Tuesday, September 28, 2010

PL Blog Approved

I have finally received approval on my PL blog.

Click on the Project Linus tab above to see the blog.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

So Excited!

A local businessman has agreed to let me put my Capri Sun Designs in his store.

I'm really excited for this opportunity.

A portion (more than half) of all these sales will go to my chapter of Project Linus.

I'm sewing these up like crazy to build up a big inventory, I'll still have to keep up my web sales of these.

My small town is responding very well to PL.

I was in two local papers last week.  That really helped get the word out.

I now have skeins of yarn coming out my ears.  Two ladies have donated 4 bags full.

I've found 3 local ladies that are willing to take it and turn them into blankets.

I'm still waiting on approval of the PL site I've built and then I can release it.

That's what I've been up to, how about you?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ready for another Terracycle Giveaway?

Remember me telling you all I'm teamed up with Terracycle to bring you some great giveaways?

I have another one I think you'll all love more than the last one.

The Capri Sun Brigade is trying to make it to $1 Million Paid and 50 Million juice pouches saved from going into a landfill.

(Brigade-Every year BILLIONS of drink pouches end up in dumpsters and landfills across America. TerraCycle™, Capri Sun® and Honest Kids® are working together to put an end to this tremendous loss of resources. As an eco-friendly innovator, TerraCycle™converts pre and post-consumer drink pouch waste material into cool new upcycled products.)


50 Million Drink Pouches Redeemed Through TerraCycle
Fund Local School Programs Nationwide 

Trenton, NJ, September 2010 – A million dollars can go a long way in cash-strapped schools and nonprofits.  And, when all that’s required is to save items from landfills, it almost sounds too good to be true.  True it is. Schools and nonprofits across the country have now earned $1 million through the TerraCycle Drink Pouch BrigadeÔ program.

The Capri Sun beverage brand was one of the earliest supporters of TerraCycle, a company that collects would-be trash and turns it into useful items.  The collection program, called the Drink Pouch Brigade, takes place mostly in schools, where children choose to deposit used pouches in special receptacles rather than throw them away.  In participating schools, each used drink pouch collected and sent to TerraCycle earns two cents, with the funds going toward needed educational programs and resources.

Students and teachers alike have passionately embraced the program as a perfect way to underscore the importance of taking care of our environment while raising money for schools with budget issues. Together, students and teachers at over 30,000 schools nation wide have collected 50 million drink pouches for the program over the past two years.

“As the dad of school-aged children, I think it’s great when a product can help educate while it gives back,” said Vinay Sharma, Director of Marketing, Ready-to-Drink Beverages, Kraft Foods. “And, it’s a source of pride that, as a company, we can help students learn how to make a real impact on the environment and their schools at a time when both are in need.” 

Top 100 Brigades to be recognized by TerracycleDrink Pouch Brigades, found in 42% of schools in the U.S., are part of a free nationwide program that pays schools and non-profits to collect non-recyclable waste that would otherwise go to landfill.  In choosing not to discard their drink pouches, students demonstrate their concern for the environment. 

Some schools – and the students who attend them – have done a truly remarkable job in this regard.  To honor them, TerraCycle will recognize those 100 schools that have sent in the greatest number of pouches and, therefore, earned the most for their programs.

Garbage into great gear
TerraCycle “upcycles” collected drink pouches into affordable, eco-friendly products, ranging from backpacks to building materials. These items can be found at select retailers across the country, as well as online at www.TerraCycle.net <http://www.terracycle.net/>.  

“Our goal is for people to look at waste in a whole new way, and through its sponsorship of the Pouch Brigade program, Capri Sun has helped us to expand the numbers of those who are doing so,” said Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle. “The $1 million that Capri Sun has helped us give out is a powerful sign of the enthusiasm that communities across the country have for the goals of this program.”  

What am I going to give away this time?

well, it has to do with the juice pouches, you all know how much I love those pouches.

Drink Pouch Messenger Bag
Display your environmental message every time you carry around this fun messenger bag made from upcycled Capri Sun® drink pouches. This bag is sewn so that it is sturdy, durable, and will fit comfortably at your side with its adjustable strap.
Dimensions: 12” T x 17.25” W x 4.5” D
* Specific wrapper/color is subject to variability

I actually want to win this.

Yes, I know....I could just make my own.

Here's what you need to do for a chance to win:

go to www.terracycle.net
and tell me what your favorite upcycled item is.

Entries will close 10/01/10 @ 3pm

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Green No Sew Block Swap-Quilt Completed

These blocks were from a swap Pat C. hosted 
Green no-sew blocks.  We cut the blocks so that they are ready to sew and exchange with 11 other people and you have enough for a quilt.
I also did a Red White & Blue with Cecelia.  (I haven't completed that one yet)

I cut one of my blocks to small when trimming, so I had to cut them all to size to match.
So, it may look a little off to those of you that have this completed.
I'm just glad it didn't turn into a UFO.  Because it almost did.

