Happy New Years

i wish you all a fantastic 2008!

quilt monday

i did this last year for my sister in law for Christmas and never got a picture of it before i mailed it off. was able to sneak it off the wall and get a picture of it when we were there lol!

Christmas part 2

we celebrated Christmas today with Jim's mom's side of the family today. met at a restaurant and had a great lunch and visited. all of Jim's grandparents and aunts/uncles/cousins live in Washington State and we don't get down to visit as often as we should!

i ran this quilt panel through my machine yesterday using the pattern Happy Times. i did two of them; one for Jim's mom and one for his grandma

snack saturday

Black Forest Delight

1 pkg. (2-layer size) devil's food cake mix
1 cup boiling water
1 pkg. (85 g)Cherry Jello Powder
1/4 cup cold water
2/3 cup sour cream
2/3 cup icing sugar
3 cups thawed Whipped Topping
1/3 cup drained maraschino cherries, divided
1 square Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted

1 PREHEAT oven to 350ºF. Prepare and bake cake mix as directed on package in two greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans. Loosen layers from sides of pan with knife or metal spatula. Cool 15 min.
2 STIR boiling water into dry jelly powder at least 2 min. until completely dissolved. Add cold water. Pierce cake layers with large fork at 1/2-inch intervals. Carefully pour half of the jelly mixture over each cake layer. Refrigerate at least 3 hours.
3 MIX sour cream and icing sugar; gently stir in whipped topping. Dip one cake pan in warm water 10 sec.; unmold onto serving plate. Spread with 1 cup of the whipped topping mixture. Reserve a few cherries for garnish. Chop remaining cherries; sprinkle over cake. Unmold second cake layer; carefully place on first cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining whipped topping mixture. Drizzle with melted chocolate; garnish with reserved cherries.

good to be home

even with having such a fabulous time with my brother and sister in law, it's great to be home again.

got spoiled again this year, but i think i deserve it lol! 1.2carat diamond earrings from Jim and i scored a cuttlebug on boxing day with some christmas money

another Christmas card

from the Christmas Card Exchange i was in. the picture truly doesn't do it justice

card friday

and not a card but i have nothing new to show you today lol!
these are the coaster hangings i made for the boys' teacher gifts

Merry Christmas

we are off bright and early tomorrow for Calgary to spend Christmas with my brother and sister in law. it's 9:30pm right now and i am no where NEAR ready to leave in 11 hours! no presents wrapped(i think i've done one lol!) i didn't even get my sister in laws gift finished(bad bad me! i am taking it with me to show her lol)

not sure if i'll get a chance to peek in from Calgary so Merry Christmas to all of you. hope you have a wonderful Christmas! see you in a week :)

card friday

and it's not a Christmas card!

last look at some Christmas cards

that i made this year. i am completely out of cards too-i've never had that happen! and i just realized, i mailed some without taking pictures, opps! if you look here and enlarge the picture, you'll see more.

wordless wednesday

and because it's so horrific, i have to share it. tagging this on to today's wordless wednesday

more mail

from Gail for our Christmas card exchange

from Allison at Stamping When i Can


this lovely card from Cindy, i think i really do need a cuttlebug!

14 years

today marks Jim and my 14th wedding anniversary!

snack saturday

on a Monday :)

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

3/4cup margarine
1 3/4cups sugar
2 eggs
1tsp vanilla
1/2cup sour milk
2 1/2 cups flour
4 tbsp cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 cups peeled, shredded zucchini

cream butter and sugar
add eggs, vanilla and milk. mix well.
add dry ingredients and zucchini

bake at 325 for 45 minutes in either a 9X13 pan or a fluted tube pan

quilt monday


my last customer quilt today! woooo hooooooo! good thing too as we ran out of batting, on all THREE rolls!
i seriously LOVE this quilt! my mom did a larger quilt with these blocks for this customer earlier this year. these were her extras.

i used the quilting pattern Whirlygig and a rainbow thread. just gorgeous!

