Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Things I like Nov 16


Where did this last week go?  Somebody get it back for me - I have lots to do.
The rush is on to start getting ready for the holidays so I am making lots of lists.
Here are my "likes" for this week:

1. New bloggers added to our group over at Lee Anna's post. We are all so different yet the same. We enjoy blogging about our likes and lives but also enjoy seeing other's posts!

2. My new Brookstone pillow. My daughter gave me a new bed pillow.  She had puchased some for her home and after we spent a day organizing my grandson's bedroom, she wanted to repay me for the help (which was not necessary, obviously) and gave me a new pillow.
Oh my goodness. This is like sleeping on a cloud. It can be found online to purchase.
I have never had such a luxury- I usually spend $5-10 on a pillow. The Brookstone  pillow is expensive but worth it.
I have sleep issues for health reasons and yet this pillow has helped me sleep better. It is microfiber with a cotton shell, ultra soft and machine washable.

3. Applesauce Cake.  My mom made 2 cakes when I was growing up: Mayonaise cake and Applesauce cake.  They are made from scratch with basic on- hand ingredients for a single layer and turn out moist.  My applesauce cake was found at

4. My red Frosty table toppers.

This first one has blue/white swans on the reverse.

This second one has peppermint candies on the back.  They are each 15 inch square, made in about an hour each, and from scraps.  I love the rabbit on number 2.  These will be in the craft sale next week.

On a sad note, I liked the tributes I have read on blogs and Facebook for Nancy Zieman this week on her passing.  She was a pioneer, author and designer of sewing who was just so pleasant to watch. I not only watched her sewing on PBS for many years, but I still receive her notion catalog each year. She will be sorely missed.

I'm going to try and design as well as install a simple front window Christmas deco this week so I can have it ready by the day after Thanksgiving. I've purchased the parts at great discount at Michael's and the Dollar Store- so that's a start.  Plus, each afternoon I'm making small gifts for the craft sale next week, while getting other household chores done! Never a dull moment.

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Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017



First and foremost-My heart goes out to the families of victims and the survivors of the Texas church massacre. I don't understand what's happening to my country. We are not even safe in church.

However, in the spirit of a positive approach to my day- here are my "likes" for this week:

1. Making fabric- Have you ever done that? I love that terminology- it's free. I keep a scrap bucket on my cutting table and it was time for emptying and sorting. I was able to put most of the those scraps  in my scrap color -designated containers.  But, my "fall- colored" scrap bin was overflowing already and could not hold anymore scraps, so I stopped everything I was doing for one afternoon and just sat sewing.  I  took JUST THE SCRAPS FROM THE LAST 2 MONTHS and  cut them into 5 inch slabs. I made 150+ slabs!

I joined them in approximately 10 inch pieces and laid them out on a table= enough pieces for 25" x 45"!!

this is craziness!  I have no idea what I'm going to do with them-probably a coin border for some project later. I just bagged them up for later and put them  into the large scrap bin.  I'm glad I took the time to make fabric!  It was a fun escape time also.

2.  My new Frosty green  table runner.  I have gone back to making stuff for my craft sale at Thanksgiving. It's the only sale I'm entering this year so, I need to get cracking.  I've had a Frosty panel stashed away, so I cut up the squares and rectangles off the panel,  added borders, and quilted the top  onto batting.

 I cut a scrap piece for backing to match the frame of the top, sewed them  right sides together, turned right side out, pressed and top stitched the edge. (no binding).  I also quilted some straight lines in the center of the runner to hold the pieces together.  These Frosty pieces are so cute and the backing is Christmas hearts!

The runner is 11x40 inches. 

3. A trip to Pier 1.  I'm not much of  a window shopper but, after an annoying medical office visit, I stopped on the way home for therapy and visited Pier 1.  I don't go there but possibly once a year.  It felt really good because they have all their Christmas displays out and I needed some inspiration besides an escape from reality. I don't usually purchase anything cause their prices are out of my budget but this time I spent $20.  Whoo Whoo!

I couldn't believe Papasan chairs are in again!

And, this one is a rocker with a velvety pillow (nostalgia time for us old hippies)! Very cool, but I wouldn't be able to get out of it once I was in. 
Also, Pier 1 likes to top their white trees with black top hats. Very cute.

I was intrigued by a large array of masks:

They were very ornate and pretty. i think Lee Anna might like these.

Then I saw this fun tree:
It was about 15 feet tall and they just stuck everything in there!  The display designers at Pier 1 are awesome.
What did I purchase?  Two delightful Reed Diffuser sets for gifts and a gold glittered wire Christmas tree (a foot tall) for a gift also. SCORE

This photo of this tree doesn't do it justice but it's the best since my camera is broken.  The scents on the diffusers are Fresh Balsam and Snowy Birch- very natural.

