Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A little bit of sewing

We are spending the week with Emma and Ryan up in Sunriver! What a treat!! Lots of bike riding and swimming! We feel so lucky to be able to take them with us for a week's vacation!
Baby Jack is still a little too young but maybe next summer!!

I started these blocks ages ago and am working on them during nap time!

I love brown and blue together!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

do you Pay it forward ???

This seems to be the expression that is currently in use to describe when people do things for others.

Remember when I didn't have my purse at Whole Foods and a woman paid for my $16 in groceries?  Same concept.

I'm presently trying to be more mindful of how good it feels to do for others.  I've recently tried to do that.

I'm curious to hear your stories of the kinds of things you're doing or have done for others.  Do you pay it forward??

I'm also trying to de-stash and reduce some of the excess I have so I will draw a winner by Wednesday! Please include your email address.

We are taking Emma and Ryan up to Sunriver for the week so there will be no sewing for me... kiddie time instead.

What's bad about that??? ;-))

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

And the winner is...

I've drawn a winner for yarn.

She is:


Please send me your email address and/or snail mail address so I can send you some yarn.

It was really heartwarming to read all the stories everyone shared about getting older.  I think the common theme was that we are all happy to be (mostly) healthy and alive.  Many of us have lost family who were way too young to die (my brother died at 31; my father at 50) so it's obviously something we are all cognizant of.

I also found it really interesting that so many of you were willing to comment on something so important to everyone.

thanks also for the birthday wishes!

Selling a Bernina

I have decided to sell my relatively new-to-me Bernina Record 830.  I have more machines than I can realistically use and I don't use this one hardly at all.

It's been recently serviced, sews perfectly and comes with a one-year warranty from my sewing machine guy. It is in almost perfect condition with some small scratches under the arm and at the bobbin case door. It comes with the original red case, sewing table, knee lift, foot pedal, power cord, 12 feet and accessory box.

If you know anyone who might be interested, can you email me?  I'd like to get $400 for it (I paid $500 last year)...

I have more pictures.


Monday, August 4, 2014


I'm not a google addict but I happened to look for something this morning and was very pleasantly surprised by Google's opening page!
Quilt patterns!!
Apparently, it is a tribute to someone named John Venn on his 180th birthday. (thanks to Linda at 45th parallel for pointing this out to me)

On Monday, Google honored the work of John Venn, an English philosopher who devised a clever way to group things visually. His namesake Venn diagrams use circles to gather together similar traits and to reveal what unites us and what divides us.
For example, in one circle we have "mammals" (cats, goats, humans). In the other circle are "things with wings" (airplanes, butterflies, cartoon characters who drink Red Bull). But with a Venn diagram, the two circles overlap. 

Check it out!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Musings on getting older - knitting giveaway

My birthday was yesterday and I'm happy to say that this is one of the first birthdays I've not agonized over.  I generally don't want to celebrate the date since to me it's only a sad reminder that I'm getting older.

But I'm not sure why this year was different.  I wasn't upset.  I actually feel pretty darn lucky to be my age (64 !!!) and healthy, feel great and 99% of the time am very happy! I have wonderful friends and a beautiful family. I always love the expression, "this is as good as it gets" and it's really true. Who could ask for more???

I'm curious how the rest of you cope with birthdays.

I haven't done much sewing since we got back.  Best part of the birthday is that we got to have darling Emma with us for a few days by herself!  We are actually going to have the other 2, including baby Jack, tomorrow until the weekend. How lucky are we???

I've done some knitting, believe it or not... 
I have way more yarn than I will ever use so if any of you are knitters, drop me a comment with your philosophy on getting older and I'll draw a winner Monday and send off a bunch of yarn!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Top done

Here is the finished product-- just need to add borders!
Pretty fun, don't you think??
Don't think I can cross this off my UFO list since it wasn't on my list!! Vbg