Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Finish....For CQJP2015

Er...... I think this is number 4 in my blocks for CQJP2015. At this rate I should be done by 2018...LOL

Ah well:)


December and January just dragged this year. I don't know about you lot but I always feel more positive in February. Spring will be here soon. I wonder if that pesky groundhog saw his shadow? I must check.

I had a difficult time finding good light to take pictures today. It's raining here which is perfectly acceptable weather. Anything but snow. 










There Is Nothing Worse.......


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Crazy Quilting Challenge.....

I was wandering around Blogland at 5:00 a.m. I couldn't sleep which is nothing unusual...LOL

I discovered this post about a crazy quilting challenge over at Kitty & Me Designs that you might be interested in.

Here are the details.




Thursday, January 21, 2016

Working on a WIP....

I started a doll last year called Lady Anise from a class I took with Angela Jareki. I love her dolls as the costuming is always unique. This is what the doll should end up looking like.....

Source of picture.

Source of Picture
I tried several different types of fabric in various combinations but in the end I just didn't like the outcome. I really didn't like how the back of the skirt hung. It annoyed me.

I guess it's okay not to like someone's concept. But I really really like the look of this doll. I tried to recut the skirt in various ways. I finally decided to give that up as a lost cause and a waste of fabric.

I did make her another type of skirt way back in September. I wasn't sure if I liked it or not as it scrunched out in a strange way as she is designed to be a sitting doll. Work on her ground to a big stop.

She has been sitting around headless and arm less for months now. 

I want to finish her as I think she will turn out to be quite special if I get my act together.

I have started work on her blouse and here she is modeling it. It needs a bit of adjustment but I won't do that until I put her arms on.

Eeek....my sewing room looks very messy in the picture. I must tidy up a bit:)
So next the arms, a refit of the blouse and then her jacket which is cut and ready to sew:)


Is it just me or does Elsa look embarrassed about the whole thing?


Take care:)


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

My New Year's Resoultion.....

....is to downsize my stash....HA! HA! HA!

I thought the picture below was funny :)...but oh so true. It's so hard to let go of even the smallest scrap just in case you might need it for something. Then I look at my piles of fabric and I think if I've had it for 20 odd years and haven't used will I ever?

SOURCE: HoopSisters
Thank you very much to the lovely people who have sent me emails asking me if I'm okay. Not to worry I'm still here.

It's just that I have so many WIP's that I don't know exactly where to start....so of course I have done nothing at all....sigh.

I even made a list of to-do's. Silly me.

Take care :)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A Finish and a WIP......

For those of you who do not follow my doll making blog or my Facebook page I thought I'd show you my latest effort. This is the first doll I've made since last August 2014. When I looked back and saw that I was a bit shocked.

I made this doll for an online challenge with a Facebook doll club I belong to called Cloth Doll Artistry. The challenge was called "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend".

We were to make a cloth rabbit at least 20 inches tall and dressed for a charity event.
I used a pattern by Teresa Pietras called "Lilly: A Fantasy Rabbit". She turned out much better than I expected as I was a bit rusty in the doll making department.

A tiny bit of bling:)


I've also started another CQ block for CQJP2015. A tad behind schedule but I hope to get caught up and finish all 12 eventually.

This one is in shades of brown and peach/orange primarily.


Today I thought I'd participate in The Needle & Thread Network WIP Wednesday link up. I haven't done that in ages.

Come on over and visit.  Take care:)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 1st....Eeeek!!!

I cannot believe it's September already. Is it just me or has this summer flown past so quickly that I missed it?

Aw well....here is a bit of summer:)

My husband took some pictures of the hummingbirds that visit our trumpet vine. Almost impossible as they move so fast. The flowers are full of nectar which the hummingbirds can't resist.

I thought this one was interesting as you can see it's feet so they actually do land on some of the flowers though it's hard to tell just watching them.


Tail up coming in for a landing...so cute:) Look how fast it's wings are going. You can barely see them


The dead flowers are the ones that the hummingbirds took nectar from the day before. Trumpet vines are difficult to get started and it takes about seven years before a newly planted vine flowers but once it does it goes crazy. This one reaches it's full flowering season by mid June and continues to blossom prolifically during the warm weather. I can't remember when we planted this one but I think it's at least 20 years old.

Take care:)


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Smokey is no more.....

He was a great cat and I'm really going to miss him:(

6 months old:)


July 2004 - August 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015

I'm back.....

I want to thank everyone who sent me well wishes. I survived the surgery :)

What was supposed to be a simple procedure with a one night stay in hospital got a bit more complicated. I ended up with major surgery and I was in there for three days. I was on clear fluids the whole time. That was very hard when my roommate was eating lasagna, salmon and steak....sigh:(

Now I'm back at home with a four to six weeks recovery to look forward to. My doctor and the nurses were impressed at how fast I bounced back from the surgery. I was out of bed on the second day. I guess this old lady is a lot tougher than she looks....LOL

Take care:)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Summertime and the living is noisy......

Hello:)

I've been very quiet lately as I've been busy doing family tree research. I usually like to sit outside and enjoy the weather but the weather hasn't been all that great and it's way too darn noisy.

The construction has been going on full tilt.

Before....
...and, now.....
 It's hard to see with the trees in the way and I didn't want to seem too nosy obvious....LOL
There is one three story house now and another on it's way.

The road has been dug up for pipes and stuff and no one can walk on the sidewalk because of the mud. Right now it's quiet because it's early but when they get in full swing it's deafening.

My next door neighbour moved out on Monday. The good news it that they are not taking that house down right away. Someone will be living there for awhile. I'm not sure I like all this change:(

I've also been dealing with some medical issues. Nothing life threatening just inconvenient. I have to go in for surgery on the 28th and will have at least 4 to 6 weeks recovery to deal with.

Life goes on.

Take care:)

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