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Shoreline, CT, United States
I would love for you to join me (a retired senior)in my zany crafting adventures with quilting (waaaaay too much fabric); scrapbooking (will I ever catch up?); redwork; counted cross stitch; crossword puzzles; reading; and cooking.

Friday, February 5, 2016

ROOM WITH A VIEW


Gazing out at our first big snow storm....it is wet and heavy and our cedars are bowing in the wind.....


                                             HEARTS OF SNOW
My new hand piece continuing my Comfort Cloth series...I am letting the first one
(Grief cloth) rest a bit on my wall...it needs something else--but I don't know what as yet..............and so......needing to continue with a comforting hand work.....

Here are the floating hearts I appliqued last night...using the fabrics I  tea/metal
dyed 
appliqued on a nice white linen....
you can see where the darker stain was touching the metal...
this was from a walnut dye pot from long ago--

a Summer simmering in the shimmering heat....

looking out at our white landscape today,
              it doesn't seem possible that Summer will come again....

But we are tucked up inside under lap quilts sipping tea
--not having to go anywhere--so---
it is a gift of beauty in this grey Winter...

I have prepared a roast chicken for a mid afternoon dinner with mashed potatoes and stuffing and cran sauce....warms the cockles of our hearts just thinking about it
 (what are cockles anyway??) LOL

I managed to trim Steven's quilt yesterday and it is resting on the spare bed until I gather enough black and white fabrics to cut for binding.....

I hope you are all warm and safe and able to enjoy this Winter blessing.....
hugs Julierose, La Blageuse (snowed-in-euse)


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

STEVEN'S QUILT-FINALLY!!


Phew!!  It's together at last !  And my back/side/shoulder/hand 
are only a bit sore from hauling this through Helga--(she wasn't too thrilled with the seam intersections--uff-dah!!).


I am going to let her rest along with me, after unpinning the basting pins.....

I think that QAYG seam buttings are so thick that they should be trimmed away completely...who knew????



As you can see here, the intersections are wonky (to say the least)--BUT.....
DONE, FINIS, FAIT ACCOMPLI, ....I truly didn't think that I would be able to smoosh this
baby through....


Now, Le Quilt is set up on my mat on the dining table so that I will be able to trim that extra border flush with the quilt and then make the binding. 

Not today though--perhaps this weekend. And,
speaking of this coming weekend....

We will be going to see Steven play lead alto in his High School Band and in his Trio Concert on Saturday.  What fun!!  
AND.................

I have two more little sections left on my Comfort Cloth--the hand is pretty sore though, so stitching will have to wait--hello...CAN YOU SAY  Epsom Salts anyone???? Plan on soaking it--(I should go and soak my HEAD!! grrrr).

I will not be machine quilting ANYMORE large bed quilts....big stitch hand quilting or tying....is what I see in my future. So, plan waaay ahead will become my 
new Mantra.

Thank you for all your concerns during my absence.  I couldn't even type--and frankly, was quite a "BEAR"...grrrrrr. Not good company--
just ask my DH....;--0000

hugs 
Julierose, La Blageuse (finished-euse)YAY!!

Friday, January 22, 2016

MY FRANKLIN DAILY JOURNAL

For as long as I can remember i have kept journals of one sort or another; but 
of all of them, this has been my favorite--my Franklin Covey Planner. 
 I totally wore out the first one (it had an all arouund zipper which I loved--
but this is ok too)


It has a monthly calendar along with other monthly pages...where I try to keep track of
all of our appointments..
.I {heart} paper and pen....
.I really don't use any computer calendars at all....they just don't feel real to me...I know, I know,
 I am old fashioned...
well, so be it  ;--)))

and


Here is my page which i have prepared for tomorrow--(I really prefer not to share  written pages as they are private....)
but here is my decorated page ready for tomorrow's happenings...

As you can tell, I keep track of water intake, coffee and tea--and often do
weather and moon cycles...along with daily thoughts and our lives....a bit of planner stamping and much decoration....

I am used to this set up--and love it--and I love the fact that it is a ringed binder and I can replace the dated pages each year.....

Here is my little "place keeper". this also has an alphabetized address book in the back...

all in all my FAVORITE  planner of all times....



This Christmas (!! really??!! ) Cactus is going into bloom for the fourth time this year....lovely white flowers with purple insides....GOTTA LOVE IT!!

