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Friday, January 22, 2016

Just Curious


I mailed my thank you note this week, did you?

I'm curious to know
just how much attention do you pay
to information that is placed 
on someone's side bar?
Some blogs have so much.

And what about blogs with so many ads
it takes forever to load?
Then when you do, 
its difficult to figure out how to move past them?

That's really all I have today.
The sun is shining, 
although it's ch-ch-chilly outside.
Think I'll go for a walk!

Enjoy your day!
XO,
Karen

Friday, January 15, 2016

2016 Word of the Year

If I were to choose a word for the year,
it would be "mindfulness".

I even whipped up a quick, quirky wallhanging flimsy.

Mindfulness is synonymous with
'living in the moment'.

Click on the picture to see that I just inked in the word.

Without getting into 'my story'
(don't we all have one?)
I will share that when I embraced mindfulness
several years ago,
my life became much happier,
I experienced less stress,
and my world opened up to serendipity.

Becoming mindful is a process,
much akin to breaking old habits to create new ones.

Being mindful is a powerful magic.

I've determined that it's time to revisit
the concept again,
as a gentle reminder to myself.

~

I was delighted with the response
I received on my last post.
Thanks so much!
It was fun to read everyone's thoughts on the subject
(and all the excuses).
:)

This is the perfect opportunity
to introduce you to Crafty Daughter's Etsy shop,
GardeniaDrive.

She has listed some very special cards for sale
that I thought you might be interested in,

Color Me Thankful Note Cards
the impetus behind that last post
about teaching our children the importance
of expressing their gratitude by writing thank you notes.
I was helping her with the write up,
and felt compelled to do a post about it, as well.

These delightful cards enable even the youngest child 
the ability to take pride in being part of the process,
even if they are unable to write, yet.

Please share with anyone you know
who might be interested!
Shipping is free to US customers,
and international postage can be negotiated
just by asking!

Have a wonderful, funderful 
longggg weekend!

XO,
karen

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Dying Art?


Is sending written thank you notes through the mail a dying art?  
Are we teaching our children the importance of reaching out, 
showing gratitude and appreciation, 
not just for receiving gifts, but for a simple, kindly gesture,
or for random acts of kindness, as well?

I encourage you to read this warm, fuzzy, and very poignant story
and I challenge you 
to find a reason 
to send at least one thank you note a week!
Not an email. Not a twitter.  Not a text.
Real mail, with a stamp and everything!

"Showing gratitude is one of the simplest 
yet most powerful things humans can do for each other."

You won't be held accountable;
there will be no random number generator issuing a prize.
Your remuneration will be intrinsic,
that warm feeling you get
and slight smile you make
when you drop that envelope into the box
and know it's on its way!


XO,
Karen

Thursday, January 7, 2016

And a New Year Begins


Well, Christmas has come and gone,  
we've heralded in yet another New Year, 
and this is the perfect opportunity to say thank you 
to everyone who stops in for a visit, 
whether it's from time to time, or regularly, 
whether a comment has been left or not. 

Blogging has been an incredible journey 
and I am so blessed to be a part of this online community. 
In a nutshell, 
it has kept me motivated, enlightened, 
challenged, and enriched.

Of late, I've just been playing in my stash, 
attempting new to me techniques that I've tagged, 
but never taken the time to try.  
A little of this, a little of that, 
but nothing big, nothing planned. 
Yet.

My most recent sewing frenzy is 
the Mod Mosaic Quilt Block 




So much fun, I couldn't make just one.

Crafty Daughter will be accompanying her students 
on a trip to Washington, DC come spring, 
and we've been exploring hipster bag patterns, 
trying to find the perfect one to customize for her every need.
Any suggestions?

Have a safe, healthy, and happy New Year!
Make it fun!
XO


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Always an Adventure


Not much new in my neck of the woods,
well, except my neck of the woods has changed!
I am back in Texas for the winter months.

During my travels, I had a 5 hour layover,
so  I entertained myself by listening to an audio book
and making some hexies to use later.


I really wanted to try out this tutorial
so made a pillow.
Such fun!
If you haven't already tried it,
and like working with hexies,
I suggest you add it to your list of things to make next.

I put a zipper in the back
with a tutorial recommended by SewFreshQuilts
It was so easy peasy, I'll always finish my pillows this way!

I have been pet sitting my crafty daughter's 
3 dogs and 3 cats for a week.
It has been an interesting adventure,
to say the very least.

Hope you are on an interesting adventure
of your own!
My new motto:  Make it fun!

~karen




Thursday, December 3, 2015

Just Sayin'


During the summer of 2012,
after I made and entered the Dresden Plate quilt
that's in my header picture
into a quilt challenge,
I thought to take the block a step further


and add two more borders.

Then I thought to stitch an embroidery design in the center
in place of the Dresden Plate,


as pictured here on Nola's Just Rambling blog in Dec. 2013.
I've made a couple each year to gift family and friends
as pillows and wallhangings.

Imagine my surprise when I was scrolling through 
a well known designer's site the other day 
and found it on her blog as a new pattern she launched 
just this past October 
on her site and in her Etsy store. 



I'm sure the embroidery design she uses in her center is her own.   
I don't have an artistic bone in my body, and, 
except for the word ring, 
I either borrowed someone else's embroidery design, 
or used a Dresden Plate.

I realize it's a simple little pattern and anyone could have dreamt it, 
that there really isn't anything exclusive about it.  I was just surprised.

Either great minds think alike, 
or, as they say, 
imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

I'm not a skilled and talented designer,
but once in awhile I apparently come up with a good idea.
Just sayin'.

Have a wonderful, funderful day!
~karen


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop, Day 1





The same day I was harvesting mint
before we experienced a killer frost,
Carol, at Just Let Me Quilt,
 introduced her Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop.

I was quick to jump in
because I knew I'd be making my favorite cookies.


Although not your traditional holiday cookie,
Fresh Mint Butter Cookies
would be a yummy addition to that cookie plate 
that you gift your neighbors each year
(not everyone likes chocolate and nuts!)
or perfect to serve for a Christmas Tea gathering.

Or, perhaps you could nibble a few
while you are sitting quietly,
making your list,
and checking it twice!



Fresh mint?  In winter?
Most grocery stores carry fresh mint 
in the produce section year round.
At the very least, 
you'll want to save this recipe
for your summertime baking!


Fresh Mint Butter Cookies

1-1/2 cups flour                              1 egg
1/8 tsp. salt                                     2 TBS milk
1/2 tsp. baking powder                  4 TBS chopped fresh mint
1 stick butter                                  1/4 tsp. vanilla
2/3 cup sugar

Cream butter.  Gradually add sugar.  Add egg, milk, vanilla, and beat thoroughly.

Mix dry ingredients together with chopped mint.  Add to dough.  Let chill overnight.

Drop by teaspoonful 2" apart on greased cookie sheet at 350 for 
10 - 12 minutes.  (I use parchment paper.)

Makes 3 dozen, rolls out great with a little extra flour, and freezes well.




They are good to the last bite!

Hope you enjoy making,
and eating,
my Fresh Mint Cookie recipe.
Be sure to visit the other blog hoppers for more delicious,
and probably better,
cookie recipes!