Friday, January 19, 2018

The Weekend Cometh...

Up early...  At least early for me...  Should get up to 54 degrees today.....



Clearing out makes a big mess but after walking around the house for hours I finally found homes for the detritus on the table.



Now it is time to set it for tomorrows luncheon........


Adding the metallic border for the first wise man.........



Results of walking around the house for hours each day....

I am amazed at the empty spaces but I have not finished organizing so these areas may get filled.....

Not with something new but something already here that needs a permanent address........














Monday, January 15, 2018

Design Wall Monday

Today will be sunny later but this is the scene this morning....



Last Friday Joyce came over at one o'clock to assist in packing the Christmas decorations........  We finished about six that evening......

I sat down to put a few stitches in the Nativity............

Kept on till I realized that it was 2:00 AM.........

Started again at nine the next morning and worked through the day except to eat and take a nap......
Watched Netflix and stitched till ten.

Sunday came in with below freezing temps so I began my marathon once more.........

Stopped at half ten last night.


Stitched for four more hours this morning and the Wise Man is taking shape........  Still loads left but I am making inroads.........

Not much stitching time left this week as I am hosting a luncheon on Saturday........

The end is closer.....



Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Leaving at Last

Sunday was a GRAND day........  The family came over and we had a fun time together........  Breakfast was cooked by several of us........  Bacon, sausage, fried eggs, scrambled eggs. waffles and cheese grits........ Matthew fries exceptional eggs.....


Andrew fed the ducks leftover bread crust...........



Matthew filled the birdfeeder.


Wyatt stayed outside for seven minutes..



Andrew helped shovel the ramp.......





He worked with Jason till it was done...



That afternoon I began stitching the binding on my Mardi Gras table runner.

At last today it is starting to melt.......  Happy Days are Here Again.......




Friday, January 05, 2018

Weather Report

The temperature made it up to 28 degrees today.  Tonight's temp will be 8 degrees.........  Not melting fast at this rate.........



Wade and I are still enjoying the quiet of staying indoors and watching the birds and ducks..........


I had plenty of time to assemble my Mardi Gras table runner........


Even layered it and started on the quilting........


Barring unforeseen circumstances I should have it finished tomorrow.

Found time to give Wade a bath and wash his bedding......  My sheets are in the washer so we will both have clean bedding tonight....

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Snow.......


The wonderful thing about snow here in the Carolinas is that it doesn't stay around long......



I can enjoy a day snowbound knowing that it will be gone in 48 hours......  Wade and I have all we need and the current is still on so we will stay warm in our winter wonderland......



Blogging a bit late I found a Sew Along at Temecula Quilt Company... HERE


If I am diligent I can have a finished quilt by March..........  Time will tell.......




Nativity progress.........  This is the picture from my last post.....



As you can see Jesus now has a completed manger and Mary's dress is a bit longer.......










One Monthly Goal

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal

The project selected for the first month is a Mardi Gras table runner.......

How lovely it would to actually start and finish this project before January ends.


  

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Deep Freeze

The spot of white in the lower left corner is the water.........  The rest of the lake has a skim of ice on it.......  Definitely cold for Eastern North Carolina....


A good day to stay in and prep a few projects............  Bought this pattern years ago..........  Pulled the fabric two years ago and shoved this to the top of the list............




While clearing the closet I came across some things I wanted to use for Mardi Gras....  Needed a table runner and remembered this one..........  Pulled the fabric and cut it out......  Should be quick to make.....


But first up is the Cuddle Wrap for Reba.........   She is really needing it about now.......



This is from the closet clear out and is just the item to put all those small triangles I am cutting out with my scrap tool.......  More on that later.......



Christmas cactus is blooming now.....  Such a lovely ivory and pale pink.......





The last two sections of the hall closet...........




Cleared............  I plan to put office supplies on the lower shelf and the roasters on the floor........  That will be the project for next week..........


For the rest of this week I will be sewing.........

Monday, January 01, 2018

Once Again


Brought the Nativity into the living room to work on each morning.......  I haven't worked on this since March.........  How glad I will be to have the center panel done and no longer need to stitch on this cumbersome frame......




I went on to shelf two of the hall closet........  Seemed that the candles and vases would be best there....  Whew, that is done.......



Now just one shelf and the closet floor to organize........

There were many vases on the top shelf so that cleared off as I moved them to a lower shelf.....
I plan to put cake plates and large serving bowls on that shelf as they are rarely used..........  

The floor will be a good place to store the two roasters I have..........  

We shall see what tomorrow brings........

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Out of the Closet

I have been ignoring this closet for six years...........  I have run out of excuses so I suppose the time has come...........

In fact the time has come to tackle all of the closets.........  Maybe if I did a shelf or two a week I could finish by the end of the year...........


The shelf with the toppling plastic containers is on the plan for today.......  We will see how it goes......



Six years of procrastination and one hour and 15 minutes of effort.........  Can I keep it this way?  That is the question.



Wade Hamilton follows me wherever I go...........  He prefers to rest in the doorway to make sure he can keep up with my location............






Friday, December 29, 2017

And All Through The House

Before the year ends I want to post my Christmas pictures.  I might need them next year to remember what I did..


Even the aloe plant was decorated...


The stairway upstairs..


Small quilted embroidery on one table........


The cupboard in its usual decorations.........


One of the additional Nativities I picked up this year and part of the trees.........


It is lovely at night when it is lit.......


Even the flamingo got the magic touch.........


The beaded ornament tree........  Not using that next year.........  Tends to wobble.......


Second small table..........


Knitted angel tree..........  Hope to make more for next year and use them on the tree.


This display went with modern colors..........


Buffet in the foyer..


Carolers under the television..........


The last edition to this year's decorations........



Baking for the neighbors..............


Baking for the girls.........


The holiday turned out well........  But now I need to recharge...........

The Thread and I

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, Do it with thy might.

Ecclesiastes 9:10