Wednesday, March 31, 2010

whew . . . !

Really, it wasn't a long enough weekend! My mom & dad arrived from Corpus Christi, Texas, on Thursday evening. They'd spent a short week with my sister and her crew . . .

. . . which is a wild and wonderful bunch! My sister Laura certainly has her hands full! But they are all quite darling kids and my mom & dad had a blast with them.

They stayed with Joc & her hubby and I think they enjoyed getting to know Joc's husband, who's quite the fascinating technology person, better.

We had the opportunity to stop in on Joc during the school day . . . her first permanent classroom! See the curtains? I made those! LOL! So, we document everything with photos . . . a group shot of mom, daughter, and granddaughter. . .

Sawyer was happy with the whole weekend. I think he liked all the attention. He still is so darling! I guess that won't ever change for me, will it?? He's got just the hint of a smile in this one!

Four generations here . . .

And four generations here . . .

I am *so* incredibly blessed. It never ceases to amaze me! :)

There's three generations in this one; you can spot great-grandma and baby, but do you see the third generation hiding in there?!?!

My dad with his great-grandson; two very handsome men!

And here's a captured shot of the bandit that's been raiding our bird feeders and suet cages! He hung around a little later in the morning than he typically does, and I was able to sneak in a few shots, one of which was good!

What we didn't see this whole weekend were the deer! I guess having all the campers up here on Friday night scattered them. I saw a group early on Sunday morning; a doe and her two yearlings, I think, but then we never saw any others up at the site. My mom *so* wanted to see them and we were all so disappointed that they stayed away! Ah well, all the more reason for another visit in the near future, non?

So . . . life slowly returns to normal . . . and I suppose I'll find something quilty to do soon!

To family!

:)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

gratuitous posting . . .

What a lovely visit I've had so far with my folks. Thursday night we met up at Joc's (where they're staying) and then headed over to dinner at Terranova's, a wonderful Italian restaurant in Huntsville. Sawyer & his mommy and daddy joined us too, so it was the whole crew! Luckily they'd put our party in the side room, because we tend to get rather . . . loud. Not in a bad way; we're just FUN!

From dinner we headed back to Joc's and passed Sawyer around, had dessert (cheesecake pie) & coffee (from the Keurig we'd gotten Joc for her birthday) and were entertained by Joc's cat. I did not get my camera out. What is wrong with me?!?!

Yesterday, Todd & I got up and headed back to Joc's house, where we were splitting into a girl's group and a boy's group. Joc had to work, so it was my mom and me that headed into town and had a lovely, leisurely lunch at Emma's Tea Room. In our last several visits--three weddings and a 70th birthday party--things have been so hectic with so many other people and focused around the event, mom & I have not had an opportunity to get together just the two of us. So I really enjoyed my "mommy & me" time!

After lunch, we headed up to Camp Macoba (via a few shops/stops) for my mom to get her first look at how and where we're living. The boys were meeting us up there. Both my folks were very impressed with the space of our RV! I may have mentioned that my dad's folks were long-term part timers, and they did a LOT of traveling in their travel trailer. Of course, that was thirty years ago. I think my mom and dad had envisioned us living in a travel trailer, similar to that which Pop and Grandma Willie had! I think they weren't just impressed, they were a little relieved! :)

They brought with them a *lovely* house warming gift . . .

Two bowls from my China, Lenox Kelly! I am *so* excited! I had decided to keep my China because it's so beautiful, we hardly used it living at the house, and I wanted to keep something pretty. I have six place settings, but no bowls. Since we're such big soup people, I knew it would be a bit of a problem, but we could just eat out of plastic until I got some. This was such a lovely surprise! We'll feel like royalty eating our oatmeal in the mornings . . . and I bet it makes everything taste better! :)

Todd brought home a surprise as well . . .

He was so enthralled with Joc's Keurig, he went to Bed, Bath & Beyond and purchased one for US! This is very exciting . . . oh the coffees, teas, and hot chocolates we will drink. LOL! I think my folks may be the next converts on the Keurig train!