Well, hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my world and please join us at Lee Anna's "likes" post: Not Afraid of Color

Until next time๐Ÿ˜Š


Thursday, November 2, 2017

I like Thursdays Nov 2


Once again, we are praying for victims and survivors of a tragic event.  Our world really is changing.
I feel so bad for the innocent bikers who were attacked in NYC and their loved ones.  I don't know what to say except to pray for healing and more love in our country.

It's finally cooling off here and it feels so good. The heat makes my health conditions worse so the cooler weather should make my chores easier and I can finally walk in the mornings again.   Here are some of my recent "likes":

1. My new"Shutters" quilt. I finally finished this navy/white batik (from Timeless Treasures Tonga Treats) quilt for my SIL Richard. The pattern came with the 12 fat quarters in a package and I will use this pattern again. The 12 fat quarters were cut into strips and arranged alternately for the 12 blocks. Fun, easy but with a dramatic effect.

I love this quilt! Masculine, classy and perfect size (57 x 54) for me to quilt in the ditch with my Janome.

I made a simple label  and took  a close up of the Maywood backing which was in my stash that I purchased on sale years ago and saved for masculine quilts. Just a perfect match for a small border on the front also. As usual, I used a Bella Solid jelly roll (black on this one) for the binding.

The navy was very dark and the light fabrics are white batiks with the slightest blue print ingrained.   I would love to see this quilt pattern in another 2 tone color as well.

Can I just say I love working with batiks?  I need to acquire more.

2.  My new Thomas the Turkey pillow which was requested  by my daughter for Thanksgiving.
    One thing I cannot do is draw.  I spent hours just trying to come up with a plan.

I pulled 13 fat quarters/scraps for a color plan.  I knew I wanted a half -Dresden for the feathers. I went online to MSQC for a tutorial and used Jenny's body idea for the turkey body and how to make legs with feet. She also used a half Dresden for the feathers.

Then it was just a matter of applying blanket type  stitches on the applique to a 17 inch fabric square with batting underneath.  I didn't use an interfacing underneath the turkey  because I wanted the pillow cover to stay soft and pliable on the sofa. The covers I make for my daughter's pillows always fit a 16 inch pillow form so she can easily change out covers for the season.

Unfortunately, my Iphone doesn't capture the colors better, but the pillow turned out better than I hoped.  My daughter says she smiles every time she sees it.   Of course, I named him Thomas the Turkey.

3.   Ken Follett's first in a series book, Pillars of the Earth I have been wanting to purchase his newest book just released, Column of Fire.  But, it's been so long since I read the first book, I purchased it again as an Ebook and I'm slowly finding time to just sit and read. Love it-again. When I finish the first book, then I can continue the series.

4.  Halloween with my grandson. His dad purchased a huge cardboard cut out of a Monster Jam truck online and then he installed green lights on the cardboard and placed it in front of Thomas' wheelchair so it looked like he was driving the truck as he sat in the driveway while we handed out candy.   So, So, cute.

My grandson was in heaven the whole night as the kids came up and exclaimed how cool this was.
It looked so real. Dad really scored this year. And other dads thought it was cool also. Yep-lots of testosterone was in the air. I was waiting for Tim the Tool Guy to appear with sound affects.  heehee.
The whole evening was a blast.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Hope everyone has a fun day today and tonite.  I usually don't dress up but just help my grandson hand out candy on Halloween night but I saw this idea somewhere on the internet and thought it was so funny and clever and decided to make it for tonight:

I'm an Identity Thief!

Enjoy your day and stay safe.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Things I like Oct 26


Welcome to our "Thursday Things I like!"  It's been a busy week again. I have a initial diagnosis of Fibromyalgia with a specialist appointment yesterday  for a second opinion. He ran another big round of blood labs to rule out other causes.  Gag. Not a good initial diagnosis as there is no real proof test for Fibromyalgia, not very good options on the meds and exercise is the best therapy.  Of course, exercise with pain is not fun. I'm keeping Advil in business.  But, I'll continue to do what's necessary to keep moving and we'll see what the specialist says  in another MONTH.

 Regardless, here are just a few of my "likes" this week:

1. Tea with my daughter.  I like doing anything with my daughter. She is a witty, fun person. We took an hour to go wander downtown Glendale Az last Saturday as they were having a fall festival but we really wanted to sit and have tea with a sweet. haha. So, we found a tea shop named The Spicery which has been there for many years.  We did not need a reservation! We sat for over an hour and had tea with a light cheesecake.  Both were perfect.  In the interest of "keeping it real" I took this photo of our table:
This really beautiful, priceless, old teapot with her water bottle.  So funny. The Spicery is a home built around 1900 turned into many tea rooms filled with china, crocheted lace tablecloths and antique furniture.  Just lovely. It was such a relaxing environment and we were able to have a nice chat.

