Thursday, December 27, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Everybody

Merry Christmas Everybody
Here's hoping and praying 2013 will be a better year for pretty much everybody I know. Praying all my under-employed and unemployed friends find jobs worthy of their talents, education and skills and those of my friends struggling with health problems get better soon.  

Last minute Christmas baking....
Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread

Friday, December 21, 2012

Thimbleberries Window Wreath Kit


Christmas gift for my friend Shannon

Another Calla LIly

 Pattern is the same as the other ones.
Yarn is Cascade Yarns Cherub Aran
1 skein size 10 needles
For my friend Billie for Christmas

Cozy Cowl

Cozy Cowl Pattern by Lisa Knits Chill Chasers
Yarn: Cascade 220
For my friend Julie for Christmas


Christmas Potato Chip Scarf

 A Christmas present for my friend Jane. Her favorite color is red.  Potato chip scarf made in Cascade 220 Painted worsted weight yarn.

Good friends are worth the "short rows" :)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Calla Lily Scarf

Great pattern for gifties
The pattern was written for DK weight but I think there is a lot of wiggle room with this pattern for various yarns.  I was finishing one every two-ish nights while listening to the TV. 

This brown one is a silk alpaca blend for my friend Shannon.  Her favorite color is brown.
Calla Lily is available as a download on  Very beginner friendly too.  Definitely a keeper pattern for me :)
 This one goes to my friend Cheryl.  This is a cotton wool blend.  The label said it was DK weight but it seemed thicker to me. 

And this one goes to my friend Miriam who LOVES purple. This is a Debbie Bliss silk cashmere merino blend.  My mannequin is not leaking.  I just need to stop blocking my scarves on her :)   

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Stocking from Friend's Old Quilt

Approx. 10 yrs. ago a cop buddy of mine gave me his grandma's quilt.  It was a mess, dirty, ripped and stained.  I soaked it in "Vintage Soak" and got most of the dirt and stains off of it. Two years ago, I made a stocking for his daughter. I posted a picture of it on the blog I'm sure.   Last year most of my quilting stuff was packed up so I didn't make the second stocking for his son until this year.  The back of the quilt was made from a feed sack.  His grandma lived in Maine. The feed sack is from a place called St. Albans Grain Company.  I made sure the part of the quilt I used was the part with the writing on the back. Anyway I think she'd be pleased that her great-grand-kids have a piece of something she originally made. 
Inside the stocking

Anyway here it is....I hope he and his wife don't have anymore kids because there's nothing left of the quilt :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Stuffed Flank Steak

 Made this tonight. Turned out good. A little too rare in the middle for my taste so after I cut it in half I put it back in the oven.  During the last 10 minute broil phase, the smoke detector went off. Cat took off running and I haven't seen her since.  Still getting used to the new house.  The last time when the smoke detector went off, I took a kitchen towel and started fanning the door bell chimes :) Blonde moment I'll never live down :)


Friday, December 7, 2012

Italian Crescent Casserole

Made this tonight.  I followed the recipe as written but found the meat a bit blah.  Next time I would add some Italian seasonings or maybe some Italian sausage.  Easy and quick and perfect when you are busy with Christmas preparations. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New Sewing's a disaster!!!!

Oh my goodness...I used to know where everything was and it only took me seconds to lay my hands on whatever I needed when I started a project.  Right now my sewing room is a wreck!!!  But I've got Christmas things to make so right now the ambience is on hold and the mission is to get it functional!!

I might be able to make the Christmas magic happen in here but man oh man I'm hoping Santa brings me some shelves or storage bins.  If not, I may be forced to go to Lowe's and annoy more employees :) 

 Okay here are some BEFORE pictures.  Hoping the finished look will be a little "shabby chic".  Right now there's too much shabby and not enough chic.  The sloping ceilings will be a challenge.  Not cracking my head into the sloping ceiling is another challenge :) One window and one sky light. 
So here are my patterns.   Quilting and clothing patterns in the filing cabinet.  Knitting books on the tall yellow cabinet and quilting books in the short cabinet under the window. 
In these bins are two Baltimore Album Quilts I hope to finish in this lifetime and never make another one.  There are the makings for a silk crazy quilt, a wool penny rug, two wedding quilts for relatives, a dinosaur quilt, a couple of embroidered quilts, buttons, trims, counted cross stitch fabrics and threads. 

 Here is my poor longarm machine in pieces.  I refer to her as Big Bessie.  Hoping to get her put together and fired up this weekend.  My quilt battings are in the box to the left of the cabinets.  I put those cabinets together myself twenty years ago and they've survived 4 moves :)

That's all my yarn.  Jeesh you'd think I'd have more. :) And there's my threads and fibers for my spinning wheel.  Yep I need another textile hobby like a hole in the head. 


And of course here's my shadow. 
Now here's pictures of what I'd like it to look like...if I could pry myself off of Pinterest, it might happen sooner :) 

Okay back to work on the mess.  Christmas Magic doesn't happen by itself you know :) 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Hey Peeps

I know I've been quiet lately...shocking........and I haven't finished much in the way of knitting or quilting lately either :(


Months of house hunting, moving and unpacking....been keeping me busy and now I'm decorating the house and getting ready for Christmas and a New Year's Eve Party.    New house, new state and new decorating possibilities :)

I might need a few
more decorations...think I see
a bare branch :)
Not bad for a 22 yr. old tree :)

Deer stand in the back of the property.
Might needs some twinkle lights :)

Two Mantles to decorate...sweet :)
Irish Santa

Primitive Bear rescued from the thift store
guarding my home spun yarns and spinning wheel :)