Monday, December 29, 2014

Our Sweet Tabitha Went to Kitty Heaven, Rainbow Bridge

The Rainbow Bridge  

Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable. 
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they each miss someone very special, someone who was left behind. 
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly, he breaks from the group, flying over the green grass, faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into those trusting eyes, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together...
*Author Unknown* 



My Sweet Sweet Tabitha is gone, we miss her so much!

We were blessed to have her in our lives for 15 years and 1 day shy of 2 months.
RIP Tabitha October 27, 1999 - December 21, 2014

MEMBER OF THE FAMILY

What would I do without you, my precious, furry friend?...
Part mischief, but all blessings, and faithful to the end!
You look at me with eyes of love; you never hold a grudge....
You think I'm far too wonderful to criticize or judge.

It seems your greatest joy in life is being close to me...
I think God knew how comforting your warm, soft fur would be.
I know you think you're human, but I'm glad it isn't true...
The world would be a nicer place if folks were more like you!

A few short years are all we have; One day we'll have to part...
But you, my pet, will always have a place within my heart.

- Hope Harrington Kolb


she grew up with our granddaughter Morgan. Morgan is now 16 years old.


My family Christmas Day a few days after the loss of Tabitha, I will post about her illness in the next post, because I think it will be helpful to owners of pets and esp cats.

Morgan now 16 is the tall brunette next to my son Shane in the top row, my daughter Kirsten has on the white with red. My Daughter in Law Jaime peeking through Steve's head next to my son.
My grandson Rylan growing so fast next to the Snowman, my two step grands Kayla and Brandon and  mom, Steve and I.

Happy New Year 2015, May God Bless you and  make this year a good one!

~Kat


Thursday, December 18, 2014

It's Almost Christmas! Can you Feel it? Quick and Easy Jelly Roll Table Runner

Merry Christmas!


I want to do a tutorial of sorts (Not Really) today for a quick Christmas Gift made using a Jelly Roll, that's fabric, LOL!
Here is a photo of one of the three I made, these are quick and easy if you want to make something cute and special and have jelly roll's on hand. You won't have time to ship and make it before Christmas now. But you can purchase and make this for other holidays and everyday using any of the jelly rolls with your favorite fabric.




This is the finished look, I used the ~~Riley Blake Lost and Found Christmas Jelly Roll ~~
to make this. 
In case that link stops working click this link at Riley Blake's Website.
You just buy a  jelly roll and cut it to the width you want and then sew the strips together, quilt as desired, add a border and walla you are done. It takes me a few hours to hand stitch the border on the back of the quilt. I am so slow. Hope you are quicker. 

Yesterday I went antiquing and found that adorable turquoise 1959 candy, decorating and candle dish at the Antique Store. I love it! It's quirky cute. I set it on top the table runner. 

I made three table runners, one for my daughter and DIL and myself. With 2 Jelly rolls you can make four table runners. Don't forget the backing fabric. Don't buy one way designs though, that will cause you to have to purchase more fabric, use a design that can be used any direction, that will save you a lot of $$ on fabric. I always use a matching fabric from the Jelly Roll Collection I used for the backing. I always use the speciality fabric by Riley Blake and others because if you're going to quilt you want it to last and be beautiful, so that is why I use the best fabric I can for my projects. Also when you buy the fabric in these sets, you don't have to waste time trying to match all the fabric up, it's already done for you! 


These are other Riley Blake Jelly Rolls that I will make a quick quilt with.


The above photo shows some of the adorable vintage style fabric, super cute.


You can roll out a few of these in a few days if you are not super busy and set your mind to it. If you have children, maybe longer or stay up late and get them done.


Have a Very Merry Christmas!

~Kat


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving Blessings Mix


Posted on my Blog from previous years.
Yum Yum!



THANKSGIVING BLESSINGS MIX

Bugles: Shaped like a cornucopia or Horn of Plenty, a symbol of our abundance.
Pretzels: Arms folded in prayer.
Candy Corn: Hardships of the Pilgrim's first winter. Food was so scarce that the settlers survived on just a few kernels of corn per day.
Nut or Seeds: Promise of a future harvest, one will reap only if seeds are planted and tended to with diligence.
Dried Fruits/Raisin : Harvest gifts of our bountiful land.
M&Ms: Memories of those who came before us to guide us to a blessed future.
Hershey's Kiss: The love of family and friends that sweetens our lives.
Isn't this a wonderful recipe? Are you counting your blessings?


Ok yes Thanksgiving is over and I missed posting on that day, but I alway do anymore.

I hope you had a Blessed Thanksgiving!

The weather is wet and rainy here in Northern CA and we need it so bad. Thank you God!




Pies Pies Pies, who does not love Thanksgiving Day with the wonderful Pumpkin Pie, I also made a Pumpkin Cheesecake and a as you can see Pecan Pie. Pecan's are grown locally here in Northern CA. CA is the largest producer of nuts, Pecans, Walnuts and Almonds, Pistachio and so on. 90% of nuts each year are produced right here in CA and we love them. We also have a Mediterranean climate. California's Climate in much of the state is warm, to hot with dry, mild to cool summers, wet winters. I was reading about our state recently and found out about the climate being like from the Mediterranean, thought that was interesting. 

