Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

Forwards and Backwards

Sum Total of all our ancestors.
Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

It's nice to be loved by artists!

Ma Chien, Sookie
a portrait by
Elise Birnbaum
her blog here

Cookie Making Dream
Elise Birnbaum

I think I can
Bill Connelly

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Odds and Ends

My sampler pillow.
I made this in a class at The Black Sheep.
Their finisher turned it into a pillow for me!
My Erica Afghan.
Block one.
I am taking a block of the month class at
 Sip and Knit
Stay tuned for for more blocks and
My Lisa Afghan!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Though the generations wander, the lineage survives....

I'm not a queen, but I've been going nuts working on my family tree.
I'm making progress and having fun on ancestory.com.
(image from here)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sewing with Friends

Girlfriends Day

Today I am spending the morning with Karen
and the afternoon with Cindy and Jean.
Tomorrow its Friday Friends with Karen et al.
Sookie will have girlfriends day at Happy Paws.

Aren't we two lucky beasts?!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dog Knitting

It's fun to knit with a friend!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sewing Classes and Classy Sewing!

What a lovely way to spend the day.

Today I took a machine quilting class at Wandering Stitches (right here).  The teacher was Mark Sherman, an award winning quilter from Florida.  His work can be seen here.

I got to see this quilt,

!!!Lucky me!!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

There's no place like home
click your heels here

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Treasure revealed!

I found some good, great stuff at the Extravaganza yesterday.  If I had been looking for furniture and had a truck, I could have filled it!  Stephanie found loads of silverware to work her magic upon. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Treasure Hunting Today

Antiques Center &
Farmers & Flea Market
Mount Dora, Florida

Today I'm off to the antique extravaganza with
Nick and Stephanie. 
I hope I find some treasures! 
I'll keep you posted.

Friday, January 20, 2012

My house, museum of me.


Now I know how to express the way I feel about my home. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Eri had a little lamb

These pictures were taken when I was 12 and 13 years old.  My friend Janet and I raised sheep for 4-H and for the pure love of the animals.  We took care of Mr. DeYoungs sheep and heifers for the room and board of our pets.  We also increased his flock by our loving care of all the wooly beasts. 

In the second picture, we can be seen bathing and grooming one of our flock for the Walworth County Fair.  Imagine our surprise when we found out you don't prepare the wool breeds by washing out their essential lanolins and other indicators of quality wool. 

As a knitting want-to-be, I now wonder if it is possible to felt wool while still on the animal!

I hope you enjoy these beautiful pictures found in cyberspace of  these wooly, timid creatures.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Thank you, Jeremy!

My friend, Jeremy, sent me these pictures today. 

The first quilt was made in Celebration, Florida.  It is a nine-patch variation. 

I first met Jeremy while living there.  In addition to being one of my favorite people, he is a very good friend of my son, Nick. 

The small light bordered quilt and the bottom quilt are triple Irish Chains.  Irish Chains are my "go to" quilts.  I love making them and often find myself making one simply because I enjoy the process. 

I promised several years ago to make Jeremy an art quilt and will post a picture when finished (or when started)!

Thank you for the pictures Jeremy.  I hope you are always kept warm by your quilts and the bonds of friendship!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Calling all quilts!

I have often been asked how many quilts I have made.  I honestly do not know.  I am embarking on a Quilt Documentation Project.  If I have made you a quilt, could you please send photos? 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday Dinner Surprise

Happiness is a grilled cheese spaghetti sandwich with your sweetie!  The rest of us enjoyed a spaghetti dinner.  Guess who loved his sandwich?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Read me a story

So far this year, I have been listening to audio books while doing other things.  What an enjoyable way to whistle while you work.  Another good use for an i-phone!