Thursday, January 10, 2019

I like 2019-#2

I like....

I like the power of Sisterhood

I have three important groups of women
in my life. 

First, the ladies at my Church.



Second, the ladies of my Quilt Guild



And third, the ladies of my knit group.



Each group came together because of their
shared love of God, fabric or Fiber.
They have become a supportive part
of my life. We have gone through life's 
happy and sad experiences together. I
love these ladies!

Currently, I have some health challenges
in my life for myself and other family 
members. I have been feeling kind of
discouraged, but then I decided to be
positive....it can always be worse...right!
I love our group post every Thursday
of "I like" lists. It's nice to read the positive
when you don't always feel it.

What to read more...go to Not Afraid of Color




Sunday, January 6, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitch 2019-#1

Welcome 2019!

This first Sabbath of the year 2019
has come in snowy and cold. After
Church, my plan is to snuggle under
a quilt and stitch Sheep....


(Ah...can't figure out how to turn the
sheep the correct direction....) 

The pattern is from a Nativity I made
for this past Christmas. (Post Here) I was working
on the French knots at my knit group
meeting and all the ladies fell in love
with the little Sheep.

I told them I would make them one
AFTER Christmas...my hands just
can't do hours and hours of 
hand stitching anymore.
I need to make about a dozen.

I am looking forward to a 
wonderfully creative 2019.

Join other hand stitchers over at
to see some beautiful projects in progress.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

I like....

First "I like" post of 2019,,,,
let the positivity flow....

I like Blogland

I like having access to all sorts of
blogs to read and learn by...so many
different people out there sharing
their loves and lives.

Most blogs I follow are related to:
fabric, quilting, knitting, homemaking
skills, travel, reading, positive thoughts

I had lunch this last week with a
blog friend, Deanna, from

I had been following her blog for
quite a while and we had emailed
back and forth....realized we lived
not to far from one another.
We had lunch, fabric shopping and
talked for quite a while.


I like doing family history-genealogy

I am an adopted person who meet
some of my biological people nearly
20 years ago. I was given some info
about grandparents and half siblings
and became interested in the World
of Family History.

(paternal grandmother...I have her eyes)

It is like an on-going mystery...you
find that your grandparents lived
in one area, but their parents were
born somewhere else. You can track 
the life history of an individual with kids
and marriages and careers and
even deaths. I love History, so
genealogy is fun for me.


I like sleeping in....

I know, a strange item to have on my
 list, but there it is...



I have sleeping problems...have for
many years. I am trying to get my
body on a natural sleep schedule.
The doctor recommended I try
sleeping when I feel like it for
a couple of weeks, instead of 
trying to stay on a strict schedule.
So...I have been sleeping in...


I like the Rose Parade

We have the tradition of watching the
Rose Parade from Pasadena, California
every New Years Day.


When I was a kid, we went to see the
parade live. One year we sat in the
stands in front of the Bank of America
building (my brother worked there).
Another year, my dad put pads on the
tops of 6 foot ladders and we sat
on them...great view over the
heads of the crowds.

I like Mermaids

and I like this beach photo
my child sent me.




Welcome 2019 and I hope you
liked my "I like" post. For more
related posts, go over to 





Thursday, December 27, 2018

I like....

I like the calm and quiet days between
Christmas and New Years

I like when we get a break from the
usual schedule and get to sleep in
and eat when we want and do
what we want when we want too.

(Antelope Island-west of our Home)


I like the anticipation of a new year

I have goals and projects going
on all year long, but there is something
about the beginning of the year and the 
that everything is new. 



It makes me want set some new goals.....



I like positive changes in relationships

I have had an ongoing, somewhat
difficult relationship within my bio family.
(I am an adopted person). The last few
weeks, my interaction with this person
has turned the corner towards a much
more positive path. After 20 years, it's
a much nicer road to be traveling.....



I like cleaning out

Every Christmas break, we try to clean
out from our house or work. This year, it
was books. 



We have books everywhere. I have books
from when I was a kid. We have books
that were passed down from our parents
or Grandparents. We have books that
were gifts.

Now, hopefully these books will find a
good home.

I love reading other "I like" posts at





Thursday, December 20, 2018

I like...

I like  creating.....

I am finishing up my kids-grandkids
Christmas presents. I still have a 
quilt to bind, gift certificate to buy
and stocking stuffers to purchase 
for my Husband.

 
All the grandkids are getting handmade
quilts for Christmas. I am now caught
up...except for Grandbaby 2019...
he/she will get a quilt next Christmas.


I like Holiday music

I like to listen to the choir, choral
and Holiday related music while
I sew or am out and about during
the Holidays.

(Local High School Madrigals at
my Husbands Staff dinner)

I want to share a new song 
I discovered this year on YouTube


I like to improve my life

I tend to set goals more in 
September....something about
the new school year (being
married to a Teacher).

This year, I am really feeling a
need to make some changes in
my life with the coming new Year.

I set my goals in groups of three...
I don't know why...I just do....

