Saturday, January 16, 2016

Pink Socks


 Hello there, I have been tardy can you tell?  What happened you may ask?   My answer is I don't know.   It is not that we have taken a world cruise or flown to the moon or anything like that.   You know how it is time fly's by and them WHAM it is today.  

Now I say that because January 14th hubby and I celebrated our 55th anniversary.  Yes 55 years with the same wonderful hubby, well we have know each other longer than that.  AND  THEY whoever THEY are said "oh honey it will never last y'all are just to young".  Well maybe we didn't know it wasn't suppose to last and we just took what the preacher said to heart for better or worse until death you do part ?  We have been blessed with each other, well I think so and hope he thinks that also.  Now we have learned a lot about life, each other and just everything in general.  I can tell you that for sure.  We grew and learned together. 

I didn't know how to cook, but not an expert now and if they would have had the cooking channel on the television then like they do now, wow I would have cooked even more.  They did have Julia Childs but to me she was just entertaining and I loved her and she didn't cook like Chicken fried steak and home food like that.   I didn't know it didn't take 1 to 1 1/2 cups of flour to make gravy.  I didn't know when you made cinnamon rolls and the rose so pretty and when hubby came in from work he said wonder what happens when you put them further apart.  Well from experience I can tell you they went flatter than a flitter but we still ate them.  We just learned together.  Hubby's mother taught me how to cut up a chicken, oh how disgusting but I did it.   I now buy chicken breasts all cut up.  

I did learn how to make homemade candy and discovered I would rather be a baker than a cook.   Sorry hips that is just life.

Now the pink socks and pink underwear were a mystery to me.  Poor hubby he wore them and never said a word, just "oh pink again".  I had no clue what caused that, I even changed soaps and all.   Sorting laundry is something I didn't have a clue about.   Now I know!!! Or you would think I learned that don't you?   You won't believe what happened about two weeks ago!!!!!  Yep the pink socks came back, after 55 years they just appeared.    Guess it is in the water or something like that.  Ya think so?

I hope all had a wonderful Christmas and 2016 is going to be awesome.    Normally I don't show off what we get for Christmas but please be with me a second.  Grandson got these wonderful Tombow pens for me.   A whole set !!!!!!!   I asked for a couple maybe of the little packs but just have to show them off.  They are awesome little pens and add water and just blend away with them. 


Here they are and I made a little chart of the colors also.  The stand came with them and I glued the "legs" into the base and top and they don't separate or any cute tricks like that.    Can you tell I am in hog heaven?  Towbow pens!!!!!
 
Now the 26th of December we had a blizzard, they even named it Goliath.  What a name and it was.   Now remember we live in Texas and we don't get things like this tromping thru Texas and delivering 11 inches of snow.   That morning we ran out and got doggie treats, the girls were almost out  so we didn't want them to suffer.   WHEW  they were good to go.  We didn't get out of the house for a week or more, we saw no need to get out.  We are retired, we were blessed to have plenty of food and Sprite Zeros for hubby and the fireplace just felt wonderful.
 
I did take some pictures and this first one is what it really looked like.  Winds 50-60 miles per hour and could not see across the street.  I realize a lot of the North of the US may get this but it is foreign to us.   
 



 
Here are a few pics but I took my Photoshop rights and adjusted them so you could see, we still today, 3weeks now, have snow piled up on the fence.





 
Now we and I do mean we got out and shoveled so the babies could get out of the main door.  It was frozen shut and they have to get out.     the blob is the foreground is Charlie dog always busy and moving.  He had to attack the snow, I mean it was moving. 

 
 
Some of the drifts

 
We did have to finally shovel the front some.   Not really to get mail just to get out and not fall on our bums.     This storm did keep the mailman away for several days and the trash trucks?  We still have not seen one!!!!!   Our sub division did rent a giant dumpster and I know it has been emptied several times  Thank you Highland Oaks.  We haven't used it, remember with only 2 people we don't have much trash. 


