Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Just working........

What a busy week I've had.  And yesterday I actually got in my workroom and played around with some ideas for upcoming May/June classes.  And in the middle of it all, Evette dropped by and she got involved in the creative process also.  As you can see we mostly created a mess!

A few things done or almost done for upcoming classes.  I finally figured out how to reproduce the flags that my sweet friend Debbie had made that I fell in love with when I was in Oregon last year.  I think you'll have a lot of fun with these.  And I love the BIRD pillow.  Not a great picture but that's coming later. 
And then in the middle of our messes, Lynn dropped by for some help with a quilt she was working on and shared this one that she just finished.  Love the red, white & blue!!!!  She's turning into quite the little quilter! 
Spring has sprung here, the robins are out, we've had some 80+ degree days...... 
The butterflies are loving the lilac trees...... 
The birds are building their little nests, getting ready for new babies to be born......  
The dafodils have been beautiful.................and this morning we wake up to a frost!!!!  Can you believe it?  The end of March in the south and we have a frost.  Didn't see that one coming.  Actually, we were warned that the temperatures were dropping since the weekend because of all the snowy cold weather in the midwest but it still catches you off guard after such warm temperatures.  So the strawberry farmers were frantically trying to protect their crops last night, people were covering plants and bushes with sheets and plastic bags...............you just never know about the weather.  So here's to hoping all those beautiful blooming trees and plants survive this frost.
Easter photo transfer class here tomorrow night.  This is such a fun and easy class.  And everyone goes home with finished goodies! 
And I finally got out a few Easter decorations.  Not too many but just enough to make me smile.  Love this old Bunny girl.  Don't know how old she is but she sure is sweet. 
Hope you all have a hopping good day!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Make a Wish..............

I can't believe how quickly time goes by.  I keep saying to my friends the older I get, the faster the clock hands move.  I just can't seem to keep up with the days, but they have certainly been busy days.  I love when I go to bed with a feeling of accomplishment.  I may not share all that with you, but believe me, there are never idle moments.
What a beautiful spring day!  Reagan making her first wish of spring. 
Raleigh is taking tap/ballet classes and has a recital in May.  She was given her costume at the last class for the recital for a fitting and then told she couldn't wear it again until the recital.  That burst her little bubble because the first thing she said to me was she was going to keep the outfit on all day.  Once the recital is over, she can play dress up. 
A fun class on Saturday morning.  Quite a few ladies came to make the Easter egg and bunny table runner I designed just for this class.  They were so busy they didn't even realize I was taking pictures. 
Donna and Linda look too serious.  They were having fun but being super productive at the same time! 
Here's one of the eggs being color planned.  Bits and pieces of wool eventually turn into beautiful projects. 
Debby decided she needed more room and found a spot on the floor.  She said that's where she does most of her work at home............on the floor. 
And here are three of Debby's wool crazy blocks.  The first two are done I think, but the last one is her work in progress at this time.  She still plans on doing one more.  These blocks all have something to do with her, her family and their farm.  I love her creativity. 
The cemetary now has names and dates on the headstones.  How original is that! 
Her grandparents used to drive a horse and buggy.  Can't wait to see what else goes on this block and all her embellishments. 
A group met for recipe card class on Sunday afternoon.  They always have a great time. 
Elaine and Debbie.  I just noticed Elaine holding up her Kiss Me I'm Irish "Stew" sign.  Funny! 
Everyone was super busy with this project.  I had them tearing bits of paper and then putting it all back together again.  The cards turned out great. 
This is the front of the card.  Sorry, forgot to take a pic of the back side. 
Worked on some cards last night.  Wonder who gets these? 
We also had a teacup pincushion class Saturday afternoon.  Here's Sue working on her creation.   
Linda, Marty & Sylvia looking for the perfect ribbon to finish off their teacups.  They all turned out great and each one very different.
And just for you Sue, a sneak peek at the April recipe card. At least the back............wonder what the front looks like?
Just turned this sweet little redwork into a pattern. She's called "A Dress for Dolly".

We are having beautiful spring weather, in the lower 80's the past couple of days and just beautiful out.  Wish it could stay this way all spring but we here in the south know that just around the corner is the heat and humidity of summer days.  So we have to relish the days we have now.  Find some time to do a little stitching today! 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Paddy's Day

Here's to wishing everyone a bit of Irish luck today!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Good bye old friend

Many years ago we planted this beautiful river birch tree.  It was only about 3' tall when we planted it.  And it grew and grew and grew into this huge tree that was taller than our house.  The only problem with it is that it grew so huge it became too close to our house and had big giant roots that have already tore up our brick patio and were heading toward the porch and the septic tank.  I told my husband that if we were going to cut it down, it had to be soon because once it got leaves and was beautiful again, I couldn't do it.  So, with great agony, we decided it was time to cut it down and today was that day.
Just remember when you plant little trees that they grow up into huge trees and need lots of growing room.
Tommy starts sawing off the branches.
The whole tree is finally down and the guys are sawing it apart.  The pictures don't show how big the tree truly was.
What beautiful pieces of wood.
Call this nice guy if you have any trees you need removed.  He and his crew did a great job, efficient & tidy!
Good-bye old friend!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Time Flies.....

What a busy week since my birthday.  I've had the girls a couple of days which always means a busy, hectic time.  And the rest of the week has been busy working on upcoming class preparation, drawing, kitting, writing pattern directions, getting patterns printed.................just busy!  I even found a little time to whipstitch Uncle Sam rug....not finished, but working on it.
Working on kits for March recipe card classes......think St. Patrick's Day! 
And somehow ended up pulling paper for a future fall class......what am I thinking??!! 
Wool bits and pieces cut up for classes......look at the pretty spring colors 
Writing pattern directions for some new patterns.......Daisy is the last wool girl for the BOM that some of you are working on. 
Doing a little drawing for a fall class.....just had to do something a little different than spring for a bit.....had a brainstorm and had to work on it while it was in my head......pulled some drawings my sister did years ago to see if they could work in the project.......a new recipe book........hmmmmmm.............. 
And who doesn't love a chick for springtime......ran across some of this stuff while I was cleaning the garage and decided to create a little spring display of chicks & chickens.....in the mood........ 
Come on spring!!! 
Put together another disappearing nine patch top......got this charm pack from Lisa and decided, in the middle of my many messes, to just whip up a little quilt top........love the red, white & blue, of course!!

Supposed to be a beautiful Saturday here and a rainy Sunday.  I plan on enjoying both days to the fullest.....hope yours is a great weekend and you tackle some of your own "messes"!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Happy Birthday...........

Thanks to everyone for all the birthday calls, emails, cards, good wishes, gifts, treats, singing (oh my!!) and thoughtfulness.  I had a wonderful birthday and treasure each and every one of you.  You really know how to make a gal feel special!!