Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year! and a Great Giveaway Over at Stray Stitches

Happy New Year to all.  Cha Cha and I will be safely tucked away in our bed when the ball drops us into 2011. I will be dreaming of projects for the new year - the fun of planning, cutting, sewing, quilting, binding, the list is endless. I am all excited about the possibilities in the new year. Who knows what Cha Cha cat will be dreaming of. Perhaps how to steal borrow spools of thread or other small paw sized sewing items when I'm not looking!

Giveaway:  Linda of Stray Stitches is celebrating 300+ followers by holding a fantastic giveaway ending 1/9/11. There is a "to die for" full color pattern - "Flying Colors" by Georgette Dell'Orco. And! - 25 fat quarters plus 5/8 yard of black fabric to make the quilt top. The colors are so Beautiful! Go on over and check it out. Sign up (if you don't already) to follow Linda at Stray Stitches. I adore reading her blog.

Congratulations, Linda on your blog success. Your giveaway is super generous and much appreciated.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

After Christmas Surprise

I have been "limping along" in the Holly Jolly Blog Bingo sponsored by In Stitches. My word selection was SUPER .. the words simply were not getting drawn fast enough! Today instead of a new list of words I found the announcement of their winner - Darlene B. of Worth, IL. Congratulations, Darlene! The package coming your way looks fab!

Maybe next time I thought with a wee bit of sadness and continued reading the In Stitches blog - if you haven't already go check this blog out.

I read .... Congratulations also go to Donna in Panama City, FL. I'm thinking she will enjoy the giveaway prize from yesterday. My brain functions a bit slowly! Then .... much to my surprise ... could that be me .... there are a several Donna(s) in quilting blogland. Do they live in Panama City, FL? 

I WON! -- a fat quarter bundle of 12 Moda Metallic Swirls basics! Yeah!!!!  Many thanks to In Stitches for sponsoring this fun bingo game. I had a wonderful time playing! Of course, winning a prize made me do a happy dance!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Be Mine Blog Tour by Spun Sugar Quilts and Buddies

Vickie of Spun Sugar Quilts and her buddies are presenting seven days of projects designed to inspire you for Valentine's Day! The blog hop will include prizes from the Fat Quarter Shop. Check out Vickie's blog for details. The list of participating buddies can be found on a special page of my blog. Sounds like wonderful fun! Don't you absolutely LOVE Vickie's button announcing the blog hop. I can only imagine the creativity of the upcoming projects. See you there!

The Christmas tree and all the trimmings are down at the office. The place looks like the real estate office it is once again. And, as much as I enjoyed the lights, I am really glad to move on. I got my own apartment back to normal yesterday. Everything is sparkling and in its place. Of course, that probably won't last long but it was super fun to walk into a nice, clean, organized space! 

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Santa Came!

Santa made it to my house! And, he was very generous this year. Thanks to my sister I am going to have one happy, happy day or two at Quilting By the Bay, Panama City, FL. I have been making plans in my head! I, also have an Omnigrid ruler grip, a new rotary cutter, three project filled magazines and several quilt making "gadgets."

My wardrobe increased in shades of blue, silver and white.

My parents were here for Christmas. We had a lovely family holiday.

The tree came down today. All the Christmas decorations are packed away until new Thanksgiving! Cha Cha was not a happy cat when her tree was boxed until she discovered her favorite table back under her favorite window. 

Giveaway(s) opportunity - Dawn is holding a wonderful New Year Fabric Giveaway. She has 7 yards of Dr. Seuss for one lucky winner. Drop over and visit her blog to enter. Should you happen to win please remember to send me my share for sending you over to her blog -- just kidding! Good luck to all!

Charlie of Qubee Quilts is having a giveaway for a Fandango layer cake in honor of his birthday.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Tree Stands!

Almost a week and the tree still stands.

I am going to try wrapped PRESENTS next!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

My Christmas music boxes both play We Wish You a Merry Christmas ...... Don't you love the sights and sounds of the season?
The Lights Sparkle as the Music Plays

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Fontanini Nativity - Carmelite Monastery

A favorite Christmas memory is browsing in the Carmelite Monastery Gift Shop, Jackson, MS. The gift shop is open year round; however, between Thanksgiving and Christmas the shop is whirl wind of activity. This is one of the most beautiful shops I can recall being in.
This next one is the Nativity contained inside a lovely tear drop glass. The ornament is meant for the year. Not this year. Cha Cha required non-breakable ornaments. Although she has done amazingly well leaving the tree standing.

