Monday, November 28, 2016

Happy Monday

I did not realize that I had failed to blog last week............... 

It was a busy week here......... 

Thanks to my personal shoppers I had all I needed to cook a good meal on Thanksgiving..........  Just when I started cooking Lem fell and took me with him........  We were both left with a headache from hitting the floor and he sustained a rug burn on his forehead..

Had to call the neighbors to help get him up and back in his chair........  After that I did not feel like cooking so I called Jason and asked for a couple of plates from Kim's family....

They sure good cooks but we did not feel like eating but we did enjoy it on Friday.  Friday Fleming brought plates from their house.......  More good eating..........  There is still enough for me not to have to cook for several more days.........

When I downloaded the pictures I realized that I had not shown the pictures of the last of the pantry organization....


Now doesn't that look great........  So inspiring that I got the urge to pre-bake for Christmas......

Whipped up a batch of Pumpkin Spice Drop Cookies...........  Cooked one dozen to test the recipe....  Froze the rest.......... 

Baked a pumpkin bundt cake........  Gave away most of it before Lem and I ate it all.......

Yesterday I whipped up a batch of Snickerdoodles.......  Baked two dozen and today I will freeze the rest.......  This year I plan to make all drop cookies so I can freeze them ready to bake........ 


Uncovered some recipes that need to be filed....


Notebooks ready to organize them...........  There is a card table set up in the kitchen all ready to work on that project when I have a few minutes of time......



A picture of my boys at rest.......  Wade likes to sit with his Daddy.......  Wade had to go to the Vet on Wednesday because of an ear infection......  One more person to medicate daily.......


I saw these cute little books on a blog somewhere.........  Can not find it again.....  Finally stopped looking and decided to wing it........  Test one done and I know the fine tuning it needs......  The books are from WalMart...........  three for 88 cents..........  Pencils I ordered from Amazon.........  Button jar ready to play in for buttons to close the booklet........  Finally getting set up for another sewing adventure................



Isn't it sweet?  I can put a button on the front for the elastic closure...

A wee bit more done on the sampler..........  Looking forward to finishing this one..........




Sunday, November 20, 2016

A Step Forward

Progress on my sampler......  I usually get to work on it in the evenings.......... 



I spend the day taking care of Lem and keeping up the house........  Instead of sewing I have been organizing the kitchen..........  It takes me a long time because other things use up most of my time but I am at least making progress........... 

This is a picture of the "baking cabinet".  I am getting ready for the Christmas baking.

Now off to get the day started with a good beginning.......


Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Last Few Days


Finally finished a tablerunner that was pieced two years ago.  It is perfect for the flower benches.....


Last week I started organizing the pantry.....  I have been working on it for ten days now...  Almost complete.  Just one section left...


The question now is "How long will it last?".


I am trying to get things ready for the Christmas baking....... I just hope I have time for Christmas baking.....


Canisters well marked...


Racks for cans...............

and spices.............


This is the last section to be done......






Somehow this picture got added last........  Ready - Set - Bake.....



Monday, November 07, 2016

This and That

Last year when Jean was here she brought a kit of this sampler........  Of course I had to have one for myself. I ordered the needed supplies and it has been marinating for some time..... 

I was ready for a change of projects and this one spoke to me..........  I had to start something new..... 

Now to stick with it till it is finished........



Today I got a good picture of my boys.........  They enjoyed their time of male bonding.....


Matthew was coming over this afternoon to give me a hand with some clearing out in the studio.....

I rarely show just how bad things can get here........  Here is a picture of the old studio.......  If you don't know what to do with something just put it in that room and close the door.......


While the sewing now takes place in the dining room I still want to get the old studio in good shape....  I am making some smaller quilts in an effort to learn to quilt myself........  I need to use the table that Jason made for me to quilt because the machine drops in and I have a flat surface for quilting...  There were some problems with drag even with the small quilt......


Last week Matthew assembled one bookcase (one left to assemble).  I am slowly bringing the fabric downstairs in order to use it........ 



Lem had a good lunch today........  Collards, sweet potatoes and BBQ.



