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Goodbye 2020 and Resoluting Into 2021

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I am participating in a bloghop hosted Quilting Gail for   phd-in-2021 .  For the past couple of years, I have joined in with the American Patchwork and Quilting Challenge. This past year, I made two lists and sold nearly half of my projects.  I have separated my two lists and have earmarked more projects for sale. The reality is my wrists and hands just cannot take the constant movement, especially since I am still working full time.  Here is Project No. 1 from the Quilt list - the Basket Block Quilt Project No. 2 - Atomic Starburst. Only problem, I found I don't like to do paper piecing. The templates are even printed out! Maybe I can motivate myself.  Project No. 3 - Orphan blocks meet Jelly Roll. I had this one all laid out until Christmas quilt top moved to the forefront.   See that pieced star at the top in the center? It no longer exists. I tried to piece it into a block, and well, let's just say a quilter accident happened. I destroyed it in a sewing rage. Project No. 4

The Early Riser Gets the Item

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Now that the Christmas Countdown is over, I can highlight some of my delightful finds this past month. Beginning with forgotten bookmarks, I found a small cache at thrift of weapons and survival books. Contained in the Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia , pub. 1980 was this Hunter's Drawing Card.  In the Modern Day Gunslinger, The Ultimate Handgun Training Manual by a U.S. Navy Seal, pub. 2010, there was this note. Apparently, a retired state employee, with that CalPERS link noted at the bottom.  One of the best times to win at online auction is during the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. One Thanksgiving I won a small turquoise necklace (very happy with it). Recently, I won at auction 2 quilt tops. The diamond one has some staining so I will have to rehabilitate that one. I paid a total of $48 including shipping for the two. I could list the blue one at $25 to cover its cost.  I started culling my non-selling ebay listings. Some of those items I had received for free so it makes

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas! I have had the entire week off from work and it has been glorious.  What I am listening to Wham! 

Christmas Eve is Golden

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Here we are at Christmas Eve featuring a golden tree. A display at hospice thrift.  I have got to include at least one Pattern of the Day for this Countdown. A 1967 gem! https://www.ebay.com/itm/184558977016 What I am listening to Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas.

Queen of the Christmas CD and Santa Claus

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It is time to reveal why I am the Queen of the Christmas CD. I first posted about it on my  top-30-christmas-cds  post.  My keeper collection with new purchases nearest the CD player for a listen. I run through them and decide whether they go into the sale or keep piles. I finally organized mine alphabetically and found more duplicates. Now, I can check whether a CD is already in my collection or not.  My office away from office (out of the remote work bedroom) Christmas CDs awaiting listing for sale.  I had caught up with all of the ones I wanted to sell, then I bought 50 more! I kept 5 of that 50 lot. One of those keepers was this group, the Roches. I love them!    Which CD did I nearly hit the blue "list item" button? After listening to one minute of it, I decided this one will never hit the auction boards. It gets an A+ from me on the cover art. Moving on to the Countdown to Christmas highlighting  Santa and his different iterations.  All of the Abandoned Santas Waiting

Tiered Table Tree and Turkey Killingworth

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Day 22 to the Countdown to Christmas means we are nearly there! There is my mom's handwriting that she liked this recipe.  What I am listening to the magnificent Boyz II Men.