Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Forging your own path ...

How do you decide when to stay in the safe comfort of the footprints of the snow and when to make your own path? How do you make the decision to NOT follow the trail that was made and blaze your own? And if you do make that call, do you just throw on your boots and go for it? What if you fail?

 This month I have struggled with these questions.

 I have bantered back and forth, weighed all of the options, listed all the pros and cons, then I made a tough decision. I will not be continuing with Where Women Create in 2012. The time has come for me to move on ... Try new things and explore other opportunities. Plus, I'd like to actually CREATE something myself. Maybe sew? Maybe paint? I don't know, but it's time! I also want to spend more time working with Riley Blake. They are a FABULOUS company with the best fabric and people behind it! I absolutely love them. Plus, I hope to have another BIG announcement coming at the first of the year which will truly be a dream come true for me and will be just what I need to forge my own trail.

*This pup looks just like my Marley!

I am crossing my fingers that the footprints that I leave in the snow will lead me to bigger and better things! 

 I hope yours do as well ...

I'm pulling on my boots ... Won't you join me?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Saturday Inspiration ... Bring Mary Englebreit's Home Companion Back!

By show of hands who used to stalk the mail box or the newsstand  for this FABULOUS magazine? Does everyone miss it as much as I do?

Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion "Got me".  I felt at home in the pages ... These artists felt like MY People ... MY FRIENDS! Ironically enough when I was fortunate enough to MEET many of these wonderful women, I was treated as if I actually was the old friend I felt I was. All because of the way I was introduced to them in ME's magazine. I was filled with creative projects, decorating ideas and inspiration. I have saved each issue and treasure each one. I consult them every time I need a creative boost. Just this week I was down in the decorating dumps. Luckily, I just pulled out one of my ME holiday issues and VOILA! Dilemma solved. The ideas that were published in Home Companion are AMAZING and timeless ... I miss it so much!

Were you a Home Companion fan?
 Here's you chance to get introduce yourself, or reintroduce as the case may be to all the wonderful things that this magazine is about:

Mary has released a special digital mini mag just for us!

Click http://maryengelbreit.com/home-companion-magazine

It's a special peek into Mary's home for Christmas ... It's BEAUTIFUL!
I have a collection of old paper mache houses and bottle brush trees, so I especially love how she has added them to her holiday decor. Not only can you download the magazine, you can also get some DARLING gift tags for FREE!

Click this link: http://maryengelbreit.com/make-takes/holiday-gift-tags.
I am going to print mine on heavy card stock, then attach them to my neighbor gifts!

Thanks Mary for the continued inspiration you give me:)

As you can see, I love Mary Englbreit's Home Companion and I so wish they would bring it back! Unfortunately, the publishing industry is volatile and it's hard to get funding, but me? I'd like my voice heard. How about you? Can you help? 

Click the link below to cast your vote and spread the word! 

We creatives need this magazine!
Let's stick together and


Thank you so much!
You can share this post on Facebook or Twitter by using the buttons at the bottom of the post and I would so appreciate if you would. Pulling together is the only way we get things done, and our creative world is a better place because of Mary!
Let's show her we care and want our voices heard!

Happy Holiday's Friends! 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!

Where have I been  you may ask ...

It's my favorite giveaway of the year!

This time we've got 48 FABULOUS artists with 50+ GREAT prizes!
Best of all ... There are at least four prizes each day with one winner ... 12 Chances to win!  
Click HERE to visit WWC, then comment on each day. You can enter each day until the contest is over, but just remember to post only once. 
~Good luck~

I also have something else to share ... 

You may remember me singing the praises of my friend Elea Lutz at 

Well yesterday guess what showed up on my door ...

It smells HEAVENLY!!!! 

I am using the hand lotion right now, but I can't bring myself to open the soap ... It's too pretty! 
And yes, that is a fat quarter of her brand new fabric! How cute is that???

She's having a giveaway over on her blog and I would so appreciate you showing her some love! 

If you enter, please come back here and comment that you did. I will draw a name on December 12th for a copy of our latest issue of WWC PLUS I'll throw in the latest issue of WWCook! 

Off to work on another project! 

~Hope you're all enjoying the most wonderful time of the year~



Saturday, November 12, 2011

Saturday ... Snowing ... Sewing ... GIVEAWAY!

WOW ... It's Snowing like CRAZY here! The perfect time to get caught up on sewing ... 

Currently I am making:

And a pillow using 

with my friend Amanda's FABULOUS

PLUS ... 
Working on this little guy (AGAIN!)

