Thursday, September 21, 2017
I hope everyone is safe, healthy and happy! It's hard to be upbeat after all these hurricanes and earthquakes! But, in the spirit of our little "likes" group, I want to encourage ya'll to look for the good if at all possible. Here are my "likes" for this week:
1. Free flu shots at Cigna! Yes, I like free. I take care of 2 people with special needs, so I get my shot each year to ward off that nastiness and not pass it on to them.
2. Watching my daughter having fun with Indoor Skydiving. Yep. It's a thing.
3. Adding more fall colors to the front landscape in case the weather cools off this weekend. I am so excited but will believe it when I see it.
4. Looking at the design wall.!
Thanks for stopping by and please join us at LeeAnna's blog:Not Afraid of Color for more "likes".
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Wow-where did this week go? I have been so busy but yet constantly watching the Irma storm batter so many lands. Unbelievable. But, so far, it seems many lives were spared which is remarkable and wonderful. But, of course the nursing home tragedy breaks my heart and I pray the people in the Caribbean get more help very soon. We still have many prayers for all survivors of our nation's dramatic events!
Here is a list of my likes for this week:
1. Pumpkin bread! I couldn't wait even tho today is going to be 105 degrees and I did turn the oven on! It's gluten free so I can
2. A pumpkin pillow for my daughter. I went to her home for dinner Sunday and she had all her fall decos out (with quilts and runners I made). She said she had 2 placemats she wanted to give away but wondered if I could make a pillow cover out of them and I said I could try.
I just love how it turned out! The placemats were made of a weird stretchy linen but I think it will last. I just made a pumpkin from scraps, added a small border then appliqued it to the placemat. I then split the other placemat in half and added a 4 inch rust border so I could make an envelope closing for the back, sewed the 2 pieces together and done.
3. Quilts for Houston. I finished 3 quilts for Houston and my daughter shipped them for me to save me money! Win for all.
The first 2 photos are the Lady Bug Quilt:
The top is layer cakes and the back is all lady bugs. It's a good sized throw-about 60 inches square.
The second is "Snow Fun" strips throw.
It was a panel that I cut up into strips, attached them together and added 2 borders.
The third was a scrap quilt I randomly pieced together called "Topsy Turvy":
I love making random scrap strip blocks. They are so easy and quick. Plus, I barely made a dent in my scraps! This one was a little small so I added a pink/white checkered border which took longer to make than the top. I also added a light gray border to that.
I know people are struggling in Houston so I wanted to get these done and shipped quickly. I may have 2 other tops half done which could be sent later. I have way too many WIPS right now and still need to make flannel pj's for winter! Not to mention Christmas gift quilts which are half done.
Please join us at Lee Anna's likes post for Thursdays:Not Afraid of Color. Even tho she is in the process of moving which is not fun, she has kept her blog going! Yay!
Thanks so much for stopping by. I love to hear from ya'll.
Have a safe and happy day
Monday, September 11, 2017
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Wow-We 're barely through Hurricane Harvey now here comes Irma. I feel so bad for people living with these threats then dealing with the aftermath. My thoughts and prayers for everyone in these hurricane prone areas!
But, I have had some fun this past week, so here is a list of my "likes":
1. French Toast in a cup. Yes, that's what it says. I've been experimenting with this so here's a shot of the ingredients:
Microwaves vary . Mine is 1100 watts. So quick, easy and tasty.
I almost forgot to photo the result! Yummy.
2. Free gardening classes at my local Nursery. My favorite nursery is Summerwinds. If they are in your state, I recommend checking them out. The service is so helpful! My daughter and I went to one of their free fall planting classes and I actually took notes for a one hour class! Very informative on accurate soil, fertilizers etc for organic planting special to our area.
3. Starting to decorate our home for fall. I have placed all new quilts around but only have the decos out as I need to dust first. UGH. I do not like to dust but I must because of our allergies, so that will be the project this week. Aren't the pumpkins cute?
Here is a metal pumpkin I purchased 2 years ago for the front yard:
It has weathered well. I just need to wipe it off and find a spot outside. I use florist wire and tie it down underneath to a metal stand so we don't lose it in a storm.
4. I LIKE GOOGLE. For the third time in 9 years of ownership, a window "broke" (fell in the track) of my Ford Escape and I tried to tape it up till I can get to a dealership for repair of the motor inside that runs the window. The tape does not work so I googled a solution. Some quilters will recognize the "Gripper" used on rulers to cut fabric! I purchased this one
at the bath department of Home Depot. It's a suction cup handle with release buttons. Exactly like my "Gripper"! This has kept the window from moving for days so far. I am so happy.
5. Dinosaur Bones at Home Depot. You can't make this stuff up, people. This just semed so funny to me. I guess they were a Halloween display.
Only for rich folks.
6. Finishing one project this week. I have so many WIPS right now it's crazy. Here is my B&G table topper for Christmas:
It is 14 x 14 and the blocks are from the Moda Recipe book. The colors are more vibrant than what this photo shows. But it's cute and so so easy.
Well, I hope you enjoyed these looks and likes of my life and had a good week yourselves! Please join us at Not Afraid of Color for more "likes".
Have a great day! Stay Safe!
Monday, September 4, 2017
I cannot believe it's Labor Day already! But, I am so happy because that means in another month we will start to cool off!
Since retiring, holidays are enjoyed more for what they are than just an extra day off from work. Many people may not know the reason this holiday came about. It came about after battles for worker's rights in this country. This day honors the American workers movement.
I have a list of things to accomplish today after a fun weekend with my grandson and then a bbq last night at his home. Grocery shopping, then get out the fall decorations! Yay!
For my sewist friends: Craftsy has a great Aurifil thread sale which I believe ends tonite. I took advantage of that already. Craftsy also has a few of their classes free today for you to watch. just go to craftsy.com
I hope everyone has a safe and sweet day!
Thursday, August 31, 2017
I hope and pray everyone is happy and healthy. I know there are many Texans and Louisianans who are not and pray for them daily. I was actually anxious to start my like list with number 1.
1. The citizens of Texas. I am inspired by the citizens helping each other with total disregard for their own losses. We have been glued to the tv since last Friday which has been difficult to watch. But we have been SO inspired by the Texans! Many homeowners were affected by flooding in their own homes, but went out and helped search and rescue people stranded in other locations. Good begets good.
2. The citizens of other states stop their own lives to arrive in Texas and Louisiana to help their fellow man. In these disturbing times we are experiencing here in America, it's so heart warming and encouraging to watch people from all over the country giving to others without regard to race, political preference, etc.
3. The national organizations and government offices stepping up before and after the hurricane hit. They have their problems with accountability but at least they were in the area immediately with help.
4. The local agencies scrambling to provide services to their citizens. Here is a list taken from the New York Times to help those in the Texas area if you want to contact them to help:
I have not seen the local list for Louisiana cities, but hope it will be published.
Even tho I donated to the American Red Cross, I prefer to also contact locally so the funds are distributed for a specific group or purpose immediately. Those affected in Texas are going to need help for a very long time.
Per Rebecca Ward ,the President of Kingwood Area Quilt Guild (next to Houston), they will act as a liaison to receive any size, color, pattern quilts for Houston and they will make sure they get to flood victims. Send them to Rebecca Ward, 5311 Dawnburst Dr., Humble, TX 77346 or to Diane Floyd, 2026 Round Spring Rd., Kingwood, Tx 77339
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