Saturday, July 31, 2010

Another OPAM finish - in the nick of time!

Just in the nick of time!  I finished my LAST Christmas ornament cross stitch kit!  It's 11:30 PM on July 31st, so cutting it close is an understatement! haha

I'm hoping to get the rest of my Christmas crafts done soon.  They're all felt, like a felt wreath, felt Santa, etc.  We'll see what happens.  I have a couple of quilts that need binding, too, so maybe I'll get those done first. Who knows, huh? hehe

Thursday, July 29, 2010

OPAM 2010 finishes - July we were on vacation this month, I finished a couple of projects.  Not the 5 or 6 that I wanted, but at least I finished a couple!
This cute charm pack quilt is my favorite.  I used Blush by Basic Grey.  Everyone gave me guff when I said I was keeping it, but it's so cute that I don't really want to give it away!
This quilt is last year's BOM by Bunny Hill Designs.  It was free online last year.  You could either do it applique or redwork.  Having never done a redwork quilt, I chose to do it that way.  I cross hatched the whole quilt, and I think it turned out pretty good, all things considered.

This last one I finished last night.  It's another Christmas cross stitch ornament.  It took me forever.  It had so many different colors, for how small it is.  I only have a couple more of these little guys, and I'm hoping to get them done by next month, but we'll see. :)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

OPAM - June? or July?

This is Petunia.  I apparently forgot to blog about this last month when I finished her.  She is the little sister to Penelope Ruffles.  I made her before I went on my Seattle trip, so I guess technically it is a June OPAM finish.  But, since I'm uploading it late, does that make it a July finish?  I think I will count it as June, since I already have 3 quilts that will be finished by the end of the month.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Simple Sampler Quilt Along Progress

I'm a little late to the game, but I've finally finished the first 6 blocks in Amy's Simple Sampler Quilt Along.

Here is block 1, a four patch.
Block 2, a 16-patch.
Block 3, Plus

Block 4, Double Four Patch
Block 5, Two by Three
Block 6, Snowball Variation.

It's not too late to join, if you want to!  We get 2 new blocks every week.  I can't wait to see what we're doing next week!

Oh, and for the record:  I'm using Art Gallery Gypsy Glitter.  The solid is a Moda ivory.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Progress

Just finished the last three blocks in the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt.  I got a little behind, but now I'm all caught up.  Hooray for do-nothing holidays!!

Block 9.
Block 8.
Block 10.  I screwed up a little on this one and ended up having to do a whole bunch of partial seams.  I hate partial seams!  With a PASSION!!!  But, I think it turned out okay, partial seams and all.

Can't wait for the next block in a few weeks!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Lookie what I just ordered!

So, I grew up watching these movies (the first 2, haven't seen the 3rd).
I love these movies.  They have a very special place in my heart, along with the old-school Chronicles of Narnia movies.

So anyway, I was flipping through the channels and found Anne of Green Gables playing on BYU TV.  It was the last 30 minutes.  Naturally I flipped it on.  It's not going to be on again for a really long time, so I went to Amazon and ordered it.  And, I paid the $4 for next day shipping (because it's a holiday Monday, I won't get it until Wednesday, but that's okay with me).

I am so excited.  I bought the collection, so I'm getting all three movies.  Next on my list?  The old Chronicles of Narnia.  Yup, gonna revisit my childhood.

Why are these movies so special?  Well, we used to watch a lot of PBS and KBYU growing up (public TV).  Everytime they had their telethons my cousins and I would get together and watch Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Green Gables: the sequel.  Sometimes they would play the Chronicles of Narnia all in a row.  And then, if we were lucky, they'd play Saturday's Warrior (but I never got to stay up that late to watch it).

So, if you haven't seen these movies, I strongly recommend that you watch them.  Go get them NOW.  They are totally worth it.  They're long, but good.  Like Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights, go get them now too!  I'll wait.  Okay, well, not really, but I'll be here when you are ready to discuss how freaking awesome these movies all are!  (Seriously, Jane Eyre is FABULOUS, and Toby Stephens...well....*swoon*)  And if you have already seen these and want more recommendations, just let me know.  I'll hook you up with some more must-see films in these same categories.  :)
This is the Munchkin.

We took him to see Toy Story 3 yesterday.  He loved it.  He didn't love the 3D glasses so much, but he liked going to the movies.

As we left he said "Dad, we need a big movie at our house, too."


Prayers for Grandma

This is my grandma.  The photo was taken at my wedding, 5 years ago.  I'm sure I have a slightly more recent photo somewhere, but I don't know where it would be.

Grandma is 87, her birthday is in August and she will be 88.  She is an amazing lady.  She makes the best peanut brittle in the world.  Also, the best "lumps" (a flour/cinnamon/sugar dish).  I seriously need to get the recipe from her, because it is awesome.  I grew up eating both.

Grandma has been without Grandpa for quite a while.  Grandpa passed away in 2000 (His funeral was the day before my 16th birthday, that's how I remember).  Grandpa would be turning 90 this year, if he were still with us.

Grandma has been sick for a while.  She recently hurt her toe, how we are unsure.  She tried to treat it at home, but it didn't work.  She finally went to a doctor.  They had to cut out the toenail and the infection.  While she was in there, the doctor suggested she get checked out because her circulation was bad in her legs.  So, my aunts made appointments for her to see some specialists.  They discovered that she had 90% arterial blockage in one artery and 100% in the other, in each leg.  They scheduled a surgery.

After the surgery (and some other drama, but that's a whole other story for another day), the doctors checked on her.  She was fine. A few minutes later she began to bleed out.  Her veins had collapsed.  Luckily the doctors and nurses were all still in the room.  They were able to stop the arterial bleed and fixed the problem.

Grandma got to go home.  While at home, she fell, and opened up the artery again.  My aunt, who was staying with her, stopped the bleeding in time. 

Grandma is now at LDS Hospital.  She is undergoing more tests and procedures.  We're hoping that she'll be able to go home in the next few days.  My dad has been instructed to keep me updated with every happening that, well, happens.

I know that Grandma is old and has been alone for almost 10 years, but we love her and want her to get better.  If you could, please keep Grandma in your prayers, if you're the praying type.  Thank you.