Tuesday, June 21, 2011

What a busy couple of weeks!




I've been absent because of several factors, but I will blame most of it on the fact that we
 have been painting the whole house.

I am now of the opinion that huge painting jobs are better left to the professionals.

We have two more rooms to finish before we pronounce it finished, but at least now we can see the end. We came to a good "stopping point" and I set out to do some other things that required my attention.

During this time, I ordered a case of apricots from Bountiful Baskets.
When I got home and opened the box, I discovered that about a third of them were moldy.
I was pretty disappointed. However, I was determined not to waste the rest and I knew they wouldn't wait for me too much longer. I hurried and made up a few batches of apricot-pineapple jam.
MMmmmm! It's yummy.

I also loaded up my dehydrator, thinking about how much I looooove dried apricots.
I put the dehydrator in the preschool room so as to not be disturbed by the sound,
shut the door and forgot about them.

For TWO days.

There was no happy ending for these apricots.

I also have been using the "you know what" out of my new toy....




It's an Accuquilt GO! fabric cutter! :)
I was given a very generous gift card to JoAnn's from my preschool mommies this year for Teacher Appreciation Day. (I was so surprised and touched! :):):) Thanks again!!!)
Craig also subsidized this purchase.......in the name of Mothers Day, of course! haha!

I have cut out so many shapes that I should have enough to have quilt top going until the end of time!
I can cut up to TEN layers of fabric at a time! Cutting out a quilt top takes just minutes! There isn't a lot of measuring...just layer the fabric on the die, put the cutting mat on top and crank it through the machine.
I love it so much.....
I could marry it!
hahaha! :)

4 comments:

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

I want one of those!!!
Does it do other shapes, like crows or stars?
Gina has some kind of cutter that does shapes, too.
Just curious......

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Jo-Anne,

What a great gift...the fabric cutter! Looks like you've been giving it a work out too!

Now a dehydrator is something I'd like to have! Maybe one day....

Hope you all are doing well. I think about my blogging buddies from time to time!

Have a great summer!
Tammy

Burklund Blogger said...

That IS disappointing about the dried apricots. We just got a dehydrator and I have a semi-irrational fear of leaving it on for days and having it dehydrate so much that it spontaneouslyl combusts and our house burns down :(. So, for now, it functions in the bathtub.

Grammee Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

Painting... it always seems like it is going tobe easier and less time consuming than it turns out to be!! I'd love to hire a pro from now on too!!

What a neat machine!! I can only imagine how much time that saves. Might make quilting even more appealing to some people. Have fun putting all those tops together!!

warm hugs!