Thursday, May 26, 2016

Just reflecting

I took this picture a couple of weeks ago. It's just so beautiful. We get these kinds of sunsets quite a bit. I watch the skies each night to see if I need to grab my camera and go out to snap a picture. I am thinking about making a wall quilt in these colors and try to figure out how to make it look somewhat like this sunset. We'll see, I still have to organize my sewing room!

I have been working off my scraps a little tiny bit. I pulled Tula Pinks "100 Modern Quilt Blocks" book out and every once in a while, do a block. I am doing them in order, because to do them any other way would be cause for catastrophe. It would never get done, because I wouldn't know where I was and where I was headed. I am doing it in whatever colors tickle my fancy at the moment. I started this the Christmas day after my dad passed away and I am only on the ninth block!!! Can you say slow and steady wins the race? Yes, I am slow, but unfortunately, I haven't worked on it steadily. Good thing I am not running an actual race.

This tree blooms all over every year. Well, it has the last two Springs. That's all I have been here. It blooms, becomes almost pure white and then about two weeks later, the blooms are brown. I have no clue what kind of a tree it is. I need to get an arborist (Is that what tree people are called?) out here to tell me what all my trees are. There are well over one hundred trees on this property. The previous owner came one day and showed me where various things are ( the water lines, electrical lines, etc.) I asked him about the trees and he rattled off several names and pointed in a general direction, but I wanted to take pictures and notes, he didn't have the time. Oh well, maybe I should invest in a Big Book of Trees.

My middle daughter and her boyfriend have moved into the mobile home I put on the property some months ago. It has no electricity, so they are basically camping. We are saving up the money for the electrical installation. That is going to cost us $2500. I can't wait until we get the money saved up. In the meantime, they have been doing a lot of work around here with me. It's nice to have the company and the help. They eat their meals here with me and take showers and do laundry here. I am glad that I have someone else here, but it will be nice to have them be able to do their own thing in the mobile. I grew accustomed to having the house all to myself. some days the comings and goings get pesky. Still I love having them. 

I am so happy that we have warmer weather on the way. Each day gets better. I wish I could afford to be a "snow bird". I would go back to California for the winter. I would have to have the kids take care of the outside critters and that is not fair to them. So I will just take what I can get when it comes to visiting "home". 

I suppose I have reflected enough. And I am sure I have bored you to tears. I have to go do more organizing. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Spring Life

As much as I hated this past winter, I LOVE Spring! We can discuss the sneezy, watery eyed, can't sleep part of Spring at another time. (Summer will be another story altogether).

My middle daughter and her boyfriend spent a good part of the weekend with me Easter weekend. I loved it. I didn't want them to leave, although I have become accustomed to being by myself, pretty much 24/7. (I don't like that) They rent the unfinished bottom half of a house and although it's extremely affordable, doesn't have great accommodations for living. They have a bathroom, living room, bedroom, kitchen. The kitchen has a hotplate and a microwave. So, she buys food and comes here and cooks for me. All I have to do is clean up after. I think it's a good deal!
While they were here, I got ambitious and started going through my ever changing sewing room. While I was doing that, I came across some little itty bitty triangles, so of course, I became instantly side tracked and sewed them together in pairs. There were an equal amount of greens and coordinating prints. I was experimenting with a pattern for a baby quilt and the triangles were cut off of some picket fence pieces I sewed together. (Those blocks have now been set aside, the baby has a different colored bedroom and the fabric I choose won't do.) Then I sewed the tiny squares together. I came up with 24 squares that measured 1-1/2 inches! I took some of the green fabric and cut out borders for those sewed together squares.
Now I just need to figure out what I will do with this. I love how they went together. No plan in mind, no idea what I would do with it in the end. I seem to work better that way! This piece is about 6-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches.

Then I have been finally finishing up the curtains for my bedroom. The curtains that are in there right now are hideous. Just something the sellers had purchased and thrown in for effect. Nice when there wasn't any furniture in there and great for simplicity. Awful for any kind of style. Not that I have any sense of style when decorating a room. I just like what I like and put it there. I took a paint chip of the color for one  the walls, Butterscotch, to JoAnn Fabrics to see what I could find. I ended up ordering a bolt of fabric because they didn't have enough of what I wanted on hand. This fabric has every color conceivable in it, especially the butterscotch, so it's perfect! (I think) I bought eleven yards, with a 50% off coupon!!!
I also picked up just white cotton/polyester mix to put up curtains between the color fabric and the window, so the fabric won't fade as quickly, and will still be light. Which, you know what that means right? I will have to start all over again when I get the first set done!

I'm just happy that my winter blahs have subsided and I am finally able to move and get some stuff done. I am still debating on whether I am selling my property and moving closer to my home town. I will still be three hours away from there, but right now it's an 18 hour drive. I can do the three hours! We'll see. I will have to get rid of goats, geese and two horses. I really don't have the health to take care of them all properly now anyway. I mean, I can do it, but it is taking a toll on me!

Off I go to finish up my curtain project for today and maybe mess with my little triangle project too!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Farm Life

I love it! I do! I hate winter though. I have been depressed. Things have happened that weren't fun. My daughter moved out which is what threw me into the depression. Well, that and the winter weather. And unfortunately, we had to have our oldest mare put down today. She was 30+ years old and the winter was not kind to her. We didn't want to have her suffer any longer. So my daughter has no more horses. I doubt that she will get any more any too soon. Losing this one was very hard on her, she's been around that horse most of her life.
Spring is here. Or close...I see buds coming out on the trees. One tree is in it's early stages of blooming. I think it's the Pussy Willow. Those soft looking little fuzzy buds, and now there's a hint of yellow coming out. The daffodils are sending up their leaves and there are buds on a few. Two crocus have showed me hope. A white one and a golden yellow.

