May 17, 2015



THE PILLOWS ARE DONE AND ON THE BED --NOW TO KEEP THE DOGS OFF!!


CALLING THIS BEDROOM  THE WEDDING ROOM
OLD PHOTOS AND RENO'S GRANDPARENTS MARRIAGE LICENSE
OUR OLD WICKER FURNITURE FROM THE SUNROOM NOW GONE AFTER RENNOVATION.  GIANCARLO'S OLD BEDROOM. 
 MORE WEDDING PHOTOS TO GO UP BOTH GIANCARLO AND MARCELLO'S

THE QUILT ON THE BED IS ONE I MADE TO MARK MY LIFE AFTER CANCER.
THE QUILT HAS A MOTHER HOLDING HER CHILDREN ALL DONE IN A
 RASBERRY TOILE FABRIC.  MY BOYS WERE ONLY 18 MONTHS AND FOUR YEARS OLD AT THE TIME. THEY ARE WHAT KEPT ME GOING AND WANTING TO FIGHT SO I COULD WATCH THEM GROW.  THEY ARE BOTH MARRIED NOW, SO THANKFUL I HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH THE GIFT OF HAVING THEM  AND GETTING TO RAISE THEM AND WATCHING THEM BECOME MEN.. SO PROUD OF BOTH OF THEM!
JUST WAITING TO BECOME A GRANDMA, OR NONNA, OR WHATEVER THEY WANT TO CALL ME!! 
NO NEWS YET, WAITING, CUZ I KNOW GOD HAS A PLAN FOR ALL OF US!



Finished pillow shams


Finished pillow shams!!
They are slightly different in design and embellishment but
 will look great on one of our beds.

It's a cloudy Sunday morning. I love it, hope we get some more rain!
I'm off to make biscotti dough at 
Bagel Tyme to get ready for tomorrows job of baking and delivering.

May you all have a blessed Sunday!

May 15, 2015

Beading the next sham,,




One color on




Second color added, just need to finish the back.
These are so pretty with the iridescent beads and batik fabric . Dresden pattern cut out using my Big Shot from Stamp in Up! And also the cutting template by Sissix for Stamp in Up!
The Big Shot item # 113439 can be bought thru my website 
http://www.bridgetmartinelli.stampinip.net
I used wonder under on the fabric then cut using the Big Shot die cutting machine. 
Thanks for visiting with me this wonderful morning. The air so clean with yesterday's much needed rain here in our valley.
Feeling very blessed!


May 13, 2015

quilting final sham


Free motion quilting, next bead center,
Do you like my adorable pincushion I made ? Got pattern off internet two years ago,
I like it cuz it's big and bright, love the polka dot fabric.
Have a blessed day!



May 12, 2015

May 10, 2015


Mothers day cards I made. A stamp set from Stamp in Up! During celebration. It's a 3 step stamp set and you use three different colors. I really enjoyed working with the 3 step stamps. The image is very 3 d looking .  I used the pre_cut card and envelope set, so easy!!
We had a great Mothers day again today. My other son and wife, an aunt, cousins and friend and my mom. I cooked ribs with the help of Mel tri trip roasted  wedge potatoes and BBQ zucchini,  salad and strawberry short cake.. Yummy.. So nice . started with mimosas, chips and guacamole, lemon drop martini and wine with dinner. We were ready for coffee whcen dessert was served.  Feeling very blessed!

Being a mom is a wonderful thing. Watching my children grow up become men and then married men, husbands and good ones at that! So if you are a young mom with little ones I Know how hard it is to juggle work household chores, sporting events along with all those practices . So exhausting at times but when they ask you to read a story before bed time, you just sink down to the floor, relax, begin to read and tell yourself YES this is where I belong right at this moment it just all seems right! Life races by and before you know it, they are gone, off to college, no more quiet times with them. Enjoy them, hold them and love them!

To keep myself busy with them no longer in our home, we have two dogs, I do a lot of sewing,  cooking, which I love and my hands at gardening. Life is good,  you just need to take a look around, smell the roses and see the beauty that God has given you, all gifts, precious ones, everyday a blessing!

Happy Mothers' day to you all

Happy mothers day!

Hope you all had a wonderful mothers day!  Yesterday we celebrated with my sister brothers one son and wife and my mom. It was a beautiful day eating outside. My sister and her daughter did a great job on the yummy meal! Glad I got to see my nice that lives farther away now.






