Saturday, December 27, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Believe it or not, we are still in the process of putting our tree up at home so who knows if I will get a photo of it. I tend to drag my feet when it comes to putting up a tree every year but we are getting it done, yesterday I just sat by it all day and late into the night with nothing but the lights on it. I absolutely LOVE having a Christmas tree but I absolutely HATE taking it down.
I work with Surgical Residents and last year and this year a couple of us have put up this little 4 1/2 ft tree that I had in my stash in their lounge.
I wanted to do something different for them since they are there so many hours so I tied ribbon on all kinds of treats and hung them on the tree for ornaments.
They love it and I love doing it for them! Every morning when I go in to check on it, it is empty. I have to say I am glad there are only a couple more days to this decorating. The good news is when it's over, there are no decorations to put away just fold up the tree and put it back in the box.
In case I don't get back here before the big day, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! If I do get back here, I'll say it again. :)
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain (in a car)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (Some of them anyway!)
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight (not even in the daylight)
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia (saw it on my way to China)
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person (from an airlplane)
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (no but have seen it happen more than once YUK)
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life hopefully
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby (x's 4)
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a mobile phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day
Monday, December 8, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Or I might make it with the Ferris Wheel design. I've not tried that one yet but have been wanting to.
Then there is a different design that I've been looking at that looks kind of like a lattice.
I have so many things in mind for these little jewels. I just need to make up my mind and do it so I can get it done and have something finished.
There are some fabrics in here that I really love and want to see if I can find out the pattern so I can get some more of it.
My thanks to everyone who participated in the swap. This was the easiest thing I've participated in so far.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
was also there to get together with the rest of the package and in the mail.
Debi is also having another giveaway in January. I am still trying to decide if I am ready to do another one but still have a few days to think about it.
For now I am just hobbling around on my "fixed" knee for a little longer.
See ya back here soon!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
In the past week, I have seen all 3 of my daughters, 2 of my sons-in-law, my son and all 6 of my grandkids and it isn't even Christmas!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Now it is time to get started on the Winter Sassy Apron Swap.
Every one has been a little more fun and this one is no exception. I am excited about it.
We are having a rainy morning here and I love it.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Congratulations to all of you. Please send me an e-mail with your mailing address and I will get your prize out to you.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by and left a comment with your favorite fall color. I can't possible pick one myself and wondered how many others couldn't either.
Thank you to Debi for hostessing the giveaway. She will be having a Winter Giveaway soon if you are interested, stop by and let her know.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
One of the blogs I read every day is A Year of Crockpotting. Stephanie has made something everyday this year in a crockpot. Some have been old stand by meals, some have been gourmet meals, there has even been melted crayons. She did it all in the crockpot. She has been on Rachel Ray. I really like reading this blog.
Last night when I started reading I saw she is giving away a crockpot. I love to use my crockpot to cook since I am rarely home, it is a good way for me to make dinner and put enough away to eat several times without cooking since it is just me to feed. The crock part of my crockpot cracked and so I decided I would enter the giveaway. Fat chance I'll win but hey I won't if I don't enter.
When I was filing out the required stuff on blogger, I checked a box about reply e-mails. I thought it meant that she would reply to that e-mail. OH NO my friends. It means that EVERY SINGLE ONE of her thousands of comments from people wanting to win the crockpot (the one I want) is coming to my inbox along with the hundreds of e-mails from the people entering my giveaway.
I told Stephanie what I did and she is still laughing about it. I bet she couldn't sleep last night laughing about it.
I'm sure glad it wasn't Pioneer Woman that I did that to...
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Juliette at Chickpee Sewing Studios is hosting a stash swap. I have asked to be included. I love the quilt she made for her little guy using this method and have seen some others and think I could come up with something nice also. If you would like to join, just let Juliette know. This should be fun! I think I will do mine with paper pieces like this one Littleshika did or this one from Twiddletails.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I have purchased 3 items to giveaway and so will pick 3 winners. Please forgive the pictures, I had a co-worker take them with his phone. They really are very nice prizes.
#1 is a Moda Jelly Roll called Fall Back Into Time
I saw a quilt in the shop made up from this and it is so pretty.
