Sunday, July 23, 2017

Mama likes Fabric!

Look at this adorable fabric I found on sale in CT !
Designed by my local friend Deb Gabel. I  love it! I want to live there. Complete with dogs and cats and birds!
I also got this stash at the same store (sew inspired), most on sale!
I think I'll use the floral batik, really pretty in person to make the purse... if I can follow a pattern instead of making my own that is!

Let me backtrack a bit, and let Milo explain what went down...
Milo, here. I know my Mama is more fun when she's happy, and if Fabric makes her happy, let's visit some fabric stores in Connecticut!. Furst I looked through her directory while lounging around on the hotel sofa.

Yawn! Lots of decisions here, and I have to get Daddy to agree to drive us from place to place and entertain me while she roots around inside for goodies!

I picked out some good ones and we hit the road, Jack!

LeeAnna here... Milo chose some fun places.
I didn't buy stuff at all of them but isn't it great fun to look??!!

I got the Ginny Beyer yellow on sale for $4.99 in one store, and the hocus pocus precuts at another. I love halloween fabric, and these were adorable. I think a very simple design will make the most of them.

Along the way we stopped in NJ at the Olde City Quilts shop where they allowed Milo to terrorize greet the staff! I just love Fossil Ferns, and the row by row patterns at each shop. Both the yardage is extreme sale ($5/yd) and the deer fabric sparkles. The words on the other one are in scrips and French!  The tiny precuts are all polka dots in bright colors. Perfect for ready made hexies. 

 Milo here... whew! I dragged that Mama to enough stores. Time for a wee nap before we go to bed.
Gotta let Mama calm down before bedtime, so I'll just keep the quilt store directory safe til the morning!
It's nice when you can keep a Mama happy!
(No fabric was eaten in the making of this blogpost)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Blue leaves and ALL the leaves!

 On our recent trip to Connecticut, (read about it here) I had a chance to hand baste some of my blue scraps to leaf papers.
I look through my scraps about the right size, and choose the ones with the most impact to me.

It's the first project, one done with the RSC which is a challenge to use a certain color each month, where I have hand basted applique like this.

I have enjoyed the process, and seeing a random scrap polished off into a nice shape like this, really showcases the fabrics. It's like shining a light on each design!

Now for some layouts...

I am in love with this batik behind the layouts. I only bought two yards so I am using it in many projects but wish I had a bolt!

So... I pulled out the leaf pile...
and was amazed at all the leaves I've basted! Leaves, or petals, or feathers, or geometric shapes.
The possibilities are endless and we're not finished with the challenge yet!
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off the wall Fridays  
quiltingreadersgarden friday applique  
 scrap happy Saturdays
sewcanshe Saturdays


Thursday, July 20, 2017

"I Like" Thursday # 46... Connecticut edition

My big boy weighs in at 37 lbs now and is VERY tall!
"Hey... I don't need a high chair!" said Milo, "I'm a BIG boy now!" 

Welcome to this week's list of likes... more from Milo later. 

We escaped the most recent mosquito spraying by taking a long weekend trip to Connecticut. We do like it there and it felt good to get away. We have some important decisions to make about moving, and it gave us a break from "the house that needs too much" 

 I have so many likes from the trip, it might be several I Like posts! This is a sidewalk in Greenwich CT, I thought was really a pretty display. Look at this topiary lady...
 Very cool! 
I Like a yard sale... going to them not having them lol! The first morning we decided to take a walk around the Rose Garden in West Hartford, and I spied a yard sale sigh at a very fancy house along the park. 

We had a fun time nosing around and I got to chatting with the owner. The house was awesome, built in the 1920's, Tudor style ( my fave) and she said, "want to see the inside?" Huh?? Blink blink... of course!

It was AWESOME! Like one of the Newport mansions in a way. Too big for her she said. Not me... I could just roll around in the opulence! I could enjoy not bumping into stuff all the time! Archways in all doorways, a full on butler's pantry, woodwork, lovely.

Back to the yard sale, look at the little chinese acrobat lamp...
Right after I saw the house, it started to rain and everyone panicked so we left.  The husband handed me a card from his pet supplies store with a coupon for money off. We went immediately and Milo got a new benebone for the car! 

The big blue chair was at the Rose Garden, where we sat at outside tables and had a lunch. An enormous doberman was at the table next to us and he and Milo got along famously. I like my pup to enjoy other dogs.

I liked this church roof in my fave old town, Wethersfield CT. 

 what's that??? Hexies? Yipee!
 I just loved the neighborhood street name signs with the cute little houses on them!

Many of the real houses looked very like the signs!

I liked this girl who found peace reading in a tree...
She seemed unaware of all the comings and goings of people walking across the pedestrian bridge of flowers.

 I'll do another post of cool pics including the bridge soon. I remember climbing up to read.
She didn't need the "stairs" I saw on another tree later...
Milo here to tell you some of my likes this week. First I love traveling in the car with my pawrents. I sit in my bed on the seat with my head on the AC vent! 
I love the feeling of air on my naturally curly hair! 

I missed a lot of naps this weekend, so I really liked the sofa in the hotel room. 

Here's how you do it.
1. Give the sad pup look to the mama while looking at the sofa too. 
2. put your little feet up on the sofa and give her the sad look again. 
3. get her to give you a little boost up so your back feet can reach the sofa
 4. never just leap onto the sofa even if you could. It's pawlite to ask first. 
5. share the couch with your mama

then close your eyes tightly. I have often heard mama say, " wow, that was fast, look how cute he is sleeping!" heh heh, I know. I'm wearing the bandana Aunt Monika sent me.

