Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day! Catching up..lots to cover.

April must have been pretty busy for me not to even post once. The days pass by so quickly I didn't realize I hadn't blogged in so long. So, first of all, Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's and a special Mother's Day to my best friend, my beautiful mother #1.
Also my mom #2 Tish and mom #3, Jan O. I hope you know you hold a special place in my heart and life. I am blessed to have you.

FTD delivered a beautiful Periwinkle Hydrangea from my wonderful son and daughter in law, Ed & Megan. It was for mother's day and a memento of their wedding almost a year ago. I can't believe they will soon be celebrating their first anniversary. Last spring I planted a blue hydrangea in the new garden in honor of Megan joining the family.Blue  Hydrangea's are her favorite flower.

So, I've been enjoying time with mom of course. A few weeks ago I surprised her with lunch at Olive Garden and she ordered a pina ordered a strawberry daiquiri.

 I enjoyed watching her across the table as if she were a teenager drinking alcohol for the first time. She joked about us getting drunk on one drink and going to jail driving home,LOL. She said she almost got hooked on Sloe gin when she worked at the hospital because all the nurses drank. Oh dear!

I did get in a few beach days in between mulching and sewing. I even got mom to go one day.

My last trip was entertaining as this beggar bird followed me eating bits of apple slices as I strolled down the shore. When I stopped for a while he would make such a hissy fit.

My sewing projects have been smaller items. Purses, needle books, sewing kits. I made this little purse for the sweet lady who bought mom's bike. Mom was afraid to ride the three wheeler I bought her and didn't want to disappoint me so it sat in her garage until I had a talk with her explaining that I was fine with selling it and I understood her fear. She broke her wrist falling off her bike on gravel one year, so the fear is real although the three wheeled bike cannot fall over. There would be no enjoyment for her to attempt to ride in fear just to please me. That is just silly. Anyway, the new owner is so sweet. Her name is Carmen and we are holding the bike until she makes her move in a month or so to her new home. I hope she gets many enjoyable rides from it.

 I also played with Shibori and took the idea from a brooch I found on pinterest and applied it to a purse.

 And just finished this Shibori purse .

 This is a little sewing kit to hold my special scissors my sweet friend Terri gifted me with one year. It holds needles, scissors and beading thread and sits beside my comfy chair ready when I am.
This is a little needle case with wool felt pages inside for my most used needles.
Then I made a larger sewing case....or should I say 8!!!! LOL several ladies wanted one so..... I obliged them.
 Then I made a blue one.....
and I'm just finishing a peach one...

Last month I took a short road trip with my friend Laney to PA. I made her sweet sis Patty a CQ nightlight. I was so happy and touched  to see it in her kitchen outlet the next day.

Monday I took mom to Holland MI to visit the Tulip Festival. Unfortunately we had different visions of streets lined with floral offerings and such, but we found it was a festival similar to a county fair. It was nice of course, but mom couldn't do all that walking so we opted to browse a few shops in the town and return to our B&B at Martha's Vineyard in South Haven. But not until we loaded up with treats from Kilwin's,LOL.
Holland is a lovely town with tulips of every color at each stop sign.
Martha's Vineyard B&B was so comfortable. We had the sitting room to ourselves so we jumped into our pj's and just enjoyed the atmosphere. I hope we didn't wake anyone laughing until midnight.

For those who wondered, I don't share photos of me not only because I dislike taking pictures, but mom isn't steady with the camera so all the photos she insists on taking come out like this.(which I actually prefer)

I think that is plenty for now. I must get ready to go visit my sweet mom. My next post will be about the beautiful crazy quilted hands I've been receiving from wonderful sweet friends. They are all so beautiful and I'm sorry I haven't shared them yet, but as you can see, I have been keeping busy...and I've not touched on my garden.......
Enjoy your day!!!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring is a heartbeat away!

Happy Days!!!! Spring is in the air..warming up, lots of sun, garden sprouts revealing excited. I am feeling like my old self again....which is a good thing. These days I've mainly been a home body, redecorating the guest room and storing things in the attic. Fresh paint here and there makes the home feel spring-like. I can't wait to bring in the first bouquet of flowering anything. The snowdrops are keeping my spirits up, knowing soon color will be abundant throughout the garden.
I have been doing anything I feel for the past month or so and it has been wonderful. I had a movie day with my pal Laney. A vintage exploration day with my bud Leslie K. A few excursions through the country and along the lake with mom. Too much tv with hubby. Not enough visiting with the kids. A bit of creating and a lot of cleaning. Yep, it has been very nice enjoying my days.

