Friday, September 24, 2010

Patiently Waiting...

It's only been six years since I planted these holly bushes. It has been six years waiting for berries to form. Let me take you back to the very beginning...I purchased two holly bushes, one male and one female. A few years went by and absolutely nothing happened. I thought that perhaps they really didn't like each other and it was going to take a bit more time for them to get used to each other. I talked to them and gave them "positive encouragement" but nothing seemed to work. I finally went back to where I purchased the original bushes to conclude that I was sold (labelled incorrectly) 2 male bushes. I purchased the "missing link/female" and reverted back to my "motivational/yes you can speech" and looked what happened....berries!! Yes!! I was so thrilled that I was jumping for joy and thinking that I really do have a green thumb (a bit of a slow learner but it's there).
Pictured next is Dakoda. She isn't jumping for joy. She has been patiently waiting for what she thinks is approximately six years for her Mom to quit jumping around and take her for a walk. As you know, she's the princess and rules the castle! Obviously she didn't share in my excitement.

Seventy Feet

Where have I been? What have I been doing? In between building the "Confetti Cake" quilt, I've been busy painting a picket fence that measures 70 feet in length and consisting of 125 pickets (Please note that I cut out every single picket. Hey, if I can cut fabric then surely cutting cedar planks wouldn't be too much of a challenge). Next the painting. Two coats! I thought I would never see the end! But it's now finished and I'm very pleased with the outcome. It was a mindless job which gave me more than enough time to look/reflect over my life about five or six times. But the best part was being outside and people stopping to have a chat while I painted. I got to meet a few more of my neighbours, the mailman, and a couple of tourists stopped seeking directions to the nearest gas station or restaurant. Of course, Dakoda had to come out a few times to see what all the fuss was about.
Doesn't it feel good to accomplish a big job!! I'll say! I feel great!!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Done Like Dinner

The "Confetti Cake" quilt by "The Pattern Basket" is done/completed/finished just in time for Taylor's Open House here in Brockville. Did you notice the quilting? My friend Tammy Spencer came through again. She works well underpressure and gave me an "overnight express" job! God love her! Hey, there was a lot of piecing with each block but the effort paid off. If you live in the Brockville area, I'm teaching this all day class at Taylor's, November 11th. If you enjoy building an Irish Chain, you will love piecing this beauty!