Christmas projects

i'm desperately trying to get them done as Christmas is just around the corner now lol!

this pattern is actually for pot holders but i'm making it into a wallhanging for B as he LOVES fishes. hope to get at least the top completed Monday

2 down, 1 to go!

finished these on Saturday.

one is quilted with Angel Wings pattern and the other with Butterfly Kisses

new great site for

cardmakers and scrapbookers Sheetload of Cards check it out!

i surrender!

for almost two weeks now, we've had a stomach bug slowly working its way through our household. J got it first, than M, than A. Jim came down with it this week while away in Washington DC. i was just keeping my fingers crossed(and really really clean!) that it would pass by me and B.

no such luck. B woke up this morning with it. and with that, i made a really really hard desicion. Jim and i had tickets for Bon Jovi's Vancouver concert tomorrow night. i've waited 10yrs to see him and will be waiting a few more years now. i just can't take the risk of having B and/or Jim still sick tomorrow. or even worse, have me get it tomorrow or at the concert(how embarrassing would that be? lol)

course now Murphy's Law will kick in. now that i sold the tickets, i won't get sick at all right? lol

card friday

more great mail

the bella is from my sister in law

and this awesome Zfold card is from Cindy-my new neighbour! thanx to both of you

christmas cards

and this isn't all of them! 50 aren't in this picture; i thought of taking a *group* shot after i had mailed some off already. now to pop them all in the mail today

wordless wednesday

the light at the end of the tunnel

i have 3 more customer quilts to complete and i'm done! here's the latest. quilting pattern, Plumage by WillowLeaf Studios

i love this time of year

when i get a mailbox full of wonderful cards! i joined a Christmas card exchange again this year and here are a few of the cards i've received so far

are you ready for this?

seriously ready? because it's going to be a shock!

guess what i did tonight???


QUILTED!!!! yes, you read that right! with my Christmas cards all completed, i can finally get some quilting of my own done. and good thing too since i have 3 Christmas projects i haven't even started yet lol!

this is another Moda Chocolat charm square quilt(the border is their Roman Holiday line). i did something different this time, i actually measured the quilt before putting the borders on. i am famous for full borders(as a long-armer i should know better lol!) and i was surprised(really i was) at how easy it was. in my mind, it's more trouble to cut a border sew it on that have to trim the ends than measuring before hand.

so this is done. no, it's not a Christmas present. i have no idea where or what i will do with this since i made another charm square quilt last month for the wall above our bed. i haven't machine quilted that one yet either lol!!

mean people suck

we discovered Saturday morning that sometime Friday night, someone(and had to be more than one someone) stole our 4 spiral Christmas trees(one being 6ft tall) and lit moose from our front yard :(

quilt monday

i love ragged quilts and yet i've only done this one. i keep saying i'll add to it, it needs one more row to cover my feet when i'm watching TV lol.

mom's sewing machine has all these fantastic embroidery stitches and that's what i used in the center of each block

how cute are these?

found them at JoAnne's last weekend. this one is full of mint candies. i got a scrapbooking one for my sister in law

there are no words

i know what to say. a special blogging friend of mine lost her baby on Thursday. my heart breaks for her and her family. i keep checking back at her site hoping it's some horrible horrible joke but its not.

snack saturday

Chocolate Truffle Pie

1-1/4 pkg. (10 squares) Semi-Sweet Chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup 35% whipping cream
4 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 cup thawed Whipped Topping

1 PREHEAT oven to 325°F. Place chocolate in large microwaveable bowl. Add whipping cream. Microwave on MEDIUM 3 min. or until chocolate is almost melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted; cool slightly.
2 ADD eggs, sugar and flour; beat with wire whisk until well blended. Pour into lightly greased 9-inch pie plate.
3 BAKE 35 min. or until outer half of pie is puffed and centre is slightly soft; cool. Serve topped with the whipped topping.

coaster fun

had a craft night at church the other night where we were making these coaster hangings that i saw on Emily's blog, Stamping and Stuff

we were looking for a few door prizes and i made these calendars up quickly(so quickly if you look close you can see how unevenly i cut the calendar pages. i put magnets on the back so you can hang them
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