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.!
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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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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Coming from Arizona, I had never experienced so much water! And the wind-115 mph.
There was a lot of property damage in our area but we lived thru it fine.
Our prayers go out for Texas.
Well, we made it thru another week without cutting my finger off, or a nuclear holocaust so I'm happy. Gheeze Louise.
THANK YOU BOSTON FOR SETTING A GREAT EXAMPLE OF OUR CITIZENS!
I'm writing this on Tuesday so I can get a head start on the photos before Thursday morning, so we do have the Trump rally in Phoenix tonite hanging over our heads. It's about 10 miles from my home. I pray all goes safely for everyone. I wish it was not taking place.
My life is pretty nice right now and I am very grateful.
So, here's my list of likes for this week:
1. The Ability to meet International Bloggers. I know we take a lot for granted with the Internet, but I am in awe that I can click a button and read blogs from other countries! Some of my personal favorites are Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon in Ontario Canada, Jocelyn at Canadian Needle Nana and Jenny at Elefantz in Australia. They are all different in their hobbies/work but we have a common desire to create. These ladies also share their lifestyles, families, food, beautiful photos of their landscapes and open their lives to us. Life is good.
2. My new end table toppers. I have many home decor items I need to make but get side tracked sewing other projects. I finally stopped one afternoon and made 2 fall table toppers for my living room.
They are the same, I just turned one over so you can see the back. I think I like the back more (the photo at the top). I prefer to cover my end tables for 2 reasons. One, for a little deco and two, to protect these really nice wood tables. They get used every day for drinks, etc and there are spills. I had some fall scrap fabric so I just sewed some strips together , quilted to batting, attached a one piece backing scrap with right sides together and OILA! 2 toppers were done in an hour. I really like them.
3. Two New Projects this week. The Christmas scraps are taking over the containers so I decided to just get some sewn together quickly. I started another Christmas Table Topper using scraps and Miss Rosie's Cake Mix papers:
I also started joining many Cookie Exchange scraps into 10.5" Improv blocks probably for a quilt.
As you can see, I've been in a lot of therapy this week. (hee hee)
Thank you so much for dropping by. I hope everyone is healthy and happy. Please join us for more "likes" with Lee Anna at :Not Afraid of Color.
Short update on Wednesday- the rally was disgusting to watch but the protesters outside were peaceful the whole time. Each group had to stand outside in 108 degrees for hours before the rally! After the rally let the folks out, all was peaceful and people were leaving when a small (10) group of young thugs arrived who were not associated with either group and threw rocks/bottles at the police . They were just their to fight and were laughing! I am SO proud of our police for their tolerance and patience even tho the media exaggerated the scene.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
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!
3. Safeway's Fall Display in the florist section. Isn't this adorable?
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.
5. Christmas Cookie Place Mats. The fabric is from a Moda Frivols #10 tin with Christmas Cookie Exchange fabric.
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
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
Hope ya'll are having a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, August 10, 2017
(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:
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.
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
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..
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.
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
Hope ya'll are enjoying summer. Here's this weeks list of things I like:
1. Cooler weather:
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
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
I don't have jury duty today so I am a happy camper. I don't know how the jury system works in your state but every 18 months a legal resident is eligible (GEE-THANKS) to serve. I get chosen to serve every 2 years and feel I've done my civic duty. Guess I'm lucky in a county of millions. You are notified 6 weeks in advance for jury duty but don't know if you must appear until the night before. So, I have been stressing about being absent from home all this time. I'm responsible for my brother, and it's important he not be home alone. He is gone on the weekends to his girlfriends house. Now you see why I am relieved. Besides, I can't quilt at a court house.
Without further ado, here's some other "likes" I have today:
1. Home made pizza on the "Green Egg". Last week I had dinner at my son and DIL's home . They made pizza in the "Green Egg". Years ago, we called it a Hibachi. It is a Hibachi- very big and green. Marketing is great cause this is almost exactly like the one my son's father used to cook or smoke a turkey 50 years ago. LOL. Anyway, the Green Egg is quite popular now. My daughter in law made 6 pizzas and my son cooked them one at a time in the Green Egg. Best pizza I ever had because the crust was super thin and topping ingredients were fresh. My DIL also has a real knack with the dough which contains olive oil!
2. Toll House "cookies" made on the "Green Egg". While we were eating our pizza, my son put those prepackaged cookie portions of refrigerated cookie dough in little bread pans and cooked them on the Green Egg, too! Since the Green Egg really is an oven, I think he cooked them for 20 min at 350 degrees. Unbelievable.
Needless to say I had a carbohydrate crash that night but it was so worth it. Oh- and nothing was gluten free, unfortunately. That was my one treat for a month.
3. Community Musical Theater. We are taking my grandson to Seussical this month and I am so excited. Peoria Theater works is 2 miles from my home, intimate but with great performers. And, they have ADA seating where parents can sit next to the wheelchair. JOB WELL DONE.
You know, it's the little things in life that really are fun.
4. Having a reputable vehicle maintenance shop close to home. In a few minutes, I'm dropping off my truck for service and hoping all will go as explained. The shop has been good to this single old woman which is saying a lot. (that's a story for another day).
I have a million things to accomplish today before I can quilt, so I'll close with a reminder to see Lee Anna's post at:NOT AFRAID OF COLOR.