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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.

Saturday, September 26, 2020



LUNA finished  
on our deck yesterday


                                                  Hydrangea in full bloom by our deck...


Maples turning....

The Seasonal cycle has begun in earnest.

Here's what I am reading
This is pretty good...

Here is my new diamond painting  thumbnail picture

 I love the colors in this one
A new start....;)))

It is a gray cloudy Saturday morning here;
we are hoping for some
for it is
the earth is

Happy Weekend
Julierose, La Blageuse
(starting anew-euse)

Thursday, September 24, 2020


The 8 longer rows on my 
Court House Steps Scrap quilt
are finally sewn together..

This is where I started this morning with short rows of 6 each 

If you click on the 1st photo above
you can see the 10 block rows end up on the floor...
I call this Phase Two 
done! ;)))

It took me 2 and one-half hours this morning
to sew two blocks on either end of each row...

8 long rows of 10 are sewn...

Now to sew the L O N G rows together..
I am taking a bit of a break before
tackling that....πŸ‘΅

It is 72 degrees here today--a lovely warmish day
I am hoping to sit out on our deck for a bit...

Hope you are having a wonderful day
Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse 


Tuesday, September 22, 2020



Three "short rows" (6 each)
sewn and trimmed

The next two rows are the Middle rows with all purple centers
I am attempting to work from dark to light
using the centers...
Here is the set up on my wall
I will be adding two blocks to both the top and
bottom of the 6-block rows to make up
the 10 block rows...
Since I couldn't set this up totally on my wall
this is my solution
Of Sorts....;000


We are awaiting installers for our new LG dishwasher..
they are LATE--no surprise there...

Tom is on "HOLD"
with the usual annoying music...
trying to find out WHEN they are really arriving.

We have been without a dishwasher since end of July!!
And have had to cancel out our first choices
twice as they wouldn't have gotten one to us
oh, and "if by then"...;0000

So, we have been up since 6:20 a.m.--
and we are stuck here
W A I T I N G ...

Don't you just hate that????????

Hope your day is going well
Julierose, La Blageuse


Monday, September 21, 2020



I began throwing (well, not actually throwing hahaha) 
these CS blocks up on my design wall..

I can just fit the 8 across rows,
 but not the other 10 block measurement...
Only 6 down so far ..

So, it's difficult to "SEE" 
exactly what is going on..

I had thought using all the dark bordered ones in the central portion 
would solve my problem, but as the photo shows there are 
significant amounts of turquoise centers to be dealt with
and I hadn't been able to see that in my small room
as I cannot stand far enough away...
[I find taking photos before I begin sewing  
really shows what is going on colorwise...]

So today will consist of  a lot of 
and photo taking....

On the Diamond Painting front:
I've finished 
"Girl With Tear"
She was a fun project...

My favorite part is her swirley hair...
although, many very similar colors appear 
side-by-side making it difficult 
to discern the little  number codes. 

Next will be to find a frame...

This morning we are on our way to leave off our Subaru
for servicing...so we are both going as Tom
cannot wait inside there these days...

Normally, we would stop for a breakfast out,
but not now--we haven't done restaurants
or take outs and don't plan on
doing so in the near future...

Take care people, stay safe, 
and wear your masks,

Hugs, Julierose,
 La Blageuse

Sunday, September 20, 2020



Green "Luna" type Butterfly
Awaiting its finish so it can
Fly out to South America

Girl With Tear Progress
I have just this little bit left
to do...↓↓↓↓↓
The darker, grayish sections are
left to paint in...
I love her swirley hair here...

And speaking of swirley hair, mine has reached epic 
length proportions now...mid back!! 

Not since I was a little girl 
have I had hair this long....
Are any of you going to hairdressers?
I am still kind of leery...
But pretty soon I will be able to sit on it--
And the perennial questions:
WHAT STYLE?????????
And HOW SHORT?????

It has been chilly all week long here...
this morning the early temp was 42
and now it is only 52...
VERY windy 
out of the NNE;
it is kind of early for this cold weather here...

I hope your Sunday is a good one
Julierose, La Blageuse
(slow stitching- & DPing-euse)


Saturday, September 19, 2020

8 x 10

                                             Courthouse Step blocks
                                                                   In no particular order... 
                                                                        Just to check on coverage...
                                                                             8 blocks by 10 
                                                                                    blocks= 80..,,

Side view...

I have put the blocks in some kind of order by
piling them in "center hourglass" colors...

So, Dark purples, Light plaids,
Dark turquoise and
Light turquoise...

Of course, I don't have even numbers of each...
So, I will have to figure out a way to set them..
Either with the lighter colors in the forefront or the 
darker ones, or some
kind of variation...
Perhaps darker runs in the central portion and 
lighter ones on the edges?

Madam La Zonga "sees" these
on the floor somewhere
to set them up...πŸ™πŸ™ŽπŸ™

It's mind-boggling!!!
P H E W !!

Hugs on a windy, sunny Saturday
Julierose, La Blageuse (pondering-euse)


Monday, September 14, 2020


I have added three more Courthouse step blocks to my box;
now there are 77 in all.  