We headed over to Sawyer's house for an evening of pizza, baby-holding, and socializing. Before we left the camp, a large group of fathers and sons were coming into the campground for an overnight camping even. Tents started popping up all over the place! It was lots of fun to watch. They had campfires going quickly--which was a good thing, because it was COLD last night!

Needless to say, our timing for heading out was good. There wasn't much bird- or wildlife once the tents came in! Well, let my re-think that . . . because there was *plenty* of wild things running around! It was actually fun to see; it's what this place was made for! :)

Sawyer was as alert and sociable as I've seen him since he was born! He had a doctor's appointment yesterday and he's doing great!

Here's a "great" combo . . . Great-grandma and great-grandson. :)

Todd got in his Sawyer holding time last night as the rest of us played Apples to Apples. It was a night full of laughter and fun and laughter. And more laughter. And periods of silence because people were laughing so hard they couldn't breathe! My dad and my two children are a *dangerous* comic combination!

What does today hold? I don't know, but I *will* have my camera and the weather *is* supposed to be BEAUTIFUL!

Ciao!

:)

Friday, March 26, 2010

tah dah!!!

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!!!!

I really appreciate everyone who played; it really has been fun getting to know all you quilty-people! But the thing is, as much as I would have liked to have sent *everyone* a little something, only one person could be a winner this time. I'm glad *I* didn't have to select! Instead, I went to true random number generator, entered my numbers (and you all had pretty good chances, especially if you were able to enter two or three times), and here is what it came up with . . .

Lucky number 7! Wow -- that's one of my favorite numbers in the whole world! So let's see whose comment was the seventh . . .

Yay! My new friend from Quilt Hollow, in North Carolina!

She was able to enter three comments, and it was that third one that hooked the win! Congratulations!!

I'll be honest, I love to *put* fun packages in the mail as much as I like to receive them, so I'm excited to be able to do this!

So now, I'm off to spend the weekend with my precious family. It was so wonderful to see my mom and dad with their great-grandson last night; I am *so* blessed! Of course, I'll be posting pictures later.

:)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

tick . . . tock . . . !

Less than TWENTY-FOUR hours to sign up for my awesome (not patting my own back or anything) giveaway! LOL! Click right HERE to sign up! It closes at 7:00 am tomorrow morning and a winner will be announced tomorrow afternoon! :)

In other tick-tock, watching the clock news, I won't be doing much quilting over this long weekend. But I'm totally okay with this, because we'll have out-of-town guests . . . my mom & dad are arriving from Maryland---via their trip down to Corpus Christi, Texas, to visit my youngest sister and her family---and are getting closer as I type!


Aren't they a handsome couple? I just got a text a few minutes ago telling me that they're in Mississippi! Whoohoo! They are actually staying with my daughter and her husband (because I think they'll be more comfortable there than in the RV for four nights). Although my mom did mention that she would be interested in staying one night out at the RV so she could see all our deer! Of course it's from them and their parents that I inherited my love of camping and traveling, so it's not really a surprise. Although our RV is *far* from the tent & pop-up camper camping we did as a family when I was a girl!

I can't wait for them to meet Sawyer Graham! And to take the 'four generations' photo!

My sweet co-worker, and dear friend, is off for the next three to six weeks. She's having surgery and will have a long recovery. I will *very* much miss her presence here at the office ... she keeps me sane and laughing! Reese (the cat) will very much miss her too!

My last offering is perfect, tiny feet . . .



So precious! I love my grandbaby so much!

:)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

happy wed-nes-day!

Only TWO more days to go HERE and enter to win my fabulous giveaway!

One of the benefits of not working on Mondays is that the middle of the standard work week comes *very* quickly and painlessly! :) This week I'm off on Friday as well (my mom & dad are coming into town to meet their new (and first) great-grandchild -- yay)!!! What a nice work week for me! I believe I'll take my mom out to lunch at Emma's Tea Room on Friday. One of my *most favorite* tea places!

