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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.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

WINTER ROSES, ET AL

 
                               I've been working along on my Winter Roses canvas...
                                           Enjoying the soft colors emerging......
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AND--
I have:
One more Mrs. Secret Santa project to bind and label......
T H E N ...I can start another project.....;))))
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Right now I think it will be a log cabin--
 Courthouse Steps variation...

And so I am in the process of 
searching for a fabric to be the focal square--
will a Santa make it? 
a birdie?
                 a tree?
                                Or a beautiful batik? 
                                                                        Or an Ocean scene...?????
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AND............

I've been looking for a really good book to read; but have been finding myself 
reaching a certain point in the books where 
I just  "don't care" about the characters anymore...
sad.....but true....;(((

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So, 
(" in the meantime, in between time--ain't we got fun....")

Crossword Puzzles and Diamond Painting to my rescue...
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hugs from a windy and c-o-l-d 
house on a hill.....

Julierose, La Blageuse (searching-euse)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

SHHHHH

                                         CHRISTMAS IS THE SEASON AND
                                           THE REASON THAT..........................

Mrs. Secret Santa  cannot show you what she's  working on...

My little Dancing Santa table topper sits in our tv room....(above)
and ........................

my HOLIDAY BASKETS perch on my living room glass table 

Both trees are pre-lit and just glow at night.....;)))





These 
baskets 

were





such a fun





project....

And my little, really old fabric border just sets them off
                                     All the little birdies are nestled in their Christmas houses....
                                                             waiting for Santa........

Decorating my little table top trees is next--I think the smallest one will be all
little red velvet bows...hmmmmm

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (caroling and sewing-euse)


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

                                Wishing all my wonderful followers a 
                       HAPPY THANKSGIVING

I am grateful for all your comments and continuing support throughout
the year.....thank you all so much...

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (thankful-euse);)))))

Monday, November 19, 2018

WINTER FLOWERS, et al

                      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...
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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?
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And
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?
Huh????????

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

Sunday, November 18, 2018

MORE SECRET WORK...

                                                                  SHHHHHH.....

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

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

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

Saturday, November 17, 2018

FRAMED FAIRIES FROLIC FOR SANTA

                                                    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...
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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

SNEAK PEEK

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

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

Saturday, November 10, 2018

FAIT ACCOMPLI

                      " I SEE FIRE AND I SEE RAIN"-- OJOS DI DIOS IS FINISHED!!!
                                                      (avec les pieds de mon mari;}}}   ) 
AND
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................

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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

BIND THY TIME

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 
fabric....

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).
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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.....
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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

GO AND VOTE!

                                                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) :)))))

Monday, November 5, 2018

BRET, BART and ME

            My first "Maverick" (get it??? hahaha) Star table topper is a flimsy.......
                                                               (aka:BRET)

I love how the little door in the center welcomes in the Season.....

I think this could be either a Fall-ish or a Christmassy topper...
these are just such fun to make...

I have two more of 9 each here: ready to be sewn together....
                                 (aka BART) below...........




































AND
                                                              C'est MOI....
                                                        I have two doorways--
(always have an exit strategy..............
and sit with your back against the wall--= old cowboy movies advice )

I am a little blurry--but it's early in the morning...still waking up....lol
                        
The last two still need to be sewn together; I am finding that I like working on smaller
pieces after all...these should be fun to quilt and easy to handle...

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Ojos is all tied now and I am going to be making binding this week.....

hugs from another GRAY DAY in SE CT.....;(((( (Thanks Terri)

Julierose, La Blageuse --SINGIN'...........

("I'm an old cowhand, on the Rio Grand.." 
                                                                            Yee-Haaaa,--euse) ;)))


Thursday, November 1, 2018

THIS THURSDAY

                                           All    prepped    and ready..................

                                           Hot Pink on "FIRE" blocks

And..........
           Cool Var. Blue on "RAIN" blocks.................

READY                                       SET                                GO!

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Thursday View:


We are getting very muted colors this year....

We are getting a slight misty rain, which is blurring the view...
Soft autumn this year.............

Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (off to tie-euse)