Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday Morning!

Good morning sweeties! How are you? I've been busier than a bee here, but nothing keeps me from checking in on a Friday if I can help it!

Spring Coffee

With all the rain we've been having the weeds have gone wild in the backyard. I'm afraid by the next time I get my coffee photo you won't even catch a glimpse of that rabbit. Did you know that I don't rerun my coffee pictures? The coffee is always fresh here! I have hundreds of pictures of coffee, isn't that weird? I'm always trying to catch the illusive steam coming off my cup.

So come Sunday the joke might be on me, blogger is updating and I'm still using the old old platform from when I started. Keep your fingers crossed that PKM will be ok! If it's a mess it will take me a few days to sort it out, but never fear. I'll be back. Happy weekending peeps!!! xo

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

No birds were harmed in the making of this post.

Yesterday I had to catch up on some stuff around here. Seems like I've been waiting for a sunny day to come around for some good pictures of my Aurifil block of the month block before I sent it off to Pat.

My block has been ready for quite a while and the deadline is looming, so I just got on the ball, got some photos and sent it off. Everything else I did seemed boring... what about you?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

One Hot Mess

I'm not going to lie, everything here is a mess right now, including my sewing table. I get that feeling that little kids must get when they are sent to their rooms to clean up. Overwhelmed. Panic.

But then I just make a little room and get busy. I'll take the Scarlett O'Hara approach for now.

The block is done. I'll take a group photo later, when there's some sunshine. I think I'm going to need another block with some green soon. For balance. I'm telling you, it's not too late to start making these blocks. They all go together so fast. Check the flickr group, there's a lot of good inspiration there!

Ok, have a happy day!

p.s. After looking at the block in the photo I see how TOTALLY OFF that seam in the upper left hand corner is! I guess I should have turned on that extra light! It's fixed now!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday Morning

Good morning my fine feathered friends! How are you after the weekend? They're never long enough are they?

Bret took Friday off so it was a long weekend are here. It was a slow one though, he's had a cold and I have been feeling almost like I'm going to get a cold, so we laid low. Fortunately I think I dodged that bullet with a lot of rest and relaxation.

I can't believe it's already the end of March. Yesterday was Blogger's Block of the Month day, so today I'll get to cutting and sewing my block. Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew has created a cute block for us to sew, and I can't wait to select my fabrics! What's on your agenda this week?

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Yesterday was wonderful after several gloomy days. The sky seemed impossibly blue. The yard is green and even the lizards were out sunning themselves. They're too fast for me to get a picture of them. So far.

impossibly blue sky

I finished a second oven mitt. I love this blue and green combo, it looks so fresh and crisp to me. I had better luck with this one. I think I'm over making mitts now though.

take two-oven mitt

Heres the last of the new buds on my crabapple, the rain battered most of the flowers, it's not so photo ready now. Still, seeing it from a distance it's pretty.

Last of the new blooms

Hope you have a super day my sew sweet friends! xo

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Howdy-do partners! How are you? I finished my oven mitt yesterday, and after I took this photo I put it away for 'safety'.

The Oven Mitt

I can guarantee you there is something lurking here waiting to mar it's oven mitty perfection. Well near perfection, it looks like it has ill fitting pants, and no matter how hard I try to correct that.. not a lot of improvement. Nothing a little tissue paper can't fix I bet.

I know, it's just an oven mitt, I need to get over it. Sorry. I get caught up and can't help myself. Ok, time to tell me, what are you caught up in this week?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

More of the same

Good morning my fine feathered friends! Today I'm finishing up my Bella Oven Mitt. I've wanted to make myself one since I made one for Elizabeth.

Bella moon oven mitt in progress.

I spent too much time choosing fabrics then even more time admiring my selections, so I didn't get it done. Maybe today.

Messy sewing table

I'm not going to lie, I thought I'd lost those scissors back behind the sewing machine. Anyway, the oven mitt, when completed, will be slipped into a ziplock bag and then put on display. For it's own protection.

Now if only someone told me how it got to be March 20th I'd appreciate it.

Monday, March 19, 2012

The one with salty language

What did you do with your weekend? It was National Quilting Day on Saturday, did you do anything quilty? I had a great day in my sewing room starting on a crafty project with Frankie, finishing up my granny squares and working on my asterisk blocks.

I also tried a little faux Union Jack block ala Nanette, which of course is a very clever idea. However both the asterisk and this faux Union Jack continue to thwart the #$&* out of me. My strips do not line up and DAMMIT (there see, I'm reduced to salty language on my blog!) you know how much that totally bugs me!!!! So, I think now that I have a pillow's worth of asterisks I'll finish that and step away from the asterisk block for a while. I think we need to take a break.

But it was super fun! I finished a lot of little tasks that needed completing and feel so happy about that! Hope you had a great weekend too!!!

Friday, March 16, 2012


Good morning my lovely friends, how are you? Did you have a good week? We've had a few rainy days here and it's been so nice and cozy inside.

