Friday, November 27, 2020

LOTS OF THE LETTER--"T"---

 Sometimes just little things can give us a 'pause' and a 'chuckle'--

Like I did an order from Target last week--

and later realized that everything I ordered started with the letter 'T'

one was a truck--that to me was kinda of a bonus--

Cause what I was doing the order for was a new smaller tree--

and this one is the one I found and put in my cart--
when I went back a couple days later to finish the order--
I seen it was on sale with a savings of $10--so that meant I could get the cute truck
I had seen when looking for the tree --as it was $10--
and I also had to order a bit more to get 'free' shipping so I ordered--
I have not had a actual tea kettle in years--
(so I might be too old for men to whistle at me anymore--
but I got a nice 'sexy' teapot that will!!!!!!:-)  )

and I wanted some silver tinsel for this years tree--
(I had gold last year!)   only this is way too thick for this tree--
but I did find some smaller silver tinsel at the Dollar Tree on Tuesday!
SOOO--all 'T's'--Target--Tree--Teakettle--Tinsel and Truck!!!!

I had also done a Walmart order a few days ago with some gifts for actual gift giving--
and then these happened to jump into that cart--

this set of 4 lunch sized plates from Better Homes and Garden--
I usually buy about '2' of these plates for each years series--(have 4 others now in my collection)
but this year with not going into a  Walmart since March 1st--I wasn't sure how I was going to add a couple and then I found the set of '4' online--and those are chipmunks on the sled one--
I eat my lunch on one of these each day--!!!

And yesterday was a big 'T' day--

as it was Thanksgiving and we had turkey --to enjoy!!!
we got actual baked turkey for our lunch yesterday and they gave us a nice amount of dark and white meat and it was very tasty!!!  and a nice slice of pumpkin pie--so I was a 'thankful-happy camper'!!!
And then there is the word for yesterday and this week--
THANKFUL---another 'T' word--
and I am sooooo very thankful for computers, internet, and blog friends!!!!
I am soooo  very thankful for all the friends, that I have met here in Blog land--
and I am sooo very thankful for all the sew-alongs, block of the months, and challenges that other's share and post about-

SO--THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, ENERGY, LOVE AND SHARING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR WITH ME AND WITH OTHERS--
LUV AND HUGS, DI




Friday, November 20, 2020

GOOD---BAD--OR----????

 I think there is a saying--about  "good, bad, or indifferent"--

That is kinda how I feel about the latest quilt finish--The Dress Quilt--

all I can say about it--is-- It is finished--that is the good part--
the bad part is I had to use a different blue on the binding--
as I could not seem to match the other blue fabric in the quilt top--
Indifferent--could be what other's think of it--but for me--
I love that it is finished!!!
And here is the back of it--
Cats with the word--"unimpressed"--so we know what they think of it!!!!!!

I got one of the Hexagon mats all finished--

These really are fun to make--
and as I was photographing this--I could  hear a 'commotion' behind me--
and I looked around to see 'what' that was all about--
and --

it was my 'new' reindeer I had purchased at the Publix's grocery store--
saying he wanted to be in the photo with the 'pretty' hexagons--so whom am I to say 'no'!!!!


And here is how I finished the bird blocks--
(sorry--I didn't realize I hadn't pressed this before the photo!!)
This quilt top is now pressed with backing and batting--and a 'fairy' has started to do some
hand quilting on it--though she may change her mind on what she is doing for the design!!!!

And though I don't have a photo--

I have gotten half of these blocks into rows--
so this one project is progressing--!!!
And I did do an online order yesterday for the border fabric--needed flannel--as I am putting
these rows together with flannel fabric and I needed a backing fabric for it--but that is cotton--
as this is going to be heavy for hand quilting with the wool and flannel --trying to decide 
if I want to use black batting (which I would have to order--) or what?????


We sure have to make alot of decisions when sewing and quilting--don't we?????


I am happy to report that finally my blood pressure is back in the normal range this week--
130/78--but--now I am tired and sleepy all day--but I keep right on making myself --stay busy!!!
I had to go on a third medication--but a very light dose of it--

I have also started reading again for a bit in the afternoon--my poor brain seems to want to 'run' on high all day long--and have discovered that by reading--it shuts off on all the other stuff--and just reads and enjoys the words to the story!!!!

I KNOW IT IS HARD TO DECIDE WHAT TO DO ABOUT FAMILY--
FOR THE COMING HOLIDAY--THANKSGIVING--
SO BE REALLY REALLY SMART ABOUT WHAT YOU DECIDE TO DO--

LUV, DI





Sunday, November 15, 2020

OH--MY WHERE DID THE LAST 10 DAYS GO???

