Thursday, December 29, 2011

sewing and supper...

...neither of which I had anything to do with!
Eight pounds of brisket in the smoker... thanks to hubby.
Comin' for supper?

Yesterday was Thimbleberries Sew Day.
I did not sew... :-(
looked at my book and found a project, if that counts. :-D

The kids are out visiting friends so I may get into my stash today.
Found a cute pattern in the book from our last sew day.
I just may have something to show after while.

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...Karen

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Thimbleberries Sew Day...

Oh, dear... and it's only once a month.
You'd think I would be "with the program" by now.  :-/

You can visit Sandie AKA crazy'boutquilts to join in.

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My DS/DDIL will be back from visiting her family 
who lives about four hours away.
And they have invited some friends for dinner.

I'm not sure how much sewing I will get done today... we shall see.
But there is always time for tea...
...warm cinnamon, clove, and allspice combined with sweet
vanilla bean and citrus create the heady, inviting aroma.
It's a Peet's original.
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Enjoy your Wednesday,
Karen




Monday, December 26, 2011

Blue Monday ~ I laughed, I cried...


I missed seeing this movie at the theater, but DD gave it to me for Christmas.
We just finished watching it.  It was great!

Today, I am joining Sally for the final Blue Monday of 2011.

When I first began my blog,
was one of the first blogs I began to follow and link to on Monday's.
You see, Sally loves blue and invites anyone to link their post to her Blue Monday post.
Bloggers from all over the world join in the fun.

Did you notice the spout peeking out behind the movie above?
... a new Polish pottery teapot!

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....Karen


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Oh, Emmanuel...

The Father's precious Son
Who forgives our sins and washes clean
The hearts of everyone...


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In Him,
God has given me so much
that heaven can give no more...

Blessings to you this Christmas
and every day!

...Karen

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Late again...

You remember the Friday Night Sew-In, right?
Well, here is the second one in December already!
I started stitching the pattern from the kit I won from Kim,
and didn't post a progress pic on Saturday.  Oh, well...

The branch looked a little sparse, so I added some one thread pine needles.
And I like it!  What do you think?
I used a snowflake fabric from my stash and 
will use others for the borders as well.  
There is a prim embroidery I'll use with the fabrics in the kit.
I those little houses!

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The weekend was a bit busy because...  

We found out Friday hubby had to have his other knee 
scoped for a torn meniscus. 
...and the opening the doc had was yesterday afternoon.
All went well. He is on crutches for a few days.
I need a nap... 

Until next time,
Karen

Friday, December 9, 2011

I got mail...

...from Kim's Big Quilting Adventure.
I was the lucky winner in Kim's recent give-away.
Thanks very much, Kim!  It's such a cute pattern!

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Have you joined the Friday Night Sew-In?

Have a good evening!
I'll be sewing... Karen

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

a bit frozen this morning...

Temperatures were in the 20's last night and this morning.
DH didn't turn off the sprinkler system last night.  :-O
The result?
Lower branches of the pines had icicles and the grass was crunchy. 

(click all pics to enlarge)

My computer was frozen, too, for whatever reason this morning 
so I went out to watch the birds.
Coffee and camera in hand, I saw the usual finches and more juncos.
The flickers are back but I didn't get a pic.



Later, while cleaning up from lunch, I noticed this sharp-shinned hawk.
I was even able to sneak out on the patio to get these shots!
It is in the Bur Oak.  The Red Oak still has plenty of leaves.



I believe the hawk heard the mice that are living in the rock wall
and came down in the yard to investigate.

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I am gathering projects for the Friday Night Sew-In.

Until next time,
Karen

Monday, December 5, 2011

visitor this morning...

~ click pic to enlarge ~
Have a great Monday!

...Karen

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thimbleberries Sew Day topper...

...minus the applique.
Vines, leaves and some flowers to be put in the blank areas.



SOMEone needs to vacuum.

...Karen

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

progress... Thimbleberries Sew Day

Today I made 16 of these 6.5" blocks to be sewn into a 40" topper.
I have some applique pieces to make tonight.
Check back tomorrow for more progress.

Thanks Sandie for hosting...

Until tomorrow,
Karen



...and away we sew!

My three fabrics for Thimbleberries Sew Day.
I did a bit of "stash shopping" last night.

...AND I found my Triangulations™ CD.
Every time I use this program, I think this is THE BEST $20 I ever spent!
Sew we begin!

I will be back later with an update.

