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What a sweet happy life it is!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sweet Country Love

We had the loveliest sunrise this morning...

At least til the clouds took over, and the heavens opened.  We needed the rain!

I've finished the final block in the Sweet Country series, the Love block.

It's my definite favorite.

I had some fabric picked out for finishing, from my stash, and I didn't have enough.  That meant a shopping trip.  The new fabric is in the wash, and I'll get started on the tutorial for the wall hanging later today.  That tutorial will be a permanent link on my blog, on the "Tutorials" page.

Pattern available here:  Allie-oops Designs

I chopped and diced the four blocks yesterday.

I may wait until tomorrow to do the tutorial - it's cloudy and rainy, and pictures never turn out well when it is!  

Ok, must run and pay the car insurance - hubby forgot to send the check, and that's a huge oops.  Yes, it runs in the family.  Or, as we like to say, "Sanity runs from our family".  True story.

See ya soon - 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Busy Days At Chez Allie

We're having some cooler weather today, it's just lovely, more like autumn than summer for sure!  Which of course means the spiders are moving in....I've been busy vacuuming and handing down the death sentence to multitudes. *shudder*

I've also been stitching.

See that pillow on the footstool?  It's not really a pillow, it's a large chunk of foam that sits on my lap, to bring my stitching up to where I can see it.  Saves my neck, and it's nice to stab my needle into for French knots.  I have a 3-way floor lamp next to me, good for my old-ish eyes.  Sweet Country Love is coming along nicely.

And I've kinda sorta been playing with fabric, with the original appliques that inspired the Sweet Country stitchery pattern.  That's not going so well.

Outside, hubby has cleared the forest of all undergrowth, great place for some picnic tables - he did leave the raspberry bushes, isn't that nice.  We also have some lovely looking peaches, which the deer find delicious.

I had a visitor today.

We don't really see many bunnies - too many hawks, I think.  They're usually going flat out from cover to cover, but this guy stayed by the stump, found something interesting to eat, and maybe wanted a portrait done!

I've also been having a lot of trouble with the new phone my boys bought me, apparently it's having "ghost touches", and is sometimes completely unusable, might have to be replaced.  Thank goodness it's still under warranty.  And while I was writing this blog post, my laptop got the blue screen of death - bad pool header - whatever the heck that means.  Technology is miserable sometimes.  I'm so glad Sam, my youngest, is a techie.

Mom had her eye surgery, all is well, she's doing eye drops daily.  After 5 years, she's figured out her recliner actually goes all the way back, so you can lay flat, helps get the drops in the right place.  

That's all the news from Chez Allie - I'll leave you with a fave pic, a misty morning snapshot.

Take care my lovelies.....


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Block Three....

Early Saturday evening here, peaceful and quiet - no deer, our new neighbors next door have moved in and have been exploring their forest.

I hadn't planned on posting tonight, but I need to do something to keep me awake while my son's jeans are washing.  He needs to wear them to work tonight, and I plumb forgot to get them going.

I finished block three of Sweet Country, the Faith block.  

The whole time I was drawing this block, I was thinking of this saying....

"When we walk to the edge
of all the light we have
and take that step
into darkness of the unknown, 
we must believe that one
of two things will happen:

there will be something solid
for us to stand on, 
or God will teach us how to fly."
Patrick Overton

Isn't that so lovely?  

I'm so pleased with the little spider web, lol....

And all three together.  One left to go!  Turns out, it's my favorite.  I'll start stitching it tomorrow. 

 I've updated the first two pattern files, we now have all designs in two sizes - 8" x 5", and 10" x 6.5".  I'm stitching the small size.  So if you've already purchased the first two patterns, you should receive an automatic update notice from craftsy, just re-download the file.  If you haven't received an update notice, just go back to your pattern files and download again.   The link to the shop is here:  Allie-oops Designs

I managed to get around to visit you all this week, I'm so happy about that!  This coming week will be a busy one, Mum goes to the pacemaker clinic for a check-up on Monday, then to the eye doctor for laser surgery on Thursday, in addition to all the normal errands we do for her.  Tomorrow I'll be staying in my pajamas and taking it easy - I had a flare last night, and managed to get a rib out of place, thankfully it's back in place but these flares take a lot out of me.  And dang it, new neighbors means keeping the blinds closed in my sewing room if I stay in my jammies all day.....*giggle*.  Don't want to scare them off just yet, we'll have to see if they're keepers or not.

