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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

How Can It Be?

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That this colorful caterpillar with it's bold orange with black accents...
becomes this moth?  
[picture daughter, who videoed jelly fish today ]
becomes one similar to that orange one.  
The link will take you to Bug Guide and 2 whole pages of this caterpillar in it's adult phase.
Mother Nature is amazing.
Flannel on the back, a holey pillowcase. I don't usually use the heavy flannel, so why this time?  I was looking for heavier textures.

Friday, September 22, 2017

So Far In September

The birds are a pair of Junko's. The bee's are...bee's?
I was going to add the name of the yellow flower, but I have forgotten. 
Moving on....the trailer has moved back home.  We were trying to sell it.
The truck is a rental, we were able to sell the truck right away.
Again, moving on...a back hoe tractor was brought into the neighborhood to prepare a lot for a new manufactured home! This beast  ripped apart the old metal trailer in giant bites.
On Friday, the 15th, 3 family members went to the airport.
On he way was a stop at Denny's for an early dinner.
Dan, Grandpa, and our daughter Ashley, with her daughter Rhiley, were going to Las Vegas for the wedding of our youngest daughter, Stephanie, the College Girl.
Gpa with Grands, in the plane, and waiting for the plane
 Views from Las Vegas,
Of things IN Las Vegas, and environs!
The sharks were in a tank you can walk thru, via a tunnel. 
Before the wedding, some got to ride IN a limo!
Bride[before dressing] and Groom, Groom and FlowerGirl, and in the limo
Here in Washington, we watched the ceremony on tv, via the wedding chapel. 
Ashley's other 2 girls, Avery and Devyn, were here to watch with me. 
They had ice cubes and apple slices. 
On the tv, if you enlarge the picture, you can see the lobby of the venue. [That reception wasn't to bad, but on The Terrace, where the kids were married, the video was poor, but better than nothing!]
My MIL took this pic after the ceremony.
Mr. and Mrs.

I did not go to LV because I prefer not to fly.
I have barely done any stitching.  I need to change that!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Circles, Neighbors, Caterpillars....

My design wall in the sewing room doesn't have a fabric cover over the foam insulation, that's why there is silver glaring back at you.
Anyway...that is the current state of Circles. Not arranged at all, with 2 of the panels at the top folded in half.  Stay tuned....
Neighbors.  We have this gentleman, and his wife, moving back into the 'hood. [long story]  Well this guy is a doer. Today he was 'doing' a bit of tree trimming. His son helps him.  Talk about a really cool gadget to have!  And I am not talking about the riding mower. Did I mention this guy is 80 something??
And this brings me to the Caterpillar.  Am trying to figure out who it is in it's next life. For now I will admire it as is.
Other stitching's.  I put this together one afternoon. I call it "Girl". 
For now. Not finished.
I found this Bug pencil drawn on a scrap of white in a box of gifted fabrics, from a few years ago. I finally decided where to use it, so I stitched on the pencil lines, and will give it beady eyes.
Then I will attach her to this piece of in-progress whimsy.
Working title for this is "house."

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Circles 13, 14 and 15 And More

I was loading the camera card and noticed the last 3 panels of the Circle Project. Humm.....seems I forgot to post them.  
I went outside the box on this last one.  
Now I need to put them up on the wall and arrange. 
But first...I had a Family Get Together to get through.
I am not a natural hostess person, I stress about it, a lot.
But I really enjoyed having all my children, and their spouses*, and their children here. You can enlarge the pic.  One niece is getting a bit big for her aunties lap, but her cousin fits just right. Whereas, her baby sister fits in her cousins lap,just right.  2 cousins were busy playing elsewhere, so only 4 of my 6-pack are in the pix. 

The eclipse. 8/21/2017 
Most of my pix of it are like this, so I might as well include the dog, Page.

