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You can find me gardening over on Instagram at gardeningonsunnyside 🙂

Christmas 2020

A quiet Christmas. Wreath made of oranges from my grove. Happiest of New Year!

Monarchs

Back in May, I started spending time “Covid” gardening. To my delight, I happened on some tiny Monarch caterpillars on milkweed I had planted a few years back. I ended up spending several months rearing/releasing them back into my garden. What a joyful event it was in these crazy times!

I continue to garden, and have a newfound appreciation for butterflies, and other wildlife in my garden.

Christmas 2019

Managing to post once a year… Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Christmas 2018

Due to ongoing home improvements and our “real” fireplace being unavailable, I put together a Vintage Retro Christmas corner in my studio. Complete with a cardboard fireplace.  It brings back memories of my childhood Christmas, especially the aluminum tree.  Happy Holidays!

My Tattoo

This is about as close as I will ever get to getting a tattoo.  When I saw this embroidery pattern, I just had to put it on something, and that something was my denim jacket!  Dear Hubby’s reaction: ” Quilt Or Die!?… Quilt or Die!?…  It’s just a hobby!” I only wish I could have embroidered the larger pattern.  My Janome has a limit of 5″x7″.  I found it at Urban Threads 🙂

 

Happy New Year!

While Dear Daughter is at home for the holidays, I made good use of my “new to me” Janome MC350E.  I embellished a denim shirt for her with cycling woodland creatures – DD is very outdoorsy.  I also embellished a denim skirt with a back-to-school fish… In honor of her starting Graduate School in Fish And Wildlife Conservation And Management.

Last Quilt For The Year

Here is another vintage quilt top.  Someone someplace in time, painstakingly pieced these lovely umbrella ladies.  They had even drawn flowers, leaves, and butterflies on the top.  After I had quilted it, I spent some time embroidering them. I love the way it turned out! A recurring theme… I love ladies, Sunbonnet Sue, and house blocks. And Hiro looks so handsome in his holiday sweater 🙂  Happy Holidays!

 

“Artsy” Quilt

I have a preference for utilitarian quilts, so this is as close as I will probably ever get to being “artsy” with a quilt.  In my pursuit to making decorative floral pillows, I cut out so many flowers and leaves that I decided to make a whole quilt.  I framed them as if they were still life paintings.  I even embroidered my signature on the lower corner 🙂

The Quilty Silo Barn Along

Well, I managed to finish Lori Holt’s Quilty Silo Barn Along.  I started this quilt four years ago.  You can tell I used different muslin for the background.  But, these things really don’t bother me, so it’s all good 🙂 .  Now, on to the next project…

The Quilty Barn Along

When I started quilting about four years ago, Lori Holt of A Bee In My Bonnet was having a quilty barn along.  I had so much fun doing each block, and barn.  It was a good introduction to quilting.  I finished the top, but never managed to quilt it, until now. I love how it turned out.  There is another row, but it’s hidden behind my couch.  And, she also did a quilty silo barn along.  I will be finishing that up hopefully before the year is out 🙂

Project Wildlife

Aside from being a full time student, dear daughter volunteers at the San Diego Humane Society.  Project Wildlife was offering a Paint Your Favorite Animal class, so dear daughter and I decided to participate.  It was a 3 hour class, and we were to specify our animal of choice, or send them a photo. I chose a flamingo, and dear daughter chose a falcon – I think.  Here is my finished painting.  The instructor encouraged us to take photos of our progress.  Always a fun day to drive down to SD and visit with dear daughter 🙂

And here we are, posing with our work 🙂