Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Stashbustinging..Report or Not too!

According to my doodles I have used about ten more yards of fabric then planned, oh yeah! That is because I have wasted a couple yards on not liking what I was doing with it, or made mistakes! This week I did have six yards of fabric, that kona bay red Asian print delivered because I needed it for finishing the quilt I am making, that crazy log cabin. Thus I am ahead 4 yards of clearing out my room!!!

I wish everyone a great week of stash busting!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Primitive Annies I Love them!

I just love it when the sun is shining! I smile more! I wanted to acknowledge a couple sites for you to take a look at when you get a chance! Kerri is having a giveaway for her blogonniversary! Go check out her site! I love it! She is a sweetheart and I am anxious to get to know her better!

My granddaughter Hannah turned 4. Nicole Ellison made a Cowgirl Raggedy Ann Doll for Hannah to have as a keepsake of her 4Th birthday! I didn't get a good picture of the doll yet but when I do I will show you, it is out of this world!

I collect primitive old Raggedy Annie's! As you can see from my picture posted above Woody some are sitting above a quilt! I have them in my sewing room! I have two favorite doll makers! You have to Nicole's blog and De's blog too! From there they will lead you also to their doll sites if you are ever interested in buying them or learning how to make them!

This is Hannah with my husband Gary before the party started! Grampy gave her flowers! She said all she wanted for her birthday flowers from Grampy! Until tomorrow!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Living Well Wednesday January 23, 2008

What a week it has been. I am just getting over bronchitis and a sinus infection. My ears are still blocked and the ringing in both ears is still bothering me. Reading Darlene's post today made me realize that perseverance is so important. I had a rough time with staying on track and eating properly. I did not journal. I had a lot of stress also. I had to ask myself why I was not aware of what I was eating and when I was. I could have cared less. I really need to journal. I also need to take the vitamins. I am on various medicines. After reading another post it was mentioned to take vitamins. I am going to make sure I do that also. I have been slacking. I prepared my journal. I am ready to do this in a way that I think is proper now. I have not gained weight, as a matter of fact I have lost a couple of pounds this past week. I can honestly say though it was not the proper healthy way! I was not Living Well. I did not put my mind to it. One step at a time right? Until next Wednesday!! Healthy hugs...

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Late Report Better Than Never !!

Hello Everyone! Sorry I missed the Sunday report! We got so involved in the football games! Along with that I was still not feeling too well so I was not on the computer much of the day! I really need to catch up on my blog reading!
I did do some more of my crazy log cabin! I did another 12 blocks, so I have sewn 36 in all! I have here a picture to show you some with the red in it! I just love it with the red!
This quilt is enabling me to use approximately 36-45 fat quarters! I am happy with that! I will use an additional 8 yards for more borders and whatever else I decide to do with it!
It has been cold here in Nashua NH! I do like the warmer weather, maybe I should convince my hubby to look for a job in the warmer climate..time to move again maybe?
I have to decide how to border this quilt..I have ordered six yards of the red..since I found it out in Washington..I want to put more red into it. Once I figure that out I will finish it up. I have 12 more blocks to make. I will do that today. I am anxious to give this to Kate...
Until tomorrow...

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Stashbushing Report Sunday January 13, 2008

Hi everyone! I don't have much to report! It has been a crazy week here. I am hoping it subsides..I am on new antibiotics..our insurance expired today until we see if we can afford COBRA because my husband lost his job this past week, January 11th! I guess it is just going through the motions again and I am numb. Hopefully I will have more to report next week! I can see there were not any fabrics to add to the stash yet! Next week maybe a surprise for all of you to see though due to a gift certificate I received for Christmas! Have a great week! We are expecting a foot of snow beginning early Monday morning..so that is in about six hours..(I am writing this about 11:45 p.m. Sunday evening)..maybe a day to sew..we will see how I feel..Happy stitching!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Living Well Wednesday

Today I joined in on Living Well Wednesdays and I am so glad I did. I was surfing the net and I really believe the lord let me to website! I had been wondering do I join Weight Watchers again or do I just wing it. I am not an over-eater. I just do not eat what I should. I eat no more than 500 calories a day. I am about 45 lbs. overweight. I cannot do aerobic exercise due to serious knee issues. I cannot walk anymore than 10 minutes. I take many medicines. So I have serious limitations. I can swim a little. I just convinced my husband to join the health club that has a pool with me so he can help me get out and back home. I want to feel good about myself. But is it not just exercise that is what constitutes Living Well. IT is having faith, a moral compass, loving life, eating right, believing in yourself. "With God All Things Are Possible" is what is quoted on the Christianwomensonline and I believe that. Your body, mind and soul have to be one. I am going to journal my eating habits, and also pray as I usually do, and put it in God's hands. I am going to use this website and my new online friends as learning tools, be open-minded, and giving at the same time. I am thankful, blessed and guided in this direction today! So now I feel renewed! I am on my way! Thank you Jesus!!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Sunday Report

