Friday, November 20, 2015

Color Play Friday - Gummy Bears

Hello Loves,

It's finally Friday, now the weekend can officially begin.  And so will my overbooked life for the next 3 weeks as we get ready for our annual nativity event.  Andddddd I'm supposed to do this while doing school, scouts, blog, sew, quilt, play instruments for the nativity, corral host/hostess and all with a smile while having dinner with family and of course there's Christmas (which generally is my favorite time of year, having nothing to do with presents).  Yep, gonna be a great 3 weeks.

Lucky me, I get the pleasure of joining Trina at In An Otter Life and Lorinda at Laurel and Pine by participating in Color Play Friday.  I am so thankful for their open invitation for others to join the fun.  If you want to know what guidelines we use you can find our HERE.

This week's picture is so yummy.  I mean really, who doesn't love Gummy Bears.  I simply can't resist them.  Of course, just like Starburst I only want certain flavors, lol.  I love strawberry, watermelon, and apple, but my all time favorite is pineapple.   Yummmmm!  I also love the translucent colors of gummy bears.  They make me happy on so many levels.  Not to mention FAT FREE, helloooo!  How many yummy treats can you think of that are fat free (FYI: York Peppermint Patties, Twizzlers, Laffy Taffy, just a few).   Make that fat free and delicious.

Let's get started.  Outside of getting my steps in the Work Week Hustle for our FitBit challenge, this is my weekly highlight.  By the way if you want to join or start some competitions to get you going join me on FitBit.  As always, I am "stephsgotit"

This week Lorinda chose a photo that belongs to Trina.   It's my pleasure to present you with a color palette for Gummy Worms (sorry I don't have any actual gummies to share with you):

Oh, a bit of a warning, after I found the first fabric I was convinced this quilt had to be all in 1800's reproduction fabrics.  Wow, that was an all new fun adventure!  Then at the end of the palette you'll see I had another crazy thought that I had to have that fabric in the palette as well.  Ahh, the joys of a mind in total chaos.

You can find these 1800's reproductions here:

Georgetown Collection
By Judie Rothermel
For Marcus Brothers Fabrics

Gathering Basket Collection
By Kim Diehl
For Henry Glass Fabrics

By Molly B's Studio
For Marcus Fabrics 

By Nancy Rink
For Marcus Fabrics

By Jo Morton
For Andover Fabrics 

Lost & Found Christmas Collection
For Riley Blake Designs
By My Mind's Eye

I even found this whimsy little reproduction I'd love to use as a backer and a sweet reminder of a time long gone.  

By Nancy Gere
For Windham Fabrics

There you have it my darlings.  Be sure to head on over to Trina at In An Otter Life and Lorinda at Laurel and Pine to check out their cool color palettes.  It's always so interested to see what colors spoke to each of us and how we each see the palette.  It's just a much fun checking out each other's palettes as it is doing the palettes.

Sooo, are you curious about next Friday's picture?  Brrrr, better button up first!

Here it is, you know, in case you want to join us.  (Don't forget to contact one of the ladies and let them know so your link can be included).

Ohhh, this is going to be interesting.

Love and Shimmies,

UPDATED NOTE: Thank you so much for stopping by.  I should be back up and running at full schedule by the second week of December.  I will be able to breath halfway normal by then.   Steph!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Monday Blogs

Hello Hon,

I'm sorry but I have to put Monday Blogs on hold for the last 2 weeks this month and for the First, week of December.  I'm experiencing some serious family and personal issues right now, and I need to focus for a minute on that.  The Color Play Friday post is already done so it will post.  The Wrap-it Wednsedays are also set for next month.

Thank you for bearing with me.  I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

Love and Shimmies,

Friday, November 13, 2015

Color Play Friday: Kla Ha Ya Day

Good Morning Hon,

Happy  Friday, doing the happy dance.

It has been such a long week.  I am glad to see the weekend, not that I'll get much rest.  We're putting together our annual nativity display and I have to schedule all the host/hostesses for those 5 days.  So I'm going to be emailing and texting like a busy little bee trying to finish that up.  And school, ugh.

We'll let's get to it.  Color Play Friday!  If you want to see how it works you can get all the details here.  These are the guidelines that Lorinda, Trina and I follow each week.  Interested in joining us, see here.

