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Thursday, November 26, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving from our house to yours!  We have so much to be thankful for!!  Our family...our friends...our health...and our fur babies!

We are looking forward to the 'southern' kids (they live in Indiana!) coming for a visit this weekend!  I'm cooking for Bob and I on thanksgiving day as well as prepping some food for their visit!  I love to cook and it will be fun to visit with the kids!!!  
Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Nothing but snow! Still!

Yep, we still have snow and cold!  It was 25 at 9:30 last night and just felt bitter cold!  But it's suppose to be warmer later this week so the snow will melt.  I'm sure!  Or, I'm hoping!  Today is Kalee's 'spa' day and my day to finish up grocery shopping for Thanksgiving and the weekend with kids.

Now that I'm winding down to get ready to be a snow bird, I don't have much to show in artwork!  But I do have an old piece I did from November of 2009!   I was playing around with bleaching fabric and this is what I wrote:

After rinsing and washing here's the bleached piece. I really liked the colors in this piece and thought I should do something with it.

So now for my 'project' part of this blog. I know..the colors are different but that just depends on whether I've used the flash or not! Sorry about that.. I think this is more the true color of the piece. I had a piece of hand dyed fabric in a similar color so I cut up the bleached piece and added a small strip just to break up the piece. I thought this would make a nice Art of Nature journal piece for November.

I wanted to add some other color to the piece so I made a stencil from a Dover book of a flowers and used Oil Pastel crayons to add the color.
I sandwiched the piece and started stitching away. Here's the stencil part just outlined with stitching.And here's the finished stitched piece. I just did free motion stitching to fill in areas. I didn't care much for the green I used on the leaves and wanted to change that. So I found some old painted fusible webbing I had on hand and I ironed that on top of the green leaves. I think it looks much better. I really liked how this turned out and I decided I'm not cutting it down to the 8 1/2" x 11" journal size. It's 10" x 12 1/2" and I think I'm keeping it this size. I'll just have to make another AON journal for November. So guess that's what I better get moving to do, right!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Winter Wonderland!

It's a winter wonderland!  Well, it is Michigan after all!!  Yesterday it was snowing when we got up a little after 7 a.m. and continued through the day and night! was beautiful and the dogs loved it!  Go figure!

These were our girls footprints around 9 Saturday morning.  Gigi loved the snow!  Who knew!

This was taken around 9 Saturday morning too.

Later in the afternoon.....

And this was around 5:30-6 p.m.  You can barely see our container on the deck!

We had to keep shoveling snow just so Kalee and Gigi could play!

It was beautiful out but I also missed Amber's Lacrosse game on Saturday.  I've yet to see her play since we were in Florida last spring when she first played. She's now participating in another Lacrosse group, outside of the school team.  It will be good experience for her and so far she seems to really enjoy playing.  Maybe in two weeks I'll get to see her play.  Until's shoveling snow, watching football (Sunday) and preparing my menu for the kids visit next weekend!  We're really looking forward to seeing all the kids.  Snow should be gone by then...let's hope!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Just an old piece of work

Since I can't show my current piece I'm working on until November 30th, how about a look back at one of my larger pieces.  This was a piece from 2009 where I used some sun prints I did while at a workshop by Mickey Lawler.  May be hard to see but I have beads on the upper borders and some larger beads along the bottom.  Surprise!  Right!
Nature Becomes My Muse
Measures 36" x 55"

I'm not sure what the leaf was I used to sun print with but it was huge.  I ended up with four prints but for the life of me I don't know what I did with the other two! my stash somewhere I'm sure...or perhaps I made a quilt with them.  Guess I should look into that.  The leaf blocks are 19.5" x 15.5".

Anyway, I made the raw edge applique leaves by layering fabric onto some type of batting or backing.  For the life of me I can't remember...but they aren't flush on the quilt...and actually I sewed them on after I quilted the piece.  Might be hard to see them here...they are on the bottom as well as around the borders.

I painted over my free motion quilting words and flower edges as well as the leaf quilting.  Just gave it some glitz!  HA 

There's a great book called 'Fall Photographs' by Christopher Griffiths that I used to make my leaves. This is a fantastic book that displays one leaf on each of the large pages of this book. Really cool if you're into leaves or just photography.  

Speaking of leaves....Linda McLaughlin does wonderful hand stitching and this is her second or 3rd  year of creating a "weekly leaf" stitching project (along with her daily stitching project(s)!).  I commented on one of her blog posts recently that starting in January 2016 I am going to create a weekly stitched leaf.  You have to head over to Linda's blog and see her stunning work!!!  My followers know how much I love hand stitching  and seeing what Linda does on a daily/weekly basis certainly does get me inspired.  To get an idea of her weekly leaf pieces, go here.  And when you are finished viewing her beautiful work for the weekly leaves for this year, then go to her home page and check out all her other posts/tabs.

I think you'll see how she inspired me to get started on my own weekly leaf project!!  How about you???  Up for a weekly or eve daily stitching project!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The countdown begins!

