Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Premio Amigo Artesano Award!!!!

My friend Kim sent me this amazing award. She truly has become my friend. Not only have I won one of her incredible miniature punch felted puppies, but I also have won a purse that she made just recently. My puppy oversees all of my sewing. This lady makes the most unbelievable miniature worlds!!! I couldn't believe it when I first found her blog. I thought these were life sized homes, etc.. that she was showing. When I realized I had fallen upon a true miniature artist I was so intrigued!!!!! I still am!!!! Kim also is into trying to get herself a little healthier. She is posting a Healthy Thursday blog, on Thursdays of course. She has so many great tips!!! She's the inspiration for my Fat Fighting Friday posts. She is feeling better already.
The only requirement for this award is to pass it on to 5 other bloggers. I have so many blogs that I read almost daily that this is very hard to do. I have decided to pass it on to some that not so many of you have found based on their numbers of followers. I suggest that you link to these. You will love them as much as I do.

Learn2SewFlorida Cindy has just opened her shop where she teaches sewing in a new and much better location. She often shows photos of her students' work. She even has an online Project Runway competition featuring her students' work. You will be amazed at the quality of clothing that they produce, especially since most of them are new sewists!!! She also links to lots of articles about sewing from across the world. I love reading about all the interesting things that sewists are doing out there. You will love, love, love Cindy's blog. She is a very thoughtful person who truly cares about her fellowmen and women. She is absolutely amazing. You will love her blog as much as I do!
Afterthedress This blog is so much fun to read. I love that she asks a sewing related question every week and then takes the time to analyze the answers for her readers the next day. I have learned so many new techniques by reading what others answer to her great questions. She asks the types of questions that many of us probably have, but have never verbalized. You will adore her blog, too.
Mermaids This amazing lady is a substitute teacher who isn't afraid to take on any class. She especially loves it when she gets to sub in what we used to call Home Ec. I forget what she calls it on her blog. Her son takes this class and is the star pupil. He must take after his mom. She is also the parent who the school calls on when they need costumes made for plays, and really just about any kind of project, because they know they can count on her. My kind of parent!!!!
Itsasewinglife This blogger is making the prettiest little flower girl dresses you ever saw from taffeta and chiffon. These two fabrics are not the easiest to sew with. She's making tiers that are cut in the round, so partly on the bias and partly not!!! That in itself is difficult enough. Of course, I'm in love with the sewing of children's clothing, but anyone who sews at all will enjoy this Atlanta lady's blog.
Thesewingspot Okay, now this lady has done some gorgeous smocking. You will be just as impressed as I have been. I've only found her blog recently, but I'm hooked, and I'm sure you will be, too.

My friends Jackie and Knitmachinequeen need to pick up the award Beyond Your Imagination from a couple of days ago about their favorite books. These two special ladies have been faithful followers of mine for a long time now. I love both of their blogs!!! I'm glad to know how much they like to read, too. Actually I already knew they did, but now I'm positive!!! Pass it on girls!!!

Like I said, there are so many blogs out there that I am reading almost daily that this was hard. I just thought it would be nice for some of you to find these 5 incredible ladys' blogs like I did.

I hope you ladies will pass this along to other bloggers so that they can pass it on, as well. Before we know it, we'll be seeing this on lots of blogs. I hope that a lot of the other blogs I read will be showing up with this award!!!

On a very sad note - Please keep my friend's family in your prayers. I taught with this man for many, many years. I have taught all three of his wonderful children. His oldest son, who was only 20, was killed in a motorcycle accident last evening. He had just finished a NasCar mechanics school in NC and had gotten a job working for a Jaguar Plant in Chattanooga. When I was at school the other day to deliver the pillowcase dress he told me all about his three kids and what they were up to. He was so very proud, and rightly so, of David. As I said, I taught David and his siblings. They are all great kids. Dianna has already been contacted by many colleges for her cross country track skills. She will have her choice of where to go. The younger son is running track, as well. The dad is the basketball coach and one of the p.e. teachers at the school where I taught for 30 years. He is an outstanding coach. His wife is a teacher at the local high school. They are donating David's organs. How generous of them to be thinking about saving other lives while grieving for their precious son.

On a Happier Note - My Mother-in-law came home from the nursing home today. It will be difficult for a while to learn the ins and outs of taking care of her at home after her broken hip incident. Home Health Care Workers and Physical and Occupational Therapists will be coming into the home to help out for a while.


Donna said...

Hi Julia, Thanks for the nice comment on Trudy's blog. I so understand what you are going through with your mom. My father passed away on Jan. 8 and I spent a month caring for him and doing hospice stuff. I also cared for my granny with Alzheimer's for a year.

I think we must be kindred spirits! I love to sew and teach (homeschooling and sewing classes). I write poetry and music as well and do fabric art. I do hope you will drop by my homemaking blog. I also have a sewing blog but don't post there as often. I signed up to follow yours as I think you would be great for my readers to get to know. I'm sorry to hear about your friend's son. Truly...

Cindy said...

RIP David....
and with his passing you stop and think what a precious gift we all have been given in life. To take each moment doing what brings you the most smiles each day - so when we do arrive where David is right now we can leave knowing we did all we were here to do.. leave full of love. Prayers for the ones David leaves behind so they can hold his love in their hearts because its the only way to heal from having someone so young gone from your presence.

I'm making "write it out" journals for the gold star families to hopefully give for Memorial Day. I think it helps to write out your thoughts. Maybe something you can make for your friends..journals? Just a thought.

Thank you so much for the award. I will pass it on. You're a good friend Julia. One I would love to have the pleasure of giving a real hug one day.

Enjoy all your sewing moments because it brings you many smiles and this is what life is about.

Gwen said...

Oh Julia, thank you so much for the lovely award and even more for your kind comments! I'll put it up on my weekend post this weekend. :)

I'm very sorry to read about your friend's son - my thoughts go out to his family.

Elle said...

Julia, thank you so much for the sweet award. You always have such nice comments.

My heart goes out to your friend and his family. My son will be 20 in June, and that is really just so young.

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

Glad that your MIL is doing better and am always sad to here of a motorcyclist fatality as I am a rider myself. Thanks so much for the award. Although I don't always comment I always read your the updates on your blog and am sure you do the same.

ittybittyandpretty said...

so many things in this one post...the most important though is my prayers for the family who have just lost their son. what a tragic accident and such a hard time for them. i am sure that they have a great support network but you can also assure them that they have people all over the world praying for them.

Kim said...

Thank you for your sweet words Julia- you are a very special friend to me too! Your friend and his family are in my prayers this week- too young! I hope all goes well with your Mother In Law coming home also-I'll be keeping her in my thoughts and prayers too. Big hugs to you!!!

sewing spots said...

Thank you for the award! What a lovely surprise! I will hopefully have time to post about it on the blog over the weekend! said...

Hello! Thank you for your wonderful comment on my blog! It is hard work being a Mum sometimes!
Lovely links that you give here, and yes you really do make real friends here in blogland don't you?
I will say a prayer for your freinds family.. how awfully sad.
How wonderful that you Mother in law is home! Have a lovely weekend! suzie x

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