Monday, September 26, 2011

Design Wall Monday

I did not get the borders on the Star Flower wall hanging so it is still up on the wall.
I do feel real good about the quilts that got quilted this weekend.  I also made the baby bib last night for my co-workers first grandchild.  I am giving her the bib made from recycled blue jeans and a sock frog doll.  Her daughter is doing the nursery in lime green and black and I thought this frog was too cute!
I have them setting on my longarm table and the pattern is Velvet Queen if you are wondering.  I really like how it quilts up.  I will figure out how to do a tutorial and get a pattern upload this week so that you can make a baby bib if you wish.  Until then, have a Sew Wonderful Monday!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Restful Sunday

There has been so much going on for the last three weeks, it is nice to be able to relax today.  I'm trying to catch my breath so I can come home after church tonight and maybe get some sewing done.  I finished a king size 9-patch quilt Saturday and just need to stitch the binding down on this Scrap Tease.  The pattern is by Bettie Hammock.  She is a local lady and it is a published pattern.  The quilter made a king size and had some blocks left over, so she made a few more block to make this lap size.  She will probably give the quilt away (she does that sometimes).  Beautiful pattern:
Results from the county fair:  The dresdan plate wall hanging received a 1st place and the Double Delight received a 2nd place. I also have several ribbons from some jewelry pieces I entered.  I need to work on a gift for a co-workers first grandchild.  I am planning on making a bib from recycled jeans.  I'll get a pic when it is made, hopefully later tonight after church.  Have a Sew Sew Day!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

County Fair Time

It is county fair season.  I have been helping to take in entries for our SMALL county fair this week.  Today, the judges come and I will work with them and begin setting up the quilts for display.  I am sad that there was not many entries this year in the fair.  Seems like it just keeps going down in number of entries.  I have been working the fair for almost 10 years and last year it looked like it was going up, but this is the least amount I have ever seen here.  I usually get around 50-60 quilted items, this year maybe 25.

I took the day off as vacation so I could work with the judges and start getting set up.  I have a friends quilt to quilt and I need to measure it to see if I need to run out of town to get a king size bat.  Annie will go in to get her stitches out later.  She has been so energetic with the cooler weather we are now having.  It is in the 80's this week.  So nice!!, especially after all those 100+ days.  Still need rain.  As they said at church, "If your not praying for rain, what is wrong with you?"  Even the next system coming up the Gulf they are predicting will stay away from North Texas.  Last night (dog had to go out at midnight) I could see smoke in the sky and smell wood burning.  What worried me was that toward the West (Greenville) I could see an orange glow in the sky.  It was only in that area.  I can't think of any lights or anything that it could be, so I am hoping it wasn't a fire.  Need to get moving for the day.  Have a wonderful SEW day!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Design Wall Monday

This is the last day of Staycation.  I don't want to go back to work tommorrow.  I am going to focus on today!  Last week I posted my goals for the week.  Seeing that we did whatever caught our fancy, I did not complete everything on my list, but I made a good dent and I am pleased with it.  Here is what is on the wall today:
That is Star Flowers by Kim Schaefer in her book Flowering Quilts.  When I put it on my list for this week, I forgot it had stars on top of the circles.  I had the stems stitched down, had to make four more blocks (because I made a table runner for my sister-in-law for her birthday) and thought all I had left to do was place and stitch the circles.  After I got everything back out, I realized that I had to do the stars (or why would it be called Star Flowers??).  That is today's project.  I think I can get it done.

Here are the finishes for Staycation:

Binding is all finished on the quilt.  This is the Double Delight mystery quilt that Bonnie Hunter did a couple of years ago.  I love how it turned out. 
I finished the placemats:
I quilted and bound the dresdan plate flowers:

It is ready so that I can enter it in the county fair this week.  When I get it back, I will add beads to it.  I want beads in the flower centers and in the border.  This is heavily quilted.  It does not show up in the  photo.  When I add the beads, I will get close up pics.  Off to sew.  Later today, we are smoking beer can chicken.  YUM!  I hope that there will be left overs.  It makes the best chicken salad.  Have a Happy Labor Day and don't labor too hard...have FUN!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Reading Judy's post about setting goals has me re-thinking my UFO challenge list.  I have not kept up with it.  I went back to find the list and I have hardly done anything on it.  I did not keep up with Judy's group (no where near).  I did not totally understand how the challenge would work, so my list had projects that would take more than one month to do. When I set it up, I thought that the first month we would work on the first project and go on down the list.  I planned out projects that I would be able to get it done due to schedules.  I fell off when the first split project came up and I was to work on the 2nd half and still didn't have the blocks finished. I worked on finishing the blocks instead of finishing the quilt.  Then I was to doing embroidery on a few blocks and now I am still working on that 6 months later.  I went back to look at the list.  Here it is:

