Pay It Forward

There are two posts today…taking care of business.

I won a “Pay It Forward” challenge on Jane’s blog.  I’m excited!  I am going to receive something handmade by Jane in the next 365 days.  How exciting…and what a surprise it will be.  She creates the most beautiful handmade things.

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Now I want to Pay It Forward as well.  I have chosen one of my photos…this rose as a symbol of my gift to two of you.  Here’s how it works: If you would like to receive something handmade by me within the next 365 days, please comment on this post to say that you are interested. Tell me a little something about yourself.  I will then draw two names. If you are one of the chosen two, please post the same offer on your blog in return…hence the name Pay It Forward!  You may use my rose as your symbol as well.  I will do the drawing two weeks from today, Friday, December 12. See you then!

 I don’t mind mailing to anywhere in the world so join in!  Anyone can win! You can even participate if you don’t have a blog, just keep it going.


Bookworm Award


Marjorie tagged me for the Bookworm Award. The rules for this award are:

Open the book closest to you, not your favorite or most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment, and turn to page 56.  Write out the fifth sentence, as well as two to five sentences following that.  And pass the award on to five blogging friends.

I can never follow the rules :((   I have so many books that I cannot pick one and bore you with page 56 and the fifth sentence.  But…for those who are curious and wish to know what I read…here goes.

While I am an avid reader, I must admit I am not primarily reading anything at the moment.  However, I do have some books on my nightstand just waiting for me as the spirit moves.  So, depending on how I am feeling on any one night, I have at my fingertips, Scott Turow’s old one, “Presumed Innocent;”  Richard Paul Evans new one…”Grace;” Joseph LeMaitre’s, “French: How to Speak and Write It;” (I am always working on this one); Stanley Appelbaum’s “French Reader: A Dual Language Book” (a great way to read French and have the English translation immediately at hand) and Nora Roberts new Christmas one, “First Impressions.”  I have begun all of these except the Nora Roberts one.  I actually skip around and read each one depending on what mood I am in.  I bought Grace and First Impressions for the holiday season….I hope they are good holiday reads.

Here are some I just finished: 

Karen Armstrong’s, “History of God;” Paul Knitter’s, “Jesus and Other Names: Christian Mission and Global Responsibility;” Andrew Greeley’s, “The Bishop and the Beggar Girl of St. Germaine;” and “Country French Living” by Meredith Books.

I subscribe to a couple of quilting magazines, Marie Claire Idees French magazine, Nutrition Action Newsletter (upon the advice of Marjorie) and also receive Reader’s Digest.

So now, I would like to know what the following five friends are reading…Paddy’s Daughter, Maggy (even though you do not have a blog), Nanouanne, Miss 376, and Nicole at Le Passe-Temps.

Christmas Stockings

stocking top one



I’ve been having fun creating a gift for my daughter-in-law, Michelle.


full stocking







From tip to toe…it was fun designing something for Christmas.

 stocking toe



With leaves and flower centers covered with needle felted wool roving mixed with angelina.




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And tiny beads in the center to add just another touch of sparkle.

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She loves sunflowers and while it’s not exactly traditional Christmas, this is what she asked me to make.

Full stocking 2




 And after I finished hers, I made the other one she asked for…one for the dog.   All sparkly and shiny and it even has a squirrel…Birdy’s favorite playmate!!!


Birdy's stocking







That’s Birdy on the left with the little squirrel at the bottom.  I think Birdy’s going to love it almost as much as Michelle and Mike.  Don’t you think?   Now I’d better get this in the mail before they see this post!

Such Fun

pb130082The Quilt Show on Friday was delightful.  They showed the most beautiful quilts.   Each one was a work of art in itself.   We all love different things and there was something for everyone.  I have a couple of photos here of my favorites, but unfortunately I forgot to get the names of the persons who made them.  I am truly sorry about that so I cannot give them the credit they are due.  If anyone knows who they belong to let me know and I will adjust my post.  But they are LOVELY.  Aren’t they the most beautiful pictorial things you have ever seen!   Remember…these quilts belong to others…so no copying.


Of course one of the best parts of the show is the vendor mall. It is amazing to see the variety of things for sale. And the lovely people who are designing and running the shops are delightful.

I found the greatest pattern for an adorable elephant from Indygo Junction.  

Elephant Pattern


Here he is….isn’t he absolutely the cutest thing you have ever seen?!!! 


Sophie Jacket

And then there was this unique sweet jacket that I simply couldn’t resist.  I bought this pattern to make a spring jacket with prairie points in soft colors like this one for my granddaughters.  The pattern is called Playful Patches Jacket  and it is truly more like “instructions”  rather than a real pattern.  You use your own oversized T-shirt (in the size of your choosing) for a pattern.  It can be made with one jelly roll up to a child’s size ten and one jelly roll plus 2.5 yards of fabric for the lining for an adult to size 16.  The  company is called New Beginning Designs …(  They don’t seem to have a website yet, but I have included an email address if anyone is interested.  Their shop is located in Springfield, New Hampshire.   Love it!

