Saturday, January 24, 2015

Busy as ever!

Last week was consumed with Dr. appointments and I feel like they are such a waste of time. I took mom to lunch because she had an afternoon appt. She is doing pretty well other than the usual back pains. Still looking pretty sassy for 84!!!!
I did get a couple projects finished for my sweet niece Katie. When she visited last summer she had the purse I made for her several years ago. I was so touched she still had it let alone used it. I just had to make another so I bought some dark blue silk velvet when I was at Fishman's Fabrics in Chicago a few weeks ago for the body. It was so soft and pretty I couldn't resist. I printed off a saying that I wanted to share with her and placed a bead that reminded me of the world also found during the Chicago trip. Here is the flap.

Then I decided to finish another purse for her using another color she liked, Coral.

I sent them off with a hug and she received them fairly quickly. She sent me a picture of her using it at work. Again, I am touched that she enjoys hand made purses.

Katie is such a well rounded young woman. I'm thankful my sweet sis in law freely shares her with me :-) Thanks Nic !!!!!!

I'm sorry I had to turn down names for the Victorian CQ retreat in August. I am keeping a list in case of a cancellation. For those attending, you should receive your letter this evening. I am so excited to get to meet you and enjoy time together. I can't wait!!!!

Today was sunny but I just stitched and worked on the computer. I received several hands already and will take a photo tomorrow and share. Lovely, gorgeous, beautiful hands!!!!! Thank you all for participating in my madness.
I'm currently working on the purse below. Doesn't look like much yet.
I wanted to share a few of my friend, Jan Obertein's delicious strawberry pin cushions she is currently offering in her etsy shop. They are needle sharpeners also. Lovely I might add.I love her use of vintage lace.




Time to kick back and watch some TV with DH. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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.

Breath taking work

This was shared by Jeanne Turner McBrayer on Pinterest and I think it is the  most beautiful beach landscape I've ever seen.I just had to post it so I won't lose it and to share this lady's fabulous work. Thank you for updating me on the origin Jeanne. Susie Williams is the creator of this beauty.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Happy Holidays

With a little down time this morning I thought I would wish you all Happy Holidays however you celebrate, and health and happiness in 2015.
 Mom celebrated her 84th birthday Dec 17th. Her back was hurting so I couldn't take her out so I brought her favorite Shrimp scampi fritta from Olive Garden to her with a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates. She was surprised and we still got to enjoy a birthday meal together. Afterward I surprised her with a pre-lit Christmas tree and spent a couple hours putting it up and decorating while she and her side kick, Payton the spoiled cat sat on the couch and watched. It ended up being a nice day for her after all and I went home and soaked my aching back a in lavender epsom bubble bath with a glass of vino.

Yesterday DH and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary. I don't know how that could be when I'm only 29, LOL.We enjoyed our favorite Chinese and a quiet evening watching TV. It was perfect.
I've enjoyed a few creative days with my friends Karen, Nancy and Leslie. It sure helps break the monotony of winter when you can enjoy friends and playing with stash. Thanks my buds!
I finished my tree, quite simple this year but enough to enjoy through the season. I mixed the vintage ornaments from mom and dad's 1950's decorations and the Old World ornies from my friends who know how I love the painted mercury glass.

So instead of fretting about getting projects for everyone finished, I decided to take my time and as I get one finished I will mail it out. My friends and family know how I feel about them, and I know I should have started earlier, but honestly, with everything happening all at once health wise and such, I just couldn't get it done. Besides, I think receiving an unexpected surprise in the mail after the holidays would be much more fun.
 So take a deep breath and exhale, enjoy your days and capture memories because that is all that matters. Have a wonderful weekend.