Funny how this stuff drifts isn't it?   When we go on our road trips and go like to Montana and all I love seeing their snow fences and now I know why they have them  

 
 
Now you may remember I have finished CQJP   ( crazy quilt journal project)  2015 and these are the blocks I put together in little wall hangings.   They are in my art room right now.   I thought about selling but I know it is hard to sell hand made goodies for what they are semiworth.  So my art room and I get to enjoy them.   A fun fun project.





Now Alice in Wonderland is my theme for the CQJP 2016.  Telling the story of this weird little story book.    I have added buttons and a little wooden bird I painted on and the yellow flowers are silver metal and I painted them also.  Nothing is sacred around here from being painted. 


 
 
I hope your eyes are not getting tired, almost finished. 
 
Now Life Book 2016 has started with Tammy LaPorta , and these next two images are from that project.  It has  like 52 weeks of prompts and assignments.  This is the 5th year I am doing this fun project but I have yet to do very many of the assignments.  Some just appeal to me but some do.  That is the facts !!!!


 
I used my zentangle or whatever you want to call it for the butterfly.   
 
 
This is the first page of my book, the faerie is  holding an envelope for me to put little pieces of paper with my thoughts or what have you in it.   We were suppose to use our spirit animals so I guess today a faerie and this little horse are mine.  
 
I was fun to do and of course I did  use my Tombow pens   : )
 
 
 
There you go and thanks for stopping by to see what is going on in my world.   I have ideas for the next post.   That is scary, I usually never ever know what I am going to write about until I click on here and then it comes to me   bunny trails and all. 
 
XOXO
Annette


Friday, November 13, 2015

Busy as a Bee and then a little bit more

Well look what time of year it is now.   Whew it is indeed staggering how fast time is flying by.  November dear readers------NOVEMBER !!!!!  In this part of the world that mean cold and snow and some rain so buckle up readers it is going to be a cold one I do believe. 
 
I can remember in olden days when we lived in Washington state, Daddy was in the Army, back in the late 40's probably like1949 and 1950 yep things did happen back then.   I was  like 5 or 6 but I remember when it snowed and we loved it.  I was bundled up like a mummy and would play until my fingers and toes were not happy campers.   When I was grown and had children I remember the snow days, oh all the wet clothes and everything that goes with snow play, what a mess my Mother had to deal with.  We did not have dryers back then and clothes were draped all over every where.  Looked like now that I think back, like a wild rummage sale.  Funny isn't it,  how you think of things differently as you get older?  We are not cold weather lovers at all here  to date and they care calling for more snow more than normal for we Texans.   Love to see it and the feel of the air is so clean and it is quiet  also.  I guess the snow muffles the sounds of busy life and just makes it peaceful sounding.  Thank goodness for stitching and painting and cooking to keep me busy.   Soup and baking in the horizon I do believe.
 
Now I have always cut out recipes in magazines, always and tried some of them and after some adjusting to our taste some are pretty darn good.   Eldon says he can remember some of them were pretty bad and they would give our sweet dog Smokey the remains of the dish I had cooked.   He did say he probably would have lived to be 100 in our years if we had not have fed him the remains of the dishes.   I find that hard to believe but he might have been right though.  Now for those who worry about Eldon, he did live after saying that little comment.  He did grin when he said it.  
 
I found a Chicken Spaghetti recipe and I did overhaul and he loves it.   It has two things wrong with it.  Chicken and Spaghetti were part of the ingredients but my rearranging the recipe he now even asks for it. He does not like Chicken or spaghetti .     If I can figure out how to make a tab you can click on and there are the recipes I will share.  It does have Rotel tomatoes and wakes your mouth up a little, but that is Texas.  
 
 

I have been doing some Cqing, some Sue Spargo class work and some painting.  It is keeping me busy and off the streets.   So here goes the adventure:

 
 
Remember granddaughter lives in Hawaii and I had created a mixed media painting of her with her pretty little face so I made her a little pouch and sent it to her. 
 
 

 
Little glass fish and some shells and just pretties.  She loved it.
 
