Monday, October 31, 2011

picking a name out of my hat

Technically, it is still Halloween here in CA for another 45 minutes... I did want to do this post earlier, but Halloween is our busiest day.  I'll tell you about it tomorrow. I just want you to know we did pick a winner of a bunch of fabric in honor of my 100th post a while ago.

Okay, I don't want to get to long winded here, but there were lots of troubles at my house this week.  The worst was the computer crashed, so I'm coming to you from a brand new Samsung... I had to relearn how to download pictures.  Very frustrating.  And I picked the worst time to try it out... right before our grand performance of the year.  Let's see how I did.

Here's the Zombie Hubby hand picking a winner out of my hat.

The name he picked is Sheila from Sew Cook Travel.  You are the winner of all this fabric! 

I hope you like it... I'll send it out tomorrow. Right now I'm exhausted.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011


Sorry I forgot to announce when the Zombie hands would pull a name for the giveaway... I'm thinking Halloween would be a good day for that.  "See" you on the 31st.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

I made it to 100 - posts, that is!

Here it is, my 100th post.  I must admit that I've been putting it off.  I haven't pulled all the fabric I wanted to. I'm such a lazy!  I haven't been that particularly busy this week either.  I just didn't feel like it, I guess.  Anyway, I will give away a nice batch of fabric, but I'm not going to show it all ahead of time... all my followers, at this precise moment, will be entered... if you leave a comment. No new followers will be in involved.  So if you'd like some fabric - some new, some already cut into, but bigger scraps, leave a comment that says you want more stash, and you will be in the running.

On to the show...
I made and sent these out on Thurs. for my grands.  Only 2 showing, because as always, I had the other 5 already packed up and ready to send.  At the last second I remembered that I'd promised to show my Bertie Botts candy bags.  These are modeled by the resident Zombie Husband Hands.... we're showing that there is a tab type strap, in case you want to reuse your bag as a purse.

I made them by using the Bertie Botts pattern from Fandom in Stitches. Then I sewed on a facing by sewing right sides together and  sewed into the front the strap leaving a turning spot. I made a plain one for the back, too, both are faced pieces. When they were all turned and ironed I top stitched the two pieces together on 3 sides and had a lined bag for the grandkids candy.

Up next, some of the Halloween plants, ready to give out next Monday.  We worked long and hard to cut the plastic cups for some of them, and fill with dirt, water and take cuttings of things in our yard. Next  I dunked the cut end in rooting compound - that's the magic part, and the secret to cutting success, then right into the dirt. Keep them out of the sunshine for a week or so, and they are looking so good.

First up are the English Ivy on the left, and dark purple Butterfly Bush on the right.

Next is some sort of Morning Glory (that will take over the planet someday) and Lavender cuttings.

The next batch is all Rosemary - my trick or treaters like the herbs best.

Here's  the scary Spearmint group.  Spearmint will run all over, so you have to plant it in a confined spot, a pot or some small garden surrounded by cement.  Even at that you have to watch so the seeds don't migrate and plant themselves.

I only made 4 of these - whatever they are.  We call them Pig Ears. I showed them blooming in a much earlier post.  An easy plant to grow, and quite forgiving of the dry weather.  Anybody know what it is?

Here are some of the trees... already dropping leaves. (Some were planted from seeds and some were dug out of our yard where the squirrel had planted them.) There are oak, maple, catalpa and a few silk oak to give away this year.  I'm quite proud of the tree distribution.  My uncle would be proud of me, I think. He had a nursery in Tess Corners Wisconsin (southwest of Milwaukee) for many years.  I think my cousin runs Lambs Nursery now. So you see it runs in my genes.

Here is my proudest accomplishment in the plant world... this year 3 new Silk Oaks... planted from seed that I still can't identify - looks like a little bit of dirt, but they are definitely S.O's cause they have the beautifully split leaf.  It's a wrench for me to give them away - I really love them.

More Halloween plants - a Mother In Law's Tongue with new babies!!! and two Crown of Thorns started last year... took a while for them to get leaves.

This one is from a clipping last year, too. It's a Hoya. This one is really wanting to be chosen this year, cause it has just started to get some beautiful new growth.  Another wrench to give away.  (Like marrying off your daughter... you want her to be happy, but you never want her to leave home.
A real dilemma.)

These are what I have been working on lately. More blocks from Fandom in Stitches .They are The Pensieve, Bertie Botts, Mimbilis Mimbilitonia, and Butter Beer  all from Harry Potter, but you knew that!  Go to her site, she has some new "Angry Bird" patterns on the blog - they are really cute.  She also has fandom patterns for the Vampire people and other genre... Go take a look.

Well, that's all the pictures for today. If you want to win a mystery batch of my stash, let me know.  I'll put your names in my witch hat, and ask the Zombie Husband Hands to pick a winner.
Love all you followers!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Gandalf - by me

Hi Friends,

I am elated to see another friend is following me, Welcome!  Since this it my 99th post I'll let you know that next post, whenever that may be, will be a giveaway of fabric proportions.  I have pulled some reds and yellows from my stash and I'm thinking there should be some green, blue, purple and brown as well.  We will see what I can find.

