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WINNERS from SURPRISE GIVEAWAY

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I have winners from yesterday’s SURPRISE GIVEAWAY!

Here are my lucky winners:

  • Sabrina Gibson  – CLAIMED

  • Marsha Bernabe

  • Kayla Gothier

Congratulations ladies!

Contact me via Facebook PM or email me at cynthiadalba@gmail.com to claim your prize!

Today is Thursday 7/20/17

You have until NOON (CT) on Friday 7/21/17 to claim your prize!!

PRIZES PRIZES PRIZES

Good Afternoon!! If you have been following along this week, I’m celebrating
TEXAS LULLABY winning the HOLT MEDALLION

If you missed yesterday’s post, go back and read it here You’ll understand why this is a book of my heart. Besides, how can you not LOVE this cover?

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Now I can use your help on something. I want to add the Holt Medallion to the cover. I have it in the lower left corner on version #1 (left) and upper right in #2 (right)

Here are my questions:

  1. Which version do you like? #1 or #2 

  2. Should the Holt Medallion sticker on the cover be larger? 

  3. Do you notice if a book cover sports a contest winner sticker? 

The last time I gave away kitchen towels, it was for WHEN THINGS GOT HOT IN TEXAS (If you haven’t gotten this FABULOUS collection, it’s only available for one more week!) Here are the links for that book.

http://bit.ly/2KoboWTGHT   (Kobo)  http://bit.ly/2AmazonWTGHT (Amazon)

http://bit.ly/2BarnesNobleWTGHT  (Nook)  http://bit.ly/2AppleWTGHT  (Apple/iBooks)
Hot in Texas Towel

Now back to prizes… the kitchen towel looked like this..

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BUT This time, I’m making TEXAS LULLABY display towels! I do the design directly on my embroidery machine (see the little screen on the right below? That’s where I do a lot of my work.)

And I haven’t made the design YET but THIS picture will replace the hat on fire…  Isn’t it cute? adp-110swnbear141_4

So I’m giving away FOUR (4) display towels as part of the Rafflecopter. Follow the link to enter!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

But since I need to make one of these for practice, I’ll give one away TODAY!! To enter, answer the three questions above.

Do you have YOUR copy of Texas Lullaby? Why the heck not? It’s ONLY $0.99 until July 10! Don’t miss this opportunity!

Thanks for reading!

Please share the post!

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Prize Winners!

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I have a TON of winners from last week! A TON!!

Here’s how this will work… look for your name on this post. IF you find it, you need to SEND ME AN EMAIL at cynthiadalba@gmail.com to claim your prize. I will need mailing addresses for these prizes. In your email, please remind me what your prize is (so I don’t have to look it up!)

IMPORTANT

You MUST claim your prize by MIDNIGHT Wednesday June 14, 2017 or the prize is forfeited. 

Embroidered Beach Towel Winners

  • Lenna Hendershott  Post #1
  • Ruth Smithson  Post #2
  • Cindi Donohue  Post #3
  • Scott   Post #4
  • Kristi Free-Lewis – Cafe Chat

 

Embroidered Kitchen Display Towel

  • Daphne Cochran  Post #1
  • BN100 – Post #4
  • Joann Lord – Cafe Chat
  • Lori Meechan Taste of Romance Chat
  • Judy Hodes  WriterSpace Chat
  • Debbie Watson WriterSpace Chat

 

Surprise Package

  • Jean Torgeson White  Post #1
  • Jennie Fortna  Post #2
  • Melinda M  Post #4
  • Catwoman la  Post #5

 

Print Copy of Texas Tango, Texas Lullaby or Texas Bossa Nova (Winner Choice)

  • Margie Vickers #3
  • Ashley F  Post #4
  • Stacy Jordet  Taste of Romance Chat

 

Print copy of Texas Tango, Texas Lullaby, Texas Bossa Nova or an Embroidered Display Towel (Winner’s Choice)

  • Shirley Jones


Giddy-up Plate

  • Millie Swank

 

Pair of Harlequin Socks and Surprise Swab

  • Joanne B.  Post #2

 

XXL T-Shirt

  • Pam Potter  A Taste of Romance Chat

Snakes and Other Scary Things

Welcome to Thursday. I might not be around a lot today. I have a to-do list that’s a mile long! Tomorrow, I have high school girl friends coming over to spend the night. Yeah, I know. We are a bunch of old women, but when we get together, the years fall away and we’re in our teens again! In fact, one of our gang is getting MARRIED tonight night! Woot!

Today’s Prizes are:

  1. A print copy of Texas Tango or Texas Lullaby or Texas Bossa Nova! Winner’s pick.
  2. An Embroidered When Things Get Hot in Texas Decorative Towel
  3. A Surprise package which will have at least one book and swag.

