Saturday, August 31, 2013

is it time for another giveaway?

 
Hey mom! I think it is time for another giveaway!
what do you think????
 
lets celebrate our new home, and the new life together for Brian as a married man.......
what do you say?
 
huh???
huh????
 
 
 

Friday, August 30, 2013

here a duck , there a duck


these guys have not been found yet..........figures! I had a new plan to put them together......
here duckie. quack quack............

Dunkin, you calling Mommy a quack????? 


there's no ducks here..........so if the shoe fits............... just sayin!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

hey mom why is there air coming out of there?

 
Mom, there is a breeze in the floor..........I don't know why......we didn't have that at our other house. I think it is coming from this thing..........

 
see? I feel it again.......is there something in there?  Phoebe, do you feel it?
 
 

 
I am on the warm carpet. just ignore it. that is how I deal with things I am uncertain of. if you let it know you are worried then you will have issues....... Mom isn't concerned so why should I be?

 
Ok, I will try it............(as he looks away from the vent and pretends to ignore the air blowing at him)
 

 
DANG! THERE IT IS AGAIN!  I CANT DO IT!!!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

this is why

Dunkin you can wait a little longer buddy........... this is why..
there are too many dangers still in the sewing room.........
but Mommy will make it nice and let you in soon.
I promise!
 
 
poor Janome is crying. that must be why Dunkin is always at the door.....
its lonely in there......

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

number two dishcloth


here is number two dishcloth. number one is in use as we speak............I do have more yarn on the spool so will try for number three.........even if it is finished with another color I will be fine with that for me.........I just love them............
maybe I can make a pile of them and use up that yarn.............hmmmmm
may need to google some patterns........

Monday, August 26, 2013

embroidery anyone?

 
a blast from  the past...... I remember buying these cheap cheap when a favorite store closed.......

 
I did make some for my bed...........they only had onesies so they don't match...........I don't often show anyone my pillows (except Dunkin and hubby) so it doesn't matter much........I think they are pretty when done up.........and my 10 year old niece thinks they are "cool". maybe I need to make her one for Christmas.......hmmmm.........where is that embroidery thread?
 

 
as you can see a steal at 1.99............and various patterns

 
I just love these "old fashioned" crafts.........makes me feel close to my roots......
and very self sufficient to make a house into a home.........

Sunday, August 25, 2013

poor poor pitiful me.......

doesn't this guy look pitiful?  he wants to get into this sewing room SO BAD!!!!!!
he sits here waiting to see if I will open the door.........

 
Here she comes.........aw....... she took a turn into the other room..........dang, when can I get in here to play?

 
maybe if I pretend like I AM NOT interested in the room she will open the door............

 
Phoebe, a little help here???????

 
You are on your own buddy! the door will stay closed. I am telling ya............ I KNOW Mom and have been with her longer..........just give it up already.......
 
lol
 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

I need a baby quilt for a girl

Dunkin says......
"Oh Mom, look at this..........I love the hearts....."
 
I found this UFO while setting up my sewing room. I made this  a few?(cough**cough) years ago as a pink cancer challenge quilt and never finished it. my idea at the time was to hand quilt it and do some echo quilting around the hearts in the muslin section. the rest was to be plain straight line quilting. It was to be donated for cancer month to a hospital to be used to warm women as they got cold during treatments....... easy.............or so I thought

 
but.........this quilt may have had another purpose...............look at the scrappy fabrics..........it was fun to sew scrappy half squares........then put them together and applique the hearts..........

 
I think Dunkin approves........he seems to be looking at it intensely...........in reality to get this "shot", he was reprimanded and this is his "I am mad and not looking at you mom" face. ha ha
no kitties were harmed in the making of this picture............just feelings hurt that he was not allowed to dig his claws into it and make a mess........

 
I think this will make a cute baby quilt for a girl.........whatcha think?
I may need a simpler quilting pattern to finish it quick...........
 
any suggestions?  I have a future baby in mind for this gift but don't want to jinx it. I just want to finish it soon.........need borders? leave as is?  it is long and will fit the crib and a small child's bed so it can be used at the toddler stage as well.
I remember my nieces dragging around their quilts that I made when they were babies. One even in her teens wouldn't give it up so her mom could wash it. I laughed and said to her I will make you a new one. she said No Auntie, that is my blankie!  love it when quilts are loved........

Friday, August 23, 2013

more house pics

 
key rack near door  ............check

 
found the slate to finish painting a lighthouse scene. Now just need to find some beachy pics for ideas for the landscaping on this to finish it up. will place it outside. I probably should have done the background first. DUH..........but I liked the lighthouse pic I found and painted it.
we will see how it comes out when totally done..........hey with all the boxes we are emptying I may even have time to paint!
 
yeah in between shopping for a dress for sons wedding on the 31st. yeah dream on..........
we like to do it all at one time. move, have a wedding etc........why not!
 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

can you tell this is the sewing room

 
this is the door to the sewing room. I figured the quilt and cat picture says it all. of course it is not set up yet so no peeks until it is done.
 
 Dunkin is itching to get into this room. he was able to earlier when we had it piled high with boxes. as we unpack, more things that he can get into are out so the door is closed and he doesn't like it. He makes sure to let me know too! he is the most verbal cat I have ever seen. he gives this little "I got the last word" kind of sound and storms off mad. too too funny. he sure thinks he is human. who am I to argue?
Dunkin, hopefully we will be up and sewing soon and when Mommy puts all the dangerous things like pins etc out of reach, you can come into the sewing room again. I promise!
I need my quilting therapy and quilting inspectors .........

