Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Nothing to See Here

 The first day of spring was a bust.

 Last week I planted lots of pansies and this lone primrose in my pots in hopes of some sunshine and warmer weather.

Yesterday morning it was cold and wet.

 By afternoon it was all turning to ice.

 Poor pansies.

We are under a winter storm warning with snow expected to start falling on all this ice tonight.

I love snow but not in March.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Ply Time

 Plying is finally underway on the two wheels I had full bobbins on.

It didn't take long to finish the leftovers from the Olympic fiber.

Now I've got a cute little mini skein to pet.

 I really need to finish up the last of that Shetland that I have been spinning for THREE YEARS. It was definitely the fleece that kept on giving but I don't think I can stand to work with it for yet another TdF.

Monday, March 19, 2018

A Day Late...

 I didn't quite make my deadline for the St. Patrick's Day mini quilt. Yesterday I finally found time to quilt it.  I tried a continuous curve pattern. It was fun but turned out wonky. You really need your blocks to line up to make this work.

  The quilting looked better on the back than it did on the front.

Ta dah....better late than never. I can't say I love it exactly. That pieced border is just awful. I carefully packed away all the scraps because there just might be a paper pieced redo-next year.

Sunday, March 18, 2018


 I spent yesterday slaving over a hot stove preparing the St Patrick's Day feast.

That's a giant soda bread. I have no idea why I made such a big one this year. I usually make small ones now that it's just the two of us.

I sent The Mister to the store for potatoes and he came back with cupcakes.

It was a cold day. So cold The Mister built a fire in the afternoon. He never does that.

It was cold and damp outside but the kitchen was blazing. What I was looking forward to the most was my ice cold Killians. It did not disappoint.

 After all that food all I could do for the rest of the night was waddle down to the craft room and work on cards.

Of course I had The Quiet Man playing in the background. Another St. Patty's Day is in the books but where the heck is spring? I need some green.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Corned Beef and Cabbage

 That's what my house is going to smell like today. I'll be getting up early to put The Mister's favorite St. Patrick's Day dinner in the crock pot and making soda bread later.

There will be imbibing. I should mention he's Irish on his father's side and likes his whiskey. I'll settle for the beer.

 But first we have to fix a naughty tile.

 There was one that just didn't look right and of course it was right in the middle of the floor.

 We hadn't leveled it properly and it was a bit higher than the others and you could see a shadow in the grout line that would have driven me crazy every time I walked in the bathroom. The Mister spent yesterday carefully chiseling the tile out and getting up the thinset, bless his heart.

 Thank goodness we had 5 tiles leftover. The new one should fit just fine now. We'll stick it down today and grout it Sunday and hope to heaven we are finally done with the tile. I had to buy an expensive little bucket of pre-mixed thinset just to set this one tile so I am really over the whole tile thing at the moment.

After all that hard labor, we treated ourselves to a pizza for St Patty's Day eve. As I write this Friday night I am really thinking about that beer and wondering if The Mister will notice if one is gone. We shall see....

Friday, March 16, 2018

More Half Dones

 Spiral Chicken is now in the rug hooking rotation again for spring. If it ever gets here. It wasn't half bad today but it's still too cold and windy. I want...need to get outside.

 My goal for this year's Sheep Virtues is to get the borders and the words done. I'm almost there. It should say Peace not Pea. I'll finish it tonight.

 I've finished the horrible do over on the loom and am ready to finally tie it on and start weaving.
I'm afraid. Very afraid. Send some weaving luck my way please, I need it.

 Two socks at the heel. I wish I could say these were the second socks but they aren't. They are both so pretty though I really don't mind. I could knit on them forever.

 I made peace with the mini quilt and added another border to straighten out that wonky border. I have it sandwiched and ready to quilt but I chickened out. I need to figure out what to do.

Block number 13 of Dear Jane is coming along very nicely, knock on wood.  I still need to sew on the outer layer of pieces that turn it into a square though. After number 12 I needed some good luck and weirdly 13 is it.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Almost Dones

 I've got a lot of half done things making me feel guilty at the moment. This bobbin needs to be plied but I don't feel like plying. I need to have my wits about me to do that but this wind and cold is making me a bit crazy.

 Ditto for the Olympic fiber leftovers. Ready to be plied but all I want to do is lay in bed and watch Netflix. Seen Seven Seconds yet? Wow....just wow.

I keep telling myself that I can visit the fiber shelf for a new project to spin if I get them done but it's not working.

 Same for the mini St Patty's quilt. Me and it had a serious issue so I am not speaking to it at the moment. It needs to be sandwiched and quilted but I can't stand to look at it right now. Who ever said Nine Patch was an easy block? It isn't. And don't get me started on that border. I can't tell you how many times I ripped this whole thing apart. Now I know why I paper piece these things. I stink at actual piecing.

 Anyway...I've got lots of soap to wrap. The first of four batches is ready this week. I love cleaning and wrapping soap-so I know at least I will get that done.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Home Improvement

We got the floor tile done last week. It took two days to work our way around the room so that we could get it down without stepping on the ones already down. It was sort of like playing Twister with tile.

 The walls are grouted. No drama there, thank goodness.

 Then we hit a rainy spell so we decided to replace the old fans with the fans I bought for the job-IN AUGUST. We do take our time around here.

 I also wanted to change out the wall switches in the kitchen/dining area. That day I just had to marvel at our ability to tear up almost every room in the house at the same time.

We grouted the bathroom floor yesterday after a trip into town on Sunday to return the grout I thought I wanted, for the grout I decided would be a better color. Painting is next but not until we get better weather. I don't paint unless I can open a window so it may be a while. Mother Nature is not cooperating. She's definitely giving me the cold shoulder.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

New Stuff

 For one reason or another I haven't been down in the craft room for a long while.  That hasn't stopped me from buying stuff for it. My work table is covered in new things that need to be put away.

 I've got new fat quarters for my big fat quarter basket. Joann has them on sale. I love FQs almost as much as I love charm squares.

 I found some really cool stencils at Micheal's.

 I've got new spring paper for cards and wrapping the soap that will be ready in about two weeks.

 I've got some pretty new washi tape...

 ...and new Lawn Fawn stamps.

I bet you can't guess why I bought this stamp set. 

The wood block stamp is a de-stash I got for $3 on Ebay. 

 These stamp sets are for my art journal project.

 As are these stickers books....

...and this fancy printed tissue paper.

 Speaking of my art journal. Here is the first layer of a new project. I have no idea what it will become after it dries but I see stencils in it's future.