Teal Dragon Quilts

A world of Quilts and Dragons!

Comments, to leave or not to leave

Good morning! I really feel joyful today. So my writing may be super chipper…My assignment is to post comments on 4 blogs. Easy Peasy, since I’ve been posting comments for a while.

For my fellow Blogging U friends, “dive in, the water is fine”. I know when I first commented on a blog, I was really intimidated. But you know, if you are blogging, you want feedback. You want that line of communication. You want to KNOW someone is reading what you are saying. And if by chance your commenters have positive comments, that’s icing on the cake!

My first blog is Wendy Sheppherd’s Ivory Spring.  She has been an inspiration to me, both in the beautiful quilting she does and her words of wisdom on her blog.

Next up is Gelatinous.  Found her with Blogging 101.  She had me at Moonlight Sonata, only my most favorite piano piece that I play every morning.

Then, there is Abbie’s Babble.  Another one I discovered with Blogging 101.  A kindred spirit.

And last and maybe the one that helps with my business the most is Morna McEver Golletz’s ICAP.

There you have it.  Part of why I get lost in the computer…These are just 4 that I follow and actually READ.  There are many others I just browse and look at the pictures.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my journey!

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Day Late, Dollar Short…..

Yesterday’s assignment is done. Take a look at my new improved “About” Page. Please let me know what you think. It’s kind of long, and if you don’t know me or are not interested in me, you may be bored.

The page still needs work. I like the pics of me, I still need to add some violin and piano pics. I have to go thru old pics and scan…. May or may not happen soon.

This “About” Page may be a WIP (work in progress) for a few weeks.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my journey.

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Make It MINE!!!

WELL I cheated.  I looked at the assignments from the previous class, which I completely missed, and chose the wrong one.  The assignment:Personalize my blog. Custom headers, colors and such. Well of course, my theme doesn’t allow customization unless you pay money. Being in real estate I learned a valuable lesson. “Spend money to make money” is a bunch of hog wash!

Plan B. I’ve put in some more widgets. I’ve added the Blogging U button and added widgets at the bottom. My theme has FOUR footers! Room to play. :) I tried to add the music widget, but nothing happened when I clicked on “choose songs”. I’m guessing it’s an upgrade. Oh well.

I am in process of moving my website to my WordPress site. WordPress has the capability to have pages and the landing page (first page that pops up when go to the site) doesn’t have to be the blog. I’m a little stuck, but eventually I will have it set up. (That’s another post. “why I am stuck”)

I did work on the photos page.  Discovered a little button, “Create Gallery”, and WOW!  The page is presentable.  Still need to add more pics and maybe different galleries for Tiki, Music, Quilting friends…

Take a look at my widgets and let me know what you think!

Oh, and today’s assignment, I’ve worked on some on the weekend.  Maybe by tomorrow, my “About” page will be killer!  But got to go out and live my life, so…

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my journey.

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Changing

Change my theme. But I LOVE my theme. It’s my favorite color and I have TEAL in the name of my blog. I was told I wouldn’t have to keep any of the themes I tried. So, OK. Here it goes.

First one I tried is called Adaption. It was clean and crisp. I liked it. I was even able to choose a blue color. But the background was white.

Second, I tried Koi and it had a sandy background, and I was thinking, maybe I’ll keep this one. The words show up better against the screen.

The assignment was to try 3, so here I go. I tried A Brand New Day, which is the one I am using now. I like it. Please let me know what you think. Is it better than the dark teal? I’m thinking I like this one better.

Thank you Blogging 101 for helping to step outside my box and try something new!

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Dream a Little Dream

Laugh, Cry, Quilt, Hug, Love
Life’s journey, ups and downs, shared
My Friends see me through.

Today’s assignment is a toughie! I have my dream husband, for the most part. I have my dream house, with my dream of a sewing machine, I have my dream piano and I still love my violin after 27 years. But a dream reader? I haven’t figured out who that is. I know my friends read, they post these awesome inspiring comments to keep me going. I know I have a few lurkers and lookie loos. I guess I need to figure out who you are dream reader.

You must absolutely LOVE quilts. And oh yeah, a liking of dragons is pretty important. Tho, I’m still trying to figure out how to bring them to the party. Knowledge of someone wanting a custom quilt would be great, since that’s why I started blogging, to drive people to my website, which by the way is a disaster, so I hope this person is still imaginary.

But my reason for blogging has changed. I blog to share. I love telling my story of my journey to others. Talking in front of a crowd gives me the heebie jeebies, but writing for a crowd, makes my heart sing. I think if music had not taken over my young life, I would have turned to writing. Violin and Piano became such a part of my life early on, that there wasn’t much room for other interests.

That said, maybe my dream reader is someone who could benefit from my little bit of knowledge. Someone who likes to listen. Listen to stories of family, stories of growing old, growing up, stories of enrichment. Someone who likes to read of someone’s journey to a better self, a better musician, a better quilter. Someone who could be a great friend.

My dream reader is a friend. Ones I have now and future ones.

Have a great journey and thanks for sharing mine!

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Five new blogs to follow!

The assignment today for Blogging 101 is to find and follow 5 blogs. Easy, right? Well, my reader wasn’t cooperating. Couldn’t locate the “topic” button I was being told about. GRRR! I decided to do it the old fashioned way. Google!

