Wednesday, January 31, 2018

I Like Thursday #12

And it has been another week since I blogged.  Wow I AM A BAD BLOGGER.  I will say this week has been much better.  I am sure those "milestone" days will be tough, but I need to figure out ways to get through them, and I will.

Friday morning I took off on a mini quilt shop hop of my own making.  I figured a change of scenery was called for.

I like I can just go, my daughter watches Bobbin.  Meaning Bobbin goes next door and plays with the big dogs and runs everyone ragged.  Sam checks on Lucy several times a day, feeds the chickens and gathers eggs. 

I like my cheapo knock off step counter.    Unfortunately it tells me regularly what a huge failure I am.
I rarely break 5,000 steps a day, unless I go shopping, and it is too darn cold to go outside walking often.  My daughter sent me an app yesterday called Achievement.  You download it and synch it with your phone, and watch.  Whenever you hit your goals you get a cash prize, and they add up.  
My comment to my daughter was "Are you saying I am fat?"  
Her comment was, "Shut up". 
I then asked, "Um do you know how many times I have to go around the kitchen island to get in 500 steps?  After so many times around you start to get dizzy."
OK seriously I know I need to move more, but I refuse to sign up for an app to tell me I am lazy.  The watch reminds me constantly to move. 

I shared that I made my own wallet a few months ago.  While I love it, I didn't have a purse to match, and I wear purses (even expensive ones) out rather quickly.  I decided I was going to try to be at least a wee bit sophisticated and bought myself a new wallet.  I really like my new wallet.

Which I can wear cross body.  Lots of room in it for cash, cards, change, loyalty cards, punch cards, and a pen even.  Pendleton Woolen Mills has been around Oregon since 1863.  I remember when I was a little girl going to their fabric store with my mom.  I love their wool blankets with different Native American motifs.  The design on my wallet is called Harding.  Of course I needed a purse if I wanted to carry just a wee bit more.

Then I saw the matching tote bag.

Can I just say I not only like....I love my new wallet, purse and tote.

As to my shop hop I will share more about that in another post.  It ended up getting dark and I decided to stay the night.  I saw this hotel, and thought what the heck!

It is a little old hotel in downtown Millersburg, Ohio. 

 They were decorated for Valentine's Day.  This is looking at the front entryway.

This cute conversation seat was in the upstairs hallway.

 The Lobby with a piano, and Italian mirror over the fireplace was very inviting.

 Loved this door to a private dining area.
The old tin ceilings with the moulding around it was gorgeous. 

And what made this even better?  Is the owner is a quilter!  And she holds quilt retreats several times a year.  There just happened to be one going on the weekend I was there.  And hold onto your garters girls....the room I stayed in was only $79 with tax for the night.

For that amount you get your own table.  Groups can come in and just sew, but so can single ladies without a sewing group or guild.  Isn't this room too cool.  Also there is a restaurant and bar, and I will say that I felt very safe in the hotel.  They lock the front doors after 10 PM and you cannot get in if you don't have a key. 

I liked this cow picture.  I thought it was very cool. 

Meet Junior.  I like him, he is cute.  He will be staked to help keep the fields down this spring and summer.

Now he lives in the barn, in a dog house with a heater.  He likes the heat.  LOL

I want to participate in Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy's BOM called It's a Wild Life.  I wanted a background fabric.  I couldn't find anything that really spoke to me, so I thought I would try the printed fabric at Hawthorne Threads.  I like the colors, but I am not too sure if I like the hand.

Plume on Glacial Blue

Star Charts in Glacial, and Glacial on White.

Snowflakes on Glacial.

I like surprise packages.  Barbara of Wont to be Quilter sent me an early birthday gift.  

 What girl doesn't love gifts. 

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

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

I Like Thursday #11

I will admit.  I really, truly contemplated skipping this week of "I Like Thursday".  Maybe I am having a pity party, it is just a tough week.

Forgive me for some of these.  Like I said I really had a hard time.

I like this attachment for my vacuum cleaner.  It gets underneath big pieces of furniture.  Using it on the recliner I found a frog, a hulk head, a jingle ball, and a rainbow ball.

It pulled tons of dust bunnies out from under the china cabinet and TV stand too.  I bet it would be great for vacuuming out the lint from the dryer lint trap.

I like Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products.  My favorite scent is Lemon Verbena.  When I was a kid doing dishes, I ended up with a sensitivity to dish soap, I would get this prickly rash all over my hands.  I will use the Dawn with the Olay, but the one I liked the best had shea butter and peach, and they don't make it any more.

No laughing but I like my new kitty litter scoop.  It is heavy metal, and I don't have to worry about it cracking or breaking while I scoop.

