Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Another Finish!

Another pattern finish: "Be Merry", this new runner is fast to make and Christmas is less than 60 days away. I know you don't want to hear that, and neither do I because these days are flying by way too fast! Button eyes, carrot noses, gingerbread men and candy canes tucked under their little twig arms, these snowmen really make me smile. Brenda quilted this cutie for me, she worked her usual magic adding that finishing quilty touch to my design. You can now find the pattern on my website.

While I'm waiting on the Reindeers, (runner#3) to arrive in the mail from Brenda, I tackled some baking. Pumpkin cookie cut outs. Oh my, these cookies are a lot of work and make a TON, but so cute and yummy! I'll be taking most of them to my "Pumpkin" at KU this weekend (I just know he loves to hear he's my little pumpkin" but for a batch of these cookies I know he'll deal with it :)

And I hope to spend a little time drawing, sketching up February Annie, I know some of you are waiting on her. Speaking of Annie, check out my Annies that Kelly at Cotton Charm Quilts stitched up..... so cute!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Getting Back In The Groove

The 1st part of October was a busy month for me. Decorating for Fall, preparing for company and my turn to host Bunco at my home. Wednesday was super hectic, a day in the kitchen preparing my Bunco goodies, we girls love to eat! And..... our dear friends of 30 plus years were flying in from Buffalo that same evening! My excitement level was very high!

Our friends arrived safe and sound, here we are off gallivanting, this picture shows a portion of Kansas City in the background on a beautiful sunny day! The weather could not have been more perfect during their visit, blue skies and high 70s.

Our friends came bearing gifts, little bits of Buffalo we crave and still miss, a Bocce pizza,

SPONGE CANDY for Barbie Jo :)

Webers mustard and Canadian jam for Jerrys toast, how sweet is that!

We spent our days together cramming in a little bit of everything. Golf for the boys, a little shopping, some lovely dinners out.
We visited the Kemper Museum Of Modern Art and the National WW1 Museum in KC. This museum is a must see, beautifully done inside and out.

And now our friends have come and gone, we sure are going to miss them! It's time to get back in the groove for me. I finished writing the pattern for this lovely table runner which will be available on my web site this weekend. Brenda added her special quilting touches to my runner, you may be able to see them by clicking on the picture. Little loopy loos inside the jumbo rick rack, wavy lines inside the bells flow with their movement, I am always excited by the lovely way she finishes my projects. This pretty runner is fast to make, simple piecing and applique, rick rack and button embellishments, it looks beautiful on my antique sideboard. A nice gift, the Christmas countdown is on!

I will be at the computer most of this week writing up the directions for runner #2, pictures to come soon! Runner #3 is now in Brendas hands for quilting, I can't wait to see what she does to this one :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Back away from the computer!

Seems I've been on a little blogging break and here it is October already! Annie and I have been busy working on several projects and sometimes the only way I can truly focus is by trying to stay away from the computer! Unless I'm writing patterns of course. A new Annie has arrived and as promised here she is. What else would Annie be doing in January but ice skating! She is all bundled up in her fleece scarf and hat with the long tassel. She wears wooly long striped stockings and the mittens her Grandma knitted for Christmas. I did forget to snap a picture of the floss colors I used but the DMC color palette is as follows: #817, #3807, #598, #597, #581, #702, #938, #3607, #317 and #758.

Today was an absolutely beautiful Fall day here in Kansas. Bright sunny skies and in the 60's. Jerry and I drove to Lawrence to visit our son at KU. It seemed everyone was on the road today. Our leaves have not turned yet but the frost warning for tonight will probably start that process.

Jon had his room all spanking clean for our visit :)

Thats my boy, hmmm, I think we need a bigger desk. Cozy huh! I think I mentioned before, Jon lives in an old house on campus, over 100 years old. It is subdivided into 6 apartments. When we left Jerry turned the door knob to leave and it came off in his hand... we all looked at each other and laughed LOL! College life, gotta love it!

After visiting an antique store in downtown Lawrence we had an early dinner at "The Burger Stand At The Casbah"- WONDERFUL! Great food. Hugged my boy good bye and headed home.

Cause we have work to do! I got a new lap top that needs to be set up... so excited!