Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Eeeeeeeeeeeek!! It's foggy!!

It is so foggy here this morning that I can only see half way down my block..I would take a picture but what would I get?? A whole picture of nothing, I think!! Sure glad that I don't have to get out and go anywhere until this afternoon.  This is just an update on our weather,,,crappy.  Come on sunshine, I need it!! Please!!!
This is what I want to be and guess where I'm going????   SOUTH!!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hail or Snow, Hail or Snow, I Don't Want To See Anymore!!!

Well, a week ago today, we had a great hail storm and tornadoes that touched down in our area. It was some of the biggest hail that I have ever seen. I have 3 broken storm windows, damage to the siding on the west side of my home and I don't know what it did to the roof yet..The insurance adjuster hasn't been here to check it out and he won't get here until next week sometime.  Some of those hail stones above are golf ball size and really hard and they make a lot of noise when they are hitting your house!!!!  And then we've had snow about every other day. These are pictures of the first snow. It came down so gentle and was so full of moisture that it just clung (clung, is that really a word? sounds weird to me) to everything. Notice how it piled up on the lilac hedge and the outside lamp post below.

And then there is the wire cage that supports my Oriental Lilies. I think it's really neat the way the snow looks like frosting on it. I am just thankful that everyone was okay from the tornadoes and hopefully this will be our last snow for the year..I'm ready for all that yard work to begin. ;-)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

I am the Winner for the March Give-A-Way on the Raspberry Rabbit Blog!!

I cannot believe it!!! But Michelle May informed me that I had won her March Give-a-Way and I won these two beautiful books!! I'm am so excited about these books, everyone who knows me, knows how much I like books too!! They will be a very nice additon to my library and I can't wait to receive them..and rest assured, I will be sharing them with anyone wishing to drool......Please check out Michelle's blog, The Raspberry Rabbits, ( it's really a neat blog and she has a free BOM that she is doing for us too! It's cute hand-embroidered heart designs that will make a lovely quilt when we are done with them. And she has rabbits, sometimes they are nice and sometimes they are naughty, naughty!! But cute! Wow, March has been a good month for me.
I won the Quilting Gallery contest for "My Dad, the Sailor" fabric portrait, a couple of weeks ago and just received that book in the mail yesterday. It looks like it's going to be a good read too!!   Where is all this Good Luck coming from???  It's sure is nice, and I would never look a gift-horse in the mouth....have you ever heard that old saying??? On that note, I'm getting out of here because I'm having a very good "Stitches" kind of day and I'm going to make the most of it,,bye for now..

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Good Mug Rug Morning

Good Morning! It's a good mug rug morning here. Mug Rugs seem to be a very popular item lately and I just received one from Switzerland, along with a yummy Swiss Chocolate candy bar. Both items are very good!! I'm trying to take it easy on the chocolate bar but every time I walk by I can smell it and I just have to have another "little" square of I put it in my pantry..but I have found out that the door opens so easily. I just can't fool myself! The above picture is the red and white MR that I received from Liliane Marquis  in a MR exchange that I joined. The picture below,  is the one I made and sent to my gal, Dianne Brooks, that lives in Pennsylvania. She should receive this about tomorrow, I hope she likes it. This was a fun little exchange to do. This is my very first MR so I kissed it goodbye (and cried a little) and sent it on it's way.
I am also including a picture of another MR that a friend, Jill C., gave to me and you can see that I used her idea when I made mine. I really like the idea of putting a cup on it and tucking some tea bags inside for a little treat. Cute, huh?This Not a Mug Rug, I repeat, this is NOT a Mug Rug....I just got hungry for homemade Mac N' Cheese the other day so I'm showing you that I really do cook once in a while...oh, by the way, remember the other day when I said I had to go make 2 Apple Pie's. Well, I did but forgot to take pictures of them, dang! And they looked really good too! I had kids and grandkids over for pie on Sunday evening and then GS Joel took the other one to school on Monday. Monday was 3.14 so his class was celebrating "Pi" day. He was excited about taking the pie but before he got a piece it was all gone!!  He was checking out what the other kids brought and when he got done, his Pi was gone..hungry little munchins, I guess. Sure glad he had a piece the night before..Well, this is about all I have time for today as I'm heading out to the city...hope you are having a "Stitches" kind of day, ya all!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sugar Cookie Recipe is here.

