Category Archives: Winter

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

christmas-border-clip-art-christmas-clipart-free-downloads-christmasWhat a great time of the year.  It has been so very busy with shopping, wrapping, baking and wonderful family visits! I haven’t had any time to pop in here and wish you all Seasons Greetings. I hope you all have had a great few weeks from Thanksgiving on.  Mine was very busy indeed and I truly was quite tired by the time we got to the Christmas weekend but it was all well worth it.  I even fit in another craft fair.  I was a very busy elf. Elf    A few things that made their way from my cutting table to the sewing machine and out the door to new homes were:      Notebook holder open (August)  Some notebook holders.  These hold a medium notepad (5″ x 7″) and I am constantly using mine.

A friend had requested some Christmas kitchen curtains and I had a bit of leftover material so I surprised him with this tablerunner :Christmas Tablerunner for Ray  I really liked the way it came out and I hope to be able to make one for myself before next Christmas.

And then there were these adorable baby blocks for the new little princess in the family:     Lily's Blocks

So now, what will the new year bring?   We can only guess and hope and work towards what we would like to happen in 2016.  Time for setting goals — I don’t call them resolutions.   Time to take stock of what 2015 brought to our lives.  There will be good and there will be bad for sure but now it’s time to take what we have learned and head into the brand new year with renewed hope, renewed resolve and increased wisdom.   I will be cleaning up my sewing studio and starting work on some orders.  I will start planning what I’d like to make for the Spring craft fair and yes, I will even start planning out our vegetable and flower beds for the spring and summer.   We had a great garden and “farm” last year and the craft fairs and sales went well this year but I will try to use the “increased wisdom” that I garnered through the year and figure out what will work and also what will not work in both the craft fairs and the gardens and hopefully increase my success in both areas.

So many things I’d like to accomplish or at least work towards in the coming months but that is for another post.  For now I would like to wish you all the very best for 2016.  Health and happiness and a peaceful heart.

Happy New Year

See you in 2016








Winter is still here

snow #2 snow

And I still see the beauty in it.  Even after having to clear about 5″ of snow off my car after getting out of work early and shoveling out the driveway so I could pull in when I got home.

And then I sat down with a nice warm, cozy cup of tea to enjoy the beautiful scenery and then I had a visit from another beauty:

Blue Jay hanging out #2

When I am not shoveling snow, I have been spending some time in my sewing room too.

Here are a couple of things that I have completed:

A set of blocks for our great-nephew’s 1st birthday a couple of weeks ago

Connor's blocks

And also a tablerunner made from the Stonehenge line of fabric by Northcott.  I used the half hexy ruler and I liked the way it came out.  So did my son which is who I made it for.

Stonehedge - tablerunner #2 Stonehedge - tablerunner

I’ve got a number of other projects that I am working on.  Cushion covers, still working on my lattice quilt and a set of three Easter tablerunners for a friend.

I wonder, will we have snow for Easter?  It’s only a month away.

Stay warm and safe.

Winter is visiting

So, what does one do when it’s just too cold to go out and about on a Sunday?  One cooks!

Hubby and I worked in the kitchen for a couple hours chopping,  slicing, browning,  caramelizing, stirring, frying and voila’  …. we had our meals all set to go for the week.

A pot of sauce and meatballs  We started with a pot of sauce and meatballs to go along with our ravioli for Sunday dinner.  Mmmmm, there’s nothing like the smell of onions and garlic sauteing in some olive oil to get those gastric juices flowing.

And since it was going to be really, really cold today, we decided that a nice pot of beef barley soup would be just the ticket.   Beef Barley Soup

And boy did that hit the spot and warm our innards.   Love the crock pot for soups.

Then it was on to the Chicken Cacciatore for tomorrow night.   Chicken Cacciatore  Can’t wait.  It’s one of my favorites.

Wednesday will be pasta primavera so there really isn’t much to do ahead of that except have the veggies ready.  And then Thursday we will have our choice of leftovers.

Of course, after all that prepping and cooking, there was a lot of clean-up but it sure is worth the time so that when we get home from work, dinner is very quickly on the table.

After cooking,  I headed up to the Sewing Studio and worked on my lattice quilt for a while

Lattice Quilt   Love the colors in this line of fabric.  It’s called Ambrosia and it just looks so summery to me.  Hubby came up and helped with some cutting for some baby blocks I am also working on.

After that, we watched Saving Mr. Banks.  Really enjoyed that movie.  I was singing “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” in my head all day today.  🙂   Rounded out the day by watching Friday’s episode of Blue Bloods and then Downton Abbey.

And so, that’s what one does when it’s too cold to go out and about on a Sunday.  At least that’s what this one does.

See you soon.