Saturday, June 27, 2015

Till we meet again

On June 12th, we said "Till we meet again" to our dear fifteen year old Poppy.  Poppy came to us at age 1 1/2. She had been born in a foster home, the offspring of a Shih Tzu and a traveling man. For the first 1 1/2 years of her life she lived in an adoptive home that could not provide for her properly, and the rescue group took her back. That is where our story began....she joined Blake and me and our two schnauzer's, Roxie and Rascal.  She was a dear, friendly, independent soul who loved to hunt, to clean out the dishwasher and to snuggle warm against you at night. Her personality was more that of a cat than a dog.


 A few months ago she lost her vision, and along with her dementia and kidney failure, life became a downward spiral for her, her independence fading away. There comes a time when you just know.  We spent her final day on this earth intentionally, giving extra loving and treats she had been denied due to her kidney failure, and extra Xanax to calm her ever increasing anxiety...it was a good day.  


Saying good bye is hard, though, even when you know it is right.

Run free, sweet Poppy.....with Rascal and Rugby.....till we meet again.

Dear Christi shared this with me....

Take Care,
Jennie

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Flying By

It seems this week is just flying by.  There are just not enough hours in the day to squeeze everything in.

This week's Lucy block is a finish......#24.  I really like the way this one turned out. And I was able to get a couple of setting blocks from the leftovers.

I also decided to see how the fabric that I chose to connect the blocks was going to look. I bought it quite some time ago, but this is the first time I actually attached it to a block.
I am pretty pleased with it. It is a nice neutral. Not too busy, with taupe and brown tones in it. I believe it's a go.

This afternoon I finished binding and blocking my Little Scrapper, which I am dubbing "Buddy".
Do you see the resemblance?

Tonight I dug out scraps for the centers of the light blue Postage Stamp Stars and the Wonky Star block for the RSC light blue month.  Had to trim up some odd squares from the oldies bin to get enough.

The trimmings will become more of these tiny Bow Ties. 

And I cut another Lucy block....a very challenging one. Sometimes it takes nearly as long to cut one out as to stitch it.
 
Ashley....

And Becky.....
Celebrated birthdays this week.  Now we are done with the whirlwind of family birthdays until August.

Today was one of these days as I try to digest the news that a dear little one's brain cancer is showing progression. I HATE CANCER.

Take Care,
Jennie

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Another Slow Stitching Sunday .....

Has almost come and gone.

The morning found me finishing the week's Lucy Boston POC block on the back porch. Kathy requested that we photograph our stitching where we were working. No problem there, I post many photos from my favorite spot here.

The late afternoon was spent honoring the memory of a dear cousin in a town where I spent much of my childhood, and so I am late posting tonight.

This is Lucy Boston #22.....
It is a simple but very sweet block. I worried a bit about losing those outside light colored honeycombs into the background, but the little stripe and central flowers were able to stand out just enough.

Lucy Boston #23....
And a little setting block with this one.  Sometimes there isn't enough fabric to garner one of these, and so I have been cutting two from the fabric scraps of some blocks.

As the month draws to a close, I don't really feel that I have been very productive, but sometimes it helps to write it down.
* completed two hooked purses at Kathie's class
*6 Sampler blocks for RSC 2015 (3 for this month and 3 to catch up)
*1 green wonky star block
*2 green Postage Stamp star blocks 
*Embroidered Santa on one Christmas block
*hooking on Little Scrappers dog rug
* QOV blocks for Sew Crazies (20+)
*6 Lucy Boston POC blocks.......plus I have cut out about ten or twelve more.

So, only two real finishes, but lots of bits and pieces.  This month I will go to rug camp for a week...and start yet another new project. But that is what you do at rug camp. I will try to keep up with my goal of one Lucy block per week, and to keep up with the RSC2015 blocks (light blue is the new color of the month). And I will finish the Little Scrappers rug.....I only lack binding it. Anything else will be icing on the cake.

Hope all of you out there in blogland have a wonderful week ahead.

Some Southern sentiment from a true Southern girl....

Take Care,
Jennie

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Finishing Green

Finished the last two RSC Green blocks for May and linking up over at So Scrappy.



Other than these two blocks, my only stitching for the week was Lucy Boston. Will post those tomorrow.  Yard work and gardening seem to take the forefront this time of the year.

