Friday, April 24, 2009

Mowing time

This is a Cleveland Pear tree which is starting to blossom in our yard. It doesn't bear fruit, but has gorgeous blossoms in the spring. Soon it will be covered and is gorgeous for a week or two.
I think this tree is a Red leaves in summer, but these red "buds" in spring and red/orange leaves in the fall. These buds look so unusual and will become what we used to call "spinners" because they look and twirl like a helicopter blade as they spin to the ground. The spinners have a seed in each and hope to take root wherever they drop. We pull out a lot of little seedlings in the spring. They are so unique on the tree, but a mess on the ground.

And last but not least, this is a cute little violet growing in the grass...I love to see these in the Spring and usually mow over them before I realize they are there. This one, and another, I actually stopped and pulled the grass around them and let them be for now.
This is my nature post for today...haven't done any stitchery this week, but wanted to let everyone know that I am still here and enjoying these 80 degree temps for our weekend!

Monday, April 20, 2009


Vickie at Mid-Ohio Knitter is having a cool giveaway....a jelly roll in this scrapbag. Head on over and throw your name in the hat!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

April Done

I have April completed!! I'm not really happy with the stitching on this one. I wondered why, and was examining it closely and then realized I never put Whisper Weft on the back of this one. It really does make a difference, especially with the stitches showing.
The amount of stitching on these BOM's is so simple that I have gone a little crazy with the fabric that I finish them with. I really like all of the fabrics that I have chosen and especially this lavender one. I have had it for awhile and thought it looked good with the extra flowers that I added on the "grass stems". A good idea that I saw on Tudy's blog.
Onward to my next project.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Gorgeous Weather

Since I'm still not feeling very good today and can't work out in the yard like I would like too, I went outside armed with my camera instead and took these photos of some great color.
The first shot is Grape Hyacinths. They border our front in the spring and multiply like crazy! Then of course is the cute little pansy face....they are such an old fashioned flower and I just love them.

Friday, April 17, 2009

How long??

This is a picture of my sweet daughter, Laura and her nephew, my youngest grandson, Oliver. Laura is the one that had the stent taken out today in the urologist's office. I guess it is the LPN coming out in me, but I just had to post a picture of this "thing" that was in her for the past several weeks. She did really well on the table and the procedure went pretty quick, for me anyway sitting there looking on. As he pulled everything out at the end and "flopped" this long blue thing up onto the tray, she said "that was the stent????" in quite a mortified voice. After he and his nurse left the room, we both got out our cell phones and proceeded to take a picture so we could send it to the rest of the family and have them be horrified also. It must be at least 12 inches long with these squiggles at the end. I really do need to google the length of a ureter!
She is doing fine and we pray that the ureter doesn't collapse again. He gave her a Rx for pain meds., just in case it does. Then we will have to go to Plan B. Hopefully not!

Friday with the Crud

Hello fellow bloggers. I just wanted to send along a little "hi" to everyone today even though I feel like cr**! The sun is out and it is supposed to get into the 60's today and 70's tomorrow...woot, woot! The sun is enough to make you feel better, but my head feels very large and my nose is red and I cough pretty good also. I think I got this wonderful bug from hubby...his only lasted 3 days though. Mine, I think will be a lot longer.
I have to go to the Drs. office with my sweet daughter, Laura, to get that nasty stent taken out of her ureter. No anesthesia, people! If she was wee little, they would sedate her. We will see how this goes. The ureter may collapse again and she will be in all of that pain once more. Pray for her and a positive outcome all of you great blog friends! And hopefully my crud will get better also!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Siggys on their Way

Those siggy blocks were a lot of fun to work on. I honed my skills in piecing and squaring up into a nice 6 1/2" block. These pictures show my chain piecing skills also. This is a big deal for me. I have not done a lot of block making....I really enjoyed this and am anxious to start on my next project.
I am so mad at myself for not taking a picture of the whole group of blocks, 24 of them, before I put them in a padded envelope and mailed them off to Connie for sorting and shipping. The block below is my block. We kept our own and shipped the rest. Our group had 24 members and I am looking forward to a nice wallhanging in the end. Picking borders, backing and binding is new also. I can hardly wait to finish this one.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter

My wish for each and everyone of you in blogland is a happy, joyous Easter Day with loved ones. Eat some chocolate too!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Caught up for March

I sure wish it would get clear and sunny soon so that my pictures start looking better. It is very dreary today and snowing off and on. I layed this by a large window and still only got brightness on one side. Where is the sun?
I did get caught up on my March stitcheries last night. I need to trace the April ones, but the next few days will be spent finishing my siggy blocks. They really are fun to make and going together really easy thanks to Connie's great instructions! Pictures to follow this week.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Easter Outfits from another Century

I think this idea that Eileen had for posting our Easter outfits of years ago was really cool. I love nostalgia and this is it! As you will see, I come from a time before color photos when I was real young. The first photo is of my brother and I when I was about 3 or 4 years old. I do remember that the little coat and bonnet set was navy and white. I really love navy for Easter...maybe with yellow, one of my favorite colors.

The next photo is from 1952. I was almost 5 years old and look, I am wearing the same coat, minus the white color and cuffs. My mother certainly got her money's worth from that little coat. I think it still looks cute...especially with the new bonnet and tiny corsage! Of course the shoulder bag really makes the outfit!! My brother is 5 years older then me....gotta love the fedora....he looks like a mini Humphrey Bogart!!

My last photo is of me, my Mom and my brother. I was almost 8 years old for this Easter. I remember this Spring coat very well. It was an unusual color....something like a fuchia/orange. The material was extremely nubby and the collar scratched my neck when it was buttoned up. I loved that purse. It was a clear plastic with pretty flowers painted on. My Easter bonnet was just a little something on the back of my head. I don't remember it. Let's not forget those white gloves...always had these each year...probably the same pair for many years in a row.
I just realized that these Easters were mostly about coats....wish I knew what little dresses were underneath. Of course I wouldn't be able to tell the color anyway. That is weather in NE Ohio!
There you have it....Sandy at Easter when I was little. Wow...heavy memories!

Saturday, April 4, 2009


Here are my dozen eggs for Easter. They were so much fun to make and I did them in only about 4 hours total. This was leisurely working also.
Now it is on to finish my siggy blocks for Cootie Bug 2's swap....can't wait to get all of them back and see everyone's work. More on that later.

Easter's A-Comin

Here are my eggs in progress. I found this great tutorial for fabric eggs over at Kim's blog. These were so much fun to make and since I took this picture I have all 12 stuffed and ready to whip stitch shut! I will post the finished product this weekend. Something new for 2009 Easter. Yow-hoo!! So easy and I used charm squares from several different packs. What could be easier then that?

I love this ceramic "egg on feet". I cannot remember where I got this from or who I got it from. I don't remember if it was in the family or just bought on a whim. Underneath it says NapcoWare. I googled that and I actually found one for sale. Not a whole lot of money, but I love this egg anyway. It is one of my favorite Easter decorations.