Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.-Marcel Proust

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Catch Up

I am catching up on blogs today.  I am so far behind, have done NO SEWING and almost no crochet.  However, I have lost 25 pounds since August, so that is something...
Here is what is happening around our house in the last few days.

Jack stakes his claim in front of the Christmas Tree before it is even decorated.  Last year we only had 2 very small trees, up on top of the piano because he was a puppy.

The tree gets some completely unbreakable (Except for the Angel) decorations in case Jack decides to topple the whole thing.

Last year's purchased manger scene decs the doll quilt...

The Nutcracker collection marches out...
The small tree on the piano holds the treasured can't do without ornaments- lovebirds through out the years- I try to get one for us every year but they are sometimes hard to find- and some special family ones.  Safe from the bull like poodle.

I can't believe it is already that time of year again.  I have been very un-crafty this year so there won't be many, if any, handmade gifts this year.  Perhaps next year will be better.  The trick will be getting my sewing room cleaned out enough for me to get in the door.

I still need to finish that Halloween costume sweater I have been working on...

Happy sewing everyone,

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Some late night learning...
Ok, so its not fabulous but it is ok and that is good enough. 
The teachers at my school have all decided to dress up as a Harry Potter characters for Halloween.  Being the librarian, I can't skip out on a book/movie themed plan, so, I decided I wanted to be Mrs. Weasley.  I love her!
So, in searching for ideas for my costume, I came a cross these pictures...

YES!  That is the perfect costume!  I LOVE that sweater.  I knew I would not be able to buy one from a store so I started looking on ETSY.  You definitely can buy one on ETSY to the tune of about $400 and the time for the person to make it.  So, I decided it was past time for me to learn this crochet stuff.  I have yet to finish a crochet project that I have started!
My husband just kinda laughed at me when I said I was ordering the pattern from ravelry.com. 

Not only do I have to finish the sweater by October 30th to wear to school, I also have to make me one of those fabulous aprons! And wash it about 50 times to make it look worn out :) 

I am still wondering if I will get a wig or if Mrs. Weasley will have a nice short haircut.  My hair is currently about that color- a little more brown, but it is short.  I will have to think about that one because I do not like wigs!

I bought the fabric for my Oklahoma Backroads border today.  Maybe you will see a picture of the flimsy soon...

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Saturday Stitching

I basically locked myself in the sewing room today.  Turned on the 80s tunes and jammed. 
I cranked out these 9 BlockLotto blocks, using my Tri-Rec rulers.  It went smoother than I thought it would.  I only made two mistakes the whole time!
Here are some of them up close.  I am amazed that the points all look great!  YAY!

I also worked on my Oklahoma Back Roads quilt, hoping to get the top put together.  I thought I had all the blocks sewn together.  However, after sewing lots of rows, I found that I was three rows short!  That's 30 blocks!  What happened to 30 of my blocks???  I started making them after searching for them with no luck.  I am pretty sure they are hiding in a corner of my sewing room somewhere but I couldn't find them.  No top finished today after all, darn-it!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday Stitching

Sorry for the dark picture- an effect of the sun coming in...
I finally got my kitchen curtains hemmed so the kitchen refresh is complete.  I actually want some curtain tie backs but until I find just what I want, this will have to do...

Working on putting rows together for a quilt for my bed but got antsy.  I may go cut out a new leader/ender project...

I have a busy week at work since school starts Wednesday and I am in charge of the textbooks as well as my usual library responsibilities.  Wish I had about another month of pure patchwork & quilting time!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Tea Towel Swap anyone?

I would like to set up a tea towel swap where you would hand decorate a tea towel and have a partner to swap it with.  I will post some very general rules for participation if I get at least five participants.  We would need to start soon to have them finished and delivered by the end of August. 
Just send me your name and email address along with a message to let me know you are interested.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Not much stitching goin on but...

I did get my front door painted this week.  I have just had the paint for about 2 years...
The large terra cotta pot got a few coats of red as well.  So, my entry is pretty much refreshed.  I still need to sweep and get a new welcome mat and maybe a wreath.
Here is an up close of the bird cage at the door.

I have also been working on some shelves for my kitchen refresh as well.  Hopefully I will get them finished and hung up tomorrow.  If so, I will post pics.  I am in panic mode to get this all done since I start back to school on Monday.  Students still have almost 2 weeks until they start but there is all kinds of meetings and registration to get through before then. 

Now, I have all sorts of UFOs- more than I can ever finish, I am sure.  BUT- this quilt is calling to me!!!!!  I even went as far as bought a few reds and neutrals to add to my stash in preparation. 

I wish that when I was binging on quilting, I could stop eating and loose a ton of weight.  Wouldn't that be cool? 

Earlier this week, I also managed to get the inside of my car all vacuumed out and the interior all cleaned up.  So, I have been busy but not in the sewing room.  I have just had to fight the urge to ditch it all and go up there.  Tomorrow, hopefully I will get a few minutes with my current project- Oklahoma Back Roads.  I hope to have it put together as a quilt top in another week or so, even with going back to work. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

One more for the block lotto...


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