Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dear Friends

Life has just gotten way too big for me right now . . .


so I have decided that I need to back away from it right now and put some things into perspective!!

I have been blogging for almost 2 years now and I have met many wonderful friends, including a daughter I never had (she knows who she is) but it is time for me to close my bedroom door and hibernate for awhile as I think through everything that is going on right now!!

So for now I say "Adieu" and thank you to all of you for your love and support!! Kris

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

A Fun Surprise From Down Under

A while back I did a giveaway of some of the hand-dyed fabric that I had just learned to create!!  Well, Elizabeth from Village Quilters was one of the winners and today in the mail, I just got this fun package of goodies from her


with a sweet note thanking me for the hand-dyed FQs that she won!!

I love getting snail mail but this kind of huge surprise - totally un-expected - snail mail is the VERY best!!  Thank you Elizabeth, I love the hexie flower and the little butterfly!!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

We Just Finished Watching Some VERY Powerful TV

I don't think there is a whole lot of really good stuff on television these days but we just finished watching "Five" on the Lifetime channel this evening and I felt it was worth blogging about.
The groundbreaking original movie “Five” is an anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives. “Five” highlights the shared experience each short film’s title character endures from the moment of diagnosis, through an interconnected story arc that uses humor and drama to focus on the effect breast cancer and its different stages of diagnosis have on relationships and the way women perceive themselves while searching for strength, comfort, medical breakthroughs and, ultimately, a cure.

And in looking up the information to share, I came across the website, http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/five, that not only talks about the film but also has a lot of really great information on breast cancer.  Also, you can actually watch the full movie right on your computer.

If you have ever known anyone who has had or has breast cancer, this is a very powerful movie to watch!! It's funny, it's sad, it's real, it's thought-provoking and as you can tell, I really, really liked this anthology of five short films.

Just check out the website if nothing else!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

One Flower Wednesday

I finished this fun little flower for my Kaffe Fassett garden ~


And I received these two gorgeous flowers from my Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap partner, Patty Carbaugh.  Thank you, Patty - I LOVE them!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Do You Feel Like This Some Days??


This is too funny - I just had to share!!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to All Our Canadian Friends


The origins of Canadian Thanksgiving are closely connected to the traditions of Europe.  Long before Europeans settled in North America, festivals of thanks and celebrations of harvest took place in Europe in the month of October.  The very first Thanksgiving celebration in North America took place in Canada when Martin Frobisher, an explorer from England, arrived in Newfoundland in 1578. He wanted to give thanks for his safe arrival to the New World.
For a few hundred years, Thanksgiving was celebrated in either late October or early November, before it was declared a national holiday in 1879.  It was then, that November 6th was set aside as the official Thanksgiving holiday.  But then on January 31, 1957, Canadian Parliament announced that on the second Monday in October, Thanksgiving would be "a day of general thanksgiving to almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed."  Thanksgiving was moved to the second Monday in October because after the World Wars, Remembrance Day (November 11th) and Thanksgiving kept falling in the same week.
Happy Thanksgiving!!


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Today Was Super Saturday Craft Day

and we had a beautiful day here in St. George for the occasion!!  Note the SNOW on the mountain tops!!


And we had so much fun!!  In the embroidery class I taught, we learned all a the basic stitches using this cute pattern:

We had young Moms and 2 young gals about 11 years old!!

A couple of hams wanting to show just how much fun they were having!!

There were lots of projects to learn - 

And, of course, lots of gooooood food!!

Some of the activity going on all morning long!!

This was my most favorite project - 

EVERYONE had a good time!!  

Hope they invite me back next time!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Finished My Little "Live Simply" Embroidery Piece

into this cute little pillow!!  I am liking this embroidery stuff more and more!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Getting Ready For Super Saturday Craft Day with My Niece

I have been spending the day working on the class Michelle asked me to teach to her young friends this Saturday.  I am going to be teaching embroidery as some of you know.  Well, I was talking to one of the young gals last week and she said she would love to learn how to do embroidery but what else can you make besides tea towels!!!  Cracked me up.  so they are going to have their young little eyes opened!!

I ordered a darling pattern from Marg Low down in Australia hoping it would get here in time and it did:

I love all of Marg's designs but this is one I wanted for myself so I thought it would be perfect to show what can be done.

I also spent the evening making this cute little thing:


And hope to make a little pillow or hanging for the knob on my TV armoire before Saturday!!  It's very small - 4" x 6" but with a border it will be perfect!!  I used Valdani floss which is hand over dyed from Shell over at The Raspberry Rabbits and it turned out so fun with the variegated thread!!

Now just to figure out how I am going to run the class and get all these young women excited about hand work!!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Is It Already Time to Start Getting Ready for Christmas?

I have been looking at so many different blogger's Etsy stores and decided that it would be fun to have one of my own!!  I have, of course, named it Lavender Quilts and Other Fineries and this is my first item for sale:


Now, I know I am singing to the choir here as most everyone who visits my humble little blog is a quilter just like me but this little top turned out so cute I wanted to share it!!  Oh, my gosh, one more thing to think about - an Etsy store!!  I'll see if I can keep up this hectic pace!!  :-)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Winners of the Collection for a Cause - Comfort Charm Packs

It is a beautiful morning here in St. George and it is a special weekend so I thought I would pick two names:


The first winner is: # 4 - Debbie From Woolensails



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And the second winner is: #48 - Alison from Little Bunny Quilts



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Debbie and Alison - please email me at akyoung49@yahoo.com to let me know what your address is so I can send these wonderful Charm Packs to you!!

Thank you to everyone who left comments and posted this giveaway on their blogs!!