Monday, January 29, 2007

Still Around

It has been such a busy January, work was so busy that we were working on weekends to catch up. Three weekends in a row, plus kid activities and just daily life. I finally made it back to my sewing room the last couple of days. I cut fabric out for this Amy Butler's Weekender Bag, it is for my college dd. She pledged Chi Omega in the fall and was initiated two weeks ago. This will either be a late initiation present or I will wait until March for her birthday. It matches the Laptop Bag I made her in November.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Tagged, I'm it, for now!

I have been tagged by Debbie

First, the Rules:

• Someone Tags you
• You post 5 things about yourself that you haven't already mentioned on your blog
• You tag 5 more bloggers

Okay, I have been thinking about this for a couple of hours. Posting 5 things that are somewhat exciting but not too exciting!!!

1. I was an athlete in high school. I could have played college basketball (small college). I also ran track, in fact, my 3200 meter relay team still holds our school record. This record is 20+ years old. I joke with one of my relay teammates, we didn't know how good we were at the time. I have 2 state track medals to prove this to my daughters. Oldest daughter has 2 state medals in the same event. Pretty cool.

2. I finished college in three years and missed graduating with honors by .007.

3. My mom encouraged my sewing and would do all my unsewing for me. Spoiled, yes, I was.

4. I was a super-tomboy growing up and loved to help my dad on the farm. My favorite job was agriculture related.

5. In my 30's my hair became curly, probably from the gray I cover with hair color!!! I have tried everything to try and straighten and defrizz it. Well, I found a wonderful straightening iron and it works tremendously. Guess what, I like a bit of curl in my hair, makes me look younger, IMHO!!!

You're it.... Debbie from In the Bag, Lindie, Beth and Linda. I know it is suppose to be 5, but most of the other blogs I read have been tagged. So 4 will have to do. Enjoy your weekend.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Thinking of Spring?

Looking at my pictures, I think I might be anxious for spring. Maybe so after a winter storm and bitterly cold temperatures, canceled school and other events. Here is the ice on the trees, pretty in the sunlight, not so pretty if you don't have power. We are the lucky ones, our power has not been interrupted.

Here is some sewing I have completed. First, a new purse, Indygo Junction pattern called The Metropolitan. I used Heather Bailey's Freshcut fabric I purchased in a Charm Pack. I love purchasing charm pack's I can tell which fabric I want to purchase more. The flower pin is from Husqvarna Viking's Embroidery card #162.

Next, on the front sewing is Ottobre Woman, cardigan #18, I used some rib knit and embroidery from Husqvarna Viking Card #162. The ribbon is woven through the eyelets.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Monkey Bread Recipe

One person asked for the recipe I used for Monkey Bread. Thought I would post it here, others might enjoy it, I know my family does. It is gone!!

Monkey Bread
2/3 c. Sugar 3-4 tubes refrigerator biscuits
1 tsp. cinnamon 3/4 c. butter or margarine
1 c. brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut the biscuits into fourths. Combine sugar, cinnamon and place in a large Ziploc bag. Add biscuits and shake in the bag until coated. Butter a bundt pan or angel food cake pan and fill the pan with biscuits. Melt brown sugar and butter; pour over biscuits. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until brown. Remove from pan to large plate placing upside down. Cool, cut and serve.
I usually have to cover the monkey bread with foil to keep it from getting too brown on the top.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Sewing and Ice Storm

First off, cooking for cold, icy weather. I had to get it made just in case the electricity went out. Warm, gooey monkey bread. It was delicious, and after I get done at the computer I will have another piece.

Next on the sewing front, finished my Simplicity Built by Wendy blouse with several alterations. I added 1" to the neckline, sure didnt' want that low of a v-neck. I also added 1" to the bottom of the empire bodice. I think this helps to make it not so maternity looking. I tried the blouse on and love the look of the top. Now for the weather to clear up and I can wear it out.

I put it with a sweater and beads on my dressform, I like this look, too. What do you think?

Monday, January 08, 2007

Projects and Presents

A Christmas present from my aunt, the milk glass pitcher. It was one of her wedding present in 1960.
My current project, Simplicity pattern, I am ready for sleeves.

My daughter's quilt block, she has 5 completed. We didn't have enough solid pink, so subsituted the pink stripe.

My first present, the instructions and design came from Embroidery Library

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year and Happy Birthday here

Started the New Year with some sewing. A new top for me and my 12 yo dd started a quilt from a book she received for Christmas Sew Hip. She received some fat quarters with the book but we had to make a quick run to Wal-Mart for additional fabric. The nearest town has 3 quilt stores but all were closed today, I really don't like shopping Wal-Mart but she really wanted to start this quilt today. I spent way over an hour cutting out the fabric but she has 3 blocks done and is doing a beautiful job. I am biased but she has a great eye for color. You can catch a glimpse of the quilt from the book on the RJR website

Here is my new top, Christine Jonson's Wrap top again, fabric is RPL from Joann's and I have had this thing cut out for a month now.

Also today is a birthday here, 17 years ago my second daughter was born.
Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to my wonderful girl.