Sunday, February 05, 2017

Crazy Quilt inspiration book

I was gathering some of my past CQ photos to keep as inspiration in a journal and decided to publish it for anyone interested. It is 50 pages of my crazy quilt projects, close up images in full color. Some are horizontal so you could see larger photos. The link is on the left sidebar if you want to browse. If you purchase a printed copy, don't forget to download your free digital copy so you can enlarge to see every detail. The printer sometimes distorts the colors and you will see the true colors in the digital copy.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thanksgiving is four days away!

I have been gone too long. The season's have changed, we got a new president, and my muse has almost agreed to return.
I just don't know where to begin. The days have shortened, but I really like the dark cozy mornings where I can snuggle in my comfy chair and watch the sun rise and enjoy a cup of tea before the world starts buzzing.

I did make it to the beach a few more times before the cold weather moved in.

I even slipped off one day to my friend Dawn's new home to kayak for the first time. I loved it and am going to buy my own kayak. Thanks Dawn!

I've been taking mom to Ogden park to feed the koi cheerios as often as possible. They should be fine this winter.

We've been wine tasting in Michigan......

And just hanging out having lunch...

Mostly, I've been booking doctor appointments and spending much of my time at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago with DH. He has agreed to begin treatment again for lymphoma. This time, with a brilliant doctor, Dr. Shou Ma, we will kick cancers ASS (excuse the language). All the new labs, tests and biopsies were not much fun for him, but the trips into the city were the worse. Traffic is crazy, no one uses turn signals and they speed in all four lanes on Lakeshore drive. Argh!  I must admit, the building are pretty neat, especially along the lake.

So we were fortunate to be able to switch chemo treatments closer to home in a new facility only 15 minutes from home, since he will be taking three day IV's each time. He gets so stressed having to go into Chicago and Dr. Ma was so great working with us and understood our situation. Wish him luck, it looks more promising this round.

 My dear friend Terri Takacs sent me the little white pumpkin which inspired me to search for other interesting ones to use for my centerpiece. I used a Pinterest idea and tacked together various doilies for a table runner.
I discovered my Christmas cactus in bloom on a shelf in the laundry room. It was such a shock because house plants do not usually survive with me as their caretaker. It was a gift from my mom #2, Tisha, so I tried to keep it happy but did forget about it many times. (sorry)

My muse completely ran away a few months ago. I missed her and could not even attempt a project with intentions of finishing. However, there are signs that she is returning. I dyed some ribbon, organized thread drawers and gathered some beautiful fabrics for a new project although I don't know what to create. Perhaps a tote?
A couple weeks ago I attended an Antique show in Howe Indiana with my pal Laney. It was fun and I found a few treasures, but the best part was the laughter that I truly needed. Thank you Laney ;-)
I did spy a few vintage crazy quilts being used for table covers.

That about sums up my days. I just received my order of four books from author, Joanne DeMaio and I am very anxious to begin reading. They are lovely books and I urge you readers to check out her facebook page to see what she has to offer. My kind of stories. I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. The kids will be here for a full turkey dinner. I can hardly wait to slide the turkey in the oven. Take care!

Monday, June 20, 2016

First day of Summer!

Ok, time needs to slow down a bit. Spring is behind us and I think summer will speed by much too quickly. I've been keeping busy with the yard and garden and coming close to being finished with painting mom's house. DH has found a bit of energy and has taken interest in organizing his barn. Every now and then he will bring me a rediscovered gift such as a restrung cast off wind chime which I immediately find a home for in the garden, or a newly sharpened garden shear. HE has taken a few motorcycle rides which I am happy to see. Every little activity builds strength so I keep encouraging him to keep busy when he feels up to it.
 In between the household chores, I am taking a little time to enjoy life.

The spring rains have kept things blooming...I picked this bouquet from the garden for lunch with mom.
It was a warm day but we enjoyed the first garden lunch of the season together. Her requested crab salad with water crackers and cucumbers, pastries, pina' colada for her, strawberry daiquiri for me. 

I even took time to attend Antiques on the bluff in St. Joe with my bud Leslie. There were so many things I would have bought if I had a second home...or cottage. It was a beautiful morning.

As for the painting, the porch and decks were dark green and now they lightened up with a fresh coat of Simply Sage. I like it so much better. I spend most evenings out there swinging (sometimes with wine) and just winding down after a busy day.

The "Ghost mirror" was a find from Antiques on the bluff.
Evenings on the porch have been so relaxing.

I love my bike but was bored with it so I did a little makeover. This is the before pic.
This is after lots of browsing Pinterest.... taping off and sanding...

A soft shabby blue paint called "Cove" did the trick. 

I even got in some beach strolls...some sunny.....
some not so much....

but always treasures to be found.

Last week I found a box of my vintage laces I had organized and misplaced last year. (The laces on the board leaning against wall) I found them in a box neatly placed on cards at the bottom of my stacked boxes in the studio. So much for organizing, but a happy find.
I did get in some stitching in the garden too.

A couple weeks ago I took a drive to St. Joe with mom and we found ourselves having lunch by the water as we watched an elderly gentleman reel in some pretty large fish.It reminded me of dad and how he loved to fish.

Although the color bursts come and go in my garden, I enjoy it as much as possible,even at night.

So that pretty much sums up my spring. The past week and the week ahead have and will be hot, so I work around the heat because I can no longer handle it. Early morning garden watering and mowing and evening porch swinging will be all I'm up to these hot and humid days.
Enjoy your days.

Happy first day of summer!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Spring rain, lilacs, blooms

Well, I believe Spring is 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.