Karrin's Crazy World

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

It's been a month since I last posted on Slow Sunday Stitching.  I haven't been doing a lot of slow stitching of any kind.  I was sort of in a funk for awhile and just binge reading, or binge watching TV at night.  I have kept busy during the days first making my projects for the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop which I posted here.  I made some gnome Christmas items.  I've been collecting gnomes for awhile on Pinterest and these guys are made with wood slices, wood beads,  faux fur and felt for the hats.  They are all glued with a glue gun, but I flunked Glue Gun For Dummies with my tendency to burn myself all the time, so I sewed the hats.  These were found here:   Ruffles and Rain Boots.  





I've also participated in some family activities.  There was the graduation party for Grandson Jaeger, and it was a fun evening.   They had a bucket of little signs we were supposed to pick up and hold in front of us.  It was a really nice party.  They had a pulled pork food truck come in, with tacos, or french fries topped with pulled pork and other ingredients.  Mine pulled pork french fries were excellent.  The end of the evening, Kristen my daughter announced that if you wanted seconds that the food truck would be leaving soon.  I didn't want seconds, but I ran out and got a meal for the next day.  



Jaeger, Dawn John's oldest daughter, me and Katie


Kyleigh and Jaeger


Me and all five grandchildren

At this party was Mrs. Stenklyft.  I am probably spelling her name wrong.  She happened to be daughter Kyleigh's elementary teacher, and also was Kyleigh's later.  When Kyleigh was in her class they were called the Sharks I think.  I made a classroom quilt with all sorts of sea life, and Mrs. Stenklyft said it was still in her classroom.  





Jaeger and Aunt Dawn


Daughter Katie painted this for Jaeger.  


Dawn came in the night before the party, and as Katie and Kristen were busy, came over to hang out with me.  Dawn's husband Elvin died in 2020, so we both shared a lot of what we have been through.  The party wasn't until 6 pm the following night, so Dawn came over the next day too.  On Sunday Kristen, Katie, Dawn Klara and I met at a brunch restaurant up the street from me, and enjoyed a delicious brunch before Dawn headed back down the road to Southern California.  



I've been watching Klara and her brother John 3 days a week.  Last week Klara came over with sniffles.  Two days later, I had a full blown cold and by Saturday and Sunday I was miserable.  By Monday night I was even worse.  I had no taste, smell, I never ran a fever, but I had a bad headache.  I also had a tightness at the bases of my lungs, I thought I was developing pneumonia.  I have had it 3 times before so I recognized the feeling.  I had thoughts of going to the ER but didn't want to go around up there and wait.  I called the advice nurse the next day, and they thought I should be tested for COVID.  I just called to see if I could get a chest x-ray.  Unfortunately my Dr. was off so they set me up for a test.  The last time I got one, before my eye surgery, they had some drive through tents, that you just drove through.  You could stay in your air conditioned car, and be comfortable while you waited.  

This time, you had to get out of your car, masked and wait in line, in the hot sun, at 90 degrees.  It happened to be a bad air day with a lot smoke in the air.   After waiting outside about 15 minutes though the line inside went pretty quick.  And the test was negative, as I suspected.  I just had a bad cold.  The feeling in my chest went away and I am almost back to normal thankfully.

So what I have been doing the last several days are two projects.  One I am quilting this quilt for my brother's BD, which happens to be August 1st.  I warned him it would be a little late as I had been sick last week.  I started on the frame with the Juki, but it was having a hard time, and breaking thread every few inches.  I finally took it off, and I am working on my Bernina off the frame.    



Also what I have been working on are my laminate floors.  I am really picky about getting scratches, and trying to keep them looking nice.   My laminate floors have really taken a beating the last several years.  This one big scratch happened when EMS coming to pick up my husband John scooted a piece of furniture by the front door across, and it made a big scratch.  I didn't even know it was there until I moved the piece of furniture out of the way.  The floor got really dull near the kitchen when my kitchen floor was replaced and grout from the new floor was tracked on it.  





I was able to move it out of the room with one of John's dollies.  I asked Jaeger to come help me clear the room, but he was busy, so I managed to do it myself.

