Saturday, November 20, 2010

Some of this – Some of that

It’s Saturday afternoon and I have been on the sofa with the heat on my lower back…yes, still at it.

So as I sit here relaxing I am trying to drown out the College Football on TV. Not that I don’t like it or support it, I DO – but there has been ONLY THAT for days now!  Hoping Wisconsin goes all the way and to the Rose Bowl. (Yeahhhhh they won!)
Wisconsin U logo Badger Football - University of Wisconsin, Madison

I’ve been sewing up a storm too – finishing orders and making some new Pillows.
I bought some remnants from Family Heirloom Weaver’s at market in October and didn’t really know what I was going to do with them.

Friday while Doug was at a football game I made 14 of these cuties..several of them are promised out already but will hopefully get some more made after Thanksgiving. I have another red/taupe and a solid taupe left similar to the one shown.

Two Pillows
These are the two colors I made – still have to stitch the bottoms

I made a special order one for my best friend Renea – she wanted one with a branch instead.
Reneas Pillow

Yesterday we had some shopping to do and so stopped at Goodwill to see if I could find some Pewter Creamer and Sugars – sometimes they have them but not this time but I did find a darling woven seat double rocker (toy size) and at Christmas I’m going to put my Antique bear on it and a Santa hat on the Bear.
rocker 2 
rocker 1
I put it on my bench for now – looks okay I think
New small chair

Also found these darling bowls for my kitties dinners ($1.00) and two wonderful Ironstone pieces - a gravy boat and a pitcher (1.00 each)…. White serving pieces go with everything.

GW finds

Also purchased 4 yards of decorator fabric for our holiday table cloth. When it’s 50% off at JoAnn’s I take advantage of it and the fabric works the best because it’s so wide.
Also we had a 30% Kohl’s coupon and took advantage of it and bought flatware. Plus it was already on sale so they ended up being $22.00 per box. Great deal huh…and we needed some badly – well not badly, just wanted it badly…
Table Setting
I’m showing the larger picture of the flatware so you can see the pattern better – tried to find something rather Colonial looking – this is the closest we could find. Cambridge ‘Andover’ from Kohl’s

Last night we went to Dan DiPaolo’s Open House at the’s so festive there and cold but with hot chocolate, wine and treats and wonderful treasures to buy you didn’t even think about the cold. I bought 2 of Dan’s products and had some hot chocolate, went over to the ‘cabin’ and warmed up a bit and got a great picture with Dan. He and Jamey are just the best – great people, friends and talented designers. Thanks Dan for the words of encouragement.
I will show you later what I bought…it’s all packed up in the basement.
(Photos aren’t good…very dark in the barn and outside)
Karen at Wreaths
Shopping at Dans
Off we go to the Cabin
(Dan’s studio in the making)
Dan's Cabin Studio

Seth David Roth (former corporate chef to Oprah Winfrey) was in the Cabin with some very special delights.
Oprah's Chef 

Me and Dan
Karen and Dan 

Oh dear…this is what happens when a CD gets stuck in your stereo and the door won’t open and it won’t play…59 screws later here it is!
Needless to say I have a new one out of all that! lol

Tonight we are going to our oldest grandson’s 21’st birthday party. I Just don’t know where that time went. Jess basically lived with us the first 6 years of his little life so we got to know him well – he was like our 4th son.

Let me see – what else…can’t think of anything except




  1. I sure hope you get to feeling better soon...and I LOVE the toy rocker!
    Have a wonderful time at the Party...

  2. I so enjoy reading your blog. You share beautiful pictures, stories, and I always feel warm and cozy after visiting your blog.

    Pinch nerves are the worst pain. I hope you can get some relief and soon. Will say a little prayer for a fast recovery.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

  3. Karen, I love the pillows you made - can I purchase one or are they all spoken for? I really like the natural/red stripe. Can't wait to see you and my WI family. 3 more days til we head up. ~Ann

  4. Karen, I sure hope you get to feeling better real soon! A painful and hurting back is not good at all, that's for sure! I have you in my prayers Karen.

    Your pillows are real cute! I like them both!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!


  5. I adore you little pillows. they are just wonderful. It looks like the barn was a great place to are so lucky. Blessings to you and yours, Dianntha

  6. Hi, Karen!

    I'm so sorry that your back is causing you so much pain. I hope you get relief soon.
    I LOVE your pillows! They're beautiful! And that little rocker is adorable. Perfect for an antique bear to sit on! Your other goodies are wonderful, as well.
    Enjoy your grandson's birthday party!

    Take care,

  7. love the things you have been do wonderful all the goodies and decorating that you do to..have a wonderful thanksgiving.;)

  8. Oh Karen, I am so sorry about your back! That is no fun at all. I hope the heat helps!! You certainly did some great stitching while nursing it though - those trees are wonderful. Simple put so perfect for the season.

    Have a great time at the 21st birthday!! What a milestone!!

    Have a great weekend!

