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Christmas books….

December 16th, 2012

Yup…this is LATE for Christmas books….but I have these two to share with you…and maybe two more tomorrow, if I can get to them!

This first one I shared about awhile back because I am a contributor to it and it came out in the E-version last year I believe.  Pretty in Patchwork Holidays came out in print version this year.  I really prefer the print version of all books so I was delighted to actually get it in my hands.

My friend John Adams put this baby together with many wonderful bloggers whom I am sure you know contributing to the project line-up. I started on this gift bag that John designed , and I had really hoped to get it DONE to show you, but I have been so overwhelmed by a great many NON-sewing related things in the last few months, I have had Very limited time in the studio.  Ok, almost no time in the studio….However, January is looking good to have a change around in that department, and I am ever so excited about that change!!

Anyway, there are MANY other wonderful projects in this book beside the bag including pillows, table settings, wall hangings, stuffed stuff, and the cutest little hedgehog embroidery pattern.

And of course there are quilts.  This one by John is one of my favorites. All snowy and chilly-warm using the only real shade of purple that I like, a “grey-ish” Perkin’s purple.

PIP John's Quilt

and of course I am fond of my quilt in the book as well!


The next book to mention is Christmas Magic by Ingrid Perra.  This book is definitely a throwback to the early quilting revival days of the 70’s and 80’s.  Very country, very simple.  I am not sure if a lot of you would like this book or not just because the fabrics used in the book are very much that of that “Laura Ingalls Wilder” look.  They definitely would appeal to you if you like that current Scandinavian revival I see popping up here and there in the sewist arena.

Christmas Magic cover

Most of the projects are simple and very homespun looking.  Looking through the book, these two projects struck my eye as unique and interesting.   I could see them done in more contemporary fabrics as well.

I found this tree “basket” concept very interesting and love the concept behind it.  Same trees with some hip mod fabrics? Could be a fun project!

CMagic tree tray

And Linda and I are always looking for some fresh takes on the whole Advent Calendar theme.  This one is very “gingerbread” looking with these pinks and beiges,  but might be just as much fun in some Chartreuse and Cherry combo, right?

CMagic Advent House

So that’s it for today’s post…hope to have another one for you with two other Christmas books that you might really like to get yourself  which do include some fun things that you still might have time for this Christmas……if you get them right away….and I get the post actually finished!!  :)

Tootsie Pop challenge update 1

July 6th, 2008

Tootsie Pop Challenge entrants so far (as of 10 pm on July 5th, 2008 )!! Here is the list of who I have so far on my list of entrants. If you emailed me, and you aren’t listed below please let me know.

Sandi A. in MN, Shawn in WA, Steven C., Cornelia G., Jeanine, Rich B, Carole H. in UK, Deborah L., Gus N, Paul L, Aileen T., Tanner K, Jim V., Richard C.

We spent the day at Rosario Beach and Anacortes, Washington today…..Got great pictures I will post them later….along with some more latent quilt show quilt pictures! Busy weekend, long day, good night.

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.

spring finally??

April 22nd, 2008

dogwood in snow.JPG  springsnowchickenwire.JPG  mockorangebycoop.JPG  mockorangeinsnow.JPG chickentrax.JPG neighbortruch.JPG  It was a lovely Spring weekend this weekend in NW Washington state.  So much for global warming!! April 19th, 20th, and 21st we woke with snow on the ground.  I do not think I have ever seen so much snow this late.  I told the kids I should play Christmas music, and the oldest said….”Dad, what are you talking about? It never snows on Christmas Day!”  He is right, we seldom get snow then!!!

  chicks in pen.JPG

Update on the chicks….they are getting adjusted to their new home okay….they even went into the coop on their own last night.  Gosh, they are growing up so fast, sniff, sniff…..


easter weekend–the aftermath

March 24th, 2008

That sounds ominous, but it wasn’t.  I just didn’t have time to write about the weekend during the weekend that is all….or I didn’t make time to write about it.  Anyway, Easter Saturday was a really cold morning.  When I went out for my morning fitness walk, Sassy, our beloved she-manx cat, barely lifted herself out of her bed.

