Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2015

 well I think every year I have done a blog post that I was going to start up my blog again...hehe! yes lame I know when I haven't kept it up, but hey, might as well not break the tradition, right? lets try to get it going again!
2014 was a year filled with crazy busyness, hubby had lots and lots of vacation to use or lose and although its nice for him to be home, my time is just not my time and I have been needing my routine.  I have been selling a lot of my sewn items, which has been a lot of fun and I have met the nicest people and have been blessed with the little extra income and such so I was pretty wrapped up in that. Oct was very hard , I lost my best friend, Speedy :( one of the hardest times in my life for sure.  He knew all my secrets and taught me so much about everything. Not a day goes by that I don't cry for him. I miss him terribly :( I thank God that I have so many wonderful memories with him though and am so blessed he was in my life.

I have so many so many sewing projects I have made and would love to get them on this blog and also share with you but instead of putting 297 pictures on this post, I will just share as I go along :)

Overall 2014 was good and I am totally blessed but I am eager to do 2015 a bit different, Lord willing :) my goal is to get back to my quilting, yes I said that last year and didn't make one quilt :( took on one too many orders BUT I am learning to pace myself and will do it this year! hold me accountable okay? Also joined project leasa so sew from our stash! what a concept huh?!! hehe! anyways I have a huge stash so this should be easy :) join in if you want!

I have to share my latest apron I made, I picked out fabrics for one for me and happened to show them to a friend and she has been amazing so I made her one to match, well hers is completed, mine is almost done :)
I love all cherry/strawberry and heck even apple fabrics and have been hoarding this aqua cherry fabric forever! the Pam Kitty fabric gingham and text are two of my all time favorites for sure!




I also preordered this quilt kit quilt along from Fat Quarter Shop
I am nervous as heck to do it but its totally me and I had to have it! what is also amazing is the donations that will be made to St. Judes Childrens Research :)


okay...well I am leaving it at this... hugs and find the blessings in everything!
oh and I forgot to mention my new word for this year, its BECOME :) lots of meaning behind this word. 
hugs!


Monday, December 1, 2014

'Tis The Season Blog hop

 


yay! I get to be in Di's Country INKers blog hop again! things get busy and its been hard to participate every month but when I have been able to participate, its been a lot of fun!  This months theme is Christmas or winter and isn't Barbs graphics, pretty?!! yes, I think so too!
One of my favorite things to make with Stampin Up! products is packaging, my first love  doing anything creative was scrapbooking and I do love to make cards but now that I sew a lot, I love to find cute ways to make packaging for my items that I sew or gifts I want to give. They say its all about the packaging, right? ;)

first off, I have to say that I am in LOVE with this ribbon


I knew right away that I was going to do my packaging themed around this ribbon
so this is what I have come up with


I also like to think of easy gift giving too,  I love buying mugs and filling them with sewn items, lotions, etc. Just tie up a ribbon around the handle and it can look quite festive!

or, how about these fun Gift Card Enclosure packs? They are prescored and precut to hold a gift card. Again, tie around a big chunky ribbon and viola!



okay and last but definitely not least, I am loving these mini muslin bags

aren't they so cute? you can do so many creative ideas with them! I pulled out the original tie string and inserted the big chunky ribbon thru it, it was a bit tight BUT what a statement it makes. 

on the other bag, I took the sponge daubers and some ink and stamped the mini muslin bags. Wouldn't it be fun to fit certain SU! goodies in these bags? they hold some ribbons, the twines, smaller punches and tons of other items!

a while back I did a blog hop with Di's Country INKers and it was using the Big Shot, here on this blog post

I sure had a lot of fun doing these projects, and there is quite the line up of gals participating this month so go check them out, they are so darn creative!

as always, if you should ever want/need a new Stampin Up! demonstrator to order you any items that you see here or any other great product that Stampin Up! offers, message me!
or you can go shopping on your own!  here is my Stampin Up! store to go shopping!

go here next to see Diana's blog


and here is the line up of the other gals in case things get wonky and don't work!


Diana -                  http://www.stampingwithdi.com
Barb -                    http://www.beelinestamping.com
Kathya                  http://www.stampwithkathya.com
Lucy -                    http://www.lucyintheskyblog.com
Mary -                   http://www.doggandponyshow.blogspot.com
Crystal                  http://www.stampinonroodfarm.blogspot.com
Connie                  http://www.texasschoolmarm.com
Leslie                     http://www.blessingsandblossoms.blogspot.com (you are here)







Sunday, August 10, 2014

Pets on Quilts Show 2014



okay so I am so excited to be finally participating in this years  Pets on Quilts Show 2014 taking place over at Lily Pad Quilting
Let me introduce you to Speedy

Isn't he beautiful?  and look at that sweet face! Speedy is my dream come true and my dream guy :) 
here is Speedy and I on one of our morning walks


