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Monday, December 29, 2008

Back to Work

Well, it was back to the old routine today. In a way though, it was not so bad. I guess we get used to a routine. Randy and I hung a quilt in the dining room tonight. Unfortunately, it is not one that I made, rather one that he won in a silent auction. It is absolutely beautiful though, and it looks wonderful in my dining room. We are getting the decorations put away and trying to get our house back in order.

love ya'll~

Sunday, December 28, 2008

New Granddaughter

We are having a new little granddaughter on February 17, 2009. We have always wanted a granddaughter, but have only had boys, so we are very excited! She will be Brian's little sister, and the daughter of Richard and Kate. Her parents have decided that she will be named Anna Kathryn. They are naming her Anna after Randy's Mother, Anna, who passed away on Christmas Eve, 2002. We loved her dearly, and I think that little Anna will be perfect to honor her.

Blogging

I have been away from the blog for a while, but I am back now. It has been a crazy few weeks. So much going on, so much to do, the days have been like a whirlwind......lots to catch up on over the next few days, but I will.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my friends!

love ya'll~

Breaking Dawn

I finished the book and though the ending surprised me a little, I think that Breaking Dawn was the best book of series. I highly recommend this series of books, if you love romantic novels.

love ya'll~

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Twilight Update

I have finished Eclipse and I am now reading Breaking Dawn, the last book. This has been a real mind bender for me. I am really impressed that someone could write this kind of story. I don't know how it ends yet, but I am anxious to find out. It's funny, usually this kind of story doesn't appeal to me, but I am really enjoying this one.

love ya'll~

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Twilight

Remember last week when I was asking if anyone had read Twilight??? Oh gee, that thing has grabbed me and not only have I read it, but also the 2nd book, New Moon, and I am half finished with Eclipse, the 3rd book. The story is so unusual. Nothing that you would ever think about happening. There is a 4th book, and when Randy and I are out shopping tonight, I am going to buy it also. I recommend them highly!

love ya'll~

Saturday, December 13, 2008

My Dad

Today is the 14th anniversary of my Father's passing, and I still miss him so much. He was a loving, affectionate person who never failed to kiss me goodnight, and always listened to me no matter how much I babbled. My Dad was strong and independent, proud and patriotic. He served in the Armed Forces and worked his whole life to make things good for my brothers and me. He came from a big family, as people of his generation did, and grew up in poverty in the South Carolina Upstate. He was generous, good looking and had a great sense of humor, and was the BEST poker player I ever knew. No one could beat him, and if you tried, he left with your money, and you were left wondering what happened. The world is somehow not quite right without him here, and though my brothers and I are getting older, we still seem like kids to me when I see pictures of my Dad, and I remember all the wonderful times that I had with him. I love you Daddy, and I miss you bunches! I blow you thousands of kisses in heaven!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Christmas Swap 2008





















I received the most beautiful gift from Ginger, my swap partner! She made this beautiful stocking and filled it with all kinds of yummy goodies!












Thank you, Ginger! I have her gift ready to ship tomorrow. I am running a little late because of a business trip and the fact that I ran out of supplies right in the middle and couldn't get to the store to restock. I had a long and stressful week, but it is Friday (almost midnight) and I just now settling down. I am still drinking coffee and working on a variety of things. I finished the first sock for Kate and started the second. I finally learned how to do 2 socks at a time, but I had already made the first sock for Kate, so I have to finish the second one the same way.




Took my Mom to dinner and shopping tonight, and it was a hoot. I had to miss my knitting group and that always aggravates me. My Mom drives me crazy, and I just hope and pray that I never do that to my kids. Randy is in Chicago, so I have the house all to myself, along with the dogs, and that means that I can stay up all night if I want, and not worry about waking him. Leno is on, and doing his monologue. He is so funny!

Is anyone reading Twilight? My daughter-in-laws have all either read it or are reading it, and so I decided to give it a shot. It is ok, but has not grabbed me, and if it doesn't soon, I am afraid I will have to move on. If you have read it, let me know what you think. Should I continue or dump it?

Ok, sweet dreams to all......2 weeks until Santa comes....

love ya'll~

Thursday, December 11, 2008

This Time I am Really Back!

