Sunday, May 17, 2020

Preserving my Sanity

Seems that being outside is the salve my soul needs right now. The weather has accommodated, thank goodness. So, tonight I will share more photos in the garden.

This beautiful, ruffled petunia was a gift from friend, Amy.

Blake and I actually went out for lunch last week, which was great. The restaurant followed all guidelines and wasn’t  crowded. Boy, was it nice to be served again!!

Take care and stay safe,

Saturday, May 2, 2020

I’m Late, I’m Late

I should’ve posted my Mary Brown blocks on April 30th. But I didn’t. No excuses. I just didn’t. So, with no further ado, here is the block that I prepped last month and finally stitched this month.

I like the result, but it was a bit fiddly to make. 

Here it is assembled with the right hand upper two rows of the quilt.

This one helped to balance the colors out a bit. 

Here are the other ladies stitching along:

Karen – Log Cabin Quilter(Lead)

Cathy – Biglakequilter

Julie K –  Juliekquilts

Robin –   solsticestudio

Nanette – Doitrightquilter

Jan – Nanette will show her progress on her blog

Mattie gave us a bit of a scare this week. I was not as vigilant as need be and had been feeding my iris some bone meal. Mattie is consumed by the odor, and I suppose the taste. She got the bag, spread it all over the driveway and proceeded to consume more than her fair share. So, it was 100% organic steamed bone meal. Nontoxic the literature says. She vomited all night, necessitating an emergency vet visit under coronavirus protocol. Meaning we sit in the car and talk to the vet on the phone while Mattie is being examined. Long story short, bone meal in large quantities can congeal in the gut causing obstruction, and on X-ray Mattie had a nice sized lump in her stomach. Overnight stay, IV fluids , meds, multiple xrays, the mass was moving, but Mattie won’t poop when she is walked on a leash. The next afternoon we brought her home, she evacuated the mass and all is well. Expensive and scary lesson. Here is Mattie after she got home...

So exhausted that she didn’t move a muscle for hours. 

Macy celebrated her fourteenth birthday last week. 

Family gathered for cake and ice cream in the driveway, socially distancing. Her friends drove by with signs and gifts, singing Happy Birthday.

Hope all are staying safe and well.

Take care,

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Garden Walk

No stitching in this post, just a few pretty blossoms from my garden, where I have been spending most of my daylight hours. There is just something soothing about digging in the dirt.

We are hard at work on new backyard garden beds.

Herb trough.Those two rosellehibiscus in the back got zapped by an unexpected cold night.

Take care, stay safe and well,

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Cross Stitch, Hooking, Etc.

More days of gardening, cooking, eating, stitching, Prime movies and generally just wondering what day it is. I must admit that I am enjoying the slowed pace, but there are things that I do miss. Like eating out, family and friend contact and running to the nursery to select plants for that perfect spot. But we are well, and life is good. 

On the hooking front I only made the tiniest bit of progress. A little more background on The Reader.

Cross stitching got a bit more effort, as that is what I do at night when watching a movie with Blake.

I have finished six of the eight Prairie Schooler Santas from this leaflet.

I have done one a month since January, which is my goal. They will become ornaments, hopefully before  Christmas.

Next up is the Ann Roberts stitch along. I am up to date through March with a little extra to spare.

Then there is Berry Thief Pinkeep,  which was from a previous year’s Scattered Seed Sampler Club. Here it is before assembly.

And here it is after.

It was my first try at constructing a berry pinkeep, and I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. I followed Vonna The Twisted Stitcher’s video tutorial, which was a big help.

Top. The charm was silver, but I tinted it a bronze color to match better.

Feather stitching down back. It is stuffed with crushed walnut shells from PetSmart.
I want to make a whole bowl of berries, so successfully constructing one was a big step forward.

Next up is my coronavirus stitch. Everyone needs one, right?? To be able to say “This is what I stitched during the Pandemic of 2020”.
I chose “My Heart Can Rest”, one of Blackbird Designs’ 2020 market releases, here....

This is my start. Parchment 40 ct linen with called for overdyed flosses. A sweet and pleasant stitch...nothing too difficult.

Lastly on the cross stitch front is Martha Scott by Gigi R. 
I had made a start on her, but set her aside for the pandemic stitch.

My birthday was April 8th, and my girls treated me to birthday cake in Ashley’s backyard. Except for these photos, we were pretty good about social distancing.

It was wonderful to be with my family,  even though we didn’t touch. The cake was delish, too.

This pretty little rose is truly an antique. We moved it from hubby’s aunt’s yard.

Such sweet little blooms.

So that’s about it for today.

Stay safe and take care,

Monday, April 6, 2020

A Month

It’s been a month since I last posted. And what a strange month it has been. We have all been impacted by this pandemic in some way. Despite the death, fear and economic crisis it has caused, it has made people slow down, spend more time with their families, cook at home....the list goes on.  Having been a nurse in my working life, I find total empathy with all of those folks on the frontline. I admire them, fear for them, hurt for them and for their families who are also sacrificing. On the other hand, I have made up my mind to make the best of this situation. Hubby and I have spent lots of time in the yard, I have done some stitching (but not as much as I thought), praying, cooking and cleaning. But I will admit that concentrating is difficult and I find myself gazing into space more often than not.  Hope all of you are well. Enough...,

This is mostly a Quilty blog because I just haven’t photographed anything else. These are things that I worked on in the past month.

All 120 heart blocks are appliqu├ęd and ready to be joined into a quilt.

Home Sampler by Kathy Schmitz is embroidered and I am auditioning fabric for borders to make it into a small wall hanging.

My Mary Brown block for March is prepped and ready to applique. Haven’t done anything about an April block yet.

And month six of the Happy Hexies BOM is done.

Month seven has arrived, but I haven’t prepped it yet.

This pretty Japanese roof Iris is blooming in my yard.

Casper wanted inside the veggie garden,

(Note the leafy beard)
but the chickens were having their turn

Did I hear a cheese wrapper??

This sweet girl is missing so many of her Senior year milestones....

but seems to be taking it all in stride. Her school has promised that, at some point, there would be a prom and graduation ceremony. Good for them!!

I will be back soon. In the meantime, 
Take Care,