Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Hopefully I'll be a contestant!

The Super Online Sewing Bee

I just sent my "audition" email in hopes of being a contestant in the Super Online Sewing Bee, sponsored by Janome and the Sew Mama Sew blog.  I've never entered a contest before, but this one has me very excited!

You see, I watched the Great British Sewing Bee and absolutely loved it!  And now I have a chance to be a participant in a similar way....but I don't have to leave my home :)  Please head over to Sew Mama Sew and check out the rules for entering.

And wish me luck! :)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Great giveaway opportunity...

I found a wonderfully easy recipe for pork fried rice at the gimme some oven blog.  In addition, there is a giveaway chance for a $1000 Visa gift card!  Take a look here and try out the recipe.

I am receiving one entry for posting about the giveaway.  But I encourage you to try the recipe, too :)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

ITALIAN DAYS....taste the tradition!

Italian food is always a huge crowd pleaser. Whether you’re feeding your hungry family or hosting a household of friends, everybody loves the taste of al dente pasta, a rich sauce or a delicious pizza.

At the Italian Days – Taste the Tradition event at Publix® from February 11th through March 1st, you can get great prices and coupon savings* on some of your favorite General Mills brands like Green Giant and Progresso. Plus, get great savings on many ingredients for great Italian recipes like Alfredo pizza and stuffed chicken manicotti.

And that’s not all! During the event shoppers will be able to enter for a chance to be 1 of the 500 shoppers that will win a $100 Publix® gift card! To enter for a chance to win and to download great coupon savings and delicious recipes, look in-store or visit**

This is the first post about this special event.  I will be trying some recipes and sharing with you throughout the event.  I encourage you to do the same!  I'd love to hear what great meals you come up with for Italian Days!

*Coupons are valid from February 11th through March 1st, 2013

**No purchase necessary to enter. Open only to legal residents of AL, FL, GA, SC and TN. Void where prohibited. For Official Rules and how to enter go to

Saturday, October 6, 2012

A New Endeavor

I've always loved to create.  There is a certain satisfaction to looking at something and saying, "I did that!"  My favorite forms of expression are crochet, knit and sewn items.  As most handicrafters know, you don't always need to have a use for it when you make an item.  Because it's not the use that's exciting, it's the crafting!  Many, many items are simply given away.

So, along comes my co-worker who enjoys crochet.  Well, that was enough to endear me to her, but then I suggested she learn to knit, as well.  And I offered to teach her!  Oh, the little bit about her living in Minnesota and me living in Florida was no hindrance at all.  Say hello Skype!  Yep, we did our "classes" online via Skype.  And I must say, Angie is now one heck of a knitter!

Well, one thing led to another and we decided with all the options out there in cyberspace, we would try selling our handcrafted items.  After much research, we chose Artfire as our outlet.  We blended some of the letters from each of our first names (Carla, Angie) and came up with grace....more to the point, crafted with grace.

Please, take a moment to visit our "store" and see what we've done.  Click here to be transported and see all our creations!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The never-ending diet.....

So, for most of my adult life, I have tried one diet or another.  Many times the weight loss was dramatic, but the lifestyle did not change, and the weight gain was traumatic.  Now, at 57 years old, I'm thinking that, even though I am not unhappy about my weight or the way I look, I am not happy about my lack of mobility.  I want to be able to walk more easily, and to keep up, or at least pretend I can keep up, with my grandchildren.

Well, what am I going to do this time?  I don't know for sure.  I will not commit to saying I'm going to follow this diet or that diet.  But I have been looking around the web for some easy to make recipes that might just be healthier and consequently lead to some weight loss.  To that end, I will share what I find with my readers.  If you have a site you like, please leave me a comment about it.  Maybe two heads will be better than this one and I can make a dent in this weight battle :)

Here is the first site I'm excited about.  Emily Bites is a blog where the author has retooled recipes to work with Weight Watcher's point system.  Click on the button and have a look around.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Pincushion giveaway

Susan is having a giveaway and wants you to join!  It's easy to do.  Just visit and leave a comment to enter.  You can find the contest here!