Thursday, January 27, 2011

At Last

Tuesday was an off day......... I just didn't feel up to much of anything............ I did get upstairs long enough to finish my second little cross stitch.......... I even found some fabric for the pillow....


Wednesday morning I put the remains of my little pot roast in my small crock pot. It is just a one quart but is perfect for making soup for two................. I added chicken broth, a can of mixed vegetables and some barley............. It was delicious for lunch today.



Then I started decorating the living room................ The pillow by the lamp ended up being moved as you will see later.

I also finally realized (just where was my brain) that the curtain covered the heat vent. No wonder that room was always so cold. I tied one side back and it did feel warmer last night.

I stitched ribbons to the back of two placemats and tied them to the chairs.

The wreath is light and is being held in place with double face tape....... The Angel from Christmas has become a cupid for Valentine's Day.



A candle in the red vase with white hearts and you can see the small pillow here instead of on the table........


My vase of snowdrops with a red candle.....


and a heart place mat on each end table..............





I was blessed to have Vickie drop in for tea.......... She brought along the whale quilt she is making for her grandson. How nice to have such creative friends......... some of it rubs off on occasion.........



She also gave me a Mug Rug that she had made.......................


I thought it too nice to put a mug on.......... It might get dirty so I put a small candle on it instead.



It looks lovely on the space between the office and the kitchen..........


Today I was Susan Good Wife till noon and then I came upstairs to catch up with my blogging friends and perhaps even to finish my second pillow.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Isn't this fabric just perfect for my Valentine pillow with the birds on the front?


Bias cut for the trim.................


Backing all cut and ready.................


And here we have the little pillow.............. Well, that is a finish..... Not from the list but still a finish....................



And What To Do Next?

I did finish a couple of things on New Years Day but never paused long enough to take a picture. These were finished some time last year but as usual I did not run the threads so they remained in the UFO list. Now that is done and I have another pair of socks for warm tootsies.


This is a dog coat I made last year but here again I did not run the threads. I just don't like that job at all but it is necessary. Coat does not fit wade so I will send it to Rebekah for TJ.


Now I have 3 hours to play.............. What to do?

Finish making the tea towels?


Add a few hexagons to my dresser scarf?


Finish the sachets I started last month?



Put together another block for my Yellow Quilt?



Work on the Buckshot pincushions started in 2009 (that are actually on the UFO list)?



Of course not........... I found these free patterns here at Primitive Betty's and I am after all in a holiday decorating mood these days.........


Sew I began something new that I hope will become a little pillow with some sachet inside.







Saturday, January 22, 2011

Just 24 hours ago I came upstairs to spend the morning sewing........ What a joke that turned out to be.........

Lem called to make an appointment for Wade Hamilton to get a haircut (sorely needed) and Paula said she could see him at 11:30. I read a few more blogs and then we left to take him Chatham............ She said that she would be done by 1:00 (he is a wiggle worm and is difficult to trim.. at least he has quit being nippy)

While he got his haircut we did the weekly grocery shop................

Doesn't he look so much better now?



I decided to do the rest of the errands alone....... We went home, put away the groceries and I fixed a bit of lunch. It was about 2:00 PM by the time all that was done so I headed out once more.

My first stop was the Saint Joan of Arc Thrift Shop. I was looking for a few things to decorate for Valentines day......


This was my first find..........


Three boxes and all for $2.50


$1.50 gave me this chrystal vase....... I rather liked it and I know it will serve for several holidays. Now to find something to put in it...........


These two containers for the small sum of $1.00 each.........


And two acorns........ Yes, I do know they are not for Valentines day but when I did the fall decorating I was looking for something like these so I snapped them up for the total cost of $3.00 for both.

Then to Staples for some copies, to turn in two empty cartridges (they will send me a coupon for them) and to use the coupon I got for the last ones I dropped off.


This is what I got with my coupon. A container for my hexagons or any other small carry with you project and five small pens to put in such boxes along with a few index cards for notes.


Rite Aid was next. No pictures of the vitamins I purchased but I did use a $5.00 coupon so that paid for half of the vitamins.



The Hope Chest is one of my favorite places. It is a step up from the Thrift Shop and their prices reflect that. They even have furniture and clothing. I sure hope I find a place like this when we move.



This little tea bag holder came home with me .........
As did the red plate in the background of this picture.........



After that I went to the Christmas Tree Shop. That is where you buy things you really don't need for near to nothing......



There I found two tea towels for $1.00 each.....




Four heart shaped quilted placemats for $1.50 each



A few odds and ends to fill in when I decorate.............



$4.99 got me a table runner.........


$3.99 for a wreath........



and a couple of plate holders............




Then a stop at the local deli for meats for next week......

I loved the summer rental sign on this building. In about 4 weeks people will be starting to call for their summer reservations................



I didn't get home again till 4:00.......... So much for a day spent sewing..............









Friday, January 21, 2011

I am still trying out different schedules to see which is the most productive. So far I have spent too much time downstairs being Susan Good Wife and not enough upstairs sewing......... That also meant NO time on the computer since it is upstairs in the studio.........

I did manage to get a dozen blue tea towels cut out and the scallop edge marked.


I still need to turn the scallop and stitch the other three sides.......... Then I can cut out the dozen white tea towels that I bought fabric for....................


I then picked up my One Hex on Wednesday and completed two of them........ But I did not get them posted on Wednesday. I have decided to make a dresser scarf for the master bedroom.... Years ago I purchased a three drawer chest at a yard sale for $10.00 (picture later). It was painted white but it seemed to be sturdy so I brought it home. I think it might be oak under all of that white paint so one day I hope to strip it and refinish it........ Right now it could use something to cover the top and these Hexagons are going to be just the thing.

Lem is working on a test so I am babysitting Wade Hamilton. He thinks he should sit on Lem's desk in front of the keyboard all the time and that makes it hard to work.

So far I have several things going on in the studio and none of them are on my 2011 UFO list.....Silly me...............


The Thread and I

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

Ecclesiastes 9:10