Monday, June 21, 2021

Fairy Tales Blog Hop, Day 2, My Day


 


Today is day 2 of the Fairy Tales Blog Hop hosted by the fabulous  Joan @ Moosestash Quilting.   whom I would like to thank for this great hop!  This is the fantastic line-up of bloggers participating.    The total list of all participants is below.  

I was at a loss for awhile thinking about what Fairy Tale I wanted to portray.  In talking with Susan Nixon @Desertsky Quilting she said "of course you will do The Little Mermaid".  

Since I am a landlocked mermaid myself, it sounded like the perfect plan!   The Little Mermaid was by Hans Christian Andersen and the full story is here.  

I decided to make a cushion for my sister-in-law Char who also loves mermaids and lighthouses just as I do.  Her birthday is coming up.   I was going to put some fancy edging around it, but her two cats would probably make a mess of it.  One of them has take over the crochet mermaid blanket I made her several years ago.  

My first idea was to use my embroidery machine and embroider the little mermaid, namely Ariel from the Disney version.  I started out, and then had to stop about the 5th color, and was not able to pick it back up when I came back the next day.



So I started over, and this time my embroidery machine really started messing up, and sewing over thread that had been done previously, not next to it.  So I abandoned this version too.


Finally I decided to just make my own version.  This is my mermaid gazing out the sailing ship, waiting for her true love to love her more than any other being so she can have an immortal soul.  





The back with an envelope type opening.


Thanks so much for stopping by, and be sure and check out the other bloggers in the list below.  

Monday June 21

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Samelia’s Mum

Kathleen McMusing

Becky’s Adventurers in Quilting and Travel

VroomansQuilts

Food for Thought


 Tuesday June 22

Quilted Delights

Stitchin at Home

Karrins Crazy World

 Quilting & Learning - What a Combo!

Sewing Up My Fabric

Selina Quilts


Wednesday June 23

Just Let Me Quilt

 Websterquilt

Inflorescence

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Just Because Quilts

Domestic Felicity

 

Thursday June 24

Scrapdash

That Fabric Feeling

Ms P Designs USA

Quilt Schmilt

Patchouli Moon Studio

Days Filled With Joy

Goofin' Off Around the Block

 

Friday June 25

Quilt Fabrication

My Bumbleberry Life

Songbird Designs

Words & Stitches

MooseStashQuilting


Saturday, June 19, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

 Another week has swiftly passed by.  My brother Bill and Char finished my kitchen floor and it looks wonderful!  



Before he left Bill told me I needed to buy some baseboard to go underneath the cupboards.  My old linoleum went up under the cupboards, and Bill didn't have time to install it before he left.  



Bill told me to get 3-1/2 inch wide MDF, which I purchased.  I got home, and they were about 1/4 inch too wide.   I only found out after I had cut one of them the length I needed.  I went back and got refund for 2 boards, and bought what I thought were 3-1/4 inch wide.  That was what the labeling on the shelf said.  But I got home and they were 3-1/2 inch wide again.  I guess I need to take a tape measure with me the next time.   So the finishing touches on the kitchen are on hold for now.  There is a wood shortage everywhere, so I might have to find someone to use our table saw and cut 1/4 inch off.  The guy that is painting my house offered too and I might take him up it when I see him on Monday.  

Meanwhile, I had my neighbor's father, who offered to help me clear out the side yard of John's cut up boat.   He came over at 6 am on Wednesday morning, having rented a large truck, and we loaded it up before it got too hot.  We have been in the 106-107 range the past 4 days.   One of these days, if I can get some soil hauled in, and my sprinklers hooked up again, I will have another area to garden in.  I need to line up someone to pick up the keel from the boat and the rudder.  


I found out this week I am going to either need a major patch job of my roof, or a new roof all together.  I am in the midst of trying to get the house refinanced so I can make these repairs, so a lot of time has been spent on the telephone this week.