I am aiming for 100 ....
So making some progress, but slowly...

A little angel reminder to be vigilant and
stay safe....πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ™‹πŸ˜·

hugs, julierose, 
La blageuse
(still stepping along-euse)



Friday, September 11, 2020



for our anniversary
These arrived for me this morning...;)))

Tom said I needed a pick-me-up;))

Aren't they lovely???


Julierose La Blageuse
Roses- for- Julie-rose-euse

Wednesday, September 9, 2020



                                             I began this Grief Cloth after Mom died, 
                                                        5 years ago now this past June.

I kept having to put it down and away in its box; for....
every time I picked it up it all rushed back...losing her....
my last parent; my Father died in 1997--way too soon....


I have finally been able to add borders and have decided to work on this now...

The three hearts on the bottom are symbols of 
my Father (L), 
my Mother (R) 
and me in the middle as their only child...

At the top -----
the little heart flying away is me,
 "moving on" with my life without them....

I am going to do embroideries in the white spaces;
some applique patching,
and add final borders 
for a little  picture to be framed.....

A Memory ; 
A Remembrance of our lives together,

 I am finding this to be heart-warming work..

In other stitcheries:
I have begun my 4th butterfly--which will be all in greens...

Its body is a dark green
 (looks black here)
And I have added some french knots 

[Can you see my feet sticking out there  ;))) ]
Like the butterfly,
I am moving on....

Hugs to you all
Stay Safe
Julierose, La Blageuse (stitching-euse)

Sunday, September 6, 2020



                                                        MY FAVORITE DENIM SHIRT...

Time for  a fix....

                                                                  This is a long tear....
                                       so I trimmed off the hanging threads 
                                                 and added some fray check to all the sides....

                                                        Before  I basted the tear  shut ...

                                   I remembered this lovely fabric strip that Lizzy at 
                                                                  Lizzy at           
                                                        Gone to the Beach
                                                               sent me
                                                  in her packet of favorite fabric scraps....
                                                       thanks Lizzy so much...I am using them
                                                                in special places ....πŸ’•πŸ’–

                                               And then ,
                                             I  appliqued it on...
                                                            using my prepared 
                                                                       folded under seam method...

                                                                    A N D ...
                                                                 V O I L A !!              :)))

                                    My favorite Shirt can still be worn some more....πŸ˜πŸ™‹πŸ™‡
                                                                 File under "USE IT UP!!!

                                              I will think of you, Lizzy, every time I wear this...

                                                           Early Morning on our deck....

                                                   I am deciding where to place the black
                                                                   Cross Stitches before I
                                                                         add any colors....

I decided on a single outline for now--
When I finish both sides,
I will see if I need a deeper line....

It is so beautiful and cool out here
in the morning quiet...
I can just spy my lovely hydrangeas 
gently waving in the cool breeze....
What a lovely way to start my day....

What is that lovely odor wafting in on the breezes??
So pungent...

I look over our east railing and spy this
bush covered in wild white roses...
Mother Nature's perfume....

I hope your Labor Day Weekend is wonderful
Stay safe
Wear your masks
Julierose, La Blageuse (mending-euse)



Friday, September 4, 2020



Today's Happy Mail ;)))
My new Diamond Painting Pen
Isn't it gorgeous?
I can't wait to try it out this afternoon...

Courthouse Steps↡↡↡↡↡

Here are some the CS blocks I made 
a while back before I took a break
from them...

Uhhh...What happened to THAT vibe, I ask?
Here are the newer ones I've made
this week

Just not quite the same....

I guess the newer strips I've collected reflect
my latest  fabric choices...
I will be trying to sprinkle this last batch 
blocks here and there among the others..

I am thinking I need to add more 
dark maroon-ey reds
and deep browns ...

I feel like even though I have plenty 
of Strips to work from
they just "lπŸ‘€k" different...

And so it goes....

Hugs on this hot and humid day here,
Stay Safe All ;)))

Julierose, La Blageuse (still-stepping-euse)

Thursday, September 3, 2020


                                          Her face is coming into focus now....πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

I love how her eye looks...
all smokey and sad,,,

The outlining of her lips looks real....
kind of like a Marilyn Monroe lipstick...

Working on a face involves a lot of closely shaded
drills for the complexion...

I have begun the right hand section 
beneath the eye next....
working top to bottom 
left to right

Walking by my room looking in
 she looks 
from afar...

Today will be a diamond painting day for me.
I couldn't paint yesterday as my eyes had been dilated...
Those little drills moved before my eyes..yikes!!


Here is my box of 65 Courthouse Step blocks...
with the centers I've pre-made waiting...

 I am making these on 8.5" muslin squares
so I won't have to line this quilt,
It is meant to be a lighter weight coverlet.

It is a foggy, hot and humid morning here...
Gray skies with thick cloud cover...

Hoping for afternoon clearing and some 
deck time...
Hugs to you all,
Julierose, La Blageuse (DP-ing-euse