Monday, February 06, 2017

Good morning

Good morning

Feb,beach,cq heart

The second month of 2017 already. The sun is shining bright this morning. I watched the sun come up across the field as I sat in the living room curled up in my comfy chair in the dark. I love quiet mornings.

This morning I thought I would try butter coffee. You make it with grass fed butter and coconut oil whipped in black coffee. Sounds gross, but it's actually pretty good. Why? Because it is supposed to keep you full while giving you much more energy using the fats from the butter and coconut oil. I'm going to try it for a week. Why not?

DH is having his third treatment next week. The half way mark ๐Ÿ˜„ yay!!!!!! He is doing very well. The very next day after the first chemo his appetite came back and it is going full speed ahead. He eats anything in sight,lol. I don't care, I'm thrilled he is eating and gaining. I was scared there for a few months. It wasn't a good time. I'm feeling hopeful again. Perhaps my muse will return now?

If it were a bit warmer I would head to the beach. The sunshine is calling me outside, but the layer of frost is telling me to stay put. I did get a walk in a couple weeks ago and found a few treasures.

I may visit mom today. Her neighbor passed away last week and no one knew it. It kind of shook her up. The neighbor lady was nice, but not sociable so mom only really saw her in the summer when outside. Mom noticed her newspapers and mail was piling up so she called the police to have them check on her yesterday. People from her church usually check on her, or my brother will go over to ask if she needs something when it snows. Sure enough, they found her and said she probably passed about six days ago. So sad to pass all alone. I hate the thought of that.๐Ÿ˜”
I've not been too social myself lately, but did get to spend a day with my pal Leslie in St. Joe last week perusing resale shops. I nabbed this wire basket for a song. I've seen in all the decorator magazines and shops. It's in my dining room but will be used for vintage laces in my studio.
So I have nothing really new to share as far as projects, other than this tiny cq heart pendant. 

Of course I filled it with lavender buds. Perhaps I'll make some for my etsy shop. They are fun and a portable project to work on at the Dr.
Oh, I did make some beaded bees for the shop. 

Spring will be here soon and I will be playing in the garden and yard. No matter how much you think you clean up in the fall, there are always messes to be dealt with in the Springtime. Some year I will remember to cut the tall ornamental grasses. What an eyesore they are. With DH feeling better and gaining strength, I'm looking forward to a wonderful and productive year. Last year was the pits.

I hope everyone is doing well and keeping those fingers nimble and protected with a thimble๐Ÿค—.
Stay well and Blissful Stitches!

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Crazy Quilt inspiration book

I was gathering some of my past CQ photos to keep as inspiration in a journal and decided to publish it for anyone interested. It is 50 pages of my crazy quilt projects, close up images in full color. Some are horizontal so you could see larger photos. The link is on the left sidebar if you want to browse. If you purchase a printed copy, don't forget to download your free digital copy so you can enlarge to see every detail. The printer sometimes distorts the colors and you will see the true colors in the digital copy.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thanksgiving is four days away!

I have been gone too long. The season's have changed, we got a new president, and my muse has almost agreed to return.
I just don't know where to begin. The days have shortened, but I really like the dark cozy mornings where I can snuggle in my comfy chair and watch the sun rise and enjoy a cup of tea before the world starts buzzing.

I did make it to the beach a few more times before the cold weather moved in.

I even slipped off one day to my friend Dawn's new home to kayak for the first time. I loved it and am going to buy my own kayak. Thanks Dawn!

I've been taking mom to Ogden park to feed the koi cheerios as often as possible. They should be fine this winter.

We've been wine tasting in Michigan......

And just hanging out having lunch...

Mostly, I've been booking doctor appointments and spending much of my time at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago with DH. He has agreed to begin treatment again for lymphoma. This time, with a brilliant doctor, Dr. Shou Ma, we will kick cancers ASS (excuse the language). All the new labs, tests and biopsies were not much fun for him, but the trips into the city were the worse. Traffic is crazy, no one uses turn signals and they speed in all four lanes on Lakeshore drive. Argh!  I must admit, the building are pretty neat, especially along the lake.

