Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I am thankful that my teenager as started to act like a pleasant human more often than not.
I am thankful for my husband's commitment to sobriety.
I am thankful for the opportunity to make quilts through my church that will go the children in crisis.
These are all answered prayers for me. Some have been prayed for a long time.
Crystal at God is in Control http://candlebabe299.blogspot.com/ is hosting Thankful Thursday. Please visit her to participate. Thank you Crystal.
Take care and God bless, Cory
Sunday, September 23, 2007
This is the child who complained about having to go. I reminded him of all I do for the family and that he should be good and enjoy himself so that Mom would not be cranky.
Now, doesn't he look like he is having fun? I think so too.
We even make it over to the Diablo Valley Quilt show as well. They have their show the same weekend as Quilting in the Garden every year. The shows are less that 30 minutes apart and it makes a lot of sense to me.
We had a good time together. DS said, "It was more fun than I thought. I thought we were just going to sit in a chair and they were going to show us the quilts." I told him that is a trunk show. His response? We aren't going to one of those are we?:-)
Last Friday this is what I found on my doorstep.
You probably can't tell by the pic how big the box is. It is nearly 20" square and 10" deep. It is huge!
And this is what it looked like after I opened it and looked through it. The strips and scraps just kept falling out. She must have had to sit on the box to get it closed.:-)
Thank you Debra from the bottom of my heart!
You will find a link for Debra's blog in the sidebar. She is a wonderful quilter.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
I have recently seen on other blogs UFO and FO listed being published. I have also seen one with a excel table that had columns for all of the stages and couldn't figure out how to created it here. When I find the blogs again I will put links here.
Take care and God bless. Cory
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
at The Preachers Wife. Here is the link to the contest http://www.challies.com/draw.php?userid=11027. The link to the Preacher's Wife can be found in my sidebar. Sorry about any confusion I might have caused.
Sounds like it will be a perfect addition to my church's library.
Thought you might be interested in entering it as well.
Take care, Cory
Sunday, August 19, 2007
My husband went to the mountains last weekend for a man's getaway. We were chatting about the weekend on Sunday afternoon and he says, "Oh, I brought you pinecones. Your gonna like them." And he hops up to go to the car. I'm thinking, Oh, great, what am I gonna do with foot long pinecones. We saw 12" long pinecones the last time we were up there and I commented on them. So I figured that he remembered and was kind enough to bring some home for me.
Aren't these just the cutest pinecones you ever saw? He was right, I do like them.
Monday, August 13, 2007
I was reading my bloglines and saw the headline about the winners of the book. I thought nah, I never win anything so I won't bother clicking to open the blog and read the whole article. But, I did anyway. Scrolling down, I see CJ at the top of the list. Cool, another CJ has won. Click to see who this other CJ is, and.... Hey.... It's me. Wow! I won. Now that is really cool.
I won the book Woman in Red http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1593154445?ie=UTF8&tag=jenniferssnap-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1593154445 over at 5 Minutes for Mom http://www.5minutesformom.com/. This is a blog by moms for moms. It's great. And right now I think they are even greater. Go check them out. Thank you Jennifer, Susan and Janice. I will now go to bed with a smile on my face.
Take care all and God bless.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Yes, it was a beautiful sunrise this morning.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I felt so important yesterday morning when the mail man delivered this well before his normal delivery time.
Let's ignore the fact that I was standing on the curb, barefooted, hosing out the cooler. Not the most attractive pose. Thank goodness nobody had a camera! :-)
This are for two quilts for Quilts of Valor sent to me by Debra Spincic. You can visit her blog here and click on the link for Quilts of Valor on the right side. http://debraspincicdesignstudio.blogspot.com/
Quilts of Valor is an organization that gives quilts to wounded veterans of our armed forces. This is just one of the small things we can do for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day for us.
When the tops are pieced, I will be sending them to Deb Geyer at http://debgeyer.wordpress.com/ She will be longarm quilting them.
I will post pics when the tops are ready for quilting.
P.S. Did you notice the peaches on the table in the pics? We got them from a friend at church and now I think I need to make a pie or cobbler.
Until next time, take care and God bless, Cory
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
This is my front door. And these are the plants that I watered this afternoon.
Imagine my surprise when I found this.
Toad and Frog living in my planter. No wonder they sound so close. And I am amazed at the volume of sound that they put out.
Friday, May 25, 2007
This is the page I made. The hearts are recyled from another project and the machine buttonhole stitch is one of NJ's favorite elements. I wrote "You are the inspiration that fuels us, you are the glue that holds us together, and you are the support that keeps us going. I turned it over to decide on a backing and liked the look of the chocolate stitching against the white felt so I left is unbacked.