Take care my friends....

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sweet Country Home

I finished block two of my Sweet Country series, Home...

I think I like it.  :)  I'm already trying to decide where to hang it, when I get it all done.  It's uploaded to my craftsy shop, if you like it too.  

Here's the two blocks so far:

Mum was here yesterday, and was having a fit at this picture, she wanted me to swap them out so it read "welcome home".  Mother knows best!  Her power had gone out, so she spent the day here, as it was 95F and quite humid, she needed to be in air conditioning.  It was lovely having her here, just like old times!

On a very sad note, I had to take my sweet Hermione to the vet last Friday and have her put down.

I can't believe how hard it was.  

Or how much I miss her.  I used to carry her around like a baby - upside down in my arms - she was my constant companion.  

Hubby wants a box of kittens, but no.  No more animals.  I can't take it, and my youngest is very allergic, so as long as he lives at home I'll have a good excuse.  Hubby can have his fish.  I don't get emotionally attached to fish.

Needless to say, I haven't been on the computer much since then.  I know you've all been busy, as my reader is exploding with posts, I'll get to them this week.  Be well and happy, my sweet friends.....


Sunday, July 2, 2017


Yesterday, after stitching for several hours, I got restless - needed a change of scenery.

So, I got in the car, and after stopping for a Mocha Frappe at McDonald's, went in search of dirt roads and decrepit barns.

I found a neat little nature preserve and community garden - Thayer's Corner.

Does anyone remember piling into the car and going for a mindless drive?  Back when I was a kid, we did it weekly.  It's getting harder and harder to find real country around here though, so many housing developments, big McMansions all built within feet of each other, in the middle of nowhere.  And of course, gas isn't as cheap as it used to be.  I miss mindless driving, for hours on end...

I've been stitching a lot on the next Sweet Country design.

Having lots of trouble with a finger on my left hand - the knuckle has a lump on it, arthritis, and it's extremely painful.  I can't even do dishes hardly, trying to hold a plate with my left hand is impossible.  Fortunately I pull the needle with my right hand....but my stitching days may be numbered.  That will make me sad - but God is in control, always.  No matter what He finds for my hands to do, I trust Him.

I want to wish all my Canadian friends a very happy Canada Day, and my U.S. friends a very happy Independence Day!  Enjoy!!

Allie [and Larry and Curly - Mo was awol]

Monday, June 26, 2017

Glorious Summer

So far, this getting up before the crack of dawn is working quite well for me.  The only other time I can remember being able to rise so early is when I was in the military.  I'm thoroughly enjoying it this time!  Not so much it meant getting dressed and running 5 miles before breakfast.

Not much happening here lately, I must admit that with the 4th of July coming it's getting hard to sleep - everyone around here seems to buy their fireworks in advance, and party every night.  Don't they work???

I've been stitching a new little series of country designs, apt as I'm now living in the country in the city.  I'm falling asleep to the smell of bonfires every night (in addition to the sound of fireworks), and enjoying the bird song every morning.  So peaceful, mostly.

Sweet Country Welcome is the first in the series. (click on title to go to my shop]

The pattern is for the stitchery only - it measures 8" x 5".  I think there will be four of them.  I have three drawn up, and a solid idea of what the fourth will be.  The additional themes will be home, love and faith.  I have to run out today and get a new pigma pen for tracing onto copier paper, some fusible interfacing, and a new box of rubber finger cots - they really help my arthritic fingers pull the needle through.  The one I've been using is falling apart, and I'm constantly stitching bits of rubber into my design.  Not a good look.

I haven't decided whether or not I'll make a small quilt, four little pillows, or what.  Whichever I decide, I'll do a tutorial on the blog when the four designs are done.

I'll be around to see you soon - we're gearing up for a party on the 4th, we'll be celebrating my oldest son turning (gasp) 25 years old!  His birthday is this Friday, but everybody is working.  I need to go start cleaning......



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