Friday, January 11, 2013

Christmas in January

I know that Christmas is over but look what I received in today's mail!  Back in December, Cathe of "Just Something I Made" posted a giveaway of one of two fabulous books from Country Living/Hearst Books.  When she contacted me to let me know that I was one of the winners I was thrilled and immediately started wondering which book I'd receive.

Imagine my surprise to open the envelope and find BOTH books!  Christmas in January, right?!  Thank you Cathe and thank you Country Living and Hearst Books for sponsoring Cathe's blog!

Now, go on over to Cathe's blog & check out all of her wonderfulness :)

Hugs, Leslie

Thursday, January 10, 2013

World Travelers

My world travelers are still in Guatemala.  Here are a few of the pictures they've emailed me or I've stolen off of Miss B's facebook page.  They are having a grand time doing God's work!  Without further ado:

They'll be home Saturday night!

Monday, January 7, 2013


I see Sew-A-Longs on the "cool" girls' blogs quite often and sometimes wish I had the time/inclination to join in.  But as a lifetime "uncool" girl I always hesitate.  What if they don't like me?  What if no-one talks to me?  What if I sign up but don't make/take the time that participation requires?

So, when one of my very first favorite blog authors, Sue at CollectInTexasGal, posted about committing to a sew-a-long, I decided to check it out.  It's an easy project.  You can shop for fabric or use up your scraps or choose something from your stash. To learn more about about the sew-a-long, head to Sew Can She.

 I decided to use some of my scraps.  In the fall I got a bee in my bonnet and decided to cut all of my scraps into 2.5" or 5" strips, depending on their current widths.  I prefer to quilt with precuts anyway and the size is versatile enough for most projects I would attempt.  Then I sorted them by color & put them away.

The week one assignment is to decide on your fabric.  That's it.  Just choose fabric.  Which anyone with any fabric sense knows will take a week in itself anyway!  So I got out my strips and decided to make several blocks by colorway.  Here's a picture of what I have so far:

These are just what I pulled from the 2.5" strips.  During naptime this afternoon I shall get out the big guns (the 5" strips) and see what I can do with those.

What will my finished project be?  I dunno.  I won't decide until I'm further along in the project.  It depends on how the finished blocks look, how many I have, etc...

On another note, Dr. Love & Miss B were able to Skype call Charlie & I yesterday and it was great to see their smiling faces back-lit by sunshine and 80 degree weather!  They are having a fabulous time.  Today their work begins.

Please let me know if you join the sew-a-long too so we can encourage each other!

Hugs, Leslie

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Play Time

I am in the middle of spending 10 days with the most terrific 18 year old son ever!  That's because Dr. Love and Miss B are in the middle of spending 10 days in Guatemala on a missions trip.

So while those cats are away, we've been busy "playing."  Which really translates to talking a bit more that we usually do, watching movies and eating out over the weekend.

I am enjoying spending this time with Charlie.  He has one more year left of high school and then I figure he'll be off to greener pastures.

What're you up to these days?