Monday, December 15, 2014

A Dizzy DillyDally Weekend!

Many assume that because I live in the middle of nowhere ...
... my life is quiet, calm, and serene.  Reality is quite the opposite!  This past weekend was a good example!  I literally could not attend all the events that I wanted!  Yep ... love when that happens!
Friday was a big day here in our community!  The annual community tree lighting, Santa's arrival and the yearly bazaar!  Lots of treasure and terrific food at this event!  Also, many quilts on display ... this stunning quilt was made by a former student.  She was 17 when she pieced it in my classroom!  We have amazing talent in this small town!
On Saturday, I made St. Lucia buns to commemorate the holiday.  The house smelled like heaven!
The DillyDally family also went on their annual tree hunt.  Long time readers will remember that last year we cancelled the hunt because the weather was so nasty ... Mr. DD actually suggested we get an artificial tree ... we did!
The weather on Saturday was a bit threatening ... but we're hardy and Girlfriend DD was excited about her first Alaska Tree Hunt!
They're off!
By the time they found one, Mother Nature's temperament had changed ... it was raining hard!
The adventures didn't end there ... one tree decided to fly out of the truck ...
... and Brother had to chase it down ... we all had the giggles!  We had earned our hot cocoa, lefse, and St. Lucia buns when we got those two trees home.  Then it was off to a wedding ... a lovely way to end the day.
Sunday was all about the December QBee Birthday Bash!  We have three birthdays this month ... triple the fun!  We decided to have an appetizer potluck here at my house!  Yummy!  I tried out a new recipe and made an Eggnog Bundt Cake.  It was such a relaxing afternoon catching up with one another before holiday travels begin!
Terry B. brought her Trellis for some show and tell!
Her top is completely finished!  She appliqu├ęd the vine by machine and did the leaves, flowers and berries by hand!  We were all inspired to pull out ours and get busy ... after the holidays of course!

Ten days before Christmas ... this week I'll be substitute teaching, continuing my 007 projects and baking!  I love my dizzy dillydally life!

Do what you love.  Embrace the dizzy!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

More Foo-Whee Fun!

I have been submerged in dillydallying ... undercover work on gifts ... yep, it's that time of the year!  Our weather has been cooperating ... large storms have been pounding our coastal community.  There have been a few days when the street lights never went out ... the cloud cover was so thick, it was dark the entire day!  Great weather for dillydallying with a deadline!
Today ... the clouds lifted ... I had to get out and enjoy some time outdoors.  Kysa and I went for a walk ... it was so refreshing!  Because I can't share the fun Flicka and I are having with our 007 projects,  instead I'll talk about the Foo-Whee fun that has been going on!
I finished my navy/lupine mittens last week!  In the bubble bath they went ...
... blocked and off to air dry!
Idaho KBee, Nancy (on the left), sent me photos last week of her progress!
Pic by KBee Nancy
Here is the pair of Foo-Whee mittens she began during the class ... the second one nearly done!  They're beautiful ... love the red fleece with the light oatmeal yarn!
Pic by KBee Nancy
And her second pair ... one mitt is finished!  Wow!  In her email she asked that I send her two additional skeins of yarn!  She commented that all she wants to do is knit!  You go Girlfriend!  Knit on with wild abandon!  I can't tell you how fun it is when converts people share their progress!  Makes my heart sing!
I was inspired, so I decided to make another pair too!  I chose this rich dark chocolate brown color ... love the way it looks with the lupine fleece!
Yesterday I finished them and into the suds they went!
Girlfriend DD has also caught the Foo-Whee funbug.  She dropped by last night and gave her mitts the spa treatment as well!  Love her color combination of a light lime green and the teal Sitka Spruce fleece.
After we blocked them, I put them under the tree to air dry ... they are basking in the glow of Christmas lights ... seems appropriate!
Mother Nature gifted us with a beautiful sunset this afternoon ... her color combinations are always inspiring!  I'm going to look for a fleece painted in these golden colors ... a pair of Foo-Whee mittens knit in this color combination just has to be in my near future!  More Foo-Whee fun!

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Monday, December 8, 2014

Dillydally Angels!