Knitting:
1.Knit the other sock, so I have a pair
2.Clean out (knit or give away) 5 
shoe boxes of stored yarn.
3.Finish my two current knit projects
I have already begun, before starting
any other projects.

Needle and Thread:
1.Finish Pine tree quilt for Husbands
2019 birthday gift


2.Begin hand quilting Trip Around the
World quilt top.


3.Finish Vintage Block quilt for me.



I have many other areas of goals, but
you would be pretty bored reading
the ongoing list, believe me.....

I love all the positive and 
uplifting posts that are part of
the "I like" group at 
Click on the site and enjoy the love!





Sunday, December 9, 2018

Back to posting

I have not posted at
for a long time.

The reason:
I was finishing many gifts
and did not want my family
to see them on my blog.

Today, I am posting a 
finished gift to myself.

Our town has a Creche festival the
second weekend of December. The
residents display hundreds of
Nativities. They come in all forms of art.

This year, I made a felt nativity
to display. The pattern called for
wool, but I decided to use up
my felt and beading supplies.

The pattern is "O Holy Night" by
Kasia J Embroidery & Design

I also messed up my hand from
daily hand sewing for the last month.
I still have two quilts that need
the binding finished...they just
may be done on the machine.

I am taking a few weeks off from
hand stitching until my hand
heals completely.


Thursday, December 6, 2018

I like...

So...the last two weeks I have
spotty to no internet. I posted a
"I like" post last week, but, no
photos showed and I was not
able to comment on anyone
else blog post.

Let's see how we do this week....

I like decorating for Christmas

Each year I decorate the house a
little less, but I still have certain
items I like to put out for the
month of December.


I always put out multiple Nativity scenes.

The tree is decorated in one of two themes....
either nativity ornaments or ocean-beach
themed ornaments.



This year is beach themed ornaments.


I like hand stitching

I have been doing hours and hours
of hand stitching the last month.
Bindings on quilts (Christmas gifts)
Making a new felt Nativity.





Mindless, but calming, random
needlepoint stitching.


I like finishing a goal or two

2018 has been a crazy year for
 my family. Too many
unexpected adventures to name.
I have felt a little like I was not
getting anything accomplished.

Looking back to goals set in
January, I have made some
progress.

I finished some quilts...



I read-studied the New Testament....

I read a few books by new authors...

I cleaned out quite a bit of clutter....

I donated a number of quilts...
 



I like a new fresh start.

I am ready to take on some new
challenges in life for 2019.

I am going to be the President of
my local quilt guild. I did the job
about 10 years ago, but each
time it is different. Our guild blog is
Any suggestions of activities you
like to do in your guild would be
very much appreciated.
(post your ideas in the comment section)

I am going to plan new adventures
and experiences for myself and
Husband. For me....I am going to
the Road to California quilt
conference in January
(anyone else going?)


So....this is kind of a long "I like" post.
Sorry....I had lots to share after a few
weeks of no blogging.

Go on over to
for more great "I like" posts

Thursday, November 29, 2018

I like....

Yeah! We have internet again! 
Weather and construction south of
us took out our internet for a couple
of days. Hopefully, this will post....


I like having internet!

I forget sometimes how much I do use
the internet. Email...reading blogs...taking
classes online...



I like being a Grandma!

And....

We just found out that Grandchild #9
is on the way in late Spring. So excited!!!!!



I like Nativities

I collect Nativities and display
the entire how with them every
December. Our town has a 
Creche Festival the second
weekend of the December. 
I always try and display one
or two of my own.



I like reading all the other positive
"I like" blog posts at 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

I like #27

Another wonderful week of " I Like"
posts at Not Afraid of Color...go
check it out!

I like non-traditional
Christmas Tree's

I grew up with a Mom who created
amazing Christmas Trees

When I was little, our home had huge
windows across the Living room. It
was perfect to show off a tree.


This tree was made from white Pampas grass.
Mom made a tree shaped cone of
chicken wire....started at
the bottom and wired in the grass.
She added gold ornament balls.

She grew the pampas grass in our
backyard. She cut long pieces of it,
sprayed it with cheap hairspray 
(so it wouldn't shed all over)
and hung the pieces in the garage
to dry for a couple of weeks.

Another year, she made a tree out
of another tree shaped cone of
chicken wire...this time she
bunched up pieces of Kleenex
tissue into the wire holes.
Again, she added ornament balls.

Unfortunately, I can't find a photo
of the tissue tree....

Lastly, is my Mom's Philippine
Stick Christmas Tree. She didn't
make this one, but she could have
figured it out....


It is made of a center wood post 
with layers of individual real
tree branches attached with
small nails. The who tree is
hand painted with white paint.

My Mom brought it back to the USA   
after she and my Dad lived in
the Philippines. I inherited it,
repaired and repainted it, 
decorated it and donate it this
last week to a fundraiser

Besides a tree, I always have
many Nativity scenes and sometimes
a Christmas Village.

Do you have something you especially
LIKE for the Holiday season?
Share in the comments....