Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

This has been a fabulous Christmas for me. Even though I have had a touch of some sort of flu for the past several days, it was still the best.

My daughter flew in from Indiana. I didn't know she was coming until last Saturday, so that in itself is enough to send me over the edge. Felt like old times, when we would fly here to spend Christmas with Grandma and Grandpa. So both Amy and me are staying at Grandma's now and Grandma is taking care of us and spoiling us all week.

On Christmas Eve, together, we made the cutest bags.
My daughter is not a sewer, but I think she might have gotten the bug. I have Amy Butler's book, Style Stitches, and I showed her some bags that we could make. She picked some fabric from my stash. She chose Michael Miller's Owl by Myself, and a coordinating dot print. I chose some Amy Butler fabric from the August Field collection.

This is Amy, working with my machine, first time sewing, she is being so careful!

The front panel is done, she top stitched it perfectly!! She learned how to fussy cut and use a rotary cutter.

Amy thought the auto-cutter was so cool.

I think she did a great job!! She wanted to "funk it up" so she chose a bright purple zipper to use. In this photo it looks blue but it is very purple.

I had a great time making this bag, I plan on making many more in all sizes. I thought I would use this one to hold accessories while sewing that always end up next to my machine. Amy wanted to use it as a cosmetic bag. She says her make-up always "explodes" in her make-up bags, so I thought it should be lined with vinyl. Another learning process for Amy!

This is the one that I made. I swear if my daughter fell in love with sewing I would buy her a new machine. A little early for that, but I do have my old Viking. It could use a tune-up and I am sure it would be perfect. Now how can that be carried on a airplane?

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Season

Making some last minute gifts for my son and daughter-in-law. It is a match to the baby quilt that is not quite finished. I hope they like it.

I put the binding on completely by machine, no hand sewing done at all. It is always a frightening thing to wonder how the binding in the back is doing while you are stitching in the ditch.
Turned out pretty good on that back side. I love to make potholders, but I have never made them for myself. Tomorrow I will make a matching hand towel. I don't know if my daughter-in-law will think they are silly or not. I know that the colors are perfect for her kitchen. I think my son does most of the cooking and he loves fish, hence the cute little Swimmy fish in the middle.

Tomorrow I am going to go buy some DMC floss and do some embroidery. I don't know where that urge is coming from. Actually I do, I found a cute little design that I purchased online here. It is just so cute I can't stand it. I did lots of embroidery before I had kids and my mother still displays some huge things I made years ago. My mom doesn't throw anything away.

I also am getting the urge to do some knitting for that grandbaby of knitting books are packed away in storage and that just irritates me so much. I wouldn't be able to find the books with boxes because there is too much furniture in the way. It seems I will never get much stuff back. You know my stuff, craft books, fabric.....I brought to my temporary living area as little as I could, but as much sewing stuff as possible...not much room but I've got the basics.

The divorce is going slow because the soon to be ex cannot refinance the house. Seems he needs my income. What a shock.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

guitar strap

I know I've seen some cute guitar straps on blogs, but now that I am looking for them, I can't find any. Does anyone know a blog that has made some cute ones? I was thinking my 83 year old father might need one. He is still picking at his guitar and continues to add guitars to his collection. What a great dad I have.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Fish lunch on the Sea of Galilee

This is the fish lunch I had on the Sea of Galilee. I wasn't expecting a real fish to land on my plate, didn't think much of what was coming, I guess I expected American fish and chips. So I was surprised to have this dead fish, eyeballs and all looking at me. It tasted like tilapia, and maybe it was, it was good. I am a girl from the Pacific Northwest, we love fish, so it was a great lunch. I have about 1000 pictures from my Israel trip. It was such an awesome trip.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Time to go back to work

Tonight I fly back to the PNW. I arrive late tonight and will have to get up early in the morning to get back to work. Time to stop playing with baby for awhile, so I'm quickly getting depressed about can I leave this little guy?

heartache, heartbreak.......he's smiling at me and starting to coo, it's oh so sweet....

BUT, I am ready to do some sewing. I am reminded of the huge mess my sewing table is in, in my temporary living situation. I can't even start anything until that table is cleared off. While Eli's mom and dad have been sleeping in until noon while I am here, I have been either playing with Eli or surfing quilt and sewing blogs and finding all kinds of ideas and plans. If you know of any blogs I should check out, please let me know.....

My major decision that I will needing to make is where shall I move? My choices are downtown Seattle, north Seattle (Ballard or U district), or a big move would be to head to the midwest to be near this little guy who is tugging at my heart strings. Could be a 3 year plan to move to Indiana though...or not.....decisions, decisions.....

Saturday, December 4, 2010

My boys

What a busy month. 10 days in Israel, 2 days back to work, now 5 days in Indy. My body clock is so messed up. I think my time zone is somewhere in the middle Atlantic...

The fish quilt didn't get finished for this trip, but is so has turned out as I wanted..I should have it finished by next weekend. I think I will actually not be going anywhere...

This weekend is with the 7 week old grandson. growing so fast. Here is a picture of my two boys, one big, one small.....