Wednesday, January 15, 2020

I Like Thursday #92

Welcome to my 92nd I Like Thursday post.  Thank you LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color for encouraging us to sharing things that we have found during the week that we like. 

If you know anyone with Autism this will bring tears to your eyes.  How great to have a teacher that could reach these young people.  Autism with Attitude. 

Somehow this became a bug week.  Check out this gentleman's art he creates with insects.  It is amazing.

Christopher Marley

Speaking of bugs.   Someone took a picture of a VW Beetle that had been mounted in a taxidermied collection of beetles at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

On the same buggy path.  Check out Julie Alice Chappell's awesome bugs which are made out of computer components. 


My Christmas cacti are blooming finally.  Obviously mine are confused.

My old one.

The new one I got during the holiday season in hopes to have a bloom or two.  LOL

I saw this card and it made me chuckle.

Finally I have been reading the Grumpy ChickenIrish Pub Series by Constance Barker.  I am not too sure about the series and here I am into book 3.  But they are light reading and make me laugh.

It has been a busy week, and I have picked up a couple of extra partial shifts at work so maybe the books just help me relax. 

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

I Like Thursday #91

Welcome to my 91st I Like Thursday post.  Each week a handful of bloggers share things that they found that they liked during the week.  We share music, food, books, art all sorts of fabulous things.  Thank you to LeeAnna for encouraging us to throw some positive, fun things out to the cosmos.

I had to visit the township hall recently to pay my property taxes and water bill.  I was so delighted to spy this barn quilt on the side of the building.  One of the local businesses holds classes to make these and I have been thrilled to see local businesses as well as the township obtain these fabulous pieces of art. 

I had to make a run to Hobby Lobby the other day, I found out at the last minute that my Tuesday sewing group was doing a hooded scarf project for charity and I needed a yard of fleece.

This fellow greeted us at the door in the lobby.  As I was wandering back to the fabric I spied this cute coat rack.

Seriously could you hang a coat or sweater on these guys and hide their pink perfection?

While walking back toward the front register I spied these cute kitchen towels that just screamed spring, even though we really haven't had much winter.

I think they will be fun to embroider on, even though they are kind of a loose weave. 
Yes I got my fleece, on sale for $5.00 a yard so I bought two.  I have almost completed one and have the 2nd hooded scarf cut out.  I will share that at another time.

I ordered Bobbin a new dark collar.  Have I mentioned how much I love these collars?  They don't rub on her chest and cause sores and abrasions.

 It has rainbow paw prints and hearts.

I always throw my change in this little side drawer in my car.  I decided I needed to clean it out the other day.

That is a lot of change which I dumped in a bowl cozy until I had time to put it in my change jar for the annual piggy bank challenge.

I had a friend share this on Facebook and enjoyed it so I knew I had to share.

I read a couple of books this week, but they were a bit dark. I did enjoy The Ghost and Mrs. McClure.
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Monday, January 6, 2020

Holidays and Sewing

I hope everyone had a nice holiday.  I am finally getting into a groove with work, and home life.  I keep wondering how did I ever work before.  But then I remembered that I didn't have a menagerie of animals to care for and my home was much, much, smaller, and I am older and working a much more physical job.

First I would like to thank my friends for thinking of me during the holidays.

Barbara at Wont-to-be Quilter sent me some awesome fat quarters.

Dawn at Relaxing Robin sent me a goody box filled with all sorts of fun things.

Nancy of Pug Mom Quilts sent me a cute chicken ornament.
And some yummy dog treats for Bobbin.  Thank you my favorite Pug Parents Mike, Nancy, and the pug boys!  These are awesome and yummy!
A few days before Christmas I took my girlfriend out to a late lunch/early dinner for her birthday.  I received these awesome jars from her as a gift.

At the Tuesday sewing we had a exchange.  I got a neat chicken pincushion and notebook.

Bible study was held at one of the member's home and she provided a tin to fill with home made goodies.

Another girlfriend gave me a small wool pressing mat.

 One of Jeff's friends sent me a handful of pictures of Jeff from before the barn was built.

I got a chuckle out of them for several reasons.

1.  He was so young, the barn was built about 20 years ago so he was in his mid 30's
2.  He was thin
3.  Even though he was thin he had a big butt.