It's crabapple blossom time in the yard, and you know what that means.. lots of photos of blooming trees. You know I've had my camera out back doing double duty since I saw that first blossom pop out!

I'll spare you though, I need to pace myself, I have my little cherry tree coming, and my other crabapple and it looks like it's going to be a good year for....

.. the snowball bush.

Happy weekending peeps! xo

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Have you seen these yet? Pretty awesome right? Of course this is year three of the partnership between Lilly Pulitzer and Nabisco and I'm just discovering them. No genius here! They're for a great cause, Operation Smile.

This got me thinking about how cool it would be to have your own design on the animal crackers box. You know who would have an awesome box? Minnick and Simpson. I can just see the flags and quilt blocks..and you know they love a good parade. Although now that I think of it I'm not sure why I think there's a parade involved. It just seems perfect for them.

Don't even get me started on a box that Monica might have. Holy smokes.

ANYWAY I remember carrying a box like a purse when I was little. Sweet. You know what else is sweet? St. Patrick's Day pinching. Hope you're wearing green! xo

So how stupid do I feel? IT'S NOT EVEN ST. PATRICK'S DAY. You guys are so nice not to correct me. THANKS!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


There's a lot of gloom around here, fortunately no doom though, so I'm good with it. We had a rainy day yesterday, and that makes for a nice sew day. Didn't spend much sewing, but I do have these two lovelies, in all their badly lit glory.

I really enjoy seeing all the granny squares popping up in my Pinterest feed. So many wonderful colors, and I love the different 'rules' that people are setting for the their blocks. Rules probably isn't the right word, but I think if you look at the setups people are using you'll see how different they can look just based on the way color is used in the blocks. I really love them.

I think once I have 16, I will sash them and finish this off. It's been a fun bite sized project that I've enjoyed. I wonder what will be next?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Springing Forward

The Sunday we spring forward always seems like a lost day to me. Doesn't matter that I get up an hour earlier than I normally would to get ahead of the whole time change thing. Maybe it was the gloominess of the day, I just couldn't 'feel' what time it was. Suddenly it was 4pm and I don't know how it happened.

The weekend was good though. I had a nice lunch out with Bret and I managed to make this little cover for Frankie's new phone. She has that new Samsung is-it-a-tablet-is-it-a-phone and it needs safekeeping. Kind of plain but it will do the job. I had the little handle just waiting for a project to go with it. I like the idea of this and think I will try to make a little something that will hold my phone and maybe some money. No hurry. Sometimes I just like to think on a project and see where it takes me.

Did you do anything fun?

Friday, March 09, 2012

Big cup of coffee!

Some days I just crack myself up. Found this big cup out running errands and couldn't resist. It's getting to be planting season, and I think this would make a pretty cheerful cup outside my kitchen window.

Hope you had a good week! I managed to get a lot done, nothing to show now for it yet. I even got in some Dance Central time! Man I love that. Hope you guys have a good weekend!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012


So turns out Monday was a bit of a frustrating day. I just couldn't settle down, consequently, no Tuesday post. I don't like to whine and that's all I felt like doing.

Today though I'm making progress on things. Photoshop and I are back to being friends. Maybe projects that seemed like good ideas will come together after all. The coffee is delicious this morning, already Wednesday is working out.

I hope your day works out too!

Monday, March 05, 2012


So what were we talking about? Oh well, I don't remember either. Seemed like a long weekend here, with Bret home on Friday.

The weekends focus was on catching up, and so I got caught up with some more blocks! Is that your kind of catch up? Mine too. I'm still having fun with these, so will make a few more. But it's MARCH so it's time to start thinking more seriously about what new things we'll be making for quilt market. Ideas in my head need to start to manifest themselves on paper and even better in fabric.

Hope you had a good weekend peeps!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

March Madness!

Good morning my little shamrocks! It's that time again, Aurifil Block of the Month. This month's featured artist is Victoria Findlay Wolfe from Bumble Beans!

2012 Aurfil March Designer of the Month block.pic

Victoria has designed a darling shamrock for March's project. Not making the whole quilt but looking for a sweet embroidery project? Visit Victoria's blog! She's got a nice little weekend project just waiting for you. And remember, the flickr group is the place to upload your own embroidery!

Ok, off the airport. Bret has been gone all week and I'm happy to be picking him up this morning! Hope you guys have a great weekend!


I was running some errands this week when I came across this sign. TOTALLY DIED over the prospect of whatever Baby Doll sheep were. Whipped a u-turn and came back to get a photo of the sign so I could search the internet when I got home. Mini-sheep? COME ON HOW GREAT IS THAT?

Just as I started to pull away something caught my eye. MINI SHEEP, in person! Pulled over, parked the car and walked up the service road to see these darlings.

Ok, sure they look like normal sheep.. until you start looking at the fence and the grapevines. Came home and found out more about Concannon's use of mini sheep to keep things tidy.

So that was fun part of the day. What's new with you?

P.S. Hey have you see this? Randi has a sew-along!

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