Buzzings from a quilter who bumbles her way through life!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Magic Happens Here!

Yes, magic has been happening the last month! I finished a new banner pattern! It is designed to go on a classroom door, a studio wall, a workroom, or any place that magic happens! There are extra art images (an art palette, tube of paint, paint brushes) and the applique images can be repeated or omitted to fit the need. It will be released when the cover image has been photographed. As a former elementary teacher, I love bright pops of color to welcome children in and give them the feeling that their new classroom is a great place to spend their time!

My lavender has been blooming and the bumble bees as well as honey bees are really buzzing despite the 100+ temperatures!
We spent two weeks on the west coast visiting two of our sons and families. While in Oregon, we drove up to the Hoh rain forest in Washington state. It was a great experience. We also spent a day on the beach!

In California we spent time with family and then brought our granddaughter back to tour universities in Texas. 
We started out at Abilene Christian University. They have a beautiful campus that is green and shaded. It is a smaller private university where I got my degree. 

(Yes, the old lady is me and the young, beautiful one is my granddaughter! I have cut my hair really short. Speaking of short, I am quite a bit shorter than my granddaughter - about half a foot!)

In front of a beautiful art installation at ACU.

After Abilene, we drove to Waco. Before touring Baylor University, we made a stop at Magnolia Market. 
At checkout at Magnolia Market. It was certainly a fun place to visit!

(The famous Silos!)

Baylor gave a great tour and showed off their new stadium. The heat was a killer that day! I was afraid it would scare her away from Texas, but it was even hotter in parts of California that day, so she took it in stride.

The new McLane Stadium at Baylor University.

From Waco, we drove to Austin. (This is where my husband did his graduate work and he LOVES everything UT!) Our first son was born in Austin while he was in school there. 

We ate dinner at The Roaring Fork, a great restaurant right on the water!

After those stops, we visited my family in Pleasanton. My sister has a great studio called Artrageous on Goodwin Street. She gives paint parties, paint sessions, sewing lessons, pottery lessons, bisque glazing, and many more creative, fun things including a weekend Farmer's Market! She gave us a lesson in throwing clay on the wheel. 
My granddaughter caught on quickly.

Farmer's Market Day at Artrageous!

Today we're off again to see more universities! 

Until next time, 
Bee Blessed!

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Yes, I'm Still Alive!

I'm not going to give excuses. Yes, I've been super busy, but not all of it was work! Here are a few highlights of the last year! (I'll show you quilt updates toward the end!)

We've been hosting lunches and dinners for friends. My sweet husband gave me a set of mid-century transfer ware  (English Staffordshire called "Welcome Home") that I can use in the fall and winter months for entertaining.  

We've been working slowly but surely on the next stages of this house. (We finished the stairway!!

We've bought a game camera and discovered that in addition to the deer, we've been visited a bobcat, a family of foxes, a family of raccoons, an occasional porcupine, an occasional possum, and a whole rafter of wild turkeys.  (Thank you, Google, I would never have called a bunch of turkeys a rafter!)

We've taken my Mama and Daddy to Boulder Dam so he could revisit his childhood home in Boulder City. My granddaddy worked at Boulder Dam while it was being built. He started out as a scaler and ended up as an electrician. We walked into the museum in Boulder City and the first picture we saw had my granddaddy right in the center!

my daddy talking to the historian
my granddaddy, third from left

We've gone on a 4,000 mile road trip to Yellowstone and back, (2,000 miles each way), stopping to climb into cliff dwellings, to examine petroglyphs, to see forest, mountain, and desert scenery. We've hiked, climbed, crawled, and walked. We've tasted regional foods. We've stood on mountaintops and waded through streams in the valley. 
We've seen bison, elk, moose, bears, and even a wolf. 
We've seen  geysers that shoot many feet into the air as well as colorful bubbling hot springs.

"We've" has modified my Jeep so that I have to climb up into it and jump down out of it, so "we've" bought me a new electric hybrid car that I love!

Now the things I have done alone:
I FINALLY finished the Spring in the Country quilt pattern that people have been asking me about for 2 years. 
Spring in the Country 

I have even made a few quilts just for my family and not to make a pattern from.

I revived an old love of decorating cakes and made some for a few wedding showers.

I built a papier mache tree in a classroom. (sorry, no after picture, just during the process)

I am healthy, happy, and just as sassy and silly as I ever was! (My sister jokes that I am a "princess".)
This has been a time for family and friends. I do not regret spending time for them or with them. My parents will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary later this summer and I will celebrate my 48th with the man I have loved for what seems like forever!! (And what a wonderful forever it has been!)
I will try to pop in every now and then to keep you updated and to share new patterns and tutorials.  I have updated my Patterns page. Thank you for hanging in there with me!!!

