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Winners. It’s what’s for dinner.

January 11th, 2010

Yippeeyoodle… Thanks for playing in my Bow/No Bow contest. Thank you for your kind and hilarious comments! So a funny thing happened on my way to random.org… it didn’t want to give me a winner!  I personally don’t comment on many posts with contests because I need to use what I have, and I know there are others like me - so I gave an “X out” option.

[insert 70’s computer sound - do de do de du do de dleep]
First number RO picked was #202 - Sherri from A Quilting Life (and she chose to X out of contest)
[do de do de du do de dleep]
Second came #157 - Mary Ann (long time blog hopper - but has no blog… she also X’d out)
[do de do de du do de dleep]
Then came #241 - Anina of Twiddletales (she also X’d out)

What the what!? If this is how things work… Dear Universe, I do not wish to have a new addition on my house for a giant quilt studio with a small kitchenette and sleeping quarters for friends.  I also don’t want Jamie Durie to come landscape the studio’s garden.  I heart you, Universe - love, Monica.

And then it finally happened [insert slot machine jackpot sound - clang clang clang clang]… and the two winners are:
Comment #33 Jenny from Cut.Sew.Iron.Repeat
Comment #214 Mary from Mary on Lake Pulaski!


A ways back when I had a contest for some lovely Lecien COSMO floss… one of my winners was Sarah. We were semi-new blog pals to each other at the time… and then when she won… and when I got her address… well, there was no escaping me and we’ve since became really close friends.  Sista-friends.  With all the lovin’ Sarah got over the lil’ ZombieGirl (ZeeGee) coffee cozy she made me - I begged her to put up her coffee cozy pattern on etsy.  And she did!!  So check out Sarah’s Cottage Coffee Cozy post with all the info on her pattern.  Please don’t hold me responsible if you fall out of your chair after viewing the ultra-cuteness of her cozzies.   Buckle up.

And my lil’ ZeeGee… I picked this one:

Decision time on the new Happy Zomibe logo

Well… the one I’ll use most.   On what, I don’t know.  But it’s at the ready. I also like ZeeGee without petals, so I’ll use that too.  And special occasions and holidays… I’ll don her with a bow and other accessorizes.  Dare I ask for accessories ideas/input?  And in true form of my full name (Monica Inability To Make A Decision Solorio)… I’m keeping my beloved aqua washer.  Who’s feelings I hurt and are in need of repair.  I love you Aqua Washer, xoxom.

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Decisions & Bribery

January 5th, 2010

Last July I decided to make a new logo/avatar for myself.  While I love my little aqua washer… to me it says, “hey, I heart laundry”.  Which of course is not true (though I’m not gonna kick my aqua washer to the curb just because I hate laundry).   So I started fiddling around and came up with what I thought said me.   And then I got stumped with some of the design elements.  One color or two.  Or three.  Flower petals or no petals.  Bow or no bow.  Last summer I subjected some family and friends for input and have been able to whittle it down to two.  I still need help, and I have no problem with restoring to bribery to get it.


Without a bow?

Decision time on the new Happy Zomibe logo

With a bow?  I think it says “girlie” - like I’ll be gentle whilst eating your brains - and then I’ll stitch your head up in a nice blanket stitch when I’m done.

Decision time on the new Happy Zomibe logo

My sweet sistah-friend Sarah and her amazing stitchin’ kick asteroid ways… made me a coffee cozy using my logo as her design.
New Happy Zomibe logo on Sarah's coffee cozy

I died when she gave me this. Not quite zombie died, but a “OMG I P.F. Chang’d my pants” died.  And it was just the kick in the shorts I needed to get going with the new logo.

New Happy Zomibe logo on Sarah's coffee cozy

Please tell me what you like best! Bow or no bow.  As a bribe a thank you, I’ll give two prizes from my personal stash - I’ll give one Moda Chez Moi “Swanky” Turnover to one winner, and one Moda 3 Sisters “Aviary” charm pack to another winner.   Some ideas on what to do with them here.
HZ prize patrol
Please tell me your answer by midnight (PST) Sunday, January 2010 and I’ll announce the winner on Monday, Jan. 11th after random.org picks the winners.

If you just wanna do me a solid and tell me your fave - but don’t want to enter the contest… please type an “x” somewhere on your comment.

