Wednesday, December 24, 2008


I wish for all of you a Merry Christmas and lots of peace, love and happiness throughout the Holiday season.

A few weeks ago I posted a CQ Christmas Give-Away. I promised that I would announce the winner tonight... Christmas Eve. The contest was in honor of my son Erik's birthday and everyone was asked to take a guess at the time he was born. For the record, Erik was born on 12/13/70 at......... 10:13 a.m. Our winner was only 9 minutes off with a guess of 10:04 a.m.!


Enjoy and be sure to post some pictures of some pretties you make. Many thanks to all of you who checked in to play and be sure to stay tuned for some new Give-Aways in the New Year.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Just thinking......about a miracle

With winter comes the beauty of a fresh fallen snow and the feeling like a blanket of white soft cotton has covered the earth. Yesterday we had a visitor, a beautiful red cardinal who, with its gorgeous color, just made the snow pop. For some reason, this beautiful red bird reminded me of love... the love of a miracle........

Over the past months I have kept pretty much to posting about my creative side and not much on the personal side. Not that I didn't want to share but I thought I would keep my blog just geared to things I love to make, colors I love and various projects I'm involved with.

Tonight I'd like to share with you a wonderful miracle. As some of you know, my son Jason and his wife Evy are expecting twins next June. I wish more than anything I could be living near them to experience this exciting time they are going through but me being in Massachusetts and they in California makes it a little hard. It's been a long struggle for them but soon they will be blessed with a beautiful little girl and boy. I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am for them and for both sets of grandparents as it is the first time for all of us.

Jason and Evy just sent me the most wonderful gift - a CD of their ultra sound. Modern techonology is just incredible! I got to see my grandbabies for the first time and just sat and cried. I am going to be a Nana! It now is so real. My wish for them is to enjoy the next 6 months and to take in every aspect of this wonderful experience. I know they will both be wonderful parents and look forward to the day when these two beautiful babies call my baby, "daddy". Evy & Jason... dreams do come true.

Just call me "Nana Nicki"

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Can you believe it?! Only 11 more days until Christmas! I thought it would be so much fun to play Santa Clause for a day. So.... In honor of Christmas and the spirit of giving, I have come up with my very first Give-Away Contest. I have put together a little bag of Crazy Quilt goodies ... a little bit of this and a little bit of that. From glass beads, charms, gold & copper threads, buttons, polymer clay floral beads, trims, white laces, some extra bling bling and some of my hand dyed laces and silk ribbon to one of my cat food can pincushions. Now I know you are going to ask..."what do I have to do?"

Here's the fun part. My oldest son Erik just turned 38 yesterday (Dec 13th) and since he lives in Maui and I couldn't celebrate with him I thought it would be fun to do something around his birthday. All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog, you need to link my blog to yours and guess what time he was born. Mentioning the Give-Away on your blog would be great too! The winner will be announced on Christmas eve - the person who comes the closest to the time Erik was born, without going over, will be the winner of the goodie bag. Please be sure to check answers left so you do not duplicate another answer as there will only be one winner. If the same answer appears twice, the person who guessed the exact time first will be the winner. Good luck and may the best Crazy lady win.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Needlebooks & Pincushions for Christmas Art Festival

For the past two weeks I have been nonstop 24/7 sewing up a storm for the 32nd Annual Christmas Art Festival. This show has always been great and I really enjoy meeting lots of new vendors and seeing all the wonderful talent that is being created. Yesterday was day 1. Attendance was down quite a bit - guess the economy is keeping everyone home holding on to their wallets. All in all I had a pretty good day but it was very surprising what was selling. Who would have thought I would spend so much time sewing items for the show when my biggest seller were 3 pieces of my mosaics. I was so excited when one of the vendors came over and bought a large mosaic mirror even before the doors opened to the show. I sold a few of them but have a feeling they would have been better off at a Quilt Show.... funny... most people had no idea what a needlebook was.
Now, for my part in "going green" I decided to start saving all the empty cat food cans I was dumping in the trash on a daily basis and make something out of them......... ta da - my cat food can pin cushions. These were a lot of fun to make. Grab some felt, some beads, threads and silk ribbon and a variety of pretty velvets and just let the mind and fingers wander.
I don't know about you but whenever I'm out shopping around and I see something at a great price I always wonder... hmmmm what can I make out of that? Well a couple weeks ago I found some little address books at a great price and decided to see if I could dress them up. I had a couple extra string blocks hanging around so decided to see if I could make a couple of covers for the address books. Topped each one off with some dyed lace and a few beads to dress these babies up. And.... not to let anything go to waste I used the left overs from the string blocks to make little kleenex holders.......... now, can my fingers take a rest for a little bit LOL!

