Monday, February 22, 2016


Well, things are getting back to normal here. I am still having some asthma, but basically I'm better. I've been working on my snowmen, and here are the ones I've done since last time.

This is my daughter's snowman.  Notice her glass of wine.  She has 3 kids so I gave her 2 snow angels, and then Joey is back by the house jumping around.  You just gotta' know Joe to appreciate this!
The block below is almost, but not quite finished.  My son is a geophysicist and he loves the west and, of course, rocks.  This is his unfinished snowman at the Grand Canyon. I found this color sheet and totally adapted it.  I love that he's standing on a rock.
This is my daughter-in-law's snowman.  She used her initials and was very original.  I just added a branch and she's hanging vines.
This is my granddaughter's. She is into some anime thing so she drew her snowman to be a character in the series.  The perspective is a little off, but I love it.
And this is the other 5 year old's.  She has her dogs.  Buster is at the bottom and Millie is chasing a cat at the top.  They are all very happy.
I went down to the sewing room and made two more patterns this morning.  I also finished packing up my Christmas decorations.  They are packed up, but not put away.

So I continue to listen to news and worry about our country while I sew.  Talk about hell in a handbasket!!

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Monday, February 15, 2016


I am updating  because it's Monday.  I continue on the same path.  I am still sick with asthma, sinus, and coughing.  I haven't cared about accomplishing anything until lately.  I have gone back to my handwork and am working on my daughter-in-law's snowman.  I'll put a picture up when I get it finished.

Valentine's Day was uneventful here.  I am blessed to have a wonderful husband who has made me laugh for the last 32 years.  We spent the day with each other and some of our family.  I couldn't ask for more!!

Here is my dream!!
Have a good one!! Pictures later in the week!!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Cough, blow

Well, I am still here chugging along.  But slowly.  Blowing my nose and coughing as I go.  I made a horrible mistake.  I didn't go to the doctor when I realized I was going to need to go.  Instead, I loaded up the car and went to see my boys in North Carolina wrestle!

So it was really, really fun.  Really.  Lost my voice by 9:30 Saturday morning.  Went downhill from there.

Mistake #2.  Decided since I already had a physical, I'd just wait until Tuesday.  So let's count.  I knew I should go Thursday.  Didn't go until Tuesday.  This stuff had all those days to dig in and it acts like it's here to stay.  Have done nothing for 4 days except cough and whine to my husband, poor guy.

But they were worth it!

Saturday, January 23, 2016


So three down 14 to go!!  They are fun, though, and don't take as long as those Halloween quilt squares I did. Whew!! Well, naturally the pictures uploaded in the wrong order so I'll just go with it.

The first snowman is my 5 year old granddaughter's.  It is a cheerleader as you can see by the pompoms in her hands and the football players around her.

This is the 10 years old grandson's.  I love his pipe and he did the trees, so all I had to add was the ground line.

We live in SE Tennessee, and this is the best we got.  It's pretty, but we're staying in.  May go for a gator ride just to check out snow on our acreage.  We live 3/4 of a mile from the main road, so that could be my small adventure for today.  I'm cooking a slow cooker Taco Chicken Chili for supper.  We'll fix a little rice and be good to go.  It's from Skinnytaste  and even has WW points for this recipe.  I think I'm going to go there quite a bit.

I thought I'd introduce Rosey, our precious toy poodle.  She and a brother wandered up in our yard about 11 years ago.  She was the tiniest thing.  She needs a haircut, but she is a sick girl.  She has COPD and an enlarged heart.  She is on 5 meds a day and still coughs and coughs.  It's just heartbreaking for us.  But she still enjoys life.  She fetches and greets everyone who comes to the house, and she still pushes her food dish around when she doesn't have her favorite yellow pieces. At this point she has good quality of life but we are watching her closely.

This is my Valentine quilt.  It was popular several years ago.  I have repaired it a couple of times.  My granddaughter who is quite the quilt critique girl informed my that this had plenty of strings that need clipping, and she's right.  Guess I will get to that before she comes back to visit.  Wouldn't want her to have to deal with strings as she cuddles.

And, last but not least, this is my 7 year old grandson's snowman.  He got a snowboard for Christmas, so his snowman is holding the board.  I added the skier on the right, the trail marker, and the Ski App sign.  They live in NC and that is where they go.

Wow.  This turned into a book. Didn't mean to.  Hope you are having a good winter and are warm and happy wherever you are!!!

Sunday, January 17, 2016


So I am still stitching snowman. Will get some pictures and show the 2 that are finished soon.  But I have really had something horrible happen!! Feedly.  They changed their whole set up and I lost every single one of my quilting blogs!!!!!  I mean really!! This is horrible.

Now I must start all over.  I know I don't have many readers, but if you are out there (echo, echo) and have the time, let me know your favorite blogs so I can start building up again.  There is someone named Linda in Alabama (close to me in Tennessee) who lost her husband a couple of years ago that I really like to keep up with, but have no clue how to find her. I do have Judy in TX and Bonnie, of course, but that is it!!!

Thanks in advance for any help you can give.  And snowman pictures to come soon.  Stay warm and cuddle with a quilt!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


I have 3 snowmen ready to embroider.  I will post when I get started.  This will go fast and be fun!

Monday, January 04, 2016


I haven't been doing much sewing lately, but I've been doing some handwork.  I really am sick of the computer and my husband's newscasts, so it has helped to be doing something I enjoy while I listen.

I was looking at this....
because I would really enjoy the snowmen. 

Then there were several that I like at Crabapplehill Studio.  They have beautiful patterns, and I did that Halloween one from there.

So I just couldn't decide.  And then, as I watched my little 5 year old granddaughters drawing and coloring, and idea was born!!!  I figured I'd get all my grandkids to draw snowment, and I'd embroider then.  Seven grandkids?  Weird number.  SO EVERYONE HAS TO DO ONE!!!

So part of our Christmas visit was spent with everyone drawing a snowman.

Here are a few examples of what we came up with.  There are 17 of us total, so I'll have 16 for the front and then mine on the back to use as a label.  

I ordered my white background and it will be here on Wednesday. It has snowflakes and streamers.  I'll try to share it later in the week.  I'm going to do this whole quilt in blue, except that the snowmen noses will be orange.  

I'm excited.  What do you think?  Have you ever done any of your own embroidery designs?  (I've also decided that I will blog and sew more.  We'll see how that works out.)

Happy New Year! Here's to a creative 2016 with lots of finishes!!!