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Shiny Day

December 29th, 2009

I dream of the White Christmas we had last year… but for a brief moment yesterday I took a break from the day-dreaming to enjoy our rare sunshine.  I may be envious of everyone’s snow pics… but it’s hard to top shopping at the Astoria Safeway, popping my bags in the car… and then hopping on to our beloved Riverwalk for a stroll with Mr. Z in the glorious, glorious sunshine.

Astoria Riverwalk

It’s worth repeating. Glorious, glorious sunshine.  Glorious sun shiny sunshine sunny day.

Astoria Riverwalk Astoria Riverwalk

If this little red riverfront building was mine, it’d be my fantasy sewing & crafting hangout (the boat on the deck is for the pizza delivery and to bring friends).

Astoria Riverwalk

Astoria Riverwalk Astoria Riverwalk

Astoria has THE best signs in THE best places. I heart my little town of Absurdia.

Astoria Riverwalk

Rest stop where we can eyeball our next-door neighbor Washington (aka Hawai’i).

Astoria Riverwalk

Mill Pond Village.   A former toxic dump - now a jewel. These homes have magnificent views… sans the views of the bloggers who stroll the Riverwalk with cameras.

Astoria RiverwalkAstoria Riverwalk

There’s something about walking on a wooden bridge.  The sound.   The feel.  The need to peek at what’s underneath.  I was hoping to see a troll or a hidden immunity idol.

Astoria Riverwalk Astoria Riverwalk

Time to head back… and back to day-dreaming about snow.

Astoria Riverwalk

There must be someone out there dreaming of sunshine and snowless sidewalks, right? Can we swap?

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Merry Christmas

December 25th, 2009

No White Christmas like last year… so I stay focused on my tree and pretend.  Sipping my hot cider while Christmas with the Brady Bunch plays softly in the background Mr. Zombie’s Mythbuster’s marathon and roaring fire lulls me into staying in my jammies and eating way too much spinach dip.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Again… ham dog Madison wants in the shot.

Merry Christmas

Showing off her acting skills… Clint Eastwood imitation: “Get off my lawn“. (thanks Heidi and Frank!)

Merry Christmas

Yawn.  I’m boring her.
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas from our home to yours!  May your day be filled with family, friends, food and frivolity.

And may all your Christmas photos turn out G Rated and your ornaments be well hung.

Merry Christmas

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Bon Jour Winter Tour

December 21st, 2009

If there’s a sign with holes in it… Pam and I will stick our heads through it.   Priceless.  Curious onlookers watching us… that’s gravy.

hola... bon jour...

hola... bon jour...

Did you know that shopping at a kawaii store called Loyal Army Clothing can make you silly punchy? Add adorable Frankie Pancakie to the mix and encouraging us… and you get more then curious onlookers - you get Nordstrom staff calling the Walnut Creek Police Department. Just kidding. Only security was called.

Floating PKMFloating HZ

And then there were cupcakes. And coffee. And see-you-real-soon hugs. And then tears.

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White Christmas trees are like bunnies

December 12th, 2009

It all started with the little one for my studio.
Christmas dec studio makeover
And then the medium one for the kitchen.
A multiplying White Christmas
And FINALLY came the big one from Santa Kohl’s.
A multiplying White Christmas
It was a week long event. It took only minutes to put the baby tree up. But the big tree… that was a week long chaotic, messy event.
A multiplying White Christmas
My white Christmas trees are multiplying like little white bunnies. I think I even saw one of the trees smoking a cigarette.

A multiplying White Christmas

The absolute best part of my my week long decoratingpalooza - was putting all the storage boxes and all the decordoohickies away. I can’t stand anything on my table other than meals and table-bling - so when all the decorating by-product came off the table and the floors - and went back into the garage…. THAT is when sighed and oohed and took a deep relaxing “it’s Christmas!” breath.

Next year’s Christmas… I’m starting next month.

Edited in:
Thank you for the tree-skirt lovin’! Actually, it’s more like tree-pants. It’s just a bunch of basic 9-patch stars set into a big square (I’ll try to make a pattern for it, but it’s really basic). The hardest thing about making this was cutting into the quilt to make the “legs”. Also hard to take pics, as someone kept trying to get in the shot.
Tree skirt aka Tree Pants

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My studio Christmas make-over…

December 9th, 2009

Who says it takes days to decorate. I did mine in about 3 minutes.
Christmas dec studio makeover

Christmas dec studio makeover

Christmas dec studio makeover

Indecision is my middle name. Because Monica Inability To Make A Decision Solorio was much too long.

