Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving...

I'm having a day with a list a mile long and I am jumping from one thing to the next so I thought I would just take a little break....
and wish all of you  a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

I love getting the table set.  It's my spot to remind myself that family and friends sitting at our table create the real meaning of Thanksgiving....




To all of you, to friends far and near, to family that couldn't be with us and to everyone else....you are certainly in my thoughts...
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL.....
 
Remember - SMILE always and share a hug on this special day!
jayne                          

Friday, November 16, 2012

Better late than never :)

Happy Friday evening all....

I did say I would be back Tuesday - I never made it.  Today I saw a special Friend "Kim" and I told her I would get busy and give the update I promised :)

My last post was all the fun we had at the Loft for our Christmas Open House.  What I was holding until Tuesday were the pictures of our backyard.  Our little house not only is special inside but the girls do everything to make the outside special as well....

Remember - Christmas in San Diego...

The backyard had so many cute items to take home...trust me...many filled their stockings with many fun things....

This is the shed...the antique heaven to all that know the Country Loft.  Decorated and ready to greet our friends....
 
I thought I had several more pictures but they are not in my Picasa album.  Did I just think I took them :)  Oh well, you can see we had a wonderful day and in every direction we were ready for CHRISTMAS.....
 
We had a very busy week, and were visited by all that couldn't make it Saturday.... Take a peek at the Country Loft Blog and see the great kits we had...
 
Now...I want to share the cutest little munchkin with you...her name Emma....she is just 6 months old and already winning all hearts that come her way....
 
Her moomy send a picture with the caption..."got the wrong size"  no matter what she is just the custest...
I know, I am the Grammy but she is a very special little girl....
 
I will be working at the Loft tomorrow and then on Sunday - prep begins for Thanksgiving.  I am cooking for just 6 this year.  I love cooking for this special day...easy and yummy!!!
 
Hope you have a great week-end and do something enjoyable...and do it with those you love :)
 
Remember -Smile - always....
jayne


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Couldn't ask for any better.....

WOW....yesterday was our Christmas Open House at the Country Loft...a huge success in every way!!!
The weather was perfect - low 60's with a few clouds and a bit of sun.  For San Diego that is the perfect fall/winter day.   It was such fun to see our favorite shoppers arrive in hoodies, boots, long pants and scarfs.  We don't get to do that very often here in So Cal :)
This last week the entire crew of "elves" worked to get the shop ready leaving no detail unattended to.  It was such fun to see it come together.  I can't tell you all the oohs and ahas I heard or.. the phrase "I need to get one of those" but it was several times that's for sure!!! Our job was to get the trees up, the decorations out and the trees decorated with some wonderful ornaments - by the way - they were all for sale. The shop has "Christmas" in every corner....so the "eye candy" was to die for....
At the Loft our open house is called "Kit Day".  For many weeks prior to our Open House the days are filled with kitting some of our favorite things. I can't tell you how many different kits we had but it is always greatly anticipated to see what kits we selected. Trust me...they don't last very long!

So, let me take you on a tour of our great shop!  Hope you like what you see :)

Can't forget outside...Joe (the owner with his wife Sharon) tends to getting the house decorated with lights.  We do appreciate all you do Joe!!!!
 
Our trees are all different sizes (and all for sale).  This one is done with snowman.  How fun huh!!!
 
Here are two more.  All the houses on the tree light up!  Awesome!!!
 
My favorite spot...our mantel.  It is such a focal point in our store and this year was no exception!
 
A close up of one of our most popular kits!!  MERRY CHRISTMAS....
 
Our wool room (yes we have a room just for wool) was so much fun!!!
 
and lets not forget the kitchen :)  This tree was just adorable!
 
and the gang of elves....
Deby, Donna, Mindy, Jayne, Susy, Colleen Tina, Sharon and Kathy...
 
Hope you enjoy!!!  I will be back tomorrow and take you outside :)  well maybe Tuesday, I work tomorrow :)
 
Hope you have a great Sunday and do something fun!!!!  
 
Until later...
 
Remember - SMILE Always....
jayne
 


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

SATURDAY FUN....

Hi all.....

