Saturday, January 31, 2015

A little disappointment, a little good news...

I had hoped to share a little free motion quilting project with you, but I am in need of an accessory for my home sewing machine.  After looking through my accessories, I realized I don't have a darning/free motion foot for either of my machines. Any quilting I have done in the past on my home machine has been geometric with a walking foot, so I plan to purchase a darning/free motion foot so that I can use one machine for free motion quilting and the other for sewing.

Good news though, I have separated the heart blocks from the borders they had. I counted 24 blocks and have separated them into four different groups.  I will need to decide if I want to put the similar blocks together, going from light to dark throughout the quilt, or just put them randomly together.  I've decided on black for the borders for this quilt.  I think having the dark borders will hi-lite each block and give them their own showcase, as each block was made by a different person and has their signature on them.


I decided to keep these three blocks together and use them as a wall hanging. The borders look blue in this picture but they are actually a dark purple.


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Here are a couple of pictures that were taken in the past day or so.

I caught this beautiful sunset while traveling west yesterday.


I'm always amazed at the beauty in a sunrise or sunset.  I like the way the trees are silhouetted in foreground.

Earlier today I noticed a flock of birds fly by the kitchen window, then the flock landed in my front yard, road, and pasture across the road.   David was able to sneak out of the house and catch a picture of them for me.


I'm not sure what kind of bird they are. Though you can't see it in this picture, when looking at the darker birds at the right angle in the sunlight, they had blue tint to them.

The smell of popcorn is in the air, as Audre has fixed her a bag.  It has made me munchy, so I'm going to sign off and get a snack and something to drink.

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Hugs,
Sonia

P.S.  I have updated My Walk

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Need your thoughts...

     Hi, as you can see I have changed the template for my blog.  Please look it over and give me your thoughts.
     Is the font easy to read?  If not please let me know and I will change it.

     It's hard to believe the month is almost over and February will be here.  I have started removing the borders from the heart quilt blocks.  
     I sat in my sewing room last night ripping out seams, wondering what have I got myself into?  The thought didn't last long though, as I'm determined to put all the blocks in one quilt top instead of the different small projects I had started and not finished.
     So, one stitch at a time I will continue on until it is done.  

Please don't forget to give me your thoughts on the new font I'm using.

Hugs,
Sonia

Saturday, January 24, 2015

New 'do

I decided I needed a change.

So I went to the beauty salon.

I sat through having a lot of rollers put in my hair, it felt like a hundred but I didn't count.  :) Thankfully I took a good book to read while I waited for everything to set and come together.  An hour and thirty minutes later I was ready to go.

It has been around 18 years since I last had a perm in my hair.  I like the change.

What do you think?



Then later today I pulled out some of the "UFOs" I have and decided what to do with them.

Several years ago I won the block of the month at a quilt guild meeting.  Over the years I have got them out and played with them, putting some together with borders, thinking I would use them for wall hangings, pillows, table runners, or what ever.  

After laying them out today, I decided to take the borders off all the blocks and use a dark border like black or dark navy to put them all together. I will then use the strips from the borders taken off to make a small quilt.

Here they are laid out on the bed. There are more blocks to the side that are not in this picture.  It's times like this that I wish I had a big design wall.


Good news!  I did in fact get the lime quilt done.  You can see it on the quilt tab.

Until next time,

Hugs,
Sonia

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Today was my mother's birthday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!


I thought peanut butter cookies would be good and took some over to share with her and dad for her birthday.


I tried my hand at crocheting a ruffle scarf for her birthday gift.  You can see a picture of it on the Crochet Etc. tab.  The color is one of Mom's favorite.

Then as I was getting a birthday card ready for her, the front of the card separated from the back.  So I decided to make her card.

I used the front that came off the original card. The watercolor picture was done by Elizabeth Glass.  I think it is a very pretty picture.

David gave me some calligraphy pens for Christmas and I decided to write my own message for the card.  I added lace and a bow with buttons and put my signature on the back.






I know that I mentioned in an earlier blog that I would be working on the lime colored quilt to get it done... I have been, but it is not done yet.  I have Monday off and plan on finishing it up.  So hopefully tomorrow I will have a picture of it to show you.

Hope all is going well for you and yours.

Hug, 
Sonia

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It's not Thursday?!

You know you are in trouble when you think your close to the weekend, only to realize you have been a day ahead.
Microsoft clipart

That can make for a long week, but hopefully I won't be thinking it's Friday tomorrow.

Hugs,
Sonia

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Changing it up...

Hi, it has been a very cold and wet day.  It started out with ice.  YUCK!

I really don't like cold and ice.

