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Oh Happy Day! and Remember the Journal Cover??

Yes, its a happy day in my world.  If you've read my posts about the major reconstruction of my street (plus water and sewer lines), you know I've been living in a construction site for a few months now.  The major work on my block started September 1st, but for some farther along, it has been a very long haul.  Anyways, I'm pleased to say that yesterday the missing half of my driveway was re-poured, and today - paving!!!!

A Few of My Favorite Things - Technical Stuff and Another Experiment

And a few of my favorite things are, in no particular order . . . . . 

* my Juki sewing machine

* zen tangles

* mandalas

* detailed work

(and of course my dog, a stoneware goblet full of red wine, a good book, "Grace & Frankie" to list but a few,  but we're talking quilting here today).

So what happens when you combine zen tangles, mandalas, and a plain white quilt sandwich? 

Spritz and Scribble!

I know . . . . I've been missing for a while.  Let me just say that if you really want to spend a week in bed, one quick way to accomplish it is to pick up a window air conditioner and twist the wrong way.  Did you know that even driving around curves in the road can be painful?  And there are a LOT of curves in the road between me and my doctor.  Anyways, all is well now, and I've spent the whole day today in my studio!

Hello New Guest, and I Have a Driveway Again!

The dogs from my last post have been adopted and moved on to their Forever Home, and they were quickly followed by this little sweetheart . . . 

Meet Sasha, the 9 year old Cocker Spaniel who's just a cute as a button!  She's also a foster Dog and very sweet.  As I write this, she's snoring on the floor behind me.  Guess that walk was a bit much!

Guests, and the Road to Minimalizing, Weeks 6 & 7

I've had a couple of visitors this past week or so.  That's Buddy in front, and his sister Lilly behind.  I'm a dog foster parent for Elder Dogan organization that assists elder people and their elder dogs.  When things happen and the dogs can no longer remain in their home, Elder Dog will assist by placing them in foster care (that's ME! - along with many others), until a forever home is found.  Bud & Lilly will be moving on to their forever home very soon.  

A Blue and Cream Finish, and a Construction Update and Minimalism Week 6

I finished this Double Sized New York Beauty yesterday.  Its a custom order for a good customer, and I'll list it on Ebay when she decides if its The One for her.  (When I do custom orders, nothing is final until I have approval;  if the customer loves them, great!, but if not, I'll list them on Ebay for anyone.)  Of course I had to run it over to show my neighbour Helen, who is another avid quilter, and she gave it the thumbs up!

The Road to Minimalism - Week 3

Week Three of the Minimalism Project:

Step 1:  Kitchen Cupboards!  Seriously, what does one person need with 12 dinner plates?  Especially since, in the interest of losing some weight, I haven't used anything bigger than a salad plate for the last 3 years.  No, it isn't helping with the weight, but I have learned to make some seriously good salads!  Result:  3 boxes packed up for the Salvation Army Thrift Store.  Benefit - empty shelves!!

The Road to Minimalism - Week 2

There's a bargello on the design wall this week!  Can you say "exercise in frustration"??  I've done bargellos many times before . . . . . but maybe this is why I quit??

Anyways, Week 2 of my Minimalism Project:

Step 1.  clean out bathroom vanities.  Result - empty drawers!  Benefit - no risk of poisoning myself with cold meds that expired in 2010!  And there were lots of them . . .

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