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Friday, March 27, 2009

Quilty Sayings



A Lifetime's not too long to live as friends and a quilt is not too small to sew them in!
A quilt is something you make to keep someone you love ... WARM!
A Quilt Will Warm Your Body and Comfort Your Soul

A creative mess is better than tidy idleness
A day hemmed in prayer seldom unravels
A family stitched together with love, seldom unravels.
A family is a patchwork of LOVE.
A yard a day keeps the blues away.
A fat quarter is not a body part
A quilt is something you make to keep someone you love...Warm!
A Stitch in Time saves Nine
A messy house is the sign of a happy quilter
A fat quarter has fewer calories than a hot fudge sundae!
A good friend is like a warm quilt wrapped around the heart.
A family is a patchwork of Love .
A family is quilted and bound with love and grace.
A family is pieced together with hope and faith.
Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else.
And the quilt tells a story and the story is our past.
Any day spent sewing, is a good day!
Anytime is stitchin' time.
As ye Sew, sew Shall Ye Rip
Asking a seamstress to mend, is like asking Picasso to paint your garage!
Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.
Behind every sewer is a huge pile of fabric.
Blessed are the piecemakers, for they shall quilt forever!
Blessed are the children of quilters, for they shall inherit the quilts.
Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing...the days pass quickly when I am sewing!
Caution: Enter this Sewing Room at your own Risk
Count your blessings, stitch them one by one.
Creative minds are rarely tidy
Creative Clutter is better than Idle Neatness
Don't Needle the Seamstress!

Dull Women have Immaculate Homes
Fabricologist Resource Center"...now does that sound more impressive than "fabric stash" ?
Families are stitched together with memories
Families are like quilts, stitched together one piece at a time
Family ties are precious threads no matter where we roam.
Family (Friends) are tied with heartstrings.
Family and friends make a house a home and with a quilt of friends, it will never be cold.
Friendship is sewn with Love and Measured by Kindness
Friendships are sewn one stitch at a time.
From my hands --- to your heart!
God put me on this earth to sew and finish a certain number of things. I am so far behind now I will never die!
Good friends are like Quilts. They age with you, yet never lose their warmth.
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to sew we go!
Hubby calls me his "sew & sew"
Hug Your Sewing Machine
I love sewing and have plenty of material witnesses.
I feed my soul...by the stitches I sew
I got a sewing machine for my husband! Good trade, huh?
I Think Sew!
I love quilting and have plenty of material witnesses.
I'm a quilter and my house is in pieces
I'm in therapy and SEWING is cheaper than a psychiatrist.
I'm creative - you can't expect me to be neat too!
I'm in therapy and quilting is cheaper than a psychiatrist.
If I stitch fast enough does it count as an aerobic exercise?
If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
In the crazy quilt of life, I'm glad you're in my block of friends.
It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
Itching To Be Stitching
LOST: Husband, dog, and sewing machine. Reward offered for sewing machine!
Love is the thread that binds us together.
Love, Laughter, and Friends are always welcome here.
Love is the thread that binds us.
May your sorrows be patched and your joys be quilted
May your bobbin always be full!
Memories are stitched with love.
My Friendship Quilt.
My husband lets me buy all the fabric I can hide!
My soul is fed with needle and thread.
My Husband is a Human Pincushion!
My husband said if I buy any more fabric he would leave me ---I'll miss him!
Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
No one is listening until you make a mistake.
Old Quilters never die ... they just go to pieces!
Old seamstresses never go crazy, they just stay on pins and needles!!
One quilting project, like one cookie, is never enough!
Our Patchwork of Friends.
People that are organized are just too lazy to get up and look for it!
Pray for Pieces!
Quilters never cut corners.
Quilters never grow old, they just go to pieces.
Quilting fills my days, not to mention the living room, bedroom and closets.
Quilting with a friend will keep you in stitches.
Quilts made with love age with time, but never lose their warmth.
Quilts are like friends - a great source of comfort.
Ready.....set.....SEW!
Sew Much Fabric, Sew Little Time!
Sew on to success!
Sewing forever, housework whenever!
Share the Love of Sewing!
She who dies with the most fabric wasted a lot of time!
She who dies with the most fabric.....wins!
Slow Moving Seamstress: Fast Moving Thread & Needle!
So much fabric, so little time
Stash Management Flunkie
Stitch your stress away.
The love of sewing is our common thread.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a leaky tire.
They draw us close to those we love and pull our hearts toward home.
Touch these scissors and die!
Warning: This Vehicle Stops at all Fabric Shops
When life throws you scraps, make a quilt
When life gives you scraps....stitch quilts.
When I learned How to quilt... I forgot how to cook!
When life gives you scraps, make quilts
Will work for FABRIC!
You may admire my dust, but please don't write in it!
You are sew special!
You know you are drinking to much coffee when you can thread a sewing machine while it's running!
You're SEW SPECIAL!


