Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day and My Birthday...

Hey there, everyone!

Today is Valentine's Day.  Do you do special things with/for your loved ones?  I made a primitive stuffed heart for me Mum to hang from a lamp in her room at the nursing home.  I forgot to take a photo...but will get one taken next time I visit.

My sister's first wedding was on Valentine's Day.  We bridesmaids wore red velvet dresses...very elegant.  

Friday is my birthday.  How do I feel about that?  Well, I love my birthday.  Perhaps not as much now as I did when I was younger.  Still, has always been a very special day for me. I remember one year, when I was old enough to know better (probably about to be 8 years old), I became very upset because my Dad had to go to work.  On my birthday!!!  Could not understand that.  And, I LOVE gifts...I feel as if everyone in the world should (want to) give me a gift.  Not even kidding.  Well, perhaps a little bit. 

At any rate, on this upcoming Saturday, we will have a small party over at the nursing home with Mom.  We will eat angel food cake...yum!  It is my favorite cake.  Forever and always.  For years, and before I moved to Madison, I served angel food cake (with that fluffy, sticky white frosting - remember?) at my birthday party.  I always asked my Godmother/Aunt Bev to cut the cake for me...and she always obliged.  It was way less messy with her doing the cake cutting.  That is a memory that makes me smile.


As usual, I have some finishes to show you.   

A tote bag for myself...made with Ellen DeGeneres fabric & black oilcloth.
On the inside, a zipper pocket and 3 open pockets.

I took part in a plus quilt quiltalong on Instagram...
I have a total of 36 blocks, measuring 10.5"...
waiting to be put together into a quilt top.

Just last week, started the #sewingavillage party over on Instagram.

Got a bunch of snow last weekend...all gone now, though.  whew.

And, I have several items on my list that I need to plan.  A few quilts for family members, 3 tote bags, several napkins, Kleenex cozies, etc.  I am hoping that Brenis will come to visit soon.  I need her help in getting a good start with one of the quilts.  

Hope you're having a lovely Happy Valentine's Day!!! 

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The One with No Excuses...

I have no excuse.  I have only good intentions.  Well, you know what they say about those, don't you?  Road to hell and all of that...

So.  I appear to have a problem with keeping my blog updated.  Unsure why this is, being retired and all.  Not like I leave the house for several hours a day or anything like that.  Ya know? 

Here's the solution I came up with.  I will stop in and update you all when I do and I guess that is the way it will be.  No excuses.  No apologies.  No pressure.  

Okay with you?

Thanks...I appreciate you.

Well, here it is another January.  (Happy New Year!)  This month is already almost gone, though.  Time sure has a way of moving way too fast lately.  There is nothing much new to tell you about.  I sew.  I visit me Mum in the nursing home.  I spend time with my sisters.  I go to the gym.  OH!  When I was in Madison last fall, I attended a chair yoga class taught by my friend, Kim.  I rather enjoyed it and am happy to report that there are a few similar classes here for me to attend.  YAY!  So, those are on my weekly schedule.  

I have a few things to show you.  May as well sit back and relax.  Prepare to be awed!  ~grin~

31 different dotted fabrics.  A quilt for my sister, Jill.  67.5 x 72.5 inches.

Back of dotted quilt.  Dots!

Cloth dinner napkins.

I made 60 (only 47 are shown) Kleenex cozies to give to staff and friends at Mom's nursing home.
I simplified them a bit...not as fancy but certainly as useful.

Counted Cross Stitch for my friend, Kim. ~5 x 7 inches.

Dish cloths and face cloths made with yarn that Brenis gifted me with in October.

Counted cross stitch by sister Julie.  Finished into a 5 x 5.5 inch pillow by me.
I have finished a few quilt tops...will show you once they are completed.

That's all the time I have today.  

It's almost the weekend...have a great one!!

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, December 3, 2017

I Like Cloth Napkins and I Cannot Lie...

Actually, I love cloth napkins.  For two reasons.

1.)  In days long past, Christmas with my Gram was always special.  A wonderful day for many, gifts, relatives, food...and because Gram brought out her good china, along with the linen tablecloths and napkins to dress the tables.  She made everything look so special.  I now have - and use - those tablecloths and napkins.  

2.)  When my sons were very young (well over 35 years ago), I decided that they needed to know there was more to the world than boys and men and rough and tough.  So, every Saturday, we had candlelight dinner...what we ate - spaghetti or steaks on the grill - wasn't the issue.  The issue was to learn how to sit at the table with grace and manners.  I made some cloth napkins to go with my fall-themed Corelle dinnerware.  It was time for the boys to learn to use something other than their shirt sleeves.  Okay, they never actually did that.  I just wanted them to know there was more than...well, whatever they thought there was.
Since that time, I've always had cloth napkins.  Didn't know I was being 'green' back then.  Just knew that it made sense to me to use something reusable.  

The above was taken from a blog post 
I wrote back in November of 2013.
It made sense to repeat it here so that
you all know what the heck I'm talking
about as I go on about cloth napkins. 

