Wednesday, December 30, 2015
There, my girl friend Noel will want to read that peemail later. On the walk I met Gimli...
He is just a little guy and when we did the meeting dance, he walked right under me. My sight she is no like she used to be, so I lost track of him under there and looked around!
When we got him I began to think of my New Year's resolutions... I have it pretty good ya'll so there isn't much I want to change. AND I'm an old dog, and you know what they say... heh heh
Still, change can be good, and one must reach for the tallest limbs and all so here goes...
1. Eat better. This means more for my peeps, hey! Stop buying that tasteless kibble and get me some raw meat up in here! I saw what Easy gets to eat! Which leads me to...
2. stop eating paper. Now this can't happen over night. I likes me some tissues clean out of the tissue feeder. They are all fluffy and pull out one at a time giving a fast poodle time to ingest several before the peeps get in the way. Still, it upsets the momma so I guess I should at least limit them.
3. Work my way back into the good graces of my staff. They no longer trust me out of their sight because of a few Dietary Indiscretions. Okay, there were some dance shoes, some watercolor paintings, some plastic, some toys, well, come to think of it, maybe I should stop now.
4. More walks off leash. I don't think this is gonna happen. I tend to be really good... til I'm not heh heh.
5. More quality naps. Include the Daddy if possible. Maybe write down my dreams.
6. Play more. Daddy needs exercise so I should take him in the back yard more often for a good game of chase me.
7. Pet momma. She says I like Daddy best, and it's just not true. I love her, but she's the one who says no more. Speaking of which...
8. Erase the word "WAIT" from usage. I HATE that word. I get all gung ho, and then hear WAIT! grrrr
I mean I eventually get to do what I want, but have to pause for the staff to do whatever and it's no fun.
9. Be a BIT more obedient. I seem to be losing my hearing on the frequency my momma speaks.... and she seems to think I am less obedient than I used to be. She has to understand I am a full grown, geriatric dog now and I don't need no stinkin leash or to DROP or to COME HERE or to WAIT as much as I used to.
But if it makes her happy I could put it down here. As a GOAL.
10. Go for more car rides in Dad's car, where I can tip my nose out the window and feel the breeze through my naturally curly hair. I mean I ain't gettin' any younger, if not now, when?
That's it, what are you all doing for NYE? Cole
Sunday, December 27, 2015
I printed it out and enlarged it to 6 inches.
Traced it on some sparkly white fabric with my silver prisma color pencil. Stretched it on a hoop and got ready to play.
Okay, I feel I've gotten control of outline stitch. I wanted to break into chain stitch as it's pretty with this thread. Or French knots. Now what to do with this??
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Black and White Movie-star Flamingos
Flo Ziegfeld and Greta Garbo-Mingo ( I do NOT want to be alone) have joined the flock.
(BTW my design wall is white not pink as it appears here)
As always the pattern is from Shirley Liby's sew precise.
How do I choose fabrics?
Thanks for asking, heh heh
I likes what I likes.
And they should have movement and interest and contrast and be available in a scrap bin.
And I like to place the scrap just so.
I have a flamingo fabric collection, that's right, I know you're shocked. I'll wait while you recover.
Since there is water and sky in each little block, and since each little block was done at my whim so they are all different sizes, this will not be simple.
Maybe I'll go around each one with the same fabric to unify them. Maybe there will be a big flamingo in the center. I don't know, I just make the blocks with little thought to the future.
It's like, when a fabric store clerk asks what I am going to do with a fabric while she cuts it.
Well, I hunted and gathered it, I'm going to take it home and clean (wash dry and fold) it, and it's going to join the others.
I'm adopting it.
Black and White dishes to follow, and that teapot, gonna be so cute!
go see other RSC quilts here
Friday, December 25, 2015
Got it done by Christmas, well kind of...
No really. More please. The workers at Joann's cut to the quarter inch. I hope to leave with the two yards I buy! Well since I prewash and dry, of course it shrunk a lot and I had to finagle all the cases.
Luckily I know how to sew, heh heh.
At the store, I looked and looked for companion fabric to make the cuff, but none worked. They were out of white flannel.
I thought, with such a stash surely I have something to match! Did I ??
It repelled matching. It shook it's flannel head in derision. It said, "you'll find no match mortal"
So I cannibalized the yardage and inserted a piece of white flannel ( I had to piece to make long enough).
