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September 20, 2017
How to run errands the easy way from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I had a few errands to run today. It's was such a beautiful day, too. Perfectly sunny with a little breeze. Maybe a little warm for my preferences, but that's what the shade is for. 


A lion keeping watch over the train as it rolled through Bunkie.

How to make the best of a chore I normally dread? Turn it into a beautiful day. Really. Just appreciate the scenes, especially the ones I wouldn't normally notice.

A corn field harvested and plowed before winter

Along the way I looked around and found a few especially interesting scenes ...

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September 13, 2017
Natalie's Quilt - Finally... from Quilting Studio Adventures


Natalie, a hs senior, showed me her newly-painted bedroom in July.  She chose two soft shades of grey and purple and gave me permission to do whatever I wanted as long as the new quilt had the texture of her old quilt, which I made for her when she was 5.   She sleeps with it every night.  At that time of my quilting, I was batting everything with Warm And Natural.  So that's what I batted this quilt with. 


I'm not quite sure why I went asymmetrical - there is nothing asymmetrical about Natalie.  She's very smart, very ...

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September 4, 2017
A Few New Things from All Things Quilty

It has been a little crazy for the last month.  Many doctor appointments and trips to the hospital.  Charlie's blood counts got so low that he had a blood transfusion a couple of weeks ago.  That is probably due to all the radiation and the drug Xofigo which is radioactive.  After getting two units of packed red cells, he was a new man.  Amazing how bad you can feel when you are anemic.

                                                    

We are continuing to enjoy our new life in the mountains, and trying to get our house organized.  It has taken awhile because of all the ...

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August 29, 2017
it shouldn't be this hard . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I mean, right? I can't tell you the number of times I've pulled up this blog over the last four months (I'm not counting my 'Happy 4th' post!) and have just not been able to click "new post".  In fact, I just commented on another's blog that we go through seasons that just make it difficult.  So it's been.

I've been doing stuff . . . I've been quite busy, in fact.  But not really quilty/crafty stuff, though I've managed to keep some handwork going.  I finally finished (after only thirteen months) my strawberry ...

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August 10, 2017
A Baby Shower for Lauren from Random Thoughts... do or "di"

Last Saturday I hosted a baby shower for my son and daughter-in-law. It was a beautiful afternoon to gather with friends and family and shower the parents-to-be and their expected little girl.

My friend, Michele, has a flower design business, so when I am running short on time or ideas I call on her to make the floral arrangements. The "E" stands for the baby's name, Ellison.




The guests were a delightful mix of family, my friends and Evan and Lauren's girlfriends. 

To make it easy on myself I had the shower at a restaurant instead of our ...

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August 2, 2017
Just Like That... from From the Strawberry Patch...

... July is gone and this boy is NINE years old already! NINE!! What? How did that happen? He celebrated his birthday by swimming in the county wide championship swim meet on his birthday that very day. He did extremely well too, nine days post-op.

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Just Like That... from From the Strawberry Patch...

... July is gone and this boy is NINE years old already! NINE!! What? How did that happen? He celebrated his birthday by swimming in the county wide championship swim meet on his birthday that very day. He did extremely well too, nine days post-op.

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July 23, 2017
Blogging from Random Thoughts... do or "di"

My blog posts have gotten fewer and farther between in the last year, but recently I was reminded of why I started a blog in the first place. I began my blog as a way to document my creative life and family life,  to keep a permanent record of everything in one place. I began sharing my blog with you fantastic readers in September of 2010. 
The Instagram takeover has reduced my blog posts significantly, but I really want to get back to this form of record keeping. I cannot tell you how many times I refer to my blog ...

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July 17, 2017
Forced Expulsion and Other Happenings from From the Strawberry Patch...

Bear with me through this post, it has lots of photos and a weekend update too. This was my the state of my sewing room on Friday. Being banished from the studio has resulted in a change of pace and tidier, better organized spaces in other parts of the house; not necessarily a bad thing! I have to admit, just looking at the plastic drapes, floor cloths and chaos in my favorite room gives me a

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Forced Expulsion and Other Happenings from From the Strawberry Patch...

Bear with me through this post, it has lots of photos and a weekend update too. This was my the state of my sewing room on Friday. Being banished from the studio has resulted in a change of pace and tidier, better organized spaces in other parts of the house; not necessarily a bad thing! I have to admit, just looking at the plastic drapes, floor cloths and chaos in my favorite room gives me a

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June 18, 2017
Rolling Along from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I made two discoveries today. First if you want an organized space, I have a fast way to make it happen. 