I know I said I was back on my last post, but things sort of happened, and before I knew it, weeks had passed. I have been re-arranging, downsizing and getting my priorities in order, and it is going fairly well. Blogging is one of the things that I enjoy most, and it is one of the things that has suffered the most from all my efforts to do more than I can do. So, as I make my "Priority" list, blogging is close to the top. 2009 is going to be my year!

love ya'll~

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I am Back!

I hope! I have had a little (little???) bout of stomach flu. I have been out of commission for a while. In addition, my ex-husband passed away and I had to go home for a few days. Now that all of that is behind me, I have some serious catching up to do. Here are new pictures of Beany at school.He is getting so big! He is very excited about his baby sister, and so is his Mommo!.....95 days and counting.....

I have this great idea for a cottage tote bag, and I am working on the design now. I love cottage design, color and texture and I think that this bag will be perfect for me. I will post pics as it progresses.

Soap sales are good. I have not added any new fragrances yet. I have had so many other "irons in the fire", that I have not had time to work on any new recipes. I have been dabbling a little in recipes for reed diffusers. I think you get the most bang for your buck with reed diffusers, and you never have to worry about whether you left them burning. Once I get the recipes completed, I will have those available too.

With the holidays coming, and they are coming quickly, I have been working on some ideas for my swap partner. I think I have finally decided what I am going to make for her.

I have so many ideas rolling around in my head that I get dizzy sometimes. I just wish that they were all GOOD ideas. The majority of them are not. Or, if they are, I can't figure out how to make them work. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day to do all the things that I want to do. I am sure that most of you feel that way also. I guess we just have to keep at it and accomplish what we can, when we can.

Oh, and I actually won something! I still can't believe it! I entered a little contest on Joanna Campbell Slan's blog, and I won! She sent me a great paperback, a bookmark about her new book, and some heavenly cosmetics. Thanks, Joanna.

I am thinking about doing a contest. I will have to ask IndigoBlue or Nannybird about doing it though because I have never done one. I think they are so fun!

Ok, I am off to catch up on the latest news on my favorite blogs.........take care all!

love ya'll~

Thursday, October 30, 2008

This week has been nutzoid..is that a word?

I have been running in circles this week. We had this big outdoor olympic thing at work, and I am in the process of moving from one property to another. It is budget time for us, and the preparation for budgets is extensive....I could go on and on, but you would just be bored. I have managed to slip in a little organizing here and there. I haven't had much blogging time, and I am hoping to get caught up this weekend. Hope all is well!

love ya'll~

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Days 2 and 3

Things are going really well! I have managed to do alot of cleaning out on Day 2 and 3. I also cleaned all my knitting supplies, 2 more files, and transferred all the pics from my camera to the computer. This is a great little cream pitcher that I found at an antique store in Lilburn. Isn't it just the cutest? And, this is McCoy, which I also collect, and I found it at a thrift store for 55 cents!

love ya'll~

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

First Day of The Plan

Ok, today is the first day of the plan. I cleaned out 2 of my files this morning, and threw out almost everything in them. It is a small thing, but it is a start. Tonight, I am organizing my knitting supplies and books and getting rid of things that I don't need. This is the yarn that I am using for the next pair of socks that I am making. I have many skeins of yarn that I no longer wish to use, so I am donating them to charity. I have some books that I am also donating to charity, so that will get them out of my house.

It was a great first day~

love ya'll!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I Have to Downsize and De-Stress!

What a day! I am so tired of running around like a crazy woman and trying to do things that I can't possibly do, so I am going to downsize and de-stress. I know it won't happen overnight, but I am going to do it. I have been talking about simplifying my life for months now, but I am really going to do it. With God's help and a little patience (don't laugh), I am going to be happier and healthier. I have set November 1, my little brother's birthday, to be my start date. I have set a goal to be organized and running smoothly by January 1, 2009. I feel better already! I have a plan!

love ya'll~!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

And the Award goes to....


Wow, this has been one crazy week! The whole thing has been a blur! I have so much going on at work, the holidays are coming up, and I am trying to get my house ready to sell. In addition, I have the Etsy shop, making soaps, my little booth at the antique store, football games at Randy's school on Friday nights, getting ready for the new granddaughter, and the list just goes on and on.

I received an award last week from Indigo Blue, Thank you again Andrea, and I want to pass it on to some of my friends.

To SewPrimKhris, my best buddy in Handpiecers, who never fails to encourage me and to share her love of quilting with me. I love you Khris.