Back when I wrote that post, I didn't have much money to spend on Christmas gifts, so I decided to concentrate on making gifts.  I ended up making mostly napkins, with a few aprons tossed in the mix.  I believe I made 9 dozen napkins that year...and only had to buy for 2 sets.  That's a lot of fabric, hey?  

So, here we are 4 years later, and I have continued to make - and give away - cloth napkins.  After much experimentation, I have finally settled on the best sizes and the best way to finish the edges.  Which means, of course, that making them is an almost mindless task.  Something we all need to have in our sewing repertoire.  

I usually do not buy fabric specifically for napkin-making.  Rather, whenever I run across a piece of fabric in my stash that I decide I will not be using for anything, it goes into the 'for napkins or kleenex cozies' bin.  You've had that happen, right?  Look at a piece of fabric and wonder why you bought it?  And, you know.  Those pieces of fabric that you may consider ugly sometimes do actually make darn cute napkins.    

I use napkins every day.  Every meal.  I have not bought paper napkins for many, many years.  Here is most of my current collection...
my personal collection of snack and dinner napkins...
some florals, some dog-themed, some linen, and some fun ones
I must admit, though...these red and green napkins are used more than any of the other ones.  Just because.  

I usually have a few napkins on stand-by.  It is nice to have something on hand in the event a small gift is needed...sometimes a few napkins makes for the perfect choice.  This is my current stash of napkins (and I have several more ready to work on)...
this batch appears to be running in the flowery and bright theme!

Most of the napkins I make finish at 16"...not quite as large as a dinner napkin you will find in a nice restaurant, but certainly large enough to do the job.  These all have 3/4" hems and mitered corners.  

So, there you have it.  Do you use cloth napkins?  Do you make your own?

Napkins and kleenex cozies are my go-to for something to sew when I don't feel like expending much energy (i.e. brain power).

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The One About My Next Project...

It occurred to me that I am nearing the completion of two projects...two quilt tops.  And, for once, I am way ahead on my Christmas sewing with just two small gifts to finish up.  woohoo!  Which all means that soon I will have nothing to work on.  (as if)  So.  I have been giving thought to what I can do next.  

I need a project with no deadline, because after the beginning of the year, I have two major projects to begin.  After much deliberation ('much' being defined as no more than 2 minutes), I decided that I am going to start working on the Village quilt.  I have everything I need for the quilt top.  So, why not, hey?  

Here is everything I need for the quilt top...

Won't that be fun??  I surely think so!


We woke up to snow this was so pretty...fluffy white snow in the sunshine.  It is pretty much gone now, though.  Which, by the way, is fine with me.

Have a good rest of the week!!!

"I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The One with Random Photos...

It is a sunny Sunday afternoon here in Canon City.  57 degrees.  Gotta love the weather here.

Yeah.  So.  Here are some random photos...

Last month, me Mum came over to help peel apples.
I froze 13 pints of applesauce.  Yum.
This is an Ellen DeGeneres print from JoAnn Fabrics...made into an 18" pillow cover.

This is the 'will the real pineapple quilt please stand up' quilt.  I love it!

The backing...those bitty pineapples, though. ~grin~

Had lunch with Brenis Thompson one day...and, course, had to go to the LQS!

One area of my craft room.

Brenis posted this on FaceBook.  It totally cracked me up!!

Every once in awhile, I send sister Jill a photo similar to this. 
Just to tease.  She loves this quilt but it's staying with me.

Me Mum's birthday was the other day. 
We three daughters had a small party for her.
Pizza and long johns.  Yum!
1998...Allegra is in CCU post-op (her PDA surgery).

Well, that's about it.  Hope your Sunday is wonderful!!

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The One About Allegra...

Today is the 8th anniversary of the death of Allegra.  

She was truly one in a million.

Allegra was my joy.

And, I miss her.

Always and forever...

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The One About Meeting Up With a Special Friend...

While on vacation in Wisconsin, I was able to spend time with some of my friends.  Course, there is never enough time.  And, never enough time to do everything one wants to do.  Right?  I am definitely going to plan my trip differently next time so that I am able to include those I wasn't able to see this year.  

So.  I promised a blog post about meeting up with a special friend while in Wisconsin.

Her name is Donna.

If you will recall, I met Donna back in 2013 through an online strawberry swap we were participating in.  If you don't recall this, click here and then here.  We have maintained an online friendship since then.  

This is the same Donna I commissioned to make a mug mat featuring a chocolate Labrador.  I wrote about it here.

About the time I was moving out here, Donna and her husband bought some property in Wisconsin and moved from Florida!  So, I was hoping that I would get to meet with her on this trip back home.

Thankfully, everything worked out...we met up in West Bend at the Omicron Family Restaurant, where we had a wonderful lunch.  We sat and visited for a very long while after we were finished eating.  Apparently, we both like to talk.  ~grin~  I felt very comfortable with if we really had known each other for a very long time.  Once we left the restaurant, we decided to visit a quilt shop (always in need of quilt fabric, you know).  So, off we went up the road where we found Royce Quilting.  Gotta is a lovely shop!