2.  The New Yorker magazine cover for October:

3.  My new quilt book. Vanessa Goertzen's  Charm School -18 Quilts from 5" Squares.  The day before my vacation, I went to Barnes and Noble with coupons that were about to expire on the goal of purchasing a specific quilt book to take with me to the cabin.   But, when I reviewed the one I wanted at the store, I realized I had already seen many of the patterns by that author online.  So, I took a glance at the other quilt books available (maybe 5) and found this one:
I like it.  I have a ridiculous an ample supply of charm packs sitting in a cupboard which I need to start planning on quilting. ("planning" is the key word here).  The instructions are simple (beginner's level), photos are lovely and she is an inspiring writer.  To be honest, I've not heard her name before, so this was a delightful surprise.  The photos are glossy but since my camera broke on vacation, I am using my Iphone for all photos now, so forgive the "shine" on this photo:
Here's a shot of the back of the book:
I like all the quilts in this photo.  And, just so you know, I only paid about $15 for the book with my membership and coupons. Score.

I also finished a birthday gift quilt this week but I will have to wait till next week to share it with everyone  The birthday is Nov 1. I can't wait for ya'll to see it. It is so cool. This quilt is another where I don't want to part with but I know it will make someone happy.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Things I like Oct 19


Despite the bad news in Puerto Rico, California and other places I will try to provide my list of likes for this week in the hopes you will feel good:

My pride in my 2 grandsons now in the Army.  

My son married their mom about 11 years ago and I have never met 2 nicer, polite young men. I am so proud of them.  And glad they are not overseas. Their mom is a stronger woman than I to have her only kids both in the Army at the same time.  I always worried about my Marine son for many  years till he retired.

Vacationing for 4 days in Payson Az with my daughter's family.
I have to tell you- being away from the heat for 4 days with not much tv, and smart phones not working due to location in the woods was fantastic.  I recommend it highly. We stayed at a cabin and took small trips during the day to other towns, lakes, fall festivals and FOOD. At night, we lit a campfire as well as a bbq for our dinners in the cabin. We also had plenty of downtime sitting on the porch doing absolutely nothing in beautiful surroundings.

Warning: heavy photo layout ahead. 

Hope these Iphone photos provide as much fun for you as we had:
This is Woods Canyon Lake which was pretty from a distance but we were not able to get closer due to it not being ADA accessible. It stands at over 7000 feet elevation.

My son in law in Christopher Creek.  He drove us everywhere and likes to cook. He is a good man.
Here is my darling daughter also in Christopher Creek . They had gone on a small hike starting yards from our cabin!
My daughter and grandson bundled up in front of the fire pit (in forefront barely visible). My grandson finally got a great view of the stars in the sky! In Glendale, where they live, it's almost impossible to see many stars due to the city lights. He was so cute-"Gramma -there are thousands of stars!"

After our fall festival in Pine, Az, we stopped at a Mexican restaurant  called Mi Familia which was sooo good. The prices were also excellent. In the foreground, is a Salsa Bar!

A  family photo taken while on a break from playing jet ball at the Payson city park. My grandson had such fun and we all could not have asked for better weather= 76 in the day and 49 in the morning.
My son in law watching me and my  grandson playing trucks with the ramp on the cabin porch-his favorite game.

Me and my daughter saying goodbye to the cabin before heading home!

Last- but my favorite photo was my view from the bedroom when I was doing my Yoga each morning. I wish I could enlarge it to fit the arcadia door in my home bedroom.  LOL

Making some "coffee' place mats for the dining table.  They coordinate with my fabric back splash cause they are made from leftover fabric:

I love the coffee bean backing. Here's a photo of the back splash:

I cut the rest of the panel pieces into separate place mats with added scraps to match.

As an FYI- I changed the "https" security  box on my Blogger setting to "yes" for a more secure site and recommend ya'll do the same due to the many Internet hackings lately.  If you are not using Blogger, I don't know how you would accomplish that secure set up but I'm sure you could "google" it.

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Have a great week!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Things I like Oct 12


I'm writing this on Tuesday cause I'm preparing for a little vacation in the mountains next weekend.  I am so excited to get out of the heat and see green grass, trees and mountains. Not to mention playing with my family.

Here are my "likes" for this week:

1. Finding new places nearby.  My brother and I took a little drive to Surprise, Az about 10 miles away.  It's a new city (about 2005) expansive, lovely new subdivisions, quiet.

