Friday, October 1, 2010

Fall into Fall Quilting Blogger's Giveaway!

Head on over to Rhonda's blog to sign up for her great Fall into Fall Quilting Blogger's Giveaway!

She is giving away a $25 gift certificate to I Have A Notion ! FUN!

Oooh....I love giveaways!

Have fun!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

What Happened?!

I was going to post something and blogger has changed! This might take me a bit. lol

Hope you are all enjoying the fall weather that is slowly creeping in!

Monday, August 2, 2010

More back yard and some summer company...

I can't remember the name of this plant but we plant seeds every year and get a few pretty flowers from it. This year it took off so much it's taking over my laundry line! I love it!

Beautiful purple, pink and white flowers.

My oldest, Patrick and Noahi'minamood.

My oldest brother Brian came out for a day from Sacramento. He flew back with my mom and Noah. He is such a sweetheart!

Brian, mom and myself.

Motley crew.

Hope you are having a good summer. :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Amazing stuff....

I was perusing blogs the other day and came upon this post at Mustard Seed Creations. Great blog! And what a great idea! She suggested using oil and vinegar on tired dried out wood furniture to give it a new life. So....I did. See how dried out the top of the table is in the photo above?

And here is the front of it, poor thing!

Here is the after! All I did is mix a little bit of vinegar into the oil and walaa!

Here is the after on the front. It's like a brand new piece of furniture.

We spent the morning looking at all of our furniture to see what else we could try this on and everything is either not old or has a glossy finish. It won't work with a glossy finish. But as I walked by the trunk 400 times, it finally dawned on me that it would work on this! So here are the "before" shots.

And the after...

Gotta love blog land....never know what you'll learn!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Summer Goodness

Noah and the grands goofing off at a waterfall. What a motley crew!

Our first batch of tomatoes from the garden! 5 gallon bucket full and will be spaghetti sauce tomorrow!

Lots and lots of zucchini, shredded and slice and squash waiting to be frozen. Yum!

OOPS! Let that zucchini go a tad too long lol. I put a dollar bill next to it so you could tell just how big it really is!

We had a great dinner tonight, I should have taken a picture. Spaghetti squash, fried zucchini and yellow squash, pasta salad, corn and deviled eggs. Meatless Monday.....I think we will do more of that!

I can't believe summer is half over. School starts in a little over 30 days! What happened to school not starting until after Labor Day? And ending before June?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Holy Cow!! (long catch up pictorial)

I can't believe how long it's been since I posted. Amazing how time flies when life is busy. These first two pictures are of our attempt at getting and making our very own maple syrup. We learned a lot and will do better next year!

Apparently I uploaded the wrong picture! We got not even a full quart jar of syrup after boiling down 5 gallons of sap. It sure is yummy though!

Miss Olivia trying to crawl!

A very cool "race" at the oval track. There were tons of vintage race cars. I'll take one of each please! ;)

The ring bearer pillow I made for our daughter's wedding.

The gift baggies we made together.

The "outdoorsy" table decorations. :)

The beautiful bride! Thank you to my special friend Kathy for the wonderful jewelry!

Here comes the bride!

The new family.

Me and the bride. My beautiful necklace courtesy of Kathy also!

8th grade graduation!

6th grade graduation!

NASCAR training.

Noah helping with NASCAR training.

Noah getting a ride in this spiffy race car that went faster than 100 MPH!

And Noah getting a ride in this brand new Mustang that went about 100 MPH!

And life doesn't seem to be getting any slower!

Hope you are all doing well and enjoying your summer!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Great Cause

In my forever surfing through blog land, I found this great blog I Make Stuff. She is VERY creative! Sit down with a cuppa and take a look around.

But, I found this post and tutorial about her story and mission to help widowed service women with a project she is calling "Write it Out Project".

What a great idea.

Come on, let's give her a hand and get some journals made up for her!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Color Theory and My Life

On my Yahoo group StitchMap, there is a class going on right now for Color Theory. I'm not in this class but will be taking it later. There have been a lot of photos posted on the group page of people's homework which happen to be color wheels. It has been very fun watching what people are coming up with.

Today, I went over to my mom's to spend some time with her. She has a large box of pictures and what not of "my life" that she is ready to pass on to me. We spent a couple of hours looking through it and still have part of it to go.

