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Just Checking In …

Wow — I need to post just to move that turkey down the page! I can’t believe how quickly Thanksgiving came and went.  We went to Dallas to visit TheSecondChild.  We had lots of fun — in spite of six days of non-stop rain.  Seriously — it rained the whole time we were there — I don’t think we saw the sun once. (And people think it rains too much in Scotland — at least we saw the sun there!)  Since TheSecondChild has a teeny little apartment kitchen, I decided it would be too hard to make a big fancy turkey dinner with all of it’s extras.  Instead, we opted for TheSecondChild’s favorite meal — he loves our traditional New Year’s Day dinner, but he never makes it home for New Year’s anymore, so I thought it would be fun to treat him.  We make a Standing Rib Roast and Twice-Baked Potatoes.  Much easier than turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and etc.  It made for a different Thanksgiving dinner, but it sure was good!

So, now we’re back — right in the middle of that busy, busy time of year. I compose blog posts all the time in my head, but it’s been so hard to get the time to actually post now. Especially during the week — I did get a new blog header up though — I’m trying to be better about it this year!

Thimbleanna: Christmas Prep

I spent the weekend cracking down on the decorating around here.  We usually have two trees — one fake and one real.  The real one won’t go up until around the 15th, but I worked on the fake tree and the outside decorations today.  And bonus, I count the fake tree as part of my outside decorations, since it can be seen from the front window.  Otherwise, the outside decorations are pretty simple — a garland around the front door, two little trees on either side of the door, and Martha Stewart’s glittered bells in lieu of a wreath.

Thimbleanna: Christmas Prep

A few other little areas were decorated too, but mostly cleaning up sewing stuff I had lying around and playing with a few ornaments that will go on the real tree.  It doesn’t sound like much, but it took a long time and was a lot of work.  How are you guys all doing?  Are you on track with all your holiday plans?  I’ve got a plan for everything and most spare minutes are allocated.  No fun sewing or knitting this year, but we’ll definitely be squeezing the gingerbread competition in there.  All the kids will be home this year, so it should be lots of fun to see what everyone dreams up!

Thimbleanna: Christmas Prep

There are also some new goodies in my little etsy shop — you know, in case you need a gift, or have some Christmas money to spend on yourself!  ;-D  I’ve listed my very favorite little scissors — they’re Dovo scissors and I love them.  The top ones are pretty little embroidery scissors and the bottom ones are my go-to scissors when I’m doing applique.  Mine got a lot of use when I was working on The Aunts’ Quilt.

Thimbleanna: Dovo Scissors

Lots of low-volume fabrics have also arrived.  Top to bottom, they are:

Library Gardens by Amy Sinibaldi
Happily Ever After by Amy Sinibaldi
Stamped by Amy Sinibaldi  (Yay — Amy Sinibaldi — aren’t they all beautiful?)
Bees & Bits Spring by Bari J.  (Bees, people — BEES!)
Floral Dums Punch by Art Gallery Fabrics In-House Studio (Ohmygosh — I LOVE these cute flowers!)
Modern Background Fabric by Zen Chic

The top five fabrics are also available in a half-yard bundle — for speedy ordering ;-D.

Thimbleanna: Low Volume bundle

And, finally, for you travel-lovers out there, the fun Japanese fabric shown below.  It’s called Tour Round the World by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa fabrics.  The images are pretty big on this fabric (each shot in the collage below is about 20″ wide) and the repeat is about 1 1/4 yards.  Perfect for big travel accessories or a back on a quilt to remember a fun trip!

Thimbleanna: Japanese Fabric

Ok, this little break is over.  Paperwork to do before I can go to bed.  Have a wonderful week!

XOXO,
Anna

Dithering

Ahhh, this getting back into a normal work routine is hard stuff.  I’ve been doing lots of little things around here, but nothing really substantial.  We’ve had a gorgeous weekend (well, until tonight — drizzly, just in time for the full moon that we can’t see boohoo!) so I did a little gardening.  MyDadLovesMeBestSister bought me this pretty hydrangea — aren’t the colors gorgeous?

Thimbleanna: Hydrangea

Don’t worry — it won’t look like that next year.  It will look more like the picture below.  My hydrangeas have been pretty fussy the last few years and this year there have hardly been any blooms.  Who knows what the problem is?  There are a lot of teeny tiny wannabe blooms on them now — I’m wondering if the ridiculously wet spring we had this year made them not want to bloom — and now that it’s drier, they’re giving it their best shot.  It’s going to be too little too late though — a frost is surely not too far off.  Can you believe it’s almost October???

Thimbleanna: Hydrangea

Now that The Aunts’ Quilt is almost over, I’ve been wondering what to work on next.  I’d love to start a new project to attempt to make a dent in my stash, but I’ve realized I have way too many UFOs and need to get to work on them.  They’re all really sloooooow, long term projects.  I might have to do something quick for a little instant gratification before too long.  I dragged out the UFOs — there’s the Chuck Nohara quiltalong (which I’m not really along-ing, ’cause if I were, I’d surely be kicked out by now), the Trip Around the World, some paper-pieced stars, and my little Liberty churndash blocks.

