Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Milestone and a Couple More Christmas Projects

Wow! This is my 1,000th post! I started blogging about two years and seven months ago, I think--something like that, anyway. Sometimes it seems like I've been doing this for a long, long time and sometimes it seems like it's just been a couple months. I wish I had a more "important" post prepared, but I don't. I haven't even thought about doing a giveaway. My lack of preparation is a little pathetic! Well, maybe I'll do a giveaway later--after my vacation.

Yes, I'm going to be taking another vacation soon. Next week Hubby and I are going to head to the central California coast for a few days. I hope we'll have a relaxing time. So far, it looks like the weather will be nice for us, although I wouldn't mind a storm--it would be kind of fun to sit in a hotel room overlooking the ocean and watch a storm roll in. Oh, and I'm looking forward to some good seafood--right now, clam chowder sounds pretty appealing, I'll admit!

With my next class at Bearpaws & Hollyhocks coming up the first Saturday in November and with our vacation scheduled during the intervening period of time, I've been hard at work, coming up with Christmas projects and ideas to present to my class. A friend of mine who reads my blog emailed me to ask if I'll be giving the class directions for making the peppermint quilt--if anyone else in our area was wondering the same thing, yes, that will be one of the projects I'll hand out along with several others.

Tuesday night I spent the evening drawing a snowman for a couple of projects--you'll probably see him pop up on something before too long. Tonight, I made a couple of quick placemats and peppermint mug mats that will double as ornaments on my kitchen Christmas tree when they're not in use. Here's a photo--


I think I'll make two more placemats to match these, but I'll probably wait and prepare them to demonstrate in class. Tomorrow night, I think I'll move on to a gift idea or two.

Besides work and sewing, I've also spent a little time during the past few days shopping to restock our refrigerator. The repairman came on Monday, and the problem was that the part that defrosts the freezer wasn't properly hooked up, so over a period of time, ice accumulated and the cooling mechanism stopped working effectively. It's fixed now, and I'm well on my way to replacing the food we lost; I think a trip to Trader Joe's on the way home from work tomorrow night will fill the last gaps on the refrigerator shelves.

The work week is simply flying by! We have a "back up" system at work where each of us is paired up with another secretary, and if one of us is out, the other secretary covers the work of both. This week, the secretary I'm back up for is out, so work has been quite busy. I don't mind though--I'd rather be busy than bored! It's hard to believe there are just two work days left, and then the weekend will be here and I'll be off work for a week.

Time for my beauty sleep--morning will arrive much too early, as it always does on weekdays. Thanks for stopping in to visit!

17 comments:

Eileen said...

Those place mats are terrific, It's the fabrics that does it.Then the pepperment orniments are something else. Your mind just goes and goes. WoW 1,000 posts already. Guess it's time for a vacaton.

Fiesta said...

Kim the mats are adorable. Enjoy your vacation. It sounds great!

Jane said...

Congratulations on the anniversary. I only stumbled onto your blog recently and am really enjoying it. I like your writing style which is always interesting and funny. I just can't understand how you are able to work full time and do all the quilting that you do. Thanks for sharing.

Beth said...

I could use a vacation, but the only "vacation" I'm getting is next month I'm making a quick roundabout drive up to Oregon to visit my mom. We should meet up at a quilt shop when I hit Sacramento! LOL

dianne said...

i'm still loving those peppermints - peppermints are one of Melissa's favorite things about christmas ... i think i'll make some for her - but don't tell her cuz she's already a spoiled brat

PunkiePie said...

The peppermints are adorable!! Can you teach us how to do them? Huh? Can ya???

Comfort Cove Designs said...

What a beautiful Christmas gift to make!! I just love the peppermint swirl mug mats!! What a neat idea!!!!

Quiltingly Yours
Andrea

Kim said...

That is alot of posts.....
The placemats are great! love them... Great gift idea on the coaster/tree decorations. You are so creative..

Yvonne said...

Cute placemats and peppermints.
1000 posts and I've read every one. :) I think we started blogging around the same time....I'm up to 120.

Texan said...

ok I love those peppermint ornaments... you need to do a tutorial on those so we can see how to make them!! ;O) cuteness

Jan said...

The placemats and ornaments are adorable; and how nice that you've got vacation coming up. Will you be blogging while you're away???

searchfamilies said...

Nice mat & ornaments, have a great time away
Hugs Janice

Micki said...

The placemats are wonderful! I love all of the colours!
Micki

Sinta Renee said...

I like your holiday placemats and the coasters set them off perfectly... what a nice gift idea for dinner guests.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Congrats on a 1000 posts...that sure is milestone!

Dawn said...

congratulations on 1000 posts! Your placemats and ornaments are darling. Great gift ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Gran said...

I sure am glad I am signed up for your class. I can hardly wait! Hooray for the refrigerator repair that is done. Nothing like the hum of a working refrigerator!