Sunday, March 27, 2016


Last January, as I was preparing my second blogiversary giveaway, I had had a life changing experience.  On Jan. 25th, I had a brain aneurysm which lead to a Subarachnoid hemorrhage and I was treated at Cedar Sinai for a month.  I'm happy to say that the surgery was a success and now I'm recuperating at home.  I am blessed to be able to regain functions of my hands, arms and legs.  My speech is normal, may be a little slower, but I can talk normally.  I am still going through physical therapy twice a week at a hospital near by.  Even though my neurosurgeon cleared me and I don't have to see him for another three years, he said I still have to take it easy for awhile and SLOWLY ease back into my normal activities.  I guess 2016 is going to be a take it easy but exciting year.

In the past two months, I have felt the love that my friends, neighbors and the church members have for me.  Many friends brought food over and many more offered help of every kind.  They will pick me up if I want to go any where.  Some offered to come and sit with me so that I won't be alone.  Not that I'm alone, my dear husband is with me from the start.  He's not working right now because he turned down a job so that he could be with me in the past two months.  Many prayers were said on my behalf and God has heard them.  He has blessed me with many blessings and healed me in many ways.  Everyone was so shocked to see me walk and move around like nothing had happened to me.  Except the bald spot, and the incision, on my head, no one would know what I'd been through in the last two months.

Today is Easter and there is a reason to celebrate.  I know it's late in the day, but I find hope and happiness in Easter and my belief in Jesus Christ.  I know I'm a daughter of God and He LOVES me. 

I haven't sewn much in the past two months.  Before I went into the hospital, I was working on a baby quilt to gift a friend who had a baby girl.  It progresses slowly but I'll get it done.  The top is done, now I just have to quilt it.

My book came out right on the targeted date, March 15, 2016.  There will be a book review and awesome giveaway prizes starting from April 20th to April 30th.  I'll reveal more details when the time gets a bit closer.  I am very happy the way the book turned out.  The pictures are so beautiful, thanks to the editing team at the AQS.

I am so grateful for all of you who visit my blog and I wish you a Happy Easter.  I love the renewal and refreshing feelings that Spring and Easter brings.  That reminds me I have to get started in my garden, soon.  We have a very short spring and summer comes early around here.  Whatever your tradition or belief, I wish you and those you love, peace and happiness in all you days.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Blogiversary Giveaway Winner

Thank you everyone for joining me in this giveaway.  I know it's not much, but they are all my favorite things and I want to support my local quilt shop.  Since there were only 5 people who made comments, I put everyone's name on a piece of paper, folded them and put them in a box with lid.  I shook the box and opened the lid to draw a name and here it is.  Congratulations Zenia Rene !!  Please email me with your address.  Hope you enjoy your prize!
I hope you'll join me again in April when I have my book review.  I already got a big box of thread from Aurifil, five items from the Fat Quarter Shop.  There will be some scrumptious flannel fabric from Maywood Studio as well.

Have a great week!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Life's Unexpected Challenges and a Blogiversary Giveaway

As I was preparing to celebrate the 2nd Blogiversary of my blog on February 1st, I was presented with one of life's unexpected challenges.  I had to go in for an emergency surgery on January 25th.  I am glad to be able to say that the surgery was a success and I am now in recovery and will continue to be in recovery for the next few months.  

The giveaways are Red, Orange and Yellow Simply Colorful jelly rows from Vanessa Christenson of  V and CO, a Red Aurifil thread and a Portable LED lamp; all my favorite things.  I've been a long time admirer of Vanessa's beautiful works.  

To enter, please leave me a comment between March 1-14 to let me know how you follow me.  Following me is not required, but it would be fun to know whether you follow me by email or by Bloglovin'.  Due to shipping cost, I am limiting the prizes to be shipped within the US. only.  The giveaway will run from March 1-14 and is open to anyone 18 years or older. The winners will be announced Tuesday, March 15th!
When I first started blogging on February 1, 2014, I didn't think I'd last six months, but look, I'm in my third year.  I wouldn't say it was a smooth ride, but I've learned a lot in these past 2 years.  I've met so many nice people with the same interests.  I'm thankful for all the comments, advice and kind words that have been given here.  I started to come out of my shell and experienced what the quilting world has to offer.  I've only seen and touched a small part of it and am hoping to learn more and hopefully one day, will be able to contribute more.

And guess what, the fun continues.  In April, I will have big Giveaway for my book promotion and there will be much more prizes.  Can't wait........  :)

Have a great day and Happy Sewing/Blogging