Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pumpkin Towel

Here is a pumpkin towel I stitched today.  This is a pattern that I picked up at Quilt Expo in September, and I picked up the stand that it is on there too.  I bought the stand for displaying small quilts.  I thought it was so adorable, and the towel sure looks cute on it too!  The green towel is one that I picked up yesterday in our travels.  This towel will be going to the booth in the Dells.
Today, Lady Di and I went to church and then she treated me to breakfast at Family Affair.  We decided that I would go over to her house, so she dropped me off and I rounded up some things to do.  Tomorrow we are taking a sweatshirt class that Joann Dickow from Community Quilting is going to teach us at the church.  So I worked on getting my fabric cut for it, and finished ripping apart the sweat shirt.  You take a sweatshirt, and tear it all apart and turn it into a jacket.  Di was watching the football game too.  It was a marathon football day with the Packers playing first and then the Vikings which Di also wanted to watch as she wanted to watch Favre.  We had supper together, I finished stitching this towel and headed home.  I have all the rest of my stuff for tomorrow all packed up and ready to go.  I will just need to make my lunch in the morning.  Hope you all had a great weekend!  Elaine

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A day to go bumming....

Hello!  I just got back home a little while ago.  Lady Di and I went to the Dells to put stuff in my booth.  It needed straightening up.  The cards were messed up and someone was messing with the tags on the pin cushions.  That always happened at the flea market too so that is nothing new, and they are easy to quick put back together.  After we were done there, we went to Baraboo to the Dollar Tree and found lots of goodies.  Most of them will create more work for me, but I love crafting so it is fun work.  We headed over to our favorite Chinese Buffet and had some great food.  A quick stop at the Memory Bank and then we were on our way home.  It was fun to have time to spend with my partner in crime.  We haven't had much of that, the past few months.  Either one of us or the other has been gone.  So it was fun to have time to spend together today.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Santa Towel and Snowflake tin

I had a busy day today.  First thing this morning, Carol and I went to Mauston to my doctor's appointment.  After that, she suggested that we head to Marshfield to the quilt show, so off we went!  We had a real nice time there.  We ended the day with a stop to Hancock Fabrics, a drive through Culver's for ice cream, and we were on our way home.  A nice long relaxing day.  This is the Santa towel I embroidered for her birthday present, and then I made a snowflake tin and filled it with a bag of Christmas tags that I made from the stamp set Tags till Christmas.  She really liked everything.  She was fascinated with the little tin and thought it was so pretty, and she told me that the towel will never see dishes!  I told her that she could use it but she plans on using it with one of her displays.  She loves Christmas, so the wheels were turning.  She thought of all kinds of places she could put it.  I am wiped, and am ready to head to bed.  I know I will immediately fall asleep when my head hits the pillow so I have been trying to stay up a little while longer!  It was a fun, great day!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Happy Thursday!

Hello!  I am so happy that the wind has died down here.  It is so good to have things back to normal.  This is a card that I made up to show my stamping group with the Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper, Sweet Snow globe stamp, and greeting from Bells and Boughs.  
This morning Sara and Ciera Ricci were over for a visit, and after they left I cut up all the designer paper from the 2nd designer series paper swap that I am having.  Sixteen packages to cut up.  Whew!  I am glad that is all done. Di and I were talking on the phone most of the time I was doing it so that made the time go faster!  I also got everything packed for tonight.   Now I need to get in the shower and get ready for my stamping class tonight!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Grammys lil pumpkin scrapbook page

Good Afternoon!  I just finished doing this scrapbook page of Mason in his little pumpkin suit.  I really like how it turned out.  I did a 12" x 12" page of Ben and Brooke cut out like this in silhouette hunting for Easter egg's and it tends to be a favorite of everyone that looks at the scrapbook.  My goal is to do one 6" x 6" page per month for Mason, and this will be his book.  Hopefully Grammy's love for him will show through the pages!  I made the little pumpkin with 3 one inch circles that I punched out with the one inch circle punch.  I did a little sponging and cut out a little stem.  The grass and ground are both free hand cut.  The lettering I cut out with the Big Shot and Natural Serif die.  I love that die, it is perfect size for scrapbooking and card making, and a classic style of lettering that will never go out of style.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Never Ending Card

Man, is it windy here.  I saw on the news tonight that we are having 50mph winds, and I sure believe it.  It is definitely gusty outside.  I was going to work in the garage this afternoon but decided against it as I was afraid that I might get hit by a flying object.  I dragged a limb off of the driveway when I went out to get the mail.  I got some cleaning done today so am happy about that.  Lady Di was over this afternoon and we had a nice long visit.  She brought me the Ande's chips I had ordered, so I just finished making the thin mint cookies with the Ritz crackers.  I can't wait for the chocolate to harden so I can dig into them!  YUM!  YUM!   I have been stitching on a towel this evening and catching up on some more of my TV programs.  I finally have it up to 12 free hours on the DVR.  I have a long ways to go!  I really got behind on my TV watching the past month!
This is the never ending card that Colleen taught my stamping group while she was here.  They call it never ending because you can just keep flipping and flipping it and there really isn't a start or stop to it.  I consider the panel with the F on it the beginning.  If you flipped it one more time, that is where you would be at again.  It was a fun class, and everyone thought that it was pretty cool.

