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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lost in Fibre Space

Where have I been?  

Well, I traveled to Old Town Alexandria last week for work.  Not sure if I mentioned it before but I will go there occasionally. 

When I wasn’t busy working, I searched for quilt shops and yarn stores.  No luck locating a quilt shop close by but I did find an amazing yarn shop that was within walking distance.

Fibre Space is my new favorite gourmet yarn store.


Three large rooms filled with high quality and unique yarns as well as a classroom area and lounge.  They were shooting a commercial the day I was there and NO, I resisted the photo bomb.

Happy mannequins, even the yarn adorned deer.

 So much yarn (swoon)


Meet Arthella (shop manager) and Sarah  (most helpful)

You can read more about these ladies and all of the Fibre Space staff by clicking here.

Nemo

Under the watchful eye of Nemo - the shop's mascot, Sarah helped me find a couple of nice projects.

To expand my knitting skills, I purchased Michelle Hunter's Building Blocks.  You knit 12 individual squares, learning new techniques with each one.  When the squares are complete, she shows you how to join them to make an afghan.

I selected Ella Rae's Superwash Wool in Heather Blue for that project.

The shop had a sample of a beautiful ombre' scarf, I forgot to get a close up photo of it.  Sarah helped me find the pattern on Ravelry for Cynthia Parker's Ombre Infinity.  My yarns for this project are Blue Sky Alpacas (50% baby alpaca 50% raw silk...yum!) in Gold Dust, Flint and Cinnabar.  This pattern involves the Kitchner Graft which is a technique I have only used once before, so...fingers crossed.


That is where I have been.  I highly recommend a visit if you are ever in Old Town.  But if you can't wait until then, you can find them online here.

I will be back to share my progress on these fun projects as well as something quilty J


Monday, April 11, 2016

I Made It!


Yep, I wrote another blog post in less than one month J I thought I would be posting more frequently but I haven’t.  I have been so busy and certainly NOT in a routine yet.  I’m not complaining because I am getting a lot done…just can’t quite tell you what it is though.

My husband and I enjoyed our cruise.  It was rest and relaxation that we both desperately needed.


He is so adorable…if I say so myself J

I mentioned in my last post that I was taking a couple of classes at my LQS. Well, it turned out to be only one class but it was well worth it.  It featured the ever so popular Fold n’ Stitch Wreath / Candle Mat pattern by Poor House Quilt Designs.


I made a candle mat in my daughter’s college colors…University of Central Florida.  I may add a bow so she can use it as a wreath as well.

Another project I shared about here is now a finish.  Summer cowl…


With everything else going on, I put this aside when I only had an inch left to knit.  A new knitting / hand-crafting group started gathering at a local church on Monday evenings.  My long-time friend and co-worker invited me to attend so I finished the knitting portion of the cowl last Monday.  I blocked it on Tuesday.

If you are a regular follower then you know that my son is in the Navy and stationed in Japan.  Currently, he is in Jacksonville, FL for three weeks participating in a special training course.  We spent this weekend visiting with him and it was not only a special time but SUPER special because it happened to also be my husband’s birthday.


I enjoyed one last big bear hug from my son until December.

That is my last month in a nutshell.  I’m off now to enjoy a cup of coffee and to catch up on reading my favorite blogs.

I hope you all have a wonderful week.


Big hugs to you! 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Reminder...

My husband gently reminded me this morning that I am a blogger.  I took it as a subtle hint that I should post an update, so here it goes…

March 4th was my last day in the office.


It didn’t really seem that strange for me, maybe because I was ready.  I was so busy right up to the end, mostly getting things packed and trying to do a few things for my boss before we left.

There were several farewell events, lunches, gatherings.  I have some very generous friends and co-workers. 




One of the gifts was a basket containing a couple of bottles of wine and two cruise gift certificates.  I put those to good use, my husband and I booked a 10-night southern Caribbean cruise.  We depart very soon J

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My daughter came home on the 3rd and stayed until today.  It was her spring break from college.  We kept busy all week.

Her first request was that I bake her Miss Lou’s pound cake.  Click here for the recipe.


We tried a “new to us” Hibachi restaurant.


We ate ice cream.


I am trying to get back into the swing of cooking again.  I brought out the slow cooker one day and made pulled pork for sandwiches (another of my daughter's favorites). I can’t believe I only took a before picture.  It didn’t last long once my husband came home from work.


I also used the slow cooker to make a lemon poppy seed cake.  That was a new one for me.  I found the recipe in the Spring 2016 edition of Better Homes and Gardens Slow Cooker magazine.

 
 

It actually tasted pretty good.  Next time I will add more lemon zest and make a lemon flavored icing rather than the vanilla as suggested in the recipe.

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I started walking / running 3 miles every weekday morning.  You can’t tell from the cooking and baking but, for the most part, I have been eating and drinking pretty healthy. 


Once we return from the cruise, I will start working out with a trainer until I figure out what I am doing.

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This is the finished block for my friend’s memory quilt that I told you about in my last post.  I sent him a picture and he asked me to machine embroider his Dad’s name in the sand.  Sorry for the poor photo, the thread matched the denim perfectly. Maybe clicking the photo will enlarge it so you can get a better idea.


His mom really liked the block... I was so relieved!

