Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Things I like Thursdays Jan 17

Greetings!

So, I've been using Pixlr Express to adjust and sign  my photos since I started my blog almost 2 years ago, even tho it took almost a day to figure out how to use it.  The company is  now changing to a new format: PIXLR.  It is taking me awhile to become familiar with the new format of operations. UGH.  Bear with me on the photos.


It's been a great week (no surprises, no health issues, everyone is safe and sound in the family). Here's a list of my faves:

1.  HOUSE BLOCKS.  A squirrel attacked me about 10 days ago, and any chance I get, I sit and make a house block!





  They are such fun.  I saw this particular block on a website but can't remember where (sorry) but it  linked to the pattern at:Humble Quilts
Originally, these are designed for blocks to be mailed to Debbie"s Quilt Shop in California for CA Fire Survivors.   I'm confused - but it appears Diane Knott designed the pattern which finishes at 10 inches. You only need 2 1/2 inch squares or strips.  I leave a small, mixed group of scraps on the cutting table just for this project.

2. Backing purchased and  in the stash.  I mentioned last week I ordered backings averaging $5/yard from Connecting Threads cause it was such a great sale.


I got a subdued gray, small light flowers and a coral graphic.  I'm very pleased to have these in the stash and it saves me so much money! You can't go wrong with Connecting Threads

3. Rice Heat Pack.  I also managed to make another Rice Heat Pack to replace giving my daughter my own pack for her emergency heat pack for work.
I just used some leftover mini charms to make a 12 x 8 piece, folded it over RST ,stitched it up leaving one end open, turned it right side out,  filled with rice and closed the seam.  It was made in  less than an hour. When I need it for sore muscles, I heat it in the microwave for 1 minute. Plus, it's kinda cute just laying around.

4. My favorite tv series are back on.  Yay. Victoria on PBS, The Resident on CBS, Manifest and Amsterdam.  I have several new  shows recorded as well- like the CNN series on fashion history but haven't gotten around to watching them.

I hope everyone is enjoying this week and keeping dry.  It's been a pretty wet winter season all over, including here.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.  I πŸ’• them!

Please join us at Lee Anna's site for more: Not Afraid of Color

mary😏


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Things I like Thursdays Jan 10

Greetings!

The second week of January? Say what? My time is flying by. I'm knee deep in putting things away and reorganizing but want to share with you some likes for this week:

1.  Shiatsu Massage Pillow. I was going to the chiropractor every 2 weeks for $55 a shot and thought I would purchase this instead:
Those are my Christmas socks-sorry. I had a shiatsu massager for about 20 years and it was so awkward, heavy and falling apart.  I saw this new one on tv and I'm so glad I ordered it from Amazon.  I recommend it highly. It's the cost of one visit to the chiro.   My daughter bought the one with heat and loves it also. I haven't needed a trip to the chiro since I started using my new massager.

2. New PJ's from my daughter.
Normally I wouldn't get so excited about jammies but these are so comfortable and cute.  I was shopping at Cost Plus World Market in December and mentioned them to my daughter because they are sold separately and the top is very long-like mid thigh.  No working up above the waist! She drove over there and got them for me !They are the softest flannel.

3.  Winter Village BOM at MSQC by Edyta Sitar
This is so cool! (pun intended).  But, at $400+ total cost, not for my budget.  I don't do BOM's but I just like looking at this quilt.

4.  Lap Top Desk from Sunvalley Brands.  I ordered this thru Amazon so that I can sit comfortably in my chair with my ipad, also use it  in bed for reading and Thomas can use it for his tablet also.
It is adjustable in height and angle. Love it.

5.  Ipad case from Tech Vendor thru Amazon.


It's pink!

And comes with a pen, side pockets and adjustable edges for standing.

6. Hallmark Movie socks from my daughter.  I received these for Christmas also.  I can't believe she found them!

Enough Christmas shopping and gifts.  Just had to share some of the fun things that made me happy.
I have truly thoughtful kids.

I hope you are enjoying this week.  Please join us at Lee Anna's post:Not Afraid of Color for more fun.

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day.
mary😏



Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Things I like Thursdays Jan 3

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We made it to another year. wow. Hope everyone survived and enjoyed the holidays. I'm ready for a long nap. I'm just plain exhausted from it all.  However, I do have a list of likes to start off our new year:

1. Sweater weather:
Check out our forecast!! Freezing overnight for several days now and more to come.  I'm covering my beautiful lavender and hope they make it. Luckily, we warm up everyday to the 50's.

