Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Twelve Dozen Stitches in Twelve Months

I've signed up for Shawkl's CQ Stitch Challenge - Twelve Dozen Stitches in Twelve Months!!! Shawkl has started this challenge and is generously writing the stitch combinations. These stitch combinations are being posted on her blog shawkl.com. Check it out.

I did complete the first stitch. This is only a portion of the completed seam. I used it on Kate's RR block and we are only allowed to show a "sneak peek" not the whole thing.

Shawkl has also created stitching templates. Word is out on these templates. 30 some people have requested membership to the Crazy Quilting Wiki, so that they can access her template. Here is the link to Shawkl's stitching template.

I know that Carol Samples has stitching templates. And there is another set of templates available: Success Strips. DecPainter wrote a great tutorial on how to use and where to purchase the Success Strips (scroll down to the link to the PDF).

WOW...must be the start of a new year. Lots of excitement about a new year learning new techniques and starting new projects.

Happy Stitching

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all and wishing everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

It has been a very quiet and relaxing Christmas, so I guess I got exactly what I wanted for Christmas. We had a very nice family dinner on Christmas Eve and spent Christmas Day "chillin". We are still in PJs and watching our 4th movie of the day.

Hope everyone had a good day. Tomorrow will be another fun day with my daughters and then stitching time for me on Sat. and Sun. before heading back to work on Mon.

Happy Stitching

Monday, December 15, 2008

CQ Give Away

My CQing friend Nickilee is having a CQ Goodie Bag give away. Check out her blog for a chance to win this beautiful bag of CQ bling, glitz, and treasures.

Having been in a few CQ swaps with Nickilee, her work is very pretty and creative. I KNOW the contents of this give away will be just amazing. Her hand dyed lace is so beautiful you just want to pet it.  Check out her blog, not only for a chance at the give away but also look at her dyed laces and cq work. 

Happy Stitching.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Preparing for Christmas

Well as some people know we are remodeling our house. We have been living in a townhouse since Mid. Aug. The exterior of our house is in pretty good shape, but the interior is another story. Here are pics of our house before and our house now.

Our House before remodeling started

Our house now during remodeling.

What does this have to do with getting ready for Christmas? For the past several years I have switched from making Cookies to making candy. I really do enjoy making candy for the holiday: English Toffee, peanut brittle, caramels, chocolate covered cherries, and more!!!

Well, instead of working in my big kitchen with stainless steel counters and all of my kitchen tools, I am working in a small kitchen, very limited counter space and minimal kitchen tools. I plan to do what I can in my limited space,  just hope everything turns out. If not my excuse will be my house is under construction!!!

Merry Christmas to all that celebrate this holiday. May all of your wishes come true this magical season.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Happy After Thanksgiving and Preparing for a Merry Christmas

WOW!!! Thanksgiving is over...it was a BLAST.  Spent the weekend with my family, we had a 45 person sit down Thanksgiving Dinner. On Sat. we had a 50th Wedding Anniversary party for my parents. It was a wonderful party, great seeing family and friends. Back home on Sun. completely exhausted, finally feeling rested today.

A first for me I put my Christmas tree up last night. I have never had my Christmas tree up by Dec. 2nd. It is very cute, decorated with lights, gold/pearl garland (need a couple more strands), and my 6 ornaments from Nickilee's CQ ornament swap.

This week, better get going it is Wed. already, stitching on OJM CQ RR block, updating the cqwiki with two NEW lessons and RR Photos, AND my own CQ Ornaments that I need to make for gifts.

Enjoy the rest of the week, I'm off to work...this day job business really disrupts my crafting/blogging time.

Happy Stitching