Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Yes, we have this ornament:)
Wishing each of you  a very Merry Season of Joy, Hope, Peace and a Sense of Humor!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays!

I know it has been quite a while since I've posted anything, but I wanted to wish each and every one Happy Holidays!

We celebrate Christmas in a quiet way,  very little shopping, lots of cooking and eating, and lots more time to spend with family (since we quit frantically shopping and trying to please everyone:))

I've finished 4 quilts in the last month, and have two poor quality pictures.  The star was made as a Christmas present for my father-in-law, who is already sleeping under this heavy quilt!  It has a heavy cotton backing with a warm n' natural batting, so it will keep him warm this winter.

The Tumbler throw quilt is one I made for myself.  Selfish, I know:)
I cut the pieces out with the tumbler die on my Accuquilt GO!  which makes the piecing a dream.
The shapes fit perfectly together, and quilting this took the longest.  I meandered in lazy shapes, and it has a nice texture after washing.   I made my mother a similar quilt from pink floral fabric and green and white floral with butterflies as a Christmas present.  I hope she likes hers as much as I do mine!
Hoping everyone has an enjoyable weekend!   I've missed blogging, and hope to be back on schedule soon.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday Night Sew In

Sorry to have been 'missing' for so long - we have had Bronchitis (this deserves a capital letter) and I've just been worn out at the end of each day.  Other odd and various things have also gone on, such as our car and oven quitting, costly repairs but both were repaired by my youngest son!
Thank you, Brad!!

I have my fabric cut out and ready to sew for the Friday Night Sew-In.
For more information, please click here

I used the tumbler die with the Accuquilt GO! and cut enough tumbler pieces to make a sofa quilt.
Since its getting colder and the evenings are longer, we need a TV snuggle quilt:)
I didn't buy 'new' fabric, just dug into my stash for enough yardage for a two color quilt.

This is the first die I've used other than cutting squares, and I'm very impressed with the ease of cutting perfect pieces.  I did outline the 'die' with a purple marker for ease of lining up the fabric.  Makes the pictures easier to see, too:)

Off to get busy, hopefully back with a progress report  this evening!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Ugh! Tuesday

We have some super strain of the Crud here:), I wake myself up at night breathing so loudly and coughing.
Please don't touch the screen while reading this, I hate to pass on the germs:)))

Thursday, November 4, 2010

duh! Thursday

Well, I am laughing at myself right now!  I took quite a few pictures, but didn't have the memory card in my camera. Duh!
I did get a sofa cushion slipcovered, only 9 more to go.  The first one is always the hardest, so I hope to get them finished in the next couple of days. A very old sofa that is still very sturdy, just needs some updating.
Pictures soon, if I can remember to put the memory card back in the camera:)
Raining here, snow flurries expected tomorrow night.  I'm never ready for cold weather, its just too early for even a hint of snow!

Will leave you with a picture of Victoria, who is growing by leaps and bounds!  We affectionately call her Hell Cat now, as our two older cats let her get by with everything.  She is everywhere at one time, then all of a sudden, she is asleep and looks so sweet.  She is now 9 weeks old! A kitten by any other name-

What have you been doing?  Hope you are having a lovely week!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Election Tuesday

Vote Early
Vote Often
I approve this message because I'm sick of the silly ads.
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Sunday, October 31, 2010

November Monday

Did you have a fabulous Halloween weekend?  
Here's wishing you a wonderful week! 
Remember to vote early and vote often:) tomorrow!

Happy Halloween!

 Happy Halloween!
More pictures from the CK Autumn Fest - today there were quite a few things going on!
For a complete activity list, check here.
We took in the car show and the Fire-Ambulance-Helicopter display.
Our decorations have been taken down, and we have one more trip planned to the Pumpkin House (hopefully it will be much less crowded today!)

The Cat Choir - just the most delightful section of pumpkins!

A portion of our Halloween decor:)

Health Net Medflight
at the car show - over 100 cars entered!

