Friday, November 20, 2015

A new painting, and my dog Chloe

Hello Blog friends!

How are y'all doing?

It's been months since I've put my serious efforts into painting. So I decided to start. once again. I am not super motivated but I am trying to stay busy, so this is what I came up with, finished it today.

Here is a picture of my dog Chloe.

She has a few behavioral issues we are trying to work on. Mostly bathroom stuff.  She is caged at night and has 'messes' sometimes in the morning for me to clean up. It's become quite bothersome. We were thinking about rehoming her, but decided against this, and are now figuring it out. Hopefully everything will get itself worked out and I can relax a little more. She is a little sweetie though. Half Pekingese, half terrier. She just loves our male dog Jesse. He is full Pekingese. We rescued her from a dog rescue. They were not quite honest with us about her issues :(

Friday, November 13, 2015

Stocking project

I decided I am going to make my 2 younger kids handmade stockings this year. So I found THIS pattern.  I like this one because you don't have to take a stocking template to the copy store to enlarge it. She has PDFs in 2 pages/patterns to attach to each other. I'm going to make these and show you when I'm finished. But in the meantime, I wanted to share the pattern. Comment or email me if you make one and show me how yours came out!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Blanket donation and other musings

So I have so many blankets piling up I decided to make a big blanket donation to a local place. I donated a whole bag of quilts and crocheted blankets. Well come to find out half they cannot use because 'there are too many holes' in them. well, the crocheted ones, obviously.  Like the granny blanket pattern. grrrr. So frustrating. Do you find this when you donate for baby charities?  They like blankets where the babies' fingers cannot get caught > I did not know this. Now I know. That's my rant for today. It was a huge bag too. Oh well. Lesson learned.

Maybe quilts are better to make for donation sake. dunno.

My kids scored last night on the trick-or-treating front.  Way too much candy. Diabetes shock LOL.

I'm happy it's November. I'm happy because our weather in AZ gets so nice (finally).  No more a/c used.  And I love the holidays. Baking. Gift buying. Family. It's just all around a nice time of year for me.

What are you up to lately all?  Any quilt making going on? Or crochet blankets? hats? Let me know how you are, and if I'm not seeing any lurkers lately. Introduce yourselves. :)


Friday, October 23, 2015

My quilter's blog list!

Have you signed up yet?  I've had this for a very long time.

Just stuff

Well it's 11:07 p.m. and I cannot for the life of me get back to sleep. Notice I said 'back'. Well I crashed around 7:30 pm for some reason. I've been doing that a lot lately.  But now I'm up, wide awake. Hopefully NOT for the rest of the night.  I'm taking so many pills it's not funny. For a woman my age I just hate it. But I tell ya, it's necessary. I have mental health issues I deal with daily and also my blood pressure. So, I'm 43 and taking way too many meds for my age, but I will just smile and keep on keepin' on.

So what is everyone up to lately?  If you are a regular follower of my blog and want to be featured on my side bar, just give me a shout out and I will add you to my blog.  No, this costs no money. LOL.  I really hate those blogs that are ALL advertising. Then when you try to do a blog link swap they either A-don't answer you. or B-want money for it. or C-they've just gotten too big for their own britches.  I swear when I get famous I'm not going to forget anyone. ha! 

I'm still working on my Star Wars quilt. I got the top pieced today and I decided it will be a reversible quilt. Not really a front or back.  Because the applique took me so darn long that I want both sides featured.  It's coming out nicely. Tomorrow I will do the machine quilting on it, as I also got it basted today. I swear, I was busy from the time I got up until I sat down at dinner.  Keeps me busy. Keeps my mind busy. I need that with my health issues.

Well, for now no pics with this post, as for some reason (is anyone else experiencing this...) when I am on IE Internet Explorer it does not let me post pics. I have to be on Google Chrome for this to happen. Hmmmm. Blogger is a Google thing, so it makes sense. But still....SHEESH!


Star Wars

So I started a Star Wars quilt.  Here is my Vader applique:

All I can say is this was super hard to applique. but I have mad applique skills. LOL.
It looks bit but it's not very big and I had to sew down each little line. 
Whew! Done for now.
I am adding a "VADER" applique name on top of him.
Then this will be the back of the quilt. simple.
The front will showcase Star Wars fabric I purchased yesterday.

What are you all working on lately?

Monday, October 12, 2015


I got an Etsy store opened.


I have about 25 baby blankets and quilts I need to get listed.

in the meantime, you can check me out

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

An interesting weather day

We have had very much unseasonably cool weather for here in Arizona.  Today I am not certain what the high was, but it could not have been more than 80 degrees.  Raining off and on throughout the day. I snapped a pic of the sky.

I've been doing a lot of crochet lately. I'm finishing up a blanket for my husband for the colder winter months.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Cute sites

 A couple cute crochet sites I love to browse :

Teresa has a lot of pics posted on Pinterest I love. She posts patterns as well.

Karen donates all her items to hospitals and the like. 

I love both of these ladies' blogs

Friday, October 2, 2015

A cute crochet site

THIS site is great for the crochet lovers out there.

I found her on Pinterest originally. I now have her bookmarked. I want to try her wobbly stripes rectangular blanket.

For some reason Blogger is not letting me posts pics. I will get to the bottom of this ;)

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

My son

My son came in from Hawaii for a surprise visit. He is in the US Army.
It was a great week's visit.
I took a couple good pics...

all the kids together again

Marcus and Annalise

Friday, September 18, 2015

Filet Crochet Hearts

I've lately been really admiring all filet crochet patterns. I found THIS pattern and decided to give it a go. I've made filet crochet in the past, but just the basic check pattern. Nothing where you have to follow a pattern really. So here is the result so far:

I really love the way it's coming out. I hope you are having a great week!  What projects are you working on?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

My morning

Good morning!

I woke up, did laundry, dishes, and finished my twin stitch baby crochet blanket. Here it is:

After doing my 'chores' and finishing the blanket I got out a bit to my favorite walking spot. Here is the pic:
to the right of this is a county library

and while walking there are many birds, wildlife, ducks, insects, turtles on rocks, and lots of native Arizona plants. here is one:
prickly pear cactus
I always have a good time while out in nature, especially walking through this riparian preserve. I wish the library had been open so I could go browse books afterwards. Oh well.
Make a great day, friends!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


I got a quilt made for a friend (who is also a blogger).  Now that she received it I can post a pic of the finished quilt!  I like the way this one came out. and there were no problems making it. It came together very easily with no puckers.

Last night we got a surprise visit from my son who is in the US Army.  So happy to see him home!  He is here for 10 days.


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Recent pics of my kids

Since I've started back blogging I'm sure most of you have not seen my kids lately. Here are the latest pics. Alex and Marcus now live on their own-out of the house. And Joey and Annalise are 14 and 12 respectively. Joe is in 9th grade high school. Annalise is in junior high 7th grade.

Alex and Annalise

Joey and Annalise's first day of school

Marcus is now stationed in Hawaii-US Army

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

crochet thoughts

Funny thing today...I've made this one pattern for a darling crochet cardigan with minimal sleeves. I've made 2 no problem. This was probably 6 months ago. I just tried the SAME pattern with varigated yarn and it's balling me all up (no pun intended lol).  So I frogged the whole thing. Not sure if it's the variegated yarn or I just am having a hard time understanding the pattern this time. Either way, it's now just back to being a skein of yarn. LOL.

just my random crochet thoughts today....