Wednesday, December 28, 2011

SSCS and just plain glee!!

My apron from Kerry and basket of goodies from neighbours and my gift from honey dearest

Kerry was my SSCS she not only made my SS gift but also followed my blog and made a special BD gift. I am wearing it. Don`t you just love my apron! I do those bells are precious lucky it covers that belly (that is my new year resolution, get fit!! this picture is embarrassing but I couldn`t get my DH to model)

The other gift was left from my neighbours many goodies and essentials were inside it is on the chair and then the package on the table was from DH I got the best pj`s from Marks Warehouse that I wanted you know the jersey fabric just love it.

Below you can see the fabulous hand bag Kerry made as well as my pincushion and needlecase. The buttons are gorgeous. Kerry also sent me one of her books with great patterns and signed by herself...isn`t it just awesome!! The 2 cards are quite unique as well the one that has a quilt on it is created by Roalie Quinlan, the other with the picture of bales of hay is actually a card designed by  Chookyblue very cool I would say a little bit of everyone.

I was even thrilled by the wrapping paper it made me giggle the one with the cats and dogs would make a great little quilt hanging.. a thought..
Kerry`s wonderful bag and needlecase, pincushion and signed personal book

I loved the wrapping paper she used too
Kerry I just can`t thank you enough for all the thought you put into these gifts thanks again.. and thanks to Chooky for letting me join at the last minute cause they needed another international..I was lucky my fingers typed fast enough
This is something that I am working on one more swap...just one more
I am working on one more swap for the new year this is what I have so far it is nothing like what it will turn out like you will be surprised
 Remember those earrings I was talking about well these are it..Storm at Sea pattern you can go to Metal Arts to see what other earrings they have. I really love these. Then to add to the bonus Mom pulled out these gorgeous snowmen aren`t they just precious.. 3 more weeks...just 3 more and I can where them.
Remember my incentive for my ears, the top are what I can`t wait to wear the snowman are a bonus from mom too.
See below.. this is the audience that was in front of me at mothers house as you can see they are all waiting...for what you ask...the big giant toy from with the kitty toy that is like a fishing pool with raffia or fabric at the end...this picture is deceiving the one in the middle Fuzzy is a very big cat his brother Toby is right beside him on the right then there is sweet Ruby closest to me.

Ruby nearest to me was having Debbie withdraw, Mom said she was sleeping by my door when I was gone...poor girl. Dad said that it was just to quiet in the house now...I am a little noisy.
The best Christmas gift for me was the neighbours dog Trixie has gone to a good home, she was neglected for long periods of time and this stressed my parents which stressed me. Life is wonderful!

Ruby, Fuzzy and Toby

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Prepping for Christmas at Mom`s

Boarders for Basket Quilt
I have just finished prepping for the boarders on the basket quilt. I am very excited. I always get nervous when I get to the applique boarder part I am not sure why. I have 2 other quilts that are done but need their applique boarder. I think I will get them ready too. I am ready for the challenge...VBG. I don`t think this turned out so bad.
a wee too much stemming going on

old new holes

another Frill Seeker!!
One of them could use this stemming as well. I think I may have made a little to you can see it is a huge pile...stem anyone...all bias now to press it and wrap it

I also got my ears repierced the girl that did it was really super. I had 2 holes and wanted them reopened. Didn`t hurt much, she was very patient in stretching the holes and put these sleepers in. I have incentive to do this Mother bought a pair of earings she cannot wear. They are sterling silver and they are quilt blocks, I will show you when I get back

Then I have also been knitting another Frill seeker scarf it is different the frill is much shorter and these are mothers colours so you know who this will be going to!

See ya in the new year looks like a green Christmas for us....good for the travellers

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Merry, merry, merry merry

I belong to Kathleen Tracey`s Yahoo Group Small Talk it is mini`s that she designs and it is very very productive. We had a mini swap, this came last night as I was going out to a Christmas party. I am not a social-light so I was apprehensive about going. (gained 30lbs and only have one dress that fits I miss walking my dogs)  Well DH heard the door bell as I was trying to get ready and yelled down there is a parcel! With all the decorum that I have I stood in the stairwell and opened this gorgeous gift. Faith made this for me is it not incredible...yes incredible

 I also did a little background check and found that she was from a town that Lucille Ball is from and Faith sent me some Vitameatavegamin`s do you not remember Lucy`s show on these!! I was so happy to get something that made me remember such great happy times Lucy was one of my icons.
Then I see these wonderful Xmas magnets and a fantastic thread holder look how well made all these items are and see 2 spools of applique thread. (well I think they are for applique cause I use that thread for such purpose, they will go in my Thread holder I bought when I had a class with Karen Kay Buckley but what is interesting Faith picked 2 of the threads I did not have (you don`t know my thread collection) perfectly planed on her part.

The best part of it all is this huge decorative box she had put everything in see that great hand cream Faith also sent! it is perfect with this weather and washing my hands all the time a work. Here is me trying to post a picture to be a little more presentable. I took, Emily down (she was my Grandmothers doll) Emily wanted to present everything she kept looking down at me and said can I touch the quilt? it is so beautiful I need to touch it...I told her she can hold it, she does a great job presenting it is the photographer who needs some training..LOL
Now I know I said I wasn`t going to post until after the holidays but I have one more swap item coming and so you may see another one. I got up especially to show you the treasures you can receive with online swaps and friends..hugs to Faith which I am sorry to say has no blog!

Monday, December 12, 2011

pieced, applique and knit

Gentleman`s fancy mini
I tried to hand quilt this baby but it looked horrible so I had to take out all the hand quilting and then machine quilt it..the blocks were just to small with the seam allowances. I never thought i would say that machine quilting looked better on a quilt but..never say never

more flowers to applique I started pressing more flowers for the flower baskets that I am working on

a nice change from quilting great scarf to make in a day
I hadn`t knitted in years but found this gorgeous yarn Frill Seekers google it and you can see the many scarves with tutorials on how to do it. This only took a day to make and it is lovely. I said almost makes me want to knit again.

I don`t think I will have to post again till the new year. So please have a wonderful Holiday Season with family and friends, stay safe and healthy. I am surely looking forward to 2012! you will see on the sidebar what my challenge will be please click on the little house and it will tell you more!