Sunday, May 19, 2019

Happy 8 Years Blogging >> with a Giveaway <

Happy Sunday my bloggy friends :)

This coming week marks 8 years that I have been blogging... usually at least once a week or more!!!  YAY!!
Vintage Needle Threader
Water Soluble Marker
2 foam applicators
Snap Bag made by ME!!!
To mark this momentous occasion I am hosting a giveaway on THIS blog post of all the above goodies!!!

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY >>>>>   Just let me know what you like MOST about my posts in a comment along with your favorite post topic of the last 8 years :) <<<<<

Now on with my post for this week...

I got these cool water soluble marking pens from Amazon this week after reading about them a couple weeks ago on another blog... I also read about using foam tipped applicators dipped in water to remove lines!!!!  I loved this tip so that is why I am including BOTH in my giveaway for YOU to try too !!!


I made GRAND progress in the hand quilting arena this week finishing Elliana's name completely and rolling the quilt!
Here is my morning view today...
 And a side view...
 And a close up before I got a good start :)
Linking this progress to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching post :)  HERE  Come see what everyone else is stitching by hand today over at her place <3

I also shared this photo last week or the week before.. I have been pondering it and even ordered some fabrics in a mini jelly roll format to add to my civil war stash to make a coordinating table runner in our kitchen colors...


To the right is 12 log cabin blocks laid out like the pattern suggests but missing the stars... needs the stars.... so I made more logs at the right size and whah lah...

Now to just add star points to the logs I added and sew it all up this week :D

Linking the table topper designing and sewing progress to Wendy's Peacock Party HERE :)

I also got lucky finding a remnant of this fabric that is about 25" square with 1 selvage for a bag for my daughter she requested a couple weeks ago :)
 Lynn Hagemeier is coming out with a new book called "Kansas Troubles Prairie Life" I want to get where she features lots of cute things but it includes directions for this pillow cover...
 I will make mine pillow shams but she has a couple different patterns so I will support her work and buy the book!

Bonnie Hunter had a Quilt - Cam on facebook Saturday.. it will be on her blog today if you are interested...
 She made these cute tulip blocks and gave tips on putting them together quick and easy :)

A girl in one of my hand quilting groups made this table topper... I am envious and wanna give it a go when I find time...
 Isn't it lovely??  Here is a link to the tutorial on youtube by Fons and Porter :)

We have sold 2 of these sewing machines this week... my honey does a great job working on them and polishing them up and getting them ready to sell.
 This one came with a box and clamp... we had another one that didn't have all that though.. both sold fairly quick on facebook :)

I got the most lovely snail mail happy mail this week...
 From a hand quilting blogger :D  I have already given the needles a test run and LOVE THEM!!!!

I caught Molly being very cute this week...
 And for the second time in a week my honey picked me flowers to keep by my computer...
 I love that!!!

Now don't forget to leave your email address if you are a no reply blogger and your name so I can get in touch with you if you are the lucky recipient of this stash of goodies to celebrate my 8 years blogging....


And made sure to be in love with your life!!!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day 2019!

Hope for all the mom's of people and pets you are having a celebratory Sunday today 💞
It has been a busy week here at Daisy Meadows...
 Our birdhouse we had used in Florida that my dad had built long ago got a rebuild to stregthen it... Florida has left it loose all over and it got a fresh bottom piece too...  Now it is shining proudly in our side yard ready to greet 6 new bird families in the future :D

Also last Sunday we actually caught some of the crew heading back south on the train tracks from doing their yearly train track maintenance ....
That was quite exciting!!!

Monday kicked off teacher's week and nurses week... I celebrated both and posted this on my wall in honor of my RN career in the past...
But more nurses do teaching so it was a celebration to both areas of my life :D

I did finish this block Sunday amidst all the hubbub of activity we had! lol

 Then Monday I rolled the frame to start the week off with Elliana's name
 I marked out what I thougth I may do but not having losts of experience with appliqued quilting...
I was feeling my way once the crosshatch was marked!!!

Well look how good it is looking this weekend now :)
Progress is slow as I have a sore thumb and my thimble rubs it so I am only able to quilt a bit at a time ... then a break is required.

Linking this fun slow progress to Slow Stitching Sunday at Kathy's HERE!
and Wendy's Peacock Party HERE!

If only my fingers didn't get sore! lol

I finished the bag for my customer this week :D  She is very pleased with the end result my daughter said and I had fun making it for her so it was a win/win!

Here is a collage showing the inside and the back as well of this Oriole Bag by SewSweetness Patterns!!!
 I included a key fob and 3 different pockets per her request.  The focus fabric elephants were her choice too <3

Besides the roses I opened my post with (picked for me by my honey while it was raining!!!)

We recently realized we have some pink azalea bushes here by the front of our yard :D  Makes me happy to have a bit of pink!
 And we cleaned some of the algae from the pond and I love the reflection pics I take... so I thought I would share this one with you all...
Have a blessed Sunday friends.... thanks for visiting!  I am back to slow stitching after this is posted ... how about you??!!






Sunday, May 5, 2019

Happy May 2019!

