Sunday, October 23, 2011

a Good Weekend is...

** Crocheting on the couch with my girlie, whom I just taught to finger knit.  She's gone through that whole ball of yarn making a knitted chain twice now.  Oh how hard we fall!

yarn-tending with my girlie

** Discovering the Google Reader "Next" button through tips from so many dear readers.  Thanks, all - I love it!

** Making a simple felt necklace for a sweet, sweet friend.  It's from Stitch Magic.

a little project from Stitch Magic

I replaced the felt ties with a crochet chain.

for my friend

** Picking apples at Skytop Orchard.  What a glorious day to be handing down apples!!! 

glorious day

I had to insist we stop picking after we gathered all of 30 lbs.  THIRTY pounds people!  Guess what we'll be doing this week?  Drying, freezing and enjoying apples!

apple picking

** Starting something new that I've been seriously anticipating, in Lotta's new collection.  Echo will be available very very soon here and here and here

start of something new

And, actually, I do have an Echo charm pack to giveaway.  Let's do that now, shall we?  To enter, please fill out this little survey about Celebrate Color vs. Quilt-alongs.  I mean, I was wanting to ask you to do that anyway, so this fell together quite nicely!  There are only 3 required questions (they're the first 3), and they're multiple choice, so you can totally do this.



To be eligible for the Echo charm pack (courtesy of Windham Fabrics), please complete the survey by Wednesday at noon, EST.  Thanks so much, y'all!

33 comments:

  1. I am just a weeny bit jealous of all those apples! Enjoy ;)

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  2. Even if I don't win, the five gold stars for completing the survey definitely made me smile :)

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  3. sounds like a perfect weekend! especially with the girlie on the couch -love those times!

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  4. I hope you save a few apples and make a cobbler! yum!

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  5. Wow what a nice weekend! I can't wait to make something with Lotta's fabric I have been following her work for years. How fun you get to play with it!!

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  6. Those apples look yum - definately perfect for a nice apple crumble! ;)

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  7. Mmmm...apples...
    That picture of your daughter on the couch is just awesome. Don't you love when your kids show an interest in what you do? My oldest LOVES to embroider, which cracks me up and makes my husband look at me like I'm ruining him. Ha ha ha. My son is super paranoid about any form of "girly stuff" so I've refrained from telling him that hand-stitching is generally something girls do. :)

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  8. We went to the orchard this weekend too!

    Love Echo! I am not usually a big fan of specific fabric lines, but this one is amazing!!!

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  9. Looks like a fab week. Although I'd have skipepd the apples, not a fan I'm afraid, although you could consider some of those 30lbs my share, and therefore say you're helping prevent waste by having so many...

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  10. I just love apples!! And, they're colorful!!

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  11. Looks like it was a great weekend! Can't wait till mine is old enough for big girl crafts like crochet! Awesome Aria!

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  12. Love your thank you at the end of the survey. I think it is the first time I earned 5 stars (((o:
    Have a happy week and thank you for sharing the beautiful necklace with us (o:

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  13. You have just shown everyone my favorite way to spend fall weekends other then totally being away from home and enjoying nature. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Wonderful photos! What is it with animals and quilts! My cats are always hogging the quilt too. Survey was great and a curves QAL would be amazingly helpful.

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  15. What a great weekend! Looks so relaxing!

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  16. I agree with one of the other comments.... I have not received a GOLD STAR in years !!! And we won't go there on how long ago it was!!!! :)

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  17. Thanks for the neat affirming gold star thing! I would adore winning some pretty fabric, although I don't quilt, but rather do crafts with it. Thanks very much in advance for the giveaway. Blessings for the journey - Julie H. :-)

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  18. Love the photo of your little girl engrossed in finger knitting. Such sweetness. And the apples! Amazing.

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  19. Survey completed.... don't forget applesauce! Freezes well and tastes so much better than the store bought variety!

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  20. Sounds like a great weekend!! Those apples look yummy! Survey done! :)

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  21. What a wonderful weekend you had. How do you finger knit? I think my girls would enjoy that.

    Apples - I must get apple picking very soon.

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  22. I love that you like getting feedback from us readers! I just filled out the survey, and I'm happy to see all those yummy apples for you all to enjoy. And your daughter looks so cozy and peaceful working away on the couch... lovely post.

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  23. I never realized you were from the Carolinas! I'm from SC and love to visit SkyTop Orchard every fall. I'm in love with their apple doughnuts :)

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  24. Thanks, June! I'm thrilled that so many people took the time to fill out the survey. Talk about a giveaway with hoops! You all are so nice!

    Lindsay - those doughnuts are so worth the wait in line!

    Natasha - There are a bunch of tutorials here on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=finger+knit&aq=f. They look just like what we're doing!

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  25. Had to come back and say, "yeah for gold stars!" I'm glad you all got a kick out of that. I would email you personally but you're "no reply commenters". I love to reply =)

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  26. So many apples! Yum. If you have time/energy, you should try Smitten Kitchen's Brown Sugar Apple Muffin recipe. Totally delicious. http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/04/whole-wheat-apple-muffins/

    Thanks for sharing a fun Echo giveaway!

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  27. Survey completed, the five stars was a great touch. Don't forget apple butter as a great way to use up some of those apples.

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  28. I could have used some of those apples yesterday - I made some muffins but used raspberries instead ! and thanks for the five gold stars for filling in the survey - I feel like I've been a very good girl now :)

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  29. What a great way to spend a weekend.
    Just finished the survey.

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  30. I've been waiting for Lotta's line to be released and it's almost here! So excited. I look forward to seeing what you are going to do with it! And I LOVE that your little one has taken so much with knitting. I think it is so important to pass these skills on. My 3 yr. old daughter sits on my lap while I sew, and while it takes me longer and it gets a little spotty with her "help," I'm glad she wants to be there!

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  31. I just love the photo of your daughter and the cat - full of autumn colours.
    The Echo fabrics look so lovely, too.

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