1. Quilt Mystery Quilt

2. Plan and prepare applique for Log Cabin Baskets
3. Attach all applique's for Log Cabin Baskets
4. Quilt Log Cabin Baskets
5. Finish applique for Christmas Block of the Month
6. Finish putting Christmas Block of the Month together
7. Sew civil war table runner
8. Put my sister's antique quilt together
9. Put Amy's antique quilt together
10. Quilt the two class sampler quilts.
11. Finish the two machine quilting class samples
12. Finish the reindeer games pillows.

I finished number 1 this week (almost, working on the last side of the binding). 
I think I have it figured out on  what I want to do for the applique on the log cabin baskets.  So you know that 3 and 4 are out. 
I have finished #5.  All  the applique is done, just need to finish the embroidery.  When that is done, then the blocks can go together and it goes to the quilting list.
I don't know where I put the civil war table runner at.  I can do that on a weekend this month.
Working on someone else's quilt for #8 and #9 doesn't necessarily grab my fancy, but I know it will be well worth it.
That leaves me with the last two on the list.  Totally doable this month.  I will make it my goal to get both or at least one done this month.  The embroidery will go with me when I have to travel to go to a class for work later this month.  That way I have something to do while in the hotel at night.  Should get it done.

But this week I am working on the short list I made for this week.  I am not going anywhere that I know of today, so I should make better progress than yesterday.  I need/want to get the dredan plate quilted.  I am about 1/4 done.  Not exactly what I normally do for quilting, but I am trying some new things. A new foot for the machine is one. It is the new covertible foot by Janome.  I have not fallen in love with it yet, but I am still plugging on.  I am also doing my version of McTavishing. It is my version because it doesn't look anything like hers, but it gets the area covered somewhat.  I decided to quilt some flowers in the background and am changing up what I was doing after getting it started.  Pic to come later today.  So off to quilting.  I will tell you about yesterday's trip later when I post some pics.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thursday (aka Staycation Day 6)

Let's see what gets done today.  Jim has college tonight, and dove season starts today.  I want to get some quilting done, at sewing machine as well as longarm.  I haven't decided how I am going to quilt the last two flimsies.  The smaller one will be done at the sewing machine.  I got a new quilting foot for Christmas and haven't tried it out yet.  Now is the time.  The Magic Star Flowers I will do at the longarm.  I want to do extra special something or other.  I am leaning to trapunto and some small, dense what Char Anderson has in her book One Line at a Time .  But the one thing I wanted to do was to go to Dallas area and go to a gourmet food market and check out the cheeses and meats and spices and anything else they have.  Maybe tommorrow.  I'll report back later today to let you know how it's going.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wonderful Wednesday (aka Staycation Day 5)

Yesterday I finished quilting my mystery quilt.  The binding has been stitched on three sides so far.  I may finish it tonight.  I haven't come out  to my room today.  I watched TV and swam a bit.  I did my hand stitching while watching TV.  I have the fall placements finished and on the table.  I made some more Hello Dollies and am doing my best not to grab one everytime I walk past them.  Grabbed a cup of coffee and now will do some machine stitching.  I am ready for some time at the machine.  I also have to piece the backing for the Magic Star Flower wallhanging.

Jim got the faucet replaced and while we were in the pool, he jumps out saying "We have a water leak!" I look over and see water shooting in the air.  It blew the faucet head completely off.  Luckily, we were outside and saw it when it happenend.  It has been fixed and the other one checked to make sure that it is okay.  Now for some sewing.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Design Floor (aka Staycation Day3)

I have a lot planned to do this week.  Here is what I plan on working on:

There are 3 flimsies:  Upper right is a mystery quilt that Bonnie Hunter had a couple of years ago.  I am just now getting to quilting it.  Bottom Center is a dresdan plate wall hanging and  upper left is also a wall hanging, I call it Magic Star Flowers.  Then there are three more projects, stitch down the binding on some fall placemats, add an appliqued border to the churn dash on top and finish the blocks for the button flowers.  I have many more, but these are the ones I thought I would concentrate on this week. 

