Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A little recycling.

Sorry I have been absent for so long, sciatica stinks!  Man, never felt anything like that and never want to again.  Three weeks in pain sucks.  But I am about 85% back so needed to work on a project.  I still don't have my sewing machine back from the shop, long story.  But my Mom let me have one a friend gave her.  Just a straight stiticher, but that will do.

So I have had this project pinned to Pinterest for a while.  I have been saving old jeans to make a quilt, but I want to do something now.  Here is the link: A Girl and a Glue Gun.

Sorry I really didn't take many pics, but Kimbo makes it real easy.  I just cut up a pair of old jeans, one leg will do, then cut out a pocket from another pair, it was cuter!  Then cut strips of a remnant I already had and went to work!

Sorry I didn't feel like modeling.  I think it came out OK though.  Not too bad for a first one on a machine I am not familiar with.  Here is the pocket detail:
I may just have to make another one!  Although the machine is not liking sewing through denim.  Hopefully will get mine back soon.



Saturday, May 18, 2013

Garden Update!

Time for a garden update.  We planted our veggies on March 17, see the post here.  We live in a So Cal tract house, so not much yard.  Three years ago we updated our side yard to include 2 raised beds, so now we can grow veggies.  See the transformation here.  Here are the latest pics:

This is looking towards the front gate.  You can see my bottle tree buried amongst the tomatoes on the left.

This is looking from the gate back, you can see the pretty colors of my swiss chard on the right.

An eggplant I added that is now surrounded by tomatoes.

Lemon Cucumber that is starting to climb, that is a solar light in the middle.

I can't believe how fast it has grown in 2 mos.  I just need the weird weather to stop.  Last week, it was in the 90's and now it is 68!  Tomatoes need sun!

Just for reference, here is a pic from 3/17 when we planted:

This is from the front looking towards the back, Crazy!

Have a great weekend.


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Thursday, May 16, 2013

When it rains...

Sorry I have been missing in action, seems like when it rains, it pours.

Two weeks ago in the middle of making a quilt for DAR my sewing machine stopped feeding.  Yup the feed dog stopped doing its job.  Actually it really hadn't been up to par since the last time I got it serviced.  I had to take it back once, and I think I really didn't want to take it back again, it was around Christmas, so I just made do.  Well, come to find out there was a broken part, and since it is an old Bernina, they have to get it from Switzerland!  Hopefully it will be back next week, but in the mean time I have been looking for a second machine.

Trolling ebay and craigslist.  Lost 2 on ebay at the last minute, but it went over my budget, so oh well.

Also, DH and I started our spring walking routine about a month ago.  When DH gets home from work around 4:30 we walk.  Usually about 2 or 3 miles.  It is a great way to have time alone with your spouse, plus great exercise.  But of course this old body is objecting.  Turns out it is my sciatica (sp) and walking irritates it.  When we would get home I couldn't lift my left leg.  So I am supposed to be resting it, but since I don't have a sewing machine I am going crazy!  OY!

Good news, DD finished her second year of college!  Yeah!  It was a rough semester, but glad it is over and she did well.  Now job hunting time comes!

Just wanted to give you an update.  Hope to be back on the crafting track soon.



Thursday, May 2, 2013

Derby Day!

Do you celebrate the Kentucky Derby?  I am sure if you live in KY you do, but here in CA, not so much.
Well Saturday is our Annual DAR Spring Meeting and Pre-Derby Luncheon!  And there is a Hat Contest!  So I became a milliner for a few hours!

Last week I found this great hat at Burlington Coat Factory for 50% off!  Score.
My dress is basic black, but I have a cool pair of turquoise earrings, so guess which color I went with?
Went to Michaels yesterday and got ribbon, 50% off, feathers and a jewel, oh yeah and a few flowers!
Then went to JoAnn's and found some great netting.  So here is a few during shots.
And the cool after!  I am ready to go!
Game on!  Can't wait to see what others have come up with.  This was fun, and really only took about 1/2 hour!

Warm, windy and fires here in So Cal today.  Hope all are well, and be safe!