Monday, October 25, 2010


When we were at the scrapbook retreat at the cabin, we made these cute pumpkins with the scallop circle die.  It takes twelve of them, you sponge all the edges first, then fold them in half and glue one side on each half, back to back, adding a stem and swirls before gluing the last edge together.  A cute project and another use for scalloped dies and punches.
I went to bible study this morning, came home and slept an hour and a half.  What a slug, but I was tired, and immediately fell asleep when my head hit the pillow.  Naps seem to be the norm these days.  I haven't accomplished too much today.  I have been embroidering on a towel that I am going to give as a birthday gift, and watching TV while working on it for hours.  The cats have liked it, they have been curled up right beside me on the bed.  I did make some chicken enchilada's for supper tonight and did dishes.  Sorted through some paper work this afternoon, stuff that had been thrown in a pile while Colleen was here.  Just trying to play catch up, and find some motivation to do it! 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Grandma's little pumpkin!

Here are a couple of pictures that I took in Milwaukee on Wednesday when I took Colleen to the airport.   Mason was all dressed up in his pumpkin outfit for Grammy when I got there.  Of course Grammy needed some pictures of Mason in his little suit.  He wasn't too thrilled about the hat, but he got used to it.  When I was taking the top picture, Jenna thought he actually looked like a pumpkin and was laughing.  Mason had been smiling too, like he knew what we were talking about, and you can see just the tail end of the smile with his lower lip sticking out.  He had two new pairs of shoes on his dresser.  Every time I visit, he has new shoes on the dresser.  I said that I see Mason got new shoes again, and she will say, and so, had them on clearance.  You know mom, it is hard to accessorize boy's outfits.  LOL  Like Mason cares....hee hee.  But he sure does look cute in them. 
I have been home, in the house since Thursday.  I have been cleaning my craft room, cutting tags etc with the Big Shot, punching scraps, and stamped some cards.  I actually have some things made ahead of time so I should be back to my regular posting now.  I have had a lot of people in and out and figured I'd better get busy and post something today.  You know it's bad, when your mother comes to check up on you as she has not heard anything out of you for days....(also known as you haven't posted on the blog!)  Today I worked on a totally AWESOME project that I am going to be teaching a special class for.  You're gonna love it!  Have a great week!  Elaine

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Quilt Class

Nov. 13th, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Send check or $20 and a self addressed envelope
to get a list of supplys to Doris Kolberg, 928 Elk Ave. Adams Wi. 53910 sign up by Oct.28th, 
 phone 608-584-5896

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mason's Baptism

Me, Jenna's Pastor, grandson Mason, daughter's Jenna and Sarah, the girl's father Lennard.

Brother-in-law Mike, sister Lenore, the girl's Uncle John and Aunt Joni Wilson, Jenna and Mason, the girl's dad Lennard and step-mother Heather Wilson, the girl's Aunt Anita and Lester Wilson, and the girl's Uncle David and Aunt Cindy Wilson.

4 Generation's Picture - Grammy Elaine Steffen Wilson, Mason Antonio Dominguez, Mother Jenna Wilson Dominguez, Great-Grandmother Irene Pabst Steffen

Yesterday was Mason's baptism, a very important day for him and for our family.  Jenna was planning his baptism before he was born, and had ordered his little outfit before he arrived and while I was staying there.  Jenna's faith is very important to her and she is already planning that Mason will be attending the Lutheran school that is attached to their church at Mount Olive.  Mason slept through his baptism and was good as gold during church and during his party after wards.  Sarah is Mason's God-mother and Roberto (Antonio's brother) is his God-father.  I don't have any pictures of Antonio and Roberto because as soon as the service was over, they disappeared to the basement to prepare the food.  It was a very nice day with family and friends.  When Colleen and I went to leave, I discovered that the battery was dead on the van because I had left the electric cooler plugged in.  It took me a little while to get a hold of Antonio, but I did and Antonio and his friend Freddy came and jump started the van for me.  We headed back to Madison with stops at Archiver's and Michael's, and then ended the day with dinner at Cracker Barrel.  Colleen had two gift cards that had been given to her 3 or 4 years ago as a gift and they do not have Cracker Barrel any where in Oregon, so we have enjoyed dinner twice this week at Cracker Barrel.  We enjoyed looking through the gift shop, and Colleen was tickled to find Webkins possums!  Both her sister and uncle had possums for pets and she and her mother have been looking for possum items for years and have not been able to find anything.  So she was thrilled to find these, and the clerk that checked her out told us that these are a Cracker Barrel exclusive.  Today we have had a laid back day.  We had lots of visitors today, Sara Ricci, my mom, and Lady Di.  Both of us took naps today, and then I showed her how the Cricut, Dream Cuts machine, Xyron sticker maker, laminator, adhesive, and design runner work.  We only have one more day together and then she will be heading sure has went too fast!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Birthday Tag for Ben's present.

