Wednesday, December 31, 2008

It's Here and Happy New Year!

Look what came in the mail - my little chickadee charm on an easel from Laurie of Laurie's Charming Designs!

I love almost anything with birds, feathers, nests or trees and leaves and this little gem is absolutely precious! Right now it's sitting on my kitchen table in front of my centerpiece and shows up very niceley but I've got to find the perfect permanent spot for it - someplace that I can see and enjoy it every single day!

Laurie - I just love all of your work! I paint too but have a very different style.

Thanks again!


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Projects

Well, I know it's not Pink Saturday yet but after seeing Laurie's pretty pink charms on, I was inspired to get some pink fabrics and make some small items too.

I've been looking at those little stacked pincushions and wanted to make some. I decided my first one will be from some of the pink fabrics I bought yesterday (like I need more fabric and to start yet another project!). I'll be adding some embellishments once it's all stuffed and assembled and will post a picture of the completed project afterwards.

I've also decided to make a bowl full of various little heart shaped pillows for the kitchen table as a decoration for Valentine's Day. I should have an entire pile of them by then :)

~ have a great day! ~

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Cleaning Up Already

I hope everybody had a nice holiday with their family and friends.

I don't usually take down my Christmas decorations this early, but I'll be on the road for the next two weekends and don't want to wait for three weeks to clean the house (more about that in later posts). Today I'm going to finish cleaning my house and getting ready for my house sitter - you know, wash sheets, stock the pantry, and get things in order for all my critters to make it easier for her.

It's so hard for me to go away and I rarely do. I'm fortunate to have some friends and neighbors who are willing to help take care of my menagerie! I don't think I've mentioned that in addition to my three dogs, three indoor kitties and two doves, that I have 13 chickens and two geese. The barn has to be secured every evening and there are only a couple of people who are willing to do that.

Anyway - on to cleaning. Good thing I've always loved to clean!

Best wishes for a happy day!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

First Embroidery Project

I'm so proud of my little granddaughter, Alissa. I recently taught her how to embroider (just very basic) and she designed and made a little pillow for her mommy. Alissa was so excited and couldn't wait to give it, so the presentation was made last night.

Sorry the one pic is so dark; it was late.

Best wishes!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Leo Kitty

This is Leo, my most recent foster kitty. I was very hopeful when he went to meet an approved applicant over the weekend, but he is back home with me now. I don't mind though as I'm already very attached to this guy. Problem is I already have two indoor cats and three outdoor cats (all rescues; the three outside cats are semi feral). The other two inside cats, Smudge and Topaz, aren't happy sharing their home with Leo as neither of them are dominant. Leo likes to stalk the other two, both of who are bigger than he is, and sneak attack them. There haven't been any fights; only swats and hisses. I know they will all adjust and I would love to keep this guy as he is beautiful, very loving and has the softest coat I've ever felt on a cat. But if the right approved applicants come along, it would be nice if he could have his own home.

On another note, I can't wait to make a couple of cute Christmas pillows. I know the big day is almost here but I've found some more great ideas looking around on line and I just HAVE to make a few more things. I'll show everybody as soon as I get them completed!

Best wishes...

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Well, now I can start sharing too! I took a couple of pictures of some of the ornaments I've made this Christmas. The little mitten is from the free tutorial Dawn Edmonson of generously shared on her site. I made several similar to hers, but I modified some to look more "rustic/primitive" for one of my friends. I changed the ribbon out and used twine and tied on some buttons shaped like hearts and stars.

The little bird ornament is from a delicious new book I bought recently. I made a bunch in two coordinating fabrics. I want to make lots more things from this sweet book! Now if I can figure out how to add the pictures.

...ummmm - obviously I have a lot to learn. Evidently I should post in the reverse order I want them to appear. Be patient with me - I'll get the hang of it soon :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Hellllloooooo out there! I have just created my very own blog so I can join in all the fun. I'm still in the process of making my layout to include my favorite places to visit and some other neat things.

I'm so excited to be able to share my own things with you as well as to participate in all the fun activities.

I feel like a kid in a candy shop....or even visiting my favorite quilt shop! to figuring out how to do this......