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Stitching for a Cure

Yesterday was chemo day again and I spent the morning at the hospital with my daughter-in-law.  When I came home there was a package waiting for me from my friend Pauline.

Just look at what she made using breast cancer fabric!  Exquisite little bags to hold sewing things, cosmetics or anything else we can dream up.  One for me and one for my daughter-in-law.  Can you believe how cute they are?  These are #7 & #8 that Pauline made using this special cancer fabric.  She’s “stitching for a cure”!

 

Present from Pauline

These are gifts to treasure…

Stitching for a Cure

…made even more special because they were stitched by a friend.  Thank you Pauline!

If you’ve tried to place an order on our website this week and couldn’t do it, we’re back up and running again.   If you’re one of the customers we spoke with on the phone, thank you for your patience and support!

Hugs,

Anne

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March 29, 2014 - 6:16 pm

Pam in Indiana - What sweet gifts! One of my quilting friends is in the middle of her chemo. She will be with us next weekend. She is the third in our group who are breast cancer survivors and we support one another through this. Know that I’ve been praying for your daughter-in-law as well as for Paula. (((Hugs)))

March 29, 2014 - 7:28 pm

Cheryl in kansas - Sweet gifts! You, your daughter in law and family are in my thoughts and prayers continually….God can do mighty things, wishing He keeps you all in His loving arms and gives you all the strength to get through this tough time…
With love…Cheryl

March 29, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Sharon O - Is she selling these? I would order a few.

March 29, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Carmen - How lovely these are! The best gifts come from the heart. Our best to you & your family as you go through these difficult times.

March 30, 2014 - 3:54 am

Karen - These are beautiful. What a very special gift from Pauline.

March 30, 2014 - 5:01 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, what lovely gifts, and how sweet of your friend to show her support in this way. I’ve been praying for a complete recovery for your daughter-in-law and for strength for the family throughout her treatments.

March 30, 2014 - 12:20 pm

Donna Sparling - Wow! How cute and how nice to have a friend like that! They are truely special. Continuing to pray for your daughter in law for strength, peace and healing.

March 30, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Louise - Pauline is a very caring friend indeed. Your daughter in-law just had a little prayer said for her.

March 31, 2014 - 4:21 am

Karen - These are gorgeous. Pauline is wonderful!!

April 1, 2014 - 8:35 am

Pauline - Anne…you are very welcome and thank you for your sweet blog posting. I knew the moment I saw the posting about the cancer journey your family would be taking that I would make you two ‘Tammy’ bags with breast cancer fabric. I took the same journey with my sister and my son…no one should have to go down that road. They were young…45 and 23 years old and today they are 60 and 37. I will be mailing off another Tammy bag today…made with the same breast cancer fabric. We got back from Canada late Monday afternoon…it was a busy 4 days and a good trip back to Michigan…no snow was flying!! hugs Pauline

April 2, 2014 - 5:24 am

Ronda - so sweet! I would love for Pauline to share her pattern and where we could purchase. Such a thoughtful gift

April 2, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Mary T Salmon - Anne:
Pauline is very talented and even more thoughtful. This is a wonderful gift for your DIL.
You and your family will continue to be in my prayers. Tell your DIL she is loved by someone in Texas.
Mary

Orchids

Last October I purchased two live orchids from Pottery Barn.  I ordered two plants, thinking it would increase my chance of success.  The plants bloomed for almost two months and I was thrilled, but of course eventually the blooms died and I was left with two plants to care for.  The Pottery Barn website gives detailed instructions on how to care for your orchids, and I was surprised to read that the best care is a bit of neglect.  “Water: Water lightly every 20–30 days, if needed. Best if allowed to almost dry out between waterings. Check the medium with your finger; if you feel moisture, do not water. ”

I walked past these plants many times with water, but I didn’t give into the urge to saturate their little roots.  It was hard to ignore these plants and I had to keep telling myself “do not water”.  When I finally watered them I limited it to one cup for each.  Never in a million years did I think they would re-bloom, but look at my orchids now!

New Orchid Blooms

Both plants have double stems filled with flowers!  If you love orchids but don’t have good luck with them, try following the instructions from Pottery Barn.  My orchids are staying right where they are because they seem to be very happy.  I’m not moving them and once they drop their flowers I’ll be ignoring them again.   I have high hopes for these orchids!

Anne

 

 

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March 26, 2014 - 7:58 am

Paula - Very pretty. Orchids are one of the few plants that thrive in my house, because all my plants either thrive on neglect or die.

