April 7, 2014

Tatted Totes For Breast Cancer

I was visiting Barb's blog over at Bejeweled Quilts by Barb  and she had a post showcasing Tatted Totes for Breast Cancer.  You can read about the totes on MJ's blog and read about her personal story of survival.  I plan to make some totes to send to MJ and I hope my readers who can, will follow suit. :)

April 3, 2014

Flags On A Stick Blog Hop - Last Day! -- My Day!

We have been having a blast flying our flags for the last week or so and today it all comes to an end.  There have been so many inspiring flag designs shown that my inspiration file is overflowing!

Our sponsors for the hop include...

Flags On A Stick is on board as one of our sponsors and they have some amazing flags!  Visit their website to see the variety!  The owner of Flags On A Stick has put a bug in Madame Samm's ear that if one of the flags that are made stands out and is spectacular, she will submit the design to her flag manufacturing company and it could be produced and sold on the market!!!  How cool is that!

The owner over at Flag-Outlet.com sent Madame Samm 8 flag poles to send to some lucky recipients ahead of the hop and I was one of the lucky 8!  My pole has a horse finial and I am creating my flag for a very good friend of mine!  Thank you Flag Outlet for my special gift! You will have to visit all of the bloggers during the hop to see who the other 7 lucky people were!  I don't even know myself!

A huge THANK YOU! to Madame Samm for all of her creative ideas to keep us hopping! And thank you for entrusting the hop to me to organize. I have had a blast working with these bloggers! :)

 You can find the entire schedule here

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Now for my flags that you have all waited so patiently to see.  I was originally to be on day 1 but I was out of town unexpectedly so I was able to move to the last day.  I was one of the 8 lucky recipients that received a flag pole from Flag-Outlet.com. I would like to thank them wholeheartedly for such a fantastic gift!

I was originally supposed to receive a hummingbird flag pole but addresses got mixed up and someone else received it and I received a horse.  No matter... my friend Marie loves horses... has one, and rides every day that she can.  And her birthday was March 30 to boot so it was going to make for a wonderful surprise birthday gift for her.  It is funny how things just seem to work out for the best all the way around. :)

This is the flag that I made for Marie... I cropped it a little large so you could see her horse in the photo as well.  I didn't realize I had photographed the horse until I downloaded the camera.


Close up

I google searched for horse silhouettes and found this fabulous horse head. After tracing the outline on to wonder under,  I ironed the wonder under to the black fabric and cut the horse head out, including all of the snippets inside the horse head itself.  I love how the background fabric shines through these snippets.  The background is a beautiful batik and the horse is black Kona solid.  Inside, I added a layer of the fusible fleece that we use in the Tammy Bags to make it hang good and be a little stout.

I presented this to Marie on Monday and she loved it.  But then again, I knew she would.

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Now for my flag... to call my very own... I bought these fabrics back in 2009 when I went to a quilting retreat called Circle Of Friends in New Hampshire.  They have laid dormant in my sewing room waiting for just the right time to use them.  Now was the time.

My flag.... amongst the buttercups... Yep, it is a pig..   Doesn't he look as happy as a little pig in the mud... dancing around with his umbrella.  I found this image doing a search for pig silhouettes and I added the words Be Happy to the bottom.  We all need to be happy.  Life is too short for anything else. :)

I went over to our local Ace Hardware and bought this flag pole.  It is perfect for my flag.


Close up



I made my flag the same way I made Marie's.  I love this ticking fabric and if you look close enough, you will see hearts in between the pinstripes.  The black in my flag is a black batik with hints of a beautiful dark blue in it.

The flag will be displayed by the front porch when we are expecting guests.  I will keep it out of the elements in between times.  There isn't anything blooming yet but you can see the hostas are coming up already. I think the flag looks right at home with our little pig friend who sits on top of the porch steps. :)


Now that you have seen my flags, there are more beautiful bloggers waiting for you to come visit them to see their creations!  Be sure and visit each one because you never know just when you might be inspired to make the same thing!  Be sure and leave some comment love along the way. :)




Thank you for visiting my blog today!!

April 2, 2014

Flags On A Stick Shout Out

Since I am posting my flags tomorrow morning I wanted to do this post tonight.  I hope you all have been following along with the Flags On A Stick Blog Hop!  If you haven't, please scroll back through my blog for the days that have already passed.

You are in for some inspiring flag creations such as this one made by Carolyn!


Flags On A Stick Blog Hop Day 7!

If you aren't following along with the Flags On A Stick Blog Hop, you are missing out!  Check back through my blog for the days that have already passed you by. 

 This awesome flag was flown by Carla yesterday! 
Her hubby even got on board and made her flag pole!



Now we are on to day 7!

Grab a cup of coffee, relax and enjoy! 

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Our sponsors for the hop include...

Flags On A Stick is on board as one of our sponsors and they have some amazing flags!  Visit their website to see the variety!  The owner of Flags On A Stick has put a bug in Madame Samm's ear that if one of the flags that are made stands out and is spectacular, she will submit the design to her flag manufacturing company and it could be produced and sold on the market!!!  How cool is that!