April 23, 2015


Beautiful bouquet given to me by my wonderful sister


Italian Visquitte


Italian Easter pie Cazole
so delicous, egg, cheese, ham and our homemade sausage and crust

Easter


Easter at our home this year..


 Table set for 8
Menu: Roast of lamb, ham, scalloped potatoes, salad, asparagus
and of course angel food cake with strawberries and whip creme.
These little pink bunnies in a bowl, looks like they are in a hot tub!


all of our old decorations from the past put out each year.

Spring flowers and the Los Banos Mayday Fair



My first BIG bouquet of roses that got saved from the remodel, simply beautiful this time of year!


The Los Banos Fair chaity quilt I donated to be auctioned at the Kickoff dinner raising $ 1,500.00.
The grand marshall is a Ford dealership owner, so this quilt had to have FORD in it, and many things you would see at the fair. Celebrating 125 years of the Los Banos, Merced County Spring Fair!!

Board members gathered to decorate the hall.


Hello, Spring of 2015..

 In 2013 we decided to remodel our home..
What an endeavor it was... we have lived in this house 28 years... raised our two boys, now married and on their own.  There was this sudden "want" to do something for ourselves ( my husband & I).  I have been wanting to remodel for a very long time, but waiting for the "right" time.. with both the kids on their way we jumped in!! Tear down started in October. But the rebuilding didn't start till Jan. of 2014.  We knew we picked the right contractor, after all his dad built our house over 40years ago..
This is a picture of the sunroom that was just an enclosed patio. As you can see it didn't take long for it to come down... The hardest thing during this remodel was always what to do with my two dogs,  going thru a winter, rain, mud and all was pretty demanding.. Early to rise, and taking care of Easton & Roscoe.  The crew learned quick what to do if they had to be moved without escaping from the back yard...
     The packing started back in 2013, so no Christmas went up that year. I just kept saving boxes, and packing.  The kitchen got totally remodeled as well. Cooking and washing in the garage was quite an experience, but I was quite a trooper being a farm girl from way back I just kept moving forward. I still had my  microwave which I had plugged into the garage, worked off the top of my washer and dryer and had a utility sink in the garage as well.. I was good to go. Over all it was a great experience, I loved watching the tear down, take out, and the re-building of the new structure I called "the bones", like raising a barn.
                                                            
The crew even dug up my roses and replanted them.  Watching all the subcontractors come in and each do their specific thing was so fun.  Sometimes I would come home for a lunch break to make them all a snack, after all they were all working so hard. Check on my dogs, and head back to work.
The new   addition, family room, and laundry/sewing,
yes a new sewing room and indoor laundry!! 
                                         
 
 
 
With a porch the whole length of the addition where the old was...
Old kitchen coming out, my beautiful blue cupboards... going....bye bye...
kitchen wall being revamped, sheetrock, reinforced.
 
 

 Getting there, cabinets in, granite, floors coming..
My beautiful kitchen, once kitchen/dining, now ALL kitchen, I love it, decorated for Christmas 2014.
 
I love how one side of room is my bake area, with everything I need, and the other is the cooktop area with all that I need on that side. I can finally now see what I have, the only new thing I bought were the barstools, 3 for this center island and 3 for the backside of the sink/bar area...
 
 Family room/ dining room, decorated for Christmas...
Laundry room/ Sewing room
I loved working in my new space getting ready for Christmas this year.. even decorated it!
Christmas cookies baked.......
          
My favorite Queen Anne cookies... and the Cuccidati ones too, and of course I made biscotti too!

 
Lovin' my new kitchen especially the double oven!!
 
 
Hope all had a Merry Christmas this past 2014.. mine was very busy with re-decorating the house, my job at the hospital with all my volunteers (my sunshine everyday). Enjoying getting back into my crafting, sewing, and cooking.. create something everyday, it is good for your soul!!
 
Happy New Year 2015
 
Batch of Italian Sapala

 
 
 

August 1, 2013

August Summer nights

It has been a very hot summer.... with activities such as visiting one son and his new wife down south. It was fun to see where they live, and all the things we did. I especially liked playing with their dogs, and just hanging out spending time with them all. Best dinner was at their house, cookin' in the kitchen together!

Other activities were, my husband and other son were in a warf to warf race from Santa Cruz to Capitola. He trained for 3 months, and finished the race. It was fun, and had a great time with my son and his new wife and family. Her cousin also ran the race, along with one of my nieces. It was fun standing on the side lines, cheering them on and watching them finish the race!

There are two expected babies to be entering into our family this summer, NO not my boys.... LOL. A cousin, and a nephew, and a wedding  coming soon for another cousin.. So bridal shower, and baby showers... Fun times.

