Sunday, October 3, 2010

The End

It's time to end the blog. No one ever comments. I have no idea if anyone is out there. So it's time to say good-bye. It was fun at first, now it's like a chore, and with no feedback I have no idea if it's even interesting.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

No trespassing

Not much going on here. Not much to write about. Same old crap, different day. I won't write about the backstabbing that happened. Or the trespassing.

I will show you some fabs I recently bought. I love them! I have left them out to admire before I put them into the cabinet.

I love looking at all my fabrics.

Whenever we go shopping my cousin always drives and won't take any money for gas, so I made her a totebag. I love the colors. Reminds me of ice cream.

Fall is fast approaching. My favorite frozen custard place is closing down after this weekend. I need to go get one. Season finale.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I really need a laugh

Somebody. Anybody. Make me laugh. I'm so stressed about this fast approaching loss of my job. Trying to stay calm. Sick of sending out my resume. OK, rant over. For today.

Got some new fabrics. These are so fun. They just make me smile when I look at them!

Look at those fruit butt ladies, LOL! They just crack me up! I just HAD to have that fabric when I spotted it in the quilt shop over the weekend. And I totally fell in love with that fall print from Joann's. New fabs in the house. That always makes me smile!

I also bought some fleece to make the kitties a new blanket.

They love to lay on that ottoman and look out the window. The ottoman is getting kind of ratty looking so I made them a little blanket to put on top of it. Gotta keep them comfy and cozy. Love my kitties! They also make me smile :)

Monday, September 6, 2010

It's the little things that count

Happy Labor Day Weekend! The hot humid summer sure flew by. It's been a lot cooler and less humid lately. I love it. Fall is my favorite season. But it's still officially summer. I found this little quilt at a garage sale the other day. I could not resist the fall colors so I bought it.

Time to rearrange things in the living room again and put out fallish type things. Haven't figured out where I'll put this little quilt yet.

I'm still working on my Knits Picks Spring/Summer Shawl. I'll probably still be working on it when spring comes around again, lol!

I'm ready to change colors again. This thing is taking me forever. I'm a slow knitter. But I do other crafty things too besides knit all day and night. I'm almost done with a quilt I'm also making. I just need to hand sew the binding down and that one will be done. Next one is a Christmas quilt. Been gathering the fabrics for that one. But it's way too early to think about Christmas. Especially since I'll be losing my job soon. The stress level is very high here.

I sewed my daughter a little pouch. We had a pickle event a couple weeks ago that made us laugh so when I saw this fabric I just had to buy it and make her something.

Can't wait for her reaction!

My Aunt sent me this little cross stitch ornament the other day. It cheered me up. It's always the little things that make me smile the largest. I need to hang it in a place of honor.

Hope you're enjoying the nice long Labor Day Weekend!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My great bargain!

Raise your hand if you like estate/garage sales? Fun fun fun! I love going to them. You never know what you will find. It's the thrill of the hunt! I went to an estate sale over the weekend. Found this china cabinet. Didn't want to pay the price they were asking and had no way to get it home anyway. The seller told me I could have it for $45. I still had no way to get it home. He said for $50 total they would deliver it. I bought it!

It's mine! All mine! And only $50! It's in my house. I did not want it for china. Nope. I wanted it for my fabric! I want to be able to see my fabrics!

There it is! My fabrics are in there. On display. It was fun to sort through them and put them in there. It was like rediscovering old friends. Some fabs I had forgotten about. So good to see them again. It did not take long to fill this cabinet up.

But there's still room for more! Must go shopping . . .

I pinned together my Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along Quilt. I just need to tie it. I'm not going to quilt this one. It will get tied. I think I'll start working on the tying tonight while watching TV. It's so hot outside, miserably hot, so I will stay in and play with my quilt.

Once I get it all tied then all that's left is the binding. And it will be DONE!

I did make another totebag. I'm a bag ho. I love bags. Bags are my thing. Can't have enough bags.

I just love this one. I think I like each one better than the one before and then I buy more fabric and it just goes on and on and on . . .

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Sewing. Sewing a lot lately. Stressed. When I'm stressed it helps me to sew. Just a few more weeks and I won't have a job. No job, no health insurance. No health insurance, no heart medicine. Do you see where I'm going with this? Stressed. Stress is not good on a heart patient. So I sew. It's an endless cycle. As long as I have fabric I can sew. I made my daughter and I some pillowcases. I used Soft & Comfy from Joann's for the ends. It's their version of Minkee. Very very very soft and cuddly.

I had a little bit left so I made my Aunt a little pouch. She takes the same heart meds as me. Us heart girls have to stick together.

I'm also finishing up a quilt and I have another one to cut out. Plus I made another totebag and a yo-yo tree. Pics to come soon.