  9. Hi Karen...first of all...I love the header on your post....isnt she just the prettiest girl? I adore, adore, adore your pillows. They are prim perfect. I am so sorry about your back...take it from a fellow back pain is no "picnic" having a bad back! I hope things improve soon. The rocker is so cute. It will be perfect with a teddy bear in it! And I also love your flatware.....I bought some a couple of years ago and had a hard time finding what I wanted that was plain.

    I love your blog!


  10. Karen I sure hope you get to feeling better soon!! I love your new pillows, and the rocker is just precious! Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. Hi Karen....can relate to the back issues- hope you feel better fast! SOOOOO Jealous you get to (not only visit but hug) Dan DiPalo - and purchase his original pieces - can't wait to see what treasures you found. LOVE THE PILLOWS...creative talent galore!!
    Great pics of you, Grace, Sandi and Linda....Grace took a class with us today along with Susan Burd - they are great fun to be with!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family....

  12. Hello Karen.. So sorry your back is acting up for so long, I love your pillows. The rocking chair is so sweet and such a deal. Gotta love that.
    Enjoy your party and Happy Birthday to your grandson. You don't look old enough to have a grandson 21....
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  13. Karen, I am sorry your back is giving you so much pain - I am praying you are feeling better for the holidays. I LOVE the pillows - simply beautiful. That little rocker is adorable - it is perfect for your bear.
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving,

  14. The pillows are great and that little rocker was a catch! Enjoyed reading about the barn and the pics. I would love to visit that place! Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  15. I hope your Back is sorted's just not nice to be suffering like that. Love your Purchases...

  16. You poor thing! That back has sure given you fits. Love your pillows though, that material is so beautiful. Hope you get feeling better soon! Have a great weekend, Dawn

  17. Karen,

    What beautiful pillows. I am so inspired by you. And that double rocker, and what a bargain!

    Hoping you feel better soon. I've been sitting on a hot pad for upper shoulder muscle pull today so I know how you feel. What have we been doing?


  18. Karen,
    Love the pillows that you made...they are beautiful!! Also love that little rocker you picked up at the GW.
    I hope you feel better real is no fun having back troubles.
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  19. I love those pillows. And really, how fast do you sew? The open house looks like a fun place to visit. Great find on the little chair!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  20. Oh I hope you get better soon. I hate back aches. Looks like you have been a busy bee. I LOVE the pillows. Is that embroidery on them? Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  21. Hi Karen..

    So sorry to hear your back is still giving you problems...Praying the pain eases up and your like new very soon....
    Love the pillows...just perfect for the holiday season..
    Sending prayers your way and wishing you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving...
    Prim hugs,

  22. Hi Karen. Love your pillows! You got some great finds at the thrift store, the rocker is so cute!
    Wishing you and your family a happy & blessed Thanksgiving.
    Hope your back feels better. hugs,

  23. The pillows you made are absolutely beautiful! I love the fabric and the stitchery! The barn looks wonderful too, something I would love to visit! I too love to visit the second hand stores and see what neat pieces I can find! I like the little rocker! And what a neat idea the dishes for your pet! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  24. Hi Karen!
    Love that little double chair! I would have paid more just to have it, let alone to get it for $5!
    Dan's open house look so festive. Your so lucky to be able to go there.
    Sorry to hear about your back. Dang it!
    Feel better,

  25. Karen ~
    What sweet pillows! I'm sorry the back is still giving you fits, but at least you are able to sit and stitch.
    I was lucky enough to have a 30% Kohl's coupon, too, and than I had $60 in Kohl's cash and had to go back yesterday. It's such a game! At least I got a big chunk of my Christmas shopping done.
    You don't look like you could possibly have a 21 year old grandson!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Doug and all your family.
    Hugs :)

  26. So sorry your back is still hurting. :(

    Love that little goodwill chair! And the pillows are adorable!

    Carmen and the Primcats

  27. Hi Karen. I also love those little pillows you made; they are so sweet!

    Hoping you're feeling better soon. :)

  28. Karen!
    Feel better soon.....back pain is the WORST!

    I love the pillows that you stitched especially the Family Heirloom Weavers one.....Hope you will sell them!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Are you doing the dinner? I can't wait to leave work after lunch today so I can get home and get started!


  29. I Love reading your blog and everything looks wonderful. I know about pain and I have it a lot (fibro) and it does slow you down.
    We were able to find a used love seat and a chair for T V room and pups love it. It was a cheapie and has stains but I am planning to make slipcovers and hope the pups appreciate it :)
    Hope you get rid of the back pain soon..Love the little pillows.
    Only 29 days until Christmas so I am hoping to be able to stay busy and get all I have done. Take care :)

  30. Oh, the little rocker chair is so cute! I have been looking for one for my raggedy doll. I enjoy your blog very much. You always have such interesting posts :)

  31. The fabric remnants stitched up some really cute pillows, love the tree design!

    Oh what an adorable rocker and only 5 bucks?! How cute it would be to change it out with the seasons. I have an old bear sitting in an antique highchair that I put a Santa hat on. I had a witch hat on it at Halloween. Beautiful Ironstone and flatware.

    Wow, what a great husband to tackle that stereo problem for you! Goodness sakes, what a mess, lol! Glad you got a new one.


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