Knock the entire organizer down. Haha  As you pick things up from the floor, you may as well put them in order. It really doesn't take very long to decide, get started, put things away. It all happens rather quickly. Try not to say the words I used...that slows things down.

The other discovery is that babies will sleep and play while you quilt! Dusti called and ask for free babysitting for a couple of hours. A ...

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June 16, 2017
Family Fun from All Things Quilty

Lily's Birthday card...one of my watercolor prints with a few additions!

Our family has been with us in Florida for almost a week now!  We have had so much fun.  Four extra adults and five extra kids, including nine-month-old Baby Layla.  Lily turned eleven on Tuesday.  We have had great meals, fun at the beach, and trips to the park.  The weather was rainy only one day...the rest of the time we have dodged the showers and even seen rainbows.

Our family...fighting cancer together!
Before they arrived, I ordered bracelets from a company called MudLove.com ...

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May 26, 2017
Wrapping It Up from From the Strawberry Patch...

I'm down to quilting the last few rows of blocks in this quilt: "Jackstones". It's been on the rails for a very long time; so long, in fact, that I have removed it and replaced it three times already to quilt pantographs on other quilts while it languished! It really is way beyond time that this one gets wrapped up. I don't know about you but I feel a particular sense of urgency at this time of

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Wrapping It Up from From the Strawberry Patch...

I'm down to quilting the last few rows of blocks in this quilt: "Jackstones". It's been on the rails for a very long time; so long, in fact, that I have removed it and replaced it three times already to quilt pantographs on other quilts while it languished! It really is way beyond time that this one gets wrapped up. I don't know about you but I feel a particular sense of urgency at this time of

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May 24, 2017
From there to here, from here to there… from Modern Sunbonnet Sue

“…funny things are everywhere.”  Dr. Seuss My goal this year is to finish projects.  We all have them; those UFO’s hanging out in boxes and bins.  Funny thing, I don’t seem to be getting anywhere too fast.  How do you get from there to here, or…from here to there?   My UFO’s keep multiplying.  I […]

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May 10, 2017
Celebrate! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Wide awake and looking
for a bottle from DeeDee.
Our youngest son celebrates a birthday today. He is 33 now. The middlin one will be 35 in two weeks and the oldest makes 38 in July just a few days before our 39th anniversary. And somewhere in all that celebrating I get to retire. Lots of changes for us, but by the grace of God, all good changes.

And of course, there's this little addition to the family. She came for a visit last night so I could help mommy with a little English homework. Good thing I've ...

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May 3, 2017
She's here! She's here! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Actually, she's been around for a week now. But she also came to visit! I couldn't write about her birth because I'd been given the "shush" word. But that ban is now lifted and I can show you this...

Loving her mommy and just an hour old!

And mommy loves her!

Taking a selfie with DeeDee
 She's a week old here and visiting her DeeDee and Poppa. Mommy needed help with Hamlet homework. 

Taking a selfie is difficult with a squirmy baby. Especially for a DeeDee that rarely takes selfies.

So people who know that I ...

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May 2, 2017
Life is more than just Quilting…gasp from Modern Sunbonnet Sue

The weather has been nice, so I’ve spent time outdoors working in my flowerbeds.  I cleaned up the dried stems & leaves from last year’s perennials and raked out the leftover leaves.  I split up some hostas that have overgrown and transplanted iris rhizomes that were being crowded by black-eyed susans in the same bed.  […]

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April 20, 2017
Happy Easter! from All Things Quilty

We had a very enjoyable Easter with our family this year.  After church and brunch with family on Sunday, we brought our two grandsons to the mountains with us for their Spring Break.  They have been enjoying a lot of fishing and Gator rides.


Here are some Bible journaling pages that I made for the Easter season.

 








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April 17, 2017
"What's That?" from From the Strawberry Patch...

Anyone speaking to me has received fair warning! "Wait, what was that you just said?"  My daughter-in-law has been printing up some new T-shirts for quilters and I have added two to my daily-wear wardrobe for spring. The first, pictured on the left, clearly expresses the reason you might just need to repeat yourself if the shirt's wearer has that distant, far-away look in their eyes. If you're

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