Monday, December 03, 2007

Bits and Pieces

The Wonderful Wallaby is now in pieces again. It was a little snug and a bit too short. I only had to rip it back to where the sleeves were attached because it fits perfectly around the picky one's body. I will start knitting again as soon as I am done with my annual "sewing for others" projects.
I made these purses for a friend...and after the holidays you will see them in my etsy store.

I just had someone pick up three Christmas stockings that she cross-stitched and I put together...I forgot to get a photo of those...and now back to the sewing machine to finish three more stockings. A huge snowstorm is on its way so I've got to get them done so I can sit by the fire and watch the snow fall!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Give Thanks

I am not cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the first time in about 5 years. yippee!! Thanks to my little sister and her husband, I will be enjoying someone elses cooking this year. This is also the first time my children won't all be home for a holiday. I'm very sad about that so a change of venue is good. It will seem different anyway!
The Wallaby sweater should be finished this weekend (unless I have to take it apart after the picky one tries it on), but my number 2 son wants one too. I have been finishing up a quilt that I started a few years ago, but more about that later...stay tuned.
Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Big Knitting

I have always just knit for myself or for baby gifts. The last baby gift I knit was The Wonderful Wallaby sweater. My son saw it and asked if I could make him one. Sure, I said. He picked out the color (a lovely navy blue) and I started...and I knit...and I knit...and he tried it on because he's VERY particular and I knit some more...and he commented that the sleeves looked puffy so I had him slip one on...and I knit some more...and I'm still knitting! It takes a long time to make a sweater for a picky, young man who just asked me "What if I don't like it?" Arrrgghhh!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Autumn slump

I'm in my typical autumn slump. I'm not sure I know why I detest this time of year...maybe the cold, the shorter days, everything going about all of the above!
I am particularly sad this year because my mother-in-law passed away last week after a very, very short illness. I try not to get too personal in this blog because it's supposed to be an account of my accomplishments and projects, but when I am not accomplishing anything I have to explain why.
I am trying to look on the bright side right mil was going to have months of suffering ahead of her, our children were all home (including my son who is in school in Scotland) and I married into a great family. That's it--my cup is half full--things are looking up already.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

A Time of Learning

I have busy learning new things since I last posted.

My husband bought me a new laptop for my birthday this summer. It's a Mac so I am trying to learn how to use it. It's pretty easy, it's just different from what I'm used to and I find I still need to use the PC for many things.

My #2 son is spending his junior year in college in Scotland so I am also learning how to "Skype", I love it because I can talk to him and as soon as I find a camera that will work on his Mac I will be able to see him too!

I learned how to knit a toe-up sock called Anastasia...well, I have the toe done, but that's all because I am also knitting a sweater for my #3 son and it's taking a long time! I have also been getting back into some needlework projects that I want to finish. Here is a photo of "command central"--my phones, my needlework, a couch, a TV and a computer all nearby (oh and the knitting bag is right on the floor!) I'm ready for winter!

So I think you can see why I haven't been posting, but I'm back...stay tuned.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Holding on to summer...

This summer has been the fastest one yet! I'm in shock that the calendar says September. Today was my son's first day of school. As he mentioned last night, his "last" first day of high school. I realized when he said it that we will be having a lot of "lasts" this year. I am going to try to enjoy every minute!

I have been knitting up a storm. I have finished a Wallaby sweater and two of my sons would like me to make them one! I'm really going to be knitting now!!!

The beginning of the school year always has me thinking about organization...I think it's all those clean notebooks and folders and new pens and pencils. So off I go to do something organizational...stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

A Weekend in Newport

Last week we spent a few days in Newport, RI. I love this has everything...beaches, mansions, a great night life and beautiful scenery everywhere you look.

We stayed at the Hydrangea House Inn...lovely!

Here is a scene from the busy downtown port...

and a view from the Cliffwalk looking out to the ocean. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me when we walked by the mansions or when the antique cars were parading down the main street...what must it have been like there in the "old" days?

Friday, July 20, 2007

A project or two

Some photos from the shop hop where I collected a new project or two...

shop #1 Mission Rose in N. Syracuse, NY

My friend NJ with her new friend...

Shop #2 Calico Gals in Fayetteville, NY

I left my camera in the car for shops 3,4 &5!

Late evening bubble blowing contest...

pretty good...

much better...

the grand champion!

I bought lots of stuff for new projects or to just beef up my "stash". Here's the first one I have finished (it just needs buttons)...oh did I forget to mention that a couple of the quilts shops had yarn too!!!

This is a size's for the new granddaughter of one of my quilting friends...very cute.
I also have one of the quilt tops almost together...stay tuned...

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Another update

I can't believe it has been over a month since I last posted here...things will be slowing down here in the next few weeks... I hope!! I have been working full time at the Sewing Gallery and that will stop (one way or another) this week. I did take time out for a two-day getaway with my quilting friends that was too fun to even talk about! We shopped at five different quilt shops and bought something at each one.

I am adding some new items to my etsy shop. I made this monogrammed towel as a graduation gift and it turned out so cute that I am adding it to the shop.

I have lots of new fabric and projects in mind since the shop hop (or more of a crawl) getaway so stay tuned...

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Catching up...

Here's a photo essay on what's been happening here at the homestead...

Some sewing....

Four proms...(I only have photos of two of them)

Some jewelry making (you will see these in my etsy store soon)

...and Confirmation.

There has also been lots of baseball and some track meets and many working hours for me. Phew...that's it for now...we're all caught up!

Monday, June 04, 2007

Hi Mom and Dad

I received a call from my parents the other day..."Hi, we haven't heard from you in a while...what's new? We checked your blog and do you know that you haven't written anything since May 11th?" What a bad daughter I am not to call or update my blog so my mom and dad know I'm still alive! So I'm here to say I am still alive and I promise I'll do better on calling my folks and keeping up-to-date here.

