Thursday, November 29, 2018
Sitting at my desk this morning, I looked at my coffee mug and realized that it was a Valentine's Day mug. And I have several Christmas mugs in my dining room hutch. So I spent 5 minutes and put away some of the miscellaneous mugs in the cupboard and got out some of the Christmas ones. I don't have any "sets" of coffee mugs. They are all just single mugs that I've bought or received as gifts over the years.
I also have a couple of really cute seasonal mug rugs that I enjoy using this time of year. Now my desk looks much more festive.
Do you have Christmas china or dishware that you use this time of year? I always admire the ones I see but have never purchased any, except for a few serving bowls and platters.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Usually my tree goes up the weekend of Thanksgiving, and I begin to enjoy the Christmas decorations. I don't get too carried away with decorating the house, but I do love the twinkly lights and seeing how cheery things look this time of year all around our community. But I'm really struggling with getting anything done in my house this year.
We got home from Las Vegas late Monday night, which is where I found the Christmas trees in the boot planters. It was a mad scramble to get a little laundry done so my husband could leave again the next morning for 2 weeks on a job site. He did help carry up the tree and the ornament boxes for me before leaving.
So . . . after stringing the lights, I got about half of the tree decorated before losing my mojo. The rest of the ornaments are sitting in the box in the living room or laying on the top of the treadle machine next to the tree - waiting for me to finish the job.
We are having Christmas at our house the weekend before the actual holiday and I'm definitely not ready. I haven't done any shopping yet for the kids, haven't finished their big floor pillows or their new pillowcases, haven't bought any Christmas cards, haven't put any lights on the house, or done anything else yet that will make me ready for family in 3 weeks. Yikes!
And we haven't painted the walls yet in the basement family room and bedroom after installing those new egress windows. But I'll need to clean and move the furniture back so we can use that bedroom, and no point in doing that before we paint. Something tells me this isn't all going to happen in time.
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Well . . . The last supper on vacation that is.
A rainbow sushi roll. Tuna, salmon, and shrimp. It was fabulous! Luckily for my husband, who isn’t an adventurous eater, there was steak on the menu. We shared his salad, and then shared a yummy pumpkin custard dessert. A great way to finish out our vacation. Back to real life tomorrow, and that will not include sushi.
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Friday, November 23, 2018
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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I'm on the left end of this first photo with my Halloween panel. I cut my strips a bit wider than the book called for because my print was such a large scale. It turned out to be a good decision.
Sunday, November 18, 2018
The tops of both Black Panther pillows are complete and ready to be quilted. Mason’s pillow will be 28" square and Jonah’s will be 24" square. The last one I have to make is for Sophia.
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Saturday, November 17, 2018
I had the entire day to sew - in a big room with 16 other ladies all working on a One Block Wonder. We started at 8:00 am.
We pinned our layers and cut the strips needed. Next we cut 60 degree triangles from those strips. And we began to sew.
I have 85 blocks sewn into halves and stacked on paper plates. I haven’t counted the ones left to sew yet. More on this another time. I’m worn out - but in a good way.
Friday, November 16, 2018
I do love decorating the house for Christmas, and usually it happens sometime during the weekend of Thanksgiving. This year I won't be around over that weekend, so I'm debating with myself - decorate this weekend or wait until December. Right now I'm leaning toward at least putting up the tree on Sunday, so it's there to enjoy when I come home again after Thanksgiving weekend.
But I did get a little head start this morning. There is an annual Holiday Arts show here in town about 4 times per year, right before major holidays. Lots of arts and crafts plus home canned goods and home baked goods. I was the driver this morning for a friend having cataract surgery, and after dropping her back at her house I had to drive within a block of the Holiday Arts show. So of course I had to stop in to check it out.
