Saturday, December 06, 2014

happy holiday chaos . . .

This was a perfectly busy week and next week is only going to be busier . . . holiday chaos (of the happy kind) has kicked in!  I spent Tuesday with Ellie and Everley.  Ellie got her tree put up in her room . . .
Girlfriend *loves* Christmas!!

On Thursday, I watched the Panter crew while James and Kim went to an office party.  Sawyer and June watched the live Peter Pan with me . . .
That is, they watched it until they the passed out in their respective seats--I think they decided that their dreams were sweeter!

Friday was filled with errands and running here and there.  And today our ladies ministry headed to Lynchburg, Tennessee to Miss Mary Bobo's for dinner.
It was marvelous!  We had a great time and the food was just marvelous.  When I got home I stopped at the gate and hung the Camp's Christmas wreath:
Isn't it gorgeous?! A lady up the road make them and was selling them. I knew this would be a perfect fit! I pulled in just in time to watch my beloved Crimson Tide win the SEC Championship game . . . pretty handily with a final score of 42-13!

My stash report is pretty uneventful . . .
A quarter yard out for some quilted potholders I made for a StitchMAP swap (which I forgot to take pictures of).  And nothing in!

Ellie and Jocelyn picked this "E" for Ellie's dress:
So this is how I'll be spending the next few evenings.
I plan on doing satin stitches and padded satin stitching (where there's depth to the letter) in one ply of regular DMC floss.  I've never done satin stitching on a shape like this, but so far, so good.  To give it a little glimmer I'll use a single ply of a red metallic floss to outline it all when I'm finished.  I'll be sure to get a picture of it -- preferably with Ellie in it. I hope to be able to slow down the 'chaos' and get some good stitching time in on Sunday!

And finally, guess what I found?  Another Melody Carlson book!
And it's about a Christmas feline! Adding this one to my December reading!

Linking up to the stash report post at Patchwork Times, the Slow Sunday Stitching post at Kathy's Quilts, and the Feline Friday post at sarah did it!


Tuesday, December 02, 2014

t'was the month before Christmas . . .

You know what??  It's the *first* Tuesday of the month!!  That means it's Bibliophile Files day! This month my reading is mostly completely centered around the season . . .
Ummmm, yes.  You'll notice that they're all by Melody Carlson. She writes the most darling, sweet stories, and I've been a fan of her work for a long time. These are all simple reads, but fun . . . with food for thought, Christmas, and a little romance (generally speaking) thrown in for good measure. Fluff, yes, but happy fluff for a busy time of year! And even though there are seven pictured, I'll have no trouble at all getting through them!  One of them fills my library quota and one of them fills my review quota, and the rest fill my need for fluffiness.  :)

That leaves my 'recommended' and my 'spiritual food' books, which is also easy enough:
I mentioned on Sunday that I was preparing to celebrate the season of Advent. I'm using these three devotionals.  One (The Christ of Christmas) was recommended . . . and the other two just looked good to me! Two of the three have short daily readings, which I ponder in my morning quiet time. The third is broken up into weekly sections that I'll probably digest and study on weekends! I started all of them yesterday and I'm so excited about what I've read so far! I want to spend the next month appreciating what Christmas means.

So, that's what's on my Kindle book shelf for the month!  Head on over to sarah did it! for the book linky party and to see what others have on their reading plates!


Sunday, November 30, 2014

weekend wrap-up . . .

I had a beautiful post all dreamed up (key word, *dreamed*) and ready to put to . . . type . . . and had connection issues with my laptop.  Ugh.  Woke up this morning and continued to have *issues* so I gave up and went about my merry Sunday business!  And now, lo and behold, the issues are resolved (how or why I know not) -- and here it is . . .

My stash had a little 'enhancing' this week, compliments of Kate over at Life in Pieces.  She'd had a little giveaway a bit ago and pulled my name for this beautiful set of polka dots!!!!
Really a rainbow array, right??  The peacock notepad she included was a sweet happy--I thought the fan of colorful fabrics behind him was quite appropriate!! That was a generous three yards I added . . . with a very modest output . . .
So that's that.  One more month of reporting and I can turn over a new leaf!  I wish I'd broken down my intake between gifted and purchased.  I feel like I've been very fabric frugal this past year, but you'd never know it looking at my numbers!

We had a GREAT Thanksgiving holiday!! We missed James, Kim and the crew because they made like the Pilgrims . . .
Haha!  No, they didn't take a cruise . . . more like they traveled afar and headed up to Virginia and got to spend Thanksgiving with my sister and my parents!

It was Joc's year to head to her in-laws for Thanksgiving which left Todd and I in a position we'd never been in for this particular holiday . . . alone!  But Joc's mother-in-law was very gracious and invited us to join their family.  We happily went!  I got to be in charge of pies, which was right up my alley . . . 
We had a lovely dinner together and it was nice to be a guest! Although I think it rather threw me for a loop. I realized I didn't take a *single* photo of our gathering.  What was I thinking??!!

Saturday I spent taking down all my fall things, including all my quilted or wool pieces . . .
It was quite a stack!!  I then cleaned and organized and got Christmas put out!! 
This is our first Christmas in the new space, so it was fun to places for things and decorate!

Saturday night, I took turkey soup (because yes, I did still cook a turkey because I also brought the stuffing and I like to cook it in the bird and I also like leftovers, which I shared with Joc and then also made our traditional turkey soup) and rolls and eggnog to Joc's house and we watched the Iron Bowl.
The girls were both ready in their festive Alabama dresses.  Aren't they precious?!  Roll Tide!!

