Friday, June 22, 2012

Mismush week!

I surely thought I'd be posting before now, but I've been up to my eyeballs in so many different things, I didn't know if I was coming or going half the time!  (You'd think I was actually busy????  lol)  

First, out of the blue one day, I decided to make strawberry jam.  It is strawberry season in our area right now and the smell of fresh "right from the bush" strawberries, is amazing!  Naturally, I had no canning supplies, sugar, etc. so had to go the store for that stuff first.  Then, instead of wasting time picking the strawberries, I paid $2 a quart more just to buy them already picked.  (Smart on my end, I figured, since I probably couldn't get up once getting down to pick them anyway.  lol)  

Aren't they so pretty?  This was just a few after I washed them.  The rest were still in the sink.  Dummy me forgot to take a pic of the finished jam though and I wasn't about to drag them upstairs again just for that once I got them downstairs.  Too bad the lighting is so bad in the basement.  You'll have to take my word for it!

Then, I have AGAIN been wasting time on the computer (LOT OF TIME) in search of a possible playmate for Toby.  Hubby and I decided that one Havanese was enough, but then when we see him just mope around here with us old people, we think one more wouldn't be too bad.  If I could find one that looks like the one below, I'd jump on the chance!  Look at how cute he is!!

The 4th of July mug rug swap is in full swing and I think I told you that I was blessed with two partners. Here is what I made for Rebeckah (rraustin):

Happy 4th to Rebeckah

And here is the one she sent to me along with a ton of goodies:

My package from Rebeckah

Super cute!  Then today, I received 2 mug rugs from my other partner, Jana (megmormel).  Here is what she sent me:

Mug Rugs from Jana

And here is what I sent her:

Happy 4th of July

I made one more and I'm not sure if that partner has received it this isn't in Flickr yet.  Note that I was a bit crazy making this.  First, I cute various triangles (free hand with a scissors) and sewed them all together.  Note the hole!!!  Then, I quilted this as it was.

Then, I took a measurement of the hole and drew a star on a paper to cover it.  I transfered that drawing onto a fused piece of fabric and ironed it down.  Then, re-cut the star a bit smaller and cut another star out of a different fused fabric, ironed the whole mess down, sewed around the outsides and embroidered little colonial knots all over.  I like it!  In fact, I think I like it best of any of them.  I seem to be getting better and better as I continue these 4th of July mug rugs, (if I do say so myself!)  I just might make another one for ME!  Who knows?

Last, but not least, I must post a pic of my adorable Godson (also my wonderful nephew).  He lives in Australia (for all you Aussies out there!)  and works at Murdock University in the study abroad program. What a hunk, huh?  Not only that, but he's a real sweetie!

So, that's it.  That's all I know for now!  I sent off the twin baby quilts yesterday, but I don't think she has gotten them yet.  I know she'll love them.  Thank you all for your marvelous comments.  You are tooooo good to me!!  Have a great weekend!  Stay cool!


Sara said...

Strawberry jam mine and the little guys fave! Enjoy!!

Love all of the mug rugs especially the one with the kids on the porch with the doggie:)

Outback Crafter - Debra said...

HI Carol
Those mug rugs are fantastic. I too am a littl partial to the one with the fireworks.

The photo and info about your nephew sounds like you are trying to play match-maker. I am sure any single Aussie girl with good sense will snap him up.

Thanks for sharing more inspiration.

Annie said...

I'm going to say EVERYTHING looks wonderful (especially the nephew). That way you won't write about me and everybody else won't hate me! LOL

Tracy said...

We have a havanese too! His name is Riley and he is the love of our lives. He's black irish pied coloring which means he looks like he's wearing a tuxedo with spats! It's amazing how loving they are. Thanks for sharing a picture of Toby.


ps...your mug rugs are darling too!

Lesley said...

Your mug rugs are little works of art! Wonderful little quilts!

Sue said...

The mug rug swap looks like fun. Your last one is my favorite with the red french knots, but they all are wonderful.

sheila 77 said...

The last mug rug with the triangles and the hole and then with the stars - fantastic, what a technique! Love the hunk too, hope he doesn't mind being admired from afar.

Dianne said...

Love the star mug rug, great job! The hunky godson isn't so bad either!!! :0)

Cyndi loves to stitch said...

LOVE, LOVE LOVE your free-style star!! pretty cool with just a hole there, lol! Great job!

Jana said...

ALL of your mug rugs are AWESOME.
We picked strawberries earlier this year. YUM. And so is your nephew.

Gmama Jane said...

That RWB mug rug is gorgeous just like your hunk of a nephew. I may be old but I still admire a handsome young man. If they are sweet it makes them even more handsome. I have a very handsome son (everyone has always agreed with me as has every girl while he was growing up!)and his sweet smile and kind heart make him gorgeous to his unbiased mama. Ha!!!
I'm going to try your triangle method
Gmama Jane