Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Have not done a lot of sewing since the church craft fair. That went fairly well considering the fact that we were rained out.
Hubby got me my exercise program and board for the wii game. I am having a blast with it! oops for those of you who are not related to us " We always open our gifts a couple of days before christmas. We started it once all the kids were gone. We were always in places that were too far from the kids so there was no body around on christmas so we made a game of it and would open one each nite untill christmas eve and then we would open the last one. Well now we are near Dougs son and grandkids and great gransons so we do have them come over and open gifts on christmas eve but we are still in the habbit of doing it soooooooooo I already have everything opened lols we are sooooooooo bad! O.k. I am off to relax for a bit since we have been running all day. You all take care and have a great week!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
As usual all of the pictures added in the opposite order of my posts so bare with me as I have yet to figure that one out. Take care and have a great day!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh I also won some fabric from Ellies blog sorry I don't have the addy handy but it is a german blog and a very nice lady. she wanted suggestions on how to find time to sew when you were always busy and I came up with about eleven or twelve idea's all of which were put in a jar and her son or grandson drew my name. yesssssssssssss!
Friday, August 27, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Just found out that my stepdaughter is comming for a visit. She is planning to stay with her stepbrother as he has more room. Should liven things up around here as she is always interesting to say the least. Right now she has pink hair which is usually purple. I am sure she will be remembered by all. It will be good to see her as we haven't seen her since leaving Spokane three years ago or has it been four.? I swear the time goes by much too quickly.
Wellllllll I managed to get my doll quilt finished" although I don't know how. It seems like everytime I start looking for something I get sidetracked by something else I have run into. I found a quilt on the net yestarday and spent a good half hour figureing out the pieces so that I could make it. It is just two simple blocks but if you don't sit down and color them out on a graph paper of sorts then you loose them.
Well its about time I close for now as I have a lot of things to get finished before going back to work tomorrow. How depressing is that! I only just got home and started relaxing lols .
Saturday, August 14, 2010
First of all hubby went out to start the tiller as he wanted to put in some winter squash. It wouldn't start and then he noticed that there was someting caught in one of the tines so he pulled on it to get it out. well his hand slipped and he ran the tip of his finger right through the tip of one of the tines. He was a bloody mess and having all those nerves in the tips of your fingers sure didn't help any. He got the bleeding stopped and bandaged it all up and we didn't have to go in and get stitches like I thought we would. It probably could actually use a couple but when you have a stubborn man: I have learned after all these years together that there is a time to argue and a time to just walk away. This one looked like it would mend on its own and he had taken all of the precautions of washing it out good and soaking in peroxide so I let it go.
Then we were stitting outside on the finished deck that hubby build for us when the guiennie got upset because tripod was allowed on the deck and he wasen't. He is joined at the hip to tripod whenever he is outside. welllllllll he flew onto the grill and I shooed him away from there and he went over and landed on one of my planter boxes that contained herbs that I have been starting. welllllllll when I headed towards him he flew up to the roof of the house but not before knocking over my whole planter box. what a mess! Not too mention my herbs had just poked their little heads out a couple of days prior too this. sooooooooo I cleaned it all up and replanted. The rest of the day went fine so it wasen't a total loss. I worked on some small five inch squares for a baby quilt . I joined a small quilt group and have been playing around with the little blocks. very time consuming but fun! Will include a picture of the deck and hopefully by the next entry I can get a picture of the afghan I am working on and some of the miniature blocks.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
At the home front we have been working on the deck that hubby started while I was in Spokane. It is almost finished and I am loving it! we went out and bought two white rocking chairs which is almost a southern tradition but I love them anyway so they would have been here regardless, then we bought two other chairs that will relline back along with a table in between. After that I picked up a barbeque grill " Just a little one for the deck. hubby has a nice one out in the yard that seldom gets used but this way we will have no exscuse not to grill.
I already love sitting out there and reading books, doing saduko puzzles and bird watching. Its like having an extra room".
