Saturday, April 30, 2011

Let's Try This Again. Saturday Freebie - GONE

Last Friday's Freebie is still available.

If you would like to have this little zipper pouch, all you have to do is be the first person to leave a comment here. Then you MUST email your mailing address to me at (Otherwise I can't send your item. I don't chase down winners.)

Please do not respond if you have won anything from me within the past 3 weeks. Let's give everyone a chance to win. Thank you.

Friday, April 29, 2011

(Royal) Freebie Friday - GONE

Royal Friday Freebie is this zipper pouch featuring juicy lemons on a pink background. Pouch measures 5" x 8".

If you would like this item, please leave a comment on this post, then email your mailing address to me at so I can send your item.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Results and Update

Oh my. I still can't believe that Jacob, Casey, and Scotty were the bottom 3 tonight. I thought for sure that Jacob was gone, so I freaked a little when they sent him back to safety. Between Casey and Scotty I knew Casey's time was up (since Scotty had never been in the bottom 3 before.)

I feel bad that Casey is gone. 3 other contestants should have left before him. Those would be Jacob, Haley, and Lauren. So what happened?

I still think Casey will do good outside of AI. He has a charming and outgoing personality, so I feel he will go far. I'm just shocked that he is gone.

Update: Friday Freebie will be back tomorrow with another item. And if last week's winner doesn't contact me, then last week's freebie will be offered up again.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

American Idol Top 6

I'm back again. Last week was a travesty for my daughter's favorite, Stefano. I really liked him as well, and thought he was a good singer. This week the contestants were singing songs by Carole King.

Jacob Lusk started the night with "Oh No Not My Baby". It was just meh. I'm just really not liking him much.

Lauren Alaina is singing "Where You Lead". It's not bad. I don't think it was great either, but she did show a little more confidence this week. She needs to step it up if she wants to stick around.

Scotty McCreery went soft and sang "You've Got A Friend". Very nice. I'm glad Jimmy told him not to hit the low notes this week. It was good to hear him sing an entire song in that range.

James Durbin is doing "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow". Oh my goodness. I love this!!! He sounds great. He really does have vision for his performances. This was just perfect.

Casey Abrams sang "Hi De Ho (That Old Sweet Roll)". Please stop growling already. Casey really knows how to work it. Jennifer says he needs to loosen up on stage. I don't think he is 'tight', he is just so intense when he performs that he looks stiff. It would have been perfect if he hadn't growled so much.

Haley Reinhart sang "Beautiful". It's alright. Not my favorite performance of hers. I don't think it helped that she came up right after Casey and all his personality.

Okay, so bottom 3 this week.... Jacob, Haley, and Casey. I think. Or exchange Lauren for Haley. I don't want to put Casey in the bottom 3 at all, he doesn't deserve to be there. Going home? I think Jacob (finally).

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Freebie Friday Winner

Congratulations Pat. Please send me an email with your shipping address to Thank you!!

I understand my reading tastes aren't for everyone. I have really been on a YA kick for the past 2 years. If anyone is interested, you can find me on
Goodreads to see what I have been reading. I am always up for new recommendations.

And in case any of you wondered, I didn't become Dorothy on Friday night. The closest tornado to us was less than 5 miles away, so we did spend a little time in the basement. The F4 tornado that also hit Lambert St. Louis Airport was very close to where my husband and I grew up, so we know the area well. It's actually a few miles away from my parent's house where we are going for Easter Sunday. We plan on driving down the highway so we can show the kids the damage. They don't remember much about the area even though we drive that way several times a year. I'll see if I can get some photos.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Goodbye Stefano and Hello Freebie Friday

Awww. Poor Stefano got the boot from AI last night. I was hoping Jacob would be the one to go. (If all teenage girls were voting for Stefano like my daughter did, he would still be around.) I think she managed to get one call in for each of MY favs - James, Scotty, and Casey.

Freebie Friday - Please only respond if you haven't won anything from me for the past few weeks. Give everyone a chance to win.

To win the zipper pouch pictured below, just be the first person to respond to this post. Then email your shipping address to me at

Constructed using Alexander Henry fabrics - exterior is Kleo in Sage, interior is Pink Bangle Dots. Lightly interfaced and measures 6 inches x 4.5 inches.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

And then there were 7... American Idol

Scotty - Chose 'Swingin' by Lee Ann Rimes. Although he's really singing more like the John Anderson version from the 80's. I second what Randy and Jennifer said about him choosing a different song. This is way too safe.

