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

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Catching Up

 I have wanted to keep up with this journal, have to try harder.  Lots going on and I have taken  photos but cannot down-load until the new hard drive is installed.  At least this old laptop still limps along so I can read my blog list. The photos below were taken before problems started.

No sewing or quilting going on at all, have not felt much like being creative until my sewing room is fixed (cleaned) up.  DH has been helping me purge closets and clean the entire house. 
It takes time, this home was built for us nine years ago (this June) you know how things accumulate *:| straight face.  DH still works full time so a little here and there on weekends is slowly getting things done. 
Spring brings outside work, cutting a fenced two acres and getting control of weeds = many hours not to mention a fence line that needs clearing around seven acres. Dang tumble weeds are popping up all over along with those nasty sticker weeds we call "goat heads".  Too much to be pulled by hand.

Anyways.........  I'm looking forward to working with these Riley Blake charms and FQ's. Missouri Star has a tutorial that inspired me to purchase these fabrics last year. Here is a link to Jenny and her * Falling Charms  * tutorial.  It's simple sewing that lends to chain piecing, not too much concentration needed.  The quilt is so beautiful, hope mine looks similar. 

 With longer hours of sunlight our hens have started laying again.  No idea who is treating us to speckled eggs, there is one about every other day.  When the egg is washed and wet those speckles show up a purple color.  Makes me smile!

Poodle antics:
Ruby and Gypsy are pranking Missy. Missy was taking her turn sleeping in the big crate and Ruby pushed the door shut.  Monster is watching from his little bed/crate. All of the big poodles enjoy a crate but there is just not enough room to keep four crates set up in our dining room. They learned to take turns sleeping in the one.

Monster went for a groom last week.  I brought a tube of pet-safe color, supposed to be blue but somehow I picked up the wrong tube.  Uh-oh, oh my!
Dear husband picked Monster up from his appointment,  thanked the groomer, gave her a generous tip and laughed all the way home.  I'm glad the groomer has a FB page and shared the photo there so I could copy and share. I wonder if she wondered why I wanted my boy Malti-poo pink? LOL

Last month our Smudgie kitty became very sick, she was given antibiotics and sub-q fluids.  After the meds were finished she went for a dental and had a bad tooth pulled.  Now the little dear kitty is well, amazing she is 14 years and still going strong.
Lots of other happenings but will journal about those later on.   

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Signs of Spring

Its been so warm for weeks and weeks with just one hard freeze and a few days of chilling rain & wind. Our trees are budding and leafing but its awfully early, temps could drop to freeze again.  I'm enjoying mornings where the front door can be left open, so many birds are coming back.  Hearing early morning bird song is very uplifting.  

To me this fabric print is everything spring.  
 There were so many fabric sales in December it was hard to maintain control. I found this wonderful piece on Etsy, just a half yard but I knew it would make a pretty tote bag.  The bag will be large like a shopping bag because I don't want to cut off any of this lovely print.
 Maybe the bottom will be a blue canvas to match the vivid blues in those flowers and birds.  I know there is a blue canvas in my stash, just gotta dig around.

This little guy from the Nogales shelter ended up staying with us.  It was so hard to potty train him,  some days I was pulling my hair out.  He was a foster being prepped  for adoption but my husband and I were afraid to release him.  I had his wetting inside under control with a belly wrap but who really wants to commit to adopting a leg-lifter?  We worried the little guy would get kicked around if someone lost their temper with him.  (I'm amazed at how many people use corporal punishment on a dog for the dog doing what comes naturally to a dog).
The leg lifting finally stopped inside the house, (after six months).  It finally clicked in that little pea sized brain and he is now doing his biz outside. Husband gave the name "Monster" to this little Malti-poo and it fits him to a "T". After six months of potty training we were attached so kept Monster. He has a place in the pack, surprisingly he is not a nasty little snapping leader.  I'm not sure who is in charge but Monster has learned to stay out from under the big poodle feet and knows how to juggle for a spot on the sofa. He is still crated when I cannot keep an eye on him.

No words of wisdom today.  Saw my doc last week and she adjusted my meds, taking a new anti-inflammatory that makes me very sleepy (a very odd reaction) but I am able to walk around more with less nerve pain in my hips, legs and feet. Hopefully my body will adjust like it did with the other meds.
Worst thing is my doc said she is retiring in a year and a few months.  I almost burst into tears. She is the first doc that was able to help and she was very understanding because she also suffers  with nerve pain.

Gypsy is bugging me to get up.  We had rain and wind yesterday so everyone has cabin fever.  Time to go out and check things, water horses and fill bird feeders.   
 Our handy-man neighbor painted my old pic-nic table, it's a very purple purple.  The table and bench sit under the big carport with lots of room all around. Our poodles like for me to sit out there and watch them play. Guess I'll go do that.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Soup Weather & Other Stuff

Excited to share these fabrics that I'm sewing into a large tote bag.  The print is called "Funny Farm" by fabri-quilt (found on eBay).  Red wood print is from Hobby Lobby, I'll use it for a bottom band and handles.  I think my sis would like this, she lives and works in farm and ranch land, co-workers will be jealous when they see it.
 *:P tongue 
Here is the link  to a delish  SOUP .   Any white bean works and I add chopped cooked chicken at the end of simmering.  If you try this soup then I suggest cooking your chopped kale with onion and carrots, be sure to cook it long enough so that it's easy to chew.  We love kale so I double the amount called for.

