Monday, December 19, 2011

Traveling Stash Is Ready To Hit The Road

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly. 
~Andy Rooney

How was your weekend?  My weekend started on Friday evening and as done in the final verse of 12 Days of Christmas version, my weekend went like this: 12 letters written, 11 emails read (probably more), 10 errands completed, 9 gifts wrapped, 8 dog nails trimmed (X2), 7 minutes to take a breather, 6 towels folded, 5 loads of wash done, 4 Christmas stockings hung with care, 3 kinds of cookies made, 2 sweepings of the kitchen, and 1 dog washed!  Thank goodness Monday is here!




The sprig of mistletoe plant has been associated with the Christmas holiday for ages. The power of mistletoe is known to almost everyone; it makes anyone and everyone kissable around the holiday season - whether it is a friend, a relative or possibly even a stranger. The moment anyone goes under a sprig of mistletoe at a Christmas party, he becomes a target for anyone to kiss him. However, many more things are associated with the mistletoe apart from kissing. Here are some fun facts about mistletoe:
* The American mistletoe plant is the mistletoe species that is mainly associated with kissing. However, it is only one of the two mistletoe plants that are native to the USA, the other being the dwarf mistletoe.
* Not even the mistletoe have been saved from the threat of extinction. About twenty species of mistletoe are on the endangered list.
* The scientific name of American mistletoe is Phoradendron, meaning 'thief of the tree'. Though the mistletoe plant is not classified as parasitic in nature, it comes quite close. It sinks its roots into the host tree and takes away all the nutrients
* The term mistletoe is believed to be derived from an Anglo-Saxon word 'Mistal' and 'Tan', which mean 'dung' and 'twig', respectively. Thus, the meaning of mistletoe comes out to be 'dung on a twig', quite opposite to the sweet kissing tradition with which it is associated.
* The seeds of mistletoe plant are quite sticky and easily glue themselves to the beaks or feathers of birds or the fur of other creatures. They usually fall near a likely host tree and start to germinate.
* The seeds of the dwarf mistletoe can explode from ripe berries and spurt as far as 50 feet.
* Mistletoe is poisonous for human beings, but its berries and leaves serve as a high-protein food to many animals.



This giveaway is now closed.
A couple of weeks ago I won the Traveling Stash over at PhillysBlarney.  This is the second Traveling Stash I've won and it's so much fun to go through all the goodies in the box......

Fabric, patterns, tools, and more fabric!  I can't show you everything.  If I did then you wouldn't have the fun of discovering what's in the Traveling Stash.

This is what I removed.  I just love those pinks and the couple pieces of batiks.

Here's what I added.  Some more fabric, a couple of patterns and some charm squares.  I'm not giving you a full view of most of the fabric - you wouldn't want me to spoil the fun for you.  The box is stuffed full!  Wouldn't you like to win the Traveling Stash?

Here are the rules:
1. You must have an active blog.
2. You may take whatever you want from the stash but you must replenish the box
3. You agree to host a giveaway on your blog and send the Traveling Stash on to the winner.
4. U.S. friends only please due to the shipping costs.

So, if you are still interested in winning the Traveling Stash and then sending it on, just leave me a comment telling me that you would like the Traveling Stash to come to your house and which state you live in. Easy enough!  Only one comment per person - multiple comments will be removed.
I'll draw the winner with the help of on Thursday, December 22 at 8:00pm PST. The winner will be announced in my regular post on Friday, December 23 and if I have their snail mail info, the box will be going out in the mail on the following Saturday. Good luck!!!!



Earlier this month I received fabric from Lisa, this month's Bee In Oz hostess.  With the fabric I made.......

This somewhat wonky log cabin block - at least that's what she called it.  As most of you know, wonky and my brain don't mesh well.  I did enjoy working with the beautiful fabrics Lisa sent - those luscious blues and greens are some of my favorites.  I sure hope this works for what she wanted.



Today I hope to continue working (once again) on my Gardener's Journal quilt.



I'm sorry that I don't have a list of the giveaways available out there in blogland.  I didn't have any time to blog hop all weekend long :(  I will be back with a list of giveaways on Wednesday.


My son-in-law recently sent this joke too me.  I hope I don't offend anyone but I just had to share it.....


          A family is at the dinner table. The son asks his father,
          'Dad, how many kinds of boobs are there?
          The father, surprised, answers,
          'Well, son, there are three kinds of boobs:
          In her 20's, a woman's are like melons, round and firm.
          In her 30's to 40's, they are like pears, still nice but          hanging a bit.
          After 50, they are like onions'.

        'Yes, you see them and they make you cry.'

        This infuriated his wife and daughter so the daughter said,

        The mother, surprised, smiles and answers,
        'Well dear, a man goes through three phases.
        In his 20's, his willy is like an oak tree, mighty and hard.
        In his 30's and 40's, it is like a birch, flexible but reliable.
        After his 50's, it is like a Christmas Tree.'
          'A Christmas tree?'

            'Yes - the tree is dead and the balls are just for decoration.'


Terry said...

Oh I'd love to take part in the travelling stash! Thanks for the chance! :0)

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

I almost spit my cappucino out laughing at your joke. So funny!