Well, we'll be heading south six weeks from this past Monday!  YIKES!  I always say that every's not that I have that much to do before we leave...after all, let's face it I should know what to take and what not to take, right!  The hardest part is the day before we leave...that's when I finish all the laundry and 'help' Bob packs his clothes.  Of course, it's like a marathon the day we leave making sure everything is ready for our house sitters (thanks Lori and Randy!).

This is what the back seat and back of my SUV looks like!  yes, I take pictures each year just so I know how and where to pack items!!

It doesn't seem possible that it's the holiday season already!  Time certainly goes by so fast the older we get, doesn't it!

I'm just not ready to leave my home yet.  I love Florida and our friends but I'm getting so bad about leaving home.

I do get teased by my friends about not wanting to travel more than 30 minutes or miles!  But today I am venturing out with my friend, Carol. We're headed to Lansing to a quilt, not for me, for Carol.  She's looking for a special fabric that Country Stitches carries.  Years ago, when I still worked, my daughter and I wwould make this trip (it's over an hour from  me!) to buy batik fabric(s) when they had their big sale.  I won't even tell you how much we would spend....let's just say I still have some of those batiks in my fabric stash!

Anyway, it should be a nice day out and of course, lunch!  That will get me to travel a few miles!   HA

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

More Zipper Work...just not mine!

I'm finishing up some hand stitching on my 'texture' piece for our online challenge.  I hope to get the binding on later this week...maybe on Thursday since I'll be gone the rest of this week.

This past Saturday I met up with my bud, Alice and her friend to check out the ReZip-It open house!  Heather's work is amazing.

She uses zippers to make her art work and jewelry and it's so unique.  Check out her Etsy site here or if you're on FaceBook, you can check out her FB page here.  Of course, each of us did purchase some items!  Go figure!

This piece can be either a pin or a hair clip!  Heather makes these in so many different colors.  And even in black or white.

 After the open house, we had a nice lunch in the area then I headed home to walk dogs and watch the Michigan game!  Talk about a nail biter!  And then the Lions on Sunday!  No wonder I drink!

Monday was 63 degrees and sunny...I took the dogs for a ride to the bank, library and post office then for a walk around town.  It was just a beautiful  day out  and  perfect for for walking!

 Gotta love just never know what the weather will be...they are predicting snow possibly by the weekend...well, it is mid November, right!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Well, I am doing something!

Life is starting to get back to normal with Gigi's foot healing!  Thank goodness for that and for our little girl feeling better!!

I made another fiber card from fabric I stamped and painted using one of my handmade stamps.

and I started to quilt some fabric to make some more cards for November and December BD's.

And you know how much I love making the 3D I made another one today for a friend of my neighbor.

See I'm working!!!  Not a lot, but working!!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

This and that!

So Friday I met with the kids to celebrate Darrin's was fun to be with all the kids and grand kids.  Although, Nick and Amber wouldn't let me take their pics so I'm just showing Kris and Dawn!  (Bob was at home with 'the girls' and Jeff was out of town!).

And I am finally getting back to some of my art projects.  I'm working on a few BD fiber cards and trying to finish up the hand work on my texture piece for the online blog challenge. Pics to come later this week.
I also put up our Christmas decorations in the family room.  The kids are coming up for Thanksgiving so I like to have the house decorated as they can't be here for Christmas.  Hopefully, I'll have pics of art work forthcoming.  Until then, this is what I worked on yesterday (Lion's didn't play!).

And I gave little Gigi a bath...isn't she the cutest little thing!

She and Kalee play constantly and are becoming best buds!!


Friday, November 6, 2015



Can't believe Darrin is 47!  But then I can't believe how old I am either!!!   He works seven days a week at his job which worries me.  He needs to work a normal schedule although Dawn is just as bad.  I think it has to do with the job force and technology now a days.  You never get away from work and both kids don't take enough time for themselves.  The kids keep both Kris and Darrin also busy with their sports and school.  Nothing a mom can do, right!

 Today will be friend Carol lost her mom this week. I feel so bad for her as she lost her sister this past winter and her father this her mom.    I'm headed to the funeral home in Farmington then off to meet the kids for dinner in Lake Orion to celebrate with the birthday boy and the rest of the kids!  

I am stitching on my 'texture' piece for our online challenge that is due the end of the month.   This is a sneak peak.

 Tomorrow is bath day for the 'girls' and football on Sunday should be a good stitching day.  I already did my  laundry this week so that's crossed off my list!  HA

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Lynn's ATC Exchange!

Look what I received in the mail yesterday!  The ATC's from Lynn's ATC exchange!  How cool are these!!!!

Left to Right:

Mary Andrews - Sherry Boram

Sona Nast - Debbie Berkebie

Lynn Krawczyk - Mari Townsend

Briana Goetzen - Jennifer Peters

Jane Davila - Rhonda Baldwin

And this was what I made to exchange with each of the ladies.  You can see my process here.

This was so much fun and I keep going back looking at each of the cards!   The one criteria we had was to screen print on our card(s).  This was the interesting part to see how each person met this criteria!
Thank you one and all!!!!  This might be a yearly exchange we need to have!  Just sayin!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Blah, blah, blah....

