Thursday, July 29, 2021

Day 210 of 2021

Little E requested a roll case for her crochet hooks
 so today I made that happen. 
I have covered the top half of her roll with my patchwork one 
since I'd like her to be the first one to see what fabric I chose for hers.

 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Day 208 of 2021

I've had this pattern for a long time. 
I've even picked out fabric and zippers a couple times, 
but I've never gotten the bag made. 
I think I get bogged down trying to make the first bag the perfect bag. 
I just need to convince myself that there will be many more bags 
so there is no need to overthink and stress over it. 
A sew along has just started on Instagram 
so I am going to try to keep up and actually get this done.

 

Monday, July 26, 2021

Day 207 of 2021

The day after a family gathering, 
it is not be surprising to find items left behind.

 

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Day 206 of 2021

All five GBs in one picture. 
GB#1, GB#2, GB#5, GB#4, GB#3

 

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Friday, July 23, 2021

Day 204 of 2021

I've acquired some new supplies for quilting today
 as Little E and I went through her quilting stuff that I have been storing. 
These things will not be going to her home so their new home will be with me.

 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Day 203 of 2021

I found a little sewing time today and finished my patchwork patch 
for this quilt I purchased a few years ago
 that had a large tear and several pieces that needed replacing
 to make it whole again. 
The next step is to hand stitch the patch in place. 
After that I will flip the quilt to repair the batting, 
the backing and redo the hand quilting.

 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Day 202 of 2021

Earlier this summer we had a new neighbor take up residence
 under the eaves on our shed. 
The neighborhood continues to grow and will do so until fall. 
The structure is fascinating. 
Read more at the link below if you are interested.


 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Day 201 of 2021

Oh, hey there. 
Yeah, I'm just standing around these days. 
Look, Ma. No hands.

 

Monday, July 19, 2021

Day 200 of 2021

Eventually there were six of the large trucks and four of the small ones. 
I guess I really didn't want to get to that street anyway.




 

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Day 199 of 2021

When Little E arrived last Thursday
 she brought me this handmade gift. 
It is the most amazing crocheted blanket she made
 in some of Mom's favorite colors.

 

Friday, July 16, 2021

Day 197 of 2021

GB#1 met GB#5 for the first time today. 
It was love at first sight for them both.

 

Day 196 of 2021

Don't let them fool you. No one in this picture is really asleep. 
They were pretending to have nap time.

 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Day 194 of 2021

The bashed up car finally gets to go to the shop
 to see if the damage can be fixed.

 

Monday, July 12, 2021

Day 193 of 2021

Sometimes old quilts and quilt tops need help. 
In these two cases I stopped procrastinating, 
drafted the pieces needed, made plastic templates and cut out the fabrics. 
Next up - hand sewing. 

 

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Day 192 of 2021

Someone is getting quite shaggy and is in dire need of a haircut. 
Let's do this.

 

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Day 191 of 2021

GB#4 has been working very hard. 
She made it across using only one hand per rung. 

 

Friday, July 9, 2021

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Day 189 of 2021

I hope that there is something seriously wrong with this tree
 because if there is not, 
I don't know why our neighbor is having this very large, beautiful tree cut down.

 

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Day 188 of 2021

Late night me time. 
I'm watching videos on folded book art. 
I am fascinated.

 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Day 187 of 2021

This a jacket we use for dress up. 
When the girls tried it on last week, 
the fake leather began peeling some pretty nasty, sticky plastic stuff. 
It was everywhere. 
Today I removed the collar and cuffs and made patterns from them 
so I can replace them with a different fabric. 
I took lots of pictures of the construction so I can put it back together properly. 

 

Monday, July 5, 2021

Day 186 of 2021

I looked out to the back yard where the girls were playing 
and saw what I thought was a chipmunk on a post watching them. 
Upon closer inspection I saw it was quite a different observer.

 

Friday, July 2, 2021

Day 183 of 2021

I got a chance to sit and look at pattern books today. 
While I was on the hunt for something else, 
I came across this lovely coat pattern. 
I am really loving the short version.

 

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Day 182 of 2021



This is the back of the side mirror on one of our cars. 
At first I thought the green thing stuck to it 
was some leaf or tree debris from one of our recent storms. 
Upon closer inspection I could tell it was an insect of some kind.
When I looked even closer, 
I could see that the back and front sets of legs were stretched out straight. 
The antennae are extremely long. 
I've done a Google search and think this is probably a scudderia (katydid) nymph. 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Day 180 of 2021

I was looking for this extra fabric from R's quilt for an upcoming project. 
I found it today and the colors are making me happy.