S3010938.JPG  Here she is in her royal swan bed.  My dad made this bed as a planter, but after the first set of geraniums died, her royal highness Sassy, took over years ago, and it is now her place. It was so cold though, she wouldn’t even come to the door looking for a hand to pet her, or a handout of food.

This is the sunrise that greeted me on that Saturday morning.  I wanted to capture the abundance of snow on the foothills, but I don’t think this photo does it justice. We really don’t have snow on those hills very often, especially not on Easter morning.       S3010943.JPG  

Easter Sunday rather a disappointment to me, as I didn’t at all get the sermon at church.  The time of worship was good, but the best part was when my friend Mike read from Matthew the part about not worrying about the future, each day has enough worry of its own. It reminded me of a book I recently read called The Shack.  the shack.jpg  It is a very powerful book, and one of the best parts was about  God’s love for us.  The phrase “God loves you” is so over done these days, I find it rather meaningless but this book reminds us the God is “especially fond” of us…all of us, even if we don’t acknowledge His hand in our lives.  The whole “His” references are challenged in this book too, as God first shows up as a very large African-American woman.  I love it!!!!   There are many far-right seekers of God that would be offended by that, and the far-left seekers get too wrapped up in themselves to see that God is both male/female.  He created us that way in His/Her image.  I still refer to Him as Him, but it is good to know that He is our mother as well……Kinda trippy and metaphysical I know, but it is a good book, and the book is not hard to read at all.  There are no pictures, and I even managed to get through it in 3 days….

Another great book (with some REALLY trippy parts) as well is The War of Art war of art.jpg  

 It is rather strange, and parts of it are hilarious, but some of it speaks well about fighting artistic blockages of all sorts.  It rather demonfies “resistance” and glorifies perhaps defies art.  The author has some strange religious anger brewing underneath his ramblings, and some of that I found rather annoying, but I did like how he faced resistance head on and basically challenges the reader to keep plugging through all the barriers that keep one from creating.   I recommended it to my friend Mark Lipinski on the phone, and while we were talking he ordered it from Amazon.  I am wondering what he will think when he reads it.  I think the line that I read him likened the problems of Resistance to somethings like acne, world hunger, and erectile dysfunction.    I KNOW that the ED is in there, that is what made me laugh out loud. 

Anyway back to Easter Sunday….it rained and rained and rained…..not very “springy”……so the Pagan Easter part of the celebration was pretty drenched down….did see some neighbor girls way out back running around in boots and fancy dresses looking for eggs….that was pretty funny!!!  The Christian part of the celebration left me rather sad….I think I must have missed it….all of it…the point of Jesus on the cross and ressurrecting on Sunday I “KNOW” it in my head, but my heart sure didn’t seem to notice, and I think that is the point where I was very disappointed by it all..

This is supposed to be an “Artistic” blog, so I don’t know why I wrote all that heavy stuff…it is not like anyone really reads this stuff anyway.   But there you have it, Easter weekend in a nutshell…..



chicks are in!!!

March 18th, 2008

S3010892.JPG  S3010893.JPG   YEAH!!!!  The chicks are in!!!  Linda went to the feed store today and brought these darlings home!!  There are 8 of them, and NOW I really need to get working on the coop from last year’s demise.  The winter storms have knocked down the old outdoor roof for them, and ripped the door apart as well, so I have to get working on a new home for these sweet things.  We are going to make it more industrial strength for them as well, to keep them safe.

   coop1.jpg coop2.jpg coop3.jpg  this is the state of the current coop and yard

My quilt for the “Mantastic” invitational quilt show in Connecticut is back from Judy Irish’s quilting frame, and looks great.  I was concerned as there was a lot of bias in that quilt, but Judy got everything to quilt out just fine.  I am very happy with it.  I am excited to have my quilt in with some of the “greats” of the male quilter world (grant you a much smaller pie, but big enough for me!!)  Now I have to put the binding on it and my reliable Singer which hasn’t had a tune up for oh….4-5 years….has been at the service shop for 2 weeks this Wednesday.  She should be coming home soon, and then I can finish up this quilt and move on to more….   The studio has NOT gotten cleaned!!  But I did approach the Juki and the B-line quilting rack, and we had some nominal success for now….enough so that I don’t feel threatened by it.  I think I still need to figure out the rolling up on the poles part, but it didn’t jam up and become a horrendous mess like it had been.

