Happy All Hallows Eve

October 31, 2008

I’m scrambling to finish up what I need to do before tonight’s trick or treating.  I made a lasagna, hemmed my costume, washed clothes, washed dishes, etc.  The candy for trick-or-treaters is already over at mother-in-law’s house- we t-or-t go over there for a better haul!! And it’s a real neighborhood- with sidewalks even!

Here’s my costume- I took this pic myself late last night.

I bought the bonnet in Natchez, MS, and miraculously found fabric that matched to make the dress!!

It makes me laugh- all I can think of is the Bad Sue Quilts– cracks me up!!  Check the past swap blocks.  I participated once- unfortunately my swap is not on there right now.  My Sue was jumping out of a cake wearing only a beaded thong!

Here’s one of my favs:

Happy Candy Day!

School’s Out!

June 14, 2007

Today was the last day of school.   Whooooooo- HOOOOO!!!  I still get excited at snow days and holidays, even if I am not the one in school.  I picked up my child at school and the school buses circled around and around in front of the school like cowboys at a rodeo.  The teachers stood on the front sidewalk with paper tears taped to their cheeks, waving, while the children leaned out of the bus windows smiling and waving and yelling wildly.  It was great!

Once the kids get their fill of TV we’ll start on our summer project.  Last year we attempted to collect postcards from every state in the union- mailed to the kids from that particular state.  I think we ended up with 3/4 and at least five foreign countries!!!

This year we might do a letter writing/pen pal project.  Writing at least one letter a week, sending special things, etc. Of course to be a penpal the other kid has to be committed to it also, and that’s why I haven’t decided 100%.

I finished the elephant baby quilt top I started for a friend.  Now I need to quilt it.  I’ll post pictures soon.  I like how the appliques turned out.

Baby elephant quilt   Here is the photo to the right again, a close-up of the baby, a close-up of the mama, a detail shot of the clouds, and the whole quilt (showing the borders).  The borders aren’t perfect, but what ya gonna do with a plaid!!

OH! And thanks be to God, those little eggs in that little nest finally hatched today!!! I’ve been worried sick that they weren’t viable- it’s been at least 6 weeks!!  I’m not sure how many are hatched- I don’t want to spook the mother away from her babies.  I peeked and saw a couple tiny open mouths- their little heads are the size of peas!!

One more thing- watch the show Creature Comforts on CBS- it’s hilarious!!  I watched it online- I was laughing out loud.  It’s claymation done by the Wallace & Grommit guys.  Check it out!

Strawberry Therapy

May 11, 2007

I’ve had one of those weeks- the kind you wish you could get back some how?  Dealing with my MIL and all her “stuff,” etc.  Trying to make chicken salad out of chicken $&@#.  A no-win situation when the person who needs help fights you tooth and nail!  As with all of life, it can only be fixed by- da-da-da-DAAAAA!!!  GOD!!!  I just pray that nothing tragic happens to her and he will change her heart.  God was the only thing keeping me strong and sane these past 7 days……

So, what did I do today to soothe my nerves? Some Strawberry Therapy!!  I went berry picking at Adams Acres in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.

Strawberries

It was great- warm day in the 80*s, breezy, very quiet.  I had some nice “alone” time.  The fields were brimming with berries- I made one pass down a row and picked this much.

I plan on making jam at some point this season, but tonight I will make an awesome dessert- strawberry pudding.  The name leaves a LOT to be desired- I’d rather call it “strawberry delight” or something.  And if you use low-fat or no-fat and sugar products it’s not that bad health-wise.  Just in time for Mother’s Day!  Here’s the recipe:

Strawberry Pudding

1 qt. fresh strawberries, sliced
1/2 c. sugar
1 pkg. strawberry jello
3 boxes instant vanilla pudding
3 c. cold milk
1 c. sour cream
1 large container cool whip (I used 2- 8 oz. containers)
1 box vanilla wafers
Combo first 3 ingredients in saucepan and heat until jello dissolves. Set aside.Mix pudding with milk. Fold in sour cream and 3/4 cool whip (I did 8 oz.).Use a 9×13 dish. layer vanilla wafers in dish and then put layer of pudding mix, then layer strawberries (including liquid)- continue to layer wafer, pudding and strawberries until all 3 ingredients are used up. Put in fridge to let the strawberry layer jell- about 15 minutes. Top with remaining cool whip. (I add fresh sliced strawberries on top as decoration.) Refrigerate 2 hours before serving.

I saw this as I drove through the country- cracked me UP!! Nope, can’t tell at all what’s there.

I’m working on a baby quilt for a friend- SHHHH!!! It’s a secret!  And now I’m behind because of the MIL fiasco…… But anyway- this is the mock-up.  I’m still trying to decide what else to do- I want it to be baby-sized, which is much bigger than what i have so far. Work in progress!

