Saturday, October 4, 2014

October Goals

I figured to help push me to getting some quilty things progressed and even finished, I'd propose what I want to complete in October on this forum.  So I plan to finish:

1- Shepards' Bush counted cross stitch design Scissor fob, Scaredy sheep.

2-A fall runner for this oak sofa table I saw, then bought this table along the side of the road during one of my travels, what a deal!  Didn't fit where I first thought it could,  but then came up with an alternative that works just right.

3-Table Mat with the Boo!  A kit purchased a year or two ago through Connecting Threads.

There is a challenge up at Fiber of all Sorts. called ALYF (a Lovely Year of Finishes) so I'll attritube that Table Mat project for my October finish there.  Hopefully this will keep me on track and supply the mojo needed to succeed!

I did complete a few items throughout my summer and early fall, inserting a very happy grin here.

This pile of fabric was turned into this quilt top:
The panel was by Sarah Jane via Michael Miller called Wee wanders.  Fell in love with it as soon as I saw it.  So that makes another top I need to get quilted and bound. 
I was able to get a community project quilt for my local CVQG guild finished.  Got it layered, quilted and bound also but never grabbed a photo of it.
I still have another community quilt for my oother guild, WFQG.  It needs to get layered, quilted and bound;
THEN a quilt my grand daughter made for a young boy in Nicaragua I still need to layered, quilted and bound;
AND  then those 3 quilts I never finished quilting from last years quilt show need more quilting.  

Houston, I am seeing a pattern here.  
Next month perhaps I should make one of those my priority, now that's an idea, PROMISE!

A mola purse I purchased and started years ago while at a Quilt show in Pennsylavania I think.  I finished adding my>bling< to it while camping in Vermont.  Savorski crystals from Cheri's crystals in Texas were used.  While rummaging through this UFO project box, I thought another project I finished in September, a Jenny Beyer - quilters sidekick could use a little flash too.  In fact, I just ordered a few more packages since I didn't have any black, jet or hematite colored crystals.

Not  sure if I want to highlight that paisley design on the front, or  perhaps a large J or E for my name placed katty-wompus on the cover somewhere.
I just threw in a couple of bills and a colored pamphlet so you could see it in use.

This kit was a quick project to get done.  It will be nice way to carry around a sewing project is what I'm thinking. 

There are still other bits I was able to get done.  I will be back to share when I think of them and have more time to share.
The cupcake kids meet this afternoon and I've got to get going. 


Friday, October 3, 2014

Football games, youngest grands here.....

So much for posting once a month!  What's that they say against the best laid plans?   Well of of my blogging plans were thrown out somewhere and I've had all I can do to keep up.  Since the last post DH and I have had more Doctors appointments, heart work ups for him (another catherization) and surgery for myself.  The gardens are being closed up and finished up until next year and there's yet more to get done for them.  Landscape blocks laid around the perimeter being one item, etc....

So I'll give some bits that happened through our summer.

PGS#2 had Prom with his beautiful girlfriend, Kayla.
Josh and Kayla May 2014

PGD#1  and family went to Disney- Of course they had to let her be a princess 2014 they all enjoyed themselves immensely.

PGS#1 received 2 awards at school in June and we were able to get to Mass for it.  :)

Youngest grandson, PGS#3 graduated preschool with super star and a more serious photo of him in the center,
way to go, lil' guy

the whole family attended the ceremony


Husband and his two sisters at a nephew's graduation party

grand daughter acting silly with her favortie 'spaghettios"

First time fishing for each of them and they each caught 7 fish!
A great time and a picnic near Lake Champlain

Our maple tree is glorious!

DH at one of our favorite spots after a football game near Lake Placid.

Daughter participated in her first race with friends and coworkers. The Muderella in Maine and she had a blast!

It's been a rush and there's so much more.  Sewing and quilting have taken a back seat for a bit but I was able to attend a quilt weekend to attend a Hunter's Star quilt class with a friend, Trudy along with another friend Cathie who did another class and studio time too.  Was able to have fun, sew, and make new friends, (Elsie and a few others) so was a very nice "me" time spent in September.   : )   Will be sharing that project on another day. 


