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Retired For The Week

Updated: Jul 18, 2022

As I mentioned last week, for a change, I am not traveling for the next six weeks. I am of the age where I should be retired but life doesn't always give us what we want so I am still out there traveling around selling my wares. But this week I got a glimpse of what it would be like to stay at home and get some things done. Below is a day by day account of what I achieved.

I started my sewing week on Wednesday Here we go:


I had pieced this table covering for my sister earlier but completed the quilting today. Now I have to figure out just exactly where I put that fabric for the binding. As of Monday of this week I still have not found it.

We will see.....

As I mentioned before I have quite a few showers that I am hosting this summer so these fobs are some of the shower gifts I made.

I picked out fabric for some bags I will be making tomorrow. I realize I am definitely over my black and white period.


Wrote my class description for a Quick Christmas Gift class I am teaching in the fall.

I was given this bag when I was in Hawaii doing the Indulge Retreat. I love this bag so that I took it to see how it was sewn. I will be using it as a class going forward.

Pincushion Panache by Lakeside Designs

Found this great pattern for pin cushions when I was at the Reno Show. I just couldn't wait to make them.

Before After

Couldn't stand working in my space anymore. Took the time to clean up.

Made a few of the bags that I wanted to tackle.These too are for some of the showers coming up.


I have a wedding I am attending in July. I made this little quilt to go in their bedroom. Hoping to get to the quilting next week.

One of my favorite nieces is getting married this fall. Next week we are having a shower for her. We have about 15 to 20 people spending the weekend. Everyone will be working on the quilt for her. We should have it pieced by the time we leave on Sunday.

I was lucky enough to be able to take a quick trip with my sister, Colleen, to Missouri Star to pick out the quilt. Not only did we pick out the quilt but stayed at a hotel that had bed bugs. We are thinking of embroidering bugs on the backing of this quilt so she knows how hard we worked at it.

I cut the quilt out and planned the class for putting it together


Started planning my quilt for the Minnesota State Fair.

Didn't get to my sewing room much today. Once in awhile the house needs to be cleaned. We had family over for dinner and I made the chicken tacos recipe below.


I put the petal to the metal on Sunday!

Made those bags that I picked out on Thursday and more pin cushions.

I started assembling my little quilt for the Minnesota State Fair and then saw some solids so now I am working on two different quilts at the same time. I thought I would like the prints better than the solids but not sure now. I will have to see how the rest of it looks before I make my decision. Stay tuned for next week.

Monday I had to get back to work a bit and had orders to fill. I don't know what all else I had to do but I know I was busy. Tuesday, well I am busy writing this to you.

Needless to say, I am loving being home and want this to continue. We will see what the next week brings.

For now, I give you my Irish goodbye.



Recipe of the Week

Easy Chicken Tacos in the Instapot

2 to 3 chicken breasts 2 T olive oil

1 onion chopped Red, yellow & green peppers, sliced

1 jar salsa 1 packet of taco seasoning

1 1/2 C water

Taco Shells 2 Tomatoes, diced -

2 c Lettuce shredded 1 c. cheddar cheese, grated

Place the chicken breasts in the pot with water. Sprinkle 3/4 of the taco seasoning and the jar of salsa. Place the separator from the Insta Pot on top of the chicken. Put the peppers and onions on top. Sprinkle the remaining taco seasoning on the vegetables. Turn the pot on to poultry (about 16 minutes). Remove the vegetables and put in separate dish. Shred the chicken breasts adding some of the liquid from the pot to make it moist.

Set out the shells, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese to make the tacos. Makes 8 servings


You don't have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.

Les Brown




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