Monday, April 28, 2014

Relaxing robin status

my robin has not been touched this month. thats ok. I have not lost interest.....
life just gets in the way sometimes

with the job getting busier and getting home later 
and figuring out the lawn situation so we dont have to pay someone 
(another task to my list)
and the Fall Yard Sale planning going on
not much quilting going on......

but I have a while to get this done. no rush.......
I have been sewing..
just not quilting

got a great idea for the yard sale.
no, Phoebe didnt get loose  (she cant have any because she is fixed)
but I am making stuffed kittens to put in a basket
for the yard sale for kids.
how cute is that?

I started with this and will make faces and tails

then visited another gal in the park who quilts and this is what she gave me.
how perfect is this fabric???? I love it 
she was so excited when she saw my kitties. she goes the kids
are gonna go crazy
I said yeah and they dont take a lot of time to do. just
something fun
I want to make about 20 or so and put in a large basket with
the sign FREE KITTENS  
I will cut and sew and have another gal stuff them for me

this funny looking shape is going to be a felt piggy bank. found it online and it looked easy and fun
I dont have any felt but will try and get a yard and do as many as it will give
you make two of the pattern and then a buttonhole large enough
to fit in a quarter on one of them only. the kids fill it up
and either wiggle the money back out the hole
or cut it open
I thought it was another cute idea for the kids table
we can sell them cheap too....not much work to them
with felt you dont even need to turn. just cut the hole
and stitch all around the edge as is.
I dont know if we could just use cotton fabrics too
will experiment and see how they go

and pieced three of these to make bags.
one in this colorway. the dark burgundy at the top will be a small top border and larger bottom border and straps
to make the bag.
the other two are in orange colorways with a brown coordinate for one. 
I need to shop the stash for the other one
they are just going to be easy lined totes with a pocket inside the lining
if they dont sell I will take them back

for May
the relaxing robin step is:

6. make a border that has squares in it; 4 patch, checkerboards etc would be welcome here. again have fun

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Happy Secretaries Day

this is what was delivered to the office today.......
yeah, I KNOW!  very nice. the florist made an arrangement on top 
of the Yankee candle. scent is rainforest....
cant wait to try it out!

AND if THAT was not enough, this tote bag too! saying Thanks for all you do!

then INSIDE the bag was a gift certificate to a local restaurant, a thanks cup for drinks
and a pen and note pad

I KNOW Dunkin! pinch me!  I can't believe it either!
It is NICE to be appreciated
Hope all office peeps had a great day as well.
I am spoiled!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

some mysteries are solved

while hiding eggs for the kids I saw some of these. good think I didnt pull up that "grassy
 stuff. it was these handsome little grape hyacinths. I have an area with one or two and then an area with a clump of them. so so cute. I will have to separate and put them where I want.

and I saw some of these getting ready to bloom......
I think it is time for me to get this bed ready and weeded.
I will work around what is there and mulch it.
wonder what other surprises are in that pile of dirt?

Monday, April 21, 2014

coming at ya baby

Hope everyone had a happy Easter. this is a pic of my youngest grandson.
he and his brother had an egg hunt at my house. they had lots of fun.
later on in the day we thought my niece would be over with her little one so the boys decided to rehide the eggs for the little one. 

we waited............

we took a walk..............

we waited....................

we took another walk..............

nobody was coming. 

so I asked the boys to help me find the eggs before they went home.

they were picking them up very fast and the older one started making a game out of throwing them into my bag as he found them.
well, not to be outdone, the little one started to also.
he picked up an egg, looked straight at me, and said 
"coming at ya baby"

well, his parents and I cracked up........

out of the mouths of babes.............
we had a fabulous Easter day!
Hope you did too!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

some of this will be going on........

where are they ?  hidden pretty well .......

even Dunkin will be looking..........

yeah there are eggs all over the yard..........
hmmm......hope some little ones are good at spotting them.........

Happy Easter everyone!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

love these mug rugs

these are so cute

and again look fairly easy to make

even without the pattern

Halloween makes a nice little project for Sept you think?

Friday, April 18, 2014

cute pumpkins

am I into Fall or what?

want to make some quick projects that are cute to sell at our fundraiser

am thinking mug rugs,
a baby quilt
baby bibs
baby toys
maybe jewelry like earrings
key chains
chapstick keychains

any other ideas out there?
I need quick to make
so we can make many to sell

what would YOU buy at a yard sale craft table?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

relaxing robin

this is rainbows bunnies and cupcakes relaxing robin. isnt it coming along nicely?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the cats on this........

check it out!

I have not been sewing much but hope to after Easter.

