Monthly Archives: January 2013

Spring must be right around the corner!

Standard

I spent the whole morning pouring over my seed catalogs and placing orders over the internet.  Who knew ordering seeds could be such a production!  Now to get the grow lights and shelving assembled in the basement!  And, by the way, don’t tell my husband how much I spent — Just tell him how much we are going to save on the grocery bill next year!

Advertisements

All day Quilt-a-thon

Standard

Yes, today was my husbands birthday, and we had intended to spend a nice romantic overnite at the farm but, alas, I have been laid low by a terrible sore throat and a stuffy nose!  I did manage to get zucchini bread in the oven for breakfast before he got up.  A valient effort which he appreciated, but the day did not proceed as we had planned.

Instead, my two older girls decided that they wanted to sew with me so we set up a card table in the bedroom, hauled in a couple more machines, and we sewed the day away while the birthday boy read magazines and generally futzed around.  It was fun and relaxing, and I even got in a little nap!  Gotta love having girls!  My son actually showed up about half way through the day.  He had taken the train home from the city so that he could go to a party this evening with his friends here in the burbs.  We invited him to join us but he promptly fled the scene flailing his arms and screeching in horror! Ah well, boys have their charms too …

There was lots of cutting

There was lots of cutting

And pressing

And pressing

And then we had blocks!  Mine....

And then we had blocks! Mine….

Tierney's

Tierney’s Skill Builder Blocks

and Ansley's wonky block

and Ansley’s wonky block

Finally a finish for Friday!

Standard

I am excited to announce that I have finally finished the Square Dance quilt.  It was a Sue Daley design done with English paper piecing.  I love the way it turned out – and so does my mother.  Consequently, this quilt will be going to live at her house where it will lead a thrilling life lying at the end of her antique bed!  She is all aglow at the prospect and so I couldn’t be more pleased!

Squaredance

Squaredance

The photo was taken at the farm.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a shot of the back (It was so cold out I had to keep running in and out of the house to warm up during the setup.)

Baby its cold outside!

Baby its cold outside!

I decided to go with a plain backing.  Just one fabric – a golden/brown print.  It is a nice contrast to the brightness of the front.  The binding is a dark wine red.  It ended up being a nice quilt for my first applique adventure – now ON TO THE NEXT!

My mom, sister and I are going to be participating in the Local Quilt Store Hop on Feb. 7th so I am hoping to stock up on some bargains to upgrade the stash!

But before I can think about any more crafty projects I have to get to the store to buy some birthday gifts.  My youngest turns 13 tomorrow! A full fledged teenie-bopper (and filled with that o’so wonderful attitude that goes with her new status) and my wonderful husband turns 55 on Saturday!

Better get off this computer and get busy!!

Happy New Crafty Year!

Standard

So the new year has begun and already the the projects are starting to pile up.  A friend gave me a 2013 knitting calendar with patterns to make throughout the year (100+ patterns).  She literally ran out of her house with it as I was passing by while walking my dog!  So I felt obliged to get right to it and start with a new pair of socks for her.  I am a little over half way through with the first sock.

I am also going to joing a quilt along and possibly a quilting bee.  As I received some generous gift cards to the local quilting supply store for Christmas I figured that there is no time like the present to put them to good use!  The quilt along start this week so I shall have to post pictures soon of the fabric selection.  Can’t wait!

The holidays were peaceful and pleasant at our house.  Everyone recieved exactly what they wanted – Mostly because the gift lists were VERY short and VERY specific.  There were a few surprises tho – Like the “Papa’s Cooking Show” apron for Tom and new socks for Ansley and Tierney.  I got a Wii Fit which I have been using religiously and trying to shed a few pounds.  So far so good.  I actually do feel much better for the exercise – even tho it is not very strenuous.  I am walking on my treadmill and doing some core work and yoga as well so hopefully by summer people won’t have to run in horror when I stroll around the backyard pool in my bathing suit!

Tom and I are also gearing up for the new season out at the farm.  He is going to be planting lots of flowers this year – along with the veggies – to give away to charity groups who can then sell them as a way to raise funds.  We’ll see how this works – I am a little skeptical…..  I am going to stick with the veggies.  I will be cutting down on varieties this year and planting larger amounts of things I know we will use or that friends have expressed interest in.  I ended up with to many veggies last year that  just went to waste – and then didn’t get  as much as I wanted of others….   Hopefully we will have a better growing season this year – not so hot and dry!

Hope everyone is starting out the new year on a happy note – and for your enjoyment

A new Harry Potter scarf for A.

A new Harry Potter scarf for A.

Papa's Cooking Show!

Papa’s Cooking Show!

Yeah, Yeah ... Lets get this over with!

Yeah, Yeah … Lets get this over with!

Matching love birds!

Matching love birds!