Here is a Wonderful LINK to many quilt block patterns: http://www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore.html

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Alice in Wonderland CAKES



Birthdays are fast approaching our household. My birthday comes on May 1st, which has me thinking I should do a little research to find out what MAY DAY (a lost celebration tradition) used to be all about. I know there is something to do with a May Pole and girls in fancy dresses. -- Another blog will be coming soon.



But, down a rabbit hole I have travelled and need to get back on my path -- birthdays coming up. My name is Alice. I hope you have put my blog name, WonderlandShoppe together and also my many references over the past few months.



One of my favorite places to explore online is Flickr.com. I am also always looking to see how people invision Alice in Wonderland and stumbled upon some beautiful cakes. It is impressive to see the details put into each design.



As you can tell, I am one of those viewers of the food network and watch the cake competitions with the special themes. Also, another love is the Ace of Cakes show. The dialogue can get a bit repetitive, but watching the construction and strain the competitors go through is truly amazing. They are on another level of creativity that I have not quite obtained -- being 3D in their art.



Enjoy these sugary creations and know that you ARE NOT putting on calories -- at least I don't believe I am!!!

Easter Bunny Quilt


Easter Bunny Quilt, originally uploaded by SkookyD.

I found this adorable bunny quilt photo on flickr.com and am so tempted to get to work on one for my very own. I think it is simply delightful! Another inspiring project -- people who share are so wonderful!!!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Wonderful Fairy Tale Photos





Pictures made by Annie Leibovitz for the Walt Disney parks campaign Year Of A Million Dreams.






My daughter, Savannah Rose loves fairy tales. I believe she has checked out nearly every book from the Donelson Library in Nashville, TN. She has high functioning autism and this is her special area of interest along with art and dolls/dollhouses.



These advertising photo works are beautifully done and blend so well with the classical animation stories created by Disney. I could not resist to include them for all to view.



Friday, March 20, 2009

Beautiful Coloring Pages for Embroidery



I discovered these beautiful coloring pages that could be incorporated into embroidery needlework and thought you might enjoy exploring them:

http://www.hugolescargot.com/coloriages-animaux-nature/coloriage-fruits-legumes.htm?

and

http://www.hugolescargot.com/coloriages-alphabet/coloriage-alphabet-fees.htm

These are just a couple of pages, but there are tons more tabs to check out.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

When a photograph is not just a photograph...‏











Someone sent me these photos and a few more, but I thought they were very artsy expressive and even humorous.

Hope you are seeing things just as beautiful!

Rubber Stamp Inspirations



I am always looking for new patterns to turn into hand embroidery pieces. I know that coloring books can be used. I also have looked into stained glass patterns online and found a wonderful amount of things I can use.


Right now I have a good size shoe box with print outs of my future works.



Just playing on the computer tonight, I came up with the idea to look into another craft many creative minds are into these days -- rubber stamping. My mind is a whirl with new things to stitch!




