Wednesday, April 30, 2008
We moved the plants in for their positioning
and two hours later we have this-
A fitting monument for our marriage----->flowers and prickles!
(This is the very same cactus that Bill's co-worker gave him a few years ago in NY and it has survived transplanting, drought and insect infiltration and is finally properly displayed! Thanks, Sal!)
Monday, April 28, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
A friend loaned me her nursing cape so I could make her a second one for when the first got dirty. It was very easy to make and I am going to make 2 more since the hardware (overall buckle ) comes in a set of two! There are several nursing moms at church who will want one when they see it! The little bit of color in the corners are folded squares of flannel for little pockets/wipe cloths. Very handy to whip up with only 3/4 yard of fabric, stiffener for the top, and a buckle for the handle-all for under $10 when they retail for $30! I am so glad sewing flows in my veins.....
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I also did a few of these in the evening watching some Miss Marple....dishcloths with palm trees-
I didn't dye this batch of yarn-the other green became white as soon as it was washed-will have to figure out where I went wrong on that because the rose color I did the same way turned out fine...........well, obviously not exactly the same way or the green would have been fine, too! (I had bought this sugar 'n cream cotton yarn last month when my mom was in FL, I told here I finally knit it up and we had a good laugh cuz she hadn't touched her skein either until Friday night when I started mine, too--we had a moment of connection!)
The weather while we were in GA was very similar to FL just a bit cooler during the day 80 degrees but the nights were a lotta bit cooler-40's--this is where they really feel the influence of their mountains!
Bill and I and the cats are grateful to be home after such a good visit.............tomorrow, the garden and house will get our attention!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
We are going North because it is my grandson's 6th birthday-here is one of the gifts:
And in between laundry and packing this is my next project-a quilt for my sons----->
We are taking these with us to share the bounty growing in our vegetable garden!
Monday, April 14, 2008
I bought this kit when we had first moved here, and it just spoke Florida to me-now with the palm tree, it really does!
Here is a close-up of the back-Since the machine only has a 6" design space, this pattern of the trees is used twice across each 12" row of blocks. The borders have a curved design to symbolize the ocean waves.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
A nice guide presented a great slice of history for us about this Spanish outpost.
After our return trip we took a brief hike down the boardwalk to the beach and then back to the car to escape the wind-it had a bite even tho the temp was 70.
Judy and I stayed on the boardwalk while the guys braved the wind and went down to explore along the shore-it was pretty empty there today.Finished this pair of shorty socks while in the car. It is superwash wool I spun in November. I knit them toe up-always a good mindless project. (Going to start another pair tonight.)
We closed out the day with dinner at Corky Bells, a restaurant on the St Johns River in Palatka. It was too chilly for us to walk along the pier at the marina right in front of the restaurant but we had a great dinner and the company was suberb! We are all lumping in front of the tv now for the final game of March Madness (guys wonder why women don't 'get' sports but why does March madness finish in April now-it isn't a women who organized this!!!!)
Saturday, April 5, 2008
They tasted as good as they looked. They were labor intensive for washing-each leaf had to have a personal rinse front and back because the sand clung to it securely! It was worth it! Oh, and the sweet corn-well it was the best, as all first-of-the-season is!I have been knitting these short socks. Sometimes the even knit of plain socks is just the right project.....
even, smooth and rhythmic; stitch by stitch socks appear under my needles.
(Toe-up and short row heel on #2 needles.)
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Both quilts measure about 42" x 50"-good sized crib blankets! All the ladies who made it and quilted it are going and gone back up north-all were snowbirds but Millie (my neighbor with the goats) and myself-see you all next winter ladies!
BTW, Dad and Mom made it safely to NY-they called this afternoon.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
My parents left for NY today, going back now that their winter is drawing to a close. It is the latest that they have ever stayed and we savored every minute of it. I will miss them.
This is what I am currently working on in the sewing room-
it is a queen sized batik quilt. I am machne quilting it on my Inspira frame. It is going good but not as quickly as the small wall hangings--duh! I gave myself the speach I give my daughter when the kids slow down when on a walk-"the journey is more important than the destination"-it is good advice for all of us. I put an audio book on my Zen and it was very relaxing-I am improving with every row! (There are 10 rows and it requires 2 passes for each row) Yes, those are palm trees I am quilting it with-it is still a wonder to be here and so I am not tired of them yet-dont think I ever will be, frankly!
House is cleaned and ready for company-hope some drop by tomorrow..................
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
As I was pulling this quilt from the machine after sewing on the binding, I was happily trimming threads and noted a snarl on the back. And...
I sent for two quilts from Quilts for Kids and this is the first kit I wanted to do. They supply all of the fabric and backing, you do the ...
Wednesday night when we came out of church the moon was perfectly framed through the tall pine trees in the woods across from where we park-...
I knuckled under and did all of the quilting on the little sheep panel quilt! It was a lot of fun to meander around all of the 'curls...