Monday, June 26, 2017

Milo's Monday Mischief... Milo helps Daddy put on his shoes

For Monday Mischief today, I wanted to share one of the many ways Milo helps us each day... today it's helping us put on our shoes. He continues to be very interested with shoelaces. I've been known to sort of tie up his nose into my sneakers...

I will say, this is about a week ago, and although he continues to help with laces he no longer growls or barks at us.

Our baby is growing up.
He turned 4 months old last Wednesday and lost all his bottom front teeth.
Possibly from having shoelaces and the leash pulled out of his mouth.

Everyone exclaims when finding out he's four months old, "He's so BIG!"

"Milo here,  I just don't see the point in covering feet. I don't like it. I prefer natural. My people will not listen to me so I had to up the ante with growls and barks. Then I had to resort to force, pulling the socks off. 
They will not learn however, so I hope they grow out of this"

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Leaves of Gold...

 The color challenge at rainbow scrap challenge  this month is Yellow! Appropriate for summer.

While at a hotel recently, while a certain poodle puppy had a power nap, I watched some shows on Netflix

and hand basted some golden yellows to paper leaves. These are fairly large at 6".
(I also basted, then sewed some more hexie star blocks I had prepared)

Of course I had to play with the leaves a bit... I am raking in a lot of leaves now!

 It really is fun to sort thru the scraps to find tones, textures and prints that would be fun on a leaf shape.
The hotel had a carved gold leafed mirror that I looked at... and wondered how I would paint it. I decided to paint the carved parts I would need dark almost black paint, and light gold almost white paint to give the impression of carving.
 It came to me that we need that in each block too, to give the block interest and depth, so that it doesn't look flat.

This is exactly why I love sewing from the scrap bin. All the tones and shades together remind me to try one next to another. I like this arrangement and I didn't fuss with it, just laid them out on white fabric.

I've been told by other quilters, that one shouldn't use much yellow.
Huh?  Crazy. Yellow, and orange, make a quilt sing. They bring warmth and glow.
Proportion comes into play here... one might not enjoy dark gray, but a strip of dark gray might shadow and bring to life another shape. Same with yellow highlights.

I'm still making some yellow hexie stars as well as other colors. There is a suggested color of the month but I am still enjoying all colors on the stars.  While sewing the star points to the hexies, I loved mixing the green with the turquoise, and the dark gray points were amazingly lively in this flower print.
Two more yellow stars were made. I cut out a few white stars with a yellow background too, like the red one in the foreground.
They are so stinkin' cute lying there aren't they?
What a decadent afternoon it was, peacefully piecing while my dervish of a puppy slept, and comedies played on Netflix in a very cool room. Our house is never that chilled in the summer.
What a gift the afternoon was to me.

Those of you who visit only on Saturday might be interested to know I do an "I Like" post every Thursday where I list the positive things that made me smile during the week. I have been joined in doing these posts by about 12 other bloggers. Please come look at those posts and join us! I'll add in your link! 
the link to all the posts is: Click here!

Linking to a few parties on my links page, including:

design wall Mondays at smallquiltsanddollquilts
sewcanshe Saturdays
oh Scrap Sundays 
 slow stitching Sundays
sew can do mondays
Inspire me mondays 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

"I Like", Thursdays #42

Welcome to this week's list of everyday things to Like!
 *I Liked this placemat found in a store in Frederick. I didn't buy it because we had Milo with us and he was shopping too, and chose a toy so we were busy explaining to him we had to pay for it.
See that post here

I Love all the texture and lines turning a basic circle into a lovely flower! I should make a version of them too! I'm so glad my family sewed, and I took home Ec in junior high where I learned clothing construction and how to use a sewing machine!

I loved fabric from about age 5. I made Barbie clothes, I pieced quilt blocks about age 7, I hand embroidered towels for gifts. I embroidered my jeans in high school, and made most of my clothes from the time I learned how through college.

*I Like these foods in my fridge...

Watermelon cleaned cold and ready to slice in the evenings!
Sausage patties already cooked ready to warm up for breakfasts
leftover casserole waiting to be rewarmed for a quick dinner (Love leftovers)
Horizon organic milk... just tastes better
cherry flavored sparkle water
*I Liked finding this dress at Khols, 90% off at $6! Then another 30% off to bring the cost to $4.30
look at the crystals on the sleeves
 *I Like wearing skirts in the summer
Skirts aren't just for dancing! Now that a person can buy stretchy tight shorts to wear under a skirt, it's like wearing shorts and a T-shirt but with the style of a skirt! I'm all about comfort. There's something about wearing shorts under that make the whole thing so comfy.

