Sunday, November 28, 2010

Postcards and Puppies

We had a nice quiet Thanksgiving with just my in-laws, got my house decorated for the holidays, and started working on some Christmas gifts (which of course I can't show).  I can show these postcards for the guild show and tell.  Sorry about the photo - taken with cell phone - don't know why it's sideways.  Anyway I quilted with metallic thread on velvet and used crystals to decorate.  I'll try to take better photos with real camera.

So on to the puppy part, my husband told me this morning he was going to the local flea market to go look for a bike (he plays with them, puts engines on them, etc.) but instead of coming home with a bike he came home with this little girl.

Here she is snuggled inside my sweatshirt.  We won't be able to keep her but my husband just couldn't leave her running around the flea market.  Looks like she was dumped there.  He walked around the whole place hoping someone would claim her.  He said he saw 2 little girls holding 2 other puppies so he figured that had to be the case.  Anyway, we bathed her and fed her but are keeping her away from the other dogs in case she has some disease.  She's awfully thin but a good natured little girl.  She won't get huge because she has tiny little paws.  We can't figure out exactly what she is - a little chihuahua or boxer or terrier or a mix of all.  Jeff will take her to the vet tomorrow and find a place where he can place her where she won't be euthenized.

So if you live in the central valley California and want a sweet little girl, let me know.  I'd love to find her a good home.  (I already have 3 dogs which is why I can't keep her.  I like to joke that there is no room in the bed for another dog, which is actually pretty true.)

I have enjoyed looking at everyone's blogs this weekend.  Fun to see all the decorations and Thanksgiving pictures.  Let the Christmas music begin!

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I've Been Busy

See last post for how this obsession started.  They are so pretty. 

I have been having some I-tunes problems tonight and spent way too much time reloading, finding and crap.  For some reason it just said when I tried to open Itunes "Ituneslibrary.itl cannot be read because it was created by a newer version of itunes"  Of course all the googling just confused me.  Sometimes these things just get me riled up.  I got Itunes reloaded and now it's saying my iphone is not being recognized with that itunes so I'm afraid to sync my ipod. 

So I will leave this be and enjoy my 4 day weekend.  Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving.  I plan on sewing on Thursday, decorating my house for Christmas on Friday and sewing some more on Saturday and Sunday.  Since I work for a shopping center, black friday shopping at a mall is the last place I want to be.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christsmas Gift Idea, Art Group Quilts and of course, Jack

First off, my older sister Brenda was in town (well my parents town) so I went up north to spend some time with her.  As usual, she had a great gift idea for friends at Christmas.  Well, not all my friends, the ones who will probably get them already saw mine and oohed and aahhed and kind of hinted they would make a great Christmas gift.  So this year, they all get one.  The other friendship group is getting something else that my older sister is making for me.  Anyway, here is what she showed us this weekend.  She found a tutorial on and her and a friend perfected it and shared it with my sis-in-law, mom and I.
They aren't that hard to make and are so pretty.  She made the black one and gave it to me for my birthday and together we all made a silver one.  So today I was already at Hancocks Fabrics to buy some synthetic fabrics to make more.  Black, gold, silver and white. 

While she was here we took a little trip further north to visit my step-daughter Kelly and my grandson Jack.  I was just getting over a cold so I wasn't allowed to hold him but everyone else could.  But I did get more pictures.  I can't believe how much he changes in such a short period of time.
My sister Brenda and Jack (sleeping)

My mom and Jack - finally waking up. 

My niece Claire and Jack hungry but not for his binky.

While in Ripon, my sister-in-law Marcy's brother Jeff and his wife Marianne were in town and we had a Texas Hold-em Tournament.  Jeff had the whole thing organized and even gave us newbies lessons earlier in the day.  We had a lot of fun.  I was the first one out so I became the official shuffler.  Great fun.
Marianne Laun, Patrick and my mom

Jeff Laun, Brenda, Marcy and Drew
 And right after I got home from work on Monday, my Loose Threads Art Group met at my house for our November meeting.  We are going through the Fabric Embellishing, The Basics and Beyond book.  This month our technique was bubbles and wrinkles and the inspiration word was Illumination.  Here is a picture of what we all made.
Anna's came out blurry - check her blog out as I'm sure when she's done (she wants to bead on it) she'll have it on her blog.  ( Unfortunately you can only comment on her blog if you look at it thru Internet Explorer.  (I use firefox.)   Karen's piece was her interpretation of the Book of Kells.  I had no idea what it was so I had to look it up on-line.  Since I was hostess, I had to choose a technique for next month (but actually it will be January) and the inspiration word.  I chose photo on fabric and showed them the basics of photoshop and how to play and use filters on photos.  My word is JOY!  It will be exciting to see what everyone does with that. 

Anyway, tonight it's all about getting ready for another busy week.  We have a guild board meeting on Wednesday night, a late night quilting party (Cut Throat Quilters) at the quilt shop on Friday Night and all day Saturday and Sunday our guild's stacation type of retreat.  (we sew all day at Country Manor but get to go home to our own bed each night).

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

How to Improve an Already Completed Quilt (and I turned 50)

First off, I finished this quilt a few months ago for my grandson.  This picture shows it unfinished, but he got it finished before he was born. 

But there was something missing and I just couldn't put my finger on it. 

And then I got this picture and realized that it needed this to improve the quilt. 
Kelly said Jack loves his quilt.

And last Saturday I had my 50th birthday and had a party at my house.  I had a great time and was so happy so many of my family and friends could join me in celebrating this milestone.  I have a good life and am very thankful for all I have.  My youngest sister couldn't be there but she sent this box of 50 leaf items.  Since I was "leaf"ing my 40's behind.  

It was like a treasure chest full of leaf goodness.  (leaf cookies she bought and she made some too, a cookie cutter, a frame, a magnet, a necklace and earrings, chocolate bar shaped like a leave, a notebook, kitchen towels, a candle holder and candle, all individually wrapped in a a box.)  In the background of the picture you can see a pile of fall fabrics.  My Material Girls Friendship group ladies got together and put a basket of 1 yard pieces of fall fabrics (they each donated one yard) knowing how much I love fall and fall fabrics.  I will make a leaf quilt with those fabrics.  (Next year though.)  I also received other very nice gifts which surprised me since I put no gifts on the invitation.

It took me two days to recover from the party.  I think I had one too many margaritta's.  It could have been the shots of tequila though.  Not sure.  :)

Thanks for looking.