Football quilt

saw this on the computer.
how stinkin cute is this??

and it doesnt look too hard

you would put your teams colors in the strips between
and the background

would this make an eyecatching quilt to hang and draw in the crowd?
I think so.
especially in September.......

fellow quilting friend.........
we need to chat

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

mug rug idea

how cute is this little mug rug?
wish I had a similar one for dogs

I may have to get out my drawing pen
and make a pattern

if we made these we could have
some people help by cutting out the patterns

then we could have someone iron on the pieces
then the sewers could stitch them up

I would probably do in Fall colors for a Fall sale

but am liking this idea for sure

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

seeds for mug rugs

some quick sewing of scraps..........see the dog so cute?

love the way he peeks out

these will hopefully make some nice mug rugs
for the yard sale this Fall
cats and dog fabrics
so cute

see the cat?

if I make a few here and there I will be ready for the yard sale........
and hopefully we will make some money for our Association

met a fellow quilter in our Association. we were in Heaven talking about projects we want to make.
quilters are the best!

Monday, April 14, 2014

yay these are mine

today this is what I saw when I came home from work
beautiful daffodils

of course I need to clean the garden
but now that I know where these are, after they bloom hopefully I can relocate
further away from the bush in the center
and then fertilize for next year

these guys are in the back garden

this is the side garden and I have no idea what they are
anyone know? weed or flower?

closeup        still not sure

either cat or squirrel or deer have been
digging holes
probably eating bulbs

a clump of something   not sure what????
anyone know?

vinca vine in bloom. so so cute.
lots of leaves but I have not cleaned the garden yet. 
been trying to see what is there

if you can identify anything here to help me out, let me know.
and thanks in advance  :-)

played in sewing room

I sewed this weekend.
don't get TOO excited. I did NOT work on my relaxing robin.

I played with some 5 inch squares
I cut them in half to make strips
then sewed up a bunch of blue
toned ones
into 3 small lengths
then matched it with some aqua fabric I have had for ages
wanna see?

take one
by the time I set it up and walked away to aim the camera
this is what Dunkin did.......
little buggar

any how
this is kind of what it looks like
I am thinking maybe taking some of the
same kinds of blues and sew some 5 inch 
squares as a border
then figure out how big the aqua needs to be
then a baby quilt
I will have
for a little boy......
maybe for our Fall yard sale in our association
cute, huh?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easter time is coming

this is what I did today .......
made 6 Easter baskets for the grandkids.......

didnt they come out good?  most of the contents
are from the dollar store. I was surprised how much I could get there

baskets, clear cellophane, and chocolate bunnies

coloring books, games, kites

fun fun..........
it was gorgeous outside. I should have cleaned up the garden..........
but I wanted to make these up outside so the grass wouldnt be all over the house
or in the cats tummy........dont need THAT bill.........

what did YOU do today?

Friday, April 11, 2014

hi ho hi ho........its off to work we go.......

shade garden idea.........

container gardening picture of container garden with passion flower, monkey flower, flowering maple

sun garden idea.........

does anyone else have plants that they love having in the garden?  I want to try and make the back garden a raised bed so you can sit there in the shade. I think that would be fun.
 there is some kind of ground cover in there but it is taking over everything else. I dont want that.
I want the bunches of daffodils in there for the Spring and then some pretty bushes like maybe the bleeding heart for summer color. then I will try and see what can come up every year in the Fall. maybe mums in the front?
I just want it to be an easy care type garden that has a splash of color through the year to enjoy from the screenroom as we will be using that a lot.

caladiums and coleus add nice color too. just need to make sure the colors dont clash.

also have a butterfly bush nearby that I would like to add some butterfly attracting plants around it. not sure what to plant but will research. have to cut it way back so I can get a great showing of flowers this year.

I  think I will have more work than I bargained for in the garden............. LOL

but I will enjoy it......they are so pretty.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

bulb companies have gorgeous plants

Dark Dragon Rose

look at this rose. WOW........from Michigan bulb.......this could be a dangerous other hobby!
I will take time this year to just see what I have but it is fun looking at things that I would like to have also......

Old-Fashioned Bleeding Hearts (Pink)

One of my great aunts loved her bleeding heart. she used to send me the dried flowers in the mail as she lived in Iowa far away. I used to love sending her letters and getting letters back.
these are so pretty. I may need one.......

My grandma loved petunias and pansies......both favorites of mine too...... I definitely want some in the garden

and my mom loved gladiola and day lillies

so some of those need to go in there too.

hoping that this year will be a learning year to know what I have so that I know what I can add and where for next year.......
an exciting time............!!!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

front garden

under the Japanese maple tree is this baby. I love it. I have one here in the front and one on the side. I want to propagate them and make more of them for the front garden.

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this Eunymous plant is in the front and I want to make more of it as well. I love the color of the two tone leaves. it is so pretty. (this pic is from the internet)

and I found one lonely little hens and chick under the tree. it was under some dead phlox. I love phlox but the ones she had didnt do well there so I pulled them up. I will see if they do better in the back garden.
hoping this little hen and chick will multiply and take over a space in the front for me.
so exciting to see new growth and the potential of it all.

Jovibarba Heuffelii Plant