Wednesday, October 22, 2014


They say it is cold and flu season.  They being the media .... and the drugstores that advertise flu shots.

It is pretty rare that Honey or I have a cold.  Basically .... our un-heated upstairs scares the bejezzes out of germs so they don't seem to bother us. 


I don't think the germs like the cold.

But I do occasionally sneeze uncontrollably .... so I reach for my wadded tissue in the bottom of my purse.

Well .... I used to.

Now I reach for this ...........

 Or this ...

 Or this ...

Or this ....

Or maybe .........

I had waaaaaayyyy too much fun sewing these. 

Seam binding ... baby rick rack ... tatted edging.  These are lined ... sometimes with contrasting fabric.

Oh .... yea!!!  I had fun.

So much fun .... I just might want to catch a cold.

OK .... maybe not!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Happy Happy Day!!!

Honey took the day off from work today!

I love having him here during the day.  We work extremely well together and we are looking forward to his retirement .... in the next few years.

He is finishing the sidewalk project.

You know the one .... the one we planned to start in June and had the pavers delivered only to have life in the form of an F1 tornado or straight line winds spin things around a bit!

But the now the trees are down, wood split and stacked, new trees planted.  So now it is on to the sidewalk.


Sidewalk is installed up to the old existing concrete which will be removed next year with the step project.


The new light is installed.  In the mulch space .... I will plant Munstead lavender border next spring.  


The reason for this part of the project was to expand our porch.  Due to the roof line ... we could not expand the porch physically.  But we could expand it visually.

In the future .... the patio will extend to the left .... making an entertainment area just for us.

But today's project is to build the step on to the porch and get the railing back in place.  

Then there are doors to be stained and lights to be put on the porch.

Cuz ya know ..................

The List NEVER ends.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Tricks ....

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks!!

Boo on them, I say!!!

I love trying out something new.  Particularly when it comes to knitting or embroidering or spinning or sewing.  Or ....... you can fill in the fiber-y blank! 

Actually, there is so much in the world I want to learn ... it is truly a problem.  I keep saying .... that I need to narrow my focus!  

But obviously self-restraint is difficult for me.  

When I go shopping in a yarn shop, quilt store, fabric store .... there is stuff every where shouting, "Try me!!  Try me!  I look like fun!!"

Yea, there are squirrels in every corner of those quilt shops.  ;)

So I was in a quilt shop last spring and I found a pattern.  Applique, hand-embroidery, scrap-busting tea towels.  It easily had me.  One quick glance and it was in my hands!

And finally today .... I started it.  Grabbed some scraps ..... learned some applique stitches on my sewing machine ....played with two-sided fusibles.

It's not done yet.  I still have some applique to do .... and I haven't started the embroidery yet.

I am certain there will be more of these to come.

What do you think???