This cute little tree in a container begged to come home with me. And it looks so good on the credenza next to me office desk. I added the tiny LED light string, and now it will cheer up my office.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
There are completed pillows for Olivia and Jack. Those ended up being 20" square. But Mason's pillow needs to be larger than 20" in order to fit the letters of his name, so I ordered 2 pillow forms that are 28" square. I'm not sure if Jonah and Sophia will end up bigger or not but I need to get busy and get these done, no matter what size they end up. Mason and Jonah will have Black Panther fabric that has the teal, grey, and black. So the teal names on the grey backgrounds should show up nicely. I'm not sure yet what Sophia's will look like.
But I have no doubt what-so-ever that the different sizes will cause some kind of distress at Christmas when the kids receive them.
Monday, November 12, 2018
The main part of the Hourglass top is done, so now I need to work on borders for it. I'm trying to use up some of the Thimbleberry fabrics that were in the drawer with this UFO project. After digging around, I've decided on a deep red for the narrow inner border and a dark blue for the wider outer border. These colors seem to fit in nicely with the reds, golds, blues, and greens in the pieces.
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This Monday will be a busy one. I've spent the morning trying to catch up with my online course students (high school) and cleaning out my fridge and freezer in the kitchen. And this afternoon will be spent working on invoices for my other job - and doing whatever is needed while my new appliances are delivered and installed.
Washer, dryer, fridge, and dishwasher will arrive in about an hour. The range was special ordered and probably won't be here until next week sometime. Our appliances were all original to this house so they are 22 years old and all were definitely showing some old age symptoms. We finally decided we better spend some money now before we have an emergency with one or more appliance. So it's exciting to have new appliances coming. I just hope we don't have any nasty surprises.
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Before our turkey dinner yesterday my daughter and I made a quick trick to Joanne Fabrics to find fabric for pillowcases. The girls have a cousin who lives in Australia and the pillowcases will go to the cousin’s two children for Christmas. Jerilyn and I finally found some options that fit in with the kids’ interests and we made the purchase. This morning I made both pillowcases. Thomas will get the Star Wars one and Emmaline will get the unicorns.
This was a nice break from working on the Hourglass quilt, but I did also get the last rows put together. Next steps will be putting those rows onto the section that is already done and then to add some borders. Maybe I’ll actually get it finished this week.
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Monday, November 5, 2018
My photo is shadowed due to the indoor light on this grey, rainy, cold day. But you can get an idea of what the pieced sashing on this Hourglass quilt will look like. There are stars at every junction. It isn't difficult, just a bit time consuming to add the folded corners to make the star points. And I know I'll like it a lot once it's done.
And you can see the ugly blue area rug showing through where I'm still missing a section. My design wall is the floor in my sewing room which isn't near large enough to hold all of these pieces. But it beats running up and down the stairs as I worked on these sashing sections yesterday. I am trying to avoid having too much of any one color, so as I sewed I also rearranged these on the floor. Right now I have 4 sections left to add star points, and then I can start sewing these together.
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As I mentioned yesterday, my quiet alone time for the weekend was totally blown out of the water by my husband coming home unexpectedly on Friday evening. And with him home this week it means we're running to some event (college basketball) every night this week except for tonight. I would have skipped some of those games even though I really do love going. And we are having Thanksgiving next Saturday with our kids/grandkids because of their work schedules and plans with in-laws. So I'm just reminding myself that this project has been laying around for 14 years and a couple more weeks isn't a problem. Spending time with loved ones is more important.
Sunday, November 4, 2018
My weekend of sewing turned into a weekend of college basketball. My husband was planning to be gone for 2 weeks but ended up coming home Friday unexpectedly. They were ahead of schedule and didn’t need him this coming week.
So we’re at a college basketball classic cheering on our local university teams. I did sew for a couple of hours this morning so there was a little progress on the Hourglass sashing. There a 4 sashing sections left to piece.
Saturday, November 3, 2018
I got the last block made for the Hourglass quilt, and I do like the variety. The final layout will depend on the colors in the sashing. The pieced sashing will also be scrappy, and then 2 outer borders will be added. Maybe I'll get some of that done over this weekend. I have quilt guild this afternoon, but the rest of the weekend is mine.