#2 is an Amy Butler 5 Fat Quarter Bundle
I thought I was buying a charm pack but just realized that it is folded fabric not cut.
I found the name of 4 of them on Amy Butler Fabrics they are from the Midwest Modern Collection. The 4 I do know are from Orange Dahlia Collection- Pink Happy Dots and Brown Trailing Cherry and from the Pink Dahlia Collection - Fuchsia Fresh Poppies and Moss Nouveau Trees. The 5th one has green tones.
#3 is a Slash Your Stash Quilt Book
Here are the "easy rules" to enter my giveaway, leave a comment between October 1st (not before) and noon October 15th. Tell me what your favorite fall color is and a link to your blog, or if you don't have a blog your e-mail address so that I can contact you. Feel free to mention this on your blog. To be fair, any comment that does not have these requirements will not be considered. A list of all participants can be found on the The Fall into Fall Quilters Blog You can go there and enter any and all of the giveaways. There are some awesome prizes waiting to be given away.
It's not too late to join us yourself if you would like just stop by The Fall into Fall Quilters Blog and Debi will add you to the list. There are over 40 bloggers participating so far!
The winners will be drawn and posted here on October 15th.
Good luck and thanks for playing.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
This morning when I was looking for something to bring with me to work and looked through drawers and bags of fabric, I just got overwhelmed with frustration. I am forever starting something and not finishing it. I have GREAT ideas but I don't follow through with them. That's enough beating myself up. I think maybe every crafter has these feelings at some point.
I have been giving a lot of thought to what I want to provide for the Fall into Fall Quilters Blog Giveaway and I have decided what it will be. I hope you will join us. I have spent today reading blogs of the other participants and there is going to be a wide variety of prizes. I am really excited to be part of this.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I have been reading a lot about jelly rolls lately so I ventured out to the quilt shop downtown between jobs today and checked them out. The nice lady there showed me all kinds of books and quilts in the shop made from jelly rolls. I think they might be my new friend.
I had a great time in Colorado. I always love going there but this time was just very nice. I got to spend time with with my girls and their guys and their babies. I got to babysit with a squishy soft little baby Adeline and a big handsome Max. We read books and told stories and sang songs. Well, I did all of those things. They just listened, but it was a great time. Ang and I had some good time together. I went shopping. I don't shop. I hate to shop. But I wanted to shop and I have so many new things to wear now. I think Deana was a little surprised that I said I wanted to shop. I hear that she thinks it is worse than shopping with someone else but she didn't complain one time, at least not to me. She just kept handing me things and telling me that I was buying them. I came away with some great bargains and a box of things to check at the airport. The weather was amazingly beautiful. I sat out on the deck and had breakfast. We drove up to Mt. Evans and it was so pretty. I got altitude goofy a bit. I forget about those things.
I actually sat down at the sewing machine for a little while on Sunday. I haven't done that in MONTHS. I hope it isn't months before I do it again. I was just testing out a little project.
That pretty much catches you up with my little spot in the world.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I got this awesome charm pack! I love the colors! Brown has always been one of my favorites and this shows me how nicely some other colors go with it that I wouldn't have thought of.
I've been giving it some thought and I think I now know just what this lovely little package will make.
Since I am without a camera right now, I borrowed the pic from HobbyMommy so that you can see how cute they are.
Someday I'll show you :)
Friday, August 22, 2008
Ivy posted about it the other day and they offered her one to try and one to give away. You can hop on over there and enter if you like but I have to tell ya, this is another one I REALLY want to win...
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Debi held a quilting round robin recently. Of course I thought about doing it but we all know that mostly what I do is think about it. I really liked the patterns and the way her quilt turned out.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Adeline May was born at 1:57 AM on Tuesday the 12th. She weighed in at 8 lbs and 10 oz and was 20 1/4 " long. She took her time getting here but what a wonderful prize at the end of the wait! She is so soft and precious! I think she is just beautiful!!!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
See for yourself.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
I am going to start with one I found today called Mary Quilts
She makes quilts for charities and has put some of her photos and patterns on this blog in pdf form to share with others. She is very generous in many ways.
Take a minute and check her out.
