Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Ode to Fall

Hi Blogging buddies
Can't believe time has flown.
We never made it to the quilt show, and that's OK, since I'd have spent money on stuff I do not need. I still have a couple of bags with past quilt show purchases. I'm working on being very disciplined to use that up, or get rid of it.
I wanted to share a neat picture with you. At least it is to me. Our trees don't change color here in the fall, and that's the one thing I miss terribly. But, I planted a maple tree several years ago, and each year, usually in Jan, the leaves get a tad of color, then fall off. Mostly, the leaves are green with a spot of yellow, and the new buds are already present while the old leaves are falling off.
This year, we experienced so much "winter", that my maple tree actually had several leaves with true gold and scarlet, like I recall from Ohio. The most interesting aspect is in the picture. You know the twirly things that fall off each year, the "seed pod"? Well, this is the first year I've seen them on the tree, and they stayed on for a long time and were that spectacular scarlet. I had to take a picture, and share it with you.
I have been in my studio, finished a quilt top, and will post the picture soon.
What have you all been up to, and what about the flooding, are you all OK

Friday, March 19, 2010

Good things

Just wanted to stop by and say HI, I haven't forgotten you all. Our two youngest spent the night here last night, and I'm up before everyone, I think it shall be waffles for breakfast.

Our youngest, her hubby and baby came in yesterday from 2 hours away to go to a hockey game. They get greatly reduced prices on 5th- row- behind -the -goal tickets, we joined them. The game went in to a shootout, we lost, but the baby was with us. She's 13 months old, and went to sleep with all that noise!! Only babies, right?

Our middle daughter, who lives 45 minutes away came over after school, and waited for us to come home, so we stayed up late, eating and laughing. These are the moments I live for!

Today, they won't all be here too late, and my hubby and I may get to the quilt show. Yes, he will go with me, and appreciate the work he sees. If we dont' go today, then I guess tomorrow. I will try to get pics, and report back something wonderful.
Have a blessed day,

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

It's a beautiful morning

Hi Everyone

Been a bit since I've spent time with you. Getting ready for our daughter and her family to visit--translation, the baby!! Our home is not babyproof! We are all going to a hockey game that evening, so I'm to machine embroider a t-shirt with a hockey picture on it.

Since we had the neat experience this winter of a seagull in the water behind our house, I thought I'd share a couple of his pictures. When it gets colder than usual, the ocean birds come inland. We're less than 10 miles from the beach, but I guess there's more food here. The second one is if of him taking off. Well, as I look at the preview, it's not really the second one, but I'm sure you know which one it is.

Have a blessed day,


Wednesday, March 10, 2010


That was yesterday, this is today. Could not live with the design, so this it shall be until.......
Brought the Hawaiin quilt and frame into the family room so I can work on it more often. There's no really comfortable chair in that room, hope it's not too awkward.
What are you all up to today?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Springtime changes

I thought I'd try for a Springy look, what do you think? I'm not sure I like the post area larger than the light-colored area, can you read it OK?
Took some time today to straighten the desk so I can do the taxes. Oh, how I hate doing them!! The person who devised this nonesense is truly sadistic!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Hawaiin Quilt

Hi Blogging Buddies
Terri, this is for you. The Hawaiin quilt in the frame. One of these days, I will finish it. It's a gift for our oldest, started it 2 years ago now! Geesh, when I say that, it becomes more imminent to finish it!!
Did everyone have a fine weekend. Nancy is away, so we won't be seeing her handwork for a few days, but since she hopes to get some stitching done inflight, maybe we'll get some great pictures when she returns. We miss you! Be safe.
And Terri's son has surgery tomorrow. Have the right day, Terri?
We'll be praying for you guys, can't wait to hear a good report!
I have a good start on the day, the weeds have been pulled--did you hear the shout?? And we bought plants yesterday, so my work is cut out for me. That puts studio-time on hold, but I think I'll now consider the garden my outdoor studio. What do you think?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Good Beautiful Morning

It's going to be a gorgeous one here today, this amateur weatherperson declares!! I can feel it in my bones. I may get out to the garden and show those weeds who's boss!!
How is everyone today?
We live on water, a common thing in South Florida, and there is a large variety of birds, plus squirrels and such. I usually feed them cheap bread in the morning, then enjoy watching the activity that follows. This morning, the squirrel came up to the patio while my cat and I were having coffee-I drink, he watches, and I thought the cat was going to loooooose it!! His little bottom was shaking back and forth, he was "clucking" and scraping his hind claws on the tile, all ready to get him some!! Thank God, for screen and an alert squirrel!! That little critter then runs up the tree and screeches for 15 minutes!! Guess that little cat impressed him!
I have spent some time in the studio this week. Got all the blocks made and am now getting the rows sewn. The pic will appear when it's presentable. =) I also plan to put up one of the old workhorse machine. If I win the weed war, the whole world will hear the shout of victory!
What are you all up to today?
Have a beauuuuutiful one!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Good Morning, and an Etsy Question

And so I ask, how is your week going? In your studios? Being creative?
Right now, it's coffee time. I love this time of day, with my first cup of coffee, it's quiet, time to read scripture, journal, then some general reading, and then the computer. I'm grateful I can take this time for self.
Like most of you, my younger years were so hectic. One younger mom asked me what I remembered most from the teen years, and my first answer was my dashboard. Not the blog kind =) but my car! Then I gave her the type of answer she was looking for, but seriously, 3 different schools, and thier activities, I put lots of miles on my jalopy. Didn't you? I miss their laughter and family times, but truly enjoy this peace!!
I had a few minutes in my studio yesterday, made 4 more of the blocks in a previous picture. Today should provide more time to sew, hope so. I may, and I say MAY get in the garden. The weeds are atrocious!! It never ends down here.
I am considering/pondering starting an Etsy shop. Have you any experience with it? Would you mind sharing how it's gone for you?