Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Insulbrite question...

I've been working on cast iron skillet handle potholders that slip on the handle. I've made 3 now trying to get the dimensions to suit me and now I'm thinking I need two layers of insulbrite instead of one which was used in the pattern I went by. I tried one out last night on a pan of cornbread from a 450 deg. oven and I think it needs a tad more insulation. Would there be any reason NOT to have two layers of Insulbrite and one layer of cotton batting? Anyone know the answer to this? :D Happy Holiday Sewing

Thursday, December 01, 2011

And this is just how fast the whole year has a flash into DECEMBER

and time for Mistletoe and all that jolly jazz...  Happy December!! (just ignore the date on the photo---that is REAL Mistletoe growing in my tree :8)

As November Becomes a Memory

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Holiday State of Mind

It has been a day of rain and just enough chill to warrant a fire in the woodstove to hold the damp at bay and make our livingroom cozy.  I have not accomplished much at all.  I was so tired that I did not even roll out of the bed until 8:15 a.m., and I gave serious thought to staying snuggled in even longer, but I had some paperwork to attend to so Randy could go out at Noon to earn our bread, butter and doggie biscuits.  :)  

These photos are from last year---the date on my camera is set correctly :D

We are expecting no guests for Thanksgiving, so I'm going to thoroughly enjoy my whole week of 'holidaying' by doing whatever strikes my fancy.  No worries, no stress, I do have a turkey breast thawing in the fridge; I have no idea when I will be in the mood to stick him in the oven.  Maybe tomorrow :D.  We have been invited to share a meal with some neighbors on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, so I can be as lazy this week as I choose to be.  ;D

I have machine-stitched the binding on a doll quilt that I hope to get in the mail tomorrow.  I will share a picture of it after I have finished the hand-stitching.  Then I want to just curl up with a book that so totally engrosses me that I am swallowed up by it and spit out in another land and time.  It's been a long time since I've read a book that has captured and transported me.  I've traveled to so many distant lands and times in my lifetime and never left the comforts of my couch or bed.  :)  My most favorite mode of travel...

Friday, November 11, 2011


So sweet

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Sweet--love blurred backgrounds

This Crepe Myrtle is breathtakingly beautiful

Marlee and Bayley were soaking up the warm sun
After starting out a biting 29 degrees with some wind this morning, the day has turned out to be a beautiful Fall day.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

The time changes this weekend.  Fall Back.  This year has literally flown by.  I feel like I've been spinning like a toy top.  Wondering how to slow time down a bit.  I focus on whatever it is that I'm doing 'right at this moment' but still it all seems a blur. 

This is the third morning in a row that we've had some frost.  I think Fall is here...frost on the pumpkins.  :)  I finished up the gas in the string trimmer yesterday so I could put it to bed for the Winter. 
15" Shoofly Block courtesy of

I am looking forward having more time inside now to bake and do some sewing.  I am a bit :) obsessed right now with the urge to cut up some of this mountain of fabric and sew little pieces back together.  :) 

There are more birds gathering at the feeders now.  I'm delighted that I have a pair of Carolina Wrens that have returned.  Lots of Bluebirds sprucing up their Winter bungaloes. 

I am NOT ready for the rush toward Christmas.  Now that Halloween is a memory, let me just ease into Thanksgiving first. I want time to just flow at a gentle pace for a while now.