Sunday, December 29, 2013

relaxing robin........

WHAT IS A RELAXING ROBIN???????  it is a term I made up for a round robin type quilt that you don't send to anyone. YOU do all the parts........
but the rules are simple.........and pressure...........just fun

best case scenario: you get a quilt for YOU and have fun and use up some UFOs
worst case scenario: you learn new task, you have a quilt to donate, and you still get to use up UFOs

what do you say? Are you in?

One of the dresdan plates above is what I am going to start with for mine..........

here are the "rules" of how we will proceed......

1. choose a block from your UFO pile to work with. If you wanted to, you could make the center larger by sewing some together, two, three, four etc. have fun! if you sewed 3 for example runner style then you could make the finished quilt rectangular instead of square.

2. add a small border     simple. could be a plain border, pieced, appliqued etc but make it small. try and use a color not used in your block for added fun later on

3. Add applique. could be to the small border, could be to the inner block, or could be an applique border itself. again, try out options and have fun

4. add some triangles. this could be flying geese, pinwheels, etc. again, have fun with this. there are many blocks and ideas with triangles.

5. using some of the fabric in the first border make another border of your choice

6. make a border that has squares in it; 4 patch, checkerboards etc would be welcome here. again have fun

7. finish as you wish. this can mean another border or if you think you are done, quilt and bind up the baby.

see? simple. and you know what? if you don't want to do triangle border as step 4 switch it with another round. we don't care.

so what do you say? DO you want to play in 2014??????
Join me and if you do leave me a comment with your blog address. I will try and add a link to everyone's blog on my blog so we can see everyone's progress.

hmmm.... do I use one dresdan or more? what do you think I should do? hmmmm......

Saturday, December 28, 2013

what is next to work on

hmmm  TAZ doesn't look happy.
what do I work on next?
Do I finish up some unfinished things?

try and find these little gems and make them into something?

surround Taz with some left over projects and make one project?

forgot what I was going to do with these little 5 inch gems.
but I like them..........

Or do I plan my "round robin at home" project
and turn my dresdans into something?
so many projects
maybe I will go "hunting" in the sewing room
and grab 3 projects. the first 3 I grab, I have to work on
and finish
think I can do it????
(I am not so sure I can.....LOL)

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas 2013

We had a cute Santa at the house........SHE was full of hugs and fun
this grandson wanted one more chance from Santa LOL

these guys watched a movie and were very happy to see each other
the middle one told Santa on his shirt that
he was not good
not bad
but was awesome!
and we agree!

Grampie winking in his "Christmas red tee shirt"
as dressed as he gets these days
we'll take it LOL

the toys were played with and abandoned............

cookies were eaten and brought home to leave out for Santa
we hear next year its apples.........what???

and our little Santa baker made these for us. very festive
(and a little heavy on the sprinkles) LOL
delish! Brooklyn
Our family had a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and I hope yours did too!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

where did it go?

Santa's deer came and went.........

Dunkin watched as they flew out of sight

the chairs are now empty

tables too........

the toys have been played with and abandoned........

some cookies were eaten, some were taken to entice Santa's visit to their house.........

two cupcakes left...........Brooklyn you are a good little baker!



is STILL in my fridge.........

those eyes give me the CREEPS!

He will be with us until around 4

when niece hopefully will EAT HIM!!!!!

Had a wonderful Christmas eve with the family. and today will be with niece.
Hope you are enjoying your Christmas too!

Christmas day around here

Christmas roast beast..........

lobster for my niece (the lobster lover)  our first time cooking one and the grandkids sure
got a kick out of seeing him moving in the pan in the fridge.
ew......I think I will have to have hubby put him in the water.
I don't think I can do it.......
I don't eat it either but still.......I feel bad for this guy.
(think free Willy) LOL
lucky the ocean is a bit of a drive or he would be back in

and cheesecakes.........
life is good.

Christmas Eve was fun with the kiddos. they had a ball playing with each other.
they don't get to see each other often
was good to see them all getting along having fun

Merry Christmas everyone!
Hope you were on Santa's good list!
***wink, wink***

on the twelfth day of Christmas.............

twelve cats a napping....

eleven kids a dancing...

ten cats a chilling......

nine unfinished projects (I wish only 9)

8 babies milking

7 nieces swimming (in boxes to be sent out)

6 geese a laying (in the quilt room)

5 more minutes till we have to wrap gifts

4 calling birds

three empty cookie bags

two pretty gifts

and I finally finished the gingerbread house!


Tuesday, December 24, 2013


what a difference a year makes........

My hair is now gray and white (I stopped enhancing it's color)

We are not "renters" anymore, we own our own home

Our beloved Gram Lacombe is not with us this year

 from this picture  I can see I have gained some "cookie" weight that will need to come off

As the years go by we reflect on the year and the changes that happen to us both good and bad. 
We have had many happy occasions in the family, cousins that have had births,
we bought our home,
we have made wonderful new friends,
and some sad too like the passing of Gram.

Life is continually changing.......

Hoping the changes for 2014 for everyone are good and happy ones.....

Monday, December 23, 2013

the best gifts.........

these guys are the best gifts...........grandkids

they should have come before the KIDS.......dont you agree?

I mean kids are great but pressure to raise them etc.......

and you are not sure of your "grade" in raising them until...........

these guys come along..........and make you proud to be a Grammie!

Love my Grandkids.........they are what makes Christmas.........

Sunday, December 22, 2013

it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.......everywhere you go

last minute purchases to wrap and get under the tree......... 
No Dunkin, none of them is going to 
be for you. really....nope.......nothing
I KNOW you want the stuffie. You can't have it!

kiss cookies..........didn't have any red sugar so used blue and green instead
They taste pretty good no matter what color.

new recipe for sugar cookies. love it. nice and soft.......
used icing and sprinkles and icing and green sugar
its beginning to look a lot like Christmas.......

Santa will be here soon.......

This was hubs last year.........

this year we will not be exchanging gifts

we have our new home which is the best gift of all

and we have each other..........

Phoebe and Dunkin of course have a little giftie for us under the tree


Yeah, go ahead
tell Santa......  he isn't bringing anything this year anyway. ha ha

YES..........I peeked  (hee hee)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

let it snow..........

Chances are VERY good
that this 

will NOT

be a project again THIS year


Friday, December 20, 2013

Grinch pills

this was  found if you google grinch pills.........
I thought it was a cute little tuck in type of gift

to get a good laugh

on a container of Altoids or such

where do people come up with these great ideas?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Dear Santa.....

Poor Phoebe is always writing to Santa.........
trying her hardest to explain..............

That her brother even though he is ALWAYS in trouble.........
still deserves something........

Phoebe is a saint!
not so much!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

the grinch stole my sewing mojo

He's a mean one......
Mr Grinch.........

I think he stole my sewing mojo!

or at least the treadle machine that Santa SHOULD be 
bringing for me.......


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

shhhh dont tell Dunkin and Phoebe

this is what Dunkin and Phoebe are getting for Christmas.
Don't tell!
please ignore the greasy hand prints on the microwave. 
I didn't have a good background for the bird and just had a muffin for breakfast. 
guess it wasn't low fat huh?

anywho, this is the bird that is on TV. saw it at the store and decided to buy it for the "kids".
they love playing with things that move
hubby and I had to try it out and set it up
to make sure it was working.
he is so cute
moves his head and flips his tail
we are crazy people!
sad when a toy parakeet gets you excited for Christmas! LOL
last year the cats got the yellow thing to chase. It is round and has a little tail sticking out that goes round and round
they love it.
when Dad remembers to replace the batteries.........
Hope you are having a little Christmas fun this season.....