Friday, May 27, 2011

Center piece or Edge piece?

 
 
Can I pleez have a brownie for breakfast????  It would go so well with my coffee!  :)
 
I had a 'hankering' for brownies last night, so the first chunk was my dessert.  The second little nibble was my 'getting ready for bed' piece, which I snarfed before I brushed my teeth.  You can tell I'm a center-piece kinda gal and not an edge-piece lover. 
 
So, now I think I'll just polish off the rest of it so it doesn't get stale or anything.
 
What about you? Center piece or Edge piece??

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Peace and Quilting

I didn't realize until we were well on our way home from our beach vacation and Bill turned on the radio, that I hadn't listened to music for an entire week!  All we could tune into was a country station and I'm not much on country music, but just listening to the songs (it was actually a good string of songs we heard) gave me a sense of peace and relaxation that I struggled all week long for!  Funny to think that if I just would've found some music to listen to it would have been a whole lot easier to relax!  You don't really appreciate things until you have to do without them.  Granted I wasn't deprived of music for a week, I was just too busy trying to relax to even think about music!  Sheesh!!!
It made me think of the participants on Survivor....imagine going 39 days without music!  I know they probably don't think about that as much as missing good food!

Anyway, I'm back in the swing of things today, and spent a little time working on block placement for a couple of quillows.


I started these blocks several months ago when I saw a video for 'tube quilting' from Missouri Star Quilt Co.  I have plenty of Jennifer Paganelli's Flower Power fabrics and I thought it looked like a really fun pattern!



It was actually very easy and I love the contrast!

Then I laid out the pinwheel blocks I worked on last week on vacation.


I just love the pastel, vintage look!  I had accidentally referred to these fabrics in my last post as "Canning Day" but it's really "Sweet Remembrance".  I think there's still more of it available and it's clearance priced here.

Can't wait to get these quillows put together and ready for quilting!

P.S.  I've got more of the Jennifer Paganelli fabric for sale at shelf-clearing prices in my etsy fabric shop!!  Please drop by!!

 
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bittersweet


The last day of vacation...sort of a bittersweet day, isn't it?...sad to see the end of vacation time but glad to get back home to all your familiar and comfy surroundings.


I finally decided to bring my sewing machine and some charm packs and spent a few hours putting together some pinwheel blocks.


The fabric is "Canning Day" "Sweet Remembrance" from Connecting Threads paired with a pale yellow cotton solid.


It was Biker Week here at Myrtle Beach so there was plenty of Harleys and interesting looking folks!

I can't imagine this could be comfortable!

We tried to fit in and rode our human-powered bikes all over town! 

 that's my hubby on the right

All in all, I'm definitely refreshed and ready to get home and get back into a sewing groove!!!




 



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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Squirmy

 
I have a hard time relaxing.
 
No, seriously.....I just don't know how to sit still sometimes.  Unless, of course, I'm absolutely beat at the end of the day, I just can't seem to be content to sit quietly with my hands still....doing nothing.  Oh how I wish I could!  I can't even sleep in in the mornings!
 
What brings me to this acknowledgement is my decision as to what to carry to the beach this week to 'do' while vacationing.  Honestly, I do look forward to sitting around the campground, watching people and chatting idly with my husband.  But, I can only handle so much of that idleness and then I get squirmy.  So, my dilemma is whether or not to take any sewing with me.  If I do, it has to be simple, easy to work on, non-messy and I have to promise myself that if I don't have to do it!  It's simply going to be my back-up if I get bored with crosswords, puzzles, reading, chatting, suntanning, biking, swimming, etc....you get the picture.
 
 
Last time I took a simple I Spy quilt that was cut and ready to go.
 
I just sat and chain sewed....easy peasy...
 
 
I even talked Bill into cutting the pieces apart, but I don't think he'll be as easy to coerce this time.
 
 
Anyway, back to my current world (we don't leave until tomorrow)....I have actually caught up on ALL my 'necessary' sewing - AMAZING!!  Just need to finish making summer dresses for my niece and sister-in-law.  I finished 3 more Buttercup Bags (pattern by Rae Hokstra) and listed them in the shop.  Why, I just don't know, because they really don't sell that quickly....perhaps that's more of the 'squirmy' in me that just wants to do it because I've got fabric up to my eyeballs and need to do something with it!!!!
 


 
Oh yeah...it helps that they've been cut out and waiting to be sewn for several months now....sheesh!  I'm pretty sure I started them last year because I used to sell them mostly at craft shows but we don't have time for those anymore.
 
Anyway, while working on real orders for my Etsy shop, I have also enjoyed creating adult TIE-shirts for fun
 
 
My son's roomie saw his shirt and requested one for himself.  I'm loving his color combination!  I only wish there were more boys around to make these for!


I also found time recently to get into my garden and get it cleaned up and ready for summer.
 
 
We decided against planting any veggies this year so the only thing I'll be harvesting (hopefully) is some sweet basil and flowers.
 
 
My husband recently purchased a pallet of landscape blocks at a killer price for his construction project and luckily had plenty leftover which I used to trim out my beds.
 
 
Perhaps when I get back from vacation I'll have the energy to tackle the bed in front of the house.....
 
 
 
 
 
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Friday, May 6, 2011

Bonetown Baby

 
I looked out my window and saw that I had a little visitor today.
 

 And then she saw me!


 
She's the newest baby on the block and lives just down the road at Jason and Amanda's house.
 
 
 
We helped build their new home last year and they've already had their first 'baby'
 
 
Her name is "Reese"....kinda like a peanut butter cup....chocolate on the outside (ears and nose) and peanut butter in the middle!!  She's having a hard time with training and learning not to jump up on folks...much like any puppy.
 
 

video
 
Today she's riding around with her 'daddy' - he's here looking at the RV in hopes of getting it road-ready for our camping vacation next week.
 
 
 
I got my fingers crossed and prayers going up that it's not a lost cause because I NEED this vacation!!!
 
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