Now I feel guilty that I don't have anything to show as far as crafts. I haven't managed to get back into sewing yet and the only thing I have been doing is a little bit of chrocheting on my afghan. Next time I hope to have pictures of the front deck and will try and remember to get a shot of the afghan too. And hopefully I will have something started in the sewing dept also. take care
Friday, July 9, 2010
Hi Guys... Just a quick post to let you know that I am still alive and kicking.
Have been at my daughters and we have already hit 1 quilt shop, walmart and a few other places.
I wanted to post a few photos of two of the Granddaughters that were not here when I first arrived. They were at the lake having fun with their other Grandpa.
Until next time........
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Time seems to be just flying by me. Yestarday a friend from work talked me into going to a shopping mall in Smithfield and was it ever hugeeeeeee. I swear it would take a person at least a week to get through the whole thing. We did however manage to get through three or four of them. I told her when I get back in August we can go again.
After I got home I received some sad news. one of my very good internet friends lost her youngest son due to a car accident. I feel soooo badly for her. That is something you never get over. Time makes it more bareable but it never stops hurting. I wish that I could be there with her and help her go through it but luckily she has two daughters and lots of friends to help her to get through this.
Welllll today I started machine quilting my granddaughters quilt. Its half way done but let me tell youuuuuu I think this may just be my last quilts other then wall quilts or maybe a lap quilt. I am just getting too old to crawl around on the floor pinning quilts together and in the past I have always quilted by hand. That is muchhhhh easier then trying to manipulate a quilt around the throat of a sewing machine. If I had the space to set up my frame I would have much preferred to quilt it by hand. Anyway it should be done before long. then I am hoping I can squeeze it in to my luggage some where. I would like to carry it on instead of put it in the regular baggage as it is something that just can't be replaced. After that I baked cupcakes which I will take down to the voting station at the fire house this afternoon. Hubby is working there today and its a very long day for all of them. I just got back from getting them their lunch.
Just attached a picture of my friend and I in one of the shops we stopped at in the mall. I am always amazed at the gorgous flowers they have here in North Carolina. there are several that I would love to have but they would have to be taken inside durring the winter and I just don't have the room.
There is also a picture of some hot pads I am making. I got this pattern from a blog that I visited recently. I had emaild the owner of the blog to see where I could find the pattern and she was sweet enough to sketch it out for me. it was her own original pattern. I am always so amazed at how nice our internet friends can be".
Fathers day was nice as Dougs son, grandson, and greatgrandsons were here to wish him well. By now you all know that all of my pictures will be posted in the opposite order that they should be. I still haven't figured out how to adjust that one. O.k. guess I had better run some cupcakes down to the fire station. everyone take care untill next time.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Boy this had been one of those weeks. First of all it was my last work week untill next august so that was a good thing. but I can sure tell that I am getting olddddddd. After crawling around inside those darn ovens trying to clean them friday by the time I got up saturday morning I could hardly move. Finally gave in and took a muscle relaxer and the rest of the day went better" at least for my bodys aches and pains.
Remember the zig zag quilt that I posted for my granddaughter? wellll one of my good friends emailed me and said Linda did you know that you had one of the rows turned around in your quilt or did you meant for it to be that way? Ohhhhhhhhhhh noooooooo definately not! sooooooo I spent the next hour or so ripping out the seams and putting it back together the right way. I was so glad that she let me know now before I decided to quilt the darn thing.
I also started a patriotic table runner from one of my groups. Do you know how sometimes the simplest projects can turn into a nitemare" welllll this was one of those projects. I put it all together very quickly but decided after looking at it that I really didn't like it. sooooo I decided to change the edges to a pointed runner instead of a long square one. That looked much better. But after putting it up on my design wall I still wasent't happy with it and decided it was because of the way they layed out the colors in the flag. it wasen't just red white and blue but red blue white red so it was off too me" soooooo you guessed it" I tore the whole thing apart once again and put it all back to gether the way I thought it would look good. welllllll would you believe that after I hung it back up" I discovered that one of the ends was backwards which would have meant taking it completely apart once again and by that time I really was not interested in this project any longerrrrr. Do any of you have days like this! normally I am smart enough that when things are not going my way " to walk away and come back later but not this time.
