Friday, November 21, 2014

Much to my great delight,  I was invited to join Cheri Payne for her Christmas Craft Day this week.  It was a full day of crafts with a group of ladies who are such fun and so talented. Some I have known and called friend for years, some I have known through others and now have a face to go with the name, and some new friends that I hope to enjoy time with again and again.
Cheri lined up a fun variety of projects. We moved about from station to station around her warm and cozy home, gabbing, gluing, glittering, painting, staining and stitching the day away.
What a fun way to spend a Wednesday.  Thank you, Cheri!

Friday, November 07, 2014

Quilters are such a generous breed. Cheri Payne designed this delightful little quilt as part of her Three Bowls Full series.  Fearless Leader (at our Wednesday ongoing quilt class at Fat Quarters Quilt Shop) kitted up all the pieces for us - all we had to do was show up with our machines and stitch.
I love my quilting friends - the ones I know in real life and the ones that live in my computer.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The upside to being surrounded by unfinished projects,  whatever you're in the mood for is always available. Today I really wanted to do some hand quilting. Only took a few minutes to find where I left off.
I last shared this quilt in February 2009, which likely the last time I put a stitch in it. It feels like visiting with a long-lost friend.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Food Porn

Today Hubby and I made a trip to Disneyland,  specifically to try this seasonal dessert. It's a fresh-baked deep-dish Snickerdoodle cookie topped with 3 scoops of pumpkin ice cream all drizzled with a warm caramel topping. We finished every delicious morsel.

Friday, October 17, 2014

About a year ago, I picked up this really great chalkboard at a local consignment shop. I scour Pintrest for ideas, drawings and quotes. I try to change it up at least once a month.  Here's what landed today -

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Nine patches and snowballs on the design floor.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Earlier today I was having a 'text chat' with a friend about weekend events. Chat soon turned to 'what are you up to today? '  LAUNDRY.  I try always to wash on Mondays just like Grandma's dish towels told me to. My friend says she knows a little song about wash day Mondays. Whatever it takes to get the chore done, right?
She also noted that when she feels put upon shuffling loads, folding,  putting away, and *gasp* even ironing, she will remind herself of the many women around the world who haul water or even haul the laundry to the water. She's right! We have it pretty good with clean water and modern equipment.
I was thinking about all of this as I was running the vacuum cleaner.  Not sweeping with a broom or lugging carpets outside to beat the dust out of them. Just rolling around the floors in my daily dance letting the machine suck the dust, dirt, crumbs, dog hair and threads right up off the floor.
As I write this, I am taking my domestic skills to the very limit. Our weather has cooled sufficiently that I am running the self-cleaning cycle on the oven. Excuse me while I dab my glistening brow.
And what shall I do for the next four hours? In between folding loads of laundry,  I'm going to do a little embroidery. I'm working on a Christmas gift exchange piece.  I dare not show more right now because it's a secret.