I know my life isn't really hard compared to so many I know...but this is my blog so I can complain if I want to!  I am just way too busy right now - as the saying goes:  too busy for pin curls!

I've posted on this saying before and I don't know what it means either!!!  I just know I'm busy, busy but with nothing to show!

Poor little Gigi's toe was doing better but then yesterday she was licking it and I saw it was bleeding again.  Grrrrrrr  So we are back to wearing socks or her collar again.  Poor little dog...makes me feel so bad.  Plus, she's now back to not wanting to walk on the wet grass again in the morning(s).'s almost as if we are back to the first month  we adopted this little sweetheart. daily dog training has been put on the back burner with the dogs...just because!  Our walks are quite short but are still needed just to get me/dogs moving. I'm out of the training mode other then trying to get the little on to walk on wet grass in the a.m. or night time!
The girls did get dressed up for Halloween!  Although, Gigi just wanted to bark at all the kids.  Kalee on the other hand just wanted to go see all the kids!!

I made a nice dinner (stuffed jalapeno peppers and cheese for appetizers; pork tenderloin/au gratin muffin potatoes/roasted vegetables/homemade applesauce/and homemade German chocolate cake for dessert!) for Bob's daughter and her hubby yesterday!  I've been trying to get them over  here since we got back from  Florida!  I bought this statue for Diane at an art fair this past spring and it's been at the house since we got home in May!

Isn't it a cute statue!  It's made of cement and weighs over 25lbs.!  It's a big bugger but I think he/she is adorable.  I think Diane liked her and hope she can enjoy it!

Today I went to the movies with my friend, Joan, to see The Intern.  A really cute movie and DeNiro was great, as usual.  Just a light, fun movie...just what I needed to refresh my psyche!!  I even did some dog lessons today with both Gigi and Kalee...simple collar grab and nose touches.  Hey, it's a start!!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Life is tough!'s hard being Dog Whisperer, Minute Maid, Betty Crocker and fiber lady all in one!  Especially this week with being Dog Whisperer!  Gigi's toe took a bad turn on Monday with bleeding we were back to E Collar and a baby sock.

We're now back to just a baby sock when we walk (and when she sleeps!) or the collar if I'm playing Minute Main and Betty!  I can't watch her all the time and we don't want her licking or chewing her foot.  The 'quick' looks great again so keeping our fingers crossed it's on its way of healing!  WHEW!

 This is Gigi with her 'sock' on while she and Kalee were walking this a.m.  I let them 'sniff' for about 5-10 min. then they have to walk beside me.  I've actually made about 8 socks....just putting ties on baby socks so they hold up on her leg!

I did get BD fiber cards made but pics are on my camera so I'll post those later!  And I've starting working on our 'texture' challenge for the online group, Art Quilters Around the World'!  It's due November 31st so I need to get it finished...upcoming holidays and entertaining will keep me busy let alone having a project to do.  I also did some painting on the canvas roll I have to get started on my fiber Valentines.  Otherwise, I'm not doing anything!  HA

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Patchwork #2 Finished

Finished!  Now on to Patchwork #3??!!  This piece measures 16" x 20" and will be part of the the Inspired By the Masters exhibit and my interpretation of Mary Ann Beckwith's work.  I just pinned this to foam board.  I still have to add a sleeve and label to this piece and a few others that are finished for the exhibit.

Patchwork #2

I love hand work so these 'patchwork' pieces are wonderful to work on.  I love to  machine quilt but also enjoy the slow, methodical process for hand stitching.

So perhaps it's time to think about Patchwork #3 or Hex Horse #3!!  After all I have lots of hexes left from multi projects!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Just like children

Yep, our dogs are just like kids...hate when they get sick or last night little Gigi was coming back into the house from going potty and let out a yelp!  When I sat down I reached over to pick her up and saw blood all over!  WHAT!  This is what we found!

This isn't a tooth!  It was Gigi's back toenail!  Appears it got caught when she jumped to come into the house.  Poor baby!  The house on the other hand...carpet to be exact looked like a scene from CSI!  Blood everywhere!  And I mean everywhere!!!  What a mess...but, first things first...I rinsed off both Gigi's back feet, as I didn't know which foot was 'hurt'..since there was blood on both back feet!
 I had Bob hold her while I got the flashlight to see what happened.  That's when I saw she had lost the entire toenail and her quick was bleeding.  So, Nancy Nurse got her bandaged up and then it was time to start cleaning the carpet!
First, I sprayed with cold water and blotted up as much as I could then use Resolve carpet cleaner.  Worked like a charm!  You can't even tell where the body was...I mean where Gigi had walked!
Next up was taking her to the vets today making sure there wasn't any other damage.  They cleaned it up quite well and reapplied a new bandage, which she has to keep on for two more days.
She looks very sad her but actually she isn't.  You wouldn't know something was wrong with her...eating, wanting to play, jumping on furniture!  I do have her pain meds, just in case!   Poor little Gigi...she's had a rough life and this is just another something for her to put in her 'journal'!  I would prefer to write about happy events for now on!  Just sayin!