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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, December 31, 2013


Today my DH and I hot-footed it up to my son's house in MA @ 7 am, to drive him to hisOrthopedic doctor to have his broken wrist/arm/ thumb (??? whatever) evaluated and casted.  I baby sat for Fiona --our partay-gal--while Lin took Willa to MD for her shots.  So, Willa is very sore, of course, and this wonderful baby girl who never EVER complains is in distress...poor pumpkin...

Turns out, Jeff needs an MRI this Friday to determine just what is broken---oh..yes, and this is WHY:

.on Christmas Day he fell off the bumper of his car getting Christmas presents out of the top of the car carrier...and so ended up at our local Clinic to get a wrap and sling and x-rays...we had to open his presents for him...and generally wait on my baby boy..
.With a 2 yr old and a 4-month old babe in arms, things are rather hectic and difficult....not funny, in fact.

We are hoping that the MRI results are positive for just a bad sprain....in the meantime he has a half-cast and his thumb is immobilized.  We hated to leave them this New Year's Eve...
but at least Willa fell asleep and Jeff was able to relax his super sore arm...my baby....you know, you never ever stop being a "Mommy"....

As the year sets along with the sun above, we are resting and looking forward to yet another wonderful year with our family....and I am sending  a huge thank you to all my followers and commenters for making this year a banner one for me--I am very grateful for all your interest and your thoughts......

Hugs, and our best to you all

Love, Julierose, La Blageuse

Saturday, December 28, 2013

CQJP /Diet Update/Project Life

Twelve backgrounds for my 2014 CQJP (Crazy Quilt Journal Project) finished today.  YAY!!!!
Now I can begin the year long process of embroidering each one in the evenings while I watch
Downton Abbey....

In other news, I managed to mantain 25 of the 26 pounds I lost over Christmas--I did "EAT" 
normally--mashed potatoes, candy, crackers etc. 

This morning I am back "on the diet wagon".  

This is my notebook--I write every morsel down that I consume---  and my scale and various  tools I need  as I continue down this weight loss road:

I am set up on my kitchen counter near the stove...

Here is my breakfast today--a 2-egg omelet, fried in real butter with 1 tbs real cream cheese filling--
It was SOOOO yummy:

I have become quite the omelet chef-ette these days...lol--When 'Kota was here she
"Shared" my omelet with me--you know she has to be pretty special for me to part with
any bits of this one!!  Hah! 

Lunches and Dinners have a salad with some kind of protein and snacks contain veggies and
protein (like full fat yogurt or ricotta or 1/2 avocado with cheese etc.).

Since this diet plan contains a lot of the food I like anyway--it's just portioning it out and adding up...a daily total of not more than 25 - 30 carbs/day...Easy Peasy

I will post about my return to Project Life Scrapbooking later on....I have set up about 1/4 of my sewing room dedicated to scrapping and am still on the lookout for a nice "under-the-counter" shelf unit to store my most frequently used tools, embellishments and photos etc.

I have to say that we all had a fabulous Christmas (we celebrated on the 26th) and so enjoyed
having everyone here....pix to come. 

Hugs to all of you--enjoy this "quiet week" --the hiatus time before New Year's
Are any of you resolution makers?  I used to be....but not so much anymore...

Julierose, La Blageuse

Thursday, December 19, 2013




                                                  BLUE LADY

                                                                                                                                                                                  CHRISTMAS MORNING.........................

AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT...............................................................a scene from our backyard "Wildlands" during the snowstorm...taking shelter and rest.......................................


see you all after the New Year.....

Saturday, December 14, 2013


We added lights to our tree by the sliding door; this plant looks like it has had a bad hair day~! (lol)

Our little tabletop fiber-optic tree....very Monet-like...................

And here is a collection of the 8 blocks finished and ready for embroidery next year 

these are the last two I've finished up--only 4 more to go! (See that little piece on the right, that's the border of a gift I am preparing...can't show you the rest yet...)


they are really all on the darker side--perhaps it's the time of year, or my mood.
I am hoping that the embroidery will help to lighten them up....

So far, 5" of snow here on the Coast, falling steadily; supposedly it will increase overnight and then change over to freezing rain/sleet in the morning.......soooo, another inside day............................
to sew--if I can get my energy up for it...

hugs, Julierose, La blageuse

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

NO HO-HO-HO 'S HERE RIGHT NOW: But Some Rays of Sunshine, Too

NOTE: Whine-y Venting Post ;--(((

Remember I told you I was working on a little Redwork surprise?  Well, today I
hit every store I could think of to find a frame--No dice aaargh!  Either too big or too small...Nada, Zip, Nil, No way....

.Sooo....I now have to shift gears (I NEVER LIKE THAT) and I guess make it a little wall hanging???  add borders??? Quilt??? or what...
AND only 14 days til Christmas.... (tick tock, tick, tock)....


I must remember to be THANKFUL for my wonderful grandchildren...
And not to sweat the small stuff(??) These were taken on their first day of school this year (see all the backpacks??)

The whole top row are the twins, Gregory and Connor & A little shot of Miss Liberty--aka "Libby"; Cassidy is on the bottom left and bottom top way right; Steven is bottom 2nd over and below (Connor again!) and last, but not least TIGER ...
AND: Here are;
Fiona and my son Jeff getting their Chtistmas tree--how cute is this!! And of course Willa Rose, too, she is asleep in the backpack with Mommy, the photographer....

Well.............. Time for lunch--another salad for me--22 lbs lost now...my sweet DH has taken to calling me "skinny"--I am not, of course, but it sounds wonderful...

Hugs to all, keep tuned for my answer to this little problem..
Julierose, La Blageuse

Monday, December 9, 2013


Here are the first two block backgrounds for my Noveau Ladies. Actually, I am trying to do one a day and have them finished up to begin embroidering in January.

Here is the other one (plus the one on the left above):

This is the 3rd one I did--yesterday and

Here is the first one from Friday.

this is actually harder than I imagined it would be.
Not only am I matching colors to the ladies' dresses, but trying to blend the blocks somewhat
as they will be in one big piece...AND NOT USE TOO MANY OF MY PRINTS (lol) so that I'll have space to stitch..........
the fabric on the right of Red Lady is the one that seems to
blend best with them all and I am going to incorporate it into all the blocks--hopefully that will pull them together!  

You don't want to see my cutting table right now      ;---0

I also managed to finish up basting my Cabin in the Woods, so I will be hand quilting it--I really
wanted to finish it up and hang it for Christmas, but....well,,,,we'll see how that goes.  

Hugs to you all this freezing-rainy-sleety-snowey-Winter Monday...
Julierose, La blageuse

Thursday, December 5, 2013


AND............What could be wrapped in spun gold, lying against my beaded  shawl????

My Sweet Spirit Art Doll.  Chris Flynn of "My Irish Gypsy" Etsy shop sent her to me ....
Her work is amazing. Delicate, intricate and full of beauty................

Each year I choose one Art Doll to add to my new collection and
this was the one I chose....she is hand crafted from only earth friendly materials..
visit Chris'  shop to see her beautiful creations....Sweet Spirit is meant to hang on the wall.

And so, I have placed her at the entry to my sewing room where I can see her whenever I work.

She is spreading her sweet blessings over our household:

And, Chris included these lovelies:

Beautiful pieces that I can use in my beading projects for the coming year....

Thank you so much Chris, for your lovely and generous package....it made my day...
Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


                                                                S N O W!!!