Friday, August 9, 2013

WIP’s - Kitty Cuteness, Thangles and More

Wow!! Here it is and another week has flown past. But at least this time I have something that is quilty to show ya.  Yesterday I made myself stay off the laptop and work with the sewing machine. So I pulled out a project that I needed to get done for a friend of mine.  It’s been the bag waiting for me to get off my butt and put it together.  It’s amazing on what I can get done when I force my self.  This top is 48” x 60” and super kitty cuteness all over it!!

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As you see Honey had to give her kitty approval  and really is getting into the theme of the top.  LOL!

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Then I spent some time getting my Thangle blocks together.  Theses are from my Wisconsin friend as a part of a Buck-A-Block  program that she is sending me through the mail.  I love the colors that she picked out for me as they are a prefect match to everything in my house. I can’t wait to see how these come together once it’s all done. I managed to get blocks 2 & 3 done and the 4th one segments stitched waiting for me to square them for the 2” HST’s for the layout.

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Me and the Boy Child spent time tossing the softball out in the yard the other day.  Man if he every gets his tosses into a straight line constantly, he could better a good pitcher.  He does have a bit of a heat behind it when he throws and his catching skills are improving in leaps and bounds. We took some time out this evening to do it again just before supper.  Then I made us some salads.  The BC had a salmon & blueberry salad dressed with sweetened lemon juice while I had had a chef salad with ranch.  It was pretty filling and balanced …i.e.: healthy.  I try to set a good example while he is here since I know that it’s not quite the same as when he is with his father. And as a reward he got to have 2 rectangles on Hershey's Dark Chocolate as a treat.  I had something a bit different. I had Lindt & Sprungli’s Chili Dark Chocolate bar. The dark chocolate is infused with a hint of spicy red chili.  It actually surprised me as I found it to be rather tasty.

I’m continuing my journey with the Q&N Challenge top from last year as you might know from the last couple of weeks. Although the progress appears to be creeping along inch by inch, I have gotten to a third of the way point of the appliqué border just working on it in small bursts during TV Time, Wednesday Mornings and during scout events like last weekend. 

This week in the reading nook, I have for you a cute little read.  It’s called “Diamonds & Toads” by K.E. Saxon and was published on Sept. 23,2011. First off, I would like to thank Net Gallery and the publisher, Passion Flower Publishing, for this interesting read. I was offered this e-book for free in exchange for an honest review. So this is my opinion and mine alone and should be taken with a grain of salt with out any influences from anyone associated with the book.

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On the back cover…

Sugar and spice and everything nice...and, oh yes, naughty—times twice.
Together, sweet Delilah and wicked Isadora make the perfect woman. But the Perrault family fairy is a troublemaker and imbues diamonds upon one sister and toads upon the other. Now up is down and down is up in a world where no good deed goes unpunished. Leather, blindfolds, and handcuffs purge sweet of all reserve. A few misspoken words of lust gives wicked a whole new meaning.
Once upon a time, there were two sisters, one cursed and one blessed by fairy magic…
Bibbidee-bobbidi-boo, They’re naughty. How about you?

This was a quick read for me with it’s 168 pages.  Now this is a bit more of a grownup version of a fairy tale with it’s explicit sex scenes with a toss of BDSM for Lilah and for Dora it’s tongue in cheek sexual but verbal slipups. The book consist of two novellas' with at look of what happens when the “family fairy” gets in the middle of things.  Any how, the book  gave me a couple “tee-hees” but it felt a bit loose or unfinished to me.  I felt it was missing many necessary details in the plots, made the girls sound a tad like ditz’s and the men come across as cads. For me I found the stories lacking on so many levels.  So I guess the best I can do is to give this book 2.5 out of 5 after being generous with my stars.

