Tuesday, March 03, 2015

March blowing in...

I can't believe it's been a month since I last posted.  Lots of things happening, including attending QuiltCon!  I thought it was a great show, particularly the Gee's Bend Quilters' keynote speech.  

I've been inspired again and am happy to be delivering quilts to Dr. Kaufman.  I actually put together this quilt from the last of the lotto blocks I got at the 2014 Phoenix retreat.

 


Tove sent me a number of finished quilts along with a number of tops, including one to finish for her. 

This top was from Judy H. who dubbed it Canada from above, lots of lakes and farm fields.  

This is one of the many tops Patty E. sent with Pat when she came through Oklahoma.  I still have a pile-o-tops ready to be quilted which I'm working on.  Most of them I've already readied with backings.    

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

A busy, wonderful weekend...

Jackie and the boys made a trip down to visit us for our upcoming birthdays.  We had a great time.  We got some nice snow that we had to get out in and enjoy. 

The boys much preferred being pulled up the hill in the sled than walking up on their own power.  

It didn't accumulate too much or last long.  By Sunday it had pretty much all melted except in shady spots, which made for an easy drive down and back.  Sisters!



Yesterday in our once again, quiet house, there were little reminders that four-year old boys had been here...


A little hand print on the early morning condensation on the living room window...
A shark getting ready to take a bite out of a walrus...(Although Mason informed us that walruses live in colonies to be safe from sharks!)  

I've been knitting and finished a second pair of boot cuffs for Jackie.  The first pair I mailed before taking a picture.  



Saturday, January 10, 2015

Gray and freezing fog...


It is so beautiful, and still, and quiet.  But seriously, I've had enough of freezing fog and gray skies.  Today, it looks like the sun is going to make an appearance.  We didn't even take out the window blockers from our sun room windows for several days, as we would get more heat loss than gain.

I can't believe we're almost half way into January.  Had wonderful holiday in Colorado.  Came back and got the office chair recovered and put back in the living room.  It was a bit of work, the hardest part was reassembling it. 


I don't love it, but at least it isn't shedding its bonded leather all over.  Lesson learned, no more bonded leather furniture.  I think the leather was paper thin.  

This coming week will be busy with AQS show in Albuquerque.  I'm looking forward to taking some classes and getting more productive.  

 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Finishes!

With Dale's help I was able to finish the fobots I had started way back when.  I had parked the pieces parts on a tray in the garage--the man cave, and he had put them up in the rafters.  
 I remembered them, and yesterday afternoon we got them finished.  I also finished our advent calendar.  I decided we'll just keep decorating the little tree until it's done, a little charm or milagro a day and that way we'll get to enjoy it for a while.  Better late than never!


I think I'm done for now.  Time to enjoy some eggnog with a liberal helping of Amaretto!

 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Eve of the Solstice

I haven't been very productive...or maybe everything I've been doing just takes more time than I think it should.

I got caught up in making ornaments.  I used lots of costume jewelry from my mother-in-law and some other recycled items such as (unusable) bobbins, empty wooden spools, wine corks, and leftover yarn.  It's addictive and lots of inspiration to be found online.

I also made candies, trying to recreate Brazilian confections, such as "cajuzinho" and "beijinhos de coco."  (little cashews and little coconut kisses)  Confections that can be had in any corner bakery in Brazil, as shown below.
These are the "salgadinhos" or savory snacks.  I wish I could go shopping for these treats for the boys' birthday party.  Instead I'll be trying to recreate them after Christmas.
The character of the light at this time of year is so wonderful.  Here is the setting sun, lighting up plants in my kitchen window.

This morning I saw the tiniest sliver of moon come up, so very difficult for me to photograph.  One of these days I'll try to use the camera on something besides "Auto."
Tomorrow I'm having a solstice celebration dinner with Pat.  Looking forward to longer daylight again!




Monday, December 08, 2014

Just a couple of monsters, hanging out

I finished the boys' monsters with a minor hiccup.  I sat them on the ironing board for their photo ops and noticed the second one was missing ears!