Friday, July 25, 2008
HobbyMommy just had her 100th post blogiversary and a giveaway. When I said I don't comment a lot, I meant it. I love reading what people have to say and I love looking at the beautiful things being created. When someone has a birthday or an anniversary I usually say congrats but other than that, I just read. I commented and I won. I had completely forgotten that she was having a giveaway. I came back from lunch and saw there were some new post and there it was in black and white - my name. I won!!!!!!!! That's right I won!!!!!! I am so excited!!!!!!!!!
Go tell her happy anniversary and check out what nice stuff she makes.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Does anyone have one? If you do, what kinds of things do you make in it?
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
While I was having lunch with a friend today, a little lady came in and sat down at the table closest to ours. In a few minutes, a little man came in to join her. It was pouring rain so I am guessing that he let her out and then parked the car. He had a cane and a hat (with raindrops on it). He was walking real slow and he was so bent over he looked to be about half as tall as he used to be. It was so sweet to watch them. When it came time to get our check I told the waiter I would like to pay for their meal also. He looked at me a bit like I was crazy and then brought me their check too. He said he would wait until I was ready to leave to tell them. I asked him not to tell them until they were ready to leave and after I was gone. I learned my lesson last time I did that and made the little lady cry and then I cried and then my friend cried.
If you've never done something like that before, give it a try some time if you feel like you can spare a few dollars. It is amazing how such a small gesture can make so many people feel good.
Monday, July 7, 2008
I followed the great tutorial from Sunshine Creations and it just couldn't be easier!
I used my entire package of templates (which was supposed to have 75 i nit but there were only 72) to make the hexagons and then just started piecing them together. Of course I am already second guessing my choices but I am sticking with them.
I just ordered several different shapes and sizes of the paper pieces so I can play more!! The quilt shop only had a few and when I started to buy both packages of the size I needed the lady acted like I shouldn't be greedy. I'm out, I need more so I ordered directly from the company. Plus, they are on sale and have a lot of different shapes that the store didn't have AND I don't have to drive back to the shop which is no where near any place I need to be.
I have been so frustrated at having all of these pretty fabrics and no time to do anything with them and now as I have been looking at so many different patterns that use this method, it almost makes me giddy to think about what I can accomplish.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I came in to work, thought about it a minute and called my quilt shop. Yes, she knew exactly what I wanted and they sure do have them she uses them all the time.
Guess where I went between jobs today? My new toys are spread out here all over my desk waiting on me to get started on making something pretty.
Wish me luck!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I had been duped. Why can't I just keep on walking? Why do people think it is their right to basically rip people off? This has bothered me for a couple of days now. I know I have to let it go but I really don't know how.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Why did I never try this before? I am always looking for a potholder. I have 3 but they always seem to be hiding from me. In just a few minutes, I had 2 more using up some of the yarn I bought to make the cup holders that I am now bored with.
Monday, June 16, 2008
WHY am I so stubborn? I never think anything is going to be good enough to give to someone. Brenna loved it and some day, Lucy will be dragging it around behind her and she will love it too.
Monday, June 9, 2008
I went to the post office yesterday and look what was waiting there for me. I got a package from Cynthia, all the way from Tennessee. She might be one of my long lost relatives since my people came from Tennessee.
Her daughter named the apron Home Sweet Home and I think that is just a great name.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
A month or so ago, I must have had a minute or two to get bored because I cut what was left of these fabrics from the first quilt a long Amanda Jean did into small squares.
I think they are 2 1/2" squares. I packed them all neatly into small school box and have been carrying them around with me in the car. I am sure I thought I would do something with them.
It has crossed my mind that I thought I would just make some nine patch blocks by hand and put them together for a nice little quilt. That seems a little boring though. It also crosses my mind that maybe I thought I would turn them into those little things that make a grandma's flower garden. I really like those but don't have a clue how to do it.
Any ideas from you what the would be good for? Or better yet, can you tell me how to make those little stop sign looking things?
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I bought this apron and dish towel from Thevillagegiraffe on etsy and I really hope my swap partner likes it. I did make a coordinating dishcloth to go with it and sent THE BEST punch recipe you will ever try.
I asked a friend in my office to "model" it so I could post it but she asked not to have her face shown.