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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.

Monday, November 19, 2018


                      First flowers emerging in my Still Life Diamond Painting.

I thought this would be fun to work on, as we are moving into the Winter Season here and
all our outside flowers have gone by.....
you can see the sparkle on some of the diamonds shinig out...
so sparkle-ey..;)))

It looks like a needletpoint, doesn't it?  
This makes me happy as I can no longer ply that
needlepoint needle as I did in this one below....

This was my craft of choice for many years and every other one has been gifted away---
this is the only one I kept...
I love how my diamond painting is coming out so far...
I like the "confetti" (little bits of colors ) that a lot of DP-ers complain about doing...the little changes of color that eventually make a whole entity adds to the
look of the painting, I feel..

I am posting about this as I cannot post about my Secret Santa projects.....they are
too far along...Shhhhhh....

What other crafts do you like to do?
we have yet another G R A Y Monday morning...
Both the Hubster and I cannot seem to get used to 
this time change this year--

and I feel as if we are living in a totally gray place....
very little sunshine...
and more snow on the way and/or rain...;0000

I am still hungry and tired at the wrong times...We are not coping with the
change this year very well; why can't they just leave it one way or another?

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (smelling the roses-euse) 

Sunday, November 18, 2018



                                                       DON'T TELL..........................

                                        "  SANTA CLAUS is comin' to town..."
                                                                    🎶 🎄🎅🎶

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (doing "undercover works"-euse ;}}} )

Saturday, November 17, 2018


                                                    Fairies are all framed...
                                                      Aren't they pretty????

I found  two white frames at the Christmas Tree Shop this morning ; 
just what I
was looking for....;)))) (be still my 💓)  

[Michaels only had black and brown frames--I was SO disappointed....and they were
much more expensive...]

The left Fairy will be for Willa's room and the right Fairy for Fiona's.

I trimmed both canvases and used stitchery double-sided tape to adhere them to the
provided matting..(which I reversed to the off white side...)

I am so relieved to have been able to figure this out; I used my sewing rulers and my
paper rotary cutter for trimming...
I just really am enjoying my diamond painting craft....

Here is my latest finish:
                                        Old World Santa with deer and flying owls....
I really enjoyed working this one, too; it was such fun watching the colors emerge...

hope your weekend is filled with fun crafting...
hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (DP-euse)

Friday, November 16, 2018


                           Working on Secret Christmas "things"...Shhhhhh..;)))

Hugs from Mrs. Santa's Helper ---- 
Julierose, La blageuse (stitching-in secret-euse)

Saturday, November 10, 2018


                      " I SEE FIRE AND I SEE RAIN"-- OJOS DI DIOS IS FINISHED!!!
                                                      (avec les pieds de mon mari;}}}   ) 
Here is the back:

(And, by the way, you can just spy our new living room chairs where we have
our four o'clock cocktail hour by our picture window--just sayin' lol)

And my little Teapot label below:

[ I am a huge fan of Trader Joe's Irish Breakfast Tea...
So, I thought a teapot label would be very appropriate for teatime in the garden.....]

And here is the little "Green Fairy" in the geraniums...love those prints....💓💚

                                         Mauve Fairies, frolicking in Monet's Jardin,
                                                                 watch over the borders...

                       I am happy with how it came out....and how the window light
                                                         makes it all sparkle...

And, because I only have muslin for a lining, 
as all the Ojos blocks are constructed on
muslin squares, it is a very lightweight piece....
perfect for Summer Evenings near
our deck garden pots....
under the stars....aaahhhh....

And so, mes amies, you must all be saying--"Wonderful---here she is
going on some more AGAIN about ISF &ISR--;*}}}} BUT
C'est toute fini...done, over, ...and
I know I am happy to lay it over
the chair 
and let it rest......
au revoir Ojos................

And now it'll be onto Maverick Stars...
I will be making 3 backings next...
more on what i am planning for those later on....
Rest for now...

hugs on this lovely Saturday, 

Julierose, La Blageuse (je suis fini-euse)

Friday, November 9, 2018


I sewed my binding on Ojos (ISF & ISR) on the first side...I used leftover strips from the Fairy quilts for Willa and Fiona...

I pieced these two together....just one little piece left of this lovely geranium 

the main part of the backing is this lovely Monet-like landscape fabric...and the french script on either end....
so lovely....

Tomorrow I will sew the flip side of the binding down and then prepare
my label...today my back and shoulders need a time out....

Thom surprised me with this little gem of a surprise gift 
to ease my sewing bigger pieces:

This little side table to support my quilt and not have it dragging along the 
floor and constantly pulling.....;}}} what a sweetie--

I was able to relax more and it went on easily...well, ....
one little wavey piece on
my quilt..but I was able to  ease it in...not perfect--but done ;)))

I am so happy to have this almost finished....and to be able to move onto my
"Bret Bart and Me" project (see my last post for explanation).
I am making, on this windy, chilly and gray afternoon, homemade
chicken soup...a lighter meal tonight after last night's debacle....
I am using lo-fat, salt-free broth and pre-boiled chicken, with onions, celery a few carrot shreds and minimal seasoning....

After this happened:

Thom made his usual terrific creamed tuna on toast--last night
for supper....
but....we both ended up
feeling like we had lead in our stomachs and suffering from heartburn--
up and down all night  (Hello Pepcid and Tums)

JUST TOO RICH a sauce for us these days...so, 
                      this becomes the TUNE: (Tuna--groan...)
                           "...good-bye, so long forever..."..
for that recipe...
It seems ...............

We no longer can tolerate heavy sauces and gravy ....or very spicey foods....

I am attempting to change (not easy for me after cooking with them forever!!)
my cooking style...to lighten up our meals without losing flavor--I mean what
is the point of it, if it isn't satisfying, right?  I haven't had much success with
googled recipes either....both our families made "meat and potatoes" sorts
of meals while we were growing up as was the custom then.  that's
what we are used to....but, everything changes.....
Well...............I guess this has turned out to be a discourse on cooking and
aging digestive systems...huh!  who knew...

Thanks for reading (if you managed to get this far!) ;000

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (blathering-euse--a bit o' Irish along with
the French...;}}} )

Tuesday, November 6, 2018


                                                EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT AND PRIVILEGE..
My eldest grandson, Steven, was able to vote for the first time today--WOO-HOOO....

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (voted-euse) :)))))