Archive for February, 2008

And now we are home….

February 25, 2008

pink-lily.jpgand so happy to be sleeping in our own bed. But we had a wonderful time seeing family and visiting and eating. I’ll tell you, I’m sick to death of eating! But going back to your hometown means you have to visit all your favorite restaurants and coffee places, and we did.

We drove to Kansas City on Saturday, since our flight left early Sunday morning. Our hotel had a shuttle to the airport, and about 20 minutes before we left for the airport, it started snowing. And snowing, and snowing. Turns out our flight was delayed 5 1/2 hours due to snow. We missed our connection in Las Vegas, and went standby on the next flight out to Boise and got on the flight! Turns out we arrived in Boise 10 minutes before Shannon did!

We got to meet our newest grandson Elijah –

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and see our little Ryland, (almost 2) who wasn’t quite sure about us –

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Jack was very happy to see us –

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and we were happy to see him. He’s grown up so much in the few months since we’ve seen him. He’s memorized his first Bible verse – ‘I can do anything with Jesus who gives me the strength I need. Philippians 4:13’ He pronounces Philippians different every time and sometimes says ‘socks’ instead of strength… but the message comes through!

We’ve learned a great thing for flying. EXIT ROW SEATS. Lots of leg room. Yes, you have to agree to help in the event of an evacuation but how often does that happen? Even if it did, we’d be happy to help. Either that or be the first ones off the plane. :/

Mike experienced his first earthquake, and frankly was disappointed. If you’ve been watching the news you probably saw pictures of Wells, NV which is just about 1 1/2 from where we were in Idaho, so we felt the earthquake. Wells never gets earthquake, so there is no earthquake insurance on any building – public or private. It’s a very small town (1300 people). I hope they can find a way to restore their homes and town.

So, now we’re home and I’m back to work. Our plan is to have a Grand Opening for Cotton Spice the first week of March. The new March issue will be available – our first free issue – and we’ll have drawings and all kinds of fun things to do. But not if I don’t stop playing on my blog. πŸ™‚

We’re on vacation!

February 16, 2008

Leaving this morning and we’ll be home next Sunday! have a wonderful week!

More ice

February 11, 2008

pink-lily.jpgI just cringe when I look outside. Last night was thunder and lightening… oh so reminiscent. Freezing rain today and snow tonight… please let us keep our electricity! Gotta love this Global Warming, she said, tongue firmly in cheek… wait, let me go get another sweater…

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One more week and we are off to Idaho! Mike and I are so excited to be going.

I sure do like the looks of my new blog. It’s all so nice and compact and ‘together’. You don’t have to scroll down for miles to see the previous post.

Made some new sockies for Riah – superwash wool…

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I got the book “2-at-a-Time Socks” by Melissa Morgan-Oakes and am going to try it. Calls for a 47″ circ which I happen to have. I do love my dpn’s though, but I love the idea of being able to make 2 socks at once. So, we’ll see.

Trying my first intarsia project and am hopelessly lost in the diagram. It’s a really nice felted bag designed by Nicky Epstein. Maybe I need to begin with something simpler. But it’s so pretty! πŸ™‚

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Have a wonderful week!

Macuwita sni Quilt Project

February 8, 2008

pink-lily.jpgJoin me in making lap quilts! Click above to read more about it. I don’t know about you, but I’m so blessed in my life in every way, it’s time to pass it on. Sometimes I turn down the furnace, cause it’s too hot. Some people don’t have that choice.

Here’s the link –Β  It’s on the top of the page, I didn’t explain that very clearly! Sorry! πŸ™‚

The quilty books winner is….

February 7, 2008

pink-lily.jpgKarrin! who wrote “Cut hats. I am interested in being in the drawing.” (now I’m pretty sure she meant to say ‘cute hats’ cause ‘cut hates’ just doesn’t make any sense!” πŸ™‚

CongratsΒ  Karrin! Email me – editor at cottonspice dot com with your address and I’ll get these books in the mail to you!

More later!

Happy Anniversary to me! :)

February 4, 2008

pink-lily.jpgToday is our 3rd anniversary. 3 of the happiest years of my life.

Yesterday Brenda had a 47% off sale at the quilt shop and we went. I went on a polka dot spree… (the fabric on the bottom of the pile is a very light green and white tiny stripe, nearly looks white, but it’s a beautiful shade of pastel green.