Friday, June 13, 2014

triskaidekaphobia or Friday the 13th phobia

That is not a trait I have.     I just find it neat that this June's Full Moon (aka: Strawberry Moon or also known as the Honey Moon) falls on the same day as Friday the 13th.  Not that we could see the moon in our area with all the rain fall.

 My apologies to my readers and followers of the inactivity here lately. In the future I hope to post at least once a month of whatever highlights are going on. But the yard and gardens have been taking most of my time with my abilites and energies.

I've been planting whenever I can between raindrops, extreme heat with that humidity or errands pulling me away, it's amazing that anything has really been done..... but the gardens are really taking great shape, the process is close to getting completed, YEAH ME!!!.   Synchronistically an email highlight I received today from Neale Donald Walsch  states:  ...that when you see the light at the end of the tunnel, it is not beneficial to go out and build more tunnels.
Message received, LOL!

My sewing and quilting though have taken a third row seat with all the gardening chores I've been attending, besides of course medical appointments, grandchildren tending and the normal duties that eat up my time. Notice that's a third row seat not even a back seat!

First up, I'll share a photo of my March UFO finish.  Just in time for 2015, I'm not late, I'm early!  LOL 
This was one of my finishes from the annual quilt retreat I attend in March with Trudy. 
Actually worked on the binding on National Binding Day.  Purely just by coincidence. 

We  had a blast as usual.   Great time reconnecting with friends and also got some UFOs progressed with.  A win win situation.  My double four patch is all assembled together for the center area, next is the border treatments.  Will be using both that WOW and the bolder lime green for it sometime in my future.

The blocks consist of fabrics I've had in my stast for years.  This dark purple floral print in the center was leftovers from a top I made my baby girl back in 1978 or something like that.  Great to see all those family fabrics thrown into this quilt top.

Also at the retreat I finished a couple of pillowcases with fabric I've had in since forever it seems. 

Mardee's quilt she uses on her bed that I'd love to make some time.  What a sweet little quilt.

Trudy was working on a fantastic Leaf quilt.  It is the last promise made for a friend's family (made from Cherl's start and  stash).  I know I have a picture of it somewhere but think it might be on my phone camera that I need to download.  Will share a photo of it when I find it. 
My PGD#1 has been crafting as well.  She's made so many of these rubber band bracelets that she's been taking and making orders from her friends at school.  She's only charging $1.00 per band and is becoming quite the entrepeneur. 
And the youngest grandson is a joy and loves assembling puzzles.  A nice family activity that we all enjoy.

It was rather late, but we finally got the fruit trees pruned and our oldest tree looks heathier for it.  Probably no fruit for this one this year but that's okay with me.  We are true gardeners at heart and will sacrifice now to enjoy the harvest later if need be.

Much has been going on will be back to share more soon. 


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Memorial Day

We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.

-Francis A. Walker

Saturday, March 1, 2014

February's New FO will March on....

I started a February New FO while traveling and plan on having the embroidery finished his week.  When I met with friends this past Thursday  I looked high and low for the wool fabrics I 'll be using on the appliqued heart portions.  I guess I hid them too well.  Hopefully, I'll run into them this week so this project can get done this month. 
Here's what's done so far:
Excuse the hoop ring, Only have 5 letters more to embroider until the applique and piecing will begin  to frame it in.....
While coming back home this sundog was so bright and visible. 
Oh no, does the interpretation mean another storm heading our way in 5 or 6 days? 
For perspective, the photo stretched out with the distance to the sun.
Off to stitch alittle bit more. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Cabin Fever Reliever

I'm back after a much needed break from winter and our routines.   Talk about a cabin fever reliever, it was wonderful.
Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine, FL
photo edited through Waterloque, a new app that treats your photos as if they are water colored.
Where did I go you ask,  DH and I went to the Sunshine state to visit  Mom.  The weather was perfect.  70 going towards 80  degree weather with sunshine.  Oh you forgot what that looked like.  We did too with all this polar vortex and really bitter cold temperatures it seems like the whole nation is experiencing this year.   Besides reconnecting with Mom, we were laying in sunshine, swimming, shopping, sightseeing and did a whole lot of eating.    All wonderful. 
 Each day Mom would use her bed as a design wall for a quilt she's been working on and I felt like I had my own personal viewing to a quilt show. 

