Tuesday, December 30, 2008
That said, I'd like to think that this year I'm going to make more quilts....more for me, my family & friends and especially more for some of the charities I love so much. A week from Sat. (Jan 10) here at the store we'll be gathering to make quilts for the Eureka Dialysis Center's patients. We do this every year. On National Quilting Day in March we'll be having a sew-in for Sunshine...a quilting charity for children overseas.
Now wouldn't it be great in 2009 if we tried using up some of our stash? That's about going green, you know. You could smugly say to those who say you aren't green enough, "I've been recycling my stash, don't you know?"
My friend Bonnie Hunter has written a new book called Scraps & Shirttails: Re-use, Re-purpose, Recycle. Bonnie is the undisputed Queen of Scrap Quilts, so this book is perfect for using up your stash.
Stash quilts have such vibrancy, impact and charm.
Another Queen of Scraps is Pat Speth. She coined the phrase "Nickel Quilts." Of course you know what those are: 5" Charm Squares. Pat is the one who started this whole thing. Both Nickel Quilts and her second book, More Nickel Quilts are still on the best seller lists.
Pat has a brand new book out (just arrived today!) called Amazing Nickel Quilts. This book is another winner and it really is amazing the way she can do so many things with a 5" square.
Also you might want to check out our Stash Pot Pie classes. Each month we have a night or day class with another new scrap quilt pattern,
Looks like I just might get to using up that stash in 2009...how about you?
Monday, December 29, 2008
On the way home they stopped at Steve's Uncle Gilley's log cabin. There was lots of snow at Uncle Gilley's! Sydney had a blast in the snow. She didn't want to come inside. They built a snowman as tall as Sydney. I love this picture progression...Running in the snow.....building the snowman.....bending over....oops!
What fun Sydney had! I think now she'll understand a bit more about snow at cousin Jakob's house.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I had promised Jakob, who is almost 3 years old, was that he and Grandma were going to make cookies. It was so much fun...and so much flour...so much colored sugar.....! Jakob decided he should get two and everyone else could only have one. We never got a picture of the cookies, I think we all ate them too quickly. Jakob pronounced them "Good."
Mercedes' entire face lights up when she makes eye contact. She is a cutie....just a month away from her 1st birthday. Still small and petite she gets around quickly and efficiently--crawling or walking around the coffee table or anything else she can pull up on. She's got eating down---don't leave anything on the floor or she'll eat it up.
She loved the sparkle of the package bows best. Jakob helped her open her presents, and she
Jakob loved everything about Christmas. The Advent Calendar with a small piece of chocolate each day, singing, the tree and all it's ornaments, stockings, opening presents (both his and Mercedes), the Christmas Story in his "Jesus Book" (a children's Bible that Jason reads from every night before bed). An I think he especially liked the basketball hoop he got for Christmas. It's my hope that he enjoyed Grandma & Grandpa's visit too. We slept in the basement bedroom (and enjoyed using the nice bathroom Mr. Scottie Dog built last Sept) and some mornings Jakob had to come roust Grandma out of bed. I think he did it just so he could bounce on the bed!
We braved the cold, we shopped, we went to the zoo, we played in the snow. The adults played Shanghai Rummy one night (and I won!). We baked cookies, we cooked Christmas dinner.....Mr. Scottie Dog and I packed a lot of living into those 10 short days. What an adventure!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
We had a lovely visit with daughter Beka & Jason and the grandbabies. We celebrated Christmas on the 23rd. Christmas Eve morning we went to a neat place in Edina, MN, The Original Pancake House. We'd been there several years ago. Beka thought we'd like to go since they originated in Portland, OR where my brother Pat lives. The OPH has the best breakfasts. Bill, Beka & I had Apple Pecan Crepes, Jason had Eggs Benedict and Jakob and Mercedes shared a stack of Buckwheat Pancakes. Not a drop or bit was left. We went from there to the airport. Our first case of hurry up and wait. Our plane left 1 1/2 hours late. And in Denver we boarded our plane 1 1/2 hours after schedule....and sat in the plane for an additional hour before it took off. We waited in SF to see if we could get on the last plane out to Eureka. We were listed standby way down the list. We waited 3 1/2 hours....Bill even checked rental cars. Not a one available even if we wanted to drive the 6 1/2 hours home. They listed us on a 6:30 pm flight Christmas Evening. Well, we made it finally on the last plane out. Hurray! We did get home. I know that lots of people did NOT get to their destinations on Christmas Eve. Including at least 40 on our Denver plane who were bound for Hawaii. I hope they got there today.
