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Custom quilts and embroidery, also longarm quilting service. No two quilts alike, made especially for you. Feel free to contact me if you want a special work of art for yourself.
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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Reflections 2006

I thought it time to do some reflecting, this will accomplish several things. It will first help my readers get to know me better, secondly it will remind me how far we have come, thirdly it will help me move into the new year with these things recorded and tucked away.

I am going to start in June of 05 and briefly fill you all in on the very beginnings of our move to Wyoming. It all began of course 5 years ago when we decided we wanted to make this change from Ca.

** In June of 05 things started happening fast, (some things came to a head and forced us to move things up 6 months) we began packing and moving making 6 trips, 1,000 miles one way to our new home. The stress was high, hauling a large box trailer on the back of our truck. We completed the move in Oct 05.
** Living in a 5th wheel, that we had brought up summer 05 we began building our small house on the side of our shelled in shop. Kirk and I did this ourselves, every aspect. We were able to move into our bedroom on Thanksgiving. To read more about this, with pictures and details go to my Wyoming blog
** Set up a water system, where we still need to haul water. More details on the ups and downs are on the Wyoming blog. We get our phone and internet connection in late October.
** Up to the mountain to cut fire wood, twice. We heat wood only.
** Kirk mills wood for local rancher.
** Returned to California for Christmas.

New Year 06
**January - Our first dealing with subzero weather.
Kirk begins finishing the inside of his shop, no heat in there so it was slow going. I finish unpacking and finding places for 1500 sq feet of things into 800 sq feet.
** February - we get a cabinet job, (realizing that since our move Kirk has not had a "job", we will be working for ourselves now). Susan and Paul confirm they are coming in June, we will do some cabinets for their 5th wheel. Susan and I also make plans to attend retreat for our online quilt group in Montana. I begin my Wyoming blog.
** March - I acquire my longarm machine, after several months of figuring where I will put it, a friend offers a space. We make the 3 hour trip to get it. Wahoo. I start work on quilts for 4 grandchildren, and find fabric for quilt for friend.
Kirk finishes up the cabinets. My mom has a heart attack.
We get a job for a kitchen and laundry room remodel in a town 25 miles away.
** April - Spring is here. I am learning my machine. We are working 3 days a week on the remodel. We begin to plan for further improvements here at home.
** May - We take a trip to Ca. for youngest daughters graduation from college. Work continues on the remodel and will until November.
Kirk buys a skid stear for doing dirt work.
Kirk mills more wood for rancher
Kirk builds a custom dresser for a gal in town.
We put a patio on the house and bring in some gravel, move the 5th wheel to a better place to house guests, add some steps and a fire pit. My swings go up.
We got TV.
I get talked into joining in on the group garden, this requires alot of work and away from home. I have 3 rows....what was I thinking.
** June - Paul and Susan come, we go off to retreat while the guys build cabinets. We had a grand time. Continued work on remodel. I begin work on quilt for niece for graduation. We do a plumbing job for a family in a near by town.
** July - Samantha, Andy and boys come to visit, from OK. We then made another trip to Ca. so Kirk can work with his Dad on a big cabinet job. The garden is a wash, I just do not have time to put into it. Started my CQ blog.
** August - We make our first wood cutting trip up the mountain. Kirk begins the cabinets for the remodel we have been doing. I take my first client quilt. Kirk is offered a job with a friend on a new house (weekends). He is offered another job on a couple in town and begins work on that, this is only a few weeks. We get a new puppy, Rusty.
** Sept. - Josh, Michele and kids come for a visit. Kirk's parents come a few days later for a visit. My mom has surgery for lung cancer. I do several more client quilts and begin quilting for American Hero quilts. We find out we are going to be grandparents again.
** October -- we get our first snow. We bid on a job to replace all doors in a clients home. Hunting season begins, I work at the restaurant for a few days doing dishes.
** November - We finish up remodel job. Do a counter top for a girls home, a small wall unit for another client, as Kirk continues working weekends on the new house with friend. I am finishing up grandkids quilts. Kirks, Grandma passes away. Started my Esty shop.
** December -- We bid on 2 cabinet jobs and get them. We bid on another cabinet job and are awaiting word. My uncle and a cousin pass away. We make a trip to OK to spend Christmas with Samantha, Andy and the boys.

I think that is it, close enough anyway. I completed about 15 quilts this year, some from start to finish some only the quilting for others. Was involved in 3 RR, and several other swaps. Made soap and lotions and even learned to make mineral make up. Decorated our house, and began a rock garden, grew some lettuce and tomatoes. Went for some hikes/walks and for outing into the 'outback' with DH. Attended a craft group and library group off and on.

