Sunday, January 22, 2017

Oh, it's happening

And so another fabric related addiction may be on the horizon.  I've leaped, blind-folded and head first into the world of quilting.   I have relocated my sewing machine to the office/den and finally found an excuse to use my iron.
When I moved here 2 and a 1/2 years ago I bought an iron, because everyone needs an iron, right?   Yesterday was the first time I had taken it out of the box!  Lol. My grandmother would be horrified. Next I anxiously opened up my charm pack and began to lay out the squares
Then without fear I began to piece these stops together.  I don't want to brag but.........look at these corners   
And then before I knew it I had one completed block
I'm now out of fabric because I didn't want to buy too much at first but I've finished 4 blocks
Now, I'll be honest here - not all the corners look as good as the first block.   I got a little cocky and over-confident too quickly  and I'm still struggling with not twisting a seam on the back (but nobody will see that).    So later this week I'll visit the quilt shop again and buy another charm pack and some backing so I can play more next week.    I probably should have just started with simple blocks but I wanted to play with the cutter so I figured I'd just go for broke and try a disappearing 9 patch.  I can't believe I made a quilt block!!!!

Friday, January 20, 2017

What's in the bag?

So, what do you think is in the bag?  
If I was feeling like my old self I might tease you for a few days (right Saundra).  But instead I'm going to tell you.  I am finally going to try something I have talked about wanted to do for years.......  
I'm going to teach myself to quilt!   I've always loved quilts and I covet the ones I have that were my Grandmothers.  I've always looked at them in awe and never felt like I could do it.  Now here is the really, really bad confession which will show exactly how competitive I am....  I have a friend who is totally NOT crafty but she is making a quilt so I figured if she can do.....how hard can it be??  Lol I have spent a couple of lunch hours doing reconnaissance at the local quilt shop and asking a thousand questions.  I've been watching YouTube tutorials and reached out to a quilting genius follower Jacque for advice.  I think I'm ready.  So this project will either be a baby quilt or if the whole project goes to crap - a really expensive placemat.  Haha I'm not sure I'll have time to start tomorrow but maybe Sunday I can try to build my first block.   Sooo excited    Someone else was not quite as excited to see me come home with another bag full of craft supplies.  I'm sure this is what Abby was thinking Nooooooo Mom, not MORE fabric
Yes Abby, your Mom has a problem

Saturday, January 14, 2017

It's all in my head

I've written so many great blog posts in the last week or so.  Of course they have been witty, charming and super entertaining.  Unfortunately they have all stayed in my head and none have made it online.    Sigh..........sorry.   Seems I have been a bit of a New Years Resolution Hypocrite.   You know I don't make resolutions but I sure seem to be acting like I have made several.  The new year has given me a strange desire to do things like eat and cook healthier.  I've been on an organization kick.   This week I moved all my office furniture around and got rid of a ton of paper.  You can actually see the top of my desk now!   I've also been organizing the house.  I'm trying to purge.  I have a lot of crap that is crammed into the den and spare room.  Mainly stuff for "projects" I "think" I'll do in the future.   Time to come to my senses and realize that most of them will not happen.   It feels so good to get organized but I still have a long way to go.   Tomorrow I hope to sort through bins and bins of rug hooking stuff.   I think if it's organized and I actually know what I have, it might get me going again.   The weather has been crappy, wet and then bitterly cold so I'm enjoying this nesting phase.  

Monday, January 2, 2017

A blank page

Ahhh, the first few days of a new year are like a blank page in your book.   So what will 2017 bring?  What words will fill up your blank page?   I'm not going to pretend to be one of those people who make resolutions because we all now I'd break them all within a week.  However I would like to set a few "loose guidelines" for the future.   I'd like to be more financially stable this year.  The past 2 years I have spent a lot of money on setting up my little house.   I'm going to put the brakes on home improvement projects for the time being and try to get caught up.   I'd also like to be more organized at home.  I've already started over the holidays and got a good start downstairs.  However upstairs and in the garage, I need to organize and purge.   Lastly and probably the one that will make me the happiest, is I hope to create more in 2017.  I barely rug hooked at all last year.  Over the holidays I've been getting the urge to get back into it.   Today is the first day I had any energy.  That stupid cold knocked me out but last night I slept and coughed less.  I even got a little appetite back today.  Good thing too, because sadly vacation ends tonight.  Tomorrow is back to work after 16 days off.
No more pyjamas or sweatpants.  I'll have to find jewelry and "put on a face".  It's going to be so hard............

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Party like it's 1999

Oh I'm having a wild night!  Instead of partying like it's 1999, I'm partying like I'M 99
I'm still sick.  Achey, coughing, whining, full blown man cold sick.  This is my New Year's Eve outfit.........Jammie's, wool socks and a blankie
I hope you are all out living it up, having a wild party night with friends.  I was just wondering if I should make a New Years resolution and then I found this
Seems about right.  Lol.  For now I think I'll just flip through Deanne Fitzpatrick's new book and hope I get a little hooking inspiration for 2017  Happy New Year Everyone 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The holiday recap

All the hustle and bustle is over for another year.  I have meant to post for days but haven't managed to get it done, so lucky for you it will be a brief recap.  Auntie and I celebrated together - church Christmas Eve and then a small gathering of friends at her house.  I returned early Christmas morning to prep our dinner and Abby was kind enough to run upstairs and wake auntie by jumping on her head.  Luckily auntie woke up filled with Christmas spirit.  Lol The next few days seemed to be all about eating.  So much food and so many cookies and treats delivered.   
I've been enjoying my days off since by puttering around the house, organizing closets etc.  This morning I felt a little icky - scratchy throat, cough - so I decided to take down the tree and put the decorations away.  Everything is now packed up except my little ceramic Christmas trees which I love, so I'll keep up a little longer.   It feels good to get the house straightened around.   However as the day progressed I felt worse.   Now it's a full blown man-cold
This was one Christmas gift I am not happy to receive

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Kitchen crazy

The last couple of days I've been in crazy panic mode to get stuff done.   The main task has been getting cookie tins filled for certain people.   I'm like a psychotic Martha Stewart.  Or a damn Keebler elf
Tah dah........ Birds nests, shortbreads, gingerbreads, cherry cookies
 
   
 
  Hopefully all my little old neighbor ladies will be pleased.  
Next on the list - wrapping!  My least favourite thing (next to binding rugs)