Saturday, January 19, 2019

Snow is coming!

This has been circulating...
I live in Allentown :)

Friday, January 18, 2019

Missed I like Thursdays and dog food

Good morning!  
I'm waving a day late today.
Things yesterday just got out of hand.

Scout has her first ear infection.  We were wondering if she had allergies because the last month or so she was licking her feet.  Our vet said right away, "I want her dog food changed to venison or salmon."  But here is the thing I wanted to share with you.  He did not recommend a grain free diet and said recent studies indicated that grain free could actually contribute to heart disease.  

Of course I had to research this and found the recent FDA article about this.  Here it is if you want to read it:

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Things I like..January 10, 2019

69 Days Until Spring!

Do you garden?  I step outside every now and then and just look at the beds and think...what am  I going to do with them?  Then there are all the chores.
The path to the house has to be replaced and so does the front door.  We were supposed to have the path replaced last year but with all the rain, the contractor got behind.  City life and constant rain means we now have algae growing on the house so that has to be powerwashed.  I don't dread any of it!  Working outside provides almost immediate gratification when you see how improved it looks.

 Little Miss starts dog training on Saturday.
This is what she does when she doesnt' like what I am saying. 
Yup, just like a kid she looks the other way like she can't hear me.
More about that after we attend class!

It's a busy week here so I'll just wish you a great week!
For some quilt fun be sure to check out my previous post on the challenge quilts I saw at the guild on Tuesday night!!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Challenge quilts from guild!

Last night at our guild, we had our challenge meeting!  As you might recall, our challenge this year was to use a panel--in a quilted piece that could be a quilt or a garment or other type of item (as long as it was quilted).

The evening was so full of inspiration that I had to share the photos with you!

 The above was FLANNEL and she cut apart an additional panel to make the border.  We couldn't figure out how she did that without ruining the flannel.   Turns out she did find it challenging but if you knew this quiltmaker, you would know how great she is!

I think this one looks like a bakery shop window:

This took first place, the panel was the background piece:

 Doggie quilt and wall hanging!!!

This piece had this amazing border along the side:

paper pieced border of triangles:

 This was a quillow:

Hope you enjoyed the photos from our meeting.
It was really a fun challenge and I found all these diverse ideas so inspiring.
I hope you did too!
Have a great day!

Sunday, January 6, 2019


2019 was the third rainiest year on record here in Allentown.  It doesn't look like things are going to change much in 2019.  Yesterday the rain stopped around 4 p.m. and I actually was able to take Scout for a little walk.  The sky was lovely!

One of the weirdest things happened last night.  We stepped outside and I realized...something was different.  We could see stars in the night sky!  It actually startled me and today when we walked, a neighbor actually stopped me and asked, "did you see the stars last night?"

I spent the evening dreaming of spring and watching Monty Don's gardening shows on Netflix.  I also finished binding my butterfly quilt:

 The alstroemeria is now blooming in my vase of sunshine!
This flower always reminds me of orchids.

Well today we are going to gravitate between sunshine and clouds.
While the sun is shining I'm off to get some things accomplished!
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

I like Thursdays: January 3, 2019

I'm grateful the holidays are over and life returns to normal.  I'm late in posting today because holidays throw me a bit.  I just realized it's Thursday!

I like Scout's new haircut, doesn't she look pretty?

Every day here is grey grey grey.  We live up the street from a florist so I bought me a pick-me-up:
The flowers in the back of the vase are alstroemeria.  They are about the best cutting flower I know of and I have friends in California that grow them there successfully.  In a few days I'll post more photos of them.  They last for WEEKS and come in a variety of colors.  I just need some sunshine and green right now.

Hopefully this week I will hang up this illustration I picked up before my back went out (I'm feeling better, still need PT but much improved).

I love the cottage illustration and I am intrigued by the chain frame.  I have another piece similarly framed:

The above illustration is by one of my favorite artists:

He was a turn of the century artist who immigrated from France and settled in California.  He was an early settler in the Hollywood area.  I have a number of pieces by him because I love flowers and clearly he did too!

There is a book about him that I picked up.  It has wonderful illustrations of the  flowers he painted.  You can read more about him online and there are lots of his illustrations on Pinterest.

  He had a heck of a garden in California.  It was apparently very well known and attracted a lot of visitors:

I always think about gardening after the holidays.  I'm just yearning for sunshine and the ability to work and live outside.

Since that isn't going to happen for another 3 months, I'll have to be satisfied with writing and sewing.

What are you working on this winter?
Have a great day!