Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The May Tea Cart

It is a Tea Time Tuesday! This vintage set was a Japanese import in the recovery years after WWII. A frequently used set, some wear can be seen on the teapot, the covered sugar and the creamer. On the Upper edges where the shape is squared off the iridescence is worn. The pieces are very thin and fragile. Only three teacups of 6 remain and one plate is missing. I have tried to replace them over the years without luck.
The Hallmark.
 The pattern is certainly marked with Asian influence. The little blue birds (starlings?) are fine lined and decorate each piece. The blue sections represent water I believe. I just adore these pieces. They have a long family history. I will likely only use these once or twice this month, they are that delicate.

An interesting, introspective and insightful post from The Simply Luxurious Life Blog. Something to ponder over your Tuesday cup of Tea!

Monday, May 2, 2016

First Monday of the Month, Work Habits, the Busy Season

Spring is such a busy season for me. My herb garden is already working overtime and I will need to harvest thyme and French onion chives this week. It seems the weeds are on hyper-grow! I remove them and a little bit of rain gives them new life. This day will be spent dealing with them as well as the first Monday of the month ritual.
So here we are friends, the first Monday of the Month, in May! Our recent rainy and cool weather seems to want to defy the calendar but the leaves are opening, blooming trees are stunning this year and the perennial flowers are poking their little heads toward the sun.

For me, in keeping with my attempt to maintain my routines, the date on the calendar means mending. Oh yippee! Not my favorite task but a necessary one. I have a few well washed aprons that need tending and a t shirt or two that need hems repaired.  Working with the Babylock Rachel, I am using the three step zig-zag to secure the trim on an apron tie. No big deal but I know the whole thing will unravel the next time it is washed.

As many of us know, large blocks of time to sew are hard to come by. I have chosen to set aside little bits of time by setting up my little projects the day before. Then when I have the time,  I can sit down and work. I am working on this string quilt in bits and pieces. By choosing to set up task boxes with components ready for use, I can sit down for 30 minute segments and at least get a few blocks done. After chipping away at the pile of strips a few blocks emerge. These are paper backed using a light weight deli paper.

The little bit at a time method helped me finish this one last Spring.

My motto: slow down, take time, and enjoy the process. Have a productive first Monday and we will see what I can get done, yes?

Friday, April 29, 2016

Thinking Out Loud, a Blogger Rambles..............

An orchid I have not killed yet.

Some thoughts bouncing around in my wee head:

  • I used to like to sleep on the hard floor, the word is 'used.'
  • I have been having dog dreams, puppies, older dogs, needing homes.
  • I would have made a terrible Nun.
  • Grammatical errors drive me nuts.
  • If men had to have mammograms there would be a better way.
Sedum, in full bloom.

Blogging Issues......
  • There are a lot of really, really talented quilters out there.
  • I know many use the medium as a source of income, could we keep the ads in the margins?
  • Pop-up ads are the most annoying element of blogging. If you pop-up, I delete.
  • If I have to join some special blog platform with a user name and a password to post a comment, again, I delete.
  • There are a lot really, really not so talented Sewists out there. I have no problem with their blogs but let us not pretend they are at the expert level. People, puckered seams, crooked stitching and ill fitting garments are not expert. Be honest with yourself and your audience, anything else is wasting our time. 
My Lucy, the sweetest dog I have ever known.

I wish....
  • I could explain to my friends that I really am there for them and they don't have to be strong all the time. 
  • The money donated to relief efforts actually were used to help the poor and suffering rather than lining the pockets of corrupt politicians.
  • That our populace would look in the mirror before they leave the house, comb their hair, shave, wear clean clothes and not swear and yell at people. 
  • And particularly their own dear children.
  • Today is National Zipper Day.....I am not even going to comment on that, just wanted you to know. 
I will get back to regular blogging soon, I promise or I will tell you. It's been a busy and complicated couple weeks here, hope you understand. In the meantime, talk among yourselves.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Jelly Roll Flower Fields!


Good Morning everyone. It seems that every where I look I see a potential quilt. This photo reminds me of the famous Jelly Roll Race quick quilt by Jenny Doan! It is an aerial view of the Carlsbad Flower Fields!

Have a lovely Spring day.  

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Smooth (ie) Operator!

Have not sewn a darn thing today but I did make Smoothies for the crowd. The recipe is on Kitchen Chronicles, just click on this link. Fruit Smoothie, like an Orange Julius, but fresh.

Listen to the beautiful and talented Sade, Smooth Operator

Friday, April 22, 2016

A Moment of Respect, Prince

Controversial, androgynous, flamboyant, generous, genius, icon, secretive, private, extremely talented. A legend passes. Like him or not, make no mistake this extremely complicated man made a huge mark on the music world. Proficient and self taught on 20+ instruments, he is an inspiration.  

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Lapsed Blogger Makes Excuses

All right then, I have to admit...I am a bad, bad blogger. I have been trying to get some work done but guess what? Not a whole lot thread-wise happening in Sewtopia. Not for lack of trying. Spring clean up work, (weeds are already ahead of me, oh the bane of living in the woods!) a new water control system (that's what they call it now...I call them gutters!) dealing with Dementia, (please don't let me go there) and dog sitting while Dear Son travels for work has changed the routines. And we all know I depend on my routines to keep me productive.

Just to illustrate how behind I am, look closely at the above photo. Now look at the calendar. Those are Christmas tea cups, it is the end of April. Good grief, this has never, ever happened before. I am at a loss I tell you, at a loss.

The good news. It is Spring, I love, love, love Spring. Green and glorious, it fills in those empty spots in my soul. The warm air, the sweet smell of the world coming back to life. It is enchanting. A very dear friend sent me a copy of her first sonogram. We have a baby on the way. This is her fourth, her number 3 child passed last year, a baby.  It has been so difficult for her. We share many things. This is a glorious event. A blessed child.

It is supposed to rain here tomorrow. I can sew, I won't feel guilty for not being outside pulling weeds. Know what I mean? Hopefully, I will have something to share. It's all good. Right. 

*a little aside, I had the best cookie of my life tonight! Really. I have to get the recipe. It was a Pecan Tassie but not like I have ever had before and I live in Pecan Tassie land here. Remember that Pennsylvania  (particularly Western Pennsylvania) is the center of the earth for the cookie table that made big weddings famous. If you have never been to a big wedding here you need to find a way to wrangle an invite. Country Club or Fire Hall, the cookie table is center stage. The bride gets second billing!