Thursday, October 12, 2017

Scraps off the Floor.

I decided to make myself a Mini and didn't even know what fabrics to use...and saw all the fabric on the floor from a project I was working on and thought...lets just use that. Waste not want not. :0)

Started by making parts.... all random....improv...

No right or wrong.....

Then started putting all the parts together..

The top is done... now I just need to quilt it. But I am very Happy with the top.
Nice and Pretty.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Vacation Quilt

        Confession Time....I can be a bit of a pack-rat! HeHe! When we go places I would love to collect things from where we have been. But to make sure THAT doesn't happen my Darling Hubs came up with the idea of hat pins.  Because he didn't want spoons, mugs, towels, t-shirts, bears, shaker globes...oh boy, this list could go on forever...and collect dust in the house. So, I was restricted to Hat pins...and I was okay with that. I set out and made my first quilt to hold my "Vacation" pins. Of course I made it to small and filled it quickly. I have since made this new quilt and it will take a long time to fill it.  OH how I love the HUNT. Where ever we go...the first thing I HAVE TO DO... is FIND MY PIN!!! Then I can enjoy my vacation. LOL!!!
                 This quilt hangs in the hall way near the quest potty (Happy-potty) :0)
           The rest of the pictures are close ups of places I have been with friends or with Family.
Two of my favorites...

The yellow feet was when I went to Parris Island and saw my Son graduate from one of the hardest Boot Camps ever.... Marine Corps.

The one above it was when He was deployed to Afghanistan and finally came home...I drove to California (from AZ) by myself in LA traffic!!!! (YIKES!!) To see my Baby Boy. To make sure he had all his fingers and toes. (He did) We were walking around the base the next day...and he said to me .."Mom, do you want to go into a gift shop here on base? You might find a hat pin?" My Family knows me well. :0)

 Now you are probably getting an inkling why my Hubs has restricted me to pins... LOL!!! I never buy just one pin. Unless that is all they have. Ha!
 Went to Paris with my Sister...Oh, What a trip!!! and what a hunt!!! These pins were VERY hard to find!!!! But I WAS NOT COMING HOME without at least one!!! :0)

I LOVE finding my pins!!! As you can imagine it is ever so disappointing when someone tells me they DON'T have hat pins!!! Then I will go get a postcard or sticker and put it in my journal. So, I don't break the "collecting dust rule" LOL!!!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Updated My Mini Wall

I updated my Mini wall...and it is looking great!!! I really love coming up my staircase and seeing all these lovely mini quilts hanging there.  12 of them I made, 12 made by other Lovely peeps, and 1 that is a collaborative mini. (25 in total)  I have my Happy Sloth to hang but that will require a ladder and someone to hold it while I balance 20 feet in the air!! (gulp...which is why it hasn't gotten hung yet...LOL)

Happy Wall :0)

Have a great Day!!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Been Busy Quilting

 Hello  my Blog Friends...long time no see!!! I know I know...Where have I BEEN?!!!! No Where?!!! LOL!!!!! I mean...let me think...I went to Quiltcon in Savanna, Georgia, then drove to Daytona for the AQS Quilt show, then went to Disney World for 5 days for an Art Retreat where we did 4 parks in 4 days and artjournaled in each park. So much fun!!!! Then I put together a one day road-trip with my EPHexie Gals for the Row by Row Shop Hop and we drove all the way to Rockledge, Florida for the beginning of trip...and worked our way back.... Oh, and then 2 weeks ago I was in the Caymans for a week with my Bestie Emily... just enjoy the Island life...slow...and no worries. :0)

  ........and then the last 5 days I've been stressed to the max wondering if Hurricane Irma was going to come my way or NOT!!!!!! GEEEEZE LOUISSSSEEEEE!!!!! Making preparations, getting gas, water, pet stuff, maps, nailing down my house, taking everything of value UP stairs!!!.
And then she turns LEFT.... thankful!.....but its bittersweet...was still on my knees for those on the LEFT.

Any way...obviously I have been just a wee bit busy!! But I have been quilting..and here are the last of my swaps that I was involved in. I have 2 left. Then no more mini quilt swapping for me.... maybe? I should say never...cause you never know...LOL!!  

 Geese swap 2017 ... This one was very hard to let go. It took MANY hours.
Bit by Bit 2 Round Robin Quilt Swap I am in this year. 8 Ladies started with a center, and then passed to the right. Then you work on the quilt , and then pass to the right again. You keep passing to the right until your quilt ends up back in your lap. Yeah!!! I added the Dresden flowers on the very top and then the X blocks on the sides for someone to add later. 

Animal swap 2017 I knew this was going to be hard to let I made 2 at the same time...mine has a different background. So, she was easy to let go.
Word-swap 2017 Went to a gal who owns a Quilt Shop...and now hangs in her shop.
New blue jean bag.

Love the texture in this bag!!!!

Like I said above...I have been busy...even though I have not been posting. But I will get back to posting on a regular time schedule now.

Working on some very fun stuff coming up.....TBA

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sandie's Backyard Heaven Part 2

   After showing you pictures of the pond coming to life...I thought you would like to see pictures of it now in full swing of LIFE.
My corner of the pond...and the chair that I picked out. Jake is currently using he has just figured out that something is MOVING in the water. (ha) We let Jasper and Jake out at least once a week to explore the pond area...they are so funny to watch. Their senses come alive when they are out there.

We bought 4 medium size Koi and 6 small Koi and 2 Fancy Goldfish for the lower pond. Currently we have 3 new baby Koi.

