Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last UFO finish of 2011

I finished my last UFO for my 2011 list.

This is a dresden plate quilt I found at a yard sale many years ago.
The original maker had pieced all the plates
and appliqued one of the 20 blocks.
I finished the applique by hand,
sent it to my wonderful quilter,
and finished off the binding by hand.

I finished 6 of my 12 listed UFO's this year.
I hope I do better with my 2012 list!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Early Christmas present!

My husband is a great woodworker.
He has made many of our home furniture pieces.
This year he surprised me with a early gift.

He made me a beautiful bowl.

Here is it still on the stand drying.

The woods are Walnut, Hickory, Alder and Brazilian Cherry.

I love it!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas past...1989

My brother found this photo
and sent it on to me today.

Christmas at my parents house in 1989!

Me...pregnant with our daughter, V
Son, M....3 yrs old
Daughter, E...5 yrs old
Husband, W...dark hair and new college graduate.

Oh, the memories!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Fabric Stash Report

I haven't made a report for the last couple of weeks.

Fabric in this week: 2 yards
Fabric in YTD: 48 yards

Fabric used this week: 7 yards
Fabric used YTD: 135 yards

Adjusted numbers: 87 yards of 100 yard goal

Goals for the week:

Make & Create:
Binding on Happy Chemo charity quilt(s)
Make list for 2012 UFO project
Attend Crochet/Knit group

Health & Weight:
Finish purchasing monthly groceries
Make dinner every night
Start beginners home exercise program

I'm almost to my goal of 100 yards...
better start sewing for Christmas!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

BBQ versus my VW Bug!

We have terrible winds whipping thru North Utah.

I was happily sewing, when I heard a crash.
It felt like the whole house shook.

Looked out window and saw...

My backyard fence laying in the neighbors yard!

then, I went to check for damage at the front of the house.

That is a BBQ sitting on the front of my VW Bug.
BBQ versus VW...BBQ wins!

I am going back to the sewing room.
Please let me know when the storm is over!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Birds spotted over snowy Village

Last year, I was still in morning over my Dad's passing
and did next to no Christmas decorating.
I think I put up the tree about a week before.

This year, we have a new baby in the house
and I am trying to get out of this fog I have been in lately,
so I decorated for a few hours today.

(Warning: lots of photos!)

I started by unpacking my 22 various
houses/businesses/Church/ Light Towers
I have been purchasing from Joann's Fabric
for the last 10 years.

And magically....

...they were all set up!
I have just enough electrically outlets....barely!

I also put my Grandmothers chair by the front door
ready with a basket waiting to be filled with Christmas cards.

Lastly (for this post)
I decorated the tree with various Bird ornaments.
I started collecting them last year.

But the best part of the day was....

...seeing my grand daughter M's sweet face
while looking at her first lite Christmas Tree!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

Photos of my day....

Beautiful table!

I think my SIL is hungry.....

My daughters holding their daughters.

(left to right)
E hold her daughter E-6 months old
and V holding her daughter M-4 months old

No football game for us.....
John Wayne Western movie marathon.

I hope you had a wonderful day!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fabric Stash Report

Lots and lots of sewing this week,
but no changes in the stash busting.

I don't count the yardage into my report
until something is finished completely.
Lots of sew, but no finishes this week.

Goals for the week:

Make & Create-

Finish Christmas Quilt blocks
Embroidery on bird BOM
Start my beginners knit block project

Health & Weight-

No eating out whole week
Breakfast everyday
No over doing it at Thanksgiving

How are you doing with the stash busting?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Question on knitting needles

I am a beginner knitter.
I have inherited and purchased various needles.

Which do you prefer to use?


Metal or....


I have them all...........

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Candyland Birthday party

My DIL has a combined birthday party
for both of my granddaughters each year.

Each year is a different theme
and the party-food-decoration are well done.
This year it was Candyland,

as in the child's board game.

She made cute decorations
representing the different candy's in the game.

She made treat bags with the
board game piece on the outside.

then had the kids decorate their own bag.

They kids played the game

and gathered up candy.

The table was decorated with all different kinds of candy.

My DIL's aunt decorates cakes
each year for the girls birthdays.

Unfortunately, the Candyland Castle
suffered a little in transit to the party.
Tho I'm sure no one complained when they ate it!

I told my DIL she should do this as a profession.

My son was just glad the party was over for another year.

Happy Birthday K and H,
Love Grandma Suzi!

Fabric Stash Report

We are getting down to the last of 2011.
Not too many more weeks for this stash report.

I have been doing alot of sewing this week,
but since I don't count the fabric
until the project is completely finished,
my numbers are still the same.

46 yards in YTD

128 yards used YTD

Adjusted total: 82 yards used

This weeks goals

Health & Weight:
Try some new recipes to use for Thanksgiving
No eating out the whole week
Organize the food storage

Make & Create:
Finish Nov UFO blocks
Make baby carrier cover
Add holly leaf appliques to wreath.

