Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Getting Ready for Fall and Demo, Down Comes to Wall

Hello All!

Is everyone ready for fall? I know I am however fall is not really fall in California, at least not to much at my house. It will be fall here in November. 
But I made a mini quilted wall hanging for fall. 


I got the pattern for this from the Fall Quilts and More 2014 Magazine.

Come on in!


I had a bit of a diversion from the fall leaf table runner to make this little fall quilt hanging. I normally can quilt faster than I am but life is a bit crazy with the renovations and the move. I just cannot get my groove back right now. One thing is pain from carpel tunnel and sciatica and sometimes a bit of depression. It has been a huge transition for me and my carpel tunnel is just barely healing, my sciatica needs to be tended to, I don't see it get any better. I don't look forward to whatever will have to be done about that.


I have all four leafs done for the table runner just need to sew the pieces together squares together.

The wall came down! if you have been reading my blog I am happy to report that we had the wall removed about one week ago. Now we are waiting to put in the new wood floors, they are going to be putting down bamboo antique wood floors. Today the wood is being delivered and then it has to acclimate to the temperature inside our home. Then the next week on Wednesday they will start laying the flooring.
Believe me I wish we had this done before we moved in. We had laminate wood laid and we hate it so much. Of course it was thrashed because no one even laid anything over it during the demo of this house. But even still I hate it.

Below I posted the photos of the demo



last photo below with the fireplace wall gone!!! done and done!


I will be so happy after next week is over and the new floors are in and we are done with all projects for the inside of the house.

Today I had to take my sweetie Edee to have a tooth removed and teeth cleaning at the vet. That bill is predicted to be $545.00. Yesterday I had to take both Edee and Effie for shots and heart worm test, meds and pain meds for Edee because of her chipped tooth with exposed nerve and that bill was $408.00.
Dosen't it always seem like it's something? I have tried to keep the credit card paid off and then there is always another thing to put on it. I would love to live a cash only lifestyle. But I am the type of person who does not like taking money from our savings to pay for every expense that comes up. And right now we have a lot of them.
Oh I just got a call from the vet and Edee is fine and will get to come home after 3 today. Wew.. I was feeling so stressed about her being at the vet instead of with me.
She has to have anesthesia, I just worry when that is done to pets or people.

Well I am off to relax for a bit just feeling a bit blue today. Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

~Kat




Sunday, August 31, 2014

Happy Last Day of August!

Tomorrow is September, one of my favorite months of the year....because I know fall is coming and summer is on it's way out. Although it never seems like fall here until late October early November.



Beautiful summer sky photo from the other night. It was really muggy that day and hardly no sun which is very unusual here. We need rain so bad and all we are getting is earthquakes. The large earthquake that happened is about 1 1/2 hours from here.

We are still working on the house!
We finally had to hire a painter because of the dormer and the super high peaks on the side of the house. I do not want Steve up there that high or trying to paint the dormer. So we had to wait until we got enough money together to get the house completely painted. If you remember he did around the door trim and areas he could do, or areas I let him do. LOL!

The rest of the things we are working on is getting new windows, I can hardly open any of these windows in the house. The house is 25 years old.
We will get them probably within the next few weeks, then my FIL is taking this fireplace wall down, see photo below, that separates the living room from the family room, I can hardly fit 4 people in one room, very hard to entertain your family in that area. Hate it so much.
So down it goes, fireplace and all. It's cute but not practical.
I can't believe the holidays will be here soon, so getting that wall down is going to make my life easier.
I just got my yearly tradition magazine Holiday Crafts. Can't wait to make a few things from it.


  I just pulled out all the fabric selections for this Fall Maple Leaf pattern table runner yesterday. I also want to make a fall door hanger. We will see how far I get. In one years time even with the move I have made 8 quilts or so. I have done practically zero scrapbooking since working on the quilts and moving. The move set me back on my crafting 5 months. So only since June really have I been able to craft, maybe late May. I can't remember when I started the sail boat quilt.
Isn't that an adorable table runner?

I think my hand is healing and arm from the carpel tunnel, but I have to do nothing, that is hard. It still hurts quite a lot though. The sciatica is always there. Boo, but I manage ok. Thank God!

Have a Happy Last Day of August! Be Blessed ~Kat


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lighthouse Day Trip & Finished Quilting the Sail Away Quilt

Happy Sunday! This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. It is hot and dry in California!

Well we went to see another lighthouse a few weeks ago to Santa Cruz, the Walton lighthouse. It was not the most fascinating one, but it was a lighthouse!

We've seen another one there sometime back, but I can't remember the name of it right off hand. My last blog has a lot of lighthouse trips on it. I wish I knew how to transfer certain postings into this blog, although I think that blog was deleted by blogger for the fact I was not posting to it. I will have to check into that.

I think the "Sail Away Quilt" is very appropriate for my love of lighthouses and the sea.


Walton Lighthouse Santa Cruz


Oh yes I am dangerous! That is a necklace I made for me, so cute has tiny shiny leaves on it with Swarovski Crystals. It's very windy so my hair is wild and curly as always, but so wild!

Here is a black and white of my hubby and me in Santa Cruz, never really sure if I like them or not.
Maybe color is better


You know a trip to the beach in California is never a trip without finding something cool from nature or a natural element. Here is a big rock off the shore in Santa Cruz called Natural Bridge, pretty cool. This one is a little dark but there is a big opening, hole in the rock and it is like a bridge with the other rock so close.
Here is another photo take that I used a cool effect on, looks like a painting.


How about this beautiful dragonfly! I love to catch some beautiful flowers or some species as well such as butterflies and yes dragonflies or whatever I can find.


Up close and personal from my smartphone, my husband got a better photo with the Nikon that I have not uploaded any of those photos yet to the Internet.


A trip is never completed without getting ice cream or something from the bakery. In Santa Cruz my favorite baker is Emily's.


We got Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake




My completed Quilt on the couch in the family room.

I have to post a Happy Birthday to my grandson Rylan, he will be 3 on the 19th. It's been nice seeing him more since we moved here. My daughter's family is just a few miles away!


He visits me nearly every Monday. This is a very poor quality photo. Looks like I have a terrible looking neck and chest. I am always thinking it looks pretty good. Oh well. Not my fav photo with no  make up and a ugly looking neck. However Rylan looks so cute as always, love how that red hair of his is so pretty...that is what it's all about my sweetest. Both my kids Shane and Kirsten and both my grandkids Rylan and Morgan mean the world to me. Of course I love my step grands as well. I think it is interesting how each one of my kids had only one child. My daughter a son and my son a daughter.  

 I have carpel tunnel really bad and I cannot be on the Internet to much these days. It really reared it's ugly head during our move. I cannot get it to heal up, possible surgery in the future but I pray not!
Also still have the sciatica nerve problem in my legs it shifts from one to the other, this year it's the left leg. Boo!

Have a wonderful rest of the summer!!!!

Hugs Kat