I forgot to mention that I received, via e-mail, the first e-book for review from C&T. The only down to the book is that it doesn't include the patterns, so I can't really speak about them, which is unfortunate (especially since such a big part of reviewing an applique book would include the quality / layout / spacing of the patterns. I'll make it work. I picked out a simple, cute square to work with and I'll have something in the next two weeks to show for it. Other than the pattern thing, the book itself is fun, and I enjoyed my initial flip through it! Whimsical is a good word in the title -- the birds crack me up!

I also finally got around to putting out my Easter things that I saved from the house.

You know, since we've moved in, I've had fall/Thanksgiving decorations out, Christmas decorations out, winter decorations out (yes, I have "winter" decor!), Valentine decorations out and now Easter/spring decorations! I hope I've got something to fill all this space when there's no holiday! LOL!

And I didn't forget the outside . . . of course, I've already talked about this door decoration. My door wreath (or the wren's home, depending on who you talk to)!

The wren was nestled in BEHIND the bunny. I didn't stand a chance!

Our weather is *so* beautiful today! It's supposed to get up into the 70's by this afternoon. I am wearing my Yellowboxes today, in anticipation! My MM (Mighty Man) took off to go fishing it's so wonderful today. Oh for that luxury . . . ! (Said the girl who's only working three days this week. Hmmmm.)

Have a happy and quilty day!

:)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

reflections of yesterday . . .

I'm having fun reading comments and making new friends. Click HERE to check out my giveaway and then sign up! I'm picking the winner on Friday morning! :)

Yesterday I had a phenomenal day! I got to babysit Sawyer while his mommy ran some errands. He was *so* good and we had such a fun time! I sang to him, and we talked, and he ate, and he slept. And I took photos. Lots of 'em. Far more than I'm sharing here! Oh the joy of being grandma!

And in the mail I got a package! I do so love getting packages in the mail; whether it's something I ordered, something I *won* or something that's a surprise! Mail is lovely! This package was from Amber, of A Little Bit Biased and Gigi's Thimble, and it was a darling quilted wall-hanging I had won from her blog!
Align Center
And then I pulled out a tie, an egg, the instructions, and went to work . . .

Ummm...on my list for today? Pick up some vinegar!

And I'll also spend a little time over here . . . at jaybird quilts . . . checking out the other giveaways going on in blog land!

Buenos dias!

:)


Monday, March 22, 2010

design wall monday . . . on the ironing board

Right off the bat? Don't forget to sign up for my very first GIVEAWAY!!!

Actually, I wanted to share this non-quilt offering (which is on my mat) . . .

Remember on Friday, when I shared the link for the "tie" dyed Easter eggs? Well, while we were out on Saturday, I stopped by the local Goodwill store and picked out these beauts!

In the article, she mentions that the uglier tie, the more beautiful Easter egg you've got. *I* am going to have some of the MOST beautiful eggs ever! *Especially* the green and orange striped one . . . yeeesh! It makes me mindful of a clash between the Scots and the Irish! LOL!

I *do* have a new project in the "getting ready" stage. I'm assembling the parts and pieces of this cute spring project . . .

From this book (which I also picked up in our wanderings on Saturday). This was the weekend that I spent money at a local small business. I'm doing my part to help the economy! :)

As you can see from the cover, this book is full of cute, seasonal offerings. Just perfectly sized for an RV wall. I *had* to get it! The fall wall hanging caught my eye, too. There's also a "Home" hanging that I'll want to try.

This is what I've got so far (on my design ironing board) . . .

I opted to have it say "give me spring!" vs. "give me the simple life". Because I can.

Have a super-HAPPY MONDAY!

:)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

the wreath and the wren . . .

It's been just over four months since Todd & I moved the RV up to Camp Macoba and moved out of our house. Other than three nights over Thanksgiving weekend, one night in Atlanta, one night at Smith Lake, and three nights at my quilting retreat, I've spent every night here since.

