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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.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

SETTING UP

    I spent the afternoon setting up this area for my junk journaling (JJ)....

I use a LOT of STUFF!!  This JJ station is right behind my sewing machine
and off to the right from diamond painting area...

[I can roll my office chair around on the hardwood floor 
to the three different work stations...]

Thank heavens for my IKEA cart--its upper  two 2 shelves 
hold most of the items I use for JJ (lotsa "stuff"); 
and the bottom one holds diamond painting items...
and framing needs...

            Here is the "L-shaped" set up for JJ'ing and DP-ing...

Behind, in this pix, is my cutting table --
a rescued item from when Thom taught Middle School 
that they were going to heave out during a remodel...

It didn't have any top so, 
Thom attached an old door which he sealed for the top...
We like to re-use and re-purpose here....;))))

Those drawers hold all my dies and the 3rd drawer is my "drawer
of shame"--items that never worked out...(gulp!!);000
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I had stored all my JJ stuff in boxes and had to haul it all out today--
but I have found most of what I intend to use for now...needless to
say I am pretty knackered...but have a dedicated spot for JJ-ing.
so that makes me happy...

I am SO lucky to have a dedicated craft room for myself...
I used to have to pull everything out and work on our dining 
room table and then
put it all away each time...yikes!!

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I hope you are enjoying this spate of gorgeous weather...

We have a big storm coming in tomorrow and we are going
to a friend's 80th (yes 80th!!) birthday party about one hour's
drive away--so wish us luck with that drive..

hugs, Julierose La Blageuse (multi-crafting-euse)

Monday, October 14, 2019

JUNK JOURNALING [aka Bad turkeys]

                       MY HANDMADE TRAVELER'S NOTEBOOK

After the Turkey Lurkey Family decided not to cooperate this morning--as in:

                oh, the batting needs trimming, uhhh
               ohhh---- now the backing does, and now
                    I see that the top itself is not even...
                         [This ever happen to you??] 
I got so frustrated--I mean if i keep on trimming it up it'll
fade away into nothingness!!  
Mine eyes have not seen the "glory" ;)))
of these turkeys--this top is a "T U R K E Y"  
                                        ...really....

so, before I did anymore cutting, I put it away for another day...

[I hung them on a hanger facing in--there that ought to
SHOW THEM !!:00000]

My eyes are not reliable--at least......
I'd like to think that is the reason....
S I G H 
anyway...
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And so, onto My TN (Traveler's Notebook) Junk Journaling:

Ahhhh...playtime...papers, glue, scissors, (no rocks hahaha)


I made this one from scratch last year to chronicle
Late Fall into Winter and Christmastime....

This morning I turned to these pages and began :



    
This is about Thom's making his {our family's} famous spaghetti sauce....

I backed the pages with a Wintery scene and glued various items 
on top and did some pen work..
and added my whimsical sewn selvages to the sides...
THEN:
                I have an old, falling apart cookbook that I tore up and added for the wording....

                     Clouds, snowflakes, hot cocoa...comfort on a cold, cold day...
AND
Here is a picture of the opening pages spurring me on....
    I have used old scrapbooking cards, stickers and photos of bare Autumn trees...these pages
                                       are a preview of Fall into Winter scenes...

                   THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY...
I needed to just PLAY around and have fun...make a "hot mess"  
               "Girls Just Gotta Have Fun..."
                                                             RIGHT????

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So mes amies, Mr. & Mrs. Turkey-Lurkey (bad bad turkeys!!)
 are in the dog--uh turkey-- house for now...
maybe this "time out" will make them behave...
👀👀👀..and
hopefully, my eyes will return to normality soom..

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (journaling-euse)

Friday, October 11, 2019

I THINK I CAN

                      Here are the two fabrics I've chosen for the back of Turkey Lurkey...
                                    I just love those golden pears
                                            and the autumn leaves...


                         Here's a better shot of the leaves and berries....

I plan to make 3 blocks with the pears holding center stage....
They will be 15.5 inches square each...
I think I can manage to cut them tomorrow....hopefully...

