Tuesday, December 30, 2008

B-day present

My sister in law Anita gave me these for my B'day, I think they are really pretty. She noticed my tree is a little bare this year so she got busy and painted . The kids told on me though......I have a bare tree because I didn't put all the ornaments on this year, ran out of energy. I don't think it looks to bad with a few on it, it's a pretty tree on its own.

after affects

The after Christmas rush is going on around here now. No sewing and its starting to get to me....ugh! Spent the weekend at my families in Co. Bluffs with the kids and came home Sunday night late only to deliver puppies bright and early Monday morning! I am now the proud Grammy of 4 sweet shih-tzu babies. They are doing well and Sadie is doing well also. I'm sure pic's will follow......

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

I'm waiting for Santa right now, the kids are supposedly going to sleep. I always get them new Jammie's to open Christmas Eve and then I take their pic in front of the tree. Sadie wasn't to thrilled this year with the whole take my pic thing, we really had to make her go near those children...ugh! Sammy loves to have his pic taken but he's always just a big black blob, poor boy. Well if Santa would hurry up.................I could go to bed!

Cat Christmas

Sara and Snowball are dolled up for Christmas eve, we had fun putting the ribbon on the cat but once it was on she was ok with it. I took their pic and then made Sara take it off, didn't want the cat choking or getting caught on something with her ribbon. It truly is a holiday around here with three cats in my kitchen, usually the orange one don't get to stay in, but since it's Christmas Eve what the heck, and it was fun to watch them chase and play.

B-day presents

My mom makes me the most awesome presents! The top pic is a little wall hang, I have it hanging on the side of my fridge right now, I love Christmas Cats! The basket is filled with cat fabric, I think my favorite is the Halloween Kitties in the back, or maybe the orange and aqua cats......or the really pretty panel of sewing cats........I can't decide. All I know is I'm gonna have fun sewing it all up into things just for me! She also made me a thread catcher/pincushion in pink, I think it's the prettiest pink batik and I was even with her when she bought it.

Christmas Eve

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! The countdown is on around here but no one is worried except ME! Oh well I always say Christmas comes whether your ready or not.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

cookie time!!!

Miss Sara and I made gingerbread cookies the other night, I had some cookie sheets in the freezer so we got them out and used her fancy Pampered Chef cookie cutters. I didn't realize they were miniature when I bought them for her so her cookies are bite sized.
We did red, green and white frosting and candy with sprinkles. I even let her use the 'lard ball sprinkles' since it is a holiday. The star cookies are hers and the flower cookies are mine. I really like the ones with kisses on top!

gift basket

I made a Wassail punch gift basket for my dad and stepmother. Her kitchen is sage green and she decorates everything Christmas in gold. I made a liner for the basket before I got the basket so it was a little big and hot pads to match. I added apple cider, honey from Kev's bee's and pineapple juice with cinnamon sticks. (I'll add the orange when we get there) The optional ingredient is brandy, I don't like the brandy in mine because it makes me feel like I'm having a hot flash but everyone who is adult liked it. I never know what to do for my dad and stepmother for Christmas so I think this is a great idea, food is always good!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Mutant Cat

Snowball is kind of naughty as you can tell from this pic, she likes small places to nap and I was shocked to find her in my mixing bowl on the counter. (she has also taken to sleeping in the goodwill box) I call her Princess Mutant Cat now, her brown eye has a slight problem. The membrane under it swells up all weird and it actually popped once(gross!!!) it has affected the size of her pupil also, it is never the same size as the blue eye anymore. I wonder if it affects her sight but I can't really tell. She is quite sweet most of the time and quite spoiled too. Yes I did wash this bowl after I kicked her out of it and off the counter.

small gifts

These are a Lazy Girl Design called the Wonder Wallet, they are a wonder! The directions were easy to follow and I made all 5 in an afternoon. 4 wonderful women on my list are receiving these this year, I wonder if any of them read this blog? I wonder if they will like them? I wonder why I worry......?
These pillowcases are for my brother, yes he is sometimes a drunk little devil....hehehe! I am making him a quilt to match but I thought I should get these done just in case I don't get it quilted before Christmas. Kristin said she thought it was disturbing I was making a quilt with Satan on it. I explained it wasn't Satan, just an ornery drunk who was a little devil when drinking. I told her sometimes ya just gotta have a little fun with things and she then agreed maybe the fabric was fitting for her uncle.
I work tomorrow and then I think I have the weekend off, not sure yet. I was thinking to myself today would be the perfect time to start my winter nap and not wake up for two weeks!


Ok I'm on a hot pad roll here, bear with me....I bought 3yds of fabric and some insulbright at work yesterday, I demonstrated how to make these to the few customers I had in then came home and assembled the rest, Kristin turned and tacked them for me tonight while I quilted a quilt. Everyone will get a set this year I guess, I might even keep a few for myself cause I always keep the uglies or the rejects so this year I'm going to treat myself and keep a favorite or two. (now if I can decide which I like the best)
These match the soup labels for Sara's Friendship Soup she is giving as gifts this year. We have enough for 15 jars of soup mix and she gave them for teachers and such, I made extra to give also, hopefully I will remember to take a pic of the finished gift set.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

trying to catch up

I'm trying to finish a few gifts, I'm not sure it's working but I'm going to keep plugging away at them. I went out to my studio today, got it all warmed up and ready to quilt then it was time to take Josh to the Dr. oh well maybe Thursday......I work tomorrow and Friday so this weekend will be it for making anything else. I think I'm to the point of not caring, I get like this every year around this time so I should be used to it and be more prepared but I never am. The kids are getting excited, school is out Friday and Kristin will be home tomorrow, I'm looking forward to seeing her!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

All I want for Christmas....

