Thursday, December 31, 2015

Day 365/365

It's the end of the year. 
It has finally started to feel like winter. 
The hydrangea is hanging on.

Thanks for joining me for my third year of pictures. 
Stop by tomorrow for the beginning of another.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Day 364/365

M and I had no problem spending the gift certificates to a downtown quilt shop 
that we both received for Christmas.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Day 363/365

 A couple days ago I watched a video on how to quilt a feather swirl by Judi Madsen
Ever since, I have been doodling my interpretation of it. 
I am excited to practice it on fabric soon.


Monday, December 28, 2015

Day 362/365

The Christmas palette has served us well this season, 
but it feels like it's time for a change. 
Maybe some frosty colors will bring us some real winter weather.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Day 360/365

We are having "Big Christmas" in the morning. 
Since the little ones still don't have stockings yet, 
I personalized some little Christmas boxes for them.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Day 359/365

Merry Christmas! 
We left some cookies for you.  Hurry. 
They won't last long.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Day 358/365

We will not be having a white Christmas, 
but we did get a beautiful pink Christmas Eve sunset 
which I would consider an acceptable substitute.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Day 356/365

My special project for the bird fabric has begun. 
I have lined the inside back (and later the sides) of this cabinet with the burlap birds. 
This will serve two purposes, to freshen up the look of the cabinet 
and give me storage space for the dishes I am not using for the current season. 
I may have to figure out a light source for the top shelf, 
but I am liking it a lot.


Monday, December 21, 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Day 354/365


M has finished her Christmas quilt top. 
It turned out so cute! 
I will be quilting it so there will be more pictures of the whole thing later.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Day 352/365

On a visit to Little E's school today I got a chance to see the twelve stars I made for her hanging on her classroom window.  
Close-ups will be posted on More Curiously soon.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Day 350/365

M and I got to go to a special preview of
 the first episode of the final season of Downton Abbey tonight. 
I just started watching last season.  
M tells me I should start from the beginning to get all the background on everyone. 
I suppose I should but when would I do that? 
There is quilting to do...and knitting, and well, you get the idea.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Day 349/365

At quilting tonight we were privileged to see this beauty and hear the story about it.


Monday, December 14, 2015

Day 348/365

A gift wrapped in fabric is like getting two gifts in one,
and if there is a jingle bell on top, that makes it even better.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Day 347/365

The lights are up on the house. 
It's a long story. 
When I was young we had colored lights on the tree and on the house.  I loved all the big colorful lights but especially the pink and purple ones. Sometime later in my adult life I became enchanted with white lights.  I changed the lights on our tree to white, put white lights on our house, trees and bushes, put electric candles in the windows, and even had white milk bottle luminaries lining the walk and driveway.  Over the years M has expressed her love of colored lights, but I have resisted the pressure to use them in my holiday decorating.  She used them to spruce up her dorm room and apartment at school and still has them up here at home, but I just couldn't be convinced to use the colors.  The lights available were so tiny and limited in the colors available on a strand.  So I told M a few years ago that when they came out with large colored lights that included purple and orange, I would put them on the outside of the house.  
That day has come.  
I think I am going to like it.


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Day 344/365

Little E needs decorations for the window of her classroom. 
We have no time for a star cutting lesson.
I have volunteered to make the stars for her. 
One down, eleven to go.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Day 343/365

When I first saw this I was a bit confused. 
What was that draped across my chair? 
Then I realized there was nothing there but the chair. 
The chair is both a striped and textured weave so the sun was playing tricks on me, 
allowing me to see only the stripe in one spot and only the texture in another.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Day 342/365

M and I have been into some serious crafting. 
Another huge thank you goes to M for helping me make these super cute ornaments 
to give to my quilting friends at tonight's annual Christmas gathering. 

For a wonderful blog post and video on how to make these click here.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Day 341/365

M is quite the helper in the kitchen. 
Here she is shaking up some candy cane Chex mix for me to take to a quilting party tomorrow.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Day 340/365

I had a fun time today on a little photo shoot with these three. 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Day 339/365

New this year are tiny scenes in lighted terrariums. 
They didn't quite turn out like I had hoped and didn't photograph well, 
but they are done and will do for now.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Day 338/365

Mom invited me to join her for her annual Christmas lunch outing with her neighbors. 
A good time was had by all.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Day 337/365

Lots of decorations went up today but this is probably my favorite, 
hand-cut paper stars.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Day 336/365

Tree number two is up and decorated. 
This one has a rustic, woodland theme.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Day 335/365

Each year I fill my china cabinet with my Santa collection. 
This is one of my very favorites.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Day 333/365

I set up the Christmas village today with great help from M.  
Thanks, M! 
My village has a small farm section. 
This shot is for all you farm women, but especially you, Raewyn.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Day 330/365

The meal is over.  The guests are gone.  The dishes are done.  
It's time to watch some football.  
Grateful for so many things. 
Happy Thanksgiving. 


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Day 328/365

There are some adorable holiday dishes for sale at the grocery.
But wait.  Let's take a closer look at that sign. 
What?!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Day 327/365

M finished the cowl she was working on shown in progress here 
and decided to make a hat to wear with it. 
Looking good, M!

Pattern info: 
Cowboy Cowl on Ravelry - $7.00 USD 
Antler Hat on Ravelry - free



Sunday, November 22, 2015

Day 326/365

While cleaning in the garage today 
we found some of my the kids' favorite toys. 
They looked a little worse for the wear, 
but that's nothing a little soapy water can't take care of. 
Soon the little ones will be able to enjoy the some of the same toys their parents did 
at Grandma and Grandpa's house.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Day 323/365

It's been a stressful day. 
Let's be honest.  It's been a stressful week. 
I need some knitting therapy.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Day 321/365

Little E is working on a new quilting project. 
I have drafted a paper piecing pattern for the center section of her quilt. 
Here it is all inked and ready for copies to be made.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Day 320/365

No light + fast-moving child = blurry, unusable photo. 
Since my pictures all ended up crazy blurry, 
I decided to take a quick shot of the new knitting project I started today.  
Wish me luck.  It gets very big. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Day 319/365

Someone is turning three soon. 
I think she needs a cape just like her cousin.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Day 318/365

This sweet guy loves taking the blocks apart as soon as I can put them together.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Day 317/365

As much as I love a full moon, 
I think a tiny sliver of a moon is really my favorite.