Sunday, February 22, 2009

99th Post, Goodies & Sunny Pix

Business first................ this is my 99th post!! If you read my last post, you know I'm having a drawing to give away a goodie pack in thanks for your support! Just leave a comment on this post (or the 98th one, or the 100th one when I do that.....) and I'll enter you into the drawing. Mention it in your blog and link back to mine and I'll enter you AGAIN. What will you win? I promised a picture, and I've finally gotten most of the goodies together, so here it is.

There are 20 pieces of fancy fabrics; nice quality and clean. Mostly new and pressed as well. I'll include a little info with the packet to explain what's what........ And then there's the lace (mostly vintage), some paisley lace (new), a cross-stitched rose motif, a piece of sequined fabric to "raid", some hankie corners for incorporating into your work, thread and trims. THERE WILL BE MORE. When the winner is selected, I'll add additional things to tailor it to your particular tastes and interests. If you do collage, I can add some ephemera, jewelry bits, feathers, wallpaper samples. If you are a sane quilter, I've got loads of yummy cottons. If you embroider, we can go heavier on the threads - metallics, silks, whatever. OK???? :-)

I've got still more pictures from our vacation in Arizona. Take heart, LOL, this is *almost* the end!!! :-) The shop I'm showing you today is one of my favorites ONLY because of its exterior. It's a cowboy shop and gallery (complete with old-time cowboy music) and its wares are just "not my thing". But, oh the courtyard! It's another of those combination shop and residences, although instead of being in one building, the courtyard separates the two and also provides a walkway for people crossing from one street to another.

It's called the Graham Bell Gallery, and as you approach the entrance from the lower street, this is at the foot of a stairway that takes you up to the courtyard..... That's a dummy in the vintage truck, but I always do a double take! In fact, the dummy (there's probably a more politically correct term for that..... life-sized doll?) is switched out with several others that move around from the house front porch, to the shop, to the courtyard benches, etc....

Inside the walled courtyard is a wonderful bubbling fountain. There's a split-rail fence around the imaginatively-landscaped yard. Plant containers and yard art include Talavera pots, a rusty ore cart, old farm machinery, newly-crafted tile and iron benches, wagon wheels, religious statuary and more. There's even a marked grave with a cross for "Sparky" (not pictured), whom I presumed to be a lost FurFriend.....
A potted pine
Cactus and a bench for resting at the upper courtyard entrance.... What a lovely day it was!!!

And a bit of serendipity.......... in the little Tubac Trailer Tether that my BIL owns in Tubac, one of the owners had a "Free Yard Sale" on one of the days we were there. They set out a couple tables of things they wanted to get rid of with a sign that said "Take Whatever You Want - Free!". This is what I found:
An old book (circa 1920's) that I can try my hand at altering, a round little tin full of gold stars, a heart pin and a knife & fork pin. Both of the pins will be great for adding to CQ.. And DH joked that it was worth everything I paid for it, LOL!!!

Hugs,

Cathy

60 comments :

Cheryl said...

Wow...you really put together a beautiful packet for your giveaway. It looks like we should go shopping together sometime- you have impeccable taste!

Heather said...

What a fantastic give-a-way! Yummy, yummy, yummy!

I love these "cowboy" pics... very rustic... the pot is awesome... and would you look at those cacti... wow!

...and what do they say about the things you picked up... one man's junk is another man's treasure.... I guess they were wrong (if we take into count what your DH said).... it is acutally a "woman's treasure"... LOL! Love it!

(I'll be posting on my blog later) :-)

Melissa said...

Ooooooooooooo Pretty!!! Your giveaway is so sweet and generous!
Hugs,
Melissa

FredaB said...

Hi Kathy

Good to see you back. Sounds like you had a great vacation after all your water problems.

I too started a blog and it is: www.sewwhatsnew-fredab.blogspot.com.

I just finished posting so will mention you in my next post.

I remember you and your hubby from the CQ retreat in Omaha in 07 waiting at the airport to see if any of us would make it home.
I guess we all did.

Hugs

FredaB

JeanneZ said...

