Saturday, December 24, 2011

Digital Christmas Story

Please click on the link below for an interesting take on this wondrous story. Have a joyful and blessed Christmas!

Digital Christmas Story

Monday, December 19, 2011

Movie Monday 12/19/11

No tips today.  Just a fun video from the 30’s predicting fashions in the 21st century. I love the men’s fashions.  And the cell phone holder is spot on! Enjoy!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Christmas Miracle!

Yes I finished a Christmas project before Christmas!

Okay, I started it for last Christmas…but it is done!

I made a tablecloth for my table.  No batting, quilting or binding makes for a quick finish.


I found 60” wide fabric that I think was intended for a tablecloth so I used it on the back(the border stripe was on just two sides)-so it is reversible!


It feels so good to finish something!


Christmas is Coming….

Buddy does not like to get his picture taken.  It is that or I just take lousy pictures… But we love him so much we just keep trying!


We were holding cheese to get him to look up!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Happy Holidays | Carlson School of Management

This is really cool. Enjoy!

Happy Holidays | Carlson School of Management

Where Did Monday Go?

Yesterday was Movie Monday wasn’t it?

This weekend went by in a blur and then yesterday was Monday.  Adrienne was home for the weekend and we celebrated out family Christmas.  Yesterday as I was heading out the door for work Katie called: she had hit a deer with the car taking Dylan to the doctor.


I won’t post a picture of the deer.

I picked up Dylan and took him to my house so Adrienne could watch him.  In the car we talked about what happened and Dylan said “Sometimes things happen but we are all okay.”

I think I will try to remember that.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Stockings Were Hung….



Adrienne, Joe and Leonard are here this weekend.  We are going to have our family Christmas tomorrow.  Do you know what that means?  I get to open a present!  Yes!!

Here we all are decorating cookies last night:



It is wild and crazy-and noisy!-when we are all together but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

The Kindness Of Quilters

This is a post that is long overdue.  I had a very favorite pattern that that I used to make –by hand- when I first started quilting way back in the late 80’s. I usually made it as a pillow to give to very special people.  The pattern was designed by Linda Brannock.


I went to find it a while back and it was gone.  I searched for it frantically.  I did several web searches and I even found a kit on e-bay but I did not win.

So I did another search and learned who had made the pattern and I found her website.  I sent her a note asking if the pattern was still available.

I got a lovely note from her daughter.  Karmen said she was going to visit  her mom and she would check out the pattern.  After several searches, Karmen found ONE copy of the pattern and sent it along to me.

Please visit Karmen at her website A Quilter Awakens.  She does beautiful work.  Thank you Karmen for being such a nice person!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sneak Peak

I have been doing some embroidery over the past couple of days.


I will post another pic in a few days when it is done.

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Latest from Japan

As many of you know, I have a love affair going with Japanese books and fabric. 

This is my latest book:


Not much from the cover, but look inside….


It is a book on reversible quilted projects.  Of course they are all completed by hand although I suppose that it could be adapted to machine sewing.  Here is my first project:



It is (to me, at least) the cutest little pouch made from just 3 hexagons! I just love it! It took me an evening to HAND SEW it all together.  The folding took me longer-the first hexie took 45 minutes but then it got much easier.

This is the next project I want to make:


The purse is on the left.  The two bigger pictures show the piece before sewing it into shape.

The book also shows cathedral window shapes-but oh, the twist that has been put on them!  I will post more on that later…

Movie Monday 12/5/2011

Is everyone ready for the holidays?  Neither am I!  The house is decorated and I have wrapped some presents but there is still lots more to do.  The girls and I made sugar cookies last Friday.  This Thursday Adrienne and her family are coming home for our Christmas together.  And we will be decorating the sugar cookies together.  We will also try to make some more.

Today’s video is origami. I have done some origami in the past and I hope to try one of these snowflakes this year.  It is a rather long video (20 minutes) but the directions are very good. 

Please let me know if you make one-and enjoy!