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And then I’ve had my eye on this floral fabric for a long time, so I bought the rest of the bolt –

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The lavender/green stripe was just cause I liked it. πŸ™‚ I think I’m going to make some valances for the sewing room/office with the floral.

A friend sent me a BUNCH of QNM – from the 70’s to the 90’s. It’s been so much reading the classified ads in the oldest ones. Here are a few from May 1971 –

PATCHWORK POTHOLDERS, different designs, 35 cents each or 3 for $1 postpaid. (and she gives her name with ‘Mrs.’ before it and her home address)

BE A CHARTER member in my Quilter’s Society! $1 for the first 2 years. (and her name and home address)

LOSE WEIGHT! GAIN PEP! Delicious Formula 50 cents (from the same woman who wants charter members for her Quilter’s Society)

QUILT PATTERNS: Booklet of 14 patterns, $1.50 (and her business name and home address)

ORIGINAL QUILT PATTERNS, pieced or applique. 25 cents each or 6 for $1 (again, Mrs….. and home address)

OLD FASHIONED BABY PRINTS or assorted paisley prints, 100 4 x 4″ $1.25. Book 2 “K.C. Star Patchwork”, 24 patterns plus 4 quilting designs. $1.85 each or 2 for $3.25 (this ladies first name is Mable)

QUICKEST AND EASIEST homemade bread recipe I’ve found yet, plus good calorie and nutrition chart of everyday foods that every concerned homemaker should have in her kitchen. Send $1 and stamped, self addressed envelope for each set wanted.

Oh we’ve had fun reading through these ads, and looking at the old magazines. We just don’t remember how good we have it now – with all our wonderful cotton fabrics, and at least a dozen choices for batting and a zillion books with patterns and techniques… we’ve come a long way, baby!

Comments on this post go into the quilt book drawing! Have a wonderful day!

Giving Away More Stuff…..

February 2, 2008

Congrats Leah! I’m always amazed by how ‘non-random’ a random picking of a number is. One time I made a quilt from simple 3″ squares. I put them all in a brown paper bag and the rule was, I had to sew in the order the squares came out – no matter what! I couldn’t believe how often I picked the same fabric over and over. It was a brown paper bag, I shook it for mixing purposes often, and even closed my eyes when picking! Still… the quilt had many fabrics next to each other that were the same. I have no explanation for that… but Leah’s happy and so I’m happy! πŸ™‚ I’ll get your quilt in the mail Monday!
I’d been looking for a knitting charity to become involved in – and I found one!

Β “Macuwita sni” is a Lakota term which translates to: “I’m not cold”!

The several thousand children of the Cheyenne River Sioux in South Dakota need our hand knitted wool sweaters!!!

If you love to knit & want to open both your heart & stash to warm a child …. do join! There are no fees … no schedules …. no requirements – well, I guess wool yarn, a little time and a little mail money to send your creation to SD are the basics which you will need.

Our focus is child sized clothing – size 2 -14. WOOL is WONDERFUL – although a wool/acrylic blend is OK as long as the concentration of wool to acrylic is higher. ~ (No cottons or 100% acrylics please!)~

Please consider a larger size too. Yes – it may take a wee bit longer to knit & use a wee bit more yarn – but older children are sometimes over looked. Heck the style *is* oversized anyway!

Got extra wool?? Maybe a hat … or mittens … or sox … or vest!

This group is a work in progress … let us have fun & knit or crochet!! It would be wonderful if we heard “Macuwita sni ” yelled out, loud & clear!

I’m pretty excited about this and have already knitted 2 hats.

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So… let’s have another giveaway! πŸ™‚ I’m telling you – this is too much fun! What to give away, what to give away… let’s see….

How about a collection of quilting books? I picked out 5 books from my library, that I’m willing to part with –

  • Double Pinwheel Quilt by Eleanor Burns
  • Star Log Cabin Quilt by Eleanor Burns
  • 24 Quilted Gems by Gai Perry
  • Amish Quilts – A Rodale Quilt Book
  • Rug Hooking For The First Time by Donna Lovelady (isn’t that a pretty name?)

Leave a comment starting today until Wednesday Feb 6, 2008 and I’ll pick a winner Wednesday Night. Isn’t this fun? πŸ™‚

The winner of the strawberry quilt….

February 1, 2008

pink-lily.jpgis Leah S. of leahsgarden.blogspot.com according the random number generator. Leah, email me at editor at cottonspice.com with your shipping information, and I’ll get that quilt on it’s way to it’s new home! πŸ™‚ Congrats Leah!