2. Phone purse for my daughter's birthday
This one's about 6 inches wide and 12 long because she wanted to put a few extra  little things in there like ID,lipstick and keys.   I lost the pattern and instructions but was able to make it in a few hours yesterday afternoon by looking at my old phone carrier which is much smaller.  I haven't had much time to sew but was anxious to have this done.

3. MSQC package received!
I did have time before Christmas to check out some sales. I get so excited when they're delivered!
I ordered  fabric on sale before Christmas at MSQC  : 2yds Kona Snow, 4yds Gray/purple backing and a  Moda Gray junior jelly roll for binding for $60! The snowmen scissors were free. I gave the scissors to Thomas for Christmas cause they are left handed as well as right-score!

4. Caprese salad
This is so easy to make.  Sliced Roma tomatoes, pieces of fresh mozzarella and fresh basil.  Sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper. I took this to my son's home for Christmas lunch where we had homemade pizza. I like to serve it at room temp. Yummy.

5. Concentrated Chicken broth

I get tired purchasing cans of broth because they are heavy and take up room in my small cupboards. I originally tried this years ago at Walmart but they no longer carry it locally.  So, I ordered a case online thru Amazon.  It is the best brand (I also have the beef).  I just add 1 Tablespoon of the concentrate to a cup of hot water for  broth.  This way, I always have broth on hand in the fridge.

6. "Prime" from Amazon.  I finally broke down and got "Prime" on Amazon.  This is a service for about $12 per month for free shipping/delivery and it also provides entertainment/reading hookups which I have not used yet.  I hope the monthly fee is worth it.  Knock on wood-I've never had a problem with Amazon and like their prices.  They almost always deliver before the stated date.  I just worry about packages being stolen when we're not home.  Hopefully, that won't happen. And, I need to be careful not to order ore than we need.

Whew- guess I've been spending some money. I ordered some other fabric on sale from Connecting Threads so I'll post about  that when it comes. I had gone through  my stash and realized I needed backings, so I really scored with an average $5/yard  at Connecting Threads to solve that problem.

I usually have my holiday decos put away by now but need to save my energy for Thomas till he goes back to school on the 8th. There'll be plenty of time to start my usual January reorganizing.

Update: I had to go outside this dark morning in my jammies and coat at 6 AM because the winds knocked off the sheets covering  my lavender. It was 30 degrees out!  I don't know how ya'll do it in the cooler climates! I'm such a wuss.

I hope you are relaxing the rest of this week!  Please join us at Lee Anna's post for more "likes":Not Afraid of Color.  Lee Anna's posts are encouraging,  uplifting and adventurous.   Plus, all of our group is diverse in art and creativity. I feel  inspired to create even more in my life. I am so grateful for everyone sharing.  Hope you will check them out, too.

Thanks to all of you for your comments and kind words  on my little blog.  It means so much to me.

Have a great day!
maryπŸŽ‡

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Things I like Thursdays Dec 27

Greetings

Hope everyone who celebrates had a nice Christmas. Happy Holidays to everyone.  Of course, I have Christmas gifts to share for my likes this week, so bear with me. No sewing this last week -maybe next week.

Here is my list of likes for this week:

1. The Flawless Hair Remover.   As many women of a certain age (translate to OLD) have unwanted facial hair, this is a great gift.
It really works and is pretty, isn't it? My daughter gave me one, purchased one for herself and disappointed her husband because he got her one for Christmas!  We're keeping the company going.  LOL


2. I PAD!  My son and family  gave me one for  Christmas. What a treat.  I was very surprised.

It is so very cool. I spent most of the next day setting it up and figuring out how it works! I would try something then do chores or cook . Then I would go back and try something else!

3. Christmas candy.  Actually, Christmas chocolates.  no--just chocolates
I've been careful to not indulge as much as usual due to the weird blood sugar issues earlier in the year.  These are my favorite.  One a day. So far so good.

4. Home baked cookies.
These are not them.  They were supposed to be meringue cookies! I made two trays which were ok and I forgot to take photos. Then I burned a whole batch because I was doing too many things at once. What a mess and stood for 2 hours making them.  This is why I don't bake anymore. oh well.  Thank God my daughter bakes a lot.


5. Christmas Go Fish game.  My grandson just learned how to play Go Fish so I made a Christmas set and we played last week.

I just cut up card stock and wrote Merry Christmas on all of them then printed Christmas symbols and glued them on the other side- made it in one afternoon.