This quilt Mom made from her scrap bin and the photo treated also with Waterloque.  This quilt  is her normal decor there.
She also made a ragged fringed pillow that sat on the chair to the right of her bed with yellow, blue and a few other scraps and it turned out cute !
I still have over 100 hundred photos of our trip, but need to find out how to export those onto my computer quicker than sending each one via email on the phone.  Perhaps later this week I can make/find the time. 
We're back to our routine already transporting grandchildren to preschool and speech, and my days are already a blur.
As for my own projects, I did finish a book, When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde.  What a nice story and without giving a spoiler, near the end I had tears steaming down my face.  Of course it was at 11 pm in bed when I woke  DH up with my sniffles.  He couldn't believe I was crying while reading my kindle and seemed a tad exasperated as he rolled over.   LOL,   but I did get it done. 
The other project I worked on was some embroidery.  That Valentine Wool kit I made up near the 11th was worked on and I was able to get some of the stitching done but not all, perhaps this week I can finish the embroidery. 
Mom and I had a day to spend by ourselves and went to a beautiful quilt shop in Temple Florida.  The Suwannee Quilt shop was in a complex of other shops containing stained glass, cross stitch, antiques and a tea house all owned by the same woman.  Can you cay incredible and how nice they all were.  We both shopped but would you believe neither of us bought any fabric!  That was a first, oh.... I take that back, Mom did buy 3 fat quarters for refrigerator magnets she's making but neither of us bought any yardage.  If you know us you'd know how remarkable that statement really is.  We both are trying to use what we have and have made a pact to chart our fabric stash, both with usage and with gains so I'll be joining Judy Laquidera with her stash reports for the remainder of the year.    I fell in love with 2 different fabric lines while there and did actually photograph one of the selvage edges so I can acquire it later at some point if it's still haunting me and I'm thinking now that I should have bought it.  It was "Rio" by Paintbrush Studio 120-685.  What colors and how gorgeous. 
Looking at it still, I just might order it and have them ship it to me.  Perhaps I could use it as an incentive to get 2 projects done then reward myself.  Mom helped me out by saying if you buy it are you going to have to find a place to store it or are you going to use it?   Hanging my head, I admitted I have several UFOs started that I want/NEED  to finish first and won't allow myself anything until some of these are done.  I'll wrestle with myself further with this and come up with something shortly.
While at The Villages we also enjoyed a quilt show in a neighboring town, a Vintage Car Rally at one of the Public Squares, the Harmonicats, another night at the Square for their 241 specials besides a trip to The World of Beers (DH became an honorary member), The Eisenhower Rec Center sharing many war memorials and service memorabilia, and a day trip to St.Augustine where we drank from Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth. The Trolley Tour  that we enjoyed in other cities (Boston, Philadelphia, London, etc...) wasn't as good as we thought it would be. Seemed really touristy and had to circle the same blocks over and over again seeing the same sights to be pointed out but to a different building.  All the points of interest were very close together and interesting but could have been shone better without all that repetition I think.    It may have been a timing issue to spread at that many trolleys.  We also enjoyed a great lunch at Columbia, a Cuban restaurant with that 1905 dressing, Yum! 
It's nice to be home and back to routines but I surely could use some more of that 70 degree weather. 
Jacque aka "Snoodles" at Lily pad quilting is hosting a sweet giveaway for a Winter time Cabin Fever reliever.  Go check it out via this link and join in on the fun. 
Will share more on another day, got to run.  

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentine project


Just making the kit for the Valentine wall hanging kit I recently received from My Yellow Farmhouse. I really love her photos and the projects she shares as well as recipes.  One I recently tried, the cheesy chicken casserole was  pure comfort food and perfect with our sick granddaughter fighting her flu-going on now into  2 1/2 weeks.   

Other bits happening and I'm thrilled to share is that one more block is done for the Lil Miss Shabby  BOM from two years ago is stitched.  This block is my own  design with a birdbath and a few early summer flowers about it.  That makes only one left to stitch.  Am thinking of designing this last block too.  Time will tell.

Another happy note is the Santa with reindeer cross stitch stitched several months ago is also totally done.   I vacillated on how to finish this and then remembered "finished is better than perfect" so I stopped procrastinating and finished it with what I had on hand. 