James does 'Uprising' by Muse. What a great song. I heart Muse. I'm glad he sang this. He is singing and performing wonderfully!!! Go James. Those high notes are killing me. I love this performance.

Haley is singing 'Rolling In The Deep' by Adelle. Good song. Oh my, please don't shoot me, and I can't believe I am actually saying this....but I like it. Gasp. Maybe this is a residual 'like' from last week when her and Casey sang together on results night. I thought she sounded good then. Oh no. Who will I place in the bottom 3 tonight???

Jacob is singing another Luther Vandross song. This time it's 'Dance With My Father'. I'm not feeling this one. I'm not a big Jacob fan, so maybe it's just me, but I don't like it.

Casey sings 'Harder To Breathe' by Maroon 5. It's pretty good. I like how it starts. I liked it through the middle, but towards the end he goes all Casey and gets a little goofy. Overall it's pretty good.

Stefano is singing 'Closer' by Ne-Yo. I'm not too familiar with the song, but Stefano is putting on a good show. My daughter and I like it, my husband can't stand it... my daughter doesn't understand how dad doesn't like it, so I tell her Stefano doesn't have the same effect on guys as he does us girls. LOL.

Lauren sings 'Born To Fly'by Sara Evans... I'm not a big fan of Sara Evans, so it's not my favorite song. Lauren sings it very well though.

Bottom 3? Egads I have no idea. Jacob... Haley, and Stefano. Maybe. I just don't know this week.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Winner!! Happy Saturday

Wow. I actually got last week's American Idol bottom 3 correct in my first try. I should have stopped overthinking on that one. I think it was past Paul's time to go.

I am sewing today. YAY!!! Both of my kids starting feeling like crap last Sunday evening. They ended up not going to school Monday thru Thursday. Both have strep, and my son has a terrible ear infection. By Friday I had my fill of 2 crabby, whiny kids, and a very cute puppy (dog?).

I didn't get any sewing done, but I did manage to read quite a lot since we were all laying about the house.

I finished All You Get Is Me by Yvonne Prinz.
I read The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta.
I also read This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen.
Then I reread my copy of If I Stay by Gayle Forman, because I received my copy of Where She Went and I had to refresh my memory before digging in. I am 3/4 done with Where She Went, and I am afraid to finish it. If they don't end up together after all this angst, I might have to strangle someone.

The winner of last Sunday's Freebie cute little Farmer's Market zipper pouch is Angela. Please email me with your shipping address and I will get that out to you. My son picked the winner. This is what he usually looks like - love the headset.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

AI - Movie Week

You know, in previous years of AI, usually every week there was someone that I felt did really horrible (HORRIBLE) that I thought deserved to go home that week. That hasn't really been the case this year. Does that mean that this is the best season of singers yet (like they keep force feeding us to believe)? Or is the mentoring actually helping? I don't know. But Jimmy Iovine is getting on my nerves because he thinks he knows everything.

Last night started with Paul singing "Old Time Rock n' Roll". I didn't really like it. His voice still gets on my nerves.

Lauren Alaina did “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. I think she didn't feel very confidant. Some of her notes could have been much stronger, and if she had just felt the song more it would have turned out so much better.

Stefano sang some song by Boys II Men. I've never heard the song before, don't really care about that. I thought Stefano gave his best performance so far. Truly heartfelt and emotional. Who was he singing this for? After last week when the judges and the crowd make him feel 2 inches tall by being over indignant that it was Pia leaving and not him, this was a great performance to show that he deserves to still be here.

Scotty chose “Cross My Heart” by George Strait from the movie Pure Country. (Which is just the greatest movie ever. Very PG, cute as can be, great quotes, and George Strait. What could be better?) It's okay that Scotty stayed in his comfort zone and sang another country song. This performance was pretty good, but maybe in the future he WILL sing a non-country song. I will be waiting for that.

Casey did “Nature Boy” and I'm not sure if America is feeling him. It's a great performance (aside from the faces he is pulling again). He is very confidant with his choice and it shows. The hell with mentors trying to talk him out of his song choices. Go with what you feel.

Haley goes with “Call Me” by Blondie. Seriously, the 'mentors' didn't try to talk her out of THIS??? Hmmmm. It was not good. Not really showing her voice or talent. At times I do believe she has a great voice. She just doesn't know herself very well. She has the potential to be good (or at least better) if she could truly find herself.

