Tuesday, December 28, 2010

" Heart From The Heart" Swap Update

Lots of interest in the swap
if you missed out on the details
they may be found here.

Here is a list of participants
I have recieved info from;

Sue
DeeDee
Donna
Shirley
Kim
Wendy
Jan
Terri
Stacie
Jill
Laura
Jillayne
Peggy

If you want to be included
we would love to have you
join us.

Love to all,
Debbie

Sunday, December 26, 2010

A "Heart From The Heart" Heart Swap

Now that we have Christmas behind us,
 I am hoping everyone is ready for some
 quiet time of stitching and sharing. 
 I would like to organize a Heart Swap. 

 You may remember I participated
 in a heart swap last fall.
 Here is the heart,
 I created for that swap.


Have you ever participated in a swap only to be
disappointed by the fact you received nothing in
return?   Or, what you received did not
compare to the amount of work you had
invested in the creation you sent.
So, these disappointments won't happen
please, consider the following.

"Heart from the Heart"
Heart Swap
Guidelines


Heart should be no larger than 8" x 5"  
and no thicker than 1  5/8"
(this will allow them to fit into a Flat Rate Shipping Box). 

  Heart to be created from fabric and stuffed.

A loop or chain for hanging should be attached.
    
 Surface is to be decorated. 
 You may use the 
media of your choice,
 beads,
stitching,
 lace,
 mixed media,
 paint, whatever
be creative!

Please, put your heart into the heart
 you create.

After you create your heart,  mail them to me,
with the return postage included,
by Monday, February 7th.
If I have not received it by that date you
will not be included in the swap.

I will then swap the hearts
 and mail one back to you.

I will mail out in a Flat Rate Shipping box.
Include postage for a heart to be sent back to you.

Flat Rate Fees for 2011
Small  Box
8 5/8" x 5 3/8" x 1 5/8"
$5.20  USA
$11.95 Mexico and Canada
$13.95  International
Add $1.00 for Delivery Confirmation


This eliminates any guess work as
to what the cost will be.
Since you are paying the postage
this Swap is open to everyone
no matter where you live.
(I have had questions about sending
money from overseas.  I have found
there are International Money Orders.
Maybe this option will work,
 if  this is your situation.)
You will find a Valentine Surprise from
me in your return package!


If you would like to participate
please, email me with the following info,
 as soon as possible.

Your name,
 address,
email address,
 and blog name.
Your favorite colors.
Preferred media you would like
to receive back if possible.
 Crazy Quilting,
 Mixed Media,
Patchwork....
  It may not matter
 and sometimes seeing
something new, may inspire you
into a new direction or media.

Please, if you see any additional
details I have forgotten, let me know!


Love to all,
Debbie

Friday, December 24, 2010

Answers to Final Exam Christmas Songs

Hope you had fun with the game.
100% correct answers assures
you of a full Christmas stocking
tonight!

1.  Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer

2.  Silent Night

3.  Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem

4.  Jolly Old St. Nicholas

5.  Deck The Halls

6.  Joy To The World

7.  Hark, The Herald Angels Sing

8.  We Three Kings

9.  Away In A Manger

10. Up On The Housetop

11. Oh, Come All Ye Faithful

12. Holy Night

13.  I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas

14. Silver Bells

15. The Twelve Days Of Christmas

16. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

17. Frosty The Snowman

18. All I Want For Christmas Is My 2 Front Teeth

19. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

20.  Walking In A Winter Wonderland

Results
15-20 Correct    You don't need any yuletide spirit.
10-14 Correct    You could use something in your stocking
   5-9  Correct    Are you sure you have the right holiday?
    1-4 Correct    Surely you jest?!?!

May visions of sugar plums dance through your head.
As tonight you lay sleeping, all snug in your bed.
My wish for you,
I hope it comes true.
Is happiness and cheer,
in the coming New Year!

Love to all!
Debbie

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Final Exam---Christmas Songs

The following words are alternate titles for several well known Christmas carols.

