Friday, August 29, 2014

Feels like Autumn

After five days of hot humid weather I am loving the cooler mornings. Autumn seems like it is creeping in early this year. Leaves are falling and most of the Autumn flowers have bloomed around here already. I stitched a bit in the garden yesterday until the sun heated things up. Grandmas Hibiscus is dropping its gooey spent blooms all over the back deck so it has to be sprayed down daily, ugh! But they are so pretty, and it was Grandma's so it will remain where planted.

 I'm trying to finish a purse but there are always other things that take my attention. I'm wondering if it will ever get done????

 I did get the Autumn issue of CQGatherings published.
 You can order it on my sidebar if you haven't already. I'm hoping to get the Winter issue finished early, so if you have tutorials, please send them asap. It is filling up already but still room for some eye candy. I can't believe it is my last issue. I'm a little blue from time to time, but I know it will give me much needed time for my family. Illness and aging can't be put on hold unfortunately. I've always tried to be where I'm needed most, and now it is all about family as I know you will agree.

Speaking of family, the Newlyweds are doing great, I got to spend last weekend with them. It was nice to wake up and make breakfast and treats. We celebrated DH's birthday with Chinese take out and had a nice visit. No, I didn't cook, it was very hot and humid.
My brother and sis in law from Hawaii retired this year and now they are exploring the other side of the island and found this huge cave.
 The brother that threw rotten strawberries at me earlier this year :-)
 My sis in law has been through so much, they deserve to live in paradise. She has survived two cancers. She just finished her round of chemo shortly before they came in May for the wedding. She was tired from time to time,but we sure had fun.
 This is Mila three or four years ago when they renewed their wedding vows on the beach. She is a beauty, she has a sense of humor and I miss her.

Their youngest, my nephew Warren will be married soon and and Steve and Mila are thinking of buying a home around here to come visit and spend some time. Then I will get to enjoy more family time with them. 

I caught a pic of this little red dragonfly yesterday. Its not a great pic but I was riding around on the golf cart and happened to see it land.
I don't know what got into me but I hopped on the golf cart and rode it around like a kid. Around the barn, down to the corral, up the hill to the garden, through the front yard then did a million circles in the corral before it was out of my system. I have to admit, it was fun. DH was at work, and I planted tall pines so I was out of view from passerby's,lol. Who cares if they think I'm nuts! I had fun.
 Since it is cool this morning I'm going to get in a beach walk then visit mom for a bit. A great way to start a long weekend. Perhaps we will get in a motorcycle ride as well. That is always enjoyable to meander country roads and take in the beauty of roadside wild flowers like Queen Anne's lace, Chicory, wild Horseradish and the yellow daisy like flowers that are so abundant this year. I love it when we hit air pockets of the sweet floral scents. In spring it is Lilacs, summer is Bridal Wreath and roses, and soon the Autumn Clematis will be releasing its scent since it has just begun to flower. I just close my eyes and try to inhale all the fragrance I can. Sometimes we do come upon a scent, or odor where I try to hold my breath until I'm blue, like a pig farm or an animal that just wasn't fast enough crossing the road(sorry for that image.) But that isn't often thank goodness.

It will be light soon so I had better straighten the house and grab a bite before I venture out. It is supposed to be 72 degrees today so I'm determined to sit on the porch swing and finish that darn purse! LOL.
 
I hope you have a wonder day and a fun Labor Day weekend.



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Trip to MI

What a fun trip I had. The only thing I would have changed was 5 or 10 degrees cooler temps, otherwise it was perfect. So I arrived in Metamora and chatted with Tish for a few days. We took a few trips to the city (don't ask me the name of it,lol) and we took a day to galavant in her 1972 Vette.
Wed I attended her weekly "gang" meeting. The girls are a blast. I learned a lot, but not sewing related,LOL. (wink, wink) I can't remember all the names so I won't mention any, but I can say the one with the arrow is the hostess and her new home is awesome. What a lovely group of women, and soooo fun.
 Whatever you do, don't ask for a chair....it is quite an event,LOL.(sorry gals)
Tish took me to a gourmet market called Papa Joe's which blew my socks off. If you ever go, you have to try these thin crisp delights. A M A Z I N G !!!
I headed toward Port Huron to visit some other dear friends, Jan and Jim. I had the pleasure of playing in her studio which is always enticing. I will only share a tiny portion otherwise I feel we are invading her home and that is not cool. This is her studio window.....I love it.
 I took her a little hostess gift....

