Monday, January 31, 2011

a DREAM state......



A sewing room compliments of IKEA~Oh the possibilities!!!!! I think I managed to pass my hand along every surface as I imagined what it would look like on RobinHill~I can't get over that BUILT IN lightbox on the drawing table........oh my........♥









I spy big "E"

Friday, January 28, 2011

A little bit of everything.....

Today I will be able to do just a little bit......but I find even a little bit of work on many things makes for a pretty productive day~


 I definately need to buy more birdfood today......

 A little of this and that.....

 little ones.....


buttonhole stitch~♥

I look forward, as always, to days~end with my (now overdue) library book~it is so GOOD that I will suffer the consequences knowing I have to do the walk of shame up the library stairs.....lol!


Friday, January 21, 2011

Full circle moments~


When my grand~daughter Kate slept over last week~end we went on a treasure hunt in some boxes I had stored away and discovered a journal I called "Nana 1" I managed to write quite alot about my first grand~daughter who happen to arrive in my life exactly at the right time as I was in treatment and recovery for cancer.........life I have found, has a peculiar way of serving up joy and difficulty on the same tray and of course I chose joy and hung on with pleasure. (hands to work~hearts to God...♥)


 So long story short I had a bit of time "off" from work and I wanted to make Kates' christening gown...I am not a seamstress by any stretch but managed to get this one right (with some help reading the pattern from my dear friend Mary).( The pattern was a "Vogue' I called it "vague!" lol!)


So here we are all these years later up in bed with Kate reading all about herself...she got to the page about the making of her christening dress and she said,"You made my dress???" I said"Yes I did. Would you like to see it?"

 





Worn again by grand~daughter Isabel~♥

Kate said maybe someday her daughter would wear it.....and that my friends is all a Nana could wish for....♥

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I have a thing for new mittens.....

I found these beautiful felted angora mittens on ETSY from www.etsy.com/shopWeeDoggieBags  They are very warm and so soft........♥


Speaking of warm and soft...I know from the little hairs on my porch swing that I have a night visitor  throughout the year but I have never seen "her/him." This morning when Maggie and I stepped onto the porch for our morning walk I laughed as I spotted the "evidence" of my squatter.....

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Freezing outside......warm projects inside.....♥

I'm trying a fLuFfY yarn for my little grand~daughters' coolata this time...it looks like sherbet and feels like a kitten~ hope she loves it~




Monday, January 17, 2011

A Holiday here means one thing....sleep~over!

Looks like a beautiful day~
 The girls.......

 Grand~daughter section of the loft......

 Emma peeking at the morning.....

 Getting ready for the day....♥♥

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Amazing Quilter Diane Rose ♥



We all need a teacher like Diane in our lives.....you can visit her on her website below and you can also purchase her quilts on that site~I am so glad to have found her....♥

http://www.theamazingquilter.com/

Vision-impaired with glaucoma all her life, Rose became blind as a result of an accident in 1984, a mere four days before she was to undergo a cornea transplant. But not only has that condition not slowed her down, Rose has used it to serve as a means to motivate others to achieve their true potential.




She has used her lack of sight as a springboard to give motivational talks both within and beyond the context of her ministry, Rose of Sharon Ministries. "The way I look at it, if I can do what I have done, without sight, how much can you do?" she said.



Her achievements are considerable. Even without sight, Rose was heavily involved in the Nashville music scene as a journalist covering the various aspects of, and personalities in, country music.



And it's not as if she has been dabbling at quilting, either. "I have been doing it since 1998," she said, "and I have made more than 475 of them." She also has a goal to make 500 quilts by Aug 14th 2008 which is her 10th anniversary of making quilts. (she has achieved her anniversary goal and is working her way to 700 quilts).



In fact, Rose's music connections have resulted in quilts being sold to such personalities as country music legend Loretta Lynn. "The quilt I made her used to hang in her gift shop," Rose said.



And that's not all. "President Bush has one of my quilts hanging up in the office of his ranch in Crawford, Texas," Rose said proudly.



So, how does a blind person make a quilt at all, let alone make quilts that famous people would want?



"By feel," she said. "The first quilt I did, I did with polyester instead of cotton."



What's the difference? "I can feel the texture of the polyester," she said, "but the cotton was too smooth to be able to feel."



And for what does she feel? "I do a lot of appliqué," Rose said, "and you can feel where the stitch is because it's smooth against the main part of the quilt, while the part that's not yet stitched is not smooth."



Rose acknowledged the parts that she appliqués to the quilt do have to be cut for her. But she also noted the most common type of quilt, that she called the "split rail pattern," she assembles herself.



"What I do is to lay out four pieces of fabric," Rose said, "12 inches by three inches, side by side, and stitch them together to make a square.



"Then I take them and lay them out so they alternate between vertical and some horizontal, so it's like the old split-rail fences they used to build."



She added a sewing machine is invaluable for such assembly, and presents little problem for her to use. "The person who showed me how to quilt said that if you can use a sewing machine, you can quilt," she said.



Does Rose make quilts to order? "Of course," she said. "I make them anywhere from king-sized all the way down to baby quilts."



One such made-to-order quilt she has made for the grandson of the Fosters, 13-year-old Dylan Foster, features big rig-type trucks appliquéd on it. Others Rose displayed featured tractors, cats and other items requested by buyers.



"I don't do wedding-ring quilts, though," she said, citing difficulties in getting them to come out correctly.



Not that she had come to town to sell quilts, nor to sell them during her ministries and talks at civic clubs. "I use them to show what I can do, in the face of the obstacles life has put in my way that God has helped me overcome," Rose said. "I couldn't do it without God's talent.



"And if God can help me do it, He can help you do it.



"You can make something of your life or you can do nothing with it. It's up to you."

Friday, January 14, 2011

job perks....

Sun is up~coffee on~ Maggie outside plowing thru the yard~



 Thread loaded~machine set for the proper stitch and off I go.......♥



Rosie radio on XM ~ my "office" decorated with pics of grandies and projects in the makin'




 
Maggie is at her post this early a.m. watching for squirrels and people walking by.....
Now she sees me at my machine and is saying, " Are you coming out?" "Can I come in?"

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bliss!!!

Going for our morning walk Maggie stopped to say, "Seriously?".........




 Woodstove, pot of coffee, PJ's.........I'm just sayin'



 What I am working on today~





 The only place I want to be today~♥