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Friday, November 10, 2017

Last Pattern

Oh my goodness it's November 10 already.  Where does the time go???  I've been so busy stitching up a storm, trying to pull the house together for the upcoming holidays [and major party], I haven't really taken time to breathe.

Fortunately, I just finished my last pattern for the year - Little Redwork Christmas Cards.


There are six designs, so fast and easy.  I really wanted to get little plate stands to hold them, but couldn't find them anywhere!





Wouldn't that Christmas tree look cute with little beads added for ornaments?  Complete instructions are included to finish them for cards, but you could also use them on a table runner [I thought 3 on one side, facing one way, 3 on the other side facing the other way], a gift bag, stocking, pillow, etc.  I've also added the years 2017 and 2018 if you want to put a date on them.

Available now in the shop - Allie-oops Designs

In other news, there isn't any other news.  I'm still trying to clean the house silently, not easy, and trying to stay warm.  A cold front has moved through.  My sewing room is so warm this year though, last year, when mum was here after her operation, we froze!  I thought it was because my sewing room is on a slab, but no......hubby managed to remember to change the furnace filters [there are two], he forgot last year, and oh my goodness what a difference that makes.  Apparently, the cats that lived here before us were death on furnace filters.  It's the little things, people.

I'll probably be rather quiet on the internet through the holidays, too busy on the outernet to blog much.  I like to keep up with you all in odd moments, on my phone, but commenting from my phone is painful.  That teeny tiny keyboard!!  So be good, be blessed, be WARM....

Love,
Allie




Friday, October 20, 2017

Our Favorite Dinner

I thought I would share our favorite dinner with you - hubby has been asking for it a lot lately.  It's kind of a throw-together, makes up quick, and is delicious!


I keep some things in my freezer - chopped green peppers and onions, and chicken breasts that I cook in the crock-pot and shred for future meals.  There's always something on hand...which is lovely when you're tired, lol.  This recipe uses them both.  I apologize for the pics, it was dark and I was using my phone.

Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas

Ingredients:
Chopped green peppers and onions, about a cup.
Frozen shredded chicken breasts
Flour tortillas
Shredded Mexican cheese [maybe a cup for each quesadilla]
Chopped or crushed pineapple
Olive or coconut oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium frying pan, add about a tablespoon of oil, and add your green peppers and onions when it's hot.

Let the onions cook a bit, then add the pineapple, about as much pineapple as peppers and onions.  This time I used crushed, but I really prefer the chunks.

After this has grilled a bit, add your shredded chicken.


Let the chicken brown while you prepare your tortillas.
Spread half the tortilla with shredded cheese.


When the chicken mixture has browned a bit, add that on top of the cheese, then top with a little more cheese, to keep everything in place.


Fold over the top, bake for 12 minutes or so, and slice and enjoy!


Hubby likes to add barbecue sauce to his, but I didn't care for it.  Just about anything can go in these.  A really fast easy meal, when you have chicken on hand...and I ALWAYS have chicken on hand.  I bring home a huge package of chicken breasts, cook them in the crock-pot with some chicken broth for four hours, then shred and freeze.  Tonight will be the second time this week we've had these!

Now I'm hungry - hubby will be home soon so I'd better get busy!  Let me know if you try it!

Love,
Allie



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Busy Season


It's a very busy time right now in Allie-land, the animals are frantically storing up for the coming winter, bucks are fighting and doing what they do, [these two actually got their horns locked together for awhile], all of creation is busy with a purpose...and then...there's me.

I've come to the conclusion that I'm really busy, just not accomplishing anything.  How can that be???  I remember reading, when my boys were small and I was homeschooling, that we need to stop sacrificing the important at the altar of the urgent....I need to take those words to heart again.  

When I first started homeschooling, I could not begin my day until the house was sparkling.  Back then, it seemed important, lol.  But no homeschooling was getting done.  Having two active and creative little boys was keeping things messy.  So, I stopped with needing perfection, and got right to school in the morning - and made cleaning a team effort.  Our house was not sparkling anymore, but the boys were learning!  I made the important stuff the priority.

But now that they're grown, I'm doing it again.  With three grown men on three different shifts, I could spend all my time just cleaning the kitchen.  That gets filed under "urgent", as I love a clean kitchen.  But honestly?  How "important" is it?  Is it ok to clean it just once a day?

YES.

What other important things have I been neglecting?  My sewing.  Christmas is coming, and I'd like to have a few extra dollars in my pocket, so designing patterns is important.  But it hasn't been "urgent".  I haven't got very far with my balcony window design...


There are several blocks to go.  I did get my Sweet Country bound and on the wall.


But you know what?  I was in a hurry, and I'm not happy with it.  The love block is crooked, I have pleats in my quilting, and the binding is too narrow.  It became "urgent" when I decided to enter it into a quilt show, and I was sloppy and it didn't get entered.

