Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Waterparks

Summer is here and waterparks are an important, fun way to spend a summer day. These pins are from a simple search not a particular board, but you'll see that there are plenty of rides, slides and pools from around the world and everyone makes for great fun.

Blizzard Beach, Disney World Spent a summer on this river. Can't wait to visit it again in June!
Disney World FL

Splash Waterpark. Bali continues to grow and surprise us every time we return. Canggu Club recently opened it’s doors to non-members and launched 4 new major facilities: a waterpark, kids club, indoor trampolines, and 10 pin bowling. Find out how it stacks up against Bali’s other popular attractions. TRAVEL WITH BENDER | Family Travel

Happy Magic Water Cube, Beijing | 31 Ridiculously Cool Water Parks To Visit With Your Kids
Water park with rising/falling interactive aquatic sculpture fountains, in South Bank Centre, London, designed by Danish Jeppe Hein (photo John Spence).

Tantrum Alley, Dubai

Kalahari:  Just visited this week for the first time. This place is awesome. My kids are both 6 and they had a blast. At this age they can do just about everything there. Best indoor water park in Ohio. Great way to beat the winter blues!

Aqua Action Park at Sunny Beach | Bulgaria Connor spent ages just floating round the lazy river
Waterpark & Amusement Park Attractions - Waterville USA, Gulf Shores AL
Gulf Shores AL
So scary that I couldn't look long enough to determine the place!

Summer themed quilts are always fun...

Theme Quilt Patterns - Compare Prices, Reviews and Buy at Nextag

Flip Flop Quilt - I usually like more traditional or modern quilts, not so much the theme type but this is nice (JLT)Jelly Sandwich Quilt

Popsicles...Fig Tree Style

I LOVE this quilt by Fig Tree. She'll be showcasing it at Quilt Market this weekend, which I will be sadly missing... should have timed this baby's due date better LOL.

Patch Abilities Inc. Monthly Minis #6 available at MM607 Beach BallsPretty Little Quilts: Summer Beach Quilt Tutorial (free pattern)

Kim Schaefer –– Charming Wall Quilts All Year 'Round! • 12 seasonal wall quilt projects • Quick and easy-make one for yourself and more for gifts • Transferring appliqué designs is a snap with this ha

Evoke That Summer Feeling With 6 Summertime Quilt Patterns!

Getting ready for some beautiful summer days on the beach I see! Those colorful crabs are darling! #quiltsofinstagram #Repost @desertbloomquilting ・・・ I finished something!!!! It has been a while...Red Rockets quilt pattern: Easy fusible applique is perfect for creating a quick summer wall quilt! This pattern was designed by Margie Ullery.

Images of batik quilts designed by Vicki Stratton, Quilting Time Designs

Flip flop quilt pattern available at Woo Hoo!

Happy Summer! I hope this inspires you to make a summer themed quilt. You can find these and many other on my "heart, quilts" Pinterest board.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

That Crazy Redbird

I can not tell you how many times a day I say those words! "That crazy redbird" is making a mess on every window he attacks. We'll have to pressure wash the house. (Yes, it needs pressure washing already. That's not the point!)

Jenny has been parking just anywhere in the middle of the parking area, which is pretty big. When I asked her why, she said it's because the birds are leaving droppings on her dark paint. It's nasty. This video is mostly for her benefit, but I thought it funny enough to share. Keep in mind that I had to stay inside the studio so as not to scare him and it was showering. Just keep your eye on the side mirror.

Friday, June 23, 2017

"Under the Haystack Fast Asleep" ~~ Finish

I've been on a tear in an attempt to use up some of the blue fabric in the stash. It's beginning to become a burden. Actually it's more like seasickness. But I'm determined. I have one more quilt top complete and ready to go on the long arm for quilting. This one, though, is complete and ready to go to a baby boy.  I'm calling it "Under the Haystack Fast Asleep."

Did you notice the green chair. It's part of the set with this orange chair. 

 For this quarter square log cabin, I decided to make the blocks wonky. Talk about add some movement! It may be the reason that I'm sick of working with the quilts. 

Of course, I could just be sick of the weather. Tropical Storm Cindy is doing her job very well. Thunder rolls with very little time between each burst. The puppies are getting hoarse from barking at the thunder.

And in case the weather and the puppies are not enough to entertain, we have an incessant red bird attacking himself against our windows. Now we get one every year (I wonder if it's a family trait) but those have always chosen one window. This guy will attack any window: the bow window in the living room, the window near the long arm, the kitchen window, the window by the machine. 

Quilt Stats
Name: Under the Haystack Fast Asleep
Size: 40" X 40" 
Fabrics: Variety of blues from stash
Background: n/a
Binding: scrap fabrics left from blocks
Pattern: Wonky Quarter Log Cabin
Quilting: practice quilting / variety of motifs

It's all well and good to have an extra quilt or two for those times when you need one quick, but you know, I needed a little diversion. That said, I made a pincushion. I bought a new ruler--one for making hexies. It allows measurements for 1" to 5" hexies. So I cut out two 5" pieces, sewed around the block, leaving an opening of course. Then turned it right side out and stuffed it with walnut shells. Easy, easy! I didn't quilt it because truthfully I didn't even think about it. How silly is that? (Maybe don't answer that question. hehe)

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pin It Weekly #208

It's been a while since I introduced followers, so I thought that might be a good idea tonight. If you like fashion, you need to visit Mavis White's boards. She has over 17,000 pins on one fashion board alone.  I didn't know there could be that many fashion pins!
New Popcorn Long Chain For Women Chokers Alloy Ball Tassel Pendants Charm Jewelry Accessories Necklaces CE3372

DIGUYAO Fashion Boys Kids Sunglasses Aviator Style Brand Design Children Sun Glasses 100%UV Protection Oculos De Sol Ga

Women Plus Size Big Large Size 3XL 4XL 5XL 6XL Slim T-shirt Solid Fashion Animal Print Loose T-shirt

Blusas Spring Women Blouses Long Sleeve O Neck Hollow Out Casual Slim Fit Shirts Leisure Solid Tee Tops Plus Size

Paula Fanny has a board on sports with just about anything a person would want to pin in that department. 

