Friday, April 17, 2015

And Then Something Happens......

It's been over a year since I've listened to county music.......it brought back too many memories that I have tried to suppress because they brought me a pain I have never felt before and never want to feel again.............

But.........then something happened.....

something wonderful......

something out of the blue..............

something I never expected or was looking for.........

something that changed how I view the music........

something that gave me back my love for the music.......

something that now allows me to smile when I listen.......

because the pain is a distant memory........replaced with the thoughts of new beginnings, sunshine, soft white sand beaches, understanding, respect, being held with strong arms,...... and.......maybe a future where life is exactly as it should be.

and........this song was the trigger to that change.




then this song.............and yes the sunshine in me is coming back!



Spring is "Boomin Wonderful"!

I love love love all the new spring kits coming out and Mel has a new release that is adorable. It's Bloomin Wonderful and you can find it over at My Memories for 40% off.  She has the kit parts on sale right now at great prices.

Take a look at the cuteness.






Thursday, April 16, 2015

Natural Beauty

Lonetta has a new kit this week and you'll love it! The name is Natural Beauty and the entire kit is filled with soft feminine colors and elements. It's a perfect kit to create wedding, couple, daughter, mother, etc...pages with. I have always loved the combination of pinks and greens and this kit highlights those colors so well. Take a look.......then head over to the Digichick to pick it up while it's on sale!











Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Seriously............it's Spring!

.........so why am I getting the flu! I made it through winter without getting it and now that there is so much to do in the yard I've come down with it. Aches, chills, headache, nausea........no fun, and to feel like doing nothing but sleep or lay around while it's beautiful outside, isn't any fun either. I do hope it's just a 24 to 48 hour thing........this girl wants to be playing in the dirt and pampering the tender babies starting to sprout.

I do have a sneak peek of Mel's new kit to be released this weekend.........and it's all about spring!


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday Sunshine!

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, my perennials are popping up,  everything is getting greener and greener........I so love love love spring!

I have a couple of things to share with you today.

First up Mel has a new kit over at My Memories called Hello You..........it's so dang cute! I love the doodles in this kit! Take a look............then keep scrolling down :-)







I created another page for one of the challenges over at Digichick. I used the kit A Touch of Madness by Lonetta. This is an older kit and I really like all the colors. Of course my page concentrates on the greens, but look closely at the kit and WOW - lots and lots of things you can do with it!

This is my page for the Give Me Space challenge. This month you have to choose one spot using the rule of 3's to create your page.

Head over to the Digichick and join the challenges! Rack up those chick points for free products :-)



Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring Quick Page for You

I promised a quick page using Mel's kit Feast of Easter and here ya go! If you like the quick page head over to My Memories to grab the kit while it's on sale for only 3.89! The sale ends April 10th, so grab it quick!

You can  pick up the quick page --------> here
Personal Use Only!!

Mel is releasing a new kit this week and you'll love it. Watch this space!




Wednesday, April 8, 2015

April Challenges at the Digichick

The April challenges are up and running over at the Digichick! Check out this adorable freebie mini kit by Kimeric Creations for the Use It All Challenge. My layout for the challenge is below. Head over to the forum, sign up.......and get to scrapping for the challenges to build up your chick points towards free products!




Monday, April 6, 2015

Looking for Creative Digital Scrappers!

Have you ever thought about being on a Creative Team for a Digital Scrapbook Designer......well here is your chance!

Mel is looking for some talented ladies to join her team. She will be putting out an official notice soon but I'm giving a jump start to my readers. You get all of her new releases to play with and are required to create one or two layouts, blog about her releases, and of course post on Facebook or other social media. The CT is a great group of ladies to work with and Mel is very laid back, fun, and a joy to know. I've been on her CT for years and I never get tired of her designs and she has become a great friend......even though she is in South Africa and I'm in the US......the distance doesn't seem so far when you can get online and stay in contact.

Gather some of your best work and email them to mels.lightbulb.moments@gmail.com - let her know that Cheryl sent you and you're interested in knowing more about her Creative Team and possibly being a part of it.

Mel's store is at My Memories.........check out her fun kits........and send her an email if you're interested.

http://www.mymemories.com/store/designers/Mel_Hains_Designs

Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter Bunny is on his Way

After her long hiatus Mel is releasing her new kit today! The Feasts of Easter is an adorable kit full of spring colors and perfect for your Easter photos or other springtime photos!  It's on sale right now for 40% off and you can find it over at My Memories.  Take a look.

