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

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Back to the Flower Garden

Even though there was frost on the ground this morning...flowers are blooming inside.  The blue fabric here is actually from the 1930s or 1940s.  It's one of the prints I'm lucky enough to have from my Grandma's stash. 
Just look how pretty it is...I love everything about it, especially those little doilies around the roses...and the little squiggles in the dots of the background.
One more here...I think it's ok...not my all time favorite, but it will be good in the garden. 
Since my friend has received her birthday gift, I can show a couple ornaments I hand stitched for her.  The goose is felt...blanket stitched together but the beak & feet are glued on.
This little cutie is now on my friend's desk keeping her company until it's time to put up the Christmas tree.  I have to laugh every time I see this goose...so cute.
I also made her this little calico snowbird.  I love this vintage fabric from the 1970s-1980s.  I'll have to make a flock of these. 
It's a big game day here today...The hated Steelers are here in Cleveland...I'm hoping the Browns can win this one.  At least Cleveland is playing football this year...in past years you thought a high school team could probably beat them.  New coach...lots of good young players...we have a chance!
***UPDATE***We beat up those Steelers 31-10!!!***
I'm linking to Kathy's blog again...then back to more slow stitching while football is on. 
Happy Sunday.  And Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends.  Enjoy!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A disappointing year for the garden...

Back in June & July & even August...I had such high hopes for our little garden.  It showed such promise.  We'd go out & pick some jalapenos or leeks or green onions as we needed them...but there weren't many ready at the same time.  Then our summer turned colder & wet...and our little garden didn't like that.  So it stopped producing.  The other day I decided to pick what I could from the jalapeno plants & the tomatillo.  That's most of the harvest above...on a small platter that is only about 9" across. 
Oh...the empty husk above from the tomatillo is because Peanut brought it to me that evening...just the husk.  Notice the tooth marks.  Turns out Fluff was using the tomatillo as a soccer ball.  Silly cats!
The large pepper is the pimento...and I found a few more jalapenos, too.  I figure I got maybe 2 dozen jalapeños off of 6 plants...in the past I got more from one or 2 plants.  They prefer hot weather...not the cooler than normal summer we had.
We'll still get some Brussels sprouts...but not many...and will pull up all the leeks & green onions this weekend.  It's time to call it a year & try again next year for a more fruitful garden.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

National Fluffernutter Day

Happy National Fluffernutter Day!  I realize a Fluffernutter is technically a sandwich made with peanut butter & marshmallow fluff on white bread...but the little monkey cat above is also Fluffernutter.  We just call him Fluff...or Monkey...he's our climber. 

I caught him the other day having a grand old time on a rack of my bumming around clothes...he thought this was the place to be!  I do believe he was contemplating a jump to the ceiling fan...but I pulled him down before THAT could happen.
Who would have thought this adorable kitten would become such a monkey???  His coloring is why he's named Fluffernutter...peanut butter & marshmallow cream.
And here's a rare sight in this house...all 3 of the kids sleeping peacefully together...usually they're pushing each other off these boxes so they can have the prime real estate...as if it's the only place to sleep in this house.  Silly cats!
So Happy Fluffernutter Day...I'm passing on the marshmallow fluff in that sandwich...too sweet for me...I'll just hug little Fluff instead!

Monday, October 6, 2014


Last week I took a break from piecing my flowers & cut a bunch of tumblers.  That template is 2.5" high...so the finished tumblers will be about 2" high.  I bought the template here.  I'm just eyeballing the quarter inch seams & they go together really quickly...by hand, of course.  Here's a close-up of the template.

I'm cutting these from leftovers from my flowers...or from pieces I didn't use in my flower garden.
I pieced together a couple rows to see how I liked it.  I'm thinking I like the white cotton with the 30s prints...but I'll make a couple rows with just 30s prints to see if I like that better. 
I figure this will give me a bit of a break from sewing all those green hexies to join my flowers together.  These personal projects of mine now need to take a break for a bit...so I can machine stitch some gifts for the holidays.  But I had to take a pic of the pile of flowers...just about a dozen more to finish...then it's all about assembling the quilt top.
I just love these 30s prints...so much FUN!
I'm sharing at Kathy's blog...be sure to visit there to see what other slow stitchers are doing. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Busy Week