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And here is the beginning of my LARGE (ohmygosh--really large!!)
diamond painting, entitled : "Beach Dunes"

I had started this one before my eye issues began....


                  This will be my first "landscape" diamond painting...
                             [and perhaps the last....]

Those long swaths of the same color are difficult to get evenly spaced
...which you can see on the top light blue rows--placing those diamonds 
has to be precisely done; and this canvas, lovely as the image is,
has pretty light lines for placement...the drills are tiny little 
squares and tend to want to go their own way.....

I had been going really slowly and doing the
same color in a checkerboard fashion to help set the drills evenly...
but there is still "gapping" going on...;(((. I am hoping that
from a distance it will not be so obvious...as this is a huge project
and will take a lot of time and effort....
B U T . . . . 
I will have to wait a while longer before attempting any diamond
painting work....but this is where it stands for now...
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I want to thank everyone who sent good wishes, thoughts and prayers
for me...they were so appreciated...;)))

FYI for those who have asked...

I did go to my eye doctor almost 3 weeks ago now and have 
since been told
that these things "take time"--- and I am a testament to that!!;(((

The 👀 infection itself is over; but the stubborn STY is still in evidence; 
so . . .
I am using warm compresses and massage to try to get it to 
disappear...and it has gotten smaller.
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I want to thank you,  Barbara for sending me this lovely squishy care 
package to lift my spirits...so sweet...love that Santa and the 
reindeer is just so cute...I am thinking of Christmas placemats for
Fiona and Willa...


        Such lovely Christmas fabrics and a pretty, golden/orange leafy print...

I am happy to be back blogging and working on my sewing once 
again....even just part time...

hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse...












Monday, October 7, 2019

A WIN;

Look at the pattern I just won over at Jan Patek Quilts!!!!
 Isn't it just charming?
Perfect for the holiday Season....Thank you Jan.. I love your patterns, hoping I can do it justice...
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I am still struggling with my eye infection and Sty!! S I G H --so not really able to see well
enough to sew or diamond paint or read .....S I G H ...so frustrating...

I just wanted to let all of you who have sent good wishes and inquiries that it is
getting better and I will be back soon...thank you all.....

Here is where I left off with Turkey Lurkey:
Mr and Mrs. Turkey are tapping their feet impatiently
waiting for me to come and finish their backing...

Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse

Sunday, September 22, 2019

DARLING KOTA

                                                              R I P              KOTA

We lost our lovely "grand dog" yesterday--she was very ill and my son and DIL
had to make that difficult decision....

She was a "rescue dog"--the last one left
at the rescue center and no one wanted her...
that did it for my DIL, Lin,--she
would be their doggy...and their first "baby"...

Our granddaughters, Fiona and Willa have never known life without her and
they are just crushed...

We are all saddened...but know that she had a wonderful life...

Back soon,
Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (broken-hearted-euse💔💔💔)

Friday, September 13, 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019

I LIKE NO 20

                                                     I like this funny card that
                                    friends sent us to celebrate our
                                     54th Wedding anniversary 
                                          yesterday......

We went out for lunch and I had lazy man's lobster and Thom had 
scallops--just a wonderful meal--quite a treat.....

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                           I like that Aurowla is almost finished...
She is really beautiful, I think!!  It's been slow going on her as my shoulder
has been pretty sore...but bit by "fun bit" she is getting done..;)))

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I like that my selection of Presencia threads came in --now I
can contemplate some more how to quilt my Snowballs piece......

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                      I like this old photo of my Uncle Julian 
                                and his best doggy Briney...;))

          (I was named after him (he was my my mother's brother)
                        and my Great Grand-mere, Julie-- 
                               and also my Grand-mere, Rose)
And so Julierose.....

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For an Anniversary present, Thom set up Pandora in my sewing room 
for me...where I can listen to my favorite Big Band music....
Sweet, huh???💖💕💕

I am joining in with Lee Anna this week and many others celebrating
our everyday lives, and the "little things" that make our
lives so pleasurable...Thanks Lee Anna..;)))

Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (celebrating-euse)