Saturday, December 16, 2017

A stocking to stuff

This is Ava's second Christmas, but last year she was too young to know that I hadn't gotten her a Christmas stocking made yet. I got busy this week and that has now been remedied. She has a stocking that will be used for many years to come.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


I was looking through some photos on my computer the other day and of course many of them were taken at the house we used to live in. Sometimes the memories of our years there make me smile and other times they make me sad. I miss so many things about living there, but it was definitely time to move on and start a new chapter in my life and I'm totally OK with that.

One new thing is my little Christmas tree. I got this alpine tree last year, and decorated it all in turquoise blue, silver and white...all new things for my new start. This year I pulled out my old ornaments and went with all red and green for my tree and I love it. It's nice to see some of my old ornaments too. The angel on the top and many of the ornaments were made by my mom over the years. I'd like to say Ava helped me decorate the tree, but she was taking off the ornaments as fast as I was putting them on. lol

I took the time this week to put together a little shadow box for Ava showing off some of the seashells she picked up at the beach in October, as well as a few pictures of her at the beach. I'm sure when she's older she'll appreciate it much more than she does now. But for the time being I can look at it and smile every time I see it and remember how much she loved the sand and the water.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

T-shirts and batiks

I recently agreed to make a t-shirt quilt for a friend of mine for her daughter. This is the top which has been sent to Joanne for quilting. Not the best picture but I had to snap it quickly before Ava attacked the quilt top again!

I've been wanting to make a batik quilt for some time now. I had decided about a year ago I wanted to make a blue and green batik quilt. But when I got out my tub of batiks I realized I had a lot of smaller pieces that were neither blue nor green. So I decided to first make a scrappy nine patch quilt with all the odds and ends of batiks I have. Then maybe after that I'll finally get around to making a blue and green batik quilt. The pile of squares on the right has doubled in size. Now I need to get busy and get some of the background fabric cut so I can sew whenever I have a minute or two.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Getting my mojo back

Believe it or not I have been doing a bit of sewing. I recently made a cat mat for a friend to put on the table where her cats like to sit and look out the window. The one side (seen below) is plain black and the other side is a black print. My friend plans to flip it back and forth every month, as cats need variety! lol As you can see it has been cat tested and cat approved! :0)

I recently volunteered to make a t-shirt quilt for a friend of mine for her daughter. The shirts have been prepared and last week we went shopping for the fabric for the sashing, cornerstones and binding. Now I just have to find time to cut some fabric and I can get this one sewn together.

I've been on a fabric diet for years now, only buying fabric that I needed for a specific project. Well, a few months back this piece of octopus fabric came home with me. I have no idea what I'll do with it...maybe make a bag or something. But I just had to have it.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Our Week Away

We recently spent a week on the beautiful Gulf coast of Florida. It's so peaceful and relaxing there.

The first night Ava was a bit uncertain about the water. I think the waves scared her a bit. But after that first night she ran straight for the water every time we went to the beach.

We had to keep an eye out for jellyfish. They were washed up on the beach and were in the water too. It was definitely not something any of us wanted to step on.

Ava's other favorite pastime besides playing in the water was playing in the seashells. She would have sat like that all day if we had let her.

And of course there were so many beautiful seabirds all over the beach. This heron was just one that let me take its picture.

Here's one of the many beautiful sunsets we got to see during the week. If you look to the left of the pier you can see the band of rain that had already passed over us earlier.

We were fortunate enough to have an outdoor shower where we were staying. They had a lower faucet too for just washing off your feet, and it became Ava's favorite thing at the condo. We started calling her the faucet hog because she'd never let any of us in to wash our feet off! lol