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January 29, 2015

"Lucky" Friday Give Away!

Today's giveaway is one you are all going to love!  
Especially if you have not started your block 1 of our "Mystery" BOM Sew-A-Long!  I'm giving away 3 kits of it on here and on my Buttermilk Basin FB page!  So 6 "Lucky" people can win!!!  This week has been a whirlwind!  It started off with ongoing ear issues and ended up with an ear infection that has been nothing but miserable!  I'm too old for fevers that knock me out! (Lol)!  Needless to say- I started antibiotics today, so things should improve!!!  Yeehaw!  This girl has a busy weekend of work coming up!  I rented out another building and will be moving most of my show props and larger show pieces in there!  Jodi needs more room for her shipping area/office and I need less clutter!  I swear I am having a tag sale this summer to get rid of some good finds!  You have no idea how much good "stuff" I have & love to collect!  Anyway... It's Super Bowl Sunday!  So my question for you is are you watching the "commercials"/entertaining or stitching?  Please leave your comment below for a chance to win!  It's that simple!!  Good luck!!!  
Happy Thursday!  I hope you all are enjoying the "Mystery" BOM!  Remember to email me at swest@buttermilkbasin.com with your progress pics!

Last night I came across this unique pin cushion and thought I had to share it with each of you!  The leaves are quilted and the inside of the cauliflower is made up of tons & tons of French knots!  I'm amazed!  I wonder how many knots it took to create this?

January 28, 2015

"Mystery" BOM is off and running!

You have NO idea how exciting this Mystery Bom is for me!  I love seeing and sharing all our creative talents!  The pictures are pouring in!  I plan to share them as much as I can here and on the FB page!  If you haven't started the BOM yet - no worries... You still can!  Simply go to the previous post and click the link and print off the FREE pattern and join in!  Hopefully by the weekend the link above with the BOM will have info on it with FAQ.  Please email me your progress/pictures anytime and I will share them here for you!  Also- you are welcome to post them to my FB page - whichever is easiest for you!  AND... don't forget to tag #buttermilkbasin on Instagram!  It is going to be a great year gals!  Here are a few shared already!  Keep them coming!!!

Michelle Countess' Block
Beth Upstill's Block

Sandi Anderson's Block

Michelle Pratt's Block

Dotty Witt's Block

Barbara Susienka's Block

Deb Walker's Block

Delane Turner's Block

Irma Sefer's Block

Tina Egen's Block

Sheila Munro's Block

Bobbie Delsing's Block

Lynn Roger's Block

Nacncy Hanbright's block!

Barb Dekan's Block


January 26, 2015

"Mystery" BOM Block 1 Reveal!

"Mystery" BOM Block 1 Reveal!
Here it is!  I know everyone has been "patiently" waiting for this new and exciting mystery block of the month sew-a-long!  Each month on the 15th I will reveal a block.... all you need to do is click the link and print it off!  Then you can start stitching away! 
All I ask is that you share your pictures & progress with me!  You can email me your pics to post or share them with my on the Buttermilk Basin Facebook page!  I really want to make this sew-a-long fun... so please don't be shy and join in on all the fun!  And, YES!  It is complimentary so please read the tidbits below for specific details and then let's get started!  Enjoy!
Here is the LINK to CLICK and print off with basic instructions!  I have provided the drawing reversed for those of you who will be using the fusible technique.  However you choose to do it you will only need one block completed to look like this!!!  Click the link and get started!


"Mystery" BOM Sneak Peek!

January 22, 2015

Snow Turtle : Throwback Thursday!

Here in Minnesita we get snow!  For years, many of us have made our lumpy bumpy snowmen and sweet snow angels!  However, most of us don't go all out like the kids down the road from us do!  Each year they come up with a fantastic design with amazing details!  Here is this year's design, a turtle!  To see more of their past designs- visit their FB page Bart Snow Sculptures!

Since it's Throw Back Thursday I'd thought I'd share this beauty with you from back in the day when I had bangs!!! Lol!  Here is the link to read along with the pic!  Have a great day everyone!

January 20, 2015

Ready for another Blog Hop?

I'm so excited to share the good news!!! The hop will be here before you know it! Get ready!!! :).


How about a great yummy recipe for your next retreat???  Enjoy!