The next morning another mutual friend arrived to do a bit of fabric shopping. Shannon of Sweet inspirations is a hoot. I have adopted her as my lil sis. I wanted to make her something different so I covered a box where she could keep special trinkets.
We stopped at a fabric shop Jan's hubby found from a TV news ad, then we stopped at Haberman's
 and a couple bead shops. The place Jim told us about was the best find of the day.
The 200 mile yard sale was going so Jan and I took Friday to peruse the offerings to Marine City.
The first sale we stopped at was fun, we found some tiny bottles that had been unearthed around the area. They were intact and some were blue and aqua. We gathered a few for our studios which I'm sure we will be soldering on.
We weren't the only ones shopping, this little lady found a toy on her own and carried under a cool place to enjoy. Her father did pay for it, like most of us do when our kids find something they can't live without.

I then found a little lonely looking teddy bear that called my name. I'm not a bear collector but she needed to go home to Indiana with me. I named her Prudence. She was the navigator and Jan was the co-pilot of our venture.
When I arrived home she got a bath. She is smelling as sweet as she looks.

Onward we go.....passing one sale after another until one spun our heads around. We pass all the sales with tons of toys or clothes which saves time. After all, we were on a mission!
It was such a beautiful day. We enjoyed lunch parked under shade trees watching the boats and listening to the birds while a cool breeze kept us very comfortable. It was a fruitful excursion.
We passed many beautiful homes to die for. It was magnificent for those who love old Victorian houses.
I was excited to get to stop at Jan's friend, Vera Grace Emporium. This quaint shop offers the newest to the oldest, jewelry,home accessories, cards, scents,antiques, garden items, fun things for everyone plus it is beautiful every turn you make. I could live in there. And yes, I did find some sweet things for my home.
When it was time to leave Jim packed a huge cabbage in my car for my mom. He has a big garden and really enjoys tending it and as you can see by the size of the cabbage, it rewards him in a big way. He loaded me down with zucchini and cucumbers too which I can't seem to stop eating because they are so sweet.
This beauty was handed to mom yesterday and she was in awe of the size. It is the biggest I've seen. I sat it on the table for the photo because mom couldn't lift it.

I stopped to say bye to Tish and Donald and hit the road for home. It was another memorable trip with great company. Thank you Tish, Donald, Jan, Jim, and Shannon and all the ladies of the Gang!

Until next time, enjoy life one day at a time!



Friday, August 01, 2014

I lost June and July?????

You know when you get so busy that you don't know what day it is? Well, I didn't seem to know July was history. I've decided to just post what comes to mind because otherwise it would be work to try to remember everything I do. Just too darn much stuff.

So, I am about to wrap up the Autumn issue of the magazine. I've had so many submissions, thank you all. For those wanting to squeeze something in for my last issue, the Winter 2014, start sending now please. For those a bit shy or those who don't submit for other reasons, I hope you join in sharing your work, advice, news, etc when Pam begins her version in January. I know you're out there and enjoy CQ like the rest of us, so go on, you can do it. Pam is waiting to hear from you and all crazy quilters are always anxious to see new work and meet new cqer's.

Crazy Quilt Gatherings......
will be replaced with Crazy Quilt Quarterly!
I must say looking back at all the issues, I am humbled to have had the pleasure of meeting the many contributors the past four years. International crazy quilters and those here in the states all have at least one thing in common. The ability to turn scraps, discarded items, threads, etc into objects of beauty. I admit, I'm proud to have started this publication and thrilled that it is continuing in the hands of a friend and fellow crazy quilter. It has been surreal honestly. I am blessed doing what I love and in a more private manner, I will continue to enjoy everything it has to offer.

Well, we had a few cool days that felt more like Autumn so the baking bug bit me and I tried my hand at French Macaroons. I found several recipes online and just chose one. To my shock and dismay they turned out.
Then yesterday I tried another recipe and it wasn't as good. This recipe said to let them sit 30 minutes after you bang them on the counter.
The tops are hollow and the peaks still show. So, recipe #1 is what I will stick with in the future.

