Saturday, December 14, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
This is the first pumpkin I've carved in YEARS.
It's it amazing how the smell of a fresh cut pumpkin can bring back a multitude of memories. Give me a fresh apple and the smell of burning leaves and I'm in heaven. Good for the soul!
I carved this pumpkin for a contest - at the last minute - on a lark. Didn't give any thought to what to name my entry. So when they asked me what to call it, I just said the first thing that popped into my head: Arachnophobia!
Most of the other entries had already been on display for 3.5 days, so they'd had plenty of time to collect votes. Mine was on display for less than 2.5 hours. So I was VERY surprised when Arachnophobia took Second Place! All proceeds went to charity, but I have a nice little trophy and a coupon to McD's for my effort.
Being a dietitian who dislikes fast food - I find that VERY SCARY! LOL
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Even our scarecrows dressed for the occasion! After this picture was taken, I hung wedding bells from the tree. They looked lovely, until it started raining. LOL
With the help of a friend, I did the flowers for the wedding cake (not pictured) and the bird cage card box.
As life gradually gets back to normal, you can look forward to more frequent blogs very soon! :)
Friday, May 31, 2013
This is Grandma in her 70s at my cousin's farm. She loved animals of all kinds.
Here she is at 80, with my younger son. I don't know who's cuter!
And here she is at 101. Socializing and enjoying her birthday cards.
Today there were a lot of people at her funeral. She had 7 brothers, all of whom had families, so there were 29 cousins in my dad's generation. Most of them had kids, and a good number of them came to say goodbye to their Aunt Clara. It was truly amazing how many lives she touched in her 103 years on this earth. Many called her their favorite aunt and told wonderful stories of things they did with my Grandma and Grandpa in their youth. She brought tremendous joy to so many.
"Go in peace, faithful friend of God, as you take our love to paradise. God's holy angels will lead you home to the wide waiting arms of the Lord."
Thursday, May 30, 2013
But I'm leaving my stuff out now. It'll go with me to my next (temporary) home. Can't wait until we get settled into our (yet unknown) final destination. There WILL be a new quilting room in my future.
This block is for a group project. It's perfect for a group project because it can be completed by all skill levels, even beginners. While I'm kind of a particular about my points, its nice to know the points don't have to be perfect to look good because they don't come all the way to the edge of the block. This is also a plus for the person putting all the blocks together!
You can find the pattern at http://quiltbug.com/pdf/star-fling.pdf
Hope you have fun! :)
Saturday, May 18, 2013
I no longer have to look to my garden flag just to see color.
I dug up some perennials I'd like to take with me when I move.
I have so many kinds of hostas, I can't leave them all behind.
The Licorice Ferns are in bloom. Can't get enough of that smell.
I potted a small one to take with me.
I've never grown pansies before.
With my big tree gone, I can grow sun-loving flowers.
I DO wonder where my flowers and I will end up.
Everything hinges on when my Sweetie's house sells.
Just goin' with the flow for the moment.
My day to play outside was delightful,
but now its time to get back to packing and moving! :)
Friday, May 17, 2013
It's possible I'll do a little applique, to make the images look as if they're coming out of their frames (depending on how my upcoming applique class goes).
It's a simple design, but it'll complement the framed images nicely - which is the whole purpose of this quilt. :)
I've now made 117 variations on one quilt.
All because I don't know what to do...
with 9 little novelty blocks.
And now that I've finally figured out EQ6...
I'm having fun just experimenting.
I have still MORE ideas. But they will most likely continue to swirl around in my mind as I have to put much of quilting stuff away as I pack to move.
Still, I COULD wait until the very last minute! :)
The season finale is Tuesday, May 21 - 9 pm Central Time. Can't wait to see how they defeat the zombie army with (hopefully) the aid of my little bottles! :)
Saturday, May 4, 2013
How I love a rainy Saturday! Been playing with designs. Which do you like best?
A. White Star on Blue, Brown Geese
B. White Star on Blue, Blue Geese
C. Blue Star on White, Brown Geese
D. Blue Star on White, Blue Geese
Please vote. Thank you! :)
Friday, May 3, 2013
Sometimes my hand has a mind of it's own. Especially if I'm prepared to take notes, but find its not necessary. In that case, I tend to doodle - and if I'm lucky, I'll inadvertently solve the problem of how to lay out a quilt I've been struggling with.
These two doodles are just such and example. I have novelty squares I want to do something with. Can't tell you what they are cuz I just might enter the quilt in a contest...if I can get it done in time. I want a Log Cabin-y look, but don't want to be constrained by it either. Hmmm....
Now to get these into EQ6 so I can play some more! :)
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Here are some of the blocks I have in mind. Funny how you can fall out of love with a project. I was "in the zone" with this before I started getting ready to sell my house. It sat, unattended all this while.
Though I had fun designing, I'm not all that eager to sew these odd shaped 14" blocks. The GOAL was to use them up in a table runner, but they're so big that they didn't look right. I only have to make 8 total. You wouldn't think it'd be that hard.
Now that I have an accepted offer, and won't be closing until late June - I can resume a little normalcy (i.e. no more repairmen, would-be buyers, realtors, assessors, actual buyers, etc. coming through my home on a moment's notice).
Now I can pack in earnest and (hopefully) sneak in a little sewing here and there. :)
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
What a delight to find a handmade May Basket
just waiting for me when I got home from work!
Every April 1st, children at the nearby grade school make up May Baskets and leave them at neighboring homes.
I've been blessed with these wonderful homemade creations every May Day for the last 15 years. Ah the pure joy and delight of children - makes me forget whatever troubles I may have been thinking of and just feel happy through and through!
And Spring has FINALLY sprung in my neck of the woods. What a beautiful thing. I feel alive again! Soon I'll have a decent lawn and garden report to share. Can't wait! :)
Disclaimer: To my friends and family in Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, I apologize for this cheery, spring-themed post. I know you are being walloped by a May Day storm. Ugggh! Hang in there - winter surely CAN'T last much longer!
Monday, April 15, 2013
These are my tulips.
My ferns, hostas, irises, and bleeding heart look equally pitiful!
I don't know where you came from, little flower,
but thank you for brightening my day! :)
What a great bunch of ladies! I do believe the Good Lord is smiling down upon them as they stitch, knit and craft for those in need. :)
Monday, April 1, 2013
A little baby hosta! No Foolin'!
Been busy working inside and outside the house. I'm hoping warmer weather will draw more people out to house hunt.
Today I found two buds in my flower bed!
While I'm a little sad that quilting seems like the Impossible Dream, it's pretty hard to feel bad about ANYTHING when SPRING is right around the corner! :)
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
You saw my BEFORE picture a few weeks back. So here's the AFTER pic:
This week I hope to finally get my machine out again, after several months of being without it. Selling a home is SO disruptive! There's been a flurry of activity starting with a pre-inspection, upgrades and repairs, painting inside and out, shampooing carpets, sorting items for the trash, recycling, donation or storage, and packing what's in your cupboards to make space to tuck away anything on the counter on a moments' notice. Even the telephone is to be tucked away. We've had one open house and a number of showings. Recent wintery weather has slowed down interest. For that I'm grateful. I needed a breather before late March and April bring warmer temperatures and renewed interest in house hunting.
THIS week's goal is to try, try, try to do a little sewing.
I've been in serious quilting withdrawal! :)