Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Cards

This week I am trying to finish making the christmas cards for my friends/family. 

Every year I have huge intentions of making my own christmas cards.  I have more than enough supplies/stamps to make them.  But what happens, I wait to the last minute, realize I have no time left and end up buying a box at the store.

This year will be different!  sneak peek to follow :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Dancing Dog video

You have got to check this out...The Dancing Dog

By the way... I was making Christmas Cards tonight!!  yes, it's true...really!!! 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunday Funny

This is a really funny video titled: Beware of the Doghouse  Happy Sunday!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

BURN BABY BURN!

Just 2hrs.... all stacked...ready for the woodstove... to be installed next week!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Waiting on the wood

It's friday nite! and my husband and I are laying on the couch drinking wine lol  wowsers... we're real swingers lol  This weekend we are decorating the house for Christmas and hopefully stacking our firewood in the backyard!  I can not wait for the guys to install our new wood stove! hopefully this week.. weather permitting....woohooo....

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I failed the challenge

I was going to start this post off by saying it was a sad day yesterday, because I came home to no internet and no digital cable and still don't have any :(  .  But then I thought of the thousands of people dying of cholera in Haiti or the people in Cambodia who died in that horrendous stampede or the many other people fighting their own fight around the world, and I knew that wouldn't be the right title to use.  Please give a little prayer today for everyone around the world.. EVERYONE...and thank your lucky stars of what you do have and not what you don't!

Because of the no internet I was unable to post last night thereby not being able to commit to the 30 days of posts in November... oh well... I really tried lol  probably boring a lot of you by reading my mindless chatter about my life lol  I hope I didn't lose anyone in the process :)  Don't worry, I will still be posting more than I had been in the past. 

This week I will be mailing my secret partner from the flickr group "Modern Swappers" her gorgeous package of loveliness (if I do say so myself) lol   I hope she loves everything... and I cannot wait to receive mine :)  It's just like Christmas but early :)  I will post a picture of the contents as soon as the cable people come to do whatever they have to do to fix my internet!!!! lol 

To my American friends, Happy Thanksgiving... and don't eat too much!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Is anyone out there? lol

Good evening everyone.  I'm wondering if anyone else took on the challenge of posting something everyday in November?  yes? no?  I would love everyone who reads my posts to leave a comment yes or no.... pleaseeee lol

I know in December I will not be posting everyday but I will post more often that before :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

I'm not ready for winter

Holy moly... I can't believe what I see outside my window... Falling snow!  yikes... I'm not ready... I need more time .. at least a couple more weeks of "cooler" weather to acclimatize my body to the freezing, snowy, icy weather to come. 

PS. only 8 more days of posting something everyday for "National Blog Posting Month". lol

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Nanny & Poppa's weekend

dora, toopy & binoo, practice walking, potty training, bottles, diapers, naps, bunny, laughs, baths, cries, sooky & playing




goodnight... priceless!

Friday, November 19, 2010

National Blog Posting Month

This posting something everyday for the month of November is proving to be very challenging.  It's hard to come up with stuff that might interest others if all you do is go to work and then come home to crash lol   This weekend we have the grandchildren.  We hope to get to the Holiday Parade of Lights tomorrow nite.  It's beautiful to see all the christmas lights on the floats, with christmas carols playing in the background... and of course SANTA! Hopefully it won't be too cold for the youngins :)  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Mug Rug

In addition to the donut pincushion I had always wanted to make, a mug rug was another project I wanted to try.  What do you think? It's going to my secret swap partner along with all the other goodies. 

I actually "designed" the mug rug all by my little self, which is a huge accomplishment for me because I usually only follow others' patterns. (note to self: build your confidence) lol
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Oh look... there's Cindy on the webcam lol... showing the mug rug because the batteries of her camera were charging at the time (granddaughters coming over tomorrow for the weekend..got to be ready!!).

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Waiting on our woodstove

I told the husband to start building the ark.  We have had steady rain for almost 2 weeks now with one weekend of gorgeous weather.  I don't normally complain about the weather because 1. you can't change it and 2.we shouldn't really complain about anything, BUT we are on a wait list for our woodstove installation.  So, when it rains that means we wait LONGER :(  I WANT MY WOODSTOVE!! lol  I'm dreaming of either sewing, scrapbooking, watching tv or anything else in front of a roaring fire.  Please rain stop, just stop.

