Friday, July 20, 2018

Friday Finish!

Years ago, my friend Kelley, With Hook and Needle,  sent me some quilt tops and I finally finished one. She wanted me to have some tops that I could practice on my new machine, but this one just screamed, hand stitching. She hand pieced the entire quilt, it needed the same hand work for finishing.

I wanted to try something different and easier to see how it worked, so I put on the backing and hand quilted the flying geese blocks and around the borders. Once that was done, I put on the back and did tacks, down the strips, in-between the flying geese. That way I tacked down the backing without over quilting the back. I will be using it and it makes it a lot smoother and softer on the skin. I used a thin striped brown, homespun for the back, so it is nice to lay under.

I don't think it is the best way to quilt, but it worked and I didn't have to worry about pinning or puckering, if I did. I finished it off with a black edge.

I love how it came out, it is more prim in person, just fits the bed, so not sure how much it will shrink when I wash it. The top has been washed, but not the backing. I realize I should have washed both, to avoid puckering when the new materials shrink.

I laid it across the couch, it will be nice to hang on my railing too.

A little closer look. I had to use my wide angle to get it all in, so not the best shots. The bed is extra long, so this longer quilt was a nice size for it and will be nice for the summer. I used black pearl cotton, #12 on it, I like the heavier thread for doing prim quilts.

The turkeys decided to come through our yard, and I wanted to get a photo of the babies. Of course the babies started walking off, but the parents wanted to grab the goodies that fell out of the bird feeder.

And I didn't realize Bean had come out with me and the minute he saw them out there, he opened the gate and running after them. The babies got  upset and  you can see one as he is flying up to the fence. The rest followed and then the parents were stuck, so they flew the other way and went across the street. I could hear the babies calling to the parents and eventually they came back, but walked through the neighbors  yard, I don't think they will be visiting any time soon.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday finishes, finds and food!

I decided this week that I will be posting on Fridays only, unless we do something special on the weekends. Then I will bore you with photos of our adventures and the kids, on Mondays. I have so many projects that are in the works and ones the I want to start, that I want to concentrate my time, working on those and having more time to visit blogs.

This week I decided to paint some more rocks. I haven't done it in a while and it usually takes me a week to finish them. So, I kept these simple and did them free hand, so they may not be perfect or art works, but I think people will enjoy finding them and hopefully put a smile on their face.

If you don't know about my facebook group, it is for people who like to make things and hide them for others to find. It doesn't have to be rocks, it can be any item and the purpose is to make others happy, nothing else. We need to spread a little joy in the world. If you would like to join my facebook group, DSmiles4miles, you can read more on what it is about and join in on the fun.

I was also able to get to the dog beach, for a few days. Bean loves it and Bill gets in some exercise by swimming in the bay. I get to do lots of walking, while I look for glass. I found a few nice pieces and a lot of craft glass. The junk glass I am putting aside to give to a friend who does art pieces and stained glass. I did have a couple of nice, large chunks, but I met a girl who was looking for any glass and I took most of it, lol. I gave her a couple of the nice large ones.

After eating pancakes for a few days, I got hungry for meat and potatoes. I make healthy pancakes with whole wheat, bananas and blueberries, then I top it with apple, pineapple jelly, that I make, no sugar added. Tonight I couldn't decide whether I wanted apple burgers or pepper burgers, so I made both. I think I found a winner. I cut up one red and one green pepper, small onion and a grated apple. I add a little butter to cook it in. Then I mix that into the hamburger with a cup of bread crumbs and an egg. You bake these in the oven, I did mine at 380 degrees, till they brown on one side, then turn and cook. They come out moist and taste delicious. They don't hold together too well, so I am still working on the recipe, but well worth trying it. It tastes good and healthy way to have a hamburger. I had scalloped potatoes with it and for Bill's, I made his with healthy butter and his fake salt.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Bill is rebuilding his sister's porch. I have no problem helping her, but I think it is way too much work for him and my son to do, and Bill is on blood thinners, so working with power tools is not my idea of a smart thing to be doing. So, I will be home, stressing and keeping busy so I don't sit around, thinking of all the things that can go wrong;)

Friday, July 6, 2018

Friday Fun!

This was a hot week, too hot to do too much, but I have been working on my quilting and have more than half of my pillow quilt done. Of course the holiday was the big day of the week and we were able to go to my Sister in Laws and enjoy the day with family and some beach time.

Bean got to go with us and the minute we got there he started whining and pulling towards the beach, he remembered there was one down the road and where to go, the boy is too smart. He loved playing in the water with Bill but the waves were a bit higher and he swallowed a lot of salt water.

The beach is rocky, but the views are beautiful. To the right you can see Newport and a lot of boaters out on the water.

To the left you can see the rocky shoreline and the end of the island, she is close to the end, which is the quieter side but you don't get the cool breezes, like the other end.

The tide was going out, so I thought I would see if I could find any glass. I was surprised when I found glass that had washed up and big chunks of it. I found all this in an hour, so I am sure there was more hidden under the rocks, but there were so many sand fleas and they do bite, I didn't bother digging under. I did get a lot of scrap glass, so that I will save for a friend who does glass work, but I found some nice pieces to add to my collection.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and enjoy the weekend. It is finally cooling down here, so I hope the rest of you are also enjoying a respite from the heat.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Tuesday Finishes!

