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Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

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Hanging In There

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

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Our beautiful Mia is 14 today. I can hardly believe it. She is becoming a very special, sweet, kind and funny young woman, right before my eyes. Here she is opening one of my gifts to her, Urban Ears coral headphones. I love the color. I also got her some really cool leggings in a great print.

We had dinner at a Japanese restaurant, her choice. I love a girl who can eat and she can eat. She still had room for some Peppermint Mud Pie.

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She and Miles raced to see who could pull out the most candles and lick the ice cream!

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Here are the two of them waiting for cake. Miles has a fork mustache.

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I have been busy finishing my Christmas shopping, doing Christmas cards, decorating and cleaning the house to prepare for the PDX SAQA holiday lunch here tomorrow.

I am almost ready to post the fabrics that I have available for sale, but I have to get through tomorrow, first.

Thought I would share this pretty Christmas Card that we received from the White House yesterday.

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Thursday, December 12th, 2013


I love to make things. I don’t like to do production work, but I love to make a few things to give to friends. That is what I did last night. I followed the directions for Jamie Fingal’s Felted Flower Pincushions. She uses rectangle tins, but I am a devotee of Trader Joe’s dark chocolate triangles that come in round tins. I have been saving the tins to do something like this.

First, I lightly sanded the tins.


I used Washi tape to cover the sides. I love this tape with the scissors.


Here are some more photos of the ones I gave to my friends in STASH today at our Christmas lunch.



I used wool felt that I purchased at JoAnn’s. I threw in a hot wash and the dryer and it crinkles up nicely.

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I then cut one inch strips which I rolled together and stitched with a long needle and perle cotton.

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I am excited because tomorrow I am going to look at a possible studio that I can move into the first week in January!!

I finished sorting and ironing the Japanese fabrics today. I think I will be listing my fabrics for sale over the week-end or early next week.

Thanks for checking in!

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

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There Was Snow

Monday, December 9th, 2013


Yes, indeed, there was snow and then we have had several days of below freezing temps. Out furnace, like many in Portland, has failed to come on in the morning because it is in the attic and the condensation drain froze. Steve got it to start on Sunday, by using a hair dryer. Today, it was more problematic. It took a while. Thank goodness, the furnace downstairs is working just fine and so I holed up down there, working on a way to destash the fabrics that did not selll.

I had just a few intrepid buyers, so it was not a total loss. But, I still have lots of nice fabric and need to find homes for it.

I am starting with the batiks by trimming, ironing and folding them. I will sort them into groups and put them in priority mail boxes and put them on my website for sale. I have trimmed off lots of smaller scraps which could be useful to some quilters.


Here are some of the piles of batiks that I have. Some are as large as 1/2 yard and some are smaller than a fat quarter.





After these are boxed and photographed, I will start on the Japanese scraps. I know some of my readers are interested in those.

This is all a bit time consuming, but I think it is the best way to find homes for my stash.

Stay tuned to this space!