 
I created a purse for a friend and just wanted to share some close ups of it also. 
 


 
A close up of some Antique Sari trim and some beautiful leaves my friend Kathleen made.  She is the one who made the dodo bird for me.   Pretty talented lady  and I am lucky to have her as a friend.  
 


 
The Faerie in the middle had to have some bling and I love bringing the hair out of the ciggie confines.  

 
Here is the front of the purse and the tiny spider at the top right is just to cute.  Every garden has spiders of some sort.  We brought all the plants either in the "dog house" aka Sun room or the back garage aka the old "tropical hideaway" .  We did find a few spiders thinking they wanted to live in their but we had other thoughts.  




 
Close up of my November CQJP block.   I have one more month done and then will share what I did with all 12 of them.  This was more fun and colorful to do these blocks.  Each block I just kept doing different things and playing with them. 

 
The finished November block,   I think it looks like a party for sure.   




 I was in a Round Robin in Crazy Quilt world, meaning you make so many block un embellished and other ladies embellishes it how they choose.   I had one extra and this is my block with my pretties on it.   I had fun with this and you notice it is pastel in color.  Not an Annette trademark.  I showed a friend on line and she said she fell out of her chair and hurt her back she was so shocked that I did in pastels. I hope she was kidding about hurting her back. Kathy S. were you?


 
Now remember I am taking a little Sue Spargo class and this is my take of the block that we did for October.  I like taking the class, I get to visit with mind like ladies, we bring snacks and oh did I mention we do a little stitching thrown in there?  Lots of French Knots for the hair, I think the book showed 4 of them but I added a few more and lots of beads. Oh can you tell it has beads?  
 
 
Ok enough on stitching,    My lifebook 2015 assignment was kind of sorta like this----sort of maybe?   Anyway I had to put a few flowers and faerie and just some pretties in it.  A fun two page spread and just another thing to paint and put in a stack.  Tamera LaPorte is just the best instructor  and all the others on the lifebook squad.  I don't do all of the assignments but not because I don't like them I just have sometimes to many irons in the fire.   My stack growth, fast!
 
 
 
Ok nearly finished here, hang with me.   Last but not least is a painting  Tracy Verdigo influenced is the little Faerie and a Unicorn.  Now for you non believers of Unicorns and Faeries there is little pretties floating around, something for everyone.   Of course I added lots of glitter
 
 

There you go what I have been up to for the last couple of three weeks.   Now we have been getting the yard ready for Winter and I think, I thing we mowed for the last time yesterday.   Last year we didn't mow the front grass down as low as we usually do for Winter and oh my goodness it caught ever Tom, Dick and Harry's leaves in the neighborhood.  Sooooooo I wrote on the calendar to remember to mow it low.   Will keep you posted on that little program if it works.  

Thank you for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world.  Well kind of anyway. 


XOXO
Annette 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Lots to Show and Tell today

Hello,   Well, so much for me writing more for September and here it is October.  I hope all are well and ready to get eye strain here.  I have a load of pictures for you.  NOT KIDDING !!!!!!

We are fixin' to get plants ready to either go in the back garage  AKA the old topical hide a way for the fur babies  or in the "DOG HOUSE" the new home for the fur babies.  AKA the Sun Room.  Course it is not new anymore but we still call it the DOG HOUSE.   The babies have their own plush beds and heated and cooled like special babies need and sort of a Jungle theme.  They have a door to go in and out of when they want.  BUT if we have the door down one of the babies,  our newest one will not go in without an invitation.   Not a written one, they can't read, but one from us saying come on Charlie.  So we have this "beautiful contraption" fixed.   It is beautiful silver duct tape and towels with weights on it to help keep the towels from flopping around.    We have tried everything in the world to train him to come in.  Who ever had this baby before us trained him well is all I have to say.   Now when it is snowy and really bad at night we tape the fancy smancy towel up all around the edges and says nice and 71 to 72 ish.   Once it did get down to I think 67 but man alive it was cold outside.    It is funny how "things" get their little names isn't it?   Like Dog House for your sun room.  No one in the world may get it but you and hubby or family but the name is there to stay.  Like one daughter use to call candy num num, well it is still num num.  That has been what 46 or so years ago. 

