Friday, March 30, 2007

A little morning snowshine!

Yes, I said snowshine. That's exactly the word that comes to my mind when I woke up and saw this view. We got a late night snowstorm... ok, 2 inches of it. It was the heavy white stuff and it clung to every little branch of the trees. As I was drinking coffee to this view, I had to run and get the camera and was outside snapping pictures in my robe and slippers. Lucky for the neighbors that I don't have any. Anyway, the snow melted off in a very quick hour or two. I have the beauty of beautiful sunshine and snow trees. This is my favorite scene in winter. I hope you enjoy...I certainly did!!!

Quick update!!

The quilt is still in need of a little cornering to be done. Here is a picture of it as I was tying it on my kitchen table. It does,however, make a stunning tablecloth. A new trend? Not for me...not yet... but maybe another day. After all, the top was my most favorite part of quilting. It is simply amazing how it all comes together. It is an art that I will continue... over and over again.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The trip around the world continues!!!

This bug that I told you bit me carried on through the day. I faithfully got my homework assignment from my MIL this morning. I was so excited at how it was going together that I called her and told her I was going on to the next steps ....SOLO!!! She encouraged me to do so with the utmost confidence in me. All I can say about my next leg of the journey was....Gosh, I am glad that I liked puzzles when I was a child and that the fascination still hold true!!! I finally got it all together... "IMA", held up very well and is still happy despite all of my fussing to her. By the way, Ima is the name I gave my sewing machine. When I am frustrated, she hears...IMA throw you out the window if you don't do want I want you to....well, you get the idea. Thanks for visiting, I'll keep you posted on the progress.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

A bug bit me!!!

Luckily, it was not a crawly one. I am thinking though, that it could be equally as dangerous and maybe even annoying to hubby. The bug that bit me was a "quilting bug". My mother-in-law, bless her heart has shown me that all of my quilting anxieties were just a figment of my imagination. I have tried in the past, completely cold and ignorant to even basics, and did create a horrible hideous contraption. It never really got past a couple of rows, I was afraid of the cutting part and so on. Like I said, it was a mess and destined to disaster. I had also picked a pattern from a quilting magazine that truly is beautiful, but gives you no direction. I tucked my quilting desires away for years...until now.

This is the quilt pattern that MIL encouraged me to do. Its very basic and looks really good. Ok, providing you have an eye for fabric and putting them in such a pattern to have them look good. Hmm....another avenue for me to play with my creativity. Do I really need another one? Do I really have time? Probably not. But, the way I have it figured out...this is now completly out of my control. That bug bit me and I just have to scratch.

I have been working on this for a few days as time allowed. I do enjoy it- I like to sew. This morning I went with MIL to Joann's Fabric. That's when I knew I was bit. All of the beautiful material. And this one with that one. And oh, wouldn't that look great for a little girl. Oh my goodness! I am not even through with the first one and already I am designing some for Christmas and Birthdays. I don't know if I have time for this, but I'll enjoy it while I can.

For this quilt, I was going through my fabric stash(We all have one, don't we? Fess up!) to make some aprons or doll clothes or something. I came across all of this blue material. Different shades and patterns and such. I laid them across the table and told myself that these would make a beautiful quilt one day, so I left them there and found what I needed for my project at hand. (OK, I'll fess up! One of the many!) The biggest mistake I made was leaving those stacks of blue material on the table to look at me all day. Because before the day was over, I had taked myself into BELIEVING that I could make a quilt. So, here we go! And with any luck, it will be the vision I saw in my head when I am done.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Think Spring!

This is the garden as seen from my sewing machine window. It really doesn't look like much will be growing anytime soon. But then again, this is Maine and we are not supposed to see the ground productive for another eight to ten weeks or so. That is what I am reminded of almost daily by DH... and MIL....and DD. Yes, but... I need to see little green living things sprouting.

So....hubby felt my pain and turned a spare bedroom into an indoor greenhouse. He built shelves, wired lights and switches and found me the watering can. Now, what more could a little farmgirl ask for.

These are carnations in the white pan and in the other one are canterbury bells and my first herb of the season- heartsease. The bottom picture has about 140 leeks. Yay!!! Little green things!

I guess it's time to take the plunge..

I have thought about it many times and have read many wonderful blogs. There are several that I check on faithfully everyday. I think the whole concept of a blog is awesome. My motivation for now is simply to keep an online journal of sorts. If for no other reason than I love to write and document.

I am picture happy right now. I am actually really glad that my camera does not need film and development. I think somewhere, I have a bag I've been toting around with me of rolls of undeveloped 35mm film. Well, now that those memories are tucked away...ummm, safely. (They must be safe because I put them somewhere safe) Wherever they are, really doesn't matter. I am living for the present and the future. No going back, right? And I am going to document it along the way! I'm sure glad that you stopped in...pull up a chair, have a cup of coffee or tea with me and by all means...Come back often!