Sunday, January 24, 2016

Fabric Hoarder

I've been holding on to several fat quarter bundles of Bonnie and Camille fabric. So today, I listed a bundle of Ruby and Happy Go Lucky that I have never opened. Will I regret it? Probably! But the fact is I have more fabric than I will ever be able to sew in my lifetime! I have three daughters and not a single one of them interested in sewing.

I haven't sold anything on Ebay in several months, so I will see how it goes! I hope you have a great week. I'm back at work tomorrow!

Monday, January 18, 2016

It's Monday!

I dusted off my featherweight Singer sewing machine over the weekend. I haven't used it very much since I bought it a few years ago. I need to take my Janome in for a spa day and get her ready for some serious sewing! I have fabric just waiting to be made into quilts and also some drapes I need to sew for the dining room.

I love samplers and discovered this wonderful piece for $18.00. It is not dated, but the colors are very bright and I thought it was beautiful. I've always loved cross stitch samplers, but they were out of my budget. Over the years I have picked up a few from the early 1900"s, that I have found in junk stores. I did happen to win a great schoolgirl sampler off  Ebay a few years ago. Since they are so hard to find in this part of the country, I will have to be satisfied with my pintrest board.

I took some time this weekend to tidy up my sewing spaces. Target has great plastic bins that I picked up on clearance. I wish there had been more of them. I was able to sort through some fat quarters and put them in order of color. I also found a quilt kit that somehow had been stuck in the bottom of a basket! I have 3 shelves from Ikea that are in my sewing room and I love them. They are so handy with adjustable shelving and I can see my fabric at a glance. Hope you had a great weekend and a wonderful week! 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Chocolate Pie

You just cant go wrong with a Chocolate pie
Here is my grandmothers recipe. I hope you enjoy! Have a happy day!
baked pie shell ( I cannot make piecrust)
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 cups milt
1tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

In a large saucepan, combine flour, cocoa, sugar, salt and egg yolks. Stir in milk and cook over a medium fire stirring constantly with a whisk. Filling will thicken quickly, so stay on it! Afterwards add vanilla and mix well. Pour into baked pie shell.
Beat the 4 eggs whites until stiff and pour onto pie filling. Bake in over at 350 degrees until golden brown!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Busy Week

I haven't had a moment to sew or quilt this week. Last Saturday we bought a new house and I have been busy gathering paperwork, meeting with the realtor, and making plans. When I got to work on Monday, I had 4 people out sick with the flu and one of them was my assistant, so my work week was in an upheaval from day one! I was happy to see Friday this week, it was slow to get here!
Don't you just love the front porch on this house! There is a glassed in summer porch on the back of the house that looks out onto the yard. If you have ever read my blog, you know I have this thing for houses. All of my life we traded houses every few years when I was a child, then I married a contractor and spent many years flipping houses. In contrast, my husband has lived in the same house for 35 years. We currently live in his home and our new house is at the end of the street. So we are not moving far, but there is more room. I will have a true quilt studio in this house and be able to buy a long arm quilter!
I have numerous projects that I have begun and I need to spend time finishing them, but now I need to pack, have a garage sale and move. There will be some painting and new floor coverings going down, but my son will help me with that. I'm hoping to spend a couple hours this afternoon sorting through my fabrics and attend a birthday party for one of my grandsons. Have a happy week!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along

 I love this quilt! Fat Quarter Shop will be hosting a quilt along using Fig Tree Fabrics, Strawberry Fields Revisited. They will post a new block each month on their website, so you can sew along all year!
My fabric came in today and its gorgeous! I cant wait to download the first pattern and get started. There are so many wonderful quilt along's this year that I am having a very hard time choosing which I can participate it. I don't want to over commit myself and fall behind. Hope you enjoyed your week and having a great weekend!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Day After

Another holiday has come and gone! I guess the older you get time starts flying by. It certainly does seem that way to me.
We had a fairly eventful year and I am praying this coming new year will be less stressful! 
Remember when it took forever for Christmas to finally get here? My sister and I used to mark the days on the calendar, making our lists, and trying to be good so that Santa would stop by and leave our gifts.
All of our children are grown now, so we look forward and count the days until our grandbabies come for a visit. We were not disappointed this year! Our daughter had an emergency appendectomy last week, so we had grandkids for days! I spent the morning, picking up toys, snippets of wrapping paper and tape stuck everywhere. I took the Christmas tree down at 2:30am this morning and took it to the curb. It had seen better days and I decided to buy another one for next year if I can get one on clearance. I still have some more decorations to take down and put away tonight, but I'm looking at them with a critical eye. I need to dispose of some things that are just not worth packing up another year.
I hope your holidays were wonderful and that you have a very blessed new year!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Images From My Childhood Christmas

Courtesy of Pintrest

Friday, December 18, 2015

Quilt Cabinet!

 Santa brought me the perfect gift this year! I love love love it! Every year my husband tells me he bought something red and sparkly. Its been our family joke, you never know what he will come up with,  but its red and sparkly. This year we spotted this cabinet at an antique store when we were picking up my Hoosier cabinet. I thought it was beautiful and would be the perfect place to display my quilts. The owner builds cabinets out of reclaimed wood and windows. I came home late last night and this beauty was in my entry way!
I moved it into my sewing room for now. I hope to find a place for it after Christmas.
Ive been inspired this week to join the Crossroads sew along via Fat Quarter Shop. If you haven't seen it hop over to their site and check it out. Wonderful soft colors and it benefits an organization to help children.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wonderful Goodness

My day started at 5am this morning and I finally got home around 9pm. Really long day, sat in meetings, had to finish several reports and I'm tired! I came home to find all of this gorgeous fabric on my doorstep! I was tempted to unroll a jelly, but decided to just take a moment to look at all the great new colors and imagine how wonderful my weekend will be! I will be daydreaming about which fabric to use first  and what pattern to choose all week. I cant wait until Saturday!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas At Work

 I had a very talented co-worker who volunteered to help decorate our office doors this year. That was an answer to prayer since I was behind after being out for a few days with a cold. Pinterest came to the rescue and we printed off a few ideas. The Christmas tree door won 2nd place in our hospital contest! It is totally made out of green construction paper, hot glue , some mini lights and ornaments! I have had a lot of oohs and ahhs this week when they stop by my office. Thanks to my Santa helper!
Another door in our department was Rudolf's Stable. This represents our Director of nursing, nurse manager and administrative assistant. We had several other festive doors and a few ideas, that I may use next year at home. I love it when the staff participate to make our facility look Christmasy. We spend more time at work than we do at home, so it helps to brighten our day!
Hope you have a merry week!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Wish I was Sewing

Have a Happy Day

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Projects for the Weekend

My Black Friday purchases are finally arriving in the mail! I came home today and found these goodies on my porch. I have wanted one of Lori Holts Design boards forever and finally decided to get the 18x18 pink board . Along with the new Sew Emma pattern book, I bought a box of wonder clips and a Fig Tree quilt kit. Although the weather here is supposed to be beautiful tomorrow, I'm not sure I can pull myself away from my sewing machine. I still have some purchases on the way from Craftsy's 12 Days Of Christmas sale that should be here soon. There will be plenty to keep me busy for the next few months!
Have a Happy Weekend!