Sunday, July 17, 2016

Happy National Ice Cream Day in the USA!!!


Did you know there was a National Ice Cream Day in the USA???  It was started by President Ronald Reagan!!

And here is a patriotic view from my foyer ... all hand quilted with buttons making a star shape in the blue... I enjoy having made this quilt and caught this shot this morning to share with you!

This week has flown by for me!  I have stayed very focused on Starlight.. Starbright!!!!

First I will share my happiest moment yesterday when I took this shot...
Which makes me 2/3 complete on all the quilting!!!   YIPPEE!!!!!!

Slow stitching is the ONLY way I could produce such a cool stipple... and I love using such bold colors to quilt with on this quilt!!!

When I started quilting this project the last day of February I thought I would be done by the time my daughter returned from her summer vacation... she is gone to Tennesse for 5 1/2 weeks... to be home first part of August to prepare for her Senior year of high school starting soon after.  But this quilt still has more time needed devoted to it and a bit more time.  I don't want to rush and leave poor stitches or incomplete areas.. I want all the quilt to be contiguous when I finally see it in full complete!!! lol  And for when I gift it too!

I am hoping to find a special short verse of some sort.. to add to the label I will put on the back once the quilting is complete... 

Any ideas y'all???!!!!

So I have now started on Block #7 on this quilt for my daughter... here is a shot I took this morning...
I am hoping to have this block done by end of the month or when Brandi gets home :D
Each block finishes at 28"... it takes for frame moves to finish a block.. this one may take 5 as I will have the outer border to get also as this is an outer corner block.. :)

Linking this portion of my blog post to Kathy's Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching HERE... the remaining post is an update to those that follow me whilst I am writing a post for linking! lol

Anyone is welcome to read and enjoy but Kathy prefers we link only hand quilting items and below are home reno pictures and stories... Have a happy slow stitching Sunday Y'all... that is my focus for the day also! lol (Kathy talks about focus in her post too.. hope you go take a look today!)

My machine quilted finish got used this week...
My honey uses it to cover the table and blend in with the backdrop.. it makes the black cases and Featherweight Sewing Machines just pop with black against the white background.

Here is a close up of just the quilt and backdrop....
So I will call this successful!  lol  It has a few puckers at intersections but those mainly disappeared with it's first washing and drying... so as it get's used and washed more it will continue (hopefully) to hide these areas as machine quilting is just not my joy! lol

Also this week my honey has been working on the bar in our kitchen and I went on a walk down memory lane to the house we first moved into... before we started giving it some personality! lol
Here is a pic from the real estate ad....
Notice the kitchen on the left... see how there was a doorway and a pass through window??? What were they thinking!!!

So we improved it fairly soon after we moved in to this ...
Although the bar wasn't super sturdy or even very functional... Rick improved it by opening the doorway up and the wall between the doorway and the pass through was checked and NOT load bearing.. :)  Lucky my honey is very smart with home reno!!!

Well now he is putting the finishing touches on the bar ... but look at this long shot I took this morning... how the opening to the kitchen looks now!!!!
If you scroll back to our original kitchen from 1980... it was dark and not a part of the house... now our home is very cool and interactive ... I love the open concept we have been able to capture here :D

So let's look more closely at the process of turning the flimsy half wall into a functional sturdy bar that really integrates all the spaces in the main of our home...

Adding a perpendicular shorter length wall was integral to getting the wall to be sturdy...

 That wall is screwed into the tile then down into the concrete.. there is NO JIGGLING of the bar at all now!!!

Then he added 2 pieces of plywood to make the shape of the top and covered it with the beautiful formica we got online (lucky there as it was more perfect and completely different in person than it was when we chose it online)!!!

This is a good shot of the variegated greys in the formica and how well it matches those 1980's existing formica covered dove grey cabinets in the kitchen! lol
Once the bar was made he surrounded it with wood edging and stained it to coordinate with the living room ceiling fan and other woods in our home ... lots of secret stuff happened during this step!

My honey has had many professions in his life and home reno guru is one of them... he had many high end clients and saw and made many high end dreams come true so when we plan a project like this... he does the very best to make OUR dreams now come true.. on a tight budget! hahaha!
 Check out the cart we found speaking of budgets!

This rolling island cart (we havent' decided what we should call this piece... any ideas???) was found on our local swap on facebook and cost us a whopping $30 cash and gas to go get it (10 minutes from our home to theirs!).. YIPPEE!!!!  We were planning a cart very similar to this one... with heavy duty lockable casters and we had planned to use the remaining formica for the top of it but this one has nice butcher block wood top!!!