The owner over at Flag-Outlet.com sent Madame Samm 8 flag poles to send to some lucky recipients ahead of the hop and I was one of the lucky 8!  My pole has a horse finial and I am creating my flag for a very good friend of mine!  Thank you Flag Outlet for my special gift! You will have to visit all of the bloggers during the hop to see who the other 7 lucky people were!  I don't even know myself!

A huge THANK YOU! to Madame Samm for all of her creative ideas to keep us hopping!

 You can find the entire schedule here

April 1, 2014

Flags On A Stick Blog Hop - Day 6!

If you aren't following along with the Flags On A Stick Blog Hop, you are missing out!  Check back through my blog for the days that have already passed you by. 

 This awesome prayer flag was flown by Vickie yesterday! 


Now we are on to day 6!

Grab a cup of coffee, relax and enjoy! 
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Our sponsors for the hop include...

Flags On A Stick is on board as one of our sponsors and they have some amazing flags!  Visit their website to see the variety!  The owner of Flags On A Stick has put a bug in Madame Samm's ear that if one of the flags that are made stands out and is spectacular, she will submit the design to her flag manufacturing company and it could be produced and sold on the market!!!  How cool is that!

The owner over at Flag-Outlet.com sent Madame Samm 8 flag poles to send to some lucky recipients ahead of the hop and I was one of the lucky 8!  My pole has a horse finial and I am creating my flag for a very good friend of mine!  Thank you Flag Outlet for my special gift! You will have to visit all of the bloggers during the hop to see who the other 7 lucky people were!  I don't even know myself!

A huge THANK YOU! to Madame Samm for all of her creative ideas to keep us hopping!

 You can find the entire schedule here

March 31, 2014

Flags On A Stick Blog Hop - Day 5!

If you aren't following along with the Flags On A Stick Blog Hop, you are missing out!  Check back through my blog for the days that have already passed you by. 

 This awesome flag was flown by Rhonda on Friday! 


Now we are on to day 5!

Grab a cup of coffee, relax and enjoy! 
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Our sponsors for the hop include...

Flags On A Stick is on board as one of our sponsors and they have some amazing flags!  Visit their website to see the variety!  The owner of Flags On A Stick has put a bug in Madame Samm's ear that if one of the flags that are made stands out and is spectacular, she will submit the design to her flag manufacturing company and it could be produced and sold on the market!!!  How cool is that!

The owner over at Flag-Outlet.com sent Madame Samm 8 flag poles to send to some lucky recipients ahead of the hop and I was one of the lucky 8!  My pole has a horse finial and I am creating my flag for a very good friend of mine!  Thank you Flag Outlet for my special gift! You will have to visit all of the bloggers during the hop to see who the other 7 lucky people were!  I don't even know myself!

A huge THANK YOU! to Madame Samm for all of her creative ideas to keep us hopping!

 You can find the entire schedule here

March 28, 2014

Flags On A Stick Blog Hop - Day 4!

If you aren't following along with the Flags On A Stick Blog Hop, you are missing out!  Check back through my blog for the days that have already passed you by. 

 This awesome flag was flown by Leah yesterday! 

Now we are on to day 3!
Grab a cup of coffee, relax and enjoy! 

Our sponsors for the hop include...

Flags On A Stick is on board as one of our sponsors and they have some amazing flags!  Visit their website to see the variety!  The owner of Flags On A Stick has put a bug in Madame Samm's ear that if one of the flags that are made stands out and is spectacular, she will submit the design to her flag manufacturing company and it could be produced and sold on the market!!!  How cool is that!

The owner over at Flag-Outlet.com sent Madame Samm 8 flag poles to send to some lucky recipients ahead of the hop and I was one of the lucky 8!  My pole has a horse finial and I am creating my flag for a very good friend of mine!  Thank you Flag Outlet for my special gift! You will have to visit all of the bloggers during the hop to see who the other 7 lucky people were!  I don't even know myself!

A huge THANK YOU! to Madame Samm for all of her creative ideas to keep us hopping!


 You can find the entire schedule here...

March 27, 2014

Flags On A Stick Blog Hop - Day 3!

Day 2 of our hop has come and gone and has left again, such inspiring creations!  If you missed the past couple of days, be sure to scroll down on my blog to view the links.  This unique flag was shown by Pat yesterday! 


Now we are on to day 3!
Grab a cup of coffee, relax and enjoy! 


Our sponsors for the hop include...
Flags On A Stick is on board as one of our sponsors and they have some amazing flags!  Visit their website to see the variety!  The owner of Flags On A Stick has put a bug in Madame Samm's ear that if one of the flags that are made stands out and is spectacular, she will submit the design to her flag manufacturing company and it could be produced and sold on the market!!!  How cool is that!

The owner over at Flag-Outlet.com sent Madame Samm 8 flag poles to send to some lucky recipients ahead of the hop and I was one of the lucky 8!  My pole has a horse finial and I am creating my flag for a very good friend of mine!  Thank you Flag Outlet for my special gift! You will have to visit all of the bloggers during the hop to see who the other 7 lucky people were!  I don't even know myself!

A huge THANK YOU! to Madame Samm for all of her creative ideas to keep us hopping!


 You can find the entire schedule here...