How I’m spending my “Staycation”….

Two quilt tops are quilted and the binding is sewn to the top ready for hand-stitching!

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Another top is sandwiched and ready for quilting…just not 100% sure how I’m going to quilt it.

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Almost to the point where I can start a new project!!!

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Wordless Wednesday – Farmer’s Wife Quilt to be….

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Ho! Ho! Ho!

My newest Santa…a $2 find at one of our local antique stores. 🙂 I love the old ornaments from Japan.

Hexagon Dish Towels

Over at In Color Order’s blog I saw a very cool tutorial on embellishing dish/tea towels…and I needed a fast Christmas present!

Since I’ve already had a bunch of 1″ hexie card-stock cut out for my batik Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt, I used them…along with a Lauren & Jessi Jung Flora charm pack cut into quarters.

They’ll be perfect with a jar of my home-made jam!

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For Today ~ 15 December 2011 ~ A Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 15 December 2011.

Outside My Window… cloudy with a hint of snow (as in spitting itty-bitty frozen particles), lots of traffic.

I am thinking… lots of thoughts that just keep bouncing into each other and not making sense at all. Could be the allergy/cold meds. Or not. 🙂

I am thankful for… my friends.

From the kitchen… It’s cleaned! Was very chaotic last night while filling everyone’s gift bags full of all the baked goodies I made ~ peanut brittle, three types of fudge, peppermint biscotti, ginger cookies, and russian tea cookies. Tonight?! Going out! Using one our 2 for 1 coupons.

I am wearing… jeans, tennis shoes, a forest green mock turtleneck.

I am creating… nothing at the moment.

I am going… have lunch with the “Dirty Dozen” today…it’s our holiday brunch where we cook for past members. I made a Cranberry Relish salad with fresh cranberries, oranges, apples, pineapple, and raspberry jello.

I am reading… Mitch Albom’s Have A Little Faith.

I am hoping… that Reva heals super fast after her surgery on Tuesday! Sending love and hugs.

I am hearing… a few grads getting ready for their last final of the semester.

Around the house… cleaned. Simple Christmas this year…a little tree full of antique ornaments and that’s it.

One of my favorite things… watching people smile when biting into my baked goods.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… take it easy. Maybe go see Sherlock Holmes!

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…

Lucy…last night I couldn’t find her! Here is where I finally found her ~ in my bookcase full of quilting books.

From Hawaii…with Love

I got a wonderful surprise gift from my sister, who was on vacation in Hawaii with her family the last two weeks.

2 yards of a batik fabric and 4 yards of a lovely oriental fabric with two quilt patterns by Pacific Rim Quilt Company!

Herd of Turtles by Nancy Lee Chong & Janice Lee Baehr, a Two Fabric AppliquĂ© quilt pattern that will be 24″x36″.

Hawaiian Wall Quilt applique quilt pattern, Delicate Beauty ~ Hibiscus, 44″x68″.

Old Christmas ornaments and Pixlr-o-Matic Photo Editing

Playing again with the Pixlr-o-Matic photo editing app…sorry, just can’t stop.

This angel bell is my very first Christmas ornament, 45 years ago, at five months of age.

The next two are old ornaments I’ve collected…one is glass and the other is one of 12 wooden candles covered in colored tin sleeves.