When we got home early Christmas morning there was a box on the doorstep. We must have missed Santa's sleigh by a moment or two. "Merry Christmas" it said on the outside. Inside were 4 holiday DVD's---White Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street and It's a Wonderful Life. A note from Santa read, "Enjoy & Relax Love, Santa"
Santa has been making these deliveries on Christmas Eve for about 6 years now. I've been given some cute flannel PJ's, a holiday purse, a set of Christmas Dishes, floral arrangements and now some of my favorite movies. I've had fun trying to guess who Santa is...but not a clue.
Thanks Santa....you've made me feel special and loved. And you've inspired me to do some anonymous giving of my own.
There was a message on the answer machine inviting to friends for Christmas Dinner. Thanks to the Paseman/Harvey family. Good friends, good times.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Then we got a Skype call from Scottie Dog Quilts. Sydney was anxious to talk to Jakob. I cannot get over the marvel of modern technology. Last night I even got to say hello to the gals at Girl's Night Out. Our friend Lori, gave Syd the construction outfit....tools included. She's all set to help Grandpa on his next project.
Our thanks to Liz and Sydney who checked up on our cats.....Sydney gave them the necessary hugs and love and Liz filled up the food bowls.
it was real. They also have a "mountain" that is about 3 stories high. On the mountain are stuffed deer, mountain lions, beavers, mountain goats and so many more with fall foliage trees and such. There is a stream running from the top down the mountain and a waterfall into the large beaver pond. The beavers have built a dam and it overflows into a large pond with a moose in it! In this lowest pond there are 40 or so live brown trout and Jakob got to feed them. He thought that was great. In another part of the store they have a diorama of and African plain with a full sized elephant, gazelles, rhinoceros. It was incredible. We took some pictures there whit Mercedes and Jakob. So what did Mr. Scottie Dog get at Cabellas? Well, he got some long underwear, a thing to help him measure out powder for his black powder gun (can you tell I'm not well versed in gun vernacular!). I bought him a Christmas present...can't tell you what it is because I think he reads my blog. They have everything from furniture to dog houses (even cammo tents to put on top of your heated (!) dog bed for your bird dog out in the open) to fudge (yes, fudge and it was good) to shoes to snowball makers---these look like jointed salad tongs, but have two half balls on them. You fill with snow and you are ready for a snowball fight. The store was huge and I only went to one small part of it.
Then we took a trip to Quilted Treasures, my friend Mary's store in Rogers, MN. She was basking in the sun with friends in Naples, FL her staff deals with snow and cold. It was fun to see our quilt (yes, the very quilt Liz & I made) in her store display. I took the picture with Beka next to their display with our patterns. They have two classes scheduled for it and I hear one is full already! Mary's store is very nice...it has lots to choose from, a great staff and a wonderfully large classroom, just like Scottie Dog Quilts!
Monday, December 15, 2008
We arrived by plane last night after the plane had to circle the airport for about 20 minutes.....the runway had to be cleared of snow. Then the flight attendant announced, " We are beginning our landing. In the event of an emergency be sure to leave all personal belongings behind and proceed quickly and calmly to the nearest exit." We all looked at each other and wondered if we should worry.
First thing this morning we went to Target just down the street.....Grandpa found a sled for Jakob. We came home and ate lunch. Then the two of them spent a fun hour outside in the cold. I think it took Beka a good 10 minutes to get all the snow gear on Jakob....she asked what she was going to do when she has a houseful of kids and they all want to go outside to play. I told her maybe the older ones would help out. The snow is really dry but in the pile left by the plow there were a few icy pieces so they built a little snowman. The grandpa took a shovel to the snowplow's piled up snow....soon there was a Jakob sized sled run. The best part was that the icy road (Beka & Jason live on a cul-de-sac so they didn't' have to worry about traffic) was at the end of the run so the sled slid farther at the end. Then Grandpa pulled Jakob around the block. Grandma and Beka had hot cocoa ready (of course with tiny marshmallows) when they came in.