The light box will be on my table to trace my new patterns starting tomorrow morning. (No, I can't bring myself to pack it away yet. It will probably ride along with me in the van while following the moving truck.)

One thing I found that I thought was just a hoot and want to share with you here. Hope it makes you snicker grin.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"Sewing Bin" -- Clark's Metal Tin

This is my "sweet" little purchase over the weekend from Hancock Fabrics in Murfreesboro, TN -- I even got a matching one for my daughter, Savannah Rose. She loves dolls and is also wanting to learn how to embroidery.

Aunt Grace Log Cabin Quilt Block

I finished 12 quilt blocks using Aunt Grace Fabrics. Each block measures 19 inches square.

Embroidery Border Aunt Grace Block

I am working on hand embroidery borders to piece the Aunt Grace quilt together. This is going to take some time!! Sewing is helping to calm my nerves as we prepare to move from Nashville, TN to Great Falls, MT in 3 weeks.

Victorian Art Print -- Rudolf Eichstaedt

This reminds me of Pride and Prejudice. Could this be Wickham?

Actually, this is the work of a German Artist named, Rudolf Eichstaedt.

The piece is titled, "Heimkehr" -- meaning Homecoming.

There is a copyright date of 1807 (the "0" may be something else but is hard to read). Where is my magnifying glass when needed?

I would love to find more information on this artist, his work, available prints.

I came by this print from a former employer who was moving and let his staff pick from items his family was leaving behind. This was the only thing I wanted. It is totally beautiful and has been matted and framed and is much larger with more background scene than photographed here.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Irish Blessings





Here is a beautiful stained glass pattern for the Irish Clauddagh found at the following website link: http://chantalstainedglass.50megs.com/2claddagh.html



This particular legend takes place in the village of Claddagh in Galway, Ireland, around the 16th century. One morning, a boat went out to sea and was captured by pirates, and the crew was taken as slaves. One man of the crew, who was to have been married within the week, now had no hope of seeing his true love again. The pirates eventually sold the man to a wealthy Moorish gold-smith, under whose rule the man became a master goldsmith. Still remembering his lost love, the man created a ring for her. The elements of the design each had its own meaning—the heart symbolizing love, the hands holding the heart symbolizing friendship, and the crown symbolizing loyalty. After many long years of slavery, the man finally returned to his village, looking for his true love. To his overwhelming happiness, he not only found her, but also found that she had never married. The man gave her the ring, the two were soon married, and they were never parted again.

Desiderata -- Attitude is Everything!


Desiderata
written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s --

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Then there is the belief that ATTITUDE is everything.

Stunning Striped Icebergs

Amazing striped icebergs!



Icebergs in the Antarctic area sometimes have stripes, formed by
layers of snow that react to different conditions.

Blue stripes are often created when a crevice in the ice sheet fills up with meltwater and freezes so quickly that no bubbles form.

When an iceberg falls into the sea, a layer of salty seawater can
freeze to the underside. If this is rich in algae, it can form a
green stripe.


Brown, black and yellow lines are caused by sediment, picked up
when the ice sheet grinds downhill towards the sea.





Is this amazing
Antarctica Frozen Wave Pixs - Nature is amazing!
The water froze the instant the wave broke through the
ice. That's what it is like in Antarctica where it is the
coldest weather in decades. Water freezes the instant
it comes in contact with the air. The temperature of the
water is already some degrees below freezing.

Just look at how the wave froze in mid-air!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Gonna Be A Bear



In this life I'm a woman. In my next life, I'd Like to come back as a bear. When your a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for six months. I could deal with that.

Before you hibernate, your suppose to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that too.

When your a girl bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while your sleeping and wake up to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs. I could definately deal with that.

If your a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. you swat away anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. I could deal with that.

If your a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to wake up growling. He EXPECTS that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat.

YUP, GONNA BE A BEAR