Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I love getting packages!

Ooohh... I've gotten some fun packages in the last week or so! First I got this (not including the scissors... that's for size comparison and to prop up the items):


Then another day I got this.....


... along with this:


Later on I got a big hunk of this:


But best of all, yesterday THIS arrived:


Oh, wait... it looks better out of the plastic bag. Here:


The colors aren't totally accurate. A rainy day with no good natural light had something to do with that, plus sometimes my camera just WON'T get colors right. It's really much prettier in person than these photos show.

Here's a closer look:


Did you notice that selvage? Look closer yet!


Yes! It's from Jessica Jones's latest fabric line... that isn't even out in the stores yet! (Woohoo! I sure like being her mom! I get privileges!!) Did you notice the texture of the fabric? It's on barkcloth. I knew nothing about barkcloth before, but I love this stuff!

Okay, let's put all those fun things together and see what we come up with.


Haha... you'll have to wait to find out what it's going to be. And I need to get busy working on it!

In case you wondered, the fabric's coming out soon! It will be introduced at the International Quilt Market in Houston, TX the end of this month. After that it will be available for purchase. Jess will be going to QM, and taking this with her! So I have to get it done and shipped to her before she goes. No biggie. Ha. But if I disappear, you'll know why. ;)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Autumn cuteness

I believe this is called a "catonpillar".


Must be a type of wooly-bear. Probably indicates a very cold winter ahead.


Do you think it'll turn into a butterfly?

More Autumn adorableness....



Oh, how I wish I could get my hands on her! :)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Open Wide Pouch

I bought a little camera cleaning kit recently from Amazon. 


Here's what was in it.


I needed something to store it in, like a little pouch of some kind, but this piece is what presented the problem:


No flat pouch would do. It needed to be something kind of wide to hold that air blower tool (no, it's not a baby booger sucker!).

Recently I've read a couple of blog posts about a cute little pouch that sounded like it would work well. It's the Open Wide Pouch, from a free tutorial by Noodlehead.

I decided to use up some fabric from my stash, which for some reason contains mostly Jessica Jones fabrics. This is from one of her earliest lines, and it's called "Sunflowers" (and is now sold out).


The photos make the color look black for some reason, but it's actually a dark brown.


The lining and zipper tab are from a fabric Jess gave me, but she didn't design it. This next photo shows it slightly more brown instead of black.


Here's the wide open inside... it's getting browner (but the sunflowers are too pale)! I usually sew up a lining like that by hand, but this time I was lazy and sewed it by machine, as you can probably tell. Not a big deal, especially since it was just for me.


It was a perfect fit, as I'd hoped. Below is everything nestled into its new pouch.


The pouch is small, like only about 5½ inches across at the bottom. But there's a link in the tutorial for 2 larger sizes. It was quite simple and quick to make. I sewed it together (after having already cut it out) in an evening after supper. Just a note if you decide to make one of these, the tutorial calls for a 10" or longer zipper for the small pouch. A 9" one will work just fine. I was going to use a 9", but ended up using a 14" (and cut it off), just because the brown matched better.

Now just to use that cleaning kit to get rid of those little fibers that have been bugging me when I look through the viewfinder! At least they don't show up in my photos.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fun on the deck

Ahh... how I love having kittens to watch on the deck again! I've missed Rainbow's kittens so much, but finally I have new bouncing babies. And they were certainly going at it late Wednesday morning! Here are 3 little video clips so you can watch the fun, too. (If you can't see them on your tablet, it's probably because you don't have Flash, so head to your desktop computer and watch from there. Sorry about that.)

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Did you notice the white one jump right over Mama? Ha!

They sure do keep their mama busy. Bath time's a challenge, too:

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That little "hmm?" you heard was Annabelle. She was enjoying the show, too.

Remember how Purrl had her own style of drinking? This little furball has an unusual one, too. Must be a calico thing. ;)

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By the way, I've named her Autumn, because of her lovely colors. I've named the others, too. Tell ya later....

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Just one photo

Due to the photo overload of the last few days and because there's something else I want to spend my time doing, you only get one pic today. Sometimes we just need to slow down and enjoy the peace while it lasts, so here's a lovely sunset for you from last week. It looks much better enlarged, so click on it to expand your enjoyment.