Black Friday

Today, Black Friday, will not be spent shopping.  Although I’d like to say my holiday shopping is done, I’d be lying….. I’ve not even started yet.  But I just don’t understand, in the height of flue season, when our natural immunity is low, to subject ourselves to crowds and crowds of people, all hoping to get that elusive (and in limited quantity) deal of a savings.

Hmmm, anti-American?   Probably not, just realistic…….. so what will I spend my Black Friday doing?    Why quilting of course!!!!!  I’m still working on the next applique custom in the line-up.  It would have been done, but I totally admit to taking Thanksgiving off and spending it with the DH.

Although I didn’t spend the entire day away from fabric…… that is so hard for me to do….. I did get  a start on this piece:

Isn’t that pretty?   That’s from a pattern by Vickie Clontz called “Way Back Home”, and is the center section only.  You can find the pattern here on her website.  Vickie works in wool felts, which I don’t.  But I hand-dye fabrics for sale at local shows, and decided to make this sample in my hand-dyes, with her pattern.   It seemed a natural to do as we’ll both be vending at the “Quilting and Needlearts Extravaganza”  on January 29 and 30th in Statesville NC.  For a complete list of vendors, click here

Okay, off to the studio for a bit while DH is outside working on the landscape and before Little Bear has his post-op checkup at the vets.

However you spend your Black Friday, enjoy the day, and every moment of it……. I will, I’ll be in the studio!

Happy Thanksgiving



Things I am thankful for this year:

Healthy friends and family.

Work that gives my family both financial and emotional satisfaction.

Sunshine, gentle breezes, crispy leaves, soft rains, foggy mornings and crisp nights.

The ability to imagine and dream and step forward towards those dreams, even when the journey is long or hard.

Furkids that give unconditional love.

Machines that work and allow me to create what my mind thinks up.

Stars and the moon, the dark of night and the light of day.  All things in balance…..

All four seasons with their blessings and challenges.

Birds singing and squirrels playing.

Hopes, dreams, and imagination.

May your Thanksgiving be a day of family and joy.

A new blog

Just in case you’re interested, I’ve decided to learn to cook….and I’m chronicalling journaling  (I can spell that!) the process on a new blog just for cooking.  It’s called “Sodypop Cooks”  (or we hope I can) and you’ll find it here

I promise that if nothing else, it will be a humorous look at learning to cook in middle age.  Yes, some things I can cook, I do a really mean lasagna.  But most of the cooking basics I never learned, so there’s no better day than today.

Gee, I hope the husband is up to this journey, cause like it or not, he’ll be taking it with me!!!!!!!