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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas to All

photo courtesy of The Graphics Fairy
I wish you all the very best of everything for the Holiday Season and for the coming year. Thank you all for stopping by my blog. A special thank you to those of you who take the time to leave a comment. 
Till next time (2017!).......

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Gift for Gizmo

My first sewing project on my Bernina is a mouse toy for the Giz. It is made out of recycled wool and stuffed with thrift store wool roving and catnip.
He had just come in and was tired. Too tired to play, but not willing to turn loose of the new toy.
I got the pattern from this book:
I bought this last year at a Dollar Tree store. I don't know if they are in every state, but they are in most of the towns around here. This is a giant book with 511 pages. A bargain for $1.00.  I just checked on Amazon and you can get a spiral bound edition in the used book section for .49 cents plus about $4 for shipping. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to link to it using my kindle.  The title is "Christmas all through the house" by Gooseberry Patch. Anyway, Gooseberry Patch books are not in depth craft books, but you can find some cute and fast projects. It is also full of recipes, which unfortunately I can't eat, but sometimes they inspire me to make up something with ingredients I can eat.
`Well, that's about it for now. Is everyone ready for Christmas? 
Till next time.....

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Thrifting in the Kansas City Area

I love to check out thrift shops. You never know what you will find, that's for sure. Above is an accumulation of stuff from several trips. I don't need much modern fabric, but couldn't resist such good prices on a jelly roll and fat quarters crate. Plus, who can pass up inexpensive yarn? Not me!
We also found a couple of antique shops on the way back from Hamilton. A bundle of yellow feedsack pieces were priced very reasonably, and any solid colored ones are always wecome. Gizmo was attracted to the color - notice the similarity?
And more books! I was so happy to add the New York one to my state quilt book collection. It is all antique quilts from the state and not just the pattern by that name. The Kansas City Star Quilt book was a fun find, as we are in the area.
These are from a thrift store. I don't know if I will ever actually knit any socks, but it is fun to look at. The MaryJane's Ideabook*Cookbook*Lifebook is a good read. Don't think I would ever have paid the original $35.00 for it, but @$3.99, I couldn't pass it by. Something different to read.
And, now, the big find. A Bernina 930 Record Sewing Machine. I love all sewing machines and we have a collection of  true antique ones. My love extends to vintage ones as well. However, I have never had a Bernina of any age. So, it was a thrill for me to find this beauty for $40.00. It is hard to believe the way these machines from the 1980's have held on to their value. I had no idea what they were selling for on EBay until I got one and looked it up. Yikes! Broken ones sell for $300 and nice ones from $500 up. I am thrilled to have it. It is pictured just as we found it. I haven't cleaned it yet. One note: they call it a portable, but it weighs over 30#s in the case. Not portable as far as I'm concerned. We removed the top cover and it is clean as a whistle. We cleaned It anyway and oiled it.  It sews like a dream and the stitches are perfect. I found it just in time for my birthday, so it was a great birthday surprise.
I leave you with a photo of Gizmo peaking out the window. We were having snow the day I took the photo and it gave him something to watch.

Till next time....

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Trip to Hamilton, Missouri and the Missouri Star Quilt Co.

We went to see all the wonderful shops in Jenny Doan's domain. It did not disappoint! She has a main street full of quilt shops. I was immediately in quilt over-load.

The first shop we entered was lovely. We were greeted with this display. She is famous for her you tube videos and this is a reference to her latest. The shop was light and airy.
I can't really remember which photo came from which shop, but it really doesn't matter, because if you find yourself in Hamilton, you will visit all of them! This shows a display of Sizzix items. I am a big fan of them and have had one version or another for years.
Another shop with a Sizzix  display.
Think this was their sewing machine shop.
A shop featuring every solid colored fabric known to mankind. This is just one section.
All the displays were fun, but I particularly enjoyed all the antique sewing machines. They were everywhere.
Another fun display.
The floral fabric shop had a cute display of fabrics in florist buckets.
This was the Daily Deal on Saturday. One came home with me.
Notions in the Sewing Machine shop.

This display featured some sweet little aprons.

This is what followed me home. The Wool Shop had yarn as well as fabrics, but the photo I took was blurry, so no point in posting it. I bought three skeins of Kitchen Cotton for dishcloths. Got a charm pack of some Mary Koval fabrics and half a yard of some hex fabric by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. I don't have any plans for either of them. I just liked them. Finally bought the tote size Foldaway by Omnigrid. It's been on my list to buy for a long time. That's all the biggies.
Last, to Jill, Wendy and Barbara - thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Jill, hope to see you next year.  Wendy, thanks for the "insider" info on the aebleskiver pan. And a welcome to Meredith who left a comment. If you want to discuss The Autoimmune Protocol Diet that I follow, feel free to email me any time. I would love to share photos of my studio, but I am not home right now. In addition to that, it is a hot mess! It needs some serious work. I am sad to say that it is currently impossible to walk through it, much less work in it. However, you have inspired me to get it in shape when I get back.
Till next time......