Monday, December 15, 2014

One Done!

Remember this post and this one?

Well, I got the first of the three done and it has been delivered!


Technically, the second one is also done, but as it isn't delivered yet...
I must keep it under wraps.  :)

Namaste.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Stockings!

Yesterday, I posted about the defective cow fabric that I was working with...
What was I making?

Why, a stocking - of course!

With the exception of MBB and myself (we have homemade ones also, just not made by me), I have made all of the stockings that are hanging from our mantel (all but two are hanging, the other two are patiently (more so than I am) waiting on the hooks to be hung).

Also, one of the reasons that all three quilts weren't finished at the same time.  :)

I made a stocking for Zilla (my oldest grandson) last year that had soccer balls on it (the only fabric I could find with round balls).  He isn't into balls so much this year and PipSqueak (my youngest grandon) is starting to like balls...

So, I decided to make a new stocking for Zilla who is currently into COWS...
Don't worry - I will make another one for PipSqueak when he starts liking something other than balls!

Do you know how hard it is to find a fabric with cows???
Tons of jungle animals and owls and frogs even, but very little cows.

I go the stocking done pretty quickly and even thought - this is going too smoothly...
AUGH!
Jinxed myself!

I had the finished product and went to take a picture, only to realize that there was something wrong with Zilla's stocking:
Caused this:
So, back to the sewing machine (after re-pinning) to fix my mistake.  Only to find this:
Caused this:
So, back to the sewing machine (and some alcohol), re-pinning twice (yes, I started re-pinning wrong) and finally with a third times a charm, ended up with this:

And all is well in my stocking world again.

Namaste.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Fabric Mystery...

I am working on a project for a certain little boy who likes cows...

Notice the cow on the right - brown body, dark brown spots, pink snout...
Notice the cow on the right - dark brown spots, pink snout... Where's the body?

Yep...flaw in the fabric and there were two columns of cows that weren't usable...
Luckily, there was enough to make my project, but a lot of fabric ended up in the trash!

Definitely didn't have TPS doing quality control!

Namaste.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Another Old Friend...

In the past seven years, we have put up a tree about four of them (if we weren't home for Christmas morning, I wasn't willing to spend the time putting one up)...

Of those four times, I believe that MBB's tree was set-up for three of them.
The initial plan was to alternate, but when we went to put up my tree for the second time - we couldn't find the main piece of the tree...

So, when we decided to put up a tree this year, even though we aren't spending Christmas morning at home (grand-kids changed things, you know)...I decided that I was tired of not feeling like it was Christmas.  There is something about my tree that makes me get in the season.  I am good with every other year, but five - six years without it...
No thanks.

So, we broke down and bought a pre-lite green tree with white lights.

I was hesitant about a pre-lite tree as I like to have LOTS of lights...
But...
If it meant that I got to see my tree again - it would be worth it!

Let me tell you...Having the tree up and lit and 10 minutes was very nice!
Cut about half of a day out of the set-up time (remember, I said that I liked LOTS of lights - I would take each strand out and back every branch on the tree to use as many lights as possible)...
All I had to do was put on the ribbons and the ornaments.
And honestly - there are a lot of lights (once you rearrange the branches)!

It's also been a few years since I saw this old friend:

And yes, my heart feels at piece when I sit and look at it...

Now, we are looking for a white pre-lit tree with blue (or colored) lights...
Though, MBB thinks that a heavily frosted green tree might work too!
Let the search begin...

Namaste.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Visiting an Old Friend...

Awhile ago, I spent a lot of time at a particular church in town which was my spiritual home.
It was pretty much my life, other than work...

I became a member...
I worked with the kids...
I was appointed to fill a vacant spot on the board...
I became Treasurer...
I ran for my own position on the board...
And was Treasurer, Secretary and Treasurer again...
I was there A LOT.

And then...
My life changed and it was no longer "pretty much my life".
I moved further away and added many, many minutes to the drive.
I no longer agreed with the leadership.
We parted ways.

I visited from time to time, but it no longer felt like my spiritual home.
And it has been many, many years since I have felt like I had a spiritual home.

Recently, new leadership has arrived.
And I decided to peek in and see what was going on...
And the feeling from all those years ago was back.
Just sitting in the sanctuary felt...special.

I am not sure if it was just special today with the music and seeing so many old friends...
Or if I was coming home.

My life is still not were it was all those years ago...
But I am interested in seeing if I have found my spiritual home again.

Namaste.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Would He Like It?

Is it obvious that I like taking pictures by the amount on this blog lately?

I remember a time when this blog was all thought and very little visuals...
Another shift of priorities.
I think that happens when small kids are around!

During one of the snow storms in November, our side hill got quite a few inches...
MBB thought it was a good idea to see if our oldest grandson (I really need a nickname for him on here!... Maybe big brother???) liked sledding...

We had to get him started, but once he got rolling - he did pretty good!
You can't tell because of the dark, but MBB was at the bottom of the hill to help him stop.


Namaste.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Going Outside?

MBB told our oldest grandson to get his shoes so that they could go outside.

He decided that Nana needed her shoes too (and moved the blanket so that he could put them on my feet - who cares that they are on the wrong feet)...
He was on a speedy mission to get outside as fast as he could and he didn't seem to care that I was holding a sleeping little brother...He wanted everyone outside NOW!

Moments like this are so precious and I am so glad I had my phone to grab the photo.
I love being Nana!


Namaste.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Wishful Thinking???

I've always heard that you can tell what winter will be like by looking at the willy worms...
The darker they are, the harsher the winter will be.

I'm wondering if this means that winter will come in hard (as it has already - three snow storms in November already) and then coast through until a not so nice end...

Wishful thinking on my part maybe (and the fact that I've seen this color scheme quite a few times this fall)...

Namaste.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

More Progress...

I mentioned on Saturday that I got some sewing done...
Remember this post?

Yep, this is the next stage of those projects...
Almost done!

Namaste.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Amazing...

...how many things can get done when you put your mind to it...
...and are by yourself all day!

MBB took off for a pool tournament today and I decided to stay home and get some stuff done.

Wow...did I get some stuff done!

I did some...
- Cleaning (though is that one ever truly done?)
- Purging (any readers want some books?)
- Christmas Shopping (keyword: some... so much to still do)
- Sewing
- Wrapping
- Blogging

I think I missed a few things, but I am feeling pretty freaking good about the amount that I got done today!  Gonna try to put a few more hours on sewing tomorrow to get those presents done...

Now, if I could just figure out when I'm gonna get my Christmas Baking done...

Namaste.