Thursday, August 17, 2017

Things I like Aug 17

I originally wrote this post with some serious thoughts that have me upset these past few days but I have removed them to a separate post if you are inclined to read them. Today, we will escape to lovelies.

Here are just a few of my likes this week:

1. Beginning to clean out closets.  If I start to clean out  now, then Fall (and cooler weather) must be around the corner. I packed away my old "work" fancy clothes since I retired a year ago.  I don't know why I'm saving them except for the cost incurred! I have no plans to return to work, unless there's a disaster.
I absolutely love not working outside the home and wearing casual clothing.

This is just the beginning of cleaning out stuff for donation. It feels so good.

2. A New cooler.  My freezer part of the fridge is old and not mine since I'm renting my home.  I keep a freezer thermometer in there for that reason.  It started fluctuating, so I brought a new Igloo rolling cooler from Target for $23 in case it was going out.... love that it's on rollers!

Isn't it cute? Anyway, as my life usually goes, the freezer has not acted up at all since I bought the cooler two weeks ago. I kid you not. Maybe now I can go on a picnic. And yes, I'm SO glad the freezer is doing well.

3. Safeway's Fall Display in the florist section. Isn't this adorable?
I usually don't like early holiday displays (it's still August after all), but this met me at the entrance of the Safeway - of all places. . I fell in love with the little doors with the ghosts. These pumpkins are made of metal as most of the parts are as well. The detail is so good.  I was happy just looking at them. I may go back and purchase one.

4. My new Gypsy Quilter Gripper.  Since my injury (see previous gross post) I purchased a second Gripper. I cannot find my first one purchased 5 years ago and only used once.  Originally, I did not like the feel of using one.  But this time, I've determined my tendinitis in my thumbs doesn't hurt so much so there's a dual reason to use this.
So, now I can start/continue making my Christmas projects. Thank you Gypsy Quilter. (and my local quilt shop for carrying one).

5. Christmas Cookie Place Mats. The fabric is from a Moda Frivols #10 tin with Christmas Cookie Exchange fabric.

They are 15 x 11.  I made 2 with a simple patchwork, one as a QAYG, and one with the Wedge ruler (which was difficult by the way). For some reason, when I make the wedge patterns they stretch out of shape a little.  I love these colors though  as a change from the traditional red/green. I just realized there is brown in the above photo. There is not any brown! That should be red. Should have caught that before posting. It's actually the same red as the piece next to it! How did that happen? Oh well.
The backing on all of them is the gray/white circles from Hoffman. It has a slight sheen to it. I like making these place mats because they are so soft (with a thin batting inside). They just get thrown in the washer and come out beautiful. Not sure if these will be a gift or sold at a craft sale.

I am so grateful to have the time and inventory to create, sew and quilt for therapy. It makes me happy.

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I pray we will all have a peaceful week. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I feel like I'm in a Time Warp

This is not a fun post. Those are for another day.

Despite all the bad news we have seen in the last few days, I'm desperately trying to focus on things I like but finding it difficult.

 I am so tired of waking up every morning wondering what setback will come upon us due to the government currently in office.   But, what I saw over the weekend and Tuesday is disgusting and unacceptable. The horrible hate crime behavior of the Ku Klux Klan, Neo -Nazi's  and white supremacists on Friday and Saturday in Charlottesville  exceeds all other disasters this year except the threat of nuclear war. But then the Trump defensive comments on Tuesday were unbelievable and made the situation even worse.

Are you kidding me? I can't believe I must write these concerns! Either one! Are we back in the 60's? Did we not learn from our past mistakes? Nuclear war? Racism getting worse?   Violent hate groups attacking Americans?

 First we have the threat of nuclear war hanging over our head because of child like/ bullyish  behavior by the White House.  This is on top of many of our rights being threatened by this government in just 7 months in office. Now, we have racist hate groups rallying against our own citizens with Trump's support.

Our Congress and other leaders need to stand up against this group of people who are running this disasterous show in the White House and do their own job of representing us citizens. This is not how America believes or behaves.

Silence on our part condones the bad behavior.