My daughter wants to use the phone now, and I am currently online on our phone line so I need to close for now.  Son #1 has been on our dialup line most of the afternoon for homework….time to close…and maybe work on cleaning????   nah…I have journaling to do too!!!!  and  brownies for dessert…

tattoo day

March 6th, 2008

march 5, 2008.jpg Well, here is the tattoo in all its glory.  When I see it, I think it isn’t real, and then I realize it is, and it will never leave….and I am reminded that I will always be God’s beloved child, no matter how far away He or I seem from each other…..and He will always provide for my needs (and my family’s needs) even when it may not quite seem like it…..and I think that those two reminders are very good things.   I don’t have much time to write here, so that is it for now…..hopefully more tomorrow.

there have been many frogs croaking outside for many nights in a row….a sure sign that Spring is really on its WAY !!!

February post Birthday

February 7th, 2008

Funny, I am grieving today over the last 20 plus years I spent at my previous employer.  I was struggling with things there for the last 5-9 years so much, you would think I would be happy to be “retired” and moving on to a new place.   …..this would probably go under the heading of “like you care” that my new quilting e-friend Michael refers to in his blog State of the Craft  …..I am in the process of being 3 on the ring of Male Quilt Bloggers he has started…hope I will be on that soon….

Anyway, on to posting some pictures here that I posted on my two yahoo groups QuiltGuy and Pickle Road Studio  a couple days ago.

Here is my quick “decor” thingie in the stairwell window which was woefully nude until this display knobs.jpg     

then this is my “country living” photo of my display of sink stoppers in the guest bathroom that Max calls “weird”  aqua setting.jpg   I think this shot is so good….I am planning on making cards for sale with this photo…so look for some nice hand and computer crafted cards for sale here in the next month or so…or for sale on our Etsy site  …..

And then a whole week and a half ago we had snow…. and this is the arbor on the edge of the woods at the end of the day…it looked much more marvelous early in the morning, but I didn’t bring my camera out in the AM  arbor in snow.jpg


January 26th, 2008

dreamchurch.jpg  This church is for sale in a town near where I live.  I so want to buy it!!!  But I don’t want to sell the house I live in to do it.  We actually could live in it and have a shop in the front.  That is what is currently being done with it.  But it does need a lot of work still.  And it ain’t cheap by my standards.  Linda liked it on paper too.  I actually was in it, and thought it would be great, especially if it was just Linda and I, but I don’t think that the kids would like the move.  And I would miss our land even though every summer, I think to myself that I cannot handle all of the yardwork…..


Mystic Swamplands and Reinventing Santa

December 12th, 2007

myst swamp in our back yard.jpg   This scene captured my eye last Saturday when I got back from my morning fitness walk.  It reminded me so much of the swamp scenes in the Lord of the Rings movies.  Can you hear the haunting elvish melodies coming across your mind?  I sure can.

On a totally different note, the crew on Mark Lipinski’s Pickle Road Posse on Yahoo were discussing Santa Claus and some of the ways people are trying to reinvent him. I was looking up Santa and what is going down in the PC world and found a Fashion School that redid Santa’s look.  Here are three samples of the students work.

    santa-goes-modern_01.jpg    sketch-jennifer.jpg    sketch-melody.jpg   Now I have been thinking that I would like to be a Santa Claus when I “grow up” or retire or what ever….but now I think I have to lay off of 

these fastbreak bar.jpg and buy a bunch of Just For Men Hair Color….to fit the “new” look…..

I have been working out and trying to lose weight, and I have lost some and toned up some, but those FastBreak candy bars get me everytime…..they are not part of a healthy diet!!!