Jacob sang ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’, another change by the mentors. I actually think this was a good change. When he started singing his first song choice it was soooooo boring. My problem with Jacob is that he over sings and over-emotionalizes every song. It's just too much for me.

And finally, James. Stupid mentors and their opinions can bite me. James knows what he wants to sing, and I'm sure this is one of those songs he does with his band so he is comfortable with it. I would just like to tell him not to get cocky thinking he knows what his 'fans' want to hear. However, I was excited when the song started. I think he completely nailed it. I loved the entire performance.

Bottom 3 - this is getting harder. Paul, Stefano, and Haley. No, maybe not Stefano. Jacob instead? I can't imagine another female leaving this week, so maybe it will be Paul, Casey, Jacob. Yeah, that's what I'll go with.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday Freebie

Was anyone really surprised that Pia went home this past week on American Idol? I wasn't too surprised, I was just glad it wasn't Stefano that went home. My daughter would have had a cow if her favorite left.

Along with all of the other 'weird' stuff my husband claims I listen to, I have really been enjoying 'Barton Hollow' by The Civil Wars (see video below). I showed this to my husband earlier and I don't think he enjoyed it too much. He has horrible taste in music though, so his opinion can't be counted on. Listen for yourself.

Sunday Freebie - Open to everyone. Just leave a comment to be entered to win. A random winner will be chosen on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. This is a cute little zipper pouch with a swivel clip. I used Sandi Henderson's Farmer's Market fabrics. It measures 5" wide, 4" tall, and 2" deep.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

No Rock n Roll in their Rock n Roll

Rock n Roll Hall of Fame songs last night on AI. I think the potential for choosing an incredible song is very high.

Jacob Lusk - Changed from his original song (Let's Get It On) to Michael Jackson's Man In The Mirror. Great decision. Jacob sang it very well.

Haley Reinhart sang “Piece of My Heart” by Janis Joplin. I know she only picked this song because the judges keep telling her they like the Janis Joplin like quality of her voice. I don't think she has connected with any song so far this season.

Casey Abrams does “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by CCR. It was alright, but he's back to the growling and weird stuff. I actually like Casey, but he should still be worried after that performance.

Lauren Alaina sings “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”. I'm not sure she's old enough to pull off this song. It was okay, but not great.

James Durbin has chosen “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by George Harrison. Wow. I really loved this. James has a really nice voice, and the big note (scream) at the end was well placed and just perfect. Way to go!!

Scotty McCreery sings “That’s All Right Mama” by Elvis Presley. Another great performance. Scotty has a really great voice. It was weird, because at one point I was listening (and not watching) and Scotty had a little hip-hoppy flavor going on. I thought it was just me until Jennifer commented on it. Great performance.

Pia Toscano chose “River Deep Mountain High”. I had to take the dog out to poo, so I didn't really get to hear this one. I don't think I missed much. Pia does nothing for me.

Stefano Langone sang “When a Man Loves a Woman”, and it was pretty good. He has a really great voice, but he really needs to open his eyes and connect with the song and the audience. He needs to remember he's not at home singing in his shower anymore. Sing to the audience.

Paul McDonald performs last tonight singing “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash. I don't know about this guy. His singing voice is just too weird. And it's SO different from his natural talking voice. How does he do that? I don't think this was a great performance. Were the judges pimping his performance to try to keep him around longer?

Last week I correctly guessed 2 of the bottom 3. This week I think the bottom 3 may be Jacob (just because he had the first spot tonight), Stefano (even though I like him), Paul (although he may bounce back after being in the bottom 3 last week), and Haley (I'd rather Pia go than Haley). That's 4 choices for the bottom 3 because I just don't know. No one had that really terrible performance that makes you think they have really got to go this week.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

I love new fabrics!!!

Ooooh, look what I found over on Sandi Henderson's Website. New fabrics!! These won't be ready for quite a while, but they look yummy. The collection is called Secret Garden.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Friday Freebie (No Fooling!!!)

To give everyone a chance at being the winner, please do not attempt to win this card case if you have won from me in the past 2 weeks. I have a lot more items to give away, so you will have more opportunities.

Card case with 2 card slots, frayed flower detail, elastic closure, and vintage button. Measures 4 inches by 2.5 inches when closed. 4 inches by 5 inches when opened.

The first person to leave a comment on this post is the winner. After posting your comment, please email me your shipping address at

Front and Back when closed.

Exterior when opened.

Interior when opened. 2 card slots.