Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

I am so very thankful for all of my readers who stop by and visit. You are the best!
Looking forward to getting to know even more of you in 2011.

Wishing you a most wonderful and Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Top 10 in 2010

We are coming to the end of 2010. For me it has been a year of adventure and detours. For years we talked about building a home on lakefront property that we own. And for years, there has always been a reason not to. So we started looking at already built houses. We looked for almost a year before we found the one that became "our" home.

Now let me say that we did not really expect to find this house. My hubby decided to have a new roof put on our old house, and we replaced the AC unit last December. New appliances replacing the aging ones and a floor remodel in our laundry room when the washer decided to spring a healthy leak.

When we walked into the new house for the first time, we all fell in love. BUT being the family accountant, I knew we couldn't buy it. I did not set me heart on it. However, it just kept coming back. The owners had put this house on the market a year ago with no offers. Took it off the market and then decided to try again. Here is where we entered in. When we made our first offer it was WAY lower then their list price. They countered, but it was still too high. So we countered again. Their realtor basically said, if you can't meet our price, don't bother to come back. Death of a vision.

Not having set my heart on this house made it easier to let it go. But it was still lingering in the back of my mind. We compared it with any other house we looked at. After a month went by, my hubby called our realtor and asked him what could we do about the house? Wise realtor that he was he said, make another offer! So we did. And they took it!!!!

So amid packing and moving, there was not much creating going on. After being in the new house for a month, I had another little detour. A fall resulting in a compression fracture of my spine.

So now what seems like months and months, I am finally getting back into the full swing of life.

And yet there were some things accomplished!


Sunday Best


Table runner


Cubed Lattice

Anita's Arrowhead

SMS giveaway

Not to mention the fun Mug Rugs!

And more to come in 2011.

Have a happy quilting day!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Do you have projects that will never get finished in 2010?? Ha, ha, me too :-)

My daughter made this quilt top a few years ago when we both made this pattern that was published in a magazine.

I think it will be the first one to be quilted on the Bernina in the New Year.

And during our move this summer, there were some ITW (in the works) projects that resurfaced. So I have put them on the list for completion in 2011.

I actually started this quilt a couple of years ago, but completely forgot about it. I even bought black batting to use.

A year ago when I sprained my right foot I picked up the knitting needles again. But it was not until my fall this summer that I actually made anything.

I love the fun "eyelash" yarn, so I've been working on scarves. I think I've made 5 so far.
And this one is in the works :-)

I hope your day is full of sunshine today. We are heading for some typical balmy 70 degree days.

Happy Quilting :-)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New projects ahead

There are always so many new and creative ideas floating around on the websites. I love to see how someone can take something ordinary and re-purpose it in some other way. Take Christmas decorations. There are so many things on sale this week. Hop over and take a look at

And if you have never been to Lori Holt's blog Bee In My Bonnet,

you are missing out on some incredibly creative treasures!

And a wealth of Quilting Tutorials is waiting for you


And for those of you who are REALLY creative, check this out here and here.

I hope this gives you some creative direction for the New Year!

And Happy Quilting :-)

Monday, December 27, 2010

How was your Christmas?

What a fun weekend we enjoyed. There was lots to do with company and family and of course opening Christmas presents.

I was so thrilled to receive this beautiful table runner from my BFF!

And sweet Kelly Jackson sent me this gorgeous Quilt calendar!

And remember when I shared what one of my quilting buddies was making?

Well my sister in love gave me the tools to make this pattern ;-)

And my boys always give me something that is the right size and color :-D

I hope you had a wonderful day too!

Happy Quilting :-)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Prayer

Christmas Prayer

Loving Father, help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the Song of the Angels,
the Gladness of the Shepherds,
and the Worship of the Wise Men.

Close the door of hate
and open the door of Love all over the world.
Let Kindness come with every gift
and Good Desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the Blessing which Christ brings,
and Teach us to be merry with Clear Hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy Children
and the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with
Grateful Thoughts, Forgiving and Forgiven.

For Jesus' Sake........ Amen

~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~

Wishing you and your families a very blessed and Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Have yourself a Merry little Christmas

The house is aglow with............



and sweet memories.

May your hearth be warm...............

and your heart be full as you celebrate the true meaning of Christmas

"For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, Christ the Lord!"

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

It's the most wonderful time of the year

I have a couple of sweet little Christmas helpers.

Here is little Raggedy Annie as she helps wrap gifts.

She was a prize last year from Cheryl at Polka Dot and Rick Rack.

And this cutie pie traveled a very long way to my house.

She was a Christmas in July prize from Barb's Creations. She is a seasoned traveler as she traveled half way around the world. But she mostly likes to sit and keep an eye on the presents under the tree.

Our table is set to welcome company.

Little Snowmen finding a place to settle in for the winter.

It surely is the most wonderful time of the year. Check back tomorrow for a final look around :-)

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A touch of Christmas cheer

This Christmas has been one of wonder and excitement as we decorated our new home. Having a new palette has inspired new avenues.

This is the first house where we have a fireplace.

It's been so fun to have a fire on a cold evening.

Catching some snowflakes and saving them in a bowl.

Listening for Carolers as they sing Glory to God in the Highest.

Little touches of color here and there.

Welcoming you as we light the way into our home.

What a lovely time of year to invite friends and family to share in food, fun and fellowship. Come back tomorrow for a little more of the tour.

Happy Quilting :-)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

And the winner is..............

See this cutie little girl? She is getting ready to mail a prize. She was such a big help to me when it came to drawing a name for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day prize. It's been wonderful reading all the comments and meeting new followers. I welcome each and every one of you and hope that you will be back.......... often :-)

And so my sweet little Domestic Sewing girl has picked the winner. The table runner goes to........

I Piece 2 - Mary

Thanks again to everyone that entered my giveaway. I tried to respond to your comments, but after a couple of days I couldn't keep up. So just know that you have been noticed, and I will be traveling around to visit your blogs. And pretty soon I will be hosting another giveaway. I promised when I reached 500 followers that we would have a giveaway :-) So be on the look out after Christmas.

Have a great quilting weekend!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Wrong Wrong Wrong

Yep, you are all wrong!

You see we don't have 8 days left until Christmas. You actually have 373 days left until Christmas. Look at all of the time you have to make quilts, decorations, clothes, crafts......... I mean you've got LOTS of time. So there is no need to fret or be stressed out. With 373 days until Christmas you've got loads of time to create.

But you do only have until today to sign up for Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day. Be sure to leave a comment HERE, as it's the only place that counts :-)

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Finally !!!!!

For several years now, I have heard about Hobby Lobby. I visited it once while on a trip to Chicago three years ago. I loved their selection of crafts, decor and fabrics. Sadly we do not have a Hobby Lobby in our area.

At least not until now!

Woo-Hoo.............. Welcome Hobby Lobby :-)

Of course we had to check it out. I knew we were in trouble when we walked in the door.

Fun chicy stuff...........
My daughter said she could hear me and my sister in love squealing all over the store.

Yes, serious trouble!

What can I say?

We'll be back HL ;-D