Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year 2013

Wishing you all a very safe and Happy New Year 2013!
The past year has been a good one and I am looking forward to an even better 2013.  I have lots of quilting ideas on paper and my hope it to actually create them this year.  Hoping to get my new sewing room completed by the end of Jan.  This has been a long journey getting to this point. 
May all your desires become your reality in 2013. 
Thanks for stopping by to read my blog.  This has been a fun new journey.  Way outside my computer comfort zone.  Still have a lot of changes that I hope to make on my blog in 2013.
Until next time, Tina

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!  I hope you all have a wonderful time with family and friends.  Please be safe in your travels.

I will be joining my BF Sherri and her family for our tradional Prime Rib Christmas Eve dinner.  Yummie!!!

Christmas day I get to sleep in and then join my family at my sister's home.  Her wonderful inlaws, Joan and Jack, are coming in for the holiday.  I am very excited to see them.

God Bless you all and I look forward to catching up with you all in the new year - 2013!!!

Until next time - Tina

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Sewing the Taylor

Sewing with Taylor

I had a great time sewing the Taylor yesterday.  She wanted to spend time with me working on a Christmas present for her brother Cameron.  She did a great job sewing on the pillowcases.  She cut up two of his old Star Wars t-shirts and then we sewed them onto the pillowcases.  I am very proud of the work she did.  I know Cameron is going to be very surprised and will love them.


Update up Remodel.  Sheetrock is in and mudding is done.  Now I get to clean up all the dust.  I don't think there is one place without dust.  What a fun job this is going to be.  Going to start painting after Christmas.

View looking out my sewing room windows.

My poor pond is freezing - literally!  I think it is just a little bit cold here in Utah.  I was going to try and keep it going for the birds, not sure that is going to work.

I am off work from both jobs until 5 January 2013.  Looking forward to painting and getting a few sewing projects done.  Yipee!!!!
Until next time, Tina


Monday, December 10, 2012

Holiday Decor

Holiday Decor (or lack there of)

Happy Holidays from Buck and Tina!  This is the extent of my holiday decor this year.  With my remodel going on it was not on my list to pull out the decorations and add to what would only need to be cleaned to put away.

The electrical, insulation, and bathtub are all in.  The sheet rock goes in this week.  Hoping and crossing my fingers that next week the wood floors can be refinished.   If all goes according to my plan I can be painting during the Christmas - New Year's holiday.

Festival of Tress Update Pictures

Here are pictures of our Festival of Trees 2012 donation.  I love the quilt that I made this year.  Of course, I totally got in a hurry and didn't take a full picture of it prior to handing it over for donation.




One of my favorites - Jack Skellington tree donation

Dr. Seuss gingerbread house

Hobbit Town - The Shire gingerbread house
(PS....I can hardly wait to see the Hobbit movie.  I have been counting down for one year!)

I wish you could really see this crocheted tree.  It was so amazing and so beautiful.
Thank for stopping by to see what I have been up to lately.
Until Next Time, Tina

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Update on Remodel - Nov 2012

Update on House Remodel - Nov 2012

I had a feeling that during the installation of the electrical work that I would have a foot go through my ceiling - BUT I ended up with an 8 foot hole in the ceiling.  Nothing like getting easy access to the attic in order to lay new lines.
Almost all the new electrical lines are in.  The new switch box and meter should be activated on Dec 10 after inspection.

Big concern now will be weather the change out will work in the very old box and all the things still attached to the old box.  May have to move a few items to the new box so that it won't continue to be overloaded in the old box.

I have gotten all the new insulation put up on the exterior walls.  There has NEVER been insulation in my house.  It already feels so much warmer, even without the sheet rock up yet.

Next, get the plumbing going.  Start the sheet rock and finish after we get all the plumbing in.  Once I start the sheet rock, I get the schedule the floor guy to start the wood floor refinishing.
I am getting more excited as the days go by.  Hoping to be painting during the Christmas/New Year's time away from work.
Thanks for stopping by to see the update.
Until Next Time, Tina

Sunday, November 11, 2012



Before I go any further I want to Thank all our military service members, past and present, for their service to our country.  We would be nothing without all of them.  I am honored to work, as a federal civilian employee, for them and beside them in the Utah National Guard.  God Bless You and your families for the sacrifies you have given.

Did I say SNOW.  That is a big YES.  It snowed here all day Fri and again Sat night into Sun morning. I shoveled some seriously wet heavy snow Sat afternoon.  This was the view now out my back porch Sun afternoon.

I went out and measured the snow - 10".


I am going to try and keep the pond running this year to help the birds that I feed all winter.  Not sure if it will work since it is a small pump and pond.  I love feeding the birds and listening to them during the day.  They are very intertaining some days.
Until Next Time, Tina

Friday, November 9, 2012

Forward Movement

Forward Motion on Remodel!

Today I finally have forward movement on my remodel project.  Walls went up today!!!

