Tuesday, March 30, 2010

It's Almost Easter...

I don't think I could have picked a more disgusting day to go to Pennsylvania if I tried!But it was so so worth it! I had to get the candy for the kids and there is no better candy than Neuchatel!
The factory is about 40 minutes from my house. It's such a cute little store. And the candy is amazing! I got a box for my Mom and a box for my sister (because I'm just that nice :O) ) and of course I bought a BIG box for me!
One of my favorites is the bee candy. It's dark chocolate with a milk chocolate bee and on the inside is honey. It sounds crazy, but it's sooooo good!
Now I'm going to grab my ginormous box of chocolate and my Kindle and I'm going to sit on the sofa and read the rest of the day. And if Mark is really nice, I might even let him have one piece of candy. But only one! A nice way to spend a rainy Tuesday I must say!

Monday, March 29, 2010

And More Tic-Tac-Toe!

I am having so much fun making these little games - I love them.
They are now listed in my etsy shop.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


I love these little games. I finished 3 Easter themed ones and have them listed in my Etsy shop. I think they will look so cute in the Easter baskets this year.
I'm still working on the non-Easter themed ones. I want them listed by tonight so I'm busy busy busy today! Enjoy your day.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Knitting Knitting Knitting

Did a lot of waiting...the good thing about the waiting is that I was able to get a lot of knitting accomplished on my socks. I was worried about the dark blue I wanted to use for the cuff, heel, and toe but the more I finished the more I liked the dark blue.
Now that I'm home I've been working on some tic-tac-toe games. I want to hurry and get them finished because some of them have an Easter theme.Have a great weekend! I'm hoping for sunny skies.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Hello. I'm finally home at 9:05 PM - Loooooooong 15 hour day. Mark's surgery went well. He's uncomfortable, but not needing anything strong for pain. They want to send him home tomorrow morning (Thursday). We'll have to wait and see how he is feeling. They basically went in next to his bellybutton took all of his insides and shoved them over on the right - fixed the disk - then shoved everything back. And as disturbing as this is, this is the text Molly sent me tonight while I was still at the hospital...

"so I was watching a video Kellie made outside and she's talking to her friends across the street and she was like "my dad's unconscious I think he's in a coma."

Seriously, Mark just wasn't exciting enough for her movie so she took a little creative license here. :O) She cracks me up. - she's disturbing, but funny.

Anyway, thanks for all of the good wishes for Mark. I have been just a whole lot of stressed about this surgery. My favorite part... when the PA told Mark that they have never had a catastrophic event during surgery, but there is always a first time. LOL! I swear! Thanks big guy - I feel super confident about this now. LOL This PA is the same one Mark has had in the surgery for all three surgeries and every time he is always all - oooooo, I'm very serious, I'm very impressive...you know what I mean - him talking about the catastrophic event is so like him. The surgeon is really funny and relaxed, but the PA sheesh, he's mr gloom. Anyhoo, no catastrophic events this time (sorry Mr PA) - Have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ginormous Strawberries!

I know what you're thinking...Yummy Angel Food cake right?They weren't kidding when they said don't under bake! LOL
I swear it was dry to the touch!!!! It looked all golden and dry and crusty! It felt dry and crusty! I took it out of the oven, immediately flipped it over and then sat back and watched as it completely collapsed! LOL But the strawberries...oh the strawberries! They were buy one pack and get one free and look how huge they were!
and they were gooooood!
Mark's surgery is tomorrow. I'm stressed. He's stressed. I'll be glad when this is over. The past few days I haven't sewn even one stitch. I can't seem to focus on anything. I'm going out to lunch with my sister today so that will be fun. It's sunny right now, I hope that stays around. I hate driving on 95 in the rain. Have a great day friends.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Just Something Random From Today...

Mark brought home his bonsai trees from his office since he will be gone for 6 weeks. I'm not exactly an expert on bonsai but I'm thinking it's dead.Mark is convinced that it will bounce back now that spring is here. mmmhmmm. Whatever you say honey...Sure looks dead to me.

Speaking of dead, my kitchen table seriously needs refinishing! After 20 years and a lot of scrubbing it's starting to show it's age. Need to add that to my list of projects.

Kellie was busy writing one of her many many many stories today. She was at the kitchen table...

Kellie: hhhhhhh, I can't think of what should come next in my story!

Mark: Well, what do you have so far?

Kellie: Once upon a time.

LOL! She was totally serious and I couldn't stop laughing.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Some New/Old Minis

Hi friends. I was cleaning yesterday and changing over my winter decorations to my spring decorations and I came across these three little mini quilts I made back in 2002. My father had turned 80 and we were all sitting around the table talking about his family and his crazy Bohemian mother and grandparents and their crazy superstitions. These little quilts are about some of the things my grandmother told my father. These are small 5 1/2 inches x 6 1/2 inches and represent my father as a small boy.
Whatever carly marbles are - I guess indigestion?

That's a lovely thing to tell a child!
My father is 6 years older than his sister so I guess he did a lot of looking at the baby.