We're not roughing it by any means. I know there are quite a few bloggers out there -- quilters, even -- who have done full-time and part-time RVing, and they'd be able to back me up; when you live in a 5th wheel, there's nothing rough about it! We have limited *space* but not convenience. I have a washer/dryer, we have a flat screen in our bedroom and in our living space (they came standard, as did most of the luxury items), we have an upstairs and a downstairs, a basement and a garage, a central vacuum system, a refrigerator, freezer, stove, oven and microwave, and two bathrooms! We have heat, a/c, DVD players, an outdoor stereo system, and we're saving for a dishwasher!

It's actually rather cushy. And thanks to my Mighty Man, our water pressure is KICKIN! I'm so lucky to have such a wonderful MM; I'm so proud of him! :)

And while we do have limited space and limited storage, I didn't leave *everything* behind! All of my quilting stuff (minus my space and a few magazines) made it. With the exception of quilting books, I was exceedingly picky about which books I kept. Mainly just my favorite series in the whole world (the paperbacks of the Mitford series) a handful of favorite cookbooks, some favorite Bible study books, and my collection of tea party books. We saved our DVDs, our CDs, and we both brought our laptops. We do not lack.

My clothes had to be whittled down, but not my jewelry! LOL! And I left behind a LOT of my kitchen gadgets and dishes and machines. I saved my Lenox Kelly china (six place settings); but someday down the road I may change my mind about it!

All that being said, we *do* live out in the middle of 110 acres of woods, meadows, ponds and streams. There is ... well ... nature! It's funny, when we left Hunter Road, I was *so* sad that I would be missing all my favorite birds--my beautiful cardinals, the clownish blue jays, the precious nuthatches, and especially our dear little wren, who is so friendly and inquisitive. Luckily, we've had all those birds and *so* many more! It's been incredible--tons of woodpeckers, birds we'd never seen before and even my wren! Along with the birds, we've dealt with skunks, raccoons, deer, feral cats, stray dogs, squirrels and rabbits. Oh yeah, and just recently, we had a little uninvited house guest . . . one that leaves little droppings . . . UGH! But, oh well; I don't sweat it. We put out traps and take care of it.

But I was NOT prepared for what happened tonight. Not at all.

At night there's not a lot of light out at the site -- there's a light post on the other side of the camp, which emits a small glow, and then there's a small yellow light above the door of the RV. I always hit the "unlock" on my car key, so that my headlights stay on and give me more light. It's *really* dark . . . and since we're in the middle of all that acreage, there aren't any nearby neighbors! It spooked me a little when we first moved here, but I've slowly gotten used to it.

Tonight it was dark, and it was raining and cold. I came up by myself; Todd wasn't here. I try (don't laugh at me) to gather everything I've got so I only have to make one trip. Tonight I had my purse, my coffee cup, my Bible, and eight grocery bags. And yes, I did gather it all *and* shut the hatch, too! Hey -- I do NOT want to be out there when the car lights go out!

So, I gather up all the stuff and junk, shut the car doors, and walk to the RV, key in hand. I step up onto the first step, feeling good about it all. I put my key into the lock when ALL OF A SUDDEN SOMETHING COMES AT ME AND TOUCHES MY HAIR!!!!!

Ummmm, yeah. Our dear little wren? He's roosting in the wicker bunny wreath I have on the door. I think he was as shocked as I was. My heart was fluttering just as fast as his wings were!

Ah, the joys of nature . . .

:)


rainy Sunday . . .

It's on again, off again raining. More on than off, though. Afternoons like this are perfect for a cup of tea, some fabric play, and perhaps a good book or magazine to thumb through. (Hint, hint, wink, wink!) Oh, and a nap! :)

Todd and I really did have a great day together yesterday! In the morning we headed over to our church to do a community walk. We had about twenty-five folks show up and we had targeted about two-hundred homes, so we made fairly quick work of it. While Todd got things set up, I did some work on the slide show for the Camp Macoba web page (which is nearly, but not quite finished), and typed a blog entry for the Macoba blog.