Saturday, August 12, 2017


Isn't that weird looking for a headline?  Oh well. Just wanted to share how weird my day was yesterday and is today.  For the first time in 5 years of quilting, I was cutting fabric for a new project when the ruler slipped and I cut my forefinger with the rotary blade:

At least I didn't share a photo of the finger after 4 stitches. REALLY GROSS. When I had the accident, I had to wrap the cut, change clothes and drive to Urgent Care alone which was okay but took forever cause I was keeping my hand higher than my heart to keep the blood flow down.  gheeze.  We take for granted having 2 hands!!! Receiving a shot before the stitches was the worst part but now all is good and today I will take it easy, sew a little (I hope) while binge watching "Homeland" (an excellent series I never got to watch when it was on tv). Showering should be fun since I can't get it wet till stitches are removed next week. Luckily, it's a free weekend (no responsibilities) and a clear week all next week. I'll only drive if absolutely necessary.  I'm also pleased it's not painful! But, typing is difficult with one hand. Oh well, it's all good.

Hope ya'll are having a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Things I like Aug 10


 (I'm praying for you Guam) but  here are the things I do like this week:

1. Making things I'm not supposed to be doing right now- such as my Candy Apple Potholder

Isn't it the cutest? The layer cake piece was from an old I Spy fabric collection. The pot holder was made using Insul Bright which reflects the heat. I also put a layer of batting inside. The potholder is about 9x10.  I might sell it at a craft sale in the fall or give it as a gift.

2. Making things for my daughter-she is so appreciative and I can usually guess what fabrics she will like- this time I made a blue and gold mug rug for her morning tea:

 The first photo is the back
By the way, I used my MSQC half hexagon ruler on the layer cake pieces for both of  these projects. On this mug rug, I did not add a binding, just sewed the fabrics right side together with batting in between and then of course turned right side out with top stitching on the edge.

Either of these projects only took 1/2 hour to make. Very satisfying.

3.Preparing/cooking with new recipes. Yesterday I tried making baked chicken taquitos from a Facebook recipe.

They looked like they were ok. They were awful.  LOL.  I even reviewed the recipe to see if I did everything correctly which I did, but they just didn't turn out good.  My brother and I laughed as we tried to eat them! They were not edible.
The same day, I tried to make peach sorbet and it was so awful tasting I didn't even take a picture.  How could peaches, sugar and water not taste good. ... I think it must have been the frozen peaches I just purchased at the store for that recipe.
But, you won't experience good new dishes unless you try! My track record is really good considering, so I'll keep playing.

4. Blog sites that are not  about quilting and cooking.  Two of my favorites are Gabrielle at Design Mom and Laura at Decor to Adore If you get a chance to check them out I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

I hope everyone is safe, happy and healthy and thanks for dropping by.  Please check out other "likes" with Lee Anna at Not Afraid of Color.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Things I like Aug 3


Wow, where the heck did July go? I'm thrilled it is August which means we are on the second half of "summer" here and days will be cooler in a few months. But, I'm sad my tutoring of my grandson 2 days a week came to an end yesterday.  I have so enjoyed being with him these extra days this summer and feel we both learned a lot this summer!

Here's a look at my "likes" this week:

1. A new "pouch" for a friend. She gave me just a few  scraps and I quickly turned that around into a pouch for her.  She will receive it later in the week..

It's so cute at 8 x 10 inches. It would hold scissors, rotary cutter, and any other longer items.  I  lined it with a cute dotted fat quarter.

2. Crock Pot "Roasted Potatoes".  I did not copy the place on the internet where this was mentioned on Facebook so I just played it by ear and tried it myself. I quartered about 6 Yukon Gold potatoes and put them in the cooker. I sprinkled garlic powder, thyme, salt, pepper, rosemary (at least  1/2 tsp each) added 2T olive oil and 2T chopped butter.  I just stirred it all up, covered it and cooked them 3.5 hours on low.

Yes, they were that good!  I had no idea this could be done (and so easy). nor that they would turn out perfect. Granted, slow cooker temps may vary but I'm sure time would be close to 3.5 hours for you.

3. My new Pink Party Purse.  Sometimes, I need a small purse (with a zipper) to go to a friend's party, or the theater and don't want to carry my usual larger cross-body purse, so I made this one from fat quarters and scraps for the lining. I even used one fat quarter for the straps. The purse is 10 x 11 x 3.

