Saturday, August 31, 2013

Busy, Crafty Saturday

The time is 8:40 p.m.

The place - my lazyboy chair and tv....

The day....

VERY busy.

Project No. 1

I started my day working on a twin size quilt top for Newton.  Remember when I did the baby quilt about a month ago, well, I had enough blocks left over for a second baby quilt and a twin size top.

The twin top is finished :)  Now I just have to do the layers, quilt and bind it.  The second baby quilt is on the machine for a simple quilting, then it's ready for binding.

Project No. 2

My scarecrow is stitched.  I went through my fabric stash and came up with these.  Not sure what I'm going to do yet.  I did put some piping as a frame around the border, but am still pondering how and which borders I want.  I'm pretty sure the pumpkins in the foreground are going to be the backing and possibly the binding.

Project No. 3

When Jenny at Elefatz ( did her Shabby Rose blocks, the photos looked like she used a white background with small red roses.  I thought it was absolutely perfect.  Unfortunately, I can't find anything like that.  I even tried ordering one that I thought would work, but when it arrived it had a cream colored background.  Honey Do informed me that my computer may have interpreted the image that way, but it may not have been.  So I've finally given up looking for the red roses/white ground and last night found a red tonal and a red/white swirl.  Love them both.  The swirl ended up looking too busy next to the gingham, so I've opted for the red tonal.  I may be able to use the swirls when it comes time for assembly to complete the project. The last block gets published this week.  Can't wait.

Project No. 4

Long Time Ago in Bethlehem

Here it is...all ready to go....

Picked up my floss today.  I haven't decided on fabrics yet, but going through my stash I found a couple of options.  This green with yellow stars - the wording says "Jesus is the reason for the season"...

Then there's the dark blue with stars and dots.  I have some "gem stones" to play with and found this jewelry finding on clearance.  I'm going to be using embellishments.....

iridescent ribbon, pearl beading, tiny black beads.  I want this to be a wall hanging, so I'm going to do up the dimension and embellishments.  Those will be on-going searches.

This, I've decided after talking to BFF today, was my favorite block.  I love the whole Christmas story, but as far as this quilt goes, this is the one.

This sweet thing was waiting at the top of the stairs when I finally emerged from all my productivity.  Her name is Missy.  She's about 11 or 12 years old.  We've had her and her brother since they were about 6 weeks old.  She is an absolute angel.

After being in the "studio" for a good portion of my day, it was time to spend a little time outside.

These are my "rogue" tomatoes.  The ones that self-plant and come up on their own from the compost of the previous year.  Yes, they produce fruit, just takes a little longer since they are growing from seed.

My zucchini has decided it's not done yet.  A bud, a bloom, a baby zuke :)

Today's harvest:  broccoli, jalapenos, banana peppers,  and much to my surprise, another zucchini...

Roma tomatoes and a yellow tomato.  Yellow tomatoes are supposed to be low in acidity and sweeter than reds.

The platter was inherited from my mother-in-law.  The "white" bowl, is vintage red Pyrex that my mom gave me a few months ago.  I don't know the value of the platter (priceless to me since it was gifted), but I've checked on the Pyrex and am horrified how much people are trying to sell these vintage bowls for.

I have collected enough broccoli in the past week to blanch and put up another batch for the winter.

Trimming the rose bushes back was worth it.  Round two of these beauties.....

Have you seen a more perfect bloom ? 

And then there's the red......

Newton is spending the weekend with his aunt and uncle, so Honey Do and I decided on take out for dinner.

I had a calzone....

He had a gyro 

with home-made garlic Parmesan potato chips.
It was a fantastic meal and clean up was a breeze :)

And finally something very special from Honey Do because he loves me this much.

He made me another pen.  I have quite the collection and each one is a favorite.  After all, how can one choose?

He designs them for work and eventually or initially (depends) I'll get a new pen.  He does take good care of me and spoils me well.

It's been a really good day.  We've enjoyed the quiet since Newton is away.  The break is good for all of us.  But I'm glad when he comes home.  I feel good because I've accomplished so much.  Honey Do is getting some much needed rest since he'll have a week off by the time the holiday weekend is over.  Come Tuesday, we'll be ready to start the week fresh.

Thank you for stopping by

Wishing you a restful Sunday.

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Anonymous said...

Some wonderful projects. I laughed when I read that you made a baby quilt and had enough blocks for two baby quilts and a twin. That tickled me.

e said...

It's amazing how a project can grow on its own and even get a little out of control. So looking forward to reporting them done :)