Saturday, July 31, 2010

Playin at Rena's

Hey everybody!  LittleDog dog here, I loves a car ride...

especially when the destination is Rena's big back yard.  Mom actually remembered the camera today.  And figured out how to shoot video with it.  Here's my first attempt at motion pictures, they're a bit blurry but I hope you enjoy them.  The first video is LittleDog (that's me!), Sam and Max.  The second is the three of us with Winston the resident dog at Rena's.  Thanks for the water Rena, it was kinda hot out there.
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It's been a fantastic day, we hope you all had one too.

Some pretty flowers for you to enjoy also...
we love some marigolds!

Friday, July 30, 2010

It finally cooled off today

and work is slowly progressing on my two current projects.

The grass is growing like the weeds in our backyard on the quilt.
 I'm liking the look of it so far.  I hope I can sit still in front of the frame long enough to get it finished this weekend. The urge to sew quilt blocks is coming on strong and I have to resist til this piece is done.

The pink sock is progressing at a slow pace, the weight of the yarn is making it less than desirable for me to knit.  1 sock about 3/4 done...

We've had some pretty lazy days around here the past couple weeks due to the heat and humidity.  Today house has been open, the a/c turned off ($215 electric bill this month, gah!) and a nice breeze is moving through right now.  Nothing better than open windows.  The dogs aren't thinking it's cool enough for open windows though, they all look exhausted this evening.
LittleDog really prefers the a/c, the colder the better.

In the close-up you can see what he thinks of the hot weather.

Have a super-swell weekend and be sure to check out the fibery goodness over at Wisdom Begins In Wonder as we celebrate another Fiber Arts Friday.

Friday, July 23, 2010

A Fishy Fiber Arts Friday with a spin.

Once again I arrive at Friday wondering where the week went.  To make it even worse, I will be working tonight and most of tomorrow at Taste of Grand Rapids.

In the interest of all things fiber be sure to jump over to Wisdon Begins in Wonder and check out all the great peeps who participate in Fiber Arts Friday.

Speaking of great fiber peeps, I got the nicest package from Spinsanity this week.  When I opened it I found this little lovely...
Shannon makes some awesome hand painted spindles...check em out!  Now if I can keep The Saint from playing with it...or maybe I should encourage him.  It would certainly be more productive for him to learn how to spin yarn that I could knit than what he does now...play games on his cell phone.
I've been knitting like crazy on these pink anklets...
I'm planning to wear them at work when the a/c is freakin cold which is almost every day!  Maybe I better make more than one pair.
The dogs have been suffering in the heat...and the lawn is showing some signs of heat exhaustion.

Speaking of dogs, I'm making progress on the quilt.  All the clouds are quilted (I hope it doesn't look too much like toilet paper, LOL) and I've started the grass.  What do you think?  Does it look like grass to you?

These grass tufts will certainly go faster than the round clouds did.  I can hardly wait to get this finished. 

Everybody have a great week and remember to do something fibery!

Thank you for stopping by and please do let me know what you think of the quilted grass.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Fiber Arts Friday...on Saturday

I guess I lost track of time while on staycation this week.  Better late for Fiber Arts Friday than to miss it completely.  It's been a nice week with knitting and quilting a part of every day.  I finished the socks that daughter Rena started...she doesn't like to do the heels so she passed them on to me for that part and I just kept on going.

Cookie A's Monkey is one of my favorite patterns, these are done without the purl stitches.

I've got ideas swirling in my head for what I want to start.  It's always a bit of a challenge as I like to have a sock and something else going at the same time.  I'll be hanging with my knitting buddy, Kim, today.  We'll be checking out Fabrications in Richland today along with a place that's supposed to have some pretty good food.  I wanted to start a new sock today so will give this a try...
if I can't find some white or pink cotton yarn at Fabrications I'll use a skein of sock yarn I pulled out of my stash last night.  The color is 220.  The other project I'd like to get started on is the One-Button Cardigan from the Fall 2010 Knit Simple...
and I won't be wearing it with a plaid blouse!  LOL

I've done a bit of yard work, but not much.  Yesterday I was forced to pull up some of our pepper plants thanks to this guy...

don't know where he came from but he went straight into the trash bin when I found him.  He ate all but one pepper and all the leaves in the blink of an eye.  Stinkin horn worms!

And now, a message from LittleDog:

Hey evrybodee!  Check out my newly washed self.  She gave me a bath yesterday and I'm clean and shiney!  Just ignore the devil dog eye reflection.

It's only 6am and I'm a bit sleepy but she insists on snappin that flash anyway.

Whatever!  Thank you all for visiting and for the anniversary wishes.  Be sure to check out the other great fiber artists that participate in Fiber Arts Friday on Andrea's blog.  Have a great weekend!

Toodle-loo!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

11 Years Ago Today...

we met with the Mayor and made some promises to each other...