Since I think I might finally have some free time, I will be putting together a little surprise. Stay tuned as within the next week I will be announcing a "Christmas Give Away" of some goodies..... a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

CQ Lace Dinner

For the past couple of days I have been deep in dyes and lace. I think I have just about had my fingers in every color of dye possible. I have been trying to dye up about 600 pieces of lace for a Lace Buy In for the girls on the HGTV Board as well as laces for an upcoming Christmas Art Festival and a few other orders . Most of the HGTV girls are involved in our latest CQ RR so I 'd like to get these in the mail by this weekend. Think if I stop playing around with them so much I might reach that goal. If you are interested in any please contact me at my email address (located in my Profile).

Not only did I dye up lace motifs, I decided to dye up quite a bit of lace trim that I have been collecting over the past years. Good thing my husband Rob is away on a business trip - there certainly isn't any real cooking being done in my kitchen this week. The layout of the lace trims reminded me of some pretty placemats, now that they are all laid out, I think I'll set up the table.

While ironing all the laces I realized I hadn't had a thing to eat in about 14 hours ... my belly was grumbling and I wanted something sweet. As I was ironing I kept thinking how pretty the laces were and then they started to look like yummy desserts. So I got to thinking, why not serve them up for dinner? Anyone up for a full course dinner of nothing but desserts?

Now that I've had my main course which has consisted of a lot of colorful things to munch on, I think I might wash all those sweets down with a nice glass of dyed ribbon.......... now where's the chocolate? LOL!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Crazy Quilt RR - Block #1

I'm getting so excited as the next round in the HGTV Crazy Quilt RR is about to take place. All the blocks are due to be mailed by the 15th of each month and I am ready to receive my next block. We started this RR with about 40 ladies from all across the the US on October 15th when our first block was due to be sent out. My Group is called "The Crazy 1's" and there are 7 blocks being swapped about. My first block to work on was Owen Jules Mommy's. Her block is for her little girl and is to be all dressed up girlie like. Since most girls love pink I thought I would start it off by dyeing up an old doilie and embellishing it with silk ribbons, pretty threads, beads, buttons, charms and a pretty cloisonne butterfly.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

CraZy Quilt Lace Dyeing Marathon

WEW! After about 3 days of dyeing laces I'm finally finished. Can you say "I love color?"! I had so much fun dyeing up this big batch of lace - I put on a pot of coffee, set up my table and cranked up the music (good thing hubby was away on a 3 day business trip LOL!) Turned on a little bit of Yanni, some Higher Octave, Deep Forest and then a complete switch to Garth Brooks and Phil Collins- what a mix!

I am currently hosting a CQ Lace Buy In on the HGTV Quilt Board. In a matter of 24 hours I had 30 ladies sign up and was on my way to dividing up laces and picking out what color of dyes I was going use. Group #1 is done and once they are in the mail I will start the process all over again with Group #2. I am addicted... so much so that yesterday while I was at a Quilt Show in New Hampshire I bought another 7 bottles of new dyes.... new colors - just couldn't resist.

The Quilt Show, "A Quilter's Gathering" (20th Anniversary) was held at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, NH. I have to say it was one of the nicest shows I have ever been too. I could not believe the beautiful quilts on display - there was no way you could pick out a favorite as all of them were gorgeous... I could only dream to make a quilt like any one of them. I do have to admit though, I was completely mesmerized by a Quilt made by Sharon Schamber. Due to the fact that I forgot my camera I don't have pictures to share yet - I had to borrow my friend Elaine's camera and as soon I copy them to disk I will share a few of the beauties my eyes were treated to.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Crazy Quilt Christmas Ornaments

Most of the time I'm trying to rush around and finish up my swap obligations at the last minute...but not this one. I have found a bit of magic! I have found that if you take time off from constantly being on the computer and cruising through the incredible blogs and forums out there, you might actually get some sewing done! I have just finished making up a couple dozen CQ Ornaments for a couple different swaps I am in and also for a Christmas Art Festival .... still need to make about another 2 dozen but for now... I'm done.

