"We write to taste life twice - once in the moment and in introspection."

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Oh, my! What's this in my freezer?

You've got to see what's in my freezer, waiting for our church hymn sing this Sunday evening!

Precious got a new cupcake cookbook for her birthday so she was happy to have an excuse to play with it. She spent most the afternoon playing. :) The book is a beautiful book entitled Hello, Cupcake and it's full of fun and beautiful cupcake recipes as well as ways to decorate them. It has ideas for faces, little people sleeping under quilts, a variety of dog breeds, horses and butterflies among other things. It also has several ideas of arrangements of decorated cupcakes so as to present a whole picture of something bigger, like cupcakes arranged to look like an alligator, penguins on a snowy iceberg, spaghetti and meatballs and a TV dinner. If you want to pretend that you're eating healthily, make the Garden Party group of cupcakes which are topped with frosting vegetables. Sunflower cupcakes would help us pretend we're having summer weather or we could face reality and make the snowmen cupcakes. Turkey cupcakes could be a different dessert for Thanksgiving and bowling pins could be served after a fun outing to the bowling alley.

I predict we will be enjoying cupcakes at many a treat-time. Especially since we also got another cupcake cookbook for Princess, but I'll tell you about that one next Friday. I hope you look into this book and enjoy some of the fun with us.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Finish! - Quilted Tote Bag

Besides a cute little teabag wallet I made for a friend's birthday, I have my first finish for 2011! At least it's a finish of something that was already started in 2010. I'll have a few more finishes in a few days, but they were started in 2011. Confused? Well, let me just get to showing you the tote bag.

It's my mom's belated birthday gift. I'm also planning to tuck into it one of the cute teabag wallets, but I have to make it first. :) I'll show that to you when I'm done.

This tote was made from a Cross and Crown block and an Ohio Star block that I had pieced and handquilted last year as part of a BOM I set up for our church ladies. Well, it turns out that I was the only one really interested in doing the BOM (no, a couple of the girls are collecting the patterns to do later), so I decided to use the blocks for other things and came up with this bag for mom. I hope she finds it useful as well as pretty.

I hope your day is full of good accomplishments. I'm off to link up to Finishing Stitches.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

I have recently rediscovered this gem, so I thought I'd share it with you.
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. It is more important than the past, than education, that money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our Attitude.  by Chuck Swindoll 
I hope you make it a wonderful day by having a godly, cheerful attitude!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

To Blog or Not To Blog; That is the question.

After neglecting to write anything for a long while (mainly because I've not had time, son has been home from college and we've had a major change in life-style with my husband's new career), I'm wondering if I should continue blogging at all, just blog now & then, or step it up and go "whole hog". Much thinking yet to be done. And if anybody out there reads this, I'd appreciate ideas.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Voice Teacher's Quilt

Thanks to getting to sit and visit long at the New Year's Eve party at church friends' home last night, I made some good progress on the barter quilt for voice lessons. I love the handquilting pattern I chose for the blocks, but it does take more time to quilt each block. I thinks it's worth it, but I hope the teacher isn't in a big hurry for her quilt.

I am having fun doing it.

Rejoicing, I