Thursday, December 31, 2009

Just Had To Share This!

I do not have pets but do enjoy them. A friend sent this to me awhile back.

Dear Dogs and Cats: The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.
The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Racing me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.
I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort. However, dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other, stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out on the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.
For the last time, there is no secret exit from the bathroom! If, by some miracle, I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge in an attempt to open the door. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years - canine/feline attendance is not required.
The proper order for kissing is: Kiss me first, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough.
Finally, in fairness, dear pets, I have posted the following message on the front door:
TO ALL NON-PET OWNERS WHO VISIT AND LIKE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT OUR PETS:
(1) They live here. You don't.
(2) If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. That's why they call it 'fur'-niture.
(3) I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.
(4) To you, they are animals. To me, they are adopted sons/daughters who are short, hairy, walk on all fours and don't speak clearly...
Remember, dogs and cats are better than kids because they
(1) eat less
(2) don't ask for money all the time
(3) are easier to train
(4) normally come when called
(5) never ask to drive the car
(6) don't hang out with drug-using people
(7) don't smoke or drink
(8) don't want to wear your clothes
(9) don't have to buy the latest fashions
(10) don't need a gazillion dollars for college
(11) if they get pregnant, you can sell their children

Monday, December 28, 2009

A Christmas Thank You

Both Carol and Stina were two of my PIFs this past year. They each surprised me with Christmas gifts! Carol sent the adorable Schnibbles kit and Stina sent the wire angel with wool strawberry scissor fob. If it weren't for blogging these gals would have never entered my life. I'm thankful for them and the friendship we share.

Today I received an unexpected phone call from another blogger who I really enjoy and like bunches! Thank you for checking on me. *wink*

I don't blog photos of the gifts I receive to "show off" what I've received but rather show gratitude openly. This is me and the way I am. I was raised to always be appreciative and to show thanks. I'm thankful I was thought of and this is what means the most.

This is my last post for 2009. On Wednesday my husband and I will celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary. Some wonder why we married in the midst of the busy season...we can thank the military.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

12 Days of Christmas Free Redwork Patterns

Alex Anderson's blog has a 12 Days of Christmas FREE Redwork patterns for us. The first day posted was on the 25th. Three patterns are up and ready for us to download now.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

With Gratitude...

If you don't like what you see here today feel free to move on. It is my blog, my words and my feelings, not yours. Otherwise, stay and enjoy while I send many words of thanks to those who have touched me these past few days.
First up is part of my birthday gifts I received from my family. I didn't snap a picture of the shoes, night gown or new fantastic air compressor for my longarm...however, did snap a shot of these gorgeous roses along with my new furry friend. Most of you know me well enough by now to know that I love animals and especially kitty cats. Unfortunately my family has asthma and allergies. I long for a little gray kitten of my very own and being a smarty pants I added it to my birthday wish list. Item #7 simply stated: Kitty Cat (gray). They got me good with this one. If I squeeze her back it purrs, meows and moves. It appears as though I will still look forward to neighbor's pets when they visit me for their treats. Oh yes, cupboard full of treats and I have no pets!

