Tuesday, July 10, 2012

havent posted in a while...

Part of it is I dont look forward to it because this new blogger seems like a lot of darn work. Other than that I just have been busy. I had Lisa, my youngest daughter here for a week and it was so good to see her and give her some mama love. She is doing better but still has a long way to go. It is so hot here, we spent a lot of time at the pool. I also have gone camping again and also wakeboarding one Sunday...I cant believe I learned to do it at age 50 but there you go...Guess the old girl has a few years yet.
 The ex had the car that he was supposed to pay for repoed so I dont have a car. He is in contempt of court but all it means is he wont be able to renew his liscense and if he gets pulled over he will go to jail and come to Utah. The good news is he has done all he can do to me. The other good thing is I am getting stronger and when things happen, I am not starting from rock bottom again. The car thing? I have one in Oregon, just need to find a way to get it.
 I am still sewing a lot. I just finished an apron swap and my partner was Nadine. Here is what I sent her.

  We all made ruffled aprons using a pattern off a blog...I had fun putting different fabrics together. I also made her a boquet of fabric roses. I sent her some vintage buttons in a sewing tin and I made her a ruffle rose card. I like doing themed type packages...Nadine does too so it was fun to work with each other and the colors we chose.

 She totally spoiled me with my package. It was shocking really. First of all she got the colors I love....these are so me! She made a ton of ruffles let me tell you....not only this wonderful apron.

She also made a ruffled bag which I have been using everywhere, a ruffled pot holder and towels and a little velcro wallet and with the leftover fabric she made me a jelly roll which I am making something with....Also thread and beads....Can you believe it. It was better than Christmas!

  I sold my first pet portrait on Etsy so I was pretty excited about that. I got it all done and mailed. It is a gift for a friend who just lost her lab.....

 I hope it reminds her of happy times...Pets mean so much. I was honored to do it.

 I usually dont do people, but the picture was so sweet I just had too.

 I have been making a lot of other things, but this dumb blogger is so time consuming I will save some for next time...If you know anyone who would like a portrait please send them over to fancypawsquilts at Etsy.com
happy summer xoxooxoxox melinda


sjmcdowell said...

Dear Melinda,

I have not been blogging much either lately. Mainly because I have been suffering for the past 8 months with a bad hip and leg pain and only to find out this past Monday that they found a mass behind my right knee cap! So I am going back tomorrow to find out what that is all about!!
I am sooo glad you were spoiled rotten!! The apron Nadine made for you and the handbag are simply WONDERFUL!!! You deserve to be spoiled after all you have been dealing with.

I still love the swap you and I had donetogether 1 1/2 years ago. I was just looking at the beautiful quilted topper you had made for me today when I pulled something out of my china cabinet. You are so talented Melinda.
I love the pictures of you too!!

I may have to have you make a picture collage of my kitty Sam and I at some point ok?? I would send you the picture.

Well take care my friend and keep in touch with me and I will with you too!!

Love and Blessings,


Jo said...

oh what a fabulous swap, you both make beautiful items! and love that piece you did for etsy, you just nailed it perfectly~

Miss 376 said...

What a lovely swap, it's so exciting opening these parcels. Well done on your etsy sale too, wonderful

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

It looks like you both had fun making your swap items and with a great outcome indeed! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Maria said...

I am pleased to are moving on...
Love the swap you did with nadine. You made a gorgeous gift for her and she surely spoilt you but you deserve it...
Great Dog Portrait.

Needled Mom said...

Congratulations on your sale. That is awesome.

I love the swap you two did. You did get some wonderful goodies.

I switched back to the old interface because I could not get the new one to work on my computer.

Quiltingranny said...

It sounds like life is improving my dear since our conversation. You do amazing work and the animal pics are awesome. Stop by for a chance to win some angel scissors and we both know we could use an angel in our life:http://quiltingranny.blogspot.com/2012/07/angel-scissor-giveaway.html

Laurie said...

I know she's going to love your artwork Melinda, it's beautiful, just like mine!!
I'm glad you are getting better, and your daughter also. Life can be so hard can't it? Hope everything is done now with your ex, my prayers are with you.
If you go into your settings, you can switch back to the old blogger format. I did because I too couldn't stand the new one. Leave well enough alone!!

Pam said...

Congratulations on your ETSY sale. Now you know that there are people out there that appreciate your wonderful pet art.

I'm so glad that you are feeling better. Your apron swap makes me want to get involved in swaps again. I took a break for this year. Maybe next year I'll get involved.

Have a wonderful July.

Laurie said...

You are a very strong person and it's so good to see you smiling despite EVERYthing! Your photo of the quilt just doesn't do it justice -- it is so detailed and incredible in person! I still have 2 weeks to wait before giving it to her and I am REALLY IMPATIENT!! lol!

Yarni Gras! said...

blogger has turned into a pain...I moved to wordpress but haven't had the time to figure out much but the actual posting.
I love your pet quilts...and the apron totally rocks!

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

You look so happy in your ruffled apron! Y'all did a great job on your swaps. And I love the pet portrait...very special.