Friday, April 4, 2014


Hello and happy Spring.  Well I hope it is spring where you are and some of you it is Fall.   Now some of my faeries have not gotten to be created in CQ yet and I do have ciggies printed of them all.   So I thought OK I will make this some sort of a project for myself and even can use it in my CQJP2014 that Kathy Shaw hosts.   I should have done Mother Nature first maybe she would calm down some but she is next. her flaming red hair and all.    This little gal is Juanita.   Which after watching Romancing the Stone is Spanish for Joan.  Which was my mothers name.  The lady in the movie was Joan Wilder.   Loved those movies but anyway back to Juanita.  
I printed this one on silk which made her colors softer and not having any really soft colors of supplies she got to be brighter if she wanted it or not.  I guess I should have some soft colors on hand just in case of a faerie emergency shouldn't I? 
So I thought what am I going to do?  Not a world changing  project or dilemma to lose sleep over but still a faerie dilemma.
I had some silk with some orangish flowers and thought OK the background was light light very light purple and I will just push it a little and see what happens.    So here you go what Juanita did and how she came out.
A close up of the flowers I had on hand and did some silk work and of course had a faerie charm, of course. 

Another close up of some SRE and of course beads

Here is a close up of her, with the sweet little birdie listening and peeking in to see what she was doing in the faerie garden. 

The finished block, hope you like it.   Now when I pieced this one I did 3 others, it is baseball season you know and I need something to do while watching it on TV and besides we might get a wild hair and go somewhere.  I think we are over almost 100% the CRUD, so time to start moving and shaking I do believe. 
There you go, Juanita the purple faerie.   Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Hello and we are celebrating.  We got 1/8th of an inch of rain.  Now I know that isn't much but they gave us a chance of sprinkles.  So to us that is a deluge.  Come on rain we can never have to much, well unless it is the great flood like Noah is associated with.   Our little playa lakes are low low and the Canadian geese that come to visit  for the winter are not happy.  

We thought of doing a Rain Dance  but just going to deep water the trees.   Now we found this little ring that attaches to the water hose and waters like 12 inches deep to the trees.  The underground water system just does not water deep so we think SAVE THE TREES.   Now Bermuda grass just keeps ticking like a Timex watch.  Just can't kill it even it the grass is brown it is just waiting to spring alive.  We are fortunate to have a water well but still would water the trees deep even if we didn't.  In West Texas Trees are far and few between and what we plant is what we have.   

I thought in celebration I would go ahead and post Sparkle.  A sweet little faerie I drew and painted a while back.  I did make a ciggie out of her and thought of doing softer colors but these colors just screamed at me. I have a little 9 drawer cabinet we bought at Hobby Lobby and painted it RED of course.  It proudly holds my colors for CQ and my threads.   So I pull out each color and see who yells at me.

Meet Sparkle,  I had to give her a head band with sparkles in it.  The upper right is a fabulous button that I was told about on FB and the lower button is a depression glass I think copy.  Not sure haven't tried to break it to see if plastic or glass.   The rest just kind of grew to where it wants to be.  I never plan a thing with these little gals and I just start and see where things want to go.   Guess that is called creating.   This is for CQJP 2014.   Just a self motivated  project.  I put these in a book and one did find it's way to the Princess Giget in Hawaii.  Now the reddish color is more magenta, sometimes it and purple photograph different.  LOL I am to lazy to set up lights to take it's pic so you get the picture I bet.  
Sparkle is one of my Essence faeries, I took her essence from a dear friends granddaughter.   But added bangs and the hair color is definitely not hers.  Just wanted a little look of her granddaughter.  
I have 4 more blocks ready to embellish.  Baseball season is fixin to start and I have to be ready to have some busy work to do while we watch them.   You know there is down time with Baseball. 
Thanks for looking and coming to my world of Crazy Quilt to see what is going on today.  

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Mermaid has a Home

I just wanted to update you on the sweet mermaid I Crazy Quilted.  She has a home.  Our granddaughter who now lives in Hawaii, having the time of her life I might add, wanted her.  So being a Nana I cut a matt and painted it and off she went to go play in the sun and surf.

I do have to add granddaughter is a strong and free spirited young lady, just celebrated her 22nd birthday I might add.  I think Hawaii is the place for her.  She does love it there and is basically there all by herself.  I am not sure if I would have been brave enough to do that at then 21.   She sold her car and off she went.   Go Allex or as we call her Princess Giget Allex.  She has learned how to Tandem surf and this in my book is pretty good being as she was raised in a land locked part of the world. 

Here is the block originally, I just thought it would be easier to see it here than going back to the last post.
Here it is in it's new home with Allex peeping around the frame.  She would probably say NANA!!!! It was early morning and she is here with some friendship bread (muffins for ease in eating) I made and mailed to here.  Man they weigh a ton but she and her brother love them.  Always make enough so she can share with her co-workers.  Still love the pic of her.

