Thursday, September 29, 2016

Another Painting Party


I believe this is the next painting we will do as a group but I think it needs a semicolon after look.  Other than that, it's spot on!

I am meeting a painter today for the other house.  I feel as tho' I am finally getting the ball going.  

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Let's Create Art!

We had a hoot yesterday afternoon at one of those painting parties.  A bunch of us got together, with wine and nibbles and set off to make the worlds most beautiful vase of lilacs.



This was what I selected for us all to make.  We have already picked out the one we
want to do next; an abstract, that is much more forgiving.



We started out filling in the background.




We then, after painting the vase, started to add conical shapes of eggplant color.


 

At this stage my painting looked like it wanted to turn into dreadlocks.




This is Linda's and Patti's.



This was my work station.  I know, a little messy.



And here we are, all finished and looking pretty similar.  It was great fun.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Funk It Up


Last night was $5 burger night at a local restaurant.  It takes place every Monday and I have managed to get there a few times and am gonna try to do it more often.  The burgers are fantastic, made to order and the company is grand too.  Oh yeah and it's happy hour drinks too.

I am blogging very late this morning. After doing some walking, I set into making a few preparations for the painting party we are going to in the late afternoon. I made myself in charge of refreshments that consist of the required wine, water, soda, popcorn, mixed nuts, grapes, watermelon squares with a stuffing of feta and balsamic glaze and grazers. Here is the recipe from Tommy Cooks. I didn't want to have anything that would have to be served in any way but room temperature so that is why I chose what I did.


I did this quilt for a challenge for Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild.  The challenge requirements were to take a modern spin off a traditional quilt block, using only solid fabrics and limiting the

 

size to any one side being not more than 24".  Can you guess what block I contemporized?  Do you need a hint?




It's may take on a nine patch, funked up.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Sleeping Baby Quilts

I spent some quality time at the new house deciding what to do with each room. I opened up each drawer and cabinet in the very spacious kitchen and photographed it to decide where to put my stuff before it ever goes there. I have been in the current house three years in March and I never did set up the kitchen the w

ay I would have liked to when I first moved in because it was only six weeks out of the hospital and climbing was then out of the question. I can't wait to have the big pantry full of stuff. I took some measurements and did a little dusting and that's about all Bella would put up with. She still doesn't get the new house at all.


I decided not to think but to keep busy so I decided to make a few baby quilts. I want to put off another art quilt to give my brain a rest.

 

I already had five of the 'quilt' parts of the quilt sewn together so I decided on making five quilts.



These are a couple that I have made in the past.



The quilt part of the top is yarn tied and the rest of it is machine quilted.  They are fun to make.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Dealing With The New (Ranch!) House

Seeing as how I completed making the parts for this sweater in less than two weeks,

 

I have decided that I am knitting too much and need to start doing SOMETHING at the new house. I have been over there (it is about six blocks away) a few times but it is so uncomfortable for both Bella and me because there isn't a stick of furniture in the joint so while I am measuring, etc. I can't sit down at all. I have decided to take over some cleaning supplies and a tape measure, some water and Bella's bag and quilt, and spend a little quality time there today.

Most of the major work,taking down and putting up walls, removing carpet and replacing with hardwood, and adding electrical to the new studio on ceiling and floors has been done. The stuff I need to tackle are measurements for blinds, a new front door, painting and colors, placement of studio equipment and where to put what in the kitchen, and master closets. That's the plan today.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Cult Happenings

We got together with the Cult group as usual yesterday morning. There was lots to see and talk about. There was also some knitting by three of us and some projects, finished and in the works of finishing.



Lynn is ready to start quilting this challenge for the Modern guild that is a black and white piece with a touch of color and in her case, it was yellow.  Very graphic and cool shapes!



Joyce, who is new to quilting, just got this aquatic quilt back from the long arm quilter.  All the sea creatures have a large yoyo in the center of them, with the smaller yo-yos for the circles.  She also did prairie points for the first time.  It turned out wonderful.



