Wednesday, November 8, 2017

I'm Thankful For Cameras And The Memories They Capture

A camera may be a simple thing to be thankful for, but without it I wouldn't be able to recall
all the memories it has captured over my lifetime. I have a hard enough time remembering
what happened yesterday, so having photos to remind me of times past is a blessing.

My parents divorced when I was little so I wasn't raised by my dad.
I only have a few pics of him and me.

Grandparents and cousins I don't remember but I'm so grateful to have this photo of them.

My gr-grandmother died when I was young. Seeing this photo of her reminds me of her
strong Norwegian accent, the lefse she would make, and the apron she sewed for me.

This is my mother before I was born. She was such a strong lady that had a tough life.
I learned to be self-reliant because of her. She also taught me about sewing.

Then there was this day that can't be forgotten, but the photo helps me remember
the cake my mother and her friend made for my wedding. I'd cut a picture out of a
magazine years before that I knew HAD to be my wedding cake someday.
My mom made sure it happened for me.

The thing about photos these days is that so many of them never get printed out.
They sit on our computers or phones hoping to be there forever. They might not be.
The computer may crash or the phone might get lost or broken. 

It's time to print some of them out and store them in a shoebox in the closet to torture
generations in the future as they try to figure out who is in each picture because we
forgot to write names, dates, and places on the back of the photo. That's what I'll do.

I'm feeling all nostalgic now. Time to pull out old cookie recipes and do some baking.

This is a cookie recipe from a past cookie exchange that makes a great gift.

Jar ingredients:

The tag with mixing and baking instructions to attach to the jar:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Blend Fabric's Caliope Designs In A Diaper Bag With Accesories

I have a new sweet Monkey Baby to motivate me to sew baby things, which was why 
I was really excited to get the adorable Blend Fabric Caliope by Maude Asbury.
The whole line is so sweet! 

Caliope Diaper Bag

I used Simplicity pattern #2924 to make the bag, burp cloth, and changing pad before
sending it off to Blend Fabrics to take to Quilt Market in Houston.

Therm O Web's Fabric Fuse held the flower and button in place until I could sew it in place.

A whole post about making this bag is at the Therm O Web blog today.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Virtual Cookie Exchange Giveaways - I Have The Best Blogger Friends

I switched it up a bit for the Virtual Cookie Exchange this year to include Christmas traditions and
Christmas quilts. There will also be some giveaways because I have the best blogger friends ever!
A few sent emails and those amazing ladies jumped into to help me!
You rock my world, ladies!

Thank you...

Such amazing and talented you guys for sharing!
AND...I'll be giving a $25 gift certificate from Quilt Taffy and a couple patterns, too!

Come join the fun and share a post with your recipe or tradition. Leave me a comment
saying, "I'm in" or send me an email! I need your contact info in order to add you.

P. S. Annette M. I don't have your email address...please contact me so I can add you.

A recipe from last year

Grab the code below:

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop

The Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop is more than just about cookies.
It's about Christmas traditions, Christmas quilts, candy recipes, and of course, COOKIES.

I know, I know, we're all on a diet, don't bake cookies anymore, don't eat sugar, blah, blah, blah,
we all have Christmas traditions and quilts so come share them with us.
It's only for three days, December 5, 6, and 7.

Every year I am amazed at the wonderful cookie recipes that have been shared,
but this year I decided it needed to be more than cookies. Blame it on a rough year,
getting older, feeling nostalgic, whatever, but I want to know what you do for
Christmas to keep your family heritage alive. Won't you come blog hop with me?

If you don't have a blog, I am more than willing to share your recipe/tradition on my blog.
Just let me know and I'll help you share.

I promise there will be a couple giveaways and you'll be welcome to have
a giveaway on your special day, too. Leave a comment (I'll need your email address)
saying, "I'm in" or send me an email to join in. You know you want to! It's all about traditions...

Here's the recipe for those yummy looking cookies in the photo above:

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Thankful For The Blogging World

My world grew small when I retired, but it is huge in a different way now.
Today I am thankful for how the blogging world changed my life.
I had a personal blog for years, but then decided to make a blog just for my quilts.
It is always a surprise to look back and see just how many projects I've made!

Ladies Diary is my favorite quilt...

Madame Samm entered my life and I will be forever grateful to her for making me
step out of my comfort zone and help "cheerlead" her blog hops. It was an amazing time!
I'm so glad she's taken time for herself to enjoy life. Love you, Samm!
My first blog hop was April 23, 2012...where has the time gone!
It was a Table Topper Blog Hop. Boy oh boy, I was such a beginner in this blog world,
but I am so grateful for all the new blogs and bloggers I met because of it.

