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!