I guess I better quit going down my " Bunny Trails" and get on with the stories at hand and what in the world I have been doing with my art.   Well we did mow again, counting down on those little adventures-mowing.   It is funny we are so anxious when spring is here and we get to mow and piddle in the yard but his time of year we are saying HURRY and freeze.    Then when it freezes we think oh  they yard was so pretty.  Never can please us I guess.

Soooooo, at the Bernina Sewing Center, here in Lubbock they were offering a Sue Spargo class.  Now I thought who in the world is Sue Spargo?   It is for a wall hanging, which I will just make into a book.  Our walls can only hold so much art and running out of room. Well to give you an idea, I have 4  30x40 inch canvases in my bath tub here in my art room.  Not painted of course but this room is getting full.   I could move everything to the basement and make the best art room in the world but that means going up and down stairs.  If I got a wild thought and to tell Eldon the thought I would have to go up the stairs.  As it is I can take about 4 steps, see if his eyes are open and tell the thought and then back to my art room.  At my age, if I don't tell the thought, it is gone forever.  I am sure the ones I forget are not earth shattering but still it is my duty to share with Eldon.   

Back to Sue Spargo, it is I call it a folk art of sorts I think.   So after doing the block I did have to bling it up, of course.  I am thinking I need more bling and things going on with this but here she be.



This block is wool and the things are wool except for the little printed fabric at the bottom.   So I will keep you posted on this little project.  We are doing one a month and I have another one to the "middle" stage and will show next month.  

Now after doing this project I thought oh my this would be perfect embellishing for my DoDo bird a sweet lady made for me.  Steam Punk it is ---thank you Kathleen.  She is going to be the cover of my Alice in Wonderland book.  Perfect don't you think?   When I got it I wasn't sure what I was going o fancy her up with but I think it suits her.  The Sue Spargo look.  The flowers are hearts, get it?    Nothing is real looking so perfect for Alice .

 
I did use the wool felt and some gauze I had dyed for a journaling project and I was good to go.  Only weighs 100 pounds but that is my weight limit for a CQ piece so fits right in. 
 
A couple of close ups of what I have done.   Of course I may or may not add more 
 

 
 
Now you may be wondering what my October Day of the Dead block looks like so here it is.   I am semi on the ball with some things, I have 3 wall hangings with 4 blocks each on them already done.  But if I show them to you now the surprise for November and December will be ruined.   So no no ya can't see yet. 
 
 
Can you feel the festivities?  
 
I am in a Round Robin of Under the Sea theme and this in my embellishing of one of the ladies  Renee.   I am using my mermaids, cutting them out and then adding to their blocks.   This is number 3 in the series.   I added a few Seagulls in the sky and had the dolphins jumping out of the water,  I couldn't have an empty sky now could I? 
 
 
 
Almost finished with the marathon post here.  You may go get a glass of tea or coffee if you are getting tired.  I will wait for you. 
 
OK, I am doing a little swap with needle books.   A friend in Australia  Betty sent me a needle books several years ago.   I need to take it's pic, I am using it like crazy and now I don't know how I kept my needles together with any semi order.   THANK YOU BETTY !!!!!   I do have the needles in the book and keep count of them in case one jumps out on the floor and we have to get the flash light to hunt for it.   They do hide you know.
 
 
Here is the front of the needle book.  Now a couple or so years ago went went to an Estate sale,  really was a garage sale but then if it say Estate they can charge more.   I was looking for any treasures and Eldon said Annette.  I turned and looked and there was this beautiful beaded wedding dress for $5.  Wow did he make a find, it was a lady's second wedding and my first treasure of a find.   So the body and the pretty pearled bottom of this needle book  is part of the dress.   I had to add some more bling and a pretty crystal button I had.  Of course. 
 
