Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Fleet & Flourish

welcome to my day of the beautiful fleet & flourish blog tour.
this day is very important to me as maureen is one of my most very favorite people.  
she has a beautiful kind heart, she is crazy talented and she is an amazing friend. 
when i started looking at the fabrics and what each print was named; i was inspired, deeply.


what does it mean to be innocent and tenacious? how does one do it? 

 all paths sunlit, expanded aim, what awaits profoundly, roadside guide...

my thoughts were everywhere... how can i honor the beauty of the fabric?  how can i infuse my love for maureen into what i make?  how do i do it???

one word.


i took very favorite duffle bag pattern,
and i started sewing.

i wanted to highlight every print so i cut 3.5 inch squares and made the exterior panels a patchwork masterpiece.

when i finished this duffle i really wasn't ready to be finished.
not at all. 
another bag needed to be made and of course i went to my absolute favorite bag...
i am a lover of big purses...they just hold so many things!

this bag has very significant meaning and showcases my two favorite prints.

all paths sunlit (main exterior) and expanded aim (violet pocket) signify that though the path may be bright we must keep our eye on the constantly expanding horizon; forever seeking out and welcoming new experiences. 

though this life and the experiences/successes/failures we have may be innocently fleeting, we must tenaciously aspire to flourish.

thank you dear maureen, for inviting me to participate along side the other amazingly the talented people that are sharing their fleet & flourish projects on this blog tour!

Feb 22nd ~ Amy Friend : During Quiet Time { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 23rd ~ Heidi Staples : Fabric Mutt { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 24th ~ Amy Smart : Diary of a Quilter { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 25th ~ Amanda Jean: Crazy Mom Quilts { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 26th ~ Brooke Sellmann : Silly Mama Quilts { Blog & Instagram } Visit Maureen Cracknell Handmade for a Fleet & Flourish GIVEAWAY with Lady Belle Fabrics!!

Feb 29th ~ Amber Carillo : One Shabby Chick { Instagram & Blog }
March 1st ~ Nicke Cutler : Kiss Kiss Quilt { Instagram Blog }
March 2nd ~ Nicole Daksiewicz : Modern Handcraft { Instagram & Blog }
March 3rd ~ Christopher Thompson : the Tattooed Quilter { Instagram & Blog }
March 4th ~ Alexis Wright : My Sweet Sunshine { Blog & Instagram } Visit Maureen Cracknell Handmade for a Fleet & Flourish GIVEAWAY with Llama Fabrics!!

March 7th ~ Jessica Stewart : Izzy & Ivy Designs { Blog & Instagram }
March 8th ~ Stephanie Kendron : Modern Sewciety { Blog & Instagram }
March 9th ~ Heather Bostic : House of A La Mode // Citizens of Textile { Instagram }
March 10th ~ Ali Brorsen : Because of Brenna { BlogFacebook, & Instagram }
March 11th ~ Melissa Kelley : Sew Shabby Quilting { BlogFacebook, & Instagram } Visit Maureen Cracknell Handmade for a Fleet & Flourish GIVEAWAY with the Intrepid Thread!!

March 14th ~  Maureen Cracknell Handmade { BlogFacebook, & Instagram }


Thursday, February 25, 2016


i often think about the lives we brought into this world.  
how much i love them. 
how my love, acceptance and encouragement will will shape their lives.

how i love to hold their hands and kiss their heads.

how the love that i have for their father and the way i treat him will give them an example of how a healthy relationship could and should be.

i think about the memories we have made together 
i think about all the silly times we have had and it makes my heart grow.

i love this life.
i love these people.
i am forever grateful.