I have decided that since this is my first weekend a free woman (from work that is) that I would bake some apple bread which I did yestarday and today I am going to make some bisquits and sausage gravy. (definately not weight watcher material ) but its what I happen to be in the mood for. may have to walk it all off later.
Hubby was out in the veggie garden while I was pulling weeds in the flower garden and he brought in some more cukes. He had to take a picture and insisted on laying a ruler next too them. He could not believe how big they got. last year for some odd reason we grew little cukes but this years batch has definately made up for it.
Well I think I am going to go see what kind of trouble I can get into today. take care untill next time.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Just a quick note and picture to let you know that I actually managed to get my granddaughers quilt top finished. All thats left is to put it together. haven't made up my mind if I will take it along and finish it there or try and do it here and pack it away in my suitcase which couldddddd proove to be problematic is that a word? lols take care untill next time
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Well this is has really been a short week. First of all we had monday off for memorial day and then I had to take today off for a dental appointment so tomorrow is friday already and I hardly feel as though I have worked at all".
As you know I finished one of my granddaughters quilt tops last week and this week I have one started for yet another one of my granddaughters. I am thrilled that I should have both quilts finished before I leave in next month at least the tops will be if nothing else. Its kind of fun to put them together with the kids and their mom.
We have also been doing a lot of gardening, Or maybe I should say hubby has. I weed here and there and water when I get the chance too. Now I do my share of eatting what comes out of the garden I can tell you that! And as usual you will see that the pictures are in the wrong order. darn it! I still have not figured out how to fix that problem.
I have also been hand quilting a table runner that I started some time ago and just managed to get it pulled out again. I have promised myself that even though I have purchased another quilt pattern that I will be good and not start it untill I get these projects completed.
That is about all that has been going on lately. I know you are probably beginning to think that all I do is work and sew. wellll you might just be right with a little bit of cooking thrown in there! Take care untill next time.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Its been hot here the past day or two. Lots of humidity after it rained for several days. However I have still managed to work on one of my quilts and trying to finish up a table runner that I started some time ago. I have a picture of the coin baby quilt that I started but haven't managed to get it downloaded off of my computer yet. Hopefully this weekend for sure. This is a really fast one to make. It only takes five strips of coins and I already have three of them finished.
I also need to get out and take some recent pictures of all the garden activity. I love this time of year as everything grows soooo quickly. Hubby told me when I came home from work that we already have baby zuchinnies and cukecumbers. I would normally take pictures and send to my daughter as we love to tease her since we have such a longer growing season then she does but they had a frost recently and it killed everyhting she planted so I just don';t have the heart to tease her right now. (Maybe after it gets going again) I knoww I am sooo bad! O.k. I am off to play a little golf on the wii game" Take care untill next time.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Well its saturday again and it seems like instead of relaxing on my day off all I do is work and run. I am sure its like that with all of you who work outside the home. sometimes I feel like I am working my life awayyyyyy!
O.k. now for some good news" I found my camera! They had it at target so I bit the bullet and bought it. I loveeeeee it! so little and so much fun to use and view the photos with the touch screen. I think its a keeper!
Today I have managed to get the laundry done , cook dinner for hubby and grandson" who was here all day working on someones truck. I think they had a good visit". Which by the way gave me a little bit of time by myself to sew. I actually managed to finish my granddaughters quilt top. all that is left is to pick out some material for a border and then it is ready to go with me on my trip". Once I get there I will buy the batting and a sheet to match and tie the quilt with my dd and the grandkids.
Then I actually managed to get two more dresdon quilt blocks done inbetween the laundry and the cooking. Hope everyone else managed to have a good day today.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Time seems to be flying by" Before I know it school will be out and I will off for the summer. still working on grandaughters quilt. I think I have enough blocks finished to make the top. Now all I have to do is put them together and decide on a border.
In the meantime I have somehow gotten involved in the dresdon frezy" It seems like a lot of the blogs are making them and I just couldn't help myself. I have been playing around with scraps and really like the looks of them.
