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Friday, October 24, 2014

Jack-O-Lantern Book

We're back in AZ!!!
It sure doesn't feel like fall here at all...sunny and warm and still in the 90"s!
I have spent the last couple of days housecleaning, and dusting and dusting and dusting...
and also adding a touch of a little bit of Halloween decor.
Halloween is one of my most favorite holidays.  I guess because it brings good childhood memories of the "good old days" when it was a fun safe holiday. 
When I first saw Diane's (An Extraordinary Daypumpkins made out of books, I knew I had to make one; that is after I could bring myself to destroy a book (even though I had no interest in reading) for this worthy craft.
The Jack-O-Lantern over the basement mantle is the first I made right before we left MN.  So...when we get back in May, our house there will still have a touch of fall.
One thing I learned while making these 2, was to make sure the book has between 200 to 250 pages.  Also (a must) have a glass filled with iced water just in case you burn yourself with the hot glue, like I did.
Ouch!!!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Baby Hexagon Quilt

I recently discovered the art of English Paper Piecing quilts and loving it!!!
 I have been working on this "almost completed" quilt for a little over a month.  All I need is about 5-6 more green hexagons (2 inch each) to be done with the front of it.
I am making this hand sewn quilt for a new baby girl (new addition to our big family)  arriving sometime in November, and I need to finish it off stat!!!
So now I am off to the fabric store to get more green fabric and batting so I can put it all together and start hand quilting it before the stork gets here!!!

BTW...another baby is scheduled to arrive March 2015 and I'm already planning my next hexagon quilt; just waiting to hear if it's a boy or a girl.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Big Hexie Pincushion

 I finally made some time to make a quick BIG pincushion out of 3" x 3" hexagons.
  I needed a pincushion right next to my sewing machine to place pins in as I sewed.
 I used 8 hexagons from my already made stash, and...
(back) 
and sewed it by hand.
(front)
Once sewn, I liked this side of the pincushion with the blue button better.

I'm planning on making Mom and Sis one each as a Christmas stocking gift using their favorite colors.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sewing in the Basement

I created a little crafting/sewing space down in our basement...nothing fancy at all, but good enough to create.
I'm organizing this area as I go...so...I have a long ways to go!
 I started sewing a jelly roll quilt top and needed to see how it was coming along (pattern wise).  I didn't want to spread it out on the floor because then our kitties and dog would be all over it...not good!
 So I came up with an idea (right on the spot) to hang my work in progress on the wall.
I used these damage-free hanging strips with Velcro, and
 attached it to the back of clothespins, and 
onto the wall.
Ta-dah!!!
I started out with 2 clothespins and then added a third one as I added more strips to the quilt top.

I think this will work for the meantime, but I'm thinking of maybe putting up a pretty curtain rod with cafe curtain clips instead...that's an even better idea

Monday, September 29, 2014

New Window Baskets

 I'm truly enjoying our Minnesota autumn weather!
It's absolutely gorgeous right now with all of the changing colors in nature!

It was a rather busy month and wanted to take it all in...no facebook, blogging, tweeting, or instagram.  Lots of reading, having company/entertaining, trying out new recipes, sewing, and even shopping at an outlet store (I'm not big on shopping or crowds); and most importantly enjoying my morning coffee out in the patio and not in front of the computer.
 Earlier this month Hubby help me hang 2 new window basket planters to the windows up front of the house, and...
I just simply stuffed them with some colorful mums.
Sorry for the blurry picture...I really need new glasses!!!
I think it just adds a little bit more charm to the very plain front of the house.  
Next year I will try to talk Hubby into putting up window shutters to both windows...hehehe...and I already have in mind what to plant for next spring/summer!!!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Sun Is Shining

I'm recovering from really bad hay fever.  It felt like I had the flu!!!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Humour

So me during hot summer days!!!
(...and Hubby is not understanding while he says the weather is just perfect and his toes are freezing...aargh!!!)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dish-A-Holic!!!

Yup!!!  That's me...a Dish-A-Holic and proud of it!!!

While out and about during my weekend garage sale shopping, I found this beautiful Pyrex bowl set  for $5.00!  No chips, nicks or cracks...in excellent condition and just perfect for our summer home kitchen.

Maybe with the upcoming fall season, I'll spend more time in the kitchen cooking and baking!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Rain in the Garden

 It's a beautiful rainy day and it makes our garden look even better!
I quickly stepped outside the front door to snap some pictures of this gorgeous coleus before huge fat rain drops kept falling on my head.
 The hostas are in full bloom on this side of the driveway.
It's a good "soaker" rainy day!
Our lawn and garden will appreciate it after several weeks of no rain, and now the hose can be put away.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cool Cozy Day for...

reading, drinking hot tea and enjoying a little warm furry company...or
...some quilting without a care in the world!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fresh Off the Vine

 Hubby's first tomato of the season!
I say Hubby's because he is the one who plants the tomato plants and takes care of them every season.
I am thinking a tomato sandwich for his lunch would be nice.

Monday, August 25, 2014

MN State Fair

On Saturday, Hubby and I went to the MN State Fair 2014.
It was a beautiful cloudy day with cool breezes, but very humid for my taste.  As to be expected, the place was packed with people (including us)!!!

There was so much to see, do and eat!  Hubby and I don't care for the scary rides, so we simply saw, ate and walked!!!

Here are some pictures of my favorite things at the State Fair
 I love the gladiola flower display.
 I love how these long eggplants were incorporated into the the gladiola flower arrangement.  I never think of using vegetables or fruit in flower bouquets or arrangements.  
This cute little girl was so spontaneous and decided to pose next to the Giant Pumpkin as I took the picture of it!  She made my day!
  My most favorite part of the Fair is the Giant Pumpkin Contest!
The Giant Pumpkin only weigh a mere 793 pounds...not as big as last year's, but still very impressive.
We ended our visit to the Fair at the Creative Center.
I'm simply in awe of how people can create such magnificent handiwork...the detail, creativity, and the long hours of hard work!!!