Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Just a quick post to say I hope each and everyone of you has a great holiday. Enjoy the day, the food, family and most of all remember all the things we have to be thankful for.

Tom and Jackie

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

How do you display your quilts??

It is still snowing here!! We had a break yesterday but it has started again today with promises of inches more by tomorrow.

Below is a picture that I thought you might enjoy of a little doll quilt that my grandmother made for my daughters Kris and Sara when there were around 6 and 4. They also had little sheets and pillows to go with them. My grandmother was a good quilter, sewer of clothes. Maybe that is where Kris and Sara get this sewing thing from - I don't think they inherited from me. Although I am going to give the sewing machine a try again after Christmas. Last week I was reading blogs (FYI - I read a lot of blogs. If I need a break from all the typing I read a blog, if I have a spare minute to take a break I read a blog, you get the picture). Sara's blog links you to Really cool blog, Melissa works in a quilt store, has 2 little girls and is always on the go it seems. I asked her about how she had displayed a quilt. The next thing I know she has 2 posts on how to display quilts. If you are looking for a quilt display idea go see her blog. Its back a few posts, somewhere about December 14-15. There were some really cool ideas.

I have lots and lots of quilts and I'm not even a quilter. I do have 2 very generous daughters who keep me in beautiful quilts. I seem to have a lot of small doll size quilts. I use them on tables and just about anywhere. I was looking for a place to keep them when they are not in use.

Thus - I came up with this. This is the wall right before you go down the hall. Today I was walking past there and thought okay I can put all those little quilts in this empty basket that is hanging on the wall. It has been there awhile but I just never got around to putting something in it. I thought it looked good empty to - but even better with the little quilts rolled up and put inside.

Thanks to Melissa for the inspiration. Thanks to my daughters (quilted simple and quilting bookworm) for all the quilts you have gifted me, made for me when I asked and for keeping that sewing craft going in our family.

By the way girls -- I seem to be short on Christmas quilts - little tiny ones that I like so much for on my tables... Keep that in mind for next year, please!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Is this November or January??

This does not feel like November. Its snowy, blustery and darn right cold out. Even though I usually go out on Friday afternoon and do errands I thought it was a good day just to stay in. I decided to start doing some cleaning that needs to be done before I put up the Christmas decorations. I don't usually put out Christmas things until after Thanksgiving but then I realized - after Thanksgiving there will only be a few weeks till Christmas. I think I have to get going on a few things -- especially the knitting!!

I still have punkins out in the flower beds and on the porches. I hope this snow melts next week so I can find them. Have a good weekend....

Monday, November 17, 2008


This is what's going on in our neck of the woods today!! We are supposed to get 2 inches by tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. I hope they are wrong.
Stay warm everybody!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Where did that week go??

Here we are and its Sunday again. These days seem to be just flying by. We had some really nice days at the beginning of the week so I was outside or working most days. Since yesterday that has al changed - its snowing!! We don't have much on the ground but you see it on the roofs and cars. I think the ground is to warm still. Its supposed to put us in the holiday mood - right??

You can see from the picture above I have been working on fingerless mitts. On the red one I actually made a thumb - which was a first for me. I do have to rip it out as I pulled so hard the yarn broke. I was using Debbie Bliss Donegal Tweed and that has happened to me more than once, especially after ripping out a section. I think I was getting a little stressed trying to figure that out. The self-stripping pair is made out of a hand dyed yarn that I made a shawl out. It was really nice to knit with but won't be able to get my hands on anymore of that as the shop has closed.
I also started on a stocking cap for my grandson Tyler and need to get busy on a pair of fingerless mitts for Jessica as she will get her cast off tomorrow. I will be doing a lot of knitting this week.
Hope you have a great week......

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Quiet Sunday

This has been a quiet weekend but yet busy, just trying to get some things finished before it gets cold. This afternoon we even had a few minutes of snow/rain mix. It was a good day for making chocolate chip cookies, chichken noodle soup and applesauce. After all that it was time for a nap and now some knitting. I have lots of things that I'm working on - hopefully tomorrow I will have some good pictures. There is some laundry that needs to be folded, but I think that will have to wait until tomorrow.
Have a good week!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Last rose of the season!

The weather has been gorgeous for about a week now. Sunny days, 60s and 70s. What more can you ask for. I was cleaning out some of the flower bed where I have several rose bushes. This bush I just planted this Fall and actually thought I had lost it already, I was wrong.
Starting tomorrow we are back to normal with rain, snow and cold. Enjoy these last days....