Tuesday, January 27, 2015

LINK PARTY!! Tuesdays with a Twist #95

Are you ready for a fun party?  We're your co-hosts:


Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured.  Be sure to check all of our blogs!
 
 Y'all make choosing features so difficult!  There were GOBS of great links last week!  Thank you!  My feature... 


(drum roll please) 

Banana Split Pie



from Susan at Little Shack on the Hill!

If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.
We all love comments!  Please hop around and show some love!

The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Friday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features. 
And now for the party!

;-)  -Marci 
 
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Who Needs Glitter? Valentine Bunting

 
This project begins with the adorable *FREE* Valentine's Banner Printable from Kristi at I Should Be Mopping the Floor!  She makes a great point about how glitter has a way of taking over your entire house, so Clever Kristy created this printable that looks like glitter!  Of course, the glitter lovers in the group could always add as much as they like!


I didn't feel like vacuuming (-; I never do ;-) so I chose some ribbon with shimmering silver dots for threading the darling pennants!  I think it adds a nice little sparkle!



Shiny gold buttons in two different widths were used for spacers.


'Not sure what happened with my printing, but it took me four tries to get it right!  LOL!  It's kind of nice to have the hearts in different sizes though!  Can we pretend I did that on purpose?  ;-)
 
 
If you visit Kristi to download this charming and *FREE* Valentine's Banner Printable, I hope you'll tell her Marci says, "Hi"!
 
This is my third holiday bunting!  If you would like to see the others, please click on the links below:
 
 
 
Have you been getting ready for Valentine's Day?
 
;-)  -Marci

Sunday, January 25, 2015

My Sister's Birthday Gift

My sister and her family live on a beautiful farm where they get to see sunrises like this.  We had a wonderful time at their house on Christmas Eve!  After a scrumptious meal and her grandbabies launching lots of gift wrap, the conversation with these dear people was long and sweet. 
 
Laura Mcchristian's photo.
 
January can be cold and snowy here in Arkansas.  My sister's birthday is at the end of the month.  I was thinking about her when I stumbled across a free tutorial for cozy Flannel Scarves!  What a perfect gift for a January birthday!
 
Love them!!!

I went kind of crazy purchasing fabric and made six scarves for her!  Still a little too excited, they were mailed way before her birthday, at the beginning of the month.  I said I wanted her to stay extra warm in case the weather was harsh, but I really just wanted to give them to her right away!  They turned out so soft and snuggly!  She didn't mind!
 
My baby sister does love me, she made me a bunch of beautiful warm scarves for my birthday!!! Thank you WileyandMarci Vaughn!

 Here she is happily modeling one.  Isn't my sister beautiful?
 
I'd love to have ideas for her birthday next year.  What do you think would be a nice gift for a January Birthday Girl? 

Giving credit where credit is due, all the photos in this post were taken by my sister.
 
;-)  -Marci

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Excellent Customer Service and An Explanation

Hello, Friends!  Thursday was a vacation day for me, but very busy.  My first stop was speaking at a Master Gardener training class, which went well.  Herbs and Edible Flowers, A Place to Begin is the title of my program.  It's for anyone who is new to herbs.  You might remember it was the inspiration behind my posts about herbs.  Edible flowers kept sneaking into the presentation, so became part of the title.  Would you like some posts about edible flowers?  Maybe a few could be written.  I keep planning to add a page to my blog for just the posts on herbs, but never quite seem to find the time.
 
After the Master Gardener presentation, I went to Orschelns for bird seed, then to a furniture store, then to Hancock Fabrics in Fayetteville.  Not in a hurry, I am pretty sure I touched every single fabric in the entire store!  It took a long time to get to the cutting table, but once there I met Lila and Cheree.  (I hope I have spelled those names correctly)  Both were lovely and we had a great little visit.  Lila writes a blog!  Indigo Pears  Check it out and please tell her Marci says "Hi".  ;-)  At the cash register Cheree went through their sale flyer for me and used every last coupon she could find that might work on my purchase!  By the time she was finished, I saved more than I spent!  WOW!  Thanks, Cheree!  EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE!  I have always loved that Hancocks, but it's a bit out of the way for me.  Well, not any more!  Lila and Cheree definitely make it worth the drive! 
 
You may be wondering why I haven't been posting many photos for about a month or so.  Well, in my post Venting with Friends I told you about some crazy virus on my laptop.  The fix worked for a while, but then my photos went dark again.  Dad gum it!!  I think we are repaired now and you will be seeing photos again soon.  I've been super busy, especially in the sewing department and can't wait to tell you all about it!
 
'Talk to you soon!
 
;-)  -Marci

Friday, January 23, 2015

Great Quote





If you want something you never had, you have to do something you've never done.

;-)  -Marci

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

LINK PARTY! Tuesdays with a Twist #94

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist!

Back to the Basics


We're your co-hosts:

Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured.  Be sure to check all of our blogs!
 
 Y'all make choosing features so difficult!  There were GOBS of great links last week!  Thank you!  My feature... 


(drum roll please) 


Five Simple Steps to a Healthier Life {and a Pep Talk}



from Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth!

If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.
We all love comments!  Please hop around and show some love!

The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Friday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features. 
And now for the party!

;-)  -Marci 
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Twenty Wishes for 2015

Based on the book Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber, each year I make a list of 20 things I want to do.  This is not stuff I have to do, like go to work and pay bills, but fun things or maybe something I am curious about or for no particular reason why, just want to!  ;-) 



If you are curious about my other lists of Twenty Wishes, click on each link below!




2015?  Here they are: 


1.  Memorize Psalm 91


2.  Memorize two poems


3.  Read 26 books and post reviews


4.  Using my book, The Little Black Dress, sew at least one version of all 10 patterns


5.  Conquer Rope Climbs


6.  String together 5 strict pull ups


7.  Consistently string together 10 wall balls that could pass muster in competition


8.  Splits - All 3 ways


9.  String together 10 double unders


10.  Increase my herb collection


11.  Increase my asclepias collection


12.  Create 3 new butterfly puddles


13.  Attend 6 Herb Society and / or Garden Club Meetings


14.  Tour 3 public gardens


15.  Harvest something edible from either the green house or garden 10 months of the year


16.  Attend concerts


17.  Celebrate 29 years of marriage


18.  Sew a quilt for each of the Grand Ones.


19.  Pay It Forward somehow quarterly - at least 4 times this year.


20.  Begin a REAL Savings Plan





Have you set any goals for the year?   What do you want to do?


;-)  -Marci