Saturday, December 27, 2008

Strange days.

This picture was from a few days ago, we got a LOT of snow, then we got some freezing rain, and today it was 62 degrees! Usually I would rather enjoy a warm day in the middle of winter, but it really made a mess. Flood warnings, water across the roads, lots of mist and fog, and of course MUD. Tonight it will get cold again and then the roads will be really icy. Michigan is low on funds and claim they can't take care of the roads this year so we've been doing a lot of slipping around on the roads. With gas being as cheap as it is, it seems like they'd be doing okay, but I guess things don't work that way.

I hope you all had a great Christmas! Ours was fun, it was our first Christmas with our grandbaby. It's so fun to watch her experience new things, just about every day she's doing something new. She brings back a lot of memories of my own kids when they were growing up. I still get kind of bummed out this time of year since our two sons are in California & can never come home for Christmas, due to their jobs & school. Someday I'd like to have everybody home together again at Christmas.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Not quite ready....

But I'm getting close. I asked my daughter not to look at my blog until after Christmas so I could post pics of some of her presents. She's getting into embroidery so I thought she'd like this redwork project. It's from American Patchwork and Quilting Dec. 1999. I changed the border, I wanted to use my Mary Engelbreit fabrics and I thought this would work out better.

The dishtowels patterns are from some old transfers I've had for years. I have a bunch of them & need to start using more of them. These are also for my daughter, she has an old house & wants her kitchen to have a vintage theme, these will work perfectly. She was smart to decide to use the color red in her kitchen, there are so many vintage kitchen items with red. I want to change my kitchen color to blue & it's a lot harder to find old things in blue. That kind of surprised me, for some reason I was thinking that blue would be a popular kitchen color. I have found a few things & of course I can make some things to match, but since I have a lot of little kitchen items that are red, green and yellow, I guess it will be kind of a mixed-up kitchen.

I made a couple of these pillows this year, I love A Christmas Carol & watch at least a couple of versions of the movie every year. It's from an Nancy Halvorsen's Art To Heart booklet called Santa's Coming. I love her patterns, but I would have been pretty bummed out if I hadn't caught the error in the spelling of Dickens (they spelled it Dickins). I'm surprised someone didn't catch that somewhere along the line. The patterns in her booklets are great, though, I hope to make more of them for presents next year.

We have really been having the weather. Last week we got about a foot of snow, it was just beautiful. Yesterday we got sleet & freezing rain, making for some dangerous driving. Today everything was melting, so it's a slushy mess around here. I really need to get out tomorrow & do some Christmas shopping so I hope the weather cooperates. C'mon Mother Nature, I need to do my part to support our fragile economy!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008


Isn't this great? This was actually a birthday present, my kids know how crazy I am about Christmas & how much I love Peggy Gaine's folk art. Peggy is a local artist, she does more than just Santas, but I am definitely partial to them. Next time I go to her shop I'll try to remember to take my camera & show you more of her stuff.

This is another Santa that I got from Peggy a few years ago. It's painted on an old table top, I absolutely love it. I love that she uses old & discarded things and turns them into art.
Her family had a fire at their house a couple of years ago and she lost all her art supplies. That had to be devastating, I can't even imagine how long it would take me to recover if I lost all my art supplies. I hate to even think how many of her creations she had decorating her house. I'm just so glad she's back to creating again.

The table topper is coming along. It should be farther along, but this nasty cold I've had isn't helping. It keeps hanging on & is in my sinuses now, giving me an awful headache. I was doing good, didn't catch it when my SIL & daughter had it, but how could I resist holding my grandbaby? She was sick for a couple of weeks & I wasn't going to stay away from her that long. This weather is good for staying inside anyway, we've probably had more than half a foot of snow in the last couple of days. It's really beautiful, but the ground hasn't frozen so it's kind of a mess underneath.

This is a nice little book, definitely something I can relate to. I won't be able to keep the cost that low, but I'm definitely being more frugal this year. It helps not having young kids at home, that would make it tough. Really though, even with my grandbaby I'm trying to make more things & get her useful items rather than just lots of toys and her parents are thinking that way, too. Most kids have so many toys that they don't care about much of anything. Nothing is special because they have too much.

It's kind of hard to believe that it's December 2nd already. Guess I'd better get off here and get to work on those Christmas projects!