Thursday, September 8, 2016

Quilting, crocheting, and Mermaid tails..

Hi folks!! So glad that fall is in the air! It's been hot and humid all summer down here in Florida. Heat index was over 100 most of July and August. I spent my summer going to quilt shops for the 2016 Row By Row Experience, crocheting mermaid tail blankets and a few doilies. I road tripped to NY State for my 35th high school reunion, where I met up with a bunch of folks I haven't seen since, well graduation in 1981. Even though you talk to them on social media, it is always nice to catch up in person. I was able to visit with tons of I haven't seen for 45 years. THAT was wonderful...also a bunch of other cousins I haven't seen since I got married in 1987..and their kids and grandkids. an my only surviving aunt who is 93 years old. Loved every moment!
 I did get some pretty neat quilt rows on my journey, too! My sister in law, Mariah and I, went on an adventure to Glens Falls and Saratoga for a few rows. Mariah swore she saw a sign for Nebraska 15 miles away in our travels...I don't think she kissed her lawn when we got back to the house, but I'm not sure......
   Here's a few shots of some of my adventures.....Oh yes, I even bought a 10' kayak..purple, Of course!!! Have even gotten hubby out on the water to enjoy the scenery....LOVE being on the water...must be my Aquarius sign...

This is the rows I have from the 2015 Row By Row Quilts...I just have to finish putting them together....

All in all, it's been an eventful we are coming back into running season....the Turtle Krawl is on Saturday in Melbourne, Florida. I have to seriously start training as I'm signed up to do 2  half in October, the Lighthouse Loop to Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, the other the Diva Half Marathon in December......then there's the 2nd installment of the Excalibur in Melbourne.....I am doing that 10-miler for the 4 year experience..hoping to better my times, but to get the medals and swag ...a crown after 3 years, and the grail (a silver jewel encrusted goblet) after completing all 4 years.!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Another year, very little said

Hello there out in blog world. Another year has whizzed by and I have neglected my blog. To be truthful, I have been working on my crafts, but very little in 2015. I did take up another hobby, quilting. My boss and friend, Gayle, got me interested with the Row By Row Experience. I spent 6 weeks over the summer travelling around Florida to various quilt shops picking up their patterns .

 It's fun knowing that I can pick up my sewing machine and get it to work like it's supposed to. This is fun and I want to do more!!!

the only problem is quilting takes away from my knitting and crochet. But that's ok, so long as I'm creating something, I'm a happy crafter!
   With Christmas came the frenzied request from my marine son for more crochet and knit hats. He seems to lose them every year, so every year he gets a few more.

And an earflap for my middle son......
Then came the requests for Christmas presents for kids...I cannot say no....these are Sarah Zimmerman's patterns from the Repeat Crafter Me blog
I love her easy to follow and quick to make up!!

And here is a smattering of other things I've done through 2015:

My favorite of these is the Tea Time Doily by my favorite designer, Elizabeth Hiddleson. I love the hearts, especially since I was born on Valentine's day...We've also been renovating our house...painting mostly...and replacing doors. I will post those pictures in my next entry. And then I can get on with and be more creative (hopefully keeping up with my posts, too!) in 2016!!!!! Thanks for looking and hanging in there with me!!!