I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Goofing Off

Hi everyone! It's a beautiful Saturday afternoon, brilliant sun and temps at almost 50* Unfortunately the big change from grey and 7* to warm and sunny has triggered three days of extreme migraines. But I'm just grateful I do not have the flu, as many of my friends do.The pain finally let up a smidge now, so I'll do my neglected post. I am so hoping by tomorrow I can walk out to the beach, despite the lingering mounds of snow.

A few days ago I decided I was oh so bored with getting projects finished.

Yes, winter is my sewing room time and I enjoy accomplishing things, but I needed something fun and new. I decided to make these little Valentine bowls fillers, from a design by primitive quilter/ designer/ artist Cheri Payne.

They're posted free on her FB group page, she is amazingly generous.

But I didn't want red Valentine-y stuff. I love hearts and Valentine's Day but I am not in the mood for red decor right after putting away all the Christmas red things.

I made my  pillow sachets  smaller, copied at 75%, and changed the colors to blue, turquoise and dull tans. I used wool scraps with hand dyed linen and French ticking backgrounds.

Sewed by machine, something I rarely do, since I prefer the softer look of hand applique and hand embroidery.

I despise sewing buttons, so I used tiny keys as trims instead.

Yes, this one looks like eyes, unfortunate color placement on my part.

Stuffed with lemon verbena from last summer, grown by me and my friend. I plan to use them in my big wooden bowl with all my old heart shaped tin cooky cutters and molds.

But they do look cute solo, maybe the tin hearts should go back in their jar?

And maybe I need to make some simpler hearts, all in blue! for my etsy shop. All with little keys , won't that be cute!

Now I have something exciting [to me anyway!] to share, it may seem a bit braggy but I was so thrilled---my Summertime quilt got a mention in the current issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine, on the readers' page. Plus an excerpt from this blog. Mo and Kitty are mentioned, as is my wonderful machine quilter Lori C.  I am so pleased.

I thought that was so cool---this was a challenging quilt. [a pattern by J. Patek called Spring Break that was featured in 2015 in the mag.]

Time for our walk, Mo has cabin fever.

The other day I couldn't find him! He was downstairs at my outside door, trying to escape to freedom. He ran away on Christmas Eve too!

He doesn't look sneaky or guilty at all , does he. I know he wants to run out to the big roads to chase cars! Some dogs just have that car-chasin' gene, you know.

So I'm making an extra effort to keep him active but safe. He is still enjoying the leftover snow.

Have a great weekend.



gone to the beach....

photos from another January.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mid-January ~ Let's Plant our Spring Bulbs

Good Monday morning! Did you guys buy your paperwhite narcissus bulbs last October, as reminded? This is MLK holiday week, the Christmas stuff is all put away, so it is time to start my flower bulbs.

I didn't have a very big bulb budget this year. I only got the one box three bulbs plus these mystery amaryllis bulbs.

Maybe I meant them to be Christmas gifts? I'll grow them anyway, the leaves are peeking out at the tops.

I gathered my  containers---this year large and XL Mason jars.

And dug out the faux sea glass, with a reminder to myself to also find the black and white transferware china. The red Christmas china remains on the plate rack, bad bad bad.

I got all set up, sea glass distributed.

Uh oh. The amaryllis do not fit! They're chubbier than they look.

I used my mom's old hyacinth jars instead.

I'm using my very large half gallon  [2 litre?] Mason jar this year for the narcissus. One problem with the paperwhites is that they get tall and leggy and flop wildly every which way. Not pretty! I'm hoping the leaves and stems will grow through the interesting mesh of this jar's lid.

...and stay upright.

The daffs went into a sunny corner by the crock collection;

...amaryllis on the side bureau, also a spot with cool morning sun.

They should all bloom in about three weeks?

These kits come with plastic pots and soil disks. I don't use them but I save them for starting seeds of herbs or Easter grass in another month or so. Nothing is wasted here at the beach.

Here are the flowers at the grocery store on Friday.

Aren't they glorious. Only 3.99 a bunch, pussy willows included.

Two bunches came home with me. They make me so happy.

Im burning this delightful  Zen scented candle every afternoon and evening. It is lightly citrus scented, similar to my fav bergamot, and casts a sweet warm glow.

I also made a few changes around the house, things to please the winter weary eye. My collected birch twigs and winter berries on the bride's bench with my swan decoy.

My collection of stacked Zen inspired patience rocks, below. They also serve the purpose of falling and distracting Mo if he is barking at passing helicopters or hungry seagulls They topple noisily without hurting him.

And here are my winter crystals hung in the windows. They create the rainbows that you see in my photos.

The reason my fall budget wasn't spent on paperwhites is that I am experimenting with potted colded-off forcing out on my deck. I potted up tiny scillas, grape hyacinths, and maybe snowdrops, plus some Tete a Tete  mini daffs. And now I can check on them because over the weekend we had a brief but wonderfully warm thaw---50*! The deck glacier is gone, so happy Mo and I can walk out there now. I was able to wash my windows and sweep the sand off the deck,both  pleasing winter home tasks. [no sign of life in my potted bulb spots. Yet.]

As for Mo he is happiest, we have decided, with temps around 25-35* degrees. He enjoys the snow but not the very cold pavement of extremely low temperatures. Fawn pugs have short but very dense  fur, what is called a double-coat; the under-fur is soft like down and keeps them warm unless it is very windy. And of course Mo has plenty of cute outfits to wear also. Next on our list, pug Wellies! HERE

He was a bit miffed that for a week our bench was under a snow bank. Today, in a couple hours, we'll go out and sit despite the cold. He has his bench trick routine that he is very proud of (Mo can now count to 3!!!). Then sewing time, all those fussy squares for WW, ugh. And maybe Kindle/ phone bean bags for me and Mel?

What are you up to?



gone to the beach....

Here is a beautiful blog , today with tulips photos, as it seems today is Norway's Tulip Day