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

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A few flowers for another COLD Spring Day...

After a glorious Easter Sunday with SUN & temps approaching 80...then a Monday of still warm but very hazy sun...we're back into the 40s here in NE Ohio.  I really hate living here, but we're stuck for now.  They're saying it may be a couple WEEKS before we see such nice weather again...I give up.
While working to recover from the crud I caught...I've been piecing some more flowers...and buying some new 1930s reproduction fabrics, too.  Retail therapy seems to be some of the best medicine at times.  Thanks for Etsy as I sure couldn't get out to a quilting store. 
The pink leaves print here is some of the vintage 1930s fabric I found of my Grandma's...such a wonderful print...wish I had more.  I keep hoping there's some box of fabric hidden somewhere in this house that I haven't yet discovered...wouldn't that be a treat?
Vintage fabric for the first round...reproduction for the outside of the flower.  They play nicely together.
I really LOVE this one...all reproduction fabrics, but wonderful ones.  I must get more yellow prints.
And one last flower for today.  I have more done but not pressed or photographed...and I'm now piecing more of the center rounds then I need to cut more hexagons for the outer round.  It's working quite well to do just some of each task at a time.  I know me & if I had to sit & cut all the hexagons at once I'd go nuts & pack the whole thing away.  I get bored easily & need to mix it up.
By the way...I figured out I need around 120-130 of the flowers to make the quilt a slightly oversized Queen quilt...so I have lots & lots more flowers to create.  I haven't done a count yet...but will post a progress report when I get a bit farther along. 
I was feeling a bit better when I could sit outside in the sun over the weekend...but I think the infection is still in my lungs...and I feel worse with the cold weather.  I always feel bad during cold weather, but I think the crud might need another kick in the butt.  Guess I'll call the doc tomorrow.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Out of Commision...

SO...I'm sicker than I can ever remember...and when I got in to see my Doc on Friday he said if I had waited a couple more days I'd be in the hospital.  I get a bad sinus thing going on during much of the year here in O-HELL-O...asthma sucks...but usually it will go away given time & some OTC meds...along with the Albuterol that keeps me breathing here.  Not this time...it feels like when I had pneumonia years ago.  I like my Doc, though...he's not doing tests to decide exactly what it is...but treating me for probable pneumonia.  I'm on an antibiotic & Prednisone...which I hate but he gave me a low dose...and a supplemental inhaler...& I can tell it's helping.  I'm not sleeping very well...and coughing so much that it hurts...but hopefully in a week or so this crud will be gone.

I have pix of more flowers to share but for now the one flower above will have to do.  I'll be back when I'm human again.  Wish me luck!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Very Peachy Swap

The April Swap in A Swap For All Seasons had a Mother's Day theme & the color was peach.  I don't often work with peach, so it was a good challenge.  The beautiful card above was the one I received from my swap partner, Jayne.  It has just the right bit of sparkle to it...simply lovely.
This is my tag from Jayne.  I love how she enclosed it in a little coordinating sleeve...and those ladies look as if they're ready to go shopping at Selfridge's and hopefully run into Mr. Selfridge himself!
This is just part of the wonderful peach destash that Jayne sent my way. 
And this is the rest of the wonderful destash...I'll have fun with all these peachy goodies!  Everything was wrapped in a peach towel...but the kittens took that over right away & it was already in the laundry when I took these photos.
Thanks so much, Jayne...I love all my swap stuff!
This is the package I sent out to Sherry in CA. 
Inside was this card...I love those little girls with their tea party.
This is the tag I created for Sherry.  The flowers are peach lily of the valley, but they remind me of the Coral Bells that my Mom & Grandma used to grow when I was a little girl...MANY moons ago!
The destash I sent to Sherry included some vintage lace...
...some of my hand dyed ribbon & tags...
...and some other peachy & vintage style destash.  Sherry said she loved it all...so that makes me very happy.  Sherry...it was fun to get to know you, too!
I'm taking a bit of a break from the next swap, but the theme is Weddings & Love & the colors are white & ivory.  It's too late to sign up, but Linda will have a giveaway on April 15th...and you can check the blog along the way for some ideas & vintage images, too.  Thanks to Linda for hosting yet another fun swap!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Well that was better...but it's over...

Yesterday on April Fool's Day we actually had 71 degrees & SUN!  I was able to wrestle with the one back window to get the storm window pushed up & the screen pulled down.  This was the first fresh air in here since probably October...and the first time since the kittens came inside that they could smell what was on the other side of these walls.  Gracie was the first one up there...and she stayed there for hours.  The boys got bored after awhile...but they all seemed to enjoy it.

Of course...this being O-HELL-O...today is 41 & cloudy.  We lost 30 degrees overnight.  I've said it before & I'll say it again...Ohio SUCKS & I absolutely HATE living here!  Thank heavens I was able to escape & live in S CA for most of my adult life.  I have no idea how the people who have lived here all their lives endure it.  I guess they just don't know any better.

The forecasters are mentioning SNOW as a possibility through next week.  Just shoot me!

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Well...here we go AGAIN!  This time it's even worse.  The rumor is we could see 60 by Monday...I'll believe it when I see it.  This shit just keeps falling...I'm going back to bed.  Wake me when it's over!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

This is so WRONG!!!

I can't take this much longer...it's March 25th for God's sake...make this shit STOP already!!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spring Cleaning...

Well...the calendar says it's Spring...but the cold temps & gloomy skies say Old Man Winter just won't leave us alone.  I'm considering making an Old Man Winter Voodoo Doll to make him suffer as he makes his exit.  I still can't believe we were stupid enough to move back to OH when we were happy & warm in southern CA...but that's what happened. 
Since it's still way too cold for me to venture outside, I'm doing some spring cleaning in my studio & clearing out supplies I no longer use.  One big part of this is my rubber stamp collection.  I have way over the legal limit of rubber stamps...and many of them need new homes.  Quite a few of my stamps are from companies that have since gone out of business...so these are images you won't find in too many places. 
The botanicals above are from Rubber Stampede.  They are among the first stamps I ever bought...and they make lovely note cards or greeting cards.  I'm still waiting for the crocus to bloom in our front lawn...I see their green leaves among the dead grass, but no pretty flowers yet.
I've listed some background stamps...this large music one is great to use as a background for vintage photo cards...or on an art journal page.
Conversation hearts...another great stamp that makes a great Valentine or Thinking of You card.
A very funny image for a New Baby card...this still makes me laugh!  It's hard to read, but it says "Ten fingers, ten toes and one Healthy set of Lungs!  Congratulations to the Lucky Parents".
Sweet bluebirds on a twig heart...this one can be used for so many things...but it's one I don't use anymore...and it's by Uptown who is also out of business. ***SOLD***
I've even listed Christmas stamps...it's never too early to start creating for Christmas.
If you're in the market for some new to you rubber stamps...many that you won't find elsewhere...please stop by my little Etsy shop...Kitten Creates.  With another week ahead of winter weather...I'll be adding even more images to the assortment. 
Thanks for visiting...and if you have any pull with Old Man Winter...tell him to get out of here!!!  He's not welcome anymore.