Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas?? Already???? WHAT!!!

Wow I cant believe its been a month since I Posted! I started November out on great intentions to get lots of things finished for christmas but it all went out the window when I got really sick right before Thanksgiving. I wound up spending most of the week prior to thanksgiving in bed, and hubby did most of the cooking for the actual holiday while I rested on the recliner with my 4 cuddly chihuahuas. Here are 3 of the silly little brats cuddled up with a flannel throw I made for hubby last christmas. THEY adopted it as their own little blankie, and on days that are chilly they burrow down in between the folds to keep warm. #4 Cherokee was sitting with his boy in another chair.

Heres the table setting for our 19th anniversary dinner date on Nov 21. The dishes are Sebring from the early 1800's passed through my grandmother on my fathers side. I did a little research on Sebring, there was a factory back east who did these dish sets, plus many other styles but they closed the factory late in the 1800s. Thats all the information I can find about it, PLUS I have only seen this particular design ONCE in my life besides the ones I own. It was a plate and teacup in a pawnshop, and he wanted like 150 bucks just for the one! And that was the only one he had, no others!

The crystal glassware was Princess house, given to us at our wedding by hubbys sister, since she was a Princess House sales person.

The silverware are antique silver set from Hubbys side of the family, complete with its own velvet lined hardwood box. Such precious treasures! I have no heirlooms from my own biological family except the dishes, grama gave to me when we got married.

Here is our family! This was an impromptu photo snapped on Thanksgiving day, so I could have a family picture for our Christmas cards that I mail out every year. My son Justin in the back is 16 years old, and my daughter Melodie had her 20th birthday on Dec 16th!

This is our "wonky" blue spruce in the front yard. We just had a serious snow storm that gave us nonstop snowfall for over 48 hours! This is the second day of the snowstorm, and the roads are still unplowed! You can see my garbage can, it is almost buried!

Here is Rusty my fluffy Chihuahua having fun in the snow! He wanted to go out and play SO bad, we just had to laugh and let him go. We didnt even have a potty spot shoveled out yet, he just went bouncing around and you could see his tail but nothing else!

This is the next day after the storm, we got out and shoveled a small path for the dogs to get out and do their business. As you can see, we got LOTS of snow! Theres still about 4-6 inches the dogs had to walk in, and the wall next to the dog is the untouched snow in the rest of the yard!

This afternoon, the shoveled area was filling up with snow again. You cant even see the stairs that my dog is climbing down.......

Wheres the gas bbq at? All I see is SNOW! Good thing we are out of propane, Hubby likes to grill year round and snow doesnt stop him!

This is one car shoveled out so we could go get essentials from the store. Even so, the roads were really nasty bad, and lots of cars were stuck or in ditches. We dont have chains, so we had to take advantage of good conditions because we are suppose to get more snow, plus colder temperatures!

My son is 6 ft 4 inches tall, and he is standing in the middle of our front yard at 7 am. This is pretty deep stuff!

This is a little wooden toolbox I made for my sons christmas gift. It is scrap pieces of wood strips glued together to create "boards" then all of it was stained and nailed together. Its about 12 inches long, by 8 inches wide inside the box and 6 inches deep. Perfect for a teenager who put his skateboarding keys and screwdrivers into!

Pretty cool for being discarded wood scraps from school! Since hubby is unemployed and I only work on call , very little to be had for Christmas unless we make our gifts. We will have a warm house, and food , that is whats most important right now!

Here are two jewelry boxes I made as gifts. The one with butterflies on it was very simple and it was my first attempt, it took me 3 days with the assembly of pieces, glueing pieces to create the box, then glueing fabric around and assembling the whole project. The crazy quilted one took alot longer to make since I had to make the crazy quilted part for the top, then sew it to the rest of the fabric piece and then assemble the parts to create the jewelry box. Total of 1 week on that one!