March 26, 2014 - 10:00 am

Jenni - My boss has hundreds of orchids in her backyard hanging along her fence. No lie…hundreds. She will give me a few now and then due to lack of room. She has taught me to give them 5 ice cubes a week and leave it at that. It works! That is all you have to do. 5 ice cubes a week.

March 26, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Katherine Schaffer - Anne -
Your orchids are just lovely; so glad you were able to get them to bloom again! But as always, you are quick to share some helpful tips with those of us out here in “Bunnyland”, whether it be on quilting, working with felt, embroidery … and now.. indoor gardening! You’re a sweetie and deserve those new bloom!

March 27, 2014 - 3:21 am

Pat - My girlfriend has orchids and she puts 3 ice cubes on the plant every week and that is it and her orchids are beautiful. Your orchids are beautiful. Maybe it is finally my time to buy myself one.

March 27, 2014 - 7:56 am

Mary Jane - Isn’t it great fun to have one rebloom! We received one for Christmas two years ago and when it finished it was moved to our bathroom and since it has rebloomed twice (it is into it’s second bloom). Obviously it likes the humidity and the indirect light. Congratulations on your success.

March 27, 2014 - 11:07 am

kathleen Solomi - I have 2 plants sleeping at present
Congratulations , they don’t always oblige with a second flowering

March 30, 2014 - 5:49 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, I started growing orchids about nine yrs ago, with trepidation, but found them to be so rewarding, I wouldn’t be without them! I’m continually surprised at how many times a year they will bloom. I have one just like yours happily flowering since early March.
I find phalaenopsis to be the easiest to keep reblooming, some of the more exotic varieties not so much.

April 6, 2014 - 6:32 am

Barb haakonson - Hi, every time I think about watering my orchid, I just use an ice cube. I received an orchid and this info from granddaughter Ashley. I mostly neglect it.

Sunshine Lily

DM Quilt 4

 

It’s time for the 2014 Fat quarter shop mystery quilt and I’ve designed a block for it!  I think you’re going to love this mystery quilt.  The fabric is beautiful and well, who doesn’t love star blocks?   Put the two together and you have the perfect mystery quilt.

In case you haven’t signed up yet there’s still time.  You can find it at The Fat Quarter Shop.  The fabric is Snowbird from Laundry Basket Quilts and when I saw this fabric I fell in love.  It’s one of those fabric lines that says “you need me in your stash” LOL. Here’s a few peeks;

DM-Quilt-7Love those polka dots!

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Stars galore in this quilt.  It’s just so pretty.

I’ve named my star block “Sunshine Lily” after my grand-daughter Lily.  She’s my star for sure and she’s filled with sunshine!

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She makes me smile like no one else can.  She reminds me of the good things in life,  like let the grass touch your toes and the world becomes your oyster!

Sunshine_Lily_(1_of_1)or,

Wear silly hats, don’t worry about a few stains and love every taste of ice cream you can get.

Sunshine_Lily_eating_ice_cream_(1_of_1)or,

When it rains, use a purple polka dot umbrella.

Purple_umbrella_(1_of_1)or,

Go barefoot and squish the sand.

sand_in_my_toes_(1_of_1)

or,

Take time to walk the dog and leave your troubles behind you.

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She’s my grand-daughter, filled with happiness and laughter.  She’s my Sunshine Lily!

Visit these designers today to read about the stars in their lives:  Kansas Troubles Quilters, Me & My Sister Designs, and Fig Tree Quilts,  then hop over to the Jolly Jabber for a chance to win a $75 gift certificate.

Have fun everyone!

 

Anne

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March 21, 2014 - 4:10 am

Sandy D - Grandkids are a Gift. Love them

March 21, 2014 - 4:35 am

mimi'sdarlins - What a lovely post! Thank you for sharing your beautiful granddaughter(s) with us today. Adults could take a lesson from the little ones in our lives….keep things simple and enjoy life’s pleasures :)

Oh, I love star quilts and Edyta’s Snowbird line!

March 21, 2014 - 5:06 am

susan - Beautiful granddaughter and I’m sure a beautiful Sunshine Lily block too!

March 21, 2014 - 5:06 am

Sue B - Lily looks like she is a Ray of sunshine. Looking forward to your block

March 21, 2014 - 5:30 am

Pam in Indiana - I love the pictures of your granddaughters! So sweet!!! And I’m so tempted by the mystery quilt!

