Next Gen Readers

Bought joke books for my two little readers.

Big hits!
And Addy's mom is very happy the knock-knock book doesn't live at her house.


Budding Artist

Found a tutorial online for a fun art project, so today Leanne and I broke out the (bleeding) tissue paper, big girl scissors and spray bottle.

I thought she would be most excited about using the scissors, but I was wrong - her favorite part was definitely the tweezers.
Her patience and persistence (and hand/eye coordination) in picking off every little piece of paper amazed me.

Pop and I both think Leanne is going to be my crafting buddy as she gets older.

This project was fast, fun and messy -

and we'll definitely be doing it again.


A Day With Leanne

A day spent with Leanne is always entertaining, but she was really on top of her game today.

She started with hide & seek and tag with Pop, then freezing us in place with her "Elsa powers".

We progressed to making cookies - and licking the beaters, of course -
multiple games of Uno, using our scariest voices to ask questions of the Magic 8 ball -
Leanne couldn't remember 'Magic 8 ball' so she called it the "Magical ball of 8", which is now its official name;

plus lots
and lots
of face painting and picture taking.
And I wonder why I'm always tired when she goes home . . .


Happy New (Fabric) Year!

What better way to start the new year than a 50% off sale at one of my two favorite quilt stores.

 Bought 4 yards of the red and 2 yards each of tan and brown in the top right corner. Came home and found several yards of the brown already in my stash . . . 

Reyna drove down from Santa Barbara and we hit the doors about 3 minutes after the shop opened.
I have some of these already. I bought the rest of both bolts since I know where I want to use them.
I was a moderate shopper (yeah, right) with only 9 bolts in my "cut" pile. 
 Too pretty to leave behind - no idea what I'll use it for.

Reyna outdid me with 11 (12?) bolts - and a plan for a future quilt. But her self-restraint was more evident; she limited herself to one yard cuts on most fabrics. 
 I don't normally buy toile, but this is gorgeous. Can't remember if I bought 3 or 4 yards. 

I just went with what spoke to me - and I bought in quantity. 
 Bubbles! Backing for fabric that's in my stash. 3 yards of the blue and yellow; 2+ of the orange. 

Are there any sweeter words in a fabric store than, "I'll take everything on that bolt"?
Another 1-yard cut that was too pretty to leave behind. Reindeer!
Most of what I purchased is destined for backing fabric. And 22 yards (at an average of $6/yard) should back a lot of quilts.


Another Finish!

Have I ever mentioned that I'm a procrastinator? And that I'm really, really good at it? As proof, may I offer . . . .

this jelly roll, purchased in August 2010. Didn't know what I wanted to do with it, so it marinated for years in the fabric stash until July, when inspiration struck.

Quilt top and borders were done in two days, then off it went to the long-arm quilter, who had it finished and returned in less than two weeks. And then it sat. Again. 
Until this week, when I got off my butt inspired again. I finished hand-stitching the binding last night and voila! 

A beautiful quilt, ready for the washing machine and to be put into use. 
I love this thing. 

Caribbean Sunrise; begun in 2010, finished in 2015. Now that's procrastination.  



Leanne helped me with last minute baking on Thursday. She's already a pro at cracking eggs

but this was her first attempt at grating zucchini. She got it on the first try but soon decided it was yucky and wandered off to get ready for Helicopter Santa....
which was grounded due to high winds.
But we didn't discover that until after we'd stood waiting in the cold for awhile. I was more bummed than Leanne - Helicopter Santa is my favorite "Eve" tradition.
We had a houseful for Christmas morning, with everyone here except Addy and her parents.

Naia's Batman footie pajamas were the hit of the day
but my favorite moment was when Leia and her friend, Kayiba, stood in front of the Christmas tree and sang Silent Night for us.
They'd been practicing for weeks, as a surprise for hubby and me. It was awesome.
Matt and Mary
Marie, Scott, Leanne and Baby to be named in June.
Gary, Shelly and Thomas
The old folks
Side view of the super cool mini-desk hubby made me, using sides from an antique cash register we found in North Carolina.
It sits beside my spot on the couch and will hold all my crochet and quilting tools, with a lazy Susan to keep them within easy reach. Love it!
Front view.
Batgirl Salute
I want an emoji pillow! The laugh-until-you-cry one, just in case anybody's looking for ideas for next Christmas . . .
Leia was rockin' those antlers. My fav pic of the day.
Hope all y'all had a very merry Christmas too!