Thursday, April 20, 2017

I like #24!

Well it's that happy day of the week, sponsored by LeeAnna at "Not Afraid of Color."  Be sure to visit all the sites of positive energy.

I'm late to the festivities this week because I've been lecturing all week. I like meeting quilters and learning about what they like and appreciate in a quilt.  It's a lot of fun and so many people have so many techniquest they love.

I like Ruby Short McKim.
Yes, the quilt designer--I've been studying her quilts for the last two years and have a new quilt program that focuses on her designs.  In my opinion, she is the most innovative quilt designer of the 20th century.  Tonight I launch the first lecture at a guild not too far away.  It's fun to meet new quilters but it's really fun to re-visit guilds to see how members are doing.

I like being outdoors in the garden and I like sharing with you all the changes that happen there.  With the recent warmth, it seems like plants are growing two inches each night.  In two weeks we've become quite green here.

My son and daughter-in-law helped mulch the front yard last week.  What's not to like about that?  
 I like pansies,
 grape hyacinth,
 pink tulips,
and an annual called "stock"--it smells like cinnamon.

 I love my swing retreat...
 and the patio where we gather with friends.
 And I hope you have a nice retreat too.  It's fun making your own little paradise and even more delightful to spend time there when you are done!
Have a great day!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

I Like #23!

I like spring.  I like to watch the garden come alive and how every day during my morning tour of the garden, I see wonderful things that have happened overnight.It's like having my own special show in the back yard.
I do agree with a quote I saw awhile ago that said something like "if you want to teach a child about miracles, have them plant a garden."

This week I like daffodils.




I know where almost every plant came from in this garden.  It's not unlike how I know where each piece of fabric was obtained in my stash.  These daffodils were all from my son, Peter.  He used to give me daffodil bulbs for my birthday.  

Daffodils are interesting because they are very diverse in appearance and eventually, with help of the bees, new species are formed in your very garden.  It's very exciting to find a new strain!  These are just the ones blooming now.  We lost the first batch with the snow (except the ones that I had picked beforehand).  

Daffodils are what you want to plant if you have a problem with deer or squirrel eating your flower bulbs.  Every part of the daffodil is toxic and squirrels won't touch them.  

I know this well since I have planted about 200 tulip bulbs in my garden at one time or another.  I have under 5 tulips left.  One year, my brother gave me tulips with distinct red pattern on the leaves.  When they didn't resurface the next year, I thought the tulips hadn't made it through the winter.  WRONG!  I found them surfacing in my neighbors grass where the dang squirrels had planted them.
I like the honey bee quilt pattern.  I prefer the 19th century version (with the solid square instead of nine patch).  We have a lot of honey bees in our neighborhood.  It's surprising to garden visitors.  We live in a quiet neighborhood in a small city.  However, the Oyster House restaurant down the street keeps bee hives on it's roof.  I like that.  Bees are in so much trouble here with hive collapse that our orchard growers actually send their hives to the south for the winter.

I like all the rituals of spring:  changing decor to mirror the warm and happy months, purging things (especially clothes) and springtime projects (usually involving paint or some other messy thing that should be done outdoors).  I'm off to do more work and wish you the happiest of Easters!  Stop over and see LeeAnna from "Not Afraid of Color" and all the other participants in the Thursday celebration!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Premie Poloozza Concludes...


Premie Palooza concludes for the 2017 year.  I've made 62 all together and tonight they get turned into our guild and sent to the local hospitals.  I've purchased flannel for next year's batch and am looking forward to creating more. 

I hope you have a great day!  

Thursday, March 30, 2017

I Like #22!

LeeAnna from "Not Afraid of Color" initiated this Thursday celebration!  Visit her blog to find more inspiration and cheery thoughts and check out the other participating bloggers.

Speaking of participating bloggers, I like that this weekly event allows me to meet other bloggers.  I am now getting to know Jocelyn over at "Canadian Needle Nana"!  Love the blog title as my original blog title was "Three poodles and a Nana".  I always learn from other bloggers and find it all motivating!
Speaking of Nana's...
I like keeping parts of my family members around me, even if they have passed on.  My brother is contractor and at one point, he replaced the windows at our Nana Betty's house.  He asked to put some of the old windows here until he could find the best salvage place.  In return, I got to keep two of them.  I think he thought I was nuts (my husband sure did).  Years after our Nana passed, I had my brother build me a weird little display window from one of the windows and I display it for every season.  The spring/Easter Nana Betty window is a little over the top but I like it:
I like crates for dogs.  I know some people think this is cruel but to be honest, my dogs have all loved their crates.  At one point we had three crates for three fairly large dogs--an astonishing thing for a cottage with only 1200 square feet.  Our dogs would sometimes just get tired of commotion of holidays and visits and retreat to their crates.  I recently found these photos and started laughing:

Greta (laying down) moved in with us for a few months while my mother was ill.  After a few weeks, Greta was miffed that the other three dogs had a crate and she didn't.  So she decided to move in and take over Teddy's.  As you can see from those eyes, he wasn't very happy about it and I did have to chase her out of there.  

