29 May 2020

Friday Funny

28 May 2020

Still Green After All These Years

I got SO excited about this scrappy quilt-as-you-go project I started last week to use up the tiny green batik pieces leftover from my still-not-finished green batik leftovers dress, I haven't finished the dress!!! In fact, I haven't touched the dress since the second block from this new WIP!

This project is teaching me I really like using up scraps as I go, as opposed to pulling scraps from a box. I'm using up small batting remnants that have hung around for years. I've re-learned I crave designing as I go. And this project is teaching me that I can make time for quilting, even when I have no time. When a project is this much fun, it's hard not to put other tasks aside!

Every time I'm forced to pull away from my sewing machine right now, I can't wait to get back to it. I needed sewing, piecing and quilting to be this much fun again.

When I began the first block, I was trying to figure out why I had so many solid green Kona leftovers. It took me a few ticker-tape pieces to remember the rainbow quilt I put together because I had so many colors of the rainbow.

After cutting the first two solid green blocks, I came across a solid green I wanted to use that wasn't quilt wide enough. I decided to incorporate one of the tiny scrap stash-burners I learned from Crazy Mom Quilts. I had clippings from the skirt of the dress that started this journey that would be perfect for a birch tree block.

I had a ton of little half-house shaped scraps leftover from the Dresden plate I'm appliquéing to the dress bodice.

I've always wanted to make a scrappy house/village quilt, and I thought these odd-shaped little pieces would be perfect.

I tried several different layout options, and I just really didn't like any of them. As I was putting the pieces away one last time, I realized I could create half-hearts from the half-houses with a few simple cuts, and then perhaps I could use up those scraps on this new, nifty quilt.

The resulting hearts are so inspiring, I might have to do another heart quilt!

Linking up with Alycia Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

26 May 2020

Bits and Pieces

The garden is coming up beautifully, albeit a little fast. I've been enjoying watering in daylight every morning.

I spent part of Memorial Day weekend thinning out portions of the garden, including the lavender. I should have snapped a photo before I began, but I didn't think of it. Lizard was the lavender expert. He wanted to have a small lavender farm one day. He studied how to care for them. He's the one who knew how to prune the plants at the end of the season. I hoped last October I hadn't killed it by cutting off too much and too deep.

The main plant started looking pretty dead, although even dead, it's the best-smelling growth on the planet. Most of it looked as if it wasn't going to come back this year, and I'd been wanting to trim off the old wood ever since the weather began warming up.

I spent more than two hours trying to gently trim the old seemingly dead branches because there was growth deep inside the main plant. I accidentally cut off two branches with live growth, and I put them in a mason jar with water to see what will happen. I don't know if you can start a new plant with cuttings, but I intend to find out. Plus, for now, the branches are still alive. And they smell so wonderful!

The result of my lavender hair cut isn't very pretty right now, and my back was so sore by the time I got done. But man, there is nothing more pleasant than trimming lavender! I could have stayed down there on the ground with those dead branches all day!

I often see baby bunnies scampering from the garden as I begin watering. I guess there's no getting away from the garden terrorists.

One morning last week, I found a deep hole in the flower raised-bed garden. It appeared someone dug all the way to the bottom and all through the mouse tunnels. Bulbs were not eaten but tossed aside, as if that wasn't what the digger wanted to digest. We assume it was a fox, and I was happy to replant my bulbs, hoping the mice were at long last gone.

No such luck. Three days later, a mouse was right back in the same place, with new tunnels, and chewed bulbs. Argh!!!

I went right back into high security mode, layering the spices on my garden and digging the soil every day.

Two days, three days, four days... no mice... Perhaps this time, they realized this wasn't a safe place to nest.

blink, and you miss it

Then I found one again. He (or she) had moved into the tomato and pepper garden, which also is loaded with onions and spicy oregano. And carrots, which is what this particular mouse was feasting upon. I used up all the rest of my cinnamon, cayenne pepper and black pepper layering both the veggie gardens, and I'm digging up the chewed up carrots. But I think I'm losing the battle.

I don't have a whole lot more energy left to fight them!

So I looked up kittens available for adoption in the area. They wouldn't be mousers until next year, but perhaps we would have so much fun with new members of the family, we wouldn't care so much about the mice and the bunnies.

I'm waiting to hear back from two different kitten parents, and I hope I have a big announcement soon. However, what we're looking for seems to be in high demand, so perhaps it won't be in the next week or two. I think, once our filed adoption applications are approved, we'll likely be put on a waiting list.

I think a new family member (or three) will be just what Lizard needs right now to restore hope and optimism. He took a turn for the worse about 17 days ago and is having difficulty walking now. We haven't given up hope, and he's working as hard as he can to regain his skills. We're hoping these latest changes aren't permanent.

Due to some balance issues, we've had to make some modifications at home. I'm still not going out much, and we needed supplies, so I ordered them.

I picked up some primo wash cloths rated very soft and thick. The manufacturer supposedly supplies hotel chains. The new stash arrived last weekend, along with more men's socks. We washed everything before putting them away, and I forgot about the comments some buyers made about the "incredibly soft and thick but high quality" cotton in the face towels. Many people said there was a ton of lint after the first wash.

No kidding.

I spent nearly an hour trying to hand-pick the lint off Lizard's new socks. Packing tape didn't work. I tried.

When I first pulled the wash cloths out of the packaging, Lizard commented, "Oh, you can dye those!"

Oh, how I love this guy!

25 May 2020

Snowflake Monday

I wasn't sure I'd be able to finish today's snowflake. Thanks to sometimes gloveless gardening and too much hand sanitizer over the last ten weeks, I've got what my husband calls a cold split.

And that makes a much better snowflake name than Garden Sanitizer.

You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

Finished Size: 7 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line


Popcorn Stitch (pc)

Work 5 dc in designated st, take loop off hook, insert hook through top loop of 1st dc and replace loop on hook, pull loop through top of 1st dc.

Cold Split Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: [Pc in ring, ch 14, 1 sc in 7th ch from hook and in next ch, 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, ch 2] 6 times; sl st in top of starting pc. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 8 (counts as 1 trtr and [ch 3), in next ch 6 tip work (3 dc, ch 3) 2 times, 3 dc in same tip, ch 3, 1 trtr in top of next pc] 6 times, omitting last trtr of final repeat; sl st in 5th ch of starting ch 8.
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Round 3: [3 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, in next ch 3 sp work (1 dc, ch 5, 1 dc), ch 5, sk next dc, in next dc work (1 dtr, ch 13, 1 sc in 11th ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, 1 dtr), ch 5, in next ch 3 sp work (1 dc, ch 5, 1 dc), 3 sc in next ch 3 sp] 6 times; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin snowflake to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.

If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. Sprinkle lightly with glitter. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel snowflake from wax paper or plastic wrap. Attach 10-inch clear thread to one spoke, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

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