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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

One World, One Heart Event

 And the Winners are:
Acorn Counted Cross Stitch Pillow Kit : Carol from Scottish Heritage Blog
Wild Thing Lavender Scented Sachet and Heart Needlebook: Donna from Brynwood Needleworks blog
Red Satin and Gold Needle Book with rhinestone accents: Tere from Delightful Whimsy's Blog
Congradulations to all the winners on the One World, One Heart Carpet Ride...

To the winners: I have emailed you to send your address, if I do not recieve a reply by Friday the 19th I will assume you do not want the prize and choose a new winner.

Welcome to my blog!
Hello World Traveler's, I hope you are enjoying your Magic Carpet Ride, I know I have been having so much fun visiting all the blogs, last count was over 600 I don't know if I can stop by each and ever one but I will try between now and the end of this event. One World One Heart is a great way to meet other bloggers from all over the world. This is a worldwide event to bring bloggers together, learn about their craft and win great prizes. If you would like more information click on the One World One Heart logo on the sidebar.
As for my little part of the World, I now live in the Florida Gulf Coast area, Lots of white sandy beaches and sunshine. I moved here 10 plus years ago from Lancaster County area in Amish Country. I love crafting things for family and friends. I sew, quilt, embroider, and Cross stitch, I also make cards, stained glass, ceramics, soaps, candles and warm glass. My newest hobby is surfing the blogs for giveaways, I am so addicted to them, I love seeing emails that say you are the winner. I have won quite a few so now is my time to share with my readers and host my own giveaway.
Here's how to enter my One World, One Heart giveaway:

1. leave a comment on this post by February 14th see how easy that is.
2. If you follow my blog just let me know in a comment and you get a second entry.

You need to be a Blogger yourself, in order to qualify, after all this is a blogger event. You must leave an email address if I can't link back to you through your blog in case you are the lucky winner.
When you click on the One World, One Heart logo you will be taken to the site that will explain everything, and show you a list of every participating Bloggers sites. Visit all the blog's! Leave Comments! Win prizes! Check the site often as new blogs will be listed as their authors sign up.

The Prize:I didn't have time to make any thing so I am offering a Counted Cross Stitch Acorn Pillow Kit.
(update) I am adding a second prize drawing, since it will be Valentine's Day I will gift something made by me with hearts. I don't know what it will be, it will be a surprise to the winner. So, two winners will be chosen.
(Final Update) I have finished the second and third prizes for my giveaway, I just got a little carried away in the sewing room. Here is the updated prize list
1. Acorn Counted Cross Stitch Pillow Kit
2. Wild Thing Heart Lavender Sachet and felt needle book
3. Red Satin and Gold Needle Book with
Drawing will be held on February 15th Winners will be notified by email or blog link.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come visit again real soon and Good Luck!
Acorn Counted Cross Stitch Pillow Kit
Winner:   Carol from Scottish Heritage Blog

Winner:  Donna from Brynwood Needleworks blog

Wild Thing Lavender Scented Sachet with rhinestone accents and Felted Heart Needle Book with gold and red beads

Winner:  Tere from Delightful Whimsy's Blog
Red Satin and Gold Needle Book with rhinestone accents

To all my regulars readers, I will post all the updates after the One World, One Heart Event is over. Lots of new information here, like Saturday morning we were surprised by Mariah and her two puppies, we didn't even know she was PG. Puppies are really tiny, but seem to be doing quite well.  See ya soon.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pay it Forward Giveaway

My name was chosen by Marj from and I will be participating in the Pay It Forward Exchange which is based on the "Pay It Forward" Movie. Please take time and join me in this Pay It Forward event.
Here is how it works: I will make and send a handmade gift to 3 lucky winners who leave a comment on this post requesting to join this PIF with me. Winners will be sent a email requesting your preferences. I don't know yet what the gift will be, but it will be handmade by me just for you and it will be sent in the next 6 months. What you need to do in return then is Pay It Forward by making the same commitment on your blog. Please remember I will need a email & blog address to correspond with you. This is your chance to get a handmade gift made by Me!

Calling all Quilter's, Your help is needed

To all my quilting friends in blog land, the charity group I belong to is in desperate need of quilter's. The group is a yahoo group, The World of Charity Stitchers. The members stitch counted cross stitch designs, these are sent to the quilter's who make the squares into blocks and then quilts. I have been involved with this group since this past July, I quilt the lap robes for a nursing home in Alabama. In the past the group had numerous quilter's but over time they have left for one reason or another. The last two quilter's had to stop quilting due to medical problems. There is a backlog of quilts that need finished, I believe they are being made for seriously ill children. This is also a international group, I am not sure where all the members are from, I know there are members in the US and UK. I have not needed help with fabric but the group has helped me with batting and threads. I also understand there is postage money to help with shipping quilts. So if you are looking to volunteer for a worthwhile cause this year, please stop by the WOCS web site, give us a look see and lend a hand, we could really use your help. Also any quilting materials would also be appreciated. Thank You to all my friends for taking time to read this request. For more information on WOCS contact me or visit WOCS Site at

Monday, January 18, 2010

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday to the love of my life, my husband. I will be nice and won't post how many birthdays have come and gone, I just wanted to let you know how special you are to me. Have a great day today, here is your adgenda.
Sleep in this morning
No work today
Mom will call and sing to you (her normal Marlyn impression)
Take a trip into town
Lunch with Mel (Canceled, Sorry but she has to work)
Dinner at Texas Roadhouse.