I had purchased a refinishing kit and have been removing probably 15 years of built up wax, trying to get down to the base laminate.  Yesterday it took me about 4 hours to do about 6 feet, using the liquid plus a sponge with roughness on one side.  The video showed a demonstration of putting the liquid on, waiting 5-6 minutes and mopping it off.  Doesn't work that way for my build up.  I am putting the liquid on for about 5 minutes, wetting it a little more and scraping it with a rough pad, and then letting it sit for about 4 more minutes.  Then going in and getting as much off as you can, but needing to scrape it with a scraper.  I got the rest of one hall, and almost 1/3 of the front room.  I need to do 2/3 more of that room, plus 2 short halls.  I am having my house appraised sometime soon, and my goal is to have my floors look super.  





I did get the part done over by the front door and in front of that bench, which I am not able to move by myself.    

What I will be working on for Slow Sunday Stitching are the same two items, which I have barely touched in a month.    Knitting a washcloth which has a bird on it, and the Kathy Schmitz embroidery piece.  I will be linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Head on over and check out what everyone has been up to! 

Thanks for stopping by!

One Monthly Goal, July

 




I almost forgot to link up my One Monthly Goal for July.  Luckily I remembered in time.  

My One Monthly Goal for July was to make and finish my project for the 12 Days of Christmas In July Blog Hop.  I stated my goal here.  

I did accomplish my goal and my blog post for the blog hop is here.  

I made some gnomes.    




Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal.  Many thanks to Sarah and all she does to make this happen and the monthly motivation.  10 minutes left, I think I'm going to make it. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 24, 2021

12 Days of Christmas In July Blog Hop and Quilt Along, My Day

 


Today is the last day of the 12 Days of Christmas In July Blog Hop, hosted by Sarah @Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Sarah is also having a quilt along with her beautiful Peppermint Twist pattern.  This also happens to be my day of sharing what I have been working on.  

The full schedule for the blog hop is below, if you haven't had a chance yet to check it out.  Be sure to check out the quilt along also.  

Wednesday, July 14th

Thursday, July 15th

Friday, July 16th
Jamie of L'Fair Quilts

Saturday, July 17th

Sunday, July 18th

Monday, July 19th

Tuesday, July 20th

Wednesday, July 21st

Thursday, July 22nd

Friday, July 23rd

Saturday, July 24th
Joanne of Everyone Deserves a Quilt (Part 2)

Sunday, July 25th



Last year with Christmas money I received I bought some new dies for my Accuquilt cutter.  One of them happened to be a gnome die, which I had not used yet.  I have been making my daughters and granddaughter cushion covers which they can change with the seasons.  So I decided to make new ones with the gnome die.  My one daughter came over and requested a girl gnome too, so I made some hair for the girls.  





Apparently I have been on a gnome kick, and had gotten these little cutouts of some gnomes.  Last year Joy, @ Days Filled With Joy offered a pattern for a hexagon table topper.  I used that pattern for a couple of table toppers.  




I have been collecting a lot of Pinterest ideas regarding gnomes too.  I found these gnome ornaments, and I made a bunch of these.  They are so cute.  I had some other things I had planned to make, but still waiting for supplies which haven't arrived yet.   I found this ornament at Ruffles and Rain Boots.  These are supposed to be just glue gun assembled.  Since I flunked Glue Gun 101 and burn myself  frequently, I did sew my hats, instead of gluing them, to reduce my burned fingers.    I plan to put these in my family's stockings.  



Hope you have had as much fun in this blog hop as I have.  Be sure and visit the others above, and Sarah's daily quilt along steps @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop Starting Tomorrow


 

Just a reminder that the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop, hosted by the fabulous Sarah @Confessions of a Fabric Addict .  I can't wait to see the Christmas ideas everyone has come up with.  The line-up is below.  I'm on the last day of the Blog Hop, July 25th and I am working on my projects! 

Wednesday, July 14th

Thursday, July 15th

Friday, July 16th
Jamie of L'Fair Quilts

Saturday, July 17th

Sunday, July 18th

Monday, July 19th

Tuesday, July 20th

Wednesday, July 21st

Thursday, July 22nd

Friday, July 23rd

Saturday, July 24th
Joanne of Everyone Deserves a Quilt (Part 2)

Sunday, July 25th



Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 05, 2021

One Monthly Goal, July

 



My One Monthly Goal for July is to start and complete my project for the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop, hosted by Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict that starts next week.  




I have a simple project, but have not started it yet.  

I will be linking up with One Monthly Goal @Elm Street Quilts.  Thanks so much to Patty for this monthly motivation!

Thanks for stopping by!  

Saturday, July 03, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching, Happy Fourth of July!


