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Friday, December 24, 2010


OOOOhhhhhhh!!!!  I partied like an animal....ok...really, like a lazy ol' cat!  I had THE best Birthday a girl could ask for.  Thanks to everyone who sent me birthday wishes, they all came true!!!!  My dear friends, Loraine and Kathryn, shared a pre-birthday afternoon with me for my birthday on the 22nd.  Loraine and I met up in Ogden and we went shopping at our favorite LNS, Shepherd's Bush.  We bought a little stash and  then went out to lunch with Kathryn at Roosters. It was a GREAT afternoon.  And then we shopped until way past the rain!  Definitely a memorable afternoon.

I know you all have been patiently waiting for me to unveil the lucky winner of the Sonia scissors, soooooooo

JENNIFER of Feathers In the Nest

you are the lucky girl today!!!  I will contact you for your address so I can get your scissors out to you.  Merry Christmas to each of you, I value your friendship and I have made (and met) some fabulous bloggers.  I hope to keep up my blog in 2011.  That is my goal and one I wish to accomplish.

Blessed Winter Wishes,


Friday, December 17, 2010


Greetings Dear Blogging Friends.  In just under a week away marks a "day" which I haven't decided whether or not this "day" serves as a curse or a blessing.  I guess that depends on who I ask.  To some I am considered a blessing, being born on December 23rd and taken home on Christmas Day, I was swaddled in a snowy white blanket with a big red bow smelling like freshly scented baby powder.  To my family I was more than likely considered a new festive ornament with a "tax deduction" that year. me, growing up felt like a curse.  Birthday and Christmas gifts (aka Birthmas Gifts) were received as one, not on my birthday, but on Christ's birthday. I know, I know, I shouldn't be complaining, but, it would have been nice to have received birthday presents wrapped in birthday paper on my real birthday like my friends received on their birthdays.  Seems simple, right?  Wrong!!!!   Too much hustle and bustle with Christmas so near, who had time for a birthday??  As you can tell, I am a little bitter towards my birthday,  in fact, I would almost rather not celebrate it at all.

But......this year I am turning 41, forty-one, 4+1, ah, who am I kidding, anyway I look at it, it all spells and reads "old"!!!  So, I have decided to do something fun on my birthday, and fun for me is to give so why not have a giveaway?  After all, I seem most happy when I "give" to others.  Maybe because I was born at a "giving" time of year is why I feel the need to be so generous all the time. So, if you would like a chance to win these beautiful, limited edition, Sonia Gingher scissors, all you need to do if leave a comment with your birthdate.  Simple.  If you just want to list your month and day that works perfect.  If you want a second try post this giveaway on your blog and let me know when you have done so.

Next up, I finished this primitive Santa and friend (could it be Rudolph?) just last weekend.

It's a pattern by Pineberry Lane called Bringing Home the Tree.  I contemplated buying this patterns for a few weeks, but didn't purchase it until I found this:

Yes, this.  A clock, what am I doing with this you say?  Well, being the creative person I am, I am going to remove the face of the clock and use the "frame" of the clock for mounting the Santa in.  I adjusted the fabric to ensure a perfect fit and it is going to be awesome!

I stitched this on 35ct Confederate Grey linen with DMC floss.  Below you will see the colors I used in place of what was called for in the pattern.

My friend, Mr. Jack Frost would like to wish you all a Joyous Season.  Happy Holidays and if you would like to enter the giveaway, you can post your entries until the clock strikes midnight December 23rd. Good Luck everyone!  I will post the Birthmas winner on December 24th.


Jolene (aka JoJoBean)

Monday, December 13, 2010


Happy Holidays sweet friends and blogging buddies. It has been forever it seems like since I last posted. First up I would like to show you some progress photos on a fun "City Bucket" project by In Your Bonnet.  It reminds me of  "Sue Spargo" style, you know, bright, funky, colorful, and fun.  Zany is the perfect word for it. What do you think?

The embelishments are so fun!  Take a look-see.......

Each of these little blocks will be stitched together and will become the outside pockets to a "bucket" style bag.  When it's finished I will show you the "grand finale".

Have a glorious day and as always,