I hope Everyone has a happy and wonderful Christmas, Hannukah and Happy New Year!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

What a week of destashing!

ahhhhhh the memories.....
Take a trip down memory lane with me.........
20 years ago on december 16 1988 I gave birth to my first baby girl. I was expecting to have a boy so I had nothing for a baby girl to wear! She was a healthy lovely little baby, quiet and happy all the time (what happened!)
anyways, I was a single Mom with a newborn baby in arms and counted on help from the social services and charity to get me through the rough times. At that time I was living in a really old house that only had wood heat, and it was way out in the sticks of Bothell Washington.
Well, I went to Crisis Pregnancy center in Bothell/Seattle and asked them for assistance with the newborn baby. I had literally nothing for her to wear except some used sleepers I had bought at St Vincent De Paul right before she was born. Of course they were BLUE hehehe.

They gave me a call a few days before she was born, and told me to come in, have a friend bring me in a car because they had a bundle of goodies for me. Ok, that got my attention! I walked in and there were THREE large stuffed full boxes!! There were some warm cute clothes for a little newborn girl, plus a couple outfits for her to grow into. A gorgious crocheted layette set with bonnet, sweater and booties, a hand made quilt with pink bows and rocking horses, on the back was flannel pin stripes of pink and white (I still have the layette and quilt!) baby wipes, powder, bath and lotion, a baby tub and disposable diapers to last a couple weeks! I was in SHOCK let me tell ya, I started to cry!

They also gave me a donated crib and bedding for the crib, what a wonderful thing!

Ok so what does that have to do with the pictures today? Well.....
This coming December my daughter Melodie celebrates her 20th birthday!!!
And I decided that this Christmas for my charity donation I would make up a bunch of flannel baby quilts and give them to my local chapter of Crisis Pregnancy Center in her honor!
They are all FLANNEL. And made with all my scraps that I have been hoarding for a couple years.

They measure about 45 x 55-60 so its a good starting point for a newborn baby who is in need.

This particular pattern is one that I have made up and have used alot for making quick quilt tops. I have made a twin bed size one for my mother in law 2 years ago, and 3 years ago I made one for my korean daughter who lived with us as an exchange student and is still an active part of our family unit.

For my DESTASH Challenge, I would say using up 90 percent of my flannel scraps was a HUGE Dent! I still have one shoe box with bright scraps I have not used. Since there are 6 quilt tops, I would say thats about 8 yards of scraps I used up! the BOX that they were all collect into was the size a computer monitor comes in from the store! NOW that box has been disposed of and the last of the scraps are in the little plastic shoe box! Progress!

******update: Quilts donated on Nov 14 to the local quilt shop. Very happy to see and wanted show and tell. Lots of ohhs and awwws to my embarrassment hahah.

AND kick off the Special season of Christ's Birthday! Im turning my playlist on to play CHRISTMAS Music!
Another update! This past weekend Nov 15-16 was Judy's Quiltathon(
and I spent it sewing up these blocks for American Hero. (

Two tops made for 2 wounded soldiers to cherish! That was fun!

This is the dinner I made for myself for the Quiltathon! Nummy! Koreans call it Gim Bap. Japanese call it Sushi. I would rather call it Gim Bap because when Japanese say sushi, they mean that it has raw fish in it, where the korean gim bap does not have raw fish.
There is rice, precooked and chilled. then dried seaweed. And veggies of choice. Mine were water chestnuts, cucumber, carrots, and avacado. And I used kanimi imitation crab.
Here it is ready to dip in soy sauce and wasabi! I had dull knives all over the house so I just dipped it whole like this and bit off the end. DELICIOUS!!! Nobody else eats it, its all for ME!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Halloween is OVER Thank Goodness!

