Tuesday, November 10, 2015

What a Mess

What a mess it was.   My big sewing table was buried, I cleaned it up (took a week) but  it quickly started to become piled up again.  Here it is after going thru some cut and partially sewn tote bag pieces and parts.  At least (yay) the sewing machine is plugged in and ready to use.

My next big project: I'm de-constructing shirts to sew into a memory quilt for a friend. Finally picked out the perfect pattern, it will have some applique along with patchwork. I'll share photos once the work is further along. 
Gypsy and Chelsea at groomers last week.  They are the best ones to send, I keep the others cleaned up myself (so far it's going well).

Over the weekend Chelsea came down with a nasty gastric upset.  Luckily she was able to be seen at  the pet clinic early Monday.  Dr. T quickly diagnosed the problem and we were sent home with medications and fluids to be given sub-q.
Chel is better this afternoon, her appetite is already back, no shivers from the fever and so far no gut upset.  She is being well babied, sleeping on the guest bed for now.

Poppet is growing so fast.  He's discovered the horses and enjoys watching them.
Looks like a matching pair there.

A windy day, more so as the shadows grow longer.
Poppet, Ruby & Monster looking for the rabbit that got away (again).

Weather is changing quickly here today, cold air is moving in on a gusty wind.  Our high desert could experience a freeze tonight.  It's definitely soup weather and time to put an extra blanket on the bed.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween

Hope it's all treats and no tricks !
Chel and her dad 2006

Rainey & me 2006

Be Safe !

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Puppy Alert

This is our new five month old male pup adopted from Arizona Poodle Rescue.  He's been here not quite two weeks.  Such a smart baby and oh my goodness unless he is dead tired those little feet never touch the ground. We named him Poppet, name meaning *HERE*.

Poppet is a Moyen/Klein poodle.  I copied a brief description from *this Website*.   We are often asked, "what is a moyen"?   Technically, it is a small standard poodle in the 17" to 20" height at the shoulders and 25 to 35 lb in weight.  Moyenne, French for "middle", is a designated size in the poodle breed in France and describes the middle poodle in weight and height.  In this country we shorten the word to Moyen and here, in the US, it is a slang term only denoting a very small standard poodle.  In Germany, the size is called the Klein Pudel.
I guess your eyes are glazing over by now so ....... on to other things.

All summer storms boiled up from the south.  It was mostly hot and humid, now it's just hot.  Our area ended up with 2.5 inches of rain over the norm.

This one hit fast and hard at sunset.
 Lights in distance are Huachuca City, Huachuca Mountains as backdrop.

There were lots of beautiful rainbows after summer rains.

Chel and Gypsy always enjoy the cool breeze before a storm.

Monster rocked his 'Hawk and the color was great on him. It faded so fast, not sure if we will do it again.

Aw, Missy does not like her new hair cut. She would not look at me.

On the sewing front..... I cut bunches of strips from my stash.  If I remember correctly there are 40 strips, almost a jelly roll for a fall color quilt.
Purse, bags, totes? I cut out several, just need to get started sewing.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Tote Bag Fabrics & Rain

Thinking these will be my tote bag sew-along fabrics. (Link Here)  Big flower print will be for large front and back pockets, tan ticking bag body and dusty pink the inside lining.   

I like these for a sewing tote. 
Hoping to start cutting this weekend.

Rain is on the way. The two boys are tucked under the barn roof with lots of hay.

Rain heading from north sky today.

Poodle kids running for cover. 

      Chelsea is still looking for that rabbit........   it's already far away (LOL).                      

Ha, Ruby has the best idea for this afternoon. 

She doesn't know it but tomorrow is bath and clean up day.  This girl had a good start in life with grooming. She is very good, even lets me paint her nails.

Hope everyone has a good relaxing week-end.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sorting Stash

OK, I stuck my neck out and joined a tote bag sew-along with the gals at  So Sew Easy .  The bag is a great pattern with videos of each step along with a picture tutorial.  Group sewing has started but I'm not really behind, lots of others haven't started yet.  Pattern and instructions will be available "forever", you may sign up any time.  Many have joined and are sharing  their work on Face Book. It's fun so far.
I just needed to choose two or three fabrics for the tote bag. 
 Too many choices. But I have finally narrowed it down.  Now to put the piles back onto the shelf .  I did have a good time getting to know my stash again.
 I'm sewing a bag for my sister while sewing one for me. She wants a floral print (sent her photos), still waiting for her to decide.   "Hurry up sis"! Wish she was close enough to come over to choose.
This small project will get me back to feeling familiar with sewing tools including the sewing machine.  I've been away too long!

Gypsy is always there, cheering me on.
The poo-kids are so much company, always on the look-out to see what I'm up to (and what I'm snacking on). LOL

Friday, August 14, 2015

Working With Kitties?

On my design wall. All batik fabrics.  How to sew the rows? Tired of just straight rows of side-by-side kitties.  Maybe add sashing to make them tipsy?  Maybe I'm just tired of all the kitty blocks.

There is another stack of these waiting to be a quilt, (brighter colors).  Husband wants a kitty quilt for the bed or to hang for display.  I'm still stuck on getting tops quilted.

Chelsea got her groom on last week. Groomer said the poor girl sat and howled like a wolf while waiting for me to pick her up.  Oh my, she was so happy to see me walk thru the door.
Felt bad about her being so upset,  maybe I should groom her at home.  We already have two that cannot go to a shop. These are my babies, I'm crazy like that.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Hellooooo ! Still Here

Computer is at a repair shop.  DH replaced the hard-drive but then found all the USB ports were "broken".  Replacing USB ports is complicated so the shop will fix one and replace the new hard-drive because it was failing (yes, we were sent a bad one).  Repair guy is waiting for replacement to arrive.  Hopefully by end of next week I will be back in business.

Meanwhile I'm using a very old laptop from the closet. DH was able to get it working so I have email. Not supposed to download pics, but I did.
Just a few .
*;) winking

Gypsy was recently pro groomed. We found a fun shop, the owner loves to play with poodle hair. Gypsy is sporting a pony mane now, her hair grows fast so we will see how it looks in a few weeks.
(I copied these pics from shops FB page).

Found this pattern on eBay.  It's cut from a magazine and cost $1.25, what a deal.  Easy snowball blocks and pinwheels, the applique looks simple.  I think a charm pack and scraps would work for the pattern.
Would you believe that last night I found this very pattern in one of my old quilt magazines! LOL. Guess I better start paging thru the old mags instead of eBay shopping.

BTW-  I'm not a no-reply blogger. If you leave a comment it goes to my Yahoo mail box.  I try to answer all comments, especially if you ask a question.  Okey-dokey ?
*:) happy