Friday, July 3, 2015

Knee high!

Looks like a good crop so far this year... the corn has much more than made knee high by the 4th of July, as shown by my little assistant.

Hope you all (in the U.S.A) have a wonderful Independence Day holiday weekend! And the rest of you have a great weekend, too. ;)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New 'do and kangaroos

Courtney was here yesterday... sporting a new hairdo! It's much shorter! Isn't it cute? I put her to work posing with the Menagerie kangaroos so you can see their actual size. Mama Roo is pretty big, isn't she? 

Courtney got a little goofy and put her hair in pigtails, just to show she could. Ha! Then she made a funny face to go with it so we could send it to Auntie Jess. :)

Update: Just so you know, the Menagerie pattern is now available to purchase! Read LiEr's important post about it here first, and then you can purchase it here!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hazy skies

You've probably heard of the Canadian wildfires that are creating hazy skies for so many people. We're experiencing them, too, here in southern Minnesota. I took pictures of the sun Monday evening as it was heading toward the horizon. This first one was taken with my iPad, but it gave it somewhat of a surreal look.

The pics below are more realistic, taken with my DSLR.

Earlier in the day, everything outdoors seemed to have a yellow cast to it. In spots where the sun hit amongst the shadows, things almost seemed to glow. See the branch in the center of the photo below (click to enlarge). It really stood out... eye-catching and just a bit weird.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Without further ado....

... because I already ado'ed long enough (but I've been a-doing and a-doing all this time... mowing, planting, mowing, more planting, mowing, weeding, mowing, etc., etc.)...

Anyway, I am finally finished testing The Menagerie pattern!!! Here are some progress shots I took along the way (that I never got around to showing you):

And now I'd like you to meet Mama Roo and her baby girl, Jodi!

I had a terrible time deciding on which fabrics to use (as usual), since I had no actual kangaroo colors of fleece. I finally went with some pieces that I'd been gifted awhile back in exchange for asparagus. They were scraps, but they went together well, and there was enough to do the job (although there's a seam at the top of the pouch instead of a fold because the piece was too small).

Of course a girl baby couldn't be Joey, so she became Jodi. Ha. Isn't she a cutie pie?

I give this pattern an A+ rating! It is amazing! There is soooo much in it, as you can imagine, with all those animals. But there are basic pieces, and variations to go from there. LiEr has gotten it all down, step by step, to make it easy for you. Just be sure to read all the information at the beginning, before you get to the individual animal instructions. You will need to refer back to this in the making of your animals.

The absolute hardest part of this pattern for me was that there were no seam allowances on the templates (for good reasons), so I had to remember to add my own. This is the first pattern I've ever had to do that with in my 45+ years of sewing! I didn't goof in cutting it out, but being the ultra-conservative piece-layer-outer that I am, trying to get the best layout to save fabric, I was constantly catching myself not leaving room for the seam allowances between the pieces! Ha! But I managed. As for the rest of it... the baby 'roo was a bit fiddly just because it was so small, but not that bad, and everything went together pretty smoothly. The thing I love about sewing with fleece is that it's so forgiving. If your seam is a little off, it doesn't show. :)

I've sent my final notes to LiEr, and she will get the pattern tweaked and up for sale ASAP. You can watch for it on her blog here or in her pattern shop here. I'll update this post, too, when the pattern is ready.

Update: The pattern is now available for purchase!  Read LiEr's important post about it here first, and then you can purchase it here!

I know some of you have been waiting a long time for this pattern, but believe me, it's worth the wait! Enjoy... and I hope I get to see pics of a lot of the animals that are made from it!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Look what I saw last night!

Hi! Sorry for the absence! I'm not done with the pattern test yet, but very close. Early next week it should be ready to go into LiEr's shop, and I'll show you what I've been making! 

But that's not what I'm here to talk about. I just had to show you what I saw last night during supper. My place at the kitchen table faces the living room windows, so I often notice things I might not otherwise see. Last night I happened to see a couple of little birds  hopping along a branch a ways up in a tree across the driveway. They almost looked like baby turkeys! I got up for a closer look, and then grabbed the camera and went outside.

Here's what I saw... sure enough - turkeys! And despite them being turkeys (you know how much I "love" them), I have to say that this is one of the cutest sights I've seen in a long time (not counting kittens, of course!). Just look (and click on any photo to enlarge it):

It looks like there's one rebellious little one who just has to face the opposite direction from the rest of the babies - ha!

Look at all those little tail feathers. There are quite a pile of chicks under that mama's wings! I can count at least 7 on the left side, and there is for sure 1 more on the right side. That must be quite a feat getting all those little ones tucked in for the night!

That little forward-facing one appears to be asleep in the photo below. And if you look really closely, you can see another beak hanging down behind the branch. I wonder if they really have to sleep with their little heads hanging down??? Such a precarious way to spend the night!

It's a cool sight to see. But the bad news is that it means there will likely be 8 or more turkeys added to the flock that roams the yard. *sigh*