I usually don't go for "girly" purses but this was so cute and fun to carry to a family party Saturday night. I think the pink zipper and pink handles really add to the sweetness. I used slim cotton batting instead of heavier stiffer Interfacings which made the bag so light.

Well peeps, that's all my fun things for this week.  Thanks for dropping by.  Please join all of us by linking to:Not Afraid of Color

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Things I like Jul 27


Hope ya'll are enjoying summer.  Here's this weeks list of things I like:

1. Cooler weather:

It finally rained yesterday and so this is the coolest morning in awhile. BUT, check out the humidity!
It's not even cloudy, but it rained so much (it's relative) the moisture is still in the air. This is very unusual for us. It'll still be 102 today but not a dry heat.  LOL

2. New adventures. My daughter and I took a pottery class a few weeks ago and it was so interesting.
    Neither one of us had tried it before but she got a Groupon and the class was worth it.

The top piece is my daughter's and the bottom one is mine.  I had to have a lot of help from the instructor to get a feel for handling the clay. At one point the clay flew off the stand!   It was a weird experience for me but my daughter loved it and we had a lot of fun together.  Of course, we invoked 1990 music from "Ghost".
We had to leave the pieces to dry at the studio for weeks and will go back to "glaze" them. It's kinda like learning to quilt in that I never knew it was such an expensive hobby or there was  so much  involved in making a quilt. Making pottery is definitely an art, takes time and it's not for everyone. We both were happy we tried it.

3.Specialty bakeries. I try to adhere a gluten free diet as well as soy free so when I find someone who bakes a good gluten free dessert I am a happy person.  For years, I baked my own bread and desserts but since we moved 2 years ago to a much smaller home and kitchen, I would rather someone else do the baking. Usually I spend a lot of money on supermarket gluten free breads and desserts.  I found a specialty bakery in Glendale,  Az. who is quite reasonable, so I am picking up cookies today. I'm excited. It's the little things.

Well, this is it for today, but I hope you visit other likes at Lee Anna's post:Not Afraid of Color.

Thanks so much for dropping by.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Things I like July 20


It's been a busy week.  I made a quilt about 60 x 53 from start to finish and did a bunch of cooking. So, I'd like to show you some of the things I like for this week:

1. The "Kip" quilt.  This is a nap quilt- no batting or binding.  I used a MSQC pattern from You Tube- The Two Step pattern. Combining 3 packs of left- over jelly roll strips from the Downton Abbey collection with a creme charm pack from Bella Solids, this was a super fast quilt top to sew together. I added a gray/greenish twin sheet to the back.  I just sewed right sides together and "tied" the front.

It is so light and airy!  I loved sitting in front of the tv and tying it together. My grandson was rolled up like a burrito in it yesterday for his nap!  Even tho these are hot days, it's nice to have a soft cover from the AC.

2.  Buttermilk Pie. This is not dairy free but is gluten free and oh so tasty.  I added fresh cherry slices which look weird but added a new taste to a very old fashioned, easy pie.

this is so good. I make it for breakfast. The recipe is at Food Network: Anita's Impossible Buttermilk Pie.

3.  Zucchini sauteed.  I'm not a big fan of soggy cooked zucchini, so I decided to try strings of zucchini sauteed in olive oil.  I used a peeler and removed the skin.  Then I still used the peeler ( not a fancy machine) and peeled strips just to the seeds.  I then used a sharp knife and cut a few if they were too wide.  With about a Tablespoon of oil, I sauteed them with salt, pepper and garlic powder for 1 minute. Really good.

Quick snack or side dish. Just sayin.

4. Beef Burrito Skillet from Betty Crocker. This photo is from Betty Crocker but my dish looked just like it. (hee hee).

Anything to not use the oven and heat up the house even worse than it is.  I even made my own taco seasoning in a jar for this one. I got tired of remembering all the seasonings I wanted so I  just combined them and  put them in a jar.  Gee- that was smart. But, that took time away from my quilting. Ugh.

Well, hope you enjoyed a peek into my life today.  Please hook up with Lee Anna at: Not Afraid of Color for more "likes".

Have a great day.