TJ really like this quilt and didn't believe I made it.
I'm not sure if that's good or bad. lol

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Tree Time BOM #9

Tree Time
Originally uploaded by TonyasSewing
Tree Time BOM #9......getting close, we're getting very close to having 12 and having this ready for Christmas. yahhhhh!!!! I'm loving these.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A few of my favorite things.....at the moment

in order of important to least importance

the view off my back deck....why?
because GOD created it and there's nothing better
well except when there are no leaves on the trees
the view just gets better....you can almost see the further mountains in the distance

my pl lanyard
i'm so excited for this chapter in my life
i hope it's a long chapter

my "old" mini kerosene lamps
i love these
i have to use them on the back deck, cause the burning kerosene flares up an asthma attack
i love these
have i said that already?

(favorite things list and order of importance subject to change) 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Met Blogging Buddies Today

me and jeanne from all things quilty
jeanne lives in raleigh, nc and travels very often to ashe county (right above my house)
to a mountain home she and her family have up there
jeanne had several entries in the long arm show today, all sew beautiful

(yes, I do have eyes, it was so bright out and then me smiling, my eyes just get lost in all that face)

me and mary from quilt hollow
mary gave me tons of fabric, i really do mean tons, for project linus

i have made a separate blog for project linus and will let you all in on it once it's approved
also, i'm waiting on my "rules" from them to learn more to work more on the PL blog

i had a great time at the Carolina Long Arm show today in clemmons, nc
such beautiful, beautiful long arm work

of course we couldn't pass up joann's being that close and all

i also met carrie p. from a passion for applique
mary introduced me to carrie or i wouldn't have known her
i didn't ask for a picture, i didn't want her to know how weird i am right off
that's something she'll learn if she follows me long enough, or even stops by, lol

poor mary & jeanne didn't have a "picture" choice ;)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Pat started something with her last post.  

scrap tub + your GO machine = (below picture)

lots of 2 1/2" HST

i love to have lots of things ready to sew
i can just sit down at my machine and sew and sew
it's such a stress relief for me
and actually,
cutting all these was a great stress reliever

in my scrap bin, i found these squares
from my first few quilts made
i turned those square into these pillows

that scrap tub is now 1/3 full with bigger pieces that i'll use on my 5" rag die
it's on it's way here as we speak....

Monday, September 13, 2010

I was featured...

click on the Sew Picture Perfect box
over on the right sidebar and it will
take you to where I was featured

how cool!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

What I learned at my local quilt show.

yep, that's what I learned
isn't she cute?
the lady who's booth she was at said "i don't throw anything away"
she reminded me so much of myself
she sits atop my old machine
I made her and am going to make more.

on the way out of the show, I won
I won the drawing of the hour
how cool is that?
I won a Nine Patch Mania book
a Christmas applique pattern 
and a spool of serger thread that will be heading to Alabama
to live with Gene.

next Friday I'm going to the long armers show in Clemmons, NC
then a month from now Pat from A little of this and a little of Pat and her DH are coming to NC
I can't wait for that.  We're all so excited.

Thursday, September 9, 2010


are you a winner?

you don't know?

well, scroll down to see

who won the dies?

who won the GO?

keep scrolling

a little more....


and more.....

just a tad bit more......

not too much longer....

are you getting aggravated yet?

you're almost there....

don't quit now...

drum roll please.......................

winner of the dies are Quilt Hollow

winner of the GO is andsewon

ladies please email me 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

GO Giveaway Update

104 have entered to win the GO
33 have entered to win the dies

Thanks again to Accuquilt!!

Monday, September 6, 2010


I am the Chapter Coordinator for my county for Project Linus.
I am so excited!!
I've been waiting on this information for what seems like forever, however; it's really only been two weeks.
I've always wanted to do something that made a difference.  
I have so many ideas and things running through  my mind for this.
I hope I can meet my goals in this.
I know starting out will take me some time.  I'm willing to hang in there and make a GO of this.

It's hard for my family (other than TJ) to understand my excitement.
They don't know what Project Linus is.
My first goal is to acquaint them quickly.
It shouldn't take them long to catch on.

So, if you want to send me blankets, quilts or fabric...........let me know! ;)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Tree Time BOM 8

Tree Time BOM 8
Originally uploaded by TonyasSewing
I fell a bit behind on these. But, I haven't seen BOM 9 out yet, so I think i'm caught up. Now, once this post i'll check and see if 9 is out. ha

I'm loving these and all the work Molly has put into these. I'm anxious to see the finished BOM

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Halloween Applique

applique blocks from the pattern i showed you the other day

update on the go giveaway
62 have entered that don't have a go
18 have entered that have a go for the dies 

click on the go giveaway in my header and enter if you haven't yet

should you need me, i'll be blanket stitching applique blocks ;)