Monday, September 1, 2014

Portland Farmers' Market

 My traveling companion, Mr. Bun, really enjoyed the tomatoes at the Hollywood Farmers Market in Portland.  The colors were terrific. 
So many interesting people shopping.
Beautiful flowers,berries,  fruits, veggies, distilled spirits, fish, jewelry, and what-all.

This is my friend Betty, stocking up on breakfast berries.

Mr. Bun took a liking to the fish monger, who graciously posed for me.

Sunday, August 31, 2014


This month, I went to the Pacific Northwest.  I attended the first Quilt!'Stitch!Knit! conference, held in Portland Oregon.  Afterwards, I visited with friends in Bremerton, WA, and took a quick trip into Victoria, BC.  My pictures are still being organized.

When I arrived home, a newly painted front door greeted me.
It's plum, and goes very nicely with the house paint, which is a very grayed shade of turquoise.

The plum is picked up by the Tradescantia (Wandering Jew? Moses in a Boat?)  in the pot by the door.

A new doormat, and the entryway will look really good for such a small space.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pillowcase Dresses

At a recent meeting, one of the ladies in my quilt guild showed some pillowcase dresses that she had made with extra fabric.  She said that they would be sent to African orphans through the Little Dresses for Africa project.

So I made a half dozen, but sent one to my sweet great-granddaughter first. 

Two of the dresses were actual handmade pillowcases that I wasn't using.  Two others were made from fabric that one of my former girl scouts gave me during the cleaning out of her mother's storage shed.  Two others were made with "free table" fabric from the guild.  I think it is a good use for leftover fabric.

Special Olympics Scarf

This was an easy, relaxing way to put some spare yarn into use and hopefully put a smile on someone's face.

The Texas Special Olympics Scarf Project is looking for 3000 scarves in green or blue.

Guidelines are on

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Little Landscapes

I love the little landscapes that are hanging in the bathroom of the retreat house in Stonewall. SOMEWHERE, I have a picture of them, but I can't find them.

Recently, I tried to do some similar work. They were ok, but I wasn't satisfied.

This are my initial attempts.

The last time I went there, I took them and my paints along.  I worked on them and feel much better about them.

 Several of the ladies would have gladly bought them, in fact, but I wasn't sure that they were finished.

I'm thinking they may be done.

Sign from Lizz

My great niece Lizz has gone into business with her crafts.  This is the sign that I had her make for me.

Here it is on my storage closet door.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sewing for the girls

When my great-grandkids were here recently, we went by the fabric store.  Kaycee picked out a green zebra stripe seersucker.  Yesterday I made a sundress for her out of it.  Today I made a purse to match.

For baby sister Olivia,  I made a pinafore sundress.  I used to have a really cute pattern for one.

Today when I looked in the envelope, the instructions were there, but no pattern.

On Facebook, I asked if any of my friends had the original pattern.  Two ladies immediately recognized it but neither still had it.  So funny that all three of us had used it for our daughters.

 I looked online and found one on

It was free and very cute.

I gave it a little bit more flair and will add even more if I make it again.

I'm hoping that the sizes of the two dresses are at least close.