All in all, it was another GREAT day with friends.  For one who does not like to shop, I guess I do like to do fabric and pattern shopping.   And viewing the works of art in the quilt show was stupendous!  It was such fun.

Quilt Show


Thought I’d share with all of you this postcard reminder I received in the mail this week.  Today begins the Greater Chicago Quilt Exposition at the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois.  I have gone for the past few years that is has been here and it is a nice show.   Not nearly as big as the Spring show at Rosemont, but a very nice quilt show.  I plan on attending on Friday with some very good friends.

For all you who LOVE to share the day with friends be sure to feast your eyes on the lovely international quilts shown here.   Naturally, there is a LOT of shopping available as well.

If any of you out there have a quilt in this show, please let me know so I can be sure to look for it.  Thanks!

Busy Weekend

It was a bit busy this weekend, but fun. Friday my husband and I attended a beautiful wedding of the daughter of a long time friend. It’s so nice to be together with good friends. And what a special occasion to share with one another. I recall the weddings of my three like yesterday. Here’s a little collage of the day. I feel like I renew my own vows every time I attend someone’s wedding. How romantic! I have been married for 41 years now. And I think we’ll make it for at least another 20.

Also this weekend was our quilting Holiday Boutique. It is similar to a craft fair, but everything is set up like you were in a large department store…without any vendors. Everything is marked and counted before and after the sale. As I mentioned, part of the proceeds support our quilting group…but more than anything else, it is an all day affair where we get to know one another better, have a good time, laugh and share a bit of ourselves. Everyone who attends says its the best sale of its kind anywhere.






And this lovely lady was made by a dear friend of mine who does absolutely exquisite work. She is a talented artist in all sorts of mediums. Her latest project will be a crazy quilt and I can’t wait to see it.

Gold Card Award


I received a Gold Card BFFF Award this past week.   Thank you Anne.  However, I find it difficult give others the task of passing along these things, so I have deceided to step outside of the rules.  My gift to others will be to ask each person who reads my blog to click the sites on my favorites list and enjoy them as much as I do. These are just a tiny smigden of the wonderful things out there.  The blogging world is so big.  I love being an armchair traveler.  There is something out there for everyone.  Not just needlework or quilting…there is drop dead gorgeous photography on my list.  So please visit the sites I have linked and enjoy yourself.  Should you find one you really like and find some inspiration…please leave comments.  We all love comments on our work.  If any of you would like to claim the Gold Card Award for yourself…please do so.  Just copy the card from my site and find the rules on Anne’s site.  You all deserve it.   Thank you again, Anne, for the honour.

I Was Tagged

Paddy’s Daughter tagged me over a week ago and I am now just getting around to answering it. I am to tell everyone 7 unusual things about myself that most people don’t know. Well…this is really hard. My life is like an open book. Even thinking about it for a week and a half doesn’t help! But here goes anyway

1) When I was younger…my dream was to be a research biologist.

2) I love turtles…they are the voice of God.

3) I am four of five and a Star Trek fan.

4) I am terrified of spiders…any kind…they make my heart jump right out of my chest!

5) I am a weather watcher. Love it.

6) Most women like to shop…I don’t.

7) There is nothing I love more than total silence. It fills my soul.

This was very hard for me…so I am not going to tag anyone else. I did this just for you Sue. Hope you have learned a little bit about me.

Just for fun here is # 8 about me. My niece, Lesly, just a few hours ago gave birth to a beautiful little boy, Ryan Patrick…8 lbs. 8 oz….22 inches long. He has a lot of hair. It is her first baby and we are thrilled…but even better yet….today is my 60th birthday!!! So I will never forget little Ryan’s birthday.

My children gave me a big party yesterday to celebrate. It was such fun. Besides the brithday party, my daughter decided to turn it into a lovely wine tasting party. Great wine! Another day with lots of family and friends to make life wonderful.

New Quilt for Titouan

Maggy…my soul sister in France…has a new grandson, Titouan. I had to make something special for him. A bit of fun and a bit of the United States. So I found a fabric with lots of English words on it.

They are phrases which we hear a lot, but perhaps not so common France…but then again…maybe they are common. Can anyone of my French friends tell me if you use these phrases also? I love to learn new things. There are phrases like: See You Later Alligator or Quiet As a Mouse or A Little Bird Told Me…

Reappearing Rabbit or Monkey See Monkey Do or Leaping Leopard

Or Can A Zebra Can His Stripes?

Or Busy As A Bee

His Mom (who loved the quilt) sent me this super photo. Little Titouan doesn’t seem to care…he just loves being the center of attention. Isn’t he the most beautiful baby you have ever seen???