I suppose I have bored you all long enough, if your still with me. I thank you for hanging in and getting to know me a bit. I look forward to this next year and hope it will be a little bit slower and I won't have to juggle things quite so much.

New year blessings to each and every one.


Saturday, December 30, 2006

More... I Spy

Here are some details to the
quilts for Brandyn and
Konner's, I Spy quilts.

I wanted to show a couple of close ups, perhaps you can pick out
some words. We (DD helped collect the differant fabrics)
tried to keep the fabrics more grown up so
that the boys would not grow out of their quilts to quickly.

Here is one of the finished quilts, I really need to find a better way
of taking pictures, but at least you can see it's size compared to my
queen size bed.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Flowers and Leaves

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.
Ours was great, the drive to OK was good, thought I was
really worried, because of course our route took us right
thru the closed roads because of the storm around Denver.
I got up at 3 am on the 23rd to check conditions on the
internet and decided (based on internet web cams of the roads)
that we would head out. The roads were great except about
60 miles on Neb. highway 26 that were slushy, losing us several
hours, but after 20 hours we arrived at DD's house at 3 in the
morning. Yep, I was up 24 hours and of course it was several hours
before we went to bed. LOL.

What a wonderful time of family and celebration we had.

I was hoping to post these quilt pictures before Christmas, but of course
Blogger was acting up (now I see why people are moving). So now that
things are back to normal, I have added a picture for you.


Below is a picture of the quilt I made for Destiny, my granddaughter
who is 8. This is pattern came from one Fons and Portor magazines.
It is a quilt as you go type. There are 88 circle/squares in it and I can
say I won't do it again, though I love the way it turned out.....moving it
around under my small machine was very frustrating to me. I ended up
finishing it by hand. Now perhaps in a small version, which would be
just fine to do.

The back is just as pretty as the front with all the different
fabrics. Destiny loves pinks so I thought I'd make it with the
thought of pink flowers wrapped in lovely green leaves.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Merry Christmas

Well gang, I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas. Kirk and I are suppose to leave for our trip in the morning but it looks like that won't happen, since all the roads we are taking are closed because of the snow storm in and around Denver. Sigh.

So, I wanted to get my wishes in to each of you for a Blessed Christmas, filled with family, friends, love and Jesus.

Since I am having picture loading problems with blogger, I can't do anything pertty.

Hugs to you all.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The West

Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

The Midland
North Central
The Inland North
The South
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

Well, since I can't post a picture I thought I would add this interesting quiz.....BTW.....it is right on. I am a born and raise......Southern California girl.

Blogger won't upload

Well, gang I have tried to upload pictures for several days now, to no avail. I was hoping to share with you the quilts I did for the grandkids, but..............sigh.

So I shall try again,

Monday, December 18, 2006

Which of Santa's Reindeer are you?

Which of Santa's Reindeer Are You


Like Cupid you know how to spread love. You have a place in your heart for everyone and are always there with a hug or a kiss

Find out which of Santa's Reindeer you are at Quizopolis.com

Friday, December 15, 2006


Here is a posting of one of the I Spy quilts for
my grandsons...this one is Bryce's, can you find
his name?

A close up of some of the quilting, can you read it?

Another close up. Bryce's is a bit different in that I put sashing.

Here is the back of the quilt which is flannel, and the label.

The whole quilt (on a queen). I really like the way it turned out.
I just took it out of the washer and dryer, it is so soft and ready
for use.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Threads, Beads & Eagles

In the mail today, my order from Evening Star Designs arrived
Carolyn is still having her big clearance sale and she is a delight
to talk with (I phoned in my order, I think I need to do this
more often). Above are beautiful threads by Charleston,
Watercolours by Caron, and then their Wildflowers threads in the
3rd bunch, Artsilk floss all in the Empress colors, and the spools
are metallics by Kreinik. This is so fun for me as I expand my
thread knowledge, only having DMC floss up until a few months
ago. The colors are so pretty, and by the way that skein of deep blue
Wildflower was a gift from Carolyn with my order along with a pattern
for a Great Blue Heron to stitch.

These are the beads and buttons in my order. Mixed teardrops,
tiny ovals, tiny 3 sided ovals (2 bags), 2 buttons - they are so,
so pretty, and the two bags of beads in the middle, one a mix of
beads and the seed beads, also a gift from Carolyn.
She has a lovely site and is a joy to deal with, my order reached
me in 2 (yes, I said 2) days. Now how is that for service!