I am bad--did not realize it has been so long between post--

I am still dealing with  a health issue and that has taken some time and energy --that I could of used for quilting and sewing--

though I have stitched every day--

Last Sunday while watching the last Nascar race for 2020--I did finish this Christmas stitchery--

I believe I missed tracing out a couple of others in this series--so need to see if I want to add them or now just finish the ones I have gotten done ---

I got another basket of tulips all appliqued--I now have 6 of these baskets done-again need to get them out and decide where I want this project to go---


and I have been working on this counted cross stitch project as a Christmas gift for a friend--more has been done on this and in fact it is nearly finished--



And the couple times I have been able to actually get to the sewing machine--I worked on these Tilda blocks--But am 'unhappy' with some of them--


I had some of the seams really not come out-so that I would have a 1/4" seam allowance on the blocks--so am not sure what to do about that?????

And I have steady worked on the Hexagon blocks--


I have 14 of these done in this series and am now doing a row of hand quilting going around them-- and   also have another design set cut out, to stitch--

And each day I am working on hand quilting on the dress quilt top--I just have 2 sides of the outer border yet to hand quilt and that will be ready for the binding--

and I am knitting every day on a pair of wool socks for a Christmas gift--

So I am keeping busy--I am just slower than I used to be!!!  I am afraid that this Covid crisis and the election got me all messed up emotionally and now I have to relearn how to 'chill'--I am so happy the election is over--yet still 'scared' about who is still in charge of our country for the next 2 months!  and now with the holidays and families wanting to travel and be together--well---???????

I know we will get through this--some how and in some way--and I try so hard not to 'worry'--but it seems to always be 'there' in my mind!!!

PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND CONTINUE TO DO 'SAFE' THINGS--

LUV AND HUGS, DI



 

Thursday, November 5, 2020

FOR THE BIRDS

 I love birds and I really miss taking photo's of birds--

so now I have to get my bird fix with fabric ones--


The other day I went to sew on some Tilda blocks and instead the bird blocks I had appliqued 'flew' right into my hands--so I laid them out on the bed--I was going to repeat a couple of the birds and do a top with 9 blocks--but it just didn't do it for me--so I ended up with this lay out--the lattice fabric is really a pretty silver tree on white background--but hard to see in this photo I see--and I went with the darker grey for the corner stones--But--now we wait for a fabric order to come in for the border as I have nothing in my Christmas stash to finish this --it really is much prettier in real life!!!!!


And here is the Hexagon project so far--


these are bright and cheery and you just want to keep making them!!!!!!


And here is the November Word play now on display--


Now today I did get to play with the  Tilda fabrics--so stay tuned for more on this project!!!

HAVE A WONDERFUL WITH A BIT OF FUN THROWN IN KINDA DAY!!

LUV AND HUGS, DI



Monday, November 2, 2020

MOM ALWAYS DID IT--

 Every Monday morning I remember my mother going down the steps to the cellar--to do laundry--even when she didn't feel well--she would go to the cellar and do laundry --and with me behind her--to help her--I even remember the wringer washer and yes--getting my arm stuck in it!!!  we did not have a dryer though--we went out a set of back stairs to the outdoors and the clothes line--and I even remember the stiffer than a board frozen clothes!!!



For some reason now--I find I also do my laundry on Mondays for the most part--once in a great while like last week--it was  Wednesday before I could do it--but everyone here as they go by me  sitting in the lounge area waiting on the dryer and knitting-they all now just say--"it's Monday"!!!!  ( and there is  alot of Mondays when I don't feel all that great--but I still go down and do it--must be handed down from my Mother!!!!

Ok-- guess what day it is--????

We are now into the month of November---gobble gobble gobble, everyone!!!!

and here is my--

November goal--

1. To finish this quilt top--

with hand quilting--of course!!

2. this month's dirty dozen Number is #1
and that is this set of blocks--
A Buttermilk Basin project from 2-3 years ago--
the goal is to just get the top done--and maybe--get it layered and basted--we will see!!

And here is a 'better' look at the Hexagon stitch along that I am doing--

There is more designs to this set--coming right up!!!
I am doing this with Deb over on--vtquilter.blogspot.com and the name of her blog is--
Happy to be Scrappy--so pop over and say Hi!!!

And I got another Christmas block embroidered while watching racing this week end--
Let me  tell you--there is a bunch of tiny stitches--to make this one--
a person could go 'cross-eyed' doing these--but so worth it--!!!
I have just one more design prepared for stitching--
and just one more week end of racing left for this season--
then what am I going to do for entertainment??????

And now for a little give away--
I am giving away the pattern to this counted cross stitching--
(if you live in the USA--it would cost me over $20 to send outside of the US right now--
sad!!!)
So if you would like the pattern --just let me know in the comments!!