 1. Quadruped With Crimson Proboscis

 2. Eight P.M. to Six A.M. Without Noise

 3. Minuscule Hamlet in the Near East

 4. Ancient Benevolent Despot

 5. Adorn the Vestibule

6. Exuberance Directed in the Planet

7. Listen, Aerial Spirits Announcing

8. Trio of Monarchs

9. Yonder in the Hay Stack

10. Cherubim Audited from Aloft

11. Assemble, Everyone Who Believes

12. Hallowed Post Meridian

13. Fantasies of a Colorless December 25th

14. Tin Tintinabulations

15. A Dozen 24 Hour Yule Periods

16. Befell During the Transparent Bewitching Hour

17. Homo Sapien of Crystallized Vapor

18. Desire a Pair of Incisors on December 25th

19. I Spied my Maternal Parent Osculating

20. Perambulating Through a December Solstice Fantasy

I will post the answers tomorrow!

Love to all,
Debbie

Friday, December 17, 2010


WHY WOULD GOD BECOME A MAN?


There was once a man who didn't believe in God,
 and he didn't hesitate to let others know how he
 felt about religion and religious holidays, like Christmas.

His wife, however, did believe, and she raised their
 children to also have faith in God and Jesus,
despite his disparaging comments.
 One snowy Christmas Eve,
 his wife was taking their children
 to a Christmas Eve service
 in the farm community in which they lived.
 She asked him to come,
 but he refused
. "That story is nonsense!",
 he said.
 "Why would God lower Himself to come to Earth as a man?
 That's ridiculous!"
 So she and the children left, and he stayed home..
A while later, the winds grew stronger
 and the snow turned into a blizzard.
 As the man looked out the window,
 all he saw was a blinding snowstorm.
 He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening.
 Then he heard a loud thump.
 Something had hit the window.
Then another thump.
 He looked out, but couldn't see more than a few feet.
When the snow let up a little,
 he ventured outside to see what could have been
 beating on his window.
 In the field near his house he saw a flock of wild geese.
 Apparently they had been flying south
 for the winter when they got caught in the
 snowstorm and could not go on.
 They were lost and stranded on his farm,
with no food or shelter.
 They just flapped their wings
 and flew around the field in low circles,
 blindly and aimlessly.
 A couple of them had flown into his window, it seemed.
The man felt sorry for the geese
 and wanted to help them.
The barn would be a great place for them to stay,
 he thought. It is warm and safe;
 surely they could spend the night
 and wait out the storm.
 So he walked over to the barn
 and opened the doors wide,
 then watched and waited,
 hoping they would notice the open barn and go inside.
 But the geese just fluttered around aimlessly
 and did not seem to notice the barn
 or realize what it could mean for them.
 The man tried to get their attention,
 but that just seemed to scare them
 and they moved further away.
 He went into the house and came
 back out with some bread, broke it up,
 and made a bread crumb trail leading to the barn.
 They still didn't catch on.
 Now he was getting frustrated.
 He got behind them and tried to shoo
 them toward the barn,
 but they only got more scared and
 scattered in every direction except
toward the barn.
 Nothing he did could get them to go
 into the barn where they would be warm and safe.
 "Why don't they follow me?!",
 he exclaimed.
 "Can't they see this is the only place
 where they can survive the storm?"
 He thought for a moment and realized that they
 just wouldn't follow a human.
 "If only I were a goose,
 then I could save them",
 he said out loud.
Then he had an idea.
 He went into barn,
 got one of his own geese,
 and carried it in his arms as he
 circled around behind the flock of wild geese.
 He then released it.
 His goose flew through the flock
 and straight into the barn
and one by one the other
 geese followed it to safety.
 He stood silently for a moment
 as the words he had spoken
 a few minutes earlier replayed in his mind:
 "If only I were a goose,
 then I could save them!
 Then he thought about
 what he had said to his wife earlier.
 "Why would God want to be like us?
 That's ridiculous!"
 Suddenly it all made sense.
 That is what God had done.
 We were like the geese - blind, lost, perishing.
 God had His Son
 become like us so
 He could show us the way and save us.
 That was the meaning of Christmas,
 he realized.
 As the winds and blinding snow died down,
 his soul became quiet
 and pondered this wonderful thought.
 Suddenly he understood what
 Christmas was all about,
 why Christ had come.
 Years of doubt and disbelief
 vanished like the passing storm.
 He fell to his knees in the snow,
 and prayed his first prayer:
"Thank You, God,
 for coming in human form
 to get me out of the storm!"