Other then that we have been playing around in the yard watching all the veggies grow. the flowers are getting gorgous and hubby decided to get one of those portable wood pits and would you believe we say outside in 85 degree weather roasting hot dogs to try it out! I swear the older we get the crazzier we get! It really was fun though. I guess you just had to be there!
Well thats about all for now. take care
Sunday, May 9, 2010
WEll I went back to look at the post and that was the wrong picture of the grandkids so will add the right one now as I cannot seem to get the editing to work for me.
Now you can see why when I said she wasen't too happy it all makes sence. lols Linda
Well its been a gorgous day outside. WE actually had coffee out in the yard this morning. I received a beautifull card from my grandchildren and daughter , and her hubby from spokane" This morning they called and all yelled happy mothers day! My stepson and his wife came over with the great grandsons today and brought me a beautifull ceramic coffee cup to plant some flower in and a package of canna lilly bulbs. My granddaughter zoe emailed me from Seattle and my stepson from seattle also called and emailed me. So life is Good! Mothers Day was always something special between me and my mother. I always got her something on mothers day usually flowers. At that time they always had venders on most of the street corners selling flowers. I think its a day that says ohhhhhhhhhhh wow do I ever realize nowwwww what it was like raising kids. lols I actually enjoyed raising kids. that is untill they became teenagers and then I am not so sure. would have gladly traded them in untill they were 21.
My daughter sent me some pictures of the kids which I always loveeeeee! and in this one the baby doe's not look happy about the whole process. usually she is such a little ham!
Well its about time I got back to working on granddaughters quilt or I won;t have it ready when I leave for Spokane this year. Take care and Happy moms Day too all of you!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
I am sooooooo happy it is the weekend again" It is so nice to be home where there is air conditioning. I think I may have mentioned that I work for the school district and we have no air conditioning in our kitchen. Do you have anyyyyyyyy idea how hot it can get when it is in the nineties outside and we have ovens runing inside? No one has been brave enough to set a thermomitor in the kitchen because if they did I am sure we would all quit! They are building us a new one and from what we have been told we will actually have air conditioning in this one yesssssssssss!
So far today I have managed to get he laundry finished, I cooked dinner a nice dish of rolled up chicken with ham and cheese in the center, garlic cream cheese mashed potatoes, corn and of course beer bread". My hubby has become sooooooo spoiled " He is a bread lover from wayyyyyy back and before I would bake bread maybe once or twice a month, because lets face it" baking bread can be time consuming and when you work outside of the home as well as inside not too mention gardening and your favorite hobby is quilting you just don't always have the extra time. wellllll I love to search blogs and one day : I came across one that talked about beer bread. I had never heard about this one before so naturally I had to do some research. I went and typed in beer bread and came across sites that gave recipes which were all reallyyyy easy to make. you see the beer replaces the yeast process so all you do is throw the ingredients together which takes a total of three or four minutes and then you add a bottle of can of beer and put it in the oven with some melted butter over the top and you are doneeeeeeee!!!! Did I metion that this bread is fabulous! well it is and if you haven't tried it you really must! I promis you that you won't be sorry.
I am even going to tell you how to make it and save you all the recipe searching so you have absolutely noooo exscuse. make sure you have a six pack of beer in your fridge from this day forward. Don't worry the alcohol content will be cooked out of it. Hubby and I are not beer drinkers ( I prefer wine) so we have to buy beer just for our bread. o.k. are you readyyyyy. first you take 3 cups of flour sifted, 3 teaspoons baking powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 cup of sugar, mix , then add a 12 oz. can or bottle of beer and stir it with a spoon. pour the whole mess into a greased or srayed bread pan . go to your microwave and melt 1/4 cup margarine or butter pour over the top and put it into the oven for one hour at 375 degrees. Nowwwwww is that easy or what? No exscuses you really have to try it!
O.k. I am off to see what else I can do today. I have managed to cut out some more blocks for my granddaughters quilt. Its times like this when I wish I still belonged to a quilt group. I have cut out about thirty ten inch squares of blue and I keep having to run back to the store to find more blue. O.k. take care and have a great day!