Family Getting Ready to eat our Thanksgiving Day Dinner





Blessings Kat

Sunday, November 23, 2014

November Fall Leaves and Fun with Pumpkins for Thanksgiving, Fall 2014

Been so busy since we moved to moms, busy with my crystal rainbow sun catchers site on Etsy, busy with house renovations and busy being sick with allergies. I had to go to the emergency room by ambulance about one week ago after I got an allergic reaction of which I won't go into detail here today. Perhaps another time. 


Cute photo of my new shoes, red uggs, moccasins they fit really good. I love shoes, so that is my fetish this year. I will be posting them just for fun.


This is an adorable Turkey that goes right into your pumpkin, I got this a long time ago it's by Debbie Mumm


A photo of Steve and I in front of the Christmas tree at the mall, with a palm tree in the background, so California. This is not a good photo. Steve is on his vacation this week and is working in the backyard now, mostly it's been rainy and cold this week. We took a ride to Reno for dinner one night and stayed the night there, it's a 2 hour drive. We had a nice steak dinner, then the next day came home. That was it. 
Tomorrow night I want to take him on a date to see the winter wonderland in Sacramento. It's a surprise. There we can get a nice Christmas photo.
Check out this link, it's fantastic and beautiful.

You can check out my finished home renovation photos at the link below, we are completely done with the inside of the house! Yay!


Happy Sunday!


Happy November 23, 2014

I tried to post on November 1st but it did not work out. Has this post ready to go. Can't believe so many days went by.

This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.

We are finally done with all project to inside of the house! yay! new windows installed and custom frames around the inside and outside. Looks real nice. Fireplace/room divider gone, new floors installed, new large space decorated and all set just in time for Thanksgiving company, family!

I will show off these photos here today, just a recap of the beginning stages and the completed look on the last photo. I can now say this is a home I would buy. It was moms house which she gave to us. We now take care of her there, but it needed so much work! after 25 years of no upgrades to the inside of the house it was stuck in the 80's. I wanted a open floor plan. For the most part it is. I am pretty happy with the results, thanks to Steve's Pop.

fireplace room divider wall, living room side
fireplace room divider family room side

Being removed

Goodbye small rooms
good bye fireplace yay to open spaces
 one room, I call it one GreatRoom, that is what they called our last house that had one room, it was called a great room there was no family room it was a open floor plan with one living space. Usable space. Love it.
 family room side
living room side
family room side
 family room side
 New front door which I posted awhile back
Cozy quilt given to my good friend Lisa. If  you remember I posted the beginnings of this quilt and information about the fabric I used at the link below.
http://www.shinymoonbeams.com/2014/10/happy-fall-and-reno-still-going-on.html

Behind the chair is the old top to the fireplace from photo #1, we repurposed it to shelfs because Pop had custom made that for the fireplace top and it's been 6 months living here and we now ripping it out. We didn't want his hard work to go to waste so my honey made shelfs!

Have a wonderful Blessed Sunday!

~Kat

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Happy Fall and Reno Still Going On Around Here

Hello Happy Fall! Last time I posted it was not quite fall yet. 
It is still hot here, next week perhaps the weather will cool down. Today 95 degrees, but it cools to the 50's at night, thankfully we have that right now.
We are stuck in the middle of our Renovations. The floor started getting laid but there was a problem and the floor installer stopped right at the front door to talk to my Pop. He has not been back since, we are waiting for the company we bought the Bamboo from to see if they will replace any boards that split. The installer says they are splitting at the ends when cut. So two weeks later I am still waiting for the floors to be installed. Possibly he will return this Thursday, we will see. I have brand new windows sitting out by each window waiting to be installed. I love pop but I am getting frustrated. My husband likes the money he saves us, but gees I am gonna get cranky pretty soon.

The antique bamboo floors partly installed. 

 I just did simple rectangles so the cat design would show through, I did a search on the Internet for other quilts made with this fabric but you can't see the beautiful design..So sad. The design is called Cat Nap by Lizzy House, and 




I am been all over the place with my crafting, doing everything from my jewelry and sun catchers to quilts and table runners. 
Here is my kitty quilt all done, I must say I love this so.


This fabric is called Tula Pink Moon Shine

Here is my newest quilt I just started. After that I will be finishing my fall leaf table runner and making several Christmas table runners for Christmas gifts. Can you believe it is time to think of Christmas. I have not been in the mood for the fall table runner since my house is in a disarray. I can hardly move in my craft room, the large room with the fireplace wall down is a disaster, and in my kitchen is a curio cabinet. Everything emptied. How frustrating!

I just realized I never showed a photo of my finished Sailboat Quilt

This photo was taken of the quilt before the fireplace wall came down.

I have decided to try to find someplace to walk around here as to hopefully get my leg to feeling better. Finally my hands and arms are healing some. It's been six months since the move. Hard to believe. The house will like brand new soon!

Have a wonderful Tuesday! God Bless ~Kat

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