Yep ... it is that time of the year ... several 007 projects in progress!
Nearly all of my current dillydallying is "top secret"!  In looking through my photo files, I realized that there are a few things I've accomplished that are unclassified.  I know ... I'm sew hokey!
I'll share with you the projects I made at Quilt Camp in northern Idaho.  My trip to Idaho was mostly a last minute decision that included an invitation to teach the Foo-Whee Mitten knitting class at a friend's annual "Quilt" Camp.  ;-)  That concept is slightly confusing ... doesn't matter ... it was loads of fun!
Readers may recall that this was added on to an already long trip with family obligations.  I arrived in Idaho with only one piece of fabric!  That's right ... I had nothing ... not a spool of thread nor a single straight pin!  These five lovely ladies shared their supplies and tools ... they were so generous, kind, patient and tolerant!  They truly are Dillydally Angels!
Sharon knew that I had purchased six a few Frozen panels and suggested I bring one along.  She had made a quilt using one and brought her leftover fabric as well as snowflakes cut with their shop's Accu-Quilter for me to use.
It was such fun playing around with alternate design ideas ... the final design was Plan G!  I picked up a couple of batik fabrics at the retreat's mini quilt mart ...
... and before long the top was finished!  I had such fun "making do" with what was available and am thrilled with the results!  We all agreed that I have probably jinxed the future and will only have grandsons! Hee-hee!  Well ... even if I only have grandsons, they will either have an aunt or mother who IS the original Princess Elsa ... so they'll need to have one anyway! ;-)  Too much fun!
This is the Bernina that Sharon brought from the shop for me to use ... it worked like a charm.  My second project was this sweet little thread catcher!  QBee Mona had made one the day before and I fell in love with it.  Again I bought the fabric there ... borrowed the pattern from her ... she even gave me the piping and ribbon I needed to finish it!

After all the traveling I had done, it was so nice to sit at a machine and sew!  Relying on the generosity of others is uncommon for me ... it forced me to reach out to those around me.  Sometimes I think we become too self-reliant.  Having to reach out for the assistance of others helped me form relationships that I otherwise may have missed.  A very valuable dillydally lesson!
Speaking of princesses ... Cinderella had it right!  As much as I love the projects I made ... it is the friendships I made that are the true treasure.

Do what you love.  Be an angel.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Friday, December 5, 2014

A New Quilter!

In my remote corner of the planet ...
... our days are short and often very gray this time of the year.  We quickly learn how to create our own version of sunshine!  Busy hands chase the gray away!
Sometime last summer, Girlfriend DillyDally expressed an interest in learning how to quilt.  Recently she had a few days off work, and we got busy.  After brief lessons on rotary cutting and how to use the sewing machine ... she took off!
She seemed to enjoy every step of the process ... she is a quick study and has just enough perfectionism to be immediately successful!
Flicka supervised ... of course!  And awarded Girlfriend DD with her approval! ;-)
Her first project, a pillow quilt, is beautiful!  And ... I think we have a convert ... she has already made plans for her next project!  We are both basking in the sunshine of her success!

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gingerbread Traditions!

 While many in America were getting up early to shop on Black Friday ...
... here in DillyDallydom, I was up early too!  Up to my elbows in gingerbread and royal icing!
It is a tradition for the DillyDally children to make gingerbread houses over the long weekend following Thanksgiving.  Brother and Girlfriend DD were good sports and indulged me and my nonsense funsense!  ;-)
We spent Friday decorating the pieces ... eating leftovers and lots of candy.
Saturday ... house construction began ...
... and work continued on a puzzle we had begun after Thanksgiving dinner.
Roof pieces were prepared ...
... while all 1000 puzzle pieces found their home!
By the end of the day on Sunday, all finishing touches and landscaping was complete!   The aroma of gingerbread fills the house and their apartment ... the Christmas season has officially arrived!

Do what you love.  Treasure tradition.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally  

Monday, December 1, 2014

Preparing for the Holidays!

Life is filled with all kinds of blessings ... here, in my remote corner of the planet ... one of those blessings is our local yarn shop, The Net Loft and the owner Dotty!  Recently, she hosted a weekend of fun to help us prepare for the holidays!
This is the display that greets customers as they enter the shop!  Wonderful!
So much more than a yarn shop ... beautiful gifts for anyone on your list!
Friday night was an Open House event!  Many gift ideas for knitters to make and receive!  So inspiring!
Mitten garland ... so stinkin' cute!
Knitted ornaments ... stockings ...
... and others!  So sweet!
Dotty shared her gratitude and inspired us all to enjoy the season.
We enjoyed Mulled Cider and these adorable Gingerbread Men!  Not only did the store look like Christmas ... it smelled and tasted like the holiday as well!
The cookies were made by Diane ... who so willingly shares her culinary talents!  
On Saturday, Dotty hosted a Christmas craft day!
Many hands were at work all afternoon long ...
... creating treasures for their home!
Projects designed to inspire and remind us of all that the Christmas holiday represents ... simply wonderful!
In October, Dotty was able to realize a personal dream by attending Wool Week on the Shetland Islands!  Sunday afternoon, she shared her pictures, journal, and memories from her experience.  Her adventures inspired us as knitters ... but more importantly she encouraged us to fulfill our dreams!  I love when my friends experience their dreams ... so empowering!
Today I am hanging my garland ... and as I prepare for the holidays it reminds me to prepare my heart as well ... to focus on what Christmas represents ... peace, love, and joy.

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally