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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, December 8, 2017

QUIET NIGHTS OF QUIET STARS

                             
                              These pages document moving from Fall into Winter.............

I have used a 3/4 page (on the left ) that opens to these pictures
and was able to scrap 8  photos in this way (along with four 3x3 across the top left)...

I found two old Basic Grey papers that I think are muted and soft....on a darkish gray
cardstock background....

                                                      Here is the 12x12 spread
                           [The Snow Queen appears on all my Seasonal Spreads (top right)]

AND

                                            A closer view of the 3/4 page's reverse side....
         {FYI: the music is by Carlos Jobim...that I often play on the piano when my hands allow}

I snapped all these photos off our back deck looking down into the forest that surrounds
us....so they have a "place" memory in my heart...the snowflakes presaging Winter's arrival
tomorrow.....
I find this kind of work so relaxing and satisfying...ahhhhh....

Hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse (Awaiting our First Snowfall-euse)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

MY AUTUMN GARDEN

Here is my double page spread for my Garden Scrapbook detailing our front garden
                                              in its Autumn Glory....

I've added some dried basil stems and frosty oak leaves on this side.........

AND.......
                           Some little dried rose petals here...

I really love how everything goes all twiggy and grey-ish blue...
..........and how the flower heads dry on their stems...
Everything closing off for the coming of W I N T E R  S N O W S ........

Although I hate to see the days getting shorter and darkening so early
I do love how my little garden spot looks.....;)))

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (in scrap-mode-euse)

Friday, December 1, 2017

IT'S A START...


Every December 1st finds me scouring our yard for leftover garden plantings that have gone
through the first frost.   I choose a different basket each year--
 (this was an old one of my Mom's that she painted and I found this morning
 hiding in our attic--
I must have come across it last year when I stored our Christmas decorations...)

Twigs, branches, left over mums-- all dried out, and santolina, and lavender--- and generally just
lots of "Twiggy" stuff.  ;)))) and a few greens....I set it up in our front entryway as a welcome...

                           {Our leaf guy has to come for his final "blow through";)))))
                                   --we are beyond raking with our creaking backs and bones--
                                          so, we gave ourselves permission to hire him....
                                                                            a little treat for us both....;))) }
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AND...

Our stove fan/light stopped working last night...so my own personal "Mr. FIX-IT" took it all
apart and cleaned and repaired it..
Here is a funny picture of him holding a beer while screwing in the final screw holding it up...
.(this is for my December Daily Journal--I try to take at least one picture a day
describing our days leading up to the New Year....)

We had been searching online to see different models and prices--(We really didn't want to lay out another $150+ or so at this pricey time of year either)...................and

                                 SOOOOO,
                                                     TAH-DAH--Mr. Fix-It to the rescue...
(and, unlike when I try anything like this, there were not even any screws leftover. LOL).
                                                                    MY HERO....sigh.....
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                                       Last evening's moonrise....from our back porch
                                                   another shot for my Journal....
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I hope to decorate our little tabletop tree this weekend...but I NEED to find teeney- tiny
ornaments...I have been gifting my larger ones to my children every year as part of their
Christmas gifts....most were my mother's and my Grand-mere's...very fragile and memory-laden.....
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I haven't done any sewing--but am planning on working on my strip projects over the coming weekend....
Hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse ("Sleigh bells Ring, are ya listenin'?"--euse ;}}} )

Sunday, November 26, 2017

SUNDAY MORNING AFTER

      TWO LITTLE TURKEY-ETTES CAME TO VISIT IN THEIR HANDMADE HATS...
                                                                 Gobble-Gobble Girls ;)))     
                                                                (Willa (L) and Fiona (R)

                      AND BIRTHDAY BOY, STEVEN (now 18--Whoa how did that happen??)

HOME FOR THANKSGIVING FROM UCONN...We had ice cream cake--so only one quick candle or it would've become an  ice cream pudding  lol...
                                           We had a wonderful day...all together..;))))

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And here is the opposite of my "Blue Moon" strip work:

                                                         "MORNING HAS BROKEN"

More leftover strip work...I think I could do strips and squares forever and be happy....

And here are a few more ready to go with this set of colors...

These are all leftovers from other projects that I salvaged; I like that aspect of strip working too.
I have saved the cut off bits and bobs for my Junk Journals--so almost no waste except for slivers too tiny to even glue...makes me happy...:D

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend and are pleasantly stuffed with turkey and all the fixins'....as we are...

