Wednesday, August 12, 2020

I Like Thursday #121

Welcome to my 121st installment of I Like Thursday.  We have had cooler days and nights lately, which kind of makes you melancholy even though it was only the first part of August, it seems too soon for summer to be over.  But the hot, humid weather is back, with much cooler nights though so I won't complain too much.  

The afternoons are nice to sit and dip my feet in the pool after a long day at work.

As I sit and wind down, I usually read a book for about 15 minutes before I start the "rest of my day".

The other day while I was sitting I noticed a leaf whirlpool in the middle of the pool, over the drain.

I like my new ceiling fan that I finally installed.  Well I didn't do all of it.  I did the disassembly of the old, and assembled the new, but the adult kids finished putting it up.  What a huge difference.

This is the old fan, yes I have 2 of the same style fan, one in the dining room, and one in the living room.  It has a frosted shade, and those tiny candle like light bulbs that have the tiny base that is about the size of your pinky finger.  They don't put out a lot of light, and they blew out constantly.

Here is my new light and fan.  It looks like it has mason jars, and the bulbs look like Edison bulbs, but they are LED, what a gigantic difference!   It will be easier to work in there during the evening.

I like sew a longs, even though I don't always keep up, but it is the spirit of it!  Currently Fort Worth Fabric Studio has the Absolute Autumn Mystery Quilt Along.  I loved their fabric kit they curated for it, and I have actually started cutting a little.  

I also like the Spellbound QAL by Holly Hill Quilt Designs I am saving those off for later, I hope!

I have been working on my cross stitch and embroidery lately and saw this cute embroidery thread holder and had to have it.

 It is the perfect size to hold a ball of embroidery thread.  

 I like that I know what date this girl's birthday falls on!  

August 12, 2017 little miss was born, and Wednesday she celebrated her 3rd birthday.  We went to Starbucks and she got a pupperccino which is technically just real whipped cream in a small Starbucks cup.  Bobbin got a cheat day from her diet.  From what I understand she shares her birthday with some other awesome people.  

I will say the books I read this week were much better than last week's selections.  My first book was The Last of the Moon Girls by Barbara Davis.  What I thought was going to be a book on forgiveness ended up have a wee bit of a mystery involved too.  I loved the book, and the characters and couldn't put it down!

My 2nd book was Murder in the Valleys by Pippa McCathie.  A retired DI stumbles upon a body in the little Welsh town where she now lives.  Back into her life comes her former colleague Matt Lambert as the new Chief Inspector sent to head up the investigation.  I enjoyed this book also and look for to more character development in future books. 

On a much different note I found this website interesting it is a COVID Event Risk Assessment.  You look for the county you live and add some other data points.  

COVID Risk Assessment

Finally a couple of videos to make you smile.

Tap Versus Irish Dance

Riverdance Figure Skating.

Now head over to LeeAnna's at Not Afraid of Color, our intrepid and steadfast encourager when the going gets tough, to check out the other I Like Thursday posts!


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

I Like Thursday #120

Welcome to my 120th I Like Thursday post.  Every Thursday a group of bloggers write about things they like/love and try to put some positive out to the universe.  Thank you to LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color for encouraging us to find things during the week.

Still busy around here, I made zucchini bread and was fortunate enough to be able put some in the freezer.  I worked in the yard on my day off, mowing, weeding, weed eating, cleaning up, and trying to get things under control.  So not a whole lot to share still, but soon the weather will change and I life will slow down a little.  I think.  😉

I like these cones of Sugar 'n Cream for knitted dish clothes. 

Autumn Leaves

Ahoy

Beach Ball

Freshly Pressed

I also loved this one called Psychedelic


Obviously I think I will be making a lot of dish clothes. 

I found these neat towels and had to have them.

What was really neat was the back has a little motif too.




Work with the chemicals, constant hand washing, my nails are a mess.  I have tried everything but they continue to break, and split.  I finally tried these glass files and they seem to help a bit.


Today I ran some errand and coming up the stair I spied what I thought was a leaf.  But on closer inspection.

A wing.

Some interesting things I found the last week.  The Badlands Guardian


Isn't it amazing?  It looks like a human wearing a First Nations Headdress.

Unfortunately the books I read this week were nothing to write about, and frankly a couple of book recommendations in a couple of articles I read.  I was very disappointed. 

