Saturday, May 29, 2010

My Bloggers Quilt Festival 2010 quilt entry

OOPS!!  I GUESS I WAS TOO LATE TO JOIN THE FESTIVAL...By the time I got the courage to upload my was closed... poop :(  oh  maybe next time. Go and check out all the other more couragous (sp) women who posted their quilts on time!

It's Blogger's Quilt Festival this week and I'm sharing my all time favorite.  It's my Stained Glass Star Quilt I made in class at Atlantic Fabrics in Dartmouth NS.  My teacher was the fantastic Ken :)  

In my previous home I had it hanging on our hall wall.  It is huge :)  Hope you like it :)

Personalized Pillow

I did it!  I really did it!  I actually made something start to finish.  My friend Sancia's daughter Lilli is celebrating her 3rd birthday and I thought it would be great to make something for her with her name on it.  Why not a personalized decorative pillow!  The pillow measures 12x18 and is very colorful.  I fused the letters on top of the white and then stitched around the each letter.  Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures throughout the process; I'll do that soon when I make 2 more for my granddaughters. 

Has anyone else made a personalized pillow?  Let's see them :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Garden from H E double hockey sticks

Yup, that's how I feel :)  We moved into our home a couple of years ago and I loved that it showed promise of lush gardens and trees etc.  This was April when we bought and there was still snow on the ground. BUT!  for the last two years we have been trying to reign the garden in.  It is taking over the lawn.  I think a previous owner was a professional gardener and planted everything she could find in the way of perennials, shrubs, fruit trees etc.  I know what you are going to say, to be so lucky to have such expensive plants already in the ground.. but.... there is TOO MUCH.

Just in the backyard there were two plum trees, one nectarine tree, one peach tree, a crab apple tree, 50 hosta plants, 10 butterfly bushes, a hydrangea and the list goes on and on and on!!! The front yard had a huge yew plant which we dug out (it was gross) lol but now have a huge area left over.  I am sure I have every kind of lilly growing out front of the house.

I am overwhelmed.. I have too much and I'm afraid to pull anything out because it might be a nice plant.  I really can't tell the difference between a plant and a sophisticated weed lol.... I am quite familiar with the everyday dandelion weed lol

This is the picture of the house when we bought it.  There's the yucky yew on the left.  That is now gone.
Did anyone else have something like this?  What did you do?  Did you hire something to come in and fix it up?  If so, what did it cost?  I am going to get a few estimates to see if it is worth the money to just have something come in and finish it.  Maintenance is no problem for us, it's just that it sooo overwhelming to start.  I'll keep you posted for sure :)

Friday, May 14, 2010

The theme for this week’s virtual quilt contest is Spring Garden.

I entered this week's quilt contest because of this cute little wall hanging I made a couple of years ago measuring 14 x 9.  I was trying my hand at paper piecing and LOVED IT!  It is definately more intricate working with such small pieces, and you also get to use up a lot of your scraps. 

Go vote for your favorite spring theme quilt at: Quilting Gallery contest.  Hopefully it is mine :)  Voting ends Sunday nite.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

We're Back from CUBA!!

Oh my goodness... what a great time we had...  2 whole weeks of nothing but food, drink and sun.  We stayed at the Blau Varadero on the eighth floor. Everything was great.  The pool, the beach, our room.

 I spent most of the 2 weeks in the shade, since I'm not really a lay in the sun and roast kinda girl,
reading 5 books!  wowsers...

Hot husband alert!!! lol

We even spent the day in Havana on a guided tour.  Very very interesting history.

Then back to reality. When we returned, we were greeted with green green grass and lots and lots of these.  Aren't they beautiful... NOT! lol

 I spent most of the day removing them with my trusty weed hound.  It really does work, although kind of hard on the back...

The proof of my labour :)  

We also had some fun too.. 

My next post will be asking for your assistance with outdoor decor.... Stayed tuned :)


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