To Knit R Done for having such an interesting blog.

To Uniquely Tea for blogging about Charlestion, my most favorite place in the whole world. I also love her information on tea. I am a tea lover and her blog is the bomb.

To Quiltville Snips and Quips for giving more quilting information than any blog or website has ever offered. I want to salute Bonnie's creativity, her ability to do more than any human should possible be capable of, and for giving us all new projects to keep us busy!

I salute you all!
XOXOXO

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

My First Award! Thank You Indigo Blue!


I am honored to accept my very first blog award!!! Thank you so much Indigo Blue! I am so excited and happy. I will pass this along a little later!

Rosemary Days


Rosemary Days


I found this article in my zillions of herb files while looking for something else. It is one of my favorites and I think it will be one of yours too, especially if you are Rosemary fan. Just click on the title. Enjoy!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Potpourri

I am now offering potpourri in the Etsy shop - GardenLynn as well as the soaps. Potpourri is selling for $2.50 for a nice size bag and the fragrance is heavenly. You can purchase at the shop or simply by emailing me. Here are some photos of the potpourri and our current soaps.


Work

There are just never enough hours in the day. I took a few days off from work to get some personal things done and to take care of Beany for the weekend so that Richard and Kate could go to Columbia for the weekend. Today is Richard's birthday, and yesterday was Kate's.

I wanted to get soaps finished, my shop decorated for fall, clean the house, and several other things, but somehow I didn't get hardly any of that done. I have one more day off, and so I am hoping that I will be able to accomplish more.....

Moving my Shop

I had to move my little shop from one area to another in the antique store this week. I decided to downsize since things have slowed and I am not selling very much. Talk about a lot of work! Whew! But, I really think I like the smaller area better than the larger one. I am in the process of making some fall decorations for the shop and I am going over tomorrow and decorate. Having a few days off has been really nice. I need about a year off to get everything done that I need to do, but I don't foresee that happening. The holidays are coming up though, and I have lots of work to do to get the soaps made and ready and to get the little shop stocked with goodies!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Knots of Yarn

I was over on Ravelry and learned that Knots of Yarn in Cumming, GA is closing. It's very sad. We knitters, crocheters and quilters all need our shops and when they close, it is a very sad day. Recently, Share the Spirit Quilt and Yarn Shop in downtown Duluth closed and it was such a sad event.

My shop, Yarn Garden, in Lawrenceville means so much to me and all my fellow knitters. I have such a good time when I go over there, which is not often because of my work schedule. Carol and Jane, Shirley, and all the girls are the first ones to help me if I get stuck. When I have a pattern that I want to do and don't know what yarn, they spend all the time needed to help me find the right yarn.

I just hope that the economy gets better soon, so that we won't have any more closings.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Contest

OK, as you know, I have made a soap for men. I don't have a name for it, so I am holding a name contest for the new soap. The scent is a combination of eucalyptus, mint, and a secret ingredient that I will call "Ocean" for the purpose of this contest. I will post a pic of the bar later on so that you will have something to look at. The person who sends me the winning name by commenting on this post, will win a sampler pack of Hettie's Garden Soap, and a bar of the new soap for men to give away. Enter as many times as you like by commenting on this post. Be sure that you leave your email address so that I can contact you if you are the winner....Come on, give me some good stuff!

It's A Girl!

I just found out today that the new grandbaby is a GIRL!!!!! Woo-hoo! I have been wanting a girl since 1972, and I am finally getting one! I can't even believe it, I am so giddy from the excitement. I have been daydreaming all day about all the things I will knit and quilt and there has to be a little girl soap, especially since I am working on a little boy soap right now. Beany is going to be a big brother! Michael and Benjamin are going to have a little girl cousin......life is good! Another little child is going to call me Mommo!

I think it is so ironic that the boy child that I was convinced was a girl in 1972, would have the first girl of my life....God works in mysterious ways.....I thank him...I love him....he is my Savior!

Monday, September 22, 2008

I am Back!

I have not posted here since January, and I am ashamed to say that I have been so busy. I have 2 other blogs and between making soap, working, family stuff, church, and other family obligations
I have just not had time. I promise that I will keep this blog up from this day forward!!!!!

Look at these new pictures of Michael and Benjamin!

Soaps are Ready!