I went "glamping" with my pal Karen this week. It was not planned, we just did it. It couldn't have been improved upon if it had been planned. We rode bikes, walked the beach twice, shop hopped around MI, gabbed, ate outside with the sight, sound and smell of our little fire. The RV was very comfy and the cool evening made it easy to sleep. I enjoyed it so much. Thanks Karen.

I had the chance to return to Ogden Park with mom for another picnic. Mom enjoys seeing the garden colors change.
 I gave her a little pill box I covered in CQ. That way she won't forget them hopefully. The little fairy in the center is her as a child. The sweet painted porcelain heart button is from Flights of Fancy.

I also wanted to share my beautiful purple pendant Jilly made for me from a kit I bought from Bead Haven at the Wisconsin Bead and Button show in June. It is so pretty in person. Thanks Jilly.
Yesterday while watering I spotted this neat hummingbird  moth going from one bloom to the next.
I'm going to visit with two sweet friends and their hubby's on Sunday so I had better get things in order around here and start packing. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
 So I'll leave you with this video.
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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Magazine update

Hi Peeps, I have two more issues of the magazine to put together and am getting the Autumn issue ready and wanted to ask if anyone has anything to contribute? Those submitting "how to" articles and projects and technique's chosen for publishing will receive a free printed and PDF copy of that issue. Events, your work (eye candy), and ads are all welcome at this time. Thank you.

I know Pam Kellogg is busy getting her first issue ready as well as a CQ calendar. To answer questions, yes, I will still be doing calendars and project books from time to time. I can't stop sharing,lol.

You still have time to send submissions for the Autumn issue as well as the Winter issue.


Monday, July 07, 2014

Blissful visits,new projects, and beautiful weekend with family

I hope you all had a safe and fun fourth of July. The days pass so quickly, I have only taken time to post a bit on facebook so I will catch up here for those who don't waste time there,lol.

As I mentioned previously, my brother and SIL got to visit for the month of June. We met at the beach one morning and we happened to have perfect weather for it.
Mila overwhelmed by the smooth pebbles on the shore.
 Steve searching for mermaid tears.
 Sharing their finds.
 Mila found the biggest, a green one!
This was their last day to play. That evening we had a cookout and they spent the night. The month passed too quickly but we had a lot of fun and memories were made.
My bud Jilly kindly drove us to the hotel in Chicago so they wouldn't have to rush to the airport the next day. We had to get final photos of course.

 Thanks Jilly! I owe you!

For my last update I was just finishing neck pouches for great nieces in Hawaii but a week later I'm happy to say that I am ready to assemble the purses and clutches for my sis in law and nieces. My sis in law was helpful in choosing the colors so hopefully each of them will enjoy their crazy quilt bag made with love.

This will be Mila's clutch.
 This is Sophia's purse
 Stephanie's purse
Jasmine's clutch
My nephew Warren's soon to be bride's wedding clutch
Along with the three finished great niece's neck pouches
So with all the excitement from the wedding and visits from friends and family, we had a quiet fourth of July weekend. Ed and Megan came over and stayed a few nights. We had quite a storm last weekend and lost our power for two days but St. Joe was hit harder and the kids were without power all week. They were happy to get some relief this weekend. We just hung out here and had burgers, watermelon and the usual cookout fare. It was relaxing for all and enjoyable to chat and catch up on the newlyweds.

Yesterday DH suggested a bike ride before it got too hot so after breakfast I grabbed my lemon drops and we jumped on the bike and headed East. Ended up a bit North in Michigan where we fueled up.
As we rode past several roadside rose bushes, the sweet rose scent was so strong I closed my eyes and inhaled all I could. It was amazing. It reminded me of the quiet dark ride home from St Joe after the wedding. I had the moon roof open and all windows down driving past the many spirea bushes along the road in several yards. The aroma was constant and soothing as I thought of the newlyweds beginning their life together with such a beautiful wedding with friends and family. I was so glad his Aunts and Uncles could attend. It was so special.

On the way home we had lunch at the Hacienda. Wet burritos, way too big but we tackled them as best as we could. Yes, they came home with us.
 A little FYI, do not eat lemon drops if you're going to have hot salsa. Yowza!!!!
Now I'm going to go for a swim so I'll leave you with a pic of my sweet friend in Texas, Annette. I love this photo of her.