One of the things I found in "the box" was some old art papers and the COLOR THEORY papers we made in whatever at class it was!! Woo! It is very interesting to see what I did way back when lol. Hopefully when you click on the above picture, you can read the captions.

Here is the color wheel.

Here is what I wrote at the bottom of the color wheel lol

And, here is a lesson in Intensity and Value. This is really neat to have found. Thank you MOM! :)

And, I couldn't resist posting a very old picture of me lol. Since I was going through the box anyway. ;)

So, all you Color Theory mentors and Shari....Does this count? Do I still have to do homework when I take the class?! ;)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Chew toy anyone?

I found this tutorial to make these cute Cloth Baby Rings. How perfect! I happen to have a baby! Well, grand baby lol. This is the first group of rings I have made. I have 2 other sets of fabric to make a couple more.

Miss Olivia and her parents came in to town yesterday for a couple of days so it was perfect timing to finish these up to give them to her this afternoon.

She took them immediately and tasted them out. I think she liked them. ;)

Miss Olivia and her mommy. Is Miss Olivia intent on chewing the cloth she wondering what mommy is laughing about?

And even though Miss Olivia was enjoying playing with Papaw, she just couldn't let go of the cloth rings!

I think they are a hit!

Isn't she adorable? :)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Will you take the Challenge?

Make a pillow case....make a difference.

It's just that easy.

Calling all quilters, sewers and crafters! Join in the effort to Make a pillow case, Make a Difference!

You can find all the details on All People Quilt.

What a great idea and so easy. You can even find patterns on the website!

Come on! Join the fun!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Your Opinion Please!

I showed this table topper a few posts back. It was fun, I was able to get it done in a weekend. My husband even helped! It's like a puzzle making sure all of the blocks work well together so I get him in, on figuring it out. Little does he know, I'm secretly and slowly moving him into the quilting world *evil snicker*. =)

So here is my predicament...

I have never machine quilted so I have no clue how to do that really. I've been reading a little bit about it here and there but I'm really not comfortable having never done it. I have done hand quilting. I really like it but I haven't done a piece this size.

I am thinking of machine quilting this with the "stitch in a ditch" method. I think that is what it's called lol. Nothing to worry about, just follow the lines! At least I think that I am understanding it correctly lol.

If I hand quilt it, it won't be done by Christmas. It would be really nice to have it done for Christmas!

So, what do you think? Would "stitch in the ditch" look OK for this table topper? And if so, do I just stitch in all the seams?

Thank you for any opinions!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Quilt Show = DANGER!!

The Indiana Heritage Quilt Show this weekend is the first quilt show that I have been too. I was really looking forward to seeing all of the beautiful quilts I knew would be there. What I didn't know was the amount of VENDORS that were there! Holy smokes! There were so many vendors, they spilled out to another building across the street. I didn't even make it over there. My pocket book thanked me.

There was so much stuff to buy it really was overwhelming. I told my husband that there was so much stuff I would end up with nothing. How do you pick? I'll take that booth over there, half of that booth please, don't bother wrapping it up, I'll just drive the car up to the door thank you.

Just as I had accepted that I would walk out with nothing, I found "the" booth. It called to me, you could hear a faint calling of my name over the sound of drooling from the other stash enhancing seekers . You should have seen them....

They were all like zombies, ok, me included. Zombies with drool running down our chins that is. When I first got there, I noticed that a lot of the zombies had very large bags with them. I NOW KNOW WHY!! So they could fill the bags up! What a concept! I've already made a mental note for next year. "Bring large bag.....maybe two".

But, I digress...."the" booth. It's where it finally clicked. I found a pattern, the Snap Happy in the first picture, the batik in the picture above. That was hard to pick, I love batik! The moda fabric and the really cool Charm Wizard that cuts 5" squares. I found the pillow pattern and the brown and gold fabrics at another booth. Oh joy! It was going to be really hard to leave without having purchased anything! I've already started saving for next year lol.

Now, I have a question for you! These needles were in a bag of stuff I purchased at a thrift store a couple of weeks ago. I have never seen curved needles like this. They are huge, I should have put a coin next to them to give a better idea of the size.

Can anyone tell me what they are for?