These Seven Sisters roses were started a few years ago from small runners we dug off the side of the road. They are beautiful now, covering our entire span of fence here.
Close up of the clusters, each with seven roses.

This bed of Verbena was also the result of road side scanvenging.

And we dug up expired gardenias in this bed and replaced them with these hostas and ferns. They are already filling out.

Part of my favorite verse...

Take Care,
Jennie 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

To all of those brave men and women who so unselfishly gave their lives for you and me.....Thank You is just never enough. And we cannot forget those who served and continue to serve. God bless them all.


This week has been full with little time for stitching. What time there was involved working on my Lucy WIP (linking up with WIPs be Gone). I cut about ten blocks and got three basted....very time consuming.

Consequently, I didn't get my block for last week made. I am working on that today.

Buddy doesn't adore Poppy. He tolerates her at best. He doesn't understand her blind bumbling. She, on the other hand, desires his company. You have to give him credit for effort here.

Roxie is loving her treat.  She did away with it in short order. 

The Horne children celebrated at their family birthday cook out yesterday.
Macy is nine.
And Jackson is six.

Hope you all had a great holiday!!  Choose happiness!

Take Care, 
Jennie


Friday, May 22, 2015

Dogwood ATHA Rugshow

Meant to post these a couple of days ago, but it just wasn't meant to be. This isn't all of the rugs that were in the show, as I was late getting photos. I apologize that I don't know who the artist was on many of the rugs, as there was a contest to choose your favorite rug and the names were beneath the rugs.

I believe the stool on the left is Barbara Springer's. It is a Tish Murphy design. Don't know about the cute hexagon stool on the right.

This beauty is an original design based on an antique coverlet. Designed and hooked by Diane Gill. Definitely on my to do list.

Don't know who LM is, but I love this rug.

Cute and whimsical...hooker and designer unknown.

This beauty is Sunny Splendor by Linda Bell.

Hooked by Sheri Bennett, this wonderful rug was designed by Michelle Micarelli.

Vicky Gusler adapted this wonderfully primitive design from a quilt pattern by Jan Patek.

Don't know whose this is, but I love it. Anything with a dog sends me over the moon.

Another unknown...bright and cheery.

Also unknown . Lots of interesting things to see on this one.

Crock by Nancy Diegel...designer unknown. She has done two of these great pieces.

Lovely Christmas runner...unknown.

I don't love brights, but I love this rug. Unknown.

I believe this is one of Sheri Bennett's scrap rugs. They are great.

More primitive 9 square version of American Fancies. Designed by Eric Sandberg, hooked by Nancy Diegel.

Hope you enjoyed!

No, we haven't lost one of our dogs, I just love this.

Take Care,
Jennie

Brain Cancer Awareness Month


May is brain cancer awareness month. Brain cancer is supposed to be fairly rare, but as I look around, it is hard for me to believe.

My son in law, Rob Estes, was diagnosed with Grade 4 Glioblastoma in August, 2013. In the prime of life, he and his beautiful family now know all too much about brain cancer.
Easter 2015

There has been no significant change in the treatment of Glioblastoma brain cancer in twenty years.

One of my best friends in high school died of Glioblastoma several years ago.
Beverly was a beautiful, kind woman who touched many lives for Christ before her passing.


Pam, a dear friend that I worked with for many years, was recently diagnosed with Glioblastoma and Astrocytoma and is in the midst of her valiant battle against the beast.
Pam with Coach Vince Dooley at the recent Can't Never Could Fundraiser.

My nurse friend Kitty's husband has undergone treatment for another type of brain cancer this year.
He is 72, back at work full time and tending his roses.

And there is sweet, beautiful Keris, who just turned six and started her battle soon after Rob's diagnosis.

These folks and their families want nothing more than to live their lives each day with as much joy, love and hope as possible.  Brain cancer sucks. There is no nice way to say it.

If you would like to see what the Estes family is doing through their non profit Can't Never Could, visit www.cantnevercould.org.  And to see what Keris's family is doing to support children with cancer, visit Keris Kares on Facebook.

You can help, too. Donate, volunteer, fix a meal, say a kind word, send a card, pray. Remember that for all of these families, one day was normal, and then their whole world changed.


Take Care,
Jennie