Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring and Chalotte's Web

SPRING!!!!! Oh my it is here and full of promises of green grass, that we have to mow but don't ever complain about it.    We will have flowers and the birds and butterflies will flit around and makes the yard look like there is life and beauty in it again.  The Doves have been going from tree to tree and I know probably making nests.  Yes will have more wind and sand storms but the sand storms are not forever and the wind just keeps it cooler in the summer.  You know the heat, ours is dry, doesn't bother me as long as we have water to drink.   When I use to hoe or chop weeds in cotton fields years ago it didn't bother me.  We started early like soon as it got light and hoed the cotton and as it got hot I guess we just got use to it.   A friend and I would hoe for 50 cents an hour and glad to get it and that is what I bought my school clothes with.  A fair trade for me.  So dry heat you just come on and warm up the ground for the farmers.   I remember one time grandson called us and said Nana this gym is not air conditioned, he was playing summer basket ball and it was hot as blue blazes.  He said you don't have to come and watch if you don't want to.  Well I told Mr. Grandson if you can play in the heat I can sit and watch you play in the heat.   Now I don't like to glissen ( ladies don't sweat) but I did to watch him play ball. 
 
 I guess the only thing I don't like about spring is the spiders,  they seem to think they need to come out also.   Last year we found a couple of Black Widows.   I really didn't realize how big they are but hubby says he had seen a lot of them when growing up at the farm so he said just watch where you put your hands.   Now guess where the nasty hubby killing things live or one of then anyway?  In the Faerie garden.   I guess it looked pretty inviting and mother Black Widow thought oh what a great place for my thousands of babies to live.   Luckily  the wind blows most of them away.   Yea wind!!!!   Now wasn't that nice of me to make such an inviting place for them?  Little bikes, paths and toadstools.  I am so accommodating.   Well guess what?  I am declaring war on them.   Drum roll please.   Yep I know the spiders are to be here for like scorpion food and whatever else they feed with their little bodies but be gone and go to the alley or someplace I don't play please.  So I guess I will redo my Faerie garden in a few days after the winter havoc of snow and wind has played on it.   BUT with gloves and long sleeved shirt buttoned to the hilt or at least at the wrists. 
 
I remember seeing Charlotte's Web with our daughters years ago and I cried, yes a grown lady crying at a cartoon spider.  Charlotte was so sweet with Debbie Reynolds voice but I have to face it spiders are not that sweet.   Did love the movie though.  It almost ranks up there with Alien vs Predator in my book.  A wide range there of movies isn't it? 
 
I have been working on some Crazy Quilting Round Robins.   I am enjoying it and adding my touch to other ladies blocks,  but this particular site has a lot of rules, maybe to many for this old grey mare.   A round robin on  Crazy Quilt Divas is fixin to start and it is always fun.  I am such a pro now.  One under my belt and two in the working and now a new one.  My theme will be Alice in Wonderland.  I will be anxious to see how the other  ladies/artist embellish them.
 
Here is one of the RR block I have embellished.  This is a 12 block and each lady embellishes part of it.  The yellow in the upper left and the pink faerie part is what I added to the block  
 
 
 
 
Now of course I have to do my "messy" art also.  This is what I call my mixed media art and love messy fingers with paint and glue.     This is one I did with Jane Davenport in Lifebook 2015.   My inner self.   So I chose flowers and butterflies.  I did draw the girlie in this and drew her little face.   It  was fun and now to do more and play.  

  
 
 
 
So there you go and thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world or down my bunny trails. 
 
XOXOXO
Annette

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Just some doings

Hello and Happy March.   Now it is March and spring is suppose to be around the corner.  RIGHT?  Don't think Mother Nature got the memo.   So many parts of our county are really getting pelted with the white stuff.  In fact Boston is just under 2 inches of having their record broken. We were saying no more for them but if it means breaking a record---go for it Boston.   Well even here in Texas as I type we are getting pelted.   It was rain, then sleet and now pretty big fluffy snowflakes.  Should be nice and icy in the morning. this morning was like 36 and by tonight should be in the low teens.    Now yesterday the temp was like 65 and in a couple of days they saw it will be that again.  So yo yo weather is upon us. All I have to say is I am glad we live in the South where it doesn't really get cold or ugly weather.  