We at breakfast at the local dinner and now Superman is working on replacing the faucets outside.  It is cloudy and drizzing today.  It is still expected to get over 100, but right now it is quite nice outside.

Saturday, college boy and his girlfriend came over (to do  laundry) and swam.  We cooked steaks and veggies on the grill.

I know that is not the best photo, but it is all I have.

Yesterday I finished a baby quilt for the music minister and his wife.  This is their 4th child and is to be a boy.  They will have two boys and two girls.  A very nice young family.
Now to get back to work and get that quilt loaded and quilted.  Have a great sew day! 

Friday, August 26, 2011


Superman and I are on a staycation this week.  Yahooo!  The pool is in (pics to come) and I am planning on working on MY QUILTS!  The county fair is coming up and I want/need to put some items in the fair.  I am not going to work on  customer quilts this week.  I plan to get several blocks done on the Civil War quilt.  I have I think 3 quilts to be quilted.  Need to quilt a baby quilt tommorrow.  Sew much stuff to do.  I have looked forward so much to this week.  Pics should be plenty.

Went to church tonight to get the Christmas musical we will be doing.  I had signed up to take a dessert, so I made Hello Dollies.  I haven't had one in years.  Luckily, there was some to bring back home.  YUM! 

I am going to the Civil War blog to write down blocks and cutting/sewing directions so I can put my nose to the grindstone.  More to come.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

It's Hot Out There!!

I think that by now we have tied or surpassed the number of days reaching 100+ back to back.  One day last week, I think they were saying it was at 14 days.  The weatherman is comparing this year to 1983.  This year, Superman decided he wanted to get a swimming pool.  We had one in Irving and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I know that it would be used by us, even if it ever gets to just the two of us.  And with the temps here in East Texas, a swimming pool is what we dream about.  Last we heard, it should be delivered tommorrow.  We have cleared the top soil where it is going to be placed.  The installer is to begin on Monday.  Then our problem will be to get water in the pool.  Restrictions have not been placed yet, but it is expected any day now.  This is a large pool and will take a lot of water.  I have asked the fire department to come fill it and I will pay them.  I have not heard from them yet to see if they will do that.  That is the best way for us to get it filled.  I don't think the water company will be happy if I fill it with my water hose.  Sorry, no pics for today.  I will take some or download some I have taken and talk about them.  That is whay usually keeps me from posting.  I have to go locate the cords, etc to get the job done.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

It's a Jungle

My dad gave my sister and I his lake lot that he and mom bought around 1974.  There is a mobile home on it that was made in 1959.  It is still standing.  No one has been to the lot in a couple of years or longer.  We received the notice of value from the appraisal district and of course, it is too high for the property.  For some reason, the appraisal district thinks that there are two mobile homes on the lot.  Jim and I decided to go down take a few pictures for the protest.  OMG!
Before we can sell it, we will have to do tons of yard work to where anyone could even get to it. Then the inside of the house has to be cleaned, etc.  The utilities were turned off a couple of years ago and we don't want to turn it on just to pay the bill, because we really don't think we will use the lot.  So we will just have to get it presentable.  But surprisingly, it does look liveable.  There are some beautiful iris that I want to move to my house.  I have put a few here, but I want more.  Jim also wants a crepe myrtle and I a small one growing there.  Think we will move it also.  He is wanting to put lots of trees in the back pasture for his repopulation for the wildlife.  There are MANY.  It will just take a little time to dig them up and move them here.  The disappointing thing is that there are several lots around us for sell that look a whole lot better, so we may have this for a long, long time.  I am going to call my sister and see if we can't plan a weekend for all to go down and start work.

I am working on a wall hanging to give to the AgriLife Center.  My quilt group, The Piecemakers meets there every month.  I took extra blocks from the dontation quilt that we made a put together a little rendition of the big quilt to present to them.  They can hang it in the main room and it will help to absorb the sound.  I think we will try to give them one every so often so that it can help with the sound in the room.  Happy Piecing.  Maybe you can get a lot done this holiday weekend.  We are having company tommorrow (Memorial Day), so we will be cleaning house and doing yard work.