Rather than stringing out a bunch of photos I tried to put together many of the gifts I received on my 50th birthday yesterday. Some of you reading are likely tired of hearing me talk about it...please feel free to leave now. Otherwise, lets continue on shall we?
With many thanks and much gratitude I have numerous to thank to include all who emailed me, called me, sent me cards and gifts. I'm appreciative beyond words. You took the time to think of me and now I want to take the time to thank you. Those who know me best know exactly how I feel about my December day. Oh yes, I go on and on about it at times but you know what...after this year and to see how many cared about my feelings I would have to say that this birthday was by far the best ever!
My day started off with meeting my friend for breakfast. Thank you Sandi for taking the time out of your busy holiday schedule to spend just a few hours with me yesterday morning. Sandi gave me the prettiest birthday wrapped box with gorgeous birthday wrap and pink ribbon! Inside was the wonderful batik jelly roll in neutrals.
When I returned home I had a delightful surprise phone call from Darlene. We talked and talked and I enjoyed every minute of her time she spent with me. Thank you! Of course other calls came so much of the afternoon was on the phone.
Then my husband, two boys and possible future DIL went to dinner and home again for my gifts. I opened their's first that I mentioned above. I have to tell you that as they watched me open cards and gifts from blog friends they just kept asking, "Do you know this person?" "How do you know this isn't possibly a dirty old man that you correspond with?" My response to that is, "Well, if it is he sure is a fantastic quilter and loves fabric!" Hee!
The handwoven basket in the photo is from my son's girlfriend. I've filled it with my gifts. Claire (no blogger friend) sent me the roll of CW fabrics. The yardage of gorgeous Portabella Market fabric is from Kim Brackett. The wonder wallet and recipe cards are from Cindy (in addition to what she had already sent!) The green and pink tote is from Cathi and oh so cute! The bird embroidery pillow made with gorgeous Blessings fabric along with the pincushion is from Carol. OMG...gorgeous!! Also received Starbucks gift card from Kim B. (love my coffee!!) and birthday cards from several of you along with emailed birthday cards. Please, please except my apology if for some reason I have forgotten and left anybody out! I'm sitting here trying to remember all. Thank you so much!! You all really did make my 50 special. The first birthday I didn't cry sad tears!!
Last week a won a giveaway over at Diary of a Quilter. She didn't want her remnants. Aren't these fantastic? Thanks Amy!
Still with me? Now for my birthday giveaway winners: Stitched with a Prayer and JulieKQuilts each receive some plaid fat quarters. Congrats. I'll try to pop these in the mail to you as soon as you send me your snail mails.
Now I can move on to celebrate Christmas! Merry Christmas to all!!


Monday, December 21, 2009

More About Aging

Did you see my post yesterday? If so, you'll find humor here too! You know you are aging when AARP shows up unexpectedly. I don't know a thing about AARP. Do I need it?

Tomorrow is my big day. It's a fact. There is no way out of it. I wonder if there is discounts for 50? Seriously, I remember dad looking forward to his senior discounts. He always was a bargain shopper.

Like me this fabric is aging. Don't get me wrong I love these and so will you. The eight fat quarters are brushed cotton.

They are simliar to each other. Two piles of four each....two winners. Simple.

Here's what I'm asking of you to be entered in my birthday drawing. I DO NOT want you to blog about this. I'm keeping this just among blogging friends aka "regulars." If you want these make me laugh in your comment. If you want a good laugh read some of the comments in my last post.
I'm banking on the idea that tomorrow will be fun-filled and delightful so I'll announce winners the 23rd.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Aging

Read the first line of my receipt of beer purchase.
Enough said.
It made me chuckle so I had to share.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Itty Bitty Quilt Gift

My long time friend came over for some quilting this past Monday. Look at what she brought me!

This is a tiny little quilt using Jo fabrics, washed, dried and crinkled. It is one of the Lori Smith patterns "Fit to be Framed". I love it and more importantly the friendship we share. Thanks buddy.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Letter to Santa via Fat Quarter Shop

Fat Quarter Shop is Santa's Elf this year! Did you know if we write a letter to Santa they will get it to him?! Oh I am so darned tickled because my family isn't listening!

Dear Santa,
If you only knew just how much I love the feeling of fabric and how much joy it brings to me every day of the year. You will see that this is a simple request. You see, my family doesn't get it! I've asked them for fabric or even a gift certificate for fabric and they look at me as though I'm odd! They just don't understand me. When I mention fat quarters they think "big chick hiney." When I mention jelly roll, honey bun or even layer cake they head to the kitchen for said, "snacks!" I need help here...from somebody who understands me. I hope you can help and if you too are confused by my fabric request please talk to Mrs. Clause and she will help you. I really love the Civil War Tribute line and would be tickled with any "cut" of fabric you have on hand. Oh and Santa...if you deliver I can really show them there is such a thing as Santa Clause!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Kindness....Sew Much Of It Among Us!

