Wordy Wednesday, Almost Thursday

I promised some random thoughts, and finally have a few minutes to jot them down.

A Black Swallowtail Butterfly that overwintered in the shed emerged from its chrysalis this past week.

I parted with my camera for a couple of weeks, leaving it for repair. I hope no new birds show up in the yard during this time. I’m trying not to look! Thankful phones have cameras now, but mine isn’t much good for bird photography.

Now that my hands are empty, I’m purging more clutter from the house. I donated fabric to a local quilting group. There’s still plenty left should the sewing machine beckon; though, when trying to alter a top, the bobbin refused to bob bob bob along. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.) 

Strathmore (artist paper) hosts three free online workshops each year. March featured Jess Park with Brush Lettering and Watercolor. The video lessons are available throughout 2017. The link at the beginning of the paragraph introduces each of this year’s artists and gives examples of their work and medium. Someone once told me to be willing to learn anything someone was willing to teach me, so I’m always trying new things.

Another recent fixation is making jewelry. I had a couple pieces that needed repair. Then I found a kit at Hobby Lobby

I opened the package, found the kit component list. I’d seen hubby assemble enough things that I knew to sort everything out and make sure it was all there: 50 of these, 220 of those, 15 of another, 32, 20, 140… (to infinity). All was accounted for.

Tools needed? Have them.

I made the earrings according to the directions, then moved on to the bracelet. “Form a loop on one end of the wire and begin randomly stringing beads on to fill up the wire.” 12 different types of beads, 754 pieces. All sorted out–then put on randomly?

I’m a bookkeeper. I don’t take numbers and do “random!” I’m pretty sure something short-circuited in my neural network at that point. I took a deep breath and began. 

Now I’m hooked! Here’s the bracelet and earrings I made. (My loops need more practice).

It is now officially Thursday. I rambled on quite a bit, I hope you were able to stay awake to the end. What are you working on this week? Have you tried anything new lately? How did it turn out? 

Have a blessed rest of your week!
Love ya!




Friday’s Hunt v2.17

Friday’s Hunt

This week the hunt is on for Starts with Q, Week’s Favorite, and Fall or Spring

This is part of a quilt I saw at MAQF 2016. I wish I’d gotten the artist information.

Breakfast at my favorite place, Panera Bread.

Fall, one of my favorite fall photos from Norfolk Botanical Garden.

Japanese Garden at Norfolk Botanical Garden

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Friday’s Hunt

Friday’s Hunt

This week we’re looking for something that starts with J, week’s favorite photo, and a cuppa.

Japanese Garden at Norfolk Botanical Garden


A favorite photo from this week is a quilt I saw at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.


And here’s a huge cuppa found when we were strolling Fredericksburg’s Old Town.

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Share Your World–2016 Week 8

Share Your World

Here are this week’s questions. I hope you’ll join in and share your responses.

What household chore do you absolutely hate doing?
I can’t say I absolutely hate any of them, but floors are the hardest for me to do physically. 

What was the last URL that you bookmarked?$w_ICP/

Close your eyes. Listen to your body. What part of your body is seeking attention? What is it telling you?
My feet say it’s time to take off my shoes and go barefoot. 

Would you rather have a two-bedroom apartment in a big city of your choosing or a mansion in the country side in the state or country where you currently live?
I’ll take the countryside, please.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m glad we got to spend the weekend with family. I’m looking forward to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival later this week. 


Thankful Thursday–Aunt Nel

Aunt Nel

May 25, 1919-July 30, 2014

I’m thankful for the 95 years my mother’s sister, Aunt Nel, had to live her very full life. She was a traditional quilter-extraordinaire. She would never have called herself that, but her handwork proclaimed it. She once joked she couldn’t die yet, she had a quilt to finish.

Mom had never learned to drive, so it was Aunt Nel who took us places–like Trash ‘n’ Treasures–oh, those two were always scouting out places, looking for antique glassware. And fabric stores. I was glad when my cousin, Kathy, went along. At least we could talk to each other while our moms were in their own little world.

I remember Aunt Nel smiling as she told how they tried to pick wet toilet tissue off the shrubs after their house was rolled–and then it rained. I don’t think anything ever upset her.

She always welcomed us into her home whenever we were in town, even when “we” were a group of nine and filled her living room to overflowing.

I will miss her soft, pleasant voice, her dainty sneezes, and most of all, her warm hugs. Thanks for the memories.

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Linda James’ “Ascent to the Stars” Quilt

I see from some of your posts that many of you are still having snow, hail, and all kinds of bone-chilling weather. Today, I offer you another quilt to help keep you warm. 

This one is by Linda James of North Carolina. Love her selection of colors.

Ascent to the Stars by Linda James
Ascent to the Stars by Linda James
Stitching detail
Stitching detail

Thanks for stopping by to look. I hope spring arrives for you SOON.

A warm blanket reminds me of my last trip to our daughter’s. Baby Z was ready for her nap and made her requests known. “Blue blanket. Dryer. Warm.” I think she has her big sister trained. Or her big sister has her spoiled.