So we were fortunate to be able to switch chemo treatments closer to home in a new facility only 15 minutes from home, since he will be taking three day IV's each time. He gets so stressed having to go into Chicago and Dr. Ma was so great working with us and understood our situation. Wish him luck, it looks more promising this round.

 My dear friend Terri Takacs sent me the little white pumpkin which inspired me to search for other interesting ones to use for my centerpiece. I used a Pinterest idea and tacked together various doilies for a table runner.
I discovered my Christmas cactus in bloom on a shelf in the laundry room. It was such a shock because house plants do not usually survive with me as their caretaker. It was a gift from my mom #2, Tisha, so I tried to keep it happy but did forget about it many times. (sorry)

My muse completely ran away a few months ago. I missed her and could not even attempt a project with intentions of finishing. However, there are signs that she is returning. I dyed some ribbon, organized thread drawers and gathered some beautiful fabrics for a new project although I don't know what to create. Perhaps a tote?
A couple weeks ago I attended an Antique show in Howe Indiana with my pal Laney. It was fun and I found a few treasures, but the best part was the laughter that I truly needed. Thank you Laney ;-)
I did spy a few vintage crazy quilts being used for table covers.

That about sums up my days. I just received my order of four books from author, Joanne DeMaio and I am very anxious to begin reading. They are lovely books and I urge you readers to check out her facebook page to see what she has to offer. My kind of stories. I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. The kids will be here for a full turkey dinner. I can hardly wait to slide the turkey in the oven. Take care!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

2017 Crazy Quilt Calendar is available.

My 2017 Crazy Quilt calendar is now available. From today through Sept 1st you will receive a free digital copy with your printed copy purchase.
A huge THANK YOU to my daughter in law, Megan for all her help and expertise and patience in putting this together. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

First day of Summer!

Ok, time needs to slow down a bit. Spring is behind us and I think summer will speed by much too quickly. I've been keeping busy with the yard and garden and coming close to being finished with painting mom's house. DH has found a bit of energy and has taken interest in organizing his barn. Every now and then he will bring me a rediscovered gift such as a restrung cast off wind chime which I immediately find a home for in the garden, or a newly sharpened garden shear. HE has taken a few motorcycle rides which I am happy to see. Every little activity builds strength so I keep encouraging him to keep busy when he feels up to it.
 In between the household chores, I am taking a little time to enjoy life.

The spring rains have kept things blooming...I picked this bouquet from the garden for lunch with mom.
It was a warm day but we enjoyed the first garden lunch of the season together. Her requested crab salad with water crackers and cucumbers, pastries, pina' colada for her, strawberry daiquiri for me. 

I even took time to attend Antiques on the bluff in St. Joe with my bud Leslie. There were so many things I would have bought if I had a second home...or cottage. It was a beautiful morning.

As for the painting, the porch and decks were dark green and now they lightened up with a fresh coat of Simply Sage. I like it so much better. I spend most evenings out there swinging (sometimes with wine) and just winding down after a busy day.

The "Ghost mirror" was a find from Antiques on the bluff.
Evenings on the porch have been so relaxing.

I love my bike but was bored with it so I did a little makeover. This is the before pic.
This is after lots of browsing Pinterest.... taping off and sanding...

A soft shabby blue paint called "Cove" did the trick. 

I even got in some beach strolls...some sunny.....
some not so much....

but always treasures to be found.

Last week I found a box of my vintage laces I had organized and misplaced last year. (The laces on the board leaning against wall) I found them in a box neatly placed on cards at the bottom of my stacked boxes in the studio. So much for organizing, but a happy find.
I did get in some stitching in the garden too.

A couple weeks ago I took a drive to St. Joe with mom and we found ourselves having lunch by the water as we watched an elderly gentleman reel in some pretty large fish.It reminded me of dad and how he loved to fish.

Although the color bursts come and go in my garden, I enjoy it as much as possible,even at night.

So that pretty much sums up my spring. The past week and the week ahead have and will be hot, so I work around the heat because I can no longer handle it. Early morning garden watering and mowing and evening porch swinging will be all I'm up to these hot and humid days.
Enjoy your days.

Happy first day of summer!