Monday, August 10, 2015

Vintage Patchwork

 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14

Good Monday morning!!! its going to be a crazy week this week but I am looking forward to all the adventures it brings! God is so good! This week  the sweet gals over at Quilt Story have their Fabric Tuesday so I want to play along with them, go check out the amazing gals and what they share!  I also came across a new blog this week, Cooking up quilts, and she has a Main crush Mondays gathering and it looks like fun! you can talk about and share what you have a crush on for that week, my crush this week is this vintage patchwork quilt top I made, loving the strawberries, florals, aquas, reds and polka dots I added in... just grabbed some of my favorite fabrics and started cutting 5" squares :) simple but a classic and I love it. Hoping I baste the backing this week!





Here is my son holding the quilt for me, it was pretty breezy this day....

laughing at this picture! totally cracks me up! Zach is such a good sport  ;)


Been taking on some orders lately too, I have met some of the nicest people with my orders and its been thru word of mouth is why my little business is growing, I mainly sell thru my facebook page Blessings and Blossoms but would love to start having everything go thru my Blessings and Blossoms  etsy shop and build up my sales there.
here are some of my more recent orders, been doing a ton of my cardholders :)







 have a great week! hugs!


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WIP Wednesdays and Lando


"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" Eph 2:10 NIV

My friend and sister in Christ, Claudia shared that verse with me yesterday and I thought it would be a great verse to share today :) If we have our faith in Jesus, we should want to do good works, not that works will save us, because our faith in Jesus Christ saves us but we should show love to others  :) 

anyways... back to blogging! again.. I have missed it so trying to get back on a routine and I thought what a better way was to jump back in and do some linky parties that I used to play in!  Today, Lee over at Freshly Pieced has a WIP (works in progress) Wednesdays I have followed her blog for a few years now and I miss doing her WIP Wednesdays, so today I am sharing my WIP, Its a quilt I recently started, using the Moda Bake Shop tutorial Fancy: A jelly Roll lap quilt, that was made by Keera over at Live Love Sew, I am totally copying her fabric and everything :) I just love her patterns and tutorials :)  so here is what I have done so far... still lots to do but its a start right? 


Can't wait to finish this quilt... I really like the Happy Go Lucky line and have been hoarding the jelly roll for quite some time :) Go check out the other beautiful projects the gals are working on!

also yesterday, I went to Flagstaff to go ride the (possible) new horse,  Lando!  it went well and I am really excited to keep going there to see if he and I will work well together :) that ride gave me a spark back that I haven't had too much since Speedy died.  :) I get so emotional that I actually have the chance to adopt Lando, what is so special is that Lando is Speedys son! amazing how God works :) isn't Lando beautiful? 


He has such soft eyes :)


Jim surprised me with an Ipad Air when I got home too!!!!!! so I best pick out some fabric to make a new Ipad case!


Sunday, July 12, 2015

the happenings....

 Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in Him  Proverbs 30:5

hello blog... hello world! well... really,  hello to those couple of sweet people that read my blog! ;)  

yes its been over 6 months since I posted but we aren't going to talk about that ha!  but dang I miss my blog! I do love instagram but still like the more personal feel of a blog. I keep up more on facebook just because I can see everyone there and keep family and friends updated but again, miss my blog always.

sooo lots of going ons.... lets see....
family, doing some garden, loss of dogs :( dang its been a hard year last year of losing animals :(  and took in another puppy, yes we are up to 4 dogs! love animals!!!  also might be getting a new horse soon!!! I will post another post about Lando the horse, its an amazing story though how God is blessing me!  After Speedy died, I just didn't function well... I know so many people will think its just a horse but he was seriously my best friend in animal form :) he helped me function daily and was so good for me, kept me going in ways that were needed weekly. It took a huge toll on me when I lost him. I am getting better though, I still cry over him, I still get mad at times but just focusing on the good memories that God gave me with him has been helpful. 

also stopped taking sewing orders a few months ago, needed to breathe and get my house back in shape, revamp my craft room because you could seriously not even walk in there, yikes it was so bad. its not a ton better now but tons of improvements and getting there...just more slowly than I hoped ;) did a bit of sewing for me, felt a bit selfish but gosh it felt so good...really want to get those quilts finished for me and my family and some home decor items for our home. Started a couple new quilts too and have been buying fabric!  which is always so much fun! but kind of goes back to why my craft studio is such a mess... keep buying and not enough sewing going on! OOOH! something else I almost forgot... I am doing my first real craft boutique in Dec!!! yikes! super excited and nervous but very much looking forward to it also  :) 

I have so many pictures to share but since I can't share them all today I will add this one of my beautiful sunflowers that I planted in my garden :) some of them reached 12ft!!! aren't they beautiful? it was my first time also harvesting the seeds and roasting them!  
hugs!


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!