Monday, November 4, 2013

Prescription for a Cold Remedy

I was feeling kind of punky yesterday. I could tell there was a cold brewing in my body. Too much Halloween candy had ravaged my immune system and left me vulnerable. I knew that if I didn't take action quickly I was going to be in for some sniffles, at best, and a full blown sinus infection at worse. So I got plenty of rest, took some vitamin C and Echinacea and soothed my weary soul with a Starbucks chai latte. Today is a new day and I'm feeling much, much better. I do believe I've fended it off that evil cold. Ha, ha, ha.

P.S. ... I'm sure that a little prayer from some friends helped also.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Cool Phone Apps

I'm thankful for phone that has really cool apps like a Blogger app. It still truly amazes me that phone can do so many things (but apparently capitalizing at the beginning of a sentence isn't one of them). Anyway... to think that I can say words they can turn into her paper pretty darn amazing. it's kind of funny how I take for granted all these little improvements in my life. I hope that in the coming days I can utilize this newfound tool to get my blog back on track.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Thankfulness is an Antidote for Negative Thoughts

Thankfulness causes me to acknowledge that the source of all I have isn't me, but the Lord God. I don’t really need to occupy myself with pride or guilt.

Sometimes I’m overwhelmed with the sheer volume of all that I could be doing. When that happens I find that my focus is on that stuff and not on the fact that having all those options is a blessing.

Because I have so much, I want to make the best possible use of all of it. And down into the rabbit hole I go on a quest for better productivity. Sure, being a good steward is a wonderful goal, but when it is to the exclusion of enjoying life and appreciating the moment, then something has gone awry. When I have the realization that becoming more productive has become more important than becoming godly, then I know it’s time to reign it in. That’s usually when I endeavor to refocus on all the blessings I have/experience/share with others. It’s at these times that I remember Romans 11:36 – Everything comes from the Lord.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Little Yo-Yo Tree

This little yo-yo tree is just one of oh-so-many projects I've been working on lately. Unfortunately, I haven't done a good job of documenting my projects. But that's not all bad, since I haven't actually finished many of them. So...that means lots of future posts. That's all for now.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

So Much to Be Thankful For

Yes, I did just finish that title with a preposition. I'm feeling rebellious today. Watch out world! I'm sensing the need for a vacation. Life has gotten a bit crazy lately. There is just so much to do, so much fun to have. Once again I'm feeling overwhelmed. Even when life is crazy, there is so much to be thankful for in my life. Today I get to go walking with a friend, have lunch with some other friends and then I have an afternoon to myself. I will probably do my favorite thing - sew. What's not to be thankful for? Oops...another sentence ending with a preposition. The world didn't come to an end, so it's all good.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I Got a New Phone

I got a new phone! :-) This is a good thing. It may even be so good that I can use my voice to text app to create a blog, thereby creating more blog posts. There's just something about hauling out the laptop that makes posting on the blog prohibitive.

For today and since this is all kind of new, I think I'll keep things short and just say that I'm thankful for my new Galaxy 3. Now I just have to learn how to use all of its many, many features. Yeah, right!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

I Finished A Quilt...Finally

It has taken a few years and a kick in the pants to get this quilt finished. Originally, I was making this for my son who loves yellow. I thought it would be right up his alley. Not! When laying it out on the floor, I asked him how he liked it and his ambivalent response was, "It's okay." Not exactly encouraging. Who wants to give a quilt to someone who doesn't LOVE it, right? Hence the name Son's Folly. He'll never know what he missed. (I'm pretty sure he doesn't read this blog.) So, I will have to come up with a different quilt pattern for him.

In the meantime, I'm thinking of entering this quilt in the local quilt show. The pattern comes from Kim Brackett's book Scrap-Basket Surprises. It is the same quilt that is on the cover of that book. In the book it is called Bali Sea Star. You never know, maybe it will be more popular at the show than it was at home. 

I'm just thankful that this one is off my plate. Now...what to work on next?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Whipping up a Wrap for a Friend

I recently learned my friend, Jan, was diagnosed with cancer. She had surgery and will be having chemotherapy. I've heard that while receiving chemo one gets very cold, so I knew I wanted to make a quilt for Jan - to keep her warm and to let her know I was thinking of her and praying for her.

I needed to make something quick. I also needed a sample for the Scrap Happy club I'm leading at the quilt shop. My talk was about using large cuts of fabric. I combined the two "needs" into a comfort wrap for Jan. It's kind of like a long table runner that she can wrap around her - big, but not as bulky as a full size quilt and easier to manage while sitting in a chair. My co-worker Cyndi quilted it with a great heart motif (I wish I'd taken an up close pic of her quilting).  Here's what it looked like -

She loved it. She called me after using it to let me know how well it worked to keep her warm. The nurses were telling her they wanted one, too. Heck, I want one. But I've other quilts to make. More on that next time.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sewing Time Has Been Productive Lately

Baby Snowball
Another border has been added to the Baby Snowball quilt that I'm working on for the Scrap Happy Club. I think there will be two more. I'm making it up as I go, so you never know what could happen.

The first of many disappearing 4 patch blocks.
In the meantime, I'm experimenting with a Disappearing 4 patch. I like it! I've cut 96 white charm squares. Now I have to cut up the various blues for this scrappy blue and white beauty. I hope I can get this done assembly-line style. I've got a movie's worth of cutting to do and then I will be sewing like a crazy lady. I'm looking forward to it.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Visit to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Daffodils in bloom.

To celebrate 30 years of marriage, the hubby and I decided to enjoy some local scenic spots. Among those selected for our special "staycation" site seeing was this gem. We thoroughly enjoyed walking the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum.

There were plenty of benches like the one above where we could rest and just soak in the beauty of our surroundings.

The cherry trees were in bloom and created a wonderful profusion of pink blossoms.

Our trip included a tour of the DeGolyer home, where we were led on a wonderful (private) tour by a very engaging docent. Over 18,000 books were in the DeGolyer collection.

Crape Myrtle Allee

I can't wait to get back to the Arboretum when these trees are lush with foliage. I guess it's a good thing we decided to purchase the annual pass.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Hand-Me-Down Batik Beauty

I dug this baby out of the closet. It was in a trunkload of stuff I received from a fellow quilter who was cleaning out her sewing room. I was happy to take these "leftovers" off her hands. When I say trunkload I mean that back of her car was packed full of garbage bags full of stuff. This was just one of the UFOs that was there.

At the quilt shop where I work one of the teachers teaches this quilt. She calls it Batik Beauty. I've overheard her say tons of times that squaring up the blocks is key to getting this quilt together, so I spent some time and squared up all 120 blocks. Now...this is going to become my new Leaders and Enders project for the next month or so. I'm hoping to get this together by the end of April. We'll see.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Snowballs in Progress

To demonstrate how to make bonus triangles (Bonnie Hunter style) for Scrap Happy Club, I made some snowball blocks. Not wanting them to go to waste I decided that they really could become a baby quilt, which was their hypothetical purpose in life. Now that they have sashing strips and one inner border they are on their way to becoming a quilt.  Hopefully tomorrow they will get borders 2-4. Then I'll have to face the challenge: finding an outer border. For now...I'm happy with the progress I've made.