It is a bit worn but not terrible... so my honey will strip it by sanding it down to fresh wood and restain to match our bar edging... then the house will have this wood color throughout mixed with white wainscotting and light/med grey walls... neutral but classy!!!

Here is another shot I took this morning...
My honey let the stain cure then is adding layer upon layer upon layer (very light layers) of varnish to give this bar it's final step for a long life... then the blue painters tape can come off and we are free to enjoy it!!!!

And ideas on decorating this space??  It needs something next to the wall... and maybe a table topper in a circle or hexi on the hexi part of the bar... what do YOU think???

Also this week we had to replace our post light in the front yard.  Another thing for my honey to do.. using his electrical skills! lol

You see when the yard folks came around to mow they were on a loaner mower as their was being fixed... not acclimated to the subpar loaner mower they hit our post and the light fell off! lol

No harm done though as we found one inexpensively that I really liked... so before long after the little incident... we had this shot to share with our mowing friend...

And this morning I caught it at sunrise while the light was still on for you to see!!!

So Casa Del Loro has had a good tune up... We may take a break now.. not sure.  There are many things we still want to accomplish before Brandi returns from her summer break.


So now until my next post ... be safe!  And do a good deed today.. just because you can!!! :)




Sunday, July 10, 2016

Slow Stitching Bliss :)

I am finally finished with my machine quilting project... more on that below ;)

But since I am done with that I have really embraced my love of hand quilting over using a machine for quilting... I am so glad I love to hand quilt and have the support of my friends and family to hand quilt my flimsies... it takes patience on their part ya know! lol

Here is my progress on Starlight... Starbright for my daughter...

 I have moved to the bottom half of the 6th carpenters wheel block now :) !!!!  Yippee !!!!

I LOVE TO HAND QUILT!!!!  

I am linking this post to Kathy's Quilts for those that are also taking slow stitches this Sunday!

One of my favorite birthday presents has to be these headphones I recently got...
I can listen to all the tunes I have on my phone wirelessly!!!  I love that :)  No more ironing over cords! lol

You see I LOVE to listen to music as I stitch and sew... and iron! lol  Makes all the things enjoyable and keeps my creative side awake to do this! :)

I also did get a bit of slow stitching added to this machine quilted table cover...
 Here is the machine quilted cover on the table.. just don't have the backdrop in place for this shot! lol
White on white is hard to photo well... but it will be perfect for my honey's purpose... a backdrop for the featherweights we sell!!! :D

Once that cover was finished I could resume my tri recs units.. for the quilt for me and my honey to sleep under... maybe to be called "Singing the Blues" :)
Above is 1 unit made... I need 128 of them !!!! Oh my!!!  So here is my sewing station currently....
I am almost halfway done making these units now!

While I have been keeping up with things and sewing here and there and stitching here and there.. my honey has been busy too!!!

He is adding a wall to our bar to be area...
Just waiting for some nice white paint now!!!
And the formica sheet came in yesterday... so soon you will see how the top will really look!  I am very excited about this project my honey has taken on!  It shows off all his skill I think too!  and adds value to a home we plan to sell in the next year or so! :)  We want to be closer to the beach.. right now we are a 10 minute drive... we want to walk to the beach though!

Until my next post please remember...














As a P. S. I would like to remind each of you to Love One Another... we are going through a tough time currently in the USA... please keep us in your prayers if you don't live here... but no one is immune to what is happening here in current days with all the violence and unrest.. so I am changing my blog signature for future posts.. to remind us all to....


So now until my next post ... be safe!  And do a good deed today.. just because you can!!! :)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Birthday America... and me too!

Happy Birthday America!!!

And to me too!!!!

Today I turn 50 years young!!!
Here is a birthday cake my best friend Wendy who lives in Australia sent me this morning too!!!

and here is the truth...
Although arthritis may make me start replacing parts with built ones.. currently I am still all original! :) lol

Now I need your attention for a minute or two...

Take a listen to this acapella version of this song... very cool!!!!  Especially if you are wearing headphones/earbuds! lol
CLICK HERE to open the video in a new tab please ;)  I can't get the link to show up in the published blog post :/

Isn't that just an amazing rendition of a classic American song!!!  I just love it and uploaded it to my phone so I could listen with headphones... I got some for my birthday!!! lol

Today I am focusing today on 2 projects...

My daughter's quilt here...
On the top right is a birthday card from my 97 year young Nanny!

She is my only remaining living grandparent and she has many grandchildren and great grands.. but always remembers our birthdays with a card and a few words of wisdom along with well wishes!  I love getting a card from her on my birthday!!!!

