Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Pat's Day 2016

Happy St. Pat's day to all of you!  My maiden name is O'Regan, so we do have an Irish heritage. My grandfather brought his wife and children here from England, but his father or grandfather was originally from Ireland. One day I will do the Ancestry DNA testing to see if it can pinpoint an area in Ireland. I've done a little genealogy, but have never been able to find "where" in Ireland his family came from.... just generalities stemming from his surname.
It would be interesting to know.

Now... my quilted valences (which I made to go with the quilt my dear friend made for my birthday a while back) are finally finished and up!  Here's a pic:

We made them for our master bedroom, but since the cats spend so much of their time on our bed, we put the new quilt and valence up in the upstairs guest bedroom. Cats are gated off from the upstairs.  

Oh... another interesting fact (well, not that interesting to anyone but us):  As of the Ides of March, 2016, we have been in Texas for exactly 45 years!  Of course New Orleans will always be our home, but we do love Texas!

Now on to "Chickens":

I am fond of chickens. And I love to see chickens on blogs. Another blogger, KathyB has a blog called "Spot on Cedar Pond" and one of her blogs is devoted to "Just Chickens". Check out her Silkies, Frizzles, and Sizzles, etc. Adorable!

Here's 2 pics I took from her site... (Kathy, I hope you don't mind?)

Frizzles are my favorite. So absolutely adorable.

And here are my clay aga chickens - the 3 tiny ones, fired and done!

These are the only chickens my cats (inside and out) will allow.

And lastly, I'm going to post a pic of the quilted cat scratch chair protector that I made to keep Ghost from tearing up our armchair. It's not exactly good looking (as I made it from scrap fabric), but so far it seems to be doing the job. We saw her sniffing at it the other day, but she didn't scratch. Even if she does, it has 2 layers of batting, so it should give the chair a little protection. I plan to take it off when company comes over, but later (if this works), I could make one of fabric that goes better in that room and then it could just stay on all the time. 

Well, that's all I have for today. 

Have a great St. Patrick's Day Everyone! 


  1. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! The chair protector is a fabulous idea, love it. And the valances and quilt look wonderful in the guest room, perfect!

    All the chickens--and chicks!--are precious, the live ones and yours!

    Take care.

    1. Kim, I don't know what it is about chickens... but they definitely make me smile. Happy St. Pat's Day!

  2. I like your temporary batting just fine! And those valences are wonderful matches to your fabulous quilt. :-)

    1. Thanks, DJan. I like them. We had a few pieces of the fabric left over from the quilt, so I thought "quilted valence"... why not?

  3. what a sweet place setting and love your valences and matching quilt, how creative you are.

    1. Linda, I read this quote once and it stayed with me...

      “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you.”
      ― Gospel of Thomas

      I don't know about the 'save you' part, but 'creating' does seem to fill a need. Don't you think?

  4. That chicken with the baby chicks is adorable. I love your quilting project too.

    1. I know! That mama chicken is so cute. My daughter has 2 Frizzle baby chicks right now too. She is going to send me a pic.

  5. Happy Belated St Patrick's Day! My father's family heritage is Irish so I love the celebration.

    The quilted valance and chair protector are lovely. The chickens both live and handmade are adorable!

  6. Happy Belated St. Patrick's Day Eileen!


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