Thursday, October 4, 2012

Let's Move!

      I know I've sounded wish-washy, but I've made the decision to move my blog.  Please follow me here:  There is no invasive "joining".  You do have to give your email and a name (hubby says you can always give a fake one but I'd kind of like to know who you are when commenting!), but this is for MY safety.   No other hoops to jump through.
      Please let me know what you think so far.  I've got some more work to do, but it'll get easier for me over time.  Our son has been such a help coaching me through the new blog site.
      Again - put on your favorites bar:
      See you there!      

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Late Evening

      It's past my bedtime.  As I mentioned in a prior post, I'm looking for a different site to create my blog.  Honestly, I can't find anything I'm happy with.  The other big blog site is too technical for me.  It's also a bit cold and not fun to work with.  Many of you that read my posts but don't have a google account will not be able to comment.  I think I may just have to live with that for now! 
      My mom read my last blog post and was tickled!  She loved seeing her dolls online.  Here's the quilt I made mom for Christmas two years ago.  It came with a pillowcase and two throw pillows.  It was all hand applique and hand quilted except for the borders.  I just shipped it to her in California.  My brother and his wife will be painting her new bedroom a beautiful rose color.  I'm happy for mom.
      That's my son-in-law, Mark, in the photo holding mom's quilt up. 


Sunday, September 30, 2012

SO Cute!

       I have to show you this!  This gal is from Florida and crochets these little dogs!  They are about 3" tall, and she makes lots of different breeds.  She even makes a Dachshund!  What a talented gal!  I hope you check her Etsy Store out - it's very cool!
Westie Amigurumi Dog West Highland Terrier Crochet Puppy Stuffed Animal Plush Doll / Made to Order

      Her shop name is "Amigurumi".

Mom's Dolls

      This was a no stitching day.  I cleaned carpet, washed some pots and pans that don't do well in the dishwasher (you have that problem?), worked with hubby on the last bit of the new website, worked some on my Etsy Store, and tried fixing some issues on my facebook page. 
      I took a few photos of some dolls my mom has made me over the years.  They are ALL favorites!  She loves to make miniature dolls and will be continuing to make them while she lives in California.  I hope she sends them my way!  She also loved to make dolls that were of a folk-art or primitive look.  Those were my favorites.  She never had to think too hard as to what to make me for my birthday or for Christmas each year!  I had a new doll every time. 
     This pair are best friends.  I got one doll at one celebration, and the other at a later date.  But they've always sat on their bench together. 
      Mom painted the faces, sometimes the hair, and even the shoes at times!  Each doll has fingers.  Mom would never let a doll out of her house without pantaloons and an underslip! 
      I'll be sharing mom's doll off and on in the future. 
      Here's a project that I want to start soon.  Along with all the other projects that I have good intentions of!  For some reason I'm really falling for owls.  I know they are one of the "in" things right now, and they've hooked me.  I love the quilt books from "Whimsicals".  Their book called "Buttons and Blooms" is awesome and that is where I found this pillow.  It will not go with our livingroom decor but Whooooo cares!  (Couldn't resist that!) 
         The pillow is in the lower left hand corner.  I love the table runner too!  And the quilt, and . . .


Saturday, September 29, 2012


     Just a note - I just realized that God won't let me die, from cancer or anything else, until I get all 225 blocks of the Dear Jane quilt done.  Hmmm.  Better stitch slow!  Ha!

The New Me

       No one noticed that I had colored my hair yesterday.  Guess I wasn't bold enough!  Should have gone bright red or blonde!  At least the color covered up the gray - except those shiny spots in front of my ears.  They never go away.  I refuse to give in gracefully to the gray!
      I'm not quite done with the "Pinwheels in my Garden".  Then I go and buy another pattern while at Attice Window on Alpine.  Like I don't have enough projects to do already!  Yet the pattern I bought is so totally not me - it's outside of my comfort zone color wise, but it called to me.  I heard it and acted on it.  I always follow my heart (or my gut), rarely with my brain! :) 
      This is what I bought.

      I love it!  It's bright and wild!  I'm going to use 1930's reproduction fabric for it.  It's all hand applique so don't expect to see it for a long time.       

Friday, September 28, 2012

Quilting Day!

       I spent six hours at Jane's today doing some quality fabric cutting.  I didn't get any sewing done.  I have decided to cut the fabric for all of the blocks of the particular quilt top I'll be making before I begin sewing.  That way I'm not stopping and starting during my sewing binge!
       Now I know two gals who can make something out of nothing.  Jane and MaryLou.  They are both wonderful at inventing solutions to problems they run across when they are stitching - MaryLou is great at coming up with superb quilting tips, and Jane can see a quilting device or notion in a magazine and can come up with her own hand-made answer.  I love it!  Jane's most current design is not quite finished.  I'll post it in the quilting tips section of the blog when it's done.
      At this moment my husband is reviewing a different blog creating site.  I'm a little frustrated with my current blog site since people cannot comment back to me unless they sign up for a google account.  Not everyone loves that idea.  We'll see what happens.