To all my blogger friends: I am participating in the Pay it forward event on here so check back for more details and how to sign up for this special giveaway.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Baby its cold outside

Photograph by Jenny

I live in the sunshine state called Florida, my only question lately is where is the sunshine. The backyard birds have taken up ice skating on the pond, fountains in the area are turning into ice sculptures and I am in hibernation mode. I moved here to get away from the Winter Blues, to enjoy the warmth of the sun. I will admit that most years our winters were really mild. After all we never pack away our summer clothes and the only reason I still own a winter coat was for my trips up north. This year has been different, we have had to many of those winter days. We even had the threat of snow. That alone would have kept me off the roads as most people here have never had to drive on snow and ice.
I guess you might say I have a good case of the Winter Blues, it is just to cold to venture far. So I stay in my warm house, in my recliner, covered with my blanket, and cross stitch. I am really making progress on Lavender & Lace's Celtic Summer. I also have the added layer of four legged warm bodies snuggling up to me, or maybe they are just trying to take over my blanket.
I am hoping the blues leave soon, as I really need to get into the craft/sewing room and clean. We are planning to venture out this weekend and pick up some storage tubs so I can start packing the items for Ally and Jack. Their stuff is in small boxes that are stacked all over the place. Besides now that the holidays are over I can start working on items for their special events.
Since I have been staying home and keeping warm, I have been spending a lot of time on the computer. I have been finding and entering blog contests and meeting a lot of new friends. I never knew there were so many people who crafted and blogged about it. So many talented women who will share their projects, ideas, tips and hints. Last night I met a woman who lived near my home town and she now lives in Ireland, I met her through a giveaway she was having. As for the giveaways, Yes I admit I am addicted to them but that is a good thing. After all it keeps me out of trouble, I meet lots of nice people, I read their blogs and I WIN things which is the best part. I LOVE WINNING, can you tell I get excited about winning things. I did really good last year with my winnings, I won patterns, material, kits, gift certificates and pin cushions. So far in January I have won Fiskars items, a Santa wall hanging kit and a Sampler cross stitch chart. I have my name in lots of contests, I will just keep my fingers crossed that I will get the email that says I won.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

2010 is here

Welcome 2010, A New Beginning for the New Year, This will take some getting used to saying the year twenty ten.
January 1,
Hubby and I spent the day watching movies, enjoying our traditional New Year Dinner of Pork and Saur Kraut and talking to family members. I also spent some time Hopping as today started the shophop with 180 sites to visit. As we were watching movies I was stitching my Lavender and Lace Celtic Summer project. I started a New Tradition for my New Year, which is to start a New Project for 2010. I read this idea at Arachnes Silken Web's site and decided it would be a wonderful way to start the New Year. My new start was a CCS pattern, the Angel of Hospitality, when finished she will go into a quilt with other angels made by World of Charity Stitchers and be delivered to a nursing home in Alabama. If you would like to learn more of this New Start tradition follow this link
January 2,
Today we will be packing up the Christmas Decorations and getting the house back in order for the New Year. It will be quite awhile till we can take down the outdoor decorations as we need to wait for a sunny day so things may dry out. We have just been having to much rain and everything is saturated. What the rest of today holds, well I have no idea. Guess I will just wait and see what happens, maybe hubby will be nice and take me out to dinner after all the work is done.
First week:
I am hoping to get into my craft and sewing room this week and give it a good cleaning for the New Year, this is my New Beginning. It will take at least a week if not more time to go through things and put things back in place. Then there is getting rid of things (Mel volunteered to be the recipient). If you are a crafter you know what I mean by crafts taking over. After my room is back to where it should be I will then be ready to start all over again.
This year I have Jack's Bar Mitzvah (April)and Alison's Bat Mitzvah (Sept) to make centerpieces for, I have all the components sitting in boxes in my craft room. I am well ahead of my time line on the centerpieces, I made or order all the components so they will just need assembled. Jack's theme is Chinese and it is the year of the Tiger so his will be fireworks and tiger decorations. Ally's is Puppies and Kittens so I came up with a old fashioned Tea Party theme with ceramic puppy's and kittens everywhere. I made a hundred or so animals and old fashioned shoes for her centerpieces and I have been collecting Tea cups for the arrangements which will be filled with sweetheart roses.
I have a box of Counted Cross Stitch Squares that the ladies of WOCS have sent to me to be made into quilts for Century Care Center Nursing Home. I will work on these throughout the year and try to get some Stitching done for some of the children's quilts.
I also have Melanie and Jenny's quilts that need quilted, and I need to get one made for Donnie. His is cut out but I just need to redesign and put it together. These are family heirloom quilts that have their family tree history done in embroidery designs. I also promised Kyle that he could help me make a quilt for his bed this year. He will be designing the quilt and helping with the whole process of making his quilt.
Then there is my Counted Cross Stitch projects most of which are Lavender and Lace Designs. I have been so very fortunate in getting my supplies for this craft. I have found supplies at yard sales, ebay and freecycle (picked up a large box of floss and books this weekend) and of course I am always looking for sales at Jo Ann's or other craft stores. My only problem has been the Lavender and Lace Needlepaints. These colors are discontinued and so very hard to find. I found what I needed for the Celtic Summer but I am still in need of 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 colors for my Celtic Autumn pattern. If you happen to have these colors I would love to have them, any little snippet of the colors would help. If you have finished a project and have leftover thread let me know, if you have new skeins and would like to sell it please contact me. I also need Carron Wildflowers Flame and Burnt Toast if that happens to be in your stash. Maybe we could trade if I have something you need leave a comment and I will get back to you.
These are just some of my projects, there is also the ceramics, my stained glass, my warm glass, my card making and my painting.

SO MANY CRAFT PROJECTS TO DO I know I will be busy all of 2010 How about you?