Toni at Make Bake Celebrate

Mother’s day is just a few months away, and what better way to say “Thanks Mom” than with some flowers? Flowers that just happen to double as cupcakes that is!

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This has got to be one of the most adorable arrangements I’ve ever seen.  Click on the picture to go to see all the wonderful possibilities and to see the full instructions. This she posted for Mother’s Day (obviously) she makes it not only look so easy, but doable.  Lol  We’ll see, time will tell for me. Lol

This, like Quilting, is practice, practice, practice ! My first attempt at putting that big beautiful swirl of frosting on a cupcake? Well, needless to say I ended up grabbing my knife and spreading the frosting.  They tasted great, just weren’t nearly as pretty.  Next time that happens I’m going to put a thick layer of frosting and totally cover it with Sprinkles! Lol

Talk about tasting great!!!!!.Toni has some awesome cupcake recipes, cookies and a tutorials to learn from.  She has a book coming before too long as well.  There will be more about this terrific lady and all the wonderful things she does:)

It’s Not Working

Hi there, I hope everyone is doing well and getting ready for another icky winter here in CA.  SC has certainly been hit hard, it’s just unreal! I cannot believe the devastation there. Prayers go out to all of them for all their losses and a steady recovery. We know it won’t be fast, but steady is good.

The following I copied off the internet so I wouldn’t get my info wrong. Sadly it’s accurate.

The fire burned 76,067 acres in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties since it sparked on Sept. 12.
The blaze killed four people and injured four firefighters in Lake County, destroyed 1,958 structures, including 1,280 homes, 27 multi-family structures and 66 commercial properties, according to Cal Fire.
An estimated 3,000 people were left homeless.

That was just one of the three huge fires. The small town of Middleton was burned down! It was just horrible for all those that had to evacuate, not knowing what or if they would go back to. Overall I have no idea how many thousands of acres were burned this year, but I pray we get normal rain and not deluges, or then mudslides and flooding will take over.

i’ve been trying to get some blocks done, but so far I’ve only been able to cut out the pieces.  I had hopes I could cut one day and sew the next, but so far that’s not working. lol after bending my head cutting out the blocks it’s taken at least two days for my neck to stop hurting. Then after sewing one I’m back to the heat and ice on my neck. Lol  BUT I figure if I can do one and a half a week, then I can meet the quota I need.  It’s a pretty small quota. Lol  I see my Physical Therapist Fri and then I need to make an appointment to see the spine specialist.  So I’ll see where things go from there:)  Sure tired of this, but what can you do? (Patience is not one of my virtues. Lol)

 

This Isn’t Quilting

My fabric mess- ugh

well, I’ve tried for three days to get at least two cushions reupholstered but I’ve had the worst luck.  I injured my neck quite a few months ag when I fell backwards into the bathtub. I was out of the tub drying off and the next thing I knew I was I the tub sideways. Hit my neck and head, I think I injured my back too but haven’t had that checkey.d out.  It’s hurt since then, but gotten bad lately.  Anyway, back on the subject, I’ve been trying to get my brothers patio furniture done.  Since I hurt my neck, I can stay on the floor cutting ( that’s my cutting table lol. ) usually for an hour or two. This past week or two I haven’t been able to do it, no matterhowhard I try.  Here’s a couple of pic’s of the mess I have.

Just part of the cushions. Just part of the cushions.

Unbelievable. lol I am so grateful that God gave me my wonderful husband.  He’ll put up with this mess until it’s done.  Unfortunately for today it stays that way, I’ve got an ice pack and heating off and on, to ease the pain.  I promised Bert a Carrot Cake two days ago and one way or another I’m going to get it done.  OMG!  I got the recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction  and it’s the best carrot cake we’ve ever had! ( I’m sorry that’s not a link to her blog, I still cannot remember how to do that. Even as easy as it is.)  I will post a picture of the cake when it’s done. We don’t put the almonds in it or around it, hubby doesn’t care for them so I use walnuts in place of almonds, crushed and  pineapple in place of apple sauce yum it’s so good.

Sam’s Not A Teen Anymore

Sam made a pillowcase in school:)

Sam made this pillowcase in school and did a great job. Then she moved on to machine quilting:)

isam's Quilt

She she came over to learn how to use my short arm.  Well, I ended up learning from her. Lol when I explained how it worked, she just said “ok” and off she went creating her own pattern. Lol she did a great job, the quilt is on her bed now.  I’ll try and post some of her drawings from college.  She’s done very well with her art work and really loves it.

Not Only A Repeat, But Worse

So sad
So sad
Many homes were lost , not to mention the wildlife.
Many homes were lost , not to mention the wildlife.

It’s hard to believe we’re this far into summer.  The days are so hot and we’re watching so many fires wipe out forests, wild life and homes, watching tree’s, yards and plants die.  The fourth year into this drought, everything is dry and brittle.  My heart, prayers and gratitude go out to those Fire Fighters in the 108 degree weather we had the other day, as well as all the other hot days. (like 102 or high 90’s)  I know the good Lord is taking care of them, but I can’t help thinking about them.  Those suits they wear are horribly heavy. Some have oxygen and masks as they fight the fires.  Even those without the extra gear, the weight and heat inside those suits is horrendous. The heat from the fire alone is awful!! Please pray for these guys and gals, they work 24 hour shifts a lot out there, they haven’t seen their families for quite a while now. We currently have have 18 bad fires going, and I’ve forgotten how many smaller fires. I know it’s in the double digits though.

Moira from The Quilted Snails BOM

I’ve been away from my sewing machine far too long and thanks to my dear friend Susan’s support, Moira’s awesome BOM’s I’m going to get back to it.  It’s been a rough couple of years, but I’m pretty much as back to “normal” (whatever that is!lol) as I can.  I’ll continue with my PT exercises and that will help a lot.  Anyway, here’s the first block I’m going to start with.  Check out Moira’s Blog, The Quilted Snail

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2014
September block posted
The September block for my Block-of-the-Month has been posted.

I named it Lantern because it reminded me of paper Chinese lanterns that are often used in the summer time to light up patios after dark.

You can find the link to the pattern here –

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She is such a gifted quilter, seamstress and sooo much more. Not to mention the kind of friend I’m so grateful God put in my life. 🙂

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