Friday, October 31, 2014

Frugal Friday with Marsha--Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!  It's turned cold here in Kansas.  Oh how I hoped the weather would hold out at least through today.  No such luck for me.  I will just have to go dig out my long johns so I don't freeze this evening.

I am steering away from my crafts as gifts this week and sharing photos from past trunk or treats at my church instead.  This is our 7th or 8th year that we've done this at our church.
It's pretty well not frugal because the candy isn't cheap, but it's a great community service.  Many churches take part each year.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!
















Thursday, October 30, 2014

Writer's Unite 10/30/31

Having too many days this past week where I had to be away from the house most of the day, I got lapse in my blog posts again.  I had a post that needed to go up Saturday...it didn't get done.  I had a post that needed to be put up on Tuesday...it didn't get done either.   I must get both of those posts done, and soon.

Monday, my All Business Monday post was delayed due to me sewing and quilting all day.  I felt that was the perfect time to share about the Sewing Party.  That is something that I need to do since I'm working towards making selling the things that I make as more of a business than just a hobby.  I felt it fit in.

How has your writing week been?





Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WIP Wednesday 10/29/14

I've still stayed busy with my sewing and that's a good thing.  I did finish up the 40 hotpads.
I have my quilt retreat paid for, which is Nov. 8 and 9.  I can't wait to have hours and hours of just sewing time!

I took a workshop taught by David Duwe on the fractured pineapple block this past Monday at our quilt guild.  I finally get paper piecing!!

Here is my first block.  I look forward to making more of them.  In fact, I'm going to see how many I can make with the scraps I pulled from my drawers for the workshop.






Here are the brown, black and gray hexagon flowers that I was able to finish for the month with the scrap challenge from the soscrappy blog (see button at the bottom of my post).  I also did lots of individual hexagons as well.



I got the rest of my 2 and a quarter inch squares organized in to my 2 pizza boxes.  I kept out quite a stack to just go ahead and sew together, then also realized that I forgot to put some of the piles into my boxes.   I got a start on sewing those together as you see in the top row.  The bottom row are the ones that still need to be sewn together.   These will all eventually be 4 patches and then doll blankets and pillows.



I've added a couple more things to my UFO list and moved one more thing to my done list for this year.   I'm going to go ahead and include all 3 of my lists.  The NewFO's are things that I do have in project bags but haven't started past that point.

UFO's:

Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Yo-Yo Table runner
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Fractured Pineapple quilt
Christmas bags (total of at least 25) (9 done)
Charming Stars quilt
Brown half square triangle quilt
? sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug
Hexagon flower table runner

NewFO's
Spiderweb quilt
Easter wall hanging
Cat wall hanging
Braid table runner
Sunflower pillow
Christmas wall hanging
Chevron quilt
40 Hot Pads

2014 Finishes:
Log Cabin quilt
Log Cabin wall hanging
Log cabin table runner
2 rectangle table runners
Quilt for sewing club at church
Applique Bunnies quilt
Penny Patch Quilt
Spoolin' Around
Hexagon table topper
Sunflower table runner and matching placemats
9 Trick-or-Treat bags

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays
Soscrppy

Monday, October 27, 2014

All Business Monday--The Sewing Party!!

After a day at my quilt guild meeting as well as an afternoon sewing workshop, I think this is the perfect time to tell you all about The Sewing Party.
If you are like me and really want to turn your sewing into a business, then you will definitely want to check this out.

The Sewing Party” is the first ever online-all-day DIY event in history!

On November 8, 2014, thousands of DIY-ers will gather for a fun-filled day of sewing and crafting classes taught online by leading bloggers and educational experts. It’s all about Connecting. Crafting. And Creating.

Attendees will have access to more than 30 online classes available on the day of the event and for an additional 90 days. There is truly something for everyone! Classes include home d├ęcor, fashion sewing, quilting and upcycling, crafting, costume design, techniques for turning your craft into an entrepreneurial venture, and more!

Space is limited and likely to fill up fast! For just $40, “The Sewing Party” participants can attend classes; chat with participants from across the country; interact with top bloggers and educational experts who are teaching; and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips, techniques and products in our marketplace.

*The Sewing Party is a US-only event. We hope to expand the party internationally next year, but it is limited to the US only for 2014


A few of the online classes are:

Bra Making with Madalynn
 
Sewing Curved S Seams




The Tate Top by Workroom Social



The Sewing Party” brings together some of the best in the industry for this FIRST EVER event. The stellar lineup of sponsors includes:






Be sure to check out all of the website and social links!!

Website & Social Links:









Sunday, October 26, 2014

Super Sunday Reviews--…Featuring Norah Jones album review

...Featuring is a star-studded collection of Norah Jones' collaborations spanning her entire career. The result serves as a kind of parallel history to her four albums, which have sold over 40 million copies worldwide.

"A lot of the people on this record are people I've worshiped since I was a kid, and some of them are younger and more my contemporaries," says Norah. "Even though the musicians are so varied, the vibe of the songs makes sense when we put them all together."

** This information was provided to me as part of my review.**

My Review
The back of the CD case reads: “Recorded from 2001 to 2010, the cameos, duets and collaborations on this compilation span the musical spectrum and show Norah Jones to be one of the decade’s most diverse musical connections.”

Wow! Is this an under statement in my mind as I listened to the CD. There are so many genres of music on this cd from country to rock to jazz to rap and more!

If you enjoy a variety of music, you will want to add this CD to your collection. One CD about covers it all.

As a family we had fun listening to the album. Some of us enjoy country, some jazz, some rap…some a little bit of it all. My 2 favorite songs on the album are tracks 9 and 10–Life is Better (Q-Tip featuring Norah Jones) and Soon the New Day (Talib Kweli featuring Norah Jones)

Others you will find her singing with are Charlie Hunter, Dolly Parton, Foo Fighters, Willie Nelson and more. ***See the complete track list below***




Track Listing
1. Love Me - The Little Willies
2. Virginia Moon - The Foo Fighters featuring Norah Jones
3. Turn Them - Sean Bones featuring Norah Jones
4. Baby It’s Cold Outside - Willie Nelson featuring Norah Jones
5. Bull Rider - Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson
6. Ruler Of My Heart - Dirty Dozen Brass Band featuring Norah Jones
7. The Best Part - El Madmo
8. Take Off Your Cool - OutKast featuring Norah Jones
9. Life Is Better - Q-Tip featuring Norah Jones
10. Soon The New Day - Talib Kweli featuring Norah Jones
11. Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John - Belle & Sebastian featuring Norah Jones
12. Here We Go Again - Ray Charles featuring Norah Jones
13. Loretta - Norah Jones featuring Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
14. Dear John - Ryan Adams featuring Norah Jones
15. Creepin’ In - Norah Jones featuring Dolly Parton
16. Court & Spark - Herbie Hancock featuring Norah Jones
17. More Than This - Charlie Hunter featuring Norah Jones
18. Blue Bayou - Norah Jones featuring M. Ward





Find Norah Jones----

Official website http://www.norahjones.com/index.php
Facebook Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/norahjones?sk=wall
Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/NorahJones
Youtube http://www.youtube.com/norahjones





Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. Opinions in my review are my own. I received the album from One2One Network where I was placed into a gift card drawing for my review.




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