Saturday's mail was quite a surprise to me. I had three packages. The picture above (sorry it turned!) is a gift from Pat. She remembered that I loved signs and while shopping her local LQS she spotted these signs and just knew they were for me! I've never seen these before and they make a wonderful addition to my sewing room. Pat and I have never met but somehow she knows my taste! This package was coincidental as I sent her a RAK possibly the same day she mailed me these signs. I had wanted to thank her for my Merry Quilting sign she sent me earlier in the year. Pat, you really caught me off guard and thank you SEW much!!

Serena is another sweet blogger friend of mine. She won't be quilting these batiks by hand and was ridding her stash of them. I've been collecting 2 1/2" strips of batiks so she sent these. Thanks Serena!
I won a giveaway from Marydon. This photo isn't my prize so allow me to explain. After I heard that I won and knowing that I have another blog friend who could likely use a lift about now, I contacted Marydon and asked if she wouldn't mind sending my win as a RAK to fellow blogger. Marydon was more than happy to do so and also knows of the blogger. So...one of you out there has my giveaway win headed your way!
This package arrived for me yesterday with note from Marydon that reads, "Your thoughtful, kind caring for (bloggers name) moves me greatly. Your giveaway win is enroute to her. Please find a few gifts just for you because of your sweet gesture."
Thank you Marydon for YOUR SWEET GESTURE!
I'll be missing from blogging for a few days and I'm sure will have lots of catching up to do by midweek. Keep toasty!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Feeling Loved

Gloria (no blogger's) quilt is finished and I reluctantly took it to the post office to mail back to her today. The quilting is simply feathers.
The quilt was a good size at 100 x 82.5. My quilt holder (as Carol calls her hubby) is standing on a chair and says he won't need his work out today after holding it up for me to snap my photos.

Here is a little package I won over at Vicki's blog. How fun to receive not only two charm packs but a yard of coordinating fabric to go with! Thanks Vicki. I'm thinking Schnibble quilt? Any ideas?
Remember my mentioning Random Acts of Kindness? Well Cindy you surely surprised me with this one! Cindy and I have been getting to know each other through blogging as I do many of you. She is a joy and I hope you'll check out her blog, stop in and say hello! The above shows my Christmas gifts and also a wrapped birthday gift for my upcoming day.

Cindy told me to open my birthday present early. When I did I found this beautiful apron! I don't have one and have been wanting one! It came in time for my holiday baking too! Oh and look at the coffee novelty prints! It is perfect Cindy. She also sent an ornament she applique embroidered! Her work is amazing! I can't say it enough but I honestly think some of my bestest friends are ones I've met in blogland. Now if I could just get us all centrally located!!

This RAK came last week and I'm so late posting it! Carolyn (no blogger) found my blog a few months back and liked the scarecrow quilt. She asked about the pattern and I sent it to her. I did not expect a thing in return! Carolyn sent a pretty butterfly potholder, tin with a mini sewing kit and those wonderful quilted ornaments too! She really, really surprised me with this because I looked at the return address and didn't recognize the name. She explained in her note card. Thanks Carolyn....I was happy to help you!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Jo Club Day

Welcome to Plain and Simple Quilt Shop in Apex, NC. This is what you see when you first enter the shop.

Just one of the many beautiful samples on display.

Jo Club day always has fun show and share. Here is a sample of apple core with rick rack and buttonhole stitching.

Another few of this apple core.

These were delightful! I've never tried my hand at wool.

Ok...this snowman...everybody wanted one!


Another Jo member made these tea towels to give as gifts at her sewing bee. Can I join?


This is the one I want!

This is the same gal who had made the tea towels. She says that this quilt was embroidered blocks she won in her sewing group. They are absolutely perfect with Figgy Pudding fabrics!


A better view of Figgy Pudding quilt.

This quilt was HUGE and made with mostly Jo fabrics. See the blocks inside of the houses? She got this at an estate sale and used them in this quilt! Fantastic!! I could only snap a small portion.


Apple core and gorgeous! The next photo I show the close up of buttonhole stitching on the outside edges!


Hope you enjoyed the show!

Monday, December 7, 2009

In Love....