Sunday Angie brought two of the three bucket benches made for me by Chuck..........  I had them made to put my plants on in the winter time.......  They are lovely.........

Tomorrow we vote and when we go out that is all I plan to do for that day.........   Maybe Wednesday I will get back on track.









Saturday, November 05, 2016

Pattern Testing


I found this online........  The link is in the previous post.......

This is for the Guild Challenge and will be given to the Ronald McDonald house...........

I am not partial to brights but I felt this quilt needed to have lots of cheery colors..........


The blocks are trimmed and sewn together......... 


Selected the print for a border and tried it with a white border.........  After several days of viewing I selected the print......  There is enough fabric for the backing..............

Since my stash is coming downstairs where I can get to it easier I am finding lots that I did not remember having........





Last picture is the breakfast room........  Something lovely at which to feast the eyes........... 




Monday, October 31, 2016

Today


Spent a good part of the morning looking for the camera............  Seems like I am always looking for something..........

Now this doesn't look to unpleasant to eat does it?  More pureed food for Lem.......  I do want it to look as appetizing as possible........  BBQ, creamed corn and brussel  sprouts...



Now that we have that out of the way let me show you the latest project.........  Other things have to fit in around the edges of working on this but I want to get another quilt on the design wall.  I found the pattern on Pinterest...  (another site you have to stay away from as much as possible as it will eat time if you are not careful and on a timer.)


Finally got the last three seams sewn on this quilt...........  Lem said that he was tired of looking at it..


Here it is.......  Pressed and ready for the quilter.....  The pattern is from Temecula Quilt Co. and can be found here.....

http://temeculaquiltco.blogspot.com/2016/08/patchwork-olympics_21.html


While sorting fabric I found the perfect backing....  Now to get it pressed and ready to go to the quilter.



I finished this quilt for Wyatt.........  All quilted and bound and ready to wash...........  Then 
I can give it to Wyatt to keep him warm this winter........

Have a good day.......

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Hodge Podge

Several weeks ago I lost the battery charger for my camera....  Updated my phone and got one with a camera......  Takes nice pictures it does BUT I haven't yet figured out how to get them on my computer...... Finally just ordered a new battery charger for the camera.......... 

Now back to blogging...............

Now that Lem is on pureed food I do my best to make it look as good as possible.......  Lunch was bratwurst, scalloped potatoes, green beans and sliced tomatoes......  Served with a tall glass o sweet tea.



Our neighbor had his sail boat out on the lake this weekend........... 



We enjoyed watching him tack up and back on the lake.....


Yesterday I finished quilting the quilt for Wyatt..........  Hope to get it bound today..........


Now off to fix lunch............

Monday, October 17, 2016

Let Us Try Again

I know I have been remiss in posting but time has a way of disappearing here...

Once again I will get caught up and try to post at least three times a week.....

The Guild is having a fall celebration and I was asked to make the part favors........  Here they are....Twenty five sunflower pincushions...........  Low on crushed walnut shares now so no more pincushions right away.........



Went outside and gathered some flowers before Matthew came to blow them away............


Donna came with my groceries and a surprise for me.......  Lovely flowers to enjoy in the house and plant in the yard to enjoy for years to come.



Grand son in law Matthew helped us get ready for the hurricane Matthew...........  My family and friends make life possible.....  They shop for us and do things I cannot get out to do myself......

Lem and I would be lost without them.


Seems the porch is closed for the season.......


I have Hospice coming now and that provides some needed assistance........  Not much time to sew but I try to fit in a few minutes each day.........

Last week was difficult because so many roads were underwater........  Much devastation in this area....  Personal friends that have lost everything..........  Not all the water gone yet but at least it is no longer rising........

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Progress


I have enjoyed stitching this quilt.......  My favorite kind of thing........ 






This part was the quickest to stitch........ 



But now I am in the small pieces to sew together and it is taking longer.......  Only seven more blocks to go........  I can usually get two stitched a day so maybe a couple more weeks and this will be ready to quilt............


The Thread and I

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

Ecclesiastes 9:10