I am still having an issue on having to go to another person's post page to do my posts--
anyone ever have this problem or know how we can fix it????

TAKE A MINUTE AND SEND A NOTE TO SOMEONE THAT YOU ARE THINKING OF THEM--
LUV AND HUGS, DI







Saturday, October 31, 2020

HALLOWEEN TREATS-AND-SHE'S BACK---

There was a knock on my door yesterday--right at lunch time--so thought it was lunch--

but when I opened the door this is what I seen--


3 real scary office staff members!!!

And this is what they gave me--


a large bag of goodies--


Good thing I started my 'diet' on Thursday--right????

Actually--I really don't eat this kind of candy--so alot of this will be finding new homes--I am a dark chocolate snob!!!!   But what a delightful fun moment--getting trick or treat candy at my age--and delivered right to my door--didn't even have to go 'hunting' for any!!!!

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 Remember the one house on my walks around the block here--

and how every day she moves her concrete geese and pelican statues???

Well she was missing for 4-5 months and so where they--but yesterday in my walking around they are back--I think she must go north or someplace for hurricane season!!


And I found this tree--

in a vacant lot--wonder if it is a lemon or a lime tree--we will have to keep after Di to take a photo of it every couple days and see which color way it goes!!!


And here is a house on down the street that I though was decorated cute--

and notice the skeleton on the porch has a baby skeleton in his/her arms--cute!!
and on the garage-

I love that great big fat spider!!!

I did not get out my fall stuff --at least not yet--so no Halloween decorations here--
I am a bad girl--hey I did get the suitcase of clothes out from under the bed this morning and changed out some summer clothes for more winter/warmer ones--only--it's still 'hot' here!!!!

TAKE A WALK TODAY IF WEATHER PERMITS AND SEE WHAT CHANGES ARE GOING ON IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!!!
luv and hugs, di



Thursday, October 29, 2020

WHERE AM I???

 All I can say--it's a been hardgoofy week--

Monday was nice--Frannie and I went to a Quilt shop for me to pick up some batting I had ordered there and of course a bit more fabric came back home with me!!  Then we did stop and have a nice lunch--outside and I had the sun shinning on me--and that felt so good (we had had a week of cloudy rainy days)

Tuesday I thought was doing good and I was getting some things done while waiting for the NP to come--but she did not make me a happy camper by the time she left--we still have a very big issue with my blood pressure not behaving--it seems to be even higher--OUCH!!!!

Wednesday was finally laundry morning and that needed to be done--and I am happy to say it did get done--and even a short walk got accomplished in the afternoon!!  And then I got some sewing done--always feels like a good day when I can sew!!

Today--I have gotten a few things worked on--but now am waiting on the Nurse Alex to come--he will be coming again a couple times a week to take my blood pressure--But I am also not feeling well today--but I do think it is environmental--I can smell perfume--yep--perfume in my apartment and it's not mine--or someone may be burning candles--I have had an issue with smells lately --and I have at least 2 new neighbors--soooo--who knows!!!  

OK enough of that kind of news--now for some good news--

I got my --



For October finished-

This little basket quilt was worked on a few times for a few years--
and now is a happy little quilt as it is finished--


I have my Halloween mice sampler all finished-this will have the backing like my others--
but so far haven't found a fabric I like--would love some spider web fabric--maybe by next year I will find what I am looking for-in the mean time it is on the table in front of a basket for me to enjoy!!!



And I got another Christmas block embroidered last night--I know these are Race watching projects--and I did watch a race while I was doing it--it was the rest of Sunday's race that had been rained off for the last 72 hours!!!!


I got another basket appliqued--the far right one is the new one--I have '2' of the far left one done, 2 of the center one done and this one--have a 2nd one cut out and ready to applique, like it--so this project is moving along--(wonder where it is moving to????)

And here is the newest project I am starting--

The Hexagon project--all hand work--there is 12 here to do--but will wait to show you which fabric I am using when I start getting them sewn!!!  

And 2 knitting projects are finished--

don't think this one will get a hat--it is a larger size and there wasn't enough yarn left over!!

and I finally got this pair of socks done--

Hey for once these colors look better in the photo than in real life---I had a hard time finishing these as I wasn't crazy for the dull colors--!!!

Now for the craziest news yet---I had to go to someone else's site to do this post--as when I hit my New post button--her post page comes up instead--but I did discover that if I clicked on a certain symbol on her  post I could get this page to come up--I know that she is trying to fix this issue--isn't this new blogger or whatever it is we are having to use now--just silly!!!!!

JUST KEEP HANGING ON -- 
WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS AND BE BETTER FOR IT--
LUV AND A BIG HUG, DI