 
 
The first part of the inside.   I added some fabric to the inside of the front pocket, thanks Ann for that suggestion.   Mainly so scissors would not poke thru the lace.  Then some pretty added to the front of the wool part for the needles.
 

 
 
Inside of the needle  part  
 
 
 
The back side of the needle part with another little pocket
 
 
 
 
Now the back of the book.  
 
 
 
There you go the needle book.   Now I have another Alice page and painting to show you but I thought y'all would have to go get new glasses if I put any more pictures-photographs- on here. 
 
Sooooooo
 
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world. 
 
XOXOOX
Annette

Monday, September 21, 2015

Decorating with Orange and some CQ Art

Hello and first day of Fall or Autumn or whatever they want to call it is coming up.   Now I don't remember when it's name got changed. Whatever day it is----it is a coming.  I think I told you it is my favorite time of year, it is.     Funny isn't it how they, whoever they are, change the names of things or events or in this case a season change?  All I know is the leaves change color, the cold fronts come in and out very quickly and the pumpkins and treasures like that get to be put out and decorate with.   I guess it is the time of year when we can decorate with ORANGE and no one faints. 
 
I have been painting, I will post those soon.   Of course I have been stitching also.   It is funny when I retired, what almost 5 years or might be 6 years now, I thought what am I going to enjoy doing now?   I loved loved my photography and running the business part of it.  I never thought I would like that but our accountant, who knows me well, said "Annette just pay by check and all will be good".   Ok wandering off on a bunny trail now,  sorry.    I tried several things in the art world and loved it all and I figured the cream would rise to the top and I think it did. 
 
The painting, a different style now than when I use to paint, and the stitching .  I think they are the winners.   So enough chattering Annette get on with the pics.
 
I did a Round Robin with a group of ladies and I chose my theme to be Alice in Wonderland.    Hubby had a book from olden days and has pics, black and white, so I went on line and found them in color.   All the ladies did wonderful in the RR  so when I got them back I thought about adding more pages and make a book.  Not to novel of an idea, I mean books have been around forever or nearly forever but I thought a book it will be.   I have at least 12 blocks sewn together and here is the first block I did embellish.   
 
The little bird had to peek in to see what the caterpillar, looks like a hookah smoking caterpillar to me, but remember the whole story line of Alice in Wonderland is a little different.  Anyway the birdie is listening in, the lady bug has to get close by.   I added the yellow metal charms but painted them first.  You can't have anything normal looking in Wonderland.   So here is my block I did.    I think I am going to make them my CQJP 2016 project  
 
 
 
 
Ok onward and upward so to speak here .  I know underwater in CQ is just fun and called UTS,  meaning under the sea so I was invited to play so I have not ever done one so here goes.  I did want to add one of my hand drawn and painted mermaids I made for Ciggies or Silkies so this red headed girl got to be a mermaid.   Little glass fish, a jelly fish of sorts and some "sea weed".   She was fun to do and I will have more on here as the months go by. 
 

 
 
 
Now you may remember I am doing blocks, one a month, of the celebration of Day of the Dead.  So colorful and just fun to make.  I did do 3 wall hangings with 4 blocks in each but will share those later, don't want to spoil the reveal of each month.  I don't think the blocks will mind but will make them wait their turn.  

I don't know why but this one is one of my favorites.  

 
 
A close up of this little block with beads, embroidery, silk ribbon pretties.   I can thank Pat Winter for teaching me the art of CQ.   A wonderful online class and she taught me well.  

 
 
 
 
There you go what I have sort of been doing lately and you know there is more going on in my world.  Like if the grass dries from the heavy dew we will mow, you know exciting things like that and going to the post office.  It just blows your hair back how exciting of a life we lead.  
 
