Friday, November 28, 2008

Nothing that Calgon and Alka Seltzer Can't Cure

I did it, or we did it. UGH, none the less, we are the guilty ones. Yes, took a sick child to Thanksgiving dinner. I can make no excuses. Discovered after some complaining this morning from one small child and a trip to the doctor that Grace has strep throat. I, on the other hand, have a sinus infection. Oh brother!! Thankfully there were only 5 of us for dinner, but I really hate sharing, especially the yucky germs.

All I wanted to do this weekend was so and visit. The head is too clogged to think and the small child won't leave my side. I guess it will be a good time to just look at pictures in quilt books and snooze.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!! I'm sitting here smelling the stuffing cooking and I can hardly wait to eat. We are heading to my husband's parents house up the street.

I keep sitting here thinking about Thanksgiving and all that I have to be thankful for. I'm so incredibly blessed and seem to forget that completely from time to time (which right now is a crying shame).

  • We moved into a beautiful house last year and have some some really WONDERFUL neighbors.
  • My in-laws live less than 5 miles from us now instead of 5 states away. More of the clan will be moving to the KC area tomorrow, so now we will have even more family members to celebrate the holidays with.
  • My husband lost his job in July and was out of work for quite a while. He starts a new job on Monday.
  • Grace, Grace and Grace - although there are days I want to pull my hair out, she makes me smile more than I ever have. There is never a dull moment with her.
  • My wonderful husband who has taken up healthy living. It's great to see him smiling again.
  • I sold my first quilt this week on Etsy, which was very satisfying. The site allows me to feed the quilting / fabric beast. I'm thankful that I have a family that understands that quilting is something I enjoy and it makes me happy to spend time sewing.
That's enough sharing, otherwise I could go on and on and on.

Tonight is the big lighting ceremony on the Country Club Plaza. We won't be there in person, but in spirit. I'm sure when Grace gets older we will be making yearly trips down to watch in person.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

More Embroidery

Tonights project was the Christmas towels. I'm going to give those as a gift to a co-worker who really decorates for Christmas.

Below is a baby blanket that I got and embroidered. I'm pleased with how it turned out. I made another one for a little boy and put his name on it too.

My hope is to get back to good Old Betsy this week and finish up the quilt that's been have done for ...oh ... 3 weeks or more.

Have a great week.

Friday, November 14, 2008

I've Lost A Week

I haven't fallen off the planet. Somehow I seem to have lost a week. I've managed to get a few things done, although not much is quilt related.

I have some pictures to share.

The first is a picture of the gas station and the price of gas. I'm starting to think that we truly were GOUGED around the 4th of July when the price was over $4. I'm not an economist and would never in a million years claim to be. Hedging on oil though - hmmmm. Yes that picture shows $1.84. Tonight on the way home I saw $1.79.

After work I was able to take in the Blue Valley Quilt guild show. Lots of lovely quilts. I'm going to share 3 of my favorites.

I love the circles. Since I've been working on my inset circle top forever, this one really caught my eye. I like the squares too. Seems like it would great with charm squares.
Last Tango in Kansas. I love Dancing with the Stars so this one really made me smile. The maker did a beautiful job.
I think the name of this was Key Lime and Oreos. I don't know if the picture does justice for how GREEN that quilt really is. This too made me smile. I LOVE the bright colors.
The next pictures is from last Saturday. Grace had her very first sleep over. I joked with the ladies at work on Monday that I'm probably that mom... I let the girls sleep in the tent in Grace's room. We had to shut the door because our crazy cats though it was fun to run and jump at the sides of the tent. The girls would SCREAM and that started to get a little old. I'm sure you can imagine how loud and shrill the scream of two 4 year olds is. I put the girls to be at 9:15, knowing they wouldn't go right to bed right away. 11:00 PM I finally had to go in and holler at them. Grace found a flashlight and was holding it. Her friend was holding the books and "reading" the stories. For breakfast, I got them all hopped up sugar - donuts and french toast sticks. I know my kid took a 2 1/2 hour nap on Sunday. I'm not sure about Grace's friend. I haven't talked to her mom this week, so I hope that isn't a sign. :-)
This week I did manage to get some sewing in. I'm back into my machine embroidery kick again. Probably because I've been working on bags for Brandi, the photographer. I will have 20+ bags done for her by the end of the weekend.

So in between bags I decided to see what other items I could embroider. I think everyone will be getting Thanksgiving and Christmas towels.

I love the pumpkin set I got from Embroidery Library.
Since sunflowers are my all time favorite flower, I thought I would put a border on a hand towel that lives in our guest bathroom. Not to shabby.
I couldn't resist the hand Turkey (Grace term). It makes me smile every time I look at it.

I did some Christmas embroidery too, but I can't seem to find those towels. My guess is that they are in the washer or dryer. That would require me to honestly go look and I just don't want to go there tonight. It might mean I would have to fold clothes and that's NOT going to happen.

While working on bags, I did get binding on a quilt that I found in the cabinet. Guess I should clean / organize a little more often. Oh brother.

I just realized that in my lost week, I missed the election. Try as I may, I couldn't stay awake. Fortunately I woke in time to catch Obama's speech. Gave me goose bumps. Yes we can is now yes we did. We are definitely heading into a time of change.

I even managed to finish a book that was pretty darn good. The Wednesday Letters. Quick read and a feel good book. I'm hoping to find some more time to fit book reading into my schedule. About the only time I have is at lunch and I never seem to make much headway.

Hopefully I will get a chance to post some more pictures over the weekend. If I don't, have a great weekend and I'll return next week.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

No Way It's November

Here are a few pictures from Halloween. We had fun. Little to no trick or treaters in our neighborhood. I finally handed the bucket to the last group of kids and told them to divide it up put the bucket back on the porch. I will be taking candy to work to share.

Our pumpkins -

The girls had fun. Here's a few pictures of them hamming it up.
The reason for the title - it's supposed to be almost 80 today. 80 on November 2nd. That is just wrong. My guess is that when the rain rolls in this week the temperature is going to drop drastically. We have shorts and t-shirts on today. My hope was to sew today, but it's just too nice to be inside.

Well, I'm heading outside. Have a great day!