"Hey, if I had somewhere to go, I certainly wouldn't be in Cleve-Land." -Howard the Duck

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

I know I've posted this before, but no other picture sums up Thanksgiving for me like this one does.  Mom carving the turkey at Grandma & Grandpa's house...probably in the 1960s.  Mom is gone now...but I'll always remember her like this.

Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Peace for Paris

There truly are no words...sending hope for Peace to Paris. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Thanks, Sizzix!

It was a very happy mail day yesterday when this arrived via FedEx...

I'm an old school quilter...I'm ok with tracing around templates with a pencil & cutting the pieces with scissors.  I've learned to add templates & rulers to use with my cutting mat & rotary cutter for cutting quilt pieces.  But this fabi die cutting gizmo has intrigued me so when I saw the first giveaway on the Sizzix Blog, I entered.  And, amazingly I WON!!!  

There's a new giveaway each week on the Sizzix Blog.  Here's the giveaway for this week, which is Week #3.  Go enter...NOW!!!  The link opens in a separate window.  I'll wait here for you.

I've unpacked this lovely machine, and cut some flowers with the die enclosed.  Today I cut some half hexagons with the signed die from Jenny at MO Star!  

Now...this prize has me especially thrilled because of those signed dies.  Signed by Jenny Doan herself!  I buy most of my fabric from Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I'm usually still awake when I can see their deal of the day at 1am Eastern time.  I often buy their charm packs that way...and these dies are charm pack friendly.  

I'll post again once I have a chance to play with the dies more...so check soon for an update.

THANKS SO MUCH to Sizzix for your wonderful contests and for my prize...I love it!  Oh...and for those of you on Instagram, there's now a Sizzix Quilting account on IG.  It's sizzix_quilting.  Lots of great ideas & the contest announcements are there, too.  Go follow them!

Monday, September 7, 2015

A Labor Day & Beyond Sale in my Etsy Shop!

It's been awhile since I've offered a sale in my Etsy shop...KittenCreates...but this seems like a great time to do one.  From NOW through next Saturday, September 12, 2015...everything in my shop is 20% off before shipping.  All you need is to use coupon code LABORDAY20.  

Etsy is conducting a test right now...so if you don't see a place to enter your coupon code in their checkout, you'll need to go to the payment screen through PayPal and enter your coupon code there.  Sheesh!  I really hate it when they conduct these tests which seem to make things MORE difficult for buyers...but I just tried it and it works.  If you don't like the total, you can simply not place the final order.

The ribbon I have in my shop right now is probably the last ribbon I'll have, so when it's gone it's gone.  I also have lots of gently used and new rubber stamps and vintage treasures...lots & lots of stuff for sale.  This would be a great time to do some early Christmas or Hanukkah shopping...or treat yourself!!!

Thanks for looking & I'll do my best to get back here with some more quilty pix soon.  I've been posting a lot to Instagram, so you can check me out there, too.  I'm @ohkittencreates.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to all!!!  I love this photo from our family archives...that's my Grandma in a dress AND hat with her 3 kids on the beach!!!  I'm guessing this photo is from the mid to late 1920s as the first boy on the left is my Dad & he was born in 1920.  I'm not even sure what beach it is...but it's definitely along Lake Erie as they never lived anywhere except in the Cleveland, OH area.

At least the kids got to go into the water to play.  That's my Uncle Ray, then my Aunt Arline, & my Dad.  Summer fun for all!!! 
I hope your 4th is happy & fun & safe...we're enjoying a laid back just the 2 of us day with some hot dogs on the grill later & hopefully we'll see some fireworks from our backyard.  No fighting the crowds anymore...and we like it that way.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Catching up on A Swap for All Seasons

Well...I've certainly fallen behind on blogging...I'm blaming it on making quilt tops & also on Instagram.  Early in March we finally got smart phones & the first thing I did was sign up on Instagram.  Good grief...I can spend hours in there.  If you want to check me out, I'm ohkittencreates.
Anyway...the first thing I'm going to catch up on here is the samplers I've sent & received in A Swap for All Seasons.  The one above is what I created & sent to Jan of Jan's Arty Junk.  Way back in March.  I told you I was behind here.  Jan lives in the UK & it was lots of fun to get to know her a bit through this swap. 
This lovely sampler is the one I received in March from Marti of Artful Curiosities. Marti lives in my very favorite place on earth...San Diego!  The sampler she created for me is lovely...so many different vintage laces & a sweet romantic photo.  I love it.  Thanks, Marti!
In April I made a sampler for Marti...and from reading her blog I found out she loves Paris.  So...I pulled out an image of the Eiffel Tower & used some Paris map fabric I found at Fat Quarter Shop.  Marti said she loves what I created for her...and it was fun to make. 
My April mailbox held this wonderful sampler from Jan.  I love the blue & yellow color combination & that kitty cat is so ME.  All the little vintage laces & buttons & those sweet yellow crocheted flowers are awesome.  This sampler makes me very happy.  Thanks, Jan!
In May I created this little green 1930s print sampler for my friend Bev of Country Frog Creations
Bev & I have been swapping for years & have become friends...even though she lives in Pittsburgh & insists on rooting for the Steelers.  I'll forgive her for that!  Bev loves green so I hand pieced & quilted this little quilt for her.  I'm loving these little quilts...might have to make myself a bunch of them one of these days.
In May I received this bright & beautiful sampler from Pam of Treasures-n-Textures.  I've swapped with Pam in the past, too...and asked her for some bright colors & she sure delivered.  The batik fabric background is beautiful & the vintage flowers in the bouquet are so special.  Love that crocheted lace at the bottom, too.  I love it all...thanks Pam!
Whew!!!  Thanks if you've stayed with me to the end...I feel better now that I've posted the little works of art from A Swap for All Seasons.  I've just mailed off my June sampler to Texas...so once my partner has received it & I've received my June swap, I'll update them here.  AND I'll try to keep up with each month as it goes along. 
Oh...one more distraction from my new phone...I get alerts from the Los Angeles TV stations when there's a police pursuit in progress...
This one was along the 15 going north from near where we lived in Corona to Ontario & beyond.  I guess it's a Southern CA thing...but you've gotta love a good police pursuit!!!  I can't resist watching.
So...that's what I've been up to...I'll have some quilt top in progress pix to share soon...and our little garden is growing nicely...you can see them all on Instagram...look for ohkittencreates.
Happy SUMMER!!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Always Remember

Always remember why we celebrate Memorial Day.  Always.