Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

All the presents are wrapped, fluffy snow is everywhere.  The kids will be here in a few hours.  Today is a day for cooking, decorating gingerbread houses, watching "A Christmas Carol" and "It's A Wonderful Life."
I'm truly excited and anticipating a wonderful holiday with my family but at the same time, my thoughts are of friends and family who aren't experiencing such idyllic circumstances right now.
I know that Christmas is not always an easy time.  In fact, this time of year, when all the world seems to be celebrating, can be especially hard if your life is less than perfect.
If, because of your circumstances you question God's love for you, remember the true meaning of this season.  At this time we celebrate the birth of the Christ child and Christ was born into the world for one purpose: to save us.  He said, "Come unto me all ye that are heavy laden and I shall give you rest."
If you are experiencing heartache or difficulty, turn to him.  He can give you hope and strength.  he can give you answers to your questions and peace to your soul.

Words of inspiration here and here
New entry in Names of Christ Journal here

To anyone who happens across this blog post, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed, peaceful New Year.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Around the house

There's not much quilting going on around this place; too much other fun stuff to do.

First was the decorating.  Since this is our first Christmas in this house, it's been a challenge to figure out the right spot for everything.  I'm still not sure I like it all, but I do like my glitter village and tablescape.
I got these dishes at Target about 10 years ago.  Yes, I was one of those wackos up at the crack of dawn for the "day after Christmas" sale.  I had to fend off several crazed female shoppers and a couple of style conscious gay dudes, but I scooped these babies up for half off.  I got an entire set of Christmas dishes for under $50.  I still love them.

Next, there was baking to be done.

Kade and Minda helped out.  Kade had a pretty serious case of "baker's butt" goin' on.

Now, we're not Martha Stewart but whatdaya think?  Pretty cute, huh?

Then came the neighbor gifts.  This year, I decided I would go with something healthy, so I whipped up some of my famous homemade whole-wheat bread.

With the addition of some flavored butter and freezer jam, I think it will make a nice gift.

I found the darling labels and butter recipes here and here.
Then came the treat making for the ward Christmas party.

I decided to turn these...

Into these.   It was easy-peasy.  So easy, in fact, I didn't really need a tutorial, but I found one for you anyway.  Just click here.

I also made this delicious white chocolate/dried cranberry/pistachio bark.  My husband will tell you I'm a Craisin junkie, so this stuff is dangerous.  It is definitely my clean eating Kryptonite.  Heaven help me!
I found the recipe here.

Speaking of the ward party, this was our meal.  Note to self: If I'm ever in charge of a ward Christmas party, be sure to double check with the caterer.  By the time the committee realized no food was coming their only option was to call Little Caesars.  Can you imagine getting that call?  "Yes, hello?  I'd like to order 100 pizzas, ready asap!"
In all seriousness, I know the ladies who planned the evening felt bad, but the night was still festive and fun.  And hey, who doesn't like pizza!

Lastly, there was the annual trip to see the lights at Temple Square.

It was beautiful as always and even more wonderful because we had our family with us.

Here's a close up of our newest addition.  She's two months old now and getting more bright-eyed and active by the day.

Then of course, there's my little prince;  never happier than when he is in the thick of things.  We brought the stroller for him but he wasn't happy just sitting and looking. He had to get out to play in the snow.
I just can't get enough kisses!
I'm sure I will get back to quilting after the holidays are over, but this time of year is made for taking it easy and enjoying the moments and that's just what I intend to do.
Merry Christmas, everyone!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Stash Busting

Quilt making generates a massive amount of scraps.  The question is always what to do with them?  For most quilters, it's a dilemma to decide when a  scrap is so small as to avoid causing guilt feelings if thrown away.  As for me, it has to be a pretty small (think microscopic) scrap for my "I know I'll be able to use this later" gene not to kick in.  It's a sickness, I know.  

Maddie's quilt left me with a bunch of little triangles that I just couldn't toss.  I decided to turn them into half-square triangles and see what I could do with them.

Using only fabric from my stash and the triangle squares, I came up with these two baby quilts.
Cute, huh?  I love them! To give proper credit, the top quilt was inspired by this Thimbleblossoms pattern.  The bottom one is my own creation.

I'm calling them my fraternal twins; made from the same fabric DNA but not identical.

That little bit of stash busting got me fired up so I pulled out some of my neutrals and decided I'd try to use it to create a nice tablescape for Thanksgiving.

Here's what I came up with.

I whipped up these reversible placemats...

and a couple of runners.  I've had this script fabric for a couple of years. I love it but I've never found the right project for it.

Years ago, I inherited these blue & white dishes from Aunt Twila. I think they look lovely set against all the neutral colors.

My finishing touch is this natural fiber turkey center piece I saw at World Market (one of my favorite stores) and just had to have.
So, what d'ya think?

Have a great holiday! Gobble, gobble!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My Views

As a general rule, I try to keep this blog light.  I tend not to share my views.  Not that I don't have strong views: the economy, gun control, political scandals, the Obamacare debacle. Oh yeah, I've got views, boy do I have views.
So, last week was a pretty big week, right?  Lots going on in the world.  In light of that, I have decided to break my own rule and share some of my views from last week.

Here is the view from my chair while I was soaking up the sun on Kam One.

Here is the view from my chair as I was getting a pedicure at THE BEST place on Maui.  I kid you not.  The Pedicare Center will give you a full one hour, spa pedicure, including a pressure point massage of your legs, feet, head, shoulder, arms and hands all for only $55 buck-a-rooneys.  I go there every time I'm on-island.

Here is my view of Matt in the chair next to me. He's very secure in his masculinity.


Here are my views from a little drive we took up-country where we found the first LDS chapel ever built on Maui.

And finally, here are some of my views from the morning walks along the coastline we took almost every day we were there.  There is nothing more calming to me than walking along a beach and hearing the ocean.  We were also lucky enough to get some closeup views of some sea turtles playing and feeding in the surf.  
Last week, while the Democrats, Republicans, Fox News and CNN were pointing fingers, these were the views I chose to focus on.  
So, if you're fretting over whether or not your premiums are going to sky rocket, or worrying that your insurance will be cancelled, I offer you a moment of peace and beauty.  I know it's not much, but it's all I have.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Welcome To The World

I've been out of touch but with good reason.

Madelyn Elizabeth
7 lb. 12 oz.

Recognize the quilt? I finished it in the knick of time.

I'm helping out for the next few days. It doesn't get any better than this.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Thursday, October 17, 2013

For Sale By Owner

With the Christmas season just around the corner, I find myself in want of a bit of cash. Having given myself a challenge to buy gifts with as little out of budget expense as possible, I have decided to sell a couple of the quilts I have in reserve.

This first quilt is a 38" x 44" baby quilt suitable for a baby boy.  It is priced at $75.00 plus shipping.

SOLD-This next one is a lap quilt sized 47" x 54".  It is priced at $150.00 plus shipping.

SOLD-This quilt is also a lap quilt.  It is just a tad smaller than the other.  It is priced at $145.00 plus shipping.  

This last one is a baby quilt also.  I'm sorry but I don't have a finished picture of it.  If you are interested contact me and I will send you one.  It is sized 40" x 40" and is also priced at $75.00 plus shipping.  

Any of these quilts would make great Christmas or shower gifts.  If you are interested you can contact me through email.  If you know someone who might be interested, be sure and point them to my blog.