Sunday, December 20, 2015

Merry Little Vintage Christmas Dessert Party!

We had a Vintage Christmas Party.
Everyone was suppose to dress up in 1950's Style Clothing. Some did, some did not. It was fun to see what everyone came up with. I didn't want anyone to spend money on dressing up, so I gave some ideas for everyone on a Pinterest Page I made especially for that.

Someone suggested that we have a photo taken of all my guest, so we did that, my girlfriends boyfriend took it, he did not want to be in the photo.


I got this at the $1.00 tree, it looks Vintage to me. I did not buy any decorations for the party, I had several vintage things already. 

Steve welcomes the guest.


outdoor decorations

 front porch
front porch after we added two tiny trees on each side of the door, so welcoming I think.
Party table with some Vintage flare, some things are actually Vintage, such as the candelabra. Unfortunately I did not remember to take a photo of the food on the table.
I made some Vintage Table Runners for this table and another, I quilted them with Vintage style fabric, but I did not show them off in these photos. To bad they are super cute.
I found a link on my blog of one of them I made last year. Here is the link to it.

Photo of my daughter and I at the Vintage Christmas Party!

Here is everyone minus some sick people, well friends of mine. I was sad she could not make it.


A Photo of me in my dress, I was lifting my foot up, but you can't tell, to bad the shoes are darling, I got them from Target and have lots of sparkle to them.

Here is some friends and I, we are over 50 and fabulous, I think we all look pretty good for over 50. I met them both in the 90's while working as a waitress. Missing is my friend from Jr. High. 

What's missing is my husband and I together. We will be hopefully be going to Old Sacramento CrabShack and then we can strand in front of the tree of he and I, with me in another cute dress or outfit. LOL! Or maybe even this one. 

The Party Game

So the party was not something I had to spend at ton of money on. Everyone brought desserts, we swapped out and we played one game I made up. Everyone got a candy cane as entering the house, with a name on it like Rudolph, Merry, Mary, and other Christmas names, some from the bible such as Mary.
Later, everyone chose a cookie cutter out of basket I had, and it was also tagged with the same names that were on the candy canes. Whomever drew the name that matched their candy cane was the winner. It took two tries. Rudolph ended up being the winner name. Starbucks Coffee card was the gift. 

We truly had a wonderful little Christmas party with out alcohol and it put everyone in the mood for Christmas. 

I hope and pray you have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!

~Kat


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Happy December and Happy Crafting!

It's almost time to get those homemade Christmas gifts finished and wrapped. What have you made this  holiday season?

I just finished doing machine embroidery on a pillow for one of my grandsons. I traded in my Aria and got the Unity. If you do it before one year is up with your purchased warranty, you get full trade in. My husband said to do it. So we did.
Today I put Brandon's name on a pillow I made him. That is pretty neat to make custom names the size you want. Fun.fun.

I don't have a photo yet of that, but soon. I might post a little video of the machine doing it's magic.



Good-bye Aria, hello Unity!

It's the same machine, but Unity also has embroidery with IQ technology. 


I got the Block #3 done of Purrfectly Pieced.

I just got my #4 in the mail. 

I don't think I even got my Cozy Home pillow finished because.... I was so busy at my Etsy Shop, but I am closed for the Holidays and I can get caught up on some things I wanted to finish before Christmas. But Christmas is now just days away.

Are you ready for Christmas?


I like to buy this magazine, each year if I can find it. It has some really cute things in there. I pretty much just like looking at it this year. 

I am doing a follow along with Lori Holt, where she shows you how to make these flower shapes and a quilt using Riley Blake Fabric she designed. 
Perhaps I can post my progress here. I am so behind on so many quilts. I used to do two at a time, but I need to stay up later and get things done. I read in the evening in bed. I think I will change that, so I can get in some more sewing. 


I will be posting another post and saying hello and Merry Christmas to everyone!

Have a wonderful Saturday Eve!

~Kat


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Purrfectly Pieced BOM Block of the Month #3 and Cozy Cottage Pillow Top By Lori Holt

Hello All,

It's raining in Northern CA and snow! Thank God, Praise the Lord!!!

