October 31, 2008

We The People Swap III - CLOSED!


It's time to get one more swap in before the Holiday Season is upon us! There was a tie!! You voted and you asked for charm packs and a partner's wish list. SO - let's make it so everyone can get what they want!!


1. Send your partner one charm pack and one pattern from a wish list they have given you. Please list at least 5 different patterns you would like to receive ($12.95 or less) to give your partner some variety to choose from. Patterns can be: Aprons, Clothing, Crafts, etc. Charm packs are 5 x 5 fabric packs - usually a variety of a fabric line - like Amy Butler, Farmer's Market, Moda, etc.

2. Package must be mailed no later than Friday, November 24th.

3. I realize this swap does not include you having to make anything, and won't that be nice during the holiday season if you are making your Christmas gifts this year!!!


Sign up by: Friday, October 31st

Partners Assigned: Saturday, November 1st

Date Package must be mailed by: Monday, November 24th


Help me spread the word about the swap and receive an entry for each of the following:

1. Join the swap

2. Post about swap on your blog

3. Refer friends and receive a entry for each one that joins (tell your friends to let me know!)

4. I am attempting to understand this button on a blog thing and received some help from Frankenpug. Add a button to your blog and receive an entry! COMING SOON!

Winner Receives: One Pattern off your list that your partner did not buy you! That's right - you could receive two patterns. Spread the word!!!!


5 or more patterns you are interested in. Make sure to list pattern names, numbers and sizes if needed. If they are from websites, help your partner out by listing where you have seen the patterns before! You can also list if you have certain charm packs you would be interested in. You do not have to keep to these, but if you would like to - your partner would love it!!

Thanks to Shawnee, she has introduced me to a wonderful form you can use to sign up!! Go HERE to sign up! There is room for 100 people to sign up!

Email me at Punkrockertracey(at)yahoo(dot)com with questions!

October 29, 2008

Back Home

Thank you all so very much for your support and love during this difficult time with my family. The funeral was exactly as my grandpa would have wanted, so it made us smile! I cut my hair drastically off and dyed it reddish brown (they say never do anything drastically while mourning, but I love how it turned out!) We had a chance to visit with family while home for the funeral. I got to see my second cousin cheer (she is 6 years old and it is hilarious to watch little girls cheer. They are loud!!!) Here are some highlights from being home and from the trip home. We stopped at the Jim Beam bourbon plant, Abe Lincoln's birthplace and Dinosaur World. We didn't have time to visit dinosaur world because we were already behind on getting home!

My dog freaked out by the cheering girls. Look at his face. He is so not happy!!!
Snack Time!! Now Grissom is interested in being there!!

Jim Beam's nephew's dog, Spot. Grissom is so not loving the posing next to the statue dog!

Mom, Grissom and I in front of the monument of Abe Lincoln's birthplace. There is a cabin inside that would have been similar to Abe's cabin. They put the outside monument cover over the cabin to help with weathering of it. The cabin inside was 160 years old. While the cabin was not Abe's - the land was the family's for a short time!

The husband and I at the front of Dinosaur World with a triceratops behind us - my favorite dinosaur!

The National Parks have these passport books that you can buy. You can get stamps at every park, historical site, monuments etc that participate in this program. My husband is a huge history fan - hence the big smile. This was high excitement for him!

While it was so sad for my grandpa to pass away, it was what he wanted. He LOVED to travel, so it felt like he was with us at our stops on the way home! He enjoyed history too, so we felt it was a fitting way to come home - even if we didn't get in to my mom's until 4am!!! I will miss my grandpa so very much - but I have no doubt we will see each other again one day!!

October 22, 2008


Sadly, my grandpa passed away yesterday. I am heading home for the funeral today. I will be on and off the internet each day, so I may be out of pocket for a couple of days.

October 20, 2008

Check out this Seamstress!

Can you believe how awesome this outfit is? She is one AWESOME seamstress. Gives me something to work toward!!

October 15, 2008

Catching Up On Awesome Deliveries

I am so behind on posting all of the goodies I have received lately. So here we go...... grab a snack, it might take a few moments!!


I received this apron for a Halloween Swap I was in:

What is funny is that I had bought the owl fabric awhile back for myself but didn't know what to do with it. Then I get this apron with the same fabric. Too funny!


