30 Days, 30 Gifts, Days 9 & 10 Winners!

Well – I was a bit remiss yesterday getting this blog out.   Monday’s are always a bit crazy around here, and yesterday was even more than normal.  For those of you participating in the Agatha & Sherlock Mystery, I’m sure you understand why 🙂   

So, here is something I heard on the radio yesterday when I was dropping the kids off at school.  The radio announcer (we will call her Mom) was remembering a time when her little boy was really little (he is now a police man, so I’m guessing 20+ years ago).  Anyway, it was a rainy day and the two of them were in the grocery store getting ready to check out when she heard the little old lady in front of her ask the clerk to call her a taxi.  Well, the ‘Mom’ intervened and told the lady that she would take her home if she didn’t mind waiting for a few more minutes.  The lady was so grateful for the ride, and she told ‘Mom’ that everyday she tries to do something nice for somebody – and she especially enjoyed the annonymous things she did.  But, she also noticed something else … that people always did kind things for her too.    

Hmmmm – does this tell you something?  I am a true believe of ‘What goes around, Comes Around’ – not that I think any of you are hoping and waiting for people to do you good deeds, but I would bet that most of you have wonderful people around you all of the time, and you are all helping each other in even the littlest ways.  By reading all of the comments, anyone can see that every one of these acts is impacting the life of somebody, somehow – and you all should be so very proud.

A Delightful Collection of Christmas Projects

So, back to the winners …. 

Both the Day 9 & Day 10 Winners will receive one of our very Favorite Christmas Books – Christmas with Artful Offerings – I can smell the gingerbread from here!

Our Day 8 Winner is…
11/8  #2 – Julie Clifton &
11/4 #15 –  Jeannette !  Congratulations and Thank you!

You both did something nice for somebody, so we want to do something for you.  While what we do is not always noticed, I hope that you ALL know how much we appreciate you, what you do, and who you are!

Have a wonderful day!

Wedding Bells

23 Years since I married Ron, and I couldn’t have been luckier than to get a partner like him. We have done so much over the years … and we are so proud of our family. Our crystal ball wasn’t really working when we walked down the aisle, but I can tell you that each event, surprise, choice, and decision together has just made us more committed to this life we are sharing together. I know that many of you have also been lucky to find somebody to share your dreams with. And so, today we want to hear how you met!

Here’s our story …
Back in 1982 I was working 3 jobs … my day job was as a pricer at TRW, on weekends I worked in a travel agency, and I worked nights at Jack-in-the-Box … yikes! Well, after realizing that I was working too much, I was ready to quit my night job. It was about 10:55 of my very last night, and I was going to go home at 11:00. I was so tired. And then, a guy comes through the drive-thru and orders onion rings. No big deal, except they take 8 minutes to cook! So, he came around and I gave him grief because he was making me stay later than I wanted. Well, I didn’t mind talking to him … he was driving a pretty nice car and had a suit on – and after some of the folks I’d seen drive through, that was a nice sight for sore eyes. After a couple of minutes, he asked me for my phone number. I wasn’t really comfortable giving out my number to strangers, but he seemed okay, so I gave him my TRW work number. Low and behold, he called the next day! But, he wanted to let me know that he was going away for a week on a vacation, and Christmas was right after that. So, we talked briefly, and that was that. Then, he called me 3 weeks later to see if I wanted to go out .. .I said yes. But, I almost cancelled because I couldn’t even remember what he looked like! Thank goodnes I decided to go … and here we are 26 years later!
So, while not funny, it’s lucky that he ordered Onion Rings. Today, we always smile when he orders them …
Let me hear how you met! Oh.. and I want to extend my congratulations to Kirsten and Jeff … they were both born on the day Ron and I got married, and they are getting married tomorrow!! What are the chances of that?

Sharpest Needle in the Pincushion

Well, I want to say that I’ve never proclaimed to be the sharpest needle in the pin cushion. And, this time I feel pretty dumb … I don’t know HOW, but I somehow got two very different ‘Jennifer’s mixed up … and I’m thankful that I have some followers who set me straight! Duh… but, this certainly does make some sense to me. Somehow, I got Jennifer Paganelli and Jennifer Chiaverini mixed up … could it be that they are both Italian? They both design gorgeous fabrics? You know… the name Paganelli is a pet name for Pagan, which means ‘village dweller’, and Chiaverini is a diminutive of Chiavaro, an occupational name for a ‘locksmith’. So I can see how I got confused. Afterall, I’m thinking ‘village dweller’ and ‘locksmith’ … in the end they both need a quilt! Does that work? No? Well, I thank you all for setting me straight, anyway!

Gotcha! And Take A Guess …

Woohoo!  We have a winner!  And, I think we stumped most of you this time!  The adorable picture is that of Renee Plains of Liberty Star!  Renee has been a designer of ours for many years.  If you are not familiar with her patterns, click here!  And, the winner is Rachel W — congratulations!

Before we give you today’s challenge, we want to let you know that we have just started our Happy Hubby Sales … and what fun it is!  Lots of Fabrics and Kits are on sale … enough to make your hubby so happy when he sees how much you’ve saved! 

So, today we have a fun challenge.  All you have to do is Guess How Many Signatures are on our Hope Quilt!   If you would like an opportunity to win this, simply place a donation in the Avon Breast Cancer Walk .. to this link … and we will enter your name into the drawing which will be held on July 12.   Good Luck!  And, your hint:  Something between 50 & 100 !!!

The Silver Needle Wool & Naked Sheep Society

Watch Your Wooly End!

Watch Your Wooly End!

Before I do the Who’s Who Challenge,c I wanted to get this blog out … We are SOOO excited! One thing we did at Quilt Market is re-stock our wool department … and it is going to explode! This is where The Silver Needle Wool & Naked Sheep Society was born! We also designed 5 more wool programs that, if you are even the tiniest bit of a wool enthusiast, you are going to love it! I’m not going to elaborate here. OK – so I’ll elaborate some. Stash programs, Auto-ship programs, Christmas programs … woops … that’s it. Check it out!

A Laugh A Day …. The 4 Old Ladies

If you need a good laugh today, then you have to listen to this! I heard this about 4 years ago, and every now and then I listen to it just for a good laugh. Everybody I know that has heard it has to grab a tissue to wipe their laughter tears. To hear “A guy witnesses a car accident” segment that was played on the Roger, Darren and Marilyn Show in Toronto Canada, March 2005, click the player control below.