I love these signs!

Other signs that I love...

Born Feb. 16 and Feb. 17

I think they may both be little girls, but I am not absolutely sure. They are not letting me get too close of a look at their undersides. Both were a surprise. I knew we were getting babies, but I thought I had another month.
The first baby's Momma is a Nigerian Dwarf/Nubian Mix and the daddy is Nigerian Dwarf. The second baby's Momma is Nigerian Dwarf, and the daddy is the same Nigerian Dwarf. The second one is a jumper, from the get go. Can you say CUTE!!! They made me a little happier, but now I'm even more confused, because I have been thinking about selling my farm and going back to California and buying a smaller place that I can handle on my own. I don't know.

Sewing and quilting haven't been happening at all. My friend is having a baby and I have picked up some fabric to make a quilt, I just hope that I can get my quilty mojo back. I have even picked out a cute pattern for it. It's not a baby-ish pattern, it will be a quilt that the little girl can use to have tea parties and picnics on later when she's "older" too. And ACK! I owe her big brother a quilt too. So I better get to mojo-ing!

I have done some crocheting. I had purchased some gem colored skeins of yarn and it sat here for a while I wondered what I was going to do with it. At one point I was going to make a gypsy kind of sweater shawl with it, but it was too thick for that. I found a cute pattern for an afghan and my living room is a colorful place, I decided to make the afghan for the living room. It's easy to sit and watch/listen to TV and crochet afghans. I've also started a cross stitch along, but I'm not doing as well on that. It's a design for each of the months. I haven't finished January yet!!!

I hope everything is good in your neck of the woods. If we all wish at the same time, maybe we will wake up tomorrow to SPRING!!! Let's do it on the count of three. 1...2...3!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Well, Hello!

So many things, so little time, and yet, I seem to have a lot of time on my hands. I am the queen of procrastination. This is a habit I really need to stop. There are so many things I want to do and yet, I pass on a lot of those things daily. Why? You don't have to answer that. I am sure all of us have questions about ourselves and our habits that we each individually need to scour our own brains for the answers to. Here let me just jump down off the podium. I'm done with that psychology class.

Ah, but I have gotten something done! Two things that I wanted to do in fact. One was to put together a design "wall". I tried a few months back to make something that was in my head, but when it came out of my head and started to be an actual physical thing, it didn't work. That, my friends, is why I am not building bridges and stuff such as that!

Not too long ago, I joined one of the local quilting clubs. To get myself out there and mingle with my tribe. I am so glad I did that. Mind you, I am still working on getting myself out there. I don't go every week and when I do go I don't stay all day as most of the others do. I'm working on that. I don't know if I ever mentioned this, but I have a bit of an "anxiety problem". Meeting new people can at times, be very painful for me. Once I have gotten to know new people, I can't be shut up, it's just the initial few months. I really have to WORK at it. I moved here in January, I have met maybe ten people. Five of whom are my neighbors. Okay, wait. I have gotten off subject.

I joined the club; Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club. The ladies are nice, and welcoming, I WILL be fine there. There have been two seminars since I started. One was a visiting quilter, book writer, fantastic designer, sewist, etc., etc., Pat Speth. She came and showed us all of her lovely Nickel Quilts. They are all just fantastic. She showed us many ways to cut and sew together blocks from charm packs. I purchased her "The Big Book of Nickel Quilts" and when I was going through it the other day to get some inspiration, I found she had put little tips and ideas here and there in the book. One of those tips was how to put together a design board that could be portable. I just needed two things to make that board, so I took my JoAnns Fabrics 60% off coupon and went to get what I needed, and now I have a design board. (Boy, that was a long way to get to tell you what I had made!)

The other thing I finally got going on was to finish up some half square triangles that I had made up a almost two years ago. (Gees, can it really be that long???!!!) Yes. Low and behold, I had made them out of two charm packs. I didn't like just the half square triangle by itself, so I sewed those together to make hour glass blocks. Four inch blocks by the way now. They are shrinking! I don't remember what the charm pack is that I bought originally, but I bought a Moda charm pack in white to add to the first one I bought. Now. I didn't care for the first batch I sewed, and turning them into hourglass blocks didn't help AT ALL. I still don't like them, but they are what they are, so I will continue with them and make a light quilt to throw on the couch. I may use up some old batting that isn't worth a dime and practice my free motion quilting with it. Who knows? I may start to like it a little after a bit.

Here's my design board with my hourglass blocks on it. I may do some sashing between the blocks, and experiment with that. There's a lot of possibilities...

I really need to get with my quilting. I know now that I need so much more practice. I also know, being in the club will help me get new skills and learn from the other ladies.

The amount of things I need to do is going to take way more time to do, unless I really get on it.
My list:
Three quilts for my nephews and niece. Christmas..ha ha ha
Christmas stockings for my friends (three of those). Christmas ha ha ha
Finish a travel bag for my daughter that I started a while back.  no time line
Finish a quilt for the same daughter that I started a while back before the travel bag a while back
Finish a quilt that I started in the beginning of 2014. no time lines on those either
And then...
Start designing and making wall quilts for sale
along with repairing my loom that the cats broke (Yes, my cats broke the loom) and re-start working with that...gees...yes, I have the time too, I just have to use it.
I'll be back. With a progress report... I'm still unpacking from my move in January...I'll stop now, so I can get started...