Rest when you can pups! I loved spending time with my peeps, I chilled in the car, then ran around meeting other dogs and smelling stuff and peeing. Mama and Daddy let me run fast as a gazelle between them at the hotel. I sat very quietly (editor's note: well, pretty quietly for a 4 month old pup) at the breakfast each morning. I met lots of dogs! Travel is enlightening y'all.

LeeAnna here to tie up this week's post. There's a lot of fun to come... lawn ornaments, architecture, shopping sprees, oddities and stories. I'll leave you with the view thru the pedestrian bridge...
Please visit these fine folks keeping it happy too! Give them a few hours to get a post up, and check back as people add in later in the day!

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8. https://faithtrustandbreastcancer

9. another day in paradise

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Thankful Thursdays pet parade

http://sky watch Fridays
willy nilly Friday (random images)
habbyartboutique fridays
pet parade Fridays  

Monday, July 17, 2017

Milo's Monday Mischief So that's where the socks go...

So THAT"S where the socks go!
Milo helps with laundry. He's especially good with sock relocation and pre-wash 

He said to tell you he is available to help you with your socks too. 

You're welcome. 

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blogpaws doggie bloghop Wednesdays   
create-with-joy pets

Friday, July 14, 2017

Scattered blue skies little blue pinwheels!

The color of the month at the RSC is blue. I started sewing my Sapphire Star, (post here) mystery blocks, all in blues, and instead of cutting off the wee triangles I sewed another seam and made tiny half square blocks.

I didn't mark, or take much care of size, they all came out about the same. After I cut them off, pressed them open, I played around with them and finally decided to do little pinwheels.Really, I didn't spend much energy trying to be exact and the blocks looked ragged but I knew they met in the center. A quick trim took care of the uneven edges, and I got to have fun instead of worrying.

Four of the little HST blocks make one pinwheel block, that I trimmed to 2"

ha ha!
So I didn't fuss the sewing, instead just placed them together with the angles meeting and sewed about an 8th inch seam, making sure they met in the centers. Then I trimmed all four sides down to the 2" block.

Now what... hmmm.... well I could do a border of them. What in the center???
I have a drawer of misfits, so I peered inside to find the little stamp Deb Gabel gave me once. She and I were in an art quilt group together for a few years and she was throwing this away. Well, you know me!
"could I have it?"   Laughing, she said, sure.

It's almost the right size. I'll have to trim the sides, and add a bit to the top and bottom and it will be cute!

I grew up in Tampa, and love flamingos, and love to use scraps! This should finish about 9" X 12" and hang in a little space that needs some color!
cute right?

No piece left behind...

Please take a moment and enjoy our "I Like" posts this week, full of things that make us happy, the link is  here
we do them every week, and welcome you to join us!

Looking for Milo posts? they are under the label Milo's Mischief

linking to these as well as others on my links page

Esther's blog Wednesdays 
Let's be social Wednesdays 

Midweek makers wednesdays


Thursday, July 13, 2017

"I Like" thursdays Annapolis edition

Welcome to this week's list of things I liked! We all like flowers and their bright colors don't we? On our recent walk through Annapolis, I saw some pretty ones. I happen to LOVE hibiscus. I had wild hibiscus bushes around my home in Florida. These were the most delicious color of flamingos!

Doesn't the picture look painted?? Does to me... trick of lighting. Low late afternoon light, angled just so...
It's a bit in shade but I chose to show you this one because you can see the tiny white circles around the dark pink stamens and the brilliant golden yellow dots. French knots in embroidery, around beads, heavily quilted with echo quilting, dabs of really dark black in the center... See it done in fabric???

I Love walking around Annapolis, seeing something different each time I go...
I Like architecture especially the details on old homes... including oddly shaped old homes in a town started in the 1600's... old for the USA.
Yup, it comes to a sharp point! I so wish I could go in!!!
Since I started blogging about living the creative life, I really notice details... I liked the long flower boxes...
and the little face!
And this little face
And this little lady, ready to hold a flag I suppose...
(click on any image to enlarge it)  then there was this little gee gaw in a planter holding one of my fave plants
caladiums... can you see them done in fabric? Painted?
So delicate yet very strong in our extreme heat.

I really liked this spray of lavender flowers... all the shades on one bunch... peeking out from a wrought iron fence, dangling near our eyes to astound us with color! My husband, the scientist walked right by.
Good thing we're opposites... we each bring so much to the table.
And one more flower image...
This is in a Children's shop... FANCY children! I would have loved this dress... heck I'd love this dress now!
So chic! And I love tulle.

I LOved this blogpost about a sheep and dog making friends!!!


Now for Milo's list of likes:
Milo here! (finally) (you've been waiting for me haven't you?)
I like to chew my leash. This one is very satisfying on my molars. They are loose, and coming in, and hurt so I love to grab this handy thing and chew away. Oh Mama yells! She does not want me to enjoy my leash AT ALL but I Like it!
I like meeting other dogs on leash, well we'd all prefer to have NO LEASHES but a leash does allow me to keep track of my pawrents...
This good looking golden is 8 months old so he and I compared notes on puppy stuff! His people had him on an easy walk leash so he never pulled.

That's okay, I pulled enough for the both of us!  Then that cutie Wheaten terrier.
He's so stocky! And his hair was so handsome! He was VERY calm only because he's 3 years old.

We all had a nice tussle, then we left the people to continue their lunch!

LeeAnna here to finish up...I'll leave you today with this glorious sky photo!
It so appealed to the artist in me. The clouds were quite lined up at the same angle as the roof line, then the color of the sky was intense, and the clouds texture varied. Between buildings, it was a little surprise as we walked back to the car, we three. Happy for our little adventure.

Please visit these people also keeping it positive with I Like posts this week!

6, craftscaviescontras
8. https://faithtrustandbreastcancer

linking to some parties including
Thankful Thursdays pet parade