Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
One of my NEW blog friends, http://www.tinsandtreasures.blogspot.com/ belongs to the OFG link above. This group of gals have posted some absolutely adorable Fall designs on the Etsy site! I just know after watching some of your blogs and decor styles that you will enjoy! I just had to share and help them spread the news.
Also, I want to be sure to share this site for all of you who dress up your blogs, looking for clip-art and all that CA-UTE stuff! http://www.lifeinthecraftlanewithmandie.blogspot.com/
Enjoy and have a great weekend!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Every so often I have the desire to stitch in front of the television in the evening with the family. I would likely stitch more if the lighting were better (I've hinted for an Ott-Lite - they fuss if the light is to bright). Earlier in the year I attended the quilt show in Hampton, VA and fell in love with all the samples in the booth and bought the book. Every now and then I pull this little stitchery out and work a block that will eventually become another small little quilt. Here is another unfinished stitchery that I work on in the evenings....if I haven't faded out! LOL
This past week has been a busy one for me with the painting, appointments, errands to run, house to clean. In between all of that I did manage to get my wool stitched on to the center of my Jo project. I just need to square it up before attaching to my hourglasses and get it sandwiched for machine quilting. (my plan for today) OH -- and I'll have to stop early to pick up and take son #2 to his orthodonic appt!
My favorite activity in the evening is stitching down the final binding on a new quilt! I'm learning to let some daily chores go so that I can be in the quilt studio more!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Then I have Meowzer the outdoor cat that moved to our house over a year ago. He actually belonged a few houses down but his people were never home and left him hungry the majority of the time. I guess you could say I secured the "relocation" when he was screaming of starvation at my door and all I had to offer was TUNA!!
I absolutely love cats. I grew up with cats. When I met my now husband I had an indoor cat. My nerves hate the thought of an outdoor kitty exposed to the elements, cars, and just whatever dangers can come their way. Anyway...back to story....turns out I should have had a questionaire for the then "boyfriend" asking him the following question?
OK....now looking back perhaps a few more questions. But after nearly 25 years of marriage it is too late now, right?
Turns out that in answer to question #1 it is a big fat YES.
So you see...no indoor cats for me. I certainly wouldn't have gone and selected a kitty from the litter to toss him outside. When Meowzer showed up, I was tickled (husband..not so much) I'm good though...only occassionally can he come in for a quick visit and he doesn't get to explore the house. I've got him an old cutter quilt set on the front porch bench, food in the garage and in the winter he gets to sleep in the garage. Meowzer has been outside his whole life and is a big hunter. He likes to bring me "gifts." This I'm not so keen about either. This week I managed to save a hummingbird, and thought I had saved two rabbits until today! Bad kitty!!!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
There were many, many times that I was thankful for "my company" over the years. My son and I have a very close bond together. I want to say in part because of his dad having been military and gone alot. When son #1 turned four we had son #2.
When son #1 left for kindergarten I was sad as I knew this was the next chapter. Son #2 kept me busy. You know how those toddler years are?! LOL
I've dreaded yesterday forever. Geez, I started crying over a mocha coffee in chatting with a friend a few years back about the day. This past year I knew it was coming fast and my crying would just sort of spontaneously start as though a hose were turned on. Pathetic aren't I? Of course, never in front of my son.
Here is a picture of my boys following us as we head to college yesterday. I should mention I've always dreaded the day they were old enough to be in a car together.
This photo is the first load of his belongings in the dorm room. Talk about eek! The room could use some serious work. He has a roommate who hadn't arrived yet. There is one bathroom (one shower/two toilets) for use by 8 students! Double eek! Then the moment came for saying goodbye and I felt I did very well considering I had to walk back out into hundreds of students and parents to get to the car with one gigantic lump in my throat. I couldn't let them see me looking like a blubbering idiot because "my company" was no more.
Once I got to the car and several more times on the drive home and even yet occassionally now....I have what my husband calls, "a soupy sandwich." I've never heard that expression before....but it makes me smile and that is what is needed.
The kicker in all this....son #1 turns 19 in less than a month and is less than two hours down the road! He is an awesome guy and I'm so excited for him to have this great experience. I know it is time for him.....but I'm a mom!
OK....so we all get back home and my husband says he is taking son #2 out for a quick driving lesson. What?! You see, son #2 starts Student Driving on Mondayl! Do you think my mind will have other things on it? You bet! Oh my, at what point did they grow up so fast?!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
These work up quickly! The 80's fabrics stash doesn' appear to have any missing! I used up fabric....it just keeps on giving! In fact, I was having so much fun with the June Tailor Quarter Cut ruler that I just kept cutting and well...think I've cut enough to make at least two more! These are perfect to practice quilting on and then I plan to use for charity quilts in our local guild.
Today was a sewing day with my girlfriend Shirley (the one I've known since.....forever!). Can we just call her an over achiever?! She shows up to my place today with all of her wool applique stitched; the quilt quilted and binding on!! It was just this past Tuesday we had Jo Morton club. I haven't even selected my wool yet. Her quilt is gorgeous and looks absolutely perfect in my home. Apparently it looks good in hers too...she took it with her when she left for home.
Thought it would be fun to share this Heart to Heart quilt that I made a few years back. I no longer own this quilt. My MIL had come for a visit a few weeks back and really liked this quilt but wouldn't take it. I'm surprising her this week. I've mailed it to her.....only because I know it is going to a loving home. The color combination isn't in the main living area of my home but looked great on a now empty wall in my quilt studio. LOL
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Then as mentioned in previous post.....this is my ladder that I have on my front porch. It is an older wooden ladder that has perfect stair steps that I use as shelves to hold potted plants. I like seeing the ivy drape down the steps and also enjoy finding other little odds and ends to mix in for some added color.