Author unknown


Hoping you have found
 Refuge from the storm.

Love to all and
Merry Christmas!
Debbie

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Ornaments

I have been busy making Christmas Ornaments for a local photographer.
The ornaments have 2 photographs sandwiched between 2 pieces of glass,
or in some cases 1 photograph with a mirror on the back.  They are a lovely
keepsake.  Liz the photographer is very talented and is making quite a name
for herself. 
I have a 95 year old Grandmother that up until the last couple of years,
was a crafter that few could keep up with.  I taught her how
to make a folded cloth Christmas Ornament.  The squares of cloth
are folded and pinned to a Styrofoam ball.   Once my Grandmother
started making these she was like a little factory.  I would go for a
visit and she would have a box full of them finished.  She would
not allow anyone leave without taking some Christmas Balls with them.
I have enough to cover my large Christmas tree and both of my
brothers do as well.  I have cousins that have Christmas Ball
covered trees as well.  I have made a few and my daughter
has also contributed.  My Mother has made a few of these too, but
by far most were made by Gramma. 
Cost of Styrofoam balls ----$4.00
Cost of Fabric Squares----$2.00
Cost of Pins----$1.00
A tree covered with Gramma's Christmas Balls
PRICELESS!


I have requested  that Santa  bring me a special book this year.
Did you know you could have your blog printed out in book form?

 I would like everyone
 that reads this post to please, leave a comment.
You will then be a part of my book.

If you have never left a comment on a blog,
it is easy.  My friend Jillayne has a short
tutorial on her sidebar that will tell
you how.  It will only take a minute and once
you know how to do it...you can tell everyone
what you think in a comment.

Love to all,
Debbie

Monday, December 6, 2010

In Stitches: Holly Jolly Blog Bingo … 2010

Doing well and in the midst of
Christmas preparations!
I did find this while doing a little blog hopping!

In Stitches: Holly Jolly Blog Bingo … 2010

Go check this out!
Looks like fun!
Debbie

Monday, November 22, 2010

2 Fun Days

Do you ever want to do something and the more you think about doing it, the better it sounds? I was like that about visiting the fabric store, I told you about in my last post. I had built this place up in my mind, to a level that was really unrealistic. My friend Margaret and I, went on a road trip to visit this fantasy fabric store.  Needless to say, as with anything we remember and have exaggerated in our minds, it was less than I had imagined.   But, there were some redeeming factors, it was located in the downtown area
of Cincinnat,i where the architecture was rich with details.  I love to imagine what the area would have been like in it's heyday.
The  back wall of the fabric shop was covered with this mosaic.
                                   
There was a nice selection of fabric.
But it was small and as I said before, just not what I had built it up to be.
That is my friend Margaret, trying her best to find something she could not live without.

Margaret is like me, we LOVE fabric.  But from the Textile Trove, we emerged empty handed.
The Christmas ornament class was not anything we were interested in, so we hit the road to look for other diversions.
That was Saturday,
 Day 1 of 2 fun days!
Sunday brought another adventure with my DH.
We have a creek behind our cabin that has dried up, due to the extreme drought we are experiencing here in Kentucky.  The lowering of the water levels has uncovered some real treasures.
Old tree stumps that were so neat looking!
You can see how very dry it is here.
More neat pieces of wood.
When you are looking a these pieces of wood, you don't consider the fact  that your back is not what it once was.  Another thought that escapes consideration, is how in the world you are going to carry the wood out.   Even though the creek had dried up, the bottom was muddy.  No way to drive the truck back in there.  Well, 2 angels just happened to come our way.  Tessa and Tori were their names and the they rode in on a white horse (4 wheeler).  I called to them and asked would they please help us bring the wood out.  They were a great help and we could not have done it without them.  Thanks girls!  I told them I would be blogging about this and would put their pictures on here, I hope they see this.
While my DH was busy cutting wood, I took the opportunity to do a little glass hunting,  sea glass, mermaid tears what ever you call it.  I had a good friend Jennifer,  she loved sea glass.  Jennifer passed away earlier this year from breast cancer.  I always talk to Jennifer when I am looking for sea glass. 

