Friday, January 30, 2015


I have so many scraps, I feel like I am being averrun with them.  One of my goals this year is to work on those scraps.  As Bonnie Hunter says, if a strip is 12" or more it goes to the strip drawer! 

I can do that.  So I started with this.....

and I ended up with......

now put it away.  I will press another tray full  and do it again!  and again!  and again! 


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lemon Extract

OK, my vanilla is still in the marinating stage.  I am finding it takes months to get it to the right place.  My friend who made me some vanilla several years ago.  it  is the BEST vanilla ever!  and it is dark, rich, fragrant,  and oh so yummy. 

I am patient.  I can wait.  So, I have a couple of friends who have lemon trees.  And they are generous.  Thanks gals!!! 

Soooo, with that being said, I am going to make lemon extract.  whew!  Hubby bought the vodka for me.  He is such a sweetie.  I feel so guilty when I have to do that.  silly I know.  But that is just the way it is....

So here are my beautiful lemons.  this is just some of them.  16 here. all zested. 

16 lemons and that is all the zest you get!!!  these lemons were smaller than the meyer lemons another friend gave me. 

and here is the bottle with 3 cups of vodka, the zest of 16 lemons.  in a month, we will see what we have.  I just need to shake the jar from time to time.  And yes the jar is green.  so you can't really see what it looks like. 

But I can tell you my hands smell like lemons, my home smells like lemon.  Love the smell! 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Stash Report 3

bobbins used this week: 2
bobbins used year to  date: 13
Thread spools emptied this week:  0
Thread spools emptied year to date: 0
Fabric used this week: 1 yard
Fabric used year to date:  24 yards
Fabric added this week: 0 yard
Fabric added year to date: 8 yards
UFOs finished: 3
New start:  1 and finished! 

Snot much change this week. But I did accomplish a lot. 

All 25 blocks are finished.  I am now working on the sashings. 

I have added about 50 more mini bowties!

I started and finished the sew together bag!  Thanks to Charlene for helping me!!!  she helped Toni and I with it.  I can see making several more.  My granddaughter Lexi, saw it and requested one.  I made mine to store all my cords and such for my tablet, phone, and MP3 player.  now they are all in one place so I can just pick up and go. 

I still have a quilt on the frame.  somehow the laser moved and I am 3 rows from the end.  so the spacing is totally wrong.  I have to finish ripping out a partial row.  Dang, that is not fun!!!  but in the next day or two I should be done.  so close.......


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Happy Dance!

A $1.39 a gallon for gas! WHAT?  oh yeah.....  a very happy girl....  I don't even remember when it was this low. 

Life is good......  hugs...

Monday, January 19, 2015

Stash Report 2

bobbins used this week: 1
bobbins used year to  date: 11
Thread spools emptied this week:  0
Thread spools emptied year to date: 0
Fabric used this week: 0 yards
Fabric used year to date:  23 yards
Fabric added this week: 0 yard
Fabric added year to date: 8 yards
UFOs finished: 3

No finishes this week, but I am close!!!  this is how I keep track of what I accomplish....

In one of the yahoo groups I belong to, we are swapping bonnie hunters mini bow ties.  I am swapping 6 sets of 6.  these are extra, because I want MORE!!  I am so greedy......

This is my first block finished for the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery.  I made a couple of changes.  my neutral I chose to use 1 fabric.  I also chose to put a solid tonal pink block in the middle. 

AND I do have a quilt on the frame.  It was from a class about 4 years ago.  I think it is a This and That pattern.  not sure.  Kansas Troubles fabric. 

So that's my update for today!  now, today is a stay at home day.  I have to the time out.  20 minutes piecing, 20 minutes or 1 complete row on the frame, 20 minutes house stuff, 20 minutes scraps..... 
any ideas for dinner?  hehehe......

Sunday, January 18, 2015

I am 29, again.....

Hi everyone, last month I had a birthday.  My daughter from CA was visiting, and had to leave.  so we all had breakfast before she left! 


I tried to get everyone.  it is always so wonderful to have my family around me.  I feel so blessed!

after breakfast, I went to Toni's for our sewing day.  there was balloons, a hat, a sparkle ring to wear!  and presents!  oh my.....

I have the best friends!  I can't believe this is the only present I got.  I felt truly loved! 

thank you friends and family, you are the best!!!! 


Saturday, January 17, 2015

A new month, A new chalkboard!

this month it is Gunner's turn to write on the chalkboard.  here is what he came up with....

It says Winter Wander Land.  it has dots all over the chalkboard.  simple, but I love it!  Thanks Gunner man for helping Grandma.....

love ya kiddo....