The first photo is Surprise Park, but as you can see it's brown not green grass. Ugh. The second photo is a copper tree sculpture in downtown. Love it.  The third photo is a quilt shop which I had not heard of and we had a lovely time looking at fabric and projects. I felt funny taking photos while inside so didn't. The ladies who ran the shop seemed very nice. I'll return later.

2. A lined drawstring backpack for a trip.  I made this backpack out of cotton batik with a lining of mint green cotton.

It's 12 x 15 inches, very lightweight but big enough for just a few things when we walk a trail in the woods near our cabin. I've never used a backpack ( I know, I've had a  sheltered life) . Seriously tho, I usually just walk with water, but if you don't have pockets or just want your arms free, I can see the need for this to carry necessities. As I've gotten older I need to carry more stuff.  I didn't have a pattern and was in a time constraint, so I just winged it. The hard part was figuring out the casing at the top with 4 opened ends and how to run the cording through. LOL

3. Another mini wallet. This is a Gift Card Holder made on the pattern of my tea wallets. My daughter asked for a wallet to keep her gift cards separate from her other cards in her purse.

She asked that I put a "G" (for gift card) on it which I did but I don't make letters so it's not too pretty.  I love the elastic closing strap! The wallet is about 4 x 4 when closed. It's hard for me to make cause I have to hand sew the 2 side straps to the middle.  My thumbs do not cooperate. It is so light weight I decided to use mine as a real wallet on my trip. Liberating.

I pray everyone has a great week and no traumatic events take place. There is not wifi where we are going, so that should be interesting for 4 days!

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Things I like Oct 5


I cannot believe I am going to say this again this week, but it's difficult to make a list of things I like when there has been  another horrific tragedy in our country.  Our world is changing quickly but I must take this moment to focus on good rather than evil  or I won't have a better day. It's just that simple.  So here's my list of likes for this week:

1. The organic humanity of strangers in a difficult time.  Once more  we have seen so many humans help others with total disregard for their own safety. The stories in the press speak for themselves.

2. The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Carmen Yulin Cruz.  This wife, mother, mayor  has been living in a shelter  for 2 weeks with her family because her home was flooded and yet has been on the streets (sometimes in waist deep water) caring for her citizens.  She has been on tv many times begging for help for her people. I am so impressed with her devotion and poise in a strenuous difficult time that appears never ending.

3.My teacher Christmas quilt is finished.  My grandson's teacher of his special needs classroom is in her first 2 years of teaching his classroom with 12 special needs kids. She not only is a great teacher but a caring communicator with the parents of her kids everyday with notes in their backpacks. Such dedication.
So, I made her a Christmas quilt:

The fabric was Cookie Exchange Frugals from Moda and the backing was some Bonnie and Camille Scrumptious. There are a few cookie recipes in the design.  I sewed strips of fabric randomly together to make 10 inch blocks and then added a really cute red gingham for the sashing. It's a small lap size.

4.After School Chocolate Pudding.  The recipe is at  I originally saw it on the show a few weeks ago and made it with canned coconut milk which makes a dairy free pudding.  Very easy and very good. I substituted "Enjoy"  chocolate chips (in the baking goods aisle) so it was soy free.

5. Making my own tomato sauce. Sprouts had beautiful tomatoes on the vine on sale for $.49 per pound!  So, I thought I would make sauce and freeze it.  Eight medium size tomatoes made about 2 cups sauce! LOL.  I peeled them (simmer 1 minute in boiling water, dump in ice cold bath), chopped them into food processor and pulsed maybe 10 seconds. I cooked them 30 minutes , added 1 Tablespoon lemon juice and dash of salt.  Then I froze the sauce in 2 small canning jars.  I did not season the sauce deliberately.

Even tho it was a messy process and didn't produce much sauce, I will do it again. The flavor is better and no soy was added as they do with most canned spaghetti sauce. I can add whatever seasonings I want when actually using the sauce.

6. Completing my Churn Dash runner. I finally backed and quilted it and of course, added the binding.  One of my favorite fabrics is the bird fabric for the backing.

As you can see, I've been busy and finally got the truck window fixed (sitting in the dealership 2 hours but it was covered under warranty I purchased again before retiring last year), major grocery shopped while running the household. No wonder I'm tired and in pain all the time!  Still no answers from the doctor but I just keep moving.  Maybe I can get answers when I return to the doctor at the end of the month.
In the meantime, I'm looking forward to a mountain getaway next week with family. Sorry to say we are back to a heat wave here in Peoria Az (100 tomorrow) so I hope it cools off more next week.  Thank goodness I haven't planted a fall garden yet.

I hope this post was uplifting to you and I appreciate you visiting.  Your comments are fun!

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