Friday, December 8, 2017


Hello, everyone.

Here is a small view of a rare event: snow falling in the Rio Grande Valley. The snow is now sticking on frangipani leaves, grass, and the newly plowed field. We will enjoy the moment as it will melt soon.

Happy Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
This is the patronal feast of the United States: the title under which a saint in heaven, in this case Mary the mother of Jesus, is the patroness of the nation. This is separate from the title, Our Lady of Guadalupe, under which Mary is the patroness of all of the Americas together.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Returning to those gifts from the birdies

Hello, everyone.

The little birdie gifts have been in pots for a little while now and are doing fairly well...I still don't have a really good idea what kinds they are, other than some rough generalities.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

I think she doesn't like the weather change coming

Hello, everyone.

The weather is supposed to change this evening.

I think Kitty doesn't like the prospect. It's supposed to be in the fifties and dropping (Fahrenheit) tomorrow, and colder yet on Thursday. Winter has finally deigned to arrive.

On another note, the angel gifts are done:

This was actually a Pinterest post, too. It is a small purse for a young girl. These particular ones depart a little from the lady's pattern: I put piping into the seams and used premade ruffle instead of pleating a piece of quilting muslin for the ruffle. And I lined them all in poly satin. They are loaded, of course, with the kinds of things young ladies like to receive.

There will likely be some more of these made, possibly with a slight change in the shape (the curves are a little nerve-wracking to sew) and maybe even with an internal pocket or a zipper closure. We shall see! (Stash busting for the win! Except for a small supplement to the interfacing supplies, everything in these little beauties was from the stash.)

Approximate width of the bag, 9 inches. The little handles were cut to 14 inches long before the attachment to the bag.

I dearly hope my little angels like their gifts!

Monday, December 4, 2017

It's been a very busy week

Hello everyone.

The busy isn't finished yet, either.

I did get some Christmas prep done around the house, though.

I recapped the Pinterest idea that was tried last year--added a couple more balls--and it still looks good. (I love a way to use up some ivory tulle!) As there is a picture in the post from last year, and I hadn't made a "save for web" version of this year's one, y'all can look at the photo from last year. It's pretty much the same, and hanging from the same light fixture too.

 Below the hanging collection of gold balls, a table runner that was made last year and something new. The greenery is two pine picks from Hobby Lobby, with a few of the fair sized collection of itty-bitty ornaments we have. The dangling blue and cream star was made from instructions in Bead and Button magazine December 2010 issue (goes to a back issue sale listing), using Delicas and 15 count rocailles and a cabochon instead of the suggested rivoli center. (Those from Fire Mountain Gems.)
The green version, which is on the other side of the little "tree" on the table.

There was also a white version made, but the photo didn't come out. It's on the main tree in front of a light bulb, and the light illumines the translucent beads wonderfully. In person. The camera looked at it and decided to focus on another thing entirely! Oh well.

As the busy time is not over yet--got to finish little gifts for my little angels before their party!--I will cut this post off here.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Projects in process

Hello, everyone.

There was mention of things in progress a couple of weeks or so ago, and then no information appeared. Today there is a moment to catch up on them.

The rosary in progress. Using up the purple wire!
 This is the purple-ish rosary that's being worked on right now. It's a maybe whether the purple wire will last out the strand, actually. It might end up with a segment of green wire toward the end.

A trivet pad. 
This trivet was started as a way to check out round quilting with the walking foot. I used a variegated thread spool that was around--still plenty on that actually--and it really seems to have worked out well. Only needs a binding now.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The little corner of time between Thanksgiving and Advent

Hello, everyone.

I hope all of my US readers had a happy Thanksgiving.

That "little corner" of the title is a week long this a couple of days. (For my international readers, Thanksgiving Day is always on a Thursday. And, of course, Advent begins on a Sunday.)

We had most of the gang in house for the feast--moved the grandparents' table into the largest room and put in *all* the leaves--even had an extra guest. It was great. And as this was the first time the new graduate and the newly completed graduation quilt were in the same place, she received her quilt.

I used a new (to me) way of binding on this one. I made the double folded straight grain strip and pieced the sections with a bias seam, and then sewed it onto the back of the quilt. Then pulled the folded edge onto the front, pinned it down, and machine sewed it in place on the front. It went fairly well and was a lot quicker than the old way. Plus the corners are all mitered.

As the fabric was almost all from stash, that means much of it was from and some was from Hobby Lobby. The binding is plain black Kona cotton.

Friday, November 17, 2017

More from Estero Llano Grande

Hello, everyone.

As promised, some more pictures from our visit to Estero Llano Grande this week.

There were a number of butterflies. This one was willing to pose:

We walked back to the alligator pond, passed the first part, and went to the viewing platform at the end. No gator in sight that day!

Silhouetted against the cloud, part of the flock of pelicans. (More are above them, but they blend in with the sky.) They were wheeling around in an updraft before settling down for a late-morning rest.