Yes-he beat me.

Since he can only use one arm, the card holder Dad got him has made all the difference in his enjoyment of playing games.



And then, there is this:



I just think this is fun.



Hope everyone is healthy and happy.  Please join us at Lee Anna's post:Not Afraid of Color
for more fun "likes".

Have a great day.
maryπŸ””


Monday, December 24, 2018

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Things i like Thursdays Dec 20

Greetings!

Ok, now we're getting serious about the to-do list for Christmas. Plus, life is interrupting my plans- doctor appointments, cleaning, real meals (not snacks) laundry and child care (translation-fun with Thomas). Decorations are done, new Christmas quilt is done and being used by me(Yay). Presents all wrapped and under the tree. The only thing I haven't done and probably won't have time for is any baking.  I went to Cost Plus instead. Hee hee. I like baking but don't like the clean up.

In the meantime, here's a short list of my likes for this week:

1. Cost Plus store.  As mentioned above , I picked up a few eats and other things there.  It's such a festive, inexpensive environment!  I got fruit cake from Germany because my brother and I like it and haven't had it for years. I also got some Danish butter cookies (not Gluten Free but I'll be careful). The stocking stuffers for kids or adults are expansive. It's fun to see the different items from around the world and ,of course, the holiday treats.

2.  Red bowl from Cost Plus:
I fell in love with the red dishes there and splurged on a soup bow l(about 6 inches wide).  I do not need any dishes but soup bowls were in short supply.  Now, I need to go back and get another one.  I have no idea why I bought only one.  Oh-they were 50% off too-- this was $2.50. Sturdy, micro and dishwasher safe, and cute.  I'm cute!  I'm cute! (Rudolph reference,)

3. Slipper socks.  At least, that's what we call them. Socks with non-skid bottom
If I'm not standing for a period of time, I wear these around the house to keep my feet warm.  My daughter got these for me last Christmas. Of course, I also find out how clean the floor tile is.  Just sayin.

4.  My tea options:
This is not all of them. Sometimes, I just want something hot and caffeine free. I couldn't figure out why 2 days in a row I was sleepy at noon- guess I won't use the "calming" or "stress relief" ones during the day. The "sleep" one is pretty obvious.  Ha ha


5.  Camper Gingerbread house from Joanne's.

This is for my DIL. They go camping (with a beautiful big 5th wheel). So, I thought she might have fun putting this together.  She is a very successful IT person at a bank and works many hours so I hope this gives her some fun down time.


Last, but certainly not least, I like Lee Anna from Not Afraid of Color.  With comedic genius, she has provided a vehicle for us to focus on positive thoughts to carry us through the week.  Her blog is just so much fun with a crazy amount of subjects! I usually read it twice to make sure I haven't missed anything.  I set aside time just to enjoy her "likes" day.

Please join us for more fun at Lee Anna's site: Not Afraid of Color and hope you are enjoying the holidays.

maryπŸŽ„
BREATHE.......




Wednesday, December 12, 2018

I like Thursdays Dec 13

Greetings!

I feel like I'm on hyper speed to get things done! Life is invading on my sewing time but I have managed to get a few projects done.  So, here's my "likes" list for this week:

1. Pillowcases for Thomas to match the lap quilt I made earlier:
The navy blue is matched with the monster trucks and of course the purple/orange are the Phoenix Suns colors.  I didn't put the usual extra flange  trim to the print border as I was in a hurry. I used Moda Grunge for the solids.
I use the MSQC tutorial for my pillowcases- so easy and maybe 30 minutes to make.

2." Welcome Winter" is almost done:
This one is for me since I used a blue/white Christmas theme in the living room. It's sandwiched and hope to have it tied soon. The snowmen make me smile.

3. Christmas crafts at my daughter's house.  I don't know how, but my daughter (with her busy schedule) makes sure there is time for at least one day of Christmas Crafts with my grandson:

 We made these Saturday night.  The Grinch jars contain green M&M's and the Santa jars contain red M&M's. We cut out the face parts from colored felt sheets  and glued them to the jar. The Santa hats were from Walmart, I think.
The hats  are stuffed a little with paper then glued to the lids. Thomas was able to separate the candy by color and help attach the felt so it worked out pretty well. The jars are just too cute. Thomas loves the Grinch ones, of course.

Well, I hope you are enjoying this week. Gotta get chores done then hopefully work on my quilt!
Please join us at Lee Anna's site:Not Afraid of Color for more fun.

maryπŸŽ„