Time to take a breath, and figure this out, time to make deliberate choices instead of rushing around urgently, putting out fires and reacting instead of thinking.

I have a limited amount of energy, that's a fact.  Between arthritis, fibro, and some connective tissue disease, I need to make thoughtful choices.  Monday is Mom day, that's the day I take her grocery shopping and running around, nothing else gets done - then I need Tuesday to recuperate.  Stitching rejuvenates me, designing gives me energy, so Tuesday is sewing day.  Wednesday I'll clean the whole house, then the rest of the week I can recuperate and sew.  Deliberate choices, designed to make the most of what I can accomplish.

I'm designing my days as I design my patterns, with much thought and prayer.  I'm not sure how I got back into this mess of unplanned days, but it's wearing me out and it's time to stop.  I've learned that I need big chunks of time to get things done, I'm not one of those who can just take 15 minutes to sew - I wish I was!!!  But I don't handle transitions easily, so taking a whole day to do nothing but clean makes sense to me.  Having whole days to just sew makes sense.  

I'd love to hear how you schedule your days - can you easily grab a few minutes here and there to stitch?  Or do you need big chunks of time as well?  Let me know in the comments!

Love,
Allie







Sunday, September 24, 2017

Losing the Plot and Thinking of Christmas

We're having a massive heat wave here in Michigan right now, temps in the 90's every day, it's made me quite listless.  Even though I'm staying in the air conditioning...I think it's going to start acting like fall later this week, though.  I can't wait!

I haven't been doing much, a little stitching here and there, matter of fact I finished up a new free design.


I'll be making a table topper with it for mum, she never has enough Christmas stuff...you can get the design in my shop, Allie-oops Designs.

Speaking of mum, I'm going to be throwing her a surprise birthday party in December, for her 80th!  I'm getting very excited about it...I can't think of anyone who loves a party more than my mum.  Especially if it's for her, lol.  

Another thing I've been working on - I purchased an ecopy of Tonya Ricucci's book, Word Play Quilts.  I've been wanting to make larger quilts with scripture on them, but didn't want a lot of fused letters - I'd like to be able to quilt over them.  I've only made two (easy) letters so far - 


the next letter is a Y, which is more challenging, as it has angles.  You know me and piecing, lol - I'm extremely challenged!  The first T I made, I added the top bar with the fabric to the wrong side.  

I had a most incredible surprise the other day.  A package from my sweet friend O'faigh - she knows me too well - 


Her LQS was having a sample sale, and she got this for me.  Isn't that gorgeous!!!!  I'm not sure why my phone camera made the top of the frame a little green, it's not really.  I just love her - her tail has the teeniest beads!  Thank you sweetie!!

In the wildlife report, the deer are reveling in all the fallen apples - 


and apparently we have a new flock of woodpeckers.  I caught three of them on the shed the other day.



Just perching any ol' where, knocking holes in everything.  It's also stink bug season in Michigan, they are everywhere!  I've never had one actually stink when I killed it though.  Their only redeeming quality is that they don't bite.

I think that's all the news, I haven't been commenting much on blogs lately although I've been visiting...just feeling quiet.  Take care my friends, see you soon....

Love,
Allie



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Have A Cup On Me

Good morning all - or good evening, depending on where you are in the world.  I invite you to join me in a pot of coffee.


A new free design in the shop - simple and fast.

I'm finding it hard to believe it's Wednesday.  We're heading into the time of year when I don't know what day it is  - too many holidays.  Today is Mom Day, when I run her all over creation to do errands, so extra coffee is required this morning.  She wears me out!

Keep Florida and all the islands in the Caribbean in your prayers....Irma is a beast.

Love,
Allie

Friday, September 1, 2017

Cup of Kindess

As I sit here scrolling through endless coverage of Hurricane Harvey devastation, I'm struck by how different the narrative is - the kindess of strangers, everyone coming together, from far and near.  While the loss is tremendous and uncounted, I look for the blessing in the storm, and have found it.  We're not at war with each other, no matter what you've seen on the news, we're family, coming together when it counts.

I've been drawing up a couple of holiday patterns.  This one, Cup of Kindness, I've stitched while watching Houston news.


It started with the words from Auld Lang Syne, and transitioned into what I'm seeing on facebook.  One man from Kentucky, who was helping with the rescues, said he was struck by the kindness he saw everywhere, from everyone.

The pattern is free in my shop - here's a link - 

I would encourage you to support the rescue and recovery efforts in Houston and elsewhere along the coast.  I have two family members who lost everything - one has no flood insurance, because their area has never flooded.  Fox 7 in Austin has a webpage where you can look for places to donate, here's the link - How To Help.  

And please, even after the news coverage has moved on to the new story of the day, continue to keep these folks in your prayers.  They will need them for years to come.

Love,
Allie




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