Simply Vintage - Going going gone!

I have a few issues of each that you can purchase if these sold out issues!  Each magazine is $24 plus actual shipping!  Email me at swest@buttermilkbasin.com and I will email you a PayPal invoice!!  Enjoy!

January 19, 2015

Machine & Hand Stitches Guides!

Everyone can use a little info on stitches! Here are a couple neat guides I've came across!  Enjoy!

January 14, 2015

Design for you in Primitive Quilts & Projects Magazine!

A must stop for all needle workers!

After class in day 1- I went with one of my students {Reeta} to one of the coolest shops, the Shepherd's Bush!  They used to carry my patterns back in the day!  The owners {Tina &Teri}are just as sweet as I remember... and their shop is hands down amazing!  If you are a lover of needlework- this is a destination shop not to miss!  I was so glad they let me shop after hours!!!  After this we headed out for sushi with them and a few shops friends!  It was a great experience even without anything close to sushi!!!!

Please go check out their website at: http://www.shepherdsbush.net

January 13, 2015

Village Dry Goods Pictures!!

This is the wonderful shop in an adorable little town that brought this little MN designer in to teach at this past weekend for their annual retreat!
 I can not tell you how amazing the owners Fran & Rolaine were!  They were so accommodating, giving and fun!  They have a fabulous shop too!  Here are some pics I took of it!  They really have just a perfect selection all around... Something for everyone!!!

 More pics from the trip to follow!

January 9, 2015

Village Dry Goods Retreat

Hello!  Having a blast teaching in Utah at Village Dry Goods!  The students are awesome, the projects are turning out fantastic & we are enjoying great food & wonderful hospitality!!!  Excited for day 2 tomorrow!!

January 5, 2015

Do you have a WORD of the Year? I DO!

2*0*1*5  WOW!
I remember my grandpa Fred saying that the years start going by quicker and quicker as you get older!  I didn't believe him then... but I sure do now! 
New Year's Resolutions?  Word of the Year?
After so many years at failing New Year's resolutions..
 a girl just gives up hope on them and switches to the "WORD" of the year! 
They say, "Sometimes a single word can change everything!" I believe that! 
A couple of years ago I struggled with "believing"... {Trust me- the list of what I struggled with is far too long to list here!!! LOL!}  So, I choose the word BELIEVE, hoping that it had the potential to inspire me & create intention in my life!  I incorporated it into my thoughts and goals over the last couple of years.  The word believe itself spoke volumes to me and I ended up getting a tattoo on my left wrist just to remind me to BELIEVE! 
That "WORD" is amazing and it has really been my saving grace!
 Now that you know I am a thinker, dreamer and not afraid to live my life out loud 
{with the hope of encouraging or inspiring others}...
My "WORD" for 2015 is CELEBRATE! 
 As many of you know my mother was a very big part of my life and my company... the last few years she was very ill and most days lived in fear of what could or would happen to her...most days she simply existed, and was scared to embrace life and enjoy the journey, even on her good days!   During that time, we {mainly me} felt like we should not be celebrating the "simple and big joys" that came our way... our {my} focus was always on mom...
 Fast forward to our family trip over the Holidays to Florida...
I did a lot of thinking, reminiscing and mourning since it was the first Holiday Season without mom.  During that time - I realized, not only have I (we) not celebrated the typical things like Holidays etc.. but also the simple joys in life...  It seems I was always so busy going from one thing to the next that I put off celebrating!  I am so blessed and have so much to celebrate from a wonderful husband & family, a creative gift, an amazing company {that has far exceeded my expectations}, a comfortable lifestyle filled with simple joys & lots of wool, cotton & thread etc...
I am going to CHOOSE to CELEBRATE! 
 I am no longer waiting until I have the time
 or until I loose the weight
or until the cats stop shedding {lol!}...
There are NO do-overs in life...
I am going to enjoy every moment!!!
BE ready... It is going to be an AMAZING year!
Are you choosing a ‘Word of the Year’ this year?
I’d love to hear what it is if you feel like sharing it here!

January 3, 2015

Head to our FB page & Win!

It's "Lucky" CAT-Urday over on our Facebook page!  Go check it out, leave a comment & you could win these 3 stitchery patterns!

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