Christmas

Just 15

My Lovelies

In this series I’m going to choose one WIP and work on it for 15 minutes a day, then post my progress here weekly.

First up? I’ve got a Christmas quilt started, that has literally been on my design wall since last year. Yes, sad I know. With my business thriving and growing, it’s left little time to quilt for myself. Like Nike says, “Just Do It.”

So here’s the story, my friend Linda, of Quilting Under the Influence, put together a charm exchange last year(the quilt *ahem* was supposed to be finished by LAST Christmas ;-/ ). It was great fun, and we had, are you sitting down? 100% participating, and you know, I think everyone was on time too!! Can you imagine?

Here are the lovely charms I received.

Here come the charms! Don’t you love happy mail?!?!

They came, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. One of the rules of the swap was that there were no rules, now you perfectionist creatives out there know that is a blessing and a curse. Lol. I knew I wanted a “quilt,” but still feature the diversity of the charmers.  So I added in some Twas The Night, by Nancy J. Smith and Lynda S. Milligan(oh, yes, I do love my stash), and made a bunch of hst. I worked and worked, but it just needed a little something more…

Love laying it out on the floor and running up the stairs to “see” if it’s right. I’ve got 4 kids… What the heck am I running for? 😉

So I made this….

and set it like this…

Just because you don’t expect it… STILL not sure if it works… Oh, well…

And this is what I’ve had up since 2011… I think it’s time we put this baby to bed, or maybe “on the bed.” Ha!  See you next Monday!!

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year, EVERYBODY!!!!  Oh, yeah, new year, new start, clean slate…. Well, a girl can wish, can’t she?  The month of December has been crazy busy…as if it isn’t always and for everyone…I had to cut my losses, and the blog fell, as Dave Ramsey would say, “below the line.” 😉  BUT…Watch Out!!! I’m back. Hehehe… 

In December we played basketball, well, you know “I” didn’t play, but I did attend the games. 🙂 We took a little trip to Branson with the fam, including my sweet Daddy, Brother, Sister in Love, and you know….the Little Cuddle Bug….

Nicey…the Divine Miss Em

Then it was home to finish up rehearsals and put on a Christmas show….Look, Sweet Memory…

I’m home….. oohhhh….how sweet it was and is!

A great time was had by all!!!



Christmas was wonderful filled with family and smiles….


Sweet Sister in Love

 And through it all…I was playing Words…Yes, don’t say it, I KNOW I’m obsessed!  K will say, “no wonder I don’t hear from you anymore…you’ve got a whole other group of friends.”  And…she would be right!  When there’s a ballgame on, I’m too tired to concentrate at the sewing machine, riding in the car, and I’m bored…and none of the “regulars” are on… I’ll start random games.  The first time I did this and hit pay dirt was last spring/early summer…that’s when I picked up Sewcute, Mr. Typo’s(hehehe don’t worry, he doesn’t know about this blog, or anything past my first name, so it won’t hurt his feelings), Julia, The TX Rider, and The Business Man…still playing with all of these. 😉  In August, a No New Opponents rule was put in place, because of a certain Mr.NoName!!  Got to be careful… What a jerk!  Only recently have I started random games again.  And one Tuesday evening in December…I hit the jackpot again!!  With this load I got Ms.AZ, Jess, and The Poet…a couple more but these are the three that I’ve gotten to “know”.  So, this morning The Poet asks me to finish the sentence, “The new year…”  I respond with some dribble about it being my last year of my thirties, the kiddos, you know, nothing earth shattering.  Then I informed him that turn about is fair play.  His response came off the cuff, and I’d like to share it with you…

“The new year rang in exactly on time – the only given it is allowed.  For some, it will be their first, for others their last.  For most, the new year is the balance of mind and heart.  The mind concerned of what can be; the heart with what should be. The mind leads the way – analytically plotting where our physical body should tread.  Concerned as it should be with singular survival.  The heart, bless it, is concerned with what is best for all. I only hope that I find the balance between my mind and heart, physical existence and spiritual empathy.  It is
my goal; my quest.”
The Poet
Happy New Year!!
soooo looking forward to spending it with you, All my Bloggy Friends!!

New Meaning to An Old Phrase

How many times have you said, “What did you do last night?”  Or, how many times have you been asked?  Well, two weeks ago I was running on empty, downing that eggnog shake, because I had been up literally the entire night before!  Well, I take that back….I did go to bed at 5….in the MORNING!  What was I doing?  Well, sewing and playing Words, of course! 

Remember those Christmas dresses mentioned in an earlier post? Well you know about those promises. 😉

Here they are…

And here they are on….

Merry Christmas!
I had thought I was further along, than I was with these dresses.  Then a major distraction hit me head on, and THEN, Tall Guy had to make a trip to the ER for staples.  Get this…at basketball practice, he and a friend go up at the same time, and his friends tooth hits his arm.  No harm, no foul?  Not this time.  The tooth broke off in Tall Guys arm, to be found on the floor later, and, needless to say, sliced his arm like a knife.  Poor boys!  Tall Guy was in the ER that night, and Friend was in the dentist chair first thing the next morning.
AND  we were all at a basketball tournament by that afternoon. :p  I’m thinking a nap on the couch would have been oh, soooooo nice. 🙂 

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