I spent 3 hours making a Gandalf block today.  Here he is, and I'm going to attempt to load him onto the Flicker Group at Sewhooked for part of her There and Back - a block of the month that is based on the book The Hobbit. (Use the link and see what others have made - or copy off one of her patterns... perfectly okay to use for personal, gift or charity quilts. You just can't sell the quilt or any other product you make with the patterns.) I was lazy and didn't get in on the fun with her previous BOM the Project of Doom - based on Harry Potter and I regret that!  So here is the first block of There and Back, as I interpret it.  (I went to the book and read the description of Gandalf as he was first arriving at Bilbo's house. I like to make my depictions as close to the "real" thing as possible.)  I did make a couple of "mistooks". I cut into the sewing line instead of the cutting line on the bottom left, so I covered that over with a yellow bunch of dandelions... and I forgot #7 at the bottom of his cloak which was supposed to be more grass.  Oh well, next time I make him, I'll have to be more careful.

So that's all for today.

Hugs to you all,


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Halloween projects

Hello Friends,

Sorry to have been away so long, but I am hot and heavily working on Halloween projects.  This year we are adding a "Candy Tree" to our diorama of the Harry Potter Greenhouse scene.  I have about 100 little plants started and some in the house that haven't been counted up yet. I'm in the middle of making Bertie Botts Every Flavor Bean bags for the grands, and they have to be finished, loaded up with goodies and sent in the snail mail in time to get them before the 31st.  I'll show you a glimpse of those still unfinished, and here is the link to the pattern if you'd like....
bertie botts pattern

The lady that organizes the site designs lots of different fan based paper pieced quilting patterns, so check it out.  The only thing about the patterns is that they cannot be used on something for sale. You can use them for personal projects and charity uses, but not for sale.  I use them regularly to make cards.  I especially like to use the phoenix from Harry Potter for get well cards.  You know the phoenix rises from the ashes, and his tears have healing powers.  (Ok - if that all sounds like I've gone off the deep end.... I do know it's not real... magic, but you can't change my mind about miracles.  I have been involved in some of those, and KNOW them to be real. I hope they happen to you, too!  Just when you need them!)

I'm linking this to WIP Wednesday .

So that's it for # 98. 

Hearts and Hugs to you all!


Monday, October 3, 2011

# 97 I'm a winner - plus!

Hi Friends,
Remember when I won the Mystery item from Mich L. in L.A. ? I won a necklace with a wired fish on it... Here is what I received in the mail:

See the winning necklace at the bottom of the picture.  Michelle sent all the other items with it!  I am so impressed.  Thank you Michelle. I'm off to make bracelets with the beads, and maybe earrings with the crocheted flowers.

So yesterday we went to Apple Hill - it was a beautiful day in the 70s and partly cloudy. (Of course, I left the camera at home!) We walked around... looked at crafts and had lunch of pie!!!! It was fun.  While ambling,  I discovered that uphill still works, but downhill the right knee objects.  I had some trouble with ramps and stairs the week at jury selection.  Guess I'd better get some exercise to iron that out. I hate the "e" word.  Can I get a witness?  All the things I love to do are quite sedentary... well there we have it, Tary is part of the word, and that's my name - Terri.  You don't get much "e"  from quilting, making cards, knitting, reading, reading blogs and writing one or making jewelry... all things I love to do.  Guess I'll have to make room for "e" now.

A while ago I collected suspected Silk Oak seeds from a neighbor's tree.  I really didn't know if they were seeds or just dirt. (I didn't get to collecting to see them in the actual seed pods.)  I planted into yogurt cups, and one cut off 2 liter soda bottle... I have 4 "trees" out of the deal!!!!!!!  Here's a picture:

 Here are the four!!!! And below is the one with a real leaf!!! Don't you just love how little they are.

Someday they will be magnificent huge trees that are drought resistant and gorgeous!  For now they will reside in the computer room's sunny window.  There is a rain storm coming and we don't want them to wash out of their pots.  Not only that, but the squirrel likes to dig in my pots looking for edibles, and planting seeds of his own... much easier to dig in the potting soil than in the lawn.  Now I have to decide if they go for Halloween, or get babied for a year first, and then given at Halloween next year.  Silk Oaks don't drop all their leaves at once, and are therefore called evergreens. It will make it easier for the kids to believe that they are trees and not just sticks that I'm tricking them with.  One of the Catalpa has already dropped their leaves, and the Buckeyes have been leafless for months.  (Our CA kind does that... too hot here to stay dressed.  They do make lovely "seeds" that do germinate, so they aren't defaulting on the "prime objective". They are just dressing down  early, sort of a Casual Friday for them.)

Some folks in the blogosphere are doing a Blogtober - a sort of promise to blog everyday for 31 days straight.  No can do here.  I just don't have that much of any interest going on here. Like do you want to know that the Hubs is cleaning out the gutters today?  No, I didn't think so.

Love all you visitors - especially you commenters.  I haven't been particularly faithful at answering you back lately... but I'm really enjoying your thoughts.  Keep up the good work.

To my special little girl, I found a quote you might like...

"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

On that note...
Hugs to you and yours!