Saturday, May 23, 2015

He's Back

I just want to preface this post that my husband is the greatest and I know he doesn't mean to do the things that happen but......there is a reason why I call him Conan the Plant Destroyer.  If you do not know the story you can read about it here

A couple of weeks ago I was weeding the flower beds and mentioned to DH it would be nice to have a hand held hula or hoop hoe, and maybe he could make me one?  I have seen a couple on Amazon and they are kind of expensive.

The same day I mentioned the hoe, I also planted my perennials I got for mother's day, and prepared the planter where we grow our lettuce, and had enough seeds to plant a row of a romaine, and a couple of leaf lettuces.

Thursday I came home and DH said:  Look what I made you!

He went on to tell me how well they work, and look I cleaned out the lettuce planter.  I just looked at him and said you didn't!  I shook my head and walked away.  Those were not weeds, those were lettuce starting to sprout.

These were my two volunteer plants but you can see a couple of seedling starts.
I have a few seedlings which remained, until 'The Finn' helped today.  This is all that is left of my lettuce seedlings.  I will start again tomorrow.

My tomatoes look good.  They are ready to go into the garden tomorrow. 

The flower beds were cleaned out pretty well.
The tall purple are columbine, the shorter purple are heliotrope.
The weigela is coming along.  The picture is not great but the smell is fabulous.
The creeping phlox is creeping and filling in nicely.

We had the kids today.  They were put to work helping weed the berry patches, and the flower beds, spreading manure, and getting ready to plant seeds.  I feel like everything is going in so late, but all of my plants so 60-80 days to maturity so I think we will be fine.  Yes Conan the Plant Destroyer struck again, and he brought his progeny to help now.  :D

I am hoping to get the garden in early tomorrow so I have time to sew. 







Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Wee Bit of Alone Time

Saturday night DH went off to work to clean up the city after the Bar-B-Que cook off. Someone has to do it.

I had time to get some stitching done.

I finished the letter 'T' for the Redwork Words of Wisdom.
Sunday was a lazy day.  I am in a never ending sashing and cornerstone loop with a couple of different quilts.

I had a lovely package in the mail from Julie over at Julie Rose Quilts.


She shared this lovely fabric with the iris.

A little chunk of musical instruments.


Also these three pieces with the lovely teacups, tea pots and vases. 

I had one day free this week.  I took out quilting from my quilt on the frame.  I had been having problems with tension.  Taking quilting out takes forever!
My last try at fixing my tension problem worked!   I was using Aurifil 40 wt variegated on the top and Aurifil 50 Wt in an azalea color for the bottom.  I ordered some 40 wt in the azalea and it made all the difference in the world.

I had a 40% off coupon for Hobby Lobby and I decided that I would purchase a bobbin winder.

First I took the thread off of the bobbin from the machine I am using for the quilter.  That bobbin filled almost 3 bobbins.


Finn and I play a lot all day so I don't have much free time.  I did get the letter U finished this week for my Redwork Words of Wisdom quilt.

I am looking forward to the three day weekend. I have things prepped to sew, and hopefully it would be nice weather so that I can get my corn, beans, sunflower, and even my tomatoes are ready to be planted.  Do you look forward to time where you are alone and can get time to sew? 







Sunday, May 17, 2015

Accumulating

Do you ever have times where it seems that things keep finding their way into your home and you are just not too sure what to do with them?


A cow horn cigar ashtray!  Not that anyone in this house smokes.  This belonged to DH grandfather, the MIL found it while cleaning out "the room" in her basement.  The room which is stacked floor to ceiling, front to back with boxes of stuff that we need a dry weekend to clean out after we borrow a dump truck.   

A crystal ice bucket.  No tongs, and not that we would use an ice bucket because we do not drink alcohol, and we have an ice maker in our freezer.  Again from the MIL house, this was something "The Bling Lady" gave her that she thought we needed.  I managed to nix the goose canister set thank goodness!

I also received a couple of magnifying glasses.  This one personifies "The Bling Lady".

I am feeling much better lately.  I have days which are frustrating, but I am learning, and I seem to have much more energy than I did previously.  

Do you have things that seem to find their way into your home?  

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Prep Work Pays

Friday I had a rain delay.  LOL  that sounds funny, but the youngest daughter's SO works in lawn maintenance so if there has been a lot of rain, it sets them back a bit.  That meant that I didn't have to be there until around until 9.

I had time to sew Friday morning!  I didn't do much sewing but lots of prepping for the next day I would have to sew.  Digging through my scrap boxes, finding the perfect pieces which were the right size.

With those scraps I got the center block ready for the Aurifil BOM from 2014 on Saturday.  I still need to  sew the pieces down, but they are all glued to the center square.


I also found pieces for my yoyo quilt that I want to make and got some squares cut. 
I am trying to get a few of these blocks cut so that I can begin to do some more handwork while I am watching the kids. I probably should also get hexies ready so that I can work on that too.

Monroe County Quilt Guild has a challenge quilt competition every year.  The challenge this year is use the first initial in your first, middle, and last name and design a quilt.  It must be at least 12 inches per side, but not larger than 30 inches per side.  Those initials could represent a color, block, embellishment, or element in the fabric.

This is the challenge fabric.

I actually had an idea rolling around in my head, but didn't want to use my fabric until I knew if it would work or not.   I tried charting it out in EQ7 but I could not get it to work, so out came my handy dandy graph paper, and colored pencils.  Once I was finished  charting, and calculating I decided that I would rather use scrap fabric to see if it would work or not.

I made it a bit smaller than I graphed out to see if it worked.  The sample ended up being only 10 inches on a side, but I am adding at least 2 more churn dashes so I can make the size requirements, especially after I add borders.  Now to pull my fabrics and get it ready, that way I will be done before the October deadline. 