PS. pictures of my first mug rug tomorrow :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tell all quiz

I came across a really cool quiz at "Meet Me At Mikes" that I wanted to try out. Just write the first thing that comes to your mind..

Sweet or Savoury?  savoury
Dresses or Jeans? dresses
House or Apartment? house
Shop Online or Offline? offline
DVDs or Downloads? downloads
Cocktails or Juice? cocktails
Chocolate or Strawberry? strawberry
Laptop or PC? laptop
Magazines or Newspapers? magazine
Facebook or Twitter? facebook
CDs or MP3s? cd
Kids or Pets? kids
Macaron or Cupcakes? cupcakes
Walk or Run? walk
Breakfast in Bed or Breakfast Out? out
Market or Supermarket? supermarket
Sourdough or Grainy? grainy
Heels or Flats? heels
Late nights or Not? late nights
Coffee or Tea? coffee
I'd love to read your responses :)

Donut Pincushion

I finally made something off my to do list.  It may not sound like a big thing but I have issues with picking ANY sewing project to start.  I'm always thinking, "well I really should finish that quilt or "I need to finish that project. "

Anyways.... I made a pincushion!!  and not just a plain ole tomato pincushion!  I made a delicious donut pincushion with sprinkles!!! I've always thought that they were the cutest things, whether they were pincushions that looked like sweets or animals or flowers.

This is for my secret swap partner in the Modern Swappers group on Flickr.  It was a little harder that I thought (I very much dislike hand sewing lol) but I did it.  I got the pattern from here... 

Check out the finished product :) 
Hope it doesn't make you crave sweets lol

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I LOVE FALL!!!


count em.... 12 large bags and a very full green bin of tree and hosta leaves... pheww... it was a beautiful fall day... sunny and warm... How did you spend your weekend?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Quilt Show 2010

I have been looking forward to today for awhile.  At one of our christmas craft fairs in town they were holding a Quilt & Rug Sale!!!  I knew I wouldn't be able to buy any of them but I wanted to be inspired by all of the more experienced quilters.  My favorite from the show had to be one quilter who was an expert in applique..  You cannot even see her stiches.  Take a look at some of her work from Piece O' Cake Designs:

Other quilts and rug hooked projects I loved included:

 Can you see the kitty heads looking at the birds?  Cute!
I love pictures of quilts hung out on the clothesline
and one more:
I want to do an applique project this winter :)  lol  I'll just add it to the list :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

It's Friday

Today at work it was the longest day ever! Not sure why, but it was.  The whole day I was watching the clock to see how many hours were left before I was able to drive home, get into my comfy clothes and cuddle with my hubby :) 

But, the best thing about today was day 2 of sunshine and I hear that the weekend will be the same! 
(gratuitous granddaughter shot) lol

I need to get in my sewing room this weekend (for sure) to start my projects for the Modern Swappers group I'm in.  We need to mail our packages the week of November 29th.  I am still undecided as to what I will make. Although I think I'm very close to choosing.  I can't wait to receive mine from my secret partner :)  I hope it is who I think it is! please please please :)

Have a great weekend everyone :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Envelope back pillow #2

Wellll..... I didn't actually get to my quilt blocks BUT I did finish a few small sewing projects.  I thought I had better do this first one now since fall will soon be over and we will be decorating for Christmas.  I am in love with envelope closure pillows.  They allow me to use the same pillow form and just change the cover with the seasons/holidays.  I found this fabric at our local thrift store for a steal.  I was going to use it for curtains in the kitchen but didn't like it in the end. Sooo... I cut into it to make a pillow!!

I know it's not that glamorous but it fits very nicely into our living room.

My other completed project was a small doll quilt for my granddaughter Mikea :)  It's kind of a cheater quilt because the fabric was already quilted (BONUS)! lol  I still need practice on binding but she won't judge :)

She brings her dolly with her from home when she says over at Nanny & Poppas :)

So, even though I didn't start another quilt block, I did manage to start my sewing machine :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow...

literally... we will finally see the SUN.  After a whole gosh darn week of darkness, rain, time change and anything else yucky, the weather person says that it will be sunny tomorrow.  It will be a hallelujah moment. Ahhhhhhh..... See... there is hope :)

It will also be a day off for me so I will be SEWING!!!  Yes, I am going to be busy in my sewing room finishing more blocks for my sampler quilt (completion date Dec 30).  Pictures tomorrow of my progress :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

November 9th

Writing everyday for the National Blogging Posting month is proving to be very challenging. What do I blog about today? 