I am currently hosting the CQ Ornament swap on the HGTV Board. Some of the cutest ornaments have been coming in...check them out! Thank you NewtoQuilt, CQWannabe, BlueSnail and Nannybeers for being a part of this fun swap. Everyone is just so pretty. Can you just imagine what my living room in going to look like on November 21st?! I'm expecting ornaments from about 30 ladies - what fun!! It's not to late to sign up for the swap so if you are interested just sign up here: HGTV CQ Ornament Swap and get your pretties made and sent in.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Another day of CQ Lace Dyeing

Can you imagine a world in black and white? It seems like I just can't get enough color in my life! I love it! I spent all day yesterday dyeing up another huge batch of laces - actually... it was 4 batches for a group of ladies who sent me their laces to dye. I had asked that they tell me what their color preferences were, a few did but for the most part I was given free range to dye them up whatever color I wanted to. Well, with over 300 pieces dyed you know I tried ever color range. This time next week I hope to be playing in a whole new group of color choices as I just placed a huge order for some new dyes - it's like waiting for trick or treat!

Hmmm... funny story about why I dyed this particular piece of butterfly lace the colors I did. Do you remember the 1973 movie "Papillon" which starred Steve McQueen? That movie helped me make up my mind to get my first and only tattoo! My sister, a couple friends and I drove down to Sailor Don's in Newport, RI. As we were walking around we saw the tattoo parlor and we all bet each other to get one - should have NEVER said the word "bet" around my sister Sherri. Next thing I know we are all getting tattooed! I didn't have much of a choice as Sherri told me if I didn't go through with it she would sit on me and have the guy tattoo my butt - trust me..she was bigger than I was and she would have done it. So.... I picked the tiniest thing I could think of - a Papillon butterfly - turquoise and gold in color. When dying up this butterfly I was wishing my 35 year old tattoo (oh no!!!! 35 years ago!) was still the same vibrant colors.......... and no.... I'm not going back to get a touch up!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Mini Crazy Quilt Hearts

I've decided to go on a mission... to try and finish some UFO's sitting in my cabinets that I have had for years. My dad and I have the same middle name "procrastinator" so I've decided I have to stop putting things off and start taking care of business. Instead of starting a new project when one project is completed, go into my cabinet of UFO's, pick one out and put it to rest.
This is the baby that I've decided to finally take out and dress up. About 10 years ago I made this cute little wall hanging of a dozen little 3x3 hearts - embellished them with beads, buttons, ribbon, lace and even some embroidery work onto 4x4 squares of white fabric. There have been numerous times I have thought to finish it up but nothing ever seemed right.... now that I am totally possessed by the CQ bug I have an idea and think this baby might finally have a life. Why I've decided on this particular UFO? Well, I was just informed that I will be a Nana next spring and I figure if I'm blessed with a granddaughter I will have something waiting for her. Guess I better think of another design if I it turns out to be a grandson uh? Oh.... but even more exciting is that in a couple weeks we'll find out if there's going to be twins!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Crazy Quilt RR

Finally! I'm finished with my Crazy Quilt RR block for the HGTV RR. My Group is - The CraZy 1's - a good name for a bunch of crazy ladies! Our blocks are due to be mailed 10/15 and will take a trip around the US to 7 other ladies who will work their magic on each block. My block measure about 28x18 - made it to fit in a shabby chic frame I have as I'd like to hang it on my bedroom wall when it comes home. I had a real hard time departing from my favorite color blue...ever since I made the Crazy patches fro the Yahoo group I've actually been experimenting with new color combinations and really love the pink/sage/beige shabby chic look.

The center piece is a cross stitched heart I made about 15 years ago. Funny how it is a crazy patch design - who would have ever known that I would end up being so addicted to crazy quilting years later... must have always been in the cards uh?

Thursday, October 9, 2008

CQ & Lace Needle Books

Ever have a needle in your hand and just don't when to put it down? Well last night I was on a roll. I needed to make a few needle books for a swap and just didn't know when to stop... over the past couple days I have made 8. Not quite sure which ones will be for the swap and which ones I will put up for sale at the Christmas Arts & Craft Show come December. Finished 5 complete and now just have to finish the other 3 - figure I'll try and make at least a couple dozen before December - at least that is my goal.

I made the Needle books somewhat the same way I make all my fabric Post cards. With my favorite item - double sided peltex (pellon). Love it! The books are sturdy and support the 4 pages of felt just great. Hmmmm now I'm wondering what color/theme I'll work up next. Maybe something funky, maybe something elegant or maybe something Christmasy???

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Crazy Patch Swap - All done!

Back in July I signed up to participate in a 8" Crazy Quilt Patch Swap with a great Group from Yahoo - Art4Mail. I was to make 4 blocks in exchange for 4 blocks. All of my blocks are now on their way home to their new owners and I gotta say, I really enjoyed making these as they were a bit of a change for me. I think I am starting to develop a liking for colors other than my typical love for blues. The "before" pictures are posted a couple months ago. Well, here they are all dressed to kill.


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