Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bonjour, Montreal!

We dropped off son in Montreal last week. Hubby and son drove up (3 day drive) and I flew up and met them. Hubby and I drove home together (another 3 day drive). That way son could bring his stuff and we didn't have to leave Bowie as long.
 Montreal is beautiful city. There are many historic buildings and churches.
 Rue St. Catherine is all decked out for blocks.
 McGill University is a gorgeous campus.

 It feels almost medieval on some parts of the campus.
 Here he is, in front of the huge music building, where he'll be spending most of his time. We shopped and got him settled in his apartment, so not much sight seeing this time. It was so hard to say good-bye.  I felt like I was in Paris or Europe.  I can't wait to go back and see more of this city.
 Before I left, I laid out the the sheet quilt top on the kitchen table and pinned the layers to the batting and backing.


 I used my walking foot to machine quilt it. I just need to hand sew the binding to finish it off.
It's good to be home. Super hot here in Texas, but looking forward to cooling down this fall. Hope you are enjoying the last bits of summer.
Leslie

Monday, August 15, 2016

Happenings at Brookhollow Lane

Someone had a birthday last week. My oldest son had a cake delivered, since he couldn't be here. It was a really nice day.
 I did get the upcycled sheet quilt top done. I also added a sheet binding. So excited about crafting right now!
 This cute plaque was included in a gift basket and was made by my friend Celeste at Southern Day Dreams. She spoiled me on my birthday. So fun to have a blogging friend that lives close to me. I think it looks so pretty with the pale colors in the quilt top. I'll share the progress on it as I go. I'll be machine quilting-it's been so long since I made a quilt, I want to keep it super simple.
 I did get one hexie finished. I think I'll call it a mug rug. I sandwiched the hexie,  backing and batting and sewed and then turned it out. I did a little machine quilting around the hexie edges.
 Piles of hexies to use up.

 Went antiquing last week and found this cute and colorful crochet. That will be going on the craftroom wall.
I'll be taking a blog break. We are taking our youngest son to Graduate school in Montreal. It's a combination road trip and flying  to get him settled in his new school and new country. So excited to see Montreal, and the weather has got to be better then it is in Texas right now. See you when we get back.
Leslie

Monday, August 8, 2016

Piles of Lovely

I started collecting hoarding vintage sheets awhile ago and have gotten quite a stack. I have finally decided to so something with them.
 Cutting 5" squares is easy and fun with the rotary cutter. It gives me a chance to look at each design as I go. Some of these sheets were from my Mom's house and I remember them.
 As this pile gets shorter,
 The cut squares pile gets bigger.
 Here they are ready and waiting for my next project. I love all the pastel goodness-yellows, pinks, blues and greens. A quilt will be in the making around here.
 I also have had this lovely pile of vintage hexies that I found at a thrift store. All hand sewn-not paper pieced-so I don't know how she accomplished this beautiful pile of hexies from those lovely vintage prints. Each one is made of different fabrics and each is a little work of art.
Trying to decide what to do with these. Not a quilt, because I don't know how I'd join them without paper piecing. Still thinking about that. I've been so excited about crafting again and it's absolutely too hot to do anything outside. I'll keep you posted on my progress. As always, I love reading your comments and visiting your blogs. Hope you are having a wonderful week!
Leslie

Monday, August 1, 2016

Strawberries and Crafting

I finally got my craft mojo back. Partly because I rearranged son's boxes in the craftroom and am now able to sidle by to my desk. I have wanted to make these for awhile.Also checking out my new readers (I'm testing different strengths after my eye surgery) to see if I can thread a needle and I can!
I just cut some rounds on scraps of fabrics. Mine were 4 1/2" across. Cut each circle in half.
 I folded over , right sides together and sewed the edge up on the machine with a little rounded point.


 I turned them right side out. They look like little gnome hats, don't they?
  I used quilting thread, but any heavy thread will do for the next part.

 Using the quilting thread, (Here's where I really needed to be able to see), I did a running stitch on the top edge. Be sure to leave a tail on the  knot so you have something to pull.

 Stuffed it and pulled in the gather and tied it off in a knot.
 Cut out little leaves from felt. Also little rectangles.
I rolled the rectangles and hot glued and held it with a cloths pin. Also glued 2 little leaves together in the middle.Glue each leaf on end of strawberry to cover your gathered hole. Hot glue the rolled stem on the end.
 Clean off all your glue strings and there you have it. Ripe strawberries!
 These were so fun to make.See the little printed one in the jelly jar? It has berries and cherries on the fabric. That was fabric from my Mom's stash.
 This was a perfect little project to ease my way back into crafting. Feels so good to be creative!
 Maybe I'll make some strawberry pie later, on this super hot summer day. With real strawberries, though.
 Progress report on the morning glory. It's growing over the 8 foot fence into the neighbors side and is just lovely.
 My purple crepe myrtle is in full bloom.I love that shade of deep purple.
Let me know if you have any questions on making strawberries. Still hot here, but of course it's summer in Texas. Hope you have a wonderful week!
Leslie

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

My Week

Well, things are looking up this week. A few things have gotten done in the heat wave. I know most of the country is suffering, but we are pretty used to 100 degrees in the summer in Texas. Hubby had a birthday and I wanted to show you one of his gifts. I ordered this from this Etsy shop. Hubby was in the Navy during the Evacuation of Saigon and this was his ship. 
 Here's a closer look. The artist even put the insignia of the Blue Ridge in the lower corner. I love how he had the ocean melting into the map of the Japan. This ship is still going today. Anyway, he really liked it and it is hanging in the office.
 New garage door-done.
 New matchstick blinds- hung. I had to shorten all of them and we had to cut the width down on one. They came out great. Still can't get into my craftroom though, and I really miss it.
 I put some little daisies in my vases. I really like the look.

 I have decided I love daylillies. They are doing great in our hot temps.
Mostly just staying inside in the cool. This will last through mid September for us. Hopefully the heat won't last that long wherever you are. Have a great week and stay cool!
Leslie

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Real Life

Hi everyone. No terrible news here. I was just trying to think of something to blog about, and not much has been happening here. Lots of things falling apart at the same time. You know that rule of threes? My pleated soft shade broke in the bedroom. This is our beautiful new custom window treatment. lol. I have to give a shout out to Levolor Blinds. Turns out it was under 10 year warranty and they are shipping us a new one for free. Excellent customer service! Waiting for delivery.
 No cute craft projects. Sons boxes are stacked in the craftroom for the summer. I don't love the boxes, but do love having son home for a little while.
 Got half an order of matchstick blinds for the breakfast nook. I had to argue with Home Depot and UPS that they only delivered 2 out of 4 boxes. We'll see how that one plays out. Still waiting.
 My 2 leather chairs are falling apart and have ordered new chairs and am still waiting on those.
 Our garage door had a run in with the tailgate of my open van. The tailgate won. I won't go into my garage door saga-just know it was so frustrating it's almost funny. Still waiting on that.
This isn't a feel sorry for me post-just being real here. So I'm in a state of waiting for things to get delivered or fixed. Can't wait to get back on track!
On a pretty note-roses from Hubby. I had eye surgery over the past 2 weeks-nothing major, but getting used to new lenses and new reading glasses etc.
 My sweet potato vine is going crazy by the front door.
It's hotter then heck here in Dallas. It's been a rough week here and around the country. I hope people start coming together soon. 
I thought I'd leave you with a  video that I took in Seattle. Snoqualmie Falls looks so cooling and inviting. Sorry-I still haven't figured out how to turn the video. If anyone knows-please let me in on the secret.
video
Hope your week goes well.
Leslie