Jennifer must have been walking there by my side,  look at this haul.  I even found a few pieces of broken china and a piece of metal I can use in my artwork. 
Wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I am thankful for each one of you.
Love to all,
Debbie 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Off To See The Textile Trove!

My good friend Margaret and I are off on an adventure tomorrow.
We are headed to Cincinnati, to visit the
St. Theresa Textile Trove!
http://www.sttheresatextile.com/

I first became aware of this shop, at the
Quilt Show, in Paducha, KY some years
ago.
The booth space this shop had, was full
of people and large boxes of fabric.
People were diving into the boxes and
hauling out fabric!
I made note the shop was in Cincinnati,
not too far from where I live.  I thought one
day I will go there for a visit!
Tomorrow is that day!
Margaret and I will take a Christmas Ornament
Class and have time to look around the shop!
If you have visited the area and know of other
great shops please, leave me a comment so
we won't miss anything!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

There is a Word for People Like You!



Laura has been my blogging friend since I began
my blogging adventure.  She had a May Giveaway
that I won.  The beautiful pillow that was the prize
for that giveaway, is in my living room.  Every time
I see it I am reminded of Laura and our friendship.

Yesterday, I received a box from Laura in the mail.
When I first saw the box and noticed the return address
I could not imagine what Laura could be sending me.
In my wildest imagination, I could have never guessed
all the wonderful things this box held.
A Santa was there on top to greet me,
along with a card that expressed; Laura
sent these things, she had made, to bring me a smile!
As I continued I found this sweet scripture filled
booklet and a prayer box.
Inside the prayer box were 3 snowmen!
The next thing I unwrapped was this sweet
Christmas decoration that looks to be made
on a vintage soap cage.
An original watercolor was the next treasure.
Yes, Laura is a very talented artist.  I still have
the card she sent me back in May.  On that card
is a pencil drawing of her beautiful Granddaughter!
A stained glass sun catcher that will be beautiful in
my sun room window.  I blog from my sun room so,
I will now have a reminder of Laura there as well.
Laura also painted this tin
Angel ornament for me.
And would you look at this bird nest!  I love birds
and bird's nests.  I have a small collection and this will
fit right in.  There is a rose soldered charm in the
nest.  Yes, she made that too!
I have recently become involved with a group of
bloggers that stitch on wool.  We have a group
called, "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Goat".
Well, Laura would fit right in with that group,
just look at the lovely Penny Rug/Mat she sent.
Laura, how did you know I have chickens in my
kitchen?
Thank you Laura, for all of the wonderful things!
Your Random Act Of Kindness was certainly
appreciated! 

Love to all!
Debbie



Friday, November 12, 2010

A Fonzie Santa

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!

  My friend Connie has recently become interested in
needle felting.  I had mentioned I had made a Santa using
the needle felting technique.  She asked me to post a photo
of Old Santa. 
I took the class to make my Santa,
from Norma Campbell in Springfield, KY.
The class was given in her home on a beautiful
farm in central Kentucky.
The class size was small and we were given
a good deal of personal attention and
an excellent lunch as well.  I am not
sure if she still gives classes as a
google search revealed limited info
and a broken link to a web site.

I enjoyed making the Santa and
brought him home to mixed reviews.
"He looks like Fonzie!"  "Aaaayhh!"
Was my DH's response.  My daughters
gave him a look and an eye roll.
I could hear them thinking, "Now, what
is Mom going to start making?"

I promised Connie a photo so, I had to
dig Santa out of my numerous Christmas
decorations.  When I found him, I had
to laugh!  He brought back some good
memories and that is always a good thing!

Hope you all have a good weekend!
Aaaayhh!