Simply, I'm in love. This is a peek of Gloria's (no blogger) quilt top. The fabrics are gorgeous!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Random Acts of Kindness (RAK)

In yesterday's post I neglected to say I first saw Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) posted on Darlene's blog and she referred back to Kaaren's blog. This isn't my idea. It is just one that I liked alot. It makes perfect sense to me to delight and surprise friends randomly.

My friend made me this big size bag a few years back and I don't believe I've shown it before.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Pay It Forward Arrived Today!!

Several months ago Kaaren offered a Pay It Forward (PIF) on her blog for the first three people promising to PIF to three others, and it continues on from there. Today Kaaren's gift to me arrived! She made a pretty needlecase and she wanted me to have one of her painted pieces. It is a reproduction pencil box and one of her one-of-a-kind original designs. These are just wonderful and so me! Thanks Kaaren.

My three PIFs for the year were Stina, Carol and Lisa. Each received their PIF this year. I've decided rather than doing another PIF that I will do Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) every now and then this upcoming year. I've thoroughly enjoyed receiving a few myself this past year and know personally the joy it brings to find the unsuspecting surprise in the mailbox.
I'm ending the year with 14 packages ready to hit the post office first thing Monday morning to unsuspecting bloggers who have in one way or another really touched my heart this year. I can't mail to all but then this does leave me a few for those RAKs I plan to start next year!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tis The Season Of My Birthday

It's officially December today and my birthday month. Anybody who shares with me this birth month knows very well the feelings within. My plan is to keep as positive as I can. Those who know me will know exactly what I mean.

Tomorrow is also a sad day for my family. It is the one year anniversary of my father's passing. My mind has been heavy this week knowing where and what I was doing this time last year.

The pictures got out of order so bear with me as I share lots! The above package was received today from Carrie. Awhile back Brenda had an awesome giveaway that I posted on my blog. Carrie emailed me to say she was having a time accessing it. SO...I asked Brenda to put Carrie's name in until the problem was resolved. Carrie said she would share the FQ bundle of she won. Well, Carrie won and in the photo you see 1/2 of her winnings. She also surprised me the mitten filled with antique ric rack and buttons, chocolate and also a small little wool pincushion that I'm in desperate need of. Thanks Carrie!!!
A friend sent me this photo in an email this morning. You have to love the house on the right.


Heidi all the way in The Netherlands had a giveaway of some of her coasters. I won! Be sure to check her blog as she is having regular giveaways for her handmade coasters.

Recently I quilted the lap size quilt donated for Terry. I think Laurie is still binding it and Terry hasn't seen it yet so I can't post the quilt. But in the meantime, Terry sent me this adorable package. Thank you Terry.

The peeping beagle, Lexie is a regular visitor and it didn't help that I bought a bag of dog treats. She stops in for her treat in the morning and one on the way back home in the evening. During the day she sleeps either on my porch or yard and waits for the school bus to play with kids down the road. Lexie steals. So far found at in my yard a baseball, small plastic football, newspapers, huge car wash sponge, kid's toy walky talky (looks new) and what really flips me out is the day I saw her tossing a knife! She was real happy with that one and I managed to get it from her without neither one of us getting cut. My husband later found the leather sheath to it. My heart just aches and now I'm mad at myself for even getting involved. I put my antique sled with decor on the front porch only to find she gnawed on the wood and now moved it inside. I don't even own animals!!
The next few photos I share are pillow sham gifts that will soon be sent in the mail. The first two I made are cream on cream.
Two cute kitties.


Simple a floral basket.

This one above I did cream on cream and then a darker thread color for the rose wreath.

Then this last one is the most special to my heart. I used same cream fabric but a wee bit darker thread still in a neutral. The reason this one is special to me is the hummingbird. My dad loved to watch hummingbirds....I watched this one stitch out through tear filled eyes.
I have one rant to share about a recent purchase of four honey buns that I made online. I was charged $7.48 for shipping yet they were crammed into one of those USPS priority flimsy cardboard envelopes costing $4.95. I wish now I would have snapped a photo to show the condition that the envelope arrived in. Enough said.
It was nice having you here reading my novel today. Go get busy....just 24 days to go!