Tuesday, February 21, 2017


After our distressingly odd day yesterday, I'm happy to say The Viking was feeling much better today.  His fever was lower and though his appetite wasn't what it usually is, he was cheerful and chatty and more like normal.  You can see the dark circles under his eyes.

We stayed home today, odd in itself.  Actually it was the first morning home in weeks.  The Viking was glad of an opportunity to play with the Chuggington trains and I was happy to work around him at sewing machines.

I have so many small projects in various stages of completion stashed in the corners of The Sandbox and it seemed a good idea to start pulling them out and getting them out of the way.  The first one that came to hand was this kit from Connecting Threads for a Ruffle Bag.  In the end, it turns out to be a rather odd looking thing.  Odd to put together too.  Unless I missed it (entirely possible), the pattern doesn't specify what kind of interfacing would be best.  And of course I boobed when cutting it out.  The stripes should be running up and down rather than around the bag, but oh well.  I'm not sure it would make it any less odd than it is now.  ;-)

The pocket on the inside shows the odd choice of kit fabrics.  Grey and white mixed with a cream floral.  Nice fabrics....separately.  Anyway, the bag is roomy and I'm sure it will be plenty serviceable.

Ivy certainly doesn't care one way or the other.  :-)

Monday, February 20, 2017


I've been poked from overseas so need to catch up on my posting.  **waving to MIL**  ;-)

So let's see...
Mom's 88th birthday was at the end of January.  The Sailor Son was able to get away from his training at the Marine base and join us for a birthday dinner.  
As you can see we had a jolly time.

Hugs for Uncle Sailor Son.

And the Statue of Liberty was there too! :-)

We've been on walks on the greenway to see the "new bridge."

  Stardust lost her first tooth and we received Valentine's Day photos
and a portrait with Mr. Squibbles.

The Viking was with me on Valentine's Day and he showed up wearing a "tie shirt."  
All day long he explained to people that he was wearing his tie shirt because he married his mommy for Valentine's Day.  Awwwww.

Swim lessons are progressing.  He actually gets his face wet now!

On this day he arrived at my house declaring he was a cat.  So I made him a tail.  :-)

En Provence is finished!  Well, not quilted yet, but piecing all 
those neutral four patches in the border is done.  Hooray!

 I decided to give the 201-2 some exercise and made new pillowcases for us.  
The Singer cabinet has a knee control rather than a foot pedal. 
I kept forgetting and pressing on the base of the Ottlite instead! 
 It kept me amused.

 I've been keeping up with The Honey Pot Bee blocks
The Star Kisses block.  

The Quilter's Pantry block.  Several jars of dog treats in our house so this one was a no-brainer.  
The second one was just fun.  And I have another fun fabric to make a third.

Molli came up with a wild card block a couple of days ago.  The Sew Royal block.  I was thinking of the Imperial State Crown.  Ermine, purple velvet, mega jewels and crusted with diamonds.  I may go back and add a ball and cross to the point.  It looks a little unfinished.

It's also fun to follow this creative group on Facebook and Instagram.
Everyone's blocks are so different. 

So there they are up on the design wall.

Speaking of the wall, I recovered it with fresh flannel on Saturday.  For some reason even I don't understand, I chose a tiny pink floral print.  It looks a bit like I threw a crib sheet up on the wall!  It's not too bad really and it's clean and fresh until the next time the redecorating urge strikes me.

 Sunday we broke our backs working in the backyard.  This garden was just weeds.  We lay down cardboard boxes I picked up from the back room at Cary Quilting Company, watered it well and added a good layer of mulch.  Hard to see even if you click on the picture,
we also added four more rose bushes.

On a whim, we also planted three blueberry bushes. 
In about three years we may get some goodness to eat.

Also, on Saturday evening Crazy Maisy caught another rabbit in the yard.  Sigh.
In the melee she managed to tear off a toenail.  What a mess!  
Though she was good as gold about the bandage and sock we put on.  Never touched it.

