Friday, November 28, 2014

Getting ready for Christmas

We have a tradition here that the weekend after Thanksgiving, we put up the Christmas tree. Since I was off work and Emily didn't have school, today was the day. The tree is now up and the living room is decorated. We don't really do much, but we did do a few more things this year than normal.

One of my favorite decorations is this set of Santa wooden spools. I really love them! :0)

And to reward ourselves for a job well done, Emily and I went to the movies tonight and saw Mockingjay. We loved it and can't wait for the next movie in the series to come out, in November of 2015. We're marking our calendar now! LOL

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Trying to use up some scraps

I thought I'd show you the progress I've made so far on my scrappy nine-patch leaders/enders project. I've been trying to use up some of my 2-1/2 inch squares, but they seem to be multiplying when I'm not looking. These blocks haven't made a dent in my scraps, so I guess I'll just keep sewing.

The other day I saw a beautiful red and white quilt on a blog (I'm so sorry I can't remember which one...I need to write these things down! LOL) and I decided I just had to get the pattern so I could make one for myself. This is the book the pattern is in, and the one I want to make is the one on the bottom right. It's called Checkers and I can't wait to start on it.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

So proud of my daughter

Tonight Emily got her hair cut. Normally a haircut isn't a big deal, but this was the fifth time she got her hair cut to donate to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths. The first time was in 2008, when she was just about to turn 10 years old. And here she is 6 years later...donating another 11 inches. We estimate she's donated at least 45 inches of hair in the past 6 years. Here are the before and after photos from tonight...she sure looks different with her shorter hair. And even more important...she LOVES her new hairstyle! :0)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Baby it's cold outside

It seems like there's been a lot going on around here lately, but not much sewing. Well, I did spend part of a day finishing off a Christmas gift, but I can't show it until after it's gifted in December. And it's not actually finished's just a top and it's on it's way to Joanne for her to work her quilting magic on it.

I got my barns quilt back from Joanne the other day, and got the binding put on it. It's been washed and dried now and is just waiting for me to decide where to display it.

And it's gotten rather cold here. Last night our local high school football team played in the second round of the regional playoffs. Unfortunately we lost, but it was a close game. About halfway through the game we checked the weather, and the temp was 30 with a wind chill of 24. Now you see why we were dressed like this. In case you can't tell, I'm the one on the right. LOL

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mousepad redo

The other day I realized how sad my mousepad was looking. I should have taken a before picture to show you, but I didn't think about it. Anyway, I dug through my fabric and found a piece from a layer cake that was just about the perfect size. So I backed it with fusible and then ironed it onto my mousepad and voila! It looks bright and new and I love it! :0)

I lucked out tonight and happened to capture the most beautiful sunset! I took dozens of pictures, but these two are the best I think. The colors were just amazing! 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Hats and templates

The other day I saw some cute hat ornaments on Facebook. I showed them to mom, and she made one up (the one on the right). Mom and dad were down to visit on Sunday and she brought yarn with her so I could make some more. I ended up making two (the one on the left and one I gave to my DIL) and then decided they were just a bit too tedious for me. They are cute though! Click HERE for a video showing how to make them if you want to give them a try. 

A few days ago I was reading Lorraine's blog and she was talking about getting the templates for her flowering snowball blocks from Baycreek Quilting. Well, of course I had to go and have a look, and I ended up buying three sets of templates. I got the one for the flowering snowball that Lorraine was doing, as well as a drunkard's path template and the improved nine patch. That quilt has been on my "someday" list for a long time...maybe now that I have the templates, I'll actually get around to making it!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Touring England

This book was recommended to me by a fellow blogger who loves all things England just as I do. I've just finished the book and it was a lovely read. The only problem is that it makes me want to visit England even more now than I did before reading it.

About the book:  A thrilling ocean voyage on the Queen Mary 2 from New York City to Southampton culminating in a two-month ramble through the charming back roads and small villages of the pastoral English countryside in the spring of last year is the subject of this delicious travel journal that Susan has painstakingly hand-lettered and water colored in the way many of us have grown to love over the years.
Join Susan as she recounts her lighthearted ramble of discovery through the historical homes and gardens of art and literary heroes, along ancient footpaths, through wildflower meadows and fields of lambs, into tea rooms, pubs and antique stores. This lovely hard-cover book includes hundreds of photographs and a red ribbon sewn-in book mark. A FINE ROMANCE is a work of art, part love story, part travel guide and all dream come true.