Saturday, January 16, 2016

Since last I posted

Lots of activity has kept me away from my blog.
To sum things up:
we've moved from our home of the past 25+ years
and have moved to a new retirement community
just west of our home.
Our new home is a lovely spacious apartment
in a newly constructed retirement community.
It's a 2 bdrm/2 bath
~1,000 sq ft
[as compared to our 3 bdrm/2.5 bath ~1,500 sq ft home]
The loss of those extra five hundred sq ft most be where all my crafting supplies were stored
because I'm sure having a difficult time downsizing that situation.  LOL LOL

We are still working to clear the house without cramming our lovely new apartment.

These past three-going-on-four months have been spent between downing sizing our home
moving only a few pieces of furniture,
main essentials to apartment living,
and now my crafting 'essentials'.
My problems is that sorting essentials from
'non-essentials' is not moving along as 
fast as I would like.
I MUST get with the program 
and finish already.

Some of our time has been here at our new apartment getting to know all the others
that having just gone through the process of moving from their homes of many years to our brand-new, smaller homes here at Our Retirement Community
are sympathetic as well as helpful in making this move a great adventure.

There is a lovely Dining Room here on the premises,
a small movie theater, lots of gathering spot throughout , a wellness center for excerise, a beauty salon,and a Fantastic Staff.

Now that I've expounded on at that
less see what I've been up to ! !

OMG, Blogger on my laptop is not working for placement of these photos tonight.
However I will get this posted ! ! ! 

BTW, I am posting on Instagram 


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Scrap Buster

Found another small stash of 'scraps'.
Among it there was fabric spray basted to batt scrap that I remember from a potholder project from a couple of years ago.

After cutting and piecing together the backing/batt into several pieces to quilt
I came up with these.

Great for mug rugs, small toppers, whatever.

A couple of these have some insulating batt inserted
so can be used as trivets. 

All of these pieces are backed using this gorgeous cactus flower fabric.

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Change of subject.

Anyone love this cheese as much as I do?
Love the taste of it when spread of whole wheat bread.  Yum! ! ! 

This is my 'go to' choice when after the
"half the calories of butter, low sodium, gluten free,
as well as rBST free"
claims are made,

it is the HIGH fat content that it adds to my quota of nutrients that makes it soon sinful.
: ^ )

Enjoy the Day 

hugs 'n smiles

Monday, August 31, 2015

I Baked ! ! !

I baked some 'health' cookies using a recipe that my daughter Deb shared with me.

Bananas, p-nut butter, applesauce, 
vanilla protein powder, uncooked oatmeal,
with Craisins,
and, yes, Chocolate Chips

Lots of health in two bites ! ! !

58 calories each
8g Carbs
2g Fats
2g Protein
4g Sugars

Healthy and dee-lish

!  !  !  !  !

hugs 'n smiles

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Scarf on the Needle

One of my favorite sketches.

I made this storage box for some of my pens.

The pattern for this punky guy is on Ravely.

Here's what I've on my knitting agenda:
Un-Biased Scarf

I'm using Knitterly Things 
 Vespers Self-striping Sock Yarn

This indie dyer uses an excellent Merino fingering weight yarn that does not show wear even after many, many times of laundering.

She dyes the most glorious colors.
Always, IMHO, with a method of changing from one color to the next without an interruption.

I find that when I knit sox there is a five-row stripe.
I like it when she dyes five or so different colors that make the project exciting.

My friend, Dianna, recently showed off her Un-Biased Scarf using,
what else,
Vespers Self-Striped yarn.
Yep, I gotta have one.
I went Yarn Stash diving
and came up with a terrific skein.

This scarf uses a simple two-row repeat
that I appreciate.
Fairly easy to do while watching Netflix,
which, by the way, I am enjoying.

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Enjoy the rest of this wonderful weekend!

hugs 'n smiles

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Few More 2.5" Strips

Found a few more scraps eligible for 2.5" strips.
So I'm adding to my stack of lite colored strips
that I hope to turn into a chair covering
of some sort.
I'll let you know when I decide just how I want
to accomplish that.

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Hubby and I decided to give Netflix a try.
They are offering a 30-day free trail period
then $9/mo thereafter.
We can cancel at anytime.
So far, three or four days now, I found a number of
movies and series that will entertain me for a while.
Now all we want is an Internet Provider that will
provide reliable service.
Lately, Mediacom isn't what it used to be.
But I'm ever hopeful.

# # # # #

This past week or two our weather has been more
Autumn-like than Summer.
Just waiting for it to return cuz I know it will.
Til then we're loving' it ! ! ! 

hugs 'n smiles

Friday, August 21, 2015

A Scrappy Quilt

Finally a Finished Project !  ! !
The end in sight as far as my fabric stash.

Daughter Deb and I have used just about all our
scrap fabrics and Stash Fabrics.

Our current project is underway with the first quilt 

A Scrappy Rag Quilt for Hubby is the first on the
bed and ready for wear.

Our seven rag quilts
are intended to be utilitarian.
They are to be used, and used, and used
'til the are too worn to use one more time.

Bed, Picnic, Tabletoppers
After all, they are utilitarian.


Fall is in the air today.
The breeze felt wonderful
with a bit of 'cool'
ruffling our hair.

After our recent rain,
lawns are slightly greener,
tree leaves shinier,
even gutter are cleaner.


hugs 'n smiles

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Little Quilting ! ! !

Daughter Debra and I have been slowly using
all of our Fabric Stashes.
This summer we are finally making headway.

We spent several days cutting 2.5" strips
of every size piece of fabric we own.
All that remains are a half dozen or so
pieces of Fabric that we can use for Backing
for other projects after this one.

Before beginning cutting those 2.5" strips
we cut the backing pieces.
Since we were cutting from Stash
we decided pieced backs would be the way to
use what we had to our best advantage.

We formed a plan ! ! !

A version of a quilt-as-you-go/'rag quilt' style
quilts would suit our mood.
Since we do not want to do any large quilts . . . . .

We cut 21" square backing fabric and batt.
In fact, we cut eighty-five 21" square quilt backs.
That is enough for seven quilts ! ! ! ! 
These quilts will be four rows by three columns.

We used approx. 27 yards of fabric and 
the same number of yards of batt.

Well on our way to completely de-Stash ! ! ! 

We went on to cut 2.5" strips of the remaining Stash.
These strips are of various lengths
varying from wide of fabric (40-42ish inches)
to some as short as eighteen inches.

We cut, and we cut.
For several days we cut.
Of Course, we used our Accuquilt GO!
cutter using the 2.5" die
which make the entire process a bit easier.

Now we have a great many stack of strips.

I sewed a very long strip about 3,800" in length.
This is equal to a piece of fabric
42" wide by 6.25 yards.
I was able to quilt-as-you-go
the twelve blocks necessary to make one of our quilts.
A quick calculation shows that our goal of
seven quilts takes more than 45 yards of fabric !

The strips I used hardly make a dent in our
'Stash of 2.5" Strips'.
We have a feeling there will be enough to
reach our immediate goal of seven
60"-ish x 80"-ish quilts.

27 yards of backing fabric
27 yards of batt
at least
45 yards of fabric cut into 2.5" strips
That's a lot of YARDS

YAHOO ! ! !

My second Dahlia

 Isn't she sweet?

hugs 'n smiles