Afterward, we headed to Fayetteville so that I could pick up some quilting *stuff*, and we picked up some corn (for the deer) at the Lincoln County Co-op. From there we grabbed a quickie bite and headed into Huntsville. I have really wanted to see Burton's Alice in Wonderland. I didn't realize we'd be seeing it in 3-D! It was fun; I've heard mixed reviews on the movie and I wasn't sure what I'd think. I'm not Burton's biggest fan, but I do like the story itself, and I love Anne Hathaway and Johnny Depp. It was definitely worth it! I loved it and the 3-D aspect of it too! I'm glad we were sitting on the very back row, so no one could see me ducking and flinching!

After the movie we headed to Cantina Laredo for some chile con queso, chips & salsa. It was so-so. Todd had never been there before and I doubt we'll be back! Their guacamole is awesome, but he is not a guac-fan like me. We'll stick to Rosie's for any future date meals!

From the restaurant we wandered back up the length of Bridge Street. We stopped in a kitchen wares store that was having an awesome 20% off any one item sale. Todd had just mentioned wanting a Keurig (we got one for my daughter for her birthday) and they had the deluxe model for a decent price, PLUS the 20% off! I really thought he was going to do it, but alas, we didn't. We don't really *need* one, and since we *are* trying simplify . . . !

We grabbed a sweet treat from the Chocolate Crocodile, and then headed back up to the camp. By the time we got home, it was dark. I had time to post yesterday's entry, and then it was practically bedtime!

I'll leave you with a snapshot of one of my *most* favorite things:

Love my Sawyer baby!

:)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

finally . . . giveaway time!

Happy National Quilting day (again) and HAPPY SPRING!!

I bet you were wondering if I was really going to pull this off today, huh? :) We had a wonderful day, wandering hither and yon, shopping here and there, eating and catching a movie . . . but I digress (and I'll tell more tomorrow)!

Finally, I've got it all together . . . we're having a giveaway!!

First: Heart for a Hero - a signed copy, personalized for the winner. Great story, great read.

Second, we've got the current issue of Tea Time magazine, along with a box of my favorite tea, Pomegranate Pizzazz, and to celebrate the first day of Spring, a copy of Celebrate Spring! The two magazines are both offerings of Hoffman Media, a privately owned publisher out of Birmingham, Alabama. They publish all of my favorite, non-quilting magazines, including the two I'm offering and Southern Lady, Sew Beautiful, Victoria, and Cooking With Paula Deen, to name a few!

For the final offering, I traveled here . . .

Hooked on Quilting, one of my favorite local quilt shops. She has a wonderful selection of novelty fabrics, as well as 30's prints, baby prints, batiks and more. I know this was the place to find something that spoke of our cat commonality, and I wasn't wrong!!

I found these darling Timeless Treasures prints . . . which blogspot refuses to put in my blog correctly. Whimsical fat cat quarters!

And we'll top if off with a pattern for a darling cell phone 'catty'!

Books, tea, spring, cats . . . this is fun stuff! You want it??? You know you do!

So here's the deal:

Leave a first (1st) comment that just says anything you want to say. That simple step will give you one entry.

Want another chance? Become a follower of my blog and leave me a second (2nd) comment saying that you have (or that you already are--God bless you)!

Want an even another chance? Good enough; blog about my giveaway (including a link back to my blog) on *your* blog, then leave me a third (3rd) comment with a link that confirms you've done so!

Easy-peasy!

Make *sure* you leave me a way to get in touch with you in one of your comments, especially if you're a no-reply blogger. If I can't get in touch with you, well, it's counter-productive.

Make sure you leave a comment for EACH entry (so you get all three of your chances).

I'll leave this active until Friday, March 26th, at 7 am, and then I'll let the online random number generator do its magic and select the winner!!!

Good luck!

:)

happy national quilt day!

Aren't we lucky to have a day to celebrate a craft we're so passionate about?!?

I mean really; National Quilt Day = March twentieth!

I will be celebrating (first) in one of my favorite little stores, and then I will be celebrating (second) with some GIVEAWAY love! Yes, it's coming *today*!

And then, I'll be celebrating (third) with a dinner & movie date with my husband. Hey, there are all kinds of great ways to celebrate quilts . . . and my husband loves to celebrate with me!

