Thursday, June 22, 2017

Meet Finnick and Cole

Yesterday I said we were getting some new additions to our family.  
We picked up 2 kittens at the Friends of Michigan Animal Rescue.  
We had planned on the little brown tabby and the 
bigger orange tabby when we were heading over there. 
 When we walked in it was overwhelming.  
Cats everywhere.  I was litterly in kitty Heaven!!  
Big greeter cats that are not adoptable but super friendly, flow into a room with yet more cats! 
 There was a tabby point Siamese named Melody that was my best friend.  
The workers said that I was the first person she had followed around like that!
She followed me around suggesting that I might want to continue to pet her and take her home.  
I really did want to take her home. 
 She was so sweet I am confident she will get a great home.  
I tried to get a photo of her but she was constantly moving.

Bless his cat loving heart, my husband said we could take her too, but I thought 2 kittens would be enough for our cat Hallie to deal with.  
Maybe I will call next week and see if she got adopted...


On to the kittens!!  
When we went there we knew we wanted this little BROWN (he is not gray) tabby.  
He is our little adventurer.  
We (and by we I mean I) have named him Finnick, Finn for short.  
He was born the end of April, I think she said the 20th 
(I don't have his paperwork with me at work).
He could not be any cuter!


We thought we were going to take an orange tabby home, but he was so stand offish. 
 Additionally, there was a litter of black cats and all of them were friendly, but this one was amazing!  He has a really LOUD purr and likes to snuggle. 
 I was so torn.  
I really wanted another ginger cat, like my Jack.  
BUT, black cats are the least adopted cats and this one was so friendly. 
 I'm pretty certain I will not regret my decision.  
He was born on March 22.  They are a month apart.  
We have named this one Cole.  
His naming was much more difficult as this was not the original kitten we had planned on. 
 I wanted Crowley (after the charming demon on Supernatural) 
but hubby liked Cole (after Cole Porter) better.  Since he let me name Finn he got his way.  


Sadly, Hallie is not at all happy with these intruders!  
The kittens are settling in nicely though and eating, drinking 
and most importantly, using the litter box!  
Hubby slept downstairs with the kittens and I slept upstairs with Hal.  
We may do this for a few more nights just to give her some rest.  
She goes outside during the day so she has a way to have some time away when she wants to.  
I hope she comes around.  
She is not attacking them just hissing, and I think this will fade over time. 
 I didn't sew at all last night as I was socializing with the new additions.  
I am totally smitten with them!

This morning when I got up and went downstairs they both came running to me and wanted my attention, which was great! 
 Cole was curled up on hubby's chest sleeping.  
Finn, the adventurer, was already up and about.  I can see their personalities already!

I will have updates as I take time to take some more pictures.  
I am thinking that I will open up the sewing room to them tonight and
 see who will be the next quilt cat (or if Hallie will claim top spot still). 
 Stay turned for the next edition of Kitten World!  

~XOP~


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WIPs With Friends

It has been such a busy week!  I am working on a quilt for our priest.  
Here are some progress shots.
(It was late)





I have to sew it together yet.

Additionally we had some baby pea chicks hatch out!



Our daughter took us to the Belleville Strawberry Festival on Sunday.  
So much fun!
See, there is even "fun" in the name of the slide!


I was good and did not get any, but Elephant Ears are my favorite fair food! 
 Although the GIGANTIC ribbon of potato chips loaded with goodies looked amazing!


As we were leaving the fair I spotted an animal rescue booth so I stopped.  
I have been trying to find one to volunteer at.  
I got some info from them and then asked them if they had any cats
 (cuz you know I am down 4, LOL). 
 Oh, why yes they did.  They said OVER 100!!!  And the best part?  
They had some right around the corner. 
 So you know I had to go and check it out. 
 I signaled to my husband and daughter and ran over to the tent of kittens. 
 Long story short, we are picking our 2 new kittens up tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!  
Both are long hair tabbies. 
 One is red and one is brown.  Both are boys.
We are trying to come up with names.  
We have chosen two names but we will see when we get there if they really end up with those so I will introduce them to you tomorrow.  
The rescue is  Friends of Michigan Animal Rescue.

I. Can. Not. WAIT!!!

OK so what are you working on 
(I have a feeling it will take me time to get back into my sewing room with new babies in the house).

I am linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts and you can link up here and share what you are working on! The link will close tomorrow at 10am.

