Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pin It Weekly #197

What are we pinning?  Well, MLaFoe is pinning to her board, "The Hebrides Vikings Celtics Scotland & Britain." 

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland. This was one of our favorite stops in our trip to Scotland this year. #castles:

Abandoned Boats. Salen. Isle of Mull. Inner Hebrides. Scotland.: Holyrood Abbey, Scotland:

Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland:

Stonehenge, England, United Kingdom, great capture. An absolute wonder.: Loch Etive, Glencoe, Highland, Scotland:

Karen Cassidy is a new pinner who has two boards, but check out her "Projects" board. She has some cute ideas pinned.

"Tonight the music will play" By Ditte Sørensen, Denmark. Free motion embroidery on textile, photo transfer, and quilted. Size 30x40:

Foto: Take a photo and bring it into Photoshop Elements 3 and remove the background and add a drop shadow. Ta Da!:

TJ James has a board idea titled "beach quilts." There we are...a new reason to create quilts! (Because, you know, we all need that!)

Straight line sewing in two directions - I love this pattern.: Make this quick and easy quilt using just 24 precut 2 1/2" strips. You can also…:

This, that and everything inbetween:

Beach hut framed textile art. Would like to try doing this!:

Making Waves quilt pattern by Laura Nownes: And I? I've been pinning a few beachy ideas that I love for outdoor furniture, maybe ...

Three Beach Huts Cushion - Coastal Living:

and these cloche hats, which have eluded me for over a week! But I'm getting closer. (More on that tomorrow.)

Natural Spring & Summer Cloche Straw Bucket Sun Hat w/ Ribbon Band at Amazon Women’s Clothing store::
Hey, I found this really awesome Etsy listing at

1930's Style Cloche Hat Pattern by DLDesignsHatPatterns on Etsy:

and there we have it: Pins and boards and ideas, oh my!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: BIRD HOUSE

Today we spent much of the afternoon at the Louisiana Nursery Festival in Forest Hill, a very small town that has probably 50 to 60 garden nurseries. It's the place to go if you want or need bedding plants, trees, seeds, or unusual, tropical plants. Everything in the way of green is in a small town with fewer than 1,000 residents. 

Forest Hill, Louisiana – Home of the Louisiana Nursery Festival! - News - Bubblews: The population nearly doubled after people discovered the advantage of having many nurseries in the same town. Most of those new residents are hard-working immigrant workers, who are always pleasant and willing to go beyond expectations to please the customer. I've seen this time and again at the festival and when shopping in the nurseries. (But I don't have time to express my political opinions, so we'll move on.)

The festival is a typical Louisiana festival with high temps (85 today), carnival rides, festival food, craft booths and, in this case, plants. Many, many plants. 

bird house <a href="/laura/" title="Laura Jayson">@Laura Jayson</a> Jayson Jayson Knoke - for the lot :)While shopping we saw a booth with some very interesting bird houses. 

Richard flatly refused to buy a bird house, "made of scrap lumber and rusty metal." There's no reasoning with him, especially when I agree that the price was rather steep.

That helped me decide on tonight's inspiration post. Let's see what we can find.

Home Bazaar Windy Ridge Stone Bird House                                                                                                                                                     More

love the bird houses? - Gardening Pleasures: Trying to find DIY crafts for fall to keep you busy? Here are some fall craft ideas that will have you crafting all season long try some today.

LOG CABIN BIRDHOUSE                                                                                                                                                     More

Birdhouse made ​​by recycled antique material. It has a keyhole from a Sasa~tsu panel of keyhole part of the door. More: BIRD HOUSE – Affordable housing is still available at this bird sanctuary condominium. Several floor plans are available.

Tips for building bird houses, including what birds need to be attracted to a good, safe bird house.:

Finding quilts with a bird house or two on them shouldn't be very difficult!

mini quilt -- today's obviously a "pin cute birds" day:

Love the quilting at the back:

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Cute bird houses--use with garden embossing folder:

Free Birdhouse Quilt Patterns | BIRD HOUSE QUILT PATTERNS |: birdhouse quilt blocks | Recent Photos The Commons Getty Collection Galleries World Map App ...:

Sports Quilt Patterns for Boys | baby quilt patterns, applique, quilts, patterns, bears, ladybugs ...:

Christmas village printable pattern. DIY with paper just like the nostalgic Putz houses!: New Quilt Patterns - Free as a Bird Quilt Pattern:

*free* pattern: Bug-a-Boo quilt by Hilary Gooding, in our free pattern collection for bird houses:

I don't know which I want more: to have Rich make a couple of bird houses for the yard, or to make bird houses myself out of fabric, maybe even on a quilt. Definitely I'll be adding some bird houses and bird house quilts to my Pinterest boards.  
Have a quilty week, everyone!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Spring? Summer? Winter? WHAT?

These amaryllis are standing in
a camelia shrub, so I have to
untangle them from the limbs.
We have the zaniest weather. Earlier in the week I needed a coat while on school duty. The wind was cold, the air damp, and the temps just above freezing.  

This little guy was trying to decide on a color for his coat.
Slowly we warmed up to a point of wearing pants and long sleeves, not unusual around St. Patty's.

more amaryllis

 The azalea bloomed back before the crazy
weather turned cold again. But I can't leave them out.

Lady Banks rose...barely blooming
but growing in other ways.

Today? Hot. You know, spelled out, H-O-T, hot. The air conditioner is running, and I need a fan in the studio. Bees are buzzing in the wisteria: I know this because one chased me. I saw the first Eastern Bluebird in the bird house. Richard and Adam planted the garden. Neighbors are catching fish in their pond. There are flowers in bloom all over the yard. Check it out.

Wisteria have way more blooms now.
You can smell them anywhere in the back yard.
Pyracantha, which are huge shrubs now

The last of the spirea flowers

The swamp on one side of the house. A favorite view while walking.

The back yard (taken from the front yard) 
One of my favorite places in the yard. I love the trees and the shade.
Oh, and the quiet.

The driveway and side yard. Yes, Richard has already cut the grass.