Saturday, February 21, 2015

Friday Night Sew In Results and Some Baking.

My plan for my Friday Night Sew In was to start the next Aurifil Mini Quilt, which this month is designed by Joanna Figueroa of Figtree and Co., but I only spent a little time picking out some fabric from my stash before I realize I needed to shop for some new fabric for this block.  I did finish last months block since the last FNWF, so I can share that although I have not quilted and bound it yet.
Sew instead of working on the Mini I moved upstairs, where it is much warmer, and worked on the center block of last years Aurifil QAL.  Started with this:
Ended with this:
Not a lot accomplished, I got tired of the blanket stitch so I moved on to the center of the block and will go back and finish up the stitching on the applique.
I was not able to work on the block anymore today because it is my week to take cookies to church so my day was filled with baking.  Started out with this:
Gathered up all my supplies to make cookies that I picked out on my Pinterest board that is titled Baking for Church.  I ended up picking recipes that were all from Sally's Baking Addiction.  One of our family's favorite cookies is her Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies. I have made these quite a few times.
Today I tried three more that we are liking a lot also.  First is the Thick Oatmeal Raisinets Cookies.  I could not find the Raisinets at the local grocery so I substituted Brachs chocolate covered raisins.
These last two cookies start with a cake mix.  One is called Cake Mix Cookies, I used Funfetti cake mixes, and you only add some oil and eggs.  The other is Strawberry Chocolate Chip cookies which you start with a Strawberry cake mix as the base.
I have shared the links, just click on the name of the cookie if you want a yummy recipe to make for your family or friends.  I have filled our cookie jar for the grands also which has put some smiles on their faces.  Of coarse the Bug was hanging all afternoon with me in the kitchen hoping that I might drop something for her to clean up.
I hope you are all having a great weekend, don't forget to hop over to Sugarlane Quilts to check out what everyone else has been working on this weekend. Blessings from our home in the woods!  

Brenda

Saturday, February 7, 2015

FNWF Results

Just a quick post to share the results of my Friday Night With Friends.  I worked this Friday so by time I got home and got myself organized I really did not get a ton done.  I did get some of the mini quilt pieced.  This project I am really excited to get finished, but today was errand day so no more was accomplished on it.
After I got tired and my feet got cold, my sewing room is not real warm in the winter, I spent some time in my chair upstairs picking out some threads for the center block of the quilt I am finishing off that I shared here.
I was able to stitch around one spool before I was ready to head for my bed.


I hope everyone had a great evening and was able to accomplish what they set out to do.  I am off to visit some of the other participants.  

Blessing from our home in the woods!

Brenda


Friday, February 6, 2015

CAL and SAL Time to Get Cracken

Last year I joined the Aurifil 2014 designer blocks Sew Along which I am starting to sew together following their layout.  Here are the monthly blocks set up on my makeshift design wall.
I have started putting the center block together. This quilt is put together on point which is something new to me.  It will be good practice for the future because I am piecing a Farmers Wife quilt and that quilt top is put together on point also.
Center block layout and the next picture shows all the pieces cut and ready to start piecing.
This years Aurifil Designers are sharing monthly mini quilt tutorials.  I am really excited about this because I have always wanted a wall of mini quilts.  Here are the pieces cut and ready to sew.
And if you followed me at all last year you know I also participated in a Crochet Along and had two afghans done and ready to give this past Christmas.  So I have joined in the Moogly 2015 CAL again this year.  Here are blocks 1 & 2. This afghan will be a gift for my Sister and Brother in law.  You can see last years finished afghans here.

And if that was not enough to keep me busy I joined a 20 week CAL at Look At What I Made.  This is the first 3 weeks and it is called Sophie's Universe.  This will be a Christmas gift for my oldest daughter.
Since we are only into the second month of the year you all still have time to join in the fun and stitch and crochet along with me!  I have added links above so you can go check out each of the blogs yourself.

Blessings from our home in the snowy woods!  

Brenda 
and grandson Lucas!


I should be back tomorrow because I am stitching and crocheting along with friends.
Everyone is WelcoMe  Also joining with the Farmgirls!circa 2011 The ORIGINAL Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Snow Fun

This past weekend we got as many family members together as possible to have some snow fun.  Our oldest daughter's boyfriend is here visiting from Australia and this winter is the first time he has experienced snow.  So we wanted to show him how we play in the snow around here. 
Brothers and sisters in next group of pictures.
Getting pulled on the sled behind the snowmobile is every ones favorite snow time.
And just some random happy faces.

