Monday, October 20, 2014

OBX: Day 1

 First thing Wilson did was secure ...
The front upper deck with plastic fencing.   We can leave the westies
out there unsupervised.  This is their spot to watch what's going on in
the vacation 'hood'.  They would sleep out there if we let them.
 What a nice surprise we had this morning - a mini rainbow.  
 Our view of the ocean between the houses.  As I type this
post I'm listening to the ocean waves crash on the beach.

 Watching and waiting for man, dog, or wild creature!
Julep & Derby will need a vacation from the vacation.
No morning nap, no afternoon nap ... they don't want to miss a thing.
For lunch we put them in the car and drove to
Five Guys Burgers.  We cracked the back windows and
they had their little noses working all the way taking
in the different smells.  Happy westies they are!
 Now Deck #2 is okay to let them out on but I do
keep one eye on them while I'm sewing.

 I did see Derby push his entire head through the
pickets trying to smell or look at something. 
 Now Deck #3 they can't go out on since it has a set
of steps down to the lower level.  We didn't bring anything
to block that off which is ok because they have enough space.
Well that's it for Day #1 in beautiful, sunny and slightly warm
Duck.  I'm going off to do a little sewing before we head out to 
try a new restaurant [for us] tonight for dinner.  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

My Bags Are Packed!

 Vacation time is finally here and our bags are packed
and we're ready to head out the door early Sunday morning.
 Between getting the house ready I had my
mind set on getting the 4 Frozen quilts done before we left.
 I hate to have unfinished projects waiting for my return.

 Of course the westies had to inspect what I just finished.

 I caught Derby just as he was getting up to run after Julep.
He looks a little drunk!
 The Bernina is going on a road trip to the beach.
So the next blog post will be from our rental home
'Life is Good' on Old Duck Beach Road in the
 beautiful town of Duck, North Carolina.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Frozen Quilts ... and ... Flannel Sacks for Rescue

 I've been busy working on 'Frozen' quilts.
 So far I've made one Olfe quilt.  I think this one will be going
out to Cole [our grandson in California] for Christmas.  Unless
he's not into the 'Frozen' thing.
 I also have 3 panels with Elsa and Anna which are all 
basically designed like this one.  I have one more to quilt that I'm
working on using 9-1/2" blocks [which include the Duke of Weselton].
I could take that with me on vacation to finish.  I also have enough
fabric to make each quilt a matching pillowcase.  Can I say
I've had enough of the 'Frozen' theme unless I happen to
get the 7 panels I have on back-order [which I hope they
forgot about].  Normally I would cancel the order but I 
forgot who I ordered them from!
Julep tests the small flannel blankets made with leftover scraps. 
Hands, Hearts & Paw small breed rescue in Omaha,
Nebraska likes me to make small sleeping bags for their
sick dogs.  I've made them out of fleece before but I suggested
to Karen we try flannel.  They can also be inserted into the
fleece bags during the extreme winter months.
My friend Chris {from Bayside Quilters} was kind enough to
donate some of her flannel for me to use for this project.
Since I don't waste an inch of fabric I was able to make a few
 'odd' size blankets which I know will go to good use.
A special thanks to Chris for sharing your flannel fabric.  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gifts From Helen

 Gifts from Helen are like gifts from heaven.
Fancy Neck Scarves 
Helen and I are blog friends & we share our talents from time
to time.  Here are the latest goodies I received in Helen's 'care package'.
 Beautiful and warm scarves ... we're ready for winter.
 Two baby size blankets.  I really love the combination of
blue with dark chocolate brown and am thinking of keeping
it just because I like it so much.  The other items will be
donated to various westie rescue groups for fund raising.
 For the American Girl doll ... ice skating dresses.
 Fancy hair clips made just for Kaitlyn.
They're on the way to California along with one of the AG dresses.
 My mom gave me two skeins of yarn to send to Helen.
 Helen sent them back to me in the form of a throw.
Helen is also very creative in 'paper art' ... she has sent
me her custom cards before and I've used them all with great pleasure.
To see what Helen is creating today please visit her blog site at:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Who's Here

 Who's here?
 This time of year there are squirrels gathering nuts
 as well as birds who fly into our windows.
As you can see by Derby's tail ... they are on high alert.
 Convinced the perimeter is secure it's now
time to rough-house before a mid-afternoon nap.
Have a great day and thanks for popping in.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Meet Yasmine

 Here is the note I received from the "Make A Wish" representative:

Here's a picture of Yasmine that the "Make A Wish"
Foundation interviewed. She's 6 and lives in Easton.
 Yasmine is still in treatment for myeloid
leukemia at John Hopkins. 

She happened to LOVE monkeys and held the quilt
 the whole time she was interviewed.
She wouldn't even unfold it as she wanted to
 do that at bedtime!!  This quilt put
a huge smile on her face!!  
The second quilt I donated to the "Foundation"
will be given to another little girl next week.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

... There are thrill seekers ... Then there are ...

 There are thrill seekers then there
are crumb seekers.
 Every morning Wilson has one piece
of toast with his cup of Starbucks.
 Since he uses a napkin to hold his
toast there are always crumbs that
fall off and land on the sofa.
Our dear Julep has figured this out
and after Wilson gets up to re-fresh
his coffee Julep aka "our little
crumb-er" goes to work.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Sharing The Talent of Others: Bayside Quilters October Meeting

 Derby needs a grooming which is scheduled for next week.
We'll be leaving for the Outer Banks soon ... for a little vacation time.
 Sharing the vast talent of the member portion called 'show and tell'
at the Bayside Quilters October meeting.

 The snow globe was done via machine embroidery.

Bayside Quilters
Image Printing and Transfer
Lesley Riley, Guest Lecturer 
Learn how to successfully print or transfer your photos and artwork to fabric.
This demo-lecture will demystify the variety of transfers you can do
 with TAP Transfer Artist Paper. Lesley will demonstrate and discuss preparing
 photos for fabric printing and transfers as well as the pros and cons
 of various transfer methods, printers and inks.

I learned a lot of useful information from this lecture so
now this process of transferring photo's to fabric
is on my 'to do list' for 2015.