Monday, December 31, 2007

Prairie Sweets Progress

This project has been consuming my sit down time this past week. 23 blocks completed; 19 to go. I'm hand appliquing the rings so it's a perfect sit down project.
We moved into this home over two years ago and I still have packed boxes of fabric and such. My mind set has been "out of sight, out of mind" - LOL. Yesterday I decided it was time to start dealing with some of those boxes. I had so much fun getting reacquainted with fabric and projects that I had pushed out of my mind. It's so easy to concentrate on the newest things and completely forget about those things I had to have way back when. LOL I still have some boxes to go through but I'm really looking forward to it. I had to concentrate on unpacking and sorting and not allow myself to get sidetracked to plan a new project or two.
I've been following the "fabric rutt" thread on the Prim Yahoo Group and while unpacking I discovered that I'm definitely not in a fabric rutt - LOL. I seem to love it all - except Batiks. Of course, just looking through the piles of past projects really tells the story that I really do love it all. :-)
I hope that you have had wonderful holidays and found time to do a little reflecting. I've been quite a bit of time reflecting about 2007 and wondering what's in store in 2008. I'll be back later to share!
Thanks for popping by to visit - it's wonderful that you do.
In Friendship!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Secret Santa Gifts! :-)

My Secret Santa Christmas package arrived from Jenny in AU and I was elated when I found these goodies enclosed. I've never seen a bag like the one in the picture on the left - I'm going to assume that it was knitted and then felted. I can't wait to show it off! LOL
And the goodies in the other picture - a calendar with pictures of AU and note the Kanagroo buttons taped to the calendar. I need to find a special project to use the buttons. Probably should use the fabric with koalas in the same project. Isn't that card adorable? This package put a huge smile on my face. Thank you so much, Jenny!

And a huge thanks to Donna for organizing the Secret Santa Exchange. I don't know know whether or not my partner received the package I sent but hopefully she did.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were wonderful in my household and I hope they were in yours, as well.

Holiday Blessings In Friendship!

Monday, December 24, 2007


The End!

November and December snowpeoples (as Yvonne calls them - lol) are done! Everytime I finish one I declare "this one is my favorite" but truth be told they are all my favorite. :-) I will put them aside as I contemplate how to set them into a quilt - any ideas?

Thanks for your get well wishes - I'm feeling much better! :-)

Can you believe it's Christmas Eve? I hope that you have wonderful plans with your loved one(s) to celebrate the season and lest we not forget the 'Reason for the Season'.

Holiday Blessings In Friendship!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

May & October - Done!

I haven't been feeling up to par the past couple of days but I did manage to finish two more bluework snowpeople. This is 10 down and 2 to go! :-)

I hope that you're enjoying the holiday season! Take care of you and yours and thank you for visiting with me!

In Friendship!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Mr. September :-)
Spiffy new beanie - check
Apple for the teacher - check
Sharpened pencil - check
Writing pad - check
He's ready to start a new school year! :-)
Thanks for popping by to visit - come again!
In Friendship!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Here's August! :-)

Thanks for visiting with me today.
In Friendship!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Prairie Sweets and Men in Blue :-)
I've been asked if my Prairie Sweets (Fig Tree Quilts) project involves curved piecing. NO! Here's a picture of the pieces parts and a picture of the assembled block. This pattern is the latest issue of Fresh Vintage by Fig Tree Quilts. I was finally able to get back to this fun project yesterday. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
June & July bluework snowmen (aka Men in Blue) :-)
Please take a few minutes for yourself! Thanks for popping by - come again, please!
In Friendship!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Friendship Blessings!

The following goodies arrived in the mail from Nadine several weeks ago! The totebag with the bluework bunny on one side (I'll share the redwork side later) is adorable. Look at all the other goodies - I snickered when I saw the "Cuppa Candles" - Nadine and I exchange e-mails titled "having a cuppa with you". My friend, thank you so much for being a friend! I feel very blessed to call you my friend!

You may have seen the picture of the adorable pillow on Wendy's blog several weeks ago - I was the lucky recepient of this cutie. Wendy and I have been exchanging 3" nine patches since August and she enclosed these treasures in my November package. Thank you, Wendy for your friendship! You are a blessing!
If you visit Kim's blog you know that's she incredibly talented! She shared her talent with me - look at that adorable Gingerbread Man on the towel. He looks very cute with the other 'men' adorning my kitchen! Kim, thank you so much for being such a fun blogging buddy! I appreciate the blessing of your friendship!

FedEx left a small package by my front door recently. I was a bit perplexed because I wasn't expecting anything that had been shipped via FedEx. Imagine my surprise when I found this beautiful ornament nestled in a box of tissue from Nan. She was compelled to send this beauty because she was troubled that all my Christmas ornaments and such had been stolen. It was such a wonderful surprise. This treasured ornament will have a special spot on our tree for many Christmas Seasons. Thank you, Nan for sharing your friendship with me! You've truly touched my heart with this blessing!

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope that you'll stop by again.
In Friendship!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

It Hit Home!

You must read the current issue of "Quilter's Home" - you really must. A dear local friend pointed out this particular issue to me on Friday night. She lurks on my blog and knew it would 'hit home'. (Hi Gwyn!)

The following articles hit home with me:

1. Mean Girls - How to put Quiltzilla in her place (remember I blogged about Quiltzilla on 11/19. Lots of great tips on how to deal with 'her'. :-)

2. Tips to Rev Up Your Quilting - great tips to get your Mojo back. (mine is returning slowing)

3. Managing Your Mess (the piles of magazines and such that are difficult to give up)

I hope that your days of full of happiness and joy - if you're experiencing extremely cold temps, please stay home - keep warm and stitch to your heart's content.

