Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year Everyone

It's almost January already - a new year - 1012. Wow! did last year go fast.  I have been posting my cubicle blocks started this summer.  They were for Christmas presents for my daughters, so have been making four of each block. Sorry the snowballs are a little blurry in the picture.

One set for my daughter, Donna, she is a college professor, for her office.
One set for my daughter, Tracey, who is a special needs teacher in North Carolina.
One set for my daughter, Grace, who works for a financial institution in Tennessee.
And one set for me, to remind me of what month it is, and of each of my special daughters.

I love you all.

This week I put together my snowman quilt from a swap this month.  Like the way it turned out. A good quilt for the January snows.

Happy New Year to all.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Dinner

Christmas was a quiet affair at our home, no grandchildren here this year. My niece Susan and her husband, Lou; my brother Ray, and Lou's father were here for dinner.
We spent too much time eating but everything was so yummy that I haven't been hungry since.

My Christmas Rosemary lamb bread and the lemon cake I made.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Special Doll Dresses

Last year I made complete wardrobes for the girls 18" dolls for Christmas. This year a little slower.  I only got two special dresses done and two embroidered pant sets.

Dress in white was made out of my daughter Tracey's high school graduation dress scraps and then the clasp of the jacket was from one of the roses taken off her wedding dress.  It had a beige center flower and she wanted all white ones so they were changed and I have used a lot of the roses on other projects.  Only one made so Tracey's daughters will have to share.

The yellow dress was from scraps of daughter Grace's bridesmaid dress when I made all the dresses for daughter Tracey's wedding.  Think that this is the last of those scraps. So this dress if for her daughters to use on their dolls.

The embroidered pants were done by my niece Susan and then I put the pants and tops together.  I think I need a new sewing embroidery machine Santa.

Friday, December 23, 2011


My orchids are blooming and just had to share some pictures of them. All of these are in my one palm tree out front of the dining room window.  I think I will use them on my table for Christmas. The quilt I am using has pink/lavender poinsettias in the fabric.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas Early

Jim and I received our Christmas present early yesterday. Can you guess whats in the box?

Tracey, Don, Timothy, Amber, and Hannah are expecting a new little one in 2012. WAY TO GO HOLTONS.  What a wonderful Christmas present for your family and ours. May your new little one be healthy and safe until he or she joins us next summer.  Exciting times. God is good.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Visit in Kirksville MO

The first weekend in December I visited with DS Richard and his lovely wife DDL Donna. It was his birthday and he had some friends in for homemade stew and chili. He even made his own deliousous birthday cake as he loves to cook. 

The next day was a craft show in the next town. I went with him and helped him set up his wood crafts he makes.  His hoppy has turned profitable and, of course, Mom had to shop too. My as well support the family instead of the big corporations this year, right?

Richard first love is his dogs.  He has three Corgi's and they are more like kids than dogs.  Archie, Brooke and Comet are their names and Archie is a champion.

Our picture was taken at the airport just before leaving in a twin prop airplane that seated ten.  I got to sit in the co-poliot seat, which was an experience for me.  Unfortunetly didnt get to see much as it was snowing that day and were lots of cloud cover until we got into St Louis airport. But I can cross that off my bucket list.

Thanks so much for the lovely weekend Richad and Donna.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Design Wall

My dear friend Pat visited with me yesterday and toured the mess in my quilting room. She did see some progress in my AOTH [Affairs of the Heart] quilt I am making for DD Grace.  Pat said I should post the progress on the blog, so here it is.
The AOTH is on the left and a current swap we are in with the snowmen is on the right. So far I have received seven of the fourteen coming. So cute and love them all.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

December Cubicle Block

Wow! Is it December already? The month has flown by and am way behind on posting and my quilting projects for Christmas.  Happy holidays to all. This past weekend I was in Missouri to spend time with my son and daughter-in-law. It's his birthday and he had a Mellow Yellow Party. I guess you can tell his age by that choice.  I will post pictures later.