Happy 4th of July!   I plan to head over to my daughter's for dinner and fireworks tonight.  Hope everyone has a safe holiday!  

It's been another busy week and time to report in for Slow Sunday Stitching @Kathy's Quilts.    This week I have had my grandchildren three days so that kept me busy.  A couple of the days we were painting rocks.  I joined in.  Painting has always soothed my soul, whether painting walls, water colors,  ceramics, painting bisque for dolls, and now painting rocks.  My grandchildren had a good time, especially Klara.  

I should have taken pictures of the children's rocks before they took them home.  Keaton, their older cousin was here one day and painted a car on a rock for his dad for his birthday.

These are the two I finished.  This one is for my sister-in-law.  


I made this one for myself.  


My slow stitching this week will consist of working on these two projects.  I started a new washcloth for my daughter.  She chose this neutral color.  I ripped out my blue whale washcloth.  I just couldn't straighten the pattern out, so I started a new one.


I also started this new Kathy Schmitz embroidery.  I worked on this during my road trip this week, more about that later.  


I finished this piece this week.  This was from several years ago, and I already had it traced on fabric.  


I will be linking up with Kathy's Quilts at Slow Sunday Stitching.    Head on over and check out what everyone has been up to!

Thursday was my son-in-law Jeff's BD and we headed over to Moss Beach for lunch and an afternoon at the beach.   We had a delicious lunch at Moss Beach Distillery.  

This restaurant dates back to the Prohibition era when it was a speakeasy called Frank's Place.  Owner Frank Torres built the club in 1927.  Reportedly, illegal whiskey was brought from ships to the beach, and into vehicles for transport to San Francisco.  

Supposedly the restaurant is haunted by "The Blue Lady" who was a woman who frequented the bar dressed in blue.  The story is that she was married and having an affair with Frank Torres' piano player named Charlie.  One night her estranged husband came in looking for her and caught them at the bar.  He caused a scene and was tossed out by bouncers.  Later that night the lovers took a stroll down on the beach, when a man, believed to be  her husband ambushed them and stabbed her in the back.  She was found dead and her lover unconscious the next morning.  This story was featured on Most Terrifying places which aired on the Travel Channel in 2019.  

We didn't see the Blue Lady, but had a wonderful time at the restaurant and on the beach.  It was in the 60's and somewhat overcast but we all loved it!


Granddaughter Kyleigh and her dad Jeff


Kyleigh, and her boyfriend Drew and Keaton.


Daughter Kristen and Jeff


Those little specks on the hill are Kyleigh and Drew climbing


Jeff and I




We stopped in Half Moon Bay on the way home at some flower growers we had passed the last time.  I was in heaven in an orchid shop!  They were very reasonable prices and I bought a beautiful small orchid with tons of blooms that had not opened yet.  Next time we go over, we want to stop by a carniverous plant shop , and I will surely want to revisit the orchid shop! 

I guess that it is it for this week.   Thanks so much for stopping by!




Saturday, June 26, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

Both my girls came over last week for Father's Day and we went out to Lucille's Barbecue that night for dinner.  There was a two hour wait, which was OK when you are with those you love.   It was a bittersweet day, being the first I have spent without John.  My girls and I took a selfie that afternoon.  


Our temperatures are back up in the 100's this weekend.  We did get a bit of cooler temps earlier in the week, in the high 80's and low 90's, which made it somewhat easier for the poor  house painter who is painting my house.  

I can't say I got a lot finished this week, just odds and ends.  I am cutting out some more of the lighthouse blocks for my brother and sister-in-law's lighthouse quilt.  

I did finish up this Kathy Schmitz piece I was working on last week.  


I also found out what I had done with my previous stitchery, and my in progress washcloth knitting.  This is supposed to be a whale.  I had to rip some rows out because I forgot where I was at.  I think I am on the right track now.




I had a wonderful surprise come in the mail this week.  I had visited the Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer Blog a couple of weeks ago, and remarked on what a lovely prayer shawl Patricia was  making.  She admitted it was for me, and I received it this week.



It is so soft and cuddly, thanks again Patricia, I love it!

This is the scene that confronted me when I was going out to mow the lawn this morning before it got to hot.  These two mama turkeys were out walking their 5 babies through my yard, and then decided to go back across the street to the park.  



I'll be linking up for Slow Sunday Stitching @Kathy's Quilts.  Head on over and see what everyone has been up to.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!