Sunday, July 22, 2018

When Mother Nature Gives You Rain--Sew

 Here is a sneak peek at the spiral piece that I am working on for The Endeavourers group.  You can see the spiral lurking on the edges.  The star fabric is the background.  If you can see them, I am hand stitching silver lined crystal beads among the stars.  If you want to know more, you'll have to come back on August 1, or visit the Endeavourers blog to read my Spiral Story.

I received the fabric I ordered for the purse I will make.  It is the top one in this picture.  It's "Black, White, and Bright" by Henry Glass. It picks up the black  and brights in the bottom fabric nicely. I just love these fabrics together.  I won't start the purse until I finish the Spiral, which I don't want to rush.  The pattern I selected was the Barbados bag by Pink Sands and Beach Designs.  I want to give the pattern my full undivided attention because I want to add to the pocket design inside and possibly outside and the size.

I leave you with a picture of my dog friends who are BFFs.  They make me miss my own best friends who have left this earth and I miss so so much.

Grateful:  Today I am grateful that I can watch these two interact with each other and that Harley is becoming such a good friend to Terry and I, just like Bosco is.   AND I am grateful for the friends I have made through my blog.

Tell me.  Did you ever "redesign" a pattern?  How did that work out?
xx, Carol

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Switching Things Up

Here is something weird that is going on  with a wind chime my grandson gave to me.  It is on the front deck and we have watched a wasp kind of bee go in and out a few times. It's close to one of the patio doors, so I sure don't want it and it's clan hanging around.  So, I went out to see just what that dang waspy bee was doing.  The tube was plugged, so I poked it through with a skewer and that thing on the top right picture is what the bee had been creating.  Anyway, it's gone now.  The bee has been back but is not re-building whatever that was.
Remember when I painted the living room walls when we bought new carpet.  Well, that was a few months ago and I never decided what decor I wanted to put on the one of the walls.  I dusted items that were on shelves in other rooms and gathered all my collection together and here is what I put on one wall.  I absolutely LOVE Bison.  If I HAD a Bucket List, I would definitely have seeing them in Yellowstone on the list.

I have always loved shades of aqua and turquoise.  When I saw a can of Seaside spray paint, I bought a couple of cans because I was absolutely positive that I would use it.  One of the things that I have wanted to do is to spiff up my laundry room which is really a room that leads to the garage and to the hall going to the back door.  There are closets along the hall.  The background of this picture is the louvered door to the hot water heater closet.  I plan to paint all the doors in the hall this color.  Then I saw the totes at Walmart in close to that color and bought two to replace the gray totes I keep dog food in.  And just because I couldn't resist, I bought a notebook binder in the school supply section. I have bedding this color and it looks really great in a room that has burgundy carpet.

I have been looking for other ways to refresh the look in the house.  I think I should "buy" this or that.  Then it just really struck me.  Why in the world would I even THINK about buying it when I should be thinking MAKE, or SEW.  Especially since I have some really great fabrics with this color.

I got the purse pattern that I ordered and selected fabric I want to use.  However, it takes three different fabrics.  I have two I love but could not fall in love with a third choice.  So I surfed my favorite on line fabric store...The Fabric Shack in Ohio...and OMGOSH am I really going to say I ordered fabric!?!!

Grateful:  Today I am especially grateful that I had a Mammogram and it was clear.

What about you...tell me what color attracts you the most right now.
xx, Carol

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Spiral is a work in progress

I had an idea of what I wanted to stitch for this challenge.  I have difficulty in transferring what I envision to reality.  I'll finish this start with the thought that this group is a learning process for me.  Being engaged is part of the process.  I made a promise to myself to stretch my right side brain.  I admit that this project has piqued my interest in scrap quilting.  What a surprise!  I actually want to give matching seams of little pieces of fabric another try.  But not in a traditional quilt block a totally scrappy random sense.

But if I am truthful, I started off beautifully.  Truly dedicated.  Then we got the news that the cancer that Terry's sis who has been battling an aggressive cancer for the past three years is losing the battle.  Cancer has spread to her brain and liver and grown larger in her breast and lung.  More treatments and Gamma Radiation.  This is hard.  She continues to fight, but this is the first time she has said that she is scared.

I have always loved leather purses.  I am NOT that person that would go on Lets Make A Deal and find a random thing in my purse.  Travel light and carry the bare minimum necessary on a given day.  Adding the weight of my phone makes it feel HEAVY on my shoulder.  Then I picked up a cloth purse on the cheap at Walmart.  What A Difference.  So I ordered a pattern with pockets because I MUST be organized (its a Left Brain thing).  No more leather for me. I've made a lot of totes in past years so a genuine purse will be new to me.  I laugh at myself for thinking...Blackhawks, Cubs, Sugar Sculls, Valentine Hearts, Summer Beaches and so much more.  The only limits are in my stash.

And in a closing note, I'll tell you that the most handsome man I have seen in a long time is Harry Kane on the English Soccer Team.  Don't tell Terry.

Grateful: Today I am GRATEFUL that the weather person has PROMISED that tomorrow brings a break in the heat and humidity and I will be able to go outside and pull weeds.  I always have peace of mind when I am pulling weeds.

Have a great day.  What is catching YOUR attention lately.
xx, Carol