AND....on the quilting front:

I managed the two last vertical seams on Steven's quilt today...will take the day off tomorrow and concentrate on my other Art Journal...one which I can share with you....and then I will only have 4 horizontal and shorter seams to quilt....YAY   ;--)))

Went to (trash can..) JoAnnes this morning with DH and got acrylic paint brushes and charcoal pencils for my Art Journal...and a little bottle of CC for making Manhattans...well, we are going to be in a blizazrd after all...lol you do what you have to do--right???

Mr. DH gave me a snow blower lesson this afternoon and I am ready (yessir!! aye aye sir0
 with, peaked cap, mittens and earmuffs in hand (not at all a good visual!!) to go out into the storm and snow blow...."Nanouk of the North "  that will be me !!

hugs to you all and I hope that you are staying warm and safe in this snow storm=-ey weather...
hugs, to all
Julierose, La blageuse...


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

TRANSORMATION


Here is the "Grief Cloth" 
 which has  now become my "Comfort Cloth"........................

Working out my grief in stitches,
                         very slowly .......................

this has been transformative for me;

still having moments of sadness, but more and more "letting go" 
willing to fly solo....



Whiteness, moving across the scene....quiet....stillness.....


snow covering the grounds now when I visit.........


their two  hearts touching once again 
as they root back into the earth together...

AND

So, whenever I pick up this piece, I am feeling comforted....my thoughts now
turning to 
warm memories....

Hugs 
Julierose, La blageuse (moving on-euse)

Friday, January 15, 2016

HERE'S WHERE I AM

Steven's quilt is all bordered, layered and ready to pin baste--FINALLY ;l-));
hoping to begin tomorrow after a back rest period this afternoon....



A page from my "Haiku" Art Journal---using my Gel pens,  stamps, colored pencils, inks, washi tapes and Project Life cards and stickers....I have set up each page with the circular date stamp and the header--at least for January--I may go a bit more free-form in the next few months......

And here is today's page, completed except for the temp at sunset... I seem to be concentrated on
weather each day for some reason.....

                         {that's me a little off-kilter up there--as i am feeling today}

You can see the Haiku quote by --RYOKAN-- on the left of the stamped and inked flower....
AND
that little stick girl (on the lower right) is me having walked on the treadmill!!

I am having such fun working with all my paper STUFF! again....

Hugs to you all,
Julierose, La Blageuse (craft-euse)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

CHRISTMAS MEMORIES-MEET THE FAMILY


 HERE'S MY DARLING TWO YEAR OLD WILLA ROSE LOOKING AT ALL THE PRESENTS UNDER THE TREE ON CHRISTMAS EVE......
DONCHA LOVE IT???? She and her sister, Fiona had matching dresses--HOW CUTE!!

AND HERE'S FIONA SHOWING OFF HER NEW CHRISTMAS DRESS WITH HER DOLLY--
SHE IS TAKING BALLET CLASSES--DONCHA LOVE THE POSE????

We all were together at my son's Jeff's home for a wonderful heart-warming celebration with all my grandchildren...

Here is the fancy cake that my DIL, Lindsay, made (in addition to all the other fabulous food...)

Absolutely scrumptious--chocolate and rasberries--totally YUM!!

Kota got a little tired...ya think?  Gotta love that neckerchief....;--0))

And here is Libby smiling for me....

what a sweetie!1




My son Jeff, such a great guy..(I may be a little biased lol)

Ta Dah---the fabulous DIL who did all this wonderful preparation...


Isn't she just a doll??? I think so 


and my beautiful daughter (inside and out) Candice...

My son-in-law Steve
.Checking out his latest present....



Connor, one of my daughter's twins and Willa who , I think,
has a little crush on him...;--)))

My granddaughter, Cassidy, and Fiona --her shadow--Fiona loves "older" girls  lol

and the other twin, Gregory, near Mom, and loving Libby--he and the Liebster
don't get too far apart ever.....

And here I am yakking as usual...and hoisting a bit of wine....

And Willa dancing with "Grand-pere--(DH)"

what a memorable day and evening...

that we will cherish in our memories...

And this is what 
Christmas is all about.

hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

WE'RE HOME AT LAST

Just a short note to tell all of you who wished us luck--

We are home and DH is resting. I will be donning my Nurse's cap
for the next week or so...
I want to thank you for all your good wishes and
prayers--

They did find what was wrong and were able to
take care of it....now to recuperate.....

hugs,
Julierose La Blageuse (relieved-euse);--000