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

going....going.....gone

 
see this desk?  this used to be our computer desk. it is big and didn't fit the space we have

 
I will miss all the space it provided for storage and the printer etc.......

 
but it is gone..........and the blond desk next to it? in my sewing room. the other sewing table had bad legs. it was ready to fold under the weight of a sewing machine so we swapped it out for the blonde desk. I am happy as I now will have some drawers for thread, bobbins etc. a WIN WIN...........
love repurposing what you have..........it is a challenge and fun............
now to get the outside room finished for a cookout and then............the sewing room........
cant wait until the sewing room is all set up and ready to sew. if I can find a way to hide the pins and threads I will let the cats back in there. Dunkin is having a fit not being able to go into that room and he lets me know every chance he gets! ha ha
he lays under the door scratching and meowing
too funny! guess he wants me to get sewing again soon too!
 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

knit dishcloths


anyone else make these? they are called Grandmas favorite dishcloths. I love love love them! As I was moving and packing and unpacking, the only project I could work on was one with knitting needles and cotton yarn as that is what I had in the box I was working on. so I picked out  some lime green yarn and knitted away the stress. in two days one dishcloth done. but oh, I had yarn left. lets see if I can get a second one. knit, knit and yes! a second one. there is STILL more yarn on the ball. do I dare try for a third? I saw a gal on a blog take the bits and pieces and make them into a scrappy one. good idea! that allowed me to throw out some old junky cloths that have seen better days. I have two brand new ones! and maybe a third one on the way.
love quick projects to get the creative juices flowing.........now I am ready for anything! and some of the stress of moving is gone.......now if I could only find the "unpacking fairy" so I can supervise where to put the stuff once unpacked.

more boxes emptied

 
found the crockpot! YEAH...... as the weather gets colder I like to use the crockpot. especially if I want a sewing day.

 
love this picture. it looks so good in the corner and the colors bring out the blues in the living room.
soon we will have no more boxes (yeah I wish!)  then what will I do with my time?????
ha ha

Monday, August 19, 2013

home sweet home

 
Phoebe is feeling a bit more  relaxed in our new home



And things are starting to shape up. new curtains look nice. still have boxes to empty but progress every day. little by little.......it is starting to look like home............

Saturday, August 17, 2013

hideaway places

 
this is what happens when cupboard doors are not tight
 
 
hmmm..... wonder who made that mess?...........

 
Ok Mom, I fess up.....cant have any fun around here..........
 

 
wanna play with my mousie toy????

 
Dunkin has managed to find every cupboard that doesn't close, every nook and cranny in this house. I guess he is just inspecting it. he must be comfortable for now.
yesterday he scared the be jeepers out of me. I was in the bathroom at the far end of the house. it has a second door that enters from my sewing room that is and will be blocked off. I hear scratching on that door. I open it to find Dunkin proud as a peacock like Hey Mom! did you know this door is cool and  leads to your room?  too too funny..........

Friday, August 16, 2013

dont peek in my shed

 
looks pretty good, right...........you should see how much you can stuff in a shed! ha ha  we will have to take a box every night and go through the stuff and get rid of stuff we don't need any more. a HUGE task but one we need to do.........SOON......

 
what are these pretties? anyone know?  they are tall and behind them is my rhododendron bush. I think it is taller than me!
 
cant wait to find out about the plants and start to make them look nice........
 still unpacking boxes so be patient..........

Thursday, August 15, 2013

any plant lovers out there

 
anyone know what this pretty orange flower is?

 
these are my roses......so so pretty!  I think they like acidy soil am I right?
 

 
this I think is a rose of Sharon.......how fitting my hairdresser, Sharon, helped us find this house........

 
lilac bush for the spring. I cant wait! I LOVE LILACS........they smell so sweet
 

 
and I think this is a butterfly bush..........if you know if I am right or wrong, let me know. we need to prune and make them neat and tidy.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

welcome to our new home

its time............
 
 
 
 
to show you some of my new house....... this is the front with the red maple tree  those two windows are in my sewing room at the front of the house....
 
 
here is my door.... looking Fall and festive eh? ha ha

 
this is part of the 3 sided screened in porch area. right now it is housing some desks that will be gone soon and my quilting machine- a Gracie frame. it is too big for my sewing room.

 
remember this? this was where there was a huge mirror that I had son take down and got new sconces. we then put my credenza underneath and........
 
 
 
doesn't it look like the tv was made to go there? and the credenza fits like it was also custom made. please ignore the stuff to the right. we are still trying to find places for things........
 
 
swinging to the right is our new dual recliner couch. I love it! the cats do too.....
 
 
do you remember this dining area off the living room?
 
 
 
this is what the shelf looks like now. it will be tweaked as we unpack but it is looking ok for now.
 
 
does anyone know what type of plant this is? it is pretty but I want to be able to take care of it properly.
 
 
can you tell I need some clippers? hmmm..... would make a nice house warming gift........I will have to drop hints  ha ha

 
and I think this variegated bush may need trimming soon too. it is pretty but what is it?
 

 
more tomorrow.....