* I Liked finding these Father's day gifts at Khols made by IZOD for Milo's preppy daddy
little blue anchors on the shirt. Both pieces have a bit of stretch so they can be a slimmer fit than usual.

*I LIke this blog
I must remember this blog... no way to subscribe by email I can find. It's filled with lovely pictures of the blogger's life in Japan. So lovely. Travel sideways!

*I Like our video of Milo meeting the 180 lb Bernese young 'un down the street

* Milo Likes  ice cubes!
I try to keep a bowl of them in the freezer for his enjoyment
Milo here... what fun these are! Who knew drinking water could be so much fun! They skitter around the kitchen floor so I get my exercise while eating them so I keep my figure! Funny... they seem to disappear while I play with them though. Mama's always there with another one! She's useful that way.

Please enjoy the lists these fine folks have made too!

6, craftscaviescontras
8.https://gwynedtrefethen (Posts on Fridays)

linking to some parties including
Thankful Thursdays pet parade's be social Wednesdays 
myquiltinfatuation Thursdays

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Milo's Meanderings... two car trips in one weekend!

Cover boy... starting a life of modeling
 Milo here: First of all, I needed to get used to riding in Daddy's car... not as much room as Mommy's Van 
I felt quite comfy in this set up. (editor's note: I know I know, a good mom would put him in a harness and connect it to the seat belts. Cole traveled with us his whole life in the backseat, so that's what we're doing now, and may change to a harness later)
Milo here, again: They also brought along that stupid cage!
 It's way, WAYYY too small for me now but Momma said I might need it. I showed them I did not!
I liked nesting in my bed. Guess what! If I lay with my head between the seats I can snuffle up ALL the air conditioning of the whole car and finally be cool enough in my black fur coat! 
Oh sure, Mama tried to cut parts of me off while I tried to eat the evidence, but it's still hot here. Anyway, I "chilled out" for a fine ride in the car! I think I'm gonna like going with them places! 
So anyway here I am in Annapolis enjoying my first Father's day!
 That's my Daddy's legs... I LOVE to bite at them! Here we are being men together looking at boats. 
Lots of boats...
and lots of water that looked very inviting to me as I was hot! But I do like to fit in and my people were not jumping in that water so I stayed dry with them! Later we shared a drink in a pub, just kidding, it was a market and we all had a little coconut water.
Anyway I met lots of people and little kids and dogs and walked my little legs nearly down to nubs.
I decided to sit a moment to take it all in. When I decide to sit, my people have finally learned to let me as I am a stubborn little dog. They say I'm not in charge but you'll notice we are sitting for a rest heh heh. Small but mighty!

 The day before we drove a long way to Frederick and I learned a lot about shopping and walking and meeting people and being really good...

We went in a store full of house stuff, where they had dog toys down at MY level!
Shopping is FUN, y'all! 
I looked around in the toy basket, and sorry! I didn't want the one Momma wanted, the ginormous red tomato,  I looked and looked til I found the perfect one! A pea pod.
I grabbed it and said, this is the one! Momma groused and said it's so small for the same money.

I said, Momma, it's not about size, it's about finding the right toy! This one is nearly flat but for three bumps and a really squeaky squeaker!
 I carried it all around the store and when it was time to go, when the Momma finally stopped oooohing and aaaaahing over all the housewares I said "come on! I am getting this and there's no money left for you to buy a chicken pitcher!"
So I reached into Daddy's pocket and got out lots of dollars and paid the nice woman who also gave me a treat. She said, "Frederick is very dog friendly!" and it sure is! And I was very store friendly, not touching anything else, and greeting people, and no peeing anywhere at all! Good boy, me!
Okay, I don't need a bag, I'll carry it out in my "poodle teeth of death"

Thanks Creme de la Creme, we'll be back! Daddy said I better save my allowance though. 

So that's my big two day's in a row car trip story! I'm a travelin' Man!  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Mischief of Milo... reading material

Those of you who know me, know I love a magazine! I have hundreds of them waiting to be thumbed through and enjoyed!!! read all about that here!

They are a collection of sorts!

Well, Milo has a similar love of magazines!
Milo: I LOVE a good magazine!
They make this fabulous ripping noise when you barely bite them!
They fall into these little pieces that remind me of tearing into prey!
This is a job for SUPER POODLE! 

