Monday, December 30, 2013

End of the Year

Another year is rapidly coming to a close.  It seems inpossible that we are saying goodbye to 2013 already. 

The last month has been so busy and we are now left with great memories.  It was hard to find time for stitching of any sort and my cutting table was in sorry shape.  Everything got dumped on top of it when I was rushing around.  Yesterday was a day for cleaning it up and getting ready for new and old projects. 

Christmas was fabulous!  This was a shot of a very full room as gift opening started. 

Nedra had showed the cutest napkin folding technique on her blog so I used it for our Christmas dinner setting.  It was quite the hit.

I did manage to finish up the newest Christmas stocking for the grandbaby born this year.

The weather for Christmas was amazing and provided us with fun outdoor entertaining.  One flower that grows really well in our area is the poinsettia.  They are all in full bloom right now and this one is at my neice's home.

I received a stunning gift from a dear friend of mine.  She is an accomplished artist and you will see her artwork in many places - LAX and cruise ships to name a few.  This is a new project that she has taken on in her journey.  These are large fabric beads (about 3" across) and can be strung on ribbons, leather or chains.  This one she put on a hand dyed silk ribbon.  She has started an Etsy shop to sell them if anyone is interested.  I cannot tell you how many compliments I have received when I have worn it. 

The little sewing that I have accomplished here has included my mini quilt for the ALQS8 swap coming up next month.  It's not too late to participate if you are interested.  I LOVE the way this swap is run and have participated in the last 4 or 5 of them.

I also completed a couple of wonky houses for Beth's annual Neighborhood Party - one for the party and one for a charity quilt she will make with them.

A couple of fun squishy packages have recently found their way into my mailbox.  These were wins from the most recent Blog Hop Party.  First off was this package of beautiful charms from Kristin at goobadesigns.

Then I received these wonderful mini metal barn quilt designs from Barbara at Cat Patches.  These have little holes so they can be attached with needle and thread if you desire to do so.  They will be fun. 

I wish all of you a wonderful upcoming year.  I will look forward to another year of amazing creativity and inspiration from all of you.   

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

No Room at the Inn

Over the weekend my DIL, several of the granddaughters and I went to an incredible display of Nativity sets.  Each year the local churches hold the No Room at the Inn event.  The donation fees made go to helping the homeless in our community and it is a fantastic event to visit during the Advent season.  The hundreds of nativities are all displayed by local collectors and range from simple ones to very elaborate and elegant ones.  Here are just a few that I found extra interesting.

A must have when you live near the beach. 

Loved these stamps from India.

Talk about imagination...these were all made of office supplies, cassette tapes, coil charger cords for fluffy sheep, light bulbs for heads, discs for halos, large clips for cow legs, paper clips for fun.

LOVE the recycled paper!

From Africa

Look at the cross stitching.  WOW!!!

I found the figures so simple in this pretty set. 

Made of seed pods.

We had our big Christmas dinner here last Saturday night so the busy cooking/entertaining is done now until Christmas Eve.  So.......after doing some cleaning, I managed to slip away into my sewing haven and finish my California Sunballs quilt.  I love the way it turned out and it adds some whimsy to the Christmas decor.   I have entered it into the Quilting Gallery Christmas Quilts contest that starts Friday.

Tuesday night we went to visit Santa with one of our children's families.  I always enjoy those visits.  The facial expressions are so priceless.  What is Christmas without little believers around?  He was an awesome Santa too - real hair, beard and all and he was soooo good with the kids. 

I hope everyone is enjoying the season while maintaining your sanity as you rush to accomplish all of the things you thought you would have done last month!!!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Holiday Hullabaloo Blog Hop

Today is my day to showcase the Holiday Hullabaloo Blog Hop.   It has been  five days of fun as we prepare for Christmas.  Jacquelynne is such a talented artist  as you will see from her lovely fabrics, cards and her blog

Each day of the hop will have prizes - SURPRISES!  No one knows what they will be, but will be valued between $15-30.  All that you need to do is leave a comment on the bottom of this post to be entered to win   the giveaway on my blog.  Then...... be sure to visit all of the participating bloggers to have a chance to win theirs.  Also .... be sure to visit Jacquelynne's blog, The Art of Home, and leave a comment to be entered in the Grand Prize worth over $100.  You can enter each day!!! 

Monday Dec. 2 Lily Pad Quilting

Tuesday Dec. 3 Sew Cal Gal

Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Wednesday Dec. 4 Upstairs Hobby Room

Freemotion by the River

Thursday Dec.5 A Quilt & a Prayer

Tami’s Quilting Adventure

Friday Dec. 6 Needled Mom

For those who are visiting my blog for the first time, I thank you.  I am kept busy as a wife, mother, daughter and grandmother, but do try to make some time for my passion which is needlework of any kind.   This was our family picture taken last Saturday at our Thanksgiving celebration ....five children with their spouses and all 27 grandchildren. 