 
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world and down my different bunny trails
 
 
XOXOXO
Annette
 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Down my Bunny Trails

Hello there, well here it is in September.  I have been tardy again, I hope like when you went to public schools if you are tardy, what three times, you had to be punished.  I forgot how or what the punishment was though and I don't remember ever being late------ for anything.  I just strive and strive hard to not be late.  Just a thing with me.  Of course a couple of times I was nearly late when in high school.  Knowing my hubby of 54 years now was at a certain door way down a hall that I didn't really go down on the way to a class.  I just had to go down that hall and say hi and smile at him.  A girl just has to do that don't they? I won't tell that he was walking another girl to class and  I knew he would be there.  I don't think I said that out loud did I?  Funny where you thoughts go when blogging, that was not even on my mind at all, being late.   Of course you can usually tell I don't plan these posts out they just flow.   Like Grandson says lots of different bunny trails here on Nana's blog.  So grab a glass of iced tea or whatever beverage you enjoy and read on my dears, read on. 
 
We have some windows in the front of the house and they have the wooden shutter things on them. We "open our eyes" to see out the windows until we get to see the sun set in the West, the world just telling us it was a good day and the sun is going to bed. Oh I know it doesn't go to bed but like that thought anyway.   We get to enjoy the humming birds that come to visit, seeing the little ground squirrels scamper around, the little field mice ( they are bigger than the regular mice that try to come inside your home to make it their home ) eating whatever they eat and the little baby bunnies eating the grass.  Quite a little wild life herd we have out there.    Well not really but we enjoy it anyway. 
 
Now our newest member of the family has discovered the window also.   Sometimes when Dragons and their owners walk by he does get excited.  I must say the Dragons just happen to be disguised as dogs, but we won't tell him.  AND he likes to watch when Hubby goes and gets the paper in the front drive every morning.  Now mind you our fur babies are not inside babies but they do get to come in with our daily "dance" as we call it with them.   What is the dance?  That will take a bit of visiting to tell you all that,  hummmmmm might have to record that one for you. 
 
 

Charlie on the bench and loving what is going on out the window.   He has gotten excited and hit the windows  a few times and it does get nose art on it a lot.  A little higher up the window though than what sweet Jewel would create.

 
 
A close up of Charlie, I think he is part cat the way he likes to be loved.  I am impressed he sat still enough for me to take the pic of him.  Way to go Charlie.   We have had him a year now, we adopted him last September and he is now 2 1/2 years old.   Still puppy but doesn't kill an pillows or anything like that. 
 
I forgot to add we get this little guy every once in awhile at the window.   
 

 
 
We have a view outside our bedroom window/doors also.  Nothing fancy smancy but so peaceful and the birds and hummers come around.  Usually Hubby is in the chairs reading with the fur babies laying at his feet or they might be chasing the big green dragon ( trash truck).    We have  a love seat in the bedroom and it is good just to sit and enjoy the critters in the back.  Yes it is a lot to mow but we don't mind at all.  A dragon fly or 10 come out and visit and just enjoyable.   



 
 
I do have to share some fun news with you.   Last year Pam Kellogg emailed me and asked would I like to do a page for her Crazy Quilting calendar?   I agreed and such an honor  with 12 other artist around the world and the subject matter for the calendar was birds and mine she chose for July was Orioles.  Now when you type in Orioles, I had never seen one, you get lots of pictures of the baseball team.  I kept hunting and found these photos.   So I knew they were the winners so printed them off on my poplin fabric sheet and went to town and played to my hearts content.  You can see more of the calendar and order it if you would like here  and I know she would be excited for you to do so.  
   
 
 
 
 
I had so post first the what I call naked block before I started jazzing it up.  I knew I needed two birds and probably they are the same gender but beautiful birds none the less.  Well I didn't need two birds but just thought the piece needed them. 
 
 
The finished block, a friend do you have it framed and hung in a special spot?  Nope just in a stack with all the other pieces I have done.  I have put some of the pieces in a book I made, I guess these guys need something special don't they?   I have thought about selling my embellished blocks so someone could make what they wanted with them but that is it----thought.
 
 

 
A close up of the finished block
 
 
                         The pics below are close ups of what I added to the naked block. 
  
 


 
 
 
I have more to chat about but I didn't want to wear your eyes out, so I guess that means another post for September.  Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.
 
 XOXO
Annette