This week's picture is so awesome.  Yeah, awesomely sick, lol.  All I can think of is that one family vacation we went to Sea World and the other theme park new there in Florida.  I let my roller coaster loving son and husband talk me into joining them on a not so bad roller coaster.  There is no such thing.  When I tell you they had to almost carry me out.  I could  not feel me legs, it felt like my lungs we in my mouth and my brain was in my pants.  Oh, did I mention I do not like theme park rides.  Roller coasters make me ill, very ILL.  I spent the entire day laying on the park bench sick and asleep while my son and husband went from ride to ride, having a blast I might add.  Don't worry, I insisted they go have fun.  It gave me the opportunity to rest and sleep while my brain worked it's way back up into my head, sssshhhhhhhhhh don't tell them that part.  And for the price of those tickets somebody was going to have some fun.  Let me tell you I was sick from that one ride for the rest of that vacation.  Worst yet, I felt the effects for weeks after arriving back home, my whole equilibrium was off.  Trust me when I say NEVER again, EVER!!

So what brought back this lovely memory.  This picture chosen by Lorinda, the picture is great and looks like a blast.  LOOKS like.  I'm sure her family, as mine, loved it and had the best time.  I can tell you I had the best time choosing my color palette.

I present to you the picture and my color palette for Kla Ha Ya Day:

You can find these awesome fabrics here:

It's a Girl Thing Collection
By Michael Miller

Krystal Collection
By Michael Miller

By Ed Emberley
for Cloud 9 Fabrics

Glitz Collection
By Michael Miller

Camp Peanuts Collection  and Peanuts By Charles M. Schultz Collection
Designed by Peanuts Worldwide LLC for Quilting Treasures

Sugar House Collection.

By Ann Kelle
for Robert Kaufman

Then I was done, until.....  I saw this wonderful fabric.  I felt (literally) like it captured how I felt and the essence of Lorinda's picture choice.  I knew it would be an awesome backing fabric and then fold it over to the front for this kind of psychedelic binding that matches the mood.  Can you say completely WILD, I know.  I soooooo love Color Play Friday, I truly get to play with colors! Awesome sauce!!

You can find the eye catching fabric at:

Bright Idea Collection

by Benartex Fabrics

J Kanvas Studio

Now head on over to see the palettes for Trina at In An Otter Life and Lorinda at Laural and Pine.  I'll come back and post next week's picture when I find out what it is.  Just in case you want a little preview peek.  Who doesn't love a sneak peek.

Have a great weekend.  See you for Make-It-Monday!  Oh, you can check out all of my previous palettes HERE.

Love and Shimmies,


Friday, November 6, 2015

Color Play Friday: Pike Place Market

It's finally Friday, woo-hoo!

Hello Hon,

It's here, it's here!  FRIDAY and with Friday comes Color Play Friday!

Although I have been nursing a migraine all this week, I couldn't wait to dive into #ColorPlayFriday to express how I was truly feeling inside.  I love the upcoming holidays and wanted to feel ready to just jump in, but between the migraine and school, it just wasn't happening.  Anyhoo, I get to live how I feel in colors.   Lots of bright fun colors.

If you are not familiar with Color Play Friday (as I gasp in disbelief), here are the rules that we follow:

  1. Each week, Trina or Lorinda will select a picture from their joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of them has taken on their adventures.
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that are inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette.
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we each post on Friday.
That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

Be sure to check out Lorinda at Laurel and Pine and Trina at In An Otter Life

If you would like to participate be sure to use #colorplayfriday in social media and you can also email Trina a link to your blog so we can include your posts. (  Next week’s festive photo is going to be at the end of this blog.

There you go!

I am excited, as always, about my palette (except that first one, lol).   I found the picture engaging.  The picture is Trina's and I'm sure she has an interesting story to go with it.  But, earlier I was watching Lorinda on Periscope and she told this hilariously embarrassing situation that she and her husband had experienced in that same location.  That's all I kept thinking of as I was finishing up my post.  So of course that left me so tickled that I wanted all my palette choices to be light, whimsical, childlike and well, funny.  I wanted to look at this palette with a different kind of smile.  Not just the giddy smile from drooling over awesome fabric, but also a smile because I was just tickled thinking about the possibilities with it.

So I now present to you this tickle inspired color palette, at Lorinda and her husbands expense.  Sorry about that hon, but I couldn't help it.  This color palette goes out to all the mom's of the world pushing their strollers and all the broken horn owners who nearly die of embarrassment.

