Farewell and good riddance to 2013. 2013 was not the best ever year for the Quilting Cowgirl. Lots of medical issues for both me, DH, and my mom, surgeries for all of us. Finally we are all on the road to recovery. In addition to medical issues it seemed that every time we turned around we were spending money on either the house or the cabin, money that we really hadn't planned on spending. Everything from leaks in the roof to leaky pipes. Now that the whining is out of the way; I do have a lot to be thankful for, both DH and I still have jobs. Due to our surgeries we are in better health than ever and that is a lot to be thankful for. My mom is doing much better we spent Christmas with her, it was great to see her and the extended family that unfortunately I only see once or twice a year. I am definitely looking forward to a better year in 2014. I hope to expand my wool business and do some work around the house. Why is it that you just look around one day and realize that you need new drapes, the rooms need to be repainted, and in general you just need to freshen things up. While putting away Christmas, I realized that our house is long overdue for a "make over". The bathrooms are definitely up for a redo, (all of the medical bills forced it to be put on the back burner for 2013) our house is a 1960's ranch and the bathrooms have never been updated. I have to admit that household make overs are not my thing. I don't feel comfortable making decisions about the house; give me some quilt fabric and I can make a decision, but ask me to pick out paint and I just can't do it. I desperately need help in this area. Any suggestions? Over all I am really grateful that I have my health a loving husband, a job, and a house. There are so many that don't have these things. I hope each and everyone of you have a wonderful New Year.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
|Some of my nutcrackers. I didn't put them all out this year.|
The presents are all wrapped and ready for the big day. Hope you are too!!!
Monday, December 16, 2013
There just aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done. With work, dyeing wool. getting ready for Christmas and trying to do some sewing there just aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done. Saturday I had hoped to get some sewing done, but that didn't happen. I went by Pat's house on Saturday morning to deliver some wool then the other side of town to Little Quilts to deliver wool. By the time I got home it was almost time to start dinner then head out to a Christmas concert at the Ferst Center at GA Tech. I did manage to get some of my Yellow Brick Road Blocks up on the design wall. Here is a close up of one of the shirtings blocks.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
|Not sure what this was, but beautiful photo doesn't do it justice.|
Not sure what the snake had to do with Christmas, but it was pretty.
I just realized this one is a little tilted. It was advertised as a non peak night, I would hate to see it on a peak night. Very crowded and hard to get some good shots. If you are in the area, this would be a great family outing.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Finally all of my blocks for Snow Days are finished. I have them all sewn together and have the backing ready to go on. It looks a little lumpy, I still need to press it. I really like the way all of the blocks came together. All of the wools are my hand dyes, all of the small pieces are repurposed from thrift store finds. The larger background pieces were purchased as yardage. Can't wait to get it put together and quilted.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Remember the sled I bought a few weeks ago from an estate sale for 5.00? I was so excited about this bargain, even though at the time I didn't know what I was going to do with it. I decided to put it outside our front door and decorated it for Christmas. Here it is before decorating. You can see my purchases from Michael's: greenery, ribbon, pinecones, and red berries. This is not exactly something I am extremely talented at, but after pricing some finished pieces that I liked at some stores I decided that I could make something (almost) as nice for a lot less money. After several different tries getting it together and taking apart and putting it back together I finally came up with a design I liked.