* Ashley is going to point out that her spouse was not there. 
So I will beat her to it. He had to work.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Monday, August 07, 2017

Circles Beyond 10

So my circles project was up to number 10 last post. 
Which makes these #'s 11 and 12.
I have 4 more cut "panels" and then....? I think this one is going to need a full sized design wall to figure things out.
In other local news....we have had high temps, record high temps, and hazy skies. Winds came in from the east for a change and brought the smoke from wildfires burning in British Columbia. 
I admit I got tired of the daily orange sun set pix plastered all over local FB.
 We could smell the smoke the first couple of days, so I stayed indoors keeping my asthma company. Bah.
Last nights moon was rather interesting you can tell by these wonderful pix I was able to get....
 And can see the haze in this pic of a tree.
I thought I saw something up in the tree....zoom in with camera....huh, guess not.
Stephanie went to try on her wedding you can see from the smile, she is happy with it, but I can't show you the dress itself.
 How hot was it?  Agent 006 was finally content in front of the fan.
She doesn't like it hot.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

More Circles

Gah....these are fun!  I must admit I have miscounted the panels. 
Oh well, no biggy.
Got wild with the last one here...cut one outer circle and  wove through.
This was a gift for the bday girl, Rhiley, #3, now 8, from a Flower Lady her mama and grandpa help out now and then. 
Of course there were color books for all 3 sisters.
Rhiley carried the vase around like it was a favorite doll.
Avery is now Cast Free! 
{her first comment was, "now I can ride my bike easier", and both parents had to nix that idea for the moment. But really soon Avery, you can ride like the wind!}
Her growth plates have growth back together! 
With the weather forecast for the next week, she will be glad she can get in the pool!...Any. Pool.
And the last birthday of the month goes to.....our daughter-in-law!!
Happy [i know this is late] Birthday sweetie!!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Circles,Cars,Casts,Coastlines...oh my

Circles 3 and 4, above, and 5 and 6,  below. 
I am leaving gaps to add more Circles once all the blocks are stitched together.
Another one gone.  This one almost made it to 300,000 miles!
Avery's(#4) BLUE cast. This one to replace the red one that got soaked, while playing in the pool. Yes it was wrapped up in plastic, but....Just as well, according to the cast-putter-on-er, the first one was too big, put on while her arm was still too swollen.  Only a few more days until this blue one gets removed!
BTW, she is holding a rock they found in Tacoma. Painted rocks are a fun hobby, to make and hunt for around here.
In fact, these are some Avery and her mama made last week! 
Love the Minion Avery made.
A very typical scene to be found here in the Pacific NW. The was was once a dam. Not sure if this is a 'salmon' creek, but it sure is a lovely spot on a hot day!
Two of our grands, #1 and #2, got to camp out on the coast, with their mama, cousin and other grandmother. I love this shot of them. 
Meg and Lily are on either side of their yellow hooded mama. 

 Now all 3 of our children are home owners!! This is our CollegeGirl, 
Stephanie and her soulmate Ozzie, and his pet human, Bobby.
When they pulled up the carpet in the bedrooms, look what they found!!!
REAL wood floors.  YES!
And today is another Birthday in our family.
#3 is now 8!!
Happy Birthday Rhiley!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Deer and Circles

We have had a visitor. We heard an owl one evening. Robins are helping themselves to the blueberries, they don't eat many. A raccoon has been sighted also, but not by me. I love summer!
This is the sort of pix you get when your camera batteries are "exhausted."
You can't zoom in. But you can coax the camera into taking a few more shots. One. At. A. Time. 
The Daily Patch project has been on hold due to the warmer days. Now that it is a whole cloth, it fills my lap.
But I have made visible progress on the Circles.

I found some rather fun woodsy prints in the novelty bucket, but have only pulled out the more serious prints.
For now I am just invisible-basting them down. Raw edges. More stitching will be added when I layer the fabrics.

Got to see all 6 of my pack. But took not a single picture. [no camera]
Even Ashley forgot to take pix, she just enjoyed herself!
The occasion?
2 birthdays that are the 19th, but the 2 won't be together that day.
So an early "party" was a must.
Happy Birthday my first born son!
Happy Birthday my second born granddaughter!
I love you this much