Used both silver and gold colored jingle bells for that festive touch with cords & trims to match. 

Not perfect but not bad either.  I'm happy it's done. 

As for quilting, not a lot going on in that domain lately.  Only time I've been at the machine is to make a BOM for the guild I belong too or necessary mending.  That little bit of time reminding me how much I like to sew, that I want to get in there more to get in my zen mode while stitching. 

Of another happy note, DH was notified that he can get his driver's license back  after his heart issues from almost 3 years ago.  So I'm grateful he can get to his own needs and removes the chauffeur cap from my head for that.  But I am concerned as well as he is with the possible risks if he has another episode while driving.  No pressure from me for him to embrace in either direction, I know I won't be riding with him and PGD#1 said she doesn't want to ride with him either.  So I will protect her and keep us safe.  But we  also need to discuss concerns with my children and what their level of comfort  is about it.    Here too, time will tell.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Friday night with friends then slipped more into Saturday

Hello -  Yes, I'm still alive but have been really getting stretched to "my MAX" more than ever lately.  Then on top of it I've been suffering with another bout of Bronchitis.  So here I go again with another round of drugs with those dang steroid kickers which makes me all jittery and even more edgy than my usual self!  UGH!!!!  Just what I need!    Now I'm not mentioning all the other side affects either that the latter has on my sugar levels, hunger issues....  blah.... blah....... blah.
So, I was eager to reconnect with some friends for our very late Christmas Holiday gathering last night  at a local restaurant with some of my circle of friends quilting group who could attend.  Seems like it's getting harder for all of us to have free time available on the same days and or evenings with everybodies' life schedules, so I was glad at least some could make it but missed those that couldn't. 
It's been ages since I've  connected with a couple of them and I do miss them, so it was an enjoyable evening despite being quick on my part due to another commitment already scheduled for another  friend's retirement party that I couldn't ignore.  Would you believe I made both functions and was back home by 9pm.  Talk about feeling like Cinderella with a time clock  deadline looming ever closer, I just wasn't wearing any glass slippers, TG!  
Both gatherings were enjoyable and seemed like the best possible medicine for me.   After getting home, while finishing packing up what was needed for the Guild's Saturday Meetig/AM trip, I watched the Olympics and managed to get my Block of the month done too.  Boy, that's when I remembered how nice it is to sit and sew, to  sit and eat, to actually just sit and drink, ahhhhhh making the time,  pure Heaven. 

 It so enjoyable to watch many of the races and events of the Olympics but I really love seeing the opening ceremonies for the Olympics with all the pomp and circumstance.  Wonderful to see the parade of nations with all of these talented and very focused atheletes shown with such  Joy, Pride and Hopefull Expectations etched on their faces.  (See how I used my theme word of FOCUS in there, lol).  This year's Olympics regalia seemed like one of  the best done yet.  Each year the sponsoring country always impresses me with their hospitality and pride of their nation.   Did you see the technology used while Russia presented their history.  It was so beautifully done and I was just awestruck.   

Which brings me to this AM and arising at 4:15 (uh-hum,  I still am not a morning person so it takes me awhile to wake up) that way I'd be ready to ride at 6:15 with a friend driving so we could travel to Glens Falls for our quilt guild meeting.  That's where I connected with even some more friends.  Another slot of time spent nicely and was enjoyable.  
After the meeting we stayed for a community service sewathon where with the neutrals Gina provided and the the guild had colorful sets of 2 1/2"wide  strips WOF in subsets of 36 strips to make our quilts we all worked as teams to construct some community project quilts.   Here's the link at All People quilt with the pattern, Skinny Strips that we used.    I've had that pattern printed out to actually make myself at some point so today's QAL was a win win for me, helping out and giving while tryng a pattern I've wanted to make for awhile now.    Great day.

Since it's a little over 2 hours to get there we headed out early enough to get back home at a reasonable hour.    DH fixed an enjoyable meal of Caprese Chicken with a spinach side dish, then we got settled in to watch more of the Olympics this evening.    So that's a snap shot of a 24 hour time slot, and I wonder why I feeling so stretched???    NO WONDER!  Slow down Janey, just breath or is it those reeving up steroids pumping me up again?     Yee gads, I'll be glad when my normal returns.