I bought some cute little goodies on my little vacation. I just fell in love with this little clock! And it ticks!

It ticks quietly. A very comforting sound. I got the little runner that's under the clock at the same store. A vintage/antique/gift store. Very nice stuff. Reasonably priced. Lots of fun to look around! I also got this table runner there.

It looks cute on my table. I always wonder about the person who stitched these things when I come across them. Fun finds. They will live on in my house now.

I need to go sew some more. Still stresed. My daughter sent me the funniest card to cheer me up. It worked!

I think I'd like some morphine about now ;)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I'm craving chocolate

What I wouldn't do for a big fat donut right now. Or a huge piece of chocolate. Or a handful of cookies. Sigh. I miss junk food. Lots. But I'm adapting. I should not complain. The stent is working, and I'm losing weight. And I'm still here!

I finished the shawl I was making with Farmhouse yarns. It's so soft!

It's still very hot out so I haven't been able to use it yet.

It will come in handy once the cold weather sets in.

I also finished the quilt top for the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along. It has a brown border, hard to see it as I took the picture on the grass.

Today I'm going to go buy the backing, binding and batting. The 3 B's! It's going to be twin size. I'll be glad when this one is done. I also have the making for a Christmas quilt that I can't wait to get started on. I just don't have a lot of ambition when it's hot and muggy, even with the AC turned on.

We hit a couple of antique shops on vacation last weekend. Bought the cutest jar of buttons! Also hit a quilt shop . . . of course! And got some fats.

I also bought a couple more things from the antique/gift shop. Still need to take pics and get them on here. Wish I was still there. Vacations and long weekends always go so fast.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Why do vacations fly by so fast? I went away with my daughter for a long weekend. It was awesome! We had a lot of fun. Tried new things. Went one from extreme to another in the temperature department, from almost 90 degrees to the lower 50s.

We attended a tastefest of food from local restaurants at the locale we went to. OMG such good food and wine and desserts! And so fun! There were also animal rescue units in attendance, getting the word out that they need donations, etc. One place rescued wild birds. We got to see some owls up close and personal! What gorgeous anmimals!

That little beauty was the barred owl. Such sweet cute eyes!

I can't remember what kind the second owl was. But she was scared and just stayed in the cage opening and closing her mouth and flicking that tongue in an out. Fascinating creatures!

There were ducks at the beach. My daughter wanted to stick her feet in the water and attracted ducks.

They were probably hoping she had a piece of bread for them.

Love the sound of waves washing onto the shore.

And at the end of the day . . . a beautiful sunset.

A wonderful time was had. Good mother-daughter bonding. Can't wait to go back!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Keeping cool

A couple of cool nights and low humidity days and I'm hooked. But it won't last. The hot humid stuff is coming back. I did manage to get a shawl done made with wool yarn in the cooler weather. It's blocking.

Do you like my blocking mat? A kid's toy from Walmart, lol! I need to get some more so my blocking space is bigger next time.

I finished the last block of the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along. Of course I screwed it up. Terrible instructions on some of these blocks. Maybe I shouldn't complain as the pattern was free, but the designer knew they were writing free patterns so maybe their heart wasn't in it and they didn't care. Anyway, it's done. I'll probably never do another "along" again, sometimes they just aren't fun.

Next up is getting the sashing done, then the border. Then the quilt top will be done! I'm just going to tie this one. Nothing fancy. I still need to get the backing, binding and batting for it.

And on a totally different note. Went shopping with my cousin and aunt and sister last weekend. These cranes hang out in my cousin's front yard. What a view!

Imagine looking out your window and seeing that!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Lots of knitting, but nothing finished

Been knitting and knitting and knitting. And getting nowhere fast. I have three shawls on the needles. One is almost done. Until then, all I have is this quilt block to show. It's for the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along. It's the second to last block! I can't believe it's almost done.

After the next block the instructions come out on how to finish it then after that I'll have a finished quilt top. Must buy batting. And backing.

Friday, July 23, 2010

From me to me

Humid. Humidity makes me crabby. Humidity makes me lazy. Humidity makes me very lethargic. It's very humid today. Just hanging in the air. Very tropical. All I want to do is sit. Or hang out in the frozen food section at the grocery store.

I finally got the red, white and blue table runner done. I really like it!

I will leave it in the living room all summer. I just love the red white and blue stuff.

It will stay on the entertainment center, but of course I had to get an outdoor shot.

Lately I've been doing a lot of knitting. Just too hot to do anything else. I'm very surprised that I can stand to touch wool yarn, but I've been managing. I treated myself to this.

