Monday, January 30, 2012

Movie Monday 1/30/12

Monday again. And the last one in January! Already!

This video is just a down and dirty way to make your own labels.  It is neat because you don’t need special transfer or photo fabric stuff (mind burp alert! I can’t think of the proper name!)


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Very Funny-and True!


Lauren just sent me this. It is perfect!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Classes at Mission Rose

I am teaching a couple classes at the shop this winter.  Here are my samples:

This is a table mat using reversible quilted hexagons.  It is the same technique I used for this little purse.


I have really been wanting to teach a hand piecing class so I came up with this wall hanging:


I have a renewed interest in doing handwork.  I am working on another hexie project.  I will post more on it later.

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I Have Had a Very Hard Day!


(By the way, Buddy brought the elephant with him-we did not put it there!)

What Time Is It?

Time to show you my new clock!DSC03051

Isn’t it too cute?  Mimi got this for me for Christmas. I finally got a picture of it the other day.  I love the way its eyes and tail move!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

So Where Have I Been?

Actually it is kind of embarrassing. A friend gave me a computer game- Seven Wonders ll and I am terribly in love with this game.  It is just a jazzed up Bejeweled Blitz.  It has several levels and I have been stuck on one level for about a week now!  Another friend calls these games “time-suckers” and that certainly describes this game.  I have to wean myself off…


In the meantime, I have been doing a little sewing.  In fact I have the baby quilt on the frame. I don’t want to show too much, but here is a peek:


It will actually be done before the shower!

I will post more pictures after Karen receives the quilt.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Movie Monday 1/16/12

I remember watching Billie Lauder on Alex Anderson’s show (was it Sew Many Quilts? I can’t believe I don’t remember!!).

I think Eleanor Burns does the same trick. Either way It is still neat.


Friday, January 13, 2012

The Owls Have Landed!


Thursday, January 12, 2012

A New Project for the New Year!

My niece, Karen is expecting a baby girl this coming April.  Last week we went to Mission Rose to pick out some fabric for her quilt.

We picked out Terrain by Kate Spain for Moda (I love this line!).  Karen’s theme is owls.  I found a picture we both liked and I started it today.DSC03037

This is how far I got today.  I want to sew down this layer before adding the momma and baby owl. I am loving it already!

The quilt is going to be a variation on a Chinese Coins pattern. (I got the idea from a quilt on Moda Bake Shop) This will be part of the center of the quilt.

Karen’s shower is Feb. 11. Will it be completed in time? Stay tuned!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Movie Monday-make that Thursday

Oh I hope you like this as much as we do!

Michael and I went to Katie’s on Christmas morning to watch the boys open presents.  We got Dylan a guitar and this is part of his first concert.

In case you don’t recognize the song, I only know it as “The Tractor Song” by Jason Aldean.


Dylan’s Guitar

This Better Be Good

So at 3:00 I decided to look for something to cook for dinner.  I found a recipe and surprisingly I had all the ingredients.  I defrosted the turkey tenderloin( I lied-I had to sub in the turkey for chicken tenderloin) and at 5:00 I started cooking.

I guess I should have read directions along with the ingredients.  45 minutes later this was ready to go into the oven:


It is a potato crusted chicken and veggie casserole.  It has to cook 45 more minutes.

This is what my kitchen looked like:


What you can’t see is the bottle of Kahlua that fell and broke inside that corner cabinet.  I don’t drink Kahlua, I don’t like Kahlua, I don’t know why there was Kahlua in that cabinet.

So I have more than enough time to pick up the kitchen before my casserole is done.

I will let you know how it turns out.

Happy New Year


Yes I do realize that it is January 4. I have been thinking about this post for a while.

While reading other’s blogs I have made note of resolutions, changes and plans others have for the New Year.

I asked my husband what his resolutions were for this year.  He informed me, “I don’t have any. I am already perfect.” (well, OK he is darn well near perfect, except for… oh, never mind.

I have broken several New Year’s Resolutions through the years, but I will share a couple of goals I have for 2012:

1.Losing Weight.  This is everyone’s goal isn’t it?  I have the tools and a good start on this one.  I did gain 2 pounds between Thanksgiving and January 1, but I did manage to make some good choices over the holidays and now that the cookies are all stale (That is right! I did not eat them all this year!)  I am back on track.  In July I said my goal was to be 50 pounds thinner next year at this time. My doctor and I agree this is a healthy goal that allows me to be satisfied at the end of a meal.  Again, I hope to be 50 pounds thinner next year in January.

2. Projects. We call them, UFO’s, WIP’s and the albatross around our necks. I would like to believe I will finish one a month or that I will finish one before I start a new project but will even that make me happy-or whittle down all those unfinished projects?  I like to create, I like to experiment, and I like to make pretty things!  Sometimes Things I start don’t always work out  as planned. So I give myself permission to finish those things I want and to gift or get rid of things I know I won’t finish.  And it is OK to start a new project!

3. Fabric. Yes this is a problem-and I work at a quilt shop! But this will be a resolution. Stop buying fabric when bored at work and double check my stash before shopping. Stop “stocking up” and use what I have. JoAnn’s and the fabric stores will survive the economic crisis is I don’t buy interfacing until I need it!

4. OKAY, this is the biggy and this comic sums it up quite nicely:

I do worry how others view me and I am always looking for approval on everything I do.  I know that I drive my kids crazy worrying that I might have said something that was taken the wrong way.  I APOLOGIZE WAY TOO MUCH! Sorry about the caps, there…

Anyway…let’s work on this mantra:  I can’t change other people. I can only change myself and how I view others. And they are not all angry with me or judging me constantly!

Sewing pictures, later!