Friday, October 17, 2014

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Some of Last Week's Lovelies...

Hi, all!

Here it is, Friday again - and you know what that means!

That's right - it's time to get your whoop whoop on!
Unfortunately, I didn't get much done that I can show off this week  - I did manage to get the girlies' annual quilts cut out on our vacation, and also cut out the commission quilt and started sewing the block components together this week.  But nothing much camera worthy.
The picture at the top is one of the tops that was donated for us to auction to raise money for Nathanael's adoption, and it was pretty, so it's my art for the day.
And I have also spent a lot of time this week cleaning house, getting ready for a Noonday Collection fundraiser party for my daughter.  If you'd like to read about Noonday Collection and how it's helping us do Christmas, Intentionally, click here to read my blog post from Thursday.  You might even choose to participate and become eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to Noonday Collection!

But you all provided some lovely inspiration this week, so I'm going to share some of your pretties!!

This beautiful string quilt by Alycia of Alycia Quilts...

This wonderfully colorful quilt from Jan of I Quilt For Fun...

An awesome shirting quilt from Katy of Katy Quilts...

And this amazing feather quilt by Sophie of Sophie Junction!

There was so much more beauty linked up last week, but I need to get this posted so I can work up a quilt pattern for a friend!


And now it's your turn!

What have you been working on this week?

What's got you dancing the happy dance?

Share with us - we want to dance right along with you!

The linky party will stay open until Sunday midnight - 

Hope to see you there!



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Christmas, Intentionally!

Hi, all!

I don't know about you, but when I start thinking about Christmas presents, I think about how we (personally) always seem to go overboard each year.  So many presents are given that the value and meaning of each seems to get lost.  So this year, I'm trying to be a bit more intentional in my gift giving.  I'm giving each person fewer gifts, but trying to put more thought into each one.  I'm making gifts when I can. And when I purchase a gift, I'm trying to purchase wisely, and where my money can make a difference not only for the person I'm gifting, but also the people who created the item I'm buying.  

And that's why I'm buying many of my gifts from Noonday Collection this year.  

Noonday Collection states that their mission is to use fashion and design to create economic opportunity for the vulnerable.  They provide labor at a living wage, no-interest loans, scholarship programs, emergency assistance and long term trade relationships for 28 artisan groups in ten countries.  They also give a portion of sales from adoption trunk shows to help place children in their forever homes - which explains how I became aware of this company.  

I went to the Noonday Collection show that my daughter hosted as her one of her fundraisers - and I was blown away by the beauty and quality of the jewelry, accessories and bags that this company sells.  Hopefully you know by now that I would not promote anything that I didn't believe in wholeheartedly - I like this product and the company so much that for a (brief, totally insane) moment, I actually considered becoming a representative! 

At a Noonday Collection party, you get to see, feel, and try on many of the jewelry, accessories and purses that the company sells.  You can see the beautiful quality in each item.  And believe me, you'll have a hard time whittling down your "want" list!  Of course, I'm a sucker for glittery things, as my husband will tell you…

This bracelet is one of my absolute favorites!  It's made with paper wrapped beads on memory wire, so it retains its shape, and it doesn't clamp down on my wrist when I move my hand.  I think this will be coming home to my house very soon!

And you'll never guess what this sparkly evening clutch is made of - it's woven with repurposed cassette tape!  I never would have guessed that when I picked it up to look at it more closely.  

And this necklace is made of up-cycled metal and artillery - could you ever imagine bullet casings being remade into something so beautiful? 

And oh, this bag - how gorgeous is that?  Beautifully woven and handcrafted, with room enough to hold just about everything and a little bit more - I love it!!


This Saturday, I'll be hosting a Noonday Collection party at my house - which is why I've been cleaning like a mad-woman!  

I would so love it if each and every one of you could come to my house and enjoy some good food and try on these beautiful pieces.  Unfortunately, that's not an option for most of you!