Speaking of quilt guild, I forgot to share what I won as a door prize.
Such a timely win.  I needed more needle threaders, I had just broken my last one!  I also always wanted one of the bodkins for turning tubes. 

I am so glad I got so much prepped to work on in the future. 



Thursday, May 14, 2015

Small Steps

Thursday is guild day, so I don't watch the kids.  I try to pack as much in my day as possible.  Small steps get things done.

DH bought me a flat of annuals for Mother's Day.  Of course since then it has been raining, or I have been taking care of the kids so I didn't have an opportunity to plant until today.  I weeded a large section of my flower bed, and planted the flat.  I also got my lettuce seeds planted. These are seeds from last year, hopefully they will still sprout.

This picture is from last year, but surprisingly I already have some volunteer lettuce so it looks much like this already.

I did block 3 for the Farmgirl Vintage QAL.
Isn't this chick cute?

I finished up the letter 'S' for the Redwork Words of Wisdom quilt.

I started on the letter 'T'.
I also worked a bit on my cross stitch for the stocking cuff for my SIL.
It is coming along. 

I took out quilting, I am still having tension problems.  I tried using a singer needle and it was better, but still after a minute I started to have problems.   I have one more thing to try, I was trying to use a 40 wt Mako on the top and a 50 wt Mako on the bottom in the bobbin.  I ordered  the 40 wt to match the color in the bobbin.  Hopefully that will solve the problem. 

I also started working on another row for the Farmer's Wife quilt.  I got a few blocks and sashing for the row put together. 

Tonight at quilt guild we had a learning from within.  A lady showed how to use EQ, another how to make yoyos using the clover yoyo tool, another showed how she makes art quilts, and another how to make silhouette quilts.  It was fun.  I have been prepping pieces to make a yoyo quilt from scraps so it was nice to see how the tool worked.  DH also bought me EQ7 for my birthday in February.  I haven't taken the time to learn it, but the short 15 minute class at guild I think may help me along. 

I think getting little bits done is better than not getting anything done at all, especially considering how often I am home now. 





Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Changes and Good-byes

I know life is full of ups and downs, but I think I am sure ready for a bit of normal.  The last few days have been very busy with doctor's appointments, dietician appointments, and some serious lifestyle changes.

Saturday we told "The Bling Lady" goodbye.  DH helped her nephew load up the van and they were off heading toward Florida.  It was a bittersweet goodbye, I will miss her she is such a sweet lady, and she was family.  DH and I had lunch with the MIL which we picked up at the little Mexican grocery store near "The Bling Lady's" house.  

Sunday was Mother's Day-- the youngest daughter and the grandsons came to visit Saturday evening and  brought me an Asian Lily to plant in the yard, and two of the other daughters called and texted, and I called my mom and wished her Happy Mother's Day.  Sometimes living so far away from my family is sad. 

I have been watching the kids for the youngest daughter a few days a week.  The Finn and I get to play, and do some serious bonding.  While I am there I do my cross stitch,  embroidery or read. I think that maybe I should figure out some sort of handwork I can do there too.  I could do hexies, or have been considering making a yoyo quilt.  I saw one that was red white and blue that I loved. 

I finished the 'R' on the Redword Words of Wisdom, and started the letter 'S'. 

I finished all the outlining for the tractor.  It is finished until I stitch the name which will take just a few minutes. 

I found an old cross stitch piece which just needs the outlining finished and also started on the next cross stitch stocking cuff piece for my SIL.  I am not showing the old cross stitch piece it is so dirty I am embarrassed.  Hopefully when I am finished and take it off the frame I can get the dirt off. 

I charted all of the names for all of the stockings which I need to make last week so now I just need to get stitching.  I have patterns picked out, and ordered, and I think I need one more to have them all ready.  I wonder if I can manage to get a stocking finished for everyone this year?

I did do a wee bit of sewing.  I got a row of sashing and cornerstones sewn together and attached to the Farmer's Wife quilt.  Now I can start on the next row of blocks and sashing. 

I also decided I would join the Farmer's Wife QAL.  I am already a couple of weeks behind.

Apron Strings


Autumn Star


 I didn't choose any specific fabrics.  I just started pulling scraps out of my scrap bins.  I have one more block but I probably won't get to that until Thursday.

One day that it was nice last week I transplanted my tomato plant seedlings.

They had outgrown their mini green house so I decided to transplant them into a big container something that they will be able to grow big enough to be transplanted into the garden once they get to be about 6 inches tall.  Solo cups from the dollar store!  Cheaper than peat pots or other containers! 

These are an organic seed which I purchased from Territorial Seed Company.  It is a Roma tomato which is supposed to be about 7 inches long.  After transplanting I ended up with about 30 plants. 

DH and I are adjusting to the lifestyle change.  I do need to try to exercise more which should help lower and stabilize my blood sugar.  I have lost 3 lbs, DH has lost about 7!  I have been drinking much more water, and much less soda.  The only real challenge is that I have to learn a new way of eating, I can't quite figure out why low fat usually means high carbohydrates, and low carb means high in fat so trying to eat this way seems counter intuitive to what I would normally do.  I am also not a fan of poking my finger to monitor my blood sugar. 



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Slow Stitching

I got a prescription at the doctor's  last week that just did not really agree with me.  What do you do when you feel like you are about 1/2 a step above a potted plant?

Redwork--got quite a bit of my letter R done.

Cross stitch
I finished all of the cross stitch and am now working on the back stitching and outlining.

The doctor and I had a discussion, and the prescription is just not going to work for me, so we are going to try going to a nutritionist, dieting, and exercising.  Got to be better than feeling like a houseplant right?