Your give away would certainly help this newbie to CQ. Great site. I just love what people do with their crafts just gives me hope that someday I can be as good as others.
I am new to blogging so let me see if I can figure out how to link us.JeanneZ

Skye said...

Your giveway is a dream come true for a newbie...I'm going to keep my fingers crossed and you never know, I could be one of the winners..Thank you for the opportunity...hugs, Skye

Thelma said...

Such a beautiful packet,,please enter me in!!!

Ati. Norway. said...

Nice to see the photos of your holiday Cathy. So different from were I live :)
The give away looks very interesting. Think of it: a 100 posts on your blog: a milestone! We all enjoy to see what you are doing :-))

Donna said...

Congrats on your 100th! Thank you for such a generous give away.

Quayceetatter said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures of Tubac,AZ.There was nothing there in the early 90's!Your cq work is beautiful esp the redwork. Ohhh such a beautiful goodies package.

grbev said...

"Let's get together, yeah, yeah, yeah!"

Seriously, last time was so much fun. We need to do it again.

Bev

LouAnne said...

Okay, Cathy, here I am. Love your packet for your give-away. 100 posts is a great accomplishment! I'm enjoying your pictures!

crazyqsis said...

this looks yummy I cant wait to see who wins.
Melisa B

Nikki said...

I would be thrilled to win your wonderful package of goodies.
Nikki

Doreen K. said...

Congratulations on your up coming 100th post. Please enter me in your give a way. Love the stores you visited. Lots of neat stuff.
Enjoy your blog.

Denise Felton said...

Whoa! Great giveaway! I've scheduled a link to your post to go live on my blog tomorrow morning (Central USA time). I hope it brings you a few extra visitors.

Denise
http://needlework.craftgossip.com

Liz Schaffner said...

Oh WOW ! now that I see the package that you are giving away I really want to win! LOL
I posted your giveaway on my Blog...if i post it again does it count for more chances ?? LOL
Still crossing my fingers !!
Liz

Connie said...

Cathy, what a great idea! I love your goodies and posted your drawing on my blog.

corryna said...

100 posts! A great milestone. Blogging is such a great experience. For both the writer as the reader. I love to blog.
And how sweet of you to have a nice giveaway like this. It looks wonderful. Who wouldn't want to win this... It is wonderful.

lindacreates said...

99! Only one more to go! Congratulations! Your giveaway is wonderful.

Nicki Lee said...

Oh my ... what beautiful little treasures for your give-away! I love anything southwest so love looking at all your vacation pictures - please take me along next time LOL!

Laurette said...

Hi,Cathy,
Wow,I can not believe what I see.Such beautiful package.I never saw goodies like this.It does you proud.
I'll be posting on my blog.
Laurette.

craftydiane said...

What a great giveaway! You are very generous!
Have a Blessed day,
Diane

Candy said...

What a fun passel of goodies. A gal could mix up a lot of wonderment with it all. Sign me up, please.
And I will post on my blog also.
Candy

Yoga with Gaileee, E-RYT said...

How cool!
My blog is
Love 2 Sew 4 Fun

I'm just a beginning sewer (be at it for a while though).

Lovely fabric!
yogawithgaileee at gmail dot com

karenp103 said...

love your site and your goodies to win Karen

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

Oh my, that's a lot of goodies - the beautiful fabrics and laces to all trinkets. It is a feast to the eyes. No doubt it'll spark anyone's creativeness.

Congratulations on you 100th post. I wonder when will I write my 100th post :-)

Susie Mitchell said...

Hi Cathy...just found your blog with help from a blogging friend telling us about your giveaway...what lovely gifts you've chosen! I enjoyed seeing the pictures from your Arizona adventure...thanks so much for taking us along. Please enter me in your giveaway. Congratulations on your hundredth post. I just started a new blog...number 9 I think and that doesn't count a private one and one that's music only. Can you tell I'm new to blogging? I know, I have more going than I can keep up with!
Blessings, Susie

needlewings said...

