Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Wednesday Evening

Progress is being made....

In spite of some serious distractions...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Stash Report Sunday

I realized the picture that I posted last night was of the quilt top, not the finished quilt! The backing that you see here is gone from my stash...

I've also pulled my pile of flannels and cut most of it into 2.5" strips to make Bonnie's Strip Twist as a Christmas gift. I'm working on that one tonight and hope to have the top done by the end of the week.
Once finished that will be a nice bit of flannel out of my stash. I don't plan to keep track of yardage as some others are, I'll just be happy with a little more shelf space!

The house is as festive as it's getting, I spent most of the day putting out the Christmas decorations. The tree is up and lit, but has no ornaments. That will happen when I get tired of looking at it with just lights. I've come to the conclusion that I should have made some tablerunners for myself this year...I only have one that my mother made for me many years ago and it's a little worn around the edges. Maybe that should be my next project...

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Thanksgiving Weekend

Yesterday we headed off to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where we had two tickets to the Renoir exhibit. My older daughter, who is in French IV and loves the French Impressionists wanted to see the exhibit. I sent my husband in with her, as he was interested in seeing the exhibit, while I prefer artwork by the old Italian guys.

My younger daughter and I went of to investigate the Middle Ages and religious art...
I'm always amazed when I go that they have entire buildings and architectural elements inside the galleries....

Right down to the beautiful stained glass windows....
After a jaunt through the Asian Art, then the Contemporary Art (which,like Contemporary Quilts, I just don't get!) we headed down to the old Philadelphia Waterworks.We had a beautiful view of Boathouse Row....
After the museum, we met our son at Dave and Busters for lunch and a little game playing, then headed home a did a little bit of Christmas Shopping at some fun stores.

And just to make this post a little quilty, I finished this quilt which I found in my closet. The backing came from the's the last of an old Jinny Beyer backing fabric which I bought about 12 years ago, so I'm delighted to have it GONE!!!

The stashbusting continues...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Blessings to you and yours, on Thanksgiving Day and always!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Seamen's Institute

This year our church Caps and Laps program is knitting scarves and hats for the Seamen's Institute in New York City. Last night I finished the hat and scarf set that I'm contributing to our group's efforts. They were very tedious to knit, but I love how they turned out...I hope they help keep a mariner warm this winter! Now back to knitting socks...and busting stash!
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Stash Reduction

I'm ready to reduce my stash! I don't have a large one, but I am getting tired of what's in it and would like to use it up! I already started by making the Christmas table runner that I sold in my Etsy store. I have plans for what's next...stay tuned! Thanks, Judy, for getting me motivated!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tuesday Evening

I'm just catching up from the busy weekend, which included several daughter's Confirmation and my son's 20th birthday.

Grace with Bishop Councell

Happy Birthday Andrew! (with his girlfriend)

The highlight of the weekend for me? After Confirmation practice on Saturday, we stopped for dinner at a local pub. We were ordering drinks and when I asked for a beer, the waitress looked at me and said, "Do you have ID?" Shocked, I said to her, "Are you serious? I'm 46 years old and you just made my day! If you don't believe me, I'd be happy to have a glass of water instead!" She brought me my beer and has made me smile for days!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Why I don't do yard work...

It was a beautiful but chilly day, a perfect day to try to clean up the yard. I pulled out the newer leaf blower which we bought last year. I was happily blowing leaves into piles when the Stanley Steemer truck pulled up. I took a break while my carpets were being cleaned, then headed back outside to get to work.

After a minute or so of blowing leaves, the motor made a funny noise. Next thing I knew, flames were shooting out of the back of the leaf blower! I pulled the cord out and blew out the flames...
But I didn't throw the whole thing to the ground...good thing with that nice pile of dry leaves I'd just made sitting at my feet!

So I went into my sewing room and played with fabric...

And made a new little bag for my daughter's friend.
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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

A Quiet Evening!

Somehow I managed to have no daughters at home tonight...the older one is working and the younger is babysitting at a church event with her friend. A perfect night for comfort food...yes, I had mashed potatoes and gravy for dinner! And if there had been a chocolate chip cookie in the house it would not have been safe, but sadly, there wasn't one. I guess some baking is in order!

In an effort to take advantage of the time, I headed to the computer and listed the above two items in my Etsy store. Now I'm going to change into my comfy flannel pants, turn on the fireplace (I love my gas fireplace!), sit by the fire and knit. But first I'll run the vacuum so the carpets don't have stray threads and leaves on them when Stanley Steemer shows up tomorrow to suck the filth out of them!
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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Sunday Evening...

It's been a busy weekend here in south Jersey. The leaves are finally changing and jumping off the trees at an alarming rate! I'll be doing some raking this week, as well as cleaning and cooking to prepare for my daughter's Confirmation on Sunday.
A little bit of quilting has happened here. I made this adorable little snowman potholder this week. It was nice to make a project start to finish! Haven't done that for awhile. I finished the quilting on my sampler quilt, just used my Baptist Fans template on it...I really just wanted it done! Binding on that and my applique quilt are in the works. And going very slowly.
I just cleaned up my sewing room, so hope to spend some time in here this week, when I'm not behind the vacuum or in the kitchen!