This week I had planned on showing you fun photos, at the beach, with Nick, but that didn't happen. I have learned that if I go up and tell him we are going to the beach, he is eager to go. But, his parents decided they were going out so they could drop him off, and of course, the minute they stop at our house, he goes into his crying routine and saying he didn't want to go. Not really sure what that is about, since we always have fun and last time, he actually wanted to stay longer, so instead, I spent the weekend at home.

Luckily it was the first of the month on Sunday, so a new stitchery to enjoy. I love getting out, but with this heat and the crowds, it is just too much.

The design is from Kathy Schmitz's, One Stitch Club and I thought it was perfect for a set of sachets and a nice gift idea. They are 5" x 6" and I stuff them lightly, then add some lavender and finish off with a little more stuffing.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday tomorrow. We are going to my SIL's. I like my SIL and her husbands family is nice, but I have no desire to cook and bring my own food, so I will wait till I get home to eat. They are on the island, so I will be able to go swimming and paddling if I want. Bean is coming, I know the neighbors will be shooting off fireworks and I am afraid to leave him alone too long. I know Bean will love that, he has gone before and loves all the attention and beach time.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Friday Finishes and Painting Progress!

This week was a mix of catching up around the house and lots of cleaning, mixed with some sewing and punching and a bit of painting. I love making small items, that work up quickly and I looked on Pinterest for a free patriotic stitchery. This one said free on the photo, but I could never find the original site, that it came from.

It was a fun little piece to add to my mini pillow collection.

I also was in the mood to punch something small and new. I actually made this in a day, as you can see, I was not paying attention and did the flag backwards, duh. I just made up a flag and added a whale, something fun and quick to do. You could add any shape or design to a flag, you are welcome to copy my idea, but you may want to do it the right way, lol.

I also got back to my painting. I realize I just have to make time if I want to do more crafting and then I take breaks to clean and get other things done. I also have to stop when my brain goes on hold or my vision goes blurry, but I was able to do some base coats. I will be adding more as I go, but I like to see how they look with the main designs, before I decide what I want to add. There will be a background coat, which will be sanded so some of the paper designs will show through. I like the idea of writing something inspirational for the lighthouse and something patriotic for the angel.

The lighthouse is my own design from a photo I took. The angel is an extra free design from Teresa Kogut's  Angel tutorial.

Talking about something inspirational, this photo was taken by a woman in our town, last week. This is the cemetery where Danielle was buried. A message of God's promise and I know she will be waiting for me, when my time comes. 

May you all have a wonderful weekend and find the blessings in each and every moment.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Camping Week!

Yesterday we came home from our camping trip and I hated leaving, but it sure is nice to be home and have the space and conveniences of home. Did I get any sewing done? Of course not, I was too busy going to the beach and just enjoying the views.

A few days we went up to the lake, where we also camp, to go for a swim and let Nick enjoy the shallow waters. The water is much warmer than the ocean, maybe next week when it gets hot, I will go in the ocean.

Nick loved the lake, I think he would have been happy to stay there all day, so I will need to find some last minute openings at the lake camp.

After the lake we took him to our camp for lunch and a little relaxing. Then we hit the beach and he loved that too. I was surprised how brave he was in the water and didn't mind the cold. He an Bean love playing together, and they both love to jump.

Of course we can't go anywhere with Bean, he wants to play with everyone and the kids love him.

When not at the beach, we relaxed at camp. We took a few walks and rode our bikes and Bean loved the extra large space to play in.

And most nights we had a bit of a sunset. The fog and clouds near the ocean, tend to obscure the sun, but on this night, we were treated to a spectacular display, in front of our camp.

And of course beach combing. The tide was out in the late afternoon, so we waited till the main beach closed and combed the beach with Bean. Later in the week, we went to the lighthouse when the tide was out early and found some nice pieces, washed up on the rocks. I was thrilled to find a marble, my first one. I keep the special pieces in a jar for me and some will be made into gifts and some into art. I have been getting ideas, and hoping to work on some this week.

I hope everyone had a nice week. I plan on starting my vacation, this week, when Bill goes back to work, lol. I have been cleaning and getting things done this weekend, so I can relax and work on my paintings too.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday Finish!

I decided to make a quick little project for the weekend since we were home, getting ready for our trip. Am I ready, No! I still have to vacuum and do dishes, then not forget what we need in the morning, those things I need now, so I can't pack. And as usual, I am wondering how this is a vacation, lol.

I found this design online, it said it was free and it does look like a Cheryl Seslar design, she has a lot of freebies on other sites. Just a little pillow and it worked up quickly.

Today we went to my sons to pick up some wood and to visit the boys. Alex is really a sweet and happy child and loved sharing his toys with me. We took Nick out for a trip to the store so I could get some cheap water sneakers and let Nick pick out some presents to bring home, for him and Alex. He picked out two water pumps, something easy for Alex since you pull the top to get water and push to squirt, he loved it, though he needed help to get the water. They were having a blast getting wet in the heat.

At the store Nick saw this chair and wanted us to sit in it. We also had to get inside a beach tent and sit on little chairs to hide from Grandpa, the things grandma will do;) We will probably come back once in awhile to dump dirty clothes and get new ones and maybe cooking, we did make kabobs tonight so we have leftovers for tomorrow. I may not post till next weekend, but if we decide to come home for a night, I will post some photos and hopefully at the end of the week, I will have a new design to share.