I was making dangles for lace yo yo's inspired by Liz Bugh of Gypsy Feather, and one reminded me of a carrot so I gathered my orange pearls and beads and set out to make some carrot dangles. Silly fun creations are so relaxing and I made several. I even carded some up with a ciggy for my etsy shop. 

I did find a Barrister cabinet while out with Leslie. I came home without it but after speaking to my friend Jan, I went back for it on a sunny warm day and plopped it on the deck and began to paint. All the while I imagined my dad shaking his head in disbelief. He was the type of guy who loved seeing beautiful wood, not painted. What can I say? I wanted to put it in the guest room and it just had to be cream.
My pal Terri is at Disney World with her parents just enjoying each other and the nice weather. That brought back memories of our Disney adventure with my Mother in law, sis and brother in law and kids. It was a memorable time, a happy time. I miss my mother in law. Sometimes it doesn't seem like she is gone and I can run over there anytime I want. I still find myself waiting for her call to come clean up the flower beds for spring.
 Ed was so little. He certainly was his father's shadow.
 Getting autographs from the characters, you can only see Ed's Mickey Mouse ears.

  Where does the time go? Just a few days ago, it was St. Patty's day so I called mom to tell her to get dressed. I bought a salad for me and a Ruben for her and picked her up to "picnic" at the beach. It was suny but windy so we sat in the car and watched the waves crash into the remaining shelf ice along the shore.
I have a feeling there is going to be a lot of mermaid tears in a few weeks. I can hardly wait.
So I'll continue enjoying the things I want to finish indoors until then. I know as soon as the days begin to stay in the 70's, I will hardly be inside looking out. It is strange not having obligations, but I'm adjusting well. Now it's hard to imagine doing all the things I had been doing the past few years. I get exhausted thinking about I won't. Now I just keeping the home fires burning and everyone in good spirits. That's all I can do and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I hope you all have a Joyful Easter and a Happy Spring!

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Tiny bit of creating

Over the weekend I found a bit of felting time. I made a few lavender filled needle felted brooches and slipped them into my much ignored etsy shop.
                                                                  Feeding the birds......

Beach journey.........
                                                          Bunnies in the garden......

I've no desire to work on the computer right now, but I hope to organize and fill my shop eventually/soon. I am anxiously awaiting spring! I bet you are counting the days until spring too.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


I have to admit that I've enjoyed not being on Facebook. I've only turned on my pc twice and I only browse Pinterest and email on my iPad and phone...when needed. I had to pop in to share a couple of beautiful gifts I received from a sweet and very talented fellow crazy quilter, Annamaria Kover of Humming Needles. This beautiful purse and sweet pendant. Such detail and beautiful workmanship. I love them. Thank you for the wonderful surprises Annamaria! :-)
Some recent projects finished and mailed.

Dh is home sick today, mom is under the weather, its snowing and I'm catching up on a few more projects and being thankful I have a warm home and family to care for. I hope you are enjoying your day.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Good Morning!

The past two nights have been so pretty. I was tempted to go walk about the yard at 1:00 AM because the moon was so bright and reflecting off the deep snowfall we got the day before it lit the garden beautifully.

The crisp air temps prevented me from venturing out from my warm cubby hole. But my inner child was begging to pull on snow pants, scarf and fuzzy coat with mittens attached and dance out into the glowing night.

  It is quite enchanting looking out on nights like those. Something magical about moonlight dancing off pure white snow. A different world that's for sure. So peaceful and pure with the expectation of sighting a snow fairy fluttering by your cheek on it's way to sprinkle fairy dust on a rose hip left from the last rose of autumn insuring a spring bloom.
 I can't help but reminisce about the night I saddled my horse and went for a ride in the country on a night like last night.
I felt like I was the only one in the world. So quiet with only the sound of the leather saddle crunching beneath me as my horse slowly walked along the road. He probably thought I had lost my mind wanting to go out on a winters night, but he was a dear friend, always there to listen to a young girls problems when no one else would do. If I was sad I would go to the barn and brush his beautiful long mane and braid it then take it all out thinking a male horse should not have a braided mane. Silly me.
I remember when riding, the heat of his body rising to keep me warm. He was always rewarded with only a handful of sweet oats mixed with corn chips. Dad would say sweet oats are only for treats, he didn't need sugar. dad grew up on a large farm in West Virginia with a variety of animals and since he was one of the oldest of 11 children, he was in charge of the feed. Dad never rode a horse for pleasure. I bet he enjoyed seeing me enjoy my rides and grooming. I can't believe he build a barn just so I could have a horse. He was one in a  ten million.

Well, I have to get busy but I wanted to share some sayings that I find true. Enjoy and have a great day!