Monday, February 13, 2017

Mother Nature .... the following day!

Today was spent shoveling the beauty left by Mother Nature. I think we received over 12 inches of snow! We haven't had a good snow storm in well over 2 years. Snow is good .... and oh so beautiful!

With the right kind of snow, you can build a snowman! I just love snow people. Allow me to share what I built .... indoors of course!

The pattern is called Hearty the Snowman Pin Pal.  Isn't he so adorable? I just love how he turned out.

Late afternoon, I was graced with the following beauty from our sun!

I just had to take a picture .... the light was gorgeous ... covering the trees with a warm glow .... totally in Awe!

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mother Nature on a Sunday ... !

I just love it when Mother Natures takes matters into her own hands and forces me to slow down and take the time to enjoy her beauty.

At first we had a gently snow fall!

Slowly, as the morning progressed it came down even harder ..... such beauty!

Sometimes you have to stop and enjoy the beauty of it all. Isn't it what life is all about?

Thank you for this peaceful days! Namaste

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Compassion with every stitch ...!

The sun is shining, I am still breathing .... life is good! I have decided to place myself on a media diet and lock myself up in my happy place, quilting/stitching away .... !

I managed to finish this cute little quilt called My Little Year by Kathy Schmitz, started in September 2016.

And ... I completely finished, quilted and bound,  My Little Home. If you recall, it was at a flimsy stage back in September 2016.

I so enjoy working on these small projects! Each hand embroider block takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours to stitch.

As opposed to tracing each block, I use Transfer-eze. If you haven't read my recent post on this product, do so here.

In order to not only save fabric but also make the cutting of the stitched block easier, I trace a square on a large piece of cotton fabric using an Omnigrid  3 1/2 inch square and Sewline Stayer Permanent Market - brown.

I will then place the water soluble transfer on the fabric and stitch my block.

I only place the transfer when I'm ready to stitch a block and keep all the other photocopied transfer with the pattern. This way, there's less of a chance that I'll lose a block. Yea, it's happened before ...!

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day! Cheers!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Transfer-eze a recent issue!

Do any or you use Transfer-eze?
I'd like to talk about a recent issue that was brought to my attention from one of Fibre's customers.

A few weeks ago, the customer called me to enquirer as to what she was doing wrong; the product would not dissolve. I explained to her how I processed my work and insured her that it "should" all come off.

A few days later she stops by Fibre Junction and brought her work with her to show me. This is what it looked like with soaking and re-soaking etc. Notice the white area? That's the remnant of Transfer-eze.

Here is the same picture where I added a filter so that you can see the film.

It is almost as if the sticky part never dissolved. This is a close up of the embroidery piece:

She also brought another piece that she had completed (she actually cut the extra Transfer-eze to avoid the same issue as the first piece) and wanted me to dissolve it for her to see if she was doing something wrong.  I could not get the product to totally dissolve! I felt horrible for the customer.  In all the years that I have been using this product, I have never had an issue.

I apologized profusely, refunded her for the defective package of Transfer-eze and sent her home with Sticky Fabri-Solvy from Sulky.

On January 13, 2017, I proceeded to do a little experiment to see what the heck was going on.  I wanted to understand the issue that prevented the product from totally dissolving.

I dissolved a piece of Tranfer-eze from my package (I buy this product in packages of 30 sheets) in one cup and a piece from the customer's package in the other.

The left cup is clear with a bits of sediment on the bottom. Notice how cloudy the right cut is? Now check this out!

I could actually pick up goo with my finger.  Holy smokes!

I kept the cups, as is, sitting on my back counter to see how long it would take for the Transfer-eze to dissolve.  As of today, here is a photo of the same cups.

The product has dissolved, no goo is left. The water on the right is a tad slimy.

I quickly phoned my customer to let her know of my findings.

I have been in contact with the company that markets Transfer-eze and have let them know of my findings. As of yet, I have not received a reply.

SHOULD you ever have the same issue with this product, let your fabric soak for at least a week. I would include a daily change of water.

Let's hope that this is an anomaly, I like using Transfer-eze!

Catch you later! Cheers!

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!
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