Thursday, July 31, 2008

Finished!!!

Ahhh, I worked on this all day Tuesday - and skipped school ;O) - and finished this...





I'm liking it now that it's finished. The beading was really fun to do - as usual.


I've been quilting for a little over 20 years and I've learned several tips along the way and as I was laying this quilt out yesterday...




I thought I would share this little quilty tip with you ... Next to a 1/4 inch foot for your machine, this little gadget is a must have...





It's a peep hole from the home improvement store. I don't have a design wall so I have to lay everything out on the floor. After I lay out my blocks I step back (or get on a chair) and look through the peep hole. It reduces the quilt and you can immediately see if something isn't right (like your color placement). It's cheap, it's tiny, and you need one! I have three...one in my sewing box, one in my sewing area (because much to my husbands irritation my sewing machine is never in my sewing area!), and one in my purse. Why in my purse you ask - well you never know when you might stop for some fabric shopping and when you stack up your bolts to decide what to buy for a quilt you pull out your little handy dandy peep hole and it reduces the stack so you can get a better feel for how they will work together. You would be surprised at the difference it makes when you look at the color through this thing. So anyhoo...there is my quilty tip of the day.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Lovin' These Sequins!

I just got these flower sequins from Joanns and I love them!
They are tiny (1/8 inch across) green flower sequins. Love them -- I'm going back today to buy more because they have them in their $1 stuff and I'm afraid they wont carry them once they sell out.
I'm sewing them on with these little minty green size 15 seed beads.

I'm going blind with this, I think I'll move outside before it gets too hot. I have to do school work this afternoon because class is tonight but I want to have a little beady fun first.

And this is what an overdose of mashed potatoes looks like...
Is that not the saddest face you've ever seen?

I made dinner and as soon as I was finished I jumped up to get Jason and Molly over to the movies where they were meeting friends. As I was leaving I said "make sure you clean off the table while I'm gone." Came home and the bowl of potatoes (that had been pretty full when I left) was still on the table and had been licked clean! MARK!!!!! Why didn't you clean off the table -- Howard ate all of those potatoes!!!! The poor dog loves mashed potatoes -- he loves damn near anything that we eat (like any dog). It's been an all around intestinal disturbance since last night! So now he's on a rice diet to get his system back to normal. Poor stupid dog!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Happy Monday

Sunday I went to an antique show ( This one with all the nasty dealers) and got some great stuff!

A book of poems from 1880...

These are just a few of the cool buttons I bought from my button lady...

How cool is this one!!!



These are about 2 inches across and much prettier in person - they have a pink tint to them...


These are hand made and the little one is about 1/4 inch and the big one is about a 1/2 inch! Can you imagine trying to see what you were doing to make these?! It's crazy.

When I got home it was like this out...

So I had to wait until about 4:30 to go to the grocery to get something for dinner. Mark decided to go with me. It's really crowded (I guess everyone waited for the rain to stop). So we are at the check out and we count our items and we have 15 YAAAAH! We can go in the 15 or less express lane. And so begins the cat fight...
So we unload our cart and we are waiting our turn. This woman behind Mark says really loudly to her husband "I HATE WHEN PEOPLE GET IN EXPRESS WITH A FULL CART!" Mark turns around and says "are you talking about me?" YES! "did you count our items?" "NO!" "Well, we did and we only have 15 items." "YEAH, RIGHT! IT LOOKS LIKE A FULL CART TO ME!" "wow, I sure hope you have a nice day." So we can hear her in the next line over still complaining. It was hilarious. So our turn comes and Mark says to the check out guy "Oh God! Please don't count our items! -- hmm, maybe I'll just add this candy bar and make it 16" hahahahhahahha. Then, we are walking out and I can feel her eyes boring into my back so I look back and she is glaring at me so I give her this look like your a wacko and she says "DON"T YOU GIVE ME THAT LOOK!" So Mark stops, hhhhhh, turns around again and says "you're not talking to us again are you?" Mean while I'm thinking "lady I haven't fed him yet -- he's completely unpredictable when he's hungry. :O) and the woman's husband is growling stopped it! and shaking his head at her. I say "Come on Mark, she's not worth your time." and we leave. It was crazy. So all the way home we are laughing and saying all the things that would have been fun to say. She was a wacko, but my husband was the funniest because he is Mr Control, Mr Calm Cool and Collected when in public and he just couldn't let her get away with it. Too funny. And the check out kid is just laughing his head off, I'm wiping tears from my eyes from laughing, and Mark's talking about all the stuff he's going to add to the cart. Oh it was too funny.


