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




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!




Sunday, January 12, 2014

back to blogging!

 geez, I think I blogged 3 times last year? well enough of that... I miss blogging, a lot! I miss looking at blogs along my sidebar, the past 6 months I have hardly looked at any blogs, and between my favorite blogs and Pinterest, I need both in my life ;)

so whats new, with you few readers of mine? I have missed you! fill me in! with me, lets see....we got another horse!!! his name is Moose, so I have 4 now! Zach is in his 2nd semester of his Sophomore year! where does time go!!! I had my little etsy shop, Blessings and Blossoms  but never got too serious with it because I started my Facebook business page, Blessings and Blossoms and because I have the BEST customers and friends, the FB page has kept me sewing like a mad woman the last 6 months! so now that it is January, I am slowing down (again!), revamping my craft room with new paint on the walls and purging/organizing! took Jane (my Bernina sewing machine) into the shop for a tune up, just in case and I have been making enough to start my ASL private lessons again! super excited and very nervous about doing it!  I learned so much about myself in  the past 6 months while sewing for others, I work well under pressure, I can do more than I think I can, I can and need to say no sometimes (very hard one for me!) and its okay to take chances and fail but I can also take chances and succeed! Hoping to scrapbook more, I miss it the most maybe? but also making my quilts, I have been doing so many small sewing projects but making my quilts are going to really be a priority in my life, I recently emailed a friend if she knew of any quilt alongs I could start and after I sent it to her I just laughed and thought "geez, why not finish at least one of the 4 quilts you have started!" I might still start a new quilt while working on another that I already started.

well I told a couple of friends that I would blog this week, well I did it! (yay me! lol) and it is just as fun as I remembered!  need to add a few new blogs I love also! hugs, everyone!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Abundantly blessed!

   Commit to the lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3 

God is good :)  I have had many trials these past few years, who hasn't? some trials are bigger than others, some really seem so tiny compare to others, but nonetheless, they are still trials. One struggle in particular has been going on in my life for over 10 years. I haven't always been so trusting and faithful, I have had my doubts and worries. I know God is always there but in my weak moments, I haven't always relied solely on Jesus.  I have some very close friends that have had trials, some that I couldn't even imagine what they are going thru. Especially a certain family, the man is the most God honoring man I have ever met, a very close friend. Why does he go through some major struggles, I don't mean just a little struggle here and there, I mean one major struggle that has gone one for over 5 years, why? when he is so faithful to the Lord?  I do know that God has us go through things to help us grow and trust Him more and He always lets us know that He is always there for us. My friend knows Jesus, he has a deep relationship with Jesus, he serves God in everything he does. Yesterday I received a phone call from my friends wife and she wanted to share with me an answered prayer, a prayer that has been prayed for over a year, by numerous people. She was reminding me, even through all their struggles these past several years, that God is faithful, God is always there and gives us exactly what we need, when we need it. I needed to hear this, God is amazing how He works that way, He puts people in our lives to share personal stories with to even uplift us, to help us when we are struggling.  I have another friend that is going thru cancer, just recently found out. she also knows Jesus, I am hoping God will use me to help her, I pray that I can be a blessing to her. All this lately has been on my heart, I just want to be a blessing to people, I want my heart to be in the right place and if I commit to the Lord, everything will be fine.

anyways, I know I haven't blogged since Jan! yikes, that was not my intention!!! I know, I know Dana!I had plans, I had big plans, for blogging, quilting, sewing, etsy shop, my horse riding, my ASL, my this and that! (notice all the "my" "my" "my"? lol too many high set goals, of course life gets busy, struggles come and God has different plans for us and He makes us slow down when we need to, that is exactly what has happened to me, God pretty much said "if you don't put things into perspective, stop worrying/stressing, slow down and stop doing so much, I will slow you down!"  I will share more of that in another post...I am struggling with slowing down, I know God is making me, but at first, it was a struggle, I kept acting the same way but then it hits me and for health's sake, I must slow down, I must stop stressing, I must put things back into perspective. So this is where I am, I am going to keep life simple, I really have to watch my worrying/stressing and just trust in God about situations that are beyond my control. I am so blessed that I have some family that is there for me, some amazing friends and a church family.

so what is new with everyone that used to read my little blog? fill me in, let me know how you are, I know I haven't been the best about keeping up with blogs, which I really miss.Since people really don't check here anymore, since I never blog, not sure if anyone will see this post! ha!  Help keep me accountable, I am starting a new Bible study, I want to keep sewn items in my etsy/fb page and sew my quilts!
yes I have been sewing a little, just recently, I have bought fabric, and I have things I want to sew, so expect to see some projects being done!!! My fabric is organized and I am ready!  I am often home, being the recluse that I am, but just needed a kick in the face to get back on track :)
hugs!