Friday, July 30, 2010

MOPPING

Do any of you mop like this?
Or do you mop like this? This is me. I don't know why....thinking back, I don't ever remember seeing my mom mopping the floors on her hands and knees...I must have learned it somewhere because this is how I have mopped my whole life...anyway. I like to walk barefooted on a clean mopped floor, they are so smooth. I like it just about as much as I like clean fresh sheets!

I JUST LOVE THIS


I have seen several of these but not this particular one. We should all just dance and be happy. Tell the Afghanistans to bring their beautiful daughters, the Iranians to bring their little old grandmothers, a few uncles and aunts, and the Koreans to bring their little children. EVERYONE, JUST DANCE AND BE HAPPY! EDIT: I wanted to add the website for the inspiration for this video, so inspiring.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

UPDATE AND WITCH HAZEL

Thank you everyone for your kind comments and concern! As you can see, I am making progress. I only have one brace, one crutch and I can flex both feet. I am getting weary of sitting around, and wearing this brace is very HOT! I know....a cast would be much hotter, so I am thankful! Now about Witch Hazel....you can buy it in the stores by the rubbing alcohol: (although it is more expensive.) If you soak a wash cloth with Witch Hazel and lay the wash cloth on the bruised area for 5-10 minutes 3-4 times @ day, it will help disperse the blood in the bruised area, healing your bruise in half the time and you will not be hurting as long. SO helpful since both my ankles were bruised quite badly. But for now I am on the mend!

Monday, July 26, 2010

VELCRO

What would we do in our world today without Velcro and what does that have to do with my post today? Well, there is a vast amount of Velcro on the ankle braces I am wearing since I sprained BOTH of my ankles last Sunday! I tripped down 3 stairs...OH BROTHER! However, I have been laying around, eating chocolates, watching HGTV, TCM and AMC movies....doing hand work and crocheting. Oh the life! I finally made my husband go get me a wheelchair so I could get around the house. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day -Saints partners with other world charities and distributes wheelchairs around the world. I have a greater appreciation for how that changes lives, giving people freedom and mobility....the idea of being bed ridden is so awful.

However, I am on the mend and have shed the wheelchair. I am now on crutches since I can put weight on my right foot......I am making steady progress! Good thing I don't have anything on my calendar for the next two weeks! Note to self: Be careful, act your age, go slower down stairs and hold onto the hand railing! My feelings on the whole issue? Quoting Charlie Brown; "GOOD GRIEF!"

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

FABRIC SALE

Check out Jennifer's blog about a fantastic fabric sale.....Now I know these fabrics may not appeal to everyone, but they make GREAT backs....especially for this price and her fabrics are a WONDERFUL weight and quality! Remember the pillow shams I made for my guest bedroom? Jennifer's fabric!

Monday, July 19, 2010

A HAPPY CHAIR

Perhaps the chair is not as happy as I am about the chair. It looks nice in my sewing room! You know...it's an aqua colored world! What a nice color aqua....they say it is the universal color and that everyone can wear aqua. Even a chair!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

WHAT DO YOU NAME A POST LIKE THIS?

I seldom write a post like this, but this week I have been deeply touched by the tribute this man wrote to his wife. I don't know Marija, I have never read her blog, I only know about her because of French Kissed's blog who mentioned her.

http://holdingcourtblog.blogspot.com/

I didn't post a picture of Marija because it just felt like thievery....you will just have to go see her blog and see what a beautiful person she is.

This week, a 3 year old toddler drowned in the little city next to ours. Her parents went to school with my daughter. It's times like these I want to scream at the top of my lungs to the world....." CAN WE ALL JUST SIT DOWN, BE QUIET AND BE NICE TO EACH OTHER?" Life is so short.

I am reminded of the poem:

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten
by Robert Fulghum

Most of what I really need
To know about how to live
And what to do and how to be
I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top
Of the graduate school mountain,
But there in the sandpile at Sunday school.
These are the things I learned:
Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Flush.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life -Learn some and think some
And draw and paint and sing and dance
And play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
Watch out for traffic,
Hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.

Psalms 46:10
Be still, and know that I am God.
This is what comforts me.

Friday, July 16, 2010

FABRIC

Do not be shocked and amazed! I have actually bought a piece of fabric, something I haven't done in a while.....stay tuned, in a few days I will show you what I made with it.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

THANKS...AND I AM PAINTING ...AGAIN

THANKS to Heather and all her gang at the Quilt Barn on Saturday. It was great to meet so many very nice people! Their little rural town was having, "Neighborhood Days." They had a parade and fun things to do in the park...wonderful things happen in those small rural America towns!

Well, now on to more painting. My sister said I could have my very own beach cottage feel, and since I already bought and paid for the paint for my laundry room, and still had some left, I painted the main bathroom in my house! Now everything that was red is now AQUA!
And it didn't cost me a dime!
I already had this cute aqua-lime green-and brown table topper from Cotton Way and used it on the floor as a bath mat. I think I will re-make it in September with their new fabric line, BLISS....gota have a bit of red!
The little cupboard over my toilet got a paint job too.....and I shopped through my closets for towels.....and didn't spend any money because I had some white ones and a few odd colors from years past. Love that! Shopping and spending NO money!
Even the little mirror shelf above the sink got a paint job. It matches the already cream bead board walls, I just distressed it and put a coat of stain over to give it some definition different than the walls. WELL, IT IS VERY CREAM and AQUA NOW! And quite cheerful!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

THE QUILT BARN

I will be at the Quilt Barn shop in Kimberly Idaho Saturday July 10, 2010 at 11:00 for a trunk show and book signing. They have a wonderful HUGE shop! You will love it! I am also bringing the Pioneer Apple cake as refreshments; the recipe is from my book, Not Your Grandmother's Quilt. It is SO yummy! Hope to see all who can make it!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

HOUSE OF TURQUOISE

Do you know Erin's blog House of Turquoise? You should. This picture on her blog is about this beautiful blog here!
I read Erin's entire blog one day....such a wonderful place to visit.
This is a picture of a "closet office" from Country Living. Love those aqua file cabinets! I know, I need a beach house for all my aqua and cream/whites! My friend Iris said she would split the costs of a beach house for the winter....I think I will look into that! Perhaps I will have a party and invite all of you for the day!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

CIRCLES

I saw this quilt on the cover of QUILT magazine at sewing day and made my own version.
I had seen a quilt similar to this one with all the circles being a polka-dot fabric and loved it.
I bought maybe 20 fat quarters and then looked at home for more...and I had just about as many! Guess I like dots?
I know someone is going to ask me the sizes....I cut the white blocks 11" so I could squeeze 4 across the width of the fabric. The largest bottom circle is 8 1/4" I pinned the circle to the background and sewed a 1/4" seam all the way around. So it has a rough edge like a Bulls eye quilt. Then, you cut the background away from the back leaving 1/4". The second largest circle is 7". After you pin and sew it to the bottom circle, then cut out the back again, only this time you are cutting away the largest circle, so you don't have a lot of bulk....if you keep doing this, you won't need to cut additional circles from additional fabrics, you just keep using the the backs you have cut away...sewing them on top of each other making as many circles as you wish. It doesn't take as much fabric as you think....you can share with your friends....The circles seem to keep multiplying!


And if you don't have one of these OLFA compass circle cutters....YOU NEED ONE! (The picture with the little red checks.) You will NEVER cut out circles any other way again! WORTH the money!