~XOP~


Friday, June 16, 2017

Odds and Ends


I was asked about the closure of the Linky on WIPs With Friends each week. 
 I will typically close it around 24 hours after opening it. 
 I realized that this made it inconsistent for my followers. 
 In the future I will be closing the Linky at 10am EST.  
This should give everyone time to post their links.

On another note, hubby and I went thrifting on Wednesday and just look at this great Pyrex/AnchorHocking/Glassbake haul!!


After he cleaned it all up and laid it out this is what we brought home.  
(the cake plate I had)

The two in the center are Pyres and in great shape!

The two square pans and the bread pan are Glassbake as is the mixing bowl.  
The two casserole are Anchor Hocking. 
 Look at those white lids!!! 
 Pretty good haul for one trip I think.  
I had a full purchase card so was able to get an additional 35% off our purchase for the day too!!  
We typically go on Wednesdays when seniors (anyone over 55) gets an additional 25% off,
 but this was an exceptional score!!!


Another fun thing I thought I would share.  Remember last week when we were on farm duty?
One of the things we were supposed to do was to gather eggs.
The chickens are fairly easy, and actually so are the pea hens. 
Except for one crazy bird that I did not know about.

There is a dresser in the coop and Aurora likes to go to the top and back up against the wall to lay.
So her egg falls down the crack between the wall and the dresser.
It most often gets "stuck" in the crack, suspended above the straw provided for her to lay her eggs in.
Which ends up looking like this.
(Top photo for perspective)



That crazy bird!  

That's what I have going into the weekend.

I started cutting out a quilt for our priest that is leaving soon.
I hope to have it all cut out very soon as the weeks will be getting so busy!
I'm going to do a version of this block that I made for my Bee this month.
I am going to do rainbow pluses though.



I can show progress next week, I hope.

My Folksy Fish top is finished too, but no pictures until that baby makes his arrival and I can gift it.

Have a great weekend and let's meet back up on Monday shall we?

~XOP~









Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WIPs With Friends and A Giveaway

I guess I am a little late today posting, but this am has been crazy busy at work and in my house.

I have been busy trying to finish up the improv "water" I have been working on to 
fill in the spaces in the Folksy Fish baby quilt. 
I can't show the quilt in progress since the mom to be stalks my Facebook and Instagram accounts 
but I will show you an example of the "water" so you will know what I am talking about. 

 The photo isn't the best but you get the idea.  
It is dark in my hallway.
I put my design wall on the hallway wall as it is the largest space I have in my house!!


I am going to link up with Sew Fresh Quilts

Now it is your turn to link up what you have been working on.
I will leave the link open until 1pm tomorrow.

Let's see if we can get up to 20 people to link up!

I will do another giveaway if we do.

~XOP~





Monday, June 12, 2017

Weekend and Giveaway Winner

I bet you are all anxious to hear who won the giveaway, right?  
It should not be a surprise that it was Kathy S!! 
 She had many of you link up.  
I will be hosting that same link up each week and 
hope you will return to link up every Wednesday with me. 
 Here is what she won.  


Two charm packs and a pattern.  
The charm packs were fabric designed by my friend in real life, Brenda.  
When RJR sent them though they were missing one fabric in the line.  
The line, One Room Schoolhouse, is so pretty though, she should still be able to make something pretty sweet with them!

I had a fun weekend.  
I met a friend and her mom for lunch on Saturday then went shopping. 
 I bought some new clothes and they were even in a smaller size.  
How fun is that?? 
 I was able to buy size 12 and it was not even tight!! 
 I then went to JAF for a visit.  
I have not stopped in there in quite some time and happened to be by a really HUGE one (two floors).  I needed to get a yard of U of M fabric and coordinating flannels
 to make a chenille blanket for someone.  
Of course I could NOT walk out of there without buying a few more things. 
 I got fabric to make 2 more chenille blankets, fabric for some Frosty the Snowman pillowcases 
and a few patterns.  
Quite the expensive trip!!

I did manage to make the binding and label for the Sea Horse quilt!  
See that mermaid?  
That is in quilting cotton but I found that same fabric in Minky and that's what I used for the back!


This is how I seem to spend quite a bit of my time when I am sitting on the couch.  
Hallie jumps up, and then lays right on me while I am doing things in this spot on the couch.


When I am sewing she has taken Autumn's place on the rag quilt.  
Not sure I could get rid of that quilt.  
It has so many memories of each cat sleeping on it while I sew.  

I have lots more to show but no more time to write. 
 I hope you had a good weekend and managed to stay cool! 
 It is supposed to be in the 90's here all week.