Kellie's camp ended on Friday...

She was a just a tad bit sick of me taking her picture! :O) I'm glad we have a break this week from camps. Today we are seeing the movie Wallie. It looks cute. I only have this week and next week left of school and then I get a few weeks off before the next term. YAHOO! I need a break from it. Here's to a sloooooow week. aaaa. It'll be so nice to just chill.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Still Trying To Save It...

Well, I haven't given up on this yet...

Still hate the puckers on the inside curves and at this point I still hate the entire thing. That's not unusual for me though. I usually hate what I'm working on until all the beading is finished.

This week is Kellie's jump rope camp.
She really likes it. She even won a ribbon yesterday! Yahooie!

I think I'm going to keep her in it all year. It's really good exercise and she isn't really a sports kid. I love lacrosse and field hockey --- you would think with 4 kids that at least one of them would like to play one of those sports, but sadly NO! I pretty much begged Kellie to play field hockey this fall (especially since we have all the equipment from Molly's one season) but she wouldn't even consider it.
And as for eating healthy...



Mark was out last night so I decided to give in to my craving for fried chicken tenders. I never make fried food but it was calling to me. Jason looked into the pot



and said "aaahhh, the dinner of champions! And what are we having with our artery clogging chicken?" :O) brat.
Aren't these pretty...




These flowers and I get along very well because they seem to thrive on total neglect and I'm all about total neglect!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Feelin' Peachy!

The peaches have been really really good lately!



So last night I decided to make some peach ice cream.




Holy Schmoly it was sooo good. I have this 2 quart Ice Cream Maker and I love it!


PEACH ICE CREAM

3 cups fresh ripe peaches peeled and chopped


1/2 cup sugar

2 tsp pure vanilla extract (it tasted really good but you could taste the vanilla so I think when I make it again I'm going to use only 1 tsp of vanilla)

1 cup sweet condensed milk

1 cup half and half

1 cup (to 1 1/4 cups) whole milk (my machine only held 1 cup)

1 cup evaporated milk



puree peaches with the sugar and half and half. Pour peach mixture into ice cream maker, add remaining milks and vanilla. Turn on machine and let churn for 25 to 30 minutes. Let set in freezer for about 10 to 20 minutes before serving. Makes 2 quarts.


This recipe can be used with any fresh fruit.


I was also in the mood for some raisin bread.


This recipe is from a book, but I can't remember which one -- I think it might be from this one . It makes a 1 1/2 pound loaf in my bread machine. It's the best bread I've ever had come out of my machine! Love it! Kellie wanted me to drizzle a little vanilla icing over it, but I thought that just seemed to take away all the goodness of this bread (but I have to admit that that does sound yummy, too).


RAISIN BREAD


1 1/4 Cups Milk

2 Tbsp Butter

3 Tbsp Dark Brown Sugar

1 tsp Salt

3 Cups Bread Flour

2 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1 Pinch Grated Nutmeg

1/2 Cup Raisins

1 1/2 tsp Red Star Brand Active Dry Yeast


Place all ingredients in bread machine and set for 1 - 1 1/2 pound basic (light) crust and then fruit and nut (takes 3 hours and 25 minutes in my machine) and press start. After the bake cycle ends, remove bread from the pan and place on a rack to cool for 1 hour before slicing. I forgot all about removing it so mine is a little darker that it usually is. But still really really yummy.


I had 4 peaches left and some blueberries so I was planning to make Blueberry Peach Muffins but someone ate 2 of the peaches!!!! rrrrr. I guess I'll make blueberry pancakes instead. I was really in the mood for those muffins, too! :O)

Monday, July 21, 2008

This is why...

This is why men should not be allowed to shop for their own clothes.


