Saturday, July 13, 2013

Catching Up 2013

I have done a few things around the house lately and thought I'd show them here.  First, for my birthday, I got a 1950s credenza from a yard sale for $15.00!  Yay!  I also got a "fainting couch" from an Estate Sale in great condition and perfect for my sewing room.  So, I added both to the sewing room , which took a lot of rearranging, and badabing, badaboom, a fabulous new look:

The view from the door, to the left.

Panning to the right.

Continuing to the right.

The sewing machine right next to the door.  The ironing board stored.  

Super comfy fainting couch.  Perfect for napping while I watch TV.

The corner behind the door.
One Sunday, while listening to the talks in Sacrament Meeting, I heard this great quote from Plato regarding self-control.  The talk was about fasting.  It was a really good talk.  So, I asked, Sister Gina McQueen for a copy of the quote and cut it out in vinyl and hung it on the ceiling going down the stairs.  Chris said, "You might just as well have posted a bully on the stairs."  I said, "Good."

The Bully.

And, finally, I found this fabulous table cloth at an Estate Sale.  I cut it in half, added a little linen to the bottom, and voila!  Roman blinds for my dining room.  They look great!  The colors are perfect, and I'm really happy about them.  

How do you make a Roman blind?

Poke his eyes out!
That little joke just keeps me giggling.  :0)

And, finally, I'm going to add a picture of the kids taken at Hogle Zoo in May when I went down to pick up Ann from the U.  Sigh.  They are so grown up.  However, it was nice to go to the zoo and not have to do a head count every few minutes.  It was nice not to push a stroller.  It was nice not to have to take a million potty breaks, etc.  :0)
Me and Mike in Lima, Peru.

Ann turns 19.  Mustache cake.

I turn 50.  It is a half a cake because I am
a half a century old!  
So, that's it, in a nutshell.  I feel caught up.  Or do I?

Thursday, November 15, 2012


Emily and I went to a furniture store open house one evening last week, and their Xmas decs were all greenery and red glass balls.  I loved it, so I bought some ornaments and thought I'd update some old greenery.  What do you think?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pumpkin pie

We got one pumpkin out of our garden this summer.  It was smallish.  I cut the corn stalks and tied them together and put them on the front porch with the little pumpkin next to them foe decoration for October.  November 1st I threw out the cornstalks and moved the pumpkin to the other side of the door, and I thought, "I wonder what it takes to make pumpkin pie from a real pumpkin."  So, thanks to google, I found a Website, and, voila!  Mike and I made two of the most delicious pumpkin pies in the history of our pumpkin pies!  No time to take a photo, one is history, the other is in the freezer!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Quilt Binding

This may be the best binding I've ever done by machine!!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Owl Hat

Ann and her roommate, Sarah, want owl hats.  I found a pattern for children, so I made it a little bigger, but it is a little too big.  This is the prototype.  I'm glad I made it, theirs will work up a little faster.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Red Work

This is a red work piece I bought at Old Faithful this summer

I used the fabric left over from the snowman quilt to make the pinwheels and borders.

I was using a denim needle, and the machine kept getting gummed up, so I went to the store and bought a size ten needle, and a quarter inch foot.  Can't believe I lived this long without one!  :0)

It is a wall hanging and measures 13 x 16 inches.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Because I Mexi-can

Because of my wonderful heritage, and because I drive a red truck, I totally personalized this one!  The snowmen are all Mexican, and the Utah Mom bumper sticker is there, and I added the U hubcaps.  I think when it is quilted, I'll add hair to the driver!  I love it!

Monday, September 24, 2012

"BLOCK 7," she shouted.

Block 7
Held by Chris Wilcox
Who thinks I can get Block 8 completed before the  beginning of October?
Then I'll be caught up and when the final block arrives
I'll be able to do it and,
I'll be finished.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Blocks 5 and 6

Here they are:  

Block 5

Block 6
My applique techniques are getting better.  I know why they call it a block of the month.  It is so much easier to think of doing a block a month rather than a block every day until you're caught up!

Next up:  Blocks 7 & 8 and then I'll be caught up.  The final block comes in October.  Please don't remind me how close October is.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Block 4!

This block went together quickly.  I changed it up and added a script "noel" instead of a block "noel" because I thought loopy would be better than blocky with the steam coming from the hot chocolate.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Block Number Three!

Here is block number three.  It is cute.  I do not like doing the chain stitch and think it is a poor choice for the lettering.  I don't think I'll use it again for lettering if it is suggested.  I'm still having fun.  Three blocks to go til I'm caught up, but wait, August is tomorrow, Block number 7 will be arriving, yikes!  :0)

Emily is my holder.  Love those nails!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Block Number 2

It was bigger and more time consuming than I thought it would be, but I love it. (I think I need to clean my camera lens.)

Friday, July 13, 2012

My Latest Project

This is  my first block in a nine block Block of the Month quilt.  
I like snowmen and I like red and this will be a nice addition to my sun room!
The block is machine pieced, and the rest is hand appliqued.
So far, I'm enjoying it.  I have five more blocks to do, then I'll be caught up.

Monday, July 9, 2012


We finally got around to building garden boxes.  Our corn was definitely
knee high by the fourth of July!  We have a salad box in front, pumpkin and
corn in the middle and corn on the end.  Chris helped Mike build the boxes, Ann
calculated the amount of dirt to fill and she and I filled and everyone has helped place
rocks around.  Ann and I did the sprinkler system ourselves.

These are pots with tomatoes and herbs.

These pots have tomatoes and cucumbers and that tall,
yellow plant is dill.

This pot has marigolds and cat grass.  However, the cat isn't attracted.

More pots with cat grass and marigolds.  These pots
don't get as much sun so they aren't good for

We are pretty proud of our garden this year.  Hopefully it will all produce
well and we'll have tomatoes, corn and halloween pumpkins!