2023 Lenox Pieces to my Collection

November 23rd, 2023 klwade Posted in Uncategorized No Comments »

Today is Thanksgiving and time for the Black Friday sales. As expected I am adding to my Lenox collection. They seem to have less and less special hostess gifts to buy each year. Not sure if I have bought it all or they are just limiting their new releases. But I was able to find 2 pieces to add.

I got the new annual snowman figurine. So now I have 3 to my collection. I have always been a fan of Lenox figurines and have quite a few pieces. That cute round face is adorable.

The second piece goes with my dining/entertainment pieces. It is a salt and pepper shaker set.

I probably would just put them on the table individually versus the tray during the actual meal. I think I have another salt and pepper set but not 100% sure. I really need to go and take an inventory of my pieces.

Until next year. Thanks for checking out my blog.

Amherst Block of the Month

May 27th, 2023 klwade Posted in Crafts, Quilting, Uncategorized No Comments »

Yes I am doing another block of the month. I saw this BOM in the Connecting Threads catalog and thought that I really had to make it. I love the blue and white look of it. Reminds of my friends kitchen. Her mother had blue and white china on the wall and I always admired it.

The fabric line is called Afternoon Tea. It is just so fitting. But I won’t be drinking tea and eating crumpets on this quilt.

It is a 9 month program. I received the first month and I made the 4 blocks below.

This time I starched the fabric first to prevent shrinkage afterwards. These were pretty easy to put together so I am looking forward to next months blocks.

Thanks for looking.


Autumn Bucket List – Fall Foliage

November 30th, 2020 klwade Posted in Bucket List, Uncategorized No Comments »

This year it was a bit difficult to find fall foliage. First of all we really do not have season and secondly, with Covid I am not really driving around out there. Currently we are in the purple stage which is very restrictive.

But I did take some pictures from my car and by my house.

This street has beautiful autumn trees on both sides. I am always in awe when I see the full autumnal colors.

This was right around the corner from the house. Look at all the leaves on the lawn.

This tree is in my front yard by the side of the driveway. I love all the yellow/gold colors. Considering this poor tree almost died, I love that it has come back beautifully.

From my driveway I can see this beautiful tree down the street. Not only is it a large tree, it is in full autumn bloom.

I have always wanted to live somewhere with a real autumn. I see pictures of back east and feel a sense of great satisfaction looking at them. I try to imagine walking down a lane with a carpet of leaves, pumpkins on porches and a brisk autumn breeze.

Remembering Mom

October 11th, 2020 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Uncategorized No Comments »

October is my Mothers birthday month. She was born on October 25, 1931. I always remember her birthday because it was ONE month and ONE day more than mine.

She would have been 89 this month.

I miss her. Wish I asked her a lot more questions. But when I did, she usually said “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember” I often wonder about her youth and before she started her family.

Did she think she was cool. Was she full of confidence, or timid. Did she have big dreams. I know she liked working but never really sure if she did it to get away from us kids. LOL

One day I will see her again, maybe I will see the young, happy, beautiful woman in the pictures above.

Happy Birthday Mom!

Bringing in the New Year

March 21st, 2020 klwade Posted in Uncategorized No Comments »

So I recently embraced the store Aldi. The first time I went, I just did not get it. It does not have the normal stuff and has some off brand foods. But I recently learned to enjoy it. I check out the ads. Shopped for some cool stuff.

One of things I recently got was the 7 days of wine, sparkling wine to be more precise. From Dec 25th to Dec 31st you have a different sparkling wine. Of course my Aldi’s was out but my sister found me one at her store.

So for Christmas, I had the Belletti Prosecco wine. Soft and fruity peach and pear notes, with breezy apple peel and lemon zest. Pairs well with seafood, chicken, pasta with cream sauce, spicy Asian dishes, mild cheeses, as an apertif, or simply on its own.

For December 26th was a wonderful sparkling wine called Gourmandises Demi-Sec Sparkling Pinot Noir ICE. It was fruity and bubbly and a fun drink.

For December 27 I had the  Paluzzi Moscato d’ Asti which offers a sweet balance of bright citrus fruits with luscious apricot and peach flavors. Serve as an aperitif, with dessert, or simply enjoy with friends on its own. SALUTE!

We have hit the half way mark. So for December 28th I had the Belletti Sparkling Rose. Refreshing, crisp sparkler boasts notes of lilacs, strawberry and raspberry with a fruit forward structure.

For December 29th, There was another Ice drink. Gourmandises Demi-Sec Sparkling Chardonnay ICE was very nice however it was not as nice as the other Gourmandises.

December 30th was the Francois Fouché Brut Rosé

And finally, for New Years Eve was the heretat el padruell cava brut. A great finish for a count down.

All of this pairs nicely with the Aldi Christmas themed cheeses. I am a sucker for a themed cheese and Aldi is the best at it.

I am a bit late adding in this Christmas/New Years post but I was having trouble uploading pictures from my phone. My sister (the same one who got my the Aldi Wine countdown) told me abou this little USB stick that will move my photos. And it worked! Yeah!

