Mistakes can be good? Yes, but Ducks are more fun to look at!

June 26th, 2008

A life making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

—George Bernard Shaw   

I get a daily email with some kinda famous quote, and this one was today’s.  It really makes me feel much better!  I have definitely been feeling as a late that I have made quite a few mistakes lately.  But it could be because I am trying to do more than just nothing, so it could be okay.  The more I think about it, the more I like this quote.  It encourages me to not quit and keep pressing on.   One mistake that I think was not a good one, but was one nonetheless was my swearing in my last post.   I just don’t swear very well.  It doesn’t sound “natural” from me.  I often ”think” in those terms, but I seldom ”speak” in such a manner, and to me it just sounds odd coming out.  That is probably a good thing, because I think swearing constantly is somewhat tiresome, yet I have some friends who do swear quite a bit.  In fact, I know a guy in my company who wouldn’t say the “N” word (nigger) but has no problem saying the “F” word (fuck) on a consistent basis.  I really find that rather ironic.  Maybe it shows my age and how the words have changed with the times. 

And what does this have to do with quilting and country life….where are the pictures?    Well I am thinking a blog is like a public journal so you just got a bit of the journaling bit.  Does anyone else out there ever think like this? But to satisfy the picture people out there (myself included)  Here are some great pictures of the ducks in the flowers and yard.  I missed them in the boxwood.  Linda said that one of them was missing, and all the sudden his little head just popped out of the very dense boxwood bush, and it looked so comical….but these are pretty good shots too.


This afternoon I go to help set up for the Busy Bee Quilters Quilt Show.  I will take pictures and post them soon.  If anyone is around the area, our show is a pretty good one, and it is in a great setting at Craven  Farms. I haven’t had much time to help set up before, and I am really looking forward to helping this year.





Post Father’s Day

June 17th, 2008

           This the collection of cool stuff my family picked up for me for Father’s Day.  The skull t-shirt is designed out of music-related images, pretty cool stuff for such a “stuffy” old man like me!!   Next pictured are “martini” animals…..I have no idea how they really work, but they will likely get used in art quilts, and that is why I got them…...Next….remember I like musicals, and I have to say that Hairspray is a great one.  I am a little young to have really ever heard too much about the original movie/play.    But I really like this one.  John Travolta plays a very convincing Mrs. Turnblad.   And the last picture shows the beads that each kid and LInda picked out.   They are very cool beads, not sure what I will use them for but they are so cool.

Last picture for the night, the ducks were released out the poultry yard for the day.   Here they are relaxing  in the shade. 

Garden Gazing

June 15th, 2008

Went out in the gardens with the camera last night to take pictures of some of the flowers we have here around Shiloah Cottage before they stop blooming and are gone. I already missed the lilacs, but here are some of my favorites.

This one is a mock orange with “yellow” leaves. Right now it smelling deliciously “flowery” Linda says. It is supposed to smell like an orange blossom, but I have never been near a real orange tree in bloom, so I wouldn’t know. S3010235.JPG S3010236.JPG

I potted up this fern from the woods….I really like it in this pot S3010237.JPG

A wild rose on the edge of the woods S3010232.JPG

This flower is very odd…it looks like it made of paper, closes up a night, and the foliage is very sticky. I have no idea what it is, and I don’t even remember planting it. S3010221.JPG

These are heavenly! I love columbines. This variety has been part of the inspiration for a current design I am working on… S3010205.JPG The babies are so grown up. Here is the batch of chicks S3010222.JPG and here are the ducklings! S3010223.JPG This is one of the last full snowballs of the season S3010220.JPG

This is the lavender, actually one of the lavenders…. S3010210.JPG I think this is German or English lavender, I cannot quite remember…

Those are the pictures for tonight. I have a few more to post, but I really want to get into the studio and do a little sewing before bedtime….It was finally SUNNY today and I spent most of the day out in the yard repairing the fence so the chickens and ducks can get out of their pen and live a little on the “wild” side! I am tired, but it was so good to be outside, and not seeing it rain again! I am not a “sun-worshipper” but I was getting really tired of the rain.

ducklings darling

May 23rd, 2008

     duckling.JPG  ducklings2.JPG  ducklings1.JPG  Our baby ducklings are growing so fast  They are already out in the coop as they were growing so tall.  These pictures are from the house and the first couple of weeks that we had them.  I was going to take their pictures in teacups….but by the time I got around to actually having the time to do so, they were too big.  They are delightful and very gregarious.  They have bonded with us much more than the chickens have.  In fact, I think that the chickens were very put out that we put them out of the house!  The ducklings run to us when we come to the coop, the chickens act like the sky is falling!!  

back from Market

May 23rd, 2008

It is already Thursday, and I am just getting to write about a great weekend at the International Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon.   I took the train down there on Friday morning everett trainstation.JPG  This the great new train station in Everett Washington. It is a beautiful new building. Having never taken the train before, I was excited and anxious at the same time…..as usual it was for naught as it basically was a glorified bus ride, but much more comfortable and bumpy at times.  Went by the water a lot, and the train tracks give you a much different perspective than driving.  Getting on the train in Everett was pretty easy and comfortable, by the time we got to Portland it was pretty packed, and the Portland train station was very busy at 3pm in the afternoon.  I was in a hurry to get to Market, so I grabbed one of the cabs out front and asked to go to the convention center.  Alex, the driver, told me in his Russian accent that there were FIVE convention centers downtown!  I had no idea that there were so many.  I called Marci Baker, my employer for this gig, and asked where they were.  She was not sure what the name of it was, but said it was near the Rose Quarter which I had mentioned on the phone while we were driving by it.  So I had the Alex drop me off there with my bags.  Upon walking up to the building immediately in front of me, I realized that no one was there…..so I kept walking,  finally I recognized these two glass towers from when I had been to Portland Spring Quilt Market in 1996 and 1998 and made it into the delicious air-conditioned air (it was in the low 90’s I heard later, and the air conditioning on the train had started to fail on the way down).  

I got to see a little of Market that evening, and went to bed in my hotel room tired.  Saturday, I got my picture taken with Kaffe Fasset picture with Kaffe.jpg  as he was just down the row from our booth at Alicia’s Attic/Clearview Triangle.  The quilt behind us is made of his fabrics, and in Sara Nephew’s latest book, Not Your Grandmother’s Log Cabins NYGLogCabinCoverLarge.JPG

 I spent the morning working Marci’s booth, and then spent some time going around and meeting people and taking in the scope of the market.  A big goal of mine was to meet and talk with Mark Lipinski.  I talked to him a couple times, but he was getting pulled a “gazillion” ways and didn’t have much time. 

scott and Mark.bmp  I did pin down Mark  long enough for this photo and not much longer.  He is one busy man.  I hope that I can be that busy in this field someday soon.  Mark has been a great encourager in that area, and I acutally met a few other people too, who were wonderful….

Among those I met was Amy Butler, albeit was for only less than five minutes on Sunday as I was racing out of the market to catch my train back to Everett.  What a sweet lady she is. And TALL Her words to me that I will remember for a long time were “Go for it!”  I just love her stuff, and I hope that when I “make it” I will be as kind and as encouraging as she is.  

 I think the best part of Market was on Sunday going around with Marci from Alicia’s and having Marci introduce me as one of her designer’s.   I think that is the phrase she used, and my head is still reeling and loving that title.  Mark told me he could see me having my own booth at Market someday, and I sure hope he is right!!  How will this work itself out?  I have no idea, but I am trying as hard as I can to give it to God, and work my best at what I know to do, and seeing what He and I can work out together.   And with the help of all these new and renewed friendships that I am developing.

 More later…..