Photos of my Purrfectly Pieced BOM Block #2. Will get started on this hopefully Friday.

Loving putting this together. 


This is the cutest pillow top I am working on from Lori Holt's New Calender (Cozy Cottage) for 2016 
Now of course this pillow needs to be completed. But here is the top. Love it.



This is my block #3, I will get this started on Friday. I need to keep up with these through the holidays. I don't want to get behind.

The kitty Block #3 came with a Bonus Cat Pincushion..so sweet!

What are you up to?

Mom is doing better, and Steve goes back to work Thursday after his knee surgery. We are getting ready for the Thanksgiving and Christmas.
My shopping is done. I don't like the Christmas crowds. 

 Be sure to check out my camping trip photos in previous post!
Wonderful lighthouse photos and Redwoods in California. 

Have a wonderful Tuesday. God Bless!



Our Redwoods and Oregon Coast Camping Trip

Hello All,

Can you believe it will be Thanksgiving next Thursday! I can't believe it. It was just a hot, hot summer. Now it's cold and finally raining in Northern CA. I don't know about the weather in Southern CA.

We love going to Oregon, it's about an 8 hour drive from the Sacramento CA area.
We decided to go camping in the Redwoods of California in Trinidad CA and then into Oregon Brookings area. We went for 5 days. We had so much fun. We loved camping in our tiny trailer, so cozy. Our trip was in mid October. The weather was pretty good, but windy and sometimes a bit of rain, but it was fine. We loved our tip.

I wanted to post some photos of our trip. I hope I can meet some campers that blog soon. 


Some lighthouses we went to along the way of our trip 

One was in Trinidad California the little Memorial Lighthouse.

The second lighthouse was in Oregon, Cape Blanco 
It was so windy on the hilltop at Cape Blanco, Brrr!


Another photo of the redwoods driving through in the fall.


This last set of photos are from Oregon Camping Spot. Loved it Had our Own Deck in the Woods.

God Bless you and Happy Thanksgiving to All!




Saturday, November 7, 2015

Perfectly Pieced = Block of the Month Block #2 - 3 More to go. Cute Cat Quilt, Thanksgiving Decor

It's time to be Thankful 

“Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted–a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” 
— Rabbi Harold Kushner


These are some of my Thanksgiving Decorations. I don't decorate for Halloween, but I do for the rest of the holidays. I don't consider Halloween a Holiday either. 

This image looks small, I made it for my BOM Block of the month. See my page about this BOM. Loving making this quilt. 


Follow me on my Instagram or my Facebook, see links to the right of this page.



Time to share the recipe for Thanksgiving mix to share with your family and friends on Thanksgiving or at your church functions and gatherings.



My husband is healing and getting better each day after his surgery on his knee. Mom is still sick! I am worried about her very much. May God Heal My Mom!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving. 

~Kat




Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween! Beaded Swarovski Crystal Spider Necklace!

Oh my goodness...I can't believe I did not make one post in my blog the entire month of October until today.

My husband has had knee surgery this month, my moms been ill and we had a mini vacation in our tiny trailer. We went to the Redwoods here in Norcal, that is Northern California and then we crossed into Oregon and stayed in a wonderful campground there, of which I will keep top secret.

Now today I got up to do one thing and did another. LOL! well I got up as usual and was going to do one thing, but did another, lets put it that way.

I made this creepy spider beaded necklace, that is the thing I did not plan on making today at all. But I did, yes, yes, yes.

I got the directions for the spider at the link below.

http://www.doodlecraftblog.com/2012/10/halloween-jewelry-and-beaded-spider.html

Here is mine!


I updated my photos on November 1st to show what I Looked like all dressed up for Halloween. I only did it to wear this necklace and have my photo with the kids. I am not even into Halloween, but the boys and Kayla like to trick or treat. 



My husband took the above photo of me. I am holding my head so stiff because of the wig I have on. It is long, but it looked horrible on me. Steve thought I should leave it flowing, but I was to embarrassed to do that. It was awful. I've never wore black hair or dark hair, my was always white blond and eventually in my late 20's turned dishwater, that is what it is still. Boring.


