Friday, August 18, 2017

New Christmas Fabric

 Temptation gave way to placing a fabric order 
from a new on-line site called the Fabric Shack in Ohio.
While this is a modest order I'm happy with the
quality of all the fabric. 


 Two yard cuts which will be used for quilt backs.

 Since there are a few kids on my holiday sewing list that need
quilts I found some cute fabric that will work nicely.

 Owls ... a favorite of mine.
 This print is sweet.
While not a holiday theme fabric I still had to get a yard.
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On another subject
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Smooth Jazz Artist ... Brian Culbertson 
Last night Wilson and & I went to the Ram's Head Tavern
in Annapolis, Maryland to see Brian in concert.  This is the second
time we've seen him perform but what was special is I snagged front
 row seats.  Can't get any better than that.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Freshly Groomed Westies & Scottie Holiday Quilt Block

 We have a new groomer in St. Michaels and I made an appointment
for the fur-kids.  They were long overdue and had a heavy
coat to provide it.  I was doing the routine maintenance
but I still don't have the nerve to use the big clippers on them.
 It's play time on my quilt blocks after the groomers.
Beautiful Julep - hard to believe she's 9 years old.
 I've been busy working on holiday quilts and 
enjoying every second.  Great progress is being 
made because there is nothing on TV so the sewing
machine is running late into the night.


 The Scottie fabric was a leftover from last year.  I was looking at
it for several days waiting for it to 'speak to me'.  Finally the
light bulb went on and I started digging through my
stash to find fabric that would work.
I used Julep as a model to show off the
beautiful fabric I picked for the binding.

 A stack of mini-terriers ready for the sewing machine.
The fabric on the lower right corner is what I'm
working with now.
The Scottie quilt is done and is on the stack of 'to be quilted' quilts.
I'll finish up the another one tomorrow before we head out
to see smooth jazz artist Brian Culbertson at the Ram's Head.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Pictures from Ocean City, Maryland

 Sunrise over the ocean: Day #1
My sister & I went to Ocean City, MD for a little mini-vacation.  
I was amazed at how calm the ocean waves are.
 Early morning sun worshippers claiming there
spot in the sand for the day.
 The condo we rented for two nights belongs to a
friend.  My sister and I loved this building and the
location.  We kidded that we should buy a condo
in this building ... but I seriously doubt if that
will ever happen.  Renting is hassle-free.

 This is a one bedroom unit.
 I'm pretty sure the guy who owns this truck will
not be happy with all the seagull poop on his roof.
Amusement's at the end of the boardwalk. 
Pizza:  Dinner Day #1
 Our favorite pizza joint on the boardwalk.  We've been going
there for pizza since our parents took us there as kids.
 I had no trouble finding a parking spot at the big lot
located at the Inlet which is the very end of the boardwalk.
 I didn't know this was the week for the world famous
white marlin fishing tournament.  The photo is not great
since all I had was my iPhone but the line of fishing boats
coming into the Inlet was amazing.  People had chairs in the
sand watching all the big expensive boats come back in
to have their catch measured and weighted.
 Pizza:  Dinner Day #2
Same place, same pizza, different waitress.
 You can't leave the beach without taking home a box
of taffy, a box of fudge, and a tub of popcorn.
 Saying good-bye to the sun, sand, and ocean.
Debby and I had a great time.  We hit a few stores in
Salisbury prior to checking into the condo.  The weather
was perfect and on Wednesday I drove up to the outlet
centers in Rehoboth Beach.  All in all a perfect two day
get-a-way.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Nothing New To Report


 I don't remember if I posted a photo of our new lamps ...
so here they are.  While pretty simple in design we didn't
want the lamps to take away from the beauty of the picture.
 I let the dogs out yesterday morning and spotted the
white egret looking for breakfast.  
 A morning view from our deck while I was snapping
pictures of the white egret.
 I started working on the blocks for a holiday quilt.  The green
center blocks are printed with little westies.  I need more of
this fabric and it also comes in red as well.
 Julep
A basket full of mini-terriers.  I'll be sending one dozen along
with a quilt I'm almost done with to the person in charge of
donations for the live/silent auction at the Mongtomery
Kennel Club terrier show in October.  I hope they do well
and bring in a few bucks for the cause.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Finished Sewing & In Other News

 This is the complete set of 'A Walk in the Glen' table collection
that I donated to a combined Westie rescue auction.  This auction
will benefit the Tennessee & Great Lakes rescue groups.
Included:  1 table runner, 4 place mats, 6 napkins, 2 mini-stuffed terriers
 and 1 bag of Walker's shortbread cookies.  
 Julep is laying on a quilt I started for one of our neighbors
grand kids.  The blocks [cream and red] are from a pre-cut
 kit I purchased on-line [on sale].  I added the red/green snowflake
 blocks to make it a usable size.  It's nice to have the top, back, and
binding done so that it's no rush to complete it.
 Starfish Front
My sister and I are headed to the ocean next week.  She will
be driving here next Monday after work and we will be headed
out first thing on Tuesday morning.  I'm renting a friends ocean front
condo for two nights at a reasonable rate.  As a surprise I'll be
leaving this pillow and a small nautical quilt.
 Starfish Back
Debby & I don't really care what the weather is because we have two plans -
one if the weather is nice and one if the weather is rain.  But one
thing is for sure ... we'll be eating pizza on the boardwalk at some point!
 Look how creative Julep was in re-arranging the pillows.
The little princess is going for her senior physical on 
Thursday morning now that she's 9.  It is recommended that senior
dogs get a vet check twice a year.  Heck, I don't even get
a check-up twice a year ... but only the best for the princess.
 Derby will go next month for his senior check at the age
of 8.  Did I mention that dogs are considered seniors at 7.
Pillowcase Sets 
This set [and the set below] will be given to my vet on
Thursday.  His daughter [Grace] will be starting her first
year at Cooper-Union art school which I believe is in
Brooklyn, New York.  This is my contribution to her
dorm room and was actually leftover fabric from when
I made Daisy [our grand daughter] pillowcases.  
I call this set of cases:  I love to paint.
...
In other news ... on Saturday we went to a big birthday party
and I ate something that didn't agree with my little tummy.
I'll spare you the details but I was out of commission all day
Sunday and half of Monday.  Now I'm finally starting to 
feel like my old self.  
...
We just read Vonda Shephard [for those that remember
her from Ally McBeal] will be performing at the Rams Head
in Annapolis on November 1.  We have seen her before so
I'm waiting for tickets to go on sale to see her again.
...
As crazy as this sounds I've booked us on another Smooth
Jazz Cruise in February 2019.  I'm hoping to upgrade our
cabin in a few months to something bigger than we have
booked for the 2018 cruise.
...
The grand daughter {Daisy} is getting ready to start her
second year at Parson's in NYC.  She will not be going
into a dorm but she and a room mate have rented a
7th floor walk-up apartment.  I'm not sure if I can make
it up 7 flights to visit!  She is looking to buy furniture
for the apartment and I have a feeling she will stay 
in NYC in the future.  Hopefully, we'll get up to see
her when the weather cools off because I don't think
neither one of us would be happy being in the city
this time of year.