Don't forget . . . I'll be back . . . with a giveaway . . . TODAY!

;)

Friday, March 19, 2010

a final look back at the day . . .

Listen. I know that blog entries with pictures are more fun, but I included lots of links that *do* have pictures, so stick it out. Okay? :)

I had a pleasant afternoon; I took advantage of Quilting Gallery's blog resources and checked out quilt blogs from around the country. I peeked in and out of about thirty or so; made comments and some friends! It really is a terrific resource for both quilt blogs and quilt shops . . . to check it out you can either hit the button on the right side or, to go directly to the directory, click here. How easy is that?!? Maybe you'll make some new friends too! Tell 'em I said, "Hey!"

Another fun thing I stumbled on today? Silk-Dyed Eggs {aka TIE-Dyed!} from the Our Best Bites blog. You simply must check this out. I can't wait to hit the thrift store tomorrow and find some wacky silk ties! I'm gonna have me some art-deco eggs this year for Easter! :) I enjoy this blog even though it's not a quilting blog. Shhhhh, don't tell on me!

Yesterday I had read an interesting tidbit on Mama Spark's World blog about C&T Publishing. Now I believe I've mentioned a time or two thousand, how much I love books; I hated giving up my library (okay, it wasn't that bad, since I kept all my quilting books), and I've determined that I really *shouldn't* (which is different than won't) buy any new (or even gently used) books, quilting, cooking or otherwise. (Tell Mama Spark I said, "Hey!" too, please!)

So I was really psyched about this C&T thing. On March 10th, they introduced this reviewer program, through C&T Creative Troupe. You apply to become a member. It's not a difficult process; they want to know your name, your address, the name of your blog (if you've got one), the craft(s) you prefer, the name and birth date of your first born (j/k), and do on. Ah, and they want to see pictures of or links to some of your 'best' work -- their words, not mine. I just showed 'em what I'd done, which is not a considerable amount.

Then they e-mail you back within five business days (or five hours, as it was in my case) with your member number! And do you know what that entitles you to? Among other great (I'm sure) things, it allows you to get an e-book to download, read and review. FOR FREE! Every TWO weeks! This is awesome news to me! It changes my world! I requested my first one today . . . My Whimsical Quilt Garden. I can't wait to check it out! I'll add the C&T button to my blog manana!

That really was a happy find for me. Happies on Fridays are like extra-special hugs. I had a happy when I checked out my son's facebook and found he'd posted a video of Sawyer. I watched it over and over and over! I wish I could successfully link to it, so you could watch it over and over and over, too. LOL! Hey, since I *can't* link to it, you can humor me here! :)

But the happiest moment of the day came as I was driving down the road, heading home. I had the sunroof open and was just enjoying the drive and the knowledge that it was the weekend and that the sun was warm, when all of a sudden, it hit me.

It was as if all the trees had been collectively holding their breath, waiting for this first beautiful, warm & sunny day. And when it came, they could hold it no more and with a *WHOOSH* they exhaled and their branches -- seemingly bare just yesterday -- were filled with tiny, unfurling, green leaf buds . . . and the promise of pink and red and purple blossoms . . . and their limbs stretched to the sun as if to say, thank You!

And it filled the air with the promise of new life, and my heart with unspeakable joy. The kind of joy that comes only from the Lord Almighty. I think it's so appropriate that we celebrate the risen Savior during the season of Spring. Our Hope springs eternal, and new life He brings.

He is why I can count it all joy!!

:)

much ado . . .

. . . about nothing. *sigh*

Are you familiar with the quote, "The best laid schemes, etc...."? Yes, well, it applies here, too!

And it was all going so well!! I'd shared this offering on Tuesday . . .

This lovely offering on Wednesday as part two . . .

And then yesterday, I thought I could foreshadow the final offering with this as part three . . .

Thinking I'd be able to show the "real thing" today. Didn't happen. Out of my control. Nothing I can do.

And I so wanted to have this up today and have my first Blog Giveaway! But it's no fun signing up for a giveaway, when you can't see *everything* that's being offered. Is it? I didn't think so.