I keep the mama happy by not eating them, well, most of them heh heh. I might have accidentally swallowed a tiniest piece because it wouldn't fall out of my mouth but really it's just fun to tear them up!
(They don't really taste like chicken if anyone told you they did)
 Here I am enjoying an article about Maya Rudolph! Mama seemed to enjoy it with her eyes but I mostly like to enjoy things with taste! How about you? Mmmmph.... she's cool!
Ahhhhhh, surveying my handiwork!
Don't you feel great after finishing a big project?? I do!!!

And the mama doesn't have to shred anything! I do it for her! For NOTHING! Free! 
Gosh! I am so tired now.

Better get busy on those power naps! Gotta get them all in to my day, between the bursts of biting/running/playing and growing up!
My advice is take more naps! 

(LeeAnna: whew! It's work letting a puppy work for you! Guess I am in the role of "snoop-ervisor" 

I gave Milo a magazine headed for recycling. I started with the little inserts on card stock. He had so much fun I held the magazine for him to tear off pages. Then just graduated to handing him the whole thing! 

It's so satisfying to see him busy. I know, I know, it's a bad precedent to let him chew a magazine but right now I choose my battles and I'm tired. He only chews the ones I give him, and when he's looked at others a "not that!" diverts him, and the others are out of reach of his teeth. He loves the sound of ripping and it reminds me of my lab puppy Chelsea. 

She loved to tear up a cardboard box! Riiiiiiiiiip! He hears "not that, no, stop" often enough so around here so we chose to let him do this.  We're all getting through this phase best we can! )

Saturday, June 17, 2017

yellow hexies rays of sunshine!

These are two yellow hexie blocks (I got the pattern from Twiggy and Opal but changed it) Please refer back to one of my early posts about hexie stars for the pattern source.

I like the block because it's done by hand, uses little scraps (the blocks are 8" X 9") and are graphic.
I do not have fun piecing them. I mean, I enjoy hexies all day long but these tiny spindly points done with EPP are more of a challenge than fun. Still... I started them and plan to make something from them.

There are lots of components done waiting for turning into blocks
and we hope to drive to Frederick today for open houses and a walk so maybe some will be pieced.
First there is the fabric choice, then cutting a rough size, then basting  through paper (not how I do hexies thru back only) then choosing backgrounds to go with stars, basting them, then sewing the whole shebang.

I decided to use the color of the month, yellow, to do backgrounds on some stars and quite love it!
Just to amuse myself... a button flamingo looks pretty!

If I had sewing time this week, I used it to finish the top to my abstract including piecing in the flower strip with two more NYBeauties...
And sewing on a border of stars. Points there repeat points in the top. Yellow gives me breathing room and I expect to both hand and machine quilt this. I made this for a planned exhibit but might choose to keep it instead of selling it. I fell in love with it.
I had to piece two little flower strip pieces together to get the whole saying, but this whole piece came from scraps too small to keep and that's why it sings!
I already did a post on the center of the quilt last week and will do one once it's quilted.
As always, I thank Angela at soscrappy for the rainbow scrap challenge group as inspiration to work in one color for the month.

That's it for me, and I'm linking to these parties:
sewcanshe Saturdays
oh Scrap Sundays 
 slow stitching Sundays
design wall Mondays at smallquiltsanddollquilts
the mop link party mondays
sew can do mondays 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Still life... backyard edition

As an artist who enjoys peace, I looked at my backyard as a still life today...

This is our water fountain with a flamingo (slightly listing) and it gives us such peace to hear and watch the water fall.
Hard to come by these days. Peace and security go hand in hand to me and I haven't felt very secure since November. Birds even metal ones are peaceful....
The one remaining railing window box is peaceful...
It holds the steadfast returning perennial creeping jenny.
This shot represents a lot... the cow planter made of wood was given to me by my boyfriend and now husband when we first met. He came to pick me up in Boston when I flew in for a visit, and bought this for me. We are married over 20  years now.
 Milo's outside toys are here, a wicker chair, pretty railings and view of yard all contribute to a sense of permanence and calm.
I love lawn ornaments and this flower is tall, and made of spoons!

An old fountain shaped like a lotus, and a heron statue of metal, with ferns, are another still life I observe from my perch.
the glorious leaves of a hosta inspire me to make quilted leaves. The color is healing. The curved repetitive lines are soothing. How would I create shadows like this in art? Would it read as natural?
I suppose there is always...
another ornament I can see from my perch. It's small, delicate, but made of metal and has endured many seasons. Hopefully hope will endure.

Those are my still life photos today. What would you be inspired to make with them? I would write a story like this one but with a beginning middle and end.

I might paint or make in fabric a scene.
 I might remember my love of cows and flamingos and words. Or a piece of pottery.
Imagine a song inspired by one of these photos.

Linking to