We have king sized pillows.
I made it work then turned to my regular stash of dog fabrics to make one for Not Afraid of Color Poodle.
I too love a black lab, and had a girl for 10 short years named Chelsea. I miss her so much. Anyway, I thought this would help Cole dream of running with black labs.
Doesn't your dog sleep with a pillow??
I finished his pillow case this evening listening to a book on tape and the rain hitting the window.
We are waiting on the turkey breast for dinner. We made some gingerbread and some pumpkin muffins this morning, some cranberry sauce and some citrus salad traditional in our house. We opened our gifts to each other and Drew played Christmas carols on his guitar from last Christmas! He's improved and learned a lot from last year.
It's raining and getting chilled off a bit.
I sketched or tried to sketch Drew playing the guitar. I'll call it Family, as that's my next prompt.
Cole played with his three new balls and is done with them. He broke the squeaker in one already. Luckily a kind blogger told me I can buy new ones at Amazon, so I did and now I just have to repair a few toys.
Drew asked for a chef's coat for Christmas and he wore it while helping chop vegetables for the pan.
It's been raining for four days now. We can still watch a movie while having a late dinner.
Soon it will be time to take down the colored lights...
I almost have next year's word chosen. I will bring along Connections though, as I feel there is more to be learned.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Gotta light? How about quilts?
Oooooo Flamingo lights, and you know how I love a flamingo!
|my tree is adorned with adorable flamingos|
We walk in several different neighborhoods. This neighborhood has a lot of fun light displays. I'll show you a few.
Here's a home with a varied display! Statue of Liberty guards a lighted hot air balloon, the Eiffel Tower, a snowman, Cinderella's carriage, peppermints, and a Big Red Chicken. What! They also have a giraffe, and these...
Whee! More flamingos AND a cow. Yessssss! Where is the Poodle? That would be my perfect display, cows, flamingos, and poodles!
Note the Barbie ornament. I got my first Barbie at about age 5 and she had on this suit and those cool stiletto shoes. Oh how I loved my Barbie collection which grew each Christmas. Eventually she dated Ken in that convertible and had her own house. Modern woman with a wasp waist, doing it all in high heels.
And to keep this quilt related...this is my first very first paper piecing quilt made about 1990. I took a class in Tampa with my best friend. We found it a bit challenging at first but once I got the backwards thing, I fell hard for it!
I sewed them wrong yesterday and ripped while watching TV last night. Wish me luck.
looking for Cole's Capers? Scroll down!
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Just another Saturday walk in Annapolis
We wondered why parking was so scarce... but found a spot to put the car this time. We three got out and started to walk...
It's enough to say, we had on jackets, Cole wore his "fur coat" and those runners had on speedos and bikinis. The above guys were among the more conservatively dressed. At 10 in the morning, it was an eye opener. We have lived in MD for over 20 years now, and never heard of this.
While we were gawping at the scantily dressed Cole took a moment to meet Lily... a sweet doggie who performs emotional support service. Oh she was nice, and Cole was invited to visit with her.
Sunday, December 20, 2015
I went on a virtual house tour this morning and although it was beautiful it wasn’t my reality.
This is my reality…
the quilt was made long ago from a Linda DeBono pattern. It's full of metallic threads sparking away.
A little mantel scene, the monk from my word of the year Joy, a snowbaby, a word of course!
My snowbaby collection started one year when my sister sent one thinking I collected them. Well, she started something! I loved this one to remind me of the porch sitting while watching birds.
I should have shown you the bag of unopened Christmas cards to send… sorry, it got away from me this year
The family room tree, with poodle perch. Hey we live here folks!
This is the tree in the entry, a poinsettia DH picked up at an office party for me, sad little red lights without garland. Plant sits in the pink wire flamingo
a table runner turned sofa ornament,
my tote bag during the season,
my purse for the holidays (this is a popular class, great for gifts and do able in a day)
I have made purses for every occasion over the years. I make one each time I teach the original pattern. I still love wearing my art.
Aside from kitchen towels for the season, which never fail to make me smile, and a couple of hand towels in the powder room, and lights in the trees, this is our holiday home. If you want to see fancy, check this out:
Do you all decorate your homes for the holidays? If you did a blogpost on them make sure you leave the address for us to come see.
Stay tuned for the crazy event we saw in Annapolis this weekend.
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