Monday, May 23, 2011

I've Done My Good Deed Today

Occasionally I get old quilt tops from friends that need to be quilted.  I have worked on this one for some time (because it was handwork). 
It is tied and double-knit fabric.  The backing is purple cotton that is probably from the 30's-40's.  I haven't seen that color for some time.  I folded the backing over to the front, doubled it and stitched with a decorative stitch on the machine.  I think it added a nice touch.  My friend was given this (and another quilt that I quilted for her daughter's wedding that was a dutch girl/boy) and she wants to let her mom know that she got them finished.  This will be used and will be a good quilt to keep you warm in the winter.  I have many double knit squares and may have to make my own one day.  Double knit is a fabric from the past and I don't see it making a come back, so to use what I have to preserve it would be good.  My grandmother made several flower garden pattern quilts (her favorite pattern to make) out of double knit.  They are soooo heavy to sleep under, but boy do they keep you warm.

It is always a good thing to get some of the quilts that were made in the past finished for the families to enjoy.  So many people have quilt tops in the top of the closet.  I too have a couple that need to be finished.  Not ony quilted, but the top needs to be completed.  I also need to finish my quilts so that they will not have to be sent to another quilter to be completed.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dresden Plate

I've always been intimidated by the dresden plate block.  At Moda Bake Shop I saw this pattern and that really wet my appetite.  I needed to do a program for my quilt group and decided it was time to get this block done.  I had purchased a EZ Dresden ruler at Walmart and decided to start there to get a smaller project done.  I usually don't make quilts by the pattern and change them up somehow, or use a favorite method of constrution.  Here is the project I made to learn how to make the block:

I still need to add borders.  I love how it turned out and the block was soooooo easy.  Now I can make the plate chargers for my table.  Superman likes how they look also, so it will be a good project.  I don't think I mentioned that I re-covered the dining room chairs just before Easter.  They needed to be done such a long time.  That too was an easier than imagined project.  Happy Sewing!

Monday, May 9, 2011

I'm Back!

Well, I'm back again.  It has been quite the last few months.  We lost our beloved Pumpkin in February.  She had lived with us for almost 14 years.  She was one of the best dogs I have ever had. She didn't like sharing the spot with other dogs, but would do it anyway.  She also never fused about any of the animals we have had on the farm.  She did not chase the chickens or fuss at the goats even when they would head butt her.  She was a red lab mix.  After a couple of weeks, we finally got used to her not being here and quit looking for her to greet us at the door when we would get home. 

I got the button program all together and had several tell me that it was very good and inspired them to go home and go through their buttons.  They look at them a little bit different now.  I went to the Texas State Button convention.  I got my fill of buttons.  I bought a few "pretties" that I have yet done anything with.

Then in April, I got a puppy.  Her name is Annie.  She is a border collie/springer mix.
She has a fabric fettish.  She cannot go past a scrap of fabric on the floor without picking it up and she usually hides it somewhere else.  She also has been eating my herbs in the herb garden.  She especially loves mint. I have had to plant it several times.  She nips at the plants and then digs them up to eat somewhere else.  I have had to buy new ones because she takes it somewhere and I can't find it to rescue from her.

Have a great Mother's Day today.  I am spending the afternoon with my oldest son, who is visiting from Montana.

