Friday, December 24, 2010


Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Whatever Else you celebrate!


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

MMC 2010

Back HERE I mentioned that I joined the Make-My-Christmas event again this year.  This was it's 17th year, and my second participating.  This year I drew someone I knew, and really had fun.

DT's favorite color is TieDye followed by Purple.  I've never tie dye'd anything myself, but figured I'd give it a shot.  So I cut twenty 13 inch squares of bleached muslim (on sale, of course) and spent a day twirling, tying, rubberbanding, twisting, etc...  and dying.  Then rinsing.  And rinsing.  and rinsing.  Oh, did I mention rinsing?  About 6 HOURS of rinsing.  And when I was done?  Yep, RINSED some more!

And ended up with some cool looking squares.  Got some way cool purple fabric for the sashing.  And pieced a very simple quilt.  

Then decided to Tie Dye a solid piece for the back.  So I twirled, rubberbanded, twisted, tied, and dyed.  And then I rinsed.  Again.  And yes, again....  You get the picture.

Ok, fine - you held in here long enough to see some pictures...

The front.

Close up of a few blocks...

The back.

Close up of the back (with a little of the quilting).

Folded on the pool table.
And it was a hit!  I'm so happy that she like it as much as she did...  Here's a couple of pics:

She walked around the place wearing it as a cape for a bit.

The smile says it all.  On both of us!  

Oh, what'd I get?  Something very special!!!  I'm gonna save that for it's own post...


Monday, December 20, 2010

And here it is...

Well, this is officially my 200th post!!!  Pretty exciting for me...

I've thought and thought and thought some more about what to post for the milestone, and couldn't figure it out.

A few years ago, before starting this blog, I found a few blogs that I liked.  And would check them everyday to see what was new.  And then a friend started blogging (even though she rarely does now that she is a fairly new mom!)  Then I found out that someone else I knew had a blog.  So I figured, why not?  

I said in that first post, that it was likely going to be pretty random, and I think that's been true for the most part.  I've covered everything from trips, to pets, to quilting, to sinking kayaks, to rants about work, and on, and on, and on...

Why do I do it?  Hard to answer...

Sometimes I blogged to get something out.  Sometimes, I blogged to so I wouldn't forget the details of a fun event.  Sometimes I blogged to share my experience with others...  And sometimes I blogged because I felt obligated to.  And then when people started commenting, I realized I blogged to get responses.  It's so exciting to get a response.  And then there were followers, and I blogged so that they would have something of mine to read.

Sometimes I didn't blog, because nothing exciting had happened.  And I felt like I had to have something important to share.  Sometimes I felt I had something to share, then couldn't find time.  Or didn't have the pictures accessible.

I "follow" over 60 blogs.  Some publicly, and some anonymously.  When I look at the list, it's pretty random, too.  Some haven't posted in over a year.  Some post AT LEAST once a week, and many post either everyday, or several times a week.  And for the most part, I'm a lurker.  I rarely comment.  But love it when people comment on mine...  I guess I have only partially found my voice.  

I've been blogging for 986 days.  Or 2 years, 8 months, and 12 days.  Or 140 weeks.  Or 23,664 hours.  Or 1,419,840 minutes.  No matter how you look at it, it's been a good amount of time.  

While I can't make any specific promises about the number of posts I'll do or how often, I can promise I'll still be here, still posting as it hits, and definitely still lurking in blogland out there.


PS - WHEW!  Now that this post is out of the way, and the pressure is off, I can focus on a post about Make-My-Christmas (MMC) from Saturday night!  Stay tuned for that one with some fun pictures!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

No pressure, right???

So my next post will be my 200th post.  And I have no idea what to post for such a monumental occasion.  So, instead, I've been putting off posting at all...  Silly, right?

Some of my favorite blogs do giveaways for milestone blogs.  And I don't really have anything to giveaway.  And being so close to Christmas, I don't really have time to make something to giveaway.

Perhaps a list of random facts about me?  Or a post about some of my favorite posts?  (seems kind of redundant?  Or a "year in review" picture style?  So at a loss...  

Suggestions???  What do you want to read???


Thursday, December 2, 2010

National Mutt Day!

I was not aware that today was National Mutt Day, until I saw it on another blog.  I've featured my girl before, but it's been a few years.  And well, I LOVE her!!

Casey is a 15 1/2 year old Lab mix.  Her momma was a lab, and her daddy was a travelin' man.  She was born in a barn in eastern NC, and most of her litter mates died of liver disease fairly early on.

Doing what she does best (and most of the time!)

Here she is begging for attention (and showing her cataracts...)

Here are just a few other random pics as well:

And there's the little things that you know you'll miss when they're gone.  One of the funniest things I'll miss is her opening the bathroom door.  I'm convinced she thinks there is an escape hatch in there, and if we shut the door, we'll be gone.  If you don't shut the door (and latch it), she'll nudge it open, and just pop her head in.  She won't come in, she'll just check to make sure you're still there.  She's been doing this for about 4 years, and it still makes me smile.  Of course, we do know to shut it all the way if we really need privacy.  Even then, you can here her nose nudging it, and can almost see the wonder on her face as to why it won't open.

I am soo, sooo, sooooo fortunate that I've had her as long as I have.  And that at 15+, she's still holding her own.  I'm thankful for every day I get with her....

Happy National Mutt Day!