"Hey, if I had somewhere to go, I certainly wouldn't be in Cleve-Land." -Howard the Duck

Friday, July 18, 2014

Flower Power Friday

I've been piecing more flowers for my quilt...ironing fabric so I can cut more hexies...plugging away here so that one day I can actually put this quilt together.  I have some pretty ones to share with you today.

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Have a great weekend!!! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pretty Flowers

I've been struggling with some asthma issues here...the humidity always does this to me.  But I have been able to sit & piece some more flowers for my quilt when I can't sleep...at least I've been somewhat productive.

I've even been able to cut out hexagons when the kittens are sleeping...or when I close the door to my studio so they can't get in!  I'm sewing the center round of the flowers as soon as I cut the fabric so I know which ones I've used.  One of these days it might be time to count them all again.  Here are the centers I've made lately...
I'll be concentrating on finishing more full flowers next...I have quite a few centers matched up with their second round of prints.  I'm also slowly sewing lots of yo-yos into a pillow top...I've found that while I love making the yo-yos...sewing them together is quite BORING...oh well...I'm plugging away at it & I'm sure I'll be more inspired after I have my first pillow done.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Happy 1st Birthday, Kitty Cats!

It's hard to believe that these little kittens are now a year old!  This pic was taken in September 2013...and they were 2 months old then.  We first heard them crying under our bedroom window on July 9, 2013...so that's what we use for their birthday.  Here you see Gracie in front...looking west...and her brother Peanut under the table.  Their momma...LB...is cleaning Fluffer.  It was hard to get pix of all 3 of these little critters together...it still is! 

Here they are with their very tired momma from around that same time.  Two months later, we were able to catch the kittens & start their new lives indoors.  Their momma evaded capture...she would go into the trap, eat the food...and escape again.  Sadly, she didn't make it through the winter, even though we kept trying to catch her.  One day she just stopped coming around.  Hopefully she knew her kittens were safe...and getting quite spoiled!
So on their first birthdays...here is Gracie...or Itty Bit.  She's such a cutie...and gives her brothers a run for their money.  She's my "helper" whenever I try to take pix for my Etsy shop...and she loves to play with your hand or anything she can grab.  We think she'll always be a small cat...she was the runt of this litter for sure.  She has grown up to be such a pretty girl.  There's an exclamation point hiding under that chin...adorable.
And here's Peanut...or Peanut Butter...or Big Boy...or Little Man.  He's a solid cat...not fat, but quite muscular & solid...definitely the biggest of the trio.  His nose is often scratched as he teases Gracie all the time...and she takes care of him.  He's always got a worried look on his face...and he's my shadow.  He wants to be everywhere I am.  He's a lover boy.  He's also got a short stubby tail...about 2/3 of what it seems like it should be...but it's adorable...just like he is. 
And waking from a nap...here's Fluff....or FlufferNutter....or Spider Cat.  He would not look at the camera for me...this was the best I could do.  He's a little boy...much smaller than his brother...but he's usually the one to start the chases...and the trouble!  He's a spider cat...our curtains are now perforated with kitty claws from him climbing up them right to the top.  The other night he was climbing on the quilt that hangs on the wall in back of our bed.  Such a Monkey! 
Happy Happy Birthday to our little Munchkins...and here's to many more!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

I'm still here...

I've just been a bit preoccupied making yo-yos...lots of yo-yos.  I've even started to sew some of them into a pillow top.  I should manage to get that finished sometime next week.  We've had some wonderful weather, so I'd rather be outside than inside at the computer...but I thought I'd share a bit of what I've been up to since last time I posted.  New pix of the garden will come soon...things are growing like crazy!
These little guys are so quick to make with that yo-yo maker...and it's fun to use some scraps in this way.  No matter what the print...even some I'm not too fond of...looks great as a yo-yo.
The "extras" are in a large Mason jar on a shelf in my studio...I love the riot of color.  I'm lucky I found a stash of old Mason jars in the basement...they now hold craft supplies.
I won an auction for this aqua fabric with duckies on it...duckies with little sailor hats...who could resist?  He'll be the outer flower on another block soon.
This one is a combination of vintage & new reproduction fabric.  The aqua & black & white fabric in the center is vintage from my Grandma's fabric...I only had enough for 6 hexagons, but at least it will be in my quilt.  The pattern of dots & stripes is quite optical...and I thought it went well with this bright pink feed sack fabric.
That's it from the creative department for today.  It's too nice outside to stay in here...see ya when the weather turns ugly next week.
Oh...and a Happy 4th of July...we had bratwurst with grilled onions & peppers and some yummy potato salad for our celebration dinner...then saw some fireworks that were set off around out house.  The tall trees make it hard to see them, but it was the thrill of the hunt...and we saw a few...along with a lot of fireflies...nature's little fireworks.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Late Spring...and into Summer!

OK...I know they're kitschy...but that's why I like them.  When we saw this flamingo pair at a local dollar store, we had to have them.  They're in our backyard...just to entertain us & the neighbors next door.  I may have to go get another pair & paint them like skeletons for Halloween...although here by Halloween it could be snowing! 