Monday, January 31, 2011

January UFO Update/Design Wall

I willl not be able to finish the January challenge on time, but I will finish it.  I have all the blocks done, and am working on the last filler strip (under the angel).  After seeing it up on the wall, I need to adjust the curve in the stem.  So I'll be ripping it out to start again.  It needs to be more curvy to match the ones already done.  It is good to see this one almost done.  When I was reading the instructions for the angel block it said to sew on the appliqued filler and the plain filler (what!).  I don't have anymore fabric.  I never gave a measurement for the plain filler or said to cut two of the background when I cut the filler strip.  I cut and made all of the background blocks a long time ago and pack them with the patterns so that back ground was ready to go when I would go to work on the blocks.  This has been packed away for at least 5 years.  I drew out the star color of the blocks to watch how they would be placed and just pulled scraps for the applique when I would work on that block.  I spent part of the weekend spraying the blocks with vinegar and water to help set the colors as some of the reds were bleeding.  This is my first applique quilt I have ever done.  I have done small sections of applique,  but not a whole quilt before.  And this is all needleturn.  I have enjoyed sitting in the living room working on it as the TV is on, especially when it is too cold to get in my studio to work.
     We are expecting another cold snap to come in on Tuesday.  The weekend was sooo nice, 75 on Saturday and Sunday was almost the same.  Tuesday/Wednesday it is to get into the 10-20's possibly with a wintery mix. Speaking of Saturday:  my quilt group got together and worked on our donation quilt for this year.  I had a nice time with everyone and enjoyed the sewing that we got done.  It is a churn dash in 1930's and will have applique in the corner borders.  I'll post a pic when it is done.  Here we are working:
You only see two rows of the quilt, the rest is out being sewn.  We had quite the conversation planning the borders. It has been a small challenge, but as usual will be great when it is completed.  I like that we do something different each year.  It is always a challenge to work with blocks that other people sew because you get such a varience of sizes.  It does help us all to grow as quilters when we see a problem and brainstorm together to find the solution.  This year we are going to make a smaller quilt to donate to the AgriLife Center where we hold our meetings.  If they hang on the wall in the meeting room, it will help to buffer the sound and make the noise level better.  I hope we donate some more to them to show off our guilds work and add to the decor of the building. 
     I also worked on the buttons a bit, but will have that as a later post.  It will be a busy week.  Today is the last day to pay property taxes without a penalty, so I expect I will be standing at the counter most of the day and my feet will be killing me tonight.  Happy sewing.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Design Wall/Table Monday

I have worked when I could on my UFO project, I Believe.  I have to finish the I Believe block (near the center) and one filler that goes below the angel block.  I will push to get it done this week and hopefully will at least get the I Believe block finished.
Of course, I have another project going.  What else is a quilter suppose to do? (Finish what is started.)   I am putting together a program on buttons for my guild next month and have been wanting to do a quilt to show off some of my buttons.  I found one that I like and started it.  It is Star Flowers from Kim Schaefer.  It was on my sewing table.
I also have another project on the design wall under the I Belive, it is Santa Stick.  It is on hold for a little while.  Sew many projects.

Sunday, January 23, 2011


I spent several hours on Saturday searching thru my buttons and sorting them.  I found some really neat ones, I will post pics of them later.  I am going to do a program at my guild next month on buttons, so I am working on getting that all organized.  I am making a new quilt to show off some of my buttons and I am thinking of framing a few.  Here is the quilt I started:
It is from the book Flowering Quilts by Kim Schaefer.  There are several quilts in the book that I like.  I also managed to get some work done on my UFO project.  Will do update on Design Wall Monday.  I spent many hours updating my ipod.  I haven't done that in many, many months...and now I have a new computer, so I had to reload my CD's again.  Maybe I missed something, but I could not find where you could upload from your ipod to the computer to put what was on the ipod in the library.  It is done now.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Time To Sew

Saturday is finally here.  I have the heaters on in the room to warm it up so I can stand to be in there to sew.  I often wonder if the extreme temperature changes affect my machiines.  I am going to get some of the Believe block prepared today so I can keep working on my  UFO.  I can sit in the family room and applique when I don't go in my room to sew. 

The past two weekends have been spent with my son who lives in Montana.  He traveled to OK City for training for a new job and came down to Texas to visit family.  It had been 5-6 years since I last saw him.  So I had to spend some of the time CLEANING house.  I put that off as much as possible.  But, it is done now.  Hopefully, all will pick up behind themselves and the house will just need the dusting and vacumming that I also don't like to do.

(sorry for the blurry picture) The deer population is increasing greatly in my "backyard".  I see them everynight just before dusk.  There were two groups last night with at least eight deer.  They were coming close to the house so we let the dog out to chase them off.  She ran up to them about 35 feet away barking and they did not leave.  Then Superman thru down some of the poppers that make a gunshot sound to scare them off.  Nope.  They stayed.  We went inside.  We were trying to scare them to go to the back field and not go to the highway.  One was hit the other night.  I'm trying to save them, at least for a year, until hunting season again.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Civil War Blocks 1 & 2

Here are my first two blocks.  I am caught up and hope to stay caught up.  I had been collecting civil war prints for a quilt (plan on doing the Farmer's Wife).
Looks like I might have to do two civil war quilts this year.  Go on over to Laurie's blog as she is having a give away for a new book "The Pony Club".  May you have lots of luck!


It snowed yesterday and just a wee bit this morning.  We got at least 4" of snow.