I like these retro pole lights, that one of Jeff's elderly friends gave us a couple of years ago.  Really not my style, but she really wanted us to have them.  Obviously they grow on you.

I like that they do one light, two lights or all three, and the glow is so nice.

I like my pencil drawing by David Delamare.  He passed away about a year and a half ago.  You can see more of his art at Bad Monkey Productions.  I bought this when I was young, I scrimped and saved after seeing it at a small gallery.  It is called The Worm Turns.  The cat reminds me of Lucy.

I like the Carol Doak foundation paper for paper piecing. I ran it through the printer the other day when I was prepping my Wanta Fanta block.  I will say it works much nicer than regular printer paper.  I would not normally purchase something like that because I don't paper piece.  But I had the $200 from C & T Publishing, and bought it from them.  Speaking of not liking to paper piece.  I shared my block the other day in my post, but here it is again.  I have it stuck to the backside of my design wall.

Since I seem to keep picking up paper piecing patterns, I figured I may want to invest in more paper, this time I am going to try newsprint, and see how it works in my printer.  A wee bit thinner than the Carol Doak foundation papers.

I like my light box that I bought on Massdrop.  Now I have used the overhead projector, a window, and even just a very stark white sheet with another piece over it to trace.  Wow this makes it so much easier when I am prepping for applique, or embroidery.

I like chicken fabric.  Come on who can't smile at the happy hens. Soon I see a chicken quilt in my future.  Maybe two!

Speaking of fun fabric.  How about some Cotton + Steel squirrels, foxes, and raccoons or Michael Miller foxes on the far right?

Finally I like this wall hanging that I made for Jeff for our first anniversary.   He loved it and instantly found a place to hang it.  It hangs in the alcove where you either go do laundry or to the basement. 

The saying is:  What I love the most about my home is who I share it with.  Friday would have been our 5th anniversary.  I really miss the person who shared his home with me.  Happy Anniversary Baby.

Head over to LeeAnna's at Not Afraid of Color and see what other things are out there to like.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Finish it Up and More

Really I have been working at finishing some things up!   Nothing to show as of yet, but I have some really fun fabric acquisitions.

First some sewing.

 My design wall is a catch all right now.  My temperature quilt for January.  This past week was a bit more temperate. 

I joined a sewing bee this year and February I am the Queen Bee.  I chose the Wanta Fanta block from Blossom Heart quilts.  Yes it is paper piecing, but easy peasy and the pattern is free!  You can find it here.

This is one of my blocks.  My swarm was asking for a hint as to my colors.  I told them scrappy with white or white on white backgrounds. 

I am sure you all are aware I have been amassing chicken fabric.  Nancy from Pug Mom Quilts put me on the track for these, and of course I had to have some.

It is called Fowl Play by J. Wecker Frisch for Quilting Treasures.  I really like the ledger text which is part of the line.

I have been eyeing this effervescence by Kaufman and have just the perfect project for it.  Which meant I had a reason to acquire it.

I found some batiks on sale.  Love the light blue reminds me of sky.

Also some cross weave from Moda for a simple easy project that I have coming up for an upcoming blog hop.

 Have you ever worked with ombres before?  I have an idea for a blog hop and found these on Craftsy. 
I pulled out the neutrals and set them aside.  I need to get to work on this project too.

Finally I decided to commit to a blog hop this year.  I am working on a project for the Put a Little Love in you Quilt Blog Hop which will be February 5-8, 2018.  Here are the talented quilters who are participating.

February 5

February 6

February 7

February 8

My day is on the 7th.  Looking at all of these great quilters, designers and bloggers, I am feeling a wee bit intimidated at the moment.  Come by and check it out. 

Finally I have had a friend hanging around the house a lot late.

On my swing by my chicken yard. 

Later on that day behind the woodshed, the grandson and I were burning our paper garbage and what should come walking (yes walking) out from between my chicken yard, back of the garage and side of the woodshed, but another hawk.

Finally I went inside and looked out the front window and guess what was sitting on the powerline directly across from the house.  . 

I thought it was interesting that this hawk and I seem to be crossing paths quite a bit, so I looked up the symbolism of a hawk.

When Hawk swoops into your life be ready for a whole new level of awareness developing in your mind and spirit. Hawk bears observation skills and broad perspectives on His wings. You could not ask for a better companion if you’ve been working on your overall insights.

Hawk is often a messenger from Angels, Devas and the Divine. He signals a time in your life when you need to focus on what’s ahead and prepare for a leadership role. Your global vision is a potent helpmate in this. Just as the Hawk, you are ready to fly higher than ever before.

Lots to think about.