"There shall be eternal summer in the
grateful heart"

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Christmas Flannel Quilt

Here is a quilt that should have been done about 7 years ago.
The reason for not completing it back then?
The quilt pattern had two different blocks to make a beautiful large quilt.
I sewed up both sets of blocks and they cam out two different sizes.   : (

I was so frustrated, I just put it away.  This year I promised myself that I would work on my unfinished quilts.  The first one I posted a while ago, HERE

I took one set of the blocks and laid them out and this is the pattern I got and a smaller quilt, lap size.

This is a flannel quilt.
It was the first time making a quilt using flannel and it was a bit more delicate to work with.
The fabric unraveled more and the it had a lot more stretch to it than cotton fabric.
I needed to be more careful with the blocks when ironing the seams, no seam either.

The block size is 6-1/2

This one will be going to Hubby and I have another set of blocks to work with.

I will try to work on that soon but now I need to get to my next sewing project, curtains for my laundry room.

Thank you for your nice comments on my boy Opie.
Yes, he is a sweetie.
Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Opie My Cardigan Corgi

A photo of my adorable cardigan corgi Opie.

Have a wonderful day.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Welcome Fall - More Roses

The first day of Fall

A perfect white bud from my Pope John Paul II bush, hybrid tea.

 It opens up so beautiful

It is an amazing white rose.

I can never get enough of these pink ladies, Yves Piaget roses, hybrid tea.

She is my favorite.  Hubbys too.

Some plastic cherries I have had for a long while.

Adding to the mixture, a few more pink peace and Ronald Reagan roses.  They are the white/red roses. 

I love using this round vase.
 I like the way the roses look in them.

Let's see what this season will bring in my garden.
Have a wonderful Fall or Spring
I know a few of my blog friends in Australia will be enjoying Spring now.

"Autumn is a second spring, where every leaf's a flower."
-Albert Camus 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Projects Using "The French Country" Paper

Those hot days that we had here in Southern California all I could do was indoor projects. I brought out my favorite paper pad by DCWV called "The French Country Stack". 

A few months ago I purchased at Target a few jars.  One of them I posted a while ago adding my dried lavender and roses, HERE.

These two here, I add some of my Grandmothers wooden spools that she had given me a long time ago and some of my dried mini roses from my Summer garden "2014".
I used Martha Stewart Multi-surface acrylic paint called, summer linen.  

Using some of the papers to cover the top.

I did not want to cover the lid too much so I went with a simple grosgrain ribbon and twine.  I added a tag to journal.

 I did not want to cover up the papers so I just went very simple on these cards.
The sentiments are the Penny Black clear set called "gratitude".  The rose stamp is a 2003 Stampin Up wood stamp.  I used my markers to color rose stamp using  American Craft marker called "blush" and Tombow marker #098.  These are water base markers. I inked the Spellbinder lacy circle die using a soft green chalk ink and followed up with my gold leaf pen. 

 The butterfly is a Papertrey Ink die.  The "just a little note" stamp is a Stampendous wood stamp.

 Merci is a wood stamp by A Muse Artstamps. The decorative tape is a Martha Stewart that I just found at the Dollar Tree store. I believe the label die is a QuicKutz  die.    


 The Mother's day stamp on the left is a Hero Arts and the other is a Stampin Up.

 I made some paper pockets using lunch bags.
Four note cards with envelopes fit perfect.
I used the same rose stamp but in one color to stamp all over the pocket.
A belly band and added a die cut flower (tattered floral die by Tim Holtz)

I made some a while ago HERE, using brown paper bags for Fall.

With some of the scraps I made another Framed Christmas tree.
Here are two more, HERE 

I also used some of the left over fabric to make another tea pot.
Here is another one that I made HERE.

Thanks for your visit and have a Wonderful Day!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Garden Week No.# 28

I can't believe we will be saying "good-bye" to Summer.
Autumn begins September 22nd but Summer for the past week and this week is giving us here Southern California a blast of heat, triple digits.

 Container "Rose Gilardi" roses.

Container variegated germanium

Pope John Paul II - Hybrid Tea rose bush

 Princess de Monaco - Hybrid tea rose tree

 First time bloomer in my yard, "Meidiland"
A beautiful rose bush.  She will have a new home next year. 
She needs to be in a larger area where she can preform better.
The bush produces long branches (photo below) with beautiful clusters of roses, as you can see in the top photo.

 The chilies look hot but they are not.  The taste like sweet bell peppers.
Too much watering we were told by other gardeners

The summer squash is a "cocozelle".  I try not to let them get to large.  This is the largest you want them go grow.  The larger they grow the tougher the skin and not as tasty. About 3" they are at their best.

The cosmos brights are almost at their end but they are producing plenty of food for the yellow finches that visit my garden.

Autumn Splendor roses

 Tuscan Sun roses

 Sunset Celebration roses

 Pink Confection JAcute mini rose bush
Doing very well
I just love the tiny buds.
So sweet
and it produces beautiful clusters also
I have one in the ground and one in a container

 Ronald Reagan Rose - Hybrid tea
 My favorite in the rose area, Yves Piaget - Hybrid tea

 I have mentioned that I am planning on a "cut flower" garden for next year.

 But, when I walk into my kitchen and I see this bouquet of roses I realize how much I love roses and would love to grow more.
I have received my new seed catalogues and made my list of flowers for next year. 
Maybe a couple more roses and a tiny cut flower garden? 
We will see.

I was happy with my summer garden and I can't wait for next year.

Thank you for stopping by.
Wishing you a wonderful day!