This is a tag that I made for the top of my nephew Ben's birthday present.  I used the stamp set D is for Dog.  It is the first time that I have used this set and I just love it.  It stamps out so cute and I love the fact that you can make background paper with the bone and foot print.  I used the Scalloped Circle Die in the Big Shot.   I cut the circle with the Circle Scissor plus.  I was showing Colleen how it slick it works, and she decided she needs one too...ha ha!  I used the new Decorative label punch from the mini catalog to punch out the dog, and then I punched out two more of them out of Soft Suede card stock.  I cut them both in half.  One length ways, and one width ways, and then did some trimming on them so that I could make a mat underneath it.  I think it turned out pretty neat.
We had a wonderful day in Milwaukee at the baptism today, I will tell you more about that later!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Mason's baptism card

This is the card that I made tonight for Mason's baptism.  Tomorrow Colleen and I will be going to Milwaukee to his baptism.  I am really looking forward to it, and to seeing everyone.
We have been busy, and the days are just flying.  Soon it will be time for Colleen to go home.  I can't believe how fast the time went.  I will be sad when she goes, there is so much more that we would like to do and we are running out of time.  Thursday we had a long fun day.  We left at 8am and got home at 10:45.  I am still trying to recover from it but it sure was fun.  We went to 2 quilt shops, 2 thrift stores, a cheese factory, House on the Rock, and Colleen made a run into the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center.  We ended the day with supper at Cracker Barrel.  Yesterday, I rested most of the day, and Colleen stamped and played.  I did a little bit towards evening.  Today I did some laundry and a bunch of stamping.  I showed Colleen how to color with my Copics and she enjoyed doing that and wants to get some.  She also liked the Bind-It-All and the Circle Scissor Plus.  Wait till you see the adorable card that I made with that today!  Well, I need to head out and hit the bed.  The Ambien should be kicking in  It takes about a half hour to work, and I am out like a light!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tags till Christmas Tag Pouch

Hello!  This is the thank you gift that I made for Sandy Renner for hosting her party on Monday night.  I filled the pouch with 36 tags, 4 of each stamp that is in the stamp set Tags till Christmas, and put linen thread so that she will be able to tie them to her gifts.  All the stamps in this set have punches that coordinate with the stamp set.  They are fast and fun to make, and you could also do even more layering options than I did.  To make the pouch, you need a piece of card stock that is 4 3/4" wide by 8 1/2" long.  Score it at 6 1/2".  Take a medium clear envelope and cut it off right above the adhesive.  Adhere to the cardstock, matching up the bottom edge of the envelope with the bottom edge of the card stock.  I used the scalloped edge punch to scallop the flap and 1 3/8" x 4 3/4" Ridinghood Red cardstock.  The designer paper I used is a retired one from last year, and I cut that at 1 1/4" x 4 3/4".  To finish off the decorating, I wrapped some retired soft suede polka dot ribbon from last year around the flap, and tied it in a knot.  Trim off the ends and that part is finished.  To keep it closed, I cut a tab of velcro from a big roll I have, but you could use the circle velcro dots instead. This would make a great gift, for a family member, friend, or co-worker.
Today, I disconnected my Vonage account and activated my new cell phone.  My phone number will remain the same.  I have free incoming calls, after 7 pm and weekends.  If I happen to call you during the day and keep jabbering....remind me to have you call me back as I am sure it is going to take some time for me to remember that I do not have unlimited minutes like I did with Vonage.  I will have 1000 but I am sure they could go fast if I am not careful.  For those of you who know me, you know that I like to talk!  LOL  My mother always says that the worse punishment she could give me when I got into trouble was to make me go to my room and not be able to talk to anyone.  I am definitely a people person!
Beth stopped in today, and Colleen and Beth helped me finish packing up the stall, and they loaded everything into the van, and the stuff to go to Practical Cents, in Beth's truck.  We dropped that off on our way home.  I am so glad to have that all finished and the weather today was beautiful for doing it.  Beth scooted home, and Colleen and I were making supper when Carol stopped in for a quick visit.  We ate, and then decided to work on unloading the van.  We got it done and both of us were wiped out and hit the beds for awhile.  I was hurting pretty bad, but am so glad to have it all done.  I could not have done it with out the two of them, it would have taken me weeks with all the lifting that needed to be done.  A BIG thanks to the both of YOU!  You are the best!  Tomorrow we are going to have a play day and stamp!  Have a great day!  Elaine

My buddy....Maxine!

It has been a really busy past couple of weeks.  I was at Jenna's for 5 days and then picked up my friend Colleen from the airport on Tuesday.  We were packing up my stall and getting ready for the stamping retreat that we went on for the weekend. It was at a beautiful cabin at Fremont, WI called Cabin on the Creek.  I love it there.  I just want to move in and stay there!  Last night we had Sandy Renner's stamping party and had a fantastic turnout and so much fun!  Colleen will be here till the 20th visiting.  Hopefully I will get some post's in and get back to my daily blogging.  Right now, we have been so busy that I have been having trouble keeping up with my regular email!  Thanks for being patient with me.  I have lots to show you, just need to find the time!  Hugs!  Elaine