Hettie's Garden Soap is now in full production. Please check out the Etsy shop and see the soaps that are available. I have also started a blog for Hettie's Garden and there you will find herb and garden tips, articles, how to's, etc. Check it out at Hettie's Garden. There will be more this week. I have come up with a soap for men, but I have not decided on a name for it yet. I would love any suggestions that you all might have. I will be giving away another sampler in mid October, so stay tuned! Entering this one will be a little more involved. Do you like games?? Check back often!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Welcome!

Welcome to GardenLynn Herbals! Here you will find gardening tips, herbal remedies, folklore, and natural homemade soaps, oils, lotions and potpourris. Coming soon will be a Tip of the Month, a newsletter, lots of how-to's and useful information. The latest trend is "Go Green". We have always been "green" and will continue to give you information and ideas on simple living, protecting the environment and using all the wonderful things that Mother Nature has given us.

Check back often, and remember.....Herbs Make the Difference!

Making Compost


One of the best things that you can do for your garden and the environment is to compost. Adding compost to your herbs, flowers and veggies, will promote excellent growth, color and yield. Composting is one of the easiest projects to do, and requires little work. I have been composting for many years, and it helps reduce trash going into landfills and makes FREE fertilizer! If you would like more information on composting, please email me at
lynnherrin@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I finally bought a sofa!


Hard as it is to believe for those who know me, I actually bought a new sofa. I have been looking for months now, and just could not find anything I liked as much as the Blue Goose. Aside from the fact that the goose was about 15 years old, and so out of style, she was the best sofa ever. Comfortable, big and roomy. It was hard to part with her, but I finally bought my white, slipcovered sofa that I have been wanting forever. I am trying to do my whole house in cottage, vintage, shabby chic, or whatever you like to call it. My favorite colors are blue and white. I just adore them and would like to have every room in my house in that decor. Here is a picture of my new sofa....

Rules for a Good Life

I think this says all there is to say:

Rules For A Good Life

1.) Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate antidepressant.

2.) Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a clock if you have to.

3.) Always pray and make time to exercise.

4.) Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of six.

5.) Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less foods that are manufactured in Plants.

6.) Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat broccoli, almonds & walnuts.

7.) Try to make at least three people smile each day.

8.) Clear your clutter from your house, car, desk, and let new and flowing energy into your life.

9.) Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment.

10.) Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum, that appear and fade away like algebra class ......but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

11.) Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

12.) Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

13.) Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

14.) Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

15.) You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

16.) Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

17.) Don't compare your life to others'. You have no Idea what their journey is all about.

18.) Ladies - Go on and burn those 'special' scented Candles, use the 600 thread count sheets, the good china and wear fancy lingerie now. Stop waiting for a special occasion. Every day is special.

19.) No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

20.) Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'

21.) Forgive everyone for everything.

22.) What other people think of you is none of your business.

23.) Time heals almost everything. Give time, time!

24.) However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

25.) Your job won't take care of you when you are Sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch with them.

26.) Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

27.) Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. God provides, remember?!

28.) The best is yet to come. (In Heaven)

29.) No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

30.) Do the right thing!

31.) Call your family often.

32.) Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:
'I am thankful for __________.

Today I accomplished _________.'

33.) Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

34.) Enjoy the ride. Remember that this is not Disney World and you certainly don't want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.

35.) LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH
& LEARN . . . LIFE'S A PRESENT . . . UNWRAP IT!


Have a blessed day. Please share with friends!

And The Winner Is.....

Gabrielle Green of Conyers, GA!!!! Congratulations to Gabrielle, and thank you to all who entered the giveaway. I will start having one giveaway each quarter. I will put all the names of people who purchase soaps, comment on my blog, and enter when I send out the email. So, please check the Etsy shop often. I hope to have it up and running by the end of this week.

Congratulations Gabrielle!!!!!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Soap Giveaway! - Reminder

You only have a few days left to register for the sampler giveaway! Send your name, address, email and blog or website info to www.gardenlynnherbals@gmail.com.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

I have an Etsy Shop


I opened an Etsy Shop today! I have the link on the blog. It is a work in progress and I am just learning how to use Etsy, so be patient with me until I get the hang of it. I am so excited about GardenLynn and all the good things to come. Thanks to all my family, friends and internet friends who have supported me as I have taken on this endeavor. You guys rock!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Soap Giveaway!

