Friday, May 3, 2013

What did you do at 3 am this morning???

As you all know, I am an early riser....okay, I am up before dawn most every day. When I get up, I sometimes just watch a movie  and have a cup of tea..... but sometimes I must do something...
out came my fabric circle cutter, needle and thread and 2 yo-yo makers.... and this is what happened. I wish I could tell you exactly where I found the idea for this. All I can say is that it was one of those early mornings that I visited blogs/web sites or the like in the wee hours. My diagram and notes for this prove it. Apologies if I am not giving credit where it is due.  An no, she does not have a face as I am not sure what "my angels" faces look like. Yesterday...what did we do? Oh yses I remember...while Mr H ran into Basha's for something, I ran into the Quilt Shop...
I could not resist this Moda sale.  Pre-cut 6 inch squares and matching fabric....and before you ask, I do know exactly what it will become. It was Mr H's idea I browse there while he was busy! That will teach him to send me off....
And if that was not enough happiness for the day, my Nordic Needle package arrived....
Just look at these luscious colors.... and they are for the first of the Alphabet Dolls... hopefully I will get to start it in a couple of days....just need a few extra hours in my day, no errands to run and not get tired..now I ask you,  is that really too much to ask for? Today is my lesson #2 with Debra for tatting. I have been practicing and really look forward to this afternoon. Debra kindly gave me a catalog for tatting supplies... I can blame her for enabling me to shop! I really prefer to buy all supplies locally, but I have not been able to find much in the way of tatting. Did you hear that The Attic has moved? Yes, and they will soon re-open not too far from where there were.... looking forward to visiting the new location. By now you must be wondering about the Quails... they have been here and there as well as another family. The bunnies are getting plentiful.... and there is a new.... yes, a new nest of House Finches. This one is in our hanging plant out in front where L&J's nest is. No eggs yet, but Mr H is not too happy to having another one of his plants whither! Oh well-------I will try for an updated finch picture.
That is about it for today my friends. Thank you for the kind words and taking the time to stop and chat. Have a wonderful day....

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Progress

Some days I feel like I really can do anything. I think I am making progress....
okay, I know what you are thinking... she could not use a shuttle now she is using 2...count them, 2 at once! My progress is showing. I have 2 different threads ....the green shuttle is DMC size 8 and the yellow is Lizbeth size 20. The pattern is the same. Just doing rings with picots....for now. Looking forward to Friday for lesson 2 with Debra
We had a relaxing quiet Monday...so I stitched...
 this will be a bunch of violets.... several shades of pink and purple. I am stitching on 18 count miscellaneous white. It is not my favorite piece of fabric as it is stiff, but I thought it would work well for the candle stand opening...it is 5 x 7. The pattern is from Sudberry which is the company for the stand.  
Hard to believe that this is the last day of April. Just where are these months going? I feel like parts of them are a blur.  It must be that age thing...loosing things! What I do know is that it is hot already here in Arizona. We hit the first 100 temp day on Sunday...yesterday it was 102...today will be cooler at 99! Summer is here...... Mr H ordered the remote starter for the car..... any day now. I have always had one on my cars and I do miss it. Nothing like getting a minute of air conditioning before getting into a car that sits out in the heat for several hours. Back East it was to melt the ice and snow.
 By the way, there is a new blogger...Tiny from Tiny Cotton Kisses...visit and welcome her to our creative world. Thank you for visiting and for the kind words and emails...they are most appreciated.
 I am off to work today.... whatever your plans, hope you have a great day.
*****note***** if you missed yesterday's post, I put my FB link to a short video of our Quail babies....check it out.

Monday, April 29, 2013

You must have been a beautiful baby.....

Babies...yes I have pictures.....
This is the hanging geranium plant that Mr H hung for our neighbors L&J....this is where Mr & Mrs House Finch made their nest and this is what is there now...
okay, only a mother finch can love them...but they are cute. There are 4 as near as we can tell. Not wanting to disturb them too much, I took a quick picture while the parents yelled at me from the tree. Mr H monitors checks on them every few days when the parents leave the nest. This was my first look at them since they hatched.... Mr H is almost as protective as Mrs House Finch. I guess they figure with a seed bag hanging in the tree and a bird bath right there, this was a good nesting spot. This is the first Spring that this set up is here as well as the first time we hung a plant for  L&J who are in their 90's. Are you ready for the quails....it is not the best camera video, but it is okay. I am still getting used to using it. The problem is zooming in and staying steady... oh alright, I will show you...
here is the link to my FB page and the video...
https://www.facebook.com/grace.piccirillihorton?ref=tn_tnmn
One egg was left behind and not hatched. Remember yesterday when I said they were being more noisy than usual, well when I posted I looked out to see them.
I have been practicing my tatting so Debra will want to teach me more.....and I am working on my candle stand piece...I will take a picture and post it tomorrow.  Do you ever think you just do not have enough time to do all that you want to do...of course you do... silly me for thinking I was the only one! I am heading out to the lanai with my needlework basket and cup of coffee....so glad you stopped by today. Thank you for the kind words....have a great day.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

daytrip yesterday....

Mr H decided to ride to Superstition Mountains yesterday ... Apache Junction area.
It was a nice day and the ride is about 1 1/2 hours.....
This is where the Lost Dutchman mine is suppose to be.  No one has ever found it and a few have died trying or have need rescue because they got lost. I just love the history around and about Arizona.... I know all states have history. Mr H is reading Arizona Adventure written by state historian, Marshall Trimble. This is volume 1 and I will get volume 2 and 3 next. What a jump in reading for Mr H... last book was about the Roman
empire. 
I finally was able to snatch a couple of pictures of the Mr & Mrs Quail ......
at this very moment they are calling to one another to switch places. Mr H thinks one of the eggs has hatched. He was able to peek in briefly yesterday but we need to be careful not to spook the parents or they will abandon the eggs. Still trying to see the finches out front. I am sure any day I will hear these little quail and will try to capture a picture.
I have practicing with my shuttle.... I am so slow with the maneuvering of it! I actually know when it is not right so that is an improvement. I am so happy we could spend some time together.... but I must get the laundry into the dryer and then take my needlework basket out to the lanai...too nice to stay inside.... but, as it is 7 am and the temp is 74, the prediction is for the temp to be 100 today....now is the time to go out there...will be too warm later. I think I will wait until these birds get settled first or I will not be able to shuttle!  It seems to be taking longer today. Hope your day is just wonderful. Thank you for the kind words.....
16 days until The Brother arrives.