Check back in a few days, as I'll have a quick page for you from this adorable kit!



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Add on Papers






Thursday, April 2, 2015

Lots of Memories

Memories.........images of the past, captured in photographs from so long ago.

Lonetta's new kit this week prompted me to take a drive down memory lane. To reconnect with a time when life was simple; to visit the days of yesteryear before I was a glimmer in the eyes of my parents.

My mother's family was raised in the mountains of southeast Kentucky. My grandfather was a coal miner........and made moonshine on the side for extra money. The living was hard but faith and the love of family was strong. My mother had the opportunity to move and work in New York City in her early 20's........it's where she met my father, a "city boy" that tried to take advantage of my mother on their first date...........but she drank HIM under the table and he learned very quickly southern women are no fools. She always laughs when she tells the story.

I always enjoy listening to my mother tell stories of how life was.........I need to write them all down so they are always there. Like a good book you love to re-read.

Lonetta's new kit Yesteryear is perfect for vintage photos (I think so anyway) ...........so head over to The Digichick and pick it up while it's on sale....... then pull out those old black and whites...scan them......and never let the memories fade.












Saturday, March 28, 2015

Play time at the Beach

Golden Retrievers love the water and Beau is no exception! He jumps, romps, catches the waves, and loves swimming at the beach! It's play time for him and just like a little kid looks at you as though saying, "can I go in yet"........."please, can I go swimming".........he is so fun to watch and gets so excited when he sees the water.




Saturday, March 21, 2015

Well I'm pretty excited!

I haven't posted much about my quilting, but something happened today that made me feel so good! I belong to a quilting group on Facebook. It's a great place to see the work of very talented ladies, get tips and ideas. I don't post much on it, I'm more of a browser. Well today I posted a photo of a quilt I made for my grandson. It's a sail boat quilt pattern I found from Fig Tree and Company.......this is it:




and........here is my grandson enjoying his quilt at the beach!


So anyway........

I posted the photo to the quilt group. A gal with Riley Blake Designs commented on my post and asked if she could "share" the photo to the Riley Blake Designs page. I had used the Riley Blake Designs Fabric collection of Fly Aweigh.  I was tickled pink and very flattered!! She and I conversed a bit on the post and she said "Cheryl you just made our week :-)" which was a very sweet thing to say and once again made me feel very flattered.

So....about the quilt:

I used the fabric collection of Fly Aweigh by Riley Blake Designs and the Kona solids of white and aqua. 




The pattern is Sail Away from Fig Tree and Company.

I did alter the pattern a bit.

The pattern calls for the "waves" to be above the sail boats with the points pointing downward. After putting those blocks together I decided to flip them so they would be at the bottom of the boats with the points pointing upward (as in a wave). It just didn't look right to me the other way........or rather didn't make sense that "waves" would be above a boat and not under it.  I also decided to use just a solid border around it instead of another series of points (or rather flying geese blocks). I just felt by doing so it would make the eye travel to the main area of the quilt and highlight the boats better. In any case, I was very happy with the outcome.

For the top quilting, I used my "S" stitch set on the highest width and length so it would resemble waves on the white background fabric and border aqua fabric. I then stitched around the border of each boat and stitched in the ditch on the interior sections (along each seam) of the boats.

This is a pic of the blocks in progress. The pic is somewhat dark as it was taken at night under horrible light! 



Just a note about the pattern if you happen to decide to purchase it and make this quilt. The fabric for the HSTs in the boat sails are cut and sewn on the diagonal, which leaves NO ROOM for error or squaring up. I would suggest making the HSTs the "normal" way and then squaring them up to the needed size. Also, there are many cuts at the 1/8" mark so be very careful with your measuring and cutting.....a mere movement of your ruler making the cut slightly more or less will make the boats wonky and your seams will not line up correctly. I had to redo one boat sail completely because I was off a mere 1/32nd of an inch........ugh - seam ripping and having to re-cut fabric is no fun! Also, this is not a "quick" quilt to make so allow yourself time and patience.

I have other quilts I have made that I have not posted. I'm a bit shy because there are so many talented women making beautiful quilts........but after today and getting such a wonderful compliment from someone at a major fabric design company ..........well.....I won't be shy anymore!! I'm going to grab my camera and click click click.........because after all......I am very proud of my quilts!

Here is one I made for my granddaughter.....she is snuggled up under it on a cold day back in the winter. Again....the pic is dark.......so I apologize.


...and yes.......the quilt is reversible.