Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cartwright Seam Ripper Giveaway

Welcome my friends and those who maybe visiting for the first time!

Today, I am so excited to introduce you to a true
West Virginian Artesian, Greg Cartwright, of Cartwright's Creations.
His items are sold in historical shops throughout West Virginia.

He is a lover of reclaimed wood of historical nature
and creator of works of art!

Greg (Cartwright's Creations) & I

A note from Greg

Dear Readers

I have provided two seam rippers to Lisa
so she can have one and one to give away.

They are both made from beautiful old growth oak which was reclaimed from the original train depot in Weston (Lewis County), West Virginia. Train service was established in Weston around 1880. This wood is representative of a great part of my passion for this venture in woodworking for me – that is finding wood with a story to it. I must admit that my main focus is pens and pencils but it really doesn’t matter what I am making as long as it is from wood (although I have recently added pens made of deer antler).

I truly love woods with a story and encourage you to browse the
Pens Section of Cartwright's Creations to see example of
works created with the different woods.

You will find a list of approximately 60 woods of varying ranges of historical and local significance along with some exotic woods which are in my collection just for their beauty.

I am always looking for special projects! If you have a special piece of wood, I would welcome the opportunity to make seam rippers or pens of various styles for family or friends. If you are interested, send me a picture of your piece of wood and please include a ruler in your picture so I can judge the dimensions of the piece. My contact information is available

Happy Quilting
Greg Cartwright

Me again
From this block of wood a Seam Ripper is made!

How does it work?
This one is closed (pouch is included)

You pull out the top!

Insert the top piece back into the hole in the bottom!

Folks we have a Seam Ripper!

Look at the grain!
It is functional, historical, and a work of art.


How to Enter to win one Chrome Top Seam Ripper (described above) valued at $50.00

This giveaway is open to everyone! No matter where you live!

1. Go to Cartwright's Creations
and come back and leave a comment telling me which reclaimed wood you would want for a handle!

2. If you are a "In The Boon Docks" follower you get a second chance - it would be nice if you helped spread the word about this awesome giveaway on your social media!
Don't forget to leave another comment!

If you are a Non-Reply Blogger or Google+ user - Please leave an email in your comments. (Comlisajohnson(at)gmail(dot)com) for example. If I cannot contact you - you can't win!

2 chances to win

This giveaway begins today, April 30, 2014 and ends on May 30, 2014 at midnight! The winner will be announced on May 31, 2014!


How to order one for yourself or Mother

Greg has offered up a special deal!
He will make a custom seam ripper for you for $35.00

What an impressive gift to give your Mother for Mothers Day, a friend for Graduation or a birthday gift!

If you don't need a Seam Ripper, you will find pen and pencil sets, or a single pen for Fathers Day available for their regular price
(only Seam Rippers are available at a discounted rate).

These are gifts everyone will love!
I sure do and I have only had one a few days!

Ordering Instructions

1. Follow this link and Pick your wood

2. Then go the Seam Ripper tab and order you choice of gold or chrome hardware Click on Chrome or Gold Link provided

3. When you pay via PayPal include your wood choice in the instructions!

4. Check out

Thank you for stopping by and entering the giveaway!
Good Luck!
Create and be unique!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Fabriholics Anonymous April Check-in

Hello everyone, my name is Lisa and I am a Fabriholic! The other members and I are on a fast to buy no new fabric until July 2014 and use only the fabrics we have in our stash for (6) months. Month (4) is almost over and I am here to share my results with you today at Fabriholics Anonymous April Check-in!

So the good part is I did not spend a lot of money
bad part while I was cooped up in bed I shop the sales!
I admit I was bored!
Bad combination sick/hurt, bored, and a iPad!

Naughty in April - I'll be sewing all summer!

Rebecca and Jess showed your their lovelys so I'll show you mine!

April Showers - I loved Zoey's dress (Deal of the Day)

Kaffe Shot Cottons and Craftsy had them on sale!
Usually way to expensive for me.
Quilt for hubby and I in the future!

New dress or romper for Zoey's summer wardrobe!

Can you say a gift for hubby - new pillow cases (Fathers Day)!

I always need solids and these all looked like great spring colors!