Have fun today!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Pumpkin House

What a crowd!  We parked and walked two blocks to the Pumpkin House this evening.  Not knowing that there was a line that extended forever the other way, we walked right into the yard and looked and looked at the pumpkins.
We were able to see the Headless Horseman ride his horse down the street.  Fun!
The Music Wall is spectacular, each pumpkin with an instrument carved into it lights up as that instrument is played in the symphony.
The Cat Choir was in its best voice, and the animal pumpkins were aboard Noah's Ark.  A special section was reserved for the birds.  Just amazing!
It was so crowded, it was hard to see anything very well.  I would estimate there were at least 2000 people either looking or waiting in line.  30,000 people are estimated to view the Pumpkin House this weekend. 
That is a huge crowd for this area!
The Cat Choir
Welcome to CK Autumn Fest and the Music Wall
Some of the Pumpkin lovers:)

Thank you, Aaron and Melissa, we had a great time!

Friday, October 29, 2010


I'm exhausted. 
We worked all morning to finish the final decorations, then make-up for our cast of Zombies, and Trick-or-Treat started at 5 pm.  Over 1000 children came to our house to be both scared a little and be treated to candy.
I'm exhausted.  oops, I've already said that!
We then walked to the City Street Party for a few minutes of festivities including free food,  fantastic door prizes and meeting  friends and family. All in all, a fun day!
The cast of zombies - Brandon, Brad, Aaron and Melissa
(Unfortunately:), we ran out of time and didn't have time for my make-up.)

Notice the face in the wall of plastic?
Dudley, the graveyard manikin
A lull in the crowd of Trick-or-Treat'ers
We are already starting to plan for next year, we've decided that an 'adult' party must follow the children's candy time!
It will take me that long to recover from this, I think!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Decorations

My husband's best pal , Aaron, came over today and started decorating our tiny house for Trick-or-Treat!  He built most of the props, even the coffin has a lid that moves up and down.  He and my sons enveloped our porch with black plastic, making our house look even smaller and very spooky at night

All of this for 2 hours of Trick-or-Treat! It is worth all of the work , we do get a big kick out of watching the children's faces when they see everything.  We generally have from 500 to 700 children walk by!

Lights, fog, smoke machines, creepy music and moving figures will complete all of this later - and, we are all going to dress or do what ever people do to look like Zombies?  No rain or high winds, please:)

Trick-or-Treat  5 pm to 7 pm
City Street Party 8 pm

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Stormy Day

Before the torrential rain and high winds - the trees were beautiful, the colors so bright and vibrant.

the sky just before the rain
The Parade was canceled and the giant inflatable pumpkin was taken down.  
Still no decorations here - here's hoping tomorrow's weather is much better!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pumpkin Tuesday~

It started raining here during the night and rained all day.  No pumpkin carving for me - it was a cold rain!
I did get a few pictures of the Pumpkin House this evening, but they aren't so good...
There were a lot of people braving the rain, diligently working on the pumpkins!   Still thousands to go-

News around town - the bowling alley caught fire in the early hours, quite a bit of damage, but the owners have already had contractors in to assess the damage.

In preparation for the Autumn Fest Parade tomorrow night, MacDonald's has put a HUGE inflated pumpkin on their roof.  The parade goes by at the end of my street, my family is in the parade, so I'll be watching and taking pictures.  Of course, rain is expected.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Behind the scenes at the Pumpkin House

 The CK Autumn Fest runs October 28 - October 30!
 Click to read more about it!

a few more pics of the work and decorations behind the big fence!

And pictures of the house as its being decorated - there is even a pumpkin on the top of the turret roof!

They were working on the Symphony of Pumpkins today - hopefully I can figure out how to get a video of it on here!  He has these very tall cases lined with shelves, and each shelf holds pumpkins carved like a musical instrument .  As each musical section plays, the different sections of pumpkins light up to the music.  Genius, pure genius!
A new addition this year is the Women's Choir - can't wait to see it.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

3030 Pumpkins!

                       Work on the pumpkins started today- and do they ever have pumpkins!          

                                            Ric was drawing the faces to be carved - this is the first step-                                  
 People are cutting the bottoms-

There are people scooping-
and carving!
 The man who makes it all happen - Ric Griffith
And finished pumpkins on display - just a start:)
the beautiful Victorian House, with just a few pumpkins on the porch roof-
Stay tuned, this is a week long Festival, and I hope to capture the sights all week!
In order to have all of the pumpkins displayed by Halloween, 600 pumpkins must be scooped and carved each day.  How many pies would that make?!?
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