I’m going to be talking about Texas Daze, but before I start,Texas Daze take a peek at the cover!

Luscious, right?

In Texas Daze, my hero has a thing about horses. Now, no Alpha male wants to admit he’s afraid of ANYTHING, but horses? Those majestic animals?

Yep. Dr. Eli Boone and horses are oil and water. But fate is nothing if not a sneaky beeotch, so who does fate think is he’s match? A COWGIRL?? Are you kidding, fate? Eli is a smooth, socialite from New York City. A working cowgirl from Texas?? As our heroine (Marti) says, his hands are softer and smoother than hers!

What are you scared of? I confess. It’s snakes for me. I know it’s a phobia. I realize that not all snakes bite or are poisonous. Doesn’t matter.

I would wreck my car!!
I have a friend who freaks out when she sees a frog! So it’s different things for different people.

What scares you? Spiders? Snakes? Horses (like poor Eli)?

Hope you’ve taken advantage of the $0.99 sale price for this! Only 48 more hours!
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It’s HERE!!

Good Morning!! So glad you found your way here. Today starts five (5!) days of celebration! Why?

Because it’s my FIRST NEW BOOK in over six months!

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Isn’t she beautiful!!!

Growing up, all my family celebrations involved food. In fact, celebrations and deaths were all noted with food! Is your family like that? Food for any event?

But for celebrations, it must be cake and ice cream! If I were serving you cake and ice cream, what kind of cake? What kind of ice cream?

PRIZES:

  1. A Beach Towel embroidered with your name!
  2. A display kitchen towel… Embroidered design to be determined
  3. Surprise package with book(s) and swag.

Leave a comment to be in the running. All contests will run all week. Winners announced next Monday!

psst… When Things Got Hot in Texas is OUT! Do you have your copy?

Fisherman Stories

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve written here. Sometimes I wonder…

  1.  Are blogs dead?
  2. Are posts to Facebook the “new” blog post? I’d love to hear from you about that.
  3. Am I crying into the vast void where no one hears me?

Fisherman Stories…

I’m married to a fisherman. Not a PROFESSIONAL fisherman. We don’t get money for his days on the lake. We don’t even get fish. This is his hobby and play (and as everyone knows… a boat is a black hole where you pour money)

My husband, Fisherman, is quite funny. He says I tell too much on Facebook but maybe it’s better to post stories about him HERE. Fewer people, fewer eyes (and probably not his brother’s! HAHA Fisherman will never find out!)

Yesterday, we were driving home after church and lunch with my parents. This is a honest-to-goodness conversation.

Me: You know what we should do? We should take about $50,000 and do some beautiful landscaping with a recirculating stream that flows down our hill and back into the lake. Sink a pump and use lake water. Wouldn’t that look great?

Note: we live on top of a high hill that drops down to the lake.  See Pictures

Fisherman: We could do the same thing with the garden hose. Put it at the top and let water run down.

Me: “Rolls eyes” One puny stream?

Fisherman: Okay. Use three hoses. And we’ll set one up to spray in the air like a fountain.

Me: This is so going public.

So what’s the most you’ve ever invested in landscaping?

Oh.. and we don’t have $50,000 to do this. I was just seeing if I could!

Saying Goodbye To Jill

 

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January 2005-February 2016

Eleven years ago, my husband and I went to a kill shelter to look for a new family member. There, we found a tiny, 8-week old solid black puppy. Historically, black dogs have trouble being adopted, although for the life of me, I don’t know why!

My husband wanted a dog that would weight about 40 pounds. The pound staff said, “Yep. This dog will weight about 40 pounds.”

Hubby lifted the puppy’s HUGE paw and said, “There is no way this dog will weight 40 pounds.”

The puppy bounded out the cage, grabbed my husband’s pant leg, and began to tug and growl. How could I leave that puppy there?

Still, we took the puppy home on a “trial” basis.

We named her Jill, because you have to call a puppy something. And even if we decided to take her back, she needed a name.

Over the next eleven years, Jill traveled all the US with my husband and me. She lived in our house, had great food, never cold, never left out in the yard. One dog bed wasn’t enough. She had three piled on top of each other. (The Princess and The Pea!)

As you may can tell, she did weight 40 pounds as predicted…. 40 in the front and 40 in the back!

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Yesterday, we had to let Jill go. Old age. Strokes. It was time. She was ready. We were not.

RIP Jill. You will be missed. And Loved forever.

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How I Make Those Cute Boots!

My sister has asked me TWICE to explain how I make the cowboy boots I’ve been giving away. Like this one I made for me for Christmas

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So I made one today step by step do my sister could “see” the process. Thought some of you might be interested also!