Sporting Kansas City Girls All Day I Dream About Soccer Tri Blend T-Shirt by adidas

Image result for simone bilesSports quote. Championship.

Lululemon's distraction-free gear is designed for sweaty, hybrid workouts.

Sports pins never apply to me, but I don't want to leave out sports fans.  Let's move on to Priscilla Grays' boards. She has several but the celebrities board caught my eye. Do you recognize them all?

black and white celebrity photographs | Jennifer Aniston Black and White - | Famous People Photos

August 30, 2013  - ELLE.comCelebrities 2013: Highest Paid Actors - Liam Neeson $32 million #celebrity

'Absolutamente todos os dias foram difíceis', diz Leonardo DiCaprio sobre novo filme

List of Tom Cruise characters, ordered from best to worst along with movie trailers when available. These characters are in order of how many times they've been

Did you notice that the men's photos are very "in your face"? I wonder why? Last one: DIY ideas from Fannie Emmy's boards. I hope my kids don't see this first one!

Car back Seat Organizer Storage Bag Box Case Multi-Pocket - Size:40*50cm,Our materials and sizes are specially designed - The quality is superior,reasonable price, quality assurance,and quality of ser

Simple DIY Farmhouse Decor Ideas Using CratesDIY Projects to Make and Sell on Etsy - DIY Book Lover Necklace - Learn How To Make Money on Etsy With these Awesome, Cool and Easy Crafts and Craft Project Ideas - Cheap and Creative Crafts to Make and Sell for Etsy Shops

How to make your own sleep balm and help insomnia. via @

Which board is your favorite?

Monday, June 19, 2017

PO, Pay, Passports

Image result for passportsHave you tried to get a passport recently? Richard and I spent four hours in this sweltering heat doing just that. Thank goodness, I'd prepared for the disaster that we all expect when dealing with government entities: we found our birth certificates; made sure to have cash, checks, and cards; brought driver's licenses; packed lunch, water, supper and sleeping bags. 

Oh yes, I also read all the directions on the website, fill out the forms online saving them to my Google drive, and checked the hours of the post office (PO) we planned to use. Together we called the boys just in case 48 hours passed, so they could tell search dogs where to begin.

We started early. At the PO we discovered that our birth certificates are worthless. Seriously? We've had these for almost 60 years. These babies allowed us to get SSNs. Mine put me through college (twice). They married out of our parents' hair.  And encouraged divorced on several occasions. To replace such important official documents, there is only one place to go: The Courthouse. 

Now this is Louisiana where The Courthouse is important. Confederate generals may stand guard over the proceedings. (You just never really know.) George Washington, Huey "The Kingfish" Long, Edwin Edwards et al stare down from gilded frames hiding cracks in every recess of the walls.

Give the parish $1034 for papers that are different from the originals only in that most some of the information is wrong--on the new certificates. 

Go to the office supply store to make copies of the online forms because we needed paper versions. Why have the forms online, you ask? For the convenience, they answer. The real reason however is that as applicants we must raise our right hand; swear that the information is correct, bona fide, and unscrupulous; and sign under penalty of law that our children will without argument vouchsafe our identities. 

Image result for passportsBack at the PO Richard begins his "processing" while I run back to the office store and get my "papers" since we got two for Richard (lucky b-word), but none for me. Richard flirts and gets his picture taken--it's great. What can I say? He's a good-looking guy. 

I race back to the PO, fix my hair take out my ponytail, refresh my lipstick and grimace for what is possibly the worst picture I have ever taken. I never take good pictures, but really? My eyes are open, so she says, "This is the one." 

I look like I'm a prime suspect on one of those cop show that Richard watches: sweaty, red faced, wild mussy hair, no makeup. In other words, impeccable. I had just trotted (okay, slowly) four miles blocks in 200 90 degree heat. Meanwhile every speck of makeup had dripped off my face, except what I had scrubbed onto my sleeve. Disgusting, I know, but "them's the facts."

Unfortunately I don't have a mug shot; I am certain I'd have been decent in comparison.  Thus, for the 10 years I will look exactly like myself on the one official document that I must use to travel the world. In other words, I can go anywhere looking horrible while my handsome husband is turning the eye of every security guard who frisks him he runs across. I doubt I'll be frisked. 

cupcakekristie: “ i’m outta here passport case ”A passport costs $110 and the expedition fee is another $60 and the application fee is $25 and the execution fee is $25 for a total of $5261 per adult. 

Sage advice for those without passports: prepare, print and make copies all your documents. Go to at least three ATMs for unmarked bills. Then prepare to cheese it up a bit. Maybe don't go after running a full marathon on a hot day. Better yet, have your passport photo taken on your way to your next swanky party.