Sunday, January 12, 2014

January thaw!

It'a a strange world we live in, isn't it?

Less than two weeks ago there was a blizzard that dropped more than a foot of snow and here is what it looks like today.  If you look closely you can see just a hint of snow in the far left corner of the back forty.
The snow had drifted halfway up the barn doors and there's not a trace remaining.
It's been mild over the past couple of days and we've had lots of rain and high winds.  Today the sun is shining and it feels like Spring with temperatures in the mid 40's...and it's supposed to remain mild for the next week or so!  Woo hoo!
I bought myself a new little smoothie maker yesterday and I tried it out for the first time this morning.  

Before going to bed last night, I placed some blueberries and strawberries that I had frozen last summer into a bowl to kinda semi-thaw overnight.  This morning I added about three fourths of a cup of non-fat vanilla yogurt to the fruit mixture...
And voila...
It was filling, nutritious and delicious!

I thought that healthy things shouldn't taste this good!  *wink*

Not only have I been working on my wool crazy needlecase...
I've got half the line drawings done for another new quilt design!  

The inspiration and idea just popped into my head the other day and as soon as I put pencil to paper, it started to come to life immediately.

My friend Alice should have my other new design quilted this week and I'm anxiously waiting for it to arrive back home so I can bind it and then show it to you all.

Stay tuned!

Happy stitching!

23 comments:

Sandi said...

Your crazy quilting piece is looking great. I like your beadwork around the sun. Looking forward to seeing the completed project.

Marsha said...

That is so adorable, I love it! It makes me wish I had a little stash of wool. I will have to go huntsome down.

Debra Graham said...

Your wool piece is quite beautiful. I love how the stitches sink right into the fabric. I can't believe how your snow has almost disappeared.

Candace said...

Amazing what a difference a couple of days can make, Kaaren! How I love smoothies and that one looks sooo delicious! I can't wait to see your new design!
Cheers!

Merilyn said...

Happy New Year Kaaren!!! At last I've been able to catch up on your posts, I was without my computer for over a week, (some silly little switch in the computer decided to go on holiday), I'm now back in business! Glad to see that all that snow has disappeared, we saw on the news all that blizzard/snow storm stuff, it looked very miserable! while we were sweltering in late 30's early 40's Celsius temps, such a contrast!!!! Nice to see what you've been up to with your small sewing projects, very pretty.....
I hope 2014 brings you lots of good things.....all the very best to you and your family!!!!!

Colleen said...

Love the chicken :o) It is adorable! And that smoothie looks yummo!

Lesley said...

Can't believe all your snow is gone! We still have lots, even after all the rain. Your needle case looks prettier every time I see it, and I am waiting with baited breath to see your new design!

Janet O. said...

Wow, we still have snow even after 50 degrees and rain yesterday. The yard looks so inviting in your photo!
What a splendid little design you have going there!! : )

Margs Primitive Quilts said...

Oh My Kaaren ! Your little wool needle case is Awesome! I LoVe it!. You are oozing with talent , my friend.
Yes, it looks like that around here too. Rather dirty & muddy & icy with all the rain we got.
For me, I wish it would come & stay till March & then be gone. It would be healthier.Not the snow storm/blizzard kind of snow though:)
Keep on creating Kaaren. It sounds like you have a lot of ideas waiting to be done.
Marg

Ann in PA said...

Kaaren, You said it feels like spring...it LOOKS like spring with that beautiful green grass! Wow, after all that snow, too. Smoothie looks soooo good & I love that needle case.

Linda said...

Kaaren, love keeping up with all of your projects. You are so creative and the best part is, you Finish everything! Don't you just love having fruit in the freezer from the summer before? Have a good week.
Linda

Darlene D said...

Looks yummy, the smoothie and the needlework!

Jeanna said...

Your smoothie looks delish Kaaren. And you are on a great roll with the needle cases...they are the epitome of perfection in the world of wool.

Jennie in GA said...

Loving that chicken!

margaret said...

good to rad all the snow has gone and the temperature has risen so it is warmer.The wool work is lovely and as for that smoothie, I am licking my lips

Three Sheep Studio said...

Your wooly good needle case is lovely !!
And who doesn't like delicious summer berries in the middle of winter ;) (loveing the milder temps in Pennsylvania)
Rose

Deb said...

We've had similar weather with the snow, really cold, now in the 50's yesterday, 40's today so the snow is now gone. Give me the details on your individual blender, I've been looking for a similar one for a long time!

Pam in IL said...

Oh, it's been a heat wave here! I certainly thought it was spring today as our temps soared to 47F. Your wool needle case is adorable and I can't wait to see your new quilt!

Lynn B said...

Hi Kaaren,

Your needlecase looks lovely so far, looking forward to seeing it finished.
I thought I would let you know I have just finished embroidering your free Home Sweet Home stitchery, I have put it on my blog today with a link to your pattern. Thanks I love it!

Lynn B said...

Oooo forget to give you the link, here it is!

http://happinessiscrossstitching.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/crochet-and-new-stitchery.html#more

Sue-Anne said...

It amazes me that everything looks so greeen and healthy after all that snow! Love your needlecase.

Dolores said...

You could add a banana, milk and some flax seeds to your smoothie.

Sue said...

Gorgeous needle case, so pretty.