Christmas dec studio makeover

Christmas dec studio makeover

And THAT was my Christmas decorating for 2009. ONLY because I’m still waiting for the 7′ white tree I ordered from Kohl’s. They sent me a green one by accident - so I wait for the replacement. Customer service (via their facebook site) was so outstanding in the matter… that I’m all good with the little extra wait. Indecision may be my middle name… but Procrastination is my first name. Plus the MaryKate-mas tree wants to come out of the attic.  Just in case.

Darling, darling, darling owl and adorable dress/apron ornament made by my seriously talented and sweet friend Laurie of Old School Acres (and she’s got a wonderful etsy shop!).

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Re-use, Re-cycle & Re-project

December 8th, 2009

December 8th… how did that happen? So here’s the thing. I was going to do a tutorial for a fun little holiday project. I even got the PDF template made. No, seriously. And then all of a sudden… it’s December 8th.

So as if by design and being organized… I’m totally prepared now for Christmas 2010 (mmm hmm). So in the spirit of re-gifting… I’m re-projecting.  Re-project Runway.  Something fun to put under your Christmas tree, Hanukkah bush or Festivas pole. Or in my case - since Kohl’s shipped me the wrong tree… something for under my old skinny tree (aka MaryKate-mas tree).

Re-project from 2008 - Pennie Pockets:

I’ll do just about anything to create an opportunity for some ding-dong-ditchin’… and that’s how the Pennie Pockets came to be.   A crime craft of opportunity. Two versions/two ways to make the Pennie Pockets - a PDF on my blog, or a tutorial version at the Moda Bake Shop using Layer Cakes. You should see what my pal Thimbleanna made!
Pennie Pockets - Little pennant pockets of happiness

Re-project from 2007 - Jingle Jolly Table Runner:
I’m a charms nut. Love, love, love charms… so I got my jollies making this little table runner.  The little Jingle Jolly finishes at 16” x 40”.  The PDF pattern and the Post of Christmas Past can be found here.
Jingle Jolly Table Runner
I hope you enjoy (or re-enjoy). Happy Re-holidays!

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Cosmic shopping powers activated

December 6th, 2009

Without fail… I always find the coolest toys on the internet when I have too many coals in the fire.

Today’s feature is a reenactment of Pam and me discussing our tweeting while we were Christmas shopping.

If video does not play, click here or here.

Roll credits:
“PamKittyMorning Photo”… twitpic / Pam’s tweet.
“Happy Zombie Photo”… twitpic / My tweet & tweet.

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Eat. Win. Quilt.

November 14th, 2009

LITTLE did I know when asked what everyone was having for dinner on the previous post… that I would actually MAKE someone’s dish.  I was all settled in after treating my hubby out to a fine Kosher meal (the Costco hot dog stand), reading all the wonderful comments left for me… and then I read Vanessa’s.  She was taunting me to go see what she made for dinner.  Vanessa’s version of ding-dong-ditch.  Ding-comment-ditch.  SHE GOT ME!

I went.
I saw.
I HAD to make.

I think I said ohhemmgee about 20 times when I first saw it.  If you’re ohhemmgeeing too… hurry.  That little craft-minx Vanessa is dangling the fabric carrot for only a limited time - so order her pattern NOW.
I added a few potatoes to mine. Just a 6” circle stitched yo-yo style and then stuffed.  The carrots and potatoes were a good TV time project.  Though I should have paid better attention to what I was doing… I accidentally took a bite out of the Thanksfabrigiving turkey.  And now I’m stuffed.
Supersizeme’d Thanksfabrigiving photo 1 & photo 2.

random120Thank you all for the sweet comments on the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks giveaway. I wish I could have responded to them all - so group hug and thank you!   It was fun to see what was for dinner and what people’s fave color combos are at the moment.  Ramble, ramble, ramble… the meat and potatoes of it all (or turkey and potatoes) is that random.org picked Dorothy of Doki Quilts.  Congratulations, Dorothy!

Also on the pattern front - my “Two Happy” freebie-4-youbie pattern for Lecien, featuring Lecien’s ADORABLE new “Old New Fabric Collection 30’s” fabric… is now available on Lecien’s website on their FREE PATTERNS page.
Two Happy quilt pattern - freebie from meebie
One pattern. Two Quilts. One for Momma, one for Baby.
Two Happy quilt pattern - freebie from meebie

So… what’s for dessert?

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