Well I guess that is it for this week, so I’ll leave you with a couple more pictures from the Bronner’s Trip. Thank you for stopping by and as always I LOVE comments from my reading.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Scouts, Givens and Lots Of Pics

Things have been busy this week after a several days being involved with my Son’s Scout fund raising commitment during Barryton Days  this past weekend. We had the weekly meeting on Thursday evening after he spent the afternoon at the library for the last day of his summer reading program.  During that gathering, the boys went to set up their tent and prep the dunk tank. They, the Scouts; even helped an elderly couple  set up their tent too. On Friday my boy and his fellow Scouts took part in the parade in the village. Mine is the one on the far left. There are a couple more boys but they didn’t make the photo.



The boys raised a nice little sum with their sales in ice cold drinks, chances at the dunk tank , popular candy bars, popcorn, and variety of wooden birdhouses.  Boy Child learn several new things including how to do lashings to attach their flags to the tent and how doing something that scares you is better than running away from it.  Like putting in your time in the dunk tank.

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There was a couple 4 legged critters that was around the tent on Saturday. The two of them are beautiful and I just had to snap a couple of pics.

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Here is the boy child with one of his Scout Master making friends with the miniature donkey.  The boys kept an eye on them and even took buckets of water to them throughout the day.  As you can see the BC is in his dunk tank uniform…lol.

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In a couple of weeks he will be doing a 3 day/2 night local camping trip with the troop each will fulfill some requirements for his Tenderfoot requirements and he is really looking forward to it.  I’ve even set up a small surprise for him with a couple of the  troop leaders since those couple of days are just before his birthday. Sssshhhhhh!!!

Now in quilting news this week, I finished the center of the Santa embroidery piece  for the Santa Sack Swap.  So from here it’s just a matter of adding this vintage style print for the border and get it finished.  I even found this super cute tote that will make the perfect gift holder for her.  I have been working on that paper piece pattern that I’m testing.  It’s takes me a whole day to make one 6” block. They look okay as I try to conquer the center where all the points come together.  As show as I know when I can share it with you, I’ll post some pictures.  I do get some pretty items from my friend Mrs. D.  such as fabrics, kits, vintage buttons and possible vintage charms in gold tones to add to my crazy quilt blocks.  I will trilled to add these to my blocks when I can work on them once more.  The variety is going be a joy to add and the scissors actual up & close like a real pair. I think the little bird is my favorite. But those ballet shoes are cute too.


Here are some of the other goodies that I received from Mrs. D. as she is sorting & thinning some of the many collections of “stuff” that are taking over the house.  She has come around the spell that most quilters do and has been over come by the most dreaded “must have –itis” but as a youngest member of the circle , I offer the cure with a dose of “oh yes I’ll take it-itis” . I have received things like books and fabrics in the past and along with the charms above, here are some pictures of the last acquirements.

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I adopted these nine SBS’s. It appears that they was quilted together at one point with a simple straight stitch in the corners.  The girls have made machine appliquéd with the blanket stitch that is coming a part. In the last picture you can still see clumps of cotton (?) stuck in the stitching.

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These wonderful Orange Peel pieces was included with the beaded patches and machine embroidered tea-themed pot holders. I think the Sue’s and the Peels might be “true” feed sack  fabrics. The Peels are done in crazy patch fashion with 1/8” turned edges with the daintiest hand stitches.  I think  they need a nice solid-colored background again.  They have a nice measurement of 13” from tip to tip and the piece with the peel in it is 8”. I think this piece deserves to be re-made and not left in a box anymore or again.

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So this catches ya up on the sewing news.  Like I said there wasn’t much to report but pictures are also fun to show off.

And I have to confess that with all the activities this week,my reading took a hard hit so I don’t have a book to share this week. . I do apologize for that everyone.  This was a case where time with my boy was more important to me over a book as he is only here a few more weeks.  Thank you to those of you who left comments last week and I did response to them.  I love hearing for you and the thoughts that you left.  Here are a few more pictures from the Bronner’s trip.


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Please come back and visit again. 

Have a wonderful week & toodles,