The Country Loft is having our Christmas Open House this Saturday...Nov. 10th.   If you can come - please join us!  If not check back to see the great pictures of our store. You can order anything you see on line or- just e-mail us or give us a call....

Today I worked at the Loft cutting fat quarters, arranging displays with kits and getting fabric placed to let all our friends know what we have...It was such fun....so much "eye candy" for sale...

If you are not in the area check back for pictures...it will be a sight to see...loft blog  http://thecountryloft.blogspot.com/

Trees with lights, Christmas "goodies". candles and great fabric for the season and everything else you could ask for!

It is our event of the year!!!!! Can't wait.

I told my husband he had to visit Saturday to see how exciting it is...He said "YES"! Now that says it all!!!!

I love this time of year...so much to do but so exciting!!!

Please visit and let me know what you think...

Remember - SMILE always...
jayne

Friday, November 2, 2012

Learned something today.... :-)

Remember yesterday I was just so frustrated with fabric selections?  I really thought I had lost the knack of putting fabrics together.

Today I went to a class given by a great quilt teacher.  The class was not a specific project but if you had taken a class from Catherine (the instructor) in the past and had questions or were stumped she welcomed you to come by for assistance  I am so glad I went!!!!!   It was just a "good thing".

She did answer the few questions I had relating to a pattern I was going to start right after the new year.  It was a class she taught at the Country Loft while I was working so I just got the pattern.  The extra help today was just what I needed!

BUT....the best part...I told her about my frustration with the quilt I had made (you saw it yesterday) and how unhappy I was with it.  She was familiar with the pattern and when I was telling her my sad story she asked a few questions...yes, I had used just a few fabrics, yes it looked blah and yes I didn't like it!
Her first comment -  (not quoting but this was the gist) well that is a scrappy pattern and the blocks are large so you lost the look of what it was intended to be...wow!!!! She was right - it was blah and putting it on point (which I considered) may have helped but the blah was still going to be there....

RESULT - I am taking the blocks apart and adding new fabrics (scrappy ones).  It won't be a total loss but I learned that others can really help when we get stumped!
I am anxious to change it - its fun to learn something and then correct it with what I've learned.

Take a look!

My finished blocks...
 
See the difference - why didn't I see it!!!
 
So, I look forward to getting this done and then liking it!  I will also enjoy taking the blocks apart - am I crazy - well, maybe a little but I am OK with that!
 
Hope you learned something "fun" today...it is a good feeling!
 
Enjoy your week-end and....
 
Remeber - SMILE always...
jayne
 
 


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Busy, busy, busy....

Happy November 1st....where does the time go? 

The days just fly...I wish I had more hours in a day and at least one "FREE" day a week to catch up :)

As you know, I have been working on a sampler this entire year.  My last post shows all but one block completed.  We have one class to go and it is then ready to put together.  My problem,  I got this far and decided I didn't like the fabric selection I was using....It has blues, browns and a pop of cheddar.  I intended to sash with gold and do a piano border of all my fabrics.  Just couldn't do it.  Instead of bagging it up and forgetting about it (have you ever done that with a project?) I played with it for several weeks and have decided that the border will change to  something simple and the colors will change to blues.


These pictures don't help you see but I do like it and believe it will be OK.  This project will not get completed until  January but I will finish it!!!!
 
Now...another project I am doing and again not sure I like it!  Am I having a quilters challenge?  For some reason I can't decide what colors I like - darks, lights, or what!!
 
These next two pictures are a pattern by Geoff's mom.  I loved the pattern but again I am faced with a challenge...squared up or on point?  What do you think?
 

OR
 
 
This one will be just fine once quilted but my visual in planning is not what I created :)
Oh well....be patient with yourself jayne...
 
Now what am I sure about....these little munchkins bring all the joy I need in life...how lucky we are!!!!
 
 
Cooper our fireman and Emma our little ladybug!!!! She is not to sure about this Halloween thing but she is certainly doing her best :)
 
And last but not least....we have family back in CT and they did very well with Sandy.  For all those that face huge challenges we keep them in our hearts and prayers...
 
Have a great day everyone and no matter what....
 
Remember - SMILE always...
jayne
 
PS - will be back soon :)