Today is the first Sunday of Advent . . . I love this season of anticipation!  My Advent wreath is all set up and ready.  Today -- and for the week -- the focus is on hope. The hope we have because of Christ.
I plan on sharing more in the coming week. My blogger friend Melissa is also walking through this season of Advent through her blog!

My Slow Sunday Stitching was focused on a little hand embroidery for a sweet little piece . . .
Ellie's dress for the Nutcracker ballet (we've got tickets for the 14th)!  Isn't is darling?  It just needed a little "E" in the white space! And please note -- those were Ellie's words -- she's got an eye for fashion!
I gave Jocelyn and Ellie a couple of choices.  I'll get stitching on that soon!

This afternoon we got to spend some time Christmas tree shopping with the newly returned Panter crew . . . 
Sawyer was so excited to share all of his stories! And even more excited to pick out a tree. We found the *perfect* tree and hauled it back to their house.  Just in time for hot chocolate! 

What's the best way to wrap up Thanksgiving weekend?
The last slice of pumpkin pie and a hot cup of pumpkin spice tea!  Then it's time to put away all things pumpkin and focus on all things CHRISTMAS!!

Linking up to Patchwork Times and Kathy's Quilts!


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Blessings!

Thanksgiving Proclamation
November 29, 1623


Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as he has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience.  
Now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November 29th, of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.  

William Bradford
Ye Governor of Ye Colony

From my home to yours, may your Thanksgiving be filled with laughter, love, family and friends . . . and may your blessings overflow!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

fabric, prizes, books and bling . . .

I had a little action both in and out on my stash report this week . . .
Yeah, a little bit out and then a pretty little selection that offset it . . .
I picked up these beautiful prints from my sweet friend, Kris, over at Lavender Quilts.  Check her blog out on Mondays -- she's got a weekly Moving Sale Monday post going on that, as you can see, includes some very prettiful fabrics! Won't these make gorgeous pieces for POTC blocks??! 

And Kris, being the darling that she is (we met when she was my Secret Santa, several seasons ago), included the sweet little fat quarter on the end (right) and this darling pin . . .
SOOOO me!  LOL!  My husband laughed equally hard.  He knows me too well.  :)

It also occurs to me I've had some fun wins over the past month that I haven't shared.  Shame on me!  First, I won this wonderful set of Jacqueline Steves patterns from Lily Pad Quilting!
Aren't these darling?! I adore the little flowers, especially!

Next, I won a copy of Carrie Turansky's audiobook, The Governess of Highland Hall.
Carrie is a marvelous writer and her books are such fun to read!  If you're a Downton Abbey fan, you'll definitely enjoy these!

I was also the lucky recipient of some $5 coupons to TeaVivre . . .
This was compliments of my friend Melissa, at High Altitude Beauty.

I'm so blessed!  Some of this will make its way around . . . once I've listened to Carrie's book, for example, I'm sure there is someone who'd love to give it go!

We'll be having our Thanksgiving fellowship after church today . . . and right after that, an extended choir practice (which we desperately need).  All that to say that I'm not sure how much slow stitching I'll get in this afternoon.  If I do, it'll be on these pretties . . .
I've got quite a few cut out, but they need stitching on the petals--or *fancifying* as I like to call it! It's probably going to occupy my week, not just my afternoon!

Linking up today with Patchwork Times (twice) and Kathy's Quilts.  Enjoy a peace-filled Sunday!


Saturday, November 22, 2014

a rousing end . . .

Last night was our regular guild meeting and I was really looking forward to it. We did a round robin of easy holiday crafts and I was one of the teachers!!  I was so excited to share the sweet little felt poinsettia pins that I've made for several years now, from lil fish studios
I just needed to make a quick stop in Michael's before heading to the meeting...
And that was my downfall.  I was going in and out so quickly, I didn't even bother to take my phone.  Or my car keys.  Aye yi yi!! Luckily, we have AAA and so I called for service. That was at 6:08 p.m.  The social hour at our meeting starts at 6:30 and the meeting at 7:00.  
The agent at AAA said the service would be there by 7:08.  What can I do but wait?!?!  Luckily, I really didn't have to wait long . . . happy story, the responder arrived at 6:23!  Less than five minutes later, I'm on the road again.  WHEW! Thank you AAA!

There were some fun surprises waiting for me when I got there. 
Isn't it pretty??  It's the tote from the International Quilt Festival in Houston!  The quilt on the cover?  That was made by my friend and fellow guild member, Barbara Black!  How cool, huh?  She blogs over at My Joyful Journey.  She's a wonderful and talented quilter *and* teacher and a dear friend, too!
She also brought back some of the pretty pins from Houston . . . aren't I lucky?!  

I was also lucky enough to purchase from her an acrylic template for the Antique Rose block (like the one I made here).
I turned up my nose at the acrylic template . . . but that was before the POTC blocks and understanding how the templates can really be a powerful tool to enhance your block design!  I may have to give the Antique Rose block another shot.  *grin*

Ya' know, the magic mirror works with the Antique Rose template, too . . . 
Isn't that awesome?! That reminds me, I need to announce a winner!  I left it in the reliable hands of and my winner was:
Yay, Sandi!  I've notified her and I'll have it to her next week. Sandi blogs at Quilt Cabana Patterns -- you should go check her out -- she posted her block from 100 Blocks today -- it's really cute!

I'm off to play in fabric.  With mirrors and templates, of course!