This page came together very quckly and naturally once inspiration struck. I am very happy with the results.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
and to shove piles of pine needles into bigger piles.We went with our church to the camp clean up day at Jenness Park up in the Sierra mountains. It is beautiful and serene and uplifting there. Our kids go to camp in the summer there and every year the camp hosts a clean up day. The camp feeds us Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch in exchange for us raking pine needles from around the cabins and public areas of the camp for fire breaks.
Oh, and we also get to have mid-morning snack with camp staff. :)
The two on the outside are the daughters of our youth leaders and they did their fair share of raking and earned their snack with the daughter of a staffer.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Saturday, March 31, 2007
So, here it the plan. To have my name drawn for the Dyson Slim Vac that is being given away over at 5 minutes for mom http://www.5minutesformom.com/1343/dyson/
And to see the details on this new and wonderful machine go to Dyson http://www.dyson.com/homepage.asp?sinavtype=menu
You can add your name to the drawing by visiting 5 minutes for mom at the above link and following the very clear instruction.
Thank you 5 minutes for mom and Dyson! Now to dreaming about my wonderfully effortlessly spotless floors once I own this modern marvel.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Thursday, March 01, 2007
This is 1.5" PVC pipe cut to a 15" length and slipped over the legs of a fold-up banquet table.
We determined the length of the pipes by measuring from the table top to my bent elbow above the table then added the length of the table leg that slipped into the pipe. Our first length was 18" and we cut it back to 15" once the pipes were put under the table. The table is about 2" below my waist. This height is recommended by ergonomic standards.
My lower back no longer hurts when working for extended periods of time.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
A bloody street.
Just kidding. You get skinned knees.
Well, after the first crash test dummy was damaged,
(apparently severely if you believed all the yelling about broken legs)
They found a new crash test dummy who wooden't yell when the curb testing began.
(The first crash test dummy is carrying his replacement)
Ginabee, are you having de ja vue?
These two are always coming up with something. The first crash test dummy is my nine YO and the driver/tower is my 8 YO step-son. They are either building something or tearing something apart.
I was reading blogs through Bloglines (love it) and found pics of rotary cutters and sewing scissors at Craft Apple http://craftapple.wordpress.com/ This got me thinking about how many I had. I had no idea I had that many scissors until I started rounding them up. Of course they each have their own home and specific uses. 3 are for hand embroidery, three are at the sewing machine, one each at the ironing board and the embroidery machine. The rest are in a bin on the cutting table so they are within easy reach. I have 2 Fiskars Softtouch because I thought I lost my pair and after I replaced them, they showed up. But they are the best scissors if you have a lot of cutting to do so I use both equally, one at the cutting table and one at the sewing machine. The two black handled scissors are antiques and don't get used. If you look close, you can see the black paint has chipped. The two across the top are pinking shears (one antique). This was informative just for myself. I guess I need to stop scissor shopping.:-)
Friday, February 02, 2007
This is a round robin quilt for one of the ladies in my small local quilt group. I made the top row. They are balls based on the current years project linus pattern. I don't like paper piecing all that much so I pieced strips together to make a 6.5" block and snowballed the corners. The other strips are made by other members of the group. The turtles have hand embroidered mouths and eyes. Very cute. And the bus windows were fussy cut so that kids are looking out the windows. They little people were the first row created by the quilt owner. This will be a very cute quilt when completed.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
These are the Vintage Valentine ATC's I did for the swap on FiberArtTraders. These were fun and very quick to do. I stitched the words on wire edged ribbon using my wonderful Elna Quilters Dream Pro. (Can you tell I am in love with my machine?) I first ironed the ribbon onto freezer paper to stablize it. I have tried stitching onto ribbon without first stablizing and had a mess. And, frankly, freezer paper is cheaper than solvy or tear-away and works almost as good. If you don't need to worry about picking all the little bits out of the back, then this is a perfect alternative.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Now to the reason for this post. I had the best time mailing my New Years bottle. No, I didn't say receiving, I said mailing. I was standing in line. Booring. Then it was my turn at the counter. The clerk absolutely loved that I was sending a bottle. She went on and on about how cute it was. She showed it off to her co-workers and go the other customers wondering what it was as well. She even teased her co-workers that she wouldn't tell them how I got things in there. I even had a customer waiting at the end of the lobby to ask how I did that. And to say how neat that was and how fun it would be to mail things to her granddaughters that way.