I finished sewing up these 12 inch blocks (30 of them) and trimmed them down to size and now they are in a holding pattern, waiting for my sister Mike to come for a visit next month, so we can finish sewing them together.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Happy Hour Gang



It seems to be catching on; this Thursday happy hour.  My gang likes to sample little plates
of wonderful food.  This week it was Seasons 52.



First up is the skillet shrimp scampi.  It's in a little lodge cast iron.



grilled chicken yakitori skewers,



caramelized grilled sea scallops,



and duck wing lollipops rounded out the meal.  That is,

 

until we saw the mini desserts.  How cute are they?  We had to
get them too.  Interestingly enough, the calorie count was on the menu  right
under the name of the small plates but no where in sight was a calorie count for
these little beauties.  That's probably a good thing!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Preparations



I am not ready to do some heavy thinking about what to create next so I am just doing preparation for projects that have been put on hold.  My friend Anne and I purchased these beautiful shimmer fabrics a couple years ago and we finally made a date to sew them together in December when we get together for the last time of the year.  I have them cut and in a box to transport back north when I go back for the holidays.



I think it was Peggy that sent us a lovely quilt photo that we all agreed was a fun one to do.  Mike drew it up in Excel and along with Anne, we decided to make it.



We cut all the strips a couple weeks ago and put them in 30 groups of 12 strips.



I started combining them and cutting them down.  I have just over half of them done.  My sis comes for a visit in three weeks and we will be putting the squares together to make a very colorful quilt top.

I have my first Mahjong game today since last May.  I hope I remember how to play.

Monday, September 19, 2016

I Need A Gallon Of Ice Cream

I have been doing some binge watching of television due to not having wifi and therefore not being able to download any audio books. I watched the first season of 'Billions', got caught up with 'Suits' and got half way through 'Portlandia', all the while knitting and ripping out, knitting and ripping out. 

Today I have another consult for my poor teeth before I have another one with another doctor on Wednesday. This is going to be my season of the tooth, I just know it.

I was on the phone while I walked the dog this morning and so I took a minute to take a couple pictures of my beloved 'bird of paradise' plant.

 

 It is a very large plant, about four foot tall and just as wide. It has a good twenty blooms on it.

 Unfortunately,

 

 it doesn't bloom all at the same time so there are dead birds along with beautiful new ones.  I wish it didn't work like that.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Can It

I have had several Bright House employees visit my abode in the last five days. Finally, after 5 p.m. yesterday, the problem with my WiFi was figured out. Something about a short in the system. Go figure. Have you ever left your house to arrive back and have everything work? Not me. It just doesn't happen.

 

I'll bet you have run into this.  I can recall several times of going to an estate sale (back in the day; way to lazy now) and run into these cans of all sizes filled with needles, rusty pins, bias binding, a stray safety pin or snap and everything just looked sad and old.  Now we can say that about ourselves.  Currently, crystal light plastic containers are used for notions.  We seem to buy containers rather than use what can be recycled.  Oh, such waste.  But then, we would have to eat the ten thousand cookies to get the tin empty only to fill it again.

We have a welcome club cocktail party tonight and after that?  The Emmys!  Thanks for the reminder Claudia!

Friday, September 16, 2016

True Love

A bunch of us (eight to be exact) met up at Brio for happy hour, where the food is a steal and so are certain designer drinks and wine. My kind of hookup. '

Anyway, we got to talking about our dogs and out came the smart phones. Pictures and stories were passed around the table (as well as the food!) about our favorite four legged pals.

Carol had the best story and picture. She said when she got a new boyfriend that she found out that he had a dog (maltese) and she too had a dog (havanese) and if her dog didn't like his, the relationship was over.

It was love at first sight. They were fast friends forever. So much so that they went to the vet to have their teeth cleaned at the same time. This is what they looked like when they came out of sedation.

 

 No kidding. The vet took this picture. Are you just loving it?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Cheezy

I had a girlfriend come over to drop some stuff off and I decided to whip up a snack while we were gabbing.