After nap time Jakob and I baked cookies...cars, boots, scottie dogs (of course!), stars & Christmas tree cookies. He wants to make more tomorrow......but I think we're going to try to go to Rogers, MN. My good friend Mary owns a quilt shop there called Quilted Treasures and not too far away is Cabellas, a mega outdoor store which Mr. Scottie Dog would love to check out.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I'm actually not sure how many kids went on the trip.....we were only responsible for 2 (Sydney the tiny elf on the far left and Martina, the cutie in the green shirt) and I know all the kids weren't around when I grabbed my camera to take their picture in front of the tree in the foyer of the church.
We were privileged to see the dress rehearsal of "A Star is Born," the musical put on by Redwood Christian School. Oh, my....these children (kindergarten through 8th grade) did such a good job. The musical was thoroughly enjoyed by our pre-schoolers and the adults alike. An interesting story with all the songs fitting in perfectly about a group putting on a televised Nativity Play with a spoiled Diva set to play Mary...and all the fun consequences. The children all (even the kindergarteners!) knew all the words and even a bit of choreography!
If you have a chance you should go see it.
Sunday, Dec. 14 5 pm
Thursday, Dec. 18 6 pm
Eureka Nazarene Church
Humboldt & E Streets
After the field trip we took Sydney a bit early we girls could go out to lunch. We don't get a chance to do that very often anymore. What a treat: Gonsea for Chinese food. Sydney just wanted the "spaghetti" (chow mein noodles).
When we got there our 2009 Opportunity Quilt was hanging. Oh, my it's beautiful! All batiks in several different NY Beauty-style blocks. Denise Witte of McKinleyville, CA did the quilting. Each block is quilted differently! I got my packet of tickets to sell. They are selling for $1 each or 6 for $5. If any of you want them let me know and I'll make arrangements. Just email me at ScottieDogQuilts@aol.com The drawing will be held at the guild's 2009 Quilt Show in July 2009. But watch out! I'm buying lots of tickets because I'd love to have this one!
It was fun to see Pat Durbin and Jen Duncan both very talented women. Pat is working on a new book for That Patchwork Place and be sure to check out Jen's Etsy Store! The food was unbelievable....Kenny Fleck showed up with Bridgett..."I always come at Christmas," he said, "This is the best potluck in town!"
As usual, show and tell was awesome...I was so interested I forgot to take pictures.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Then we all dressed for our evening. Two of the family's adult daughters have been in the show for several years, but not this time so we were all going to get to sit together and enjoy the production. The Singing Christmas Tree is a professional production. You won't see anything better on Broadway. It's THAT good. There are over 200 singers, dancers, actors & musicians every year and an additional 300+ people who build sets, run the cameras, lights & sound. There are wonderful ushers, greeters, people who do make-up, sew costumes and so very much more. Work on next year's production has already started. We saw this cute little poppet just before we went in. Her "ball" hat actually had an 18" curly gold spangle on top....she wasn't IN the show, merely ATTENDING the show!
Last week was Advent Tea and The Singing Christmas Tree. Christmas can come...my heart is prepared!
You can see last year's production in about 4 minutes! It's fun!
Christmas Blessings to you all!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Ladies of the church vie for the chance to hostess a table...and then each decorates a table around a theme. Beautifully fragrant pink roses with china to match. Each hostess makes an elegant dessert...the tables groan under the weight of nuts, chocolates, cookies, crackers and more.
Everyone comes a half an hour early to admire all the tables....each hostess has place cards to show where everyone sits.
Over the years all of my daughters have attended with me some of the time. Tonight Liz and Sydney came with me. We listened to the Redwood Children's Choir and a Christmas story told by the pastor. The ladies lit the Advent Candles and read scripture. And of course we all sang Christmas Carols with gusto.
It seems to me that beginning December with this wonderful reminder of why we celebrate the season is perfect for me. Alleluia! Jesus is Born!
Sydney loved looking at all the tables and especially all the goodies at her place. However.....she pronounced the candy cane as "too spicy!"