I am going to give away a sampler of all my soaps in a drawing on September 13. If you would like to be in the drawing, email your name, address and website or blog information to me at gardenlynnherbals@gmail.com. I will choose 2 winners and each will receive a sampler pack of all varieties of my soaps. Good Luck!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Hettie's Garden Soap

Hettie's Garden Soap is in production! I am so excited about this venture! I have made several different kinds, all natural with herbs that I have grown and dried or purchased directly from a grower. I am using only the finest quality ingredients. I have FINALLY finished the labels, but I am still working on the packaging. Here are my varieties:


Rosemary Mint
Lavender Oatmeal
Classic Chamomile
Gardenia Blossoms
Lavender



I hope to add more in the future. These are all my own recipes and they are just heavenly, if I do say so myself.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Socks

Such a simple little word, don't you think? Trust me, there is nothing simple about socks. My family can't understand my frustration. They are always saying, "Why are you knitting socks, when you can buy them?" They just don't get it. But, as one of my blogging buddies said one day, "Once they wear hand knitted socks, they will refuse to wear anything else." I believe that to be true. I have been obsessed with socks the past few months and what do I have to show for it? One, ONE mind you, completed sock. For some reason, I have been unable to knit a pair, whether it be one at a time, 2 at a time on 2 circulars, or 2 at a time on a 40". I have had several good starts, but then I either can't figure out where I am when I pick up again, or I drop stitches, or I create a stitch that has never been seen in the knitting world before and so I end up ripping it all out. Do you think I am under a curse? Do you think that the knitting gods might be trying to tell me something? Or, am I being careless and not paying attention? I think I am a decent knitter, no ME or Alicia, but fairly decent. I usually learn things really quickly, but socks have eluded me to this point. Maybe I need to try a new yarn? I have been using the same yarn since I started. Who knows?

Monday, August 25, 2008

Simple Living

As some of you may know, I am a very simple person, and I have decided to simplify my life. Doing this however, is not as simple as it sounds. It takes dedication and work to change your lifestyle. My life does not match my personality, that is for sure. So, I am going to blog my journey to a simple and easy life. I will start tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Time in a Bottle

Don't you wish that we could save time in a bottle? I would have many bottles. Sometimes I wonder if I could find a better way to manage my time. The weekends seem to fly passed me as if I were standing by a fast moving train. I want to hold on to the hours and use them the way that I want to. Somehow that never happens. I guess we should try and make the most of each and every hour that we are given.

Combining My Blogs

Hi Everyone!
I have decided to combine my 3 blogs into one. I will now be posting at GardenLynn all the time, so please visit me there. You will see lots of things from Knit Picky and Lynn Quilts on the GardenLynn blog. Visit soon!

Monday, August 18, 2008

This Weekend

I made 2 batches of soap this weekend and they both turned out great. I made one batch of lavender and 1 batch of chamomile. I sent some of them off to the testers, and today I got some excellent feedback. I am working on a couple of recipes and also on some names for the bars. I would like to have all my soaps have very special names.

I have several bunches of lavender and rosemary drying in the pantry and I am about to cut the lemon balm. The drought has made things difficult this year for my veggies, but my herbs seem to be holding out pretty well.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Soap, Soap, Soap

I have been reading and searching for every soap recipe that I can find, and I have a bunch. I made lavender soap last night and it is just heavenly. I am still working on the packaging, but I think I have a good way to do it. Things are looking up for GardenLynn Herbals!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

For the Love of Herbs

After a very long break, I have gone back to what I know and love more than anything, and that is HERBS! They are like a good, close friend. They are quiet and soothing, always there to love and admire. I am hoping that all my herbal friends, gardening friends, knitting friends and fellow quilters will join me in the celebration of herbs. It has been a lifelong love affair for me, going back to my childhood when I spent many lazy summer days with my Grandmother in her gardens. She grew the most beautiful flowers and herbs. She taught me that herbs and flowers were good for the soul and the body, as well as being medicinal, good for cooking and just plain pretty! My Grandmother knew all the herbal remedies for anything that ailed you, the best herbs to season those fresh veggies and how to make your hair shine. I value all the time that I spent with her and all the things that she taught me. I am hoping to have a granddaughter in the very near future, and then I will be the teacher...........