Made me really giggle because when Samantha was pregnant with Finn, he used to tease her that her butt needed its own zip code.  They would bicker back and forth because he had a big bootie too. 

At guild we had an exchange and I received 2 plastic ziploc type bags, and a charm pack of white fabrics.  I have a project that just needed this fabric.

I also won a poinsettia.

LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color sent me a super cute mug rug
And some dog treats for Bobbin.  It was so funny when the package arrived, Bobbin kept sniffing it and moving it around until I opened it. 

 Bobbin already partook of one before I could take a picture.  Thank you Auntie LeeAnna.

As usual one of the LQS had a 12 days of Christmas and I stocked up.

 A new iron, some books with patterns that went with them, rotary blades, a new pair of fabric shears, some 505 spray baste, some applique glues,
 an iron rest, a travel pin bowl, a book and ruler,
and some project bins.

Christmas with the family.  The Perfection Game was a favorite.

Also some flying monkeys.

When they hit the ground the screech.

I also have acquired some items from other stores during Christmas sales.

Isn't this a fun book?  It has ideas for quilting different blocks.

A fun batik fabric.  I love the green.

I acquired a couple of Christmas quilt books.

Since red is one of my favorite colors I bought this book.

I also bought a fun pattern for some reason I have a fascination with maple leaf quilts.  

I bought a pattern and combination cotton/wool kit at the LQS as well as a 2 1/2 x 12 inch ruler, and some grunge fat quarters.  

I have been doing some sewing also.  I made a Sew Together Bag, using a pattern, and the Youtube tutorials.

I think it turned out kind of nice.

I got step 3 of the Seeing Stars Sew Along blocks done.  I am still behind one month.

I worked on a baby quilt I had started a couple of years ago.

I am not pleased with the layout.  I think I need to sort through the blocks by color and try again.

One of the older ladies at Bible study put out a question on Facebook about a buckwheat bag.  I told her she could do rice or corn.  She messaged me and told me that she needed something for her eye.  I offered to make her a couple of corn bags.  The corn bags are about 2 1/2 inches square and I used some wrap and zap batting to make them softer and some flannel scraps I had on hand.  Hope they help her eye. 

I decided to join the Quiet Play Pattern Club for 2020.  I can work on my paper piecing, since I kind of enjoy it.  I decided I wanted to make the blocks using different colors of Moda Grunge.  This is just some of the colors that I have purchased recently.

We received a bonus block in December during sign up.

I also received a neat pin for joining.

I am looking forward to 2020 and getting into a routine. Then I can sew and use my time better, but right now it is hit or miss.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

I Like Thursday #90

Welcome to my 90th I Like Thursday post and welcome to 2020!

I had a huge pile of eggs sitting on the counter to be cartoned.  I grabbed some cartons and this one gave me a smile.

The eggs are called Goldhen.

With my crazy schedule I may wash eggs, but I don't always get them into cartons.  I have been known to stack a pyramid of eggs on my counter that are 3 rows 12 eggs long and go up.  I decided I needed to try something different.  I decided to get an egg skelter.

Something about it reminds me of a carnival ride for eggs.

It can hold up to 24 eggs, but mine are a wee bit big, and so it holds only about 20.

Being on my feet for 8:30 hour a day I am getting my 10,000 steps in easy peasy.  But man my feet and legs hurt.  My oldest daughter has worked in the medical field for almost 16 years and currently works as a dialysis tech.  I was talking to her and she said, Mom....compression socks.  So I bought a couple of different types.  I will say that they do make a difference.  I got a chuckle out of the tag on one set.

Come on you know it makes you smile.

Bobbin has been sporting her sweaters and sweatshirts again.  She recently sported a Christmas Sweater.

It is a wee bit longer, but she seems to like this one the most.  When she has her sweaters on she loves to play outside with the kittens.

Nutmeg (the girl) has such pretty colors.

Spice is the boy he always wants to be by me.  But it is so fun to watch them running and playing with Bobbin.  They can play for over an hour running, jumping, playing hide and seek, and tag. 

I have been reading the Kiki Lowenstein mysteries called Make Take Murder. 

This is the 5th book in the series.  I have really enjoyed the series, and am currently reading the 6th book. 

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