You know I always refer to the Bohemian side of my family as the crazy Bohemians, but it's because they were. They basically turned one of their daughters into a slave. She was the youngest and when she got married she still had to come to her parents house every day from early morning until late at night and take care of them (cooking, cleaning, etc) not because they were ill, just because they decided that that was what had to be done. They didn't expect her sisters to help - it was her job. I never could understand why she let her parents run her life like that or why her husband didn't stand up for her, but I think things were just different back then (1920's) and you didn't go against your parents. Also, I think her father was abusive and there was probably years of emotional and physical abuse (there are more crazy stories there) - she was probably too afraid to say no. It ruined her marriage - her husband became an alcoholic. My great grandfather was a complete nut. He made a leather strap with holes in it for my grandfather to beat my father with! The holes were so that it would slice through the air with great speed. That's just great. Can you imagine...gee granddad what are you making??? Oh, I'm making a leather strap for your father to beat the crap out of you. Nice. My father said it hung in their kitchen next to the back door. Easy reach just in case he decided to do something bad. I can't imagine what a child could possibly do that would warrant a beating with a leather strap! a leather strap crafted by his dear dear grandfather. Meanwhile their entire house was filled with religious shrines with burning candles. Mmmmm, very good religious people right there. I'm glad I didn't know them.

Gee, I didn't mean to get so dark with this post - I just wanted to show you the mini quilts but when I think about the crazy Bohemians I think about that strap and what they did to their daughter. Enough of that - lets move on to happy things like cupcakes. I'm going to go have one. I suggest you do the same 'cause cupcakes make for a happy happy day. I think I'll have two so I can be reeeeeeally happy. :O)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy Saint Patricks Day!

You know how I love this day! I have my green food coloring all ready to go. My corned beef and cabbage, carrots, and potatoes are just waiting. I'm ready to make the cake. And I want to assure you that I will not be making this mistake again this year! :O) I'm sure I make my great great grandfather Owen McNeill and his oh so lovely wife Bondeena very proud. :O)Bondeena - there's a name for you. Owen came from Derrynoid in Northern Ireland and met and married Bondeena in Baltimore. I'm sorry but he looks like he could be Dracula in that painting. :O) He's probably going to haunt me now. But honestly, they don't look nearly as nice as my great grandparents William Patrick and Mary Margaret Welsh! (the woman in the back is my grandmother and my father is the little boy in the front)
And now I know where I get these chipmunk cheeks from! Have a great Irishy day! Now if I could just get Miss Molly to do a little jig for me all would be right with the world!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What Is Making My Eye Twitch

Breathe In .... Breathe Out ... Deep cleansing breaths. Don't yell. Don't FLIP OUT! like you want to... That's when the eye started twitching 'cause I'm pretty sure my headphones shouldn't look like this...
I'm big on sharing my goods. I let the kids use my headphones. hmmm. Lets just say I learned a lesson on that one. I also let my kids use my stuff. Paint, paper, punches, beads, buttons, fabric, yarn, etc etc etc. I'm a firm believer in buying good quality art supplies and taking good care of them. On my rotary cutters I have written in black sharpie... FABRIC ONLY and PAPER ONLY so when the fabric cutter was used on the paper I was a tad upset. I have fabric scissors and I have paper scissors and I have about 4 craft scissors. Why WHY WHY WHY do they use my really good fabric scissors for paper, plastic and everything else they come in contact with?

And this is a big problem. I want to start a new applique project. Like this quilt.
I love Baltimore Album quilts. I want to make one in bright colors like this one
Unfortunately I still haven't made this quilt...
I've had this a long time. I really need to get to it. The blocks are huge. 16 inches! The good thing about that is that the appliques are huge too so that will make it super easy
I go through spurts where I want to make an 1860's quilt and then I want to make something bright. Right now I want to make something bright to go on my bed but unfortunately I have everything I need to make an 1860's quilt (2 quilts actually) for my bed. I hate that.
I'm not going to work on that at the hospital though - I'm going to work on these blocks instead.
I have everything cut out for a bunch of blocks - see that stack of envelopes there on the left? That should keep me busy.
They are for the Dear Jane quilt I'm making I love that quilt and I'm going to completely hand sew the entire thing. It started as a block a week that I was doing with my sister when she lived in Omaha Nebraska but we were distracted by other things and we didn't get very far with it. I've still been making blocks when the mood strikes, but I'm not very far along with this.The blocks are small - around 5 inches. I've finished a few but obviously I have a bazillion more to go! I know. I'll be 110 and still working on this, but I want to make it without the sewing machine. Look at the border! All of those triangles and half of them are pieced. I don't even want to think about those bias edges right now.
Just looking at the patterns gives me heart palpitations! :O) Look at the top of the triangle that is shown on the bottom right of the right page - look at that tip! What is that? I have to piece that?! LOL
And look at that color photo of the corner - it says 5,602 pieces! LOL Did I say I'll be 110? More like 310! But, it will be perfect for the hospital because I only need one color thread, one needle, a few tiny applique pins, and some little scissors. Very portable. I do love handwork. It has always been and always will be my favorite thing. It's like when I'm spinning wool - I get in this zone and when I stop I'm a little blurry eyed, but I feel completely relaxed. Hand stitching has the same result for me. Looooove it.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Very Productive Weekend

I finished 3 journals. They are all baby themed journals. One girl, one boy, and one is boy or girl. I'm going to list them on Etsy tonight. This is the boy journal...

This is the girl journal

And this is the one that can be boy or girl

Mark's surgery is next Wednesday (the 24Th) and I want to make sure I have plenty of stuff to keep me busy because it's going to be a long day (we have to be at the hospital at 6:30 AM) and he will have to stay for one or two nights. I want to make sure I have so applique and some knitting to work on.

Kellie was busy sewing this weekend too. She made a cute little doll. She just loves when I take pictures of her sewing :O)
That's it for me today. I need to go and get the journals listed. Hope you are having a good day.