Friday, June 13, 2008

Catching Up

Wow, I have been so busy, that I have not had a chance to blog, quilt, or much of anything else. I have been knitting alot, and it seems that between work, Beany, the dogs, my Mom, and my kids, I barely have time to catch my breath. I am still working on my Grandmother's Flower Garden, as I will be for many years to come, and I have some new ideas in the sketch book. I have been saving some great patterns from all my favorite places and magazines for future projects. Once summer is over and things settle down, I feel that I will have more time to do things that I love. Happy Summer Everyone!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Las Vegas

The Las Vegas trip has been cancelled, at least for now. I have so much going on at work, that I just can't take the time off right now. I re-subscribed to Love of Quilting, and I got the first issue in the mail on Thursday. Since looking through it Friday night, I am just itching to do some quilting. I have a crochet and a knitting project going, and just finished Cory and Ivey's wedding album, so my plate is pretty full. Anyone know where I might be able to buy a couple extra days this month?

Sunday, April 27, 2008

There are not enough hours...

I have been so busy, that I haven't had any time to post. I am working 12 and 14 hours a day and there are so many others things going on. Weddings, birthday parties, golf tournaments, and on and on and on. There just never seem to be enough hours in the day to do all the things that you want to do. And, for me, the days seem to get shorter and shorter. I am still working on the Grandmother's Flower Garden, but I am on hold for other projects right now. I finished the art quilt for Parker and Tiffany and it turned out great! I want to start some Christmas projects, but I have to get some things organized first. Randy and I are going to Vegas the end of May to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, and I am trying to get things in order at work, so that I can take that time off. Whew!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Dolls and Stuff

I love the dolls on Karen's blog. She is so talented! I tried to make dolls a few years back, but I just didn't think they were very pretty. They were not prims, just regular dolls. Would love to take a class on that, and make some for my friends grandchildren, and that little GRANDDAUGHTER I hope to have one of these days!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Surgery YIKES!

I had the dental surgery on Wednesday, and I am here to tell you, it was not pleasant, and I hope never to do it again. With all the technology they have today, there should be a better way. In addition, I am wearing a retainer that makes me talk like my 2 front teeth are missing. Not very funny at my age! But, the good part is that when I feel like it, I can sew. Today has been my best day so far, and I have done some quilting. And when I don't feel like it, I can surf the quilting blogs!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Thursday, February 7, 2008

A Quilting Weekend


I am so looking forward to the weekend! My little angel grandbaby will be here, but he is my best quilting buddy! He helps me, gives me his opinion on how things look, and also keeps me laughing. I am not sure what is better medicine for me, Beany or my quilting. I am going to finish the art quilt and the Dresden plate this weekend, and continue working on the GRG, which is now considered my masterpiece. Isn't quilting the best? Next to grandchildren I mean.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Catching Up

What a week! I have been running like a mad woman for the past 2 weeks, and it seems that I may be doing it for a while. There are just never enough hours in the day, and then the days just fly by! The month of January has been a complete blur! But then, most of 2007 was also! Don't you wish that we could slow down, and live like people did years ago before all the technology took control? I know that I do! My GRG is coming along beautifully, better than ever before, and yesterday, while sewing with my Mom, I started an art quilt for my son and his fiance. It is a small wall hanging, and so cute. It is a caricature of their dog, Milo. I think that they will love it. I hope to have it finished soon, since it is small. The hand quilting will take the most time. The Dresden plate has taken a back seat to my busy schedule, but is not gone, just on hold. I need 10 extra hours everyday to work on my quilts....can someone find that for me???

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Isn't He Scary????

 
This is Poppy, looking like a deranged maniac, or a clown.
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Christmas 2007

 
This is Beany...aka....Brian opening presents.
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3 Musketeers

 
Here we are taking pictures of our selves in the car.
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Christmas 2007

 
This is my Mom and Me. Aren't we the cutest?
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Christmas 2007

 

This is all of us having dinner at the Smith House in Dahlonega, GA. YUMMY!
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Christmas 2007

 

This one is the girls, myself and Granny. They are all so cute. The twins on the right are Parker's fiance, Tiffany and her sister, Stephanie.
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Christmas 2007

 

This was a great Christmas, except for Chris, Stacy and the boys not being here. This is a pic of 4 of our boys, Randy, me, and Brian. The tall boy on the end, is one of our dearest friends. We took these after we came back from dinner at the Smith House in Dahlonega.
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The Weekend


