Thursday, March 17, 2016

Emery (and Crushed Walnut Shells) for Pin Cushions

I have been out of Emery in my Etsy Shoppe for some time. But, I just got it back in...and the crushed walnut shells as well. These will be available in two different quantities (Set One and Set Two). The emery weighs a is being shipped flat rate only. Because two sets of these will fit in a small priority box, I created these two Set options in the shop.

2 cups of crushed walnut shells and
1 cup of fine emery

2 cups of crushed walnut shells and
2 cups of fine emery

This emery is even finer in grade than the last the type sold last year.
If you love to create pin cushions, these are both a real MUST have item. The crushed walnut shells can be placed into a small muslin pillow to help weigh the pin cushion base. Use it along with your poly-fill (or other) type of stuffing to create a nice heavy pin cushion that will not topple over.

Emery is used to keep pins and needles sharp. Create a tiny little pin cushion (traditionally a strawberry) to accompany your larger pin cushion. Insert pins and needles into the strawberry before placing them into your regular pin cushion. This will help to keep them sharp.

I have researched the cost of these on Amazon. One cup of emery alone is about $16 and the single cup of walnut shells is about $13. So, getting both for just $12 is real good deal. If you need more emery, order SET TWO which has double the amount.
Since either set will fit in a small priority flat rate shipping box, I'm offering double the amount of emery in "Set Two" but with the same postage costs. Emery is heavy, even a single order weights too much to economically send first class. So, take advantage of the shipping savings by ordering twice as much with SET TWO.
Oh, SET ONE is $12 plus postage, and SET TWO is $15 plus postage.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Basic Crazy Quilt Course - March - Open for Registration


OPEN Registration for Basic Crazy Quilt Course (BCQC)

March 2016

 REGISTRATION will remain open until midnight on March 18th (CST)
The class is self-paced, and expected to take 4-8 weeks, depending on the time you have available to complete the 12 assigned Tasks.
This is the 2nd offering of this class for 2016 registration. If you miss this registration window...the next Basic Course will be available in July. 
These 12-Tasks include:
1 - How to Use the Class Blog
2 - Selecting Supplies
3- Design Principles of CQ
4 - Sewing the Block
5 - Surface Beading Techniques
6 - Template Seams
7 - Shape Seams
8 - 11 Various Silk Ribbon Flowers
12 - Finishing (lace, charms, etc.)
The class is FREE, you will not be charged anything for the instructions.
Link to the Basic Supply List 
You WILL be required to get your own supplies to complete the about 8 x 10 size block.
Basic CQ supplies include silk ribbon, pearl cotton threads, tiny beads, etc. as the photo above indicates. None of these are in large quantity for a single block.
You will be required to use a quilting hoop (Q-snap is fine).
You WILL be required to access the private class blog (upon an invitation sent to you) and post photos of your work as you progress through the class.

  If you are interested in taking this course, please email me at and provide me this information:
Your first name
Your last name
You country of residence
Your state of residence IF you live in the USA
The email address you wish me to send class instructional handouts to.
After you register, I will send you a Welcome Email and Google/Blogger will send you (at my request) an Invitation to join the Class Blog where the class will be held. Watch for BOTH of these emails, check your spam folder. If you do not receive by Thursday morning, email me to let me know.
This is an ON-LINE internet class. 
You will need to follow some simple instructions to register and gain access to the private class blog. Your name and email will need to be entered; but NO social security or credit card information is required. Just basic information to "recognize" you as a class participant.
You will need to be able to take a photo of your work, and upload it to the class blog. You will get instructions on "blogging" so don't worry if you don't currently do that now; you will learn.
But, you DO NEED to have an operating camera and be able to take photos.
You do need a basic understanding of how to save these photos and then retrieve those picture files
NOTE: You will be given class handouts/instruction in the form of emails and pdf documents.
 The pdf files can be opened with Adobe Reader (free software on the site)

 You need to be able to open these handouts/instructions and save them.
You can also print as you desire. In total, the course contains over 200 pages of paper/printer will be required if you want to retain a hard copy of this information.
Hugs, and I hope to see you in the class! 
This class is REQUIRED before you can sign up to any of the other courses offered this year. At present, I'm spending most of my time tracking the current classes underway and writing new books; the others classes for this year will occur after the Crazy Quilting Volume II: Ribbon Embellishments Book has been published (hopefully in April).


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Such a Lovely Sight!

It is a beautiful day here at home. Spring has sprung all over the yard! We will have more cold days, always do...and plenty of rainy afternoons and nights ahead...for the past couple of days, it has been just glorious. Want to see what I see?

Just love all the different types of daffodils we have in the front yard. :) Also got 3 tomato plants in pots will have some nice juicy tomato in a couple of months! Love my painted rocks...which Aidan did when she was about 4 years old. How time flies!

Lastly, look what Mother has! These little chickens are less than a month old...and we have five other ones (tiny black fuzzy things) that are only a few days old; so not ready for this larger pen yet.

These are funny birds to watch, we are enjoying sitting outside during this nice weather and being entertained by the antics of these! (Of course, I'm not getting any stitching or writing accomplished...but am having some really good "down time")

Hugs to all..hope you have some joy in your life today! :)

Friday, March 4, 2016

Don't be Conned or Pfished!

This with most email was full of notes from businesses and junk. And, usually I delete all of it. While doing so, I thought I'd share a simple little "trick" with you. You may already do/know this...but perhaps not.
We are our own 1st Line of Defense against con-artists that pfish the internet trolling for folks to give out there personal information.
Here is a screen print of part of my email list this morning.
I have "hovered" my curser over the note from about their Big Red Tag Sale. When hovering...their full email address will show on the screen. No clicking...just HOVER.

Now, Looks what happens with another Email I also received...

This time, while hovering over what is "supposed to be" is NOT actually a paypal email address but someone from "". THIS IS NOT a true email...but someone fishing for information. I did not open it...and I know that I SHOULD NOT open it..because I have checked the TRUE email against what the email name is showing on my mail list.

Do this...and save yourselves some headaches!