I will be the first to admit I am not a winter person but I sure love to see happy faces having a great time.  Blessings from our home in the woods.

Brenda

Thursday, January 22, 2015

First Finish of the Year

As I mentioned in a previous post I did not finish the my father-in-law's afghan in time for Christmas. We decided to wrap it unfinished and finish as quickly as possible.  I delivered it yesterday, he was very happy with it as you can see in the picture below.  A little posing going on here.

Took a couple of pictures in our family room before delivering.


I used the tutorial that Attic24 shares here.  I have made quite a few different ripples over the years but I really love how Lucy of Attic24 instructs on the edging so the ends are changed from rippled to straight edge.  You can see this in the next picture.

I have one more crochet project to finish off before I start the CAL that I plan on joining this year.  I am working on a prayer shawl that I want to get sent off to a friend that is fighting cancer.  I hope to finish it and get it sent out by next week.  

Blessings to you from our home in the woods.

Brenda

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The End of 2014

I wanted to share the remainder of our Christmas pictures before moving on to the new year.  I am sure most of you have already moved on but I am behind this year.  So these are just a few pictures that I did not want to fit into the last two posts.

This young man is our next to youngest grandchild.  He really enjoyed a train gift he received.





I do wish these pictures were better.  This is our oldest daughter and her young man.  We just met this young man the day of this picture.  He is visiting from Australia.  We really enjoyed him and hope to spend some more time with him before he has to return home.



My sister in law, really enjoying something but I am not sure what it was now.  Love my husbands families smiles!


Our very youngest grandchild.  His first Christmas, but not his first Christmas gathering of the year.  Time out for a snack.


Just some busy pictures.



Out of 8 grands we only have 2 grand daughters.


One last handmade gift to share:


I made quite a few of these hot pads for Christmas presents.  We put a set in baskets along with our homemade jams and salsa.  Forgot to get a picture of any of the baskets before we gave them out.  The next picture is a set that is waiting to be delivered to my best friend.  I am pretty sure she will not be checking out my blog before I see her this next weekend so I am going to go ahead and share.  The teapot is mine, just using it to demonstrate the tea cozy.  The jar has some homemade hand lotion in it.



So there it is, all caught up and ready to post in the present again.  Hope you are all having a great week!  Blessings from our home in the woods!
Brenda

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The Woodworker

I am always posting about the crafts and sewing that I am working on or have finished.  But I am not the only one in our home that has the creative bug.  My husband is a wonderful woodworker and always completes a couple of projects for Christmas gifts,  This year he made 7 banks, 5 for grands and 2 for a niece and nephew.  This is his design and he has made a few of these in the past.

It is hard to see but the backs slide out so they can retrieve their money.  There is a normal slot for the change.  The woodworker wood burnt each name on the backing piece.


Busy putting change gifted from the great grandparents in the banks.


And for this young man.


Who has learned the game of cribbage that the woodworkers family plays, a cribbage board of his own.


The woodworker has made a few of these, also a design of his own.  As you can see it is built in layers and you can lift the top two layers off to get to the spot where you store a deck of cards.


This is a past cribbage board gift, made for the woodworkers brother.


Pegs were hand carved to look like Easter Island statues, the smoker was special for the brother.


The latest project is still setting in the shop waiting to be delivered.  Built for our oldest daughter who has just moved out of sharing a home with room mates into her own apartment.


Her request was for a small cupboard with a vintage look to hold teapots and cups. The backing in the upper cabinet is bead-board.  I recently went shopping with her to pick out the paint colors and the hardware she wanted, she is going to use this paint to also paint her dining table and chairs to match.  This again was the woodworkers own design.  One of the drawers is divided for storage of tea bags.


Always buys the best hinges and hardware so we expect the pieces he builds will last for a lifetime.



If I had pictures available of the beautiful cedar chests he made each of our daughters when they graduated from high school I would share those.  But alas that was when we were still using cameras when film needed developed and it would take me hours to find them.  There has been many pieces of furniture and other small items built for family and friends. It would take a book to show everything.  But I thought it was time to give you a small sampling of what the man in my life does with his spare time.

I have a few more Christmas pictures to share in my next post and then on to the present.  Hope you are all staying warm during this cold snap.  Blessings from our home in the woods!

Brenda

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