You have a neat blog! It's so much fun finding out about other people and places. I will gladly link you to my blog:)
needlewings@yahoo.com

PomieMommie said...

I love your blog! The give-a-way packet is beautiful. congratulations on your "100 posts" (okay, LOL your almost there) Keep it up!Being newbie, of course I hope I win, (LOL still building a stash) but whoever does win will be blessed! thank you so much for being so generous and sharing your art with others.
Donna in MD

Kay said...

100 posts! Congratulations! May you have many more. Your blog is great, I just found it and since I am also a CQ'er I can't wait to read it all!

Kay said...

Hey, my kind of vacation! All that shopping is the best kind of fun.

ANNA said...

I love your blog and would love to be in the draw too pLEASE!!

ann said...

Oh girl,me wantie,me wantie,Yes,I will blog about you tomorrow and come tell you.I'm also really glad to find you.your blog is neat...ann

Jean Tuthill said...

I found your blog through Candy and I'll be back. I like what I've seen so far. Please enter me twice in your drawing for the wonderful fabrics, trims, etc., I will post it on my blog. Congratulations on your 100th post!

littlebirdhouse said...

Wow, that's a really gorgeous and generous giveaway. Please enter me ;) and I will definitely post about it on my blog; I think a lot of my readers will be interested. Which means probably 8 people but still!

Ira said...

You package will be great present for each one.

DianeH said...

Hi That was fun looking at all your pictures. Thanks for putting my name in your fun draw.
DianeH
laura84watt@gmail.com

Kristin said...

Wow, your giveaway is so generous! I would love to win.
Thanks,
Kristin

Jenn said...

I found your blog through Craft Gossip. Love your style!

Kris said...

Please enter me in your great giveaway! Thx.

Wendy said...

What a wonderful give-a-way! The squishie is absolutely gorgeous. Congrats on your upcoming 100th post. I love browsing through your blog with all the wonderful work you do.Please enter me in your drawing and I will be putting this on my blog later today.

ikkinlala said...

Congratulations on (almost) 100 posts!

Crazy In Pieces said...

What a fun giveaway! I'm new to CQ and would love to add the packet to my newly started stash.

Barb said...

OH Boy!!!
Look at all those goodies!!
Right up my alley.

Tahnks for offering such great pizes.

I'd love to be entered, and will come back and tell you when i have it on my blog.

Blessings,

Barbara Jean

PS OH, I'm having my 100th post at my barb's treasures site too.
come on by.

Moon_Child said...

Mmmmm a stashaholics dream stash enhancement opportunity. Love the colors and items in the picture. Congrats on almost reaching 100 posts. Of course you'll be there soon. :-)

Karen said...

What a lovely giveaway - so glad it led me to such a cute blog!

Ginny said...

Congrats on reaching the milestone

Veronica said...

Lovely giveaway! Congrats on the 99th post!

kidletsmum said...

What fun! Thanks for the chance to enter!

http://www.diapertheirfaces.com/

singtatter said...

Congrats on reaching the milestone. Love your blog design!

Rose Haven said...

Oh my...what a lovely give-away! I would LOVE to be entered...and hope I win!

;-)

Baba said...

Don't you just love finding treasures like this?

prizm99 said...

Congratulations on your 100th post! What a beautiful blog.

MichelleMermaid said...

Hi Cathy!

Please include me in your giveaway.
Here's the link to my blog about your 100th blog goodies:

http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/profiles/blogs/cathys-giveaway

Thanks!
Dakotah

mlf003 said...

What a great prize pack! I'm new to sewing and quilting and this would be a great package to help me get started! Thanks for the chance to win.

Rengin Yazitas said...

What a fantastic give-a-way.
100th post!!! Congratulations, dear friend.
Hugs,

Lavender Dreamer said...

I don't think I made the drawing in time! But CONGRATS on all of your fun posts! I love your blog!

Phyllis said...

I'm new to the crafting community and am repeatedly amazed at the generous spirit here. Crazy quilting is what has drawn me to try quilting.

AngelDoll said...

Wow, this is a wonderful giveaway...I love your site too