Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My Goal Was A Snap!

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
~Cary Grant

And yesterday I was occupied almost all day.  And that is a good thing because I figure I only had about 4 1/2 hours of sleep Sunday night.  If I hadn't been busy I most definitely would have been sleeping.  And, if I had been sleeping I wouldn't have slept last night.  It's just a vicious circle, isn't it?  I think my brain was a little numb though because I argued with the printer, I couldn't figure out why the iron wasn't steaming (duh, no water) and I didn't even feel like eating - including even anything sweet!



Half Dome
I don't think there is anything much more beautiful than Yosemite in the winter.  We haven't been for the last couple of years but I do remember how much in awe I am every time we go.  Winter is the least busy and possibly most beautiful season in Yosemite. The crowds go home, frost coats the trees in the morning, fog freezes, waterfalls start flowing only to freeze at night, and snowstorms coat the park in a white blanket. The wildlife comes out and hotel rates go down.
I achieved my goal yesterday!  I made a snap tape bag to coordinate with the Reusable Market Bag for my hairdresser.  I also made a matching tissue cover too.
I really wanted to make the snap bag out of the red fabric but I just didn't have enough.  I did straight line stitching again and stitched in red to match the stitching on the bag.

Here is the whole set together.  Erica was very happy with her Christmas present!!  Whew!


Yesterday I received the first block from Let's Bee Together group.  Mollie made this wonderful block for me out of the fabric I sent her.

She did a wonderful job.  Thanks, Mollie



Today I plan to make a swap block for Gina of London, England.  We are both members of Quilting Block Swaps Australia.  She has requested either a star or applique.  And since I don't do much applique (yet) I am going to make her a star.  I think I have just the perfect star in mind.  She also requested bright happy colors or pastels.  I'm leaning toward the brights.


Sew Fabulous Quilt Shop is having a giveaway.  They're giving away a 9 piece Pink Isabella Fat Quarter Bundle by Lila Tueller.  This giveaway will be open until January 31, 2011.

Among The Gum Trees is having a super wonderful Springtime Giveaway.  You could win an entire set of Springtime BOM patterns.  This set has a retail value of $120!  The will draw the winner on Australia Day, January 26th.

Blushing Rose is hosting a CSN giveaway.  You could win a $45 gift certificate to use at CSN on whatever you would like.  You must enter by midnight on January 8, 2011.

Jaybird Quilts is having a sponsored giveaway for Lisnaweary Quilts.  They are giving away Crimson Burst Quilt Kit.  You must enter this one by January 8, 2011 also.

The Curious Quilter is giving away A copy of the book Nature’s Way, autographed by Debbie Field.  While you are there, check out the two great tutorials Mary has shared with us.  You must enter the giveaway thru January 10, 2011.

And, another reminder about my 300+ Follower Thank You Giveaway!  This is what you could win.....
A full color pattern called Flying Colors and 7 1/8 yards of fabric to make it (everything but the backing).  Remember to enter before Sunday evening.  Just click on the link above!



My mind is constantly thinking of what I'd like to be doing instead of concentrating on what I am doing.  I think about blocks I still need/want to make.  I think about a possible stitchery pattern or what color thread I will be using to make the little bird in another stitchery.  There are rare occassions when I do actually think exactly about what I'm working on but it is usually short lived.  Luckily, being a woman, I do well at multi-tasking, even if it is sometimes just in my head.

It is while you are patiently toiling at the little tasks of life that the meaning and shape of the great whole of life dawn on you.
~Phillips Brooks

May your day be everything you want it to be!


Mary Lou Casada said...

There's nothing wrong with an active mind!! :-D It keeps us fit and young and most importantly from getting bored! I love the Cary Grant quote. Was he one of the handsomest men in history or what!?!? :-D so of course, he bears listening to. Maybe we could think about HIM while we stitch.....
Mary Lou

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

ya for getting your goal done!! The bags are so super cute!

Cheryl said...

You are not alone! I wish my hands could keep up with my mind! Glad the hairdresser liked her gifts. Who would not?

Vesuviusmama said...

OK, the snap tape bag idea is coming back to me now. I even went so far as to buy a tape measure a few months ago, but never made anything. Maybe it is time - my current wallet is a mess, and I could use something simple like that...

Anonymous said...

I remember those bags from childhood,thanks for posting them.
And thanks also for sharing my giveaway and tutorials with your readers. - Mary

Needled Mom said...

It really was a blessing that you stayed busy. I need a day like that after my sleepless night last night.

I love the snap bag. Those are such a wonderful idea.

Jennifer said...

What a cute gift! Nicely done!

Jennifer :)

Debi said...

I really like your snap bag, love red/white/black..

Megan Harmeyer said...

That picture of Yosemite is gorgeous!! Some day I'll get out there. I like those bags, too. I need more hours in a day!

lisa said...

I went to Yosemite once when I was little...my brother was just toddling, so he must have been about two, which means I was seven, so 19 years ago! I think I need to talk to my folks about plannign a big family trip with them and my two little ones!

I have lived in Montana for almost 9 years now and have yet to be to glacier OR Yellowstone. I Am moving this summer, better hit them up on my way out of town!

Shannon said...

I love reading you posts. You have such good ideas and I love the list of give aways!I would love to go to Yosemite at least once. We have some beautiful mountains here in Idaho also. Thank you for sharing the picture.

The Quilting Pirate said...

YAH for a snappy goal! Hopefully today's goal was a snap as well!

Oh my MORE giveaways! Man, I'll be busy this evening :)

Thanks Linda!

Talin's Corner said...

I cannot wait for the day that I am so busy that I do not want something sweet to eat. Who wouldn't be happy with the lovely Christmas presents you gave Erica? I love the way the red/white/black colors play off the panel on the front.

Quiltstory said...

Great gift! I love the fabric...Lucky hair dresser :)

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