Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
and the very best of holiday wishes
to ALL of YOU ! ! !

Thanks for joining my blog
and leaving comments, thoughts and best wishes.
This past year has been the very best,
I've been able to Play-It-Forward
with my blog GIVEAWAYS.

And, thanks to those who have giveaways of their own
and for allowing me to enter AND EVEN WIN ! !

Gifts have been wrapped and shipped !
Gifts we've received are under the tree
and we're
awaiting two more sleeps before tearing into those babies.

I'm thinking and sending
Positive Thoughts
toward wonderful days ahead
for each of us.

Thank you all for your Friendship,
the best gift of all.

My wall art for December


Thursday, December 16, 2010


This is what I've been playing with
while I should have been doing
hey, what's more important than enjoying time at the sewing machine ! ! !

This datebook cover used two of those home dec samples from one of our quilt guild members

This smaller datebook used only one sample

I added some pinkish fabric to this sample to make up the size I wanted for this Journal cover

Here's the whole pic of this journal in progress
not much left before it's complete


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friday 'round here

Today's temp was at least 62 degrees with sunshine.
By sometime tomorrow those weather forecasters are predicting snow for our area.

So Hubby and I set about getting a few chores completed while we had decent weather
and before any snowy weather takes over.

Our garage really needed picking up.
Several months ago when we had our new windows installed
I had emptied out my ex-darkroom so the workers would be able to get to the window to re-place it.
Yep, all my 'stuff' has been cluttering the floor of the garage all this time, yuk!

It took a couple of hours
 but I have everything picked up.
Since I have plans to paint the room 
and the rest of the garage this coming Spring 
I didn't organize anything
just put it in there up off the floor.

Then we used the blower to clean out the garage
getting rid of the leaves that have been tracked in and collecting.
Then blew off the driveway and the patio.

Things are looking good.

I was pooped.

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It's been a while since I've shown my sox that have been knit in the car and at the eye clinic.
I really like the color.
They're going to be for wearing in the house this winter, I think.

All Fired Up
Plum Seduction
are in my growing nail polish collection.

Here's a group shot of Matilda and her gal pals.
Still not finished with 'em 
but they are 
lookin' good !

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Hubby's day-after check up went well.
And has an appt at the end of next week for an eye chart exam.
He is lovin' his new view and is glad to have had this procedure.

Happy Holiday Hugs Gals 

Friday, December 10, 2010

A Yarn Tale

I'm preparing for January's start of Ravelry's Cookie A. Knit-A-Long.
We're knitting from her second sock book

I'm hoping that the wonderful patterns from Cookie will show their glory with these lighter colors.
The Minty Green is Heritage by Cascade Yarns
Sock yarn 75% Merino Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon
The Yummy Pink right below the Minty is the very same yarn content and weight.

The Peachy Apricot
is Jojoland
100% wool Superwash

That'll be enough yarn to keep me happy for three pair of sox
[well, maybe]

This Luscious Lavenders is by
It's kettle dyed
sock weight
Merino Wool
Superwash which means, of course all four of these yarns can be machine washed.  Yipee ! ! ! !
I don't want to use any yarn this dark for my KAL sox but it is soooo soft against skin
that I decided as soon as I spied it that I'd work this into another scarf.
Come on Winter show us what you got!
I've got my malabrigo to keep me warm.

Haven't pick a scarf pattern yet.

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Hubby's day-after check-up was this morning and everything is going very well.
I think he's happy with the results.

Happy Holiday Hugs

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Matilda and her sister . . .


.  .  .  .  and her sister
Oh, My ! ! ! !
I don't know her name -  -  -

I worked on her last night.
I just had to have a gal in pink
this is as pink as I could go last night.
Do I need an infusion of new fabric ? ? ? ?

Now before you go all soft on her not having a name yet
let me tell you a little something about this gal.
I was doing my part,
I gathered fabric, color pencils, wire, straws, dowels,
I mean I gathered everything I needed.

Proceeded to stitch and cut
color and turn
stuff and stitch some more.
Wound her wire legs.

Yes, I got out my 'doll hair stash'.
Now this is where things go wacky. 
Or should I say this gal went all postal on me.
Here I was going with the blonde hair -
well, you know it's common knowledge that they do have more fun.

Got it all in place and attached
I took one look at her puss and hair
and she there all looking like she's a
GRANDMA ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Not a grandma my age,
she's lookin' like she could be like MY Grandma.
You know, all old-fashioned [spell that D-O-W-D-Y]

She was showing her true personality and she was steamin' with her eyes all x'd
there, Take a Close Look At Her Eyes.
Postal ! ! !

This is NOT what I envisioned earlier in the evening.

Well, took a time-out had a baklava dessert

and a cuppa Earl Grey.
A time-out to cool off.

Perhaps I wasn't exactly cooled
because I ripped off all those blonde curls.

There she sat bald as a cue ball
-  -  -  there you little tart ! ! !
I'll show ya whose boss 'round here.

No not to be bested by a stuffed postal tart
I chose a little less blonde but none the less blonde
and went about calmly attaching her new hair.

Well, take a look ! ! ! ! !


Isn't she lookin' sweet.
[though her eyes are still x'd - what? she's showin' attitude??????

It remains to be seen what she'll be holding in her hands
perhaps this'll tone her down a might.
whatdda ya think?

Right now she's a no-name a-little-less-blonde tart  ?angel?

Hubby's cataract procedure went pretty darn good today.
Tomorrow will be a check up and then he's good to go.

Holiday Hugs All
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Needlework coasters from my Mother.

Peaks and Valleys from Twisted Knitter
 This scarf is on my needles right now.


Perle Cotton




Wool Roving

This is some of the small, trival details from here.