Hola' It's Sunday Gals! Here is my report..nothing to report..or nada..I am at a standstill..I pressed more stash..and am ready to cut more blocks for the Kwik Crazy Log Cabin Quilt..I still cannot find that one block I made and am missing!! My husband and I are sick with bronchitis so I do not feel like sewing much. My asthma is flaring up so that brings on more meds and blah blah blah. Thats when I loose focus. Here are the pictures of my stash that shows the red that is going in black and white quilt. Two of our girls have tattoo symbols that mean faith, purity, love, peace, etc. so I chose this red fabric by KonaBay to make the black and white fabrics POP! Have a great week!!!!
P.S. This post was written on Sunday and I thought I posted it, I must have felt so horrible, I saved it instead!! sorry!! After I wrote it we headed out to get some juice, popsicles, etc. and I never checked the blogs.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Crazy Log Cabin Quilt

OK we have a daughter Kate who loves artsy things. Kate has a graphics design degree. She also teaches pre-school. She is into drawing and loves photography. She has decorated her house with photos taken by her, black and white, and framed...do you get the picture here? I had to come up with something to make her! I decided this design for a quilt! I started it yesterday. I am going along. I will throw in some red..when I do I will show you..it is a red and black print..Chinese print..because Kate has a tattoo..a symbol meaning peace or faith or something..lol..and I wanted to put it in her quilt..I wanted to make it personal. I have to say this is a fun quilt to make. I put off making it because I thought it would be stressful. The only thing is I lost one block somewhere in my small apartment!!! I made 12 blocks so far, and yes..one is missing..I was putting them on the design wall and Woody kept climbing it..I kept fighting with him to get off of it..and I have no idea what I did with one block!! Now I like primitive things..so this black and white quilt will be done fast and out of the house..not my style..but I urge everyone to try different things..change is good...The name of the Pattern is Kwik Crazy Log Cabin.

Raisin Bran Muffins

My Mother In Law, Alice Bennett, passed down to me, this recipe for Raisin Bran Muffins. They are very easy to make. My husband loves them. I was up very early this morning because both my husband and I have very bad chest colds. I could not sleep. It was so cold here too, -3 degrees at 5 A.M.! I decided to make the muffins! The batch makes about 72-80 regular size muffins. IF you do not bake all the batter at once it will keep in the refrigerator covered for one to two weeks. Then you can bake as many you feel like eating at the time! Here is the recipe in case you want to try these delicious muffins:

4 eggs beaten

1 cup oil

1 Quart Buttermilk

1 tsp. salt

3 cups sugar

5 cups flour

5 tsp. baking soda

1 15 oz. Box of Raisin Bran

Beat eggs, add in oil, buttermilk, mix together. Add in dry ingredients, other than Raisin Bran, mix well (You can use a mixer up to this point). Now add in Raisin Bran and mix by hand until blended. Put in muffin tins, either with liners, or can use PAM spray.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Can freeze too!

I made the entire batch and Gary took 24 to work so he could share with fellow employees.

PS ! Yvonne asked if I named the squirrel so my first reaction was nah! Then thought the way he climbs YEAH! His name is MONKEY! Hahaha!!!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Nature...enlightens my day!

If you look closely you will see the squirrel eating a piece of bread. I made bread, Italian bread. The squirrels were outside looking for food. I decided to give them some. I felt bad because we had so much snow. I thought they were hungry! This particular chubber took a chunk and climbed up into the tree and ate the piece by himself! I had to take a picture of him. He was thrilled! Amazing that it just made my day! Am I loosing my mind or what? There are more things to life I guess. BUT this made me smile. Have a good day! (click on the picture, see if you can see a close up of him, look at the size of his claws!)

Wednesday, January 02, 2008


I ordered a stitchery pattern from http://raggedyoldannies.com/, Nicole Ellison..and made the Annie New Years Day! Then I decided to use it as a wall hanging for my sewing room! I loved stitching this pattern!
It snowed here much of New Year's Day. Hope you all had a nice New Years Day! Here we are expecting real cold temperatures for January 3rd. It is about 10 degrees right now..I think it is time to move to a warmer climate year round..where I can be in the sun, swim and sew..sounds great to me!