Also a major part of my week has been fixing a problem in my spare bathroom.  When I updated this bathroom, as it was my sea-mermaid bathroom I bought some expensive towel racks that had shells at the base.  But the rods were very heavy, the towel rack was in three pieces and they kept coming loose.  While my guests were here, they came loose again and dumped towels on the floor.  I have been dealing with this for several years now, so I decided they needed to go.  I purchased some new lighter towel racks on Amazon.  They were supposedly the same size as the old ones, but they were 1 inch shorter.  So I ended up having to pull the molly bolts out  of the wall from the old ones, and patch the wall.  As this wall  I had faux painted, I had to recreate what I had done before.  Luckily I still had my paint and didn't do too bad.  




John at one time commissioned someone to make me a stain glass window with a whale.  You really can't see from this picture, but a certain time of day the whale really shows up.  I found the mermaid hanging on one of our trips to Southern California in our motor home.  


Remember I cut that one baseboard and it was the wrong size!  I found out today that that piece will fit under the counter in this bathroom.  I just need to cut it to the right size and stain it and install it.  Bill showed me how to use the nail gun before he left.  

What I will be working on this week for Slow Sunday Stitching is this Kathy Schmitz stitchery.  It's from several years ago, but I already had it traced on the fabric.  


Be sure and head on over to Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching and see what everyone else has been up to.  

Also on a side note, as Feedburner is shutting off email subscriptions in July, I have switched to followit.

The subscribers I had previously have all been switched over.   Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching (Probably Not Much This Week)

 This has been an action packed week, especially since my brother Bill and Sister-in-Law Char came to town about 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.  They came in, unloaded their truck, and got busy tearing up my kitchen linoleum, which happened to have 2 layers down.  They worked until dinner time.  I was the rubbish gatherer, with them working at opposite ends of the kitchen.  We had to take out the refrigerator, stove and dishwasher.  Good thing I pre-cooked some meals so we could just use the microwave.

I took the lace curtains off the kitchen windows and I might just leave it like this until winter time when the leaves fall off the trumpet vine, and it gets really hot in the kitchen.  This is the area I love to sew at, it is really sunny I use the kitchen table.  



This is where we are now.  Char is grouting this area, and Bill is laying the tile out to the window.   They are doing this after working all day.  But it is Saturday evening, and they are leaving on Tuesday, so they want to get the job done.


Meanwhile, Char mostly, and I have been dismantling John's last sailboat.  It never got out of the side yard.  After he built it, he realized it was too short for him and his back was giving him a lot of trouble at that time.  It has sat in the yard pretty much completed for at least 12 years.  It had dry rot, some water in the hull that had a happy neighborhood of frogs, which I rehomed to another part of the garden.  We started sawing it up and I didn't think to take a picture of it before we started.  This was John when he was building the boat.  



I remembered John had a notebook where he took pictures of the boats he built step by step.

This is what we have left after our two woman destruction crew has worked on it for two days.  That red thing is the centerboard or keel.  It fell in the dirt after we took its housing apart.  John was very thorough and Char thought he was laughing at her as we were struggling to get it apart.  




This is the pile of wood and other stuff I need hauled away.


At one time I had a garden in this area, and I think there are still sprinklers underneath, though not hooked up.  I had the greatest tomatoes that one year.  

Katie and the kids came over before she headed out to Arizona where the kids are spending 2 weeks with the other grandparents.  She gave Char and Bill their Christmas presents.  They were supposed to come for Christmas, but because of Covid and Char being a teacher, they didn't come.  Char painted Bill a lighthouse picture.  I think it is a lighthouse in England.  They love lighthouses just like I do.  Char and Bill and I and Klara.  Bill is my baby brother, 10 years younger.  



Bill and Katie my youngest.


Klara and John-John getting ready to board their flight for Arizona.

Before Char and Bill got here, I worked on two more of the lighthouse blocks for the quilt that is my payment for them doing my tile work in the kitchen.  I still need to sew down the birds and stars but I had to take my machine out of the kitchen.  



Also last week before they got here, I had communicated with Kim @Sara Lizzies about cutting hydrangeas and bringing them inside.   Following her directions I picked three bouquets and I am tickled pink!  By the time I get the heat of the summer here, my hydrangea flowers pretty much look like crispy critters.  I am so happy to bring them inside and enjoy them.  Thanks Kim for the excellent instructions!  


