Friday, January 27, 2012

Humor Me!

This quilt is truly a scrap quilt of so many different blocks!  So busy but delightful to look at!  This is Carol's quilt.  I used an all over ground cover pattern on it.  This is one of those that my quilting takes a back stage to the quilt's overall beauty!  Certainly lots of work but so lovable!

Speaking of lovable, I bought an LOL cat calendar.  I love the humor and am posting a couple of my favorites.

And this cartoon was just the icing on the cake!  

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ice, Ice, Baby

Yesterday was a little treacherous walking outdoors with all of the ice.  Even the kitlins were a bit cautious!  One of them sat on the back cement step at one point as I saw fur that looked like it had been pulled away from the body warmth and stuck to the freezing ice.  I had wished I had taken a photo of it because it was really funny.  I would just have to find out which one has a bald behind that had succumbed to such an act.  lol

I really do love the beauty of the rain in it's suspended state, whether it is free formed or encased on an object.
Even on a windshield, it is gloriously filled like millions of diamonds!
Luckily we didn't have power outage, but parts of our county did.  I didn't venture out of the driveway, just stayed home and quilted.  I finally finished up Ann's other quilt.  So very pretty!  I love her colors.

My day was beautifully filled, inside and out!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Whether The Weather Changes

Remember that dandelion and then the snow in the last post?  Well the weather has changed again to rain and it rained and rained and then flooded....
The back yard
And then the front yard. 
Since I was up a creek without a paddle, it was a good time to quilt the past couple of days.
I finished Ann's Civil War quilt as the waters receded today, so I got a photo of this king size monster!  Wowsers!  Ann did an awesome job with such perfect points too!  I just wish you could see my quilting on this busy piece, but alas, poor lighting today.
The scrappy colors and scrappy look is so amazing!

Tonight I have another one of her quilts on the machine, It's a gorgeous piece too that I can hardly wait to show you soon! 

While preparing supper this evening, I got a new prediction for the weather.  I was making baked potatoes and found this mitten shaped one!  (Remember the one shaped like a Christmas stocking I found earlier?)

Sure enough, tonight it has been snowing!  Looks like we have an inch already.  Hopefully I shall find a bikini shaped potato now for warmer weather:)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Busy Beginnings

It's already 2 weeks into the new year and I had planned to make a resolution that I would blog once a week!  Well so much for a great beginning. LOL   Just like my diets, it usually goes in one year and out the other!    I did however FINALLY get my bedroom remodeled.  It was a long time coming and this weekend the rest of the trim went on.  Now I am working on figuring how I want to rearrange my room.  Here's what I dealt with before.  My step son put on primer.  Such a sweetie!
I painted the room with two different mismatched paints that I mixed and I truly love it!  We also got rid of the nasty stained carpet and put down Pergo flooring and painted the sliding doors for the closet that were put on a year ago.  They were once just two door ways and impractical.  Love it being a big walk in that I can really move around in!
The floor is a lovely medium cherry!

Boa seems to enjoy the new digs!  Insidently I had gotten the bedding at a yard sale for $5.00 for the bronze set and the the other corridinated set from a flea market.  I know, I know,  for being a quilter, I should at least have a quilt on my bed! LOL  Perhaps I shall make a goal to make one for myself this year!  Also more art for me!  I usually give away and trade so much, so I shall work on turning a new leaf.
Hubby and I have decided to work on saving aside some extra cash for a vacation fund, so each day before we retire, we each put aside a dollar a day.  So far so good in keeping that resolution!

It had been a fabulous beginning into the new year.  Such lovely weather and even some blooms!

We have also wanted to take down this tree that has continued to keep leaning for the past few years and finally cut it down while the weather was still nice.
It made a nice pickup load of firewood.
We gave it away to our neighbor who heats with fire wood.  Just in time as a day later it snowed!
The neighbor has a plow and cleans our long driveway so it is good to barter for just what we need!

I have managed to get some other things finished in the past couple of weeks.  This is Pam's delightful quilt!  Isn't it gorgeous!  I loved quilting this one!

I did some ATC's for my NING group.  This is a photo of my son and daughter a few years ago.  I used some gold foil doilies to simulate the picture frame.

I had also made a journal page for my Fiber Art Trader's group.
I used card stock in the center and used fusible web to adhere fabric to both sides of it.  It made it a lot easier to stamp and draw on.  I chose to just tear the fabric, fraying the fibers.  I used rubber stamps, acrylic paints, magazine photo for the face, crystals and star embellishments.  

And more ATC's for my Arts In The Cards group.  The theme was 2 for a second anniversary of the group that two gals started, so I couldn't help but make 2 queens as if it were a playing card.  It is all hand drawn.  I painted the background with watered down acrylics.  As long as you don't stare at the background too much, you wouldn't know that it isn't mirror imaged.  The queens however are.  I just attached them together and made their hands artful holding a brush.  Again I used crystals to embellish and then added glitter glue to certain areas which gave it some dimension. 

Now to get back to work on another customer quilt that I have promised for next week, so I have my work cut out for awhile.  Hope your new year has had a good start for a new beginning!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Old Endings and New Beginnings

Christmas was a joyous one this year!  We waited up for Santa.

We hung up our stockings.

 Then we ate and ate until we were stuffed!

And we ripped open presents!
And we played with our toys until they were wore out!

Now it's time to celebrate again!  Dig out the nip and shout....

Toot your horn!  

Hello kitty!
May you have a happy and safe new year!
Welcome 2012!!!