WHEW!!!! Im not fond of halloween with all the candy everywhere and the kids who are all jacked up on the sugar overload. Wont even go into what my job is like at night when I have to clean the schools after their halloween parties hahaha. Exhausting!
Heres some cute pics for ya.........
Justin my son, just got his new hat! I had a custom order made up by Carole S, of a chulla hat in purple, green and orange with black seperation. He LOOOOOVES His new hat! You should have seen this kid when I gave it to him. Jumping up and down and screaming "AWWWWESOME.....SWEEEEET........FREKEN COOL!!!!!" hehehe. Hes only 6 ft 4 inches and towers above me so I had to aim the camera up high to get his face! (of course he humored me and bent over just a bit)

I am the owner of our local Freecycle ( chapter and right after halloween I posted a message that I would like to adopt everyones discarded pumkins so I could make breads and muffins for winter. Well, four people responded and I made arrangements to pick up. EACH person had multiples of uncarved pumkins so by the time I did all 4 pick ups, my backseat was full! heheh. The one on the floor is so big and heavy I cant pick it up so I will have my son get it to the kitchen table for me when the time comes.

All these baggies of frozen pumkin puree!!! *sigh* Theres 7 in the front plus another 8 behind those! And one loaf of pumkin bread sitting on the top, the other one was quickly gobbled up by the starvin martins as soon as it was out of the oven. it took me all day from noon til about 8 to cut the whole pumkin, take skin off, chop and then boil it down. If I had thought about it I would have shown you my stove, I had three very full dutch ovens all boiling at the same time! And while I was doing the peeling and chopping I was watching HGTV, with cutting board on my lap, bucket for peels at my feet and big tupperware bowl at my side for the chopped pieces. Very industrious! OH...By the way. All this work was just ONE very large pumkin, the twin to the one sitting on the floor! All the others in the pic above HAVE NOT been cooked yet (as of today nov 10)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Stashbusting 2009

Ok lets see. With our finances in bad shape (like everyone else Im sure!) I decided I want to use more of my own stash instead of buying more. I do have PLENTY here I can use! Oh gosh I have a collection of orientals, fairy frost, red/whites, batiks galore plus Im an avid scrap saver!
SO here we go! Im gonna sign up and dedicate to use more of my own! So I guess I should start COUNTING how much yardage I actually have. Hahaha and my math sucks bigtime!

Who's gonna join me on this adventure? Heres the link to the original post by Judy Laquidera

Have a great fall leaves colorful Monday!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

I got MUSIC!!!!

Oh my gosh Im SOOOOO Happy!!!!!
I finally have my very own playlist!
These are some of my very favorite songs. I listen to a large variety of genre in music but I lean mostly toward the easy contemporary type.

ALSO, I have already set up my christmas musicbox too! So sometime in November I will change my regular out for Christmas classics! :)

Have a wonderful day today!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

October 23 already?

Here the fall colors are showing up , reds, golds, yellows, vibrant oranges. Its so beautiful around here and yet its a warning to me that snow is right around the corner, my least favorite season. I dont mind the white stuff as long as I am inside but when I drive it better be gone!

I had two entries into the Spokane quilt show, and here are pics of those projects! I am hoping you will be able to click on the images to make them larger so you can see the wonderful detail.

I loved this little banner I saw at the quilt show. Its SO true! And fits my personality perfectly :)

Here I am standing next to my Crazy quilted Color wheel! I had so much fun and was challenged by this project. I created all the fabric wedges in april, and then for the entire summer I spent my free time embellishing. I usually had one wedge finished in 2 weeks or less. I did hand dye all the laces so they were unique to their wedge. It was ALOT of fun! but like I said CHALLENGING! I am a girl who absolutely hated anything that required handwork, and I am quite proud of my stitching!
the whole quilt finished, with binding. This is in natural sunlight so you can see the vibrance. It is about 40 inches square. I used navy satin on the back and I did the hand tied black flosses, with the tassle part on the back of the quilt so it wouldnt detract from the front. Karen in OH gave me that suggestion~
Heres the blues. I have to admit they were my favorite ones to work on :)

Heres the reds. I have to give my MUCH appreciated Thanks to Gail O for helping me do some stitches on the pink/red and the orange/red wedges. I was running out of time later in the summer,and I asked her if she would do these two wedges , in trade for a themed packet. So I sent her a fat gallon bag of FALL Themed threads, beads, fabrics etc. She did a Fantastic job!

