Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring is a heartbeat away!

Happy Days!!!! Spring is in the air..warming up, lots of sun, garden sprouts revealing themselves...so excited. I am feeling like my old self again....which is a good thing. These days I've mainly been a home body, redecorating the guest room and storing things in the attic. Fresh paint here and there makes the home feel spring-like. I can't wait to bring in the first bouquet of flowering anything. The snowdrops are keeping my spirits up, knowing soon color will be abundant throughout the garden.
I have been doing anything I feel for the past month or so and it has been wonderful. I had a movie day with my pal Laney. A vintage exploration day with my bud Leslie K. A few excursions through the country and along the lake with mom. Too much tv with hubby. Not enough visiting with the kids. A bit of creating and a lot of cleaning. Yep, it has been very nice enjoying my days.

I was making dangles for lace yo yo's inspired by Liz Bugh of Gypsy Feather, and one reminded me of a carrot so I gathered my orange pearls and beads and set out to make some carrot dangles. Silly fun creations are so relaxing and I made several. I even carded some up with a ciggy for my etsy shop. 

I did find a Barrister cabinet while out with Leslie. I came home without it but after speaking to my friend Jan, I went back for it on a sunny warm day and plopped it on the deck and began to paint. All the while I imagined my dad shaking his head in disbelief. He was the type of guy who loved seeing beautiful wood, not painted. What can I say? I wanted to put it in the guest room and it just had to be cream.
My pal Terri is at Disney World with her parents just enjoying each other and the nice weather. That brought back memories of our Disney adventure with my Mother in law, sis and brother in law and kids. It was a memorable time, a happy time. I miss my mother in law. Sometimes it doesn't seem like she is gone and I can run over there anytime I want. I still find myself waiting for her call to come clean up the flower beds for spring.
 Ed was so little. He certainly was his father's shadow.
 Getting autographs from the characters, you can only see Ed's Mickey Mouse ears.

  Where does the time go? Just a few days ago, it was St. Patty's day so I called mom to tell her to get dressed. I bought a salad for me and a Ruben for her and picked her up to "picnic" at the beach. It was suny but windy so we sat in the car and watched the waves crash into the remaining shelf ice along the shore.
I have a feeling there is going to be a lot of mermaid tears in a few weeks. I can hardly wait.
So I'll continue enjoying the things I want to finish indoors until then. I know as soon as the days begin to stay in the 70's, I will hardly be inside looking out. It is strange not having obligations, but I'm adjusting well. Now it's hard to imagine doing all the things I had been doing the past few years. I get exhausted thinking about it...so I won't. Now I just keeping the home fires burning and everyone in good spirits. That's all I can do and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I hope you all have a Joyful Easter and a Happy Spring!






Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Tiny bit of creating

Over the weekend I found a bit of felting time. I made a few lavender filled needle felted brooches and slipped them into my much ignored etsy shop.
                                                                  Feeding the birds......

Beach journey.........
                                                          Bunnies in the garden......

                                                                             Pansies
I've no desire to work on the computer right now, but I hope to organize and fill my shop eventually/soon. I am anxiously awaiting spring! I bet you are counting the days until spring too.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello!

I have to admit that I've enjoyed not being on Facebook. I've only turned on my pc twice and I only browse Pinterest and email on my iPad and phone...when needed. I had to pop in to share a couple of beautiful gifts I received from a sweet and very talented fellow crazy quilter, Annamaria Kover of Humming Needles. This beautiful purse and sweet pendant. Such detail and beautiful workmanship. I love them. Thank you for the wonderful surprises Annamaria! :-)
Some recent projects finished and mailed.





Dh is home sick today, mom is under the weather, its snowing and I'm catching up on a few more projects and being thankful I have a warm home and family to care for. I hope you are enjoying your day.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Good Morning!

The past two nights have been so pretty. I was tempted to go walk about the yard at 1:00 AM because the moon was so bright and reflecting off the deep snowfall we got the day before it lit the garden beautifully.

The crisp air temps prevented me from venturing out from my warm cubby hole. But my inner child was begging to pull on snow pants, scarf and fuzzy coat with mittens attached and dance out into the glowing night.

