Friday, July 3, 2015

A new project...

I'm trying something completely new for me.  I've never joined a quilt-a-long before, but my interest was piqued by Shauna at Shauna's World.

I've joined the Midnight Mystery Quilt-a-long being led by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs.  You may have noticed the button on my sidebar.  It's a mystery, because you receive information on a need-to-know basis.  :)  So far we have the fabric requirements, and the cutting instructions.

I joined a little late, so I hadn't selected fabric yet, but since we now have to cut something, I needed something to cut!

So off I went to Joann's Fabric today, and I came home with the fabrics above.  The four across the bottom labeled 'a', 'b', 'c', and 'd' are for piecing the quilt top.  The backing and binding fabrics are shown at the top of the photo.  I believe all were 30% off, plus I had a discount for 20% off entire purchase including sale items.  Yippee!

I've wanted to use grays and yellows in a project for awhile, but couldn't decide on a pattern.  What better time to take the plunge than when someone else is choosing the pattern for me...and keeping it a secret.

We will receive more instructions monthly, with the finish scheduled for March 2016.  I'll keep you posted of my progress.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


image credit: Bing clip art

Holy cats, I can't believe it's July already!  Happy Canada Day to all of my Canadian friends.

I started the month off with a fairly busy day.  I baked Carey a pecan pie this morning.  He was out of town on Fathers Day, so I had promised him one and finally got it done.

I drove my friend, Pam, to the airport this afternoon.  We stopped on the way for salad at The Cheesecake Factory (yes, just salad).  Then made a quick trip to the Container Store where I managed to exchange some shelf liner.  I over estimated how much I would use in the kitchen, and the unused rolls have been sitting in a bag on the floor for months taunting me to take them back to the store.  I got a nice exchange credit on a card which I was able to put toward today's purchase of some containers (imagine finding those at a store by that name!) and a mop.

July is a big birthday month in our family, so need to get some things done on that front.

I'll be attending a quilt retreat later this month, so need to pull some things together for that too.

I actually have a multi-month to-do list started.  I just found out we are having some company in September, and there are quite a few things that I want to get done before then, and a heck of a lot of things I MUST get done before then.  A few of which may be blog worthy.  :)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Brown paper packages...

Two confessions: 

1) I am absolutely awful about letting the mail stack up without opening it.

2) I am absolutely awful about ordering books and fabric, which arrive in the mail in manila envelopes.

So Carey is used to setting aside the shipping envelopes for me till I get around to opening them.  When I noticed this week's stack today, I had a real treat.

A surprise package of goodies from Lynne!  Which she packaged in a sweet gift bag embossed with a darling turtle...and she didn't even know I have a turtle collection.

She remembered my weakness for jacks, and what a hard time I had finding metal ones!

And this adorable little kitty which is a bead soon to adorn my neck.  Lynne is an amazing artist and one of her arts is her lampwork beads.  How she imbues personality into these little guys amazes me...oh, those eyes and the whiskers!

And the package also included a handwritten note.  I love receiving handwritten notes.  :)

Thank you, Lynne!  I'm sorry if you were worried when you didn't hear from me sooner that the package had arrived.  You are a sweet and generous soul!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday five...

1.) I worked Monday through Thursday this week (and Thurs/Fri of the week before).

2.) It was at one of my favorite offices to sub in.

3.) It was extremely quiet most of the time, but when it was stressful it was extremely so!

4.) Last night I slept for twelve straight hours.

5.) The person I filled in for called me this morning to make sure I had survived without vowing to never work for them again.  :)  I assured her I had survived, and would be glad to come again.  I love working with nice people.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What I'm reading Wednesday...

The Godforsaken Daughter by Christina McKenna


Monday, June 22, 2015

Tip of the week...

My job involves working a few days in one place, and a couple days at another place, sometimes multiple places in the same week, and never any kind of repeat schedule.  Work days involve things like making sure I have clean work clothes, and gasoline in the tank, so I need to be able to see what I have coming up.    

Call me old fashioned, but I cannot organize my life on any kind of digital calendar.  I need an old-school paper calendar with the whole thing visible without clicking or swiping or pinching.  And I need it staring me in the face every single day without me having to remember to open it.

I hang my calendar in a very small room that is visited several times a day.  And the calendar is the only thing hanging on the wall opposite the only seat in the room (ahem). 

This is the best and longest practiced tip that I picked up from "Hang your calendar in the bathroom."

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sunday desserts...

Today's confection: French Coconut Pie...the recipe from Cocinando con Alena linked here.  

I chose it primarily because I had all the ingredients.  It was quick and easy to put together.  The filling's top baked into a delicate crunch.  It was a little too sweet for me, but so good that I will definitely make again and try tweaking the amount of sugar called for.  

It is similar to a buttermilk pie (my favorite pie), but with no buttermilk...or milk for that matter...but the addition of the coconut makes it chewier.
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