Thursday, May 12, 2016

Spring rain, lilacs, blooms

Well, I believe Spring is here.......it has been raining a lot, but that just means more blossoms! I have been busy painting the deck and porches, transplanting, mulching, etc...
I feel like I am progressing, just not very quickly. I am trying to keep in mind that every little task behind me is good.

With all this rain, I had remembered a photo of my son at age three. He loved to play after a big rain. This was taken at our first home in the country.
If there was a puddle around, Ed would find it! I must admit that if I were his age, I would be doing the same thing,lol.

The garden is at that stage where the fern are a third way unfurling, the crab apple, Dogwood, Quince and lilac blossoms are showing themselves beautifully. This time of year, when I cut my first lilac bouquet, it is bittersweet. My mother in law always received my first lilac cuttings of the season. This year I cut the darker purple ones too although they don't smell as nice as the old fashioned lighter kind. I will take a garden walk soon and share pics.
I surprised mom with a new covered porch swing for Mother's day. I'm hoping that it will entice her outside in the fresh air more often. She said after I left she decided to lay on it and she was lulled to sleep. They are comfortable.

I took advantage of the rainy day and finished another CQ project digest. This one is on making a sun visor that slips onto your glasses. You can slip it into your purse when its not needed. I'm going to make them in a variety of colors. Great for beach combing.
Those visors that clamp on your head give me a headache, and the ones with the adjustable band catch my hair, so this version is perfect for me. I hope you try one...or more. If you do, I'd love to see it.

I have a few errands to run so I'm off for now. Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening! Stay dry if its raining where you are.



A new digest, Sun Visor!

Just in time for sunny weather, a crazy quilted sun visor Digest. You can purchase here
This visor slips onto any eyeglass/sunglass to keep your vision shaded. Easy project, pattern in digest. Great gift idea.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Hello friends

 Life has been busy at times, and also coasting along. Spring is trying its best to arrive and stay. Yesterday was beautiful but I didn't get to enjoy it fully. Today is already gorgeous and I just came in to grab a bite and sit a while before tackling the weeding in the front garden. I want to dig up the snow on the mountain before it grows and takes over the Rose Campanula.
I'm looking forward to the sweet scent of the lilacs. They are just getting leaves, so it will be a while yet. It seems like this spring is in slow motion but at least the blooms are ahead instead of behind me.

There are so many tasks to do this year. Mulching,power washing and painting deck, porch, porch swing and sidewalks. Freshening up house trim and trellises. I am usually ready to go but it feels overwhelming this year. It will get done though, once I start it will all fall into place I'm sure.


Mom has cabin fever and wants a B&B trip, I can't blame her. I know she wishes she still drove. Freedom to come and go as you please is something we should never take for granted. I did get her out to a movie on Thursday. It was a nice outing but I know she needs more. I want to keep her moving, not cooped up in the house.

I've spoken to my brother and am going to plan a larger garden with him at his home. Yes, like I need another activity,lol. I gave up veg gardening years ago but want to get back into it and enjoy organic home grown veggies again. They seem to taste sweeter, and actually have flavor. Its impossible to buy a tomato that has any flavor anymore. Sad but true. It will also encourage mom to take a little walk across the street and check out the progress. I've got several garden plans, hopefully my brother agrees with some of them as he will be spending more time tending it than I will.
I do want a variety of lettuces like Ellen Eddy grew. She had a pretty little garden by the studio and before I left she would pick a salad for me to take home and enjoy. The multi colored delicate lettuces were so tender and fresh.

I could write a bit more but the sun is shining and enticing me to enjoy the outdoors, so I will continue another day. Enjoy today!


Friday, March 25, 2016

Digest #12 CQ Sleep Mask is available.

It's been quite a while since I've released a new crazy quilt project digest, but #12 is now ready. I've created a crazy quilt sleep mask and filled it with fresh dried lavender buds. It would be a great gift idea for any occasion...Mother's Day is coming up !
You can find it here.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

New Year...................

It's been quite a while since I've posted. It seems I have the winter blahs at the moment so I joined the gym to try to make the best of these cold days. I managed to do minimal stitching this year and made this tea cozy.



 With all the life changes around here, I think it will take a while to adjust. I am closing my needle case for a while, but hope to get back to sewing as soon as inspiration strikes. Until then, I did just release the 11th digest that has been sitting in limbo. It is a mini amulet pouch I first created to accommodate a friends new vehicle key-less entry fob. I hope you enjoy it.


You can check out the new Digest here http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1042170?__r=84546

Those who enjoy hearing news about mom, she is doing well. I drop by when I can after the gym for a cup of tea and laughs. We did go see The Forrest last week which we both enjoyed, but I'm keeping her in from this frigid weather as much as possible. Although she insists we must see The Boy when it comes out on the 22nd. She loves her scary movies.

Here she is at Applebee's after a recent Dr. appt. All smiles.
Until next time, stay warm, stay well and enjoy your moments.
 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Taking things slow and new Project Digest

With DH newly retired, I have been conforming to his leisure life style. I'm not so sure that is a good thing. Everyday seems like a Sunday. I'm hoping to change that starting this week.

Tomorrow I'm going to set up mom's Christmas tree and help her decorate it. It will take most of the day because I plan having tea with her when we are finished. Through the years I've bought her the blown glass German style ornaments so I always enjoy finding them tucked away in the little boxes.

I also plan on taking my daughter in law shopping. I want to start a tradition with her so we will discuss it over lunch. Hopefully I will beat the snow as I dislike driving that far on icy roads.

I made a couple change purses for my dentists wife and receptionist, and finished my commission pieces so I am free.
  I've been enjoying the crafting company of my friend Karen lately. We actually accomplish projects,lol. I Photoshopped her adorable grand babies onto vintage children bodies and she is going to make ornaments with them. I'm not great at it, but it does the job. This is little Emma.
Look at her sweet face.
I also had the opportunity to treat mom to lunch. No, she did not clean her plate,lol.

 However we both agree we must enjoy ourselves from time to time, because.......
We got a bit of snow.....it was beautiful but didn't last long.

 My sweet friend, Leslie T Hilmer dropped off this clever gift of beach glass soap. She is a beach glass stroller herself up in MI. Thank you Les. What an awesome gifty surprise.
As I was going through images last night I came across this sweet photo of my little Angell. I sure miss that little girl :-(

Last but not least, I  just publish a super easy and fairly quick crazy quilt pendant digest found here.
I'm waiting on a phone call, but I'm also supposed to head to Karen's in a bit, so...what to do, what to do? I may wait 30 mins, and then take off. DH can give me a jingle if they call. I hate missing calls, but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.
Enjoy your evening and stay warm!