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What a sweet happy life it is!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Odd Moments

Lately I feel liked I've been sucked into the busy machine.  Getting my stitching fix in odd moments, never being able to just relax and stitch.  Sitting on the edge of my seat instead of leaning back and putting my feet up....always ready to jump up and do the next thing.

This morning I was able to take a minute and enjoy seeing my Oriental Lily grow.  On sunny days, you could swear it grows an inch!

Yesterday we got a new internet provider, so cable guys here for a few hours.  The modem is now in the garage - hubby sits out there on his iPad, and it's right next to my sewing room.  My wifi is incredibly fast now.  We spent the evening boring holes above the door, so that Sam's ethernet cable could be routed out there, and now I have no blue cable running over my floors!!!  SO happy.

My printer died last week, and my oldest son brought me an extra.  Wowzers what an extra.  It's wireless, and does it all so fast!!

You can even print from your phone!!!  Technology is amazing.

I've almost finished stitching my first block of my new pattern, no clue what to call it yet - 

Just two more leaves to stitch.  I've already traced block two, that yellow dot fabric will be the bird.

And I've assembled a large pile of green scraps for all the leaves.  These blocks have a lot of leaves.  I'm pretty much settled on how the layout of the blocks will be, but not sure what else I'll add to it.  Maybe some wonky flying geese, maybe some birds-in-the-air blocks, maybe hst's.  It's going to be wonky and not perfect - I don't do perfect.

I'm using a lot of the scraps that Karen sent to me from her Garden of Contentment quilt.  Gosh I love scrappy quilts!!!  I must admit, this quilt has me wishing I wasn't allergic to wool, as I can picture it done in wools.  

That's enough playing for me - the busy machine is getting ready to suck me in again, and probably chew me up and spit me out before the day is over.  It's a mum day, plus I have books on hold at the library and I have to return the modem to the old cable company.  Oh, and stop at the eye doctor to see if they take our insurance.  If I see something in the backyard that I can't make out, I get my camera, put it on full zoom, and take a picture.  Time for new glasses, lol!!!

See you soon - OH - blogger still isn't sending comments, so I'm commenting on my own post as soon as I hit publish, and checking that little box that says "send me emails of new comments".  I then get the comments in email, but they ALL come in as no-reply - so if you've ever had an email from me, I can reply to you as google stores your addy in my gmail, otherwise I can't.  Let's hope that google fixes this soon.  If you have a blogger blog and would like to complain, I encourage you to post on this post in the forum - 
Blogger Forum

The more voices the better.

See you soon, have a great weekend!!


Sunday, June 10, 2018


A very happy Sunday to you all - woke very early this morning and thought I'd play catch-up.  I've been avoiding blogging because of the huge email debacle, but I miss it.  I have turned off comments for this post, however - and probably will continue to do so until this mess is straightened out.

I've been playing with birds, and have reached the stage where I'm going to choose fabrics.  But I couldn't decide whether to make my leaves varying shades of green, or make it truly scrappy with leaves of all colors!  So I had the bright idea to make the blocks really small, and color them in.

My printer, which was working great the day before, finally decided it was time to die.  You can't make patterns without a printer and scanner - at least, I can't - so after hours of playing with it, I contemplated giving it all up.  Yep, I was that frustrated.  Fortunately, my son has an extra printer/scanner, which has the benefit of being wireless, and he's bringing it today!  Yippee!

Not a lot else has been going on.  I've been on fawn-watch, and now bunny-watch - so many young ones chasing each other around the yard.  No pictures of those, they're way too fast!

All you can see are ear tips!
My what long legs you have!

The jasmine is blooming in the driveway island.

Funny thing though - last year, you could smell it a block away, and this year it has no scent.  Anybody know why?

I was trying to put a phone number into my mother's flip phone, and really struggling.  All those double-duty I showed her my Android, how easy it was to do things, and she liked it.

I'm almost afraid to let her loose on one though, it would have to be VERY basic to keep her from visiting the wrong places on the internet by accident!  

Well I hope you are all enjoying the tail end of the weekend, I'll see you soon and maybe google will fix blogger - we can hope.  I really, really don't want to move to WordPress!


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

OOPS and OOPS some more....