So, YES, it is as much fun to mail a bottle as it is to receive one.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
This is just the thing I have been looking for. I have been wanting to explore color and the color wheel. This is just the impetus to keep me motivated to work at it in a structured way. I will be sharing my explorations here with all of you and invite you to join in and to share your thoughts on my experiments.
Monday, January 08, 2007
This is a rotating tiltable quilt hoop made by my Dad. This same thing happened here as with the quilt ladder. Mom wanted one and didn't want to pay the price they were charging. Especially not when we have such talented men in our lives. I think he did a wonderful job with this. In fact, several years ago, one of these was a birthday present for me. It has a "Handmade by" label on it and when I read that it was dad that made it. I cried. My parents had come to visit for my birthday. I was helping unload the car and carried in this gift. Of course, being wrapped in a white plastic bag, it was kind of a give-away as to what I was getting. But of course, being the good daughter, I dutifully pretended not to know about it. So, I knew what I was getting. The surprise was that it was made by Dad.
This is a Quilt ladder made by my husband. We are going to put these up for sale on Etsy. He really does and good job and I wanted to show it off. We had seen them at several quilt shows and I wanted one but couldn't afford what they were charging. Well, he says "I can make one". Of course I took him up on his offer! The next week I had my quilt group over for our monthly meeting and several of the ladies ordered them in woods and sizes. So, that was just the beginning.
This is a magical business card case made for a swap on Fiber Art Traders. This is a fun case to make with a lot of possibilities for creativity. You pull the ribbon and your business card magically rises from the case. I have several more ideas but I won't get them done in time for the trade. The pattern for this is found in the November/December issue of Quilting arts magazine in the article by NormaJean Brevik. She is the listmom for FiberArt Traders and she is a wonderful and inspiring person. Thank NJ!
Saturday, January 06, 2007
This is the New Years Bottle I received in the FGM Bottle Swap.
This is the second year we have done this and it is fun. You find things that are small or can be rolled or folded small enough to fit into a 2 liter soda bottle. You cut a three sided door in the side, you don't have to fit it all in through the top hole. :-) Then you tape the door shut, tape the address label over the door and mail it. And yes, the bottle is an acceptable mailing container.
Then it is even more fun when you receive yours and you get to open it. You would be amazed at how much you can get in there. Last year when mine came in, my 8yo DS said, "I can figure this out for you mom." I had been teasing him about how we were going to get the stuff out. He took the cap off and stuck his finger in, hooked a piece of material and started pulling. Needless to say, I stopped him after a few gentle pulls and showed him how to find the door and remove things without damaging them.
This years bottle, pictured above, arrived when my step D & S (8yo twins) were here so they got to help open and unwrap everything. I heard lots of "How neat" and "cool" and "another one!" As you can see, E-Fairie packed so many goodies into this bottle she even had me saying "another one!". There are some sewing and embellishing notions that I can't wait to try. A tube of iron cleaner that is perfect for someone who uses fusibles on a regular basis. Several floral pins, and a beaded ring that looks old, (E is this from your grandmother's jewelry box? I think you inherited it didn't you?) There is a pretty mirror compact that will fit nicely in my purse. There is a beautiful shell and a heart shaped polished stone, stickers, a little coffee paper note pad and more. Thank you E-Fairie!
This is always so much fun. Anybody out there wanna swap?
Friday, January 05, 2007
I have completed my first UFO of 2007. Yeah!!! No it's not a quilt but it's still completed.
I found this great and reasonably priced tooled leather look vinyl at Walmart and knew I had to have pillows for my bed. They fit right in with the new chocolate and teal green colors I want in my bedroom. I am pleased with them even though the pic isn't the best.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Every year my kids get new ornaments for christmas. They get to open these when we decorate the tree. I make sure they get dated and have their initials. Then, when they grow up and have their own house and tree, they have ornaments for the tree. I remember when I was first married and had my first house. We had a few hand-me-down ornaments and we filled in the gaps with candy canes. Then I guess that would be another tradition because, according to my 24 YO DD, the tree isn't complete until the candy canes are on it.
Monday, January 01, 2007
One of the ways I am getting organized is to list my UFO's. (We won't even get into the length of the list, Psst, 27) This is a personal challenge and contest issued on the FGM yahoo group. So, even if I don't win a prize in the end, I will be winning by finishing projects. And the people who will recieve the finished quilts will also win.
I am going to rearrange my sewing studio. This will make things flow more smoothly. Right now I find myself running in circle, literally, as my sewing table and cutting table are facing each other & I end up circling the table numerous times if I have a forgetful day. One of these days, if I'm feeling brave, I'll post the before and definitely the after photos.
I think that's it for today. Take care, Cory