One of my dream vacations was England. My partner made me an apron like the English countryside with green and roses.

My We The People Swap II package arrived from I'm a Ginger Monkey and it is AWESOME! Take a look at all the goodies I received:

I know..... what a SWEET package. I am so lucky!


The materials are here. Now I just have to find the time to make the quilt!!!

Please Vote!!!

I wanted to fit in one more swap for We The People before the Holidays begin. I also tried to choose really simple items to choose from. I know many people make their own Christmas gifts or prepare for Holiday craft fairs, so an easy swap is great for everyone. Choose from six projects:

1. Fat Quarters - swap some fat quarters

2. Charm Packs - swap two charm packs

3. Purchase a craft book and mail to your partner (off of a wish list from your partner)

4. Partner's wish list (make an item off of a wish list from your partner)

5. Make Christmas ornaments

6. Buy 2 yards from a partner's wish list and mail

Voting closes on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19th. Get the word out on your blog and be entered to win a yard of fabric!!! Make sure and add a comment on this post if you add this to your blog so I can enter you to win a yard of fabric.

Quilt Giveaway

Head over to Pigtails and Snails for a quilt giveaway! This quilt makes me think of fall and I want to win it!! Get extra entries for posting and for adding a button. Get over there and win!

October 14, 2008

I Won An Award!!!

Check out my personal blog - Bear Traps and Road Maps - to see an award that I have won, thanks to Aunt Pitty Pat's!!!!

I have put links to some of the most hilarious happenings in my life and many which include my husband!!!

October 13, 2008

My husband is a wonderful man!!

Remember that awesome quilt I was obsessing over? Let me remind you........

My husband turned in some of his old games and a game system that he hasn't played for awhile, and used the money to buy me the quilt kit from A Quilt Is Nice. How awesome is that? He could have used that money to buy some books for himself or whatever, but he gave it for me. Ladies, that is one awesome husband!!!

Sorry Ladies. He is spoken for!!

And the WINNER is.........

Aunt Pitty Pat's!!!! How fantastic! I can't thank you enough for helping me spread the word about Breast Cancer Awareness. If you didn't win the apron, you did help someone win by spreading the word about mammograms and breast cancer. Thank you!

October 12, 2008

My 200th Giveaway - just a bit late!!!


I am doing my field work this semester for my degree at Cancer Care Services. I have been trying to figure out what I wanted to do for my giveaway and it came to me!! Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (and really - all cancer awareness month) - what better month to host a giveaway.

Receive entries for each of the steps below:

1. Leave me a comment that you would like to be entered into the giveaway. 1 entry

2. Share the giveaway on your blog and leave me a comment that you have done so. 2 entries

3. Encourage women on your blog to get a mammogram each year to help put a stop to breast cancer and leave me a comment that you have done so. 3 entries

The winner will receive a PINK apron to help raise Breast Cancer Awareness. Giveaway entries will be accepted until Sunday, October 12th at midnight. The winner will be announced Monday, October 13th.

I tried to make a button out of the photo up top - but I couldn't do it. Any recommendations?

October 6, 2008

I want to make a quilt like this!!

I am not much of a quilt maker - I think because I have to see some major progress when I make my projects. Patience is not my best virtue!! I have started a easy quilt and I will share that in just a moment. As I have been perusing quilts on different craft blogs, I stumbled upon this one:

I just can't stop staring at this quilt and all I want to do is grab a great book and spread this quilt out in the park and just read on a sunny day. To see more phenomenal quilts - visit this craft blog: A Quilt Is Nice.

I got a great example of an easy type of quilt - kind of a beginners step to assembling a quilt. I follow Anna Maria Horner's Website and she had this great quilt she made for her daughter. Check out this cute quilt:

So to add more into this blog, I LOVE Heather Bailey fabrics and chose this bright happy one for my quilt to make like Anna Maria did. You can see that I have stitched around the flowers, but it may be harder to see I stitched around the big design in the middle. I plan to stitch around my other big ones a bit further out so you can see it better.

I can't wait to finish this quilt and use it!! It is so bright and happy. It may take me until the end of the year or beginning of the year to complete this quilt, but it is going to be so great in the spring time!!!

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