Tuesday, March 31, 2009
These are the first items I've ever purchased on etsy. Believe me I've been tempted by many things in the past. There is one necklace made by p.quinn that I'm just drooling over and praying that I somehow scrap together the money for it before someone else beats me to it. Her etsy shop is mentioned in her blog with links in her postings (for now). Here is the blog of Malka at a stitch in dye. She dyed this beautiful fabric! I love it and plan to get more of her stuff as soon as I can. You can get to her etsy shop from her blog.
This funny looking little girl is me. I think I must have been about 4, but I'll ask my momma to take a look and see if she remembers for sure. I found this on my bulletin board with the picture of the hot air balloon ride and had to share it. It's a shame I can't find the ones I really wanted to share right now. I'll have to keep looking for them. Easter pictures of my sister and I when we were little (so funny with our little pointed purses and odd hats!), my high school graduation picture and one of my wedding pictures.
I was talking to my friend Catherine about photographs and how I have avoided cameras for years, literally years. I don't think there is a photographic record that I lived in the same time as my son growing up! I can think of only one picture of the two of us together and he was a baby. The last pictures I remember having made, that I actually liked, were the graduation picture and wedding picture that I mentioned that I can't find. She and I are making plans for ourselves as we get healthier and loose weight. (My biopsy was normal, by the way!) I told her when I get to my goal weight, I may just have a nude photo made. She almost choked!
Monday, March 30, 2009
I'm working on a new list of things I'd like to do and accomplish. One of them will have to do with photography. I'm thinking a weekly photo project. What would you challenge me to photograph on a weekly basis? I'm not guaranteeing that I'll pick your choice, but I'll surely give it some thought.
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of my two questions.
I've been trying not to purchase new fabric lately. The economy, you know. I still visit quilt shops though. Usually just to see my friends and say hello. It's hard to keep from looking and when I saw these new fabrics at one local shop, I had to grab some while it was there. I'm sure they'll end up in a pineapple quilt at some point.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I love seeing everything that the ladies are working on. They didn't disappoint, although I didn't get pictures of everything. I told them I was going to put their projects on my blog. Gail was hand piecing a pink doll quilt. You can see her little blocks in the first picture. The second picture is of blocks in Christmas colors that Nina was working on. Really beautiful fabrics. The nine patch stars with purple points are Carol's. I can't wait to see how she plans to set the blocks. I've seen these blocks set in a way that give the impression of curves in a quilt. I wonder if she's planning to do that also?
The picture of the completed quilt is one that Nancy had on the wall. Nancy and her husband, Neil own the retreat center in Emory. Nancy said she made it from 3 and a half inch squares that she had asked everyone who stayed at the center to leave her during the year of 2007. The pattern was originally a mystery quilt, I believe. I know I retreated there a time or two during 2007, but I couldn't remember what fabric I left. I saw several that I own in the quilt. It's a fun quilt. I took lots of pictures of it. Maybe I'll make one myself someday.
I worked on "Three Rivers" while I was there. I didn't have to take my machine that way and everything fit into one little bag. A great way to go to retreat! I finished one river. Started another one and I also cut some of the length of the fabric off. I want it to be obviously wider than longer. I'm extremely happy with the silk I'm using for the blue. It shimmers like water in sunshine.
Another thing that is loved about quilt retreats is the food. All of these ladies can really cook! Jo makes a pound cake that has added more than a few pounds to us over the years! I wasn't there long enough to eat much this time, but I did try Sue's blueberry scones. They were amazing! And Shelley and I made a great oriental chicken salad (her recipe) that I'm hoping to make again some day.
Sometime after lunch, I was hit with a huge wave of crushing sadness. I don't know if it was because it was the first time I had been there since Marianne had passed away or if it was that I had had to have a uterine biopsy on Friday. Maybe it was a combination of both. I just know that I couldn't shake it and I decided to leave a little after 3 PM instead of staying until about 10 PM, like I had originally planned. When it stops being fun, it's time to go.
It was good to get home and I feel great today. All sadness is gone. All worry is at bay. I'll find out next week about the biopsy. I'll still miss Mo, but the next retreat there will be easier. Life goes on.
As for the list of 101 things: I've revisited it several times recently and it doesn't really reflect me as much as I had hoped. It feels like a "to do" list instead of a list of goals that I'd like to accomplish. So, I'm reworking it and will put up a new list soon. I think I'm going to borrow the idea from Andrea to make a list that is my age in length and try to finish it by my next birthday. I'll only have nine months at this point, so I better hurry up with my list.