Picture, color palette and fabric choices for - Pike Place Market:

Where these little whimsies can be found (be sure to click on the links to get the full effect of the pictures, here they are shrunk down to match the color palette):

Tonal Royal Blue from Junior Pilots Collection
Exclusively Quilters (apparently there is s flaw somewhere)

Canterbury- Dust Fabric from World Tour Quilting Weight Collection
By Parson Gray (moniker for David Butler)
For Free Spirit Fabrics

SweetOwlies – Peach from Les Amis Collection
By Patty Sloniger
For Michael Miller

 Poise – Brown from Flea Market Fancy Collection
By Denyse Schmidt
For Free Spirit

 Swirls – Black from Quilter’s Candy Prints Collection
By Connecting Threads

Royal from Bella Solids, Superman Fabric Collection
By Moda Fabrics

 HappyGo Lucky – Leaf from Emma’s Garden Collection
By Patty Sloniger
For Michael Miller

To add a little more fun this week I thought I would throw in my choices for backing fabric.  I absolutely love this 

Address Book - Vanilla from Road 15 Collection 
By Sweetwater 
For Moda (ooh, my favorite) 

I thought I would also mix that up some how with this:

Star Crossed - Blacklight from Katagami Collection
By Parson Gray (I just discovered him but, I'm really falling in love with his work)
For Free Spirit

This is so cool/  FYI- Katagami is the art of stencil dyeing on kimono or yukata fabric, this method is called katazome.  

So that my deary is it for the weekend.  I hope you enjoyed looking at the wonderful palettes as much as I, from my sick bed, enjoyed doing it.  Please go check out Lorinda and Trina's palettes.  I can't wait to see how they differ and if any are the same.  

Here's next weeks picture if you'd like to join us. 

Have a wonderful weekend hon.  I'll see you Monday for Mystery Meat Monday.  One of our favorite little quick and yummy treat recipe to take to all of our families, friends, and co-workers.  This is especially good for every holiday potluck at work, school, or church.

Love and Shimmies,

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wrap-It Wednesday

Hello Hon,

Happy Hump day!  Woo-woot, hang in there, we're half way through.

I have learned to love my natural hair over the years.  We have finally become good friends.  As long as we both understand that I can do whatever I want to her, and she is going to do whatever she wants in response.  When I am patient and take time to do techniques I know she likes everything works lovely.  When I am lazy and tired of detangling over and over, she let's me know how displeased she is.

Protective styles are simply as most, even if it's just for the day.  One of my favorite protective (and lazy) style is wearing a headwrap, also know as a pashmina, tichel, bonnet, turban, hijab, gele, scarf, etc.  I absolutely love them all.  I don't care what name you call it, I love wrapping my hear with material of some sort.  I have some of each of the styles previously mentioned.  Each one has it's own unique character and I like to dabble in them all.

So I thought maybe once or twice a month I would share one with you.

This week is one of my favorites:

This is actually a pashmina scarf and a silky like scarf I order, I'll give you the name's once I make sure it's okay (I'll include that with the all, in case you are looking for places, and not all are ordered from shops!).  Once I wrapped the two around in a way that was satisfying to me, I topped it off with a pretty little coordinating flower.  Oh my gosh, I felt so pretty with that wrap event though I was just in a simple skirt and blouse for church.  

Hope that gives you some inspiration for your next wrap.  I will be doing some tutorials on my YouTube channel in a couple of weeks.  I promised a friend I would do some for her.  Let's see that was about a year or so ago, yep, I'm right now schedule, NOT.  I'm thinking I'll do these posts on first and third Wednesday's of the month, YouTube videos's at the same time.

That's is for now lovies.  Remember be kind to your hair and protect her always!

Love and Shimmies, 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Monday Madness - Mad

Hello Hon,

Well, it's Monday again.

I had a migraine all day today.  Convinced myself I could teach my Zumba Toning class after some Migraine Excedrine and a couple hours of sleep.  That was a good choice and a bad choice. I thought I was running late and ended up being early, by an hour.  I hate time changes and I hate my crappy mobile device.  As I was waiting for my class to arrive I made a quick broadcast for my Monday Message on Periscope (you can find me @stephsgotit or click on the Periscope link to my page in the side bar to the right). 

It ws a good choice to go because I convinced my myself I felt better. I did, feel better.  But then I showed my students what not to do which caused me to get sick all over.  Luckily there were only three songs left by that time.  

Because of the migraine, I did not finish the fabulous post I wanted to share with you today.  But I can go ahead and share with you my Periscope broadcast, which is a good message to remember.  I loaded it onto my Youtbe channel for your review.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I will still share that fabulous post later this month.  It's about 3 cool things I recently discovered: a place, an item (not from the place that will be mentioned), and ????, teehee.  

Also starting will be a post for the It's A Wrap tab on the first and third Wednesday's of the month. I am super stoked about this.  I have been experimenting and taking pictures so I have a whole selection of them ready to present.  

In the meantime enjoy the broadcast!

Love and Shimmies, 

P.S. I am typing this from my IPad, soooo if the font is funny sorry.