August 19, 2014

Granny Square Afghan Is Finished.

I finished it last night and I took this picture, but it is so big I couldn't find a decent place to lay it out.  I might have gotten a better picture outside on the deck but it was raining.  This is 80 - 8" granny squares joined together bordered with four rounds of single crochet.  Anyway, it has to be washed and packed then I can take it to the post office on Friday, on it's way to it's new home.  I hope the sister-in-law likes it.

Now I can finished the daughter's quilt.  I have the backing washed, it has to be ironed and I have to finish the blocks to piece the back.  I should have the back put together by Saturday.  I ordered the batting yesterday and I'll have that next week.

I also ordered this pretty fabric to make custom headrest covers for my new car.  The interior is basic black so I thought I would jazz it up a little with some headrest covers made with a pretty fabric.

And I also bordered the backing/binding fabric (solid pink) for my next quilt project.  I'm going to make an irish chain using white solid squares and the pink and green rose floral prints in the 9 patches.  That quilt project will be for me.

August 18, 2014

I Won A Hand Crank Singer On Ebay Last Night

I won this machine from an ebay seller last night.  I've been wanting a hand crank machine for a few months now and I finally had some extra money to bid on one.  I can't wait to get it.

Almost Finished With My Granny Square Afghan

I'm working on the last border round.  I should be done tonight and I will share it here.

Right now I'm trying to think of a name for my new car.  Saturday I went to look at the Kia Soul and found a beautiful 2015 with my name on it.  I love my new car.  I've been buying Toyotas for the last 20 years but they stopped making the Matrix and I couldn't find another Toyota model I liked as well, so I traded in my almost 9 year Toyota Matrix for a new Kia Soul.  I also wanted to buy a car from a woman salesperson and my local Toyota dealership doesn't have any women on it's sales staff.  So I checked with the local Kia dealership because the Soul was number one on my list of replacements and they do have a woman on their sales staff (maybe more) and the General Manager is also a woman.  A very smart woman.  I actually worked with the General Manager because the lady I had an appointment with was busy with another buyer. I'm looking forward to nine good years with my Kia Soul, to be named soon.

Edited to Add:  New car is now named.   Pretty penny.   (As in, this car costs a  . . .).

August 13, 2014

Time To Finish My Granny Square Afghan and Quilt

   I pulled out the crocheted granny squares I made in May and put them together in 10 rows of 8 squares.  I'm in the process of crocheting all the rows together.  I timed myself last night and I can put two rows together in an hour.  Next step will be a simple single crocheted border and I'll be done.  I should  have this finished by August 23rd.  I hope I have it finished before that so I can mail it on August 23rd.  It's being sent to my sister-in-law in PA.

   Pics of my progress as of tonight (4 rows put together).

    I'm alternating sewing two more granny square blocks for the back of the granny square quilt top I finished a couple of weekends ago.  I washed the backing material tonight and that is ready to be ironed and pieced.

   Pictures of the two granny squares I have to sew together for the backing.

August 11, 2014

Painting Plates to Decorate the Kitchen Wall

I've had these plates for almost 10 years and they have been sitting gathering dust in my display cabinet.   I bought them to hang on the wall of the bedroom but I never got around to it.  So I decided to paint them to decorate my kitchen wall and match my pretty new blue/yellow/green dresden plate curtains.  So here are the before and after pictures.  I painted them with acrylic paint without a medium and the paint was very thick and didn't spread very easily.  I'm not familiar with painting so I realized too late that the paint needed to be thinned a little.  This paint job will do for now.  I can repaint them later after I get a medium and make it neater.  I also put a clear coat of Modge Podge on top of the paint so the plates are shiny.  

This plate I painted yellow.

August 8, 2014

Sneak Peek of Embroidery Project

Tonight I'm working on french knots for the birthday embroidery.  Once my french knots are done, the embroidery will be done and I will start working on framing this masterpiece.  I wanted to share a little peek of a couple of areas on the embroidery.   I made the little bumble bee last night and I know the wings are not symetrical but I like it.  The bee was my last major addition to the project.  

Happy 6th Birthday, Wolfgang!!

My chocolate/tan dapple dachshund turned 6 today.  Here's a picture of him while we were playing with on of his favorite toys.  He was extra good today and he got lots of love.

August 6, 2014

Kicking the roosters to the curb, replacing them with cool blue.

I have had a rooster/chicken theme in the kitchen for the last 7 years.  It's time for the feathered fowl to go.   The first step was taking those old ugly curtains down and making the pretty blue/yellow curtains last week.  By the way, those curtains are just perfect.  They look pretty from the outside and they give me lots of privacy because the fabric is doubled.  I can't decide which design element I like the best, the ties sewn on each panel for self-tiebacks or the double sides so I can see the pretty print when I'm in the back yard.

Next, I'll be painting my ceramic rooster cannisters to match my new blue and yellow curtains.   I found a blog where someone spray painted old ceramic cannisters to update them.  I love the idea, but I'm going to paint mine with a brush because I don't want to mess with taping each piece and I won't have to worry about paint getting into the places I don't want it.  I'm also going to paint the outside of three plain bamboo containers that I use to hold my wooden spoons and utensils.  These containers will definitely brighten up my oh so brown countertops and tile backsplash.  I'm going to do this painting project as soon as I get the paint I ordered from Amazon, hopefully this weekend.  All the rooster/chicken dishes that I have in the kitchen will be put into storage until I have find someone to take them or I haul them to Goodwill.  I have a couple of cabinets with glass doors that had rooster mugs in them but now they will have these blue mugs in them to accent the new colors in the kitchen.

I found these perfectly pretty blue glass coffee mugs (Anchor Hocking) at Walmart today at lunch.  They were $2.50 each, great price, huh?  I bought 4 but I think I might get some more at a later time so I can have lots of blue mugs showing on both shelves of both the cabinets with the glass doors.

Cool blue here I come.

[No real birds were harmed in the typing of this blog post.]

August 3, 2014

Granny Square Quilt Top Is Done

I finished it about 20 minutes ago.  The next step is washing the backing fabric, DD picked out a pretty tea colored muslin for the backing and the binding.  I still need to buy the batting.  That has to wait until my next paycheck.  I'll piece the backing while I'm waiting on the batting and I'll be ready to sandwich when the batting gets here.

August 1, 2014

My New Crafting Motto