Sunday, November 30, 2008

Mama's Quilt

I did it! I am so happy. I finished the quilt I have been working on for my mother for Christmas. Happy! Happy! Happy! I feel much better now.

My sister picked up the one I had made for her on Friday and I think she likes it.

I still have to finish quilting the one for my other sister and start one for our younger daughter. I'll really have to work hard to finish all I want to get done before Christmas!

The weather here is beautiful. We've had a lovely cool day and it will be cool again tonight as well. I love the cooler weather, but I have to say I am thankful that we don't have the brutally cold weather that some of you have.

Have a great evening!

Hugs and kisses,

Thursday, November 27, 2008


I hope you've all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It seems only fitting that we set aside one day a year at least to officially thank God for all the blessings He's given us, doesn't it?

And we're not even going to talk about things like this, okay?
We're thankful (and full), we're just not going to talk about them.

Have you ever found that when you have projects that really NEED to be done right now, you can always find something else you'd rather do? Or am I the only one?

I'm trying to finish some quilts for Christmas gifts. I have two right now that are ready to be quilted. Glory to God! But am I quilting them? No.

I found other things to do........

Remember that little chair I picked up at the resale shop? Isn't it pretty!
And we finally got our new roof put on last weekend. Since we had to have the old one taken off all the way down to the rafters I thought I'd better get some of the "treasures" (junk) up in the attic down from there before it got injured any more than it already was. :)

These little tables we have had for years. The top on one was broken and they were both pretty sad.
I did get one of them cleaned up and painted. Can you tell that I'm liking the green right about now?
The other little baby needed some serious mending (which my Sweetie Pie did for me). It is back together now out in the garage waiting for its turn with primer, sandpaper and paint.

Speaking of old things........

I had a hankering the other day for some "toad-in-the-hole", so I made a batch for daughter, daughter's boyfriend, Mr. Sweetie Pie and me.
Delicious! Often the simplest things are just the best!

Enjoy your evening!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Fall, Fall, Glorious Fall

Happy Fall! I hope the weather is as glorious where you are as it is right here! I love it.
I chanced upon this little hanging basket on a recent foray into a resale shop. I added some fall color and ...

this little guy, and.......this little lady.
Our daughters painted these years ago as a homeschool project for Thanksgiving. They fit in there rather well, don't they?
I also picked up this chair.

I got the primer painted onto it and will finish painting it, hopefully today. :)

And on the sewing front:

Are these not the wildest color combinations! I'm not sure exactly what (or if) I was thinking when I put these together, but I like them. I had a Kaffe Fassett jellyroll and some 5" squares of his and some other designers and some other jellyroll strips, and they just all went into the mix. It will be interesting to see how it turns out, won't it?

Enjoy your day!
Hugs and kisses,

Monday, November 10, 2008

Somebody's Been Eating My Chocolate!

And now it's half gone.....

Sure was good, though. :)

Here at Muddle Mansion, I've been trying to get myself moved into my brand new sewing room. Only problem is - it's not finished yet.

Mr. Muddling installed the new window I wanted in a formerly total brick wall. (He's my hero!) Note what's left of the brick on the ground below.

Saturday and Sunday around here were a total mess! He got it in on Saturday, but after thinking about it decided he'd better redo it. (I'm not the only one around here with perfectionist tendencies.) And rain was forecast for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, which leaves no time at all for a wide open hole in our outer wall.

So bright and early Sunday morning, when we should have been in church, back we went to work on the window project. Actually I just did the running errands part mostly. Mr. Muddling and Daughter's Boyfriend did the actual work part.

The window is now officially IN! Glory to God! Just things like sanding, priming, painting, curtaining to be done now.

And look at the glorious view I have now of Chicken Manor.
But the strain has just been too much. Last night after normal people had gone to bed, I just had to have some sewing. And since I had given away my tea cosy that seemed a logical thing to make. And while I was at it, I made two.
One is an all-covered-up one, and the other is a peek-a-boo one with the spout

and the handle free so the cover doesn't have to be removed to pour tea.I like it! And notice the totally appropriate fabric choice.
I do like Mary Engelbreit designs. Her bright happy colors just make me smile.
And lest you think I've forgotten, I AM still working on this little quilt. It's all together now and I've started to quilt it.
Yippee! I'm beginning to feel a lot more normal now.
Enjoy your day,

Thursday, November 6, 2008

What a Wonderful Surprise!

As you know, I came back from Branson with some upper respiratory problems. It took a while for me to bounce back, but here I am! Glory to God!

Anyway, last night we finally got back to church. I was the one who handled all the planning and arrangements for our ladies to take that trip, and the church and the ladies presented me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and this pretty little thank-you card.

Inside the card the ladies, my friends, have all sent me sweet messages of thanks for the work I did. Can I just say that I am so touched and so thrilled with their sweetness and love.
Ladies, you are the BEST!
Love you all,