Anyway... besides staying warm, I've been working on a shirt of mine.  It was a little too short in the length for my tastes and the sleeves were between 3/4 and full length, so I decided I would try to change it up a bit and fix those things.  If it didn't work out I would cut it up and use it for something else.

Here's the shirt to begin with.


I decided to add a collar, front and back flaps to lengthen it, and cuffs to the sleeves, to wear rolled up or down.   It has a scoop neck and I think a string of pearls will go nicely with it.  :)


Well, I nee to ge a cu o coffee an tynol...
that's yawn-ese for I need to get a cup of coffee and extra strength Tylenol for a headache that is coming on. :)

I have updated the Crochet tab and the My Walk tab.

Here's wishing you a good night's sleep and a great day tomorrow.

Hugs,
Sonia

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Sarah has a giveaway going on...

Hi, thought I'd share a giveaway with you since I removed that tab.

Check the 3rd Blogoversary Giveway at Sarah In Stiches blog... it's going on until Feb 3rd.
http://stitching-sarah.blogspot.com/2015/01/3rd-blogoversary-giveaway.html



Hugs,
Sonia

Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 starting out...

Hi, I trust you had a Happy New Year's day.  :)

I used the time off to take down the Christmas decorations.  Now my house seems bare.  It always feels like that for a few days after the decorations are put away.  I'm happy to say I was able to organize all the decorations, including tree and big wreath, to where I can store them in the house instead of the attic, that is accessed from outside under the carport.  I decided to do this because to be honest my husband and I are not getting any younger and I don't want to have to climb up the ladder to the attic space to pull it all down in the future.

I had some decorative sand and glass stones, so I decided to try making a light with them.  Here's what I came up with.


I had sand left over and decided to use in for a floral arrangement.


You may have notice two of the tabs at the top of page are no longer there. I decided to drop the What Is It? and the Giveaways pages.  I just had trouble keeping them up to date.

One of my goals for this year is to read the Bible through.  Though I read the Bible every day last year I did not read the entire Bible.  My 2015 daily organizer has a reading plan to read the entire Bible during the year.

Another goal is to start on a quilt for my and David's bed.  I have been meaning to make a quilt for our bed for several years but haven't done it yet.  So, I'm going to get started on it this year.  Not sure if I'll get it done, but I will be working on it.  I'll share more about it as I get started.  I have a small quilt I need to finish first.  It is the lime green one I showed a couple of month's ago with the pink stars.  I plan to tie it and finish it this weekend.

I've set only the two goals for this year.  I think I will have better success than if I were to have several goals.  I figure everything else will fall in place.  :)

What goals have you set?

Hugs,
Sonia

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Out with old and In with the new

Hello, out with the old and in with the new is the idea of the day.

It's a great time to reflect on the blessings and lessons learned in the past 12 months and take them with us into the new year.

It's a great time to ask the Lord to help us break bad habits we've been trying to break on our own but realize we can't conquer them by ourselves.

It's also a great time to ask Him to help us start new habits, good habits that will better our physical, emotional and spiritual lives.

So having said that, let's celebrate the new year.  Like each day, it's a new beginning, to be better than you were yesterday.  Does it mean you have to win the Noble Peace Prize or start your own multi-million dollar business?

No, it just means take a deep breath and determine to be the best you can be each day and the most important thing to me is to know you are at peace with your Maker.

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Romans 5:1



Hugs,
Sonia

PS ... I have update the Crochet, Etc. Tab.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

My Christmas Week...

I had a nice surprise on Monday when my son, Joshua, came home for Christmas a day earlier than expected.


The days this week have been like old times.   I come home from work and hear guitars playing or a game going on.  So my Christmas thus far has already been wonderful.





Yesterday when I got home there were a lot of little black birds in the trees and I wondered what they knew that I didn't.  If they knew snow was on its way or something.


But on the way home today, there was no evidence of snow... just cold wind.   We went ahead and did our gift exchange with Josh and Audre this evening, so that we aren't rushed in the morning.  

So I'm home this evening, ready for my day off tomorrow.   Christmas day!  We get to spend time with both sides of the family, so it will be an all day event of good food, laughter and joy of watching the little one's opening their gifts.   

Let me share with you the desk my husband made for Josh.  It breaks down into four pieces so that he can easily transport it in his car.  Josh was very pleased with it.  It is a solid piece of furniture and will last him for years.


Elvis, who greets me every morning, has taken Josh being here in stride.  The two have had their time of wrestling and play over the years and he hasn't missed a beat with Josh this week.  I'm happy to say he no longer tries to take the Christmas tree out, like he did when he was little.  Elvis has been part of our family for around 13 years.


I think that catches me up for now.

From my family to yours....

