Thursday, December 11, 2014

I caught the fabricatin' bug!

I recently tried my hand at quilting, after Sharon bought me a "jelly roll"! For those of you non-quilters that is a term for pre-cut strips of material rolled into a cute little bundle. Many people have posted tutorials on how to quickly put together a quilt top naming the technique "jelly roll race". While I was in no hurry to complete this task I did in fact sew the quilt top in a couple hours.

With this technique you sew the strips end to end until they are all sewn together and then:

you will have a long strip of fabric almost 1800 inches long. After folding it in half several times and sewing it each time you end up with a quilt top.

After lots of thinking, sketching, creating, more sewing and a ten hour drive in the back of an RV where I hand sewed the binding a quilt was born.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

"What's up Pussy Cat?"

Zoe, the newest addition to our family. She is a rescue and after a few weeks of hiding under the couch, she has made herself comfortable around here.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Northern Lights

Naw, I'm just kidding! This was the view inside my car when I took it for a much needed car wash, it will probably rain now.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"That's a Wrap"

Or so I thought when i cleverly created my Taco in a leaf of Romaine lettuce, curled up and cupped just waiting to hold all my goodies.  It was just Cliff and I for dinner tonight and my dilemma was do I open a new box of Taco shells just to use one or two leaving the other 10 to go bad? (Cliff was covered he was using the last couple wraps)  

That is when the idea hit me to create a lettuce wrap, I barely made it through the first bite when i realized this was not going to do. 

Just how much lettuce does one need to make a lettuce wrap?  

Add this to life's pressing questions like - How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?  

Monday, January 27, 2014


Picked up a new habit, Monday night Yoga. 
Feels good to do something for myself where no one needs anything from me!

If you haven't tried it you should. The room is dark when we do it and there is something very soothing about this atmosphere.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Divine Intervention

As a believer of signs and such I was more than thrilled to find this little statue in the dresser I bought yesterday.  

My mother loves the Saints and little religious statues and has even mail ordered the patron Saint for gambling because one can never have to many people Godly or otherwise on your side when you are gambling.

Joseph and Jesus (i think, someone correct me if I am wrong) first appeared when i was checking out the dresser to see if it was sturdy and of course upon laying on eyes on them I realized this was a sign to buy this dresser. 

If you recall some time had passed from the initial viewing of the dresser and my subsequent trip back to get it and bring it home. When we did get home i was so excited and I wanted to show Cliff my little bonus and pulled open the drawer only to discover that they were gone.  Well I was disappointed but quickly came to the conclusion that someone there at the Salvation Army needed it more than I did and moved on.  

Well since I was on an accelerated pace to "git 'er done" I was ripping things apart left and right when who should appear again, yep Joseph and Jesus!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Wham! Bam! Thank You Ma'am!

Yeah, it was like that!  "I had this vision", these words can stop my husbands camo slippers in his tracks, but seriously I had this vision that i wanted a dresser or buffet as my TV stand. You know some MidCentury find the was built well and could take a beating and a coat of a paint.  It never came to be and we had to compromise on a "screw it together yourself" TV stand which has served it's purpose for a couple years. 

But then today I saw "it" a dresser that would indeed serve my purpose and as fast as my little mind could run i was making a plan and mulling it over twice and a few minutes later i declared "I'm buying it!"  

Some of you may or may not know but i know longer have my pick-up truck, a girls best friend, so I asked my partner in crime, Sharon, if the hubby would mind me borrowing his pick-up.

So within 2 hours of this glorious moment I was at home sanding, wiping and painting my new TV stand.

As I type this post (Sunday, yeah a day later) it is basically complete and in position after a second coat of a paint and some reassembly.

So like I said Wham! Bam! Thank You Ma'am! It's done! (photos of completed project to follow in a day or two)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Late Night Obsession

My newest late night obsession - PictoWord, made it through about 80 puzzles last night I am fearing an intervention may be in my future!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Frosty Morning

This morning when I turned towards the sun I couldn't resist taking a photo of the frost on my windshield.  As I look at it now it looks like dandelion seeds that blow in the air when you make a wish.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Temptation lurks everywhere.

Tempation is everywhere I look today, from one of the coffee shops where I pick up food to the kitchenettes in our building.

I hear you calling my name KitKat bar, but for today this girl ain't answering, God grant me the serenity . . . . 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Last Supper

I started Yoga today and decided I needed to eat lighter before going, this was not the best choice but damn if you know Max & Erma's Tortillia Soup like i know Max & Erma's Tortillia Soup then you know how delicious it was. 

I love food and now that i am trying to watch what I eat a little bit closer everything looks so damn good.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Life in the burbs!

Sometimes the most exciting thing to happen to you when you live in the burbs is waking up, this is always a plus no matter where you live, if you end up getting funky green dish gloves, bonus!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Baby Love

Today was all about the babies, well their parents anyway.  I had a session with  a great couple expecting there first bundle of joy and then attended the shower for another couple who are expecting and the ironic thing about the photo about is that that the baby will be "Baby Love" yep daddy's last name is Love.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Guess who has a passport, guess?

Look what I got today, my passport, I feel like Steve Martin in "The Jerk" when he sees his name in the phone book.  I feel like somebody!

Thursday, January 16, 2014


So tonight I attended a Quilt show with Sharon and was so inspired.  Jaqcuie Gering a Modern Quilter by definition was an excellent speaker and first and foremost and Artist!

We got to get up close and personal with her finished quilts and i love all the texture and colors.  The final photo is a quilt she created using only the salvage edge that everyone cuts off and throws out.

Looks like there might be a quilt in my future!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Homemade Potato Soup

Today I made this homemade Potato Soup (recipe from Pinterest) and garlic butter grilled cheese.  

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Morning Sunshine!

There is something about this Sunshine yellow mug that makes me feel happy, I am sure that this beautiful sunny warmish day isn't hurting my mood either.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Date Night

Monday night has become date night for Cliff and I and it is usually not too fancy.  Just a chance to get out and grab some grub and run few errands.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Getting Grounded

There have been plenty of times when I felt an overwhelming need to go down to the water and today was one of those days, it is always so peaceful.  When I feel overwhelmed nothing puts things into perspective like a big majestic body of water.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Good & Gangsta

Today we went to my S.I.L's house to use the sled run they built in their yard, however it rained just hours before we packed up to leave, so we will have to head out another time.  Bella shows off her "good" side and Anthony wanted to show me his "Gangsta" look.  Is it just me or his he too cute to be "Gangsta"? 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Autumn hits the big one eight!

Time sure flies and today I was very aware of just how quickly when we celebrated Autumn's 18th Birthday.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

How cool is this, it's ice cold!

These icicles form daily at a restaurant I go to in Birmingham, I thought they looked cool with the sun shining on them and the orange ball in the background.

With only a few minutes of daylight left Cliff and I did the boiling water experiment.  Amazing how fast it crystalizes.