Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Whirl Into Winter Giveaway

The Winner is Simple Stitches! Congratulations!

It's time for the Whirl Into Winter Quilter's Blog Giveaway!

I am offering a mixed bag of goodies from my sewing room. My giveaway package includes:

-A pair of cute Mary Englebreit teapot buttons
-A large seam ripper (we all need plenty of these)

-An Origami Crane Wallhanging pattern
-A Perfect Pouch with a sewing theme made by me :o)
-And 1/2 yard of the Alexander Henry Panda fabric you see in the upper left and lower right corner of the picture.

Since the new year is all about new beginnings, I would like to hear one new thing you plan to make (quilty, crafty, or stitchy) this year. I have so many new things I plan to make, I hardly know where to begin. Since we have moved to a new house, I plan to make a new quilt for my bed in brown and turquoise. It is a queen size so it will probably take me all year but that is one BIG thing I plan to make.

To be entered in my giveaway:
Leave a comment on this post between January 1st and January 15th telling me about your one new thing. :o) If you do not have a blog, please make sure you leave an email address so I will have a way to contact you if you are the winner. I will draw a name no later than 8:00 pm EST on January 16th.

Happy New Year Everyone! Let the fun begin!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Introducing Ziggy!

Ziggy's Story:

Ziggy came to live at the animal hospital where I work 2 years ago. A good samaritan picked him up off the side of the road when he was about 8 weeks old. She brought him to the hospital because he was cold and lifeless and presumed he had been hit by a car. She left him with us to be euthanized so he would not suffer.

When the doctor examined him she could find no broken bones or signs of trauma. He was cold, hungry, and dehydrated. We warmed him up, fed him, administered fluids and he was on his way to recovery. Since we had lost our resident hospital cat the year before, it was decided he would become the new hospital kitty.

Ziggy loved being at the hospital. He greeted all the clients when they arrived. He wrestled and played with the new puppies. He climbed up on the shelves and knocked things down as all young cats do. He was happy living inside the confines of the hospital until two months ago.

In October for some unknown reason, Ziggy decided he wanted to explore the great outdoors. No longer satisfied with his responsibilities as resident greeter, he would wait patiently at the door for a client to arrive only to dart out the door the moment it opened. Our hospital is located on a busy highway just adjacent to a busy shopping center. One of the staff members would have to go outside to round him up and bring him back inside. His escapes became more frequent and he began to run from us when we would go outside. We tried spraying him with a water bottle when he went to the door but discovered that he has no fear of water and in fact likes it. The situation was not good and we began to fear that Ziggy would meet his maker in the road or the parking lot. Ziggy had to be confined to his kennel.

We began trying to find a new home for Ziggy. One of the assistants really liked Ziggy and said he would take him home to live with him since he didn't have a cat. Within hours of Ziggy's arrival at his new home, the assistant's wife started having an allergic reaction. She was allergic to cats and Ziggy was returned to the hospital the next day.

One of the receptionists said she would love to take Ziggy home to live with her and her other cats and dogs. Ziggy didn't like the other cats at his new home. He would constantly pick fights with them and soon the resident cats started urinating in inappropriate places to show their dislike of this intruder. After two weeks and no improvement in his behavior nor that of the resident cats, Ziggy bounced back to the hospital again.

I began talking to everyone who came in the hospital to see if I could find a home for Ziggy. He would have to go to a home with no other cats or live outside in the country. It is very difficult to find a cat lover in an animal hospital who doesn't have cats. Ziggy had been confined to his kennel for 2 weeks now with no prospects of a new home on the horizon. It broke my heart to see him shut up in a kennel 24/7 but I knew I couldn't risk bringing him home with me to have him fight with my 15 year old cat. Or....could I?

I spoke with the owner/doctor at our hospital to ask if he thought I could make Ziggy an outdoor cat. We have a bit of land with no other houses on the land near us so he would have some room to roam. The doctor said he would buy a doghouse for Ziggy if I would give it a try.

As they say...the rest is history. Ziggy has a new home with us. He loves being outdoors, although he does try to sneak inside at times. He loves playing with the foster puppy but doesn't get anywhere near Lola. Hopefully, Ziggy will like living here and won't run away or get into any trouble outside. He has been with us for two weeks now and hasn't wandered too far away from the house (and the food).

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays!

I just wanted to take a moment to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas. I am sitting here waiting for my other son to arrive. He is coming home to spend the night with us and celebrate Christmas.

I have been busy, busy but not with holiday things. I agreed to foster a boxer puppy for Four Seasons Boxer Rescue. Many of you know Boxers are near and dear to my heart and they were desperate for a foster home for Snowflake. All of the foster homes have had a young puppy with Parvovirus and it is very contagious. Those homes who are infected can not have an unvaccinated puppy. So......we have an 8 week old puppy for Christmas.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Ornament Swap

Now that my partners have received their ornaments I can post a picture of them. They may look familiar as I made a turquoise one to hang in my window a few months ago. I added a button to the wings of these and used a silver metallic ribbon for the hanging loop. Wouldn't a tree full of these in different Christmas fabrics be pretty? The pattern is from Quilts and More Magazine Fall 2008.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Stitch A Long Ornament

Here is my 2nd ornament for this month's Seasonal Ornament SAL challenge. My finishing technique needs a little work but I think I might have it down by July if I keep on keeping on. Don't you? LOL This ornament reminds me of my new home as we have a row of cedars in our front yard and we live in a bird sanctuary so we always have lots of avian visitors.

Snowy Night by The Prairie Schooler, Inc.
Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue 2008
28 count cream linen, DMC threads

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Pretty Pouches

Today I made these Perfect Pouches to match two of the bags I made. I made a couple of extras just because I was cutting and well you know how much I like to cut things...not. I still need to make one to match the blue bag I made and will probably make a few more. Who knows? A giveaway may be in order soon. :o)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Productive Day

I accomplished what I planned today and more. I made not one but two bags for Christmas presents! I decided I should cut out two bags since cutting patterns is my least favorite part of the process and I might procrastinate on cutting out the second one. I chose fabrics for each bag that would use the same black thread so I could sew them assembly line fashion. I even managed to prepare a nice supper of grilled chicken, rice, and green beans today as well. Just call me Suzy Homemaker! LOL
Pattern: Pick A Pocket by Monica Solorio-Snow from Quilts and More Magazine, Fall 2008

Time to make gifts

Last night I decided I best get my rear in gear and start making gifts for some of the ladies on my list.

Every year Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs gifts us with a free pattern and when she posted this one of the Noriko handbag last Monday I knew it would be perfect for my niece. The picture on the left shows it closed and the one on the right is with the sides folded out a bit. When it is full the bottom curves out in order to hold more of those "treasures" we all like to carry along with us. I plan to make her a coordinating Wonder Wallet, also from Lazy Girl Designs and perhaps a tissue holder to round out the ensemble.

Thank you Joan for such a wonderful gift!

I have a full day of sewing planned today. On the to do list - a bag for my sister in law. Wish me luck!

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Another ornament for the house! I finished this one up as a pinkeep. I could use a little practice in making a pinkeep but I am okay with this being my first. It looks pretty sitting on a little quilt beside a candle on top of the DVD cabinet.

I didn't have any pretty pins to put in the sides so I used regular old pins with a green bead. Next time, I either need to use narrower ribbon or add more batting to the center of my pinkeep. :o)

On to the next one!

"A Star On Top"
Blue Ribbon Designs
Mystery 28 count linen, DMC threads