Thursday, April 28, 2011

Three Things...

1.  My wonderful daughter is really sick away at school and it STINKS being so far away.   She is having serious pain in her joints, but has been sick with a upper respiratory infection.  She just came home from the school infirmary for the second time.  They are saying it is a virus and have put her on another dose of antibiotics.  Send some prayers her way if you don't mind.
2.  I just got this in the mail which means... I AM REALLY DOING THIS THING CALLED COLLEGE!!!!! :)
3.  I just got THIS in the mail from my Potholder Pass/Grocery Bag swap!  I am SO excited I haven't even opened it yet!!!!  I'll post pictures after I do.

I guess that is life ~ ups and downs.  Thanks for sharing in the joys and sorrows.  


Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Have you seen that Mayhem commercial where the guy is literally sitting between the front two seats where your gps would normally be?  My husband and I crack up every time we see it.
Here is a comic I found in the Parade magazine last week.      
It made me think of my relationship with God and how often I think my way is better, forgetting that He knows all and always is FOR me. Sometimes I wish it were as easy as the Mayhem commercial with God sitting right there and hearing him tell me "don't go there Kathleen.... this way is better."  

I am thankful that He has given us a roadmap, if you will, in the Bible.  Guidance and direction are always right there for me if I just look in the right place.  

Blessings friends,

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What About Bob?

Bob Wiley [to himself] ... 
baby steps get on the bus, baby steps down the aisle, baby steps... 

That is about how I feel about my adventures back into quilting...  I am really enjoying it but feel like I am just taking baby steps.  I am fine with that though, because half of the fun is in the journey.   Here is my latest (and late) table runner for April/Spring.
I used 17 different pieces of fabric cut into 3 1/2 inch squares.  I used a Kona green for the strip and back.  I rolled the back forwards for my binding which I don't particularly care for but it worked for this.   I was able to do diagonal top stitching even though the outside squares didn't line up.  I guess adding the 1 1/2 inch green strips between the two sets made that work.  Neat!  Now I am trying to figure out if I going to get tired of looking at that for whats left of April, May, and June???   We'll see.


Monday, April 18, 2011

This is what I've been up to...

I'm going to COLLEGE!!!!!!!
HOW CRAZY IS THAT?  I can't even saying going 'back' because I don't think the one accounting class I took back in 1982 really counts.  I am 50 for goodness sake! :)  I am going to take classes towards an Early Education degree but I might be 70 by the time I am done.  I still need to test for Math and English, which after 35 years of being out of school is not going to be pretty.

Sooo....  that's what I've been up to.  How about you?


Monday, April 11, 2011

Potholder Pass 7

This round of Potholder Pass you could choose to do either two potholders, anything but square and/or a grocery bag tote.  I decided to do both.    Of course it's a secret who my partner is but I am hoping she likes them as much as I enjoyed making them.  Here is the grocery bag.
I made it using this pattern that I purchased from Keyka Lou.  It's reversible.  I also added a felt flower pin that I made using this tutorial

Now for the potholders... My partner asked for reds, yellows, and oranges.  Here they are.  I added loops that can be easily removed since I wasn't sure if she wanted them or not.
I am excited that I am done being that my March St. Patrick's Day runner is still on my kitchen table!  Now I can start a spring runner!

Blessings friends,

Sunday, April 10, 2011


This day 29 years ago, TWO became ONE. 

Who knew that when we stood in front of our family and friends and spoke our vows to each other all those years ago the different paths this journey would take?  But God has been so good to us!  Our faith in a God who cares about every detail of our lives has and does carry us through this wonderful adventure called marriage.   

And to quote Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire,
Frank, " I love you. You... you complete me."                    Happy Anniversary!


Sunday, April 3, 2011


You wouldn't think I needed to detox after my trip but the day I got home I was bombarded with phone calls and emails from my family.  It is (maybe was?) my husbands and my year to plan the family reunion. I've been in contact with a guy from PA about renting houses literally since last July for this July.  Unfortunately the cost he originally told us was not what the contracts stated.  UGH.  Long story short - Lake Harmony, PA will not have the pleasure of my family for the weekend this July.  Now we are trying for a plan B.  We will see.

Soo...  I decided to take a road trip to Lancaster for fabric because I signed up for another swap.  I really don't know what I am thinking but it can't be as hard as planning a reunion, right?   So now that I have some new eye candy I have to decide which fabrics to use for potholders and grocery bag.  This time around it's any shape but square for the potholders and a choice of four specific patterns for the  grocery bag.   
  This pile I just bought because I could~ ha!  Moda's coffee line is just too cute!
 This is the fabric for my potholders. My partner requested reds, yellows, and oranges...
Grocery bag choice 1 -  
 Choice 2 - The chickens were just too cute with the vegetables.
Choice 3 - Roosters and polka dots.

AND...  I also ordered 6 more pieces of fabric online.  I can't wait for them to get here! 

What do think about the bag fabrics?  I am trying not to stress over it, after all it is just a grocery bag... :)


Saturday, April 2, 2011

I wish I couldn't of taken you!

 I am back from a wonderful week in Aruba.  We were two of fifty six people who flew there to attend a wedding.  Our very close friends son got married there on Saturday, the 26th.  This is definitely not the norm for us.  Our vacations are usually camping.  We are saying this trip covers anniversary, birthdays, and Christmas this year! :)
My husband and I shared a villa with the grooms family.  I will say that although it was beautiful there we did have issues with septic backing up in our bathroom the last three days of our stay so that was not cool.   It's good to be home.  My goodness the dogs were SO happy to see us.  The pup kept crying and the older one kept peeing.  Even though it's cold here at least our bathroom works! :)

I am still working my way through all blog posts I missed reading while away.  Only 134 more to go!:)