Heres the bright sunny yellow and oranges. These were the first ones I made earlier this spring. So the embellishments are a bit rough on this one, compared to the rest of the wheel, when I had more experience I get better at the skillz.

Heres the green segments. I have to give Kudos to Carole S for doing the two green wedges for me :) Again I was running out of time in august to get this finished and she offered to help me out, and I sent her a fat gallon baggie of YELLOWS, all flosses, beads, buttons, ribbons and fabrics. She did an awesome job!

Here I am standing next to the walker bag that I had made for the quilt show. I asked the coordinator to please put a for sale tag but it didnt happen. But I thought it was VERY creative that they managed to find a walker to put the bag onto as a prop! And I was tickled to see they did that up on a table so everyone could see up close and personal my work. I had ALOT of wonderful compliments. After the show, I took the bag home and shortened the straps so that it is closer to the handle bars, it was a few inches too low for a granny to be able to put her things in the bag.

Close up of the walker. I am hoping you can click on the image to bring it closer so you can see more detail.

Here is the bag just after I finished making it, still on the table.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

BUSY BUSY!!! Wow Where did summer GOOOO???

IN MEMORIAM of the people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. It has been 7 years ago already. But yet I remember clearly like yesterday what I was doing and where I was at. I did not lose anyone personally but I had many friends on the East Coast, who had relatives lost. Early this morning at 6:30 I put my large flag out on the front porch in remembrance. And a special flag it is as well because it was given to us when Dad passed away 1 year earlier almost to the day.

Ok heres a couple pictures of the past month. My hubby and I took a backroads trip to see our friends Lynn and Lorin down in Lewiston. On the highway it is 2 1/2 hours but taking the backroads turned it into 4 1/2 hours, with Fantastic scenery and very enjoyable cool weather.

This is Clearwater river, just outside of Lewiston heading east
The Kendrick Julietta grade as we were heading up the hillside. You can see the cut into the hill where the road travels, and it is very steep!
This is in the midst of our travel through the backroads. Just outside a little town called Santa, Idaho
The lake at St Maries Idaho
Some wildflowers on the roadside. Not sure but possibly syringa


This is where I worked all summer. NO Air conditioning! And it got hot in that window. We did have a nice breeze blow through most days because its right off the highway. Between 10 am and 1 pm it was slamming busy crazy with hundreds of cars wanting in as fast as they could get!
Try to guess how many times I got to say with cheerful voice and smile on face. Hello, Parking is four dollars unless you have a silverwood season pass.
My buddy Lynn on left and Me on right.
Im in tye dye tank, Lynn and Lorin on their bike, and my hubby Pat in the back wearing black helmet
Miss Canayla is the older one by 4 years, but smaller. SERIOUS attitude! Shes nicknamed BOO. And Rusty is the baby at just 1 year this month, and weighs twice as much. Hes nicknamed BEAR. Gee I wonder why?


the three NICU gowns I made for Kathy's first grand daughter born at a wee 3 pounds

thats my hand on the gown to show you just how small a 3 pounder's gown would be!


I started this project in april , inspired by Janets and Lauri's color study. I have always wanted a quilt made using the color wheel and this is what I decided to do! Crazy Quilt!
my first 3 wedges all embellished
this is almost finished, I took this pic start of august and since then I have completed all the embellishments of the 12 wedges and Im sewing it onto the black velvet backing now.
This is the quilt that Lynn made when she came up for her first visit in two years! We celebrated by shopping for batik fabrics at Bearpaw in Coeur d'alene and then sewed for the entire week she visited!