Wednesday, December 11, 2019

I Like Thursday #87

Welcome to my 87th post on I Like Thursday.  Thank you to LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color for encouraging us to find something that we like to share each week.

It has been a busy fun filled week.  My first day of work I baked, packaged, and priced about 120 dozen cookies.  The next 2 days I worked from 3 am until 11:30 making donuts, then cleaning.  But in the meantime.

The purple sky early in the morning with the fog of my breath trying to catch the right moment.  The quiet early in the morning, those are some things to love. 

My new ceramic Christmas Tree.  I found it on Etsy and had to have it.  

The red lights are candles that look like poinsettias.  I added some more Christmas trees to the display.


I love chocolate and peppermint and Starbucks has peppermint mocha frappacinos. YUM!

I recently spied e peppermint Twinkies too!  No I did not buy these. 


Sandy is the horse in Meijer stores that kids can ride for 1 penny.  I was in a Meijer store and they had dressed their's up.

I saw this video and thought it was worth a share.  Love their music and such a fun video.


Walking through the store I saw this candy card and had to go back and take a picture.


I mean who doesn't love a pile of pugs?  The one licking the Christmas ball makes me laugh.  

I love holiday posts and this one made me smile.  A small hardware store makes their own videos for less than 1000 pounds a year and they are fabulous.


It is just too cute.

I saw these cute card holder garland.  I thought what a great idea.

I have used cooking twine and small clothespins in past.  I guess they could be decorated, but these didn't really appeal to me.

I saw this article and took a quick look.  Such a great way to recycle used computer parts. 

Slow down and watch Mog's Christmas Calamity.

I saw this clock on Facebook and thought it was a great idea.





Since I am working my book reading has slowed down considerably.  I will say that I do enjoy the Benni Harper Series by Earlene Fowler.  I just finished Kansas Troubles.

I will finish up this post with this video that made me giggle.  My youngest daughter has a thing for unicorns and one year she did snow removal.  Her sister's and I have been giving her no end of grief.


Now head over to LeeAnna's at Not Afraid of Color to peruse the other I Like Posts



Wednesday, December 4, 2019

I Like Post #86

Welcome to my 86th installment of I Like Thursday.  A Huge Shout Out to LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color for encouraging us to find things that we like, love or just tickle our fancy for the week.

I like the virtual cookie blog hop that Carol of Just Let Me Quilt does annually.  If you are looking for something new to try check out the bloggers that are participating.  There are some yummy recipes, and quilty eye candy too.


I like this video that popped up on my Facebook feed this morning. It made me smile.  See if you can name all the Christmas movies referenced in the video.


I also loved this video that popped up on my Facebook feed this morning.  Can I get a great big AWE!!!


I was taking the garbage out the other day and I had a visitor on my porch.

Sorry for the screen but he was so close!  Not too sure if he was threatening the sparrows and wrens that were in the honeysuckle vines near the house or he was just surveying his domain. 

I like that I started playing with my embroidery machine to do something other than just a quilt label.

I am getting mighty proficient.  I can set it up and let it run while I am working on quilting projects. 

I love this vintage basket quilt top that I found on EBay.  I think I have a new love, now to start quilting them.  

It has been cold here so Bobbin now needs a coat.  I purchased 4 for her so we have options and some days no matter what we get really muddy and the coat needs a wash, so we have back ups.  I like the burgundy one I bought her.






Yes I know she doesn't look thrilled.  She was napping and I woke her up to take a picture.  I ordered myself a big fluffy, chunky, oversized sweater from Amazon during black Friday.  It came today and I got to laughing because it is the same color as Bobbin's.  We could be twins!  I would have taken a picture but it was impossible to tell where Bobbin ended and I began.  We started resemble the creature from Total Recall called Quato. 