It's my birthday and that's what I bought myself. The Knit Picks ball winder. I love it! Some of my knitting group friends are making the Knit Picks Spring/Summer Shawl. I jumped on the bandwagon too. I used the ball winder to wind all the lace yarn for the shawl. Otherwise I'd still be winding it by hand. What a timesaver! Here's what I have knit so far.

I haven't gotten very far. Just started last night. I took the day off and I plan on sitting and knitting a lot. It's my birthday, I can do whatever I want! I may be dodging severe thunderstorms later, but I'll worry about that later. I'll hide in the basement with my shawl and ball winder so they don't get destroyed.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sit and Knit and Read

Look! They are almost ready. My first cherry tomatoes of the season. I can't wait to eat one.

I'm keeping a close eye on these. They taste like summer! They are like candy all warm from the sun and fresh. YUM!

It's been hot. Every day it's hot. It's hot at night. Not a lot of energy when it's hot, so I've been sitting and knitting. I got some socks done. Just a plain old vanilla sock pattern using Hobby Lobby yarn.

I'm impressed with how well I matched the stripes. They were knitted separately. First time using that brand of yarn. Not sure if I'll ever use it again.

I started a prayer shawl. I just fell in love with this pattern when I saw it and had to buy the booklet and enough yarn for it. It will take me a while to get this done. Good TV knitting. Good knit night knitting too.

I also started this little shawl. The yarn was being used for another lace shawl. I kept screwing it up, it frustrated me, so I frogged it and I'm making this little shawl. I did make this pattern last year with a different yarn and my daughter ended up getting it. This one is MINE. This one is Farmhouse Yarns. Real nice yarn.

I also added to my stack of summer reading. Used book sales are fun. I could browse them for hours.

Good beach reading here. Just a few more weeks and I'll be on the beach with my daughter for a mommy-daughter weekend. I'm sooooooooooo looking forward to that. Current read is Catcher in the Rye. Next up is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. That's what is going on here. Time to go turn on the AC and knit.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Summer Projects

Still healing, resting, getting stronger every day! I have lots of projects to keep me busy. First off I completed Block 10 of the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along. I can't believe there are only two more blocks to go!

I'm also still working on the red, white and blue table runner. I got the quilting done. By machine of course! The binding is now on. All I have left to do is hand sew the binding to the back then it will be done.

It's bigger than I thought it would be. If I was really skinny I could use it as a quilt, lol!

After what I've been through heart-wise, I've become brave and decided to learn a new knitting technique. Two at a time socks! It can't be any scarier than heart surgery.

It will be so awesome to have both socks done at the same time! That yarn I'm using is red, the camera just kept capturing it as orange, so I gave up. I'll be fooling around with this in the near future. I have a pair of socks on the needles now that I want to finish before I start this project. So many projects, so little time.

And last but not least, what would summer be without some good books to read! I had fun in the clearance area of Barnes & Noble the other day. Bought a bunch of books AND a heart health cookbook and didn't break the bank. Bring on the iced tea and my deck and I'll be happy sitting and reading for hours.

That's what's going on here. Hope you're keeping cool where you are. The awful humid heat wave has passed. I'm sure another one will come in the future. For now, I'm going to enjoy the warmth and low humidity.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day! It was a hot one here. And even hotter today. I made this little dolly for Independence Day. I think I'll leave her out for a while so I can still admire her.

I've been working on a red, white and blue table runner but just wasn't able to get it done in time for the 4th of July. I finally got all the blocks made.

The log cabin block! First time I ever made one of those. I need to sew the blocks together and put on the borders.

Once that is done, then the usual, add the backing, batting and quilting, then binding. I need more hours in the day.

I also got this beautiful Asian fabric from Joann's. I want to make yet another totebag with it.

I love totebags. Bags of all kinds. I want them all! I just can't seem to have enough bags. My addiction!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Here a block, there a block

Phew, hot and humid lately. I don't know why, but I love to sew when it's hot. I finished the most recent Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along. Block 9 already!

I really like this block. Much better than the last block.

I'm working on a red, white and blue table runner. I don't think I will have it done by the Fourth of July, but that's OK, I leave red, white and blue stuff out all summer. Here's what one of the blocks looks like.

My first time doing a log cabin block. Fun! I am changing the pattern from what the directions state to do, putting my own spin on it. It's been a fun project so far.

I did get some more towels done. I really like how these two turned out!

So that's what I've been working on, mostly sewing. I do have a sock on the knitting needles, but I haven't worked on it much as I don't like to touch wool when it's hot outside. I did get my little red, white and blue dolly done, but have been unable to get a good pic of her. Maybe next post.

Gotta go check the sky. We have yet another severe thunderstorm watch today. Maybe it will cool it off a little bit. Or at least get rid of some of the humidity.