I think I'm going to FINALLY finish these Snowmen! I have a whole box full of little Snowman heads all ready to go, I just couldn't figure out whether to sew a whole bunch of bodies or do something else. Maybe put them on a stick? Make the bodies out of paper clay? UGH! The last two Christmas's I've brought them out, then put them back in January. Other projects came and went, but I kept thinking about my Snowmen. Then I spied something on Pinterest and my problem solved! 
It was like Snowman Serendipity! 
The image linked to this AMAZING blog with a GREAT idea ... 

Her blog is called Creative Dreaming and it's darling! I think I'll put some candies in the jars and give them for gifts!

look at this paper that I can use for the hats!

And how great are these embellishments?

They're from a company called Webster's Pages and they're just as beautiful in person as they are on the site! As a matter of fact, when lovely Courtney sent me a pack to try out, I couldn't believe both the quality and design. And the best part? 

If you head over to 

you can comment to win a collection kit of YOUR CHOICE! 

And another best part? 

Since we've got a BRAND NEW ISSUE of 

I'd like to give TWO copies away to TWO of my readers!

All you've got to do is comment to this thread.
Want two entires?
Comment on the Webster's Pages Fabulous Friday post on WWC and then comment again and let me know you did.

GOOD LUCK and Happy Saturday Friends!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Delighted is delightful!

My friend Amanda of The Quilted Fish had a great party this past Wednesday to celebrate the release of her latest fabric collection with Riley Blake called "Delighted".

The atmosphere was simply lovely! 

Refreshments ...

 Make~n~takes ...

Fabulous Creative Friends ...

{Me, Amy, MelissaAmanda, Kara, April, Cindy and Jennifer}

And a Darling, Delightful, Delighted,
 Decoupage House! 


 Amanda on your fabulous line! 


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wednesday Math ...

What do you get when you take:

1 very cool magazine +

2 fat quarters of FABULOUS Riley Blake fabric +

8 pattern pieces +

1 sewing machine +

1 large clump of Fiberfill + Scissors + Needle + Green embroidery floss +

Two buttons=

1 very funky pear for miss Emma J

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sewing, Sewing ...

Sorry I've been MIA ... It's been a CRAZY month! 

I have been sewing though and I almost have this DARLING dress finished!


PS~The winner of Amanda's giveaway was ...



And can you see that cute fabric on the ruffles? That's from her fabric line Sugar and Spice! 

LOVE that Amanda:) 

More giveaways are coming ... You can't miss it!

Have a great night friends! 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

It's time for another FABRIC GIVEAWAY!

Let me introduce you to my friend Amanda. 

She is the owner of 

and TALENTED fabric designer for

I was lucky enough to meet her in person at Spring Quilt Market this year in SLC and she is such a sweetheart! 
Plus, she designs the cutest patterns! 

That's me, Amanda and Cindi Walker 

She even let me wear this FABULOUS hat! 

Hats are BIG in Amanda's world!

{I am SO making these for Emma's Birthday!}

So are beautiful quilts and GORGEOUS fabric! 

Plus, she's got some great things up her sleeve, including a new Scrapbook line with Bazzill. I can't wait to use it!

And did I mention the GLAMP? 

While I was up in Logan visiting my friends 
Kim and Kris at 
My Girlfriends Quilt Shop, I purchased the kit. I can't wait to make one for my office! I also had a chance to check out Amanda's 
laminated cottons ...

How cool is that? You can make a shower curtain! 

She even has a pattern for a cap ...

{I love that flower}

Amanda just released her latest line of fabric from Riley Blake called Sugar & Spice~

Isn't that sweet? 

{I cannot WAIT to make this pattern for Emma's first day of Kindergarten using S&S}

{pattern from Jina Barney, who I LOVE!}

I hope I can hold it together for the first day ... SNIFF! 

Now that you've seen a sample of her work, how about a chance to WIN some of her fabric?

She has GENEROUSLY offered to give 
one luck commenter
a GREAT prize ...  

 two packs of 5" squares, one pack of 10" squares and two bundles of FQ's (7 in each bundle)! Think of all the creating you can do with THAT! WOW! 

All you need to do is comment to this post and you're entered! 

How about some extra entries?

*Follow The Quilted Fish on Facebook
*Follow Riley Blake on Facebook
*Follow my Blog:) 

Make sure to comment for each extra entry and don't forget to leave a way for me to contact you. I will leave this post open until Thursday, September 1st at Midnight (MST), so make sure you get your comment in! 


Have a great day friends:)