One of my loves is quilting and it is at this time of the year that I enjoy decorating with my Christmas quilts. 

I hope to get my snowman flimsy quilted next week so I can add that to the decor as well.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  Since we have our big Christmas dinner here on Saturday night, I will pick a winner on Sunday night.   Good luck in the giveaway.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Holiday Hullabaloo Blog Hop

Today marks the first day of the Holiday Hullabaloo Blog Hop.  Although my featured day is not until Dec. 6th, I am sure you will want to check out the other participating blogs throughout the week.  The schedule is as follows:

Monday Dec. 2 Lily Pad Quilting
            Tuesday Dec. 3 Sew Cal Gal
            Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
            Wednesday Dec. 4 Upstairs Hobby Room
            Freemotion by the River
           Thursday Dec.5 A Quilt & a Prayer
           Tami’s Quilting Adventure
           Friday Dec. 6 Needled Mom
There will be surprise prizes each day at the participating blogs....doesn't that sound like fun?  As well, you can enter each day for the Grand Prize Giveaway worth over $100 at
If that isn't enough, Jacquelynne is also having a sale at her etsy shop during the blog hop.  I'm sure we can all find some lovely Christmas gifts there.    So....hop and have fun!!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Scrap Happiness

Has the cooking begun for all of you celebrating Thanksgiving this week?  I ventured out amongst them today to secure my turkeys for the feast.  We have so much to be thankful for around here.  It is nice to take the extra time to pause and reflect on all of our blessings.

I had a few spare moments over the weekend and was able to get near my sewing machine for a little stitch therapy.  My leader/ender project continues to grow.  I have the strips in a basket beside my sewing machine so I can add pieces whenever I want.  Right now it measures about 45x 57.  It is a work in progress and I will keep at it until I decide that enough is enough.  I do love the cheddar color though. 

I've had some super soft corduroy in my stash for sometime and I finally cut into it and made a little jumper.  I think it would look better with a black turtleneck, but I had a white one here. 

A Schnibble that I started about three years ago managed to find its way into the to finish pile too.   It's colors will go well with Christmas decorating here. 

While leaving my mom's place the other day, I saw the cutest little squirrel.  He had his palm tree nuts all lined up and was enjoying a bite out of each one.  I loved how he kept them all on the low fence.

Starting December 2 there is a blog hop sponsored by Jacquelynne Steves that I am going to be participating in.  She has some wonderful prizes and a grand prize worth over $100.  Be sure to pop back in and check it out for a chance to win.

I am wishing all of you who celebrate, a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

California Sun Balls

I really haven't fallen off of the earth yet, but sometimes life does tend to occupy our time more than usual.

Bits and pieces of sewing have been going on here.  I saw this darling pattern for little snowballs at a quilt shop recently and fell in love with it.  Although the quilting isn't finished yet, I have to share my California snowballs.  It's a good thing they don't melt. 

I managed to get a few blocks done for our Japanese X&+ swap done too.  I am excited to see how the set colors of green, pink and purple turn out.  Most of the recipients have just requested scrappy fabrics. 

Sheila is having a Christmas post card swap that I am participating in as well.  I don't think my partner reads my blog so I will share it here. 

I know Halloween was several weeks ago, but here are just a few shots of the little ones.

This was our sunrise this morning.  How could it not be a perfect day ahead?

Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday Check In

In between running around and doing some babysitting this week, I have managed to get some stitching squeezed in here and there. 

My daughter's family is having their family pictures taken next week and asked if I could make a gray dress for their little one.  I LOVE sewing children's clothing so I jumped at the idea.

For this little one.

A few of the grandchildren needed their Halloween treat bags for trick or treating so I did up some simple little bags for them.

The children's school auction is coming up in the middle of November and I made a couple of items for the silent auction.

Embroidered ornaments for a Jesse Tree

While the little ones were here this week they found a neat looking "leaf" bug on the wall.  All were quite impressed with it!

When my children were little we had a great toy that they spent hours playing.  Some of you may remember it - the Red Raven records with the mirrored carousal.  I brought it out for the kids this week and they enjoyed it as much as my own children did.  The records have characters on them that the mirrors reflect their movement as the records revolve.  One can enjoy the antics of the Three Blind Mice or Santa Claus Coming to Town as well as many others.  I do think the children were as intrigued with records as they were with the mirror activity.  Everything is digital for them.   

The "tornado" who really just wanted to get his hands on the records.

The weather has cooled off considerably this week.  It makes for some good evenings for warm, cozy fires and extra blankets on the bed.   Thankfully, there will be no snow in our future.