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Friday, February 24, 2017

I'm Here for Show and Tell!

I have been really busy since I last posted. 
We have almost finished the downstairs. We still have the staircase to trim out and finish, but the downstairs apartment is very livable.
Above is our little kitchenette. It has a sink, microwave, and refrigerator. If we needed to add a stove, we could put a cook top in the island. We mostly keep snacks here to use with the media room.

 Here you can see it in relation to the staircase (unfinished as you see). There is a large patio door at the side that you can't really see. It is in a covered area and gives access to the back patio. (Sugarplum photo bombed me! She really likes this new area.)

 Here is the main guestroom downstairs. The bed is a queen, so the room is small, but not tiny. (The painting on the wall is an original watercolor by my sister. It is of my granddaughter and me at Topsail Island hunting shark's teeth.)
 Here is the room a year ago!
 The pink room in the BEFORE picture above, became part of the new bedroom. Two bathrooms went beside that. Here is the one off the bedroom. You can see the big window in the following guest bath photo. Since we have rock on the wall outside, we didn't want to have the expense of changing the window. 
 The vanity is tucked in at the end of the shower. The shower is quite large. 
Second bathroom off the hallway and across from the media room.
 I still need to make drapes and paint the closet door to match the walls. (Media rooms are supposed to be dark!) We designed this room as a second downstairs bedroom. The platform for the theater seats is made to be removable. The couch is also a hideabed. 
In my sewing room, I now have a rolling cutting table!

 My husband made it out of the cubicles and top I had been using. The top is actually the top from my daddy's old drafting table, so it is a sentimental addition. It is also the perfect size for a large cutting mat!
I wanted my table on wheels so I could move it around. It is perfect for moving to the side of my sewing area!
My sewing room is quite large and if this area were used as an apartment or "mother-in-law suite", this would be the living/dining room area. It even has a door to the front yard and a separate entrance as seen near the dress form above. 
We are nearing the "home stretch" now! We are slow at getting the work done, but that is the way it is when you do things mostly yourself on a budget! With the help of Craigslist, thrift shops, recycling what we had, etc., we have done pretty well I think! I love my new space.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Tour 2016

"From north or south, east or west, with friends and family we've been blessed!"
I've started preparing for Christmas meals with family and friends! I am using my souvenir travel plates, but don't worry, I have clear glass plates to put over them for actually eating on.

The vintage map centerpiece goes well with the souvenir plates!
                                          I used a piece of "vintage map" fabric by Tim Holtz for the center of my table. 
There were only 1 1/3 yards available, so I made a larger tablecloth of cream paisley. 
The house was a cardboard form bought a year ago on clearance after Halloween. I pulled off the bats and covered it with pages from an old atlas. There is a plant stand under the fabric to raise the house.. The snow on the roof is vintage "cotton batting snow", complete with glitter. The stars are from the same old atlas as the covering for the house.

 I included a Fitz and Floyd Santa that miraculously survived the fire! (I guess if Santa can go down a chimney, a house fire can't hurt him!)
To get an idea of scale,  the table is 90" across. We will pull up chairs for each of the 12 place settings.

 The living room with the dining room in the background. We have a very open concept area.
I like little vignettes around the room so that your eyes have places to stop. This is simply a couple of vintage figurines, both pulling a cart, filled with candy canes. To tie it in, I put large candy canes in the flower arrangement between them.
The fireplace is kept simple with three carved Santas on an upturned shallow galvanized bucket and a small tree in the larger one. 
 The tree sits beside the fireplace, so that is really all the decoration it needed. 

I've dressed up the throw pillows on my sectional with simple ribbons tied like a package. They also make a great addition to an accent chair. (Check out the sectionals in this link!)
I love the easy care of my leather furniture! I can dress it up or dress it down, depending on my mood!

I removed the regular centerpiece and replaced it with a collection of nativity scenes, all hand made in Mexico and Peru. I placed two of them on the "holey" rocks we have outside.
The kitchen area 
(Behind the old screen door is my "Butler's Kitchen" which I LOVE!! It's where I get messy!)

The kitchen island, visible from the living area, has a large mirrored tray on it filled with snow globes and live flowering plants. I've covered the hand oiled red cedar top with a clear vinyl cover in preparation for the 13 children who will be here for Christmas Eve brunch! (All my sister's grandchildren. My two will not be here this year.)
 Snowmen dance on my window ledge in the kitchen along with a card from family the reads, "When life gives you snow, make a snowman!"
I have overloaded you with photos, so I'll save the bedrooms and downstairs for next time.
In the meantime, get some inspiration at the Home for the Holidays pages at Arhaus Furniture Pinterest Pages. 
See you next time!

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