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Monday, January 23, 2012

Morning Began and . . . .

it is almost time for bed. Where did my day go? I started off by taking two pictures for this post preparing to sit down and write in my blog when my husband popped his head in asking me to help him. I could hardly not disagree since he drove home from Raleigh leaving 4:00 a.m. to come home to Charlotte  bringing a 50" flat screen television given to us by David, youngest son. Can you imagine how tickled we were when David told us he was giving us this flat screen?

We  had to carry this monstrous and heavy thing up a flight of stairs causing our hearts to beat hard and fast, taking time out for a few breathers! Next order of business was to rearrange  furniture so we could position the flat screen in place and scoot another heavy piece of furniture down the hall so the flat screen had something large enough to sit on. After getting all in place we then decided to haul the extra TVs, one from the bonus room and one from the guest bedroom down a flight of stairs and into the SUV to donate to Goodwill.

Once everything was settled I could now focus on the financial reports, preparing the deposit and others tasks having deadlines - I work at home - which if I haven't stated earlier  - I love, love, love working at home for a wonderful ministry that helps pregnancy centers throughout NC.

At 1:00 p.m. I had to rush to take a shower for an appointment hubby and I had with a local group home.  Once that was completed we ran errands - bank, post office and grocery store. It is now closing in on dinner time and of course we are going to have to eat our meal in front of our brand new flat screen. I picked up my redwork project and would you believe I actually fell asleep with my needle in my hand and hoop on my lap.

Now that  I am refreshed from my short nap I thought I would finish what I began early this morning by posting pictures of my most recent projects.

This is one of 8 or more, I haven't actually counted the number of winter scenes in the Redwork Quilt I am preparing to make. It is the smallest of all of them. Isn't my twitter sitting on his pine cone with snow falling adorable? Next scene I am working on is the large whimsical snowman with the twitters all about him with snow falling in the background.

Do you like the nifty postage stamp border around the twitter scene? Last evening I happened to come across Clover Lane's blog about making banners for blogs and etc., and learned some new things about how to use Picasa and pic nic to jazz up photos. Sad is that Picnik will not be available after April of this year, just about the time I found a free website where you can do some creative things with photos. Anyone know of any other freebies that will do the same?

This weekend I was focusing on my WIP/UFO and New Project 2012 Challenge. The first order of business was to make the pillows that I had promised David I would make from a silk drapery panel from Restoration Hardware. I have been procrastinating and decided it needed to be done now!

Fortunately, I was brilliant enough to cut the pillow panels using pinking shears. Anyone ever work with silk? It frays easily. There was fuzz everywhere. I covered each of the pillow forms with the lining from the drapery panel and wrapped the each pillow form with more batting to give the pillows more body. I made a quick trip to Hancock Fabrics looking for the perfect trim for the pillows. I was not successful since I forgot to bring a swatch of fabric with me. The clerk was kind enough to cut me a sample to take home with me. There were too many shades of green and decided it was best to come back. Actually, Hancocks has a limited selection so now that gives me good reason to make a trip to Mary Jo's Fabric Store, a huge warehouse of the most wonderful fabric, trims and etc.

Now I know this picture isn't the most exciting since it is not a completed project. BUT it is important that it is in the works of being completed. So Tah Dah! so far.

There is a page describing Eons Quilters Passion's Quilting Resolution and Challenge UFO/WIP Challenge going on at Eons Quilters Passion Group.  Check out my 2012 goals.

I am looking forward to what tomorrow will bring!
Good evening, I am going to hit the feathers.

"As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him; for He know how we are formed." - Psalm 103:13-14


  1. Hi Joanie! Your redwork is adorable! Yes, it's sad that Picnik is closing down in April. I'm going to have to learn to use our photo editing program, but I'm sure there are other free programs around the net. I might google and look at some of them.
    Have a great day!

  2. Love your redwork. What pattern is it from? GIMP is a free photo editing program. Let me know if you learn how to use it. It is a little complicated for me. I have Photoshop Elements 6 and still haven't learned how to use it. Thanks for the link. I'm going to go see what I can learn there.

  3. Thank you for the wonderful comments! Also, thank you for the reference for another photo editing program. I will give it a try.


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