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If you would like to join the fun and sew along with us,
visit Sandie HERE to let her know so we can visit you, too.

...Karen

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thimbleberries Sew Day...

My post disappeared...?
So, here it is again.

Just a reminder...
Tomorrow is Thimbleberries Sew Day.

I will be picking a project from the book above... I think! ;-)

Visit crazyboutquilts for info.
She will be posting a reminder as well.

I have missed the last few sew days... for whatever reason???
It is fun to visit other participants and cheer each other on.
Barb usually joins in the fun, too.
Hope you will join us!

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I managed to get a fuzzy shot of a Junco yesterday.
And there were quite a few in the yard!  Oh, well.
They are just too quick!
(Could be that I am too slow...)


Enjoy your day.
...until tomorrow,
Karen

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Winston wanted you to know...

...it wasn't entirely his fault,
but he's sorry The Lady hasn't posted lately.
(uhhh, The Lady... that's me!  DD Kate is his mommy!  He likes her best.)

So, I have no excuse really... well, just tired.
Okay, there was the week that Winston was like a toddler on Robitussin.
You know the label warning:  "sensitive to its effects, especially excitability."

We had, for a few days, a dog that would not sit still or sleep through the night!
He had a cough after getting his teeth cleaned... back to the vet... given a Rx.
We finally figured out that the Rx was making him hyper.
He has recovered as have we... finally, I think.
Thanksgiving here was good... how was yours?
DH usually brines a turkey and cooks it in the smoker or grills it.
We decided to have ham this year instead of turkey along with other favorites.

Fresh dill was the herb used in a few of my prepared dishes.
It is one of my favorite kitchen herbs.


~ Sweet Potato Casserole ~
baked in a Longaberger Woven Traditions Pottery Pie Plate.

 ~ Petite Green Pea Salad with dill dressing ~
Anchor Hocking crystal bowl ~ Wexford Pattern

~ Cranberry Salad ~
Anchor Hocking crystal bowl ~ Wexford Pattern

~ Deviled eggs with dill ~

~ Cheddar Dill Scones/Biscuits ~

I forgot to take a pic of the pumpkin pie.  
It had cute little maple leaf cut-outs around the top of the crust.
Next time... which will be soon, I think.
Pumpkin pie is a favorite here!

The Anchor Hocking - Wexford Pattern mentioned above is something I collect.
This is the footed compote (my Mom's) that started it all.

I have recently added this larger bowl... and a few other pieces I will share another time.

DD Kate and I usually decorate for Christmas this weekend.
She is a bit under the weather so postponed that 'til next week.

Just a month ago, our Bur Oak in the backyard looked like this.
Notice the acorns???

A cold wind blew through here Thanksgiving and brought us some much needed rain.
I, for one, just love the cloudy, overcast days.  But not too many!
We usually receive our annual rainfall of eight inches during the summer.
Summer here was very dry... about four inches of rain all summer.
This was a most welcomed sight... and sound.

video

There have been a few Juncos frequenting the backyard.
I have yet to get a good pic of these little guys.

This afternoon I saw one in the birdbath, grabbed my camera, and tried to sneak out 
through the bedroom French door onto the patio.

But what did I see instead???
The Junco was gone and in its place...

He lingered for just a moment then flew to the rock wall.

Aren't these trees beautiful?
Unlike my Bur Oak... remember the beautiful green leaves above?




This is how it looks after that blustery cold day...



All but a few leaves remain... it is still a beautiful tree to me.  I love the texture.
AND, it affords me a better view of the birds that will visit this winter.


The acorn yield last year from the Bur Oak was two... this year?  THIRTEEN!!!
There is a penny placed on one for size comparison... they are huge!




My design wall is empty... my sewing machine has been idle.

I did trace a Persian flower from the mid-1700's France (Dover book) to embroider.
This square tray is another bargain from my favorite thrift store...
It had just a few light surface scratches and a dusty glass insert, otherwise in great condition.



Many thanks to those who've emailed, stopped by the blog... and called!  ;-)



As today marks the beginning of the Advent Season,
I wish to leave you with this....

"What a wonderful beginning to the greatest story ever told,
His birth still rings with promise, as true as in days of old.
So let us sing His praises, and let us open up our hearts,
And receive His timeless message, 
that gives us all a brand new start."
excerpt - What a Wonderful Beginning
~written by Allen Shamblin & Austin Cunningham


...until next time,
Karen