The snow came, and was so beautiful falling. The temps this morning are in the teens, and so we still have snow on the ground, though it melted a lot yesterday. I spent the whole day working on UFO's, but did not make as much progress as I thought I would. I plan to work more today, and hopefully, get at least one quilt finished. I made a Dresden plate quilt(pictured here) from Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting, and I truly think it is the best quilt that I have ever made. I am in the process of hand quilting it, and then I need to bind it, so I hope to finish that today. It was so much fun to make. I ordered the templates from Fons and Porter and used all 30's fabrics, which are my favorites. So, I hope to have it hanging on my wall later today.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Quilting Time

We had snow this week, and in Atlanta, that is rare. It was beautiful falling and everything was crisp and white. It didn't last long though and was gone the next day. Good news is that we are supposed to get snow tonight and all day tomorrow, which is Saturday. This is a rare treat in the South, and I am happy! I plan to spend the whole day working on quilts. I need to catch up on Bonnie's Mystery Quilt, and I have several UFO's that I need to finish. And, I always have Grandmother's Flower Garden. So, I am looking forward to the weekend!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

UFO'S

I have several of these little buggers. I just don't have the set up for quilting, so once I make the top, I just put them away and go on to something else. Or, I stop in the middle of a quilt, and start another quilt. I am so bad. If I look at a magazine or a website and a quilt jumps out at me, I immediately want to make it. Well, I am trying to stop doing that. I am trying really hard to finish all my UFO'S and not start another until they are all done. So, since I have declared 2008 my year, this is one of my goals. I have many goals, and I have been accomplishing some things. Yeah Lynn!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Fickle Fate

Well, after all my hard work to clear out the breakfast nook in my kitchen and set up my sewing, Jason told his father and me that he is moving out in about 2 weeks. When he moved in, I had to give up my sewing room so that he could have a bedroom, and now it is going to be available again. Fate hates me......

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Handpiecers/My Sewing Room-Studio

I have started a group on Yahoo called Handpiecers. We are all interested in the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, and of course, anything that involves quilts. We welcome anyone who would like to join us. Just click the link at the top of my blog.

I have my studio almost finished! I am one happy camper! I will post some photos as soon as it all done!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Catching Up

WOW, there is just too much to do! I can't keep up with all the things that I need to do. So, I am doing a catch up post. Christmas was fabulous, except the California gang was not here . We went to Smith House and all went better than I even hoped! Ernie the Lucky Dog is getting so big! He is leaving us this weekend for a hopefully permanent home. He is the sweetest dog! I just hope that his new family loves him as much as we do. Randy is so busy, and he is never home, and I am still praying and hoping for my dream job! Went to the DR today and she says that I am healthier than I thought, so I am going on a diet and exercise program starting Saturday. I am going to get back into my skinny jeans!

Cory is volunteering for the Barack Obama campaign and I am thinking of doing the same for the John Edwards campaign. We don't agree on politics, but we do agree that we love them. I like history and government more than politics, but they are exciting if you follow them.

Our new church opens on Friday night. The Grand Opening is not until January 20, but I am so excited. The sanctuary is so awesome!

I guess that is about all of the catch up!

Grandmother's Flower Garden

Things are progressing nicely on the GFG. I have even started a Yahoo Group, and have several members. I will add some photos with my next post.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Inspiration

I have been complaining all the time about the fact that I never have time to work on my quilts. I am making a place in my kitchen to work, but don't have it finished yet. I am always thinking that I could do alot of piecing by hand if I could get organized. Well, the other night I was reading the digest from the Mystery Quilt group that I am in, and one of my fellow Georgian's Judy, said that she had done a 1000 Triangle quilt on her lunch hour. That made me start thinking, and I realized that I didn't need a new quilt to hand piece, I already had one! Grandmother's Flower Garden! Wake up Blondie! So, I started putting it all together and now I am carrying work around in my purse so that I can sew whenever I want! Thank you Judy, you are an inspiration!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Hurray for 2008!

Happy New Year Everyone! I am looking forward to a fresh new start for the New Year. I am cleaning, organizing, and getting a small space set up in my kitchen where I can work on my quilts without having to put anything away. It is taking some creative ideas to make this work, but I think I can do it. I am so excited about this coming year, it is going to be my year! Happy Quilting all!