Monday, December 23, 2013


hello blog world!  My surgery went fine, and I am feeling pretty good.

(I had a Da Vinci hysterectomy, so if you want more information or have any questions for me, just drop me an email! I don't want to overshare on here but I'd be happy to speak privately with you.)

My friend Joy hosted her annual cookie exchange a few days after my surgery. It was my first outing after leaving the hospital, and totally worth it for the amazing cookies everyone brought this year! Since I quit playing Bunco a couple years ago, this is the only time I see some of these ladies, so it's nice to have an annual event to catch up with everyone. That's Joy in the Griswold shirt. She's awesome.

Franklin County's finest!
I made my grandma's peanut butter balls, but my favorites this year were Crystal's jam thumbprints, Emily's iced oatmeals, and Shauna's peppermint oreos.  (they are the three on the right in the pic below) I may have eaten all of them by myself. shh...don't tell.

The rest of the cookies were delicious, but those three were it for me. My kids loved the nutter butter reindeer and the melted snowmen!

Grasshopper cookies, earl grey tea cookies, more peanut butter balls, and in the top left, Molten Caramel Lava cookies.

Nine dozen cookies sounds like a lot, but they were all gone in a week! I took some to a friend, sent some to work with Troy, took 2 dozen to the preschool's Christmas program, and ate way more of them than I should have.

So if you're looking for some cookies to leave out for Santa tomorrow night, I can vouch for the ones I linked ;)

Merry Christmas you guys. Hoping you have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones!

Friday, December 6, 2013


wow, I didn't mean to disappear like that! Hopefully everyone had a wonderful holiday and is ready for the cold weather. I am not enjoying replacing the frozen water in the chicken coop several times a day. At least it's not snowing yet!

Guess we'll go out to eat. Those popcorn ceilings are coming down! The question of the day is - keep the paint color in the kitchen or try something new? (those orangey oak cabinets are getting a redo next year)

It's been a really weird week, because we are smack in the middle of the remodel and all six of us are living in our upstairs family room!

Our week long slumber party is almost over. Seriously wondering how my grandparents raised 14 kids in a small house!

I've learned that Troy snores, Alex talks in his sleep and Zach grinds his teeth. :)

Bedroom walls are up! Can't wait to paint and decorate!

The downstairs is looking great though, and they should be finished painting the ceilings today. Then I can start cleaning up - sheetrock dust is everywhere.  As always, I'd rather be sewing.

 Looks like they want donuts for breakfast!

our shelf elf Buddy is back, and he brought a girlfriend (thanks, grandma!) The kids named her Rosie because of her rosy cheeks. Sadly, my oldest daughter now knows that they aren't real, thanks to some non believers at school. She is having fun helping me plan the elf's activities, and so far hasn't inquired about Santa or the tooth fairy or the bunny. Yet.

Next week I'll be having surgery (a partial hysterectomy) so I will probably be MIA for a week or two. I'm ok - just taking care of some issues I was having, no cancer or anything, knock on wood! I will be participating in sewmamasew's giveaway day, so be sure to come back for that. 

Thanks for reading - I love seeing your comments and hope you enjoy your visits!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Winter Stash Flash!

Hi everyone. Thanks for visiting from a²(w) today. I had so much fun pulling fabrics from my stash!

December's theme is winter. I started off with a completely different stack of fabrics, using some of my favorite colors - aqua, green, white, black and red. But then I decided to narrow it down to my favorite colors for holiday decor.  Red, White, and Silver.

I get a little overwhelmed with ideas when I start flipping through my fabrics. I'm easily  sidetracked :) Probably why I have so many UFOs!

There's a nice mix here, lots of shades of red and grey. Clockwise from top left:

Riley Blake Lost & Found
Red Rooster Fabrics Lil Miss Cutie Patootie Springtime
Moda April Showers
Moda Mama Said Sew
Moda Lucy's Crab Shack
Moda Walk in the Woods
Moda April Showers
Riley Blake My Mind's Eye
Moda Funky Monkey
Andover Love Notes
Moda April Showers
Moda April Showers
Maroon text print -no idea!
Moda Walk in the Woods
Robert Kaufman Pop Posies
Moda 2wenty Thr3e

Dots? check. Gingham? got it. Text? yes please.  I wish I had time to turn this stack into a quilt! Maybe next year...


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