Here is the kids and I. Kayla's friend is in the red, the rest is my family, Brandon on the left in all black, I have no idea what that is, Kayla in yellow, she is a freshman now, Kayla's friend in Red, me and my daughter Kirsten. She never dresses up either, but her step daughter Kayla wanted to paint up her face. Then there is Grammy's darling, Rylan, Ninja Turtle.  He is 4 years old this summer. My how time flies. 

I got the spider web tulle at Joann's for less than $7.00.



Have a Happy Halloween and a safe one!

~kat

Next I will talk about Diet, Vacation and my BOM, Block of the Month. 




Sunday, September 27, 2015

My 7 Days of 21 Day Fix

Yahoo! Today I am eating my 7th day of the 21 day fix diet. Eating Clean and Exercising each day.
But I am on a roll now and it's pretty much a breeze and I don't find it hard to eat the approved foods. I am even starting to get a little creative. 
It was a rocky start trying to figure out what to eat each day. The containers help a lot. 

Today we are having my son over for his birthday, I am fixing lasagna, I am going to make me a 21 day approved lasagna recipe. I will share this on another post. Last night I made chocolate chip cookies, my favorite cookies in the whole world and yellow cake and chocolate frosting cupcakes. I did not eat any, nor will I today.

You know what the best part is?.....drum roll...I've lost 5 lbs in one week. I think it goes fast the first week, because it is a drastic change in your eating habits. I was hungry the first 4 days, but I am fine now. I have purchase the Shakeology, but I have not received it yet. Will get it Monday. It's full of vitamins and is suppose to really helpful in this Eating Clean Plan. We will see, it is a bit pricey. 


This is my dinner one evening. I had 2 proteins that needed to be eaten that evening and all my veggies and I was able to eat 8 olives. I had a nice salad made with crumbled cooked ground turkey, 1 egg sliced, 8 olives, onions, and bell peppers from my garden, a little other veggies as well, kale and broccoli shredded.  I use Red Wine Vinegar as my dressing. 

Here is a breakfast I eat many days...

Half Banana, Whole Wheat Waffle and other Fruit, the fruit I eat must fit into this container and counts as one fruit for the day, I get two. I also had two teaspoons of peanut butter on top my waffle, yummy! The waffle is 1 carb, I get two and it is from the yellow container. 

So as you can see if you are interested in losing some weight in 21 days, well you can do it!

I wanted to lose 12 lbs at least, I am up to 5 with two weeks to go.
Exercising each day. I am not a big person, so I cannot lose much more than 12 lbs. It will nice to fit back into my favorite pants and stop stress eating.
I use Autumn Calabrese's Videos that came with the book and containers. 

I might add that I have never eaten this healthy in all my life. Never. I am huge sugar fan, love ice cream, candy and cookies and all sorts of things that are not clean foods. I am doing this for health reasons and to lose weight and to tone up. I have been very stressed out after moving here and taking care of my mom, it has been very hard on me emotionally. I just felted ill and I needed to do something and fast. 

Happy Blessed Sunday!
~kat

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

September Crafts - Purrfectly Pieced Block of the Month and Exercise

Tomorrow is the first day of Autumn 2015

~Yep those are my feet and some beautiful colored leaves~

Wow it was so hot yesterday in the 100's. Crazy, it was so cool the week before, cool air in the evenings and mornings, it was great. 
What a tease nature did on us!
Hopefully it will soon get cool. I hate summer.
I so look forward to leaving this state in 5 years, just to hot for us.

Well onto better things....crafting.. I finished my Purrfectly Pieced #1 block of the month.

The poor kitty cannot have it's eyes until it is completed because of quilting, because of having to quilt the entire quilt when finished. I am not even sure I want to quilt it when finished. I would love to see what it looks like quilted before I make up my mind about that.
Each month I get a new block to work on and finish. 
I still need to do a little embroidery on the kitty before my next kit comes, or I can wait until last to do the embroidery as well as the eyes.

I wish they had a group for this, but I have not found one yet.



