Friday, January 13, 2017

Chooky SSCS 2016 ...!

I have been participating in Donna's Chookyblue Secret Santa Swap since it began back in 2007. It has become a yearly tradition for me. I'm always on the look out for that special post from Donna!

This year my Secret Santa was Jan from the Little Red Hen blog.  She made me this cute ornament to go on my tree...


Since Pumpkin did not get home from Winter break until Christmas weekend, our tree was not up and I could not take a picture that would do justice to this cute ornament. And yes, given that the tree was put up late, it is still up! :)

On American Christmas day, yes I could have cheated and opened it on Australian Christmas day, lol, I was delighted to have received this cute little quilt from Jan


And this gorgeous shawl and a cute pin!


Aren't I lucky?

Thank you again Jan for the wonderful gifts! Burgundy is one of my favourite colours! I just love it all!

Thank you for stopping by my little corner in cyber space!  Cheers!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Goodbye 2016 ...!

Wow, another year gone by! Hard to believe! Goodness how time flies when you're having fun!

I sort of took a small break from blogging in December ... not sure if you noticed but the post were far and few in between! Not for lack of content, more because I had not been feeling that great.

In the beginning of December 2016, I attended a week long Tony Robbins business retreat in Boca Raton, Florida.


Now, before you think this was a mini vacation .... the days were long ... we're talking from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily ... breaks were few and far in between.  The only "real" break I had was Wednesday, the day of my arrival ....


Afternoon champagne .... compliment of the hotel!


A girl could get used to this .... notice the socks? I forgot when I packed that I was wearing open top shoes ... Funky sock time!

Before you question my choice of attire for Florida weather ... In the hotel where the retreat took place, it was around 60F (16C).  They had extra AC units pumping cold air all week!!! Yea, it was a pants and long sleeves week!

From Thursday onward .... it was all work and no play!

My daily morning greeting on my walk to the retreat ...


There's something about Christmas decorations in Florida that just doesn't look right to me. Where's the snow? lol

By 2:30 a.m. I was beat .... but I did take time to wind down on my private balcony ... enjoying the view a bit before hitting the sack!


On the last morning, I enjoyed a leisurely breakfast outside ... so serene!


It was the only day where it was actually nice enough to sit outside. The temperatures throughout the week were around 82F (28C) with high humidity.

There were over 3,000 attendees from 36 different countries .... That's a lot of uncommon germs floating around. I'm sure you guessed it .... I came down with the flu the first morning of my return home. It still hasn't completely left me .... it's been quite the battle for the past 3 weeks .... but I think I'm winning. lol

Thanks for stopping by and reading about my business retreat. I had an amazing time, learned so much! Catch you later!  Cheers!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Monday, December 5, 2016

We're back to our regular schedule programming ...!

It's gorgeous out today!


A perfect day to get some quilting done. I have this quilt top that has been at the flimsy stage for quite some time. All it needs is for me to piece the backing and load it onto Penelope. The quilt pattern is called Snipped by Cotton Way.

But first, I need to clean up this mess!


Why does my cutting table and sewing desks become a dumping ground?! Sigh!

Catch you later! Cheers!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Fall Market 2016 .... last post!

By Sunday I was beat! I usually stay until the end (Monday) but experience has taught me that Monday is useless.

Two days of walking the market floor is enough for me. Let's face it, that's all I'm concentrating on! Ok, that and Mexican food ... margaritas! lol

That evening I made a discovery ... The Hilton Sky lounge on the 23rd floor ....


It was truly relaxing! I enjoyed my quiet time .... Starbucks and journalling. Here is another view.


I really relished Fall market this year. I think it was because I attended without pressure to purchase anything. My goal was to see the trends for 2016 and take in as much inspiration as possible.

What's trending? A super hero theme certainly was prevalent! Check out this sweet quilt kit!


Quilters are Superheros by Moda. Kits are available here. So true, I love that quilt!

Moda is so kind to their customers. When you sit with your rep and purchase fabrics at Market, they give you a gift. This year was a set of hand towels that can be turned into:


How cute is that? I just don't know if I want to cut up my cute towels to make the dolls!

What I did buy was purely because I felt it would be a good addition to Fibre Junction. Perhaps this new attitude is due to experience. I don't know, I just know that it felt great to walk the aisles, observe, and take it all in.

I did purchase some batiks. I love Island Batiks .... their colours are saturated ... Gorgeous!


As for holiday fabric, I purchased the following kit Snow Goose by Minick & Simpson. Fabrics and kit arriving in April 2017.


I did make the decision to bring in more happy fabrics, so Rainy Day by Me & My Sister is coming to Fibre!


That's it for Fall Market 2016. Thank you for stopping by my little corner in cyber space! Cheers!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Fall market 2016 .... Part deux!