Well I'm an idiot.  I freely admit it.  I had used the wrong stitchery file on my Freedom's been corrected, and if you downloaded it you should get a notice to download the corrected file.

If you don't get a notice, here's the direct link - 
Freedom free pattern on craftsy.  Just download it again and it'll be the correct one.

Apparently I didn't drink enough coffee that day.  So sorry!!!!!!!!  Thank you so much Robin!!!!

About the blog comments disappearing into the ether, this is a very good blog post I read on the subject by Just Let Me Quilt.  Click on the name.  I tried moving to moderated comments to see if that helped, and it did not.  She suggests when you write a blog post, immediately comment on your own post, and check the "send me emails" for all comments.  I'm going to try that right now.

I think it's time for a nap....

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Not Happy

Hi everyone, a quick note to say that I'm really not happy with blogger right now, more than half the comments are not coming to my email inbox.  And some aren't even showing up on the blog.  I had to check the "comments" tab on my dashboard and was horrified.  I hate missing comments....if you have commented and haven't heard from me, either you're a no-reply blogger or I just didn't see it, thanks to blogger.

I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend - I'm off to enjoy my brother's birthday party!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Straight to Summer

It's just noon and already 91F.  I think we've skipped spring.  Not complaining mind you - after the winter, it seems I can't get enough warmth!!

Do you remember that bulb I planted April 9th?

Guess what is finally coming up!

So exciting.  My African Violets are doing well after getting a new home as well.  The one without flowers has buds.

I was at the library the other day, they had a robin build a nest on the outside of the window in the children's department - so neat!

They've been live-streaming everything.  What a great learning experience for the kiddos.

Not much has been happening on the stitching front.  Mom's home is getting more and more dangerous, so I broke down and called A Place For Mom.  Wow can I recommend them!  So incredibly helpful.  So far I've been contacted by four places, all close by, and mum is very excited - we're going to be taking tours.  They may be able to get her some financial help as she's the spouse of TWO war veterans.  I can't say enough good about this organization.

Bear with me, I'm going to whine a bit - I saw a quilt pattern that I fell in love with the other day, and followed the link to the website.  The digital pattern was over $80!!!  Is this a trend?  I was appalled.  I don't pay that much for a whole BOOK of patterns.  I may be dating myself, but I remember when patterns were no more than $8, and fabric was $3/yd....rant over...

Today is my brother's birthday, we're celebrating tomorrow.  Last year, the fawns were born on his birthday.  I've seen no doe activity around here, but the neighbors have all been working outside, so they may be staying away.  Since I have no pics of baby deer, I'll share a pic of she loves my son!

I hope you have a very blessed Memorial Day weekend, all those in the States - and the rest of you, have a great weekend too!  See ya soon!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sophie And A Free Pattern

I hope you've all been well, it's been a warm and wet spring for us here in Allie-land.  I'd like to introduce you all to my new grand-kitty, Sophie...

That was her first day home at my son's house.  She follows him everywhere.  She loves him so much.

Apparently she loves his retro bathroom, too.  The tile matches her eyes, and the black trim tile matches the rest of her.  I can't wait to cat-sit in July!!!  The rescue named her Sylvie, but he preferred Sophie, and so do I.

I haven't been home a whole lot lately, but today I was able to finish up a couple of new patterns.  Just in time for the holiday!  Here is Liberty - -

Do NOT look close at my satin stitches in the center of the flowers.  I normally avoid that stitch, as I'm rubbish at it, but decided the only way to get better was to just DO it.  I can live with it....

And also, Freedom.

Both are in my shop, Allie-oops Designs, and Freedom is, naturally, free!  My son thought that was appropriate.  Both are finished with a log cabin block to turn them into either snack mats or table toppers, but you could easily put the log cabin block on the bottom for a wall hanging.  Full instructions are included for the mats - if you orient the blocks vertically, just swap out the border strips, put the longer strips on the sides instead of top and bottom.

My next project is going to be a larger quilt.  I've been wanting to do something with birds, and it's starting to come together in my head.  It'll be applique and I'll use that gorgeous romantic fabric I bought, I can't wait.

It's almost bedtime [it's 8pm] so I'm going to sign off, the rest of the week is flat-out busy - have a great week, and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, for those in the states!


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