 The office is closed!  The snow is still soft as it is just now getting above freezing at noon. We never got the rain on top of the snow so that did not freeze overnight. I have spent the morning working on my UFO.  I finished the angel block.

Two fillers, and one block to go. I might get it done this month.  I hope so.  I have been working on this since probably at least 2002.  I thought it was only about 5 years old, but the date on the pattern is 1998 and I probably started a few years after it was out.  It is a hand-me-down pattern from my SIL.  This afternoon I will work on the Civil War blocks from Barbara Brackman.  Have a good afternoon and stay WARM!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

How Lucky Can You Be?

There are so many things going on to be grateful for right now. 1.) WOW child finally got a job. It seems like he has been unemployed forever. It isn't the most glamorous job, but a job and he is happy. 2.) Superman has been taking classes to get into college. Needed a few developmental classes. He took his placement test and passed with excellent scores! When he took the test the last time for the English portion, the report said that "obviously he didn't know what he was doing and could not communicate well". He has been spending two semester working on gettinge the Math classes behind him and he "studied" You Tube for English help for the test. This time he received "excellent use" and scores for his essay. He is officially a College Student now! 3.) On the way to his new job WOW child hit a deer yesterday. Luckily, he was not hurt and the damage to the car is fixable. Of course since it was an older car, there was only liability on it, so we will have to front the repairs. He will need a new hood and headlight assembly, and some hammering to bang out some dents. I could not be more pleased that he is SAFE. Living in a rural area we see many deer that have been hit and hear it often from our own house (we live near the highway). Hard to believe that we have not hit one before.

Now, if I could only get the lottery numbers right! We try to buy one ticket a week (when we fill up with gas).

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

On the Search

I had a great time at my friends house and I made the stuffed porkchops from Judy's recipe. My husband loved it. I thought it was a little bit salty, but very tasty. I got busy on my UFO challenge and have been working on one of the blocks. Maybe I will get them all finished this month (fingers crossed). I need to rush to get ready for work. I have been blog hopping and finding wonderful new sites. I will update later of some new finds. I am also on the lookout for one or two new BOM's for this year. Time to go to work. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Sunday, January 2, 2011


I love Sunday's. They are meant to relax and enjoy. We go to church every Sunday. Rarely miss one. Yes, I don't always want to go, but once I am there, I am blessed by someone, a song, the sermon, or something. Then I am so glad I went. Today, started as one of those days. I havc tommorrow off, so I just wanted to stay home and sew all day, and it is cold outside. I don't do cold too well. But after there, I was so glad I went. I enjoyed the sermon, Salt of the Earth and it gave me a renewed perspective of what I should be as a Christian. Now at home, I am listening to one of my many CD's (contempary Christian) and just happy as can be. I found the layout for the I Believe quilt and rearranged the blocks on the designwall. I have two blocks to applique, two fillers to applique, and two blocks that need some embroidery on them. After looking at them, a few more might get some embroidery to give them a more finished look.

Tommorrow I am going to a friends house to sew. I plan on getting there around 9:30 and spending most of the day. Wonder what all I will get accomplished???

Saturday, January 1, 2011

January Challenge for UFO

Wouldn't you know that #6 was drawn. I think that is the oldest thing on my list. I will have to swap #5 and #6. Can't put it together until I am finished with the applique. So I will start working on it. I dug it out of the UFO box and put it on the design wall. I can't remember where the finishing part is for the layout. I will look for that this weekend. A few blocks have embroidery to be done and two need applique done. I think there is only one more filler piece. This pattern is from Village Classics and is the I Believe BOM.

That means I have several things to do this weekend. I need to do a craft for a program later this month and I started working on my Santa Stick that I did not put on the UFO list. Lots of fun! I can't believe that I have so many UFO's. I did put together a clutch today, I can see a few things that I need to watch on making another one. It went together fairly quickly. Makes a cute small clutch to carry just the basic necessities. I will leave out the divider piece on future bags. I think it just gets in the way. You can find it here.

I have done some great things so far this morning. I started a batch in the new yogurt maker that I got for Christmas. I used wild blueberry jam for the flavoring and the culture was organic plain yogurt. Tonight (after 9 hours in the "incubator") I will put the lids on and enjoy the yogurt with the homemade granola I make. YUM! Hope it all sets up and taste great. I can see I will be experimenting with the flavors and subtle changes.