It's been a great 11 years!  We've made a pretty good dent in our goal of 40.

For lunch we celebrated with Sushi, Sashimi & Yakisoba...and of course, people watching.



Happy Anniversary Honey! 

The vignettes that they place around Marado are always so nice...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sometimes the smallest tools...

can bring the greatest satisfaction. 
I've spent some time today hand quilting.   An art that I have too long neglected.  My work today has reminded me how much I love it.  Aside from the sore fingers and the damage to my fingernails, hand quilting brings me much comfort. 
As I sat at my frame this evening I was visited by thoughts of my good friend Kitty.  She moved into the house across the street from where I lived with my young family back in 1980.  Jared was 2 and Rena was about 6 months old when Kitty & Joe moved into the newly finished house across Dobbins Drive.  She was about 68 at that time.  Within a couple months of their arrival a lumber delivery appeared in their driveway.  Over the course of a few weeks I watched that 68 yr old woman build a deck on the front of their house with very little help from her physically ailing husband.  I took her presence outside as an invitation to introduce myself and my children to what would become our surrogate grandparents for the next 6 or 7 years.  When I would get up in the night for whatever reason I would see light shining from her living room windows...sometimes at 2:30 or 3am.  Kitty would be sitting at her quilt frame late into the night...she hand pieced and quilted 2 king-size Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts that first winter.  During our first few visits I would learn that she was from Ohio, had worked in a foundry during WW2 as a welder.   They had decided to move south to enjoy some warmer weather and be near her sister who lived a couple miles away. 

Kitty, like most quilters, enjoyed sharing her enthusiasm for the craft with others.  She encouraged me to go with her to a quilt show, my first but not last, and I was hooked  We would travel to Fort Payne, Alabama where there were mill outlets and we could purchase fabrics for quilt backs that were 108" wide, something that was not readily available where I lived back in the early 80s.  On one trip we even stopped at  the official Alabama Museum.   She was a fearless woman and showed me I could do anything I set my mind to.

I hold her memory in my heart and thank her often for the wonderful world she introduced me to. 

When I sit at my frame I can still see her light shining...

Monday, July 5, 2010

A lobster boil, fireworks, exhausted dogs and some quilting

It was an awesome weekend!  So sorry it is winding down now heading into another work week.  I didn't really feel awake today until about noon.  Two nights being up late (for me) and I was wiped out.  So much fun...

I stopped at a couple yard sales on Saturday afternoon and picked up this beauty for $10.
 Saturday evening Wes & Rena joined us for a lobster boil that included
 Mojitos...yum! 

This is what happens when D & W throws a big lobster sale on Saturday morning and you can't pass up the $8.99 ea lobsters and $.12 ears of sweet corn.  The Saint set up the steamer on the deck and got to rockin the feast...lobster, corn on the cob, red skin potatoes, mussels & shrimp.  Totally awesome!

and this guy stared at me during the entire meal thanks to some strategic placement by Wes...
 

After dinner we enjoy a few fireworks in the backyard.

Sunday we drove up to Croton to visit some friends, had a great time sitting on the deck watching the boats cruise by on the river.
Skip & Mary put on a great dinner of pulled pork and some tasty salads.  Then the crowd enjoyed a nice fireworks show over the Muskegon River.  Hope you all had a great 4th of July too.

Today we've been resting, doing laundry and working on the quilt.  The dogs have finally calmed down and are able to get some sleep.  LittleDog spent 3 nights freaked out and is exhausted (despite the Xanax I picked up for him at the vet) so he spent most of the day like this...snoring lightly...
And speaking of dogs...do you think this is looking ok? 

And, what would you do about stitching around the individual colors on the collar?  I just can't decide what I want to do with that little detail.

Thanks so much for spending a few minutes at Chez B.  We all appreciate your kind words and encouraging thoughts.

Toodle-Loo!

Friday, July 2, 2010

In the frame...

As another Fiber Arts Friday rolls around I realize I haven't been here since last FAF.  I'm sure one of these days work will give me a break but it doesn't look like that's coming any time soon.  Until it does I'll have to stick with the once a week routine.

For those of you that just come for the pictures of LittleDog I'll give you a break this week and post him first...

Don't you just love that tongue?

I've been looking at this little quilt, hanging on the front of my bookcase, trying to decide what to do about quilting it.  After two weeks of practicing on the free motion quilting - without obtaining what I would call good technique I've decided to quilt it by hand.  On Sunday I rearranged a few things in the office and pulled my twin size quilting frame up from the basement and now I'm ready to get to quiltin...
 I'll post as I go, hopefully it won't take me very long.  If all else fails I can work on it intensively during my next staycation which, thankfully is only 8 working days away.

Thank you all for being so nice and posting comments.  I do so appreciate them and it's nice of you all to visit.  Be sure to check out the other creative peeps over on Andrea's Wisdom Begins in Wonder blog.

Toodle Loo!