Saturday, June 27, 2009
Wet and cool and for the "high desert" is sure is strange. Sort of like being in Oregon or Washington! LOL ( I gotta stop re-reading Twilight books I guess)
I also took a pic of the daisies...aren't they just the happy-est flowers? These Shastas are in full bloom now!
Our girl has developed a limp and along with the fact that she was due for her shots, we made a trip to the vet this past week. Good news is that she is in relatively good health, but...
After talking to the Dr we came to the conclusion that she has been getting WAY too many treats even though they are good doggie treats with a little bit of people food. The chicken jerky strip she loves is like a person eating a Big Mac! That sure surprised me as I thought they were nice and lean and good for her.
So she has been put on a treat restriction...just tiny bits when she does good!
I think A was more upset than Belle seems to be LOL And for the limping, he couldn't find a "reason" with the initial exam but suspects the beginning of arthritis and the extra 12-14lbs on a sore joint. She is now taking an anti-inflammatory every day and we are to watch for a month. And also no walks for two weeks so the meds have a chance to work.
Crossing our fingers and paws!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Grson I was spending an afternoon with Nana and so we decided to do some baking. I had a pumpkin bread mix in the pantry and thought it would be perfect for I and I to make.
Nana was good and didn't eat any...just isn't on my way of eating but it sure smelled good. Only problem is my stupid stove as the oven doesn't maintain a constant temp and it got slightly overdone.
It was still good so I guess I can live with it for now.
DH Mr Creative shows off his presents...or most of them not including the early ones he got. I gave him a blood pressure monitor which we all took turns testing out and Mr Creative found out his was the best of all but then again it ought to be considering how much we spend every month for his meds. LOL
DD sent him a note pad with Grson A's picture for him to keep at work and Son D and family gave him a shirt that Grson I got to put his hand prints on later that day.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
It was an adventurous weekend to say the least with lots of new friends, bagpipes and drums, great performances, and torrential rain!
We had a great time and a surprise for Clan MacRae which I will write more about later.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Last night as I was watching So You Think You Can Dance on TV I looked out the window and saw a beautiful rainbow. Sure are hoping that is a good sign for the weekend and the Scottish Festival. Not much fun to be outdoors in the rain even if we have shelters to protect us LOL
Got one for me, son Big A and grson N. Called Mr Creative at work and he decided he couldn't go to a midnight show AND go to work the next morning LOL so that means we will go again a few days later and hopefully see it in an IMAX theatre.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Meet my new Scottie friends...Archibald, known as Archie in the red coat, Catherine in the white coat and Peter in the blue coat. Using pieces of my precious MacRae tartan fabric and my stash I spent a fun afternoon and evening making this wall hanging to be. I even cut a piece for Archie's coat out of one of my two sashes but sewed it back together about 7-8 inches shorter LOL
I adapted a pattern from Marcia's Quilters Cache.
The wool was interesting to work with as it has a resilience and bounce back that defied my iron and some steam but I think I can live with it LOL
doggie in the brand new MacRae USA tartan coat and some wider borders with some Celtic knot work. But that is for the future as I have plenty I need to get done before tomorrow about noon!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I wanted to frame it in a bright sunny yellow even though May isn't always THAT sunny here in Utah LOL
When I was almost done I noticed some "mistakes" on the block and even though foundation or paper piecing gives you the best chance to do a perfect block, they happen. I mused at how something so small as a 16th of an inch could show up so badly in this type of block and yet in MOST normal pieced blocks it can be ignored for the most part. I say live and learn
It's done and now I need to take a break to get ready for the Utah Scottish Festival...hurrah...and our booth, Clan MacRae.
Come say "hi" if you are in Utah this weekend.
More on that to come.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The other day when my DH Mr Creative and youngest son A returned from an evening fishing trip, my son A came down to the sewing room where I was working and said..."here Mom" and handed me these beautiful wild flowers they found on the side of the road as they returned. My mind went back to when he was a little boy and the loving child he was. Being the "baby" we spent much time together and I have to admit I morned the passing of those little boy days but what a wonderful surprise to get that fist full of flowers once more so unexpectedly.
Love Ya A...as you see he found the perfect "vase" for the flowers too! LOL
I thought I would share a bit of progress on the next Carol D block and ask...
"What WERE you thinking, Carol?"
Oh my gosh 61 pieces in this block and it is ONLY 7" finished...you can see the pre-cut pieces ready for the second part of the bottom of the block. S
Sheesh! That is an hour's work for the first half! LOL
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Oh I am so behind with my BOM that Carol D is doing with our yahoo group.
It happened when my April got so busy I just didn't get around to making the block before leaving for Texas. Then of course there was May's block and now June's and I am racing to NOT get any more behind.
If I just could stop the world for a week or so! LOL
Yeah...right, like that is going to happen.
Any way here is April's block all pastel and spring-like. Those corners were a pain for me as I originally used a completely different fabric for them. It is a pretty sort of pastel water color fabric but with it's light background and lighter colors just didn't frame the block well enough so after thinking about it on and off in the middle of the night I got up bright and early...ripped those puppies off and replaced them with a nice hand dye given to me by my quilt friend Leslie who is in the process of cleaning/sorting/ discarding in her sewing room. Gotta love friends who think of you during those times!
Where have I been? Sorry for no blogging the past week. It just kind of got away from me.
But we have been doing all kinds of stuff around the yard since it is late spring and that means flowers and weeds and gardens and grass (in the flower beds and out). I snapped some pictures of my beautiful flowers this past week.
Upper L Peony, R mini rose Lower L Candy Cane rose with my climbing rose in the background and R a ripening strawberry which grson I has already picked and eaten. LOL
So as you see we are still around and keeping busy, almost too busy to blog about it! LOL
Monday, June 1, 2009
A new block for the Debbie Mumm BOM ...but not one of Debbie's blocks...I took this block from the book Block Magic 2 to substitute for one that I didn't want to make a second time for this version of the quilt. Since it will be for my grd C I think it is a great sub.
When I was trimming the sizing up sashing to bring the block from an 8" finished to 9" finished I mentally figured 4 1/2 as half of 9 forgetting to add the seam allowance and thus the uneven border. So my options are to replace that side or call it a variation on the block right? LOL
Oh Well we will see.