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Tanya (pronounced like the color TAN) : ))

Friday, March 11, 2011

Happy Friday!!

How's your week been so far?? Ours has been rainy, colder and just plain dreary out for a good part of the week. Flooding in some areas nearby, but here in eastern Ky. we live in a very hilly area, so where we live, we don't have to worry too much about getting flooded out like some, which I really feel for those who have to deal w/all that. My family lives about 5 hrs. north of us(in northwest Ohio) and they have had some real issues w/certain roads due to all the flooding they've had to endure the past few wks. So I hope they (along w/everyone) else are staying warm and dry!

My week has flown by, although not really much going on. I have been trying to go see our neighbor lady who is in the nursing home for a couple of mths. on a regular basis. I love to bake so I usually take her and her 90 yr. old roommate some fresh baked cookies every so often. Just something as simple as that can really brighten someone's day, even a teeny bit. We, as Christians, are to be a blessing to others, so I am trying to find more ways to do just that.

On Wed. I had to go pick up my sewing machine that was in for its annual check~up, which is FREE for 5 yrs.(this is my third time, so only 2 more yrs. FREE) and there just happens to be a quilt shop right next door!! I went in and talked to the shopowner for a few minutes and looked at all the gorgeous fabric that she had to offer and somehow ended up signing up for the Thimbleberries Quilt Club!!! I am getting a late start, but there are a few others who signed up late too, so we will start in a couple of weeks. I have always had a special fondness for quilts and fabric and have dabbled in it for yrs., making small items, but have only made one BIG quilt top which I never finished, so I am really excited about it. We will meet once every quarter and make 3 blocks at a time, so by the end of the yr. I should have a complete quilt top. But shhhhhhhhhh, don't tell my MIL, she'll flip when she finds out!! LOL

I only have a few pics to show you today. I have been slowly plugging away at a cr. stitch candle mat that I've been trying to get finished before St. Patrick's Day and I'm not sure I'll make it in time, but here's what it looks like so far.......
I am using overdyed threads in Juniper and Peoria Purple, but it doesn't show up too well on here.
Here's the pattern that it's from. A bit light but you can get the idea.

This little pincushion or sashet is something I made recently out of some homespun fabric I had in my stash. This was part of a b'day gift I sent recently to my sweet friend Wendy from England. She is a leap~yr. baby! You need to check out her blog ~ she is hilariously funny! The way she tells stories just cracks me up!
I think I'll be making more of these and maybe even use bigger strips the next time. I filled them w/crushed walnut shells so the pins would be able to stick in better. It almost reminds me of a 'log cabin' type of design from Cotton Way.
Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! We are going to see our grandkids tomorrow for the day, so are really excited to spend the day w/them! They live less than 2 hrs. away.
We were recently reunited w/my stepdaughter, hubby and the grandkids we never knew for the past ten yrs. Ethan is 10 and Brooke will be 9 next month.
It's a very long, emotionally painful story, but we praise God for bringing us all back together again and we are beyond thrilled to be grandparents, altho' I am still getting used to that new word ~ grandma! LOL

Here's a quote for you today: "God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy. He is more interested in your character than your comfort." Rick Warren.

See ya soon!



Christine said...

I'm trying to imagine you as a grandma! That's wonderful for your family to be reunited!
That will be a beautiful candle mat - hope you get it finished for the 17th!

Have a wonderful time together tomorrow!
Blessings to you

Carol said...

There has been a lot of flooding around here, too, Tanya--it was actually good that the rain changed to snow today. It will slow it down a bit.

Your candle mat has such pretty colors--you are very brave to try a finish like that one. I know I would have trouble... Cute little scrap pillow, too. I'm sure Wendy was very appreciative.

Enjoy the time with the grandchildren--how lovely that you were reunited :)

Auntie Lolo said...

Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog! We are a lot alike! So glad I found your blog, I'm a follower now!



Prim n Raggedy said...

Happy St Patricks day for tomorrow Tanya! I often think it is celebrated more in your part of the world than it is here in our part of the Emerald Isle!
We are having beautiful sunny days although it is still cold out of the sun and we had a little bit of frost this morning....Enjoy making up for lost time with your grandkids, they are a blessing...
Carole x

Wendy said...

Hi Tanya :)
I'm playing catch-up...again! I always seem to be at least a couple of weeks behind everyone else ,lol!
Loved your cross-stitch, beautiful colours. And just to let you know that my pincushion is up and functioning .. full of pins.. lol!!
Hugs my friend, Wendy x

Angie Berry said...

That's very sweet of you to take cookies to your neighbor in the nursing home. It does the heart good when we give and bless others.

Very cute handmades Tanya, as always!

Congratulations on being re-united!! That is so awesome Grandma! =]