Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
I made this little WELCOME for my mom in 2004, (I think).
This is one of my favorite things I've ever made.
Ever just have so much fun making something?
This is one of my early quilts. I made this for my parents
for Christmas in 2002. The larger hearts represent my
parents and their three children, and the smaller hearts
represent their 8 grandchildren.
I think this is a Thimbleberries pattern.
I made this quilt for my dad for Christmas in 2004.
It's a Thimbleberries quilt too.
I made this for my parents' 35th anniversary
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I did it! I finished knitting my red bag, felted it, and then needle felted a flower onto it! Very happy! AmandaJean over at Crazy Mom Quilts asked me to post the steps involved with the needle felting. I could not find much information online but it is possible that I'm just not looking in the right spots. I pretty much just went with my instinct here, so anybody out there who knows a better technique feel free to comment! I'm hooked and want to know more!
*foam pad for work surface
I first placed the foam into the bag and then placed the stencil where I wanted it. took some of the wool and placed it over the stencil and just started poking the fibers with a needle. I moved the fibers around to keep them in the correct spot and then just kept poking until all of the fibers are compacted into the shape. I then removed the stencil and viola! It looked as though the flower has been appliqued with no stitching involved. Love it!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Now she has 120 rounds completed. That gal is ready for the next class. She'll get her straps started there!! If you can't remember the beginning click Here !
I'll keep you posted!
I did promise to get my needle felting post up... Its coming!
Monday, September 17, 2007
Back in the mid-nineties I was not yet a quilter, but I made several lap size "cheater" quilts. My husband received one with sailing ships (pictured above), my brother one with golf related things and my mother-in-law a printed quilt panel. I found backings, quilted each and added nice bindings. My Aunt J. in NC taught me how to do the bindings and I can remember the lesson as if it were yesterday! Thanks Aunt J.!
I cringe when I see those cheaters now. I know I can do so much better! I guess you have to start somewhere!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
3 cups rice crispies
3 cups Quaker Oats
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup honey (plus an extra tablespoon)
3/4 cup sugar
1 16 oz jar Smuckers All Natural Peanut Butter
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.
Bring sugar and honey to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for one minute.
Add peanut butter and a splash of vanilla and stir until combined.
Pour into dry ingredients. You will have to use your hands to completely mix. The chocolate chips will melt while mixing.
Put into a 10.5 x 15.5 jelly roll pan firmly pressing mixture down. Let set up for about an hour (maybe less) then cut!
You can use craisins or raisins instead of the chocolate chips. Sometimes I use chopped peanuts instead of the sunflower seeds, but I don't like that as much!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
This is the progress I made this afternoon. I happily switched to the circular needles...So much better than those double pointed fellas! I've completed round 20 and only have 7 more before the end of the increases. Then I'm taking those turbo #10.5's in the fast lane! Ha! I'll only have 93 rounds to finish before the next class in 2 weeks!
I can get that finished in no time!
Stop in tomorrow and I'll share with you my red felted bag and the needle felting technique I used!
Monday, September 10, 2007
Rue, Oregano, Chives, Flat Leaf Parsley: Overcrowded Conditions
Submitted to the Herb Department of Welfare 2 PM on Monday.
Action against novice gardener to be decided within 30 days.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Off we went a little before 11! It was a nice ride. A peaceful crossing on the Peace Bridge followed by a jolly little drive on the Niagara Falls Parkway ending at a little parking lot at the top of Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls!
We headed down the hill to the Rain Forest Cafe! Ever been there? It was our first visit and what a treat! We were so overwhelmed at first, but then it became so calming listening to the rain fall and every 22 minutes there was a little thunder storm with lightning. Animated ANIMALS everywhere! (my pictures aren't the greatest-- it was dim!) The environment just rocked and the food was de-lish! YUM!
We headed the rest of the way down the hill to actually see the falls and they were spectacular. The little people seemed to think they were pretty neat but you can imagine how tired of walking they became! We managed by alternating them on our shoulders and hips!
Did you know there is a Butterfly Garden and Bird Aviary in Niagara Falls? Lots of things to do. We have to save it all for another trip or two!
So we took the Rainbow Bridge home to the States and stopped for some yummy ice cream in Tonawanda at Mississippi Mudds!
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Why, you ask? What have I been doing? Let me see...
Thursday we were home bound since Little Miss Almost 4 had a fever. Oh yes, and I was just taking a lazy day!
Friday we had various errands to run.
Saturday we... Saturday.... Can't even remember Saturday. I think I finished a book that day...
Sunday we headed about 2 hours south to my brother's for a picnic, which was loads of fun. Hey, wait I did knit on the way there... Good!
Monday we had a MIL & BIL up for lunch which was also nice except that the little people were on the cranky side!
Today was the first day of preschool for Little Miss Almost 4. (sigh) She loved it. Couldn't have cared less that we left. (hurray) Spent the rest of the day tidying up around here. Having a little Party Lite party here tomorrow.
I'm going to try to get my hobby space back in order this evening so I can get back to work.
Tomorrow Little Mr. I'm 5 goes to his first day of preschool! He's excited!
By the end of the week we should be back in to some kind of schedule so I'll have more hobby time!
What's on the hobby agenda?
*Cat quilt (You know the gift for a high school graduate who graduated 2 years ago? Yeah, that one.)
*The Seasons Quilt (started when my mom was here)
*The Jolly Elf
Okay, I could go on and on....I WILL FINISH THE PILLOW CASES BY FRIDAY! maybe... no I WILL!!