Making some Cards

August 4th, 2019 klwade Posted in Cardmaking, Uncategorized No Comments »

Thought I would finish up a few cards for the Simon Says Stamp Weekly Challenge.

The challenge this time is Anything Goes! Which of course makes it easy to create!

Lawn Fawn Pop Up Toaster

This cure card is an interactive card where the toast comes out of the toaster

Altenew Sweet Violet Birthday Card

I belong to the Altenew monthly Build a Flower subscription. This was the Sweet Violet set.

Altenew Hyacinth

And finally is another Altenew set called Hyacinth.

MFT Weekly Sketch – 448

August 4th, 2019 klwade Posted in Cardmaking, Crafts, Sketch Challenge, Uncategorized No Comments »

I have been trying to make cards again and I need something to get me into the mood. Looking at the weekly sketches gives me ideas to take out those stamps, dies and copics.

This week the sketch is a simple one.

I decided to go thru my MFT stash and see what image would work great with this layout.

I selected this very cute set called Polynesian Paradise.

To compliment the set I used the Echo Park “Best Summer Ever” paperpack.

Posted on MFT Sketch Challenge and simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge.

Thanks for looking.

MFT Camp Create – Day 2 Remarkable Resist

July 24th, 2019 klwade Posted in MFT Camp Create, Uncategorized No Comments »

For day 2 we were asked to do a remarkable resist card.

I decided that I wanted to use my Shimmer Powder over an embossed background stamped card.

I really like using the Tonic Nuvo shimmer powders. It is such a quick way to make a beautiful card.

Postcrossing – More cards have arrived

June 1st, 2019 klwade Posted in Post Crossing, Uncategorized No Comments »

Well I admit this is fun. I love when I find a card in the mail…so much better than bills or advertisements.

From Wuppertal, Germany

Arne mailed this from Wuppertal Germany near Colonge. He lives there with his family. He is a writer and hopes to one day be famous. He loves to read and write and even his children are both postcrossers. Maybe one day I will get a postcard from them.

Wuppertal is a city in western Germany. It’s known for its Schwebebahn, a suspension monorail dating from 1901. He was kind enough to send me a post card of their famous monorail.

It is also called the floating tram. Here is another picture of the tram but over the river. I would love to see this one day, if not, at least I get to see it via post card.

The Floating Tram
From the United Kingdom

Julie from the United Kingdom, Paignton on the South of England sent me this cute Coffee card. It is known for its pier, zoo and pudding riots. What the heck is a pudding riot!!!

Where Paignton is located.

So I did a little research, the pudding riots
(Story taken from imgur.com)

One summer’s day in 1859, in the idyllic town of Paignton which sits on the coast of the little toe like bit of England to the south a party of 850 locals and 300 railway workers gathered in Paignton for a feast to celebrate the extension of a line… Big on puddings, the locals made a Spotted Dick, that was 5ft tall, 13ft wide and weighed 1.5 tonnes.

Big on puddings, the locals made a Spotted Dick, that was 5ft tall, 13ft wide and weighed 1.5 tonnes to celebrate. A further 18,000 spectators turned out, and to keep those chaps entertained, 1,900 lbs of meat and bread and an unlimtied supply of the local Devonshire cider was provided

After a copious consumption of cider, these 18,000 or so guests decided it was a good idea to get the peace of the action …the people on the outside began to clamour for shares and, breaking down the fence, started forward to help themselves. The committee, worried by this turn of events, surrounded their charge and called on the five policemen present to assist them. The invited guests, feeling that they were being deprived of their rights, moved into the fray and in a moment committee, police, pudding and public were in one seething mass on the ground. By the time order was restored not a morsel of that delicious pudding remained…

From Arkansas, United States

The cute weinerdog card came from Arlett from Arkansas, United States.

I was her very first post card from Postcrossing! She has always wanted to visit California. She loves dogs and food! I think I like her.

From Taipei, Taiwan

This post card comes from Selina from Taipei, Taiwan. She loves photography and this card is actually one of her photos. She is entering collage in September and has always wanted a cat (her mom wont let her have one).

Her favorite drink is Bubble Milk Tea, which is quite yummy

She seems like a sweet young lady. I wish her the best in College.

From Australia

This was my first card from Australia. Irene loves to read. She has told me that the peoples poet of Australia is Henry Lawson. I have never heard of him, I need to check out his writing.

She also reads a lot, and collects framed paintings. She is a proud mama and “travels” thru all the post cards she gets thru Postcrossing.

From Russian girl who is in Peru

This cute Postcrossing post card came from Angelina from St Petersburg Russia. She just happens to be traveling in Peru and sent me this postcard.

She says if she could travel back in time she would like to go to ancient Greece. Too bad she did not tell me why.

Cryfest 2013

February 4th, 2013 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Uncategorized No Comments »

OK, had to watch the superbowl to see all the modern day warriors do their thing!  But what really impacted me was the commercial about the Clydesdale and the relationship with the farmer….   cried my eyes out.