Monday, April 21, 2008

Newsy News

Phew, it's been a busy week! How you all holding up out there??? Are you finally getting some spring weather? We run the gamut here, 30 degrees and wind as heck one day, and 5o and sunny the next--a little snow, a little rain, a little sun! LOL It keeps us on our toes anyways--it's not boring to be sure.

Joe just got home late last night from his first big trip! He took a trip out to Indiana for a drill competition with his ROTC group. It was a 13 hours bus trip each way--yikes! They did pretty dang good--coming home with a 3rd place trophy and a 4th place trophy. He enjoyed the trip, but seemed really glad to be home--and he missed our good home cooking! We don't eat a lot of fast food around here--and 3 days of it was a bit much for the poor boy! lol
Look at what I got in the mail recently!!! I was the lucky winner of a blog drawing on the SWEET REPEATS blog!! Yeah for me--and I ended up winning this gorgeous bit of artwork. I absolutely love it and it's message of inspiration and creativity. Thanks so much ! Stop by her blog for a visit--she's not only very talented, but super sweet too and her's is one of the blogs I read on a regular basis. She also has an Etsy shop--LucySweetLucy--so you can get some of her lovely art for yourself!!

AND, that's not all!! I had a very good week--I also won a drawing at Amy's blog--Abundant Curiosities . She sent me this beautiful bunch of handmade quilled flowers and birds (aren't those little birds the cutest darn things?!! Yeah!) I just LOVE them and am in awe at all the work involved in making them--you have the patience of a saint Amy! Thank you so much Amy, and don't be surprised if you see some of these showing up in my work in the near future! Hers is another great blog--she has a lot of interesting things from the past to read about--be sure to check it out. And visit her Etsy shop if you are drooling over these flowers! lol

Do you like the purse my lovely daughter is modelling at the top of this post?? I found that really cool linen tea towel at a new antique shop I discovered last week (YEAH!)--and just love the colors and the stylized leaf graphics. I paired it up with a medium weight canvas, black and white with vines, and a pretty chartreuse quilter's cotton for a fun and funky bag. I love it and am going to use the other side of the towel (the one with the tiny stain) to make one for myself! It's a pretty handy little purse with the main body being one compartment and then 2 pretty good size pockets on the front. These are the best bags to bomb around with in the summer--hands-free sling bag and light weight enough to be comfortable, but still big enough to carry around your essentials. You can get this in my ETSY shop!

Here's a new item I just listed today--a cute little keychain wallet/pouch made from a gorgeous and fun vintage hankie! I love the colors on this baby! It's interfaced and lined and double-stitched in all the right places. It can be found HERE.

Our lovely friend STARRY DEBORAH is doing a giveaway on her fun blog- she is taking a trip to Paris soon--and that is the theme of her giveaway. Pop by and say HI and leave a comment to be entered. The actual prize is still a mystery, but.....she makes some absolutely gorgeous collages....... so maybe.....!

If you pop over to DirtyPrettyThingstoPonder--she is the hub for 6...yes SIX great giveaways!! Called "The Big Give"--make sure you get in on these! Pop over to her blog and meet some really great artists and get signed up.

Oh yeah, one more thing--SouthernLadyVintage is having a giveaway on her blog too--swing by and say Hello to her sweet self--and get signed up for it!!

xoxoxo Have a great day!
Karen

11 comments:

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

What a beautiful daughter you have! Congratulations to Joe for coming home with a 3rd and 4th place trophy! You have wond some great things! I will have to check out each one of those ladies blogs! Thanks for helping to spread the word about Starry Deborah's give away and also mine! I appreciate your sweet efforts! Have a great day sweets!
Hugs,
Barbara

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

ooops-- "You have won some great things"! Not "wond". I have silly fingers today.

Lucy said...

Thank you for the sweet feature!!! The artwork couldn't have gone to a more deserving winner!!

Love your new bag and your model gorgeous :)

((((as to your comment today--holy smokes on the 3.85 a gallon!! I would definitely be walkin' it to town at that point. Okay maybe not, but I sure wouldn't be going anywhere if I didn't have to!)

mimi said...

Hi Karen,
Thanks for posting your blog address on the CSST forum. I love to look at new blogs :) yours is really pretty. I really love the little vintage handkerchief purse--it is so clever.
Mimi~

Lori said...

Karen, you make the most wonderful things with your sewing machine {mine doesn't treat me very well}, i love the bag that your gorgeous daughter is modeling and the little wallet pouch is so adorable, i love that fabric too!!! congrats on all of the wins over at your place:)

Junie Moon said...

Your daughter is a gorgeous model for the lovely bag and I'm so tickled for your son's success. So much going on your blog today, wonderful gifts you received and all the fantastic links you shared--so much fun!

About the weather, you'll hate me but it's going to be 85 here in Tucson today and 89 tomorrow. I love it!

Lauren said...

Thanks for all of the great links!

Your daughter is, of course, lovely (how could she not be?), and that bag is really great!

My family is heading up your way Mother's Day weekend for a trip...my husband's never been to Duluth, and it's been years for me. My mom and dad are taking us to a crazy water park hotel...I'm sure my son will be totally overwhelmed!

Dinah said...

I love that bag!! It looks so colorful and light - just like summer!

Amy Wagner said...

Hi Karen,
Thanks for the advertising :)
I'm so glad you liked the flowers and birds. The little birds are fun to make and addicting too..."I'll just make one more...well maybe just two more..."
Amy

Leigh said...

Congrats to your hubby and you too for all of those goodies that you son!

I love the bag you made, great job!

Purseonality Bags said...

I love the purse - very clever idea.

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