Friday, January 3, 2020

Staying balanced..........

A little of this and a little of that!  Yesterday I made those pecan pie bars and they are good!  Just look on All Recipes for them.........
  I got a lovely card and a
long letter from an old friend............

I got some cleaning done and some sewing............I'll show you when it's finished............

I also received my Scrappy Heart pattern from Kathleen Tracy and was I surprised when I opened it and there was fabric with it!  I thought it was just the pattern!  I like surprises like that!  I won't be working on it until I finish a few other things......yeah right! LOL!
Here are your "tidbits" for today!  I need to get this before the grands come down...that would be a stitch! LOL!
I have seen these so many times and need to try them.  The hard part is finding some pretty sweaters at the thrift's the link
This looks so good...I have a taste for salads lately...I must need more greens.  Here's the link
That's all for today folks!  I'm probably not going to blog tomorrow because I will be "rockin" my 71st birthday!  (Whatever that means)
Happy Trails!!!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

I'm off to a good start...I think

Yesterday I started organizing my fabrics...............I did it by color...........

but then there was yardage...........

and pre-cuts..........

and holiday-themed
and specialty fabrics......
I need more containers!   This isn't even taking into consideration SCRAPS.......oh boy!
Any ideas for organizing fabrics would be appreciated!  I think I'll do color first and then size and then scraps by color and size. 
I did do a little cutting and sewing on my journal cover.............
Here's just one little tidbit for today...........this is for you single gals! LOL!
Happy Trails!!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!!!

I wish you all the healthiest and happiest New Year of all!
Happy Trails!!!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Cooking up a storm!

Not a real storm...just a bunch of food to eat off of for the next week.  I made all the fixings for tacos tonight and the black-eyed peas are soaking for tomorrow.  The cream cheese is softening for the bacon dip and the bacon is cooked and everything is ready to just throw together.  Tomorrow morning I will put the black-eyed peas in the crockpot and maybe make the pecan pie bars but we'll see.  Mostly what I want to do is sew and specifically a journal cover for my new journal.  This is a free pattern on the Janome website (actually last year but it should still be there) and it covers a composition book which is exactly what I use for my bullet journal.
Here's the fabric I auditioned today...........
 This is the pattern...........
 I received this lovely card and note from my cousin precious...........and appreciated
Tonight I'll be crocheting and watching a movie on YouTube called Angel Dog.....Farside... the dog looks just like Chance...not sure if it's good or not but I'm going to watch it!   What are you all up to tonight? 
Here are your New Year's Eve "tidbits"...........
 I won't stay up late enough to bring in the New Year so this is for you too if you can't stay up until midnight! LOL!
 Here's a reading challenge that I fail every year but it's still very interesting and gets you out of your usual genre of books....
Happy New Year my friends and stay safe!'s amateur night out there!
Happy Trails!!!

Monday, December 30, 2019

Groceries for luck!

After this past year, I am pulling out all the stops for getting Lady Luck on my side in 2020!  I went to the store and got all the "good luck" food.  To be honest I have never done this before but I think maybe I should have.  My whole life might have turned out differently!  I went to the local grocery store and looked for fresh greens and there were none so I asked why since it is New Year's good luck food.  They told me in Arkansas it is black-eyed peas, hog jowls, and cabbage with cornbread.  What?  Hog jowls?  I have never heard of that before and I am not going there!  So I had to buy canned mustard greens and I got black-eyed peas and a ham slice and bacon.  I am making Kickin' Collard greens or just the mustard greens heated up, Slow Cooker Spicy Black-eyed Peas, cornbread, and the World's Best Bacon Cheese Dip.  Plus some Pecan Pie Bars.....all recipes are on All Recipes! LOL!  Okay, so the bacon cheese dip and the pecan pie bars are not for good luck they're just for good eatin'!       

 Here are your "tidbits" for today...............this cracked me up!
here's a little craft that would be easy to make for Christmas or anytime.  I think I would add battery operated lights too!  There were no directions but it's pretty self-explanatory........

For those of you who don't want to pay big bucks for an espresso machine to make lattes at home or other coffee drinks, this might be a solution for a lot less money...... I'm thinking about it..... here's the link
That's all for today...the sun was shining here today and in the 50's but a bit breezy.
Happy Trails!!!

Sunday, December 29, 2019

YOP Week #26

 I frogged the baby blanket and started over as it was "widening" on one side.  I have had this problem before and it's in the turn.  I have to really look at the stitches so I go into the proper one at the beginning of the row.  So far so good!  I have 5 rows and I calculated roughly that if I do 6 rows a day, not counting the border at the end, I will be done about the 18th of January.  I am also using a bigger hook this time (I), and I chained 121 and will be making it 32" X 32" or thereabouts.  She called for worsted weight but I am using a sport weight. I'm really glad I upped the hook size as the pattern looks better and it is easier on my hands.
 I  started my new Christmas socks on Christmas Eve and I have finished the cuff and I'm on round 8 of 61 for the leg of sock #1.  I am using a vanilla pattern with no design.
 I also started my Chicken Joy cross stitch on Christmas Day............that is part of the tree.......
I'm on Instagram now but I haven't figured out how to get the logo to take you to my IG page......if anyone knows how let me know else I will figure it out eventually.
Over the New Year holiday, I will be re-organizing and re-prioritizing my YOP projects.  I will post about it next Sunday.  This is going to be the year of finishes and final finishes....I hope! LOL!
I did have one acquisition this week.............a new quilt pattern on its way from Kathleen Tracy.....
 That's all the progress for this week and I hope to get back to some of my other projects.
Here are some "tidbits" I found interesting..........

Here are some more "good luck" recipes but these are guaranteed to be good as they are from Real Simple magazine and I have never had a bad recipe from's the link

Here is a free printable calendar for's the link

Now, this sounds good and it is by Good Housekeeping.  If they don't know who does?  Here's the link
That's a wrap for this week!  Have a great one and Happy New Year!  Stay safe!
Happy Trails!!!