March 21, 2014 - 5:43 am

Jodi Connors - Awww! What a sweetie, she is so precious. Thanks for sharing that little ray of sunshine. I love the idea of this quilt!

Blessings,
Jodi

March 21, 2014 - 6:11 am

Dee - Nothing better than being a grandparent!!!

March 21, 2014 - 6:14 am

Dawn - Aww such a lovely post Anne, Lily is an absolute darling. Thank you for sharing your star and ray of sunshine, brightening our day x

March 21, 2014 - 6:36 am

Pati Elliott - Grandchildren are our rewards for being parents!!! Thank you for sharing your precious granddaughter with us!!

March 21, 2014 - 8:22 am

Miss Jean - Grandchildren are the BEST!!!

March 21, 2014 - 8:47 am

Kalynn - Grandchildren are the best. I have 6 now and they are all so amazing.

March 21, 2014 - 9:26 am

Linda - HELLO,what a lovely post!
Thank You!

March 21, 2014 - 10:21 am

Carol Sc - Wonderful pictures of a darling little girl. May the joy you have with her continue.

March 21, 2014 - 11:26 am

Deb - I know your block will be lovely! Enjoyed the photos of your granddaughter.

March 21, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Barb - The quilt looks amazing – I am so tempted. The real beauties are your granddaughters (and Chelsea, too!)

I’m off to the Fat Quarter Shop now :-)

March 21, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Cindi P - Aren’t Grandkids great?

March 21, 2014 - 6:46 pm

Wendy - Grand children are a blessing and delight! What would we do without them? Thanks for sharing.

March 21, 2014 - 7:48 pm

Cecilia - I have 3 granddaughters and I understand exactly what you mean. Thanks for sharing.

March 22, 2014 - 4:16 am

Martha Cook - Yes,grand kids are a blessing. I can hardly wait to get my hands on the Snowbird line. Just lovely.

March 25, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Anne - What a cutie your Lily is … my hairdresser’s first grandchild is named Lily, so I hear about another Lily frequently. She is 11 now and looks 16, yikes! Love the beautiful fabric collection … and love, love, love blue!

March 27, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Pauline - Sunshine Lily is the perfect name for your block…your block, your grand-daughter and Edyta’s fabric line…sEw beautiful. hugs, Pauline

Miniature Garden

A friend gave me the prettiest glass jar that’s the perfect size for a spring terrarium.   I just couldn’t resist making one!

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I found everything I needed on Amazon.  I ordered a terrarium kit with activated charcoal, little rocks, potting soil and moss.  Then I ordered some little miniature plants, just the perfect size!

If you’ve never made a terrarium, they’re really easy.  Layer the charcoal in the bottom of the jar, then layer the rocks and finally the soil.  Plant the miniature plants, top off with moss and give each plant a drink of water.  Here’s the best thing;  terrariums thrive on neglect!  I only water when the soil is really dry, and if I keep the lid on the jar, the terrarium will make its own moisture.  When it builds up too much moisture I just remove the lid for a while.

Terrarium_2_(1_of_1)The most fun comes when you pick the little things to put in your terrarium.  I picked two vintage bunny salt and pepper shakers for mine.  They look so cute tucked in among the ferns.  They’ll spend their days in my studio and I’ll try very hard to “neglect” their little haven.

Anne

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March 19, 2014 - 6:43 pm

Janan - These two bunnies are sew cute!

March 19, 2014 - 9:06 pm

Donna Liljegren - I’ve never tried a terrarium, Anne, but I have to admit it looks like fun. I love your little bunnies! (I’d need a squirrel or a miniature Corgi in mine!)
Thanks for the inspiration.
xo
Donna

March 20, 2014 - 3:30 am

Jane - I love your terrarium! How big is you jar? Is the opening wide enough for you hand to go into?

March 20, 2014 - 2:43 pm

vicky - How pretty! Love your little bunnies tucked in! Someone gave me a rather larger terrarium for my 21st birthday. I gave it to someone else when I moved to CA 20 years ago at age 43. I hear it’s still thriving. Here’s wishing a long life for yours!! :)

March 21, 2014 - 4:25 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, this is so sweet! I remember when terrariums first became popular in the 70s, I had two of them. Still love them, still have the glass containers, have been thinking of making one for several months….maybe I’ll finally do it :)

March 27, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Mary T Salmon - Anne:
I have 6 of these apothecary jars. I have yet to use them. Thanks ever-so-much for the wonderful idea! I can make gifts…one for me, of course.

Love,
Mary