What about Copper?

1 12 2007

I’ve never really given it much thought, but something copper is coming my way. Ed bought it today. Wanna guess what it is? I’ve been wanting one for about 3 years (although, as I mentioned, I hadn’t thought of copper).


What do you think?;)


Pat Sloan/Apronista Giveaway!

26 11 2007

Thought I’d share a great couple of blogs I’ve been stalking since becoming re-obsessed with quilting recently: The Apronista Blog, and Pat Sloan’s blog. Pat has whipped up 2 of the cutest aprons I’ve seen in a while, and they are being given away on The Apronista’s blog. It looks like the Apronistas have give-aways pretty much every week, and have some pretty awesome connections, tutorial links and Flickr galleries. And Pat Sloan is a pretty well known author/quilter/designer with a pretty fun style.

Looks like I’m down for the count again with my back. I was feeling *so* good for about 2 weeks, sewing up a storm and getting out and about with Ed. Last week was really painful and I spent the day in bed yesterday. I worked for about 5 hours today and had to go lay down. I was in tears. 😦

We had a low-key Turkey Day – just the 3 of us. Ed and Nick took care of the entire meal and did a really wonderful job. I wasn’t in much of a thankful mood, being in so much pain. We (as a family) have SO much to be thankful for every single day of our lives, and do talk about that subject occasionally among ourselves. Life is good!!!

Off to the MD tomorrow for an epidural injection. Hopefully that will take the edge off, and make sure I’m able to travel to Chicago the week of the 3rd.


  • Pics of the finished kitchen. It really does look *great*!!
  • All the holiday decorating is done, too, so I’ll post some pics of a couple of new additions for the new year.

Not too much else is going on. Over the 4-day weekend, I bought a couple of domains and am planning to launch a self-hosted, enhanced blog. This got me to thinking about my “mission statement” for my blog. It does currently serve several purposes, like communicating with family and friends, and sharing pics. I’d like to begin to include some tutorials so that I can share some of my knowledge with anyone who stumbles upon my little piece of the Internet!


A Denim Roman Shade

13 11 2007

Nick has been wanting new curtains or blinds or something for his bedroom window. I ran across these


in the Pottery Barn Teen catalog and figured I could whip one up pretty easily. So I went online to find directions on making a Roman shade (found a good one here), and ordered the fabric and blackout lining from JoAnn’s with my 40% off coupon (yippee!). The fabric was under $30.00, and the lining was under $11. So this past weekend, I threw it together! Voila!


Sometimes I think I take the worst pictures in the world! I did the white topstitching at the edges and down the centers as shown on the PB model. It was nice to have the topstitching down the center since I had to piece the fabric. Nick’s window is 70″ wide, and no fabric except quilt backing is available that wide. I was thrilled with the quality of the denim and the blackout lining from JoAnn’s.

Not much more news from this end.


Finally! A few Quilt FO’s!

4 11 2007

With the exception of one baby quilt about 6 months ago, I have hardly quilted in the past few years. Well, I was motivated this weekend, and despite my back, I finished 4 half-done quilts, and made a top!

So here is the quilt top for our niece, Mysti, who we just found out is having a boy on 11/16 – so I had to hurry! My photography skills do not do this quilt justice. The fabric is a beautiful aqua blue and chocolate. Here are a couple of the blocks:

Here is the finished top. I’ll have to get some good pictures once it is quilted. I will definitely post that up, too.


And just in time for Halloween (NOT!), I hand pieced the 5″ squares, then broke out the sewing machine for the borders, then added prairie points. They were surprisingly easy!



And I bought a kit for this Christmas quilt years ago. I remember being on a shopping trip with Sarah Schroeder in WA, so it’s way over 4 years ago! Whomever cut the kit didn’t do the best job on fussy cutting the Santas, but I guess that makes it extra “homey”. 😉 I have just one side of the binding to finish hand-stitching on.


And the flannel baby girls’ quilts, of which I made 3. The first I finished and even machine quilted went to one of the guys that works for Ed and his wife. They had a cute little baby girl. Here are the other two, waiting to be shipped off to get long-arm quilted:


Quilts=cat magnets, oui?



And last week, after finding out that Mysti and her hubby are having a boy, I broke out the baby blue yarn and knitted up my first booties and baby hat:



The blue goes with Dante’s eyes, don’t you think? 😉 (Poor kitty putting up with me dressing him up!)


Here’s one of our frog friends I caught playing in the pool, as mentioned in my last post. Actually, with the cool weather we’ve had the last 2 weeks, I think they’ve gone into hibernation for the winter. I haven’t seen them around lately.

And, drum roll please, the appliances are ALL installed, the granite was installed last week, and everything except the tile is installed!!! Woohoooooo!!! Ed got the vent installed, too. You know the kind that comes up out of the counter, then goes back down? It is *too* cool. He spent practically all day Saturday getting everything squared away – the new sink, faucet and soap dispenser and stove top. This really is my dream kitchen! I simply love it. The granite looks so good, and was very nice to sew on all weekend. I never thought we’d be able to afford the granite, so I feel so very fortunate.

Hugs and kisses to friends and family!