By the way, I know I have been ignoring my blog lately and  I have so many things to share!  But sitting and updating everything just has not gotten done.  I hope you will stay with me-I promise to post very soon!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Monday Movie- 12/1/11

Yes, I know I Know I have not posted in a while.  Yes I know that it is not Monday.  I hope that if I post a video of my grandsons (and Buddy!) you will forgive me.

I have lots to post- I will catch up soon!

In the meantime, enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Movie Monday 11/14/2011

Good Morning everyone!  Sorry this is a little late.  I had some computer problems but I am now set to go.

This week’s video is a little self-serving but I am not getting paid or anything to show it.  I thought you all might like to see how I-any many others-set up for machine quilting.  While it may seem a little tedious-it takes me about a half hour to an hour now-it sure beats crawling around on the floor basting or safety-pinning my quilts!  My set up is similar to Kathy’s-I just have a different version of the frame.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Happy Birthday!

So ends another birthday week.  Katie and I are another year older.  Below are a couple more pictures.  Katie blowing out her candles and the beautiful flower that Mimi and John sent me.  Thanks to all for all my birthday wishes! Also thanks to my brothers and aunt for a great Italian dinner today.  Oh dear, I weigh in tomorrow!DSC02859


Thursday, November 10, 2011

29 Years Old!


It is not as pretty as Katie can do but it is filled with love and pride for my Katie.  We love you and hope you have a great birthday!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Movie Monday 11/7/11

Sometimes things just fall in your lap.  I was pondering what this week’s  video should be when this one showed up on my Google reader.

Seriously, I have never mastered making a knot.  I just skrunch up my thread, give it a tug and hope for the best.  But I think I can master one now.  This video will show you , too!


by shinyhappywendi

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Special Delivery

My husband came home last night and told me there was a package on the front porch. I get a lot of deliveries but I was not expecting this:


Adrienne and Joe sent me an herb wreath for my birthday (next week).  Right now it is hanging where my clock that hasn’t worked in years usually hangs.  It was suggested that I hang it on the side of my fridge so that I can use as I am cooking.

Isn’t it pretty?  Thank you Adrienne, Joe, and Leonard!  I love you and miss you!

Thursday, November 3, 2011


I rarely get introspective on this blog but I am hoping that writing about this will help me feel better.

My feelings are very easily hurt.  I have tried, with difficulty, to develop a thicker outer skin but sometimes I it doesn’t help.  I try to cover it with jokes, which sometimes gets me into trouble.  I say things to other people which makes me feel even worse. I suppose that is why I am always apologizing to people.  I don’t want them to feel like I do!

Anyway something happened yesterday.  To tell you all what happened won’t change anything.  But, to make myself feel better, I ate 5 sugar cookies.  Which only made me feel worse. Then I felt bad-and nauseated.

I AM NOT GOING TO DO THAT ANYMORE! (OK- I will try very hard not to do that anymore…) Since July I have lost 22 pounds.  Of that I am very proud.  I can’t blame anyone else for my eating habits but I can try to control how I react.  I have always told my daughters, You can’t change other people; you can change how you react to them.  Maybe I will take my own advice…

On a lighter note…Remember these?


Well, since I posted I have made 6 more!  I included a key chain on a couple.  They are very addictive!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Too Cute!

I picked up this pattern by Valori Wells, Saturday, at the quilt show.  The actual size is about 3 1/2” by 4 1/2”.  Each one took about 45 minutes to make including hand sewing.  I think they are just too cute!



I may have to invest in a snap gizmo!


The other night I could not sleep so I came downstairs at about 3:00 am.  Surprisingly, Buddy was not sleeping in his chair.  That is because he was in my spare bedroom!DSC02838

(I left a couple things on the bed…he was able to adapt)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Movie Monday 10/24/11

So sorry about last week.  I was in Baltimore visiting my daughter and her family. (more on that later).

This week, how about something different?  Saturday I visited the Candlelight Quilt Guild’s Quilt Show here in Baldwinsville.  This is one of my very favorite shows.  The members are all so talented-and vey nice!

Just a couple of comments:  I tried to show close-ups of a couple of quilts-a couple were actually hand quilted! There was also an interesting display commemorating the Civil War Sesquicentennial.  Finally please look at Jake’s quilt. He did an awesome job!