Should you be in Jackson, MS make the Carmelite Monastery a must see. The nuns bake fabulous Rum Cakes. Grab a few as soon as you get to the kitchen area. The cakes will be long gone if you don't.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


A few pictures of my Christmas tree, which is still standing! Yeah! A lot of the ornaments are handmade - the stars, candy canes, and felt pieces. The rest has been collected over the years. The tree skirt is actually a table runner I cross stitched years ago. It fits perfectly under the smaller tree I now have. I am waiting a few days before introducing wrapped presents. Cha Cha needs "adjustment time."



Monday, December 6, 2010

Cha Cha's Christmas 2010

Look How Tall!
Unidentified foreign object detected in my living room

Smells Unlike Anything I've Run Across
It has lights!
Wonder What We Are Supposed To Do With This Thing
Bite It??!!??
Slap It???!!!??

Climb It??!!???

Perhaps We Sleep Under It!  


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Party, Christmas Decorating, Christmas Fun in Blog Land

The office party was last night. My employer had her home decorated for the season in tasteful, comfortable style. We had quite a gathering of employees and their families. I ate way too much. The caterer was the Chef from Dirty Dick's Crab House, Panama City Beach, FL - fabulous! I believe my favorite thing about living in Florida is how seafood is tradition at every occasion. Should you come this way for the holidays (or any time) make sure to experience Dirty Dick's Crab House. You will be amazed.  Can you believe Christmas is almost here?

My dad got home from the hospital. He walked out rather than the usually mandated wheelchair ride. It seems the Baptist Hospital in Jackson, MS is overflowing. They lacked an available wheelchair, so the nurse walked with my dad to the car waiting at the door. I haven't gotten to speak with him yet. He was napping yesterday afternoon. I'm hoping for my opportunity to talk this morning.

Today is the day to put up the Christmas tree. This is Cha Cha's first Christmas at my house. I am thinking this may be an "experience" for both of us. I will try to get pictures before the "re-decoration" begins.

Be sure to check out the Henry Glass Designers Holiday Blog Parade. Today is day 5 but you have time to get involved. All the links are on a separate page of my blog.

Also, starting December 10, 2010 In Stitches is sponsoring the Holly Jolly Blog Bingo - the link is on another page of my blog. Go to the In Stitches blog to select your 25 words, so you will be ready to play. Don't you love all the fun blog hops and games in blog land?  I certainly do.

Happy quilting to all.

Friday, December 3, 2010


My dad come through surgery well. The family got to the hospital at 6 a.m., as instructed. Surgery did not start until after 1 p.m. Dad was in recovery at 3:45 p.m., doing well. He will likely spend the night in recovery as the family has been told there are no available rooms. This has been a long day for all of us. I am indeed thankful for the outcome so far. God is good!

Hope you had a wonderful day. Happy quilting!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Life Happens

My mom, who had a stroke earlier this year, got excellent news from the doctor yesterday. She had been having dizzy spells and was concerned. The doctor says the dizzy spells are from an inner ear issue. She will have to see another doctor; however, her recovery from the stroke is right on schedule. We are relieved.

My brother, who had recent back surgery, was released by his doctor to resume normal duties. He is still having some pain. The doctor says this will go away. We are relieved.

And, my dad goes to the hospital at 6 a.m. in the morning for surgery on a carotid artery. He is second on the surgeon's list. I would appreciate your prayers. It is an out patient procedure ... although he will spend a night (go figure). Being in Florida as all of this goes on in Mississippi is difficult. God put me here and I do not have to understand why. My job is to put one foot in front of the other in faith and know He is in control. Some days doing so is easier than others.

On a lighter note - I answered the phone at work this morning and got all tongue tied. I laughed and started over thinking my mouth working slower than brain must be an old age thing. Later it dawned on me - when younger my mouth frequently engaged before my brain kicked in. The result was I often said things I really shouldn't have, causing "problems." Now in old age I find the reverse to be true - my mouth cannot keep up with my brain. The result is I don't say things I should, causing "problems." I wonder if there was ever a time my mouth and brain worked together.  Ha!

Make sure you check out the Henry Glass Designers Holiday Project Parade. Today is day two and it is proving to be a wonderful blog hop - special (free) designer projects to make, inspiring pictures, great reading material and there will be prizes to a few lucky folk.  I have a page setup on my sidebar with links to the designers by days. Check it out! Good luck to all.