Sunday, January 25, 2009

Multiple updates

I gotta admit, it's been pretty freaking cold here in Wisconsin this weekend.

Anyone who has spent some time in the northern areas will understand the term "snot freezing cold." That's what we had.

Fortunately I am pretty good at entertaining myself indoors.

I did walk on the treadmill- I discovered that it is possible to eat cookies while doing this. I'm pretty sure that statement is going to get me kicked out of General Geranium's diet challenge...........

I also had a request from a coworker.

See the photo at left, she got a new bedroom ensemble and decided that pillow shams are not worth the effort. She had seen some of my table runners however, and thought that a runner for her dresser would be a good idea. It is a good idea, but that shiny fabric is a royal pain in the patootie. I had to keep stopping to put on lotion, then wait for it to dry so I didn't snag that fabric on my dry hands.

Then I organized my scrappy strips..............

I tried to get them in color families. I'm trying to decide if I want to just sew them together higgeldy piggledy, or if I want to do strip blocks.

I had about 81 bajillion other pieces that I sorted into bags to bring to my next local guild meeting for the sharing table. Hopefully someone will decide they are a useful addition to her stash. Anyway, then the guilt will be gone from my overstuffed scrap drawer.

Then I made a set of grocery bags for a late Christmas present.

For once it's not that I was that far behind. I had made this couple a nice Christmas bread, but they are from out of town and we weren't home when they stopped by so I finally decided that mailing the bread wasn't as good of an idea as making some bags. I hope they agree!

I had ordered some Lavender from an etsy shop and luckily that came this weekend. I made a few sachets from some of my scraps before I purged them all.

then I made some kitty toys with some catnip I had laying around.

It was sooooooooooooooo funny to see Zeller getting so excited and lively! He is such a laid back sort of guy. You could read that as lazy I suppose

He really loved this thing

We tried to get him to share with Cassie, but he's bigger and he decided that sharing was not in his vocabulary.

I finally had to confiscate it and put it up on a high shelf. It needs to dry out a bit too!


swooze said...


Eating cookies on the treadmill!!

This weekend was the weekend of the pet for both of us looks like!

Vicki W said...

Sounds like you did a great job of entertaining yourself. I think you should market exercise cookies!

Cowguy said...

You can eat twice as many cookies while you're treadmillin' without having ill effects. I heard Chuck Norris say that on one of those exercise machine commercials of his.

Chuck don't lie.


QuiltedSimple said...

Love the cookies on the treadmill - that would be right up my alley. You were busy - love the tablerunner, even if the fabric was a pain!

Finn said...

Hi Mare, what fun, especially the cookie part!! Just call my name, I'm always up for cookies *VBS*
The projects all look like they were fun and not to labor intense.
I'm pretty house bound up here in my northen bit of WI also.
Love the catnip toy idea. I'll have to whip one up for Ebby. she does go bonkers when I put some on the scratch box. I'm so happy I can find organic catnip at Wally World...easy and cheap! Hugs, Finn

Granny's Closet said...

Looks like you were in the clean up and rearrange your environment mood. I know how that goes. I have made toys for my cat...they love fresh cat nip that is for sure. Even my old 13 year old.

Kim said...

Oh, my, haven't YOU been the overachiever! Had a bit of your own catnip, did you?! ROFLOL! Isn't it fun to get a bunch of smaller projects done? I think since quilts take so darn long, it's good for the soul to have a few projects that require a little less of an investment of our time! And that runner turned out great!