Over the years, most of the fabric shopping I do is done solo.  Whether buying online or at a LQS, I shop alone.  Why?  Because I've never had sewing/quilting friends who lived near me.  So, you can imagine my delight at shopping with a who knew what I was talking about and who helped me get what I needed.  We had a great time together.  I am so very glad that I made the time to spend time with Donna.  My friend.    

Looking forward to the next time I visit Wisconsin...

PS  Donna and I exchanged gifts...I gave her some acorn-headed straight pins (she is acorn crazy!) and she brought me homemade canned pears and pesto.  LOVELY!  Thank you, Donna!!


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The One About That Vacation Blog Post...

Two times.


That is twice.  Yup, on two separate occasions, I had a lovely narrative detailing my vacation to Wisconsin!  With a gazillion photos to boot!!!

Both times, I went back in to edit the post and somehow, someway, managed to delete the entire thing.  Seriously?  This isn't my first time around the block...and certainly not my first rodeo.  Ya know?  I have been doing this blog thing for several years (10+ to be exact!).  So, what did this latest experience teach me?  Well, of save this post about every other word.  ~grin~  

But, seriously.  I am no longer in the mood (and you probably don't care THAT much) to write a narrative.  But, I do want to show you some of the photos.  I promise it won't be boring.  

Ready?  Here you are...

Trees gone, different siding, but this is the house I grew up in.
My Gram lived in the upstairs apartment, which was the best thing ever!

Pontoon ride at sunset on Lake Mendota with Kim and Brett.  Beautiful!

I had a purse made for mine that I showed a few posts back.
Except, her purse has a Golden Retriever.  She loves it!

Princess Kaylynn and I spent a night together in a motel.
She is 12 years old now.

Paul (Kaylynn's Dad) and Rachel came to visit us in the motel.

My  boys.

Matt's son, 14!

Ferry ride across Devil's Lake.  That was fun!

These are just a few of the photos I took.  (If you are my friend on Facebook, you have already seen all of the other photos I took.)  It was a wonderful vacation!  I will need to plan differently next time, though, because there are some people I wanted to spend time with that I didn't have time for.  

You know, it was almost more difficult to leave Wisconsin this time than when I moved out here because it really hit me how much I miss everyone.  

My next post will be about a special friend I met up with when in Wisconsin.  Hopefully, I'll get it written very soon.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The One Before the Vacation One...

I am way behind...I have this - a pre-vacation post - to write before I even begin sharing what a wonderful vacation I had!

So.  I believe that I mentioned in my last post that I was getting company before I left on vacation. My niece, Jody, who is also my goddaughter, came for a quick overnight visit.

Jody Lynn, me Mum (the girls' Gram), and Michelle (also niece/godddaughter)

Jody Lynn with me Mum (her Gram)

Jody Lynn with me Mum (her Gram) at the nursing home.

I finished the cotton and steel churn dash quilt top!  I like it a lot, though it is not (at this point, anyway) one that I am absolutely in love with!  I am waiting on some fabric for the back and then the Big Bad Boy and I will tackle the quilting.  
60 x 60 inches square
And, I also finally finished the antique quilt repair for Kim.

Antique Quilt circa 1941
Naomi Janome came home from the spa before I left on vacation. She had a nice quiet rest while I was gone.  

My next post will be all about my time away from home.  

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The One With the Crossbody Purse...

ohmygoodgracious!  I received the crossbody purse that I ordered - custom-made - from my online (and soon to be in real!) - friend, Donna.  She makes absolutely stunning purses and wallets (and quilts and backpacks and pajamas and napkins and, and...).  Check out her blog here.  I met Donna when I was involved in an online swap...a strawberry pincushion swap back in 2013.  We had several things in common...listed in this blog post.  

Anyway.  She makes wonderful pieces.  I mean, really wonderful!

So.  I do not normally carry a purse.  I carry my little zipper pouch and my phone.  Thinking about going on vacation and the travel involved in driving to/from/around Wisconsin and I thought that, perhaps, having a purse would come in handy.  BUT, I didn't want any big one that could fit everything AND the kitchen sink inside!  Something that is just big enough for my cards, license, cell phone and keys.

One day, on FaceBook, Donna showed a crossbody purse she made.  Well, that is exactly what I need!  So...after much emailing back and forth, we had everything that I wanted figured out and she made me the best purse ever!  It's not too big, but large enough to easily slip my cell phone has a long strap and a wrist strap, a puppy on the zipper pull and an embroidered brown dog.  I mean, really?  Also, she made a pocket and card slots for my driver license and other important debit/credit/library cards!  It is amazing!  See for yourself...
Cork fabric exterior...measures 8.5 x 6.5 inches.

embroidered brown dog

cutest puppy!

My fave color - teal - lining with pocket and card slots.

I am soooo happy with this!  I must go somewhere tomorrow so that I can take/use it.  Don't you think?  

Vacation begins in 10.5 days!

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11


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