Sunday, February 11, 2018

First Finish of 2018

I have now finished the quilt for my OS baby girl.  It is smaller than many I have made, but I am happy with how it turned out.  I probably should have added a border to make it a little larger, but was going with the pattern and so didn't.

I did some fussy cutting for the larger elephants -- a first for me.  Well at least to succeed at it.  I tried with another quilt I made but the images I was fussy cutting were too large for the blocks so they got cut off.

I used a striped grey and white fabric for the binding.  I had wanted to use a mint polka dot but decided that would be too much green -- however, I'm still second guessing myself on that choice. 

Here's the quilt.

It's not very big - 36x48 - I think.  The next one will have to be bigger.   Here's a picture of the diaper cake that my YD and I made for the baby shower ..

Thursday, February 1, 2018

January Update - February Goals

So I feel like I made good progress on my January goals ..

  1. Finish quilt for grandbaby #5 -- I finished the quilting.  Just need to add the binding.
  2. Work on knit blanket for grandbaby #5 -- okay.  Didn't do that, but I'll jump on it this month.
  3. Work on baby quilt -- I've got a bunch of strips done.  My plan is to finish it in February (at least the top)
  4. Walk 120 miles (fitbit miles) -- 126 for January :)
  5. Complete four weeks of Couch to 5K -- I started Week 4/Day 1 this week
  6. Birthday Blog Post for SIL  - done
  7. Declutter bedroom/bathroom - done

Here are my goals for February:

  1. Work on knit blanket
  2. Finish baby clothes quilt
  3. Walk 120 fitbit miles
  4. Complete six weeks of Couch to 5K
  5. Gallifrey One
  6. Lunches with friends (at least 2 this month)
  7. Date with my hubby
I'm not sure what I want to do for my February new thing -- I was supposed to stay away from sugar last month (and totally failed).  I haven't come up with anything for this month yet ... suggestions?

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Declutter #2

So last weekend, I cleaned out my dresser.  I ended up with one bag of clothes for GoodWill and two bags for the trash.

Here are some goodies I had hiding in my dresser:

Christmas 1959 

 Christmas 1960

Apparently my brother is the only one who enjoyed these photo sessions. :)

This weekend I worked on the closet -- part of it anyway -- my side, my stuff.

Here are some before pictures:

I didn't think I'd get very far but here's what it looks like now.

You can't really tell, but it's much cleaner.  Three more goodwill bags and a big bag of garbage.

Here's one of the goodies I found in there:

One shoe from my oldest son's first pair of shoes.  He had some sort of bone thing with his feet (possibly metatarsus adductus) and had to wear these shoes on the wrong feet  (so this was his right shoe).  There were a bunch of other well-worn baby shoes, but I tossed those.  I meant to take a picture, but it looks like I forgot...

Ah, well.  Done with the bedroom.  Now to the linen closet....

Saturday, January 27, 2018


Here's the baby quilt I'm working on, for my first grand daughter -- I would have loved to make it pink, but her parents wanted green and grey.  I'm about 75% done with the quilting. 

I'm working on a knitted blanket too .. but I haven't gotten very far.

and here's the other blanket.  I've been working on it some. If I keep at it I might finish by the end of February -- which is what I'm aiming for.

 I'm really struggling with it -- I think because it isn't pieced.  I've decided what the backing will be -- aqua, black, and white (Shark's colors).

I'll do something like this.  I am looking forward to getting to that point -- and the quilting.

I finished one of the the pillows for my daughter -- I'm really happy with how it turned out.  

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Whiskey and Phone Boxes

This weekend, my boss's daughter got married.  The wedding was held at Byington Winery. (of course I don't have any pictures ...).  We had a great time.  I was worried we wouldn't know anyone, but when you've worked with someone for 25+ years, it turns out you know more people than you realize -- or if you don't know them, you've heard of them.

So anyway there was wine and beer at the wedding, but apparently hard liquor was not allowed -- so my boss brought flasks and, like a bootlegger, we had to go to his truck to get it.

He put different alcohol in each flask -- depending on who it was intended for.  Mine had scotch; my husband's had Bulleit.  He's like that -- he wants to be sure everyone gets what they like.  Very kind.  Very cool.

So today, my friend gave me this ...

She knew my convention trip this year was cut short and she wanted to cheer me up.  It totally worked!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Declutter #1

So, I finally started the de-cluttering project; beginning with under the sink.

Before ..
After ..

Then my bedside table

Before ..

 After ...

(I should have had a picture of the inside of the bedside table because that was a nightmare.)

Next, I'll work on the dresser and then to the closet.  I'm hoping the dresser will be quick because I know the closet won't be.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

TBT, circa 1963-1964

Don't you just love the socks with the flip-flops look?  This is me on the front walkway at my parents' house, I'm guessing the end of summer 1964 -- just before kindergarten. But since I don't have the original photo, yet, I can't be sure.

This is me and my sister, Rachel, probably around my 4th birthday, again on the front walkway at my parents' house.  I had this long blonde curly hair, which was cut short when I was five.  I've pretty much worn my hair short most of my life, with the exception of a few years in high school and then again about 4 years ago.

Gotta love ...

you just have to love what Google does with pictures -- the way they mash pictures together or bring up days from the past.  The following picture showed up yesterday ...

Guess I didn't get things put away as early that year (2015) and look at that crazy grass.