Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sneak Peak ~ 'See You in September' Blog Hop ~ A Very Special Gift

Please come in and have a seat~  Can I offer you some Hot or Iced Harney's Passion Fruit Tea?  It's my Favorite~ Hot is even refreshing during the Summer Months. 


 How has your Summer been?  Working on something special for the Fall or Holidays yet?

My Summer has been sew good to me......you all know I love creating, so as I posted before I jumped in on the "See you in September" Blog Hop over at Sew We Quilt, hosted by the awesome Madame Samm~

First I'll start with a few Sneak Peak possibilities of what you might see here come the beginning of September when our Hop Kicks off.....

Ahhhhhh, our Super Bowl Champs, the Washington Seattle Seahawks....will it be something for a Game???

 Maybe something for Fall.........

Some Holiday Stitching?

Definitely some RBD Gingham(requirement for FUN).....

One thing I can Guarantee is that all this Fabric will be cut with a very Special Gift I received from Martelli Notions, as part of a Drawing I entered in the Spring at the Original Sewing & Quilting Expo held here in WA.  I will tell you about the Major Give Away from them in another post.  But I have to tell you Martelli's ErgoCutter is the BEST Rotary Cutter out there!!  In this very generous package was also a set of Replacement Blades and the nicest (heavy too) Fussy Cut Templates!  Using the Ergo Cutter is like slicing Butter and it will cut up to 40 pieces of Fabric at once!

In my humble opinion every Seamstress/Quilter needs to have this ErgoCutter, and it comes in a Right Handed and Left Handed Model.   You will be seeing this ErgoCutter again in future post because I just LOVE IT! 

From the bottom of my Heart, and my Wrists, THANK~YOU MARTELLI NOTIONS!!

So Sweet Friends, I hope to see you all for the Blog Hop "See You in September", I'll be having a Give Away (you know I Love to do that) too!!

Pinkies up to Summer 2014!!

Huggs, Nancy
www.coeurdalenegifts.com
rfnancy.etsy.com
sweettwinklestars.etsy.com




Sunday, July 20, 2014

Early Summer Blooms....hosted by Daisy Bunny

Oops! Still bathing.....

Welcome to Windflower Cottage!  I am lil Daisy Bunny, one of the Residents here along with my sibling Iris, and Mama.....

Come along will see what's Blooming today....

The Lavender Gladiolas are open....here is where one of the places Mrs Hummingbird eats.....

Shasta Daisies....this is where I live.  Iris lives in the Iris Patch...but they are finished blooming....

Ever Blooming Hydrangeas...
 
Peruvian Lilies....hmmm, looks like Iris was nibbling here......

Yep, the Fall Mums have stated blooming too....

Little Sugar Snap Pea Blooms.....
 
Not a Bloom...just a favorite of mine....Apples...



Long Stem Pink Roses....

Lavender.....almost done here.....

Thank~You, I hope you enjoyed what you saw....Now I'll enjoy my much deserved snack....Carrot Greens and a Apple....a few Daisey Petals of my choosing for Dessert.....


We hope you are having a Great Day!!
Huggs, Nancy & Garden Friends
www.coeurdalenegifts.com
rfnancy.etsy.com
sweettwinklestars.etsy.com











Sunday, July 13, 2014

It's "Rush Hour"

What do you think of a the mere thought of Rush Hour???

With our Wonderful Pilot, Madame Samm over at 'Sew We Quilt' the Premiere Blog for Sewing and Quilting Hops, We're celebrating "Rush Hour", a New Fabric Collection from Studio E Fabrics in Red, Black, Grey and White.  The neat thing about this Hop is you can create anything with these colors to join in~
.You can find all the fabulous details about this Fun Hop HERE!

I would Love to see you there!  I'll be rushing to get there too!!

Huggs, Nancy




Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer Container Gardening in the PNW~

Last year we moved into our Home right before planting Season.  As we bought the house during the Winter months, other than the Foliage and 4 Apple Trees I had no idea what the previous Owner had planted here.  So I took a guess and planted a small Garden of Tomatoes, Peppers, Peas, and Beans in a patch below my Kitchen Window, and put a Herb Garden in Pots.  Come to find out that area was just the Best!  This year I wanted to plant our usual Garden prior to this house, so I did it....in Containers.  I thought I would grab a few shots since we had to move all the Patio stuff to one area so that my Newly built Potter's Bench made by hubby could be moved from the Garage to it's Permanent Location.

Vine Sugar Snap Peas I put in this Hanging Planter......yes, that's Saran Wrap.  Our Feathered Friends thought the Lining was for their Homes....and yes they have tried to pull off the Saran Wrap!

