If you have followed my blog for any amount of time you know that I love blog parties of all kinds! I am a "people" person and love to be where people are! When Vicki of 2 Bags Full put out the word that she was going to host a virtual worldwide blog party, I could not pass it up! She has asked us to tell a little bit about ourselves so the readers coming through can get to know us a little better.
So, welcome to my blog one and all... current readers and new readers alike! I hope I do not bore you.. I really don't like to talk about myself much.. I would rather talk about quilting and my children and grandchildren. :)
Where do I start? I am originally from Alabama, growing up in the Northwest corner and living there the first 42 years of my life. In 2003 I moved to North Carolina and married a tobacco farmer! This is us sitting in the Atlantic Ocean down in San Blas, Mexico!
I think I will tell you a little bit about this trip. We use workers from Mexico to help us with the crop, getting them in through the H2A program. They get a green card and come in on buses and once the crop is finished they go back home until the next season. Guadalupe has been helping on our farm for several years and one year he asked us to come visit him and his family. So we decided we would. BUT, I do not fly!! We drove all the way down to Nayarit, Mexico in our truck!! YES, we did! Guadalupe came to the border to meet us so we would not have to drive in alone... at the begging of my niece and the insurance agent at the border... yes, we had it in our heads to brave it alone at first! We are so glad that we did not! There were several military check points to go through... which was scary as heck!! And Guadalupe had to pay the cops off once because he did not have his seat belt on! And to top it all off we had a flat tire about halfway to his house... which by the way was 14 hours past the US border!! It was at least on a very good road that had a large shoulder so it was not dangerous!! We made it to his house and I could not speak a word of Spanish and his wife could speak not a word of English so needless to say, the trip was not what it could have been. The best time I had was the day Guadalupe took Butch and I to San Blas for the day. We walked in the ocean and ate a coconut that Guadalupe knocked out of a tree. There were workers there cleaning up from a hurricane so he borrowed one of their machetes to crack it open with. It was so yummy!.. or maybe I was just so hungry! We had planned to stay 2 weeks but after 5 days I was ready for American soil and American cooking! Guadalupe rode back to the border with us and we were ever so grateful! One military check point actually found us getting the truck searched from front grill to back bumper!!! I told my hubby that if we had gone in alone, we would have never made it out! We would most likely still be in a prison some where! You have no idea just how truly blessed you are until you go to another country sometimes! It was a trip of a lifetime, but I do not desire to go back!
I have traveled more since I married my hubby than I had ever before. I am thankful to him for showing me a little bit about the world we live in. You live in a place all of your life and hardly venture out anywhere and you think the whole world does things just like you all do where you live. That is so NOT the case. It was a true eye opener when I moved away from my home state of Alabama! It has been one huge learning experience for sure!
Helping Debbie replenish her sewing supplies through all of the bloggers and quilters sending things made it possible for me to see Oklahoma this year and I saw my very first road runner!!! He is so darn cute!
My favorite place to visit is Sanibel Island in Florida! Our 10th wedding anniversary is coming up in February and we have planned a trip to the island to celebrate. We may wait until this winter so we can spend as much time as we want to once there. Right now it is getting time to start turning soil for this years crop!
I am a professional longarm quilter and own a website that offers supplies to crazy quilters and traditional quilters alike! I am happiest when I am in my "zone". That "zone", being lost in thought as I create on a quilt! I hand quilted up until 2006 when carpal tunnel had other plans for me. So now I quilt on a longarm and still enjoy the process... but maybe not quite as much as I did hand quilting. There is nothing in the world like that!
My granny Ida taught me to hand quilt. We had quilting parties down home and when she and I quilted together you could not tell who quilted where on a quilt. This is my Granny Ida. Don't let her small body fool you... she was a spirited little lady! I am sitting here hand quilting while she looks on to make sure I do it right. lol
5 years ago I was introduced to crazy quilting! I had never desired to learn this art but at the pushing of my friend Nicki I finally gave in and tried it!! HOOKED!! Yep, hook, line, and sinker!!! These are a few of the pieces I have created!
I also knit a little, have crocheted but it hurts my elbow, have sewn soft bodied dolls such as these reindeer and this doll...
and I love to dabble in small projects when my friends and I have sew ins... like this pincushion... I made him as a gift for my friend Nicki.
And this pincushion that I made for my friend Christine..
The thing I like to do most is cuddle with my hubby on the couch in the evenings and watch The Mentalist, NCIS, and Law and Order! Our home has many windows so it is not uncommon to watch the sun go down in the evenings to a site as beautiful as this... right off our deck!
I will close with these beautiful sunsets! And for one lucky visitor I will be giving away this heart shaped batter bowl with 2 red fingertip towels... just in time to receive them for Valentine's day so you can make your sweetie some pancakes on Valentine's morning!
No hoops to jump through and everyone is eligible to win as long as you leave me a way to contact you should you win! Just leave me a comment to get your name in the hat!
Winner will be announced on February 1st!
Thanks for visiting my blog!