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As I was going through some old photos, I found this one taken with my roommates when I was in graduate school. I’m not sure if this was for Halloween, but I remember coming up with the idea of dressing as a caterpillar. We got an old sheet and cut holes and decorated it. We made a tail for the end and I had some of those glitter balls for the person in the front (me). I don’t know how I got to be in the front…seriously. I used some fake eyelashes (with glitter) and we covered our hands–excuse me, feet :)–with socks.

Polka dot caterpillar

I think we look special! What was really crazy is that we walked to the party which was across campus—can you believe we actually went out like this? I was always up for a dare. People honked and yelled as they passed by and we gave them a show—a dance step or two as best a caterpillar can give :). Oh, those were the days…

Happy Gardening and may your memories be happy ones!


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Is he not the cutest kitty? This is my helper who sometimes is more help than I want, but he is so adorable. Quilting can wait a bit…

Hope your day is going well! Happy Gardening! And, Simon says, “Happy Scratching!”


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  • I have several projects I have been working on at one time—not usually a good thing for me but it keeps me motivated.

The first is a soft block–a cube. Again, Simon likes it so it will probably remain with him. It is made from some of the same material used in HIS quilt 🙂 though it wasn’t meant to be his quilt—or his block :). I thought about making blocks with lettering on the sides for a baby or something to that effect—actually, to go with the quilt—but I’m not into baby things right now. Here is Simon with HIS quilt and HIS block…

Simon and HIS quilt and HIS block

The pantry shelf cross-stitch is complete. The one on the left is the new one and the one on the right is the one I did many years ago.

Pantry Shelf cross-stitch

I am not happy that canning lids have changed since I used to make these. I have several hanging in my kitchen and if I add to them, I will have to change the rings to match. Progress… Change does not always equal progress.

Then, there is this simple cross-stitched cross with beads.


My first thought was to give it a halo effect with thread and add some beads on the main part of the cross but I opted to add beads for an outline. It is ok and looks better than this photo but next time I will stick to the plan…

The next table runner is coming together. At least the blocks are pieced together. I have to add the strips and begin quilting.


For wall hangings, I like to use polyester batting but I will use cotton batting for the runner. BTW, the next quilting project will not involve pinwheels or watermelons but will consist of flowers—oh, I love flowers!

Lastly, I made appliqué templates for another sewing/quilting project.

Applique templates

I have misplaced a project that I didn’t finish and cannot seem to locate it. The pattern I drew is also AWOL and must be with it. I have to start over and I really hate that!

Overall, it was a fair week for creating, designing, and finishing projects considering the pain I had after the procedure. The pain is not as bad but my leg still looks like someone ran over me with a car and backed up to do it again :). In time, I will be back to my old self–I hope!

  • What projects have you been working on? And, do you find that you have more or less time to work on them in the summertime?

When the girls were younger, I couldn’t wait for them to be out so I wouldn’t be on the road running them everywhere but then when summer came, there was always something I had to do other than making things—grownup things and not kid things and was relieved when school began. All of my time spent with the girls was so treasured but there never seemed to be enough time for everything–still isn’t :).

Whatever you are working on, I hope your projects are coming along nicely. Happy Gardening and may your day be truly blessed!


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For so long, I have been at one end of the spectrum–either high (gladness type) or extremely low (sad and depressed). I am the type of person who does not lie in bed. I have problems taking a nap on the sofa even. No matter how I feel, I jump out of bed and push myself so that I can make my day a good one because my outlook affects what happens in my day as well as everyone I come in contact with. I have been the pillar that everyone had come to rely on—immovable. That changed earlier this year and… I need my HAPPY back!!!

HAPPY is more than a state of mind—it is a way of life for me. If you are riding a bike or other wheeled vehicle and the hub falls out, you are in trouble because everything is attached to the hub—that center that holds everything in place. In order for our family to move on, I have to put the wheel back together. I have been working on that but it is a slow go. It takes time. Yes, this is one of those reflection posts.

I am happiest when I am creating something in all parts of my life—sewing and crafting, helping others, working around the house—making new things, changing things, etc. Since it has been so hot and dry before the tropical storm, the real outside gardening has been put off in order for me to have something I can really manage. With each item that I make and create or change to make new, I grow a new part of me putting that old part of myself to the back, eventually getting rid of all of the dead and replacing it with new growth. This helps me to focus on the positives in my life. It gives me hope, and we all need more of that.

It is all about giving and sharing. When I give and share of myself, I give a piece of myself. Contrary to what some believe, this helps me grow and doesn’t take anything away from me. It makes me feel intrinsically good but I usually get kudos in return, too. That’s not why I do it but it helps when I am down. I am not growing by leaps and bounds but at least there is some new growth. I just need to carefully tend to it until it becomes strong enough to support more growth. One day at a time…

Happy Gardening and may all of your ventures be blessed!


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I finished two projects Sunday. One is a pillow that was begun last year. It was hand pieced from one of the quilt tops I received from  a friend. I hand quilted it but wish I had made the border wider. The plan was to quilt a design on the border like the other pillows but I decided against it.

Quilted pilllow

The other is a wall hanging that I designed to hold cards, letters, or whatever. I started on it the other day and actually finished it fairly quickly. It didn’t turn out just like I envisioned but it was machine pieced and hand quilted. I like the summer look it has.

Wall hanging

Both of these will be going to the church shop to be sold. I am also working on some more cross-stitch things to put in the etsy shop which is almost ready to go–it is taking too long for me to get all of this done. I stopped by Hancock Fabrics this past Sunday to pick up some zippers-about 32 of them :). They were half off! I could not resist. Next on the agenda will be a table runner and some stuffed blocks if I don’t get busy with something else.

I hope everything is going well in your sewing garden. May you have a bountiful harvest!


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Finally! This is some of my worst work if not my worst but I’m ready to get on with something NEW! I had planned on sewing the edges and turning it before quilting but I machine quilted-in the ditch-and turned the backing under to bind it. It’s finished and that’s all I can say except that Simon loves it! It was supposed to be sold at the church but I’m not sure I can do that. It looks like it might remain with us for him to sleep on. I put it down after I clipped some threads and he stretched out on it-full body! Earlier, he curled up underneath like it was a tent. Ok. I’ll consider keeping it. I cannot keep everything! I need to give some donations and make some money, too, but it’s worth it for him to be happy!

Have a Happy Day and Simon says, “Happy Scratching!”


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A card stitched with a garden of hearts.

I haven’t been as busy sewing and doing crafty things as I would have liked but this is something I did the other week as a gift.

I have been working on a quilt–the orange, yellow, green one that I was supposed to have done by this time last year. I’m not happy with it and really just want to get it out of here so I can work on my other projects. It is such a terrible feeling to not be able to finish something. I want to feel completed so that I can reestablish my value in the world. I have gone for so long feeling less than adequate. We all need to feel valued and worthy.

I hope you are busy in your gardens of life and things are growing without much problems. Life rolls on. Make today count. Happy Gardening!


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