Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pin It Weekly #112

I don't know.  I kind of love this.  It's a Rain Boot Garden wherein you repurpose old rain boots (trash to treasure!)  My only challenge would be to keep them watered...
It's springtime here in Louisiana and we've been getting those odd days when it's hot and muggy one day, chilly the next, then goodness knows what on the following day.  The only thing to do is carry a sweater, boots, flip flops, and a wide-brim hat and rain gear at all times.  I try to keep most of these things in the car, because it's impossible to know just what to expect.  

Old work boots laying around your basement or garage? Plant them with impatiens and perch them on an old ladder (that really shouldn't be in use anyway!) tucked into a shady corner of your garden....cute :)
Yesterday, 8 a.m. was pitch dark; 10 a.m. was raining and cold; and by 3 p.m. we were begging for the A/C.  Today was chilly and at Caki's tee-ball game I had to borrow Meggan's jacket.  

I'd brought my sweater in and left it at school.  Ahh, Louisiana!  We say, "if you don't like the weather wait 10 minutes."


Add a solar light to your outdoor planter to create some evening ambiance on the deck or patio | via Gredlie@flickrContainer gardening on a shutter


container garden

Cute in the Garden!

This would work well with chipped dishes and worn out chairs

Garden birdhouses...

birdcage with flowers

bike + baskets of lavender = wonderful!


Create something whimsical. step ladder ideas

Dove house...

Darling birdhouse

Birdhouse among the roses


rusty birdcage | going a little coastal


Shabby and rustic . .


Prentice Birdhouse

Monday, April 27, 2015

And a Quilt Finds a Home

A couple of years ago Richard and I went to a quilt show not far from home.  Our grandson Lane came along for the ride and followed Poppa around through the show.  They paid $5 each to come in and spent about five minutes looking at quilts.  It seemed like such a waste of money, until Lane won a charm pack of sweet fabrics.  

I turned that pack into a small quilt by adding some fabrics from my stash.  When it was finished, I offered the little quilt to Lane since I felt the fabric belonged to him.  Turns out that for all he was proud of winning, he wasn't so much into the flowers.

One of my better photos!  :-(
Today I offered the quilt to a friend whose mother just moved into the nursing home in the hopes that it would brighten her mom's room.  I think the flowers may be happy to have a home.

The back of the quilt showing how I quilted the whole quilt in feathers

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: l e a v e s

It's almost summertime here in Louisiana.  Based on the temperatures alone, we're already there. And as you can see of my screen capture from The Weather Channel, it's not getting any better.  The hot air and cold air meet and cause thunderstorms. 

Maple leaves after an autumn showerEverything is already saturated and soggy, so more rain is not something we want or need.  You'd think that would cool the place down, but instead, the sun comes out and everything is boiling hot (almost in the literal sense).

One good outcome of all this rain and heat is that we have a tropical clime which helps everything to grow.  Trees, shrubs, weeds, and grass are happily getting tall, stretching out and putting on a multitude of leaves.

So LEAVES it is this week!  Be inspired...
 This will be good for the Fall when we do leaf rubbings. We can now identify what we are rubbing. :-)

Free leaf vector images from Fuzzimo.comfzm-Leaf-Textures-02.jpg 550×2,290 pixels

Be artful...
Use air-dry clay and fallen leaves to make mini bowls that are perfect for jewelry, keys, and other knick-knacks.

Find a paper napkin with fall leaves or other fall motifs and decoupage them onto the stones. It is so easy and the result looks great. Light colored stones are perfect for this project, but you can also paint darker stones white if you like.

Do your kids have favorite leaves that they find in the fall? Turn them into clever art with a little glue and paint! DIY Painted Leaf Art for Kids

Free Sewing Pattern and Tutorial - Leaf Art Fabric Coasters

 But I can still tell you that every tree leaf was designed and colored (inks) on a book page.  On the contour of each page were glued small tree branches to form a frame.  The branches protruding from each side allow to hang the woolen strings that connect between them vertically frames.  Then each "band" frames is attached to another large branch that serves as support.

Charm Leaf (runner) Tutorial on By Anjeanette at

Applique Leaf Quilt Square - want to combine some leaves like these with the kites quilt (on my "Quilting" board), plus in the center of the quilt machine embroider a short poem about kites that I found online (will pin next).  Free-motion quilt with wind swirls.

Playful Petals by Corey Yoder, see Moda's blog The cutting table - fun simple fusible applique using precuts  @ModaFabrics

Love the color, design, and quilting of this, though I find the irregular shape of the quilt itself a bit distracting.

Love this quilt block.  Here is the website where the free block pattern can be found:

Beautiful Hawaiian Quilt   source: Hawaiian Quilt Studio Na-O-Hawaii

Pretty for Fall. Plum Tree Quilt Patterns - Falling Leaves Quilt Pattern

'Falling Leaves':  The raffle quilt for the Assiniboine Circle Quilter's quilt show (Sept. 2013) - quilted by Corina W. from Manitoba, Canada;  Each member received a kit to make a 10" maple leaf block, a friend appliqued the stems down, then Corina and another friend arranged them on her design wall (along with an additional 1500 or so 2 1/2" squares)

Another beautiful one by Sue Benner.

Hopscotch Leaves - I love this! I see something like this in my near future :~>

pretty wedding quilt idea, if you like applique.  You could get family members from both sides to sign a piece of paper... then embroider that signature on a leaf.

Piece N Quilt: Maple Leaf Quilt   My favorite quilT pattern EVER-one day I will make one

Winning quilt from the CABS/YLI Star thread challenge.

Split Leaf Quilt made by Ann Lewis

And from my own "trunk show" board a combination maple leaf, log cabin quilt.