December 18, 2010 § 14 Comments
One quilt done! And one rotten pumpkin that needs to be thrown out! Only 2 more quilts, a table topper, and a forest of Yo Yo trees that I would like to finish before Christmas.
This one is for the neighbors that routinely watch our pets when we are gone. They are awesome neighbors, even feeding the cats on a moment’s notice. This quilt was based on the Tropical Frothy Quilt by Liza Prior Lucy in the book Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in the Sun. Almost entirely from my stash, I made everything a slightly different size based on my smallest piece of stash fabric. I think the final measurements were somewhere around 61″ or 62″ square. The quilt in the book finishes at 65″ x 78″.
Lots of loopy quilting… the fastest and easiest way for me to finish a quilt.
December 17, 2010 § 5 Comments
In 1998/1999 my husband had to work in Germany between Christmas & New Year. While he was working I went shopping and sightseeing. One day I took the train to Nurnberg, wandered the National Museum and did some after Christmas shopping. I picked up this Christmas Pyramid and few decorations for the tree. This is one of my favorite Christmas decorations. And the Museum was amazing. I think I enjoyed it more than the Louvre. And the Louvre is pretty fantastic.
December 16, 2010 § 1 Comment
This year my hubby and I decided to only exchange small gift items that would fit in our stockings. I wish we could hang our stockings “by the chimney with care”, but we haven’t gotten around to installing some sort of mantel on the fireplace yet. Here are a few things on my wish list. What’s on yours?
Divine Twine – in Cherry, Green Apple or Oyster
Smartwool Socks (Snowflake or Jovian Stripe) – I have some other Smartwool socks and I love them! I also love to wear hand knit wool socks in the winter. I lay the hand knit socks flat to dry and sometimes there are more socks that need washing than places to let them dry.
iPod Touch – And something that might fit in our stockings, but not necessarily in the inexpensive category. Greedy, aren’t I?
December 14, 2010 § 2 Comments
A couple of years ago my mom found out that she is intolerant to gluten. While there is so much more today for folks who need to eat gluten free, it’s still a challenge to find good tasting gluten free products. Gluten is the ingredient in wheat flour that makes bread dough strong so that it rises tall and fluffy. Take away the gluten and so much of the gluten free bread is flat and tasteless. So this post is for my mom.
The other day we were talking about making gluten free scones and rosettes. Rosettes were one of our traditional Christmas treats that we made every year when I was growing up. So I cruised around the Internet and here is what I found. I haven’t tried any of these recipes, but the photos look pretty good. If anybody makes any of these recipes, let me know what you think!
Gluten Free Rosettes from About.com
Gluten Free Christmas Treats from Gluten Free Gobsmacked
Gluten Free Cranberry Scones from Gratinée
Crumble Resistant Gluten Free Scones from Cooking Gluten Free
Nearly Normal Gluten Free Scones from The Washington Post
Gluten Free Cheddar Cheese Scones from Gluten Free Bread World
December 13, 2010 § 7 Comments
We were there! Watching & listening. But you can’t see us because we were on the other side of the down escalator. My old roommate (from post-college & pre-hubby days) and her husband are singing with Seattle Symphony Choir. It was amazing!
December 12, 2010 § 3 Comments
If you are looking for some good Christmas cookie ideas, just head on over to Pleasant Home. Jodi has organized a Cookie Exchange. There are some amazingly yummy looking cookies! If you can’t find me, I may be lost amongst all those cookie recipe links! And if your jeans are fitting a little tighter after Christmas, don’t blame me.