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I always have goat cheese on hand so I grabbed that.  My favorite use of goat cheese is as a dip with stick pretzels.  I normally, by myself, just eat it out of the container.  I decided to jazz it up a bit and so I

 

plopped the whole container on a plate and proceeded to change it into a work of art.  It looked great and tasted great until the ends of pretzel in the goat cheese started to get soft.  Those ends stayed in the goat cheese after a half hour or so.  I guess this isn't the best way to present it.  I will have to go back to just having the cheese block in the center of lots of pretzels surrounding it.

Bella is trying another day care today.  She goes in for a four to five hour temperament trial.



The one she went to on Tuesday is a little out of the way to go to regularly.  It was great tho' and will be my stand by place.  This new one has on line viewing so I can check on Bella when ever I want.  Now, I just need to wake her up.  This is her one minute ago!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

RoadTrip



Stitch and Bitch is now officially called ''The Cult''.  Janie's husband called what we have done to his wife a cultish activity (quilting) and so we decided to go for it.  Here we are on our field trip to 'Rainbow's End' in Dunedin for some much needed quilting supplies.  We all managed to buy something with Kathy doing best, based on the largest bag.

We then hopped over to Bon Appetit on the Gulf for lunch.

 

It was delightful.  We had a mixed salad,



a cold seafood sampler,



a greek salad,



and fish and chips.  Yum.



The only picture I took in the quilt shop was this and the only reason I took it was to text it to another cult member.  It's pretty cute for a fireplace mantle, isn't it?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Doing Daycare!

I decided to start Bella at a daycare. I went to sign her up and do some sniffing yesterday and happened to notice some quite lovely works of art on the wall.

 

They say on the info sheet that these are done in fabric from a photo.



It was so flat that I can't make out fabric, just design and color.  It must me decoupaged or some medium like that.  I love them tho'.  They have so much movement.

We are heading to Dunedin to Rainbow's End Quilt Shop today.   Hurray!

Monday, September 12, 2016

On The Road Again

It took me half the day to get the computer and hence my iPod and iPhone, to have Wifi due to having a vacation hold on our services.  Now I am back in the saddle and safe and sound in Florida.  I got together with Linda, Kathy and Janie last night for gabbing and pizza.

The trip south was completely unremarkable except for an hour and a half where the car moved less than seven miles.  It was an accident just into the state of Tennessee


and it was very bad.  There were at least twenty cop cars and



They pretty much blocked the accident itself, with an 18 wheeler and some cars in the
center median.



There was plenty of time to read bumper stickers.  This one was priceless; on one side it says I love boobs and on the other it says I love beer.  That about sums it up.

Friday, September 09, 2016

With A Hint Of Yellow

Here's the final daisy.  I thought I would show you how I apply the cording so that I have a minimal amount of bulk where seams cross.  Believe me, this was found from trial and error and some Elmers glue used on a nasty spot.

 

I look to see what part of the pattern is in the back of the others and do that first.  I go all the way around the quilt from back to front so the one in front will trap the end tag.  All this has to be done after
the quilting of the top is done.

 

This is when the quilt was partially corded.





This is a closeup of the end tags cut off and trapped under the upper cording.

 

This is the whole quilt corded.  For some reason it doesn't show up well in photos

 

but it really pops in person.  I filled in the centers of the commercial fabric in the center of the daisy with fabric paint.  All I have to do is finish the facing and the sleeve and it will join its other sisters to go to Florida.

The deadline for the daisy quilts is Halloween.  I feel like four, the copy of the original photo, the one with stripes of color, the Andy Warhol inspired one and this one.

I will not be blogging for a couple days while we make our way to Florida.  I'll get back to you then

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Presto Pesto!

Although the basil can still grow in the next month, unless I take the seven large pots with me to Florida or have my house sitter harvest it in a month or so (not!) I decided to tackle the pesto problem head on.

 

I cut off the stalks, removed the leaves, traveled to the store to buy more olive oil, pine nuts, parmesan, and garlic and proceeded to whip up ten more large portions

 

 of pesto to get us, and others, through the winter.  One thing is now off my list of things I need to attend to before I set off to parts south!