Spring quilt retreat: Farmer’s Daughter block

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This is the 2nd top I made at the spring 2014 quilt retreat. The block is Farmer’s Daughter, which is similar to Butterfly at the Crossroads. As usual, I learned this traditional block from The Quilter’s Recipe Book by Celia Eddy.

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September 15, 2015. Tags: , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. Leave a comment.

Now it’s July!

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What I Wore to Work Today: July 1, 2015
Blazer: Ann Taylor, new
Dress: Macy’s?
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

Hey look I was still wearing clothes to work in July! This was back before I started wearing basically the same thing to work every day when I had a lot going on at the office and travel every weekend and moving preparations and assorted things that drained my interest in thinking about my daily clothes.

This blazer was new around this time. It’s a textured navy blue material and worth the expense so far.
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September 14, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

What I Wore to Work in June

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What I Wore to Work Today: June 29, 2015
Top, skirt: Ann Taylor
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

Look at those beautiful green basil plants, early in the summer before they died. Those were the days.

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September 13, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

Mystery baby quilt: red, pink, and orange

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I came across these quilt pictures while updating my photo folders. I don’t remember anything about this quilt and I hadn’t renamed the pictures yet to provide clues. Maybe it was for a friend in Minnesota, baby #3? The pictures were taken November 2013, does this theory work with that timeline? Have I made quilts for all of their children? If that’s the case I better get cracking on the quilt for baby #4 due this fall.

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September 11, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. Leave a comment.

Before and After: Paper Towels

on the counter

Before

above it all

After

My new kitchen is smaller than my apartment kitchen, with less storage and unusable counters tucked in corners and cabinets that are suited for somebody 6’2″ and not 5’2″. Also, there’s not a single cupboard large enough to hold a cookie sheet, and no there’s not a drawer under the oven.

There is a wide ledge outside the kitchen window, which looks onto the large patio and backyard, so that part is cool.

This paper towel holder helps my kitchen feel closer to completion.

September 9, 2015. Tags: , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. Leave a comment.

Before & After: Ivy RIP

ivy before

Before

ivy after sad face

After     😦     😦     😦

The night before the movers came I dropped off all my plants at my new house, leaving them near the front porch area on the east side of the house. The plants came from the dining room, the balcony patio, and by the front door of the apartment. By the time we showed up at the house mid-afternoon the next day most of the plants were sunburned and dying, even the ones that had been living outside in the heat all summer.

I don’t know yet how much of the two large plants from my dining room will survive. They might have healthy bits at the base to start growing again after I trim yards and yards of dead vines. It was not the triumphant moving experience I anticipated.

ivy in between

between the Before and After: it spent a year not growing

September 6, 2015. Tags: , . Pictures, Projects, Words. Leave a comment.

Before and After: Balcony Plants

In 2013 there was a single Lack Ikea table on my balcony with a spider plant that I had transplanted into a slightly bigger pot that basil was sold in and is not meant to be permanent. I don’t see any pictures of the original almost-dead little spider plant that I saw on the Lowe’s clearance shelf and said “I can save you!” The balcony also had a pack of lettuce that failed to grow and a big planter of dirt.

balcony before (spider plant before)  balcony plants

Two years later that spider plant has outgrown its actually-a-pot-this-time and would like another one, and the round planter has two basil plants that are doing ok. The Lack table is at the bottom of a pile of plants and shelves.

The balcony has assorted tables, shelves, and chairs. It has a hummingbird feeder, a seed bird feeder, and a bird bath. Some of the plants are thriving and others will get a chance at a better life at my new house soon.balcony plants cornerbalcony plants bird feeders

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August 1, 2015. Tags: , , , . Links, Pictures, Words. 2 comments.

Before and After: Front Door Planter

There are multiple sets of photos on my computer taken over the years with the plan to post Before & Afters. I’m moving to a house in a week and there won’t be many Afters for these. As I like to say, some problems resolve themselves if you wait long enough.

Before pictures on the left, After pictures on the right.

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The ponytail plant didn’t make it so I bought a spiky $1.50 plant on a whim. It thrived even through a summer so I bought another when it appeared on the left-for-dead clearance shelf. The bit of white showing through between the plants is a seashell from my childhood. I had a shell collection as a kid and it’s the last one I’ve kept.

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On a less successful note, the sweet little ivy plant is not growing well in the planter and it hasn’t exactly died either. Yet?

ivy before ivy after

July 31, 2015. Tags: , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. Leave a comment.

’80s Training Montage

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What I Wore to Work Today: June 24, 2015
Shirt: Levi’s outlet store
Pants: Limited
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

Today’s Songza playlist is ’80s Training Montage, to pump me up for chores. Let’s vacuum!!

You’re pumped. You’re ready. All you need is an awesomely cheesy personal soundtrack to energize you as you grind through your workout. Let these ’80s (along with some ’70s) songs lead the way.

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July 3, 2015. Tags: , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Time for a haircut?

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What I Wore to Work Today: June 22, 2015
Blouse: Loft
Pants: Limited
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

I’ve started pulling my hair up a lot, partly because of the heat. Again, we’re all fools for living here. This sort of climate is not suited to support 4 million people in a two-county metro area. I was one of the almost-a-million people who moved here between April 2000 and April 2010. (I arrived in not-quite-triumph August 11, 2004, after getting into a car accident in Bernalillo, NM that totaled my car, a beautiful 1991 Ford Taurus that I had owned for a week. Welcome to post-college life!)

Am I doing anything about the obvious folly of living here? Am I, perhaps, moving to a more sustainable area? Maybe a state with water? Haha, no, thanks for the offer but I’m going about 3 miles down the street if all goes well.

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July 2, 2015. Tags: , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

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