at last but not least...the back order...

Here's the back order items from 1-2-3; can't wait to order from them again! However, the next visit will probably Stitchville USA; I have a customer appreciation card which I need to fill up.  Then I get $20 of merchandise for F-R-E-E!  Can't wait...but first I must be disciplined and finish a project or three before I take the roadtrip.  Repeat after me...MUST BE DISCIPLINED!! STAY FOCUSED!! COMPLETE A PROJECT OR TWO or THREE!!

Thank you Mr. UPS...

Look what the UPS man left for me:  Check out all of this much fun to be created!

I've been playing with ink...

Yep... today, I've been playing with ink...take a that's what I'm talking about!

And here's what I created with the ink...
I'm not completely happy with how it turned out, but I got the mailbox for $1.00.  So I'll try again until I get it the way I want it.  Product Review: I used Tim Holtz's Grudge Paper for the flower.  Interesting stuff to has a leather like feel with an strange smell, but works really nice.  I (heart) Tim Holtz! and anything he's created...check out his blog. He's listed the new stamps...w-a-y cool stuff...the guy is a genius!!  Anyho, thank you for stopping by!

I started with this...and ended finishing this...

I wanted to post this last night, however, my hubby arrived home after being gone for three days.  Needless to say, I was happy to see him!!

While I was waiting from him, I started working on this C-U-T-E needle roll from Shepherd's Bush.  This cross stitch item is one of several needle roll kits which I purchased at a garage sale last year.  Absolutely YUMMY!  Then I felt like working on some embroidery projects which I started a year or so ago.  Seriously, I have too many UFO projects...looking forward to completing them this year...hopefully!
Sheperd's Bush
Snow Fall Roll
Starry Pine Pattern Co.
Mini Wooly Whimsey Sampler Embroidery

that's what I'm talkn' about...

Without any further adieu, here is the completion of Simply Live by Primitive Needle.  If you remember this project is a gift for my Secret Santa on my hubby's side of the family.  I was under the weather before x-mas, so I wasn't able to complete it.  I'm very happy to have this project completed...very exciting!  I'm even more excited that I purchased enough linen to cross stitch this project for myself.  The Valdani threads are just yummy!

Project Name: Simply Live
Pattern Maker: Primitive Needle
Threads: Valdani
Linen: 36 ct. Legacy

Talking being under the weather, Minnesota has entered a C-O-L-D snap.  Check the temps out:  In particular, tonight's tempertures:  YIKES, now that's frick'n cold!  And all I can say is, "Only in Minnesota" bites. :-)

Until then,


In the mail...and what a find...

In the mail, I got a fun package from  And even more fun is I didn't get all of the order today.  A couple of patterns were on back order.  However, I received an email informing me that the remaining items are on its way!!  But here's what I got today.  FUN, FUN, FUN!! 

Valentine Rose by Blackbird Designs
January Snows by Bent Creek
and threads from CC, GA and WDW

Then while I was browsing a local thrift store with some friends, I came across these two beauties. I've been collecting a handful of patterns from Lavender & Lace.  I think I'll start one of them this year.  However I need to finish a couple of things before that day arrives!!  But some really, really cute stuff!

Oh, today, I worked on a couple of blocks for my basket quilt .  I'm getting closer!!  Stay tuned for the latest update.  Have a great evening!! 

Until then, 

A little love...

Hopefully, I was able to capture a little romance in this card for Valentine's Day.  I participated in the Pals Paper Arts Inspiration Challenge using Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge.  Here's a pic of the inspiration:

Seriously, one of the most captivating images I've seen in long time, which is why I wanted to create this card.  Oh, yeah, the blog candy is cool, too.  :-)

RECIPE(supplies are SU! unless otherwise noted)
Stamp Set: Weathered Background Stamp (retired) and Noteworthy (retired)
Ink: Tim Holtz's Alcohol Ink (cranberry) and blending solution, Basic Black Classic
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White and Basic Gray
That Little Something: Smooch Spritz (Silver Foil), Twine, Pretty In Pink Ribbon, Blue Moon Butterfly charm, Little Pink Flowers, Tag, Clear Rhinestone Brad, Tattered Angels Spritz (Red Velvet), Sizzix Nesting Flower Die Cut
That Little Helper: Sewing machine, Embossing and Sponging

A little romance...

Hello, it's snowing again...but it's a light fluffy snow...the kind that sits on the pine trees to make them look majestic.
I had a little time on my hands this morning, so I thought I would make a valentine card.  I participated in the MojoMonday Challenge.  And it appears I kinda made my own sketch...sorta.  I guess I "altered" it slightly.  Oh well, creativity holds no boundaries, right?  Here's what I created:

RECIPE (supplies are SU! unless otherwise noted)
Stamp Set: Artistic Etching
Ink: Basic Black and Tim Holtz's Distress Ink Pad (Walnut Stain)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Mellow Moss and Graphic 45 Le' Romantique DP paper
That Little Something: Smooch Spritz (Log Cabin), TwineAntique Brads, Hero Arts Woven Lace Ribbon, Misc Flower Petals and Crystal Stickers 3mm Clear Clare (little rhinestones)
That Little Helper: Sewing machine

It's official...

It's official...I have too many projects started.  I think it's in my best interest to finish those projects before I start anything else.  I'll try really hard...not to start anything more.  Promise, cross my heart...really!  As some of you know, Tuesday is an outstanding sewing day for me...I've been working on this Calendar Quilt of basket blocks by Willow Berry Lane.  Here a pic of the finished quilt:

Here's the blocks I have done...(now that's wierd...a couple of the blocks appear to be a different color.)  Whatever...just look at the blocks...:-)

Birthday card for Mojo Monday...almost a week late...

Yep, you read it correctly.  It's a birthday card for Mojo Monday 171...which tomorrow will be considered a week old.  I really wanted to created a card, but the hardship is if you are not a (paid) member, you are requested to not upload anything on Sundays.  Yes, there are several other challenges out there, however, I don't know where to find them.  If you have some suggestions, please leave me a comment.  I would greatly appreciate some other challenge opinions.  But any ho, since I had some creative juices flowing, I had to take advantage of them.  Right?!
Here's the sketch from Mojo:

Here's what I created from that sketch:

RECIPE (supplies are SU! unless otherwise noted)
Stamp Set: Sanded, Birthday Bliss and On Your Birthday
Ink: Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black) and Tim Holtz's Distress Ink Pad (Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint)
Cardstock: Basic Grey's Oliver with SU! Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler cardstock
That Little Something: SU! Linen Thread, Basic Grey Button(little rhinestones)
That Little Helper: nothing really...

Happy New Year...

I hope everyone was able to ring in the New Year with a bang...because I was asleep by 9:00pm.  Sometimes I wish I could stay awake to welcome the New Year in like most of the  population in the United States.  But then again, if I stayed up I probably wouldn't be able to do all that I did today.  Take a look: 

YUMMY!!!! That's right, count them all.  7 loaves of the bread...please note you don't see the shorty loaf...Tim and I did a quality check on the first one.  Also, I converted the Focaccia recipe to a bread machine friendly. I think it needed more rosemary...for next time.
Also, I wanted to include the latest update of Simply Live cross stitch project.  I know it isn't the best pic, but I'm almost done!  WOOOHOOO!  This weekend has been a good weekend to stay inside the house being the temperatures are in the N-E-G-A-T-I-V-E degrees! I not kidding!!  Frickn' cold in the midwest country.