 We also bought 10 regular goldfish for the upper pond. But some fell over the waterfall and ended up in the lower pond.

My lilies are blooming :)

Okay several things are happening in this photo.
1- I had just finished pruning the lily pads...and left my yucky trash laying on the ground. (ignore that please...LOL!!)
2- I was showing you the purple lilies. (which since this photo my koi have eaten :( boo)
3- If you look closely..... just left of the bottom purple lily you can see my 2 turtles sunbathing on a lily-pad. The one on the left is Turt and the other is Buddy. 

Here is my Hubs little spot...and his chair he chose. He is obviously enjoying his spot....(zzzzz) Daisy and Zoey are enjoying a bit of sun as well.
That bridge...was the big rock in the last post you saw them putting in. 2000 lbs 2 trucks and 7 men to get it right where it is. LOL.... don't think it's going anywhere any time soon. 

After months of exploring the edges of the pond and the waterfall...(the waterfalls are Jasper's favorite part of this whole porch) He has finally seen the wiggle moving fish in the pond. 

Here through the elephant ear plant you can see the start of my pond. The top waterfall.

And here are the Boys... Turt (bottom) is a Georgia Slider..given to us by my SIL.....and Buddy (top) a Map turtle, we got so Turt wouldn't be alone...thus his name :0)
When I need to prune the lilies (which is about every other week) I sit quietly and wait for the boys to come up for air. once they do...I go in and grab them..... and put them in a bucket.
Turt is really not an issue because he is so easy to see. But Buddy looks just like all the other 3000 rocks....and I would be devastated if I stepped on one of these little guys. Plus this gives me a chance to see how big they are growing.
And lastly... the porch is not only relaxing and also allows me the opportunity to take some pretty sweet pictures with the pond as the backdrop.

Thanks so much for visiting...I'm going to go have lunch in my porch chair :0) 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Sandie's Backyard Paradise Part 1

So, back in October 2016 Hubs and I decided to get a pool. After doing our research we had Pool people come and give us the numbers...YIKES!!! Are you kidding Me!!! And I told my Hubs I've always wanted a Koi pond, just a little one off to the side of the pool. Under the screen porch so birds don't eat them. Well, at these pool prices THAT wasn't happening. Sigh :( So, We went to the Home and Patio Show downtown to have a look around at all the different vendors to see what was what. And I ran into Earthworks. They specialize in water features. And they just happen to be having a Koi pond workshop the very next weekend. 

You bit your dollar I dragged Hubs there to see if we could build our own Koi pond. Um??!! After 5 minutes of watching the Leader of the Koi pond maker start sweating....the answer was clearly NO!!!!! So, I got up slipped into the office and made an appointment to have that cool guy come to my house and give us his numbers for a small Koi pond next to our pool. ( we were due to sign pool papers in 2 days) The gal at the register said..."We are also doing a Koi pond tour today too... here is a map of all the house that are open to visitors if you would like to see finished ponds." YES!!! So, I went out side and waited for Hubs to realize that he could NOT do this project. It took him about another 15 minutes...HA!!! We left and went on the tour.

3rd house in was UNBELIEVABLE!!!!
No pool just one huge water feature and out door kitchen from one end to the other. It was like walking into a section of a Disney Botanical Garden or something. Turtles, koi, goldfish, plants, butterflies ...we were in awe!!! 

Called Pool man....Sorry we no longer want a pool.

Called Earthworks man....We want what you did over there but on a smaller scale.
I don't have 200,000 to spend.

Earthworks stuck to our budget and we have a BEAUTIFUL mini paradise in our own backyard.

We decided on 2 ponds. An upper pond and a lower pond. And 3 water falls. The tall wall in the back corner there is where the first waterfall will start.
The rock they are moving right now is a Tennessee stone, and weighs 2 tons. And it became my walking bridge to Hubs little space. It took 2 trucks, and 8 men to move!!! I thought I was going to pass out!!!             
Lower pond taking shape. Bridge in.

On the left you can see they have extended my porch patio out to meet the upper pond. And made steps. The original porch dropped straight down at the pillars.
This gives you an idea how deep this lower pond will be. 3 feet deep.
I was in my Art studio and my Bella was going bonkers growling and barking like someone was going to come through the second story window any second. I kept telling her to be quiet!!!! Knowing she was barking at the GROUND crew!!But, then I finally looked at her and she was NOT looking DOWN at the ground crew for Pete's sakes...she was looking straight out!!! WHAT?!!!! So, up I got to see what she was seeing!!! LOL!!!! Had to go get my girl a cookie for that one!!! LMAO!!!! The look she gave was..."I told ya so Mom!!!"
Here are my hero's ....There were more of them...but these guys were here all the time. :)
So, are the finished results. The water is a little murky. But it had not yet settled. And the plants are all brand new. And at this point I had no fish. But, I wanted you to see the the finish product.

Upper pond

You can see the bridge and my Hubs chair he picked out.

...and then this is my chair I picked out! LOL!!! yeah...I know!!! LOL!!!

Our first inhabitant ...his name is Turt. And he is a Georgia Slider.
He is so stink' cute!!!

and Yes, we let the boys out every once in a while. Supervised of course. Then we bring them back in. (Jasper)

Well, that's the new Porch. Will do a "What's it look like now Post soon."
Gorgeous!!! Plants have filled out, fish have gotten bigger, water is crystal clear, and baby turtles are getting bigger too.

Have a great day!!!

Sandra Kaye.


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