Well Happy May Friends!
"Make a Beautiful Garden out of Life"
My calendar this year is exquisite... a splurge I found on Amazon but a brand and style I will splurge on again next year I am sure... this month is NO EXCEPTION!  Make a Beautiful Garden out of Life is the quote this month... and how you choose to view life is a choice for sure... so Make it beautiful is awesome I think!
My sewing room this morning from the viewpoint of the doorway looking at Cleo (My Singer 319W) who is mainly working on a bag I was commissioned to make...
My sewing room from this angle is a bit disheveled as I lost a couple screws in process of fixing an error on the clasp I installed on this bag and me and my honey tore the room apart... this is it now back together enough for me to finish the bag... which is mainly on the hexi ironing board right now.. in the last steps of putting it all together... I may spend a bit of time there today but more likely tomorrow and the next day as I wait for the replacement screws in the mail from Hawaii... the person I bought the clasp from is kindly replacing the lost screws at no expense to me... Check her out at Ningbags.com or if you don't need to buy in bulk but need bag supplies look on Etsy for smaller quantities... I have purchased from her before and she has excellent products and fast shipping too as well as excellent customer service :D

Baby Elliana is due THIS MONTH so I best get focused on my projects for her for sure!!!

Mainly my focus this week will be making progress on the quilt I am making for her...
 The deer above is quite endearing I think... and here below is the part of that row that is done...
 As you can see from this photo...
I have just one more block and this quilt can be rolled to Elliana's name.

Linking this slow stitching progress to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday post where she is sharing some wonderful hand embroideries this week HERE!

Also linking to Wendy's Peacock Party where she is focusing on finishing a project to start a new one HERE!

How should I quilt that row???  Any tips from anyone???


I plan to outline each shape and add highlights where they will look best as I do this outlining of the flowers, bird, birdhouse and name... but I am thinking about keeping with the same wide crosshatch I used on the deer background... maybe a bit wider or a bit narrower... I am unsure!  If you have ideas for this area please leave me a reply below or email me directly using the info under my sidebar :)

The flower is from a plant we trimmed back and harvested the first bloom of the year from... and the photo was taken this week to update my facebook profile pic. :)



Molly celebrates 11 months old this week... so I made this photo collage to share on Facebook this month... she is a joy at this point.. and is settling down nicely ... most of the time! lol
We gave her a trim this week and she did a good job standing still while we both worked on her for almost an hour !!  Then we followed that by a thorough bath and drying session... she is less tolerant of drying her face with the dryer but okay for her body... she loves being clean though!  We are glad for that!!!  She refuses to let us clip her nails so off to a vet she will go this week for that :D

This week I plan to get proper pics of this elephant themed bag I am making & plan to share that next week with  you.  I hope to have a good amount of the next row done on Elliana's quilt if not be on the last row... My cuticle on my right middle finger that I rest my thimble on has been sore this weekend so I trimmed away the sore stuff and have been not so patiently waiting for it to heal as we do yard work and I work on the bag while I long to make more headway on this quilt... I am afraid baby Elliana may arrive before it is complete!

For now keep Elliana and her parents in your thoughts as her mom is quite uncomfortable now and dad is anxious for this time to be over end of the month himself.

Send me your ideas for background fill on Elliana's name for the quilt please!  Much appreciated in advance for both requests!!!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

More Slow Progress and a Visit from my Bestie too!

Welcome all my friends!  Hope the end of the month almost here finds you all doing well <3
This is my latest photo showing the front of Daisy Meadows... I LOVE IT! <3 and feel sooo blessed to live here where everything changes each day :)

Here is a fun book I read this past week while I slow stitched...
It is a fun listen and has a moral at the end too... so a double good read in my opinion!

Last Sunday I focused on the bear below and actually got a lot finished on that cute bear :)
As the week progressed I made more progress but I also got about 20 hour visit with my best friend Connie too... look what we marked and managed to photograph...
Her swoon 24" quilt... it is about 95" wide x 105" long and fits her bed perfectly :)  Here are better color views from the opposite angle of the quilt laid out on my floor...
IT WILL BE NEXT ON THE FRAME TOO...
She  had collected backing, batting, and now a quilt top too so I am ready to load :D

Meanwhile for Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday Linky Party HERE I have lots of fun to share....
First this cute fox all done above....

And dry below with the adjoining block finished too...
Now here is the whole row all done... using only morning daylight to show off my stitching lines a bit better... tip thanks to Gretchen! lol

And where I am headed to after a roll

 And my quilt set up below after rolling!
And even this morning I couldn't resist making progress by finishing a block of stitching...
Pardon the wetness... I had to spritz away my marking lines :)  Linking my slow stitching mega progress week to Wendy's Peacock Party too since I have sew much to crow about !!! lol  HERE

These links I am sharing open up new windows so you won't lose your place if you go look at what all others are linking :)

My honey and I picked out flowers for the base of the flag pole this week when we were at Lowe's for some household items...
 And here they are all planted...
 And mulched too :) ....
 Molly is wanting to get trained to help with the mowing so my honey is letting her ride the mower when he gets it out and puts it up....
I hope each of you take time to smell the flowers of life and take a few slow stitches yourself in a project that may be laying around!  You never know how it could bless your own or someone else's life!