I have had some requests for the Sugar Cookie recipe so I am posting it here today..I hope you enjoy it and be sure and let me know, if you did..thanks, I'll be back soon, but gotta go make 2 Apple Pies right now!!
Bet You Can’t Eat Just One Sugar Cookies

1/2 cup of butter, softened
1/2 cup of cooking oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon  cream of tartar
1/2 baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups of all-purpose flour
granualated sugar or colored sugar
          In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and oil with an electric mixer for 30 seconds.  Add 1/2 cup granulated sugar, powdered sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.  Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in the flour. Cover and chill 4 to 24 hours.
          Shape into 1/2 inch balls for small cookies and 1 1/4 inch balls for larger cookies. (mine were the larger ones) Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  Flatten balls with the bottom of a glass (I used the ashtray!) dipped in granulated or colored sugar. I actually used white sugar when I flattened them and just sprinkled the green sugar on before baking.
          Bake in 375 degree oven 8-10 minutes for small cookies or 10-12 minutes for large or until bottoms are lightly browned. (I cooked mine for 9-10 minutes) Transfer cookies to wire racks and let cool. Make 72 small or 36 large cookies..Note: Dip bottom of the glass in the cookie dough so sugar will stick to the glass.  Next, dip into the sugar.  If you like, add a little cinnamon and nutmeg to the dipping sugar. To store: Place cookies in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container. Store at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.  (That’s if there are any left!)

Friday, March 4, 2011

My Dad, the Sailor on the Quilting Gallery

(The voting is over so I have edited this entry about the voting.) This is the fabric portrait of my Dad that I entered on the in this week's contest. I took a Marilyn Belford class on Quilt University and it was a very good experience. I had looked at this class for several years and wanted to take it but just didn't know if I would be successful in taking a class like that over the computer. I got a lot of help from Marilyn and it was a great class. It was a challenging learning experience and I'm so glad that I did it. I bought a bundle of hand-dyed flesh colored fat quarters at the AQS show in Des Moines and used them for all of the face. My Dad will be 98 in June and he really likes the portrait. He lives independently and is sharp as a tack. He told me this picture was taken in Gulfport, Ms.  before he was shipped overseas in WWII. He was 28 years old and served the Navy as a Seabee (26th Construction Battalion) and ended up in Guadalcanal for over a year. My main reason for doing this was to honor my Dad for his military service. Now I really think I should do another portrait of him at this age, hmmmmm we'll see.
This is the actual picture that I worked from for my project. Really, handsome guy, I think, but I know that I am prejudice. I hope you will stop by the Quilting Gallery, there is a lot of good stuff on there. You can read blogs from all over the world, it's fun!  Until next time, have a 'Stitches' kind of day..I hope to do some sewing and check out the voting from time to time!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hungry for Sugar Cookies?

 I mixed up some sugar cookie dough yesterday and could hardly wait to make the cookies today. They are called "I Bet You Can't Eat Just One" Sugar Cookie. And you can't!  Well, you could if you had a lot of will power, you could eat just one or maybe two or maybe none at all..sorrrrrrrrrrrrry, that just ain't gonna happen here in the house! Why would you want to go to the trouble of making Sugar cookies if you were only going to eat just one? That doesn't even make any sense to me, especially after smelling them bake and sending out delicious odors into your house to make your mouth water.

Check out my fancy cookie stamper.  It does a good job of leaving some indentations on the cookies. It's an old ashtray that I found at an antique store long ago. Whatever works!
Here is my guard bird, keeping careful watch on those cookies. I have to report that he has already eaten 3 of them. I had 36 when I got done and now I only have 33 or is it 32? hmmmm I better go count again real soon. Did you notice the cute mug rug? A very kind friend gave it to me with 3 tea bags in the cup pocket, cute, huh? I love it! A great idea!  Best I get on with my "Stitches" kind of day, I hope you are having one too!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

It's Now or Never?

 Well, it's now or never (maybe), I don't know what to call this post, it's just a little bit of several things. First, I just got done taking down my Valentine window clingy thingy's..a couple of grandson's had put them up and I guess I was of the mind-set, "you put them there, you take them down". But obviously, that didn't work and I got so used to them on the windows in my kitchen, that I didn't even notice them,, LOL
 They are kind of cute...
 And here are the remainders of my pretty flowers that I got 10 days ago, just couldn't seem to part with the little pink roses. They will look nice in a little crystal bowl, I think.
 And here are the fabrics that I got for my borders. I will use the green strip on the bias for the binding too.  I hope it will look great when it's done.
 I am going to our Mini quilt group meeting this afternoon and I'm taking these little blocks that I have been working on for quite a while. I've got the urge to make a doll quilt so this is going to be a doll quilt when it's done. The block is stamped on muslin and then it's hand pieced in the same way you would do paper piecing. They almost look quilted already by the time you get them done. The little blocks will finish at 2 1/4" so they are pretty tiny. I don't think I will have to make many more before adding a border or two but don't hold your breath before you see it again finished.  I'm not the most speedy of finishers..And below is the little basket that I keep them reminds me of Little Red Riding Hood.
I bought a nest of these, three, I think, years ago and they have really come in handy for small projects.  I think I have thrown a lot out here today but it's just what came to mind, I best get ready to go to my Mini's...I'm have a "Stitches" day.