Thursday, June 21, 2018

I like Thursday, June 21, 2018

This has been a tough week to find positive energy. 

This week--
I like having good views of flowers while I weed.


This little creamer I got from Carol!

Dogs playing in pools!

Happy first day of summer!
Have a great day!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Some finishes

Apologies for the dark photos.  It's very hot here and we don't turn on lights unless absolutely necessary!
 Rose quilt is done!
Many thanks to Carol who did the binding when my hands were all gnarled up!  This is for my sewing room (the rose room).  I'll take better photos once the heat has abated.  I love the backing for this quilt and wish I had purchased more of it at Joann's:
 Another wall hanging finished.
This piece came out of my Embroidery UFO drawer.  I should tell you that the drawer isn't full of my UFOs but those that I purchased to finish!
I think this piece was from the late 1920s-early 1930s and was filthy.  I cleaned it up and re-did the embroidery.   One less thing in the drawer!
I put the shells under it because I like the garden border :)
It's a scorcher today and also very humid.  
Stay cool! 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

I like Thursday! June 14, 2018

What do you like this week?

I like baby ducklings.  They are so much fun to watch these days!

We have been seeing "Big Blue" one of our herons regularly too:

I like blue skies reflected in water.

I like poodle games.  It was raining and we threw the stuffy ball for Scout at my Mom's.  

She tends to run away with her toys right now or a treat.  This time though, Greta went after her in another room.  For an hour we played this game.  We never did know how Greta got the ball from Scout but it was sure fun to watch them have a good time!
Speaking of Scout, she got a partial haircut.  We cut her hair on ears and tail really short because she is playing in water so much now, she can get matted.  She looks kind of silly because her head is small in relation to the rest of her body (which wasn't shaved down) but at least we don't have to worry about matting.

I like this needlepoint picture I found at an auction.  There was a note on the back saying it was made in Austria in 1937 by an eleven year old girl.  I think it is charming.  I am going to have it rematted soon.

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Have a great day!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

I like Thursday: June 7, 2018

I love this gal!
My beautiful niece Maggie who just graduated from college!
She is standing with my brother.  We had small graduation party for her last weekend.  She is going on to Georgetown for her Master's.  I am so very proud of her and just adore having her and her fiancee home.  Love you girl!

Scout and Maggie's dog Cashew always have a lot of fun playing together too!

I like the simple things this week: strawberry preserves, a freshly mowed lawn, and quiet walks with Scout.

I like swans.

I like this sewing basket.  

I like the books by Mary Kerr.  She spoke at our guild again last week and we love having her.  Everyone said the same thing:  she is so inspiring.  I love her books too!

I hope you have a wonderful week. I'm in the midst of some very busy days right now but hope to visit everyone's blog today or tomorrow!

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

I Like Thursday, May 31, 2018

Hello and welcome!
It's "I Like Thursday" and there is plenty to like this week!
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The roses are in full bloom here and it seems like everywhere I walk, I can smell the fragrance of roses, peonies and honeysuckle.
I'm thrilled because I had moved this bush two years ago and I was concerned that it would never recover.  But it has and it is spectacular!

I like this sign I found for our garden last week.  My husband has a good sense of humor and he took it well :)

I had lobbied my husband to add a new water feature in the garden but he said NO!  We've done a number of features the last two decades.  Our garden is littered with the ghosts of fountains past and he thinks we are getting too old to take on extra work.

I like walking pretty Scout in the park.  She loves watching dog tv at our home (here she is viewing George the cat who lives next door).  But she really loves going to the park!  There are so many wonderful things to see!


Scout isn't sure what to make of all the creatures she is seeing but it is fun to watch her curiousity and we are both getting good exercise.

Well that is all I have this week.  I've been resting my lower back (from too much gardening) and have been doing inventory of my quilts and organizing things in my home.  Hopefully I'll have more to share next week!

Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

I Like Thursday: May 24, 2018

Greetings!  It's time for another "I like Thursday" sponsored by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.
Likes this week:

1.  Sunshine!!!  We finally have some sunshine and it should be nice here until Sunday (or so they are predicting). 

2.  We had a young woman visit our guild in April and give us a lecture on Modern Quilts. It was very interesting!  Jessica Skultety is fun and young (about my daughter-in-laws age) and very informative.  I liked her quilts too, even if I don't do modern quilting right now.

Be sure to check out her website at

3.  Walks in the park with Scout.

4.  YARD SALE SEASON!!  I got this glider rocking chair for $10 last month at a local yard sale and it was a great addition to my sewing room!

5. New Fabric!!!!   The fabric is called Portofino. 

Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Carol's Corner

I haven't been doing much sewing lately but Carol has so I thought I would feature her occasionally on a blog post.  This way, our friend Sandra gets to see what she is up to and I can share her lovely quilts.

Carol's Exbury Azalea is blooming!

You already saw her pink quilt that she is donating to the bloodbank's fundraiser on yesterday's post.

Today I'd like to show you her sudoku quilt that she finished this past week!

Terri Trotter machine quilted with a neat asian style graphic pantograph.

Carol often leaves the quilt she is binding here and then works on them in the evening while we all watch tv together.  Here's a sneak peak at what she is working on now:

We have rain again today.
Good thing the royal wedding is on tv!
Have a lovely day!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

I like Thursday: May 17, 2018

Greetings and welcome to another day of "I Like Thursday" hosted by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.  This week must be the pink edition; I noticed the theme after I did the post!

This week I love
My son Peter who brought me a Martha Washington geranium and took me out to lunch for Mother's Day!
I love spending time with him!
and I like
Pink Pathways:

Tree Peonies:
We had a bumper crop of blooms this year which is a bit unfortunate as it has rained so much and the flowers are looking a bit soggy.

Rain chains are good too!
I finally got one for the downspout where we once collected rainwater for the garden. It works well!

I love this quilt that Carol completed yesterday.  Carol has really good blood and has donated something like 100 gallons of platelettes to the blood bank.  She is donating this quilt to the blood bank for an auction/fund raiser they are doing.  Isn't it absolutely perfect?

And finally, I like being able to plant the annuals.  Around here Mother's Day is the traditional time the frost is over.
This year I planted pink impatiens, begonias and petunias!

Have a wonderful and safe week!