Saturday, November 17, 2012


 Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
My, oh my what a wonderful day!
Plenty of sunshine heading my way
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay

Mister Bluebird on my shoulder
It's the truth, it's actch'll
Ev'rything is satisfactch'll
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
Wonderful feeling, wonderful day!
(song lyrics from the movie Song of the South)

I'm joining in with Jenny's Alphabe-thursday's "Z"!

It was a wonderful time spent with my hubby, children and granddaughter...

(Saturday...Our early Thanksgiving dinner together)

So thankful and blessed to have this time together!

( church...Papa with "Bunny")

(our three young'uns!...from youngest to oldest...tallest to shortest :o)

Son in law (Dr. Awesome) & daughter (Girly~Twirly)

Son in law (Dr. Amazing) & daughter (Girly~Whirly)

 Son (Heart-throb) & future daughter in law (Sweetie)

My hubby had to fly back to work before me, and two of our children had to drive back to their homes, work, school...

I had so much fun being able to watch our little "Bunny" during the days that her mommy and daddy were at work.

When I did fly back home, my work week back was great. I am slowly getting back into a routine...(usually Fridays are also my day off, but this week I switched with a dear co-worker, so I saw her patients today and she saw mine on Monday).
Yes, that is correct...Winner "S"! 
(Thank you all for your patience in my getting my "one post a week" post together!)

It was such a fun blog hop to be a part of and so fun to see all the visits and sweet comments left!

Since there were so many that were interested in entering for the giveaway of the art that I do, I decided to pick not one, not two, not three, but four names! Please contact me by midnight of November 18th; otherwise, another name will be drawn in place of those that have not responded.
(Reminder: These giveaways are for artwork only. Matting/framing/shipping are not included.)

For the Thimble/Needle artwork.

The winners are:
1. Marjorie's Busy Corner said...
liking you on FB also....fingers crossed.
November 9, 2012 7:53 AM

2. IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...
Absolutely beautiful coin purses...all of them. I'd choose the is just lovely :)

November 9, 2012 4:19 PM

For the monogram:

 The winners are:
1. JCnNC said...
Absolutely beautiful and fun little purses. The monogram would be my choice. Judy C
November 9, 2012 10:00 AM

2. Denise :) said...
Not only are your purses just darling, but your delivery was fabulous! I really enjoyed your post and would love the monogram sketch!! Thank you! :)
November 9, 2012 9:37 AM

 Also, as always, I wish that I could draw something for everyone that entered! So, in past giveaways, I am giving those that entered a percents-off special, that may be used towards any orders. I do have a lot of orders to complete, but do work very hard to get to them completed as quickly as possible.

For those of you who had entered for a chance to win, but whose names were not drawn, and would like to order any artwork drawn with the name of your choice, please leave your that I can give you the 20% off special. The discount is valid until December 31, 2012.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Yay! My Coin Purse Fashion Show is here!

Every week, when I do  manage to post at least one post a week, it is fun to link up with Ms. Jenny's Alphabe-Thursdays! It has helped me decide what I want to share on my blog. 

I know that I am stretching it a wee bit this week, with my post title and with Jenny's Alphabe-thursday's "Y"!, but here it is:

Y is for Yay, Yippee, Yahoo, Yee-haw, & 
Yes-siree, I'm happy to share my mini Coin Purse Fashion Show!

U R Priceless!!! 
Cute Chubby Coin purse Collection!!!  
& Giveaway!!!

Madam Samm created this amazing pattern and this super fun blog hop.
and Katherine has kept us organized. Two wonderful "hostessess with the mostesses".

...presenting my first coin purse in my mini collection.

HINT: If you click on the photos, it should allow you to view the image bigger.

(I absolutely love everyone's amazing choices of fabric prints that have been shown on the blog hop already and I look forward to seeing more!  Oh my! Picking the fabric, for me, was THE hardest many fun prints to choose from!) 

(This is the first time to make a coin purse, but when I saw Madam Samm's cute little purse, I knew I wanted to join in!)

I decided to use canvas material in a neutral tone, for the sides and back panel. And for the front panel, I used muslin, so that I could print an initial on it easily.  I used the fabric pellon on the muslin, but not on the canvas, since I felt that it was able to hold its shape.

The inside lining fabric is what I wanted to be the surprise ;o)

(So that the stitching did not show on the inside lining, I made sure I pierced my needle back through the same exact spot in the fabric that I came through, when I worked back to the outside.  The thread I used was a heavy quilting thread. I also have some strong nylon (like fishing line-type of thread) that I will try on more coin purses later).