A lot was going on last year and  I was too late making it happen to participate but I wanted to really remember to do it this year with Speedy, thanks to my sweet friend Dana helping me out!  This year was especially important for me to be a part of it, see, 4 months ago, I had a tumble off Speedy (which is not normal for him to freak out but something wasn't right with him)  and from that point on, the road went downhill for him, he started getting sick, with a bunch of tests later  Speedy was diagnosed with Lymphoma (cancer)   :(   Right now he is doing good, he is holding his weight, he still acts naughty at times, which is a good sign for him! ha!  but its been so hot here in AZ to be able to work him and see what he is capable of, we got for walks and such though and he has been more loveable more than normal ;) which I like!

anyways, we brought Speedy out to the front yard and  he was quite the gentleman and putting up with us taking pictures and laying quilts on him. So hard to choose a favorite, geez I took so many! but thinking I narrowed it down to this picture :)

here are some others...(don't worry, I wont share them ALL!)


patiently waiting for us to be done! 

Here he is looking at me like "are we done yet?"

and no worries...Speedy was paid for his time and patience with lots of love and horse cookies :)

thanks for playing along and go check out the other quilters pictures with their amazing animals over at Lily Pad Quilting!
love of love from Leslie and Speedy 
"other animal on quilt category"





Friday, August 1, 2014

The Big Shot Blog Hop





So a bunch of us gals from Di's Country Inkers are doing a blog hop to share some  fun projects using Stampin Up! (SU!) items.  I decided to share a packaging idea and a tag to go with it, I do a lot of sewing and need cute packaging and SU! has the best products out there to create cute anything and they help me to never run out of ideas :)
This month SU! has a great Big Shot deal happening.


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Using some felt and  the Flower Spiral Bigz Die  I created a easy flower that has a lot of texture, I LOVE the look of this! anyways, just some cute packaging and just a couple of the SU products, your packaging can become the cutest out there!
some of the other items I used are

Flower Pot Designer Series Paper

Tag Topper Scallop Punch

Pool Part Classic Ink Pad

and I found the cute strawberry baskets on Etsy a few months ago.

if you ever felt like becoming a demonstrator to get those amazing benefits and to have a job you love OR to order some fun new products, shoot me an email at lesliejlz@gmail.com or leave me a message in the comment section and I will get back to you!

anyways, go visit what the other ladies are sharing! Click on the "next" button below and check out what Crystal has to share! go give all the ladies some love!



ps...some major sewing has been going on over here, so much to share!
hugs!  


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Speedy, my horse and missing things in my life




this is one of my horses named Speedy, most of you know I call him my dream come true, my dream guy :)
Speedy has been sick for a few months now off and on, we finally received a diagnosis that he has lymphoma :( I was devastated after finding out this horrible news but making the most of my time with him, I haven't been able to go out riding him since I had my tumble off him right around the time he was sick and since  he has been more spooky and he isn't seeing correctly out of his right eye so just seeing how he does before I jump back on. If you believe in praying for animals (I do! God provided us with them!)  please pray for Speedy :)
so now onto the topic of what I miss....
I miss...posting on my blog,  drooling over others blogs, being on Pinterest every morning with my coffee and sewing quilts....changing a bunch of areas in my life to make all this happen again! see ya around!!!!!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Stampin Up Blog Hop


 again, its been forever! I said I was going to do better blogging but I didn't keep it up! well I have some Stampin Up friends that are giving me the push to blog since they are doing a blog hop! yay, how fun, right?!!
remember paper crafting? yes my first love BEFORE sewing/quilting? well, my good friend Di, from Di's Country Inkers and  friends are doing it, so play along and jump from each of our blogs and check out what we created, this months theme for the blog hop is April Fools Day, for me that is a hard one to come up with! I have a sense of humor and can laugh with the best of them BUT coming up with something funny doesn't always come quick or easy to me...
so for my card, I was inspired by this funny...

and I came up with this

(ignore that little smudge, not sure how it got there)

used the wacky arrow paper also to keep it fun and the inside just says "April Fools!"

so I don't know if  you "get it" but by showing you my inspiration card that I saw, I am hoping you will now! ha!

anyways, yes I am a Stampin Up Demonstrator! I love it, joined at first just for the perks but meeting so many fun and inspiring people and hoping for my Stampin Up business to grow!

Thank you for taking a peek and don't forget to check out the other ladies!
(hoped I linked them in the right order, but if I didn't, check them all out!)





look for more posts coming up soon, I have so many sewing items to share also! 
hugs!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

some "small project" sewing and "show and tell Tuesday"

              Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. John 14:1

I am missing sewing on my quilts! last year I started sewing more small projects to have that instant gratification of completing something in between quilts, I started getting small orders about 6 months ago and haven't worked on a quilt since them, but my focus is going to be my quilting this year after I get my craft room done but still wanted to share this apron and the zip pouch with the matching card holder. I LOOOOVE this Riley Blake Sidewalk line, I have done aprons, zip pouches, card holders and kitchen towels with this line and I still want to buy more!



 had to share my cute little labels, I bought them from MommieMadeIt on Etsy


I sew and sell so many projects with the coral chevron and especially if I add the aqua to it, love that combo together, I keep thinking I have had enough of it but then find myself reaching for it again!