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One that's not so trival:
Left Eye                                                                                                    Right Eye
This is how Hubby sees the mini quilt.
Last week's removal of cataract from left eye allows him to see more color
while with his right eye he sees less color

It's been like this for a week now
and after this week's procedure we expect his vision will be bright and colorful.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

It's been a really long time

I mean a really long time since I've done any dollmaking.
I love dolls.
I know you do too, don't cha?

A few days ago I got the motivation I needed
Dutch Sisters shared Corry's Angel Tutorial

This afternoon was just the time to get going.
Got some of my Thimbleberries fabric out,
dug out doll hair,
wire for legs
and I was set to GO!.

Matilda is no angel
but is as sweet as can be.
She must be sweet, looks like she's holding a gum drop for ya.

Whoopee ! ! ! !
I love my time with her this afternoon.
This is the time I would like to acknowledge all my Followers
and welcome those gals who are new to my blog.
I may not blog regularly but I do
enjoy reading your comments
and try to return the favor.
Thanks for visiting.

BTW, Tam you are a
no way to respond to your comment.

So many of you are having winter weather and if you are like me
you're wondering when spring and summer will arrive.
Luckily we have been free of rain, sleet, ice and snow.
Just that cold wind from the northwest, brrrrrrrrrrr
I've four or five knit scarves that I just know will get a workout in the months to come.
Have a new scarf Peaks and Valleys from Twisted Knitter  on the needles now
will have a photo of it next time.

Bundle Up Gals !

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Monday, December 6, 2010

SimplyChic Carryall for Crochet

A friend in the U.K. sent me some lovely fabric a while ago.
It took me some time to decide how I could show off the fab fabric to it's best.
I think it's Liberty Fabric ???????

Since I already have a carryall to carry to sewing classes
and one to tote my netbook
naturally I want one for my crochet stuff.

I wanted to preserve the fabric's great print,
Well, duh, what better way than to leave it to speak for itself.
Oh, yes, I did add a bit of bling 
didn't it turn out great ! ! ! 

The purple handles are drapery tie-backs that were a buck a piece at Hobby Lobby/

I used vinyl and fabric for the first pocket that will hold my current fave crochet pattern book
the next 'page' is a couple of fabric pockets to hold my current project
with instruction in the larger pocket.

There are pockets with zippers and more with out.

Pockets for my cotton crochet yarn on one page and two zipper pockets on the other page
that holds aluminum hooks in one and my steel hooks in the other.

Here are some of the details on the front of my newest carryall.

Back to organizing my sewing area.


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Sunday, December 5, 2010

What's Doing

Yes, I've been organizing my sewing area.
Again ! ! ! ! !
Lowes had some shelves
that I thought would help give more storage space
 out where I can see it
and get at it.

A person couldn't tell it by looking at my area lately,
but I work best when things are organized and not chaotic.

It's a work in progress.
as usual

This afternoon I was able to catch my Oldest Brother [boy, is he oldest] on Google Video Chat.
Had a nice visit and was able to see what he's been up to. 
He says he does not like to video chat
but he does stay online with us for quite a while once he gets on.
Nice way to spend part of the day.

As soon as DD#2 arrived for our SewDay we got out our newest GO! Fabric Cutting Die.
This is our Drunkard's Path cut from two FQs.
Only big enough for a quick table runner.
My first attempt on sewing those drat curves.
Really went quite fast.
The die cut a notch at the center of the curves so that alignment is easy peasy.

A week or so ago a knitting pal and I met up and knit for a couple of hours.
This is her little knitting bag - only about six inches from top of handle to bottom of bag -
includes a couple of ball of yarn and needles.
It's so cute and best of all
she gifted it to ME ! ! !
Thank you Paula.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

It's A Brand New Bag

Remember my Carolina CarryAll made with this
cool Batik fabrics?
I've been carrying since the day I finished it.

You probably know I don't carry bags for very long at any one time.
I change daily, weekly - so to carry one this long is unusual. 
I really like the shape and style and find it convenient to carry all my stuff.
Boy, am I amassing stuff to carry.

now I am tired
of carrying the same old bag.

So, Now I Have A Brand New Bag ! ! !

Okay, I know, it the same ol' bag
INSIDE OUT ! ! ! ! !
Yea, another month of my Carolina CarryAll ! ! ! ! !
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Friday, December 3, 2010

Yummy, yummy, yummy,

so good for your tummy.
Guess what I baked.

Pumpkin Bread,
Corn Muffins
and Pumpkin Corn Muffins.

I bake just like I knit
- - - - I just add the left over [yarn/batter]
to the new [yarn/batter].

Don't think about it, just eat 'em while they're hot.

Daughter is coming over tomorrow for our annual
Turkey Soup Dinner.

This year was my turn to

I did just that with the addition of carrots, celery, potatoes, onions and noodles.
We'll be ready to fill our bowls.

Pass the muffins, please.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010


It's a Finished Object
for the Knit A Long

Cookie A. named her pattern Cauchy
and is the math inequality sign
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I began the KAL on November first
only to find my first yarn choice stank
as far as being able to decern a pattern in the self-stripping yarn.

So I went to the Stash and found this Icy Blue and Serendipity Turquioise combo
to begin again.
They made with the same yarn as Hubby's Turf Green Sox.
Bown Sheep Co
Lambs Pride SuperWash
Sport weight.
Just finished them this week - I do love 'em.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Another Finished Pair

Plain Vanilla Sox
Perhaps you remember this yarn?
Picked these up during this past month and
decided to use
Melissa Morgan-Oakes pattern Raindrops for the leg pattern.
I love this Austermann yarn and
Oh, The Colors ! ! ! ! !

They're a slouchy sock.  Not to be worn with the leg stretched.
Just A  Nice Comfortable Day Sock.


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