Thimbleanna: Projects

Sadly, in my search for these, I found other, older UFOs.  So … no starting a new project for me!  I’m thinking I’ll just work a little on each of them for awhile.  I worked a little on the TAW earlier this week.  It’s very slow going now that I’m on the bigger rounds — I’m estimating that one round is probably 5 – 7 hours of work.  I need to prep some Chuck blocks — those are fun to do.  The stars probably won’t get much attention.  Not sure where to go with them and I’m really not a fan of EPP.  And then there are those cute little churn dash blocks.  I LOVE them — but whose idea was this???  (I’m lookin’ at YOU Jan!)  I worked for several hours on them this afternoon and only got some hsts and long strips stitched and pressed.  Slow, slow, work.  Good thing I’m fairly patient!

Thimbleanna: Churndash

There’s been a little work in my little shop too.  More new fabrics (it’s that time when all the stuff ordered at spring market arrives!).  These two cute little Japanese prints — a garden print and a cute little black check.

Thimbleanna: Yuwa

And teeny little Japanese mini-stripes by Yuwa.  Love, Love, Love.  These are perfect for stash-building.  I first saw that little black stripe at Amitie in Australia last fall and when I saw other colors at market in the spring, I knew I we had to have them!

Thimbleanna: Yuwa

And, lastly, I’m still going through trip pictures.  The last part of my fun trip was in London — I’ll show you more pics next time.

Thimbleanna: London

Ok, I’m off to trim up those little hst blocks. Have a Good Week!

XOXO,
Anna

Checking In

Boy, I feel like all I do is make excuses for not posting these days. How is it that there’s not a lot going on, but it’s still really busy? Or, maybe there is a lot going on, it’s just not sewing and fun stuff to share???

For one thing, we’ve been put on mandatory overtime at work. Minimum is four hours, but, of course, they’d like us to work more. You can probably guess, I’ll be working the minimum. Their timing is poor — just as MyDadLovesMeBestSister and her family have gone on vacation, which means I’ll have helping MeMum and BigDaddy all to myself for 2 1/2 weeks — which means that there isn’t much spare time to be at work. Don’t feel sorry for me though — I’ll be going on vacation when she gets back.

I’ve also had fun in the kitchen. A cousin that we don’t get to see very often popped in for a quick visit. One night I made the Lazy Day Overnight Lasagne with some yummy Artisan Bread. The Lasagne isn’t necessarily guest-worthy, but it is good and I needed something that I could make while visiting with them the night before we actually had it for dinner. And Artisan bread is SO good and very easy too. The other night they were here, we grilled a Flank Steak — another delicious and easy meal. Just whip up a marinade of 1/3 c. oil, 1/3 c. vinegar and 2 chopped cloves of garlic, marinate overnight, and throw it on the grill for about 15 minutes. It’s wonderful, thinly sliced with a piping hot baked potato on the side. There was also chocolate cake for dessert! ;-D

I’ve been plugging away at this month’s assignment for the Aunts’ Quilt too. Working on the corner blocks …

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

And prepping some of the scallops that will be used around the borders. I’ve always wanted to make a clamshell quilt, so I played with the scallops a little. I can see that a clamshell quilt would be a lot of work!

Thimbleanna: Scallops

And then … two more little things —
1) Pretty new Liberty fabrics in the shop!

Thimbleanna: Liberty Fabrics

and
2) Did you notice I updated the Thimbleanna header?  It’s been eighteen months.  P-I-T-I-F-U-L. I always seem to forget about the banner somehow. Or don’t have time. Or something!

Ok — zipping off to do a little stitching before dinner duties happen. Have a great week!

XOXO,
Anna

Back from Break!

Ahhhhh. I’m back from my little break, all rested (ha!) and refreshed. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I went to Utah. We love to go in the winter (well, we love to go any time of the year!) so that the kids can ski and TheManoftheHouse and I can just have a good time. Sadly, this time, TheManoftheHouse and TheSecondChild couldn’t make it.

I went out a few days early so that I could visit TheWorld’sGreatestAunt and a few of my cousins. I had fun playing with Aunt Annie — we talked a lot, played hand and foot and visited a few quilt shops. After I left her, I had a few hours before I needed to pick up TheFirstChild and SweetiePie from the airport, so I decided to drive up into the mountains. BigDaddy’s father spent his life in these mountains and I loved having the time to drive around and take in all the incredible beauty. Here’s a view along the ridgeline of the mountains — Skyline Drive. It’s rare for a little car, like my rental, to be on this road in February — usually, there’s a ton of snow up here in the middle of the winter and the roads are closed.

