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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

And Sew...

A coworker has been asking me to make her a new wallet for months now.  When the big snowstorm came (lol) I decided to pull some fabrics and make her a new wallet.


Hmmm, well I might have gotten a little carried away.  :o)

Here they are open so you can see the inside pockets.


I had a lot of fun choosing coordinating fabrics and buttons.  I even added a yo yo and bead to one.

They were like potato chips....I couldn't stop with just one.  They do make nice gifts.  I decided to keep the red and blue paisley one for myself.

I am working on something new in the sewing room now.  If all works out I should have something to show you this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sewing

Several years ago when I was doing a lot of quilting I participated in a modified Dear Jane block swap.  Wow!  I just looked at the copyright on the DJ book and I guess I should change that to Many years ago as the book was published in 1996 and this swap was about 2 years after the book hit the market.

As a result of the swap I received 200+ blocks.  Each block was to be 4-1/2" square using civil war reproduction fabrics with natural muslin as the background fabric.  Here you can see some of my blocks sorted in baggies by color.

 I decided I didn't want to make a large quilt with these.  I have made several pincushions using a few of the blocks and given them as gifts.  I have struggled with what to do with these little blocks and since I needed to do some mindless sewing I added some sashing and borders and came up with these little quilts.


These measure around 14"x20" and are the perfect size for table toppers, doll quilts, a cupboard tuck, or to hang on the wall.  Here they are after adding the binding.



Since taking those pictures I decided to toss them in the wash so they could get that older crinkly look.  It seems that someone didn't prewash their fabrics because look what happened.
 Ugh!  This same fabric was in 2 of the quilts and as you can see that red bled terribly.  Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I might correct this?  I used sythrapol in a cold water wash and this still happened.  I suppose if I can't fix it I can still gift it to some little girl whose dollie won't mind if the red bled or not.  :o

Ziggy says he would be happy to give them a home in his cathouse!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

An Update

Hi friends!  I haven't felt much like blogging the past couple of weeks but I did want to pop on and give you an update. 

It snowed!

 I have been wishing for a measurable snow here all winter and I finally got my wish a couple of weeks ago.  I think we ended up with around 8 inches here.  It was so pretty and work was closed for a day.  Now it is in the 70's.  North Carolina weather is so unpredictable.

I receive a couple of wonderful packages in the mail.  First, from sweet Vera came these gorgeous fingerless gloves along with the cutest spool shaped lip gloss and sewing themed nail file.  Vera was in town the week that Lola passed away and I was unable to meet with her.  Thank you so much Vera for your friendship and thoughtfulness.

 Then the next kit in the Seasons of Chessie series arrived as a gift from Chris.  I love this one!  So springy.  Chris really spoiled me with this series.  Hopefully my stitching mojo will return soon so I can get to work on this.

I continue to make my salads in a jar.  This was last weeks salad.

 It is the apple a day salad with pumpkin vinaigrette dressing from Produce with Amy.  I wasn't sure about the dressing but decided to make it and give it a try.  I am really glad that I did because it was delicious and was perfect for this salad.

And this is one of the salads I swapped with my co-worker.  Doesn't it look delicious?  It was.  :o)













That's it for now my friends.  Thank you for sticking with me.  I hope I can get out of this funk I am in  and get back to normal soon.  I plan to be back tomorrow with some pictures of a bit of sewing I have completed.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Thank You

Thank you all for you kind, sweet, healing words.  I know with time the hole in my heart will heal.

The salads last week were fantastic.  My salad swap partner made a spinach and artichoke salad.  Both were delicious and very filling.  I really enjoyed the convenience of being able to grab a jar and go and wasn't tempted at all to visit the fast food places.  I didn't eat the last salad until Saturday and it was just as fresh as the first one.  I did step on the scales Monday and record my weight just to see if this has any impact on weight loss.  Bear in mind I haven't changed anything else in my excercise or eating habits but I thought it would be interesting to see if the salads made a difference.

This week I prepared Waldorf Inspired Slaw.  I did add a bit of sugar to the dressing because my oh my was it vinegary.  I also added a hunk of cheddar cheese because I just felt like I would need a bit of cheese with this salad/slaw.  I'll let you know how it tastes next week.  We have another partner in our salad swap so there are now 3 of us sharing salads. 


Earlier this week I received a wonderful Valentine surprise in the mail from sweet Faye.  

She sent this lovely pin pillow complete with handmade pins.  Thank you dear friend, it arrived just when I most needed a sweet surprise.

I wish you all a wonderful week ahead and thank you again for all your kind thoughts and sweet words.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Heartbroken

I have no words.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Behind

Hello friends!  Once again I am woefully behind on my visits to your blogs.  I am hoping to catch up this week.  I miss seeing all your wonderful creations and reading your insightful posts.

It has been busy here with work and family and such but I have managed to finish some things.

The baby quilt was finished and delivered to the expectant mother.


 I added two more Prairie Schooler Santas to my collection.



 It finally snowed!  Only a couple of inches and it only stayed for a day but I was glad to see it. 


I made a few thread catchers.



As you can see I have managed to stay busy.  :o)

I have been in a funk lately.   I haven't had a lot of energy and week before last I had a headache every.single.day.  I believe this funk may be due in part to my poor eating habits.  McDonalds and Taco Bell for lunch most days just isn't good for me. So I have decided to do something about it.  I have been reading about Mason Jar Salads on blogs and Pinterest and one of the ladies at work made them last week and was talking about how much she enjoyed them.  We have decided that we will both make them for this week and trade a couple so we can have some variety.


Today I made the black bean and corn chopped salad recipe I found here. The recipe makes 5 jars and I love the idea that I can just grab a jar each day and have a healthy lunch.  There are tons of recipes on the web and I am looking forward to trying them out.  I have to say I haven't been this excited about lunch in a long time.  :o)

I must go now and tune in to the Superbowl.  I hope you all have a wonderful week!