The fur babies certainly love the snow.   Right now they are asleep and warm in their "sun room" and one of us, not naming names but is the newest member of the family, since September, still will not come in the doggie door if it is down.  So on most days it is taped up and a towel taped at the top to help keep it comfy for them.  We keep trying to teach him to come in, he will go out though.  Even fluffy Libby just gives him a big sigh and goes in and out a couple of times and then thinks oh well he is a goofy dog. 

We will continue to teach or try to teach him to come in uninvited.  During the cold and rain and nastiness we block the doggie door incase he goes out and we don't know it.  He has us trained so well.   When he insists to go out, a bird in the yard or a dragon going down the alley is usually the prompt for that action, we let him out and oh my goodness he won't bark or anything when he wants back in. 

We do keep an eye out for his sleek bouncing body though.  Like I said they have us trained.  He is sooooooo smart can basically teach him one maybe two times and he has it down. EXCEPT coming in the doggie door without being invited. 

Some of his foot prints, kinda pretty design.  Hummmmm maybe he is an artist?  You know how we are.  

 
 Pretty Libby just sighs and sometimes talks to us and like a big furry pillow when she is inside with the humans.

I had to show a couple of scenes of the backyard trees. But right now it looks like a friggin blizzard out there.   Oh I forgot we are where it is warm and doesn't get nasty. 



 
I had to show this pretty watercolor I won, yep started the year off winning a treasure.  Of course I think everyday is a winner, I mean we get up  don't we?  That is winner enough for me. 
 
Ana of Introverted Art painted this and I was a lucky lady.    Thank you Ana. 
 
 
 
 
 

I have been doing some Crazy Quilting, bet you knew that didn't you?   I had to show one of the pin cushions I made for a friend.   I have to make more of these. 

 
I am doing a round robin   on Crazy Quilt International and this one is a  little different  for me.  It is a 12 inch block and 5 of us are in a group and everyone works on one block. I think I made this one so everyone has 4 or so seams to play with.    I know it will sing and when I get it back I promise to show and tell. 



Well Miss Piggy here did another 12 inch block for the same Crazy Quilt international.  It is singing I know and when finished will show you how it is singing.  I love it there are 5 of us on this one and 4 are from Texas.  Get that.   Well 3 of us live in Texas and one is from Texas, we do let Texans live in other states at times.  Then we have one in Washington state but we have gotten her to say y'all and fixin'  she is converting. 


 
That is enough of me wandering down my bunny trails I don't want you to wear your eyes out but will back in a few days.
 
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.
 
XOXO
Annette

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A New Life for a CD and Link to Kathy's classes

Hello and you know there is always something we can do with old things or things we just don't use anymore.   Now use to in the OLDEN days it was "making do" but NOWDAYS it is "recycling"  so whatever we will call this wonderful project here it is.

CD's, now I know we all have some of them laying around just being flat as a flitter, saying ok what is my next job?  I have held music, photos and what have you for a long time.  So what is next?

This is what I did with two of mine.  Now this is not my idea, wish I would have thought of it but can follow directions fairly well.   




 
 
They say, whoever they is, pictures tell a story so here was my story about my pin cushion.   I stuffed it with something.  Now the reason I say that is I went into the closet and there was a white trash bag full of fluffiness.   I guess I had "gutted" some pillows to use the fabric for CQing but there was all the fluffiness and so I now have a big bag full so will have to make more pin cushions. Eazy peazy and fun to do.  Only thing this being my first one I got the pretties a little to close to the edge so a lesson learned.
 
