Sunday, October 18, 2009

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor dark of night...

I have been so blessed this last week. I have gotten 3 packages. YES, the mailman had to come to my door 3 times! The first one to arrive came from Norway.

I participated in my first ever swap through quilting gallery, and the participant who shipped to me lives in Norway. NORWAY! Sabine took the time to look through my blog and design a bag especially for me. Look at those lovely cherries, with the adorable red polka dot fabric on the bottom. Plus as if that wasn't enough, I got a blue and white potholder with dutch windmills on it, and little treasures like cupcake buttons (did she see my pincushions?), magnets, ribbon, and a little snowman panel perfect to adding to a Christmas quilt. Thank you so much Sabine. I treasure everything that you have sent me.

The next package came from Janet of It’s and Evolution. Her beautiful wands were featured on Today’s Creative Blog for one of her Fabulous Friday giveaways and I won. Since I almost never win anything, I was so excited because Janet was willing to design a wand especially for the lucky winner. I fell in love with her pumpkin wands and chose one of those, but told her I rarely ever use orange so look what I got. I love to think of it as Cinderella's Wand because I feel like a princess whenever I see it--with this adorable white pumpkin.

The charms on it are all sewing related, and the handle of the wand is wrapped in the page from a book.---But not any book, in keeping with the theme of Halloween, the page is from Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven.” I immediately had to find a clear vase and put it on display, so that the page of the book was visible.

The last box came from my MIL who blessed me with many of her gently used clothes. After having spent 6 years at home raising my kids my wardrobe has been stretched to the limit to get me nicely dressed for work. Honestly, if I had my druthers I would wear jeans and a nice white shirt every day. Those are my comfort clothes, but I try to limit myself. Thankfully, I still get to wear jeans to the office! But I digress, my MIL love to shop at Chico's and Coldwater Creek--places I go in and drool over the clothes, but walk away without a shopping bag so it is always a treat getting these boxes in the mail.

I got one other present a couple of weeks ago, but it didn't come in the mail. This one was special delivery from my mom. A Cricut die cutting machine of my very own.

I think that scrapbooking could become every bit as addicting as quilting. It is so much fun to cut out embellishments for making cards. Or do something really elaborate and make my very own Charger cheerleaders. Hmm--maybe I could get the team a new coach the same way.

That's all for now.
Have a great day everyone,

Thursday, October 8, 2009

PIE--apple, cherry, blackbery any kind of pie

Besides quilting, I love to cook.

Well, the term love might be a little strong. Now if there were never any dishes to do at the end... But, since I like to eat good food, cooking is kinda a prerequisite---and I might as well do it right, so I make a lot of stuff from scratch.

While at work today, I was looking up some stuff on the internet and while on a different website, I found a fun link which I clicked on, and then I clicked to another, which eventually brought me here: Single Serving Pie in a Jar

Is this not the best idea ever!! I have tons of canning jars. Most of them normal sized, some extra tall (that I have baked bread in), but some are EXACTLY the right size for individual pies. I can see the possibilities already.

Doesn't your mouth water? Mine does. I love the cooler fall weather when baking becomes a treat. And these would be sweet gifts for people. Hmmm, I may need to go grocery shopping tonight.


Sunday, October 4, 2009


I love Sundays in the fall. Cool weather, football, and time to sew.

After we got home from church, I turned on the Denver game in my craft room. With the hot iron warming up the room and the girls napping, life was lovely. Inspiration hit me this week, and finally I know whaat I am going to do on the triangular corners for my red, black and green quilt.

So today I started cutting strips and sewing them together.

Then I cut them apart again.

And I have started sewing them back together.

And finally, I will trim them down to size.

I think they are so cute.

I still don't know how many I will need to frame the large black triangles, but it is nice just hearing the whirring of a sewing machine again. I have about a dozen finished so far, and can't wait for the end of the Charger game, when the girls will go to bed, to make about 30 or so more.

Yesterday, we had family pictures taken by a friend, Shari, who is and excellent photographer. We dressed the whole family in tones of pink and green, I hope the pictures turn out as well as I think they did. I took one shot of the girls just to show off their cute outfits.

If they look that cute with my old camera, I can't wait to see the pictures from Shari.

Have a great day