Love to all,
Debbie

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I Will Sing A Song of Praise

You  may remember my post a few weeks ago,
The post addressed the fact I have
Thyroid Cancer.
I had a large cyst removed from the left side
of my thyroid, that was determined to be
cancerous.  The same song, second verse
referred to the fact I would have a repeat surgery,
removing my thyroid.  The cancerous cyst
was encapsulated, with no lymph node involvement.
Due to it's large size, a total thyroidectomy was
recommended.  Having that completed, I am now on
to the next phase of my treatment.    In a few weeks
I will have a Radioactive Iodine treatment.
I will be on a Iodine restricted diet for 2 weeks
before the treatment.  I have been looking
this diet over and making a somewhat limited
shopping list of foods I will be allowed to eat.
Being on a restricted diet may have some weight
loss benefits!
I am so thankful the tumor was found and dealt with.
I will follow the recommended diet and hope the
Radiocative Iodine treatment is successful.

I want to thank those of you who prayed for me, 
sent emails of concern,
called to checked on me,
sent delicious food,
or thought of me, at some point in your busy day. 
I am also thankful for a skilled surgeon, and
a wonderful hospital where I was treated
like a queen.
An endocrinologist that explained everything
to me in detail was comforting, knowing what
to expect and do, is enpowering.

Love to all,
Debbie

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cuff Bracelet Tutorial

After posting my cuff bracelets, I had some emails
with questions on the construction process.

I started out with a piece of felted wool.
(Felted Wool is wool that has been washed in
hot water and dried in the dryer.  This process
creates a piece of wool that is like felt, the more
you  wash and dry the wool the less fraying you
will have.)
I then used some fabric dye to give it some color.
Note there is some fraying on the edges.  I have a
front loading washer and those washers take forever
to felt wool.  You need lots of agitation to create
dense felt.  (Now I have some things that agitate
me, but I am not wool so that won't work.)
The next step is to press the felted wool and cut
your cuff to the desired shape.  Since the fibers are
intertwined you can cut most any shape and have it
be  stable.
I hooped the fabric to apply the vintage image I wanted
for  a focal point.
 
I then got to do something fun!  Look through my
stash for images and embellishments.  Buttons, beads,
torn strips of fabric and ribbons.  The ribbon on the
right with the blue tag, as well as the image came
from Pat Winters.  Pat does beautiful work and has
an assortment of lovely images for sale. 

The next steps were adding all the goodies.   I began
with my focal point and added whatever looked good next.
Along with a heavy duty snap or button for a
closure.
My  completed cuff.

Love to all,
Debbie

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sisterhood of the Traveling Goat Elaine's Goat


You may remember Elaine's Goat when it
arrived at my home.  I say it because at the
time it had not told me what it wanted to
become.
As part of this "stitch around" you cut out your
goat and send it to the next stitcher in your group.
Elaine cut hers out and send it to me.
I am to put "it" on a background of my choosing
and embellish "it".
I have completed my assignment.  "It"  became
a she and she is named GOAT
"Gone On A Trip".
GOAT has been attached to her background,
sorry Elaine, I ain't tellin' what that will become.
She has been embellished and a little work on
the background has begun.
The next stitcher is DeeDee.
I will send Miss GOAT on her way with
a note explaining my vision for her.
DeeDee will then embellish most
of her background and send her on to
Lizzie.  Lizzie will complete the background
and finish the project.  She will then send
Miss GOAT home to Elaine where she will live,
Happily Ever After!

Love to all,
Debbie

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Goats

Elaine's goat arrived on my doorstep.  Now I have kidded
(no pun intended) Elaine, I wasn't sure if this was a goat
or a rabbit.  But, she assures me he's a goat.
I am to put Elaine's goat onto a background and give him
a name.  Then, send him
on his way to the next embellisher on the list. My friend
DeeDee is that next embellisher.  She will be adding stitching,
buttons, felt shapes, what ever she wants to Elaine's
goat.
I have picked a different goat of my own, to send on his way.
He will go to DeeDee, where he will receive a
name and a background to live on.
Mr. No Name will eventually make his way home,
to live here with me.  I will look forward to seeing
what each embellisher adds to him.
If you would like to join us visit Elaine
for all the details and to sign up.

Love to all,
Debbie

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