Wednesday, September 16, 2020

I Like Thursday #126

 Welcome to my 126th I Like Thursday post.  Thank you LeeAnna  of Not Afraid of Color, for encouraging us to find things that we like/love for the week and to share to help bring a little joy.  

I had 2 days off in a row and it was wonderful.  I enjoyed the time cleaning, sewing, and a little outside work.  It is hard to do outside work, the cooler temperatures make the bees crazy and they torment me almost constantly. 

I dug through my scraps of Bonnie and Camille and made this cute pillow top.

I am going to have to find a mono poly clear thread so that I can sew it down.  

I finally manage to get all the blocks made for the Flower Delivery quilt, some log cabin blocks, and the truck made.  Next is the applique'.  

I have several projects that need the applique' stitched down.  Guess it is time I buckle down.  

I bought a quilt kit from Intrepid Thread of Tilda's Tiny Farm Tractor Quilt.  The selvedge has chickens!  Isn't that too cute?

I saw these kisses called Monster Kisses.  They made me smile. 

I don't know if  you can see it, but my little hummingbird will actually slow down, and sit on the shepherd's hook where the hummingbird feeder sits near where I sit.  

I saw this pattern and had to have it.  Who can resist squirrels, pumpkins and acorns?  

My book selections this week had a theme.  

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern.  

This is one of those books with many different stories which come together.  

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick.  Martha Storm works at the local library, and imagine her surprise when she discovers a book left on the library stoop which has a hand written dedication to her, signed by her grandmother, 3 years after her death.  

The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.  Many other I Like Thursday bloggers have read this book, so I decided it was time for me to read it. 

I read this book also which I found very interesting.  The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia.

I will say that it is a long read, but I felt well worth it.  

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

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

I Like Thursday #125

 I made it to my 125th post for I Like/Thankful Thursday, and I remembered that it is Wednesday so I can write a post.    Thanks to LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color for encouraging us to share things we have found during the week that we like/love.  

During the long quarantine Finn has decided that clothes were no longer necessary.  I think in the past several months I have seen Finn actually wear actual clothes maybe a handful of times.  Most of the time he just sports underwear. Lucky for us we live in the country on a farm.   In fact he refuses to go anywhere because it would mean he has to get dressed.  🙄sigh!  School started Tuesday, but with the COVID numbers still climbing my daughter has opted for online learning for the kids.  This means Zoom learning for all 4 kids.  I joke that this will now be Finn.

I bought a cake for the kids to celebrate the fact that Finn must now wear clothes.  

At home learning looks like this for them.  Depending on what class, the kids flow from room to room, or to the garage, the porch, the Girl's she shed which was her birthday gift request, probably eventually my house too. 

School starts at about 7:30 and goes until about 3:00.  They are expected to interact, answer questions, Xander was pointedly told by a couple teachers no doodling.  LOL  

About 10 am their first day I received a text at work.  "We are experiencing 1st day of school pain, please bring home something yummy!" I obliged by bringing them home a package of Oreo's, the Halloween type.  

What is to like you wonder?  I like the options for the kids for remote learning.  I like how resilient they are and how they just learn to adapt to the changes yet still thrive!

I saw these at the store and they made me laugh.  Of course the most disgusting kid needed a box!

I never did ask Finn what they tasted like. 

I love wandering down the pet aisle at work.  Look a new costume.  I wonder what Bobbin would like like as a triceratops?

We joked that we could have Jurassic Park.  The kittens would be Compys, the chickens raptors, and the bigger cats would be T-Rex....sure to terrorize the mousie and other rodent populations.   

I made a purchase from Patchwork Plus and received this cute little charm along with my purchase. 

Looking at the tag if you buy at least $50 worth product from them each month you would receive a new charm.  

I liked this card I saw recently.

I thought it was so very appropriate for our current time.  Find things to be thankful every day.

A friend recently shared this quilt from Reddit.  Go check it out!  It is gorgeous.

I had a great week of books.  

Death in the English Countryside by Sara Rosett.  

Kate Sharp is sent to Woodsmoor to search for her boss who has disappeared scouting locations for a new Pride and Prejudice movie.  Kate meets Alex, the local location scout and they stumble upon her bosses rental car in a nearby river.  Who would have thought all the locals vying for their home/land to be used as the location could be murder?  

Dog Catcher in the Rye by Ellen Riggs.  

Ivy Galloway has returned to her hometown and acquired an animal sanctuary farm. With a handful of interesting animals and her rescue Border Collie Keats, Ivy is preparing to open an Inn until the local dogcatcher, who has recently been harassing Ivy about Keats, and her miscreant animals is found dead in Ivy's Rye field.  Jilly Ivy's best friend joins her, and who should the local sheriff be but Ivy's old flame from high school.  Ivy has  great set of supporting characters in friends, family and locals.

Dark Side of the Moo the 2nd book in the Bought The Farm Series by Ellen Riggs.  

Ivy has opened her farm and Inn to a group of her former colleagues from Flordale Corporation, they have arrived for a team building retreat.  When Ivy's former boss is found dead in her cow paddock, the boss that so unceremoniously fired her with a less than stellar buyout after 10 years of her building up the company, guess who is the number one suspect other than the heifers?  