Today is my daughter's 25th birthday. She can't believe how "old" she is and I can't either! I am not old enough to have a 25 yr. old daughter! She's a sweetheart and her dad and I love her to pieces. Unfortunately she lives 8 hours away so we don't get to see her enough. She has grown up to be a lovely young woman (in spite of our parenting skills) and we are so proud of her...Happy birthday, sweetie pie!

More on what I have up to later...stay tuned!

Friday, May 11, 2007

More Spring...

I'm enjoying the beautiful weather. I have seen Orioles in my yard twice now. Hopefully I'll have my camera ready next time! Until then I have captured one of the many goldfinches that
make me smile everyday.

Crafting and creativeness is at a standstill here...I just picked up my son from college yesterday and laundry is the business at hand. There are piles of it! I do have some ideas for some new projects...that's what 14 hours in a car will do! Stay tuned....

Sunday, May 06, 2007

A Slice of Heaven...

Here's a photo of a heavenly spot in my backyard...

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007


I have been crazy busy ever since I got home from my vacation. Today I finally get a chance to catch my breath. I just have things that I want to do not things I have to do. It's a very good feeling. Here are some of the photos of what's been going on in my life.

Baseball in Florida...

One of my vacation suitcases...It holds yarn and sunscreen...what more do you need?

The project I created for a machine embroidery cross stitch class I taught last weekend...

The project I created for a software and felting class I also taught...

Now on to more fun things, stay tuned...

Friday, April 20, 2007

Block of the Month Block 2

Time has really gotten away from me...I guess that's what happens after a lovely vacation! I finally got my suitcases completely unpacked and the washing machine is humming so now I can spend some quality time at the computer.

Here is Block 2 of the Block of the Month quilt I have designed. Happy Sewing!

Fabric Requirements:
From white fabric cut:
Eight 4” squares

From green fabric cut:
Eight 4” squares


Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 4” white squares.

Place a 4” white square right sides together with a 4” green square. Sew ¼” seam on each side of the drawn diagonal line. Cut on the drawn line and press the seam toward the red fabric. Trim to 3½”. Repeat with all of the 4” squares. You will have a total of 16 half square triangle squares.

Lay out the squares and sew together in rows as follows.

Row 1
Row 2
Row 3
Row 4

Sew the rows together to complete the block.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

No Pictures...

Sorry, I forgot the cord that connects my camera to the computer so no photos until I get home. We have left Florida and have traveled to South Carolina where it is pretty cold. We have met up with my husband's brother and sister and their families for the rest of the vacation. It is looking like the weather will improve each day.

I just finished the best book I have read in a long time. It is called The 13th Tale by Diane Setterfield. I brought two other books with me but I know they will never live up to the one I just finished! I am also knitting a baby sweater for a friend's new grandson. That's all from vacation central! Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 05, 2007


We have followed our son down to Florida to watch him play's hot here! I'm not going to complain, since there was snow in the forecast for home. I packed a whole suitcase with yarn and needlework...I'll have some photos for you tomorrow. Stay tuned...

Friday, March 16, 2007

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my youngest...he is 17 today. He is growing up to be quite a wonderful young man, although there are still times when he acts like a little boy. He is not a morning person...he gets that from me...he is a very talented runner. He has also taken a real interest in photography. I have already shown some of his photos in my previous posts. Here are some more of his shots. Happy Birthday my boy!

Monday, March 12, 2007

A New Necklace

Here's a necklace that I made this weekend. It is a very delicate pearl and sterling silver treat. Of course, it's in my etsy shop. I do love those pearls...I have a set of blue pearls that I just knotted in a necklace...I'm not sure those will make it to the shop...I might just have to keep those!...stay tuned...

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

My Daughter

We had a wonderful visit with all of our children last weekend. While they were here my daughter and I spent some quality time beading. She created this beautiful necklace that I have put in my etsy shop. She has made a few of them for gifts and I encouraged her to make one to sell. Each is a one-of-a-kind creation usually made with a specific person in mind. It is lovely and sweet, just like she is!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Block of the Month

I have designed a block of the month quilt for my local quilt guild. I thought I would share it here too. Here's what we are doing...each block will only be two colors. There will be a total of 10 blocks. Above is the suggested finished quilt, it is approximately 60" x 73", but you can put the blocks together any way you want. If you want to use only two fabrics in your quilt you will need approximately 4 yards of each fabric for the suggested finished quilt.

In our guild we raffle the blocks...if you make one you get a chance to win all of them. Each month I choose a color will be different for each month...that's why the instructions will be different colors each month. Feel free to do this with a group of friends.

If you would like to use my instructions for your quilt guild email me ( I have a different instruction sheet that you would probably like to have and I can send it to you.
I would love to know who is using my instructions so if you are doing this as a group project let me know by email or a comment here. If you have any questions...let me know. Happy quilting!

Block of the Month
February 2007
Monkey Wrench
Block should measure 12 ½”.
Please make sure you are using an accurate ¼” seam allowance.

Colors for this month’s block exchange are red and white.
Fabric Requirements:
From white fabric cut:
Two 5” squares
Four 2 ½” x 4 ½” rectangles
One 4 ½” square

From red fabric cut:
Two 5” squares
Four 2 ½” x 4 ½” rectangles

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 5” white squares.

Place a 5” white square right sides together with a 5” red square. Sew ¼” seam on each side of the drawn diagonal line. Cut on the drawn line line and press the seam toward the red fabric. Trim to 4½”. Make 2 (which will result in four half-square triangles).

Sew each of the white 2 ½” x 4 ½” rectangles to the red 2 ½” x 4 ½’ rectangles. Make four.

Construct block in rows following the diagram: