Monday, October 27, 2014

Home sweet home

I didn't get as much done on His Eye this week as I would have liked.

But I do like what I'm seeing.  I just dislike symmetrical designs where I have to stitch things twice.  lol!  At least the colors vary from one side to the other.

I didn't get as much done on His Eye because I started working on this.  (It's from Tula Pink!)

I'm so excited about it!  Here is my progress so far.

Here is my fussy cut star for the week.  I re-used one of the Judie Rothermel fabrics in a different direction.

My dear father type got home from his travels to London and Greece Saturday night.  I was so happy to see him!  He crashed into bed soon after arrival, but caught me up on all his adventures Sunday.  I think he really enjoyed himself!   Here's one selfie he took in Greece.

Mia and I are happy to have him home!  And I'm proud of him for being a good boy and putting sun block on religiously.  Here are a couple of souvenirs he brought home for me.

He went to Buckingham Palace just for me.  :D  I love the tin of tea he brought home, and the tile from Lindos.  I know he bought the tea tin for the right reasons.  (Hint: he knows I don't drink tea.  lol!)

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi!  I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Monday, October 20, 2014


Here is my progress on His Eye is on the Sparrow for this week.

Now I know how wide it will be at least!

I like this middle part.

Here is my fussy cut star for the week.  I used the raccoon fabric from the Acacia collection by Tula Pink.

This has been a very strange week.  My laptop broke down, but luckily it turned out to be something that wasn't too expensive to fix.  I took my laptop to the Apple Store on Wednesday and picked it up on Friday -- very speedy!

And then family members started appearing and disappearing.  My girl child came to spend the weekend with me.  She came partly to see a certain someone.

One of her neighborhood friends, with whom she's been besties since babyhood (14 (friend) and 6 (girl child) months old), recently had a baby of her own.  Which is wonderful, and is even more wonderful because it means girl child wants to see baby and mother and comes home more often.

Girl child and I also had a girls' night out.

with dinner and dessert too.

And in the morning, we had breakfast at our favorite diner.

While all this was happening, my father type left on an adventure.

He was only in London long enough to spend the night at a swank hotel, and then to see this in passing -- pretty literally.  (He was on a bus driving by.)

And he saw this, perhaps for slightly longer.

Lucky guy.  Then another flight to end up here.

And here.

Google is paying for a "team building" vacation for his group to Greece.  5 days of sun and sand, followed by a one day work meeting in London.  (They passed through London on the way to Greece and will go back to London for the meeting.)  Poor guy.  lol!  I think he's enjoying himself already.

Mia has been a bit unsettled by the changing of the family members.

But she got to enjoy a coffee high from the girl child

and has been doing a lot of this.

She loves lap time.  lol!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Mia at the time of writing this post

Monday, October 13, 2014

Visiting boy child and family

First off, here is my progress on His Eye is on the Sparrow.  I've finished pages 1 and 2!

There will be another part to the house, but that's on page 3.  lol!

Here is my fussy cut star for this week -- another Kaffe Fassett fabric.

And this weekend I worked on my Boxy sweater. I hadn't touched it since our trip to Maine, but it's great for mindless knitting while talking to family.

This weekend the father type and I went up to my sister's outside of Boston to visit, and to see our baby boy child.  (hee hee!)  We went up for a special reason, but also just to see everyone.  We had dim sum, went to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, watched apple pies being baked, and visited in general.


Jamie Wyeth exhibit
by Jamie Wyeth 
I loved this sheep -- since I've been following Shetland Wool Week through blogs and Instagram,  I have sheep on the brain.

by Jamie Wyeth
This picture cracked me up.

Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen exhibit
BIL and niece making apple pies.

Then Sunday evening, the Father type, the boy child and I went to a concert at Sanders Theater in Memorial Hall at Harvard.

Such a beautiful place!  (We never saw the front of the hall since we came from Harvard campus.)

Outside the theater

We went to see Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer.  Edgar Meyer is a bassist who has been held up to the boy child as a shining example for a good while now.  And Chris Thile -- well let's just say I'm turning into a Chris Thile groupie.  This is the second time Father type and I have seen him.  The first time was the Punch Brothers concert we went to.

This is a terrible picture, which I wasn't supposed to take, but I had to.

If you notice the blur behind us, you will realize there was someone sitting there.  She was staring daggers at us, probably because we were taking pictures.  (I hope I don't get into trouble.....)  Sorry to those of my Instagram followers who got a chuckle from her stare.  I didn't want it in the picture!

Anyway, it was a wonderful concert by two MacArthur (Genius) Grant recipients.  Hopefully my two guys enjoyed it as much as I did!

After the concert we had to say goodbye to the boy child.  So sad.  And then today we drove back home.

Mia was happy to see us.  But she also smelled another cat!  (See photo of Lily above.)

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Not much to show....

I was working on some knitting that I don't want to talk about for much of this week.  (Don't ask.  I'll talk if I decide I like it later.)  It's also been a week of battling a yellow jacket nest in the wall of the kitchen (yes, yellow jackets have been getting in the house too), and of leaking toilets.  But I did manage to get back to a bit of stitching.

I'm enjoying stitching on this piece (the title is right there at the bottom).

The first page is done and I've started the second.  (The second page extends as far as you see the border go in the first picture.)  I'm using the called for GAST and WDW fibers with 40ct Doubloon linen from Picture This Plus.

I also did another fussy cut Friday star, using what I think is a Kaffe Fassett fabric.

We're up to 40 stars now -- which means there are only 12 more Fridays this year?!  Wow!  (We are doing one per week in this fussy cut Friday thing.  See details here.)  Anyway, so here are my 40 all laid out so far.  I'm loving how they look together.

Various of you have asked what happens with these fussy cut stars.  I keep changing my mind, but at the moment, I believe I will use the same size diamonds to surround each star -- in various white, off-white or white on white fabrics.  Then sew them all together.  The white diamonds should make up the hexagon shapes you see in the picture.  I'm not sure what size quilt will result, but I guess I'll find out!  We'll see if my plan changes or not.

I will leave you with a couple of rather blurry pics of Mia being playful.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!