But - if you're interested in being a bit more intentional in your Christmas giving this year, and in being a part of this adoption fundraiser, you can join in the fun by ordering on-line!

Simply go to the Noonday Collection site, make your choices, then be sure that Rebecca Daniels is listed as the ambassador and type in Sarah Craig in the trunk show information.  That way, the sales will get credited to my show, and 20% of the sales will go to help bring home our Chinese grandson, Nathanael!

And I have a special bonus for one of my "virtual" party guests - if you make a purchase, your name will be put in the hat to win a $25 Noonday Collection gift certificate!  The winner can use it to buy a little something for herself - I won't tell!!  

My party is this Saturday, October 18th, but the on-line party will stay open until Thursday, October 23rd at midnight, CST.  I'll announce the winner of the $25 gift certificate on Monday, October 27th!

By the way, this isn't a sponsored post - I'm not receiving any compensation from Noonday Collection.  The gift certificate is a gift from me to whoever wins, as a thank you for helping us #bringNathanaelhome!

Are you doing anything special this year to make your Christmas intentional?  I'd love to hear about your plans!!  Do you know of a company like Noonday Collection that benefits others through your purchases?  Let us know about them too!  



Monday, October 13, 2014

Make-A-List Monday - Clean Slate, Big Week!

 Hi, all!

The beginning of another week - isn't it a wonderful thing?  All the possibilities, things to do and make, places to go, people to see - how lucky can a girl be?  And after spending a few days in the mountains, I feel like I have a clean slate this week.  So let's see what's on tap for...

First off, here's the rundown on last week's list...

1.  Bind the two quilts I quilted on Sunday for the ministry.
Done!  Unfortunately, I delivered them to church before taking pictures of them...

2.  Divide a roll of batting and take half of it to church.
Done!  Time to get more batting - Rita is blazing through it!

3.  Mail off some ministry quilts to their recipients.
Done!  I mailed three quilts last week!

4.  Quilt two more quilts for the ministry.
I only got one of these quilted...

5.  Cut up some more fabric for jelly roll quilts.
…but I did cut up lots of yardage and made seven more jelly rolls for kids' quilts.

6.  Finish the cleaning that still needs to be done before we go on vacation.
Done!  It was nice to come home to a nice clean house, too!

7.  Cut the pieces for the granddaughters' quilts for Christmas (this is a project I'll take on vacation with me…)
Done!  And not only did I get the annual quilts cut out, I also cut out the commission quilt so it's ready to sew together this week!

8.  Keep up with any ministry needs that arise.
Done!  This quilt went to an elderly woman with a wound on her foot that won't heal...

And this one went to a brand new baby boy!

An easy week for the ministry - yay!

I also worked on Nathanael's stocking, and have it all ready for backstitching and putting his name on it!

It's going to be an interesting week this week - I'm hosting a fundraiser party for Nancy here at my house on Saturday, so I've got a bit more cleaning and decorating to do, along with some sewing and taking care of the little girls!  Plus we had a leak in the garage today that pulled part of the drywall ceiling down, so I've got to call a drywall guy.  Ain't life grand?  Let's see what's on the list…

1.  Call the drywall guy!

2.  Finish the cleaning and decorating for the fundraiser.

3.  Work on the commission quilt.

4.  Do the backstitching on Nathanael's stocking.

5.  Take photos of the quilts to sell for the adoption fund at my friend's barn.

6.  Quilt two quilts for the ministry.

7.  Keep up with ministry needs as they arise.

8.  Work on posts for a giveaway/fundraiser coming later this week.  Stay tuned!!

have a feeling that this is going to be a busy week - but we can always adapt to stuff that comes up!  Here's the sweet face that will be a big part of my week this week...

What a diva!

And here's a picture I found this week...

I'm so glad to count many of you as part of my tribe!  I think our banner is a quilt, don't you?


And now, the question is.what are YOU working on this week?