So I had to do emergency surgery and attach some ears to the second monster.  They don't look identical, but then neither are the twins!

Another beautiful sunrise in NM.  I so love the early morning color displays.

Here are the monsters with their pet badgers (doesn't every monster need a badger companion?) that I picked up Black Friday shopping at IKEA in Denver.  I must say as far as shopping on Black Friday goes, IKEA was certainly more mellow than most of the "regular" stores, which thankfully we stayed away from.  




 

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Only two posts in November?

The past month just got away from me, and now it's only 19 days until Christmas??  So many things I had in mind to do/finish.

I finally got a quilt finished for Dr. Kaufman, but have only three in the queue to be delivered.  This one was from Patty E.  I used Mr. Potato Head panto on it.

I started on making the monsters for the grandboys, and am almost finished with the first one.  

Haven't done a thing about getting an advent calendar done for us, but that's okay.  Should really try to do that while I still have all the wool stuff out. 

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving in Colorado where I did lots and lots of cooking.  I made the pies here before going up.  Tried a new pie, apple cranberry one crust pie with a crumb topping and it turned to be just about everyone's new favorite.  I think it's going to become a regular.  

We still like the "cranberry pudding" (pictured in the center) which is not a pudding at all but more of a rich pie to me, and it's nice to use the rest of the cranberry package with the apple.

Our snowstorm back in November yielded a beautiful flocked landscape, so bright and pretty in the sunshine.  




 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Winter came in overnight...

It was a beautiful day yesterday on many different scores.  First in the morning, I saw the white-headed bird that Dale had seen the other day.  

It was a leucistic house finch, and boy was I surprised to see it feeding yesterday morning.

Around noon time I headed over to Mountainair to meet Grace, a blogger I read that lives down near Socorro.  She was helping a friend move stuff out of a storage unit.   

I stopped in the town of Mountainair to check out a new, to me, bakery which had been open for seven months already.  I asked the woman waiting on me where she was from since she spoke with an accent.  I was surprised to find out that she was from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.  I started speaking Portuguese with her, and we're going to get together so I can exercise my native language.
Later in the gorgeous afternoon I helped Dale install our weather station.   Little did we know that our beautiful sunset would result in such a different morning.



 


 
 This morning it is snowing, snowing, snowing.  It continues to snow, even though the sun is trying to make an attempt at shining.  We can sure use the moisture!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

This and that...

We took off for a little overnight getaway.  Stayed at Riverbend Hot Springs in Truth or Consequences.  It was a great place with really nice soaking pools.  If you're traveling through T or C, it's definitely a place to consider staying.

Monday was a gorgeous day and we stopped at Bosque del Apache Refuge on our way south.  It was calm, and just the perfect temperature for checking out the birds.
 
The area where the hot springs are located is quirky with lots of small homes and many creative people.  We had a good time driving around checking out places and getting ideas for a wall we want to build at our house.  
 
This gate was particularly interesting with its use of tamarisk (salt cedar) branches.  

We also checked out a number of shops and I found the perfect glass that would accept my manual milk frother.  It was a real bargain at 50 cents.  I've gone through a number of replacements, and it's not easy to find one that accepts the frother.





 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall and kitties!

It's definitely fall around here.  We've been feeding some strays.  First a Siamese with attitude.  She would follow me around to get food, but hiss.

There have also been three kittens.  They are of varying sizes, so I don't think they are related.  I've only gotten a picture of the tortico.  She's such a beauty.  Slowly, I'm getting to where I can pet them while they're eating.  If they're really hungry they tolerate it!

I finished a couple more quilts.  This one from Tove, with the Tree Bones panto from Meadowlyon.  I like the look, but it doesn't flow, and I get pretty tired doing it. 

I added some borders to this great quilt from Judy H.  
 
She also had some leftovers from the top which I used to make my backing big enough.  I've had this Safari fabric aging in my stash for a while.  I think it was a thrift store find.

 Our apricot tree has flourished this year with the monsoon rains and Dale's judicious pruning, but still didn't get any fruit.  Maybe next year!