It's spring, my allergies kicked in with a vengeance yesterday and it's time to do more yardwork (oh goodie, more pollen--yes, I do wear a mask).  I like a funny thing.  My city actually picks up yardwaste as part of their garbage run from spring to fall.  We are the only municipality around here that does this.  It sounds like a funny thing to like but look at it this way.  My property is primarily GARDEN.  Just from the clean up I've done in the front yard, I have three garbage cans and 5 large brown bags full of waste.
Now I have to tackle the back yard and there is more work (and waste) because a lot of branches fell during our storm.  Here is some of the winter carnage:
We may have high taxes but the one thing we do get out of living here (besides a great neighborhood) is this not-so-little convenience.

That's all I have for this week.  I'll see you next week and have a great day!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

I Like #21!

It's a wonderful day when we send some positive energy out into the world! LeeAnna from Not Afraid of Color is our hostess with the most-ess.  Please check out LeeAnna's website (oh and today she has the lovliest post with lots of antique sewing things!!!).
I like family, especially the young generation in our family.  Last weekend we threw an impromptu engagement party for my niece and her fiancee.  They are just the sweetest couple!  Both are biologists and work for the USDA.
 Maggie and Cody have decided to elope instead of a big wedding.  This seems to be the trend in the young people in our family.  You might remember that my son and daughter-in-law were married in a surprise-casual-wedding.

I like making throw quilts for my family.  My goal is that I have given at least one quilt to everyone I love.  Here is the one I made for Jenny and was able to give her it at the engagement party.  The kids are hilarious together.  They end up crashing together at my Mom's house and play board games (and lots of yelling and teasing) through the wee hours.
I like our playing pups!  Opie is the beagle and Cashew is the smaller yellow dog.  They had a blast as well this past weekend playing with Greta.  Watching the pups play is as much as watching toddlers!


I like 20th century quilts and have a particular weakness for Mountain Mist quilt patterns.  In keeping with the first day of spring, I thought I would post a photo of this Mt. Mist tulip quilt:

In case you don't quilt, Mt. Mist is the oldest batting company in the U.S.  During the depression--and for many years afterwards, Mt. Mist offered quilt patterns on their packaging wrappers.
Have a wonderful day!!!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

More Premie Quilts...

Premie Palooza continues in my sewing room.  I love making these quilts and always think about Jana May while I am doing them.  Jana is my son's best friend.  They have been friends since they were infants.  Jana was born when her mom was only 7 months pregnant.  She fit in the palm of her Dad's hand.  Even at age 6 months, I was afraid to hold her because she was still smaller than Peter was when he was born!
My guild donates these to our local hospital.  It's a great scrapbuster as well.  I always buy at least a half yard of extra fabric when I am working on a project---and then I am surprised when there is a half yard left.  These pieces make great premie quilts and I am enjoying this project.  All I had to buy was thread and flannel.  I'm at a total of 45 at this point.   Here is what I finished this week:



I hope your day is wonderful!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!



Happy St. Patrick's Day!  
I thought I would features some quilts from my collection that feature 
the wearing of the green!


Have a safe and blessed holiday!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

I Like #20 Post!

Well thank goodness LeeAnna at "Not Afraid of Color" holds this day of positive energy.  I still am too busy to be on blogs a lot but on Thursdays, I make time.   Thanks LeeAnna!  There are plenty of other websites to follow as well and LeeAnna always posts them on Thursdays for your viewing pleasure!


I like keeping a sense of humor in challenging situations.  For example, what is that makes it snow while my husband is away?  Will he ever do the digging?  I like snow prep:  The first thing I always do is make sure I have enough of my magic drink brewed in case we lose power:
PS, I also like Ciaran Hinds (actor above).  I think I like him best in Persuasion and  Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.

I like (okay love) spring and am so grateful that it begins on Monday.  I also like being defiant when facing adversity.  On Monday I realized the blizzard predictions were valid so.... I went out and picked what daffodils I could.  They comprise my "snow-schmo bouquets" that are scattered around our house:

I have long hair and it can be a challenge at times but this past week someone gave me a new kind of brush.  It is called the Wet Brush and it is MAGICAL! Gets all the tangles easily and right away.  I hear that salons love these brushes. 

If you have long hair, you've get to get this brush!  It's a life changer!!!
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I like talking to our LeeAnna and we have a lot of fun during our conversations. She also reminds me about puppy challenges and that keeps me on track.  I was wondering what to do about sewing rooms and dogs, especially mischievous ones.  I remembered we had a puppy playpen for Paddie and investigated the ones that are available.  It occurred to me that this would be REALLY useful when I am working in the garden as well (especially the front yard which is not fenced in).  I'm looking at Amazon reviews right now and will probably order one soon.
Has anyone used this kind of product?  The one we had we purchased 20 years ago (or more) and I can't remember much else about it.  I think we eventually gave it to a friend.
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I like the Stephen Colbert show and having "on demand".  I never watch the show at night (morning person, not night person).  I really just like his monologues and my neighbor comes over to watch it during early evening.  He makes us laugh, especially during these challenging times.
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I like having the kids home.  This weekend all the young 'uns are coming home for a visit.  We are celebrating my niece's engagement and it does my heart good to see the next generation getting along well.  They love playing board games and it is a lot of fun to hear them torture each other :)
I hope you have a wonderful week!  Have a great day!