Friday, December 31, 2010

Last Project Post for 2010

We are on our way to a New Year's Eve Party tonight at a friend's. Not too wild, probably play some games, laugh and eat. I did not buy anything new to wear, but decided to get out my beads and make a new bracelet. I saw one similiar in a magazine and tried to copy it. I am very pleased with it.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Shipshewana Gingerbread Houses

We visited my dad over Christmas. On the way home we stopped in Shipshewana. The annual Gingerbread House Contest was on and Fuzzy snapped these pics with his new digital SLR. The first is my favorite and I believe it also won first prize. Some great ideas to try sometime.

Funky Purse

One of the crackers I was to send was for Colleen in Nebraska. She stated that she liked "funky" as a theme. I decided to make her a purse as a gift. Now that she has received it I can post it here. I really had fun with it, and she did like it!

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Cracker 2

Cracker 2 was opened Christmas Day. It was from Josie, in Texas. The first thing I noticed was the cover with the spider spelling out Merry Christmas! Inside was a treasure of lovely things. Laces, buttons, threads, fabrics, beads, and a pretty silkie. Lastly, she included a recipe card with a map of Texas on it as a momento.  Thank you Josie!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Cracker 1

I opened 1 of the 2 Christmas Crackers I received through CQI. This is what I received from Meg in South America.  I really liked the lace piece, chocolate and pretty yellow ribbon. Thank You, Meg.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winter/Holiday Round Robin

In January I am starting another Round Robin with a Holiday/Winter theme. I  hope to have the blocks back by summer in order to have them ready for next Christmas. I chose a variety of schemes for the blocks. The first is a Swedish Block to pay homage to my grandfather's roots. It includes a photo transfer of a painting by Swedish artist Carl Larson.

 Next is my block with the blue color scheme. I love how this one turned out.

A traditional Santa block.

A block with an image/clock received as a gift from another Crazy Quilter, Joyce in Alabama. I thought it would make a nice New Year's block.

I have tried in vain to get a good pic of my dog Chloe, but this looks a lot like her, so this block is in her honor.

Lastly, a block using an image from illustrator Harrison Fisher. Famous for his pics of glamorous women of the early 20th century. This pic lends itself to an unuusal pink color scheme.  

I can't wait to see how they progress over the next few months. The participants are Thearica in North Carolina, Alice in Wisconsin, Helina in Finland, Lorrie in Canada, Wendy in Alabama. Will keep you posted!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Candji's Asian II Finished Block

Candji's Block is the first to be completed in our Asian Round Robin. I was the first and added the lanterns. The rest of the girls did a great job. I especially like the red fan that Rita added in the lower corner, it balances it out nicely. I hope Candji likes it. I know I do!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Asian 2 Round Robin Update

Here's a look at how my Asian Round Robin block is coming along. 1 person left and it comes home to me. I think it's terrific.

Good Holiday Wishes

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dehydrator Experiment

When I have gone to the pet food stores recently, it seems there is a craze for dehydrated dog treats made of duck and sweet potato. They are quite expensive, but Drizzy and Chloe just love them. I decided to try and make my own version. I bought a couple large yams and got some free venison meat from a friend/hunter. Fuzzy sliced the potatoes into long pieces and the meat very thin. I wrapped the meat around the potato and placed in my dehydrator. Here is a before picture.
After about 7-8 hours both the meat and potato appeared done.

Here is a side by side picture of the store bought $10 a bag and my version (on the right). The dogs loved them!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Fuzzy and I were up unusually early today. We went to nearby Dollar General to pick up 2 for $1 Hot Wheel cars. Fuzzy has to work, so we will celebrate Thanksgiving on Saturday... Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Bath Day

Yes, even in winter bi-weekly baths must go on. Here is Chloe after her bath, wrapped in a towel with a space heater keeping her warm.... She prefers not to blow dry!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Meg's Jewels on Black Block

My work on Meg's block in the Jewels on Black RR. I love how the colors pop on the black background.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Peggy Sue's Asian RR

Here are some pictures of progress on Peggy Sue's block in the Asian Round Robin. The first is the work of Candji and Rita, and the second picture is of my additions.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Rita's Jewels On Black Block

I just finished Rita's block today for the Jewels on Black round robin. It took me a while to bead the butterfly, it was my first attempt at it. I hope she likes it.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chloe in Her Batcave

Fuzzy decided to decorate around Chole's rest area.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pat Metheny

My husband is a big fan of jazz guitarist, Pat Metheny. He was in concert last weekend, but seats were pretty expensive. A friend found a contest in the Lansing paper to win free tickets. Well, both he and I entered..... and I won the grand prize! Two great seats and the opportunity to meet him after the show.  Here is my smiling hubbie with his guitar hero. I took the picture or it would be a little clearer!

Under the Sea Block

I picked up this shelf at a rummage sale for $1 over the summer. I thought it would be great for showcasing a crazy quilt block. I am starting an Under the Sea Round Robin soon and decided that is what I will put in the frame. Here it is before embellishment. I can't wait to see what the others do to bring it to life.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Squishie Prize

I won the monthly challenge prize through Crazy Quilting International and this is what I received. Lots of wonderful things to enhance my crazy quilting! Fabric, threads, beads, lace, motifs, and more goodies. Thanks to Cathy K. for putting the wonderful prize packages together. I can't wait to use them.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sunset at the Lightouse

Paula posted a few more of the pics taken after the wedding on Saturday. Hubbie caught some beautiful ones at sunset.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ludington Wedding Pics

 Here a a few pics taken at the wedding of our dear friends Paula and Rob. Married on the shores of Lake Michigan and the Little Sable Lighthouse.  I am so proud of the pics by husband captured for them. He had a hard time returning Paula's camera. Little does he know I have bought home a nice digital SLR for Christmas! Don't tell!

Halloween in Ludington

MOver the weekend we were in Ludington, a wonderful city on the eastern coast of Lake Michigan. Our dear friends Paula and Rob got married in front of a Lighthouse there. My hubbie was the official photographer but used Paula's camera, so we don't have pics yet. He used his camera to snap a few shots around town.

Ghost mooning

In front of a dentist office