Found 5 blogs super easy. Of course I searched for blogs about Bernina 880, my new machine! There were several shops, but I wanted one with a person exploring the machine like me. Click here to see it. A woman named Felicia just got a Bernina 880 and is having fun sewing!

Then there is the Embroidery Blog. Of course with my weight loss journey, I had to search healthy eating blogs. I rediscovered ReNae Merrill’s blog. Love her spirals!

The 5th one I found in the blogrolls of WordPress.com I liked it so much I shared it on Facebook. Quotosphere.

I follow so many blogs and never have the time to read. Wendy Shepherd’s Ivory Spring is the only one I read everyday. I love her quilting. But maybe I have discovered some really good ones!

Hope you have a great day, and thanks for sharing my journey with me!

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What’s in a name?

A favorite color, a favorite mystical character and a passion, that is what’s in my title. Love it, still. The URL tries to capture what’s in the blog. I was a real estate agent, I am a musician, an aunt, wife, mommy to Freckles and I just love making quilts! At the time I started this blog, I was on several “journeys”, still am. Getting organized, setting goals, losing weight, getting in shape, improving my brain power. You get the idea, I was bouncing all over the place.

EverythingMaryLou was the original name because I was intending to write about everything in my life. Still may do that, but mostly my blog is about my quilting journey.

The tagline. Custom Quilts and Quilting. Not very fun. But with the Blogging 101 assignment to create a title and tagline, I started playing around with it. I thought about dragons, my love of them and how it got started, with Ann McCaffrey’s Pern series. She created a world filled with dragons. So I want my world (blog space) to be filled with quilts and dragons. Not sure how I will include dragons, but it’s a challenge I am ready to tackle.

I know branding is important so the site will be remembered. Still not quite sure how to go about it. Tho, I will have to hurry up and use my business cards.

The tagline is Custom Quilts. business Card

I think “A World of Quilts and Dragons” will be more fun!

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Who I am and why I am here.

Friends, following me, please pardon while I take Blogging 101. My assignment today is to tell who I am and why I am here. I may have covered in a past post….

I am Mary Louise Webb Van Speybroeck. I am half Irish and the other half is most likely a mix. I didn’t realize I was half anything until I was an adult and my nephew was doing a bio for his school class project. (He’s quarter Irish.) I am a violinist/pianist and quilter. I’m also a wife, an Aunt to 19 nieces and nephews, 3 grand nieces and 1 grand nephew, as well as a mommy to a 70 pound puppy!

Why I am here is bit more challenging…

Why am I at Blogging 101? To encourage myself to develop a habit of blogging everyday, continuously. No more big breaks between posts.

Why am I on WordPress? It’s the best blogging space I’ve seen for no cost, of course unless you want to upgrade.

Why am I here blogging? Well,since you asked, I love to write. I love to express myself to others. I am really a introvert with some extrovert tendencies, that weren’t discovered until I took a real estate blogging class. I like to talk quilts and show pictures of my work, and I want to share it with the world. But really, I’m trying to start a quilting business and thought this might be a way to get my name out there. It MIGHT work, if I wouldn’t take so much time off between posts!

Why am I here on this planet? Oooooh, that’s a fun one. I am here to give my husband stress, (just kidding), to love my puppy, to make beautiful music and create drop dead gorgeous quilts! If I can get others to laugh, love, play and quilt, that’s just icing on the top.

Looking forward to Blogging 101 and meeting my classmates!

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Fun in the Sun!

Fun in the Sun!

Mary on a jet ski, in front of a teal dragon. (sea monster) It’s been an unusually long winter. My zodiac sign is Cancer. I do love the water and am looking forward to many beautiful days on the island!

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Whoo Hoo Thursday!

Hello friends,

Thursday is the day I’ve designated for miscellaneous posts and my day off.  But since I haven’t been posting everyday, we’ll call it lagniappe.

Susan Else and our kits!

Susan Else and our kits!

Susan’s lecture on Tuesday night was fun and filled with stories of her art and how she got to where she is today.  I fell in love with her Merry Go Round.  I also picked her up at the airport where we had the adventure of lost luggage….You are probably familiar.  Anyway the luggage did arrive and was delivered to her.  Happy ending.

I’ve never considered myself as an “artist”.  You know, the ones who paint, sculpt, make art quilts.  I am a musician and quilting has given me a visual outlet that I can hold on to instead of just having a memory or recording of a great concert.  So I’ve always toyed with the idea of using quilting as art, but I REALLY enjoy making quilts and seeing the joy they bring to the recipients.

Well, this sculpting with fabric has opened a new window and I think I might climb through.  I have visions of fabric sculpted dragons, one being teal, of course, and bringing my favorite Sci Fantasy to life.  I’ve never been able to draw to my liking, though my sketches look better after a little time has passed…the same with my recordings.  I guess I am just too self critical.

There's me playing Sculptor! My pieces to sculpt The tree of my sculpted piece Here I am working on my sculpture and the tree.  There will be leaves, flowers and a vine added.  I hope to finish with the leaves this weekend.

Thanks, for stopping by and may your journey be filled with fun twists!

Happy Quilting, Mary

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