So, the dilemma. Do I just forge ahead and do it, knowing you may or may not be interested when you are able to *finally* see? Or do I wait one, two, perhaps THREE more days to be able to post the final offering?

If it happens tomorrow, I could coordinate it with National Quilting Day. Hmmmm. Not a bad idea . . .

Okay. I'm waiting. Which means, unfortunately (and I'm *so* sorry) that you are waiting as well. A lesson learned; don't give a firm date of an impending giveaway, that way when the scheme goes awry . . . no one is the wiser but you!

:)

On a happy quilting note, I had a marvelous time at last night's guild meeting! Our hospitality committee called me out and had me stand so they could introduce me as a new grandma! I was so proud to stand for that (and yes, grinning from ear-to-ear)!

We had over 25 women show & tell almost double that many quilts last night!! It is so wonderful! A lot of the quilts were finished "PHD" or Projects Half Done. We started this at the beginning of our guild year; anyone who registered a PHD and then finished it by a set date, is eligible for a prize. I didn't participate, though I now realize I could have!

We also talked about our 2010 Challenge; I haven't started mine yet, but I am *thinking* about it, which in quilting can sometimes be half the battle! :) The challenge is to create a small (no bigger than 36" square) quilt, based on a greeting card. And the card must be turned in with the challenge quilt. My wheels have been turning!

Then our storyteller did a magnificent job of entertaining us with stories of his life and how quilts figured into it. He did a great job of taking us through laughter and tears . . . he essentially pieced a quilt of storytelling.

Then, when I got home, I had snail-mail love!! The patterns I'd won from Lila Tueller Designs came! And she was *so* very sweet to me! I'd had a hard time settling between two for my third choice, and she sent them *both*. Thank you, Lila!!

This morning, when I came into work, my dear friend and co-worker had this cute little travel mug sitting on her desk . . .

It was so happy and spring-like! I think I have travel-mug-envy!

And finally, what post of mine (these days) would be complete without a glimpse of . . .

A wink & a wave from Sawyer!

Feliz viernes!

:)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

*sigh of contentment*

Great news! Sawyer got checked today and is done with the bili-bed! Yay! So I got the unexpected pleasure of being able to hold my sweet little grandbaby boy. He was so snuggly and smelled so good . . .

Y'all, isn't he just the sweetest bundle?? I can hardly stand it! I almost passed up the guild meeting to stay and hold him all evening!

Ummm, except I think there are probably limitation to how long a mother/mother-in-law/grandma stays for a visit! I have to say though, my son & daughter-in-law are *very* gracious with their time and home. And I want to be very careful *not* to take advantage of that.

I'm so proud of them.

And being a grandma is so very sweet!

:)

hmmmm . . .

Lots of quilty things to share today. Tonight is the monthly meeting of the Heritage Quilters of Huntsville. I really enjoy our guild meetings, and I'm sure tonight will be no different. Our program tonight consists of storyteller Bruce Walker, who has written and performed stories for a variety of venues, including churches, large family gatherings, historical tours and businesses. He's going to be telling stories of local history and quilting. Should be interesting! We also have some fun things like comfy quilts, Show & Tell, and Gadget Girls (where they review a quilting tool and then offer them up for the raffle).

I had several things I've completed for Show & Tell, but I've already gotten them to their intended destinations. I was also going to show my Grandma's unfinished hexagon quilt, and the mini-fall swap quilt I received in January, but I forgot those too. Good gravy! I did remember to bring the stack of quilting magazines that are free to anyone who might want them!

Another thing I like about guild meeting night is that our smaller group, Stitchers ECT meets beforehand for dinner! Tonight we're meeting at Panera Bread. Yum! :)

I remembered to pull the pictures of my Downy quilt fabric. Here's the cute Noah's Ark fabric I get to work with . . .

Above is my kit, and below is a closeup of the animal print. I thought I'd grabbed a snapshot of the ark itself (the blue backing fabric), but I guess not. I don't know why I'm having such trouble with these photos!