~XOP~


Thursday, June 08, 2017

Sea Horse Quilt Top

The give away is a go from the last post!!
I will draw a name tomorrow and post the winner and loot.
So stay tuned!

I just have a quick minute but wanted to show you our Watercolor Seahorse quilt.  
The pattern is by Summercrafter.  The quilt went together pretty easily.  

We used the seahorse fabric from the line called Salt Water by Natalie Lymer.  
The color scheme is based off the colors of Moda's Coral Queen of the Sea by Stacy Hsu.


I made the pink one.  If you look closely you can see the bunnies and the cat in here.


Judith made the green one.  I love her Love You This Much bunnies!


Robin made the teal one (and used some precious older Tula fabrics!)


I found the PERFECT backing!
It is a minky by Sarah Jane of Michael Miller.


We have decided how we want it to be quilted but I am not going to share more until this gets gifted.
Gotta leave some mystery!

Enjoy your day!

~XOP~



Wednesday, June 07, 2017

WIPs With Friends (and a Giveaway)

Let's see if we can get 10 people to link up this week!  
If we get 10 people then I will have a giveaway.  
You will get an extra entry if you get a friend to link up and leave me a comment saying so.

On to what I have been working on.  How is this always an endless list??  

First up I got my June Bee blocks made.  
This was an easy block and I really like how it looks.  
Our priest is being transferred (they only get to stay for 6 years) and
 I thought this might be a nice one to make a throw quilt for him. 
 I think I would make the + in blue though.  The squares are 5" and it went together so quickly. 
 I wonder if I can find a low volume charm pack?? 
 Might speed things up eh? 
 I will put that on my "to do" list!


Progress continues on my Folksy Fish quilt.  This is my version of a Catfish!


This is my fishy number 8.  


 It was night time but I thought you might like to see the 8 fish I have made so far.
 I am making some improv style water to fill in the spaces.  
This is not the final layout.  
I need some advice.  
I have one more fish to make and he will be swimming in the opposite direction. 
 I am thinking about making him a different color.  
Navy? 
 Orange?  
Or maybe the same teal but with an orange stripe?   
The quilt is for a baby boy, so no pink or purples. 
 I am leaning toward the navy, with maybe a hint of orange in it.  
Thoughts?


Lastly I received the final sea horse yesterday at work.
  I decided that the rest of my week is SO busy 
that if it was going to be finished it would have to be now.
 I finished the top last night, but the backing and batting.  
It is ready to make it's way to the quilter!!  It was dark so I hope to get some photos later.  
Check out that minky backing!!


I am linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts.

If you have something you are working on please link up!
If we can get 10 people (or more) to link up I will have a giveaway.
If you get a friend to link up and tell me you sent them you will get an extra entry too.

Use the little blue linky button!
Link closes on Thursday at 9am.

~XOP~





Monday, June 05, 2017

The Front Garden

I can NOT believe how busy my weekend ended up being. Who plans these things?  
The upcoming week is no better.  WAY too many social engagements.  
On Saturday I got up and did some major clean up.  
The house was a disaster as hubby has been very ill. 
 So he makes food for himself and just leaves everything, which I get, but it was killing me.  
Saturday is typically the day I do work around the house/yard so I can sew on Sunday. 
 I decided that afternoon would be the day I tackled the front garden.  
No more putting it off.  UGH. 
 It will be so nice once I get it done but it was a crap tom of work and 
I am about half way or less done!!!

You probably remember the bushes getting pulled out on Mother's Day.  
Well, since my husband decided that we needed to change the shape of the front garden, 
that meant a lot more garden. 

 Which meant all that Hell grass needed to be taken out! 
 For anyone that doesn't know, Hell grass is this thick grass that is very invasive. 
 For the yard this is great.  
No weeds grow through it, for the garden?  Not so much! 
 My husband though he would just spray it with Roundup and it would die. 
 Not the Hell grass.  
Oh it *looks* like it is dead but don't buy it!  
It also is the first to turn brown in the fall and last to green up in the spring.  
So I put on my gardening boots and started digging it up with a shovel.  
I just threw it on the lawn. 
 Here is my pile of Hell grass.  
I had to load it up in the wagon and dump it in the back yard.  That stuff is heavy!