At the same time it has been a sad summer, my sisters' husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and has gone down hill so quickly. My heart goes out to her. Trying to be there for her and her family. We are a family that always pulls all together in times of need. Brother n' laws, nephews, nieces all helping her when needed. Cancer is NOT a pretty thing... but God gives us things to test us within our lives. So just being there, and helping to do anything can make such a difference. The key gift you can give anyone, is your TIME, because they may not be there someday. Say a prayer, and reach out to someone tomorrow, give a smile, hug, or just 1/2 hour of your time to listen to them.
God bless you all, and stay cool, drink your water, and thank God everyday for the blessings you have received from HIM.

November 2, 2012

New Stampin' Up! paper trimmer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9BPZd6PZN0Y
The new paper trimmer is now available.... go to my website
go to products, then to tools, check out our new paper trimmer... awesome!

May 16, 2012

Meced County Spring Fair-Los Banos, CA

 "Circle of Life, down on the farm" Quilt. I donated to the Saturday auction.  Loved how the bright colors just popped. The fabric is all kinds of vegetables, and fruits, and Cotton ball border.
 Watching the parade-the little ones got tired.
 My brother entered his truck in the parade.
 Out back of the auction arena, watching the animals come in for sale.
Pee-wee showmanship. Dressed up, and lamb to match. Telling the announcer his name and the name of his lamb. They were all so cute!
Our future 4-Hers and FFA students.

I love this small town fair, my hometown. Will always be close to my heart!

Bridal shower card

My son is getting married, and I have been attending bridal showers for his fiance'. Here is a card I recently made for her last shower, using our new "In color"-Midnight Muse" which is coming out June 1st in the "NEW" catalog.  I used the punch "Punch extra large Blossom Petals".  It came out beautiful.

May 15, 2012

Happy Mother's Day to all!

 This is my mother's day card. I loved making this. Stamp set "Tea Shoppe" 125547 , and Designer Series paper Floral District # 126919. I made the tea bags. It was such a fun card to make. Love the Floral District paper! Ink Rich Razzleberry . order here!!
This is my card that I made for Patty's Emboss Resist challenge.
Stamp set "Betsy's Blossoms" # 126006. I used embossing powder in Melon Mambo # 123223, and Wild Wasabi # 123224. And black embossing powder too! I stamped it first with Versa Mark #102283 , one at a time, and sprinkled on the powder, heat set it, and continued with the other colors. Last I took a sponge and used Marina mist ink as the background color.. Added the rhinestones, ribbon, and edge piece of the Floral District Designer Series paper, and it is done. 
You can purchase these supplies on my website:
Leave me a comment of what you think!

April 8, 2012

Stampin' Up! demonstrator,Bridget,Merced CA,

Stampin' Up! demonstrator,Bridget,Merced CA,
Host a workshop, earn free product. Make it a girls night out, add a theme for your workshop, be creative!

Stampin' Up! demonstrator,Bridget,Merced CA,

Stampin' Up! demonstrator,Bridget,Merced CA,
Host a workshop, earn free product. Make it a girls night out, add a theme for your workshop, be creative!

January 4, 2012

January 2012 A NEW YEAR!

     January, wheehh, a time to clean things up, refresh, and plan for the up coming year... resolutions????? Well, let's just say I always have a few.  If it's about getting in shape, I just don't have the time. Well, I would if I didn't clean house, work, laundry, and have a business to run. So eating right is on my top list, and drinking a lot of water, which only means one thing!!! LOL!! :>) I have learned to listen more to people and to help someone in any way that I can. Giving of one self is a true gift that you can give someone. My new job has given me the opportunity to work with some wonderful people, volunteers, who give their precious time to the hospital that I work for.  Just working in the gift shop has not only introduced me to them, but some of the visitors and patients who are just looking for a bright place to be.  Hopefully putting a smile on their face, or just listening can make someone not feel alone in what ever they may be going through.  Giving of oneself this year is my top priority.
     This year is also a BIG change for my husband and I. Both of our sons will be getting married 3 months apart from each other. I just want to make this time for them special, and to be as individual as "they" both are.  To keep "their" special moments unique to them. I will keep you posted with pictures. So excited to have "girls" in my house!
   Say a prayer for those that are less fortunate than ourselves, and for those that got diagnosed with an illness. May God put his hands over them all and bless them with a miracle, hope, love, grace and FAITH! Believing in HIM is the answer to all! Here's to a wonderful new year 2012!