Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Thursday, December 8, 2016

I like Thursday #8 - the Miscellaneous Edition

Every week, after I publish my "I like" post, I think, "That's it.  I have nothing more to write about."  But then I start looking around, and sure enough, there's something I hadn't thought about that I like.  Thanks, LeeAnna, for inspiring us to see the good things around us, and appreciate them!

This time of year I am so happy to see Christmas lights coming on everywhere I look.  They are one of my favorite parts of this season.  I decorated my tree this past weekend, and got my husband to play with his camera and take some photos for me.

From inside -

And outside -

He has a special filter that makes the lights look like twinkling stars.  Makes for a fun photo!

It's always fun to get the ornaments and decorations out.  Here are some from a long time ago, when I was a cross-stitcher.

Growing up, our family always had an angel at the top of the tree, so when we got married, my mom made us an angel for our tree.  She's so sweet!  I couldn't have a Christmas tree without her on the top.

When our kids were little, she made Raggedy Andy dolls for them (what else do you make for little boys?!) and I have been getting them out at Christmas, too.  They are actually named Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Kevin, because those are our kids' names.  Here they are with the doll quilt I made for them last year. (It started out as a table topper, but is really the wrong size and shape for my table, and looks more like a doll quilt, so I have repurposed it! LOL!)

Do you use a crockpot a lot?  I love mine!  It was cooking soup for us for dinner over the weekend.  Soup is one of my favorite meals, and I wish I had more recipes for soup for my crockpot.  If you have a good one, I'd love it if you'd share it with me.

I got a thank you note yesterday for something I wasn't even expecting to be thanked for!  What a treat!  I'll keep it to look at when I need a lift, and also a reminder that kindness is so important.

And finally, in the category of "I hope I will like these..."

I bought these rotary blade replacements at Harbor Freight after seeing them recommended in a Facebook quilting group that I'm in.  Have any of you tried them?  I hope they are good, as I tend to go through a lot of blades, and these are very inexpensive!  I think they were $1.99 for two!

Happy Thursday, everyone!  Hope you are having a great week!


Linda said...

I enjoyed this post so much - I love the cozy pics of your tree and laughed at Raggedy "Kevin".
I have not tried the rotary blades at Harbor Freight and didn't know they had them! We are actually planning to shop there this weekend, so I'll pick some up. I'll be interested to know how you like them. I tend to "save" my blades because they are so pricey and try to get as much use out of them as possible, which isn't necessarily a good thing!

LA Paylor said...

I love lights. I also love soup. It's labor heavy for me with all the veg chopping but a big bowl of vege with fresh ginger and lots of garlic is the best.
Rice or noodles? LeeAnna

Sherrill said...

It's funny--I was sitting here eating soup and reading your blog. I LOVE Olive Garden's zuppa toscana and this recipe is a dead ringer..I make a double recipe and freeze in individual portions. LOVE it!

Malinda said...

I use harbor freight blades all the time! They work great. Every once in a while you get one with a dull spot, but the low cost more than makes up for it!

claudia said...

Soup is the main thing on the menu in this house!
I love driving through my new little town and seeing the lights the Chamber of Commerce puts up. They have beautiful displays throughout the five or six blocks of town. Pretty lights!
Let us know how you like those blades. Malinda says she likes them, I have a Harbor Freight not too far away, in fact it's in the same shopping center as JoAnn Fabrics, so it would be convenient to get my blades there...I go through a lot of those too I could handle a couple of bucks for those blades!

Vicki in MN said...

Looking very festive Diane!! I love how the lights twinkle, think your DH could come to MN and take pix of mine,LOL. Just this afternoon I was thinking of blog posts and what I could do each one until Christmas now. That is to include a different Christmas decor each time. I'll send you a taco soup recipe I just got and tried YUM.

Michele McLaughlin said...

Hi Diann! I love your Christmas tree, the lights DO look like stars! The doll quilt is perfect for your raggedy boys and I love the angel your Mom made!!! Let us know what you think of the Harbor Freight blades, I'm very interested! PS, loving your nine patch (previous post). Have a wonderful week! Mickie

Kate said...

Lots of pretty holiday decorations at your house. Love the Raggedy Andy dolls. Very cute. Hope you enjoy the rest of the holiday season.