just shoot an email to Bridgett @ ramblingdesigns@gmail.com  and she will let you know what she needs for YOUR feature! :D

Now, here is Dale Ann Potter!!!

I am a Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Positivity Coach and Speaker who lives in a small town in SW Saskatchewan, Canada. I grew up on a farm  in east central Alberta so this little town is perfect for me!  I have lived in large cities across this country of ours, but this is HOME! I enjoy the landscape – places where I can see for milesand miles and also, places that have surprises behind the hills and trees.


I have been creating all my life.  I recall sewing by hand with Mom when I was 4 or 5.  I never thought of myself as an “ARTIST” until 2001.  I kept telling myself that I needed an ART degree! I am ever expanding and enjoying trying new ideas, techniques, etc. I know as a business you are supposed to concentrate on one thing and GO BIG.  I LOVE both textiles and mixed media, so I use them both in my artwork.  Sometime it’s more textiles than papers, etc. and sometime it’s reverse – this is the reason I call myself a Textile Mixed Media Artist!

I branched out last year into being a Positivity Coach.  I have been, myself, expanding with courses, workshops, many books, etc. and have been promoting a more POSITIVE LIFE.  People started noticing. I was asked by a couple people about coaching, then one more and one more. Again, I have been told that I should have a degree or initials behind my name in order to do this, but I feel EXPERIENCE is also a great teacher.  I coach using art journaling as it’s been therapy for me over the years.

Presently, I am teaching 5 online workshops/programs and more to come in the fall.  My website: http://www.daleannepotter.com has more information.  One of the events I am honored to host is the first Positively Creative Retreat to be held in April 2013 with a special guest.  Positivity, Creativity and Serenity – what more could you ask for?
I have many more surprises coming in the future and the best thing to keep up on these will be my Newsletter (sign up on my website).

If you are an artist, or know of an artist you think deserves to be featured, please let me know by leaving a comment here.

My featured artist will go on to be featured again,  this week,  on Karen’s blog  and was just featured on Bridgett’s blog! So you get maximum exposure! Since we all do different things you will reach different readers on each of our blogs and you really get your name out there! It’s really great. And best of all: It’s free! If you enjoyed reading this and want to be featured, or know of someone that you think should be featured, leave a comment on this post, or email me at SlaveToMyNeedles@comcast.net.

(I do reserve the right to censor what I feature. I have a family friendly blog and WILL keep it that way! I hope you understand! )

~Louise

Where Did The Summer Go? 09/01/2012


Wow, it has been a crazy and busy summer!!!! I spent a little insomnia time catching up on blog reading, answering emails, etc. this morning and was very inspired as most of the blogs I read were updates on what has been keeping the authors away…Well, for some it was work and others it was summer time fun.

For me, it has been both!!!

It started with a violin concert for one of my granddaughters.

 

 

Then there was a 5th grade crossing over (into middle school) ceremony for a grandson…Sorry, I forgot to bring my camera. REALLY??? Oh, sometime getting old really is maddening.

Then onto a preschool graduation, for the youngest grandchild!!!!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, there was kindergarten graduation, for the youngest granddaughter!!!

Then, we went on vacation at Newfound Lake lake house at end of July.  Perfect week, with great friends, great weather and so much fun and relaxation!  Just what the doctor ordered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, there was another vacation in the middle of August.  This one was spent with the youngest two grandmiracles.  We did a picnic at a local lake, and some shopping and some fun stuff, and that week ended with a huge family reunion at Fort Foster in Kittery, Maine.  Later in the week, dinner out with the hubby to celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I wrapped up August by hosting a baby shower for my niece.

HaHaHa, while editing before posting this, I just noticed one of my granddaughters sitting/hiding on the sofa…wants no part of being in a pic…LOL!!!!

Of course, in between all this fun stuff there were orders to be completed, deadlines to meet, and life as usual!! A couple of memory quilts as well as nursery bedding can be seen on my Studio  Page.

Today is September 1.  Unbelievable!!!! This is National Sewing Month!  It is also when all the kids start school again. Allow extra time for the school bus delays on the roads, drive safely!

This morning, I have a panic-stricken bride coming over to have her dress fitted for alterations, as the seamstress she had left it with called her Thursday to let her know that she will not be able to do the alterations.  Her wedding is October 5! I am sure she will be in a better state of mind when she leaves.

For this month, I have a list of birthday and Christmas gifts to get moving on, as well as a project for my bedroom that I haven’t been able to get to,  so hopefully, this is the month for the bedroom.

In addition, I Halloween costume orders are coming in!!!!

So, now you have my update!!!! How was your summer?  What’s next for you?

Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

Only 117 days till I leave on a jet plane headed to Maui for 10 luxurious days to have my long overdue (33 years) honeymoon!!! Can’t wait!

~Louise