Sunday, May 2, 2010
O.k. Just had to tell you that I finished putting one of those little friendship bags together and not only that! but I actually stippled it! Yuppppppp that is the first time I have stippled anything . Nothing fancy but it always makes me feel good to try something new! If you would like the tutorial on the friendship bag you can find it at p.s.i quilt sorry this isen't showing up as a link for some odd reason but if you go to your search engine you should be able to get it from there. The only thing I would change is that I would use some kind of a stiffner the next time around. Have fun!
I swear" I do not know where all the time goes! I think its a combination of getting older (time definately goes faster) Mainly because it takes us longer to get everything done! and the fact that I am working for a living it seems like one day just runs into the other.
This is gardening season so that has been a huge time user and I have even found time to start a new quilt for my one of my granddaughters. I have not told her yet because I am hoping to finish the top by the time I leave for spokane. if not then I don't want to disapoint her. This is what it is looking like right now. She loves blue so hopefully she will like this one.
Last week I went shopping at michaels. They had the most adorable boxes on sale for 40% off. I looked at them and thought I really would like to get a couple of them and then as quickly thought nooooooo you don't have any room as it is. welllllllll being a typical woman I got home and thought Linda you should have bought the darn things to keep your applique in one place and another one for your hand embroidery. welllllll by the time I got back there they were not on sale any more so I wound up paying full price for one of them and used my coupon for the other one. Now ladies just learn from my mistakes and when you see something you love! grab it!
Well this is the morning I had to take my boniva" Its H-ll getting older! so Now I have all those things I need to catch up on that I couldn't while not being able to bend . everyone take care and hopefully it won't be so long before posts again. I do have a pattern from blogland for a small friendship bag that I hope to get made before long. I have even picked out the fabric for it! so hopefully I will be back soon to post more finished pictures.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
I knowwwwwww its been forever since I have written in my blog" Besides being terriably busy I have been going through the dulldrums. Just have not been able to get interested in sewing . I usually go through this right after christmas for a short time and then start up again but this is april alreadyyyyyyyyy. This morning I finally jumped out of bed! Welllllllll I kind of crawled out actually buttttt I had a great idea to go make myself a water bottle carrier for when I go out on my walks". I even thought add a pocket for my cell phone just in case I might need a ride home from all that exercise" lols
Right now I am on Spring vacation so am enjoying being home. Yestarday one of the grandsons showed up and so I cooked and baked beer bread and lemon cake. Between steven and hubby they can finish off a pan of beerbread between them almost in one sitting. Then I went outside and watered my flowerbeds as things are really popping up. Then hubby tilled up the garden patch where we are planting strawberries this year. We decided to plant our tomatoes in hanging pots as our green peppers that we planted last year did so well in them. The strawberries are not in the ground and already looking good. He is out there plowing up an area to put in some cukes and some squash so I guess I should get dressed and get out there before the sun gets too hot. Its been in the eighties this weekend. My darling daughter went to montana to spend easter with her dad and she sent me a picture of the mountains there with all the snow. guess this hot spell isen't so bad after all. Hopefully I will get back into sewing and have more to report soon. Take care and God Bless"
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Well I am back again. Two posts in such a short time! Unusual for me lately. I saw a doctor because my knee kept buckling on me" and climbing stairs just about kills me. I apprently have what the call a bakers cist in the back of my knee. You don't want one! they are miserible little buggers. Anyway he has me on some pills to try and reduce the swelling so hopefully within the next couple of weeks it will improove. I swear I turned sixty and my whole body seems to be going to He--.
O.k. now for some good news! I made my granddaughter some pants with a matching tote and my daughter just emailed me a sequence of pictures when she got the package and opened it. I won't bore you by loading all of the pictures but will load one" She is just the cutesttttttttt little thing! Of course I have said that about allllll of my grandbabies! I think we are all getting such a kick out of this one because she was late and unexpected.
We just got home from an hour or so of shopping on base. The place was packed to day for some strange reason so it seemed like it took forever to pick up a few things and get home.
Tomorrow is friday!!!!!!!! I am really looking forward to getting off work and relaxing for a few days. I think that is about all there is right now so will close untill next time.