We had leftover sandwiches (Thom had, but of course, a hot turkey sandwich -bread- tower with gravy and I had a cold--with mayo and cransauce--sandwich and just a wee bit of leftover green bean casserole with those now carmelized onions on top--oh heavenly!!)

 Aren't we lucky to be able to enjoy our food and have so much bounty...we are so thankful....

Hugs, on a sunny and chilly "Sunday After"...

Julierose, La Blageuse (still full-euse!!);ooo

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

AND ONE LAST THING....

                                           

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (Grand-mere-euse);)))))

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL

                              HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL MY READERS
                                                             &  FOLLOWERS...

           I hope that you all have a warm and wonderful holiday with family and friends...;))))

I am so thankful that you all comment and follow my quilty and scrappy doings..
I appreciate all your wonderfully positive comments and encouragement...

hugs
Julierose, La Blageuse ( they're all coming to my house-euse   ;oooo.)

Monday, November 13, 2017

BLUE MOON REVISITED

I was able to do a bit of machine sewing today--just 1/2 hour...

I took out this old series from a long time ago and made two more blocks...

Little Fairy Princess and.........................................

                                           BLUE MOON herself....

I think that my mood has been very blue and down as I am not able to do any handwork...just a bit cranky, ya think???
BUT..................these blocks 
really spoke to how I've been feeling......they are on the darker side...
but as I sewed  them together, i felt that they made me feel better....

Do you quilt your emotions?  I guess I do...
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On a brighter note my Cactus has gone overboard
 blooming amazingly....

How gorgeous is that color...I love my Christmas cacti even though they bloom 
early....

Beautiful striations of pinks to cream....with my little gnome peeking out 
 in the background...
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I am going to wait until after Turkey Day to try a bit of hand work....want to really be rested....

Hugs, 
Julierose, La blageuse, cranky-euse! ;(((

Thursday, November 9, 2017

PAPER FUN

Here is my Traveler's Scrapbook (Notebook it's usually called, but I am using it to scrap in).

Fabric and paper sewing, and gluing, and photos----
 and just a mish-mash of fun...
.sewing paper and fabric ruffles on my machine just add to the book's funk-i-ness...   :D

                                                    Here is my Halloween spread begun

And
A few pictures from Fiona's birthday partay food deliciousness....
with bits and bobs cut from a lot of old book pages thrown into the mix...
eclectic scrapping for sure...

                             [Here,I left room to journal about the party on the right hand page...]

                                      (The veggie tray was my contribution to the fun)

       
                    My DIL Lindsay's lovely zinnias...alongside my torn and ink dyed book page....

This page has mushrooms cut from an old mushroom ID book I found at the second hand
bookshop...
aren't they lovely watercolor illustrations? 


Here is Lindsay's handmade Unicorn tower centerpiece--Fiona's party theme was Unicorns...
talk about yummy--ness....

                            AND
                                                 MY SENTIMENTS EXACTLY!!;}}}

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Since my hand sewing and knitting will be on hold until my hands recover, I am working
on my little Scrapbook...I really like the small pages--they are like putting a puzzle 
together....what fun....it is difficult for me to not be working on some sort of project....
and so, I dug out my scrapbooking supplies and photos and went to work...

Hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse (Scrappy-euse)

Sunday, November 5, 2017

VERY SLOW SUNDAY


My defense against the L O N G E S T feeling day of the year....don't know whether I'm hungry or tired or what....I hate this time change.  At least i get to sleep in longer, i guess.:ooo
Anyhoooooo..............

I have this little corner and one more big block to finish before i can move onto the side triangles...
I am joining in with Kathy and her friends doing some slow stitching by hand...

i also have finally put this one to bed:


Finito...It will be my Christmas table topper this year--finally!! this is from sometime around the 1990's that i began the hand pieced hexagons...

and while I stitch away with two little mint Milano cookies I am savoring this:






New England Harvest Blend
(with 1/2 and 1/2 of course)






in this little beauty:

My Chaleur Van Gogh Irises mug--makes just the right amount...yuuuuum

On this grey and drawn out Sunday afternoon 
                                                        (and is it really only 1:36?? ;000)

I leave you hoping you are slowing down and resting before those Holiday rush, rush, rushing days are upon us....
Hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse (s l o w stitching -euse)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

THE WITCH IS IN!

                                               HAPPY HALLOWEEN ALL!!

We are all ready for the ghosts and goblins here--usually just a few as we live on
top of a hill where houses are spaced pretty far apart--so only the really, really
intrepid candy lovers make the hike...