More Vine Sugar Snaps and a Planter each of Baby Red & Baby Gold Potatoes.  To the left of the Fencing is a future project.
The Rectangle Planter up front contains Baby Beets, behind it in the Blue Handle Pot are Stringless Green Beans and since I took these photos last week the Bean Stalk is now to the top of the pole.  To the Right are Cherry Tomatoes.
Up Front a Pot of Basil, to the Left is one of the Apple Trees.
From the Left here I have Spaghetti Squash, a Pot of Yellow and Red Peppers, Zucchini and a Pot of Roma Tomatoes.  I picked up a Vintage Baby Crib as I needed some of the pieces for a project, but didn't need the Springs.  Thinking that these Squashes will climb I thought it would look kind of Cool here.  
Continuing down under the Kitchen Window I have one of my Lavenders, which brings in a few Pollinators, Honey Bear Squash, another Roma in the Blue Pot and to the Right of it my Cukes.  The outside of the House is also going to be painted this Summer or Next.  Our Wonderful HOA has decided on a Variety of PNW colors for our Homes, each Home Owners expense of course.
Last years Strawberry Plant, some Basil, Bush Sugar Peas and Cilantro in the Pink Container.  In the Back ground on the Little Chairs are Garlic Chives and Rosemary.

Baby Carrots~
My outdoor Play Station~  I still have to stain her and give her some Personal Touches, but I just Love it!!  Thank~You Nick ;)
I found this Charming Swing at a Re Sale Barn.  It's one of my favorite Spots to Shop, the Owner buys at Storage Auctions and does Estate Sales.  We brought our White Iron Set from Florida, however as you can see I am re doing the Seats.  Even out here in the wet North West we still have to set the Sprinkler System for 4 times a week per the County Schedule.  I like Lush Green Grass so I do fill in with a little Sprinkler now and then.  
My Little Cherubs even stop by to help, a little snack is always ready for their visits~

Thanks for stopping by to see this Summer Garden in it's early stages.  I hope to bring you a Prettier Version when it's all put back together~

I hope your enjoying a Beautiful Summer Day!!

Huggs, Nancy












Wednesday, June 25, 2014

September Blog Hop!

I would Love to have you join me for this 3 Project Blog Hop!  
You have all Summer to Prepare 3 Projects. They can be any craft you desire! One must be done with Gingham(you can see on my sidebar were trying to save this wonderful Classic!)



Sign Ups are going on Now, HERE, so don't be late.  Or you will miss out on all the FUN!  I want to see what you did all Summer, and you'll be able to see what I did with a few Sneak Peaks along the way!!

Huggs, Nancy
www.coeurdalenegifts.com
rfnancy.etsy.com
sweettwinklestars.etsy.com

Friday, May 2, 2014

AccuQuilt Quilt Design Block Contest

Good Morning Sweet Friends,

Just a quick share here....I entered the Quilt Block here I made for Lauren and her hubby in the AccuQuilt Win the Dream Design your Quilt Contest.  I sure would Love to have your Vote!!  Every time you Vote and that can be Daily from Now until May 27th, you are also entered to Win some Beautiful Prizes!!  Prizes daily are Valued up to $700!!

I designed this Block for one of their Anniversaries when they were living in China.  Each little Star in the Upper Left hand corner is Hand Stitched.  Plus this was the very first Quilt Block I ever made!  You may have seen this here before as I entered it in a Quilting Blog Hop, Hosted by the Lovable Madame Samm of www.Sewwequilt.com

You can Vote Now and Daily here:  http://www.accuquilt.com/block-contest#!/entry/6696283

Any Questions?  just ask me.  Thank~you sew very much for taking the time to Vote!!  
Have A Great Week End my Sweet Friend!!

Huggs, Nancy

Friday, March 7, 2014

Love Totes for my Cherubs

I wanted to write this about 3 weeks ago but I had a little incident and my Sciatic Nerve got in the way.  So sitting was out of the scope for awhile, but I am feeling so much better!!

I want to share these Valentine Totes I made for my Granddaughters, along with the Goodies I made and filled them with.  I had so much fun and it really brought back memories of days long ago.
I made them each a little different with the size and the Trim. I put Pockets on each side of the outside,
and one on each side of the inside.  These Girls love pockets in their Handbags and Totes.
For Johanna, I made Stacked Hairbows, Headbands, Pony Holders and sewed embellishments on fluffy footies.  I found some Heart decorated Band aids, and a Hello Kitty Pez Key Chain, and finished it off with some Conversation Hearts Candy, and a little Chocolate.
For Audra it was pretty much the same with the exception of the Footies(she won't wear them), and I found a Baby Hello Kitty Pez Key Chain.
I also made them a Crocheted Heart Necklace to pack in a Pocket.
After I packed them up, I felt they still needed a little something more so I embellished a couple of Wands, that I think I picked up at Michael's awhile back.  Now they looked complete, so off I went to deliver them.
Johanna on the left and Audra on the right, didn't take much time pulling out each goodie, and checking out what the other had.
Ooohs and Aaahs.....

and Foil wrapped Chocolate Coins...  I think they liked their Valentine Tote Bags that Mimmie made.....

Have a Great Day Friends!!
Huggs, Nancy

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