Some critter ran off with the first sunflower that bloomed before I could get a pic of it...and it seems they're quite tasty as you can see the bite out of the second one.
I just can't get mad at the critters, though...one year a groundhog ate our tomatoes, so we don't grow them anymore....but he also took a bite of a jalapeno & left it laying there uneaten...I'll bet that was a big surprise...and he left us & our plants alone after that.
The Brussels sprout is growing quite nicely...this pic was taken a week ago & it's even bigger now.  I can't get more recent pix off the camera right now...we had to get a new printer & the camera card won't fit into the new printer...and the software for the camera cord isn't working...so we had to order some external drive thing that will allow us to still use my trusty old digital camera.  Hopefully it will arrive before the weekend since I have yo-yos & quilt flowers to share...and more pix to take for my Etsy shop.  I've got some new vintage stuff in there if you care to take a look.
This pretty tree is in our back yard.  It's been there since I was quite young.  We always called it the Tulip Tree...it's actually a Tulip Poplar.  It blooms late in May through early June...and the flowers are so pretty.  I love that rare clear blue sky in NE Ohio, too. 
This is what the flowers look like...and after the seed pods develop & open, there are very cool thorn looking things that eventually fall to the ground...free collage supplies! 
And finally...here's what Gracie loves to do on a warm almost summer afternoon...she's so sound asleep she can't even keep her tongue in her mouth!  I sure wish I could sleep like that. 
I'll be back once I can get more pix off the camera...until then, enjoy your almost Summer & do something creative.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day, Dad...

That's me & my Dad...back in 1954...when I was the only child.  My Dad was an amazing man...and would take me to all sorts of places...and play with me...just like a Dad should.  He would also give me advice...but not really interfere in my decisions.  I loved that about him.  Once when I called him to complain about how tough it was to supervise a bunch of people, Dad said..."No one ever said it was gonna be easy".  Short & sweet but appropriate. 
We weren't rich...and Dad didn't buy us extravagant gifts...but he & Mom did provide for my brother & me...and I ended my college years free of debt as they paid for my education.  That was a wonderful gift.  But the best gift of all from my Dad was the gift of his time...the greatest gift of all.
Dad died way too young...he was only 66 and died in 1988.  I still miss him as if it were just yesterday...but I know he's here guiding me when I need him. 
I love you, Dad...Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Our Little Garden in the Burbs...

Back in the summer of 2005, we put in a very expensive vegetable garden.  Found a patch of the backyard & borrowed a rototiller and dug up & enriched that little plot of land...planted lots of stuff & other than one stem of Brussels sprouts & a bunch of radishes & a few measly carrots...we got nothing out of that garden.  As soon as it got hot & humid here, everything in the ground got mold on it...and we spent enough to have bought fresh veggies for the entire summer!
We're older & wiser now...and there are 2 lovely lilac bushes growing where the veggie garden used to be.  The pots & baskets above are our newest attempt at a veggie garden.  For the past few years we've successfully grown jalapenos in pots here...and decided to branch out this year.
There are 2 pots like this of jalapenos...we LOVE jalapenos!  There is no such thing as too many jalapenos in our world.  After all...we can have salsa & these lovely little things from The Pioneer Woman...Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Thingies!
But I digress...and it's a good thing we're heading over to the Parma Rib & Rock or Rock & Rib...whatever they call it...it's a rib cook-off & we go to enjoy the Beef Brisket from Texas Pit Barbecue!  They're from Magnolia, TX & after living in Dallas for 2 years, we know that Texas BBQ is THE best anywhere!  Luckily we can now get TX BBQ all year long since Dickey's opened right here in Parma...some civilization here at last!  Still...the cook-off is a fun time...even though the only beer available there is Budweiser...yuck!  Back to the garden...I must be hungry!
This pot has another jalapeno...that's 7 jalapeno plants...a bell pepper & a pimento pepper.  We'd never seen a pimento pepper before & we like pimento cheese...so we're giving it a try.
A plant I never imagined could grow here...a tomatillo!  When we saw it at the nursery, we were amazed & it went right into our cart.  I can taste the homemade Salsa Verde already.  There were already flowers on it & it's still going strong after 2 weeks.  Underneath it are some radishes...I need to thin them & use those radish greens in a salad.  We'll have radishes in just a couple more weeks.
Of course we need a Brussels sprout plant.  LOVE them & hopefully the critters won't decide they love them, too.  This was the first day I planted it...it's even bigger now.
Leeks...our favorite onion, but so expensive in the stores.  I have no idea how these will do, but it was another plant we couldn't pass up.  We're game to try...and we may just be successful.  There's one more basket planted with green onion seeds...but they haven't sprouted yet, so nothing to show there.  I love the baskets with plants in them...another treasure that had been in the garage for years.
A garden also needs flowers...so when I saw this dwarf sunflower ready to open...it had to come home with us.  That top flower opened the other day...but when I went out the following day to take a pic...some critter had chomped it right off & carried it away!  There's now a bite out of the second sunflower...but there are other buds & hopefully we'll be able to see some of them mature.
Of course I have to plant marigolds...and don't you love those old chairs?  They've been in the garage since we moved here in 2004...and the past few years we've pulled them out to hold a planter of flowers.  This year it's marigolds.  LOTS of them.
They're in a pot on the umbrella table, too.  These are filling in nicely...I'm just too hungry to go take new pix...so progress reports will be coming throughout the summer.
And finally the iris that Mom loved so much.  They usually bloom around Mother's Day, but with the cold spring we had after that nasty winter...I'm just happy they survived.  These iris grow in a big clump...and only last about a week.  Each stem gets 2 flowers...when one fades, the second one opens.  Very cool...and such pretty color for the backyard.  This pic is from last weekend...they're almost gone now.  In the fall I'll get some interesting seed pod stems...if the deer don't get to the plant before the seeds can develop.  Those deer are too cute to get mad at, though...I'm hoping I'll get to see some daylilies this year before they eat them all!
One last close-up of the marigolds...just because they make me happy.  We've got a glorious Saturday here...rain moves in tomorrow...so we'll enjoy today.  Happy Weekend to y'all!