Friday, January 29, 2010

Winter Sunshine

The days are short,
The sun a spark
Hung thin between
The dark and dark.

(by John Updike)


Let's warm up a little, shall we?

First you must open the windows (of your heart) and let the sun light in

snuggle with someone who loves you

Bundle up and go for a walk with your family...and breathe

Look up and open your eyes. You'll see the beautiful architecture of creation and promises of warmer times, which you can't see during the other seasons in your life

On your walk, look for something lonely, like this summer bench on the beach and comfort it with the warm body heat you've worked up from your walk. :)

Before you go in, look up at the sun with closed eyes and let the sunshine waltz on your face, as you dance in the rays of a little child and you don't care how stupid you look or who is watching. :) (These pictures were taken a few days after Christmas when it warmed up a little. Ahhhh...the sweet radiance of children playing...

If you have no sunlight this weekend, you can always stare at a street light and concentrate very might warm you up.

Make your own SUNSHINE. Choose JOY. Be BLESSED.

***Pictures taken by my daughter***

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Feeling Green

I had a big old jar with nothing in it and my green depression glass cups fit through the hole. :)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Quilting bits

First let me say, I'm a jerk of an ungrateful friend. I didn't publicly thank Allie for the quilt I won from her. If you want to make a new friend, who is always cheerful and has some neat hand stitchery to share, go over to Allie's at Allie Oops Sweet Happy Life.

I'm enjoying this quilt more than I ever thought possible. Mostly because the fabric and colors are so happy of course, but also because it's been a long time since I've allowed myself to purchase a stack of something happy. I think I'm getting bored with scraps. I need to add cheer to my stash a little more often, don't you think?

I draped it over the banister for the picture. Say hello to Mu Mu, the narcissistic cat who had to be in the picture, as always. I love her simple quilting technique and the weight of this quilt is perfect for Florida...not too hot...not too cold.


Completed "Where the Wild Things Are" baby quilt
I finished binding this baby quilt. I've posted pictures of it before, so you're probably getting tired of seeing it. I love it so much, I can't help myself. I used a brown botanic Thimbleberry fabric for the binding which at a distance could almost read "animal print". I didn't put any animal print in my quilt on purpose, as you won't find any in the book. I only used fabrics with texture, as you'll find in the illustrations within the book.

Oh yea, and my signature trademark piece of "Texas" fabric in the quilt was also added. Not really part of Where the Wild Things are, but it wouldn't be a quilt from me, if Texas wasn't in it. Plus, my friends who get this quilt are from Massachusettes and they call me Tex. LOL Do you have a "trademark" for your work?


I loved this process so much, I can't wait to make another baby quilt out of another children's book. Patricia Polacco is my favorite children's book author. I might try one of her books. Do you have a favorite children's book, with great color and illustrations which would make a nice quilt?


I've been working on Bonnie's next mystery quilt called Carolina Christmas. It's going a lot faster than her other mysteries and I love the finished pattern. I think it's going to be one of my favorites of hers. She used a yellow/gold as her accent with her reds and greens. I'm using an aqua as my accent. I think it's going to be pretty as our bedroom is Robin's Egg Blue and I didn't really want a red, green and yellow quilt in there. I think aqua, red and green will go better. It's beautiful so far and I can't wait to show you better pictures


Bonnie has a new book out now so go get your copy. Support small business and support Bonnie. She works so hard and has always been generous with her free patterns


Been thriftn' and looky what I found... First, let me preface by saying, I love, love, love, love ticking. I love old ticking and any new ticking you might see in newer fabric collections. My eyes are always drawn to it and I somehow manage to collect a lot of it without realizing what I'm doing which is FINE BY ME. Check out this old pillow case...oh my gosh, I love it! It's in need of long soaking bath, but it's gonna be gorgeous after it gets it's scrubbing...It will be my new best friend, as soon as I decide what to do with it.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Post Christmas update la la la...

Hey there folks. Been busy here in Florida trying to keep warm, reading, quilting, cleaning and snuggling.

All our Christmas company (we had 11 people here at one time) went back home to the great state of Texas (without me). Boo hoo. This is my mom with 4 grandchildren. Who is ready to open presents and is sick of taking pictures? LOL

My daughter left for her second semester at college. This is her in the green. She's the oldest grandchild and everyone's right hand girl. Our home doesn't glow nearly as bright when her light is gone.

My husband left to work in Pennsylvania. I'm um....pretty certain he's coming home at the end of this week...Lord willing. :)

My son and I are working hard on his school, and started back to co-op last week.

I've bound 4 quilts, started a new one and my fingers are super sore. Ouch. No, I can't use a thimble. I try, but I can't. "Tex" is what I'm called by the people who will receive this baby quilt. I guess if your going to be called something other than your name, Tex is at least a kind endearment

...But the real reason my poor blog has been abandoned is because I got a Kindle for Christmas and I've read 4 books. Time to put it down and get the house put back together. I still need to put Christmas away. Yikes! Look at my domesticated "shadows". They go every where with me and they think they own the place. They're always invading my body bubble!

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