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Nothing happened on the sewing front but I am taking classes at my LQS two days this week. Hope to share before I get too busy shopping and packing for the trip.

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You may notice a new button on my sidebar for Hands 2 Help 2016. Please visit Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict to learn more and consider signing up.  This will be my second year participating and I look forward to it.



Y’all have a blessed week J

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Some Exciting News and Slow Sunday Stitching

It is official!  Even though it has been a well-known fact for over a year, at least at work, I am trading the corporate office for a home office.  My resignation letter has been filed and I am two weeks away from a four-week vacation.  I start my new position on April 1st!

I'll still be working full time but will have flexibility with my schedule.  It will require traveling about once or twice per month but it is to Old Town Alexandria, VA.  How bad can that be?

Perhaps I will blog more than once a month which has been the average lately J

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It is Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy’s Quilts. My project for today is a very special one.  A dear friend from high school lost his Dad last year and his Mom is making him a memory quilt using his Dad’s blue jeans and shirts.  He sent me a piece of denim and asked if I would make the ‘center’ block for the quilt.  He wants the quilt to be a tribute to his Dad.  If that isn’t enough pressure (LOL), his Mom is an expert HAND piecer and quilter. 



His Dad loved to fish.  My friend would often say “Pop caught fish today….Fortunate”, so I am naming the block “Fortunate.”

My block is machine pieced but I will hand stitch the applique’.  The design is one of the blocks from Kaaren Johnston's "Camp Wilderness" pattern.  The water and cornerstones are from the denim I was given.  I can't wait to see it in the finished quilt.


Are you slow stitching today?  Pop over to Kathy's to see what others are working on...always a lot of eye candy.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Better Late than Never...

…for me to wish you a Happy 2016!

We have been very busy and I haven’t an opportunity to be creative. Therefore, I haven’t had anything to blog about.  While I have dropped in to read a few of my favorite blogs here and there, I missed out on so many.

We flew to Philadelphia a couple of days after Christmas and spent just over a week at my in-laws Delaware home.  They have both passed and my husband and his sister are selling the house there as well as the one in Florida.  My children always called the Delaware home “The Christmas House” since we frequently visited during the holiday.  My daughter asked if we could go back once more before the house sold.

 I will spare you all of the details but both houses are under contract and scheduled to close in February.  Since we returned to FL we have spent our weekends getting the FL house cleaned out and ready to go.  My husband leaves next weekend to start on the house in Delaware.  This has been a very difficult time for him and his sister.  So…prayers for them are appreciated J

We did a lot of our favorite things while up north like visit museums, as the area is chock full of history.  We ate cheesesteaks and ran around Philly.  All of those things deserve their own blog post (another day) so I’ll skip to one of my favorite parts…



I finally had a little time to visit Loop, a yarn store that I had been trying to get to for a couple of years. 

And the folks there were super nice.  They let me bring home this delicious gourmet yarn.


They even threw in a free pattern.


But that isn’t what I am working on today.  I picked up this yarn from my local yarn store a couple of months ago.  Linaza by Plymouth Yarn, 50 % Alpaca, 25% Linen and 25% Tencel.


My Slow Sunday Stitching today is making a lightweight cowl. 

Summer Cowl by Amy Kudej.  She kindly offers this pattern free from Ravelry.   There is a photo of a finished cowl on Ravelry but I am waiting to get permission to share it.

Check out Kathy’s Quilts to see other Slow Sunday Stitching projects.






Saturday, December 12, 2015

Vicky's 3rd Annual Ornament Exchange

Vicky, who blogs at Life on Willie Mae Lane, hosted her 3rd annual ornament exchange.  I participate in her first one two years ago and again this year.  Not sure how I missed last year’s. L

I was super excited to learn that the recipient of my gift was going to be Cecilia at The B Farm.  Keep an eye out for her post about the ornaments I sent to her and also read more of her blog to enjoy her decorating talent.  She has a lovely city home as well as an equally lovely farm house.

I love ALL things snowmen, one of my favorite things to decorate with at Christmas.  Linda at A La Carte had me pegged when she sent me her exchange gifts.



Love the gift bag and two sweet ornaments.


Snowman photo frames



One holds a picture of my children and the other holds a picture of me with my sweetie.


An adorable little stocking


Pretty and useful note cards


Elegant silver glass ornaments.  I have been known to decorate a second tree in our home and these will go perfectly on that one.  It is mostly white and silver.  However, this year we only have one tree so these will be safely packed away and now I am inspired to make sure I get the second tree next year.


Thank you so much, Linda.  I absolutely love it all! You couldn't have selected anything more perfect for me.

Many thanks to Vicky for hosting this fun ornament exchange. Please visit Vicky and see how special life is on Willie Mae Lane.  Also, visit her linky party to see more ornaments.

How is your holiday season going so far?

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Shhh...I have a thing for Santa

Who knew?!?

I love Snowman…I really do. But looking around the house, I realized that I also have a super big crush on Santa.








This guy doesn't go anywhere without his reindeer!




I decided to frame the "Winter" stitchery instead of making a small quilt.  I change my mind all the time, do you?  The small ceramic gift box was a gift from my son when he was in elementary school.



He is too adorable with his glasses.



These guys hold stockings...that is another post.








Namaste...my ornament for this year.  He is hanging on by a gold paper clip until I can get proper string.

Merry Christmas!