He knows I hate this shirt. Doesn't everyone hate this shirt???! He looks like some Frank Sinatra want-a-be lounge lizard guy -- And we were on our way out so I had to be seen with this getup! :O)

The pool Friday was surprisingly nice. For the first 30 minutes my little group were the only ones there! awesome. I was able to play in the pool with Kellie without any craziness going on around me!



There was a little spell of crankiness while I ate my lunch, but a snowball fixed that.


It was in the high 90's but there was a breeze so it was still nice to be outside. Nice to be relaxing at the pool all day. All around happy day.



Is this not the look of pure ecstasy?




This dog loves ice cream cones. Look at those eyes! I give him a few licks before I toss it and that seems to make him love me all the more! :O)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Un Sewing, rrrrrr.

This little mini quilt is kicking my butt! I'm using a lot of different fabrics (which is really unusual for me because I only like natural fibers in my minis) and that's been fun, but...


I used bias cut fabric for this stem, but the curves are really tight so they went down smoothly on the outside turns, but the inside are all puckered. rrrrr. and then I stitched about 8 leaves on the vine before I realized that they were just too small so I had to UN SEW!! rrrrrr.

I hate to UN SEW!!!! So I'm going to try again with some larger leaves, but this is making me not love this mini. I'll be so glad when I get to the stitching with floss and adding the beads and stuff. So on to a happier topic...

I love Hydrangea...


I love them because they are just so dang gorgeous with such a beautiful range of colors on each bush. And because my great grandmother, Mary Margaret Kelly, loved them.
Never met the woman, but my father talks about how great she was all the time! She was his favorite grand mother and somehow over the years it's made her my favorite, too. Anyway, when I think of Hydrangea I think of my great grandmother and beach cottages.
I'm thinking this shouldn't be breakfast, am I right?

Too Bad! It's just too dang gooood...


And I'm going to need my energy because like a dummy I told my kids we would go to the pool for the day and guess what --- it's going to be like 100 degrees and HUMID! That means the pool will be packed and I'll be hot and every kid will be jumping in and splashing me and I'll be very very cranky! waaaaah! I don't wanna go!
And what could this be in this ginormous box?!!


Why, it's our itty bitty little clam! He's only about 2 inches across.

Isn't he cute?! They can get like 12 inches! Yikes! but for now he's just a baby. And he's the only thing that was in that box! Pretty funny. Okay, no more aquarium talk!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Taking It Easy

Since all my laundry and cleaning were done before I left on vacation last week, I've been able to take it easy this week. I've been doing a little sewing. I'm still working on some mini quilts and I've been making some dolls.

I love to bead them. They feel really good in my hand while I'm working on them -- I can't explain it, but it just has this really cool feeling to it. And I like how small they are. I've never liked dolls that look like babies. I really love old, small, crafty hand sewn dolls. I like the symbolism of dolls (human figure) in culture. In this book...

they talk about how in Russia they used small dolls to protect the family.
Depending on what they are stuffed with ... stuffed with linen they protected the women; if masticated bread they protected the children; If ash from the hearth they protected the whole family. If the head was an egg they protected the fertility of the family and land. I don't believe in charms and powers associated with objects like this, but I love the history of it, the tradition. I like the meanings behind objects and images/shapes. I find it fascinating. So anyhoo, the book above and this one finally came yesterday...

And this one with beautiful embroidered fabrics! Another favorite topic of mine.

And on another topic...This is Sheldon our Pincushion urchin.

He likes to collect shells and stuff from the aquarium. I like the new chapeau he's sporting. It's the suction cup that was on the side of the tank for feeding the Tangs sea weed. And this is our Elephant Ear mushroom...


He's a really pretty sea glass green. Anyway, as we were checking out the guy tells us that he eats fish. Mark says "oh, okay. What kind?" -- The kind in your tank! -- GREAT! So Kellie is a nervous wreck that he's going to eat our fish. So far so good. The guy did say that it's a one in a million chance. Lets hope he leaves everyone alone! We had a little scare when the shrimp was cleaning him and he started to close around the shrimp. Lots of yelling "Shrimpie got out! Look out - he's closing on you!" Yeah, Kellie was pretty distressed but everything was fine.

He looks like this when he's all closed up...

I think he's cool and thought you might like to see him.