Friday, January 9, 2015

Taking down the Christmas tree, and put up the little 2 foot Valentine tree today.  Its very cute.
I found the pink lights at Big Lots yesterday, and that sort of cinched the deal.  Almost all of the ornaments and chains (garlands) were made previous years by the grands.
I took photos from all three sides. I know, I'm just a silly Chika!!!!  Now I am slowly working on finishing the other tree takedown.
Here are some Swedish Heart baskets that Emmie and I made from Christmas cards!  

My latest obsession is anything Swedish.  Excited  to find out there will be a season 2 of Welcome To Sweden.  If you missed the first season, you can watch all of the shows on the NBC APP. The commercials are aggravating, but I just get up and do something while they play. Its worth it to see the show.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

I thought I had posted this a few days ago!

Well, I made these 2 pillowcases for my friend for our monthly swap. She doesn't come to my blog, so its safe to show them. They should arrive to her house tomorrow. This was for our END OF DECEMBER swap. I read that Irish folk traditionally always made themselves new pillowcases at the start of the new year, to have somewhere to keep all of the money that would be coming to them. They would also eat green cabbage leaves which indicated all of the money they would prosper with in the coming year! So, since I am half Irish, I felt I could use this idea for her New Year surprise.  She loves cats and dogs, so I used matching fabrics, but one is cats, and one dogs, for each case.

These are folded in quarters, so they are really longer and wider, and fit standard sized pillows.

I will leave the cabbage cooking to her! Lol.

So then Emily came over the next day and found my left over dog and cat fabric, and she wanted a kitty pillow! She picked some lion material from Moms old stash for the cuff of her pillow because, she stated "Lions are cats, and they go together"! I thought this was good logic, so voila:
A new case for Ems! Now I feel Donovan needs the matching dog pillow from the left over of that. I just need to find him some cool fabric to use for the cuff and accent strip. Maybe tomorrow morning!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I've been staying busy with learning to crochet with the smallest hook EVER (not really as I have found out there are way smaller from my friend, Claude).  This kind of work is ball busting. Hard to keep pushing  forward on, but I insist on finishing just this one bookmark. That will be the smaller of these two peices. The one on the right.  It is halfway done...
 I've been on hikes with family.

 See birdie in tree.....beautiful!!!

 And shopping at our new outlet shoppes.  Love this on cooler evenings!
 My grands have had awards ceremonies and now in the midst (tonight and tomorrow night) of their musical performances at school.
Staying busy, having fun, and surrounded by love! What more could I ask? So grateful.
Love to you all,

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

My first pillowcase!

AND...this one has french seams, which means you have no exposed seams throughout the inside or outside of the case!!!  It's ultra cool!  It was my test pillow. I used some of my Princess Tiana fabric, and had left overs of the pink flannel for the cuff, and the pink and white checks for the trim.  I have to say I think it turned out really great!  It is from the tutorial by my great inspirational leader and confidence builder, Vanessa at Crafty Gemini.  The only pillows I had were king sized.  Not sure how that happened, but I guess I need some new standard sized ones!  So the end of the king pillow is sticking out, otherwise it would look more normal on a standard.  You can get the idea though.
And a close up.  I love that pink check trim with the dainty pink lined soft flannel.  Sorry the sun was streaming down on the pillow!
Thanks again Crafty Gemini!  I'm on my way to making more!
Here is the tutorial:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mad recap of latest happenings!

My friend Carolyn, in Gainesville and I exchange handmade items each month, and look at what she made me!  A knitted cactus pin cushion!  LOVE!!!!

We visited the church where hubby and I married 26 years ago, also in Gainesville.  Love this sign hanging over the entrance!  PEACE, LOVE, and JOY TO ALL WHO ENTER HERE.
 Donovan pulling the rope to ring the bell in the steeple!  That was fun!
 Inside picture of the Kanapaha Presbyterian Church.  The members were inside cleaning and decorating for Christmas, and we met a deacon.  He showed us some of the upgrades.  The ceiling had been redone.  There were new buildings. They left the kerosene chandelier in top left of photo. The church is thriving.  If we ever move back there, this will be my church!.
 This is a huge sinkhole in Gainesville.  Called Devil's Millhopper.  You walk down a million stairs to the near bottom, and it was full of the most amazing gray, green blue water.  I had never seen it with so much water in the 10 years I had lived there (from 1980-1990).  It was magical...
 This is my DIL, Ginny, and daughter, Carolyn in front of the waterfall.
 Carolyn.  It was chilly!  We wore scarves!
 Emily posing with Mr. Wobbles outside the Columbia Restaurant where we had our Thanksgiving meal in St. Augustine.  We love this city!  Mr. Wobbles did too!
 Carolyn as a mermaid at a gorgeous park there!
 Mr. Wobbles rides the trolley around the oldest city in the U.S!
 He is happy to be back here again...ready to be stowed away until next years adventure!!!
Happy holiday season to you all.  The fun is just beginning!
XOXO- Julie