Thanks for popping by to visit with me! I'll be back later with many, many pictures and updates.

In Friendship!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Officially on Vacation!!!!!! :-)

I've finished working for 2007 and I'm officially on vacation till the end of the year. Wahoo!
Now it's time to do all the Christmas shopping and then hopefully spend lots and lots of time with my needle and thread. Bliss! :-)

On the left is my "Night Before Christmas" stitchery project by Cinderberry Stitches. It's been finished for a few weeks but I can't find a suitable fabric for the outer border. Sigh! I don't want to settle so it'll wait. :-)

On the right is a new stitchery project. I lurk on Linda's Redwork Yahoo Group and discovered these cuties there. I thought I'd trace them and work on them through the year but I've stitched these four this week. LOL This project will be finished before I know it.

Time to go to bed - tomorrow I'm off to do all or most of my Christmas shopping!

Happy holidays and thanks for stopping by to visit with me!

In Friendship!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

I'm Sewing!!!!! ;-)

Not just sewing but having a blast! This new project has put a bounce in my needle and thread and this new bounce has been a very long time coming. LOL

Let me tell you about this pattern. When I saw this quilt on Joanna's blog several months ago it spoke very loudly to me. I knew immediately that I would make this quilt as soon as the pattern was available. And, it became available this week. It's called "Prairie Sweets" and it's featured on the cover of Fresh Vintage, Issue #6 by Fig Tree Quilts. When I realized on Monday that it was available I ordered it immediately and it arrived today! WooHoo! I pulled out my Allspice Tapestry fat quarter bundle (also by Fig Tree Quilts/Moda) and got busy. I need to scour the on-line shops to find a few more background prints but in the meantime I can get a few more blocks done. I've decided to hand applique the circles so it could take me awhile to get this project done.

It felt so good it felt to sit at my machine with a joyful heart today.

Thanks for visiting - come back soon!

In Friendship!

More Gingerbread Men! :-)

I bet you're sick of seeing the "Men" that are adorning my kitchen this holiday season! :-) I couldn't help myself, I had to share these cuties.

As I look around my home and realize more and more than I am seriously missing the 'Decorating Gene' I can't help but make a HUGE decision! Yep, it's a decision I've been contemplating for a while now.

Are you ready for this?

I've decided that when I grow up I want to be Kim. She just continues to amaze me - this woman has some serious decorating and talent genes. Yes, she does!!!! She pieces flimsies and then quilts them herself on a domestic sewing machine; she designs and does beautiful applique; she paints; she cooks; she makes journals - and, this my friends is just the tip of the iceberg. Whew! I've tried really hard to be her QBFF so that hopefully she'll share some giftees with me but I've failed miserably. LOL

I have a major problem to overcome! Can you help me? I absolutely refuse to grow up so I'm not sure when I'll be able to become KIM. :-)

I hope you're finding time to relax and enjoy the busy days that are surrounding us right now. Thanks for visiting and laughing with me.

I'll be back later or tomorrow with pictures of giftees and treasures that have arrived from Nadine, Wendy and Nan.

In Friendship!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Twinkle Time!

This baking Santa and tiny tree sit on the bar between the kitchen and living room! I couldn't figure out how to hide the base of the tree (it's really tacky) so I stood it in the red gingerbread men pie plate and piled on the Starlight Mints (I saw a similar idea on someone else's blog but sadly I don't remember who it was - I'm sorry!).

edit: Actually, on the blog I can't remember, had a standing in a bowl of Starlight mints but I liked the idea to hide the tree base.

The tree is sparsely decorated because I ordered some tiny gingerbread type cookie ornaments and I think they are too small. This will have to do. The only thing that matters - he makes us SMILE :-)

Happy Holidays and thanks for visiting with me!

In Friendship!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

OOPS! ;-)

I welcomed you and yours into my home however I failed to introduce you to my favorite nutcracker in my family of nutcrackers. I do believe he's the first thing you'll see when you walk into my home! Just say 'Hi'.

He stands approx 3 ft and has a twin brother (he's stored away for now).

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such sweet compliments and comments.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

This is the entry way to our home! So, if you come to visit this will greet you! Feel free to stop by anytime!
Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

Sunday, December 02, 2007


May I have a drumroll, please! The envelope, please! :-)

Mar, Juliann & Hanne please send your mailing address so I can pop a surprise in the mail very soon!

Thank you one and all for leaving all the kind, sweet and encouraging words regarding my recent "rant" posting.

Thanks for visiting my blog - I love that you do!

In Friendship!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Still Here! :-)
(have ya missed me?)

It's been a week full of a whole lot of nothing and then some. :-) That doesn't make sense, does it? LOL

The highlights of my week:

Dogsitting "Buster the Dog" for three days
Finished "The Night Before Christmas" stitchery
Quilted and bound my Secret Santa gift
Quilted and bound my Trees on the Table topper
Stitched and made a cute "Fresh Baked Cookies" pillow

Started Christmas Decorating but I have a couple of things working against me (I was not born with the Decorating Gene and several years ago all (yes all) of our Christmas decorations were stolen so the desire to decorate is very not very strong.

I don't usually decorate with a theme however this year I couldn't resist decorating our kitchen in a "Fresh Baked Cookies" (Gingerbread Men) theme and I'm loving it!

I decorated two trees in my kitchen with mini cookie cutters and mini cooking utensils.

Don't want to bore you so I'll share more pictures later this week! :-)

I promise to return tomorrow to post winners of my "Rant Surprise Giveaway".

Thanks for caring and for visiting my blog!

In Friendship!!!!!!
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