Things I LOVE!
1. music that you just have to get up to dance to!
2. laughter (especially my hubby's and son's; I never hear enough of their laughter!)
3. the smell of freshly mowed grass
4. cherry popsicles (I sure miss the boxes of just one flavor)
6. a book that draws you in and makes you feel as though it is so real you hate for it to end and if it's the first in a series, I do a little happy dance!
8. hugs, really good hugs (my cousin Mike gives GREAT hugs, I love his hugs!)
9. the peaks and valleys quilting makes on a quilt
12. seeing pictures in things like clouds and hand dyed fabric
13. Dove milk chocolate
15. spending time with friends
16. quilt retreats
17. quilt shows
18. batik fabrics and hand dyed fabrics
20. my prayer beads, making prayer beads
22. getting packages in the mail
23. hearing a cat purr
24. hearing chickens cluck
25. watching leaves fall
26. puppy breath
30. the relationship I have with my momma
31. words on fabric or in quilts
32. old reruns of I Love Lucy and M.A.S.H.
33. birds and birdsong!
34. the new TV season starting each year
35. wearing blue jeans and t-shirts (dressing up - for me - is a t-shirt with no words on it)
36. sudoku puzzles
37. beads, especially semi-precious stones
38. road trips
39. talking to (seeing and being with) my grandchildren - in person, on the phone on via skype
40. seeing the "kids" I went to Nathaniel Hawthorne with!
42. going to a movie
43. seeing stars fill the sky out here in the country
44. seeing a falling star
45. being with any and all of my extended family
46. when my daughter-in-law, M is healthy and feels good
47. getting on a plane and going
49. staying in a haunted hotel
50. getting a real, hand written letter
51. Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream
52. fresh, home grown tomatoes
53. really good melons - the taste and the smell
54. three year old children
55. my dogs
56. lavender and rosemary
58. learning something new and actually remembering it
59. the happiness of people I love
60. memories of people who have gone before me
61. sunsets and sunrises
63. little kids and the funny things they say
64. the Texas Rangers baseball games
67. a good frozen Margarita with salt
68. going to a Keith Urban concert
74. old movies
75. Singer Feather Weight 221 sewing machines!
77. writing on my blog
78. Opening day of baseball season
79. singing (I tend to make up my own words and I can't carry a tune in a bucket, but I love to sing!)
80. aquariums - large and small
81. going to the zoo
82. volunteering for the SPCA of Texas
83. people watching
84. hand quilting
85. fields full of wildflowers
86. the songs Amazing Grace, Georgia and Somewhere over the Rainbow (I have several versions of each of these)
87. polar bears
88. stained glass
89. water color painting
91. the thought of having my own studio again some day!
94. Christmas ornaments
95. not having to worry about what I say to a friend
96. a clean house (I don't like to clean it, mind you, but I love for it to be clean)
97. happening upon wildlife out here on our place
98. old angel statuary in cemeteries
99. the little bit of history I know of our land
100. that my dad built my home (wish it had more room, closets, the washer and dryer in the house and a window over the kitchen sink though; if I'd realized I'd one day live here, I would have helped design the place)
101. this land I live on
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Next I met up with my friend Mary to go see Keith Urban at the House of Blues in Dallas. She had found out that if we had dinner there, we could get into the concert quicker. So, by golly, that's what we did. I was amazed at how good the food is! Neither of us had ever been to the HOB before, you see. Now, I can't wait to go back. (Maybe for the Gospel Sunday Brunch!) We had trout with asparagus and brown rice with pecans. It was literally the best dinner I've had in years! I also had a melon margarita and I do believe it was the best margarita I've ever had -- period, end of story.
The HOB is a really cool place. They have all of this wonderful folk art all over the place. I didn't even think to ask if I could photograph any of it to show you what I'm talking about, but trust me it is great. I'd love to go back when they aren't busy (wonder when that would be?) and really look at all of it while I wait for my food.
The concert was lots of fun! You can't go wrong with a Keith Urban concert. Mary and I decided to sit in the bar area instead of standing in front of the stage. The thought of being in the middle of all those people made both of us feel a little nervous. I never realized I was at all claustrophobic, but I must be a little, because I was very happy to sit. Even after we realized that the acoustics where we were sitting were not that good. You could hear the music wonderfully, which is great because KU is a guitar wizard, but when he spoke to us, we could seldom understand what he was saying. And we missed half of the lyrics to the songs, which was OK too, because I knew them and just sang along when I wanted to. There was a balcony directly above us. We think that is why we had the bad acoustics for singing. Still, I wouldn't hesitate to go back there. Just as a little note ladies, you could hear him singing perfectly in the rest room. I thought that was odd.