I'd love the travaeling stash, I live in Missouri!

Debbie said...

Lol.....such a grand way to begin the week with a very mighty giggle. Love the joke, absolutely no offense. Actually, it is pretty true! Thanks.

beaquilter said...

I'd love to join your traveling stash too, that sounds like fun!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

After your weekend you deserve to throw a joke at us - loved it. I would love the traveling stash to move here in NY State.

Cheryl said...

Now that made me laugh!

Barbara said...

Got a giggle out of your days of Christmas, also trimmed 8 pet nails!
Very cute bee block, enjoy the traveling stash project!

dooddles said...

LOL! Thanks for the much needed morning laugh!

I would love the traveling stash... I think I have been stalking it all year! :o) I live in Michigan.

Blue Ridge Mountains said...

The traveling stash sounds like fun. I would like to join but I don't know what is meant when your say - must be willing to sponsor a give-away. I live in Virginia.

Polka Dot Classic said...

Has the traveling stash come to Florida yet?
I will Love it to stop by and add some goodies :)
Have a nice day

Needled Mom said...

I'm exhausted just reading about your weekend. Yikes! I had a busy weekend that INCLUDED some sewing so it was fabulous.

Loved your SIL's joke. It was good to get a laugh so early in the morning.

The traveling stash sounds like fun. I know that I have things I could add too.

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

elizabeth said...

Merry Christmas, Linda : ). Thank you for the chance!

Maria said...

LOL Loved your 12 days of Christmas!!!
Interesting post on the Mistletoe.
Love the Bee Block.
The travelling stash seems like lots of fun.
Hahahaha!! thank you for the laugh too.

Kasey said...

I'd love to be a part of the traveling stash... I live in Indiana. And thanks for sharing that joke- I'm going to have to read it to my husband now!

Becky said...

LOL:))))) I'll have to share this one with several of my buddies.

I'd love to receive this Traveling Stash. I live north of Atlanta, Georgia. We are near Stone Mountain. Merry Christmas!

Barbara said...

I'm just dying to win the traveling stash. Please send it to me in Oregon.

Sarah Craig said...

Thank you for making me laugh out loud this morning! What a hysterical joke!!! And I'd love to host the traveling stash!!

Don't stay too busy this week - enjoy the holiday!!

rubyslipperz said...

OMGOSH!! Did you hear my "hen-cackle" laughter clear from utah to California? That was heeee-larious!!

I would be OH-SEW happy to host a traveling stash!! I LUV to give things away! I know I could put some really fun stuff in that-thar box-alicious!

love and hugz to you!
annie m.

Linda Big D said...

I'd love to have a chance at the traveling stash. I have a room full of stas that is looking for a new home!

Quilting Mom said...

I love the wonky log cabin block! You did an awesome job!! And I would love a chance to participate in the traveling stash!

Samantha said...

I'd love to win the traveling stash and a chance to send it on... it could be the first giveaway on my blog as I've been trying to think of what my first giveaway will be!

Also... loved the joke, heh!

Marydon said...

What a lovely win. Wasn't quite sure where that joke was going ... chuckle! Saving this for hubby! :)

Merry Christmas

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

I would love to have the traveling stash come visit me here in Florida. That would be a fun way to ring in the New Year :)

Christine M said...

I enjoyed your Twelve Days of Christmas. Very clever. The joke was very funny too!

Kathy said...

I'd love for the traveling stash to come to my Ohio home! I'm ready. Come on lucky numbers!!!

Deb said...

I loved the joke. Will have to share that one.

The block is very pretty. I love the soothing colours of blues and greens too.

Don't add me to the Travelling Stash draw...I am in NZ.

Linda in Calif. said...

hehehe! Funny Joke.

Bailey said...

I'd love to see that Traveling Stash come to Idaho, preferably to my house ;) Thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

hahahaahahah love it so funny,Linda have a meryy xmas.xx

MissMary said...

Send the Traveling Stash to Tennessee, please! :-)

KatieQ said...

I would love to have the traveling stash visit my house. I live in New York.

Susan said...

Oh, me, me, me! I want the stash! This is Tennessee, too. EAST Tennessee! LOL. I have tons of fabrics I can put in. =)

I love the log cabin block. I never thought about putting a really skinny row in there. That makes it look almost like those folded insert borders.

Susan said...

Hi Linda! I would love to have the traveling stash come to my house. I live here in Southern California and I have all the requirements covered. Thanks for the chance, again to try for traveling stash! BTW, I love the joke. I'll have to tell that one to my hubby in the morning! Thanks again!

Mary@QuiltGenius said...

I live in Ohio and would love a chance at the traveling stash. I have been stalking it for some time now.


Melinda said...

Please put my name in the drawing for the traveling stash. I have lots of nice things I can add to it.

Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs said...

I would love to get the traveling stash! So much fun! I live in Washington State :)

Debbie DeBaeremaeker said...

I would love to see the traveling stash come to NC again :)

Jennifer said...

I'd love for it to come my way!! I'm in nj - what a great christmas treat this would be!

Denise :) said...

Bahahaa -- loved the joke! And I would *love* to get my hands on that traveling stash! I meet (or would meet) all the requirements!!! :)

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