Saturday, January 30, 2010

Hot Chocolate!

Hot Chocolate! Yum!! To warm me up. I just came inside from making an attempt at shoveling the snow out of my driveway. It is not the nice fluffy stuff, nor is it the kind of snow you can make a snowman with. It just crumbles or is a heavy icy chunk! We had 5 3/4" of snow and then sleet and I think it is going to freeze into a solid ice block. I like snow but not this kind! Snow is rare here in North Carolina.
Here is a picture of my home. As you can see the sky is still thick with dark clouds. I took this picture about 2:30 in the afternoon. Our street has not been plowed. North Carolina rarely has snow. They do try to plow the main roads but the back streets may never get plowed. The Southerners philosophy is "It will be all gone by tomorrow, so why bother". I personally don't think this will be gone by tomorrow this time. It is supposed to get down into the teens tonight. And if any melting takes place it will refreeze at night.
So I have come in from shoveling and taking a walk. Had some hot chocolate and I'm now ready to get back to work.
This is "Roxanne's glue baste it". It has been very helpful with this large applique piece I am working on. It doesn't take much to just hold this hockey guy in place so I can sew it down. I've used it before. It just dissolves away once you wash the quilt.
Here is my hockey man! As you can see I am about half way with the final applique piece. Carrie over at "A Passion for Applique" has some great tutorials on applique! I found the one she calls "Freezer Paper Points" to be extremely helpful especially with my hockey guy. It showed how she uses magic sizing to hold and press the edges into the perfect shape before sewing it down. Carrie has links to her tutorials on her right side bar. :o)

My husband just went outside. He says the roads are now a sheet of ICE. I think I will just keep on working on my Hockey guy for the rest of the evening.


  1. I saw some of NC snow on the news this morning.
    We have lots of the white stuff here in Virginia. Its been snowing since this morning and is still coming down. The hot chocolate looks really good. I am home making soup.

  2. The hot chocolate looks delicious served up in the cute snowman mug! Yum. The hockey player guy is looking great. This is going to be an awesome quilt. You really did get plenty of snow, my goodness, didn't realize your folks even keep snow shovels ~ you do, right?

  3. What a beautiful home you have!! And yes, that is a lot of snow! Good idea, stay in and sew and drink hot chocolate!

  4. Oh Karen! I was going to comment on the snow because that's quite a snowfall you have there but I'm so taken with this work you've done in a relatively short period of time. My goodness. I hope you're pleased and impressed with your work. I know we all are. Boy, when you have an inspiration you can really tap into that and let it come out and shine. The spirit is within you.

  5. You guys in the south are getting more snow than we have gotten here in the north!
    I love the quilt you are doing!! Carrie gives great tutorials on applique.

    Your husband is just gonna love this. Good work!

  6. Yummy chocolate!
    Oh yes....I feel your pain as we could not shovel either and have a wee bit more than you. Here is the kicker...DH is to leave at 8:30 am tomorrow am for airport! The mail lady had to have somebody come get her out of the neighborhood she got stuck! I really don't think he will be going anywhere!! We are pretty much stuck as our roads are not cleared either out here in the county.

  7. Hi Karen !
    The hot chocolate looks as delicious as the mug it's served in.

    Beautiful home - snow and all. It's like a picture-postcard!

    Looks like that hockey player could come to life on your streets !

  8. You home looks so pretty in the snow. We got about 8inches and it has not melted at all today. We did have sleet too which I wish we didn't. Always takes longer to melt.
    Thanks for sharing about my tutorials. Your player is coming along very nicely.

  9. Hot chocolate is perfect for this kind of weather! What a lovely house you have, it looks very cozy! You are doing a very good work on the hockey player.

  10. Snow is a good quilting motivator. NJ has had its share this year. Your project is moving along. It looks like it is really challenging and with hot chocolate I am sure you will get it done.

  11. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice compliment. Your quilt is coming out great! I agree that Roxannes' Glue is really nice to work with. Snow is a fact of life here in NH, but I really love it! There's nothing prettier than a fresh coat of snow.

  12. Karen, you had me at the Hot Chocolate!
    As soon as I figured out the Follower thing-y I came rushing back to return the favour! I am really looking forward to getting to know you through our blog-visits.
    I am so impressed with Hockey Hunk!
    warm greetings from Cyprus,

  13. Hi Karen, I see we post on some of the same sites, just thought I would introduce myself. Nice to meet you. Your hockey guy is fantastic. I formerly lived in the North so I know what it's like to get lots of snow. It's beautiful, however I sure don't miss the cold weather. Thankfully we don't get snow where I live now. Knock on wood. :) Have a great day.

  14. Hi Karen,
    We had snow here today in New Bern, NC. Haven't had it in years. Got about 6"!
    By the way, I looooooooove your house! Swooping roof lines are my favorite! I have worked in custom home building for the past 10 years, so I always love to look at houses.