quilts, treadle sewing machines, crochet, watercolor, dogs, & other fun stuff

Springtime, Sniffles, and a Change of Plans

Last week, Donald came down with a cold, and a few days later, I came stumbling after.  As colds go, it hasn’t been a particularly bad one, and it’s been a long, long time since I’ve had an actual cold (as opposed to a few sniffles or sneezes from allergies).  The timing’s not great, though, […]

Goodbyes & Hellos

My family has experienced another loss since the last time I wrote.  About a week ago, my paternal grandmother passed away at the age of 83.   Granny W. was my last living grandparent.  Coming less than six months after the passing of Grandpa L., this feels like the end of an era for me, but […]

Time Marches On

Since I wrote my last blog post, my family lost another member of our oldest generation.  Near the end of October, my maternal grandfather passed away at the age of 85.  Loss is always painful—but there’s comfort in the knowledge that Grandpa is with Granny, now, after enjoying a long and full life. I’m grateful […]

Little This, Little That

Trying to stay “in the groove” with this craft blog!  The key does seem to be posting regularly, even if there’s nothing momentous to report.   You may have noticed the font size on this blog changed recently.  I’ve been increasing it, because when I checked how it looks on the tablet (and maybe the phone, […]

Diamond Painting (FO and a New One)

I finished a larger-than-usual (for me) diamond painting, since last time.  There wasn’t much left to do, after I filled in most of it while Donald was travelling in July.  (He went to a figure-painting show in the Netherlands, then visited his family in Sweden.)  I needed a break from it, so set it aside.  […]

This is Getting Ridiculous!

Well, clearly I haven’t done a good job of keeping up with craft blogging!  I’m busier these days, but the problem really isn’t that I don’t have the time.  I waste time online each and every day, reading things that at best bore me and at worst leave me in a worse mood.   I have […]

The Writing’s on the (Design) Wall

I applied the binding to the latest quilt (“Retro-Cali Ribbon Stars”).  Then it spent a week waiting for me to stitch down the last side of the label.  I tend to put off hand-stitching, because I don’t love it.  When I finally did it, though, it really wasn’t that bad, so I went ahead and […]

Quilt WIP and Donald’s Luthier Blog

It’s been so long, I don’t remember where I was with this project, the last time I blogged about it!   A while ago, I made some oversized string-pieced stars.  I wanted to do string-piecing on the treadle, without having to think too much about it.  I just used whatever was in my “every color”/”busy multicolor” […]

Always Playing Catch-Up!

Gosh, I knew it had been a while since my last blog post, but I didn’t realize it had been that long!   For more than a year, now, Donald’s been sole owner of his web-design business, and I’ve been pitching in where I could, originally with small, sporadic jobs.  I’ve been depositing checks, mailing invoices (before […]

October Catch-Up

This blog has been quiet for the past month-and-a-half.  What with one thing and another, it hasn’t felt like the time to write.  Donald was away for a while to attend his father’s funeral and spend some time with the rest of his family in Sweden.  Now that he’s back home again and we’re returning […]