I apologize for being a bit behind on this post. Life just seams (ha! ha!) to get in the way!

I enjoy walking the market floor. There is so much to look it. I will admit, it can get a bit overwhelming, there is so much to see! I enjoy looking at the ways the various booths are decorated, so original.

I had to stop at the Riley Blake booth and see what they had. In December 2016, Fibre Junction will be receiving Lori Holt's (Bee in my Bonnet) new fabric line ... Sew Cherry 2. I just love that quilt made with the fabric line!


Such a happy quilt! They also had a cute wall of small quilts!


I need a wall like that in my sewing studio! As a matter of fact, I need more happy in my life!

I loved how this booth was decorated. I'm such a push over for Christmas anything! lol


I fell in love with Merrily by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics.


Her panel is so crisp ... yes .... I just had to order Bambi and the necessary fabrics to create this gorgeous wall hanging.


Isn't it cute? I just love it! She does have a quilt made with another smaller panel that is just as sweet!


Available for pre-order here.

That's it for now .... thank you for stopping by my little corner in cyber space!

Catch you later! Cheers!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

On a positive note ....!

Let us be gentle with one another. This world could use more kindness....

Judge Softly - by Mary T. Lathrap - circa 1895

Pray, don't find fault with the man that limps,
Or stumbles along the road.
Unless you have worn the moccasins he wears,
Or stumbled beneath the same load.

There may be tears in his soles that hurt
Though hidden away from view.
The burden he bears placed on your back
May cause you to stumble and fall, too.

Don't sneer at the man who is down today
Unless you have felt the same blow
That caused his fall or felt the shame
That only the fallen know.

You may be strong, but still the blows
That were his, unknown to you in the same way,
May cause you to stagger and fall, too.

Don't be too harsh with the man that sins.
Or pelt him with words, or stone, or disdain.
Unless you are sure you have no sins of your own,
And it's only wisdom and love that your heart contains.

For you know if the tempter's voice
Should whisper as soft to you,
As it did to him when he went astray,
It might cause you to falter, too.

Just walk a mile in his moccasins
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse.
If just for one hour, you could find a way
To see through his eyes, instead of your own muse.

I believe  you'd be surprised to see
That you've been blind and narrow minded, even unkind.
There are people on reservations and in the ghettos
Who have so little hope, and too much worry on their minds.

Brother, there but for the grace of God go you and I.
Just for a moment, slip into his mind and traditions
And see the world through his spirit and eyes
Before you cast a stone or falsely judge his conditions.

Remember to walk a mile in his moccasins
And remember the lessons of humanity taught to you by your elders.
We will be known forever by the tracks we leave
In other people's lives, our kindnesses and generosity.

Take the time to walk a mile in his moccasins.

With love and compassion

Carole

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Fall market 2016 - Part 1

Hey everyone, I'm back and had a marvelous time. I left extremely early on Thursday morning, so early that I was able to photograph - Sun Rise over New York City!


First thing I did once I set foot in Houston was officiate the beginning of market by enjoy my first margarita ... Cheers!


The Moda theme for market was "quilters are super heroes in disguise" and what an appropriate theme it was, for me anyway. It was at this market that I finally had the opportunity to meet my Quilting Hero, Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries.


I have always wanted to meet her. She was/is so such a part of my quilting experience. Last night I counted the number of Thimbleberries books I own and the total is ... 14 books. Although I have cleaned out my quilting library numerous times, I could not part with her books. For me, her books are a connection to my quilting past ... besides ... I still like her style!

Lynette is back designing her traditional Thimbleberries fabrics with RJR. She also has a new book coming out in January 2017 - Thimbleberries with an Attitude. I love the title! In her new book she takes her traditional quilt patterns and gives it a modern spin by using fabrics designed by Cotton + Steel.


Another schoolhouse I enjoyed tremendously was hosted by Martingale and Moda All-Stars Mini Marvels. The theme was Super Heroes! What fun it was to see the Moda designers dressed as Super Hero Quilters.


I actually won the book as a prize! I just couldn't believe it! I so rarely win! You can just imagine how excited I was.


That's it for now! Stay tune for part 2!

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you later! Cheers!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

This little blogger is going to market ...!

Quilt market that is!


They say the road to .... is paved with good intentions .... I so had the intension of writing a blog post a few Mondays ago ... We are now Wednesday and the post I wanted to write is still on my "do list". I'll save it for another time.  For now ....

It's quilt market time! So looking forward to Mexican food and margaritas! Oh yea, and looking at new fabrics! lol

If you want to see pictures of Market and/or what I'm up to, be sure to follow @fibrejunction on Instagram and/or Twitter!

I'm off to bed. I have an early flight to catch tomorrow morning! Cheers!
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...