The first picture was taken from the bar stool I was sitting on with no zooming in of my camera. I wanted to be able to show how close we were even though were were probably some of those farthest away. Be sure to notice the way the ceiling is painted too. It would make a great quilt design!
The next two shots are just ones I took while he was singing that I hope are clear when they are enlarged here. Click on them and see.
The last one isn't really that great. He moved just as the shutter clicked, but look at the curtains! Crazy Quilt pieced! I didn't even notice them until he stood in front of them to sing.
All in all, a very good day!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
I will post the bluebonnets soon along with the picture of the quilt I got in exchange for Turtle in a Blender. Kristy thought she got the better deal and I think I got the better deal. Needless to say, we're both happy! I'll even post a few pictures of things I bought (very few things this year with this economy) and an antique quilt I fell in love with. Oh, shoot. I didn't ask the owners if that was OK. I better double check on that first. They were very kind to let me take the photos. I don't want to take advantage.
The miniature quilt auction was very successful also. I believe my pineapple quilt "Have I Done This Before", went for $80 and 'Black Cat' went for $55. I'll have to double check those amounts because I wasn't able to attend. My pineapple quilts have gone for higher amounts in the past, so I think it's time to change the color scheme. I've done the green and purple for several years now. I had planned to do one more and announce it as the last in the series, but I don't know if that would make much money for the auction or not. We'll just have to see what kind of time I have this year.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I will be at the show location - MARKET HALL - before we open and until we close (or very near it on Friday) each day. I'm part of on-site admissions and part of the show committee. I'm very proud of this quilt show and I'm sure every member of our guild is. It's one of the very largest all volunteer shows in the country! If you are any where near Dallas, TX I do hope you'll come to the show this weekend. It promises to be a great one. Until then.....
Monday, March 9, 2009
As for me, machine quilting is not my friend. The only time I even attempt it is when I'm working on a pineapple miniature quilt. Like tonight. I machine quilted on Turtle in a Blender. I thought I was doing a really good job on it -- for once. I got the center done and looked at it and noticed that it was all whamperjawed! That would never do. I'm almost finished ripping it all out. Tomorrow (or rather, later today, I just looked at the clock), I'll start hand quilting that little quilt. I just hope I can get it done in time now!
I've added photos and some commentary on them to this posting. New comments are in red. It sure seems that Spring has sprung around here. I'd noticed the redbud trees (picture #1) were in bloom about a week ago. Then I noticed a few daffodils. A couple of days ago, I saw that some of the wild Cherry trees (picture #2) were blooming too. This morning, I looked out the window to see that the pear and peach (picture #4) trees were both in full bloom, seemingly over night! (I couldn't get pictures of them in full bloom. If you take a look at picture #3 with Barkley and the pear tree, you may guess why. He apparently feels that any limb within his reach is a predator! Most of the blooms are already in the grass.) When I drove to the store a little later, there were a few Indian Paintbrush in bloom along the road side. They were a rather sickly looking pale orange, but they were there. Of course, the temperature has been in the high 70's for a while now. Tonight, my hubby saw a scorpion in the house! Definitely spring in Texas, regardless of what the calendar says. I guess I should be on the out look for snakes now. Of course, just because we have spring weather doesn't mean it won't snow or do something else winter like before summer gets here. After all, this is Texas.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Today I was thrilled to find an email from the Texas Rangers baseball organization. They have a pre-sale of single game tickets going on starting today for what I can only assume they call good customers (or former customers maybe). Anyway, I jumped on the website as soon as I read the email and went directly to the opening day tickets sales. I snagged two seats! I was so happy!!! Right up until I realized that I would be in CA by then. I'm leaving on the 4th and the game is on the 6th. I don't know if I'll even be able to see the game there! So depressing. I had even talked my hubby into going with me. A first. I hope he'll still go and I hope he has fun. Maybe I can get him to go again next year -- with me.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
The very first time I ever saw him was on Austin City Limits while I was in Nashville for the American Quilter's Society quilt show. My friend Beth and I met up in Nashville and made a week of it, sewing and seeing the show. I was working on my mom's log cabin quilt the first time I heard him sing and knew who he was. I'd heard him on the radio many times, of course, but I was never one of those people who knew who sang what song. I'm a bit better now. I can sometimes even tell you the name of the song and who sings it!
I'll let you know when and if I win the tickets.