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!

*Peace!

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!

*Peace!

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 colors....love 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 rabid...er..uh...I 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?

*Peace!

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 engaged....it was a fabulous 3 days!

*Peace!

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!

*Peace!

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?

*Peace!

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 in...it 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?

*Peace!

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!

*Peace!

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!

*Peace!

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.

With....


Miss Avery! Our first official sleepover.

Grams needs a nap!

Today....the agenda....knitting...stitching....napping....football....homemade 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!

*Peace!

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' quilter....so 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!

Finally...it's done! And we'll just say that's a LOT of squares......

*Peace!

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!

*Peace!

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!

*Peace!

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?

*Peace!