End of the year……

December and 2009 are drawing to a close. The highlight for me was holding the newest baby in our family, my Grand Niece (my niece’s daughter’s daughter), 3 weeks old, and absolutely perfect, adorable, sweet, wonderful, and beautiful beyond words.

New Year’s resolutions don’t last very long for me, but I do hope to bust more of my quilting stash in 2010 so that perhaps I can think about buying some new fabric now and then. Wouldn’t that be loverly! My stitching plans include working on some parts of Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow. Losing weight and exercising more is always on my “must do” list, but like Scarlett O’Hara, I’ll think about that tomorrow. Today I had a Starbucks Java Chip.
Happy New Year to friends, family and blog lurkers.

More Christmas stuff…..

This beautiful Christmas Cactus plant was purchased a week ago for $2.00. The blooms are so vibrant and lush. While the temperature outside is well below freezing, I can enjoy a wonderful plant from the desert in my cozy warm home.

Among my favorite Christmas quilts are the two below. They are colored with crayons, framed with fabric, and the edges are finished with pinking shears. So easy and so much fun to make.

I hope that you are cozy and warm this Christmas season and enjoying some favorite quilts also.

Lost and Found Department

While my guests were here, I wanted my cousin’s Handy-Man husband to hang my Six Hem Sampler picture in the guest room. I went to get it and couldn’t remember where I had stashed it. I looked and looked and looked. For two days I looked. We finally decided that the last time I saw it was when I took a picture for this blog and the picture showed the brown wrapping paper. I must have re-wrapped it and put it away. Everyone joined in the search for the picture wrapped in brown paper. After days of searching, I looked around the Quilt Studio once again and there it was – hanging precariously by a handy nail – out of the way in a temporary (and forgotten) spot. Oops. Very embarrassing.During our many searches for the picture, I also realized that at the same time I had straightened up and put the picture away, I had also put away a white three-ring binder that I had setup to house my Artist’s Trading Cards. I thought the two might be together. But after finding the picture, the hunt was on for the white notebook. We searched through every room, every bookcase, every drawer, every closet. It was definitely missing. Then this morning I woke up at 4:00am with an AHA moment. Maybe it wasn’t a white notebook – maybe it was blue. So I started searching for a blue notebook. Couldn’t find it. After my company left, I searched again and there it was, neatly tucked next to my CD player where I have NEVER before put anything. It is a complete mystery to me why I hung the picture on that odd nail and why I tucked the notebook next to the CD Player.
I bet I don’t forget where I stash that box of cookies I bought today at the church cookie walk!

1,000 pieces all put together to form a sewing themed puzzle – by Springbok. My cousin put the last of the pieces in today, uncovering the one elusive edge piece.

The great thing about Springbok puzzles………..they interlock so well that you can pick them up without a single piece falling off.

Here is a closer look. How many of you still have a wooden darner?

Christmas at my house

Here are some pictures showing Christmas decorations at my house. The china dogs have two old Santas keeping them company.

One of my Snow village houses looks welcoming on the living room desk.

My tree has many counted cross-stitch ornaments given to me and made by me.

Some of my favorite ornaments – the lace snowflake, the red & white striped stocking behind “Love”, the sewing machine, and the top of a lion head. (I’m a Leo.)

My cousin is here visiting and we are working diligently on a 1000 piece puzzle. When will I post the picture of the completed puzzle? Well, since we are both sitting at our computers right now, it won’t be today.