Friday, March 21, 2014

Who Has More Fun?

Sitting here on a late Friday night, listening to the rain and sleet hitting my window, waiting for my youngest cub to return home to the den....pencil [and eraser] in hand, eating chocolate, drinking can keep all the parties in the world, all the expensive vacations, THIS is what I long for.  This is Bliss.

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There really is no place like home.

I wanted to share with you what my friend Shirley has been working on.  She's been very creative lately.  Apparently all it takes to get her going is for a grandchild to announce they're going to have a baby.  She's in charge of decorating the nursery, and it's all Snoopy!  She got a coloring book and started making.....

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Those are all individual pieces, they're quilted and bound with a zig-zag edge.  I'm not sure how they're going to hang them on the wall, but aren't they cute?

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This is the big one....

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Some people are just too clever.

I'm back on 40 hours at work, but it's all in four days a week.  I've been so tired lately, I didn't even turn my computer on from Sunday to Friday!  I'm going to try to catch up with you this weekend.  Think I can do it?  *G*  As I'm driving for work, I think about my "other" life, my cyber-life, filled with warmth and friends and bursting with creativity - how I miss it.  And you.  Be blessed, my friends....

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Records, Ugh.

We're breaking records this year, and I don't mean the vinyl kind.  So what do you do when you have record-breaking cold, and record-breaking snow?  Hypnotize yourself by making a record-breaking number of French knots.


Which, actually, I love to do.  I have my own crazy method - I use a pillow on my lap and when I stab the needle through, wrapped, I stab it into the pillow to hold it, while I reach underneath to pull it through.  It keeps my knot from coming out.

My shift was called off for tonight, so I'm home wrapping and stabbing.  Huddled under a comforter, with the heating pad.  Yes it's that cold.  March is relentless so far.  We're 3 inches from the snowiest winter ever!  Enough already.

My lovely friend Patty flew in last week from Florida, to go through some of her mum's quilts and stuff.  I only knew her mum before she started quilting - but she went on to win awards.  She was the sweetest woman, I didn't know her well but I remember her with fondness and admiration.  In going through her mum's things, Patty found some wooden blocks that her mum had in her sewing room, and blessed me with them.


I will treasure them, as one of my best friends ever gave them to me, and they came from her sweet mum.  I have a shelf somewhere, stored, that I need to find, it will be perfect to display these blocks.  Better than in front of my ugly tv, lol.

And now back to my stitching - stay warm, dear friends, keep dreaming of spring!

 11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; 12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; 13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.  Song of Solomon KJV

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Almost Spring...

Honest.  It's coming.  It'll be here soon.  Never mind the snow, the ice, the below zero temps.....the sun shone today.  I put on actual sunglasses.

One of my favorite spots to go in the warm weather is Port Huron, Michigan.  It's a very busy border crossing town [used to live there].  Sunday, my girlfriend from London Ontario met me there, and we got a motel room and stayed up half the night catching up on "stuff".  Normally, we have all our boys [my two and her four], but this time, it was girls only.  You betcha we're going to do it again.

Last night, it got down to -8F or something ridiculous like that.  We sat in Cracker Barrel, in front of the enormous hearth, enjoying the roaring fire with our meal.  No pics sorry, we were too busy having a gabfest.  This morning, I went sightseeing, and it was nice without all the tourists.  But COLD!!!

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Loved that house.  I also went to visit the lighthouse that I'd never been to.  It was closed, but pretty.  Didn't stay out of the car long!  I think it was 1F by that point.

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Now this pic is looking toward Lake Huron from the lighthouse, which is on the St. Clair River....

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The  trees on the right, across the river, are in Canada.  You see that white line that stretches across the horizon?  That's ice on the Lake.  The Great Lakes have something like 90% ice on them!!!!  Unheard of!

This is where I lost my nice warm gloves.  One of my favorite spots by the Bluewater Bridge.

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And of course, I stopped at the quilt shop - Sew Elegant - and found the perfect fabric [I hope] for my new pattern.

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Isn't that great fabric?  It ought to be, for what I paid for it.  Been awhile since I purchased anything new, lol.

So that was my lovely weekend.  I hope you had a good one too, and that you're enjoying warmer weather than I am....I'm back to working more hours, so my attendance at your blogs will be spotty at best.  But the paycheck gets me more fabric, and that's a good thing!

Keep thinking spring....spring....spring....

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Almost Over

My six days off will come to a halt tomorrow.  Not as much accomplished as I'd like, but at least I've had fun stitching my new design.

I've another new one that I was working on as well, it's applique, and after I traced the pieces onto fusible web I went looking in my stash for a suitable fabric.  Imagine, I couldn't find a thing!  But I did find this, a finished quilt top I never showed you....

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This is my Sand Pails quilt, from a free pattern by Gwen Marston.  I used all beachy fabrics, and Carrie from A Passion For Applique sent me the vintage rick-rack for the handles, thank you Carrie!!  I absolutely love this quilt, and finally have the batting I need to quilt it.  Just need to find a vintage sheet for the backing now.

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My favorite block, from an outfit my oldest son wore as a toddler.

I did get to Joann's this week to get some fabric for my new applique pattern.  It's in the wash now, I hope it works, I MIGHT have to go back....*G*

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And I got two of these while I was there....


Sorry it's blurry, I was taking a quick pic with my phone to show my sewing buddy what I got her, lol.  Cute, huh?

I'm off now to read some blogs, and then do some more stitching before I have to work tomorrow.  I doubt I'll get another chance before Sunday.  I have to show you this though - my son John likes to lay in bed at night and watch Netflix on his phone, but he gets tired of holding it.  I don't think necessity is the mother of invention - I think laziness is.  He has a bunk bed and came up with this "fix"....

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Hope it doesn't fall on his nose and break it.

See ya soon!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Something New

February - where did last month go?  It was a blur for me, of putting on and taking off layer after layer of clothing, rushing in and out of the house, waiting for the car to get warm....we've officially had the snowiest winter ever, although I seem to remember more snow when I was a kid.  Maybe it looked like more since I was so much shorter.

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Not a lot out there for this little guy to eat.  My brother has a few squirrels that he feeds every day, they're waiting for him when he gets home from work.  Sometimes they knock at the door and scare my mother.  She says hi, by the way, and hopes you all are behaving yourselves.

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So I'm sitting here watching the most boring Superbowl in history, including the ads, although there are a few stars.  I'm playing with some new designs.  For some strange reason I've got six [SIX] days off in a row from work, I can hardly believe it!   Here's a peek of what I'm playing with -

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I've got them traced on fabric, and am about to start pulling floss colors, how fun is that?  I can't tell you how much I've missed creating.

I'm not going to promise that I'll be around to all your blogs this week.  I have over 1500 posts in my reader.  I finally figured out how to read them on my phone, and the ones I can't comment on with my computer I can with my I'll get around, but probably not through ALL the posts.  I hope you all have a wonderful week, stitched together with love.  I've missed you, my friends...

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!!!

I hope and pray you all have a wonderful Christmas!

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.


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