Tuesday, October 29, 2013

No Quilting yet...

I haven't done any sewing, but packing and entertaining moving van estimators and leaving the house for Open Houses and Realtors bringing potential buyers through. Ugh! (Recently, just a few miles away a burglary happened during an Open House. The Realtor was distracted by part of the party and the rest of them ransacked the house and stole jewelry, computer equipment, etc.  We take that all with us when we leave. Yes, it's a pain!)

Halloween is only 2 days off, so I have turned my thoughts to the little plants and the seed packets. Here is one now!

 The pit is just sitting on top... waiting to get into the packet. I'd have drawn an avocado for the front, but all markers, paints, pencils, etc. are packed up already. Sure hope we sell soon. It's hard to do without your equipment.

I've been kind of confused about things lately, so I didn't get signed up for the Quilt Bloggers Hop at Amy's Creative Side, but weeks ago I added the link on the sidebar thinking I'd join up this year... Well, you all know the quilt on my banner would be the one I wanted to enter.  Nothing new here.
Hope you have fun hopping.

Hugs to you all,

Monday, October 21, 2013

Found while packing.... a series

Okay... I've worked up to the sewing room... left that for last. (Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of things to pack yet, but the sewing room had to be packed in order for the house to be shown... no way to get into the room without doing the work. Ugh!)

So while I'm in there, I find this sweet little chicken purchased years ago at a local quilt show. I love to shop the part of the show where guild members make things to sell. This lady (I presume) sure knew her stuff. 30s reproductions sewn into log cabin blocks - just two of them, I think; felt for comb and beak, the tail is just quilting fabric, folded - body is stuffed with the little plastic pellets and the eye is embroidered - French Knots, I think.  Isn't she a beauty?

NOW I notice my sign on the printer. It reminds me that this printer prints on the bottom of the sheet of paper. That helps me a lot when I'm making cards... which I can't do now until I open up all the boxes at the next house. All my card stock, stamps, inks and etc. are packed away. Sniff

Here's another sign...

We got a call today from an agent wanting to show the house tomorrow evening!!!! Wish us luck!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Dolly Quilt & Home for Sale

Hi Friends,
I'm getting the hexie dolly quilt ready to quilt.

I don't usually put a quilt on the table to pin or baste, but this time it's small enough. (See my "bouquet" of sticks from a palm where the seeds hung?  I feel a little like Morticia showing these. Remember on the TV show, how she used to cut off the roses and save the thorny stems? Love that!)

View out the front window showing our trees in their Halloween costumes and the For Sale sign out at the curb.  No calls yet, but last night the Hubby saw someone shine a light out of their car to read the web address. Want to see our advertisement?  Click on this
(You'll only see the clean rooms LOL - I'm still working on the sewing room.)
P.S. Tomorrow we have plans to go to the Pacific International Quilt Show in Santa Clara, CA... got both camera clips cleaned off and I'll share some pictures if they let us take some....

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Found While Packing

A crepe paper rose that was hanging in my craft studio (rubber stamp room, way back room). I remember buying it (about 15 years ago) cause I wanted to make some to give as gifts.... Never did.

If you want to make one, I don't have a tutorial, but I can tell you what the probable way it goes together.
The center is net around some potpourri, the rose is crepe paper, but it could be fabric. There is a skinny ribbon folded in half and glued under that, and some store bought leaves, and then the lace (here Battenburg) or a doily would be pretty, too. If you wanted a pin, you'd need a firm disk glued on the other side of the doily, and then the pin back attached with glue.

Back to the packing - I'm almost done with that room! Next the sewing room!!!!!!!!!!!! Wonder what I'll find in there. Lol

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

You will not believe!

You will not believe the scent put off by my bloomin' orchid. Most orchids have no scent, and the first few days it didn't, but now, during the day, it smells like lilacs!  As you walk through the room, you can smell it from 10' away!  So pretty.  I guess I'll have to include it with the rest that go to our new home!

And I've signed up for Amy's Creative Side's Blogger Quilt Festival... (I hope)... I've wanted to join a bunch of times, and just didn't know how.

Happy Hump Day!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Orchid Blooms!

I've had this orchid for maybe 15 years... no blooms until now, just before I move! I had thought to sell them all since it would be hard to move them... especially in the cold weather and smaller home. Why now?  At least I've got some pretty pictures to remember this plant.

Camouflaged by it's surroundings - do you see the flowers? Page down...

Back drop is UFOs in project boxes, the leaf is on the far right at the bottom.  The leaves below the flower are from an Easter Cactus behind it.

At this angle I see a face in the center with a beak type nose and a beautiful beard, and a star shaped crown. He (It) has multiple eyes, and a gaping mouth. Do you see it? (I see faces everywhere... at least they're not dead people.)

We tried to get true colors, but I think we did that above. With the paper behind we got out of focus, and colors that this light scrambled. Anyway, I hope you like them, and they give you some joy to start out your week.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Report on the Lighted Seam Ripper

Here's the thousand words...

As you can see the seam ripper lights, magnifies and slips into the 15 stitches to the inch stitches really easily. The working end can swivel a bit so it is at an angle you prefer. (That's the first paper pieced block of a QOV I'm thinking of giving to my Son who will be retiring from the Air Force within a year. All the blocks will have either a blue or red center and white around the edges. I might add a strip of white between rows, too.)

You know we've  been packing to move - 2,000 miles away.  We're finding things while we pack...

This is the Hubby in his old letter jacket from High School. (His sister used the jacket after he went to the military, and the letters have never been seen since.) And the old glasses he wore when we were dating....  I know, why did I marry him? Anyway, he makes me laugh, and that's a good thing. We are lucky he couldn't fit into the gym shorts... very lucky.
See in the background the "end of boot camp" pictures of our two sons? I'm very proud of them.
So it's Friday (again and already)! Really doesn't mean much when you are retired. But I hope you all are enjoying a lovely (sew filled) weekend.