A big Congratulatioins goes out to Sage Kotsenburg for a great run!  Yippee!!

Now as for my creativity, that really slid into a corner somewhere.  I need to find which corner it's hidden in as well as my creativity Mojo to start getting some projects worked on.  I did just place an order through Red Rock Threads for some necessary thread to finish quilting those quilts from the quilt show that haven't been finished yet and will be venturing forth after they arrive.
Hopefully, as I get more energy, I'll be back to share what I'll be doing on a more regular basis.  (I have been such a huge slacker lately.)
As always, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment or two.  My apologies for not replying induividually to you as I like to do, beside time and commitment issues, my computer has had some issues as well  and I truly can only manage one thing at a time lately.  Nice to be back.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Work Out Tips for when it's dark.....Also from the Spark site....

How to Make Yourself Work Out When It's Dark Out

By: , SparkPeople Blogger  This is all copied using Nicole's words here, not mine.   I am making exercise a routine and some of these tips helped.  I am placing it all here for my reference only.    I'm not a runner but need to move and found this helpful.

As much as I love fall, I don't love the darkness that comes with it. It's already getting darker earlier each night, and it's staying dark even when I wake up in the morning. I am not a fan of that!

It's hard enough to be a morning person and wake up to work out, but when the moon is still out when your alarm goes off, forget about it! Then again, if you hit snooze and wait to work out after work, you might be faced with the same problem.

I will admit that it's not easy for me to get up and be gung ho for a workout session. I am not and never will be a morning person. It's hard for me to wake up just about every day. But I do manage to stick to my morning workouts (most days anyway). And no, I don't have super human powers …which means you can do it, too. Here's how.

  1. Go to bed at a normal time. I'm naturally sleepier in the fall and winter, probably because of it gets dark so much earlier. When I know I'm going to wake up and work out, I make sure I get to bed early enough that I get 8 hours of sleep. Does it mean skipping "Conan"? Yep. Is it worth it? Oh heck, yes.
  2. Sleep in your workout clothes. I kid you not, this is my No. 1 strategy for making morning exercise a habit—especially in the fall and winter. When it's chilly, I don't want to get out of the covers or change into workout clothes. Plus, it saves me precious time in the morning. And honestly when you're already dressed, you're taking one less obstacle out of the way. Do it.
  3. Have a plan. Know exactly what you plan to do for your workout when you go to bed the night before. Whether it's a run, walk, DVD or class, have a plan in place. That way, you're not lying there in the morning trying to figure it out. Lay out your gear, equipment, gym bag and whatever else you'll need the night before, too. Plus when you know what you're going to do (such as run 3 miles), you know exactly how much time it takes (30 minutes plus time to stretch), and it keeps you punctual in the morning to make it happen.
  4. Don't hit snooze. Period. If you're a chronic snooze-button user, place your clock on the other side of the room so that you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Better yet, turn on the lights right away and turn on some heart-pumping music to help yourself wake up.
  5. Play your get-up-and-go music. We all know how music affects our mind and body in a positive way. It can change your mood, give you energy, and motivate you to reach higher. Play those tunes in the morning that remind you of your goals and why you're doing this in the first place. And make music the soundtrack to your morning workouts so that you can be fierce and push yourself to the very end.
  6. Don't make it a choice. Put simply, the big difference between those who get up and get it done and those who keep sleeping and feel guilty later is that morning exercisers Just. Do. It. It's not optional. It's not "Oh, if I feel like it, I'll wake up and work out tomorrow." They make the decision the night before. And when it's time to wake up and go, that's that. No fights. No compromising. No negotiation. It's just something that they do. And you have just as much power to make that happen, too.

I am not a morning person. I don't want to talk. I don't want to think. And I'd rather be in bed. But I remember my goals and why I'm working out in the a.m. (it's the only time I can really make it fit) and that's enough to make me do it, whether it's in darkness or in light.