Monday, December 1, 2008
Liz cooked a perfect turkey! Sydney decided the table needed place cards (where does a 3 year old learn about place cards?) so when we arrived she and Liz were putting the finishing touches on the leaf cards with our names on it. Sydney knew where she wanted everyone to sit. Our meal was fairly traditional. Turkey & stuffing, rolls, gravy, yams with marshmallow topping, cranberry sauce and cranberry jello salad. All Sydney cared about was olives and rolls....typical 3 year old. We all told what we were thankful for round the table, Mr. Scottie Dog asked the blessing and we ate...and ate and ate. Too much, I'm afraid.
Then Bill & Steve did some diagnostic work on a car problem while Liz helped me quilt 3 doll quilts on the big machine. Then we played cards and ate pumpkin pie & apple crisp. Umm, umm. Then Mr. Scottie Dog and I rolled home. Great day!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
- I'm thankful I live in America and have the freedom to worship God. Many of of my dear friends live overseas in countries where it is punishable by death to be a Christian.
- I'm thankful for my dear husband, Bill aka, Mr. Scottie Dog. He has loved me and supported me for the 36+ years we have been married. He works tirelessly to make my life wonderful.
- I'm thankful for the opportunity to be Mom to wonderful daughters, to have been able to stay home and raise them..they taught me so very much over the years. I'm so very blessed that we have good relationships now that they are grown.
- I'm grateful for my Sons-in-law. I hope they are thankful for their Mother-In-Law too! I try to be good.
- I'm so very blessed to be a Grandma! Sydney, Jakob & Mercedes light up my heart. They love to sing with me...they are the only ones who don't wince when I sing ("Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!"). I relish being their Grandma.
- I'm blessed to still have my Dad...so very wise in counsel, such a great sense of humor and so much fun. He's blessed us with Willa Mae too.
- I'm thankful for my dear friends...many who have moved away but still hold a place in my heart. Thank you friends who listen to me, advise me, laugh when I try to tell a joke and are patient when I screw up.
- I'm blessed to live in Humboldt County, CA in the midst of the Redwood Forest. This is the most beautiful place on Earth. The beauty feeds my soul.
- I'm grateful for Scottie Dog Quilts where I have met so very many wonderful people who have a passion for quilting. I'm certainly blessed by them.
- I'm blessed with good health. It's not perfect, but I'm well enough to do most anything I want to do.
These are but a few of my blessings....it is possibly the small ones that are the most precious. I hope you take time each day to give God the glory and thank HIM for your blessings.
Thanksgiving Blessing to you and yours. I'll be spending the day with family.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
It was peeking out from the 2" of redwood litter that covers our dirt & gravel drive. This little baby was right outside the door and in a space that never receives direct sunlight. Under the 150' redwood trees and near the house, always in shadow, cool and damp. It looks like a normal, buy it in any store variety mushroom, but I doubt it. We get mushrooms growing around the house every Fall (and other times of the year), lots of different varieties and often different from year to year. They appear overnight. Nothing one day and BOOM! A big mushroom overnight.
Out in the front grass I found some others...bigger, irregular in shape and very low to the ground. They varied in size from saucer to luncheon plate. I've included a shot of the underside of one bad boy.
Now don't get me wrong....I enjoy eating mushrooms, very much so. BUT I'm kind of creeped out by finding them at my house. I don't leave them to mature, kicking them over when I find them. Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of fungus growing deep in the ground. So kicking over the mushroom doesn't get rid of the fungus, but it makes me feel as if I'm doing something to rid my personal space of rot. I took a tour of the front and side yard and found many of the yellowed plate-style mushrooms, one
of the tiny button type and then found this foul-looking blobby thing. I've seen them before but not for a few years. They look like something boiled over in the pot, slimy and yucky. Their stem is very short and they hug the ground.
I haven't seen any black one yet this year, or the tall white ones with orange spots (the kind you'd see a troll hiding behind!)--those are deadly poisonous, I know. There is one kind that we'll see on the drive....one day you'll see what appears to be a gopher mound and POOF! A mushroom the next day.
Hmmmm maybe we'll have grilled portobello mushrooms on ciabatta bread tonight.....