 The kids are hungry and that dessert won’t make itself…. talk to you later!

Samantha

Again I’m having trouble posting……….  I’ll continue.

I finished and mailed my pincushion challenge.  My recipient, Debbi, is so nice and she wrote about me on her blog!!  Thanks Debbi for the kind words.  My package included a Martha Stewart squirrel favor filled with acorn pincushions, chocolates shaped like fruit and nuts and Squirrel Nut Zippers (get it?!  Ha ha!); a tape measure and a cherry needle booklet made of silk and felt.

My grandmother’s quilt is finished too- The whole thing now.  Her 85th birthday and party was in September, and I made a signature quilt top.  This is the top after I put the borders on.  This and this are close-ups of the applique.  I sent the quilt away to be professionally quilted, and they did an AWESOME job!!!  It’s stunning.  Here is the back and here is the front.  You HAVE to check it out.  I can’t wait to see it in person. Lyon Den Quilting did the work and they are top notch.  They quilted a wedding quilt I made a few years ago too.

Hopefully I will go on another quilt or two before Christmas.   I have some handmade gifts still to….make.

 “The boy” is telling me he wants lunch, so I guess I better go.  (What?!?! I have to feed him more than ONCE a day?!?!)

Bye for now!

Spring Has Sprung

April 29, 2006

It's Saturday, I'm getting ready to make that trek out in to the world, with the kids- a trek I DREAD!!  It's so much easier to go by myself- 'nuf said……..

We will go BACK to Jo-Ann Fabrics- they have a mega sale right now.  I looked at the fabrics I bought for the HandMaidens (my church's Linus project group), and I HAVE to go back and get more for myself- I mean it's a DOLLAR a yard!!!!

We will also visit Home Depot- I need a new hand trowel, wasp spray, vacuum cleaner bags, etc.  Nothing glamorous.

Yesterday Gary revved up the lawnmower, cut the front yard.  I got out the big shears (I call them nippers- whatever!!!) and cut all sorts of limbs and small trees.  I felt like Mengele, picking and choosing and chopping down.  I think the stumps tried to sabotage me- they kept tripping me.  Then I dragged all the flotsam down to the front ditch and we burned it- all gone!

And I need to finish a quilt block today- I'll show it to you later- it's VERY pretty!  This latest one is hand applique- I also have a paper-pieced block.  Both are for a SECRET project……..

I don't know about you, but our weather is AWESOME- it's gotten cooler, but it's still nice.  We've had up to 85* days, but mostly it's been in the 70*s, blue skies, low humidity.  Everything is green and blooming (or bloomed).  The irises are making their debut now.  I have a puny azalea which never grew beyond it's diminutive size- and it's blooming!!! I don't mean a little, I mean the whole thing is pink- like an old lady's bathing cap or a strawberry-flavored sno-ball cake.

Bye for now!!

I've accomplished a lot in the past week. 

I still don't know how to insert big photos in this blog- links will have to do- sorry.

The Bad Sues were mailed Tuesday- a day late, but they are gone!  I'm pleased. Check her out.

I bought MORE sweaters to felt for purses!! Here is the pink one from the other week- I get lots of compliments on this.

This past week I cranked out some bunnies from the Wee Wonderful pattern- they are cute!! I'm going to put them in the kids' Easter baskets.  I like to give them a new bunny each year.

And last night I made felted eggs– SO COOL!!!! The felt is over styrofoam eggs, so they will last forever.  I need to find someplace that sells wool roving…………….

Tonight we are celebrating Hunter's (the chocolate lab) birthday.  He's 2 years old.  I need to buzz to the grocery store for pork chops and tater tots and such.  So said DH.  Then I'm back home to make the cake- yes, I'm that insane to make a CAKE for the dog.  Actually I have a cake in the freezer- I just need to make icing. Unfortunately no chocolate.

I think we'll eat outside- it's supposed to get up to 79* today!  HOT DOG!!

In just 6 days the kids and I are off for our Easter/Spring Break trip!  We will go to my good friend Beth's house in Charlotte then continue down to Hotlanta, Jaw-juh for almost a week.  We'll be back for Maundy Thursday- I don't want to miss it.

Maybe I'll have some knitting done- I finally started my poncho (I'll find the link later).  It seemed very wrong at first- doesn't all knitting???- but it's ironed out and looks good.  the circular needles are cool- I love not having to switch hands.

OOOHHHHH!!! Score- I bought a knitting kit at Target for $3.47- 75% off!  And it's so cute- a capelet with a knitted flower.  It came with the yarn, cicruclar needles, an instructional DVD, tapestry needle. You can't by the yarn for that price!!! I got one for my good friend Theresa (don't read this Theresa!!) for her birthday.  I thought it would be better than me trying to teach her alone- I'm a leftie and she's not.

I need to get to the grocery store- blecch.  Bye for now!