Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Where Was I?

When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money. 
~Susan Heller

Did you miss me?  Of course not.  You didn't even know I was gone.  But I was!  I was in Las Vegas from last Thursday until Monday evening.  Fooled you, didn't I.  I even had posts on my regular days.  What was I doing?  We were attending the PBR World Finals.  What's that?  It's the Professional Bull Riding finals.  It looked a little like......

We had a wonderful time.  So many cute cowboys to look at.  And they are all so friendly.  But don't worry, DH got his fill of looking too.  We stayed at South Point (great place to stay!) and on Saturday night they held their first Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Party.  OMG!!!!  You wouldn't believe some of the costumes we saw - or lack there of.  This was definitely not a child approved venue.  But we certainly got our fill just walking to our room. And, no, I didn't take any pictures.  We also fed the slot machines and ate some good food.  The only down side was the DH came down with a cold our first day there and now my throat is so sore I can barely swallow.  I'm still wading through emails and snail mail and hopefully will finally get back to the sewing machine today. 



Peanut Butter

November has been designated Peanut Butter Lover's Month.  Here are some fun facts about that sticky, peanutty taste delight:
* Georgia is the #1 peanut producing state, but did you know that Texas is #2
* It takes almost 850 peanuts to make an 18 oz jar of peanut butter!
* Americans eat about 3 pounds of peanut butter per person each year, totaling about 500 million pounds... enough to cover the floor of the Grand Canyon.
* Peanut butter was first introduced in 1890, when a unknown St. Louis physician encouraged the owner of food products company to process and package ground peanut paste as a nutritious protein substitute
* Nearly half of the U.S. peanut crop is made into peanut butter each year.
* Folks on the East coast prefer creamy peanut butter, while those on the West Coast prefer the chunky-style.
* "Arachibutyrophobia" (pronounced I-RA-KID-BU-TI-RO-PHO-BI-A) is the fear of peanut butter getting stuck to the roof of your mouth.
* There are enough peanuts in one acre to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.
* Peanut butter was the secret behind "Mr. Ed," TV's talking horse.



With the start of a new month I thought it was time to get away from Halloween themed flowers and onto Thanksgiving for One Flower Wednesday......

And the turkeys fit Thanksgiving perfectly.  I won't have many flowers along this theme as I haven't found many cute Thanksgiving prints to work with.

I found this thread fabric just by chance at Joann's last time I was there.  Too bad I couldn't find more of the plain stitching fabric for the center. 
Thanks to Karen (aka Journey of a Quilter) you can check out more wonderful hexie flower creations all from one spot.  Just click on the link above or HERE.



I also made one more flower for my Aunt Sarah quilt......

The petals on this flower are 3/4" hexies.  The flowers for the quilt are growing very S-L-O-W-L-Y.



No free motion quilting practice since I wasn't near a sewing machine for the last 6 days.  Hopefully I won't be too rusty when I start back up today.



Today I just want to get back in front of my sewing machine and hear it stitch away.  Not sure exactly what I will work on but something..............



The House of Wilson is having a giveaway.  You could win bundle of 50 fabric hexagons and 50 papers to get you going making hexagons.  This giveaway ends Friday, November 4, at 9 pm AEDT.

Daisy and Jack is having a giveaway.  You could win a darling Ghastlie mug rug.  This giveaway ends Sunday, November 6, Australian time.

Stormy Days is having a giveaway.  You could win a $25 gift certificate to I Have A Notion.  This giveaway ends Friday, November 4.

The Desert Rat Chronicles is having a giveaway.  You could win a Ghastlie Wristlet, tissue cover, earrings, and kanzashi flower.  This giveaway ends Friday, November 4, at 10 pm.

Inspiring Creativeness is having a giveaway.  You could win a wonderful book cover.  This giveaway ends Friday, November 4.

Bejeweled Quilts By Barb is having a giveaway.  You could win a Beam N Read light.  This giveaway ends Monday, November 7.

Sew Cal Gal is having a giveaway.  You could win a Beam N Read light.  This giveaway ends Monday, November 7. 

Rsisland Crafts is having a giveaway.  You could win two patterns.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, November 8.

One More Quilt is having a mini giveaway.  You could win a practice fabric (looks like it could be used for either hand quilting or machine).  This giveaway ends Monday, November 7, at 10am. 

Lavender Dreams is having a sponsored giveaway.  You could win a $50 gift card to Lowe's Company.  This giveaway ends ?

