Monday, August 4, 2014

Silly Then Serious

First the silly.  Well, not really silly - just fun.  I'm still at my aunt's, although tonight I'm sleeping in my own bed.  More on that in a minute.

Since I've been unable to go anywhere this summer, I've been shopping.  I found the sweetest little local store in Lake Orion, MI, called Vignettes - I really need to go back there with my camera.  I found the cutest wall hooks, they're cast iron and they suit me perfectly...

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Aren't they gorgeous?  Her shop is very shabby chic, with lots of hand-crafted goodies, painted furniture, and now clothing....can't wait to take my aunt there.

Then a new local quilt shop opened.  OH MY.  You know I had to go there, right?

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I had some help taking photos and opening the bag.

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I got the loveliest fat quarter bundle of London prints.  I have an idea for a small wall quilt with these.

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And a fat quarter for a far-away friend [far in distance, not in heart].

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Some for keeping, some for sharing [someone just had a birthday I missed...]

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Think that gives me something to look forward to?  Me too.

And now for something serious.

Mum is having trouble.  You might know she has diabetes - and when a diabetic gets an injury to their feet, it can get serious in a flash.  Mum cut her big toe on something, and the wound is getting bad.  We find out Tuesday if it's gone into the bone.

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We took her shopping today, great fun watching her maneuver a scooter for the first time.

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She was FAST on that thing.

She's in a lot of pain.  She may lose the toe, or even the foot.  I haven't made our reservations yet for our beach trip, and probably won't until we know what's going to happen.  If you're a praying person, we would really appreciate your prayers.  She's not sleeping due to the pain.  And to add insult to injury, she has to go to the dentist tomorrow.  She's getting it from both ends.....

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But she can still smile for you, my blog friends.

I've not answered any emails lately, or been to blogs, I'm trying to take care of both mum and my aunt, in addition to working.  No rest for the wicked, right?  *G*

I'll see you soon, I must go pet my kitty [and my new fabric!!!!] before bed!  Bed in my own room [have to take mum to her appointment tomorrow], I can hardly believe it!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Checking In

Not much blog-worthy going on in Allie-land lately, but you knew that, right?  I miss miss miss my blog, and I miss you too.

My auntie is doing well, apparently hips take a very long time to heal - and she's still using a wheelchair mostly.  She's still having quite a bit of pain.  So please pray for her, I'm sure she'd appreciate it.

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Snickers has discovered she can see through her new favorite table in the family room.  It has a glass top.  It's been fun watching her try to dive through it.

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She's queen, you know.

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We've been having a little excitement here.  A couple of weeks ago, Jane found a tree frog in the living room, and managed to get it outside.  The other night, Snickers was going crazy in the family room, staring at the fireplace brick, and I saw a tree frog on the brick!  It ended up on the mantle, frustrating Snickers no end.  Jane was soundly sleeping [after a major pain pill] and I could NOT bring myself to get close enough to capture the critter.

Then I remembered Sam was working that night, so I called him to come over after work.  And sent him this picture.

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He laughed, of course, I know it's not a great pic but I wasn't about to get close.  He came, captured it, and it only got away 3 times - the 3rd time it landed on his neck where it promptly pooped!   Even with that, he now wants a pet frog.  Um, no.

Since it's summer, and there are flowers everywhere, I wanted to show you a picture of my grandmother's roses.  These roses have been growing in my aunt's yard for 40 years.  She's going to take cuttings for me.

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Aren't those gorgeous?  I still miss my grandmum.

That's about all - I had Sam bring me my sketchbook the other day, I'm itching to be designing again.  I miss sewing so much!  I just got Jenny's newest pattern, Under the Apple Tree, have you seen it?  So darling and I'm dying to start.

She's having a give-away to celebrate, go enter!

One last thing - I'm planning a little vacation for mum and me - up in the Oscoda area.  If anyone knows of any beach rentals, cottages or motels, MUST be on the beach, please let me know!  See you soon, my precious friends...