Earlier this week, my alarm went off and I was tired. I would have loved to sleep in another hour. But I was already in my workout clothes. In fact, I purposefully put on my favorite no-excuses running shirt, which reads, "Rain, Snow, Sleet, Wind…Brave the Run". I knew it would be dark and cold, but that I was a runner and I don't make excuses. I started out slowly, but by the time my favorite songs kicked on, I found a surge of energy I didn't know I had in me. Truth is, the hardest part of waking up is that: waking up. The hardest part of exercising is getting started. If you can get through those two challenges, you are on your way, so make it as easy as possible for yourself to succeed…and you will.

What helps YOU work out on a dark morning or evening? Share your stick-with-it strategies below!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


The top 40 things you can do (or think about) to get your workout motivation back—and get moving.   It's from SparkPeople website and I am literally copying the whole message down for my own focal point here.

SparkPeople members answer: "When I don't feel like working out, I ___."
  1. Do it anyway. (This was the most popular answer!)
  2. Tell myself to go for 15 minutes. If I still feel bad or unmotivated, I can quit. I have yet to quit.
  3. Look on Pinterest for motivation! (Check out Pinterest's Fitness section and follow SparkPeople's Pinterest boards.)
  4. Ask a friend along to the workout it helps us both with accountability.
  5. Do a heavy house cleaning (vacuuming, moving furniture, scrubbing) so I have a reason to work out.
  6. Watch a Crossfit video on YouTube. It always inspires me. Then I get it done.
  7. Take a 10-minute brisk walk.
  8. Take the dog for a long walk.

  9. Force myself anyway and feel better for it.
  10. Go to a yoga class. It gets me moving, and I always have fun!
  11. I sit by myself for a few minutes and think about all the things I can't enjoy because of my poor health.
  12. Sometimes I find myself doing it just to get my fitness minutes for the month. Proof that SparkPeople works!
  13. Work out anyway…then bask in the awesomeness!
  14. Find something new to do! If you run then go for a swim or a bike ride. Maybe you are getting bored with the same routine.
  15. Complain about not feeling motivated, then go do it, since I don't like hearing myself complain.

  16. I drag myself to the gym anyway. Before I realize it, an hour is passed and I'm glad I went.
  17. Post about your lack of motivation on Facebook, and get chewed out.
  18. Do it anyway because this is for me.
  19. Try to force myself to just do something for 1 minute (jumping jacks, squats, etc.). But usually I tell myself I will be happier that I did it instead of mad at myself for not doing anything.
  20. Put on my work out clothes, lace up my shoes and go for a walk. Once I'm out and moving I find my motivation.
  21. Do a SparkPeople workout video! They are always great workouts and I love that they are not super hard and complicated!
  22. Remember a time when I couldn't work out, and how sad I was when I was heavier, and how I don't want to feel sad again!
  23. Listen to some music—something with energy that I like. It's funny how the right music can make you move even when you think you don't want to, and it usually provides a mood boost, too (which is probably why I didn't want to workout in the first place).

  24. Put my feelings aside and use logic and reasoning. My feelings then change after a good workout.
  25. Follow an "easy" DVD and tell myself I'll do just one part of it. I end up doing it all usually.
  26. Put on my workout clothes!
  27. Do a workout at home instead of going to the gym.
  28. Remind myself why I started working out and how much better I feel and feel about myself when I am done!

  29. Do it anyway, just not as long.
  30. Remember how easy it is to loss fitness even after missing a few sessions.
  31. Put on my workout clothes first thing in the morning. Once I'm in them there's no reason to not work out!
  32. Remind myself of one of Gods promises in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
  33. Think how good I feel after a workout! Nothing else gives me that same feeling!
  34. Go bowling.
  35. I go get my small weights and start toning up.
  36. Do something light and slow, like yoga.

  37. Start working out anyway, and then, I figure I've already started, so I may as well finish STRONG!
  38. Put on dance music and move!
  39. Call a friend to encourage me.
  40. Think of all the people who can't and I go do it and am grateful that I CAN.

There are a lot of things in life that we should do but don't always feel like doing. For many, exercise is one of those things. But the only way to make it a habit is to do it—consistently. So next time you don't feel like it, make like these strong-willed SparkPeople members and do it—or something—anyway. Just get yourself moving, even if it's light and easy, and even if it's only for a few minutes. You'll be glad you did!

Use it or Lose it, I just did 20 on the treadmill.