But first - This is was the view outside my back porch this morning - SNOW!!!!!

There was at least 2 dozen Quail eating this morning.  I also had lots of Dove's and many other birds filling up on birdseed.  Later in the afternoon I had a small hawk fly through my front porch with a mouse for lunch (this happened on one of the many trips to the garbage).

My house was built in 1959.  There were 1 x 2's on the wall and no insulation.

Construction has begun!!!!  New 2x4's are going up.  So excited to be moving forward.  Next, bathroom plumbing to be redone and the bathroom floor.  I am also replacing all the old electrical lines.
Until Next Time, Tina


Friday, November 2, 2012

Houston Quilt Market 2012

Oh what a fabulous weekend at Quilt Market in Houston.  Here are a few pictures that I took to share with you.  Sorry it is so long, but it was sooooo fun! 

This was the crowd waiting to get in on Thurs night for Sample Spree!  The line went around two other corners that you can't see.  We got in after the first hour.  Sample Spree is one of my favorite parts of market.  I love buying fabric. Now, if I would just starting making something with all those treasures that I have purchased.  I just can't bring myself to cut them up they are so cute.

Here is there front of the line for the crowd waiting to get into Market on Sat morning.  Boy was it cold in Houston this year.  I didn't take my sweater off the whole weekend. 

Here is Mary Jane's booth displaying her new Glamping Fabric line.  Way cute display.  I also love her magazine.  The old trailer was way too cute.

Being an 80's rock music junkie when I saw that Hello Kitty had made it to Rock Star status I just had to have her picture.  Way to cute.

This Christmas quilt by Mary Buvia was sooooo amazing.  It took my breath away.  The book is called Santa's Loading Dock Quilt.  The detail on this quilt was breathtaking.

This was the best surprise for me at the show.  I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle from The Raspberry Rabbits.  She has the cutest blog ever.  You must go and meet Harrington and Hannah (the bunnies).  Michelle has just released her first book called Briarside Lane.  She was some amazing designs done with beautiful wools and Valdani thread.  I wish her the best with her new book.  Thanks Michelle for taking time to chat with me.  I am still grinning from ear to ear.

I love catching up with Lynette and Vince of Lynette Anderson Designs. I love her fabric lines and the colors that she uses.  Her fabric is just a part of my stash that I just can't bring myself to cut up.  One of my goals in 2013 is my use her fabric line and make a project.

Me and my besties(left to right, me, Laurie Bird, Darlene Zimmerman and Kari Ramsay) meeting up with Darlene Zimmerman.  Congrats to Darlene on her 20th Anniversary with EZ Quilting.  Here in Utah we are still carrying on our Clothesline Club that Darlene started.  We have two clubs with 40 ladies each.  Kari Ramsay is a pattern designer (Fresh Cut Quilts) and a fabric designer for Henry Glass.  Laurie Bird is also a pattern designer (Rose Cottage Quilts).  Both are amazing designers and I am lucky to call them my friends.

Here are a few projects at the Weeks Dye Works booth.  They have the most beautiful wools.  Do you think I went just a little over the edge?  That would be a big YES.  Yes, that is 16 colors you see in the picture.  Another 2013 goal is to start using wools in projects.

These are just a few of the pictures of my visit to Market.  There were so many beautiful breath taking quilts on display that I would be here forever posting pictures.  I spent a small fortune while at market and love all that I bought.  I have a few ideas swimming in my head.  I just have to put them to paper and actually do them.  Not having a natural talent for pattern designing I am still a little scared (OK, a lot scared) to actually think that I could make a project and a pattern to go with it.  Another 2013 goal is to actually do it.

Seriously Officer - We really did purchase all these goodies at Quilt Market (well maybe a few were given to us)!  Kari and I couldn't resist taking our pictures in this at the airport.  My empty bag going weighed in at 43 pounds on the return trip.  I think I bought just a few things. Hee! Hee!
Thanks for sharing in my very fun weekend.
Until Next Time, Tina

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy Halloween!

The day finally has arrived that Taylor and Cameron get to wear their Halloween outfits that I made for them.

Sally and Jack Skellington look fabulous if I do say so myself.

Thank you kids for asking me to share in the fun of Oct and trick or treating.  I really enjoyed making these for you both.

Until next time, Tina

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Halloween Outfits Ready for Trick or Treating


 Jack Skellington - Nightmare Before Christmas

Sally - Nightmare Before Christmas
I think Taylor and Cameron's Halloween outfits turned out just wonderful. Can't wait to see the kids all dressed up. Don't you just love the matching trick or treat bags? 

I didn't get much else done.  Spent the weekend dog sitting these two very sweet four legged family members:

Abby and Kingsford 
They both were perfect angels.  But, I get to send them home.  Doesn't that sound just like the perfect situation.  I love being the Aunt.
Getting ready to go shopping at Quilt Market in Houston.  Sooooo excited to see what is new in the quilting world.  I'll update more when I return.
Until Next Time, Tina