A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Completed purse!

Over the weekend I finished the purse!  Yay!  Had to take pictures in a hurry because the person who commissioned it dropped in unexpectedly and I wanted her to take it with her when she left. 




Today's quote is from an unknown source... "The ornament of a house is the friends that frequent it"



Friday, October 17, 2014

Final section!

This afternoon I finished the final section on the crazy quilted purse (and have even managed to get some of it sewn together).  Here is the last section...


Today I have chosen a quote from Joe Cordare.... "To the question of your life you are the answer, and to the problems of your life you are the solution"


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sights and a site

For today, I thought you might like to see the view I am seeing this afternoon from my studio window.  There has been a little break in the clouds and dullness and the sun broke through long enough for me to grab a couple of pictures.



This tree is almost directly across from my window.  There is a paved path that runs from the roadway and beneath these trees and from there along the river to the downtown core of our town.





In the picture below you can get a better sense of the river and walkway.





I have also completed the third section for the crazy quilted purse.  Three down, one more to go!!











For the 'site' part of this post, you might want to go and check out something amazing HERE.  This woman knits with glass!!  And yes, you read that right!

Today the quote is from an unknown source.... "You know why it's hard to be happy?  It's because we refuse to let go of the things that make us sad"

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pictures, albeit mediocre!

Yes, today I have a couple of pictures for you.  Yesterday we had to be up at dark-thirty in the morning to take s-i-l to her medical appointment and there was a beautiful sunrise.  This picture absolutely doesn't do it justice...










My evening knitting has produced what my crazy quilted teddy is sporting - it's a baby-sized balaclava (the first of two I plan to make). 

The pattern is the 'Cozy Bay Hood' by Patons and is a free one.  I found it on the AllFreeKnitting site.  1 ball of Patons Astra yarn is enough for the small sized hat.




Today the quote is from Bruce Lee...."Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own"


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

No pictures, but some satisfaction....

I'm sorry to say there are no pictures to be seen on this blog today.  I apologize profusely for being remiss in that regard, but perhaps I can be forgiven if I tell you that it was because we were taking my s-i-l to a medical appointment and that I haven't been home since dark-thirty this morning. 

The astute among you might (or, more likely, might not!) have noticed the sudden disappearance of the BlogLovin button in my sidebar.  Those of you who read my rant about them last week might even have been expecting it.  Yes, the bloom is off the romance, the divorce papers were filed and it's over, don't let the door hit you on the way out.

To recap....for weeks now bloglovin has been driving me nuts.  It wouldn't let me mark blogs as having been read and I was ending up have to check each blog each and every time I signed in to see if there had been anything new posted since I last visited.  Then it went through a period where it wouldn't let me sign out of the site and continually demanded that I update my profile.  To what?  Why?  Well, then it decided that signing out at all, update or not, was not doable.  Oh, and maybe later in the day all would be back to normal, leading one to think that the fart it was holding crosswise had been released.  Nope...it wasn't to last, and the next time I visited it would be back to being grumpy.  Repeated emails (and postings on their site) were ignored.

 I asked for suggestions for a new feeder in one of my posts last week and received several suggestions (thank you!).  Deepa suggested one called 'Inoreader' and I checked it out, along with all of the other ones that were mentioned.  Inoreader had really good reviews and, seemingly, has a good customer support system in place.  It is very much like the old Blogger feed used to be and, so far, I like it.  Thank you Deepa for telling me about it.

Hopefully this blog will return to the regularly scheduled mumblings tomorrow, but in the meantime I will leave you with another quote from Anne Lamott...  "I do not understand the mystery of grace, only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us"


Monday, October 13, 2014

Giving thanks, embroidering, and crocheting

First of all, I want to extend best wishes for a very happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends.  It's a good time to pause and take a few moments to reflect on the blessings each and every one of us has in our lives and to hopefully enjoy some time with family and friends. 

I've been working away in my studio and have completed another section of the current purse I'm making, as you can see in this picture...




Sorry to say it's not a very good photo because it's dull and dreary here today which doesn't make for great pictures.



The piece on the right has been my 'evening-tv-viewing-time' project for the past week.  It's crocheted using fine cotton and is destined to be a Christmas gift, along with a nice candle.

For those who might be interested, I found the pattern on Ravelry..."Rose Doily #804". 


Today's quote is from an unknown writer.... "A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words"


Friday, October 10, 2014

More crazy quilting

Today I do have a picture for you to see!  This is one section of the purse I'm working on that was completed this afternoon...


One down, three more to go!

The quote today is from Susan Harris.... "Anyone can be happy when times are good; the richer experience is to be happy when times are not"