Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fabric Garland . . . .


So here is another little project . . . . a string of 50 White lights with fabric strips tied between them .
Strips are 6 inch long bu 1 inch wide and there are 7 strips between each 2 lights.  It was an easy mindless task, I did not give great thought to what strips went where.  It is looking great in our kitchen window.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Cat antics . . .







“Have patience with all things, but, first of all with yourself.”

—Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
Roman Catholic Saint

This is after Thanksgiving and after the kids left for college- I was trying to have patience as I do not want cats sleeping on my table . . . . she must have been plum tuckered out as this is not a regular spot for Maggie.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sights of the Season . . . . .

Christmas is the season of light.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Birds in the season . . .


Note Owl in the box peeking out




Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Pet Mesh Bags


So- this bag style was started in our Quilt Guild meeting.  It is called a Pet Mesh Bag as the black part is made from Pet Mesh- a material made to cover a doorway or a pet carrier or pet play-yard.  You can buy it at a Home Depot where they sell replacement screen materiel.  I got the 48 x 84 inch roll about $20.00 for 6 bags.   The construction is simple and it is fun to mix and match fabrics.  The bottom has a hard piece of timtex, cardboard or foam core to give it more stability and form.  I would estimate that it takes me about 2-3 hours to make one.  That is not to bad I did not think.   IT is very basic.  These 2 both went to Baby Showers, I have one then I gave one to a friend in early Nov. and another to a co-worker for her birthday . . . so I have made 5 - they are quick and easy and look nice.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Tree Picking 2014

There may have been a little sun but it was bone chilling and I do not want to know what the wind chill was.





The final selection!

Goat on the loose!

Loved the sheep!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014









So many things to be thankful . . . . good food, family, warm house, health, jobs, college kids at home. . . . Winter weather, feeding chickadees by hand.  . . . .  especially glad for wood cook stove- 2nd oven for pie baking . . . . Hoping to be present on this here ole blog more in December . . . and hoping that every one had a Happy Thanksgiving.  Blessings to all.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Lake Effect Snow . . . . like no other.

View image on Twitter And this my friends is what you get with Lake Effect Snow, an ungodly amount in a short time. We have equipment and know what to do and how to be prepared but this is still just a huge amount. Stay in stay warm and stay safe.
Having issues with Blog . . pictures were not meant to be overlapped.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mandalas


So first I was visiting Daisy Yellow down in Texas . . . . and I watched her Mandala Madness video
found here  .  Her videos are always inspiring, creative and have great music.  You will not be disappointed. Then I ventured out on my own and created these.  It always feels great to have completed something artistic. My days are filled with helping people and documenting on a computer so it is a great escape to do something like this.   Give it a try.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Everyday October . . . .

"What I really love about them... is the fact that they contain someone's personal history...I find myself wondering about their lives. I can never look at a garment/shoes... without thinking about the woman who owned it. How old was she? Did she work? Was she married? Was she happy?... I look at these exquisite shoes, and I imagine the woman who owned them rising out of them or kissing someone...I look at a little hat like this, I lift up the veil, and I try to imagine the face beneath it... When you buy a piece of vintage clothing you're not just buying the fabric and thread - you're buying a piece of someone's past.”
Isabel Wolff, A Vintage Affair

What Story's do these shoes tell?  It is in interesting question don't you think? Where have they traveled ? What have they explored?  How many inches taller did the boy wearing them grow - while wearing them?  They belong to a 14 year old who has all but grown out of them in a mere 5 months.  He shopped in stores and online to get them and realized the cost of some of the shoes and sneakers that his friends were wearing. He was surprised to say the least.  He got these for around $50.00 so this mama was pleased as these days that is pretty good for sneakers.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Everyday October . . . .

SourDough Starter . . . I make a Rustic Sourdough bread 1-2x a week.  My husband thought the starter needed to get more Sour - so he let it rest outside for a while to get more natural yeast in it.
Just another part of everyday life for us. Nothing better then bread fresh from the oven!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Baby Quilt #2 . . .


So I knew that my co-worker was having a boy and I love owls.  I found this cute Owl fabric- large squares . . .  Then I picked fabrics to go with it.   I wanted something simple all the way around.  The outer borders I searched for a while on  what to Quilt in there and then it came to me . . . Hands of course.   I am a OT/ CHT- Certified Hand Therapist  the mama is a LPN in the Hand Surgery Practice that I just left. . . so Quilted Hands was a natural choice and a good space filler.  The Baby Shower is this Friday.  I hope to make a Pet Mesh bag to match it before then .

Friday, October 10, 2014

October Orange. . . .





Such a Happy Color! Glad to have a month full of it.!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Everyday October . . . .

“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.”
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park 

My favorite cup with a Stroopwaffel sitting outside in the early morning, sun, animals, birds, great view . . .

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall Fun . . .

Grape Sundae - Heavenly

Ghost Pumpkins and regular Pumpkins

Turban Squash- Natures bounty

Beautiful Gourds!

Looking North up Canandaigua Lake
 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Everyday October . . . . .

One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”  
J.K. Rowlings

The sock basket is the bane of my existence . . .let it be known - that I hate to match up socks and I have tried every "help" out there.  Rubberbands, bags clips etc...   It is what it is . . . . This too shall pass.  Perhaps then I will look back and yearn for the days that I had so many socks to worry about matching . . .