Friday, January 29, 2010

~* the runner is done *~

FINALLY! For such a small runner this took SO long. First cutting the squares, then sewing them together, THEN clipping all the edges... but I am really pleased with the way it turned out. I love the colors, and I love how prim it looks. I think I am going to put it through the wash & dry cycles again, though, I want to see if I can rag the edges just a bit more. I read that the more you cut the more it will rag, so I cut away, and I did wash it in cold since it is all reds and I didn't want any of the colors to run, but I don't think I washed it on a long enough cycle, so I may run it through again. But over all I am pleased with the way it came out and would do it again.
What do you all think?
Have a great day!

Monday, January 25, 2010

~*the ragman cometh *~

This is the start (or the middle rather) of my new runner for my coffee table. Lord it takes so long to cut those squares! I still have to cut the batting and the hearts that will go on the white squares, but I am so glad the cutting is done!!! Yay! The sewing should go much quicker, I hope. This is my first rag quilt. I didn't go for something too complicated or large and I love the colors of these fabrics, so I know I will love the finished product. And if it goes well, I have some ideas for other things around the house that I could use some rag quilts for. More on that later.
Well, still trying to kick this cold, so I am bushed for the night.
Have a great day!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

~* back in the kitchen *~

I am finally starting to feel better, but I tire so quickly and easily! I have gotten so much done around the house. I finally got all my closet stuff put back away, but took 3 lawn bags full to the Goodwill!!! I also have been working on cleaning out the spare room so I finally can get to my sewing machine so I can get some sewing down. I want to make a rag quilt runner done for my coffee table for Valentines, but we put alot of the stuff from the basement room in there when we started working on the family room in there and it is just a mess, but I have been working on it and getting it organized, and tonight I started cutting the squares. And yesterday Dan asked me to make him stuffed Poblano peppers for dinner, so these are them. They are stuffed with mushrooms, orange peppers, rice and goat cheese with a cilantro chipotle sauce. They were good, but a tad bit hot! But that is what he wanted for dinner, and I was finally up to cooking. This head cold just won't go away, it's a killer! I can't believe how long it has lasted. I have been downing the Vitamin C, E and Zinc, fluids and clearly been getting plenty of rest (I nap frequently during the day!!!). Well, the boys are both out having some guy time, Matt is at a show and Dan is playing poker with the guys from work, so I have a few hours to kill, and I know I have been a bad blogger since I have been sick so I figured I would check in and see what everyone has been up to.
Have a great day!

Monday, January 18, 2010

~* down and almost out...*~

Sorry I haven't posted in so long... I have had a terrible head cold. It has been the worst! I can't seem to shake it and it is so draining. I have been exhausted just keeping up with my day to day responsibilities. I have tried to stop by and read your blogs, but that is all I may have the strength to do... I hope to be well enough to post something else soon.

Have a great day!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

~* the breakfast table *~

I just downloaded these off my memory card. It is my dining room all decked out for Christmas morning breakfast. It is a tradition I started when my kids were little and my parents didn't have any kids at home any longer. I thought it would be a good idea for them to come over and watch the kids open their presents and so I made a big breakfast. In time we invited all the family here and breakfast was kicked back a few hours to 10 am instead of 7 since my kids are older now too and don't wake at the crack of dawn. This also pushes Christmas dinner back a few hours so we don't have to rush through the day. It really make the day nice and I get to host a holiday meal. This year I made pomegranade champagne sparklers with my breakfast. They were DELISH!!!
Here we are (some of the family) getting ready to sit down and dig in. I usuallly make several of the dishes the night before and then we all can sit and eat at the same time. It has become a tradition of the Christmas holiday that I love.

Have a great day!

Monday, January 04, 2010

~* happy new years *~

Wow, I can't believe it's January already! I literally am just coming out of the closet. No, not like that. Dan and I re-did my walk-in closet over the holiday break. I thought it would be a "small" project but 10 sheets of sheetrock, 3 rolls of insulation, 6 halogen lights, 2 outlets and a lightswitch and 6 days later we are done! Whew! I have a 12x8 foot walk in that is on the dormers of the roof so the roof goes at an angle (yeah, you got it, every cut of sheetrock was a HUGE pain!). It had one pull string light at the door and a 12 foot span to the end of the closet. I could never see at the end and it was freezing in it so I had the bright idea of putting lights and insulation in it. I thought "how hard can it be?". Well, at least that project can be crossed off the list. I love it now. I have six lights and they are on a switch when I walk in the door. I can see everything in the closet (although I have not yet got everything put back in because if you are going to go through all that trouble of taking everything out of your closet you might as well go through it all and get rid of the things you don't really need and such, right? But at least it is not an ice box now. The only thing we were not able to do is find a remnent piece of carpet to lay for the flooring. But I will be on the lookout for that.
Christmas was wonderful, as usual. Everyone was spoiled here.
My SIL gave me these adorable snowman. I am not sure what they are for, the backs have clothespins on them, but they are soooo cute!
My mother gave me this stitchery, some snowmen candle holders, a snowman baskets and a blue glass dish that used to be my grandmothers.
My SIL Ruth also gave me this Cocoa pot and cups. I don't know if you can see but it is covered with snowmen! Absolutely adorable!
Dan gave me this sweater. I LOVE it. It looks like a penny rug, doesn't it? It is toasty warm, too. He gave me some other tops, too, a digital camera book, a 2010 old farmer's almanac, snowman socks, 2 Vera Bradley purses plus the wallet, clutch and glass case to match, 4 beads for my Pandora bracelet, 39 (I am not exaggerating!) chapsticks, a break a part (Toblers) chocolate orange, a Red Sox ornament, some kitchen gadgets, and more chocolate. It was a very nice day!
I hope you all have a nice Christmas.
New Years was quiet. It always is for us. We are "early to bedders" as Matthew calls us. It just isn't a holiday we party for. And we had been working on the closet all day, anyways so we were beat! But, it is back to work today.
I have been checking out your blogs today, wish I could take the time to stop and drop a personal note on each one or yours but I just don't have the time, so I will just say a "Happy New Year's" to all my bloggy friends.
Have a great day!