Archive for September, 2007

Pay It Forward!

September 21, 2007

payitforward3210×160.jpgIt’s the Pay It Forward Exchange. It’s based of the concept of the movie “Pay it Forward? where acts or deeds of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on, with hope that the recipients of the acts of kindness are passed on. You all know I’m already a PIF type of person. So here’s how it works. I will make and send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I do not know what that gift will be yet, and it won’t be sent this month, probably not next month, but it will be sent (within 6 months) and that’s a promise! What YOU have to do in return, then, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

UPDATE  9-29-07 Ok, I have room for one more!!! Surely there is one more person who would like to receive a handmade giftie from me!!! I’m pretty good at more than one thing 🙂

The Day/Ny-Quil love affair

September 21, 2007

geraniums.jpgYup, I love ’em.

Just about the time I got over my allergies I got this horrible, awful flu/cold/plague type of illness. Yes I’m whining. I kept working on the New Jersey Girls quilt, made so many mistakes. Fixed them and soldiered on. Finally had to acknowledge defeat and call in the reinforcements. Brenda to the rescue! She agreed to finish the quilt and have it ready for the machine quilter today. But it is giving her fits too, so it may be a ‘project for another day’. We’ll see.

I did get dressed today – that’s an improvement but I keep my dayquil close by. The laundry HAD to be done if Mike was going to go to work tomorrow in clothes. I kind of threw it all down the stairs cause there was too much to carry. It’s washing.

It’s time to watch I Love Lucy and knit something simple. Back later when I’m healthier.

It must be Fall

September 14, 2007

because my eyes, throat and ears are itchy beyond belief! And yesterday I bought bread flour. Two sure signs of Fall. It’s time for drugs and bread to be baked.

Currently I’m working a quilt for New Jersey Girls. It’ll be in the December magazine and also hanging in their booth at Market. So, I have to have it finished really really quickly. The bad part? I ran out of one of the fabrics. One half of the NJG is quickly sending me more, but it isn’t here yet.

I also have a get a quilt done from Ho! Ho! Ho! to put it up on the website to make up for the lack of quilts in the September issue.

Various Christmas projects are underway, and I can’t say anything about any of them.

Just believe me, I’m busy. And itchy.

Yesterday I bought mini pumpkins at the grocery store. They also had white pumpkins and tiger stripe pumpkins. I had no idea.

Have you seen this? Seasonal Delight Magazine.  This is a Gorgeous magazine, started by Kelli and Phillip Winn. They work out of their home and put much of themselves into their publication. The first issue is available online – go and check them out. Tell them Cotton Spice sent you! I highly recommend this magazine.

Back to quilting… have a wonderful day!

Visit my Etsy Shop!

September 5, 2007


Visit my Etsy Shop I’ve listed some quilts I’d like to sell, but I’ll be listing some other things in the coming days. I have to admit I miss making and selling things, as in the dreaded craft fair days. ugh. Did I really say that? However, Etsy is the best of both worlds – no setting up a booth, no manning a booth in the rain and wind, it’s open 24/7 and I just have the fun of making things!

It’s turning fall-like here – the Crepe Myrtle are blooming (a local ad had them listed as Crape Myrtle)




September 2, 2007

Took the picture of the bonsai this morning, so it’s up to date –

bonsai1.jpg bonsai2.jpg

Here is nearly 3 boxes of neatly wound thread –


And two bags of pearle cotton –


Stitch 2 – buttonhole stitch. I’ve done this stitch often in my life, used it for various things. I learned all kinds of different ways to do the buttonhole stitch from TAST.



and also the Lazy Daisy stitch, which could be a lot of fun in an existing stitchery. With beads.

Back to my threads and fabrics!

My first Tag!

September 1, 2007

geraniums.jpgMy friend Helen in Australia, and author of one of my favorite quilt books “Pyjama Party” has tagged me! She even gave me a choice in tags, as she received 3. Hmmm… what to do, what to do…

Ok, I’ll do this one, it seems easiest. My middle name is long – corrine – so I’m not too inclined to do the first. The next one is tell 8 things about yourself and the next is 7 things about yourself. SO, I’ll go with 7 – if there is that many! 🙂

1. In the days before we all owned our own copy machines, I worked at a Copy Center and was fired because ‘I had no affinity for copying’. Only time I’ve ever been fired.

2. I once got lost in the town I had lived in for over 20 years.

3. I wrote a book and it went into second printing less than 30 days after it came out. 🙂 “Log Cabin Quilts: A Brand New Story” by karen murphy. It’s still available on Amazon.

4. After a lifetime of disliking sports of any kind, I am now an avid baseball fan, with a team – St. Louis Cardinals. I credit this to my husband who is a Cardinal fan and happily talked to me through games, telling me about the different players and the rules.

5. I met my husband in a Christian chat room on New Years Eve 2004 and married him 4 weeks later.

6. I love going to the rodeo.

7. I have 7 grandsons and another grandson on the way and my first granddaughter on the way!

Phew! I managed 7! So, I’ll tag Laura , Rebecca, Shannon, Joanna, Tammy, well… is 5 enough? 🙂