Or as my friend used to say, “Time flies whether you are having fun or not.” So what have I been doing?
Blocks for our Spelling Bee for Carla, who has just opening a knitting shop. I made two and then one more for Simone, whose daughter is getting married and she’s making the wedding dress. She gets a pass, I’d say.
I made bee blocks for Mid-Century Modern Bee, for Stephanie, who doesn’t really run a blog, but is here on Instagram. Actually she’s in Russia, but try not to hate her. It looks like a fabulous trip.
Did (what I call) Duty Sewing to make an item for the Scout Auction at our church. I was thinking Scouts=Food, so I picked up four boxes of treats at Trader Joe’s, a Dairy Queen gift card and two shopping bags, and wrapped them all up fancy. It’s to help raise money to send boys to camp. I used to be in the boat of forking over moolah for Scout camp (I had three boys), and am really really happy to be at this end: donating, rather than doing.
Planted my summer garden. This time we didn’t buy the fancy-schmancy tomatoes at the Swanky Garden Center, but instead went to the local nursery and Lowe’s. They look much healthier. Things that grow in my garden are an endless fascination to me, and I sometimes check the seedlings daily. I’m #goofyaboutmygarden, thank you very much.
Perused Instagram. I had no idea that people still crocheted granny square bedspreads. My horizons are widened every time I follow a hashtag that’s new to me, in this case #makersmovement, which is for (duh) people that make things. We used to be called crafters. I like the term Makers much better.
Finished up last month’s blocks for the Halloween QAL and got the blocks ready for this month’s post on May 13th. You know, when you break down a quilt into chunks, it’s much easier. And I know I would have never have gotten this far, if it hadn’t been for the fact that I had to make the bits of the quilts to post. Thank you very much for putting up with me.
Cleaned out Started cleaning out the photo cupboard, where I found my First-Ever Selfie, painted when I was six years old and in Brownie Scouts. Interestingly, we didn’t have a dog at that time, even though I painted one in the picture (wishful thinking?).
Found out that the street where we stayed in Dubrovnik, Croatia in 2014, was one of the sites used in Game of Thrones, a show I have never seen. In the top photo (taken from the web somewhere) is the scene from the movie. The middle photo is their comparison of how it looks when it’s not been movie-fied, and the bottom photo is taken by me, leaning out our window, looking back up the street. I found this out one day when I was reading the NEWSPAPER (yes, I’m that old) and saw the top photo. I ran upstairs to compare mine with theirs, then found the middle photo on the Internets.
Another eureka moment was when I discovered that Costco sells macarons. Yes, I have two boxes in my freezer right now, but I gave away the coffee-flavored cookies to a neighbor (I hate the taste and smell of mocha/coffee). I’ve also gotten three bids on a new HVAC system, and one guy is wandering around my house right now, taking mea$urement$.
In the cooking department, I made biscotti to take to my son, who lives in Normal Heights, in San Diego, California. My recipe is *here.*
Found out there is a fabric store in Normal Heights, in a former movie theater, which had some silk shantung, perfect for working on my Four-in-Art project for the May reveal. I’ve also been to the doctor’s twice, but the patient — like Mayor Shinn’s wife in the movie The Music Man — will recover.
And my design wall last week, as I was figuring out a scene for under the Christmas Tree (next step is coming May 2nd), working on my Four-in-Art art quilt, and enjoyed a completed mini–a sample to check on how my pattern worked for some more market sewing, which I’ll show you very soon. (You know the game.) Now back to the sewing.