Bluebird Park - I love Birdie and Kate!
It is starting to disappear out of the online stores
so I just had to snatched this up at a great price!

When it is gone it's gone! Depressing!

I am going to make myself a summer shirt out of this beautiful (2) yards!

I hope I got it all out of my system!
I will try to be good this month and get back on track.

Spent No Money on Fabric!

I do admire all of you who have bought nothing!
I am so weak, because it is all so pretty!

I am still here with you, my friends!
Looks like another (6) months for me, Mrs. Becca!

How do you avoid the sales and still know
what is going on in the fabric world?

Create and be unique! Lisa

I will be linking up with the other Fabriholics at Making Rebecca Lynne

Monday, April 28, 2014

Have You seen a pattern for this outfit?

I bought this outfit for Zoey at a garage sale and she loves to wear it.
It is also impossible for her to strip herself in it!

Ever had a streaker?

If she doesn't have something covering her diaper she rips it off!
She spent time at our house practicing!

I would like to make her some for summer but I don't even know what it is called so any help would be appreciated!

Leave a comment if you can help!

Thanks in advance!

Create and be unique!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

ALYOF - April Finishes

My goal for April was to create something out of this awesome fabric!

The fabric reminds me of the Russian Olympics (lots of pizzaz)
and beautiful colors!

Well I completed my goal and just got it back from the quilter, my wonderful friend, Irene Hensley, (love the hearts),
my only problem is it is not ready to be revealed.

So, here is a corner to prove I made the goal.
I did make something of the fabric and soon all shall be revealed.

Second item I completed this month was making Zoey an Easter dress. If you want an easy pattern that turns out beautiful I highly recommend
the Cottage Mama Party Dress and it is a FREE pattern. Read my post here for more details. I love April Showers fabric but now I just need to make her one for May Flowers! Got any suggestions?

About this time was when everything went crazy - both kids got sick, I threw out my back, and I got sick. I had so much to do!
Flat on my back and miserable.
I even threw a pity party (terrible right)!

First rule of blogging - no negative stuff on your blog. Someone told me that one time and I have tried to live by it. But all my wonderful friends made feel so much better and I even gave a prize!

So, while I was down I did the only thing I could I crocheted!

I love this chunky yarn I bought from
Craftsy - Plymouth Marley Yarn $6.30 (retail price $17.99)

You know how I love things from Italy! One skein makes a kid scarf!

Order (2) they are cheap! I ordered more to make me one!

Every kid needs a scarf in April!
David thought I was crazy!
All ready for Winter!

Thank you for stopping by
Create and be unique!

I am linking up with Sew BitterSweet Designs

Saturday, April 26, 2014

April Showers

If you are looking for a spring dress I have found the perfect one for you!
Your daughter/granddaughter will look beautiful
and the pattern is my favorite - FREE!

When you signup for The Cottage Mama Newsletter The Party Dress Pattern is your free gift from Lindsey Wilkes. The pattern was very easy for a beginner (me) and the dress looks like I bought in a store but better quality! I see more of these in Zoey's future!

Now for the beautiful fabric! I got it from Southern Fabric the owner
Aubrey is just the nicest woman providing excellent customer service and even helping pick fabric for Zoey's dress!
April Showers by Bonnie and Camille.
I loved it so much I bought a layer cake to make a quilt too!

You really should check out Southern Fabric! The "Sale of the Day" are always a great savings! They carry all the latest fabric and have a one of a kind sales section! My kind of place to shop!

Zoey Loved Hunting For Eggs!

That look on her face is why I do it!

I am getting better - antibiotics really help!
Hopefully I'll be all caught up soon!
Create and be Unique!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Pity party giveaway winner

Congratulation! You have won a bag of my scraps!

Marjorie Nath April 15, 2014 at 8:01 PM
So sorry that you are feeling bad and that your grands were sick too. Have a short pity party topped with chocolate in bar form or as hot chocolate. I'll join the party just for the sake of my back.

I had a Pity Party and was blessed to have over a hundred
comment wishing me well.
That is so uplifting!
Thank you all for you beautiful Kind words!
Never in my life did I think that would happen!
Soon to be back creating!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter

I hope all of you have a wonderful Easter!

Enjoy this holiday with family and friends!

We are not all the same and I accept you as you are and I hope you will accept me as I am!

