Friday, December 2, 2016

French and Knotty

Practicing my french knots for an upcoming project. I am pretty sure I need more practice. LOL

I used an entire skein of pink variegated floss. It looks unfinished, so I may add some more and start having them thin out to a smattering of dots.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

31 Day Blog Writing Challenge



I've been a very sporadic blogger of late and I need to get myself back into a routine, hence accepting the challenge. What will I write? I haven't got a clue, but it will be something, anything.
Day one complete!!

Won't you join in on the fun?

Friday, November 11, 2016

I've gotta plan for 2017

Or should I say planner? Or two?

This is my current set up. It's been great for a couple of years now but it is bulky and makes my purse heavy and takes up a whole lotta room. Don't get me's a fabulous planner and very customize-able.

 Well, I've decided I needed a change so I went on the hunt for something that was less bulky but still gave me everything I wanted/needed in my portable "brain".

I saw thee cutest little planner on  They only had one size and one style. I was really unsure how a bound, unchangeable planner would work. I needed to know more so I went to the Hobonichi site and took a look around. I was intrigued and they had a weekly format, all be it in Japanese only.

Enter Hobonichi

So I bit the bullet and ordered the Weeks and a few accessories
Sooooo many patterns to choose from. Soooooo many prices too.

Close up of the motif...French Bread.

See how much more room I have.

Old planner and new planner

I couldn't wait to get started before January.
I copied my Filofax calendar and stuck it in there.
the official start Date is Nov. 28th

The back has 72 blank pages and an index page. You can use these bullet journal style or how ever you want. I've started my Christmas planning and New Year's goals already.

It also has room for a pen and some other stuff.

 So far, I am really liking the new layout....a lot

 I ended up ordering a few more things and the A6 planner in english.
I still prefer the weeks. It came with the Uni multi pen and that cute little toast plate.
My dot says she wants this one. I may use it as a prayer journal or sewing journal. 
I just don't know yet. It doesn't start until January, so I got a little time to ponder.

Side by Side

Are you a planner person or is your brain way better than mine? LOL

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


Civic Duty Done

Not gonna be thrilled with either outcome, but I refuse to stand by and not be counted.

Praying for our current and next batch of leaders,

Monday, November 7, 2016

When disaster strikes your quilt

Yep, it happened. A big ol' rip......about 6.5" long. Not a happy camper, to say the least.
I can't really complain, this quilty was a gift from my mom, Christmas circa 1977ish. It's been used daily ever since. 

It isn't the first booboo. I have had to repair some small holes and some of the stitching, but that was easy peasy. Thankfully, this turned out to be an easy fix too. I hope it holds for another 38+ years.


Found some brown. Not perfect, but I didn't want to haul my baby off to Joanns to hunt down a tiny piece of brown.

First I trimmed the lose threads

Put the patch underneath. Yes, there will be some quilting that has to be redone. 

Press under the raw edges

Thankfully, there was enough slack in the fabric to hide the patch underneath

Good ol' ladder stitch 

Up one side, down the other, splitting the distance on the return

First part done, now I carefully pick-stitch the patch in place 


The front of this 1970s beauty

What do you do when disaster strikes?

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Catching up

Oy, I had this all written, decided to add one more little thing then poof! it was gone.
Let's try this again. 

I am taking a break from life and blogging about it. This is such a fun way to remember some of the lighter moments in life. You used to be able to have yearly books printed of your blog......I wonder if you still can???

Finished a table runner for a friend that moved. A whole bunch of us signed it.
It's quilty and modern. I want one for my table.
I may go opposite with the light in the middle and the dark on the ends. 
This one is 90", I need one that is 107".

A rather large Katydid scared the *bleep* outta me when I walked out on the porch to see what was so loud. Yes, I let nature alone.

Mr. Messy has never met an open book that wasn't nap worthy.
He managed to get comfy after I got up for a drink....30 seconds max.

Even though my kiddos are all grown up, my "new year" still begins in September. 
Takes a lot of pressure off January..seriously.

Went to a family reunion with my sister in the OC. 
Man, we got old. hahaha
This is my Aunt Pat.

I was recently in a kitchen that wasn't mine, got to use this puppy. Buttah. Saving my pennies since it's way more than I have ever paid for a knife.  
Even with a discount, it's over $100.00 bucks. It is heavenly, just sayin'.

 Gratuitous granddot shots

Earned a new fitbit and ya!

Decided it was time to lose the ziplock bag
Funnest pencil pouches ever!

Yes, Saw the new Star Trek.
Yes, it was awesome once you got past the first 20 minutes of the JJ Abrams special effects hoopla.
Good chatter, good interaction, made you love the characters all over again.
A little bittersweet...RIP Anton Yelchin

It's that time of year again....             Tattuesdays
I have no tatts.
I want no tatts.
But I love this show...l o v e
I miss 'Best Ink' too. It had chick judges.

Lots of sewing and embroidery planned. I need to learn to put art time on my schedule, not just try to fit it in. I cannot live by chores alone, just sayin'.

How do you fit in your art time??