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Friday, December 27, 2013

Quote of the Day ~ You is the Only Way to Live! ~ 12-27-2013

Free yourself from negative people. – Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and like-minded.  Relationships should help you, not hurt you.  Surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be.  Choose friends who you are proud to know, people you admire, who love and respect you – people who make your day a little brighter simply by being in it.  Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.  When you free yourself from negative people, you free yourself to be YOU – and being YOU is the only way to truly live.

I found this awesome quote from Positive Outlooks Blog they have some truly inspirational ones on there site!  I am not sure who said these wise words though.


Friday, December 13, 2013

My 4 Boys are Really Growing!

The puppies are growing!  That meaning my two human son's and my two furry ones!  Where does the time go, that is what I want to know?!?   Here is a link if you would like to go back and see how much they have all grown in the last 7 months

I hope everyone has a beautiful winter holiday and that this coming year is even better than the last!  
 Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy

HUGE Giveaway Valued OVER $600!

Hi everyone, something totally different than my norm of random quilt blocks, baby quilts, crafts and the quote of the days.  I have been so fortunate to make many friends over the internet that I have so much in common with, normally it is that we are both quilters, crafters and even more likely both parents.  Well, this friend, Charlie is not quite a parent yet but at the time he was developing an anti bullying game, and that was a topic I was interested in for my two boys.  He is now holding a huge giveaway of video games!  I honestly don't let my boys play the games often, but when I do it must be educational.  I hear the majority of these games being given for FREE are good for kids.  So if you want more info about how to win this prize worth over $600 & growing, keep reading!

Message from Charlie follows:  Starting a couple weeks ago, I reached out to a bunch of indies (as many as I could find, really) asking to do a big Christmas game giveaway. I figured I'd get 10-25 games or so and it'd be a pretty huge giveaway... Boy was I wrong - NEVER underestimate the kindness and generosity of indie game developers!! I ended up getting 70 different games worth over $600, and between the extra copies of games I've gotten, I have over 350 games to give away worth over $2,900 total!!!! That's absolutely mind-blowing to me, and I am incredibly humbled by it all. In fact, because I got so many games, I've expanded on the giveaway concept, turning it into over a dozen different giveaways.

The giveaway below is the SUPER HUGE giveaway - the giveaway that has one copy of each game. Each entry is optional, so you can pick and choose which ones you do, but most of them were chosen by the game developers themselves, so entering as many as you can helps support them and helps you keep up to date with all of their awesomeness!

You can click here if you want to see the grand list of games in the giveaway, or just enter below! Good luck, and don't forget to enter all of the other Christmas giveaways as well!

Note: One winner will be chosen at random. The giveaway is open worldwide. The winners will be emailed via their Rafflecopter email address once chosen, and will have three (3) days to reply to it. If you don't reply within the three days, a new winner will be chosen at random.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Friday, December 6, 2013

Inspirational Quote of the Day by Nelson Mandela ~ 12-6-2013

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.  ~ Nelson Mandela

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

2013 December ~ Baby Quilt with a Heart =)

 I just completed this adorable heart baby quilt, here is a link to the pattern over at the U Create blog.  I did many things to their pattern to make it my own.  I added  larger borders, I wanted more of the background fabric before it reached the final border which I also made larger.  For some reason, I can't make small baby quilts and the original pattern was a generous size already.  I always hope and imagine the baby doesn't grow out of it, they want to drag it around with them until college at least...hehehe (wishful thinking, I know).  The back of this baby quilt is a yummy soft lilac colored minky and it really highlights the quilting of the clouds with the added textures.  Well, I hope they love it as much as I do!  Please drop me a comment, tell me what you think too!  =)
Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy

Thursday, November 28, 2013

2013 November ~ Picturing Piecing Butterfly Quilt Block with Fussy Cutting ~ IQBS

For the friends who have been following along, in the summer I joined a wonderful group of quilting people, I can't say ladies since I do believe we have two brave men in our group who put up with us giggling all of the time.  The group is called the IQBS ~ International Quilt Block Swap, you can read more about the group by clicking the link above and also searching keyword IQBS on my website in the top left corner of this page.  You will be able to see the previous posts that include some of the beautiful blocks our group has been making for each other!  

Well, here are two of my most recent blocks I have made.  I had been wanting to try this new technique (to me) called "Picture Piecing" not to be confused with paper piecing.  I had seen some beautiful quilts that looked like real pictures and I wanted to learn how to do it.  So this purple butterfly block above was made from a pattern inside the book 
I bought off of Amazon, called Picture Piecing, that was actually signed on the inside cover by Cynthia England herself, but you have to make sure you purchase it directly from the author herself and I am not sure if maybe I was just the lucky new book owner of the day.  The butterfly block flew to Italy to be enjoyed by a quilt friend there near Rome.

The other block I made was for a quilty friend in the UK and she wanted the color red used in her block. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Inspirational Quote of the Day by Alan Alda ~ 11/27/2013 =)

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  What you'll discover will be wonderful.  What you'll discover is yourself.  ~Alan Alda

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Inspirational Quote of the Day by Sven Goran ~ Novemeber 26, 2013

“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.”

Quote of the Day by Sven Goran =) 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My Oldest Son is 12 Today!

Twelve years ago today I became a mom for the first time and was given one of the most amazing gifts.  Tanner has such a warm, loving and giving heart within him.  Each day he makes me proud as I watch and wonder about the man he will become.  I am blessed to have you and your little brother in my lives and am grateful for each and every day we share!  Love you always & forever, Mommy xox

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Inspirational Quote of the Day is by Thomas Jefferson 10-29-2013

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

Monday, October 21, 2013

Most Recent Blocks for IQBS ~ International Quilt Block Swap (Hunter's Star)

I really have been sewing even if I haven't been posting pictures of my progress.  I completed these two blocks for the International Quilt Block Swap aka IQBS I am participating in.  This first one was given to a quilty friend named Carol, she is doing an awesome thing with the blocks she is receiving.  Carol asked that her blocks be made red, white & blue so that she could piece them together to make quilts to go overseas for the Quilts of Valor!  They are giving the quilts to injured soldiers, I just think that is awesome of her to do this! 
The star pattern above is called a Hunter's Star quilt block and the pattern can be found by clicking on the link to the left. The pattern gives information for doing a 2 colored Hunter's Star, I did mine in 3 different colors.  I thought it turned out beautifully!  

UPDATED 11/6/2013:  I just found this awesome ruler to make the Hunter Star process even easier!  There is even a great video tutorial to watch!  
The second block was made originally for IQBS, the person had requested country colors and style for her quilt block.  If anyone knows me that is not on my normal color palette, but I stepped out of my bright comfort zone of colors and obliged.  Then that member was no longer in the group but the block was made, so it was donated to the leader, Stephanie of IQBS, she is using it to make a quilt for Quilts of Comfort!  I will be making her a few more matching blocks, her plan is to prepare it for a boy to enjoy.
Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy

Monday, October 14, 2013

Quote of the Day is About Trust by George MacDonald the Scottish Novelist ~ 10-14-2013

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.”  ~ George MacDonald

George MacDonald, was a Scottish novelist, poet & author.  He was born December 10, 1824 and passed away September 18, 1905.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Quote of the Day ~ 10-13-1013

We deem those happy who, from the experience of life, have learned to bear its ills, without being overcome by them.  ~ Juvenal

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Inspirational Quote of the Day ~ 10-10-2013

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. - Carl Bard

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Quote of the Day by Barbara de Angelis ~ 10-5-2013

Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible - it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.
~ Barbara de Angelis


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Inspirational Quote of the Day ~ 10-3-2013

It's what we do with the challenges life throws at us that makes us what we are.  ~Paul T. of Scotland


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Quote of the Day by Albert Einstein ~ 10-1-2013

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
~Albert Einstein 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Quote of the Day ~ 9-30-13 by Oliver Stone

Never underestimate the power of jealousy and the power of envy to destroy. Never underestimate that.
~ Oliver Stone 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Quote of the Day is from Joyce Brothers ~ 9-28-2013

The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top. ~Joyce Brothers

Friday, September 27, 2013

Inspirational Quote of the Day ~ 9-27-13

A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier. ~Tom Stoppard 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Inspirational Quote of the Day by Woodrow Wilson 9-26-2013

You are here to enrich the world.  ~ Woodrow Wilson ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I found this quote while reading through this book today =)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Quote of the Day by Charles Dickens 9-22-2013

Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts.  ~Charles Dickens

I love this one!  =)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Inspiration Quote of the Day ~ 09/21/13

I would not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum.  ~Frances Willard

Friday, September 20, 2013

Quote of the Day is an Unknown author =)

Sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places.  - Unknown

If you know who wrote this, feel free to leave me a comment =)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Inspirational Quote of the Day - 9-15-2013

You  have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  What you'll discover will be wonderful.  What you'll discover is yourself.  ~Alan Alda

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Inspirational Quote of the Day by Claudia Black, PhD =)

Your needs are important.  Knowing your needs is the first step in getting them met.  

Quote by Claudia Black, PhD from the book, "The Truth Begins With You". 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Quote of the Day by Nancy Davis Reagan =)

A woman is like a tea bag, you cannot tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
- Nancy Davis Reagan

PS...If you want to see the other inspirational quotes of the week you can click right about here.  =P

Starting a New Topic ~ Inspirational Quotes =)

Seems I have gotten into a habit (the good kind) of posting some meaningful quotes to me and hopefully for others on my Facebook page.  So, my thought is to start posting them right here on my blog as well =)  I am going to copy the ones that were on my page with their dates and will start a new daily post from there on out.  The quotes mostly have been from two books I have my nose into, one is called, "The Woman's Book of Courage" by Sue Patton Thoele.  A friend I have had since I was in 6th grade gave it to me a few years back and just recently opened it for the first time.  It is wonderful in my opinion!  The 2nd book I am getting many of the quotes from is a book by Claudia Black, PhD,  "The Truth Begins With You".

September 10, 2013 ~ When we discover our thoughts wandering back to the unchangeable past or forward into the unforeseeable future, we can choose to bring our awareness back to now, this moment. Quote of the Day by Sue Patton Thoele 

September 9, 2013 ~ Each of us has been given something more priceless than dollars, 1440 minutes every day. Do we get our money's worth? Quote of the Day by Sue Patton Thoele  

September 8, 2013 ~ To love is to be available and accessible to another-physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Quote of the Day by Sue Patton Thoele  

September 7, 2013 ~ Accept yourself for who you are-no longer waiting for others to define or approve of you. Quote of the Day by Claudia Black, PhD  

September 6, 2013 ~ It's not about doing it right or wrong; it's about doing your best. ~ Quote of the Day by Claudia Black, PhD 

September 5, 2013 ~ As selfishness and complaint pervert and cloud the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision. ~ Helen Keller ~ Quote of the Day

September 4, 2013 ~ Hope inspires and energizes, illuminating the possibilities. ~ Claudia Black, PhD Quote of the Day!

September 3, 2013 ~ Life changing transformations take courage. ~ Claudia Black, PhD ~ Quote of the day
September 1, 2013 ~ You are not responsible for others' behaviors, thoughts and feelings. You are responsible for yours. ~ Claudia Black, PhD ~ Quote of the Day

I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!  =)  To see today's quote of the day, click here.  =)