It's Sunday again & football is about to start.  No Browns game today...it's a bye week for them.  But football is football...so I'll be stitching more later.  Our weather is gorgeous...but slightly overcast today...perfect for stitching. 
The flowers I'm sharing today bring my count up to 64...yea!  Since I've gotta stop at around 77 then get back to assembling all the flowers...to make sure I have enough green for the entire pathway...I pulled out centers & matched them up with prints I want to be sure to get into this quilt...and spent time cutting those hexies.  My heart rate was too fast this week...so hand stitching is one of the only things I could do...thank heavens for that.  I did see my doc...so meds have been adjusted & seem to be helping.  Between the heart rate & asthma...it was a challenging week.
That's my old plastic template from the 1970s...cut from a plastic lid.  It serves me well with it's matching larger one for the cutting lines of those hexies.  It will still be used to cut all those green hexies...and possibly more flowers if I end up with enough green yardage.  I can't buy more of that green...it's also from the 1970s & originally I was planning a double bed quilt.  If I don't have enough green, I can border the garden with multi colored hexies...or add half flowers to make it a rectangle...then add solid or print borders to get to a queen size.  I'll make it work somehow. 
So now I have my cigar box with possibly the last of the flowers all cut out & ready to stitch.  Fluff approves as you can see. 
Here's my box...all ready for the week ahead.  Oh...and I also started to cut out tumblers from the leftovers of these 30s prints...and white cotton.  My next slow stitching project will be a tumbler quilt...the tumblers are 2.5" high when cut...so just 2" high when sewn together.  While I have lots of machine pieced projects in the works...I know I have to always have some hand stitching ready to go.  I'll need the tumblers to break up the monotony of all the green in my future. 
Once again...I'm linking up at Kathy's blog with other slow stitching enthusiasts...it's worth your time to go visit their blogs & leave a comment, too.  LOTS of wonderful eye candy!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Still Slow Stitching

I'm really loving football season this year.  The Cleveland Browns lost yesterday...in the last 4 seconds of the game.  They are actually playing football this year...that hasn't happened in a long time!  We may finally have a team here.  I'm still a San Diego Chargers fan...but the Browns get my attention & cheers this year, too.
I can't just sit & watch anything...it used to drive my Mom crazy when I'd visit. 
I got these 3 flowers finished during the games yesterday...and made a couple centers, too. 
I'm happy with my progress here...and there's Monday Night Football, of course.  I have some flowers ready to piece during that game...I don't even know who's playing...it doesn't really matter. 
Last week was rather traumatic...my old sewing machine died.  It's a White portable that I bought right out of college in the 1970s.  The motor froze up...and I fear repairing it would be more expensive than investing in a new machine.  So...I went online & ordered a new sewing machine from Target.  It arrived on Friday...FAST shipping...and I'm playing with it to see how it works.  It's a very basic machine, which is all I need.  I'll share pix of her soon. 
I'm linking up with Kathy & other slow stitching enthusiasts here...be sure to visit to see some amazing works of fiber art.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Flowers on Sunday

It was a miracle here in Cleveland, OH yesterday...the Cleveland Browns actually won a game!  AND it was the home opener...they haven't won a home opener since 2004.  Let's hope they keep in the winning column...I get a lot of slow stitching done while football is on the TV. 

Two of these were actually done during the week...but these 5 flowers bring my count to 55 if my math is right & if I wrote down all of them along the way.  Each flower brings me a little closer to my goal of finally finishing this quilt started back in the 1970s. 
I also worked on a couple more things for gifts...but I can't share those yet.  I did share this pretty little pincushion which is already getting good use.  In a couple weeks I'll have more pix to show.
I finally figured out what to make with some faux starfish I picked up in the dollar bins at Michael's...probably 2-3 years ago.  I painted them with some pearl paint, then wrapped some rose gold colored wire around to make a hanger...then got our the Glossy Accents & a jar of small pearls & started gluing them on to hide the wire.
I think it turned out really well...even though a lot of the wire is still visible.  Once it's hanging on the tree, it really won't matter.  That is IF we get to put up a tree this year...the furry kids are still climbing the curtains...so we may have to wait another year before it's safe to get out the tree again. 
I'm sharing this at Kathy's Sunday Slow Stitching...there are lots of links there for you to visit to see what others have been up to.  I need to get busy on some quick machine stitched quilts, too...it's only the middle of September & I woke up at 3am trying to breathe...it was only 60 degrees inside the house...40s outside...so I turned on the furnace to warm up the air a bit.  Asthma and cold air don't mix...I hope this isn't a sign of what the winter will be like.  I can't stand cold weather.  Have I told you lately just how much I hate living in Ohio???