We'll today's the day!!! It's my day for the Sweet Celebrations blog hop!!! A big hello and welcome goes out to all those stopping by for the first time. I'm so excited to get to meet new friends. And of course, for all of my friends who stop by daily, Yippee Skippee!!! Do you remember when I posted about this clear back in May?? (Talk about a cliff hanger :)
I can't tell you how excited I am to be a part of this amazing group of "Chefs". This book has been such a journey!! It has been a long time in the making but I am sure you will find, it was well worth the wait!! Each of the projects in the book are for an annual celebration and each of us "chefs" were assigned one of those Celebrations for the blog hop!!
My Assigned Celebration is Birthdays. I was all kinds of excited for this since two of my projects in the book are to celebrate Birthdays :) Yup, see that table topper the cake is set upon in the bottom right hand corner and the cute banner in the background, my projects. Yippee Skippee!!! (I also have a project for Fathers Day but you will have to get the book to see that one, only a few little sneak peeks today :)
So for the Blog Hop, Moda decided to do a little "Getting To Know You". Oda May prepared us a list of questions. The questions were totally random, which I loved as I tend to be random all the time. So without further ado, a little more about the Happy Quilter. Enjoy!!
Do your pets/kids/spouse help or hinder your creative process?
First off, we don't have any pets. I am afraid of cats and dogs so that really narrows the field. (silly I know, but true none the less.)
My husband supports me in this creative (and sometimes crazy) process fully with only the occasional grumbling when his shirts end up at the bottom of the ironing pile under a mountain of blocks.
My boys don't tend to hang out in my sewing room all that often but my girls love it!! My 7 year old loves to play in my scraps and often inspires color combos I use in my quilts. My 3 year old loves to help by handing me pins. When she gets bored of waiting for me to need a pin, she simply pins my chair. She has yet to stab me, but the day she does will be the day she no longer get's to pin my chair. Lastly, my baby girl. She just loves to roll around the room. (And ya, she doesn't care what is in the way ;)
If you could patchwork bomb a spot in your town, where would you choose and why?
This is the Centurium on the campus of Southern Utah University here in Cedar City, Utah. I attended SUU (a while back) and quickly found that one of the freshmen traditions is to snap your photo with these statues. Sadly, I couldn't find any of my photo's of my roommates and I being super silly. (coincidence??)
But I can't help thinking how much more fun the freshmen would have taking their silly snapshots if Albert Einstein and his posse of thinkers were wearing patchwork pants! Just makes me smile to think about it :)
If you could have a quilt shop spree, which items would you snag off the shelf??
Pre-cuts, Pre-cuts, Pre-cuts!!! I love my Pre-cuts. I love the amazing selection of prints, the perfectly coordinating colors, and the huge amount of time I save cutting!! Easy Peazy, Lemon Squeezy!!
What is your favorite Birthday memory?
I started looking through old photos trying to remember a favorite birthday memory. I quickly realized, I don't have a lot of recent birthday memories of me, but I do have a ton of Birthday memories of my children. I especially love the first birthday!!! These little ones change so much in 1 year and on each of their first birthdays I take a minute to reflect on how they have grown, and what a special place they have in my heart.
I also love our first birthday tradition of the birthday cake!! I mean who doesn't love pictures of icing covered kids with huge grins on their face as they stuff in every last crumb :)
Jocelyn just turned 1 a few weeks ago and she, like her siblings, loved it to the last bite!
Do you prefer to celebrate with cupcakes, cake pops, or just plain old cake?
None of the above!!! So this might be weird, but I really don't like frosting. Doesn't matter what kind, I just don't like it. So here I am at my last birthday (surprised we took a photo) and in front of me you will see a nasty frosted cake. This is a prop cake. Its sole purpose is for the kids to be happy. We sang, I blew out the candles, the kids had huge globs of icing with ice cream - tradition complete! And then I pulled my customary individual birthday cheesecake from the fridge ;) Nothing say's Happy Birthday to Me like a Cheesecake!!!
And as part of this blog hop, each of the chefs are sharing their favorite recipe from their assigned Celebration. So of course, I am sharing my favorite Snickers Cheesecake recipe! It's so yummy and so incredibly easy to make!!
You can go here to print this recipe in either a 3 x 5 recipe card or a 4 x 6 card card or just click on the Printer Friendly Version below :) Collect all of the recipes along the hop to keep with your book!!!
So that's a little about me. Random for sure, but there you have it, little ol' me :) So now, let's get to the part about little ol' you!!!! The Giveaway!!!
I am so excited to giveaway a copy of Sweet Celebrations plus a Moda Layer Cake to go along with it!!! Simply leave me a comment below of a favorite birthday present to be entered to win. You have until October 14th to comment and the winner will be announced on October 19th :)
And for a complete list of all the hop stops just click on the banner!!! Enjoy the Sweet Celebration!!!