Sometimes my projects have been less than noteworthy, but you have all been so positive and
sweet with comments that are left. I'm grateful that there are next to none negative comments
left on quilt blogs. Holy cow...I don't know how some of those non-quilt blogs handle all the
negativity! Just say something nice, people! It can go a long way to making someone smile.

Thank you everyone! XO
P. S. Yes, I had fun making this. Yes, I it was not easy remembering all the names of bloggers
who have crossed my path and made me smile. So if your name isn't here, I'm so sorry,
but let's just chalk it up to my brain being old and not always functioning properly.
Even now I can see several names I left off...dang it! I'm grateful for you, really I am!

Friday, November 3, 2017

So Much To Be Thankful For So Where Do I Start

I've been reading many thankful lists written by friends and family including one this morning by 
Colette from What About Rheema. Because I have so much to be thankful for, it's hard to know
where to start. In the rush of things, it's good to pause and really think about the good in my life.

This guy...

He drives me crazy, but loves me even when I'm at my worst.
When I have a down day (and I have lots of them) he tries to make it better.
He cooks most of our meals, does laundry, mows the lawn, and sweeps the floor.
When he cleans the bathroom, he's learned to put his glasses on to see what he's missing.
He's the best "Doodah" ever to the Monkey Boys and a great dad to our kids.
I'm grateful for 45 years with him.

Monkey Boys...

Monkey Boy number six arrived two months ago and I love his sweetness.
He's a fussy guy and doesn't give his mom much time without holding him,
but he's such a treasure for all of us. I'm grateful he lets me hold him once in a while.

The bigger Monkey Boys make me laugh, though sometimes I have to cover my eyes and ears
when I'm around them. Typical boys, every bodily sound and sight is funny and they love to make
sure grandma hears and sees it all. Their hugs are the best way to make me smile.
I'm grateful for their silly faces and warm hearts.

My favorite superhero has spent a lot of time with me this year. His energy and chatter are
endless, but his heart is so big. The things that come out of his mouth never cease to amaze me.
His smile rocks my soul and melts my heart. His snuggles give me peace and joy.
I'm grateful for how much he loves to be with me.

Oh, how I love the big brown eyes of this little monkey. Getting a smile out of him can be 
quite a chore, but when it comes, it brightens the whole room. He copies everything his older
brothers do, which can be scary when he jumps from the same things they do. He's so little
but he thinks he's one of the big guys. It's so fun to hear him learn to talk and say "grandma"
though it doesn't quite sound like that. I love it anyway! He's such a good snuggler, too.
I'm grateful that he likes to have sleepovers with me.

These kids...

This picture is from over eight years ago. They've changed a lot since this was taken.
Maybe this Christmas they'll get me a new photo of them together...hint hint.
I'm grateful for them all!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sun, Sand, And Sea BOM #10

It's another fun block for the Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM!
Amy from Sew Incredibly Crazy designed these blocks that are full of waves.

Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy has kept us all sewing and having fun with these blocks
and she has monthly giveaways. Don't miss out on any of them!
All you have to do is link up your block to be eligible.

The patterns are free the first month they are released, but after that they 
will be available for a nominal fee from each designer.

Amy's Block #1 - February
You can find info on it HERE and the pattern HERE.

Carol's Block #2 - March
You can find the info on it HERE and the pattern HERE.

Carla's Block #3 - April
You can find the info on it HERE and the pattern HERE.

Joan's Block #4 - May
You can find the info on it HERE and the pattern HERE.

Carol's Block #5 - June
You can find the info on it HERE and the pattern HERE.

Carla's Block #6 - July
You can find the info on it HERE and the pattern HERE.

Amy's Block #7 - August
You can find info on it HERE and the pattern HERE.

Carol's Block #8 - September
You can find the info on it HERE and the pattern HERE.

Amy's Block #9 - October
You can find the info on it HERE and the pattern HERE.

Amy's Block #10 - November
You can find the info on it HERE and the pattern HERE.

There's a Facebook page for Sew Incredibly Crazy and Friends, too!
"Like" the page so you can follow along for updates.

 I use Therm O Web's Heat n Bond EZ Print Lite sheets to prepare 
my applique pieces. I love that all I need to do is run the design through
 my printer, iron it to the wrong side of my fabric, cut out the pieces, 
and then press them in place. It is so fast and easy...I love easy!