While visiting the cousin in Vermont we were talking about geology, bedrock, granite and ledge.  His house which I shared earlier this year, that he built sits on what he calls ledge. I thought it was granite, but it is actually Monkton Quartzite.  Talking about quartz we then segued to Herkimer Diamonds.  Per Wikipedia:


Herkimer diamonds are not actually diamonds, but double-terminated quartz crystals discovered within exposed outcrops of dolomite in and around Herkimer County, New York and the Mohawk River Valley.[1][2] The "diamond" in their name is due to both their clarity and natural faceting - crystals possess double termination points and 18 total faces (six on each point, six around the center). Because the first discovery sites were in the village of Middleville and in the city of Little Falls, respectively, the crystal is also known as a Middleville diamond or a Little Falls diamond.[3]
Herkimer diamonds became widely recognized after workmen discovered them in large quantities while cutting into the Mohawk River Valley dolomite in the late 18th century. Geologists discovered exposed dolomite in Herkimer County outcroppings and began mining there, leading to the "Herkimer diamond" moniker. Double-point quartz crystals may be found in sites around the world, but only those mined in Herkimer County can be given this name. 

I love Etsy and these came up on my feed the other day.


Herkimer Diamond earrings.  I love odd jewelry and these are so different.  

I had to go back to work and have been pretty specific about what I was looking for.  I didn't want to work in the computer industry again.  I wanted something close to home, that did not involve a lot of travel or miles to work, something where I wasn't sedentary, and perhaps could make enough money to cover my monthly expenses.  There is a chain of stores called Meijer here in the Midwest.  I was called in to interview for working in produce.  I thought hey, healthy, moving, would be a great job.  I got in and they told me they brought me in with ulterior motives, they really needed people to clerk in the bakery.  My thoughts running through my head, "Yeah, put the fat girl in the bakery."  Anyway I have been doing training and orientation the past few days.   The good thing though is I see some fun things.  Like this rocking Triceratops.

Another picture that popped up on my Facebook, just especially for LeeAnna.

A 25 foot tall Christmas tree made of plastic Flamingos at the Luminature at the Philadelphia Zoo.  You can read more about it here. Seriously you cannot look at this tree and not smile.  

Finally my book pick for the week is Death By Committee by Alexis Morgan.  It was a recommendation at the end of a Kathi Daley book so I looked it up.  

I am going to borrow the write up about the book:  After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leaving Abby to tend to a rundown estate, complete with a slobbery Mastiff of questionable pedigree and a sexy tenant who growls more than the dog. As Abby gets drawn into a tight-knit quilting guild, she makes a twisted discovery—Aunt Sybil’s only known rival is buried in her backyard!

Thanks for stopping by, now head over to Not Afraid of Color to check out the other I Like Posts for the week.





Thursday, November 28, 2019

Vintage Modern

I shared on my Thanksgiving/Thursday I Like Post about the quilts on display at the recent sewing expo that I attended. 

Per the sign Handi Quilter Educators bring vintage quilt tops to life with beautiful, modern, longarm quilting.  Their intent was to honor the original quilt top maker by quilting her quilt top in a way that she could never imagine.  I have enlarged the pictures as much as possible so that you can enjoy the quilting and texture. 

The original quilt I showed was called "Who's Myna?" 
Quilted by Marie Eldredge.  Per the hang tag there was a tag pinned to the quilt top with the name Myna.

The next quilt was called Orange Blossom. It was a mixture of embroidery and arcs.



This quilt was displayed that it was even difficult to get a picture of the hang tag.

I liked this one it was called X's and O's and was quilted by Johnny Barfus.



Stars Coming Out was quilted by Patty Kerns.  I love the shirtings used in the stars that make it appear almost if they are trapunto.

I loved the simplicity of this quilt and the picture doesn't do the colors justice.  The background is almost coral.  The quilt is called Coral Dreams and was quilted by Lana Russel. 


Endless Rainbows by Judy Hays.  Simple pattern, but the quilting just makes it fabulous.

 I love the border treatment. 

Sunflower by Debby Brown



The Spice of Life by Kate Quinn.



Checkered Past by Denise Dowdrick. I don't know if you can tell, but the binding is plaid!



Square in a Square by Mary Yoder.



Tripping Geese by Kim Sandberg.  I love the blues in this quilt!



Matchmaker by Amy Van Gurp. 



New Growth by Julie Elliot.



Diamonds and Bows by Pat Alderman


  There were a few modern quilts too that were shown at QuiltCon

Infinite Magnification by Christine Perrigo




Four Triangles Ombre by Malka Dubrawsky



Separated by Valerie Lubaerecki


This is actually all pieced and some of those pieces are about 1/4 of an inch.



I will admit that I have recently purchased a couple of unfinished vintage quilt tops inexpensively to work on my quilting.