Putting Winter Away

May 30, 2016

I finally managed to switch my Summer and Winter clothes.  I was beginning to wonder if we were having a mini ice age.  Last week we actually had the heat on and the air on by the end of it.  It’s a wonder I don’t have a cold.  And now…it’s raining again.  I think it’s causing me to lose my mind.  I put eggs on to boil this afternoon and I completely forgot  about them.  Rubber eggs anyone?

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I have made good progress with my squares.  I’m starting on four bonus blocks.  I am not making the last block.  It is all embroidery and I’m not in the mood.  I saved it in case I change my mind.  I hope to start the BOM from Australia that I joined later this week.  The fabrics are different from any that I have seen around here.  Once these are current, I have a December wall hanging to finish.  If it’s not Winter by then, there are my pants that have no pockets.  I don’t understand it.

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I forgot to show the back of my new hat.  I really like this one.

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And, there’s nothing like cat help.

 

 

After Sheep & Wool

May 18, 2016

I was lucky to have my daughter with me this year.  She doesn’t have to work on Saturdays anymore.  Even though we got there early, we had about a two-mile creep-along.  The weather was almost perfect.  We had had rain the day before and some areas were a little mushy.  I like to start at the Main Hall where I bought some Signature Needles.  They carry seven-inch single points.  Now I own every size they carry.  They are great for miters and shells.  Miss Babs was mobbed by the time we got there.  I wanted to this year’s show color.  Neither one of us cared for it.  Quite frankly, it looked something my dog threw up.  Jenn saw some Yowza she liked, but the line was so long even she didn’t want to wait.  We decided to look on-line instead.  We had lamb BBQ from the boy scouts.  It was very good.  I saw some old and new friends.  The last thing we did was get ice cream cones. A perfect way to end the day.

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Two skeins of sock yarn caught my eye this year.  The only yarn I bought last year was from Beth Brown-Reinsel.  I am really getting picky.  I need more yarn like I need a third eye.  That third eye would probably make me nauseous anyway.  I also have no need of buttons, but they are purple and yellow, green and orange.  What’s not to love?  I decided to try some new soap.  The woman I usually buy soap from broke her foot and I’m getting low.  I also bought a few ornaments and a pin from Liz.

 

Sometimes, I Know Exactly What I Want

April 30, 2016

I saw this yarn and knew it would be perfect with this pattern.

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Was I right?

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Making Progress

April 27, 2016

Since some people have inquired, I’m not dead.  But I do feel old.  These twenty-five degree changes can be tough.  Yesterday was lovely.  Today, I’m as grumpy as I possibly can be.  Just ask Sweetums.

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Except for the hand embroidery, I’m pretty much caught up with my sampler blocks.  I had given most of my embroidery equipment to my son.  I found some floss, but the only hoop I found was seven inches and the blocks are only six.  There was nothing to be had locally.  No surprise there.  Sometimes I wonder why I bother.  I got what I needed on-line, but it took a week.  So now I have eight blocks to embroider.  At least I know how.  Nannie taught me before I could read and write.  She was so patient with me.  I tried so hard to please her.  Her praise meant so much.  I can almost feel her hand on mine as I stitch.

Moving Along

March 16, 2016

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My daughter’s Christmas tree skirt is finished and I am very happy with the result.  Maybe I’ll make one for myself.

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Here are the twined knitted gloves I made for her.  The socks are almost finished.  Twined knitting takes so much longer than normal knitting, but it’s worth the work.  I think I’ll make an Ascot with the rest of the yarn.  They look so tidy.

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I’ve started working on the Splendid Sampler.  I couldn’t decide on which colorway to use so I made both.  The second block has a lot of tiny pieces.  It took forever to cut and my knees locked up.  But I’ll live.

Trying to Finish

March 3, 2016

DSCF1106  The back was finished, so I dragged my batting.  Dot was not much help.  She kept falling asleep.  She liked the fleece, but I would have had to piece it in two places.  I got out the Warm and Natural.  I didn’t really want to use it, but it’s 96 inches wide, so, no seaming.  Now, there’s only two  yards left.  I’ll have to order some more soon.  I hope to get the quilting accomplished tomorrow.  We’ll see.

 

I Thought I had Finished the Top

February 28, 2016

DSCF1054  I laid it out on the floor and had a good look.   I was very happy with the presents and trees.  But something was missing.  There was no Santa!  What ever was the matter with me?  So, I dragged the books, fabric, pencils and tracing paper back out.  Bumper!

DSCF1099  I need to find my markers to add eyes.  I had so much fun with this project.

I got out all my Christmas type fabrics for the back.  I cut out eight panels rather than trying to use one big piece.  I think I can get one piece for the batting.  If not, I have plenty of pieces.

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Fulfilling Promises

February 24, 2016

Promises are important to me.  If I promise to do something, I do it.  It make take a while, but it will be done.  I promised.  I owe this trait to my mother.  I think it was one of her best tricks.  She disappointed me so many times.  It took me several years to realize that her promises meant nothing.  I was just a little kid.  Why did she do it?  I eventually learned.  When I say, “I promise,” I mean it.  It will be done.  Of course, it may take a while.  After all, I am an old woman.  I can’t say lady.   That’s just not me.  And where am I going with this?  My daughter asked me to make a draft stopper for her sliding doors.

I made this in time for Christmas.

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The pattern was poor.   I doubt the writer ever made it the way the instructions were written.  Happily, I had more sense then they did.

She got this one on her birthday.  Did I already show this?

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And, now I am working on her final request.

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Since the draft stoppers were more important,  I’ve just recently started work on the Christmas tree skirt.  It will have appliqued Christmassy things on it.  It’s been a fun project.  Definitely my favorite.  There’s something to be said for saving the best until last.

I do have one problem.  I joined The Splendid Sampler.  So far I am three blocks and three small projects behind.  I really enjoy finishing.  And I have to finish the tree skirt before starting the quilt blocks.  I know that I don’t need to finish the skirt for about ten months.  And I know that I could go back and forth on these two projects, but I can’t.  I can’t.

Here’s the fabric I chose for my sampler.

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A New Bathroom

February 13, 2016

My little bathroom has needed a complete overhaul for quite some time.  The double sink and the tiny fiberglass shower had to go.  Then the toilet went.  There was nothing wrong with it, but Sweetums wanted a high toilet.  And, well, it’s really nice.  It fits nicely where the old shower used to be.

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The new shower is absolutely perfect!  We are so fortunate to have a home improvement guy for a friend and neighbor.

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I love having two shower heads and being able to sit and shave my legs.  The floor consists of flat pebbles that really feel good on my feet.  The walls are going to be raspberry sherbet.  Now I must shop for towels and rugs.

 

Mine!

January 18, 2016

DSCF1010  Little Ruthie has caught the elusive Tiger Snake.


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