So here you can see the 2 blueberry bushes are planted, the Peony bush is planted, the third blueberry bush was transplanted and I moved a rose bush. 
 I transplanted some cone flowers and Hosta and laid down some week barrier 
(which I need more of). 
 I still need to plant the vegetables in this garden and my Foxglove 
(which I would love to have more of too).  
I need to transplant another Peony from the back yard to the front but 
I need it to finish blooming first. 
 Then everything needs to be covered with woodchips. 
 Oh yes the green blob on the left still needs to be dug up, Hosta removed, and grass, t
hen some of that can be replanted.


While I was weighting the weed barrier down with rocks this 
giant-ass spider came creeping out of the stones.  
NOPE!  Just NOPE!
Have a nice day Fishing Spider, but I will work there when you are gone!! 
 She was probably about 3" with legs and everything.


After 4 hours of working in the sun, I was exhausted.  
I came in and took a shower.  
My face was beet red, hubby thought I was burned, but it is just what I do when I overheat!  
I then went to a Lularoe party at my friend, Jessy's house.  (she is also my hair stylist).  
Her younger sister was there.  
I have not seen her since she had her daughter, who will be 1 shortly. 
 It was really nice to see her and catch up.  
She spent almost as much time at our house as at hers growing up.  
She was my middle daughter's best friend for many years.  Really like another daughter to us.

You can see that my face was still pretty red!


Also, Hallie was being completely adorable.  I was sewing and she was adorabling.  



That's it for now.  
Come back on Wednesday to see all the sewing I worked on.  
I have to save something to show for WIPs With Friends right??

How was your weekend??

~XOP~



Friday, June 02, 2017

Some Finishes and some Farming

Last week my daughter asked me to make some pillowcases for her to give to a friend t
hat she is staying with while on vacation. 
 I always dread this because I always forget how to make them. 
 Every. Darned. Time!  
This time I went to my own tutorial (which you can find here) and 
followed the directions and was successful. 
 I think all the other times someone has been directing me so I really did not pay close attention.  When I had to make them on my own, I actually *learned* how to do it.  
Does that make any sense at all??  

My daughter and I went to a local quilt shop and she chose the fabrics.  
Not fabrics I would have chosen in a million years, but she loved them. 
 She drove me home and the next day I hammered out 4 pillowcases.

The space ones are actually 3D!  
The shop owner gave her a pair of 3D glasses.  When you put them on the space fabric becomes 3D.  That was pretty cool.



Then I got to thinking that I had bought some dragon fabric awhile back intending to make pillow cases for this same daughter. 
 Her birthday was on Wednesday so since she would not be home for it, I decided to make them and gift to her when she came by to pick up the cases for her friend.

I have to say that I LOVE how these turned out.  
The fabric reminded me of the movie How to Train Your Dragon.  
The little black one reminded me of the Night Fury from the movie, Toothless.  
I loved that movie and so did she.


Since finishing the other 2 baby quilts is temporarily on hold, I decided I needed to work on the fish.
I managed to get 2 more fish sewn along with a few "water" improv blocks too!  
It is coming right along. 


Making these fish has been a challenge but they are turning out really cool!


I think I have 3 more to go before I will call it a day and figure out how to put this all together.

We have been on farm duty this week and will be again next week while daughter and SIL are away.
That means taking care of all the birds, the cats, the mice, and the fish.  
She fed the snakes before they left and he will be home on the weekend to do that again.  
I don't like the snakes.  
They would probably die if I had to feed them.  
The pea hens are laying so I am collecting them and putting the eggs inside.  
A friend of hers borrowed her big incubator to see if he likes it enough to get his own, so she asked him to come get the pea eggs to put in the incubator.  

Each day I collect these I write which pen they came from and the date.  
Her purples had stopped laying, but I have collected 3 eggs from their pen this week!


I also collected all the chicken eggs each day.  
Aren't they so pretty?  Blue, green, pink and brown!!
The one I am holding is a purple pea hen egg, actually laid on her birthday. 
 She was pretty happy to hear that they are laying again.


The purple pen is on the right and the blue pen on the left.  
The boys like to try to fight through the wall.  
This reminded me of the Sharks vs Jets in West Side Story!  
The blue male was making his way over to the fence line on the left and 
both males had their "flock" on their sides.  
Humorous how they can mimic us!


She has set up a barn webcam to watch the chicks in the barn and t
he turkey (Jocelyn) sitting on a clutch of pea hen eggs.  
If you want to watch too, (you might see me or my husband in the barn) here is the link
 Mostly you will see the chicks running around but it is pretty quiet most of the time.

So that's what I have been up to.  I am going to link up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Have an eggceptional weekend!  

~XOP~