Now for this panel, I am thinking on embellishing this, I just
love it, a gift from one of the gals who has sent quilt tops
for me to quilt up for American Hero Quilts. I think he will
be beautiful decked out with beads and treads.......what do you

Well, back to working on Destiny's quilt, I will post the finished
quilt in a day or two. Should I post the boys I spy quilts?

Sunday, December 10, 2006

A tree?

I thought I would share these pictures
with my blog readers. We were not
going to decorate, because we are going out
of town for Christmas. Our friend found
out about it and decided I needed a
tree, so this morning they went to get
theirs and brought one for us, too.

So, I did decorate after all and here is
the result. It was fun to do and I am
glad for it as I have been rather
Since our move all of our things have been packed away, and
the ornaments are still MIA, so I used what I could find.

I also fixed up the top of my display case, and added a few items

I like snow people and this is
a little display of them, over
my computer.

And over the top of the
cabinets, lights and

Tomorrow we will put up
the lights outside.

It feels alot more like Christmas.

Thank you for sharing my day of decorating.


Friday, December 08, 2006

Butterfly RR

The paisley in the tail of the butterfly are done. The very center of the eye is done in a silk thread that Susan sent, as well as the outline of the paisley, the french knots are a soft rose in DMC floss. Now to decide what to do on the big wings, perhaps nothing.....NA.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Butterfly RR & Etsy

A couple weeks ago I was sharing with you my block that had returned home from a RR trip.
I have begun to do some work on it and here you can see the yellow rose vine I have added to the body of the main butterfly. Also in view is the beginning of the paisley being stitched to the
bottom set of wings, that is complete now and I will share it with you in the next day or so.

I have spent the day on the computer, making labels for shower gel and for Bryce's I Spy quilt. Not only that but I have added some new and beautiful soaps (if I do say so myself) to my
Etsy Shop, yes an unabashed advertisement. I hope you will go and check things out. Shower gel is next to be added. There is still time to get them for Christmas. My next assignment is to print pictures and make an album for Kirk so he can show people his cabinets.

I hope to get the binding on Bryce's quilt in the next day or so and then complete Destiny's quilt.

I think this next year I am going to make stockings (did I already tell you this?) for everyone in the family, much smaller projects that hopefully I can complete quicker. We'll see. With all the stocking I have been seeing it makes me want to do this.

Ok, back to putting items on Etsy.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Thank You

I wanted to take just a moment to thank everyone who takes the time to leave a comment, as you all know from your own blogs, it is encouraging to know that others are visiting and enjoying what you have done.


No Stitching today

Here are some more of the soaps I like to make

A friend requested a gift set, so I have been playing
the last couple of days in the kitchen with shower gel,
soaps and will probably make some milk bath tomorrow.

All are goats milk soap, with some soap painting.
I also cut up some beautiful colors and created the
stained glass soaps below. I will be adding some of these
to my Esty shop.

Here are the snowflakes, packages and acorn designs.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Ya know how some days are.....................

Ya, know how some days are just really special.........full of little surprises. Today was one of those days.

First thing when I get up I like to open up the curtains and see the day, I looked up the hill from us and what did I see..............8, yes 8 deer grazing on the hill above our little house. The hill belongs to us so it is fun to see these beautiful creatures on our place. I took this picture thru the window of our bedroom. Three of the deer are young bucks. That is the town water tank up there.

Our little dog Rusty thinks he is pretty bad and goes running up there barking, I think one of the deer must have charged him, cause he stopped barking and they ignored him. One of the doe, came within about 30 feet of this window a bit later and I did not have the camera ready.

Though I do have this one of two doe a bit closer.

Just a few minutes ago (3:30 pm) the deer were back up there feeding. Yesterday on our way back from town we saw no less then 300 deer while we drove down the highway, had to stop for a small herd of about 10 crossing the road, including a big beautiful buck.

Another blessing today, though it did not start out being one.......or so I thought. I wanted to go to the post office, and with the snow covered hill I needed to use my jeep, which has a flat..the car wouldn't start and though I got the quad started it would not stay that way. So I decided to walk to the P.O., which is 1/4 mile away. What a beautiful day to bundle up and go for a walk. Just yesterday I said I needed more exercise and I got it today. The sun was shining brightly, the snow glistening, the air cold but still, the creeks flowing under their ice covers. Wonderful.

Yep, it has been a day of small blessings. The sun is getting ready to set already, the day goes so fast. I am working on some additions for my Etsy shop, I will post those in a bit.