Halloween ~ My Favorite Holiday to Decorate For

21 10 2007

(OK, the Title ends in a preposition, but it’s Sunday, so the grammar police aren’t around today, right?;))

I had signed up for a class at Scrapbook 911 about a month ago, and was unable to attend because of my back, but I did get my class kit anyway. And despite my back screaming at me, I put this puppy together! Yummy Halloween Goodness!

Scrapbook 911 Class Sample:


And here’s my (Awww – her’s so cute!!!) version:






There is a little light bulb inside the house that shines through the windows. Do you see the little ghosties in the windows??? And the bats over the chimney??? The “yard” does look a bit naked, so I’ll be hunting down some little tomb stones, or spiders or something to put around there.

I finished knitting another washcloth yesterday, and cast yet another on. I’m finding it’s a great way to learn different stitches and it’s great practice on knowing where I am on a charted pattern as well as picking up dropped stitches and really knowing where I am in a row. It sounds a lot easier than it is in the beginning!

Here’s a quick rundown of some of our other recent happenings:

  • The new rec room furniture arrived yesterday. Sooo comfy! Yea!
  • Ed has installed the new fridge, double ovens and dishwasher. Only the cooktop to go, and that has to wait until the granite is installed!
  • We finally found a sink we liked that would fit, only to find out when we got it home that it probably won’t fit because of the little corner support thingies. Crud~!
  • I had another MRI Friday. Seeing the neurosurgeon Tuesday for the follow-up. Still waiting to see what will happen…
  • We have several toads in the back yard that CoCo keeps trying to “make friends” with. Making friends is comprised of barking at and mouthing the little guys. Of course, the toads respond by peeing in/on her, causing her to foam at the mouth and bark at them more. Their latest means of escape has become jumping in the pool! I have several pics of them in the pool. There were 3 there Friday night. hee hee hee
  • Nick has been applying for jobs – Best Buy, GameStop, etc. Something up his alley!
  • Nick still has his heart set on going to the U of W. We shall see how that works out… He is registered for the SAT in December.
  • Ed’s working nice and close to home. He’s been a real sweetie and has been taking me to all of my MD appts. It’s really nice to have his support through all of this.
  • Little Puddin’ has himself a little eye infection or injury. I guess I’ll be calling the vet tomorrow to get him in to get it checked out. He was “winky” on Friday and I can tell it’s bothered him all weekend. I figure it’s a scratch on his eye or a little infection.
  • Been logging onto Ravelry regularly. There is so much inspiration in there. What beautiful work and diversity in designs!! I highly recommend it.

Thanks for stopping by!

My Sweet 16 Quilt

30 09 2007

When i turned 16, my maternal grandmother, GiGi, presented a gorgeous quilt to me. She had it made by a woman in Stanwood in 1979 especially for me! I was thrilled then, even though at the time I wasn’t into quilting. Over the years I came to appreciate it *so* much, and it has always provided me comfort. As you can see from the pictures below, it has been a bit “over-loved”.


It is showing a lot of wear and tear!! I’ve wanted to have it repaired, or do it myself, for years now. The back is is even worse shape. It’s really, really worn and falling to pieces!! Today, I decided to dig it out of the box it’s been sitting in since we moved to San Antonio. The quilt has no binding, so I simply began to remove the seams around the outside. Something different about this quilt is that there is a layer of cheesecloth between the top and the batting. I’ve never seen that construction method before, but I have heard that it is done sometimes to prevent the batting from “bearding” through to the front.


The second step in the deconstruction for repair was to remove the lovely kermit green yarn that was used to tie the quilt. Now the top and the back are in the laundry room with a fresh bottle of Dreft, ready for a good soak and rinse. I’ve got some calico and tiny print fabrics in the same tones picked out of my stash. I haven’t decided if I’ll remove the blocks or not, or maybe fuse some fabric to what is there. I’m also going to add an outside border to help with the blocks wearing along the edges, and also to increase the size. And I’ll add a nice double binding, also to preserve it from too much wear and tear. Hopefully once I get it fixed, I can get another 28-30 years out of it!


(L to R: Jake’s bum, Seamus, Zoe Dante and Abbey)

Ed went up to College Station to see Big Todd yesterday. Big Todd is a firefighter at the oil refinery in Anacortes and came to College Station for a week of training. On Ed’s way home today, he picked up a new mattress at Costco. Mmmmmm. Memory Foam! I can hardly wait to go to bed tonight and try it out! Of course the cats were intrigued with the mattress that we had taken out. I was amazed to get all of them in one shot together! That’s never happened before!

Have a great week!

Betsy 🙂

Meet {Puddin’ Pop}!

26 09 2007

A computer desktop sized layout I I put together tonight for my new laptop. Please let me introduce little Seamus! Our little rescue kitty, a.k.a, Puddin’ Pop, Orange Kitty, Red Kitty, Little Buddy!
Title font is Baveuse, all items are from Mindy Terasawa’s Crazy Beautiful kit at Designer Digitals.
This is my second digi layout – so I haven’t done any mixing and matching from different kits yet. I’m still figuring out how to crop, select irregular shapes and get the layers right! lol