I had to share one of the tandem pics of her and Auggie. 
There you go what has been going on in my world lately.  I do have an April block done so will share soon.  I realized I was behind on my blogging.  Seems like what ever "stuff" we had for 6 weeks came back to visit again.  Coughing and all.   I guess it was good stuff   lol
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

A Whimsy Mermaid--Done and Done

Hello and Happy March.   Come on Winter it is time to be over and our March winds are blowing you away.   We will share our strong March winds with you all.   Well hope so anyway.   How does that sound today?

I have been wanting to do a beach/Mermaid CQ block or something..   There are some out there in Blog Land that are breath taking with the beads and everything that goes with them. 

As you know I have been on a faerie tear lately and have done one more but thought OK Annette do a Mermaid.  So being semi lazy this last week I peeked into my art journals and tada there were a little school of them on a couple of pages.   I guess mermaids are in schools they are part fish.   Anyway I photographed part of the page and loaded it onto my computer to resize it and print if off on fabric.   She is very whimsy so I thought the CQ should be also.

Sweet readers here she is.   Mermaid #1.  ( may have to do some more of these cuties)  Best part about it is Grand daughter wants it.  Of course I started with the fabric and thought Annette do soft colors and do dads now.  As you can see that didn't work, the softer background colors yes but that is where it stopped.  I used food colored dyed cooking gauze for the orangish sea debris.  I then wanted the starfish I got at Tisha's Threadworks  810-678-8191.   A great place for anything we could ever want, just call her and you will love doing business with her.  Anyway the starfish, I didn't know how to cover it with thread so I got out my trusty glue and beads and blinged it up Texas style.  I then just kept adding and doing until it weighed 100 pounds and knew it was enough for today.   I did add some stitching to her hair and fins also.  The little fish at the center I got that bead in Sedona and had to add little bubbles for him also. 

I made a funky matt for Grand daughter and will get a 12x12 frame and mail off Tuesday to Hawaii.  I bet this little mermaid will be excited to be over there and be cute.

The new faerie I just painted, she certainly had a mind of her own.   I wanted it to be light and airy ( the right side is lighter than it shows), but noooooooooooooo  she had a mind of her own.  So I let her mellow or whatever they do when I put them at the bottom of the pile.   Wound up doing her like this, I think she is happy right now because she is with the other faeries have drawn.   She will also be available soon on my Etsy shop.

There you go now you know what is going on in my world today.  Thanks for stopping by and Happy CQing to you all. 


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Making my nest

I have been making my nest a little more organized so to speak.   Shuffling and rearranging and labels and whatever else we do when we do this little adventure.  Then usually play hid and seek of where we put things. 

I am lucky enough to have a bedroom that is my art room.  One time grandaughter came in it and said  "Nana, why did you choose the smallest room in the house for your art room? "  Well it is actually the same size as the other two bedrooms on this side of the house.  Just has lots going on in it.  LOTS.

I use to work in a tiny area in our utility room, just a little dab of room. But you know I have always figured out that the more room you have the more mess you make and you just have to clean up more.  Like a kitchen.  I have had giant kitchens and small kitchens.  Ours right now is small but I cook the same food out of it that I use to cook in giant kitchens.  When we moved into this home 5 years ago, can't beleive it has been that long.  Anyway when we moved in here I thought where is everything going to go?  Well it all found it's home and just sits there for when I use it.

                                               THE BEADS

I first started with my beads.  On a blog and goodness knows I can't remember whose but thank you talented lady for sharing the container idea with us.   She had used the containers from JoAnn's.  So I got online and they were on sale and in different configurations.   Of course you need to order twice as many as you think then you won't have to reorder again like I did.  

I was storing them in little plastic bags in a pretty box.  Well let me tell you I needed a hoist or fork lift to lift the box.   But now here they are all sorted in their little homes and I can unscrew which one I need and love it all.   Hubby put the shelves up for me and I can just pick and chose as I need them.  No hide and seek here, they are just sitting pretty and waiting to go on some fabric and be a CQ piece.  I have sequins and some fancy buttons and all kinds of goodies that a CQer needs in her work.


You will see  the pretty box that held the beads.  It now holds pretties I sell on etsy so it will keep safe and no dust.  We do have massive dust here in West Texas.   I have a basket that hold purse handles and my jars hold my silk ribbon.  Grandson gave me the jars.  I rewound the silk ribbon on little wooden spools  ( thread use to be on real wood and I never throw sewing stuff away )I had from forever ago and sorted in colors.  I printed labels and I am in hog heaven.  


Next set of shelves are more labeled tubs,  aka shoe boxes,  and some bigger fancy laces to pretty to hid on some wooden bobbins I had from a million years ago.   The little flowered box I covered and now stores my ciggies in them.  Well the ciggies I drew and painted.  


