Friday, January 29, 2010

Two wonderful give~aways!! Two wonderful bloggers~

Take a peek at Abbies' blog called Bunny Lane designs
and leave a comment to take a chance to win this beautiful dress~

Then head over to Mamma Tortillas blog to enter and win this adorable doll and matching quilt~

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Stella Luna Maggie May~

(a puppy picture from snugharbor labradoodles)(our puppy is in the last post...)

We had such a GREAT visit with Stella and her owners, Judy and Jackie~ We spent the whole time visiting and playing with puppies and never took one photo!

Maggie May will be coming home the week-end of February 20th~ I asked my oldest grand-daughter (who btw is desperately afraid of dogs) if she would like to name our new puppy and she chose Maggie ( with her brother and sister in agreement). Maggie and my grand-daughter will be fast friends in due time....actually seven little people will grow up with her...all very special to us~

So Maggie May it will be~
We will be out and about this weekend buying all her bling~

If you want to visit the best breeders of Australian labradoodles in New England go to

Monday, January 25, 2010

A new girl in town....

So~ in the middle of every little thing that I am involved in...(as stated by the fine breeder of this pup..) my planet has collided with "Stella Luna"

I have been researching and e-mailing and reading all about Australian labradoodles for quite some time and I finally found a wonderful breeder to partner with and welcome a forever friend into our home. i am going to see her for the first time on Wednesday and I will have more to share I am sure...(I met her aunt on Saturday and I'm thinkin the rest is history~)


Aunt Pearl~

Inspiration from Attic Window Quilt Shop inspired me to collect all my red scraps yesterday and make some "new" fabric for some lovely little valentine accents~ Her blog is in my favorites list if you want to see her post~(it is about half a mile down on the right hand side of my blog~lol!) Worth the trip!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Organizing Your Craft Space by Jo Packham

This is a very colorful and inspirational book about organizing your space~

By the way I am still working on quilts~lol!~there are just so many good reads out there! while I am talikng about reading has anyone read 'The Help"? I am loving it and do not want it to end...i heard "Sarahs Key" is good so that will be next.....

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Inspiration Tuesday~ Thank you Jo Packham~

FIRST, the blog which is Where Women Create ~look to the right and you can click on the site~

THEN comes the magazine, Where Women Create, which I purchased at Barnes and Nobles and plan on getting a subscription~ It is chock full of beautiful photos and back stories of so many talented's one of those magazines that will wait for you at the end of a long day to bring you back to that zen place...I went on ebay for back's that good~ update~(I didn't win ANY~it's that good)( I will try again...)

So if you need a HUGE dose of inspiration I have a few new avenues you can explore along with me~ This is Patience Brewster~ just one of the artists featured in this months issue...

THEN there are the Jo Packham~ O my....I have already called the library~

There are more books~all are beautiful!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Craft Hope Shop for Haiti ~ new on Etsy~ a call to all crafters~

craft hope for haiti

Update: The Craft Hope for Haiti etsy store is now up & running! Over 30 items sold and counting!

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank

Craft Hope community, it is time to Craft Hope for Haiti. The devastation in Haiti is catastrophic and we can help. At the encouragement of many people we will be opening a Craft Hope Etsy shop to benefit Doctors Without Borders. We are growing by leaps and bounds and as needs arise we will rise up to meet them.

The Craft Hope Etsy shop will allow crafters to donate products and allow folks to purchase them. With 100% of the proceeds going to charity. Having seen, firsthand, the beautiful items you have created I know this can be one awesome charity shop. The dresses, sock monkeys, quilts, blankets, beanies, etc. that you have all created are incredible. I know many of you even have your own Etsy shop where you sell you’re items. This is a call for all things handmade. If you can make it, we will sell it to benefit Doctors Without Borders. If you have a handmade item you’d like to donate, please read the guidelines below.

Many people have asked how they can support Craft Hope and it’s charities if they can’t sew, knit, craft. Well, this is the way. You can shop in the Craft Hope Etsy shop, get a beautifully handmade item, and rest assured that the proceeds from your purchase will go to charity. It’s that simple.

Procedures and Guidelines for Craft Hope donations to Doctors Without Borders

Notify Sarah at that you would like to donate an item.

Provide a brief description of the item, as well as up to 3 photographs for the listing.

Price your item for a donation sale – the retail price you would normally charge for the item is probably the best price.

Please calculate and include the shipping cost in your price, so that Craft Hope does not need to segregate your shipping costs from the donation amount. The goal is that all funds, less Etsy fees, go directly to Doctor Without Borders. Craft Hope does not typically deal in cash donations and does not have systems in place to segregate shipping costs.

Your item will be listed in the Craft Hope store on for 2 weeks at its full price. After 2 weeks, the price will be cut by 20%. After 4 weeks, you will be given the option of cutting the price another 20% or removing the listing. Listings will be removed after 6 weeks.

At the time of sale, Sarah will notify you that the item needs to be shipped and provide all shipping information. Please ship all items within 3 days of notification. If you are selling a custom, made to order item then please ship within a week of receiving the custom details from the buyer.
Notify Sarah that the item has been shipped.

All items will be sold as non-returnable, given their fundraising status. Please make sure that all items are in retail sale condition and have been described clearly.

