Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cold and wet... but warming up...

Well hello there. Not much happening around the place right now. It's been cold but is starting to warm back up. Warm enough that Du and I had a bit of a workout this morning. He is such a smart horse that if I can figure out how to teach something he picks it up really quick.  I'm thinking of starting him on Agility Training. I've got to look into it a bit more. He looks so sleepy here. Trust me he's just thinking up what kind of trouble to get into next. Breakfast is over and in just a moment he'll be turned loose into the pasture for a day of frolic and grazing.

Back sometime in October, my mom gave me this little plastic bag of dahlia tubers? She had bought them to put out in her flower beds but they were taken over by grass hoppers before she could get it done and they were just laying around taking up space and collecting dust. So I brought them home. This was October and the planting directions for my zone says to plant in March so I laid them on on the back of the desk. A couple of days ago I had some odd reason to pick up the bag and darn if the things hadn't started sprouting.  Well I know that January and February are going to be our coldest months and just couldn't put the outside, they would freeze. So I brought in a pot and planted the poor things. Maybe now that they are in a happy place with sunshine coming in the window and a regular watering they'll be okay until I can safely put them outside. Now to figure out where to put them. And am I going to have to dig them in the fall? I know that's not happening so I'll have to find a spot that protected to some degree.

In the sewing world these past two weeks have been busy. The oldest Grand needs a costume so she can be a presidents wife. Lucretia Rudolph Garfield to be specific. So I've been making the dress and slip for her. Tomorrow I take it to see how it fits before finishing. Since the Kid took the Grands to Disney World during Christmas break I've also made the Snow White dresses for their 18" AG dolls. Hopefully that will be a happy surprise. I'll try to get pictures tomorrow and post later.

I have also worked on a couple of cq blocks that had been set aside since before Christmas. Slowly getting back into the hand work and I am loving it.

Well that pretty much catches me up for the last couple of weeks. I am sure that I left some things out but if they become important, well I'll just add them later. So I will close on this bit of equine wisdom:

"Graze in the same spot for too long and you'll end up with a mouthful of dirt."
All I need to Know I learned From My Horse by Pamela C Biddle and Joel E Fishman

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year!

New Year, new try at this. Since I use this basically as a "what's happening in my life" type thing and my life is typically very boring, there hasn't been a lot to write about. But that's gonna change. Not my life (I hope) but the writing about it. I spend a lot of time with my horses and sewing, but not at the same time. So why not write about those things and whatever progress is being made or not.

As for this week, not much time has been spent at the barn other than for feeding. It has rained off and on for at least the last three days. The barn cut up, his name is Du Dritter Lite, told me tonight, in his little horsey voice, that he thought we ought to install a swimming pool. There was enough water to fill it, he thought. And did I have any idea when it would quit? humpf... as if I were the weather man. Not a clue when it will quit but it is supposed to get quite a bit colder I think, sometime in the next day or two.

As for sewing, I would love to call this year the Finally Finished year. Pull out all those unfinished projects and complete them. We'll see what happens there. I do have a start. Several unfinished doll garments have been tossed in a basket and are now sitting beside the sewing table. They have high hopes of being completed this year. I have a baby quilt that my mother started for "The Son" and then gave to me to finish for a friends first child. Well "The Son" is now in his 30's the friend's daughter is getting ready to graduate from high school and the quilt is still not finished. I think it's about time don't you. Maybe I'll drag it out and add it to the basket.

I joined CQJP 2015, after finishing up 2014 barely. I need to grab the button for that and put it on the side bar. (Maybe tomorrow....)  I decided this year to attack it a bit differently. I am going to piece my blocks ahead of time so that each month all I have to do is the magic. Like that's not a lot. So today, I got the backings cut for all 12 blocks and pieced the first one. I have been saving these blues and greens in a tub and pulling the trims, beads and such for several months. Since they are all together I'll just go ahead and use them. I'll also start pulling all the trims and such for the other blocks as I piece them so that they will be sorted and ready to stitch.

I'll post a finished photo when I get all the magic done. I'm still thinking about the colors for the other eleven blocks. As an art major I love working with color theory and so I may just pull those out of the hat and work like that. I'll just have to wait and see what I fabrics I find to go together.

Also, this past week I worked on a couple of dresses for the Grands 18" dolls. The Grands were taken to Disney World as part of their Christmas present and so I am making Princess dresses for the dolls. Well, the slips are made and the first two of the dresses are about half way there.Can I count the slips as a finally finished?

Today I received an order of  5" squares of  Moda's Roses and Chocolate. I spent part of the evening looking for a pattern that will use them to their best advantage. I'm thinking a lap quilt for my mom for Christmas. Maybe if I start now I'll get it finished in time. I have at least narrowed my choices down to one or two and will look and see what is in the fabric bin to help fill in or see if I need to order something else.

Well since it is "Finally Friday" and it's nearly over, I'll leave you with this bit of cowboy wisdom.

"Never squat with your spurs on".