Friday, December 19, 2014

O Christmas Tree


Christmas gifts can come in all shapes and sizes.
Our gift to each other this year
showed up this week
in a big ol' truck.


 What's
10 feet tall,
forever bluish green
and triangle shaped?
????
6 new blue spruce trees


It's a gift that will be long lasting.
The little birds that visit our yard
have already found the shelter
in their branches.

It's a gift that will keep giving and growing
each year.
Our backyard went from this


to this


And from this
 to this


 in just a couple of hours.

These trees were planted as saplings 
about 25 years ago by Paul,
a former graduate student of Running Man.
He still lives on their family ranch north of town.

As a kid he and his brother
planted over
2000
new trees.

From the distance of the window
the trees don't look too tall,
but they're over 10 feet tall.
Now they just have to settle in
and enjoy their new home.
I'm starting to envision
twinkle lights on them next year.

"Oh, Christmas tree
Thy leaves are so unchanging, 
Not only green when summer's here
But also when it's cold and drear."

Until Next Time-


 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Christmas

My tinsel was hung
 without a tangle.
Everything went well,

No matter the angle.

The gifts were unwrapped

  with squeals of delight
 It was Christmas at my house,

 Oh, what a sight.

It's not the date that matters,
or the presents under the tree,
 it's just coming together

 and having fun
 as you can see.

There were new toys to play with,
for both the young and the old,
And fun Christmas jammies
 to keep away the cold.


Our excitement is over,
 
And the treats have been eaten,
 but
I just wanted to
Wish you,
a joyous holiday season.

(Photos by the talented
 Jessica Wolfe)


Until Next Time-
 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Simple Joys

Stitching time is going to
 be very limited
in the next couple of weeks.
The hustle and the bustle
just seems to take over,
and that's okay at least for a while.

So instead of thinking of complicated stitching ideas
I wanted to focus on something simple and fun.
So when I read Karen's blog
where she shared a tutorial for 
her favorite cute thread catcher,
 I knew I just had to make one.

When I stitch in the evenings
all the threads snippets make a nice 
little pile on the arm of the sofa,
but sometime they wander off on the sleeve 
of my sweater, which can be
 oh, so not so very cute.
This little thread catcher is just too sweet
and handy.
I had to take the time 
(less than 30 minutes)
to make one.

Need a quick gift for a quilty friend?
Check out Karen's blog for the instructions.
Make sure you also make one for yourself.
Maybe even more than one.

Even if my days are full,
It's still nice to sit down in the evenings and 
do a little handwork.  I've never been able
to just sit and watch TV.
Trying to coordinating with the season,
I pulled out a Crabapple Hill pattern

Simple Joys of Winter.
The pattern was already traced, so

 I could jump right into the fun part.
***

We're celebrating Christmas early
this year.
My Florida kids will be here next week,
 hoping for snow and a "Colorado Christmas".
It will be sweet to have them home.
But that hustle and bustle stuff can get in the way.
So at the end of the day,
take the time to
 remember and cherish the simple joys.
It's what really matters.


Until Next Time-

Saturday, November 29, 2014

It's All Been Gravy Lately

 Our Thanksgiving meal 
has always been a bit on the 
unconventional side.

Our gravy is
the secret family
Italian Spaghetti Sauce
 covering homemade raviolis 
made by a
 father/daughter team.

Prior to all of this,
it was all gravy
on the quilty side of life too.

I was just in the mood to abandon
all the current projects
and follow along with a
small mystery quilt that Lori,
at Humble Quilts, was organizing.

Why not.
 21" x 23"

I tweaked it a bit, by adding a border,
but it was great fun to sew along.
It was the perfect diversion I needed.

Next in the gravy boat
was this.
All those 3" nine patches I had adquired
in a block swap are sewn together.
 40" x  46"

 I'm adding vines in both borders.
And then, of course, it will need more applique.
 ***

No, traditional Thanksgiving meal 
is complete without real gravy
for the roasted turkey and mashed potatoes.
Who can pass on that!

Here's a couple of other finishes
that have been gravy for me.
You've seen these all before,
but now they're done!
I was just waiting for some extra hands
to help hold them up so
I could take a photo.

Quilt #1

 Home for the Holidays
64" x 64"
pattern by Primitive Gatherings

This quilt was all done on the machine, excluding the hand
embroidery for the words.
I even machine buttonholed the wool applique
using a wool thread by Aurifil.
Then I did the machine quilting.


Quilt #2
The top is done on this one.
Ewe and Me
74" 94"
pattern by Janet Stone
and offered by The Quilt Show.

This is the quilt that I used an ancient collection of
Sandy Gervais fabric by Moda
that has to be at least 15 years old.

I must have been saving it for just the right project.
I love how it turned out.

Just a little bit more gravy.
Quilt #3

Here it is.
All done.
 Roseville Album
95" x 95"
pattern by Kim McLean
2011-2014
I can't believe that this one is finally done!
What a feeling.
 Hope you're riding the gravy train too.
Until Next Time-