Friday, August 26, 2011

Almost September.... Are you ready for it???

Oh this is being a fun day - it's already 1 o'clock and I have NOT gotten anything done yet!! OH, yes I have - dinner is is the crock pot!! I have Stephanie's blog sent to me and when I saw this, I had to make it!! So the Chicken Pizza is my - hmmm, 'our' supper tonight. Now all I have to do is add veggies and call it good!!

I have been sewing and am almost caught up on my mystery. Plan was to get Step 7 done today - I will (had better!!) get a good chunk done today!! And if not, I will have it done by next Thursday!! I think we might be putting the mess of blks we've made together then and I am really looking forward to that!!

And I have been working on my ribbon Halloween blks!!
These blks go together very easily and I think look really nice - well, pretend it's a Christmas fabric I used and the ribbon reads more solid!!! But as it's a Halloween project, and it's not ment to be 'pretty' - I like it!! And it's busy!!! But fun!! 10 blks so far - a few more to go and then off to Barbara's and see if she can fit me in so I will have it in time for this spooky season!! That would be one trick, but it would certainly be a treat for me if it happens!!!! (uh, hmmm - WHEN it happens!!!)

And have you ever hear of Lampe Berger?? Well, I hadn't till a few weeks ago, and then I was in my new favorite green house (yeah!!) and they have a display of these lamps. It was explained to me and I kept thinking about it... and yesterday, I bought myself one!!! This is made in France and it's a way of cleaning the air. With pretty scents or no scent at all!! My scent, for today anyway is: Creme Brulee. It is nice, although I am using it full strength, I think next time I will also add the neutral that I got with the lamp!! I like it, and some scents can give me a headache, so I was very glad that this one didn't!!

It is not a candle!!! What you do is fill up the Lampe Berger lamp with the oil that you choose - they have some wonderful scents!! I am looking forward to picking out my next one!! And then you put the wick in the bottle, let the wick sit in the oil for a min of 20 minutes and then you light the stones at the top. Let the flame burn for 2 minutes, then BLOW IT OUT!!!! That's the trick to this system - the stones stay hot and bring the oil up the wick and your room smells wonderful!!! You cover the stone with a cap that has holes it it, it lets in air and lets out the smell..... There in no flame, so don't forget it's 'on' !!! When you are done with it, you take off the open cap and put on the solid one - it stops the air from getting in, cools off the stone and shut it off. I am so glad I bought this!!! I have in my sewing room right now - to clean the air in there!! I shut the door now, keeps the cat and his hair out!! At least while he is shedding like he is, but the room has a 'fabric' smell to it that I am not fond of!!! So, we will see what it's like after a day of being de-oderized. Or should I say re-oderized!!

At Christmas, I could see filling my lamp with ginger or another festive flavour!! And - well, there are just so many choices! I want to get another one!!!!

I have made more letters -I do them between my blks, leader and ender style!! Soon I will have words and the wall hanging process will begin!! I am so glad that the bus trip/adventure is finally here - tomorrow!! And on my list is black fabric, so I will have more background for my project. White letters on a black background....

I feel like a little kid again learning how to make letters!!
But I am having so much fun with them, and I will keep on!! One day I will have words in my borders and a whole hanging of words, like the 'Joy' hanging in the book! I LOVE that one and one day I just might have made on myself.......

And I received a surprise today in the mail!!! Thank-You Sandie!!! She knows I am saving little fabrics to do a colorwash quilt. And these she has sent for my collection!! Huge Hugs to you!! Thank-You so much!! My collection is growing, and it's kinda fun to peek in there and see so many pieces - I wounder what I will eventually make. Abstract?? Scene?? Find a picture and re-do it in fabric?? I am not sure, but we will see!! This is a 'someday' project. You need alot of fabric for it - or should I say, 2" pieces for it, and one book said do not use the same fabric twice in a project, so that is definitly a future idea, but one day, it will happen!!!

And before I go, I was on Bonnie Hunter's blog today and I checked out Patchwork Posee, and yes, I joined it!! It's free to join and sounds interesting..... So, this is how I am spending my day - blog hopping and just really enjoying myself!! Now to go sew in my nice smelling room!!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Hapy Birthday Sis!!

This day in my sisters birthday! So have a good one Barb!!

