Monday, October 31, 2011

Dinner with Spiderman---Dessert with a Kangaroo

Spiderman stopped over around dinner time this evening....

and afterwards...

a little marsupial dropped in for dessert!

The grands are growing!

Happy Halloween!


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Revisiting an old friend

A few times this week, I spent some time with my old friend, SDW A German Band Sampler (Scarlet Letter).

I've enjoyed revisiting this sampler....

I think I'll continue on with it! I should be back on track with the progress soon! :o)

What do you have languishing in your stitching pile that could use a revisit? Do tell! All of our sampler UFOs can keep each other company!


Thrifty Thursday!

How perfect is it that part of the quilt retreat weekend involved junkin' and antiqueing!?!?! And is there any better place to find some deals than small-town America? I was so excited to find this for $2.50!

A little covered jar in the Mason's Fruit Basket pattern! I have a couple other pieces in this transferware and I LOOOOOVE it, so I was quite giddy when I saw this on a shelf! It still has some sticky residue that needs removed, but I think it will clean up nicely!

It's one of those patterns that I could definitely get in to collecting and displaying. I love the brown with the it!

I picked up another great find while I was retreating, but it's seasonal, so I'll wait until the season to share! And besides, I've already got it boxed up and stored, and forgot to take a pic! So you'll have to wait until Christmas decorating begins!!

And my fellow retreater and pal, Kay, who is a mean AVID new milk glass collector, found this for me when she was out hunting!

A gloriously big glass pear! Hmmmm....wonder what I'll do with this? ha! I see a mercury glass pear in my future! Thanks, Kay! :o)

So those are this week's thrifty finds! Have you found something wonderful lately?


Sunday, October 23, 2011

....and then it was over.

We arrived at our retreat destination Thursday evening.....

Living Waters Retreat Center on Lake Poinsett provided a beautiful facility with awesome lake views...

Lots of great room for sewing!

And there was a lot of that happening! A lot of sewing...laughing...eating....laughing...sewing...laughing...

A lot of show and tell...

Yes...there were lots of beautiful quilts being shown...

And I did get quite a bit done myself!

Yes I know...another nine patch! I never tire of them!

Love the fabrics!

A great Jo Morton pattern from her Coming Home book.

I was given grief for #1 - not bringing a ton of different projects and #2 - for getting the projects I brought along finished.

I resorted to applique after my piecing projects were finished.

and there was knitting on the ride home....

....and then it was over.

Many thanks to Twyla for organizing such a wonderful weekend! A great time was had, new friends were made, the muscles you use for laughing were was a fabulous 3 days!


Thursday, October 20, 2011

See You Sunday!

I'm off.....for three glorious days at a quilting retreat! I've got small quilt projects packed, large quilt projects, applique, small knitting project, bigger knitting project....I think I'm set!

See you Sunday! Have a great weekend!


Thrifty Thursday!

I found some more pottery this week! Imagine that, huh? ;o)

These are marked "Made in Western Germany" and each has a number on the bottom.

I doubt they're anything 'Roadshow Worthy' but I liked the glaze on them.

A sweet little set of juice glasses!

At least that's going to be their purpose here!

Have you found any pottery lately?


Saturday, October 15, 2011

I Am A Happy Homebody!

Happy SATURDAY! Aaaah....a day at home. I love being a homebody! It's when I am the happiest!

This morning I slept was heavenly...and I make no excuses for that, even though the early-rising husband didn't seem too thrilled that it was almost 10 before I decided to get out of bed. I don't do it often, and I loved it!

Once I had my morning java, I did get busy! I pulled out the makings for more faux mercury glass...

taped off the little glass pumpkin I found this week...

took it outside, spritzed the inside of it with water and sprayed the Looking Glass paint...

and walaah...

another mercury glass pumpkin! I love the candle glow!

I took off for some errands....returns at the mall, post office package drop, and then to the grocery store. I brought home some more homebody projects!

There will be homemade granola....and a big apple pie!

And then I'm going to roast these...

Roasted Beets! I haven't roasted beets before, so am anxious to try these. YUM!

I love being a homebody! Do you?


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thrifty Thursday!

Look what came home last night!

Less than five bucks spent.

The bluebird of happiness...

too cute! I picked up the cardinal version a while back as well! Beautiful little glass birds. They're handmade in Arkansas! I only know this because they both had labels on them and when I looked up the info, it took me here!
Aren't they sweet?

And this cute little glass pumpkin!

The smaller version of the one I turned into faux mercury glass earlier this year! Guess what I'll be doing!?

And I love the character of this little accent mirror.

Seems I can always find just the right little spot to hang a small mirror!

Speaking of mirrors......where did I put that Looking Glass spray paint? I've got a lil' pumpkin and I'm gonna need it!

Happy thrifting!


Monday, October 10, 2011

Cooler With A Chance of Knitting

The knitting is in my lap this evening.

The temps are a bit cooler...still not our 'normal', but above normal is still fine with me in October! I'm watching baseball (Go Rangers!!) and then will switch over to cheer for the Bears....because I can't cheer for the Lions. It's that whole 'grudge' thing I've got going.

Hope you're having a pleasant evening!


Sunday, October 09, 2011

Recuperation Sunday

I need to recuperate today. Nope...I'm not hungover....I'm in need of some deep sleep!

I had a sleepover last night.


Miss Avery! Our first official sleepover.

Grams needs a nap!

Today....the pizza...and maybe a second nap! ;o)

Thank you all so much for your comments on the quilt top finish! It's an adaptation of a pattern in the book Nine Patch Wonders by Blanche Young and Helen Young Frost. Based on the Trip Around The Nine Patch pattern.

I do love a nine patch! :o)

Have a great day!


Saturday, October 08, 2011

I'd Rather Not Know!

I'd rather not know how many squares are in this quilt! I'm just glad it's DONE! Finally!

I'm sure I can do the math...but again...I'd rather not know! I just know there are a LOT!

And I know this quilt took a little longer than normal...what with Bernina issues and whatnot, it's been in the works for about 2 months! EEEEEK!

It was driving me nuts...not having this one done. We all know I'm a 'one at a time' I needed to get this one DONE! So I can start another!

And I thought it was going to need a border to fit the bed, but look!

No border necessary! It fits perfect! And I even have enough blue fabric leftover for the binding!'s done! And we'll just say that's a LOT of squares......


Thursday, October 06, 2011

Thrifty Thursday!

It's been another one of those weeks...where I really haven't felt like stopping for any thrifty adventures after 8 hours at the office. But this evening I did stop off at G'Willy's and am glad I did!

This bright pottery windchime....

will be a bright spot this winter! I'll hang it outside so I can see and hear it when I'm in the kitchen. $2

I loved the red underglaze on this piece of pottery.

I took the lid off in the store and it was filled with sugar packets. I left those there! ;o) $1

And all I need to do is add a string...

to this fun folksy chicken pull toy! $2

And one last piece of pottery...

LOVE this one a lot! $1

So that's my 'haul' for this week!

Selective...I've been selective. It's a good thing!


Sunday, October 02, 2011

Fun And Frolic Amplified!

A finish to show this evening!

Birds of a Feather - All Hallow's Night

Jolly little pranksters....don't you think?

I doubt it will be framed in time to decorate this year, but it's still nice to have a finish!


Saturday, October 01, 2011

A Visit From Mr. JJ

Little Mr. JJ came calling today!

He's such a sweet soul!

And he's my most favorite little red-head guy...

look at that color! His mommy had such beautiful strawberry blonde hair when she was a baby. But this is much move vivid!

And bright blue eyes to go with it.

I always love visits from Mr. JJ!

Do you have a red-head in your life?