I put the third one in my bathroom, where it is so lovely in the afternoon sun.   Second one is in the kitchen where it is amongst a bunch of temporary clutter on my counter due to the tile redo.


I never got my sunflower quilt basted last week before my company came.  I went to look for my half-done knitting project tonight in my disorganized sewing room due to relocating a bunch of stuff for the renovation, and I can't find it or the stitchery I was working on.

So for my Slow Sunday Stitching, if I get any, I will work on my hexie project.  I had to set this aside when John got ill.  


Head on over to Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching and see what everyone else has been up to!  

I probably will continue to be busy the next couple of days.  We are finishing up the boat, and sorting through the garage while they are here.  Char lined up a couple of roofers for estimates to fix a couple of bad parts on my overhangs/gutters, and she helped line up a painter to paint my house who will start next week.   Hopefully Monday we can line up someone to fix the roof/gutters before they go.  They are leaving Tuesday morning, and I will surely be sorry to see them leave.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 05, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

This last week has flown by too fast, and I don't feel like I have gotten much accomplished.  My daughter Katie and granddaughter Klara visited last weekend several times.  

Tuesday I had bilateral cataract surgery.  It went well, the wait for my turn was a bit.  When they did my right eye first I saw all sorts of pretty colors, reds, and turquoise, and orange, swirling around, I felt like I was on acid or something, not that I ever had anything like that, I almost wished I had some fabric like that.  I had the second eye done, they took me out of the operating room, took the IV out of my arm, asked if I was OK, and I was out the door.  I had to wear some goggles until the next day's appointment.  My daughter sat with me after the surgery for awhile, and snuck this picture in.  My other daughter had called and asked how I was doing.  


So the day after surgery, they tested my vision in my eyes, and the left eye was already 20/20.  The right not quite.  They told me I could drive the next day, and only wear the goggles at night.  I have two eye drops 4 times a day, and next Wednesday I can eliminate the antibiotic drops, and just continue the other one for a month.   

They corrected my far vision, I still have to wear glasses to do fine work.  

So the rest of the week I have been trying to prepare for my brother and sister-in-law's visit next week.  They are coming for a week and my brother is going to replace my kitchen floor, and help me sort out John's tools in the garage, and help me sell his gaming computer, virtual reality goggles, and other stuff.   Bill is also going to help me cut up John's last boat he made, which never made it out of the side yard.  It has rotten wood now as it has been out there so long exposed to the elements.  Then when I can afford a dumpster, I can load it up.  

Miss Klara the other day brought over a picture she had made for me, and I framed it, it was so cute.   On the sail she wrote RIP Papa.  



My other daughter and her family went to Disneyland for most of the week, and came back today.  I guess a great time was had by all, and they commented that Papa would have loved the Star Wars rides.  



Before they left for Disneyland I offered everyone John's old straw hats and we got a group picture.  



And I gave Jaeger an old Navy hat, since he is going into the Navy.  It happens to have been his great-grandfather's Navy hat.


I also gave Jaeger his graduation quilt.  



So then yesterday John's oldest daughter from a prior marriage came to town.   After watching my youngest grandchildren all day, we all went to dinner with Dawn.  Then today Katie and Dawn Klara and I went to lunch, and everyone came back to visit.  Dawn is about 6 feet tall  so she got to hold the camera.  


Is it any wonder I haven't gotten much done this week!  The next couple of days I plan to cook up some meals and freeze them as the stove will be taken out of the kitchen in order to retile. 

So what I plan to prepare for Slow Sunday Stitching is start hand quilting my sunflower quilt.  Susie Wright @fixer_of_old_old_quilts whom I follow on Instagram announced a #sunflowersewalong last year.   The original 1863 inspiration block came from the collection of Cathy Erickson @quiltingcat2, who kindly gave us her permission to copy this.  Susie drafted the block to fit an 18" block.  



Be sure and head on over to Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching and see what everyone is working on!

Thanks for stopping by!