Thursday, March 17, 2016


Vintage is finally done and out the door.
It will be in the Silent Auction for the Can't Never Could Annual Fundraiser Dinner tomorrow night. 

The next two days will be completely devoted to final preparations for the dinner. Did I mention that Denise Jackson is our guest speaker?? So exciting. For those of you who aren't country music fans, she is the wife of country singer Allen Jackson, and both are hometown kids...Newnan, GA, in case you didn't know. Christi and Rob's first home was actually Allen and Denise 's first home. 
Our fundraiser sold out at 430 seats....we are thrilled.

Got the house painted last week, and I have to say that I am loving it. So serene in comparison to the original yellow gold that it was when we bought it.
Gettysburg Grey and Maritime White....though it really is a grey green.

And new handrails at the mudroom entry for us old folks. Much safer when the leashed dogs drag us down the stairs.

Can't go without a couple of Mattie pics....
Helping in the garden.....see the nice, cool hole she and Buddy dug?
And just look at how big she has gotten!!!

Take care,

Friday, March 11, 2016

Quilty 365 Update

Although I didn't post about my progress on Quilty 365 on the first of the month, for the most part I have kept up.  These are my blocks through the end of February....
I had originally started out with old tone on tone backgrounds, but I just wasn't thrilled with that. Nor was I particularly excited about setting straight rows across. So, I decided that if I was going to keep this up for a year, perhaps I should figure out what would make me happy with this project. I do not want 365 circle blocks that I have no clue what to do with.  I knew pretty much that I wanted to add some color to my backgrounds. When I was digging through some of my stash, I found a huge stack of 5" blocks mostly from swaps back in the early 2000s. 
 I have challenged myself to use as many of these as I can....and let me assure you that using some of them will truly be a challenge. I have already made some bold pairings!! Next, after perusing the blogs of others participating in this challenge, I decided I liked the idea of setting the blocks on point. Of course, that meant changing the orientation of about eight of the fussy cut blocks that were directional, but I think it was worth the effort. I am happy with where this is going now. And I am caught up so far this month.

I have also been trying to regain control of my scraps. I am still a long way out, but some progress has been made. I have had an Accuquilt Go for about five years now...have probably used it 4-5 times. Because I was dealing with fairly small scraps, and I have projects in mind that use 2" squares, I pulled that die...and for fun, the Tumbler die. With a few minutes here and there, I am making a dent in the first container.

Our family has been busy the last couple of weeks.  Jackson participated in his first Scout Pinewood Derby. He won first place in his group.
And third in the region!! He was so excited.

On Friday night, he and Macy participated in their school's Lip Sync Presentation. They were so cute and did a great job.

On Sunday we were beyond proud to see Robert awarded his Eagle Scout Badge.
Afterwards, he and Rob served Communion together at the church service.
So special to all of our family.

No post would be complete without a photo of Mattie...
Sound asleep, belly up, with her two favorite belongings....her stuffed baby and her food dish. How can you not love that????

Rob heard that he was accepted into the clinical trial in Louisville today. He and Christi will be leaving in the morning to embark on this new step in his cancer journey. We are hopeful and anxious. So, this seemed an appropriate way to close this post.
I will be kid sitting the next few days, so likely to be absent from the blog.

Take care,

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Dogwood ATHA Hook In

Last weekend was the Dogwood ATHA Hook In. It was, once again, held at the wonderful Atlanta Country Club,,,thanks, Millie!! Great vendors, fun visiting with friends, and, of course, wonderful inspiration.

Barbara Springer won favorite rug from the rug show with her German Villages.

Two of my besties doing a little retail therapy.

Lots of busy hookers.

The rugs didn't have the hookers' names on them because voting was anonymous. I will share what I know.....and just say that the rugs did not fail to inspire.
A look at three of Diane Gill's original designs on her vendor table.

Another beauty by Chris Johnson.

Sheri Bennett's Rick Rack rug, pattern and teacher Nancy Parcels.

Crewel Floral

Primrose by Maggie B and Nancy  Jernigan. 

Sauder Eagle, designed and hooked by Diane Gill.

Live Within Your Harvest. This one was Diane's entry into the Out of Hand Rughooker's challenge.

My Life in a Box.
Cute multimedia rug by Alice Berg.

There were many more rugs that I simply failed to get photos of.

Miss Mattie had her check up on Monday. I was shocked to find that in the 5 1/2 weeks that she has been with us, she has gained from 6# to 18#!!! The vet estimates that her adult weight will be around 60#. She is going to be a big lap dog!!!

Got to love it!!!
Take care,