Christmas Stocking image


Hugs, 
Sonia

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Alight...

On the way home this evening it was cold and rainy.  Dreary to be sure, but I had a nice surprise when I got home.   My Christmas decorations were up and alight for the first time this Christmas season.  I went in, got my camera, and took a picture.


The first drink I made myself, after getting in the house, was a cup of hot cocoa.   The perfect thing after work on a cold day.

The movie "A Christmas Carol" was on... it was about halfway through, but I watched the remainder of the movie.  It's a classic after all.  :)

I'm finally beginning to feel better, and am to a point where I think I can relax.  Everything for Christmas is done.  Things are settling down at work.... until after the first of new year, then in a month or so... back to the crazy "hamster wheel".

So I'm going to try to enjoy the next couple of weeks.

I want to show you my new Christmas stocking.  My friend, Judy B. made it and I have it hanging proudly in place of my old one.


I've updated the following tabs.
- My Walk
- What is it?
- Giveaways
- Quilts
- Crochet

Hugs,
Sonia

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Finally done with the blooming wall hanging :)

This morning I wrote that I hoped to get the wall hanging, I've been working on, done today.  Here it is.  I plan to hang this in my bathroom.



How Many?


One of the things I like to do during the Christmas season is sit with only the Christmas lights glowing, with a cup of cappuccino and a good book.  It's a time of quiet, solitude and peace.  As you know those things; quiet, solitude and peace, can be quite rare these days.

I'm happy to report I'm finally done with Christmas shopping.  I have a few gifts left to wrap and a few to mail out.  But otherwise finished.  

As far as quilting and crafting go, a wall hanging and fabric ornaments are all that's left to do and I hope to finish them this weekend.  The wall hanging, I feel confident will be finished today. The ornaments may not be finished until tomorrow afternoon.

On the radio the other day,  there was a discussion of how many Christmas movies are watched during the season.  One of the DJs admitted to watching 17 movies since Thanksgiving.   Now, I admit I like to watch Christmas movies, but I don't see how I could get in 17 movies.  I think I've watched maybe 5 at the most.  Of course there are still 11 days until Christmas, so I'm sure I'll get in a few more.  :)

How about you?  Have you watched any Christmas movies and if so how many?

And to those who watch Christmas movies, what is about them that keeps you going back to watch them every year?

It doesn't matter if they are corny or if we know the plot and how it's going to end, we continue to watch.  I know for me, it is the feeling of nostalgia and good memories when I watch movies like 'It's A Wonderful Life' and 'The Christmas Carol'.   It takes me back to my childhood when I watch 'Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer'.  I think my favorite childhood Christmas show though, is 'The Little Drummer Boy'.

Well, I better sign off and get to work in my sewing room.  Here's wishing you a super Saturday!

Hugs,
Sonia

Saturday, December 6, 2014

All decked out

After being out sick for 2 1/2 days from work this week, I was finally able to go the doctor.  It seems I have a major sinus infection.  Thankfully I'm not and haven't been contagious but I have to tell you it has drained the strength out of me.  Today was the first day I felt half way back to normal but I still tire out quickly.  I'm on two prescriptions twice a day for the next ten days.

I was able to finally get my Christmas decorations up today.  I have worked on them a little at a time, taking rest breaks when needed.



The tree is up in the living room.










I have a Nativity on my cedar chest.












A bowl of beads and ornaments on a side table.







The snowy village is on the piano.



 There's a Nativity on the microwave.


Snowmen and Santa's above my cookbooks on the bakers rack.


Since we don't have a mantel and fireplace I hang the stockings from the china and crystal cabinet.


Then there's my sewing room.
















So, I think I'm done as far as decorating goes.  My next goal is to get the Christmas cards done and wrapping gifts.

Hope all is well with you and I hope to be back in full swing soon writing to you more through the weeks ahead.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Sonia

PS... I have updated the What Is It tab.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Good morning, I've got cornbread and biscuits in the oven, a pot of coffee brewing and thought I'd sit down to write you a letter today.

I stepped outside just a few minutes ago.  It's chilly and we had a visit from Jack Frost last night.


We have beautiful sunrise this morning too.  In my mind that's a great way to start the day, to see the sun rising as if to say "Good morning World, rise and shine! You have a great day ahead".


Though I won't be able to visit with you today or share a Thanksgiving meal with you, I'm writing to let you know you are a part of my life I'm thankful for. 

Your humor and creativity, your compassion for others, your willing to share ideas and promote others in the endeavors too... Oh I could go on and on... What I'm saying is you are a awesome, precious person and I'm glad I know you.

So, today when I'm thanking God for all of His many blessing, you will be mentioned too.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

Hugs,
Sonia