 

Monday, June 28, 2021

Day 179 of 2021

The results of a sprinkling of seeds last fall from my dead snapdragons 
is lots of blooms this summer.

 

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Day 178 of 2021

Today's bit of nature was spied on a walk through the neighborhood.


 

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Day 177 of 2021

I know these pegboards were a pre-pandemic purchase, 
so I can safely say it has taken a long time to get them hung on the wall. 
In that time I have revised my plan for their use. 
This pair sits near my ironing surface. 
It will be interesting to see what I end up putting on them. 



 

Friday, June 25, 2021

Day 176 of 2021

The tree squirrel (American Red Squirrel) spent some alone time under the bird feeder
 with no competition today from chipmunks or the larger squirrels.

 

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Day 175 of 2021

The sound of the mower this morning prompted one of our resident rabbits to hide 
in a pile of wood cut from last year's downed tree.

 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Day 174 of 2021

And now back to our regularly scheduled program.
I've removed the table top from its base and began the stripping process. 
This is coat number two and it is going well. 
I'll need more product because I've decided to strip the underside also
 since this is a drop leaf table and the underside may be visible at times. 
There is also some damage to the center of this top
 which I have researched for a solution. 
I think I know how it happened, what to do to fix it 
and how to prevent it from happening again, 
but I think I may go talk to some experts at the woodworking store
 for additional opinions. 
This project looks like it will take a little longer than anticipated, 
but I think it will be worth it in the end.

 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Day 173 of 2021

My plans for a table stripping project got sidelined this morning 
when this happened on the way to a morning appointment. 
This is just part of the damage our car sustained. 
Thankfully all three drivers involved are ok.

 

Monday, June 21, 2021

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Day 170 of 2021

It rained a lot last night. 
We found a lot of gurgling drainage ditches in our neighborhood today, 
but this was the best one. 
I don't think I have ever seen it this full.


 

Friday, June 18, 2021

Day 169 of 2021

I am going to call this my Sunroom Refresh Reveal 
even though there a few more things to complete 
because I washed all the windows, screens, sashes and sills today. 
I'm still pondering something for over the doors to accompany the birds. 
The navy chair is really just covered with the navy fabric 
which will become a washable slipcover. 
I borrowed some items from other rooms but probably won't return most of them. 
The blue and white lamp came from the family room. 
Three of the pillows came from the den, 
one of which I just noticed is facing backwards in this photo. 
The aqua cabinet came from my mom
 and has been awaiting a permanent home for two and a half years. 
The drop leaf coffee table was a garage sale find
 which I found had uneven legs after I got it home. 
It has spent many years in the garage waiting for me to decide what to do with it 
and how to fix the problem. 
I cut all the legs off even, and shorter, to make this expandable coffee table. 
The top still needs a good refinish with possibly a colorful stain. 
Here are some things that are complete.  
The walls are painted white and the ceiling is a soft blue-green. 
We replaced the molding on the brick wall with something a little larger 
and a bit more decorative.
We purchased the almost room-sized rug, a remnant with the edges already bound, 
to cover all but the edges of the existing carpet.
The blinds are from Bed Bath and Beyond. 
I sewed new, washable cushion covers for the settee and chairs 
with drop cloths found at the hardware store. 
And last, but not least, 
I had one of my more architectural photographs made into a poster, 
put it in a frame I already had, and hung it on the wall.

 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Day 168 of 2021

Fresh out of the rags this morning, GB#2 is a happy girl. 
She styled it a couple different ways 
but settled on just letting the curls hang down most of the day. 
I am surprised that they didn't relax much for as straight as her hair is naturally. 
We'll see what it looks like tomorrow after sleeping on it and 
deciding how to style it. 
I've posted more photos on More Curiously.

The rags were torn years ago from sheets that were a wedding gift, 
but no longer useable as sheets.

 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Day 167 of 2021

This is GB#2. 
Does anyone know what is going on here? 
I know that M and Little E definitely know. 
What is it?

 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Day 166 of 2021

With help from Fireball, I have hung the paintings from last week
 on the wall upstairs between my studio and the guest room. 
They didn't all fit so I will put the smallest one elsewhere.
There has never been anything on this wall
 in the 34 years we've lived in this house. 
I like that I will see these frequently.

 

Monday, June 14, 2021

Day 165 of 2021

M got to see her wedding venue in person for the first time today. 
I believe she is very pleased. 
Fireball found the coffee spot downstairs makes beautiful coffees.

 

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Saturday, June 12, 2021