|a flower... and a cat sitting on a fence under a tree|
|smaller disks - a tree with roots and a dove|
(I can see that the dove's beak is not very easy to see.. but it is there)
Besides these, I have finished quilting 3 small quilts... except for the binding. I don't know how to do this, so have to wait until my friend shows up next week to show me. But the machine quilting itself wasn't bad at all.
Bummer: Our car has been in the shop for the last 2 days. The "check engine" light came on over the weekend and unlike Penny (on the Big Bang) we couldn't ignore it. This is actually my car (DH has a truck) and this car used to belong to my mom... so it's 20 years old this year. But it's a Grand Marquis and drives really well for the most part (Mom never traveled very far in it). Anyway, it did have a few problems that needed to be attended to ($$$), but we're hoping it will last another year or so... so we did fix her up.
This on top of the new lawn means we won't be doing much of anything else for a while.
Do any of you watch "America's Test Kitchen"? Well, on it they have a segment where they test various kitchen equipment and let you know which came out on top. A while back they tested French Press coffee makers - about 6 different ones. My daughter and her family really prefer French Press over other methods and apparently the host on ATK does also (DH does not - he doesn't like the foamy residue). Anyway, the one that topped all the others was a Bodum Stainless Steel French Press because it had silicone around the strainer which kept the grinds from coming through better than the others and also because the Stainless Steel kept the coffee hotter longer than the glass ones. Anyway, I thought this was interesting. Since we use both a Keurig and a Nespresso, we don't need a French Press (although I do have a small one for when daughter comes to visit).
Reasons to be happy:
1. Feral mama cat had kittens in our yard. We think 3 or 4 - didn't get a good look - but one was not black but actually looks a bit like ol' Sam???
2. Spotted Sam in the neighborhood... so he's OK (despite the trauma).
3. Have a new lawn (despite the $)... and it looks nice.
4. Have a working car (despite the $)... so I can return to studio.
5. The weather is wonderful... and our backyard is green again!
That is one green back yard. Looks beautiful!ReplyDelete
It is green...Delete
We have a 15 year old Chrysler Concord. It needs a little body work but runs like new.ReplyDelete
We want to keep it as long as we can. It would be expensive to replace it.
I like the idea of listing reasons to be happy. I try to put 3 things to be grateful for on an index card each day.
My old car looks pretty good for it's age.,, and we really like not having a car payment. So we'll hold off as long as we can.Delete
three quilts and carving and list of good things, amazing you are for sure, Mercury Marquis are supposedl to be good cars hope it hold up for you. Are you going to show us the quilts. ?ReplyDelete
Yes, I will post pics of quilts as soon as they are finished...Delete
I do hope that you might consider getting Mama Cat fixed so that all these kittens can have a good life. No judgment here, just concern. :-)ReplyDelete
Oh, we will definitely get mama cat fixed if we can catch her... and kittens will go to the Adoption Center.Delete
Lovely carvings...you are so creative! I admire your optimism too....I have a tendency to look at the negative so it's wonderful to see how you can turn one (the car expense) into a positive (transportation to the studio).ReplyDelete
Have a wonderful week!
You have been busy. I really like the tree medallion and will be interested to see the quilts.ReplyDelete
The tree medallion was the very first carving experiment. I had planned to make something for my daughter-in-law. She showed me a pic of something she saw and asked if I could do it. It was a piece of clay jewelry that you put an oil essence on... but when I checked the clay that I had rolled out and let dry... it was too thick for jewelry. So I decided to "play" with it and see if I could practice "carving'. It was kind of fun... and a learning experience.Delete
And as soon as I get the binding on, I will post a pic of the 3 small quilts.
i love the carved tiles and would enjoy seeing the finished product.ReplyDelete
I'll definitely post them when finished... but don't expect too much. For whatever reason I generally like my creations in clay (or bisque), but not as much once glazed...?ReplyDelete