Do I write about the endless rain we've had for the past 6 days and no sign of sun? Do I write about the drive home from work that usually takes 6 minutes took over an hour in the dark and pouring rain going 5 mph? Do I talk about bringing my car to the dealer to have fixed and 260.00 dollars later nothing has changed? 

Nawww.... I'll just say Happy Tuesday :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sampler quilt in progress

It is now November and I am thinking more about quilting, must be the cooler weather.  I have a lot few projects on the go and I would like to finish them up.  I love reading other blogs where the person also has a "few" unfinished projects like myself.  I can tell my husband that I'm not the only one with ufo's :)

Here is one of my ongoing quilts: The Sampler quilt.  Wow, until I posted this picture I thought I had more blocks completed lol

I wanted to make this quilt so that I could try out different patterns.  I am finding the various patterns on different websites as well as my virtual quilt bees :) I am going to put a challenge out into the internet world :)  I would like to complete this quilt top by the end of this year.  You guys can hold me to it! 

Let's see your unfinished projects...

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Mikea's Bowling Party

Day 6 of National Blog Posting Month!

Today was Mikea's 3rd birthday party and her mother planned a bowling party!!  Mikea had not bowled before but her and her friends loved it!

Happy Birthday sweetheart :)  Nanny and Poppa love you :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

What happens at Nanny & Poppa's

Tonight, I thought I would share with you what every second weekend looks like here at Nanny & Poppa's house. 

Every other Friday night, I pick up our two granddaughters Mikea and Kazera and drive them to our house for the weekend.  The house would already be kid friendly ie. my large stack of papers and magazines would be hidden, laptop put away and coffee table pushed to the side. All of their toys would be brought out into the living room and the fun would begin. :) First we would have supper.  Mikea prefers chicken and rice and Kazera ANYTHING :) 


Then it's playtime :)  This is our favorite time to act like a kid and make the girls laugh.  We sing songs, take lots of pictures, play guitar like poppa while wearing his hat :) and read lots of books.


Then, thank goodness, we have a break and our girls start doing this:

and then this: ahhhhhhh


and then we start it all over the next day :)  I love every 2nd weekend :)  Oh by the way... usually by the time the girls are asleep, I start to hear something .... zzzzzzzz 
Happy Friday everyone :) hug your babies tight :) 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

PBee&J quilting bee - September and October

For my other quilting bee PBee&J, we made a spider web block.  This one was very hard challenging lol.   I love the look but it might be way to finicky for my skill set :)



For October we made a Wonky Log Cabin with christmas fabrics!!!  It was soo much fun working with the red and green fabrics but I couldn't believe how hard it was to make something NOT straight lol
Check out www.flickr.com if you are interested in joining a virtural quilting bee.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fresh & Funky Bee-gineers Quilting Bee - No 2 block FINISHED

Last nite (a month ago) lol  I finished number 2 block.  It was a fun pattern, making a Windmill Style Block with HST's (Half Square Triangles). Although I made a teeny tiny boo boo I think it turned out ok. I love the contrast in colors.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

October's Fresh and Funky Quilting Bee


Friendship Star pattern


For the month of October in our Fresh and Funky Bee-gineers virtual quilting bee jcoomey725 asked us to make a friendship star using these delicious colored fabrics.  I found this pattern quite easy to complete  Here is a link to show you how you can make the friendship star.  http://www.blockpartyquilting.com/2009/11/friendship-star-tutorial.html  Let me know if you make it... I'd love to see it.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Boooo!

This is the first post for National Blog Posting Month.  I hope to post everyday this month.

Today I want to show you my two beautiful granddaughters Mikea and Kazera in their cute halloween costumes.  Mikea was a beautiful fairy princess and Kazera was a cute little poodle.  Poppa and I went trick or treating with the girls and had an awesome time.  It was fun to experience halloween through the eyes of a 3 year old (birthday tomorrow). 

Did anyone else have an eventful halloween?  How many trick or treaters came to visit?

See you tomorrow :)

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