I took her to the vet this morning just to be sure she hadn't done any real damage and it turns out it looked worse than is and will heal just fine.  Hard to know as these things bleed like the dickens.  The poor Viking was droopy when he arrived at my house this morning and by the time we got to the vet's office he was clearly running a fever.  Poor thing, he patiently waited for us on a bench with his blanket and promptly fell asleep on the way home.  So unlike his energetic self.  
Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day for him.

Spring has sprung here.  I'm thinking I need to plant lots more daffodils this fall
as they go so well with the color scheme!  

I noticed the Lenten roses are in bloom too.  Trees are in bloom everywhere and the ones around the pond should be in full bloom by the end of the week.  Spring is almost a month early!

Back to my stitching now.  I need to get this biscornu done asap.  

Saturday, January 28, 2017


January has gone by very fast.  The Sailor Son is currently training at Camp Lejeune.  We are hoping he can drive up to see us next weekend.  I'll be delighted to hear all about it.

The Viking keeps us amused.  A year ago (at least), to keep him busy while Mom and I were fabric shopping, Papa took him off to the wood craft section in JoAnn's and showed him the ampersands.  The Viking was intrigued and just loves to tell everyone about ampersands.  We are now required to go visit them in the store.  He was delighted last week when Papa treated him to his very own ampersands!

The weather has been kind and we've had some delightful outdoor time.  "I'm a knight!  With my knight hat and my sword and my thing!"  (a Frisbee shield)  :-)

We treated the dogs to some new beds.  I'm not sure they are exactly delighted.  They don't seem to mind sharing though.  Silly animals.

I have a new vegetarian cookbook and The Tramp was delighted with my attempt at a vegetable curry.  It was even spicy enough!  The house smelled of it for several days too.  The gift that keeps on giving.  :-P

We had some wild and rainy weather a week ago.  During the days right after, we were treated to sunny blue skies filled with fluffy dirty looking clouds along the horizon.  Very odd looking and quite spectacular.  Of course the best views were on the road where it wasn't wise to be using a camera, so these are the best I could get at stoplights.

Springlike weather comes and goes.  The dogs and I had a delightful sit on the deck on Wednesday.

 Then Thursday treated us to a fast moving deluge.

 Last week I scratched my organizing itch by figuring out a better way to store my embroidery floss.  The boxes are fine, but now I have so much floss I have to spread out five open boxes to find what I want.  So I browsed around on the web, fiddled around with The Sandbox furniture, had a bit of think and came up with a solution.  I bought another small white cabinet at Michaels and spent a couple of days cutting up and fitting foam board in the drawers.

I'm delighted with the results.  Better yet, there is room for more floss!  ;-)

I celebrated by stitching up a biscornu for Mom for her birthday.  Cute!

Thursday was also the 4th birthday for Cary Quilting Company.  The store sponsored a Fairy Hair event.  I made an appointment for myself and since The Viking was with me he got some Fairy Hair too.  He chose blue.  Just call him Oberon.  :-)

He had his rubber shark with him (named Shark) and much to their delight and amusement explained to everyone that sharks eat leaves and flowers.  No, I didn't know that either.  He also declared it was Shark's birthday.  I had to make a stop at Walmart so I treated Shark to a large pink artificial flower.

We also picked up a small rainbow birthday cake.  Did you know Shark was nine years old?  Me neither.  I found that out when we dug in the drawer for birthday candles.  Much delight in singing happy birthday and blowing out the candle.

It was also a very breezy day.  The Viking did his best to control the weather.  "I NEED YOUR ATTENTION WIND.  STOP WIND ANYWAY!"

Border fabrics for the En Provence mystery quilt arrived.  Yummmm.

But before I get back to that I needed to finish up a few things.  A new hip pack/belt bag/fanny pack.  My first time sewing ripstop nylon.  I was a little nervous about it, but it came out ok....and it's delightfully purple.  So it's a win all around.  :-)

And I needed to make the January blocks for Molli Sparkles' Honey Pot Bee.  

I've been hoarding these 12 fat quarters ever since the delightful "Dye a Rainbow" class in the summer.  This project seemed to be the perfect one to use them for.  Looking forward to seeing what is on for February.

 And lastly.... I give you Batman.  Never a boring moment with The Viking around. :-)