If there is further customer communication regarding shipping or condition of the item, please keep Craft Hope in the loop until there is resolution. We will assist however we are able in resolving any issues.

Update: There is currently a 24 hour turn around time on things getting listed. We are listing as fast as two mamas possibly can.

Today we are working diligently to get the shop set up and open. We’ll also have a button for you to put on your site very soon. Please spread the word that we are looking for donations. Also, we’ve set up a nifty way to share information from our site through Facebook, Twitter, etc. Try it out, it’s super duper cool! I will post a link to our Etsy shop as soon as it is open.

Thank you for all you do. You truly make the world a better place!

Friday, January 15, 2010


This link was shared with me today by my brother who happens to work in Vermont with Maureens' husband~

As we all try to process all of the devastation and information coming forward each day from Haiti we also are searching for ways to reach out and help~

As fiber artists I do believe that we all work through all of our joys and all of our sorrows with needle in hand.. Marilyn over at Grandma Pedan's Porch ( ) shares that sentiment as well, that it will be healing for these Haitian ladies to have their sewing supplies~


Earthquake Relief

Dear PeaceQuilts friends and supporters,

Many of you are aware that we were on our way to Haiti on January 12th when the devastating earthquake hit. Just as we were about to board out flight, it was cancelled, so we wanted to let you know that we are safe here in the United States, thankfully!

Since then we have been continuousy trying to reach our quilters, friends and colleagues in Haiti by phone, email and text message, but have so far been unable to make any contact. Obviously things are very chaotic, and we will try to share news with you as we receive it.

We were especially excited about our plans for this trip as we were going to visit and assist in the progress of some of our newly formed cooperatives, now with nearly 50 members. Chief among these is a new cooperative in Cite Soleil, a wretched slum in the best of circumstances, which appears to be one of the worst hit sections of Port-au-Prince. This co-op was being organized by Nadege Florian, who visited the United States last fall for the opening of the exhibition of quilts at the Bennington Museum, and who is profiled in our book Patience to Raise the Sun. We are desperate to make sure she is alright.

PeaceQuilts is now organizing a relief/rebuilding fund in the wake of this tragic disaster. Contributions will be used to address immediate needs, and to help rebuild the lives, homes and health of our friends in Haiti, as well as to continue our project as soon as we are able. If you would like to make a contribution of any size, click here. We will put every penny to good use!


Jeanne and Maureen

Jeanne Staples

Maureen Matthews McClintock
Quilting Coordinator


We have received word that our quilting cooperative manager, Nadège Florian and her immediate family who live in Cité Soleil, are OK! Her house was not destroyed, though there is much devastation all around, with bodies piled up on the streets. People are staying outside due to the aftershocks.

We still have no word from our other Haitian quilters and friends, but will pass information along as we receive it.

Thanks to all of you who have been donating and been so supportive of PeaceQuilts and our efforts to help the poor in Haiti. We really appreciate it, especially during this time of crisis.

How You Can Help
Quilters and Fabric Artists:
We need donations of fabric and other supplies. Since most of these items are not available in Haiti, we rely on the generosity of quilters to meet these needs:

- 100% cotton scraps or yardage with a special emphasis on small geometrics, solids, Bali prints, plain muslin, bold colors (avoid calicoes).

- cotton batting (Quilters Dream or similar is preferred.)

- embroidery floss (DMC preferred)

- buttons

- dressmaking shears, needles, thread, rotary cutters, replacement blades, etc.

Please ship to:

c/o Jeanne Staples
104 Third Street
Edgartown, MA 02539

Questions? Call 508-274-1104

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Two sites to check out~

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Three beautiful things~

Halfway thru law school~ We (Emma Calvin and I...) started our new semester today! had a pattern sale and I am starting Christmas gifts!!

My new hand lotion, lip balm and Berry Patch oil came today from Long Winter Farm which is a shop on ETSY~ The cream was designed especially for me ( I am a huge fan of Strawberry)~I laughed when I saw the name of the cream~ Strawberry Jam ~perfect! It is hypo~allegenic and smells wonderful!!! Please check out her store on Etsy~ she will custom create a hand and body cream for you in whatever scent you desire~

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Inspired by Heidi

I was very inspired by Handmade by Heidi to get my Etsy shop open this year!! ( please check out her blog listed in my favorites~) My goal will be by my birthday or sooner~ (April)

The first order of things will be my childrens quilts called "One scoop, two scoop, three scoop, more.." They are designed to represent "one scoop " for the firstborn in the family, "two scoops" for the second and so on....They have soft cuddly blankie fabric on the back to guarentee a special relationship between baby and blanket~

So off I go because i just bit off a huge bite of life~

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Breakfast club~

So this morning was our first breakfast club (2010) at the Quilted Crow in Boxborough and of course the breakfast is always S0 this is not a picture of the actual breakfast, it's just what the breakfast looked like in my minds eye.....I mean it was pancakes and strawberries to be sure but as they served us I was thinkin "What am I going to do about THIS!!!! We have a SITUATION here!!! lol!! Oh well, so I ate some of the ham that was on the side and enjoyed the coffee and of course the company of all the talented ladies who gather on the first of the month~

I will continue to weave around all the sugary bits of my life and keep my promise~