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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, 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

Sunday, January 10, 2016

BORDERING INSANITY

                        I do have this middle section together now (no pix as yet)
BECAUSE:
 I (stupidly --DUH!!)  re-injured my left shoulder (the one with the old rotary 
cuff injury)

 AND my left hand by:

reaching up on a high shelf (I know, I know--totally dumb) without a step stool and
pulling down heavy scrapping folders....staggering over to put them onto a nearby table.

And so, I am not able to sew, anything...at all either on the machine or
 by hand aaargh............

--finally slept this afternoon--have been icing and doing my 
PT exercises.  So, rest is necessary..I am a "leetle" bit irritable--ya think???

Tuesday I will have to be in shape to drive my DH for his surgery....so am being a
"good doobie" and really just reading....

(At least i can type a bit today {sigh}..

I will be back soon--babbling on to you all....having decided on my next college
bound granchild's quilt....(at least i could snoop around on the internet and look
at quilts.....)

hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse (pacing-euse)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

BACKING FABRICS

I have chosen the three fabric slices for the back of Steven's Quilt:  this is just a sample layout--it is not sewed together as yet....

the top and bottom are this lovely classic leather-bound books print set up in library style:

I  {heart} this fabric and have been saving (hoarding!lol) it for a special project...I cut it half
and will place 1/2 on the top and one on the bottom...

and in between is this lovely:

 Old fountain Pens on a lovely swirl-ey gray background with names of Authors in script (another stashed print)

Ray Bradbury, and













Arthur Conan Doyle and many others.....love this fabric.....

And for the two sides :
I had this baby in dark gray in my meager solids stash...(yes,
people, Julierose does have a few solids ;--000)

I love that deep, dark color--it almost looks blue here, but it is really mostly grayish with a blue undertone....

I will start on sewing this together tomorrow....

And when someone asks me: "what will you use this fabric for?" and I answer: "Oh, I just loved it,{silence} I really don't know yet" and any non-quilters give me that look..
.and you all have gotten that look, I am sure.....

here is the reason why I surf the internet fabric shops and buy fabrics just because I love them....;--)))

 And that's the TRUTH!!

As for my walking--NOPE--not yesterday and not today--just too dang cold and windy out there--especially by the Ocean where we love to walk the boardwalk, which is now 1.5 miles roundtrip
and in the Spring it will have been extended to be a 2 mile trip....

Maybe, if this bitter cold lets up tomorrow and Mr. Sun graces us with his presence, we will go
for a walk.
 And tomorrow will also be a trip to the grocery store for me....and

So it goes my week --the New Year has begun with its daily rounds.....

Hugs and stay warm if you are in this cold spell....if not, well, I'll just have to envy you hahaha

Julierose, La Blageuse  (backing-euse)


Sunday, January 3, 2016

A FLIMSEY + and Reading Update


Here is Steven's quilt top finally all sewn together in QAYGo method

As i am sure you know: it has been quilted, square by square, (uff dah!!) and then sewn
together in rows.  So I am  calling it a Flimsy+.

A closer look at Steven's saxophone and...

My piano with some music,
and
And some surfin' at our beach in the summertime...among other novelties (eat up your oranges now! lol)...

So now onto the backing---I plan to attach it by sewing 1/4" on either side of the existing horizontal and vertical seam lines on the front--nothing fancy just really solid--as I recall things get tossed around dorm room quite a bit hahaha...

My first Flimsy+ in 2016...YAY!!

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I am a bit under the weather today (up at 4 am isn't good for this old bod!!) so
will be pretty much resting this afternoon and reading my first Christmas book from my son, Jeff, in the Longmire Series "The Cold Dish" by Craig Johnson.  DH and I have been watching the series on NetFlix and loving it....

I had just been reading Elizabeth George's latest "A Banquet of Consequences" but I just couldn't get through it--I do not find it enjoyable to read about graphic child abuse....need I say more?? Also, lovely Lynley was not much in evidence--this book really disappointed me....i hate it when a former favorite author goes off the rails....at least in my humble opinion.....;--(((

Hugs to you all from
Julierose, La Blageuse




Friday, January 1, 2016

FB--HAPPY NEW YEAR

My fiurst page in my new fauxbonichi is the last day of 2015--The funny old picture of this couple dancing the TANGO--is meant to represent Tom and me --lol
When we were first married I'd be cooking dinner, he'd come home from work and grab me and we'd be tango-ing across the kitchen--SOOooo funny!! Since he always has played in bands and only WATCHED people dancing and never really danced himself--I thought this was hilarious....
Ahhh, memories....

Here is the 1st page of my FB

Just playing with my "STUFF"---washi tape, stamps, drawing, watercoloring...just a few "Dangles"
Really, just foolin around....so much fun and very relaxing....

Our first little snow storm....just enough to make it feel like Winter---mostly sleet and ice...

Hugs to you all on this first day of a NEW YEAR
Julierose, La Blageuse (FB-euse)