Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Stamp On It Blog Hop Day One

I'm putting my "Stamp On It" today! 
Welcome to day ONE of the
Our head cheerleader 
Thearica of Pigtales and Quilts
has done a super job of rounding us 'stampers' up
(or maybe that should read - she's really glued us down a good way of course)
either way...
I'm sure you'll have fun visiting everyone between now and July 3.
Thank you as well
Madame Samm of !SewWeQuilt!
for another fun and inspiring challenge!
Visit the Mdm for a chance to win something fun and wonderful when you leave a comment on her page.
Our goal was to create a "Mini Quilt Stamp" that would tell you a little about where we are we deal with rubles or Euros...pounds or what? is such a relative term dontcha think?
The Madame said we could make our 'mini' ANY size...even 14'x14'
(I guess if your name was Igor and you stood 77 feet tall, a 14 foot stamp would be mini)
My "mini" stamp is 13" x 15-1/2"
(Igor thinks it's uber-mini)
It represents my
chosen home of
Naturally I had to include a flamingo.
And the Florida Sunshine.
I took a survey and asked several customers
"How much is a First Class Stamp?"
Nobody knew for sure.

The USPS has been marketing "Forever"stamps for a few years now...
The cost is whatever the going rate is 'that day'...
and they are good to use...
Works for me.
The flower in her 'hair' represents
the Orange Blossom.
(our state flower - and yes, the real deal looks use your imagination)
Dontcha just dig her Orange 'shades' and her beaded glasses holder?
The lenses were cut from a silvery cellophane candy bag.
(yes...I ate all the candy...HAD to, so I could cut up the bag)
What's on the back?
I'm so glad you asked....
Sweet Florida Oranges baby!
I pondered for days and nights about the stamp "edge"....
in the end, I used some great
Black & White Chevron fabric from Riley Blake for effect.
It's a little wonky...but I'm a little wonky too.
So that's ok.
There is no "postmark" on the stamp....
are you kidding?
This stamp will never be used on an envelope....
unless of course...
I become pen pals
with Igor.
Thanks so much for hopping by today...
I enjoyed making my Florida Stamp...
it was fun to have a little 'me' time to play...
Most evenings are now spent in the great outdoors...
with my new friend....
Mr. Lawnmower.....
don't ask.
Enjoy my Stamp On It buddies today
for some really 
First Class Fun!
(see the list below)
Lynn ~ The Thimblemouse >"<

Day One - Wednesday June 26
Life in the Scrapatch
Pig Tales and Quilts
The Thimblemouse (Igor's friend)
Just Let Me Quilt
Words & Stitches
In Stitches And Seams

Thursday, June 13, 2013

It's Time To Let The Cat Out of the Bag - Tammy Bag Blog Hop - My Day

I'm SEW excited to be participating in the
Tammy Bag Blog Hop
featuring this awesome pattern
expertly designed and
so generously shared with us
blog hoppers
by the
equally awesome and oh sew generous

It's been eons since I've made a bag and I'll let you in on a little secret...
I jumped into the hop....
(because it's what I do)
but when I really REALLY started thinking about making this cute little bag...
I got a little 'bag shy'.
I can follow a pattern and the Madames' instructions were spot on...
thankfully very easy to follow...
but I'd never tackled a metal purse frame closure before....
(so made me just a wee bit nervous)

I Did It!!!!
Woot Woot!!!!

Isn't it just the cutest little bag you ever laid your
baby blues on?
(just noticed...the daiseys are really white...ah...I see my camera has a mind of it's own)

Dear Madame asked that we take a few different shots of our bag... it up and take a peek inside....
Here Goes....

da dumm...
da dumm...
da dumm, da dumm, da dumm....

It's ..........


Oh My!
So that's where he went.....
This is "He Who Has No Name"

Actually, I still call him "Baby"...
C'mon Baby...time to wakie uppie....

H.W.H.N.N. is Mia and Jaxson's little brother...
an absolute charmer...
and if we had room at the "inn"
there's no doubt he'd have a real name by now.
But alas...we must find him a 'furever' home...
tho the truth...with each passing day...
our hearts are growing more and more attached. back to some serious
of course, I would never keep a cat in a bag...
so here is what my bag

Sewing Stuff!

...the nifty "thread bed" ended thimble (the only kind I can use)....oops, I see a little baggie of hexies that I promised my friend I would stitch up by this Saturday....a poker/pointer/turner 'thread heaven'....tweezers...ripper de-stitcher...2 FriXion gel pens...a little wooden painted needle holder a dear friend made me years ago....and a quilted needle/pin holder that I made with scraps from the bag.

Thank You Madame Samm!
Again you've challenged me to create...
I just LOVE my Tammy Bag!!!!

To see MORE wonderful Tammy Bag creations...
please click the picture below for the full
schedule of hoppees.
(usually here I would insert today's line-up....but my computer is being a bit finicky and won't let me copy and paste the list properly....ok...I'm sure it's operator error -me- and not my computer...but that sounded so much
Updated...I couldn't stand not listing my bag lady friends hopping with me I played around a little more and here we go (thanks Lisa from In the Boon Docks...I snitched this list from

Thursday July 13th
Les @ Les Quilts
Marlene @ Stitchin by the lake
Lisa @ In The Boon Docks
Anjeanette @ by Anjeanette
Kristen @ Meadowbrook
Marica @ Englating
Lynn @ Thimblemouse & Spouse
Gingini @ Gingini's Crafts and Quilts
Linda J @ life, quilts and a cat too
Nicole @ Ninis Patchwork Blog
Judith @ How ART you?

Don't forget...leave your comment on
Madame Samm's page
for a chance to win something really special
from sponsors Riley Blake and DOVO Scissors.

One last Update (promise)...If you would like to make 
your OWN Tammy Bag...
well guess are in luck!!!!
You can purchase Madame Samm's pattern 
at Craftsy!

I'll end with a few quick pics of my little needle/pin holder...
I was going to let
"He Who Has No Name"
end the show....
but I can't find him for a picture....
he's probably asleep in another

I made my 'fabric' with scraps from the bag...
and thought I was so clever, quilting it as I went to batting...
of course forgetting I would be stitching again when I added the felt....
Stitched thru all layers...this is where the folds will be
(I put the little velcro closure in the wrong spot...
so I had to fold it up 'my way'
But it works...that's all that matters.

Thanks for stopping's been ages since I've written a post.
It looks like I'm taking a wee summer break....
but I will be back for the next blog hop if not sooner.
Sometimes life just has a way...of well...getting in the way....

See you sooner than later....
I hope.

Lynn ~ The Thimblemouse >"<

Monday, June 3, 2013

35 Years

I know you're probably looking for the KiDees.
MeOwZa MoNDay will return next week, promise.
I couldn't let today pass without sharing a special moment.
It happened 35 years ago today.
I married my best friend.
Such a lucky girl...
of course he's a lucky guy too!
Wow...35 Years!
Hoping for 35 More!

Lynn ~ The Thimblemouse >"<


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