More tubs and I had to give the friendly critters a tub of their own.    The computer was my friend in the labels, it is not always friendly.   I think sometimes it just wants to show me that this machine is smarter than I am.  It is but I don't want it to get the big heaf and it is a time stealer if you let it.  That is one reason why I retired from professional photography.  I didn't want to be tied to the computer and it was getting that way with digital photography.  I loved film.  You composed and exposed it correctly and printed and you were good to go.  Of course you can do tricky things with digi .  


Some of my faeries and journal and just doings that share the art room.  These pretties share the wall with my CQ work and I didn't want to hurt their feelings and not say something about them.   I try to keep my wet messy art separated from my CQ work. Paint does have a tendency to splash and splish around.  My clothes attest to that.  I do have an apron but usually wait til my clothes get paint on them before I put it on.  You know the drill.   The art here is resting on a box I made years and years ago, the 70's, to hold my pastels. 


                                            Here it is all together.

There you go my doings for the time being.  I am working on a mermaid block right now.  Not elegant how I wanted but whimsical, I guess to match the drawing I did and printed.  I mean blue glitter and all.  You know how I like my bling.  

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today. 


Friday, January 31, 2014

When to say Uncle

Uncle !!!!!  One of the words you hear on TV.   When you say uncle and that means enough, I give up or I am finished.  It is funny the words we use and for different situations isn't it?

Sometimes I have a tendency to use the words wrong and dear Hubby will say you mean this don't you?   Probably  I do.   I pay attention to details, especially when I watch Movies or TV shows.  I can tell you what they had on the walls etc really important things like that.   Once, years ago mind you, I needed a new typewriter ribbon for a little manual-gasp-typewriter  my Mother In Law bought for me.   She knew I like to write about nothing but did like to write with my imagination.  Still have the typewriter by the way.   I went into the local office supply store and asked for a typewriter ribbon.  The sales lady knew me well and said what kind Annette?  I promptly said a black one.  She just laughed and said Annette only you would say that, no I need to know the make of the typewriter.  Of course I had to go back home and see the make of it.  Who would have thought you needed to know the make of if it.   I surely didn't.

I finished my February block and finally had to say UNCLE with it.  I just kept adding and adding things and every time I thought I was finished with it and announced it to my patient Hubby he would say yeah yeah I have heard that for 3 days.  He was right and finally I thought UNCLE !!! I am absolutely finished with it I just fell in love with this little block and didn't want to leave if half finished

My last post it was half finished in my book.

Soooooo with no more yacking here is the block and it's little close ups.

                                                 THE FINISHED 8 INCH BLOCK





There you go some close ups of my block for February.  Now I hope this brings a tad of sunshine to your winter day.  Now I know some of you are enjoying Summers so we will send you some of our refreshing cool weather, just a tad.

  Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

WIP and Somethng that HARDLY NEVER EVER Happens in My World

WIP----  nowdays they have WIP's , OMG  and whatever in the world saying different things and expressions.  So many of them I cannot keep up---BUT I do know what WIP stands for.  Work In progress!!!!!   I could write a little piece about the abbreviations and all the cell phone goodies but won't.  I do hope it doesn't come down to that people don't know how to talk and just do letters of the alphabet for communication.   I think y'all know how I feel about that subject, guess my pet peeve  ( one of them) about cells is people lighting those things up in a movie. Give me a break what is that important that you have to use a phone in the movie?  If something that important is going to come thru why in the world are you at a movie?   AND you don't even have to put it on Facebook that you are at the movie.   Just saying, like I said I could go on and on about this rudeness but won't.  See?  My soapbox could go on and on. 

Now this is one of my newest WIPs.  Yep used that sort of word.    I am playing with Crazy Quilt Journal Project again this year and this is the in the middle part of my block.   To me the part of when the square gets it's own little personality and sings to me.  

Being February I thought why not a heart?  I saw this idea on Pinterest.   I didn't see who came up with the idea but hers was really pretty in the pinks.  I only had a tad of pink silk ribbon so used some real satin ribbon for the pink you see here.   So red, being a dark pink, got to be the choice of color.

So with fabric sewn together and some embelishments put on here and there the block is being created.   It could be ok this way but you know I love the bling so will try and finish it this weekend and share the whole finished piece.  The top right corner is a lace yo - yo type thingie I added and will play with it also.

I don't have a clue of what I am going to do with the squares but they keep me off the streets and keep me busy while watching TV with hubby. 

Now you may be asking what in the world  hardly never ever happens in Annette's world? 

A SUN RISE!!!!!!!

A beautiful Texas Sunrise at that.  I have not altered this sunrise one tiny tiny bit.   I just don't get up at early to see them.  I have heard they exist and Hubby does take pics of them for me to prove that they really do happen and the sun just doesn't pop up and say here I am.    Get busy and remember an early bird gets the worm.  Thank goodness I don't eat worms.   I would never get to eat.    The world just shouldn't have to bring beauty like this before 7 A.M.   Of course I may be the only one in captivity to not see these beauties every morning.  

 There you go what is going on in my world today.   Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world.