Saturday, April 12, 2014

Life Goes On...

So I zipped down to California in my zippy little car (The Mini Q) to see this little beauty:
She actually lives in Missouri, but was visiting California with her Momma and sister. She is our youngest grandchild, Holland Danielle (#8 is great!).

 And if you can believe it, while I was gone, Mr. Handsome picked up this little beauty (not!)

He put it right in our new beautiful, fabulous, perfect new bedroom! Ack! "But it was such a good deal!" he explained. I mentioned that we belong to quite a nice gym and he visits it pretty  much every day! "But it was such a good deal", he repeats. Ah well, for now it stays. Still no transom window, or closet doors, but patience is a virtue, right?

I am headed to a fun quilt retreat next week and we are going to have a pin cushion exchange, I bought this cute pattern (Camille Roskelley) and made this adorable pin cushion:

Then I decided it was way to cute to exchange so I am going to keep it (It matches my studio, after all) and trade the one I got at a retreat last fall which is really cute, but it doesn't speak to me like this one. And for those of you who say, "You need a pattern for such a simple project?", the answer is "Yes,  I do".

And, here at the home front, it's play dough season! (Don't eat the play dough, sweetie)

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Remodeling and Such

So the remodeling is nearly finished and here is the progress: Here is the end of the hall as it looked before. We had these cabinets and drawers (that actually held a lot of stuff):
Here is the "master" before, we had these funky light boxes over the windows:
 Here is what the end of the hall looked like when they tore down the two closets in the bedrooms and the cabinet at the end of the hall(and framed in the new doorway)
 Here you can see where we have our little transom window, it will sort of match our front door, pictured below, but it will take like 2 months to have made.

Ah, paint. You can see our nifty ceiling and wainscoting:
 The peek into the master bath, which is also the regular/guest bath, since we just have two, one up and one down. I actually like this, because there are only ever two toilets to clean!
 New (soft) carpet!!! And you can see our wall sconces for reading. We did not put any can lights above the bed, since we decided you NEVER want a can light in your eyes when you are in bed. We also put the can lights in the other part of the room on dimmers. So when Mr. Handsome gets up earlier than me (an every day occasion) he can see to get ready without (hopefully) waking me up!
 The closet and sitting area: It's really nice to have 4 windows in our bedroom, that are on three sides of the house, plenty of light!
 Here is the doorway with the transom space, all painted up.

Of course, the first thing Mr. Handsome put up was the tv - it is mounted on a thing-y that will swing to either watch it from the bed or from the sitting area by the closet:
Here is my half of the closet, full up:
Here is our GIANT King-sized bed -woo hoo!
 We are still waiting for closet doors (big mirrors), the transom window, a couple of doors (since we switched out the rest of the doors in the house) and we are having another cabinet built into the hallway a little ways down from the bedroom so we will still have some storage up here. BUT we are living upstairs in the giant/fabulous, roomy bedroom after camping downstairs for 4 weeks -and it was ready to move into by our anniversary!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

It's March Already?

     Well, I'm under a layer of drywall dust again. We decided it would be a great idea to combine our two teeny-tiny upstairs bedrooms into one large "Master-Suite".  It is a great idea, but such a pain. It's been two weeks and it's moving along:
     We are going to get a king-sized bed, instead of the queen sized we've had for many years, it will be nice to stretch out AND get to cuddle.  Here is the new closet, we are losing a couple of feet from the two 6 foot closets (1 in each small room) we had before to one ten foot closet, but with lots of organizers built in, we are hoping not to notice.  I had started looking at new houses with big master bedrooms, but then decided it would be easier and cheaper to just combine the two bedrooms.  Mr. Handsome and I are celebrating our 33rd anniversary this month and are hoping the room is finished by then - we'll see.
     I have been hiding out downstairs a bit, so I was able to finish and quilt two quilts:
This first one is for little Brian who is in a "big boy" bed, so he needed a twin-sized quilt. There are a few "Thomas the Train" blocks, since he loves choo-choos so much:
 This next batik quilt has minky on the back and is for no particular reason. I am possibly doing a trunk show this summer, so I am making and hoarding quilts in case I have to show all my stuff. I have given lots away, so I am a little worried I will have enough.
My quilting machine has calmed down a bit, so I'm hoping to get another quilt quilted in the next week or so. I am headed down south this week for the annual "Sister-in-Law Retreat" that we've had going on for 14 or 15 years, looking forward to that, even though it's hard to leave my "construction project" because there are always questions and decisions about stuff. Hope you're all having a lovely spring!

Friday, February 7, 2014

All I Wanna do is Quilt!

     I'm back from a fun trip to California and am getting caught up on all my "stuff".  Went through all the mail (Yay, a quilt magazine came while I was gone!), laundry (Mr. Handsome still acts confused when asked to work the washing machine), vacuuming of dog hair, really wiping the kitchen counters, etc.  
     I have also been yearning to do quilty stuff! We all know what it's like to be separated from our fabric and sewing machine for too long! As I have been plowing through the "must do's" to get to the quiltiness, lots of my wonderful family have been dropping by and needing help with the assorted toddlers and babies, whom I love dearly! Then there's Mr. Handsome who wants me by his side as much as possible, as he is having stressful stuff at work. The good thing is this "stressful stuff" is causing him to be super tired, so as soon as he drops off, I zip downstairs to wallow in the quilting!
I did manage to get a quilt quilted last night and my machine (which has been giving me FITS) was fairly cooperative and the thread only broke twice - yippee skippy! I also managed to get another quilt loaded on the machine, which I will be off to quilt this afternoon - woohoo! Then I have two more quilts to piece the backs of (blerk), then quilt, and I will be caught up on my quilting and on to creating more fun stuff! Here is Brian's quilt parts for his new twin-sized bed, since he is getting so big! It is ready to be quilted - I just don't have a picture to prove it!

