thanx Mom!

Hamels Quilting Store came out with these gorgeous Moda Chocolat bags. Mom picked up one for each of us the other day. I stopped by Hamels today and sorry to say, the bags are sold out! love mine, its huge inside and there is even a cosmetic bag that rolls up on the side

pictures borrowed from the Hamels website

card friday

fun at the zoo

braved the heat today and went to the zoo. was a very fun day

can i join your tour?
3yr old brown bear

check out her claws!

tempting tuesday!

comment on THIS post and get the chance to win YOUR choice of any of the cards i posted in the month of August(that i made)

good luck!!

winning number is 3-Janet that's you! email me your details and which card and i'll get it off to you.

quilt monday

hot off the presses, i quilted this on Saturday. it's a gift for friends of ours. quilted with Raindrops by Norma Sharp

jam packed day

rain finally let up and we headed out to go mini golfing. J ended up getting a hole in one on the last hole and won a free pass for another round

happy sunday

puttering around in my craft room while waiting for the rain to stop so we can go play mini golf. i did get to finish off a few more Billboardabella cards

and don't forget, tempting tuesday on tuesday!

duck race

today there was a Cops for Cancer fundraiser-a duck race down one of our local rivers. luckily the rain held off until just after the ducks came down.

snack saturday


3 squares Semi-Sweet Chocolate
6 Tbsp. butter or margarine
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1-1/4 cups flour, divided
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup water
Seasonal fresh fruit (optional)

1 PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on MEDIUM 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
2 ADD sugar; beat with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in vanilla. Add 1/4 cup of the flour and the baking soda; beat until well blended. Add remaining 1 cup flour alternately with water, beating well after each addition. Pour evenly into greased and floured 9-inch round cake pan.
3 BAKE 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Garnish with Chocolate Glaze (see Tip below) and seasonal fresh fruit just before serving, if desired.

How to Make Chocolate Glaze
Microwave 3 squares Semi-Sweet Chocolate, 2 Tbsp. whipping cream and 1 Tbsp. butter in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 to 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended.

double duty

been a very busy week longarm quilting. i did 3 quilts in 2 days-i'm all caught up now! here are two, for one of our popular clients.

i quilted the first using Heartstrings by WillowLeaf Studios

and Surf's Up by Dave Hudson on the second

card friday


trying to cram as many fun things as we can these last few weeks of summer vacation. yesterday we went and did a local hike. was allot of fun, good climb to the summit. and more importantly, no bears lol!


got the quilting done on this. i bought the kit back in February and completed the top in June. and its been hanging in my *to be quilted closet*. i am trying to quilt one thing a week for myself. gives me a chance at more practice, plus i have 8 things in that closet that are for me alone lol!!

i love how it turned out. i made it bigger than the pattern suggested(its for my dining room table and its a large oval. plus there was a lot of leftover fabric)

i used the pattern Arabia by Lisa Thiessen i LOVE this pattern.

wordless wednesday


she has got to be my favorite bella! she comes with 6 sayings to put inside the billboard she is holding-so versatile!

i'm not thrilled about this layout but who knows? someone might like it lol. as with all my pictures, click on it to make it bigger and see more detail :)

and don't forget, tempting tuesday is next week! enter to win your choice of any of the cards(that i made) posted on my blog for the month of august

awesome mail surprise

Kai over at Buzz Queen had a contest and i won. she sent a goodie box full of neat RCMP items. thanx so much Kai!

eight random facts

my cousin Amy tagged me with this meme. so 8 random facts about me

1. i have moved 16times in 33yrs
2. my first car was a 1967 Studebaker Lark. i sold it for $50(and cry over that now)
3. i've gone skinny dipping
4. my first job was berry picking(made $134 and thought i was rich. that was for all summer)
5. i can't knit or crochet
6. i once swam in a fountain on a main city street with Jim
7. i've been cliff diving
8. i've street raced

quilt monday


we drove out to the Fraser River this afternoon to see how the salmon fishing is. river is still pretty high but lots of boats and guys out.

than we spot it. some guy tried to cross(usually you can cross where he attempted but the river is still too high) and he got stuck. bet this guy never lives it down rofl!!

Jim took the picture with his cell phone so you'll want to click on it to make it bigger

snack saturday

Creamy Mocha Berry Parfait
Serves: 2
1 Tbsp. Cream Cheese Spread
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. brandy extract
1 tsp. Instant Coffee, dissolved in 1 Tbsp. hot water, cooled
6 Tbsp. thawed Whipped Topping
1 square Semi-Sweet Chocolate, shaved, divided
1 cup mixed fresh berries (such as strawberries and raspberries)

1 MIX cream cheese, sugar, brandy extract and dissolved coffee in small bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping and half of the chocolate.
2 PLACE 1/2 cup berries in each of 2 parfait glasses or dessert dishes. Top evenly with cream cheese mixture; sprinkle with remaining chocolate. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

How to Make Chocolate Shavings
Use a vegetable peeler to easily make chocolate shavings.
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