On the downside keep Oregon, Washington, California and the west in our prayers with the terrible fires raging.  My brother had to evacuate his house outside of Portland this evening. My oldest daughter is at a level 2 and sitting ready with their Go Bags.  Her husband has been stuck at work keeping the water treatment plants running for the past 72 hours.  My extended family have lost homes in Northern California, two of the reservations have been evacuated and I am waiting to hear from someone about the state of my family cemetery where Jeff is buried.  

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

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Tiny Accomplishments

 Lately the only time I post is for I Like Thursday and sometimes I really struggle to have anything worthwhile to share.  But I have been making tiny accomplishments.  My whine is, with as much as I work it is really tough to get a whole lot accomplished, and lately either I only have 1 day off a week or if I have 2 they are split, so those days are filled with housework, yard work, etc. I have been trying to accomplish a small task every day lately though. 

I recently shared that I finally hung up my Transformation quilt.

I had seen a post somewhere, where someone had used an old  yardstick as a way of holding quilts.  I thought it was fabulous, and guess who owns some old yardsticks?  

I put up the yard stick.  How fitting, I worked for GM for years, and I love that it is advertising for the 1965 Chevrolets.  I have another for a local farm implement store which is many years old too.  

Then had to order some hangers.  I 💓 Amazon they have almost anything you want.  I ordered a box of these hooks.  

 There were 50 in the box so will have plenty of use. 

I then chose the quilt to hang.  I decided on my patriotic table runner.  It was a kit from a Freedom Bound Quilt Shop.  

 I can change out the quilts easily which is nice.

 I ordered 2 hand forged hooks to put up an old rolling pin.  The great aunt told me that her great, great, great grandfather had hand carved it and it was a family treasure.  

 I bought a neat little tray a few years ago, and searched for a way to hang it on the wall.   

I found a neat easel like wall hanger for small plates and trays.  I had to readjust my cluster of stuff, but I am happy with it overall.  

I finally hung up my Velocipede quilt.

I made a cute little mug rug for a friend recently. 

Then added a cute little pin.

Hopefully it cheered her up a wee bit.

I finished my grand daughter Karena's Christmas Stocking Cuff.  I think I am finally caught up.  

I had shipped this off to my mother for her to do her part.  Someday I need to get a picture of all the stockings hung at my mother's house.  Every member of the family is represented, I think.  

I have been working on the Flower Delivery Quilt.  

I only have 20 blocks to make for one section.  Three of the one above in 4 different colorways, and 2 of the ones below in 4 different colorways.  

I still have 8 more to make.  

I have been cutting fabric for a quilt called Absolute Autumn.  

I decided to buy their kit, and love the colors and fabrics.  I have a few more pieces to cut then I can begin sewing.  

I worked up this quick applique piece I saw online.  

Now to stitch the applique down.  I am slow at that.   

I finished the embroidery on this piece which was part of the 2019 Row by Row.  I bought this one in Brownsville, Oregon.

I didn't like all the fabrics in the little kit, so I went digging through my 30's scraps and I am very happy with the way it has turned out.  I now need to quilt it.  I am trying to figure out the color to use for the binding.  

I made this small piece and got it quilted up recently i t is called Vintage Glory.  It is going to be a pillow.  

I am also prepping this piece to sew down the applique'.

It is a wall hanging.  

I have some other small things going on but I will save those for another day.



Wednesday, September 2, 2020

I Like Thursday #124

 I was prepared for today, honest.  I had even had photos.  My troubles started with doing a factory reset on a tablet.  I then downloaded my e-mail, and sent myself a file I wanted on the tablet.  Lets just say that it took me 5 hours to figure it all out.  

Anyway welcome to my 124th I like Thursday post.  Come and enjoy some positive things that a group of awesome bloggers share weekly, thanks to LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color for encouraging us to find things to like and love during the week and share to throw some positive out into the universe.

I like the new heat grate I bought for the kitchen.  The old one with the adjustable louvers was just plain ugly.  I don't shut the heat off or the air off in the kitchen ever, so that function was pretty much useless.

I had accidentally dropped something on the heat register and so pulled it up to clean it.  I decided it was too far gone.  

I ordered this one and it arrived in just a couple of days.  I love it!  I think the bathroom may be my next replacement.  

I struggle to keep my storm door on the back porch closed.  It doesn't seem to want to stay latched.  The bad thing is Bobbin escapes sometimes and it is not safe for her.  I replaced he strike plate.  

The only difference between the old strike plate and the new strike plate is that it is about a 1/4 inch bigger.  But it helps a bit.  Bobbin cannot escape as easily at least.  

Fall is bearing down on us.  Lots of fun fall stuff at the store.  


Aren't these fun?  I can't choose a favorite.  

How about this cute little coin purse which is a chihuahua?  

Such a cute little face.  

Or how about some fun or inspirational signs?

I love that one.  The power of positive thinking.
For those of us that are hard core coffee drinkers. 

Being strong.  There are days lately,  I know I am strong, but I know I am tired too.  

I had a good week of reads.  

My first pick is Survival of the Fritters by Ginger Bolton.

Perhaps it is because I can relate to Emily.  Being a widow, the donuts.  It was a great read, and the culprit that killed one of the Knit Pickers a regular at Deputy Donuts was a real surprise.  Did you know that there is a genre of literature for widows?  

The 2nd pick of the week is The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben. 

There is so much going on with this book I can't even begin to describe it.  I will say I couldn't put it down.  Well worth the read. 

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