Saturday, January 30, 2010

Baby, It's Cold Outside...

Yes, it is definitely cold down in the South today.  We are currently experiencing an ice storm and it's supposed to keep raining all day today in addition to the temperature dropping.  Right now it's about 34°F and dropping.

The ice is very pretty and it's amazing how it can weigh things down and cause even large trees to droop.

Icicles are a rarity here in South Carolina, and just seeing these reminds me so much of growing up in Montana where icicles were abundant during the winter.  It was always a contest between my brothers and I to see who could find the most massive icicle hanging from eaves of the neighborhood houses.  Of course, we always had to break them loose and suck on them!!!  Grosses us out as adults, now, doesn't it?!  :)

Although this ice is so pretty, I hope it doesn't hurt these little trees.   We transplanted them about 7 years ago to line our driveway and they are getting so big.  They normally stand straight up, at least 10 feet tall.

This one is bent all the way over, laying it's top on the ground

Happily, I'm snug as a bug in my warm house today, browsing blogs with a cup of hot cider.  My husband got a craving for candied yams and since I have never made them, he asked Gramma Baker at the pizza party last night and she told him how she makes them.  So, he's in the kitchen now, working on that....should be interesting...  :)

These little sweet treats came in the mail yesterday and I'm contemplating all the things I want to make with them.  They were on sale at Christa Quilts for $6.80 each - what a bargain!

I also ordered an entire bolt of Osnaburg from Joann's and got it for half price - that comes out to about $2.50 per yard - another bargain!

Here are the pictures of the little dresses I was working on this past week.

I also hope to get some more done on my string project this weekend.  I'm planning on making a quillow out of my blocks.  I have about 16 blocks done and need a total of 36 to do the quillow.  As I've been going through my scrap pile, I haven't been too selective about what I use, except I'm excluding solids, and I was concerned that my quilt would be too scrappy, but I'm content with how the blocks are turning out.  There's not a lot of trendy fabrics in there, but I think it looks OK.

I've got a good 80s flick to watch tomorrow afternoon while I sort through some more scraps.  I'm going to have a "Back to the Future" blowout.

But, for today, I'm not sure what I'll do ~ possible some baking and definitely some sewing...  I do know that I've got laundry to do, so I'll leave you now and head back to my frigid little laundry room.

Have a cozy weekend!


Michelle said...

Don't you just LOVE Osnaburg? It's a favorite here :)

Those dresses are very sweet!

Nina... said...

Cute little dresses! I love osnaburg too!

Rebecca said...

Love those red polka dot dresses!

a fan of anything chocolate said...

I can relate on the cold but we expect it here in New England - 20 degrees now and going down to 13! This is a bit chillier than usual. Enjoy your day!

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

We got ice to, hope it doesn't damage your trees.Love the dresses.

KQuiltyBee said...

The dresses are wonderful--stay safe.

Kathleen said...

Yummy charm packs - you are going to have fun! We had an ice storm last year that really made the trees and their branches come down low (some to the ground). The parts that didn't snap were just fine after the thaw. Pretty amazing.

Red Shoes for Rwanda said...

What are candied yams? Whatever they are, I hope you southerners do me proud and stick copius amounts of pecans on top of them. That is how I make yams for Thanksgiving...bake them, mash them w/heavy whipping cream (at this point, why not?! lol!) mexican (hey juanita!) vanilla, dark brown sugar, nutmeg, salt and pepper, and melted sweet cream butter. put all that mess in a baking casserole dish, cover with chopped pecans and a sprinkling of butterscotch pudding mix and bake. It is my own creation, but to die for if I do say so myself! The ice is so pretty, but I agree...hope those beautiful little tree girls aren't hurt! Hope you have a great week, Jenn! xo

pinksuedeshoe said...

I like your blocks, they look so fun all lined up together like that!

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