Sunday, June 8, 2014


is what happens when you're making other plans.  And my life has taken a slight turn this spring that I wasn't expecting.  3 weeks ago, my aunt fell and broke her hip - so I'm staying at her house, helping her out.  The day after she fell, and was in hospital, my mom fell at my aunt's house.  Fortunately, mum bounces like a rubber ball, and only bruised some ribs.  This past week, I fell at my aunt's house.  I seem to take after mum, only bruised my sternum and severely wounded my pride.

While I miss my sewing, I am enjoying being at my aunt's house.  This is her kitty Snickers, who was really missing her mum and wanted to go visit -

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I did go home last week, and Hermione ignored me for awhile before she consented to let me pet her.  She's not happy with me at ALL.

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Mostly because my boys don't feed her enough treats, I think.

We're getting on quite well, my aunt is in a wheelchair for a bit, she can't bear any weight on that leg.  Three more weeks of that.  A bonus of me being here is that she lives only 5 minutes from where I work - and I'm driving her gorgeous car, lol.  She may not find it too easy to get rid of me.   Oh and a new quilt shop just opened, right down the road.....Kindred Spirits in Oxford, MI....must go visit.

 I brought my Daisy Days stitcheries with me, and you really need to go visit Jenny if you haven't lately - she has a gorgeous new stitch-a-long!!!  I do miss my sewing machine [and cutting table, and sketchbook and pencils and....] but I'm really too busy to do much.

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a local resident

So I guess this blog will go into sleep mode for awhile, even more than it has been.  Hopefully I'll be back in about 4 weeks, refreshed and ready to stitch my little fingers off - I have to many projects I want to do!!!

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the view from the garage

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope you all had a very blessed Mother's Day - it was lovely here, the weather couldn't be more perfect and the SMELL - you step outside and the air is just perfumed.  It's wafting in my windows tonight, heavenly!

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My boys bought me the most Decadent Strawberries Ever -

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Didn't think to get a pic before diving in, there's a few missing...

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And of course had to share with mum....

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Serious business, that.  I must have taken 20 pictures of her eating that strawberry, and they were all blurry, she was eating it so fast.

Hope your day was as happy and blessed!

A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother. ~Author Unknown

Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly. ~Ambrose Bierce

There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it. ~Chinese Proverb

Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected. ~Red Buttons

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Just thought I'd be different - everyone usually says *crickets* to denote complete silence, but around here spring is springing and the frogs are in full throat.  When it's quiet you can hear them all over.  So *frogs* it is.

I've had some fun, just haven't shared it with you.  I went to a quilt show a few weeks back, got to meet Ami Simms and if you haven't met her [online or in person] then you are missing out!  I picked up her Michigan Mink jacket pattern and forgot to get a picture.  I'll take plenty once I make it, and show it off -- she had hers on and it is just the cutest!  You can find it on her website.  Click on the "funny stuff" link on her website too - she created the Worst Quilt in the World contest, and she also has a blog.

Then, oh boy, Sandra came from Canada - near Toronto - to go shopping!  Oh can this girl shop.  In her defense, you should check out all she makes!  She puts it to good use.  Sandra and her hubby are so much fun to be around, just love them to pieces.  Mum and I got a hotel room at the same hotel, and we had a blast - it's always so good to see Sandra and hubby.  I only got one picture, Sandra is kind of camera shy, I don't know why - she's just adorable.  Here's mum, the only pic I took.

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And oh lookie, flickr has changed their layout again.  Doesn't this just make me tingle with happiness.  Tra la.

I have been doing some sewing, especially today.  Well not sewing exactly - more like tracing onto fusible, cutting out, realizing I hadn't reversed the shapes, scanning, reversing and tracing again, and finally have everything fused and onto the fabric.  Just can't decide on a layout.  Want to see a sneak peek?

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I was thinking of doing all this applique by hand, but after all the cutting and tracing [2-3 times] I think I'll pull my machine out.  I wonder if it still works?

Kind of a frustrating day off, and now I'm looking at the creative explosion that happened in here, and wondering if I'll find my bed tonight....for those of you that don't sleep in your sewing room, be thankful. A bed is a great temporary storage place, until you actually need to use it.  But it was a good day, any day you can pet fabric is a good day, right?

I hope spring is springing up for you, it's been a late start here but it's finally commenced.  Love it so much!

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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....


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