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Monday, August 30, 2010

And the winner is . . .

Okay, here we are. A week of contest and thank to that, I actually got quite a bit of sewing done. I'll show you as the week progresses.

I got two big mailing boxes from the post office and filled them full of scraps, AND I still am overwhelmed with scraps!

Hmm, what to do?

The winners are:
Katy #136
Sarah or Semmy #168! Congrats girls and thanks for helping me clean out my sewing room!

But since I still have so many scraps, I'm drawing two more:

#41 Jen
#257 Heather!

Thanks to all of you for entering. I wish I had something to send you all. I'm so overwhelmed my everyone wanting my scraps. Wow! And all your kind comments. I do read every one of them.


Monday, August 23, 2010

200th Post Giveaway!

The contest is now closed. Please check back for winners and future giveaways!

This one's for all your sewists out there. I am overwhelmed by scraps at the moment. The basket shown is just one of the colors. So here's the deal: two random winners will receive a large box of scraps. This is good stuff, like Amy Butler, Heather Bailey, Anna Griffin, Anna Maria Horner, Valori Wells, Pillow and Maxfield, Sandi Henderson, etc. I will sort it so you don't inherit anything smaller than, say 4x4. But there will be pieces bigger than a fat quarter too. I may throw some patterns or books in too.

To enter, just leave a comment for 1 point. For two points, become a follower or if you already are, leave a SEPARATE comment. For two additional points, blog about this giveaway and again, leave a SEPARATE comment.

I'm sorry, but due to postage, this contest is open to US residents only.

Good luck!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Plum Full

Of plums that is! Do you have a tree gone wild? We planted this little plum tree about four years ago and it had so much fruit that its branches were breaking. We picked bags and bags of green fruit, which of course all ripened at the same time. They're so good, though. The kids will eat 10 or 12 a day (they're pretty small). But this has been going on for weeks!

Here are some recipes:

Plum Jam

5 cups plums (peeled and roughly chopped -- lots of work with little (but yummy) results)
3 cups sugar
3/4 cup water

Combine plums, sugar and water in a large saucepot and boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cook rapidly to gelling point and then stir as it thickens until it passes the spoon test (falls off of spoon in a sheet, not drops) or cold plate test (set like jam when placed on a cold plate and chilled to room temp). Ladle into hot jars and process in a boiling water canner. Yield: 3 pints

Plum Smoothie:
About 20 small chopped up plums
1 banana
1 orange, segmented
1/2 cup juice (such as juicy juice)
1 contained yogurt (whatever flavor you like)

Give these a whirl in the blender or food processor until they reach the desired consistancy. Add honey if needed for sweetness.

I hope this helps if you are in fruit overload like me. Be sure to come back tomorrow for my 200th post giveaway!

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Hats Off to You!

It's my 200th post!!! I'm going to have a giveaway next week. I promise it will be good!

I know I'm always talking about my sweet cousin Marie. But she is JUST SO SWEET. She gave me these vintage hats she inherited just because they don't fit her. They look cute on me but absolutely adorable on the girls. You may see me in one sometime soon!


Monday, August 16, 2010

Back from Vacation

Is your vacation ever not a vacation? 109 degrees, two cases of ringworm and one of stomach flu. But we're home safe and sound. Oh, and rock chalk Jayhawk!


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pay It Forward

My friend Jenny from Cut. Sew. Iron. Repeat. had a shout out for people to participate in a pay it forward. This was some time back. Anyway, I signed up and she recently sent me the magnets in the picture above. Oh, and also some similar very cute hair things for the girls. (Anna drew the pictures. Do you see the one with her and me and all the clothes we sewed? So proud of her!)

Anyway, would you like to be in a Pay It Forward? I believe the rules are as follows:
Once you've received your pay-it-forward gift, you have a year to pay it forward to 3 more people. You also need to post this on a blog. The gift can be simple. That's it!

So I guess the first 3 people to e-mail me can participate and I will probably send something a little later when I'm not quite so busy. So hang in there with me, OK? It may come in a fabric form. (!)

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Feed Sacks

Or are they flour sacks? How do you tell? Anyway, one of my favorite local quilt shops carries some, so of course I bought some. And of course I used them up right away. No storing away for some later project for me . . . And of course I can't show you yet. But here's a close, closeup so you can see the fabrics. (and the middle one's not a feedsack, but it looks like it COULD be, right?)

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