My machine is a Babylock Ellegante 3. It has a built-in computer that allows me to do editing on my projects right there rather than having to edit on my computer, save to a USB drive and open at the machine.

To start any project, I have to have a computerized / digitized design that is made for machine embroidery. In this case, I bought a cowboy boot that had four different designs. I pick the one I want to work with by selecting it on my machine LCD screen.

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The final product will look different but that’s okay. I mostly want the boot design more than the upper leather design.

If you look to the right, you’ll see the list of colors to make this design. As I add other things to the boot, that list of colors will change. Once I set this as my design, I need to make some alterations. Specially, I want to add the date and a name. I can pull up numbers and letters and add to the design.
IMG_20160112_103616778Here I’ve added 2016 from the picture above and added the name “Hannah”

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I know I want to do something “different” on the calf of the boot rather than what is shown. I’m making this for a niece-in-law, so I’m thinking a pretty calla lily might be look good. I go through my machine embroidery designs until I find one I like. Then I lay it OVER the design on the boot calf. When those “swirls” and straight line come up to sew, I’ll simply skip them. Here it the boot with the calla lily.

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I’m ready to sew!

I start by hooping a piece of tearaway stabilizer

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Next, I cut a sheet of craft felt in half. One-half goes on top of the stabilizer and I hold on to the other half for later.

Here is early in the stitching. I’m sewing on the 1/2 of sheet of felt (which is white in this case.) I’ve done the heel, sole, toe design and the placemarkers for the material that will comprise the boot calf. Without those placemarkers, I couldn’t be sure that my material would be in the right place.

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I decided that since I’m doing a pretty white calla lily, I’d make the boot calf a chocolate brown. But actually, the boot calf can be any material I might have on hand. Below, I’ve set the silk on the felt and sown down the upper and lower edges of the material. See all the extra hanging off? We have to get rid of that now.

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There. A nice, clean edge that we’ll finish out later.

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At this point, the machine wants me to do the “original” design. I simply skip those threads and embroidery the design I want.

If you look to the right, you’ll see what looks like a green arrow in the upper right corner of my LCD screen. Then look at where I’m sewing. I’m doing that green “arrow,” which is actually a leaf.

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Here is the boot after I finished stitching the design. But we aren’t done yet!

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Remember the other 1/2 of the felt sheet? Now I place it over where I’ve been working (like a lid) and stitch the outline of the boot. This gives me a “back” to the boot.

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The project comes out of the hoop looking like this….

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All that paper (around and inside) the boot has to be torn away, thus the rationale for using tearaway stabilizer. Easy to get off.

Once the stabilizer is gone, I trim around the boot. I don’t have to trim close to the outline stitch as this will all turn into the boot. When I first started making these, I would cut the outline stitch A LOT and then I realized it didn’t have to be sooooo exact!
This is the boot ready to be turned inside out…carefully!

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And the final product.

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So that’s how it’s done!

Questions? Want one?

Leave a comment here and I’ll choose one winner for their own boot!

 

 

Some Pretty Cool News!

BTE Finalist

That’s right! Texas Bossa Nova is a finalist in the 2015 BTS Readers Choice Awards!

WOOT!

Reno and Magda ROCK!

14 Days of Hustle – Winner Update

Today is Day 7 of 14 Days of Hustle!

I thought I’d bring everyone up to date on winners.

NOTE: Not all prizes have been claimed!

EDITED: ALL PRIZES CLAIMED

Day 1 – Texas Hustle Blanket – Melinda Marks- CLAIMED

Day 2 – Gold Galloping Horse Bangle – Phyllis Gelman – CLAIMED

Day 3 – ANTIQUE TURQUOISE BLOSSOM BRACELET – Zara Heflin – CLAIMED

Day 4 – Vintage Rhinestone Cowgirl Hat – Therese Lopez – CLAIMED

Day 5 – Rhinestone and Buckle Carrying Bag – Cindi Donohue – CLAIMED

Day 6  – Autographed Collection of Comarre House – Porchia Gilbreath – CLAIMED

Phyllis Gelman has until 5 pm (CT) today (Monday, Nov. 16) to claim her prize or forfeit it. If you know her, let her know.

Porchia Gilbreath – You have until 5 pm (CT) tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 17) to claim your prize or forfeit it.
Don’t miss today’s prize – Egyptian Blue-Nile Turquoise Necklace Set

Egyptian Blue Nile Turquoise Necklace Set

Link to the excerpt and Rafflecopter entry   http://cynthiadalba.com/books/texas-hustle/14-days-of-hustle-day-7

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