And finally, here's the the final teaser for the giveaway that starts tomorrow . . .

And NO! I'm not boxing up a cat and sending it to some lucky winner! Hahaha, wouldn't that just be the cat's meow?!? But I did comment earlier this week about things I'd noticed quilters had in common. Make sure you peek back here tomorrow!!!

Do you keep up with lots of quilter's blogs? I've got some of my favorites listed on the sidebar to the right. It never ceases to amaze me how many gifted, incredible women (and men) there are out there, not just quilting, but willing to share their creativity and talent with anyone who wants to pull up their blog! To me, the quilting community is just a phenomenal group of people. I'm proud and privileged to be a part of it!

On a grandma note, Sawyer had to go in for a doctor's check yesterday. The doc wasn't real pleased with his bilirubin level, so Sawyer's mommy & daddy got to bring home the ol' bili-machine. Sawyer will stay under the special lights for the next two days or so, to help his little liver get rid of the toxins. *sigh* It's not an unusual occurrence; it happens to 6 out of 10 babies, so we're not worried. Just waiting for the jaundice to be gone so we can go back to holding sweet Sawyer all the time!

:)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

a new pic!


Hey, if I've got 'em, I'm gonna flaunt 'em!

I being a grandma!

So much !

:)

happy saint patrick's day!

Erin go braugh! Which is the anglicized way of saying "Éirinn go brách" or "Ireland Forever"! Of course, if my Scot ancestors had any clue I was even thinking such things and wearing green today, it wouldn't be pretty! But St. Patrick was an honorable man, and I don't mind remembering his accomplishments on this day!

Let me preface this post by saying I had all my pictures on my memory stick, but when I loaded it into the computer, for some reason the directory I'd copied them onto isn't visible here. Pooh. And time to back up and punt . . .

This morning we had an incident with some tree-huggers. Pesky things. Why won't they leave us alone????? LOL! Before anyone gets upset, I'm talking about raccoons! They've been hijacking our bird feeders and suet cages for a couple of weeks now. Some mornings we'll get up and find the bird feeders are off the hanger (no matter how securely my hubby tries to tie it up there). And we lost several suet cages to them. This morning we opened up the shade to find one lone coon still hugging the tree, pawing into the suet cage. He wasn't deterred by our window-knocking, either!

Not long after he climbed down and loped away, the deer wandered in. We have a couple of different groups that come up and feed on our Acorn Hill. In the last week or so there have been times when we had more than twenty deer! It's incredible to be able to sit at the kitchen table and just watch deer for an hour or so, 20-40 feet away. I love it!

Yesterday was a busy mail day! I received this in the mail from Julie, over at "Me & My Quilts ~ Exploring the Possibilities". I had been the lucky winner in her '600 Post Giveaway'! Yay for me! I can't wait to sit down with this and explore my inner creative child! I didn't even know I *had* one! LOL! :)

I also forgot to mention that I'd received this in the mail, too! It's a quilt kit from Downy. Mine didn't look exactly like this (I got one with Noah's Ark themed fabric), but this gives you the general idea. They send you the fabric to piece a complete top and the backing--you provide the batting--for you to sew, wash, and send back to them.

The Quilts for Kids mission is to Transform discontinued, unwanted and other fabrics into patchwork quilts that comfort children with life-threatening illnesses and children of abuse. You can read more about them here or sign up to receive a kit here.

And time for giveaway teaser number two . . .

I mentioned yesterday that I often saw several areas of commonality in the quilting community; tea drinking was one of those areas! So I thought I'd share a box of one of my favorite Bigelow teas, Pomegranate Pizzazz! You can sip it while you peruse a copy of the current issues of Tea Time and Celebrate Spring magazines! Tea Time is one of my all time favorite magazines; I have every issue ever published! And Celebrate is the newest in the Hoffman Media collection; always lots of fun ideas for entertaining in the current season!

So, add that sweet little combo to yesterday's Heart for a Hero . . . and then remember I've got one more day to add a teaser!

Whoohoo!

:)