How are you doing stash busting?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veteran's Day

Thank you, Dad

for setting the great example and
serving our country.

Love and Miss you always!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Have Scraps? Want to help someone out?

I found the 4 patches 4 hope blog project
and thought I would pass it onto you.

You make 4 patch blocks
(size and instructions at the website)
then mail them into the organization.

Gonna go dig into my scraps right now...

Fabric Stash report

Still at the same...82 of 100 yard goal!

Goals for this week:

Make & Create-
Sew something....anything!
Embroidery on Bird BOM
Begin knitting project

Health & Weight-
Start attending gym again
No eating out this entire week
Arm exercises 3 times a week

How are you doing?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Have you been complimented today?

"I can last two months on a good compliment."
-Mark Twain

Go give 2 months of joy to someone today.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Attitude of Gratitude-Day 2

Today, I am thankful for:

1.Having a comfortable Home where
all my needs and (most of my) wants are meet.

2.Having access to good Health Care

3.NetFlix and the enjoyment/entertainment
it gives a grumpy coughy 3.5 yr old grand son

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Attitude of Gratitude-Day 1

Today, I am thankful for:

1.Having my children/grandchildren live so close by
2.Rainy day when I can stay inside
3.My physical body
(even when it is not working so well)

November UFO project

I checked over at Judy's  blogs today
and the number to finish on my UFO list
for the month of November is #3.

My number 3 is my Christmas scrappy 9-patch quilt.
I have listed that I want to get all the blocks made.

I didn't finish my October UFO.
Never even got it out to start quilting.

Maybe I'll do better with the 9-patch blocks.
We are having rain/snow off and on this whole week.
Good excuse to stay in and sew!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Last post for Blogtober

I signed up for the Blogtober project:
Post everyday for the month of October.
I did 27 out of 31 posts...pretty good for me!

Tonight, I end this month long project with
a bunch of Halloween photos from my
daughters home. She LOVES Halloween!

They carve about 20 different pumpkins each year

A cemetery, complete with
fog machines,
and graves,
and talking heads
(my grandson wasn't too sure about this one)
Mr. Bones!
Thanks for stopping by....goodnight!


Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fabric Stash Report

I missed making a report last week
as I was driving back from Colorado.

Fabric in this week: 5 yards
Fabric in YTD: 46 yards

Fabric used this week: 5 yards
Fabric used YTD: 128 yards

Adjusted numbers: 82 yards

I am so close...yet so far away
from my goal of 100 yards!
I had to purchase flannel for 2 charity
baby quilts for the first time in 2 years!

Goals for this week:

Make and Create

Start on Art journal
Sew/something sewing related 15 minutes per day
Make baby carrier cover for Baby E

Health and Weight

Plan out weekly dinner menu-post on fridge
Shop with a list and coupons
No eating out for the week..only homemade

How are you doing on your goals?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Gesso or Modge Podge

Fabric I know about...

Gesso and
Modge Podge..I don't know!

What is the difference?

I took a couple of quilt art classes in September
and the teacher said she used Gesso.

I want to do a art journal project
where I will be applying
various magazine cutouts to a
cardboard journal cover.
The teacher says use Modge or Gesso.

I need help!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Spices and Expiration dates

I am on a cleaning binge.
I know, I know...completely unexpected of me!

My spice cabinet/baking shelves

are a disaster,

but no more!

Top shelf: Baking decorating items plus extra salt & pepper
Mid shelf: Small spice bottles plus baking items
Low shelf: Large spice bottle plus frequently used items

I made a list of what I had and what I needed
The list will be posted on the inside of the cabinet door.

Spices...expiration dates...
Do you throw out your spices at the ex date,
or do you use them a little bit longer?
I don't think expired spices would make you sick
(would they?)
They just wouldn't be at full flavor...right?

What do you do?

1st Grade crazy Hair Day!

My Grand Daughter, Miss K!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rocky Mountain High!

We spent a couple of days in Colorado
during our mini vacation.

I have on my Life Bucket list
to visit all the USA National Parks.
We went to Rocky Mountain Park on this trip.

The Park has large herds of Elk and Deer.

We also discovered a little rabbit called a Pika

So cute!

The drive thru the Park was beautiful!

The trees were bursting with Fall colors.
After mountain drives and beautiful scenery,

we went to Colorado Springs.
My husband is a Harley Davidson man,
so we always stop at the cycle store.

We enjoyed exploring the Manitou Cliff  Dwellings.
The Indians built a community and lived here for hundreds of years,
until a 26 year water drought
forced them to leave.

Beehive oven where they baked their bread.

Colorado is so beautiful!

I can't wait to go back again...soon!