"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Wednesday, December 9, 2015


It’s hard to do a post when most of the stitching I’ve done lately is secret.  I’ve done some baking, but nothing photo worthy.  I belong to two Guilds and have attended parties at each of them in the past week.  Tons of good food, little gifts, and lots of fun and laughter.  Tomorrow our small sewing group is having our last meeting of the year, and we’re incorporating a cookie exchange.

I forgot to mention that at our Retreat last month, one of the quilters surprised us and brought pin cushions for all the attendees! 


I named mine “Little Bee Peep”.  At one of the Guilds last week, our favors were slightly larger chicken pin cushions.  And at the other Guild last night, we had a pin cushion exchange!  A girl can never have too many pin cushions! 

Although RSC15 is finished, I still need more Dresden plates, so I made an aqua one earlier this week.  Now I need to lay them all out to decide on one last color, as I need 12 for the layout I chose.


Many of the ladies are starting to put together their rainbow scrappy quilts, so pop over to Angela’s blog to see what everyone has been up to all year.  She’s also making plans for RSC16 if you’re interested in joining the fun in the new year.

When I woke up Sunday morning it was very foggy and frosty, and I wanted to grab my camera and go looking for some frosty pictures, but I was meeting a friend for church, so I wasn’t able to go.  Imagine my excitement when I woke up to fog again on Monday morning!!


Tomorrow might be foggy again!! 

I received my Christmas postcard a couple of days ago from Debbie in Canada.  This is for a swap that Sheila organizes several times a year.  If you haven’t joined before it, you should try it!!


I’ve never received a postcard with binding before.  It’s awesome!! Thank you so much Debbie.  And thanks to Sheila as well for organizing the swaps.

I must go prepare for tomorrow’s sewing group.  I’m sure loving the retired life!

Keep on stitching…….Sunny


Thursday, December 3, 2015

I’ve lost another month

We all do it.  We’re all amazed when another month ends.  How is it possible that November has come and gone?  Autumn, with it’s pretty leaves and cool temperatures is gone.  Now the only pretty trees are the ones that are beginning to be decorated and lit up for Christmas.  And yes, it’s Christmas at our house.  Not “the holidays”.  It’s cold out now.  No snow around here any time soon, but definitely cold brisk temperatures.
My laptop died, but I knew it was coming, so I was able to retrieve the files that I wanted to save.  A bit of a learning curve with the new/old computer, but it’s not too bad.  DH had a spare laptop that I’ve adopted so  I wasn’t out of business very long.
I’ve done some sewing but most of it is secret, so I don’t have a lot to share.  for OPAM, which I’m too late in posting for it to count, I finished a little quilt that I started at our Spring retreat.  This is a Christmas gift for one of the newest members of our family.

RSC15 finished up with light/lime green in November.  The only thing I got made was my monthly Dresden plate.  I still need to make two more for the layout I’m envisioning, so I’ll add a teal, and one other.
My project for Gifted Gorgeousness was finished in early November.  I am totally addicted to cross stitch again, which partially explains my absence from my blog.  I start stitching and I can’t stop.  Here’s my November portion:
And December:
And this is what they look like as an entire village!
Since this picture was taken, I’ve added a cute button to each house, and it’s currently at the framer. Thanks to Jo for organizing  GG, and keeping me motivated to finish this gorgeous project.
A beautiful postcard arrived in my mail yesterday from Eglea in Brazil.  She says it was her first attempt at using the leaf-pounding technique. 
Here’s the card I sent to her.  I forgot to take a picture, so I grabbed this shot from her blog.  Thanks Eglea!!
card Sunny
Early in November I attended by Guild’s retreat.  I worked on three quilts, but didn’t finish any of them.  Now that Christmas sewing is almost finished, I hope to get back to them.  One day a group of us took a field trip to an Amish fabric store.  As we were leaving, a young Amish man and an older gentleman pulled into the parking lot in a horse drawn buckboard.  One of the quilters commented that she would love a ride in it, and the men heard her and invited us to take a short ride.  What a blast.  Four old “English” women riding down the road in the back of an Amish buckboard. 
I made my list, checked it twice, and went out and did most of my Christmas shopping today.  Decorating, baking, and wrapping soon to follow.  But chances are, if you need me, I’ll be in my chair cross stitching.
Tis the season……Sunny