Pink Saturday

Happy Pink Saturday!  Thank you to Beverly at How Sweet The Sound for hosting this weekly event.

Even though dear daughter never took ballet lessons, I adore this ballerina salt & pepper shaker.  She always wanted to do what her older brothers did, and that meant playing ice hockey… We retired her from the sport after two fractures.


Zentangle Challenge #133 “Tipple” & Day Out With My Girl

I have had a happy few days sitting around with dear daughter.  As most of her friends have already left for College, and adding to that her wisdom teeth extraction, she has been a homebody the last few days.  So, as I sat around with her, I got the idea to do a Zentangle Challenge with the Diva.  The theme is “Tipple” which are the little round tangles.  I started with a Hearts and Loops quilting design, and worked around that:


And today, since most of her pain subsided, and her chipmunk cheeks have receded, we ventured out.  I had her take a snap of the truck loaded with oranges on the freeway.  I just love the fact that our town has an orange growing history, and that we live in a small grove.  We stopped by Hobby Lobby before hitting Victoria Gardens.  I get a bit overwhelmed at Hobby Lobby sometimes, they just have so much stuff! We managed to get out of there with just a few items.  First stop at the mall was See’s Chocolate, to fortify ourselves for the shopping ahead.  After hitting most of DH’s favorite shops, we sat down and had some frozen yoghurt.  On the way home, we picked up her new glasses.  It was a hot but wonderful day.  I am cherishing every moment with her before she heads off to College…


Quilty Silo Barns #1 – #4

As if the Quilty Barns weren’t cute enough, Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet added a new Quilty Silo Barn to her Quilty Barn Along.  I think she is planning 9 blocks, but I may just make an additional three.  Here are the first four.  I made the barns all different colors.  And I put little characters in the barn windows –  I just love the little pig in barn #4!








And now, I think I am caught up with the Quilty Barn A Long – Yippee!!!

August 2013 Garden

This is my monthly garden post, but first, I wanted to show off dear daughters new racing bike.  She has great plans with it in college… She has fallen off of it three times already! (something to do with getting used to clips) But  I shouldn’t laugh, while waiting for her at the bike shop, I took a spin on a hybrid, and fell off it too – like mother like daughter.  I am hoping for a new hybrid for my B-day 🙂


And now for the monthly garden update.  Basically, everything is overgrown.  It’s been so hot, I barely have gone out to even check on things.  So, I dashed out and took these photos:


More Lampwork Beads

Here are a few more of my handmade lampwork beads that I made a few weeks ago.  The weather has not been conducive for making beads in my garage studio lately… Must wait for cooler weather.  Meanwhile, you can find these beads in my Etsy Shop:


Quilty Barn #10 & Vintagy Farm Girl Tractor

August is such a hot month around here.  I’ve kept busy, but haven’t sat down long enough in front of my computer to post.  Anyway, here is my Quilty Barn #10 & Vintagy Farm Girl Tractor Label Block of Lori Holts Quilty Barn Along.  Lori came up with this cute tractor block to use as a label for the finished quilt.  I may have to make another one, since there will be at least two quilts coming out of this Barn Along.


Pink Saturday & Quilty Barn #9

Happy Pink Saturday!  Thank you to Beverly at How Sweet The Sound for hosting this weekly event.

Here is Quilty Barn #9  of Lori Holt’s Quilty Barn A Long.  The wind was kicking up a bit when I tried taking these photos.

I think there are three more barns to go, and then there are also the Quilty Silo Barns to start on as well as the tractor label.


Retro Rebel Girls With Attitude

When I saw the latest issue of Mollie Makes, I decided to make dolls #5 & #6.  The instructions and the patterns seemed a bit unclear when it came to the head, so I added a bit of a neck – too much I think.  And, of course I deviated from the pattern further by using yarn for the hair, and googly eyes instead of felt.  I actually used felt, but mine looked a bit funny, so I opted for the googly eyes.  And what’s a Retro girl without her pearls and apron? Oh, and since Chris has been talking about the play Wicked and wanting a green baby, green was on my mind.  I reached in my quilt stash and pulled out this pretty green for one of the Retro girls.  A bit odd (both of them), yet oddly cute…



Thanks for stopping by!

– Linda

Quilting, Practice Practice Practice…

I just got my sewing machine extension work table – yayyy!  Now I have everything to quilt, except for my machine quilting skills.  My instructor said you need 24 hours, or was it 48 hours? of practice before you become somewhat adept.  So, with my usual can do attitude ( only for things that I really want to do and am interested in :)) I have been doing the 3 P’s.  I have thus far two quilts waiting to be quilted, and will probably have a couple more before I feel ready to finish them off…


Always nice to read up on things:QuiltingPPP_2

Goofing around.  Haven’t mastered the speed/hand coordination yet – still really jaggedy:


Another one of my sweet dolls keeping me company:


Thanks for stopping by!

– Linda

Pink Saturday & Happy 21st!

Happy Pink Saturday!  Thank you to Beverly at How Sweet The Sound for hosting this weekly event.

Our dear younger son celebrated his 21st birthday recently.  Before putting some of the decorations away, I thought I’d share the pinky ones for Pink Saturday:


Upcycled Shirt

After losing 40 pounds, dear hubby put aside some old shirts.  As I am so into quilting, I thought, yes! more cotton fabric for a new upcycled quilt! Then I saw what Nan over at Retired In Alaska did, and of course I had to try it too.  I thought it would be more fun to fit dear daughter, so I had her pick out an old shirt.  She went for the old red flannel shirt.  Here she is with it on before I tackled it:


And here is the finished top.  DD is rolling her eyes – modeling is not her thing:UpcycledShirt_2

The shirt was a Men’s size L, so I had to take it in quite a bit to fit DD.  I made a few tucks, and darts in front and back. And I cut the shoulders and sleeves and made it into a 3/4 length:UpcycledShirt_3

I think it came out pretty nice, and it was fun to do.  If you’d like to give it a try, visit Nan, or go directly to Cotton & Curls.

Thanks for stopping by!

– Linda