I am getting my BOM from Shabby Fabrics, this is what the quilt will look like when finished.

I wonder what next month will be? so excited.


I started the 21 Beachbody day Fixate with Autumn Calabrese 

I have measured and had my husband take my before photos, in 21 days we will see what my results are. Yesterday was my first day! Yay!
I really need to do this because of my stress and aches and pains and zero energy. 
I figure what do I have to lose, except inches and a few lbs. 

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

~Kat

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September Crafts and Purrfectly Pieced Block of the Month

Good Morning!

I hope everyone is getting ready for fall and enjoying the beginning of what will be soon! falling leaves and cooler weather!

It has not really been to fall like in the Sacramento area. Boo! today is cool though. 
Lots of terrible fires and smoking fills the air, it's terrible for the loss of life, property, land, pets and wild animals and trees!
My prayers for all those affected by this horrible tragedy!

I hope I used the correct word (affected, not effect) that is a very hard word for me, the worse!

I stared a block of the month called Purrpecly Pieced. 
I just got it this week, I am kind of disappointed it comes late or rather in mid month, but it will arrive at the same time each month, so I still have one month to complete it.
I don't have my cat anymore that I adopted because of my dog, but I still love cats and this is the first time I can remember since adulthood that I did not have a cat. 


Isn't that so darn cute, this is block number 1, the Block of the Month runs 6 months. 

I started making a fall wreath made with Burlap. Very popular fabric for crafts right now and for your garden when you get a freeze. I was surprised a year ago it was also used for crafts, so I am trying it out.
I am making these flowers for it, It's a little time consuming but not to bad. The end result will be very cute and worth the hard work. Although it's not anywhere near as hard as the butterfly embroidery I did in July. 


I don't know if I will go all the way down, but in order to see the beauty of the flowers you kind of have to go all around because when the wreath is hanging you can't see the beauty of the flowers.

I got glasses, my eyes are actually not that bad. They are readers. I need those for tiny words on my phone and while reading and looking at the computer. I used to not have to use them at the computer, but I would always forget to take them off and now it seems weird to not use them at the computer. I think I made my eyes lazy.
I just can't get used to looking at myself with glasses!


I don't know if I look older or younger. Oh well I need them and so that is that. 

Have a wonderful Wednesday! 

Hugs from Kat


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Pretty Black Onyx Leaf and Jasper Beads on Leather Necklace -Bedroom Update-

It's heading ever so close to fall, I can't wait.

I made this really cute fall necklace, a bit different and a longer style, about 13" long. I was hoping to have time to make and add some new styles running in my head of this style of Jewelry. 


What do you think of it?

I am working on my changing my bed from a rainbow quilt I made to a bought quilt from JC Penny, well actually it's called a coverlet, it's a greenish color, I thought it would be more aqua, but anyway I am sewing pillows for it.




My rainbow quilt I made in 2013. I am going to take to the public laundry mat and wash it in their big washing machine, then put it up for when I need a little cheer up. It's so cheery isn't it?
Even though we have moved since then our room looks almost the same except without the Indian Pink walls!


Beautiful crisp white pillows and sheets with a off white super soft blanket is part of our new ensemble and I love it!




I just love this bird fabric. Next I will be making an Ohio Star Quilt with lovely plain colored stars and white background. I also am working on the Alaska Quilt and the Photo Album. To many things going on here. 

Please Pray for California as we have to many fires and pray for the firemen and people losing their homes, the unhealthy air full of smoke. The land that God made, a beautiful land he has blessed us with. It's to bad the positions of California have not allowed us to save water the we had but have wasted it and squandered it that could have been stored for a ((rainy day!)) pardon the pun but no joke here.
I was watching a video of the firemen putting out the fire and one said to the other fireman don't waste water. The horror of what they are going through, just sickens me. 


Have a Blessed Sunday!

~Kat

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sunset over the Pacific Ocean

Good bye August....I won't miss you. My least favorite month of the year.
We went to Moss Landing, near Monterey on our way to Big Sur.
While I hate August because of the hot California summers, the sunsets are beautiful.





Have a wonderful September..my very favorite month of the year!
~Kat