     We are also starting a new remodel project around here, creating a master suite (these old houses just don't have them!), so I will be making a king-sized (yay!) simple quilt to go on the new bed, super excited, yet not too excited about having the mess for a few weeks, but it will be worth it! I will post pics as soon as we get started, which may be soon or in a month or so.
     Off to quilt, and I have been thinking maybe I should quilt first next time and do the "other stuff" after - hmmmm.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

You Call Yourself a Blogger?

I have been meaning to get around to posting my quilty stuff for a few weeks! Still learning the ropes with this new computer, so here it is:
     I have joined a new quilt group (The Rotary Club!). We meet once a month for lunch at a member's home. We did the Christmas Tree block exchange, and now we have decided to do a 6" block exchange each month for a few months in "brights". The first month was free choice:
Mine is the lower right hand corner.  For February, we are doing paper-piecing - and yay, mine are already done!
I am working on learning my EQ7 software, as you've probably guessed I am not too computer savvy, so I am quite proud of myself that I designed and made a quilt with it this month:
It turned out a little wild, but I think my niece likes it, she is having a baby girl next month and we are all so happy for her!
     I am currently  working on a twin sized quilt for sweet little Brian and will post pictures when I get it finished.  In my regular quilt bee (Knotts, -we meet each week) our president challenged us to complete TEN projects this year, so I've made my list and we shall see. Luckily 3 are just quilting and finishing already assembled tops, although that could be a challenge too as my quilting machine is still giving me grief!
     I volunteered to teach a simple freezer paper appliqué class this summer, for the Guild, then I realized I probably should have an appliqué quilt to show!!! So making an appliqué quilt got onto my list too. I will be doing a bit of traveling later this month with trips planned well into Spring, so I'd better get hopping!
     Oh, and here is a wonderful Christmas gift I received from my clever DIL:
Something I am needing as our family keeps growing!! Happy Quilting all!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

The New Year (Again)

     Well, all of our wonderful Christmas Company has gone home and it is quiet once more around these parts.  I had a wonderful surprise for Christmas from Mr. Handsome, he arranged for Brooke and Ben and their kids to come all the way from Missouri for the holidays! I was super surprised (and I realized what a bunch of liars I associate with!)!! They did a fabulous job, keeping the secret, I couldn't believe my eyes, when they all started trouping up the stairs, from where they were hiding in the basement. I was sooooo happy!
With Jeff and Vanessa here from California, our entire family was here for Christmas - what a wonderful blessing!  Here we all are on Christmas morning, as you can tell from our general lack of make up and my sweet new Christmas jammies! Shaun was mid-sneeze, but we are all in the picture. (You can also see our "real" tree behind us, very scrawny, but loved. The tree above is my MIL's)
Here is Izzy in her new Christmas jammies, and Shane & Brian in their new Christmas sweaters:
Here is Sweet Natalie in her much beloved Christmas rainbow wig, which unfortunately was lost while flying Grandpa's new remote control helicopter at the church. (It was good while it lasted!)
Everyone has gotten home safely, but unfortunately after everyone left, I got a cold AND a kidney stone! Blerk! Cold is getting better and the kidney stone is bearable for the most part - life goes on!  Working on a fun quilt for my niece, MC's much prayed for new baby coming next month. 
I don't do New Year's Resolutions, but one of my favorite things about the new year is a pretty blank calendar and plenty of time for QUILTING! (Especially since I'm not putting in longer hours at work with 1099's and tax-type stuff - yay for me!)

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Time!

It's Christmas Time and life is good! It's time for bunny slippers and electronics, as you can tell from Sydnee's cute self:
I have finished my Christmas quilting gifts - 2 quilts this year. My quilting machine is giving me serious grief! (Again!) So frustrating, I barely got the last quilt out of it's jaws, finally complete after approximately 1200 thread breaks! Grrrr. But, now it is sitting meekly in the quilt studio, looking benign, and I may approach it again come January as I still have a few projects to quilt - hopefully I'll forget how mean it is! Was seriously contemplating buying a new machine, but I've spent all my pennies on the Mini Q (AKA new car!), so I daren't.
     Our wonderful Christmas company is here (Jeff & Vanessa) and we are going to have a lovely white Christmas this year, sometimes it is just cold, but it makes it so much better with snow!
Yes, those are little Christmas ornaments on the end of the lights, Mr. Handsome took our extras out there for added Christmas delight.  We will be having a tamale making party tonight combined with a gingerbread house decorating party. Clever me! I froze the leftover gingerbread candy from last year AND I remembered it was down in the freezer! Woo hoo! 
Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season, filled with the things and people you love!