Would you like to add to the Traveling Stash?  You can still enter my giveaway HERE.




Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh you sneaky cheeky! Good for you to get away and enjoy. Just amazed each time you show your flowers. Now those turkeys are clever, but I really like the spools.

Cheryl said...

Sounds like you had a good time, but sorry you picked up a cold. Have fun getting reacquainted with your machine today.

Maria said...

Shame a cold spoiled your great time away.
Hope your throat gets better soon.
Love the Turkeys and cotton reels.
Your swap block is nice too.

Needled Mom said...

I think that I am glad that you are not sharing pics of the costumes. I would hate to see your blog get an x rated review!!!

Sorry that you guys both got the bug while you were away. I know that you enjoyed yourself anyway. Didn't our mothers tell us that it is nice to share. Were germs included?

You are really tempting me to jump in and do an I Spy flower quilt. Those turkeys are unbelievable! Very cute.

Barb said...

No fun being on vacation and getting sick....

Love how you fussy cut your hexies.

krisgray said...

Cute turkey flower!! We go to the PBR when it comes to town. Sounds like the LV event was tons of fun! I'm hoping to take DS to his first rodeo next summer.

I will have to tell DH that this is peanut butter month. He eats a ton of it - LOL.

Feel better soon!!

marth225 said...

Welcome back - I just know you had a good time. Sometimes it is nice to just get away.

sunny said...

I love your hexie flowers! Glad you enjoyed some time away, and I hope your sore throat doesn's last too long.....

rubyslipperz said...

be still my heart! you were AT the Las Vegas Bull Riding event! I LUV to watch rodeos (I know, animal activists hate me). Its very exciting and the cowboys...I won't even go there!

Your hexies, as always are wunny-FULL! The


Erica said...

I grew up in Texas and never saw any peanut crops, but I know where to find them in Oklahoma!

Love love love your turkey flower! Soooo cute!

I have a fat quarter of that spool fabric. Hmmmm looks like I may need to be a copycat and make a flower too!

Glad to hear you had a good time on your vacation!

Sunnybec said...

Your hexies are just so lovely, I love how you fussy cut them. Linda

Hilachas said...

Cute hexie flowers. I enjoyed reading about the peanut butter. My husband loves peanut butter so now I can "wow" him with my knowledge.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

I love your hexie flowers! So sorry to read about your trip ended in a sore throat! Hope you feel better soon.

Linda in Calif. said...

We love staying at South Point! Isn't it great? Such beautiful rooms and a great place to see cowboys!! Seems they always have some type of rodeo or horsey type thing going on. We love their pools too. One of these days, I'm going to have to try making hexie. What size are you using for the novelty and what size for your Sarah Quilt?

Staci said...

Glad you had a nice trip! Welcome home!
Love love your turkey hexie & your turkey comic.
Enjoyed the peanut butter facts, I love PB!

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

The turkeys are so cute, I really like the spool fabric and interesting facts about peanut butter - my daughter loves it on apples. As always your blog is fun to read.

Shannon said...

HA HA Good for you for getting out of town! It sounds like you had so much fun! I love your turkey flower!!

Sandra said...

You really put together some interesting hexagon Love those turkeys! Maybe you could make one with cowboys in honor of your trip:)

Karen said...

I forgot your next holiday was Thanksgiving, love the turkey!

Barbara said...

Oh my gosh! I thought I was reading The Pioneer Woman there for a minute. I love your hexies. Very cute.

Raewyn said...

Oh what fun hexies as usual :-) All of a sudden you will wake up one morning and realise your Aunt Sarah hexies are nearly complete. Sounds like you had a great time away - hope your throat gets better soon.

rosie said...

I so hope you soon feel better, it's not much fun being

Anne said...

Glad you had an enjoyable (and interesting!) trip. Hope you and hubby are feeling much better!

Birdie said...

The turkeys made me smile, I love the spools of thread, and the orange hexie is beautiful. Feel better soon.

Cyndi said...

Sounds like a fun weekend you had...and yep, those sure are some hunky cowboys! :o)

Love all of your flowers...especially the turkey and the thread spools...too cute!

Hope you have a wonderful day!



P.S. I am definitely a creamy peanut butter lover...I eat a PB&J almost every day! :o)

Hillbilly Tonya said...

Those turkeys are great! LOL

Glad you got some time away to drool at cowboys.

Anonymous said...

That was a truly good blog!!

Connie said...

Beautiful hexies and I hope you really enjoyed your trip! You are so organized!

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