Thimbleanna: Utah

Looking across the valley to Mt. Nebo.

Thimbleanna: Utah

It was an unbelievably gorgeous day — about 50 degrees F and sunny – no coat required!  There were even people in shorts flying kites — crazy!

Thimbleanna: Utah

I drove along the ridge and thought it was pretty funny to find an outhouse.  Luckily for me, it was actually open ;-D!

Thimbleanna: Utah

After a few stops to enjoy the views and breathe in the fresh, crisp air, I left the mountains and went down to the valley on the other side.  And while I was there, I decided to take a quick stop in a small town where some of my ancestors are buried.  I’d never been there before and I was lucky to find a few graves of family members.  I was also really lucky to see these beautiful big owls up in a pine tree.  I’ve seen owls before, but only in zoos or raptor centers, so this was a super fun bonus to my day!

Thimbleanna: Utah

Anyway, moving right along with my week …  I had a great visit with Bonnie one afternoon — Hi Bonnie!  It’s a good thing that we don’t live near each other — we wouldn’t get much done and we’d wear our voices out!  Then, after the kids arrived, along with the planned skiing activities (with warm temps and not much snow, the skiing wasn’t great this year ;-( ) we decided to do a few things we hadn’t done before.  Not surprising for the kids, but as many times as I’ve been to Utah and all the years I actually lived there, we’d never been to the State Capitol.  It’s beautiful!

Thimbleanna: Utah

And one evening, we went out to The Great Salt Lake (never been there either — it was about time!) to view the sunset.  (That’s not snow on the ground — it’s salt.)

Thimbleanna: Utah

Some of my Instagram friends say the lake is really smelly, but we could only smell salt.  Winter must be the best time to visit.  It was chilly, but oh. so. pretty.  Our Little Miss Crazy decided to wade out into the lake — we were wearing coats, so I’m sure her feet were freezing!

Thimbleanna: Utah

So, that pretty much sums up the trip!  Home again, home again, jiggety jig. It’s been hard to go back to work, but finding a little surprise waiting for me when I got home, made it a lot easier.  These beauties have arrived:

Thimbleanna: Utah

Mmmmmm. Lucious Liberty. They’re loaded in the little Liberty Shop (at always low prices haha!) if you need some Lovely Liberty for yourself.

Have a great week!
XOXO,
Anna

 

Happy New Year!

Once again, the kitties of ThimbleannaLand are here to wish you a Happy Happy New Year!  They’re looking a little like they have a hangover from the New Year’s Eve celebrations, but rest assured, we run an alcohol-free kitty hotel around here.

Thimbleanna: Happy New Year

Can you believe it???  2015???  Wow.  We joke about how the weeks and months fly by and now, the years are flying by too!  I’m pretty happy to kick 2014 out the door — it wasn’t a spectacular year.  We all managed to survive, and I’m really grateful for that, but, I’m hoping that 2015 will be a lot more fun.

It’s been really busy around here these last few days, but I managed to have a little look back on the blog.  It wasn’t a great year project-wise — especially when I see some of you over-achievers out there who have a bajillion quilts done in a year.  My pace is definitely more like a turtle, but that’s ok, I guess.  I’ve been doing a lot more hand work — it takes a lot of time but I really, really love it.

Thimbleanna: 2014

The really exciting part about January 1st is that the new Spring/Summer 2015 line of fabric from Liberty of London can finally be listed for sale.  They have pretty strict rules about their campaigns — you can’t show or sell the fabric before the date (even though I saw a lot of sneak peeks) and, the killer for me, you can’t sell the fabric on etsy (even though Hello! — there’s lots of Liberty on Etsy!)  So, I’ve been busy re-vamping the little Thimbleanna.com shop here on the blog so that I can sell the Liberty that arrived here last week.

It’s a small shipment to start, but Oh. SO. Pretty!  It’s all about Alice in Wonderland this spring — have you seen the adorable little print with all of the characters from the story?  I love love love it!  I only have the gray colorway so far, but it’s a start!  I hope you’ll have fun oggling the fabric — and I think you’ll find the prices VERY friendly for Liberty ;-D!

Thimbleanna: Liberty

Ok, kids — must run. Time to get back in the kitchen. I hope you’re having a wonderful New Year’s Day. We’re having our traditional New Year’s Day dinner, even though we’re a teeny little crowd here this year. Thanks so much for hanging in there for another year — you guys are THE. BEST. readers anywhere and I can’t even tell you how much your invisible friendship means to me.

I Heart You.

XOXO,
Anna

P.S. I had to add a little human verification checkbox after the comment form. Tech Support wanted me to add some word verification stuff to solve the comments not being forwarded to my email problem, so I compromised with the checkbox. Sorry. It’s pretty quick though — just click on the little box when commenting and be on your way. It really has nothing to do with the problem I’m having, but they’re Tech Support and I’m trying to make them happy. Even though it didn’t solve the problem. ;-8