All I want for Christmas is a beer! Hehehehe! Ok maybe not but it sure makes a fun tree for a bar! This is what I did on Turkey Day night when I had to work. (can you tell it was a Busch Light night?) The paper chain garland is Keno tickets, no I have not a clue how many I strung together, I was afraid to count, they are the losing tickets and I think it is probably the $$$$ garland ever made. I am a true crafter at heart as you can tell, I even craft at the bar! ( there is one Diet Pespi can on the tree, my best customer don't drink and it's a special ornament just for him) I love decorating tree's for Christmas but I hate setting them up, good thing this one came thru the door in one peice!


I didn't take many pic's of Turkey Day so I thought maybe I should show off Mom, Sara and their cute aprons. I tried to guilt a kid or two into taking pic's of everyone but no one would cave into my heavy suggestions......

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Baby gift

My mom made this for a baby gift, I love it! Check out the finished quilt on her blog http://flicshasews.blogspot.com/ as you can tell we overlap gifts and sewing a lot, she does my binding and I do her quilting. (I'm getting the better end of the deal!!!) She has been much more productive this year in her sewing than I have. I am out in the studio today, its been tough getting it warm enough to sew today, I finally got the main room warm and now the heat is blowing in the quilting room, just in time for me to leave for Sara's Dr. appointment......ugh!!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

just because....

A friend of mine from church lost her husband in a grain bin accident a few months back, they have 3 girls and this quilt is for #2, I have the other's done so the binding fairy is busy finishing this one today. I'm planning on wrapping them and placing them in her car as a surprise from Santa. The soup supper benefit is Saturday and I'm not going to make it because of work but I'm sure I can find an elf to deliver them for me.


I made a couple QOV pillowcases for Heartstrings last week, mom gave me the red and blue fabric and I sewed these up quick and got them sent off. They put quilts in them and present them to soldiers when they return home. I've done so much in RWB that my stash is limited so mom's fabric came in handy for this little project.

I am hauling corn today if I ever get out of the house. Yesterday was a waste....I had a headache that I thought was going to kill me, tried to sleep it off, got rid of it last night finally then couldn't sleep so I read and watched TV till 3 a.m. Today I am shaky and a little worn out from it, so it's a slow start to the day. I'm glad Kev has the truck loaded for me, he is rather sweet sometimes......

Sunday, December 7, 2008


I work on small projects while I'm waiting on the studio to warm up after I start the wood stove and these are a few that I've finished lately. Some are Happy blocks gone orphan, some are 'foster' blocks. (Kristin always said orphan made her sad and she thought foster blocks sounded better, they were just waiting for me to give them a new home) so I think Kristin will be impressed I gave these small foster blocks new purpose and soon they will have new homes.

Hats and Scarves

Hats and scarves for Kosovo kids, they went out in the mail this week and Deb already has them, they will go with her boss's husband next week back over there. I made a few that boys would wear because I know its more fun to make things for girls and I don't want boys to be left out. I think my cat Stormy posed well for the pic!http://debscrafts55.blogspot.com/ this is who inspires me to crochet, and she is the reason I bought round looms to make hats.

just a peak

Just a peak at a few quilts I quilted this week, these are gifts for Luanne's grandkids, the teal/brown is so pretty, I love the colors!

Jennie's tote bag

Yes I named it something stupid....hahaha! This is a present for my friend Donna, she was my secret sister for FCE Club and we had our Christmas party last week. She loves RWB so she was easy to make a gift for. I always draw her name for SS and I sometimes wonder if she gets tired of me making her table runners, potholders, pillows, etc....the food was great at the party(thanks Jana and Steve!) and the company was excellent!
I will be having a class on how to make this bag at work in January, we are having "Bag a Month" so I better get busy and make a few samples, it seems the ones I have made are all gifts for Christmas.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

I thought....

I thought I would blog everyday in December, Hahahaha! I think time is getting away from me again this month. I spent Thursday quilting and catching up out in the studio, unfortunately I just made more work for myself....oh well...the kids can fight over it when I'm dead.(fight over who has to dump it I'm guessing) I'm ready to put up the tree mentally, physically I don't even want to deal with it, it was a long week and I still have to work tonight so I better make the most of this afternoon...ugh!
I twisted wrong getting out of the hot tub a few nights ago, now my hip/leg is sore, it's slowed me down on quilting, can't stand and twist behind the machine for long periods of time. I did get some sit down sewing done, and I cut something up wrong and now have to figure out a way to 'save' it. I think I can it's just going to take a little thinking on my part and right now thinking is just out of my comfort zone.....(I might just have to go shopping instead of sewing for the rest of my presents)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Turkey Day

Just a few highlights from Turkey Day, guess I should of put them in order cause the sleeping after dinner shot should be last..............Kelsey and Helena, he napped, she watched TV with the kids.
Sara and Helena before dinner, I think they are excited.......

Sara carved her first turkey, she is going to be an excellent cook! (notice the fancy new apron!!!)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas presents

Just a quick peak at Maxine's Christmas presents here....she does such nice work! I've quilted a lot of Husker quilts this year, I love this one set with the black!
I have not done one lick of sewing this past 4 days, work and company has kept me busy, Kristin went back to college this morning, I was sad to see her go but I know she likes it there so that makes me feel better. I watched TV with the kids and Kev last night and worked on dishcloths for gifts while Indiana Jones was saving the world yet again.......Today I head south about 2 hours to pick up a grain bin dryer, our corn is still to wet to sell so off we go to buy more parts!