This is the little quilt i made for us last year with my favorite ghastlies...




I used a really old batik that had also some wax resist done to it...sadly there isn't much of this fabric left...

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Not a whole lot of any sewing going on here--except maybe a bit on paper for my Junk Journal
Traveler's Notebooks...

I did get my Snowflowers bordered and ready for backing:

I know ladies, ;000--I actually cut away some of those hand pieced hexies I had slaved over...

[I figured:
do I want this DONE or hanging another year in my closet??? And so ...................
WHACK-A-DOO, WHACK-A-DOO--(my husband couldn't watch, he said! He remembers many days in cars, sitting at the beach or on the deck watching me hand stitch them..
poor baby,. I told him: quilting is not for the faint of heart!!;((()]

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On my pared down design wall sits my Plum Pudding with some bare trees surrounding it...
Do I add more? that is always the question
Well, for right now, with my Sewing Mojo nowhere to be found, it can
just simmer up there....

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My Christmas Cacti are getting ready to bloom...they are early birds...



Isn't this a lovely pinky one??

I only have a few plants right now--all my African Violets died for some reason...;ooo

and on this note I will go and pre-heat my oven for my homemade oven fries to go along with the egg salad for sandwiches we are having for dinner tonight....
then I will be knitting while watching the World Series...

Hope your Halloween is
                                                  SPOOKTACULAR!!!!!!!!;ooooo

hugs, 
Julierose, La blageuse..(Booing-euse)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

POMEGRANATES IN THE RAIN

                        I'll be slow Sunday stitching on my "Pomegranates in The Rain" today.....

do drop in at Kathys and see what we are all slowly stitching on today.....;))) (sigh...aaahhhh).
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Now that my two "I Spy" quilts are finished, 
I can concentrate on my hand stitching....



the muted tones of this leaf-ey batik along with the quilt stitching looks like a rainy day to me...I really love the effect....very soft and impressionistic....and, so Pomegranates have
morphed into "Pomegranates in The Rain".....


AND...
while I stitch, I am deciding, pondering whether or not  I should add more quilting around those Poms....and just cannot decide....the plain, lavender fabric does give the eye a resting spot though....but, lots of time to make that decision....
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This piece and my (knitted) HAPpy shawl will be my main focus as long term projects..
slowly, slowly....restfully, woolgathering......................

I have finished a LOT of projects and quilts this past year and one-half....I am a bit 
weary and need a respite ....

I just don't know what to start---so I won't for right now,
 but rather.....
I plan to slowly re-organize my space and my stash(es) of: 

fabric, thread, scrapping papers, ephemera, wools, patterns, beads, crafting books
and.... bits and bobs that I most likely have even forgotten I have on hand....

And to re-think my direction --

hugs on this beautiful Saturday,
Julierose, La Blageuse (a bit muddled-euse)





Thursday, October 19, 2017

DONE and DONE

                 Here they are:  Fiona's (L) and Willa's "I Spy" quilts side by side --
                                         
                   all finished and labeled....and ready for Christmas Giving
                                                                ;)))  ;))))

                      Here is the back of Fiona's:  little boy and girl sparkley fairies -- bordered by:

                                        these adorable girls....a little more grown-up looking
                                          and quilted with my wave-ey lines....

and here's a closer look at the cute doggies border on Willa's

                                             the whole back has that roses theme

Now to make up a couple little "Game" booklets for suggested searches for each....
will have to renew my bookbinding skills for that......and enlist my hubby's help in
spotting all the various objects to find....;)))) what fun....
I hope they like them....

labeled for Fiona :

and 
labeled for Willa


Both labels in more Fairy fabric leftovers....

These quilts have been a journey of many steps ....loved making them and am happy
with the results...;)))

Hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse (Finished-euse) 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SNOWFLOWERS

REMEMBER THIS???

My Snowflowers have been languishing for such a long time in that closet of shame....;(((

Mainly because i didn't know what to do with those edges; I have basted them to the white-on-white background and plan to stitch them down.  

but then, what to do with those big white corners??Hmmmm maybe a hexie swag? Or some Broderie Perse? 

Here are a few of those flowers:















                       
                                                     
         there is that lovely blue iris
fabric which I have a lot of--perhaps a swag or flowers of that all round...






there are a lot of blues in this one....

I am linking up with 

So, a new "old" project comes back
maybe this time I can actually finish it....

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse 
traveling back to HEXAGONIA