I received my pincushion package the other day, it was chock full of goodies from my partner Carol,aka mamacjt at Flickr! Look at all this loot! 2 fabulous pincushions- a big prince of a frog named Frank and a beautiful wristlet flower pincushion along with some decorative pins that look like cakes and desserts. Also, a box of Jelly Bellies that are drink flavored, and a bunch of prom queen stuff, since Carol was worried that I felt left out because I never went to an actual prom. Aw, isn't she sweet? She even wrote a fairy tale about it. She sent me a Prom Queen sash and a tiara, cool! And of course, the Prom King, Frank. LOL The Fairy Tale is a hoot to read and it's very clever. It incorporates the names of so many Flickr friends, it's just wonderful.
Frank is a chunky fellow, he has a wonderful feel to him and he's gigantic!
Thanks so much for being a fun swap partner, Carol!
Now on to vacation stuff-
(to see this better, click on the link below)
While in TX, my friends took me to a fun quilt shop called The Nimble Thimble, in Tyler. As I was waiting to have some fabric cut, a lady came in with a really pretty quilt top that she had made for her granddaughter. This is the pattern she started with, above. It's called the "You Are Everything" quilt and it's from Lizzie B Cre8tive. We all just loved it- my friends came over to see what was going on- one was reading a book on her iPad and the other had her Kindle Fire, they don't sew or quilt, but they enable me to buy more fabric and patterns by cheerfully driving me there, coming inside, carrying bolts, offering suggestions, etc. I just love those 2 ladies! Lisa and Jennifer, you rock!
Anyway, the lady needed a backing and binding and I'm happy to say that we all got to be involved in that process and I think we guided her nicely. :) She really appreciated the help. And when we saw her block in the bottom corner that had a red pig and said "the sooey to my Razorback", that struck up a whole new conversation because her granddaughter and I both live in Arkansas. So this quilt can be personalized! I want to make a sarcastic one, with things like "you are the thorn in my side" or "the pain in my ass", "the shark in my ocean", "the salt in my wound", "the knife in my back", etc. LOL Hey, I could make it for my Flickr buddy Kimmie!
I had a wonderful time in TX at my friends Jennifer and Charles' house. Our friend Lisa came up, too, from southern Louisiana with her little puppy, Charlie and he was just a delight. He really entertained us and made us laugh even more than we already would. He was so full of beans and he was FAST, running in circles, digging in some freshly turned dirt, getting filthy in the process. Turned out, some fish carcasses had been buried in that garden and he was on the hunt for fish bones. When told, my husband said he had a future as a cadaver dog! lol That was so funny. Charlie is a terrier of some sort and weighs about 10 pounds. I can just picture him working next to the big dogs!
Now I'm home and on a crusade to clean our house, it really needs a thorough deep-cleaning as we have company coming soon and we also need it just because I'm tired of looking anywhere in the house and seeing a mess. So I'll be busy doing that, until I can't stand it anymore. This is what I get for going and staying in immaculate houses!
We went to our friends Blakeley and Sylvia's Open House at their shop, Wilson & Wilson Folk Art Co. in Eureka Springs a couple of weeks ago, and we got these 2 wonderful blackbirds! They look great on our mantle along with all their other animals. I just love their work! These are an early birthday present from my sweet husband. We got a cardinal last year that is to die for.
And these are the pincushions I made for our swap- a trash can with a removable lid and storage inside, and a "cardboard" box for pins. Inside the lid is a removable tape measure. The trash can is my own pattern, I made it up as I went along. It's made from felted wool and Timtex. The box is cotton fabric, stuffed with ground walnut shells.
I also made the snail from a Vanilla House pattern and shrunk it way down to be pincushion size. Partner liked the trash can more, though, so I get to keep the snail!
Our clematis (2 plants) is blooming wonderfully this year!
Have a great weekend everybody! Thanks for plowing thru all the photos, I should blog more often and make these posts shorter, sorry about that. I just never feel like I have much to say so I put it off until I suddenly have too much!