Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Early Summer Projects

Several early summer projects have now been gifted or are about to be, so here is some of what I have been up to.

One four-year old received doll clothes, Barbie clothes, and a dress-up skirt with a matching one for her play babies.

My kitchen received a new set of pot holders to hang on my cute rack from Ikea.

With the ladies from church we completed a baby blanket for a new covenant child.

And Cousin's Camp projects were finished: four sundresses in various sizes:

Four mug rugs to go with mugs:

And three pillowcase nightgowns.

And I completed a quilt from the online Free-motion Quilting Challenge, a picnic quilt to be gifted at a future wedding.

And next post: pictures from Cousin's Camp.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Graduation projects

Yesterday we celebrated the graduations of my two NM nieces.  One was the fourth of my five nieces to graduate from high school  Now those four have received twin-sized quilts.  One more to go...

Her sister graduated from college, and in honor of her first apartment, she got some kitchen items: place mats, a hot pad, and some microwave cozies.

Well done, Atalie and Hallie!  Love you both!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


I have recently given away several projects, so I can now post some photos.  There are several more in the works, and some quilting challenges in the works, too.

I finished the wall-hanging quilts for a friend:

And a couple of t-shirt embellishments items for the Littles:

Both moms got new book bags for Mother's day:

I completed a couple of mug rugs to give with mugs for various occasions: 

One grandson received a travel blanket and pillow for his 4th birthday, and the one-year old grandson got a placemat to go with some plastic tableware.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy birthday, Mom!  Here's to many years of love and togetherness, and prayers for many more!  I love you, and am so glad to celebrate you today.

Monday, May 07, 2018

One year old!

This little guy turns one today!  These photos cannot begin to show his happy, sweet personality, and the way his smile lights up the room.  Happy birthday, E-3!  We love and miss you!

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

34 years of faithfulness

In June of 1984, a young man with a brand-spanking new PhD moved his fledgling family to the Middle-of-Nowhere, New Mexico, and began a career as a nuclear chemist.  Because Dave, like many in our government laboratory town, often works on classified projects about which he can not speak, I have, over the years, referred to to his job as "keeping the world safe for Democracy." 

Over his 34 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dave has done many things: volcano studies, environmental restoration projects, air quality studies, ground water studies, and, indeed, things that I don't know about that do keep the world safe for Democracy.  He has faithfully given his time and talents to the jobs set before him, working through life's crises: including new babies, his own cancer, all my health issues, raising his boys, welcoming grandchildren, and caring for aging parents. Through all that time, he was a servant to those around him, always ready to help and encourage and get along, even with hard-to-get-along-with scientists. He has provided well for his family, and served his country. He is my hero.

Congratulations on your retirement, Dave.  Well done!  And I can't wait to see what adventures lie ahead of us!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Happy birthday, Ben!

Happy birthday to my eldest-- the guinea pig of my life and career, the one who ushered me in a real way into adulthood, and the one who still makes me laugh and rejoice with regularity.  You have been a delight to us always.  Happy birthday, dear son!