(I hope you like my little "Fashion Show" post...It was fun to set up my coin purses, like little models, design my "magazine cover", the little runway backdrop, and the "photo shoots" for inside my "magazine".  It was like I was designing each one a "lined dress"...either on the slender, straight "body" frame or the more curvy "figure" frame :o)

Since they are soooo fun to create...I wanted to make one for each of the girls at my dental office....
(I had bought some straight shaped purse frames, but also some that had the curves... Madam Samm's wonderful pattern worked well with both).
These four frames are curvy and gold tone.

(The four above were all done with the first name initials of four of the girls in my dental office. The lining corresponds with each girls personalities.... 
B is very sweet and hers is lined with such sweet baby birdies.
C is a Huge Florida Gator fan, so hers has a very bright cheery orange print.
C is a fun girl with lots of humor - hers is printed with lots of fun polka dots.
A is happy-go-lucky girl -so hers is blue like the sky above.

(These two straight frames show two more little gifts for my co-workers, also with first name intials).
H is so cheery and bubbly- so her lining fabric is a cheery, cherry red with bubbly white dots.
K is chic and has natural flair - so her lining is a fun animal print.

(These 3 will all have pewter colored, curvy frames, also with first name intials). 

K loves the beach and water, so her lining looks like water print. 
As of this photograph, both S's were not quite complete.
S loves green and shamrocks, so her lining has little shamrock print. 
S shown here without its frame yet. I picked the fun, cheery bubbles to bring her a smile.

and then I also wanted to make one for each of our girls...

For our two daughters and future daughter in law's, instead of just first name initials, I printed their monograms. (A neat note: All three married hubby's with last names that all begin with letter "B", same as their last names prior to getting married .)
CBE has a bright, sweet, cheery chrysanthemum print.
ABM has a fun, swirly, happy print.
KBJ has a cute, lovable giraffe print. (Our future daughter in law LOVES giraffes :o)

and then I wanted to make one for...and for...and for...
...well...I think you know what I mean...that these were so much fun to do! ...Can you believe that even  before I even got Madame Samm's cute pattern & very clear instructions, I had gone ahead and ordered 30 frames! 10 of the straight, 10 of the gold tone curvy frames, & 10 of the pewter curvy frames! I am solo happy that I did :o)
(actually, I do have 2 more to make for 2 other girls that work at the dental office part time & some others in mind!)

Here are some of the pages from my "magazine".

I also folded an origami paper heart from a crisp dollar bill to be included within each coin purse.

It was fun setting the photos to look like the coin purses were fashion models walking the fashion show runway and also on location for a photo shoot :o)

Day 5 - Nov. 9th
Be sure to stop and see all the varieties of amazing coin purses created by:

Polka Dot Classic
Geta's Quilting Studio
Busy Bee Free
Briarside Lane
Quilts and Dogs
Debbie R
suebee's World
Les passions de Cliodana
Colorpoint Quilter
On the Go Quilting
Personalized Sketchesand Sentiments 
(you are here...thank you for your lovely visit and comments!)
Freemotion by the River

Remember Nov 5th through Nov 13th (no weekends) to stop by and see all the fun coin purses.  For the full line up of participants, please head over to Katherine's @ Sew Me Something Good

& 2 ways to enter, this giveaway!

 (I would love to read your comments, even if you are not interested in this giveaway... )

1. But if you are interested...please let me know which you would like to win: either one 8x10 Personalized Sketch artwork of the fabric, needle, thimble image OR one 8x10 monogram.
...It will be drawn with the name of your choice.

2.  An extra entry, by "liking" my fb art page.
(And if you see and like any past art shown there, please let me know, by leaving a comment beneath any of the images shown there that you have become a "fan" by "liking" my page.)

The winner for one 8x10 Personalized Sketches art will be selected at the end of this blog hop. The winner will be able to choose either the "thimble, needle, fabric" with their choice of any name OR a monogram drawn using the names of their choice. (Drawing does NOT include mats, frame or shipping. Winner will need to give me their mailing address, so that I am able to send cost of shipping to the winner.)

Every drawing I do, is by hand and entirely drawn using an individual's name.

The following monogram was a wedding monogram using wife's name: K-KRISTY, last name: R-RINKER, husband's name: T-TYLER.  Also with their wedding date at the bottom right.

And also check out all the great giveaways for the Marine Corps Birthday Bash! @ Semper Wifey's 2nd Annual Marine Birthday Bash!
With a chance to win, on her November 9th post, an 8x10 Personalized Sketches monogram too!

**I am still away visiting our older daughter, son in law and grand baby! ...during her nap time, I enjoy seeing all the amazing coin purses & meeting other bloggers :o)

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