Anyways, I have pics to show!! Daughter had my camera, and she gave it back so I could take these!! Yeah!! I am still thinking I will find myself a little one that no one knows about, but that will wait! I have things to show you!!!

Here is my January Stars!! told you it was done - and yes, it's been used!!! The pattern is "Morning Stars" and I am sure it's from a nickel book - but I've also seen it other places. I just know it was started in Januray of '09 and it was because a web friend was making it too, so we thought we would do it 'together'!!! Winters are cold here and never seem to end, so I wanted a bright happy quilt. I pulled out all my flowere nickels and made sure to use yellow for the stars!! And here is the finished bound product!!!

The back!! Love flannel, but am thinking of maybe starting to use fleece....hmmmm.....

I also have this to show you!! I used to do alot of cross stich and just loved this pattern!! When working on it, I knew I wanted to make a wall hanging - well, the fabrics I had for it were, lets just say, not right. As I was cleaning my room I found a box that I didn't know what was in there - this was one of them, with the way-to-busy prints still almost attached!! The only original fabric is the candy right beside it - the first border!! And I was going to bind it in black, but the purple litteraly fell on it (from the above quilt - left overs!!!) and with the purple in the cross stich it's perfect!!! I now have a fun hanging for this halloween!!

(ignore the pins - I will take them off!!)

Which bring up the whys of my next picture..... Myra, of "Tactile Pleasures" is hosting a Mystery!! One of her requirements is - you make 3 -12" blks- your choice, before you start. Well, that is interesting. It's a mystery, you have no idea what she has up her sleeve and it's your choice of fabrics..... No, stop thinking about it and go work on what you've already got going.

That is why I made this blk!!! I decided not to do the mystery, but I still wanted to check out this block!Well, I do not like it!! Even though I put all the fabrics together to see if it would look good (and I thought it was okay!!) once I made up the block - not so much!!!! But, then I made 3 more!! If one is yucky - why not try again!! And know what, it does looks better with friends!! (don't we all!!)

I now have another project on the go!! Surprised??? lol!

One good thing though, it's another way to use my new Triangulations CD that I bought when I listened to Sandie!! She is also working on the mystery from an earlier post and told me it would be a good thing to use!! She was right!!! And since I keep seeing more and more ways to use it - Thanks again Sandie!!! It is a good investment!!!

Speaking of the mystery!! I am almost caught up!! I have the proof here:

This is step 5 - not in bags like she says to do, but for now this is working!!! (I don't have bags!! could use plasic and probably will, but for the few blks I made last night, this is fine!!!)

Now this is my version of a STACKED POSIE quilt!! I was out with friends when I saw this fabric and didn't buy it - well, my freind was going back to the store the next day, and I told her

if this fabric was there, would she grab it for me??? And the rest is history!!! It's a fun, bright, happy quilt full of aliens coming at you from all directions!!! And all it needs now is me to bind it up right and it's a done project!!!
his is it's backing - an off center 4 patch!!! I have enough fabric for a matching pillow case so, this is just fun!!!!
And speaking of fun - I have a Christmas gift to show you!!!

Yup, it's back and all it needs is binding!!! It does feel good to get things on the finish line!! NOW to just get the OVER it!!! Here is the back - I think it looks pretty good!!

And my last pic to show you is what I was working on last night!! I am learing my alphabet!!!

Yes, I am making myself a wall hanging, and this is the first word in it!! the 'k's are ineresting - I have 3 to make all togher, made 2 last night, but I have an idea for the next one - make it more 'K' like!! uhmmm, get it's front leg to touch the ground!! And if you look at the 'a' and the 'e' - they are the same!!! Just flip them around!! These are from "Word Play Quilts" by Tonya Ricucci. And it's fun!! When you are making a quilt for anybody, you can put their name right in the border - or title it!! And 'Eye Spy Quilt' with that right on the top would let you know exaclty what it is!!!

I bought my copy from Bonnie Hunter when I bought her last book and I am glad I did!! I love to have fun in the sewing room, and now I can 'write' it all down!!!

Have the very best day you can!! Even though I had to do this post twice - and almost didn't.... I am glad I did!! I wanted to show you what I have been up to and probably will be up to..... Yes, Myra, count me in on the mystery tour!!!!!