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What a sweet happy life it is!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Coming Home

Well it's been a fun couple of weeks, mostly.  I've enjoyed working, driving through country roads and looking at all the gorgeous fall colors....




This was the burning bush in my driveway.


Not as pretty as some, but impressive still.

At least until this happened....


Melted now, thank goodness.  

Thing 2 and I went to Dublin, Ohio, for the Ohio Pen Show.  I had no idea so many folks were into fountain pens.  We had a blast!  Sam collects and restores vintage fountain pens, and was truly in his element.


That was the "parts" table.  AMAZING.

This was the Scheaffer guy's table.


I think what impressed me most was the number of really expensive pens just laying around - $2-3,000!  And no theft.  Amazing.

While Sam was busy at the show, I was checking out quilt shops.  My first stop was right by the hotel, Red Rooster Quilts....OH MY.  Budgets may have been broken.  I missed out taking pics of the shop itself, everyone was so friendly and nice I spent the time visiting and spending instead.  This was my haul....Kim Diehl fabrics!!!


I LOVED this shop.  I highly recommend it.  Fantastic selection, beautiful quilts hanging on the walls, and the friendliest people ever.

The second shop I went to was Quilt Beginnings.  Another great shop!!!  I had spent my budget at Red Rooster, so was just browsing, but you know how that goes....they had a quilt made up that I fell in love with, and when I found the pattern I simply had to have it.


She's a treadle lady!!!!!!!!!!  Can't you just see her hanging in my sewing room???? I adore her.  I've never spent that much money on a pattern in my life, but I just had to have her.

There was a little of this....


Sam is very fun to go antiquing with!  And on Sunday, I was able to meet with my homeschooling friend Martha, who I've known for over 20 years but never got to meet in person - what a dear sweet friend she is!!  So lovely to give her a great big hug in person.

The pen show ended on Sunday, and we booked an extra night so we could go to the Columbus Zoo on Monday, it was also right by the hotel.  Unfortunately, Sam woke at 2am, so sick....we ended up leaving for home around 10am.  He's better now, but of course shared it with me.

No stitching got done in Ohio, I brought it with me but the light in the room wasn't bright enough for me.  Well, and I was too busy, lol.  Since I've been home, I've worked 3 days and also been sick.  Over the worst of it now, thank goodness!

Today, my oldest son brought me a present.


LOL not really - it's his kitty, Sophie, and she's staying at my house for a week.  She seems quite happy already!!


You may recognize my over-size cutting table - it's hers for now.  She's fascinated with the windows, and she's seen her first deer!


She's enthralled....I think it's going to be a fun week!

Now let's see if I can get caught up with all of you!
See you soon!

Love,
Allie


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Geography

Does anyone live near Dublin, Ohio, or north of Columbus?  If so, could you email me at allie hartom @ gmail dot com [no spaces....]....thanks!!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Who Left The Fridge Door Open???

Autumn is officially here, and with it, cooler temps...I don't like it.  I love the colors of the trees, but I can do without the cold!

This is one of the stops on my route - you can just see one tree turning behind the others.


Up north, it's a riot of color.  Some trees down here have already lost their leaves - *sob*

I managed to get to ONE garage sale this season.  But oh, look what I found!!!!


This table is massive.  It has two drawers on each side, and it's on wheels, and it's solid wood.  It's almost as high as my waist.  It's my new cutting table!!  The guy wanted $100 for it, but I talked him down to $40...

Here it is with a chair in front of it, so you can see how high it is.


I might have to get a bar stool so I can sit at it as well.

GREAT for pinning quilts!!


No aching back.  That's one of the quilts that I'll be hand quilting this winter.  I found three, all vintage, all pieced by hand....I need to clean out my totes more often.

I also pulled out an old UFO, I believe it's from 2012 - a Homespun stitch-a-long.


This is only the second block!  Yes Wendy-girl, I'll finish it someday, lol - Wendy very kindly sent me the Homespun issue with the first block.  I love this project, it's the only one I've ever bought the floss for, following the designer's colors.

Ellen sent me some of the stripe for my pillows that she had left over - 


Thank you so much Ellen, it's renewed my determination to get these made!  I can't wait to get started now!  I love that it's on the diagonal!

For those of you that have unsaved family members, I want to give you a word of encouragement.  Thursday evening, we had a Celebration of Life for my cousin.  He died the week before.  At the party, his son told me that he had accepted Christ 3 weeks before he died - it is never too late, don't ever give up praying!  As soon as we heard he was sick, that was the one big prayer we had for him.  Thank you Lord, we know he's safely with Jesus now!!  Don't. Give. Up.

Oddly enough, that night it was so warm, I had to wear a sleeveless top - and now we have this.


No wonder so many folks get sick this time of year!

I'll leave you with an astonishingly large spider web I spotted in a tree outside my sewing room window - I thought it was a clear plastic plate at first.


I do not want to meet whatever made that in the dark!

Be well, be happy....

Love,
Allie



Thursday, September 27, 2018

Catching Up

Just came off three days of work, so I'm catching up on emails - Ellen, thank you for your lovely comment, could you please email me?  Your email wasn't attached to your comment.  My email is allieoopsdesigns@gmail.com.

It's also serious housecleaning day - wow what happens around here in three days is a crime, or should be, lol!  That's it from me today!!!!

Love,
Allie

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Non-Happenings

Bumper crop of Black-eyed Susans this year

It's a busy season in Allie-ville right now - can't exactly tell you why.  I was going to do a blog post a week ago, but my card reader died, couldn't get the pictures off my camera!  Fortunately they don't cost much, and Amazon had one just for me.

Anybody know what bird this is?  They were everywhere the other day.


All the critters are frantically running around, gathering for winter.  We had a most unusual heat wave, and in one day the temps dropped almost 30 degrees, now we're definitely in autumn.  Time to find all the jackets.

I finished up my Garden of Contentment, doing the binding while watching the coverage of Hurricane Florence and praying for all in the path.


I don't watch cable, they're far too dramatic for me.  I don't even have cable.  Not sure why the binding on this took me so long, my heart just wasn't in it....but it's done, and I love it.


Someday I'll hang it up.  The walls in this house are plaster, so I've been very slow to hang anything - just utilized the holes already in the walls.

I did pull some very old fabric that I want to use to make couch pillows.


I'll cut the panels and use a matching red for the backs.  I wish there was more of the stripe, there's not enough to go around all four.

I picked up mum the other day, and spent a little time with her, she seemed to be really rambling - and when I got home, I thought it over.  I think she's alone too much.  Our friend Shirley, who just lost her oldest daughter, is also alone too much - as is my best friend.  I decided to do something about it.  I rearranged my sewing room, into more of a sitting room, and I'm going to start having teas for us.  We can sit and visit, or work on projects, and just socialize.  Maybe I can come up with projects for us to work on.  I can't wait....

Shasta from High Road Quilter sent me a lovely ATC that she made.


I love it.  I want to get a tiny frame to put it in.  Thank you Shasta!!!  She has been a good friend and I will treasure this.

So that's about all for me today, I'm doing more reading than stitching lately.....maybe as the cooler weather draws in I'll get my mojo back.  Always good to have the iron on all day when it's chilly, lol.  Take care my friends, and enjoy whatever season you're in...see you soon!

Love,
Allie





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