Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sewing Expo

My Sweet Mommie, Sister Mine and I took off for the Sewing Expo bright and early Friday morning. (Sewing Music here,)For those who know Sister Mine and me, that is a daunting thought. Whenever Sister Mine and I are in the same vehicle -the vehicle gets lost! We don't have to be driving, we don't have to be navigating, we just have to be in the car together and that vehicle will get lost! On this trip, not only was I driving, but Lou was navigating! Double Jeopardy! Friday was no exception- but thankfully it was an easy detour- there was an accident at an exit and they diverted us off the highway and Edna (the GPS lady) told us to go past the turn that everyone else was turning on. Thankfully we listened to Edna because there was a gas station on our route and Not on the other route (potty break.)  I did miss an exit due to traffic- Since we don't even have a stoplight in our town, next time I have to drive in Chicago traffic, I am going up to Rockford a couple days beforehand, just to get used to city traffic.  By the time we left the convention center, I was used to the traffic and ready to drive more! 

the original picture was really blurry so
 I "screened" it on picnik and Voila! Now it's just fun!

woo- hoo we found it!

The Expo was ALOT of fun- We appliqued tea towel with a tea pot, learned to screen print a silk scarf and learned how to needle felt on the same scarf.  We also made a flower out of fabric  (which I want to try with paper too.) There were amazing quilts, long arm quilting machines to test drive, fabrics, threads, Quilting and sewing gadgets, knitting supplies and so many things to look at and drool over. One of the booths even gave away template keychains  to make HST's! I love freebies!

yellow arrow shows the fabric flower
purple arrow shows Mommie's painted finger
They gave away four sewing machines and alot of goodies. I actually won a gift certificate from the booth where we learned the needle felting and screen printing. Cindy is a fun teacher. Our class had alot of laughter. Her website is I hope to be able to take another class from her at the next expo!  I was able to get some very fun patterns that I can't wait to play with and a book about upside down bobbin stitching- I am sure I will be posting more about that in the coming days!
One of the vendors had such a pretty display
of fabric, I went back to their booth 5 or 6 times,
just to look at them again!
All of the fabric was folded in a nice design-
Laginappe- a little extra!
I think the Expo inspired me to sew this weekend- I completed 2 table runners and a chicken pincushion. 

 (both tutorials courtesy of Deonn at Quiltscapes) The table runners worked up very quickly and I even played a bit with the quilting on them. The chicken took about ten minutes to make and is so stinkin cute- I am sure I will be making a whole herd of these guys.  (Duh! Bobbie- it's a flock of chickens not a herd) 

I also found the right fabric to finish the back of my Domestic Bliss Granny Squares- I think I just found the right name- Granny's Domestic Bliss! I started quilting it on Monday night and decided to play a bit - it's time consuming but I am enjoying myself. I do need to get a cushion for my chair though, the nether regions are becoming sore!
Check back tomorrow for more Fabric fun and Teacup Thursday!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Miniature Tea set

One of the reasons I started collecting Tea cups was to share tea parties with my nieces. One of my nieces is sharing her miniature tea set with us today! I was at Sistermine's on Monday and the kidlets and I cooked up a freezer full of food. Which of course I took pictures of and left my camera in the kitchen!

I won't be seeing Sistermine until tomorrow, so I asked her to have Abby take pictures of her mini teaset for Teacup Thursday- Thank you Abby!

Tomorrow Mysweetmommie, Sistermine and I are taking a road trip- just the three of us. ! We are headed to the Sewing Expo in Schaumberg!  We haven't done anything just the three of us, in about 10 years! I will be sharing more next week!

Others Who Are Participating in Teacup Thursday! * Miss Spenser's*

Thursday, March 15, 2012

St Patrick's day teacup

Top o the Marnin' t'ye! Well, since its afternoon- the rest o' the day to y'self. I bought these cups a few weeks ago, especially for St Patty's Day. St. Patty's Day is such a fun holiday- even if you aren't Irish. Here's a wee bit o' irish music to enjoy
One o' these day this Lassie will go to Ireland- and Scotland!

Since Earl Stanley Grey thinks he was the star of the last Teacup thursday
He decided to join in the photo shoot.
He is definitely not Irish, tho' he does enjoy a good Irish jig

Have a great St. Patty's Day! Eat a wee bit of Corned Beef and cabbage and have a Shamrock Shake! and listen to a bit o' the Irish Tenors singing Danny Boy!
I will be quilting on Saturday!and enjoying a cuppa Irish Breakfast tea!

May you always have
Walls for the winds,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire!

Others Who Are Participating in Teacup Thursday! * Miss Spenser's*

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Teacup thursday- surprise birthday tea

My niece turned ten on Saturday- doesn't seem possible but she is now ten years old, We had planned to take her to a really neat teashop in Frankfurt but the weather was not cooperating and it is a long drive. So we postponed that trip for warmer weather. After a myriad of texts flying back and forth between Sistermine and me, we decided to take her to lunch and go shopping in town.

While we were gone the menfolk were tasked with setting up a tea party for her. 

The boys and Daddy set the table-
 all I did was leave the tablecloth and ribbon for them

Nehemiah put Abby's favorite picture on the table and
Lijey let 'Dog Dog" be a part of the decorations
The flowers came from Aunt Leah

A.C. and Lijey came in costume. A.C. is the prince and Lijey is the "weirdo"
(his words not mine)

Miah couldn't find the right costume so he just came as himself

Once our birthday girl realized what was happening
 she ran upstairs to change into her Tea dress

Also linking up to  Bernideen's Friends Sharing Tea

Others Who Are Participating in Teacup Thursday! 

* Miss Spenser's*The Hope Chest * Rose Chintz Cottage *Antiques and Teacups *The Rosemary House
Lady Estelle's Tea Corner * Denise's Delights *Faith Hope & Cherrytea * Beautiful Clutter *  Martha's Favorites * Breath of Fresh Air 
Lady Linda Teacup * Gracious Hospitality * Atteatude and Chocolate *Teacups In the Garden *Letters from the Northwest *A Delightsome Life
Poetry in a Pot of Tea *Lady B's Time for Tea * Romance of Roses *From This to That *Fabby's Living * Miss Kathy at The Writer's Reverie *
Art Books Tea * Tea, Friendship and the Fine Art of Card Making * The Nest at Finch Rest * Rose Walk Cottage

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Tea cup thursday AND From this to that, that, that, that and that

Tea cup Thursday!


From This.....

We have a new holiday in our family!
Miah says we have to put it on the calendar!

to that ( Lou's)


and That (Abby's)

and THAT ( mine) isn't it pretty?

and That ( A.C.'s)

did I mention I really LOVE mine?

and That ( I G's)

to that (Mom's)

Earl Stanley Grey likes mine too


and That ( Miah's)

and that - even Samantha got a blanket!

Our dear wonderful talented California Mom decided that we could use some TLC- tender loving crochet- in our lives and she bestowed lots of love and hard work on the entire family! We had a Blanket Day party complete with Checkerboard Cake-

(the pan was another Bevy find) It was like Christmas and everyone's birthday all on the same day!
Thank you Bevy and her Helper Elf- Dad! We love you!!

Others Who Are Participating in Teacup Thursday! * Miss Spenser's*