Now head over to LeeAnna's at Not Afraid of Color to check out the other I like Thursday posts. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

I Like Thursday #119

Welcome to my 119th installment of I Like Thursday.

I am thoroughly enjoying my garden this year, even though there is a lot of work, and I am always behind the weeds.

This is a picture of my zucchini that I took about July 25th.  By July 28th this is the zucchini I harvested.


I was kind of mourning the fact that my Rose of Sharon bushes didn't appear that they would bloom this year.  But today one of them surprised me.












While cleaning the pool today I pulled this guy out. 

Aren't the markings on the wings amazing?

Finally my books I enjoyed this past week were:

The Shaman Sings by James Doss.  Julierose suggested this series to me.  Many books of this type use the more well known Indian Tribes, but this one takes place on and around the Utes.  I love that the past couple of years I have been around a lot of the areas described in this book near Durango, Colorado.

My 2nd choice was Legacy of Lies by Robert Bailey, a Bocephus Haynes Legal Thriller. 

Thank you LeeAnna for encouraging us to look for things to share during the week that we like, love.  Now head over to Not Afraid of Color to check out the other I Like Thursday posts. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

July....is Half Over... Well Now it is Over

Woohoo we made it to July!  Well, now it is actually mid July, strike that the end of July.  I decided I would share what little bit of sewing I did in June.  And now part of July.

I finally finished the hanging sleeve, binding, and label for the little bike quilt.  The name of the pattern is Mod Geo Cruiser Jr. But I named my quilt Velocipede. 

I have been working on sashing and cornerstones for the Tuesday sewing group BOM.

Have I mentioned how much I dislike sewing sashing and cornerstones?  Almost as much as borders. Well since I started this post I actually finished this quilt.  Sorry not  great picture, but I was not in the mood to pull out the step stool, look for the bulldog clips, and hang the quilt. 

Since I finished something (Velocipede)  I could start something new. My rules.  😁 So I grabbed a pattern, and using the fabrics I had been using for the Quarantine Mystery Quilt and the Tuesday Sewing Group BOM, and I made this little quilt.

The pattern is called Vintage Glory and most of the fabric I used was from my Bonnie and Camille stash.  I think I am going to quilt this up and make it into a pillow.  I bought some cording, I am going to try to make piping.  😰

Since I finished my small project (Vintage Glory)  I grabbed a new one from a pattern and fabric I had kitted up. 

The fabric line used is called Cultivate Kindness and the pattern is made up of the fabrics, and a panel.  I have all the parts cut out, and started sewing. 

Block A1, I needed 3 of these blocks.  I finished them up and started block A2.  I only needed 2 of these and once I got going I managed to finish both of them too.

I am currently working on Blocks B1 and B2. 

I finished quilting a Quilt Guild Charity quilt, I need to square it up and then find some fabric to bind it. 

I decided to pull out my knitting needles and make some dish cloths.  I will say that the first one didn't come out spectacular, but the 2nd one is looking good so far.

I decided to try bamboo needles, and I will say I am much more successful with them, than the aluminum ones. I am over 1/2 way done with dishcloth 2. 

I whipped up another pillowcase for my bed.

I got the design a little too close to the edge, but it is for me so it doesn't really matter a lot.

I also have been playing with my embroidery machine.  I decided I wanted to make a lot of throw pillows for my couch.  Maybe change them out depending on the seasons. 


These two are made with a gradient type ombre'.  There is a bear, a fox, and a deer, but somehow I didn't get a picture of the deer. 

A barn. 

A Vintage truck that says Follow your Dreams.  I just need to create pillows with these.  Should I quilt them, should I just make them into pillow slips?  I am not too sure yet. 

I also pulled out an old piece of yardage that I wanted to use to experiment making a One Block Wonder quilt. 


I love that I belong to a group on Facebook that is all about the One Block Wonder quilts or OBW.  I was pointed toward a website that I could use a picture of my fabric, enter some small details and it would show me what the fabric would look like as a OBW.
The programs shows the block set up in a random pattern, but you can also choose it to arrange by colors, or invert the block. 

I bought the template by Creative Grids to make face masks.  I will say that it only took me maybe 1/2 an hour to whip this mask up  which is lined. 

The only negative I can say about it is that it does not include a nose wire.  I will have to make a couple of small slits so that I can insert a nose wire and remove it when I launder the mask. 

Not a lot of sewing going on unless the day is way too hot, or rainy, many of my days are spent working in the yard.