  It is quite enchanting looking out on nights like those. Something magical about moonlight dancing off pure white snow. A different world that's for sure. So peaceful and pure with the expectation of sighting a snow fairy fluttering by your cheek on it's way to sprinkle fairy dust on a rose hip left from the last rose of autumn insuring a spring bloom.
 I can't help but reminisce about the night I saddled my horse and went for a ride in the country on a night like last night.
I felt like I was the only one in the world. So quiet with only the sound of the leather saddle crunching beneath me as my horse slowly walked along the road. He probably thought I had lost my mind wanting to go out on a winters night, but he was a dear friend, always there to listen to a young girls problems when no one else would do. If I was sad I would go to the barn and brush his beautiful long mane and braid it then take it all out thinking a male horse should not have a braided mane. Silly me.
I remember when riding, the heat of his body rising to keep me warm. He was always rewarded with only a handful of sweet oats mixed with corn chips. Dad would say sweet oats are only for treats, he didn't need sugar. dad grew up on a large farm in West Virginia with a variety of animals and since he was one of the oldest of 11 children, he was in charge of the feed. Dad never rode a horse for pleasure. I bet he enjoyed seeing me enjoy my rides and grooming. I can't believe he build a barn just so I could have a horse. He was one in a  ten million.

Well, I have to get busy but I wanted to share some sayings that I find true. Enjoy and have a great day!






Monday, January 05, 2015

2015 begins

Well I hope you all had a nice entry into the New Year. Ours was very relaxing and enjoyable spending a quiet evening home. There is no place I'd rather be no matter what the occasion.

A few of my friends didn't start the new year out as hoped, but I know things will improve soon and the worse will be behind them, they are just getting it over with for the year :-)

So, it seems I have left a few people confused over my hand request. I'm sorry about that. I am accepting hands from anyone who wants to make one for my wall hanging. I crazy quilted a hand for a charity event and ever since I have wanted to have friends make hands for me to include in a friendship wall hanging consisting of crazy quilted hands. One day when I can no longer hold a needle or see colors, I can observe my wall hanging and remember the good times and sweet friends I've met along my CQ journey.

So here are the guidelines if you are interested.
Trace your own hand onto muslin or whatever cq base you use, with a little space between fingers or completely open. Crazy quilt it, embellish it, do not finish the back or anything and send it to me. You can email for my address. angell100@comcast.net. When I finish my project I will share it with you.
Use pastels such as sage green, pale blue, dusty pink, butter yellow, cream, dusty lavender, etc. For those who want to do the same project in the future, I will do a hand for you as well. I was only going to do three, but its only fair for me to reciprocate.

This was the hand I made so you can see what I'm requesting only not dark purples and lime green.
Hopefully this clears up the hand confusion on Facebook groups.

So, I sat down on New Years Day and made a little sewing case. I have a special pair of embroidery scissors from a dear friend that I love and I'm afraid to lose them after each project so I thought a little case that would hold my sewing essentials would be very useful to me. I rarely make things for myself, but this just needed to happen. So, I made this ....



from fabrics I bought from the "Secondhand  Crazy Quilt Supplies" Facebook group started by Debra Dixon. It is a closed group but you are welcome to join and sell or buy stash. It is a fun group and we joke around a lot, and sometimes we resemble piranha when something is posted that we all feel we can't live without,LOL. We resolve the issue by buying something else!

DH started back to work this morning after six weeks of relaxation, so I have a house to get in order and errands to run. Stay warm and enjoy your moments.

Monday, December 29, 2014

2015 CQ hand project request...personal project

I've been wanting to make a wall hanging from crazy quilted hands of friends for so long. Ever since I made this one for a charity event in 2006.

Sooooo, I am asking for crazy quilted hands from my friends. Naturally I cannot and do not want to make a million hands, so I am asking of those who would like to be part of my wall hanging. When finished I will submit the finished work to the magazine. Any takers? The pattern will be your own  traced hand like mine above, natural size. I don't care which hand or if you have only three fingers. I will make three of mine to exchange if one of you want to make this project also. But I can only handle making about three more.

 I do have a couple of preferences .....

1~Pastel colors such as pale pink, sage or mint green, pale lavender, pale teal or baby blue, creamy yellow, pale antique gold and cream. (I'm truly not picky, this is just a guide)

2~Unfinished, just piece and embellish leaving 1/4" or more around entire hand for me to applique onto my wall hanging. This means no baking, and no worries, I do not care about tangled messes on the back of projects.

3~The three hands I do will be first come, first serve so request asap.

4~No time limit, just within 2015, but let me know you are sending one so I can plan accordingly.

5~Feel free to ask a favor of me for donating a hand. I believe in returning the favor. :-)

So, would you give me a hand in making my wall hanging? I hope so.