Ever see something that just makes you wonder? I mean REALLY wonder. Like “What’s up with THAT?” or “Who DOES THAT?” Let me tell you, my mind was awhirl the other day as I was driving down the highway and saw a pickup truck with a load of lumber sticking out from the back. Now mind you, this is great news, I have been know to drive in a haphazard fashion to acquire some antique cabinets as they were being hauled off to the dump. Oh, the excitements builds and I speed onward. What kind of treasures might I find in this truck? As I approach and notice that they are from out of state – Arkansas, this info might be an answer to my later puzzlement – I realize that it is indeed lumber, along with some luggage in the very back bed of the truck. Okay, now I’m curious, Why do you need this wood fencing in the bed of the truck? As I begin to pass I am struck with a vision. OMG, this is too good! I MUST take a picture. I pass and not wanting to look too suspicious, I exit off the highway and back on so that now I am behind him once again. Camera in hand, I pull up along side the truck and snap this photo for you!
The puzzle pieces: Out of state truck, headed further from home,
And a Burro
That gives 'taking a family pet on vacation' a whole new meaning.
Now, even though I was indeed speeding, he really was the one
We had visitors today! Three years ago we had a pair of geese hatch out 5 babies, and each year they return to visit, but this year we have babies again! Baby geese are called goslings, but to any kind of momma, they are babies, and there are 3 of them this year. I love nature and all of the blessings that it can display, we really do have a glorious God.
I’ve also been working on a little doll quilt, inspired by this photo and some vintage fabric.
It is good to go back and do some traditional work, I suppose, makes me remember why I have become an art quilter. Geez, so many tiny triangles that are suppose to have points. I don’t mind tiny, but this just isn’t as relaxing as creating something as you go. But I am enjoying it, especially that it is so small and doable.
Wow, this could be the longest post ever, so brace yourself. So much has been going on, and on top of it, we had to get a new computer and it was a race to save everything that was on the old one, three years of photos and such that hadn’t been backed up. But, ahh, it’s done and I’m loving the new computer, really just an updated model of our old iMac, which I never really learned to do much on. Really, that’s gonna change.
So this past weekend we headed to Kansas for a surprise birthday party for my brother, he is turning 40. He wife had been hard at work for months to get our entire family there, and we all made it! He was a bit suspicious that Mom and Dad were coming, but it came as quite a shock when he walked into the restaurant for dinner to see the rest of us there. You could tell that he was surprised, and that it meant so much to him that we all made the trip. I must say that I am a bit disappointed that we haven’t been to visit earlier, but we sometimes let life get in the way.
I hope to be better about getting up there again. We really enjoyed seeing Heath and Stephanie and the kids (Justin and Brittani), what a blessing to have them as family. They also have a new home that they were excited to show us, it is beautiful and very relaxing, minus the 20 people there. Lol, but a good time was had by all.
We even got some treasure hunting time in. I am SO lucky to have a husband that considers this entertainment as much as I do. He even found a lovely wire basket for me to tote my fabric finds home in! He’s a keeper!
On our way up to Kansas, we kind of went the long way, as I had heard of a quilt shop that was a must see. It was a bit of an adventure finding it, as I forgot to pack a map and while we navigated 3 states just fine, a downtown area that is closing off for a River Festival is a bit harder to navigate. But we finally found it, Dean actually stopped and asked a postman – did I mention that he’s a keeper?
And there it was. All tucked into this amazing neighborhood, too cute to believe.
The shop is called Attic Heirlooms and is owned by Julie Craig, crazy quilter extraordinare. 1717 Briggs Wichita Kansas 316-265-4646
Ahhhh, you MUST visit. Of course the first thing that my eyes landed on was a piece of Japanese silk ribbon that I just lusted after the entire time that I was in there. I finally managed to head to the counter to inquire about the ?price? that was on the bolt, surely that IS the bolt price, not the yard price. Head hanging, I put it back, jeez o Pete, that is expensive! In the end, I decided to forgo lunch and bought 6 inches of ribbon! And I’m satisfied. The shop is filled with ribbons, thread, embellishments, and some fabrics. Inspiration is EVERYWHERE, the shop is tiny and is stacked upon itself. I really felt like I was treasure hunting and about to discover something that so many before me missed. And if I didn’t have two teenagers in tow, I would have taken the time to do so. But I made it out without having to mortgage the house and it all fit in a baggie!
So, all of this inspiration and I just had to get into some of the projects that I have had going at home. I woke up this morning thinking of a bracelet that I started some time ago, and hit a design snag. I went into the art room, pulled out the tray and low and behold, there was the answer, leftovers from a class that Dean took. I got it put together fairly quickly and am so happy with it and excited to wear it. Due to the fact that I am really having to talk to myself about taking action on projects and not just making ‘to do’ lists, I have decided to call it “The Time Is NOW”.
And now the time is for me to get up and do something else. And to think that I really had MORE that I wanted to tell you today. I guess that I have something for later, hope that you have an amazing day! ENJOY!
I want to babble, I want to whine, I have missed my blogging, and haven’t been journaling either! It is a busy time of year and I haven’t spent much time being creative. I have creatively dismantled the house, or so it seems, in an effort to do some spring cleaning and decorating. So far, piles are all I have. Here’s a snap of the dining table, it’s the only safe place at the moment.
This is an old canvas painting/prop that I bought years ago because it made me smile so much. It’s over 6 feet long and 3 feet tall! I just love the fact that she’s “cheap”. I have no idea where it originated from and I sometimes wonder if I’ll ever tire of it. It has ‘smile value’.
Outside it is green and beautiful. The roses are blooming, never minding that they haven’t had the weeds pulled around them, they are bursting forth with beauty just the same.
The honeysuckle on the back of the henhouse is full of fragrance and I love the sweet smell. Here’s a shot of Miss Martha cruising the yard near the henhouse and another one of her and Harley. I sometimes wonder if she would know the difference between he and a coyote. Being an only chick, she loves to be around others. If you go outside and she is out, she will find you soon, if she can’t find a dog or cat to tail. I just love having anilmals and spending time observing them, what characters they are. Just finished reading Enslaved By Ducks by Bob Tarte. I can relate.