Saturday, February 6, 2016

Goals..........with deadlines!

I said when I retired I wasn't going to be a slave to deadlines anymore but I think if I am ever going to accomplish my dreams I am going to have to give myself some deadlines!
I have lots of goals but the main ones right now are:
1. Move 
2. Finances
3. Cleaning and organizing

I have made some inroads and each day gets me closer but I start lagging also when I have no "fun" or reward so I have to include that and some "finishes" so I feel good about my progress.
I also know that I need to break down those goals into manageable steps so I have a way to gauge my progress.
I will start setting my alarm for 5:00 a.m. so I don't waste a minute and I know I get more done if I get an early start.  But the weekends are going to be for fun and maintenance and each day there will be some reward at the end of the day regardless of how small.
This week I took a carload to the auction which was last night and which I did not attend.  I'll see on Monday how I did.  I didn't take anything too valuable in case it doesn't pay well.
But for today, I thought I would share some great things from this past week.............
I made this salad from the blog at Keeping It Cozy
She had a great post about salad making and dressings and I made this Citrus Salad with a mustard and orange juice vinaigrette.   It was delicious and I would definitely make it again and again and again! LOL!  It was easy and although I left out a few of her ingredients, as I don't care for raisins or poppy seeds, it was still simply scrumptious and it did go great with my goulash I had made.  It will be on my Pinterest board "Food I have actually tried and liked".
While my camera is acting up or rather "the cloud" that deleted all the pictures I had taken for this post I will share some great websites and blogs I visited this past week.  (I only visited when I was taking a break, mind you.)
I read the entire archive of Temecula Quilt Co.
 from 2008 when they opened up until the present.  I pinned many tutorials and quilt ideas and so much inspiration!
They give many patterns away for free on their blog which you must read if you are a quilter!  You will love it!
In 2009 they were featured in quilt Sampler with a beautiful quilt they designed and which you can still get the pattern on their website.
I read interesting blog archives like some people read books! 
Here was their post for today........another little quilt pattern for free.........
I also (through The House on the Side of the Hill) was directed to this great site.............Cypress Textiles 
which is hosting this VVCAL (vibrant vintage crochet along).  There is a group on Ravelry for it and I think they are on week 5 or 6 now but all the instructions are out there and photos to go with.  It is very detailed and wonderful tutorials for each step.  I would love to participate but not right now!
I made homemade bread today and hard boiled some eggs to make egg salad for supper tonight.  I'm working on my porch right now and cleaning, organizing and gathering more items for auction, Thrift Store and some are just getting "pitched".  I watched the Democratic debate the other night and I will watch the Republican one tonight and tomorrow is the Super Bowl!  Before you know it it will be Spring! 
Happy Trails!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine's Day is coming up!

I can't believe it....wasn't it just Christmas?  But I can't help it....I've been browsing the internet for cute ideas for Valentine's Day themed projects.  Here's just a few and they can all be found on my Valentine's Day board on Pinterest
I doubt if I would get this done as I am still doing "moving" tasks but someday after I 'm moved for sure!  I think she used French General fabrics for this.

 This is a cute idea if you can find berry baskets this time of year?
 Okay.....for sure I am making these for myself from me to me! LOL!
 I might be able to manage this little sweetie.....
 This was for sale on Etsy for $60.00.....really?  I better start making and selling things as I think she sold out on this one and it is a very small wall hanging!  Garage sales move over!
 Now this is a nifty trick to get heart shaped cupcakes......some people are so smart!  You just put a marble in there!
 This wouldn't be too hard and very could use any kind of fabric if you didn't want white.
 I liked this as it is small and maybe doable and cute too!
 I love this but there is a lot of work involved I'm thinking.  All those red dots are beads!  Precious though............
 And who couldn't use a heart tree for decoration?  Definitely easy and budget friendly..........
But my favorite of all is this little number...........made with Barbara Brackman fabrics........
Now, instead of dreaming I need to get doing!
Do you have any projects in the works for Valentine's Day?  Please share!
Happy Trails!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Simply Satisfying..........

Yesterday was fun! 
I had made this old "goulash" recipe the day before so I didn't have to prepare a meal although I did make some rice krispie treats for a little sweetness with a cup of tea in the evening.  I played around with my stash of materials and there are so many pretty ones...........

But for some reason I didn't want to cut into them...I'm so fickle!  Partly because there was a nagging thought that some of them were for other projects?  I kept hearing "use it up, make it do....." in my head.  I knew I had a pile of old clothes that I didn't want to part with because I thought I might be able to use the material.  Although it would probably not be enough for a quilt, I could make a table runner or a throw for the chairs (like the old madagascars they used to put on the arms and backs of sofas and chairs).  So, off I went in that direction............I cleared out one whole drawer full of pajamas (summer) and there are more waiting that are flannel (winter).  I used to do this with wool clothing to get inexpensive wool for my rug hooking so why not for sewing and quilting?
Last night instead of crocheting I dismantled those pajamas (I still have some to do but I got 4 pair done) and this morning I ironed the material.............
I was quite pleased with the amount of material I got from it and I didn't spend a dime! It's also a great project for watching t.v.
These scissors made it quite easy also.  I bought these to use on making those clipped edges on rag quilts but they come in handy for so many things!  And they are recommended by The National Arthritis Foundation.  They are spring loaded so you never have that repetitive just press down.  They also have a lock as they are very sharp.  They're made by Fiskars and I got mine at Walmart.  I highly recommend them.  My hands did not get tired all evening and I bet I worked several hours cutting hems and seams off.
Some of the neighbors came over to see what I was up to, I suppose...they're very nosey!  They pretend they're drinking out of the birdbath but I know better...........
See?  They're not fooling me!
BTW, here's the recipe for the goulash if you're interested.  It's just a simple. filling meal that is great for winter nights when you want something warm and substantial.  I think I might make a salad tonight to go along with it.

2 lbs lean ground beef
1 medium onion
1 medium green pepper
1 32 oz can tomato juice
2 cups elbow macaroni
1 16 oz can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Brown ground beef until done. Meanwhile, dice onion and green pepper. Add onions, green pepper, tomatoes, tomato juice, and macaroni. Salt and pepper to taste.
Cook on medium low heat for 45 minutes. Serve with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

 Happy Trails!