Also I am making a machine quilted table cover for my honey to use posing his featherweights on that we sell...

I found 3 yards of white on white fabric for a low price on eBay because it had a mark on it that easily washed out! :)  I want it reversible and the same on both sides so decided a nice 2" cross hatch would work best on the whole cloth quilting...
 I used a long ruler and my faithful blue wash away marker.  First I found the center of one side and marked it.. then I took a second ruler with a 45 degree angle on it and marked right and left from that center edge at 45 degrees.. after a few sessions of marking to give my back a break.. I had it marked and layered and ready to pin ...
 Above it is ready for pinning.. I placed pins ever 3 squares all over the quilt... you can see in my pic below how I placed them for a stable whole cloth to quilt...
Fiona is a Morse 600 1950's sewing machine made by Toyota and she is a great quilter to me!!! :)

I also am hoping to get back to piecing an upcoming quilt to hand quilt... Singing the Blues is it's tentative name... no pics of that on my phone presently though... once I get back to it I will share some :)

Meanwhile my honey has been making some changes in our kitchen....

We are beefing up and changing the top to a more usable surface on the bar in the kitchen.. here is the cardboard template laying in place...

and here is the plywood countertop base piece in place!!!!
There is some beefing up that needs to take place and my honey is doing a stellar job.. I will show pics in my next post of his hard work and skill on this project :)

Hope you enjoyed the song and have a blessed special day for America... if you are in another country I hope you enjoyed the acoustics in the song!
I will leave you with this photo of one of my calendars I use.. made for me by my sweet daughter in law!!!!  Featuring my grandson CJ, me, Brandi, Kayla, and DL... plus some fireworks too!



Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Busy but FUN Stay-cation :)

Last Sunday Connie drove down from Tennessee for her yearly visit!
I was so excited... and as I relive the highlights... I realize this was a Stay-cation this year for me.. I was her support staff as she got some quilty projects completed :)

Connie is my quilting mentor... she is the one that started my obsession!!!!!  

So Sunday we visited and relaxed... and enjoyed a wonderful bacon cheeseburger and tots meal too thanks to my honey's culinary talent!  It was sooo yummy :)  But by Monday morning and a good nights sleep under our belt she was ready to start quilting something... a baby quilt!!!
 And she is making it from stash... hers and a bit of mine too!!! :)

Then Tuesday she got a new doo!  Kimber, my hair stylist and friend gave her a GREAT makeover!!!
 Above is Kimber and Connie and below is how cool the back looks after a treatment, cut & style :)  Yippee!!!!
 AND we went to a LQS where I picked up a few things...
 Check out this cute ruler above... it is a size I have seen Bonnie Hunter use and I LOVE it!!

Below is a panel my daughter (who was with us) went crazy over ... so I bought the panel :)
I got Connie a ruler like mine as a surprise little gift.. and with this quilt shops name on it ... it is extra cute I think... it is 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" and is perfect for cutting up block parts during the piecing process :)

By Wednesday she had a flimsy completed...
 about 40" square :)

Then below she is layered and pinning...
 And just so you all know... she got a light grey solid binding sewn on after machine quilting all the ditches... then she hand quilted all the open spaces remaining!!!

Hopefully you will get to see the finish once it is gifted too... but it turned out amazingly beautiful with her tiny hand stitching in the pink with white thread and in the white with pink thread... this is a quilt for a girl baby being born to a coworker who has 3 boys presently!!! So lots of pink is a necessity for this little girl to be!! lol

Also while here Connie made us matching cup cozies...
 Here is a close up of mine....
 It has my initial "K" on it... it now sits on my bedside table.. a little reminder of our friendship that sends me off to sweet dreams and gives me a smile when I wake :)

Finally Friday was here... and we went to a local seafood restaurant!  We all have July birthdays and when we told our excellent server this ... she grabbed this shot after a group sang happy birthday to us all!!!
 Connie's birthday is July 3, I am on the 4th, my honey is on the 20th, and my daughter is on the 26th!!!!  Yippee :)

Check out the free desert we got to share too!
Yummy dessert called the "Boat Anchor"...

While we were at the restaurant we took some photos on the boardwalk attached!!!  Here are a couple!
 And here is a fun shot of me and Connie cheesing it up!!!
 but my fave shot was this new family shot!

So now my teenage daughter is gone for the summer... I have 5 1/2 weeks for just me and my honey to enjoy.  Wow... how long will it take this reality to set in???  Not sure yet!!!

But one thing I am certain of as I adjust to life sans any kids in the house for the summer...