I borrowed the bunny from one of the most creative people I know the
Madam Samm @
Sew We Quilt

I am getting better but still unable to sew!
Sew and be Creative!

The Pity Party Giveaway

Ends at Midnight April 20, 2014!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pity Party Giveaway


Welcome to the Pity Party!

Hi all! It has been a rough couple weeks here on the home front for me!

I love this blog and all the friends I have made over the last two years but there are times when I don't know how or what to share. How much do I put out there without worrying about offending someone or hurting another feelings.

My Grandchildren mean the world to me but at times everything gets to be a little to much for me. For the last 10 days we had both children and they were sick.

I have deadlines I have missed and projects that have gone undone, much less started!

I have throw my back out, am on new medicines, and now have the kids cold!

I will get back to the business of creating as soon as I feel better!

I think this is what some would say a "pity party"!

Oh yes, it is snowing here in the hills of West Virginia! It was almost 70 degrees yesterday and today cold. So, maybe that is also causing my whiney attitude. Hopefully, in a day or two I will be cheerful and productive. Until then I am stuck in bed!

Why you ask do I tell you all this because I would rather post something than nothing for weeks at a time.

So, if you have made it this far you deserve something for listening!


How about a quart bag full of fabric scraps to cheer us up!

I know I have some April Showers and great combos of Modern Yardage. I will even throw in some scraps from the awesome Hawthorne Threads Scrap Bags I got recently!

How to Enter?

Open to everyone who has an address Worldwide!

1. You get one comment to add to the Pity Party!
(you know I think I am feeling better already)

Starts today and ends next Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Midnight! Tell your friends about the Pity Party and lets see who wins!

Thank you for listening, Lisa

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bloggers Beware

Wendy at The Crafter's Apprentice Sent me an email that my work and that of many others was being pirated! But I don't even know what kind of website it really is?

Quilt Patterns Pro I do say it almost looks like Bloglovin?

Any ideas?
Blogger's you might want to see if you are there too! Not just links but whole post's!

But they are doing in through feedburner which is our RSS Feeds. After you login to feedburner go under Analyze and under uncommon uses. I bet you find them there!

On a sweeter note Zoey is visiting! Poor George she has decided he is hers.

Thank you for stopping by

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Wanna Make Your Own

Button, button who's got the button?

Me that's who!

On one of my special projects I needed 3 buttons! Now you have to realize I have hundreds maybe thousands of buttons! In old Mason jars throughout our home. I think they add character to a room. They are great for teaching children how to count.

Once David needed a hundred somethings in a project and I sewed a hundred red buttons to his shirt to wear that day. He went through almost every Mason I had searching for just the right red buttons. It was great fun! I have buttons that belonged to my Great Grandma, she would cut them off the old clothes to warn to be useful and keep them in a jar. Then use them when needed. My Grandma gave me that jar as a young woman and as I found old buttons at flea markets and garage sales I have added to them. I have a few really old Military buttons I keep in my safe after my Mom saw on the Antique Roadshow they might be Civil War.

Let's just say "I have buttons"!

Today I made my first fabric covered buttons and it was Easy!

Dritz makes kits for all kinds of sizes. On the bottom righthand corner tells you what size. I bought 7/8 inch it is the closes I could find to an inch.
I think once made the button is an inch.

Cut a fabric circle twice the size as your button top (it looks like a little dish)
Center the fabric on the white piece
Use the blue pusher to push the center in
Then put you button top in on top of fabric
Fold the fabric into the dish
Put the cap on
The use the blue pusher to press the cap into place
Remove completed button from the white piece
Ta dah you are done!

More than you probably wanted to know
but have you seen the prices on buttons?
More than the $1.97, I paid for the kit at Walmart!

Thank you for stopping by!
Create and be unique!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ALYOF April Goal

ALYOF - April Goal

Hi everybody! My goal this month is to take this stack of beautiful fabric and create something! Shhhhhh, it's a secret! It is one of the most important things I need to do!

Have you ever over booked your time and everything is due around the same time? That seems to be what I have done to myself! It is all fun stuff and opportunities I want to have again! So, if I am not sharing much right now hopefully in the near future I will!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Create and be unique!

I am linking to bittersweet designs