Tuesday, April 26, 2016


I got a couple packages in the mail last week--
first I got this sweet gift--
This came from Carol H in NJ--
I met her through this blogsite even though she does not have her own blog site--
but we keep in touch  though cards and letters, and this was a Thank you for the little things I have sent her here and there--Thank you Carol--just love this cat--and by the way--she is housebroke and doesn't even need kitty litter or food--how great is that--

then one of my dear blog friends, Sunny--
sent me some early Birthday gifts--
and I was 'bad' and finally could not wait to open the package--
Look at all these goodies--
Sunny had shown us the wall hanging on her blogsite and I had fallen in love with it--
and now look, it is mine--love it----yep, I really do, Sunny--
and the cat quilt pattern is so cute--think I do have to work on that one--
just deciding on colors right now--
Thank you Sunny--

and here is a bit of quilting--

sorry the color is off on this photo!!
these are 3 more sets of 2 for the Circa 2016 quilt--

and in counted cross stitch--
I have another month finished--
and don't tell Di--but she forgot to iron this before she took the photo!!!
and I have a nice start on April's--so I am happy about that!!!

and another baby sweater got finished--
and another one has been started--
this is my update so far--
not any sewing this week though--
have some other things going on--
but I am still getting my good walk in each day in the Sunshine and going down to the dock to feed the birds and squirrels and to do photos--
Have a wonderful day-
love and laughter, di

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


I have done some quilting--
a couple more Splendid samplers blocks had come out--
this one--they said would have one half square triangle block left over--
but I used it in reverse, so now I have 2 more blocks for my red and black collection of blocks--
and this block--was going to do it like everyone else's block and embroider the numbers on the tape, but then I found this fabric and decided to use it instead--
and when I went to put it with the rest of the blocks--
I found this one--
so now maybe I have a theme going here!!!

And I decided to redo the block that came out a bit too large last week-
I think  I like the fabric and colors in this one better--
and I was sooo careful in my cutting and measuring a sewing--
and squaring up!!!
but guess what--
it still is too big--about the same size as the last one--
so both will go in the collection of finished blocks and we will just see where we are in the end!!!

and look were I found a lizard sunbathing the other day!!!
On top of a frogs head--
when he jumped down--it was to inside the pot that the frog is hanging on to--
so that must be his home!!

Happy stitching-
love and laughter, di

Friday, April 15, 2016


Actually I do not have a single dress in my closet at this time--
I am bad--
but I have designed a couple more dresses--
for you to see in applique--
this months color is orange--
so I did one all in oranges--
and we were to add a touch of brown or black--
and I found this fabric soo--
I had to buy some and I used some for another dress--
both of these dresses are my design for doing them in applique--
wonder what next months color and dresses will be like!!!

Happy weekend--
love and laughter, di

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


 I got the last 2 blocks of Splendid sampler finished--
and this one--
and for this one-
do I or do I not???
tell you????
this one came out as a 7 inch square when I got it finished--
again--who knows what I did wrong--
must be the seam allowances--most patterns say a scant 1/4 inch so that is what I usually do on all my blocks now--but it must of made this one too big--crazy!!!

and I purchased a lot of linen towels a couple years ago to make up for gifts--
but have not done anything with them--
so when I see the butterfly applique pattern from JacquelynneSteves.com
(free download)
I copied it and made me 3 towels so far--
and these 2 in this  months colorway--

I also have 2 more dresses prepped for applique--

here is an outside photo--
that darn wind is messing with my hairdo!!
so I am outta here for now!!
love and laughter, di

Thursday, April 7, 2016


That seems to be this week's goal--
so here is the last couple days worth of blocks--
From the gals who  are doing "In my garden"--
one of them gave us this one as an extra--
then the regular monthly ones came out--
and here is the pieced block--
the other one for this month was also a watering can--
the can is in the air watering a couple flowers--
but I am a sucker for red tulips--
so decided to do that block as the second one--

and from Quilt Doodles--
this months is a mitten--
Guess it is red/and white month--???

Been a very good girl with walking so many steps each day and
every day I go down on the dock and eat lunch and do photos--
here is one from today--
look in the far left hand corner--
that is a fish jumping out of the water--they do that all the time down there--
but to actually capture on in a photo is very rare--
but I finally got me one!!!
love and laughter, di

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


You know how it is--
there is always some small project that you keep putting off--
and you keep thinking-
when I get the next 'sweater' knitted then I will sew on the buttons--
to all the ones I have gotten knitted--
and then before you know it--
you have '10' sweaters knitted--
all without buttons--
so you finally round them all up-
with all the odds and ends of yarn--
and 3 boxes of buttons--
on a Sunday afternoon and you have a "sewing on the buttons" party!!
Now to find a place to donate them too!!???

And the last block it done of the large basket blocks--
I had 2 yo-yo's left from the other block with yo-yo handle so am using them for the centers on 2 of the flowers here--

and here  is this weeks Splendid blocks--
had some cloud fabric --
so used it for the background on this one--
this paper pieced one is done--it was easier than I thought it would be to do--

And down on the deck for lunch today--
I seen my woodpecker--
(I take sunflower seeds down each day now--)
She stopped by for a bit of lunch--
and then I watched her fly to this tree, nearby--
And I believe she might have some 'babies' in that hole in that tree--
or she is playing 'squirrel' and putting some away for winter???
she did this a couple times--was fun to watch!!

Have a great fun stitching day--
love and laughter, di

Sunday, April 3, 2016


wanted to go to the Zoo-
for me--the giraffe askes???
well--let me go get the others--
Last May when I went there was just 2 giraffe's--
this year more where out and about--
along with a baby--
can you see the baby under the larger one??
here is the baby--he was sooo cute--
they had 2 babies born since the first of the year--
this one is the first one--
they just let the newest one out this week end!!
we also were there for feeding time-you could buy some sw potatoes to feed to them--
only this large one came to eat--
Did you know that giraffe don't like to be touched--not even by another giraffe--
and they have large black tongues!!
and we lucked out with these small animals as it was feeding time for them too--

and see the one standing up on the log??
he decided the group needed a look out!!
and large apes--
and they have a train that runs through some of the larger animal areas--
not ridden it yet--but one of these day--
and here  is a couple kids waiting for the train ride!!
Happy day to all--
love and laughter, di

Saturday, April 2, 2016


Remember a couple weeks ago, now when I told you,
that my DD was kidnapping me for an adventure--
it really was one--
we went here--
You may remember me telling you and showing you some photos when we went there, when I was in Florida last May for a vacation--before I moved down there--
even that first week in May the weather was 'hot' and "we" could only take being there an hour--
but this time--
we stayed for nearly 3  hours before my DD knees gave out and my back!!!
This Zoo is about half mile from the main road way and cars park at angles for this whole distance--
and then we seen buses and lots and lots of kids, then I remembered that it was spring break--
but she said if she found a parking space in handicap we were still going--and boy did we find one--
timing was perfect--we parked right across this sign, which is the entrance!!
So here goes--
Yep the first thing I seen was this snake, just as we where entering the zoo!!
a very large colorful parrot of some kine--

huge bird with a pink neck--think he has a fish in that neck right now--

one very big turtle--

Parents and their 2 kids--napping--

these 2 Zebras where having fun--
one very large Rhino--
they live in the same area as the Zebra's--

and we have lots more to show you tomorrow--
I mean, I took 542 photos while there--and only deleted about 100 when I got home--
so that is 442 photos that I can show you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
love and laughter, di