Wine is the secret ingredient to this recipe.  Oh my goodness, is adds so much flavor so don't leave it out, just add to taste. Sourdough Cracked Wheat bread goes great, pop in toaster and spread with a little butter. Yum.

Cold weather the past few days, cloudy with drizzly rain.   No matter the weather, Chelsea still begs to walk, here she is going down the road with her dad.  She lives for him to come home and walk after work.  
Chel went out for grooming last week, her hair is so soft and fluffy now. The soft fluff is made by brushing and high velocity blowing at the same time.  My arms don't hold up for that so when next bathed by me she will be curly. Oh well, the poodles don't mind.

Gypsy doesn't like to walk, I don't think she ever walked with her previous owner.  Sometimes I take her with me to shop, she rides quietly and sticks to me while in the stores.
I gave Gypsy a snack, they all think the Ritz cracker is so tasty.  Don't worry,  everyone else was cracker treated too.
*:-)/\:-) high five

Friday, January 9, 2015

Last Summer

Last summer I dabbled in making tote bags.  This one I really enjoyed creating because the fabric is so awesome.  Fall colors are my favorite plus images of crows, scarecrows, pumpkins, sunflowers etc make me smile.

I used a heavy jeans thread for top-stitching.  The blue is a heavy jeans fabric. Inside the bag is woven interfacing and a heavy fleece that keeps the bag from crumpling (is that a word?).  Both are fusible products by Pellon.

Inside has pockets and D-rings for hooking on key chains or what ever.  There are so many free patterns and video tutorials you could make a zillion totes, purses, grocery bags (you get the idea) without ever purchasing a pattern.

My favorite photo from last summer.  That's Moose in the background, Gypsy (my fun black girl) and Missy our lovely silver girl.

Missy has slowly blossomed from an injured limpy poodle girl to a happy bouncy smiling girl.  The injured leg is strong now, Missy actually runs and jumps into the air.
You can tell this area had lots of rain and everything greened up, grass growing faster than we could keep it mowed.
These big poodles are such a magical breed.  They are so tuned in, intuitive to the people around them. I'm not sure how well I could get along without their company.

Ah, today is a beautiful day,  cold and rain moved out so the front door is open for fresh air.  Too bad I need to go grocery shopping, ha.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Years Wishes (No Resolutions)

It was a very quiet Christmas for us.  I had to come down with a virus of some kind, a horrible headache along with both ears aching for days.  I was living on ibu and aspirin.  DH put up a poodle tree for us to enjoy, next year I hope to put up the big tree.

My big goal for this year is to have more fun with my sewing skills. That means finish quilt tops, and (why not) start a couple of new quilts. Yes I have lots more wishes but I'm  not wanting to get ahead of myself and be unrealistic about what I can truly accomplish.

These kitty blocks have languished (8+ yrs!) in a baggie and on my flannel wall for way too long.  I'll sash each block with a narrow solid black but have used up all the black yardage in my stash.
  I do use lots of black so will have to re-stock soon.

This past summer I tried my hand at tote bag making (thank you for the inspiration Sandra).   Well, I quickly figured out that my computerized Viking is not happy to sew thru thick layers of interfacing. Heavy lining fleece is needed to give the bags structure and my fav is fused on along with a woven fused interlining.   I read that vintage Singer machines can handle extra fabric thickness so I'll be setting one up, maybe the Rocketeer (503a model).

These hunt scene pieces (for tote bag fronts) are from a yard of old Alexander Henry fabric. Funny how the black shows up blue in my photo.

New Years Day we woke up to a light dusting of snow that quickly melted.  Friday sunrise revealed a heavy frozen fog that lasted until late morning, then it was a sunny cold day.  Very unusual for us to have this weather phenomenon, it's happened maybe 2 or 3 times before in our ten+ years here in Arizona.
 View (or should I say no view) towards Huachuca Mountains.

Saturday was sunny but excruciatingly cold (to us).  It never did get over 25 degrees and overnight temp was 17.   Our Poodles get rowdy in such nippy temps, they all had been racing up and down the barn lane, nipping and barking.  Gypsy and Chel are the only ones I dared let thru the gate with loose horses.
Gypsy's body is clipped the shortest so she wore the pink jacket.
Yes, the little blip of a white dog is the Nogales rescue.  Explanation of why he is still here another time. :-)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Almost 2015 ?

Have missed Blog Land. Had a quiet summer and fall, ready to come back (missed every one !!!).

Sorry to start with sad news. Mimsy went to the Rainbow Bridge the day after Thanksgiving, Pibbs went the day after Christmas. Both had a serious illness this past summer but recovered, until now.

                                          Hard to believe they would become friends.

                                          But they did. 
                                          RIP Mimsy

                                          RIP Mr. Pibbs