So you may be asking how? How? HOW?   Well my dears here is the link, wonderful instructions and a sweetheart of a lady to share with we " how did they do that  ladies".     Thank you Ivory Blush Roses. 
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my CQ world.  I hope you try this fun project.   I will never look at a CD the same way as I use to.   Hummmm a project waiting to happen.  
 
                                                         XOXOXO
                                                         ANNETTE
 
The link to Kathy Shaw's free classes.  Well worth the time.
 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Just Stuff !!!

OK y'all it is February already, before we know it is over being a short month .  Now it is funny to me how being two or sometimes one day short of 30 days makes things go by quicker.   Guess a lot of it is in our minds.   Oh I could really go there couldn't I ? I won't go there this time !!!!! Maybe. 

It is the end of winter sort of, where it is in the 30's and 40's one day and then for a few days like today I think suppose to be 80.   Yep you read that correct.   Just like a yo-yo around here BUT  soon it will stay warmer and the wind will clear it's throat and the WEST TEXAS RAIN will flow.   Well that is what I call our sand storms, might as well have fun with it.  It is a gonna happen.   Promise.

We did spray, well I sprayed and hubby trimmed in the front ,the other day.  Yes, gasp and double gasp, we use chemicals on our yard.  There is some nasty, water drinking, ground covering clover , looking stuff that spreads I kid you not like wildfire.   We have been fighting it for over 5 years now and have made some progress.   Well the weed lets us think so anyway.   I sprayed it and hubby had some dye in it so I could see what and where I was going.  The dye was blue, a pretty shade of blue I might add.  The time I finished my fingers were nice and blue also and what did we do?  Went out for lunch to eat, now I did giggle ---what if I needed to go to the emergency room or something like that and there was my blue fingers and finger nails,  Oh what a puzzlement that would be.   What is wrong with this poor lady they would ask?   Ok I am thinking weird today, forgive me.  

Now I have been taking Life Book again an online thingie that some years I don't do much on it and some years I go wild.  Well so far this year has had some fun projects on there.   Just a carefree playing for me, no stress just paint and cut I guess like a first grader.   I think we have like 25 or so teachers and they share their skills and just urge us on to do some of it.   Well here is some of mine that I have done so far.  No not my usual artsy stuff but fun and just getting the fingers messy and other colors to go with my dyed blue fingers and nails.

Here are some I have done in the class.  Now I try to do, sort of, kind of , like the teacher tells us so I can feel and see what she is sharing with us.   Then I go off and do my thing, but to me if they take the time to do these videos why not try to capture their take?  their lesson?  what they want to share with us?   Just my thinking though.  

 
Tammy taught this little class and was really totally different than anything I have done.  I guess you noticed that though didn't you? 


                                              Another Tammy lesson The Beacon of Light.. Now I love taking off of Tammy she is such a good and no pretentious person  and I always giggle with her at some of the things she says.  I can relate so well with her.

 
A lettering class of sorts taught by Joanne Sharpe.   I didn't have the supplies she asked for but just used what I had.  I do that a lot, using my on hand supplies.  Why not they will just dry up if you don't use them.  Right?  



 
 Patti Ballard taught this little class, my face did emerge as one of my sort of faces but was fun.   Loved the nothing of the hands and feet.  Patti's little faces were cute and may do another like hers.  This is so unlike me to do my own thing on their instructions.  Guess I felt rebellious that day?   

 
Then the Dream Catcher.  Rachael Rice taught this one and I did admit I strayed some but on the whole did what she said.  Sorta.    It was fun to do and might make some more of them.  Just because.
 
 
Ok back to my CQing.   Thought to myself,  Annette if you are going to do CQing you need to hone up on some embroidery.   I mean just spelling it is an accomplishment beside doing it.   So Kathy Shaw, the ramrod of the CQJP 2015, was giving a free----yes  a FREE class so I took it.

 
This was my finished piece, well before the finishing pretties were put on it.  
 

 
The finished piece, I don't know if I was suppose to put that many beads on it but you know me and bling----- it probably weighs a hundred pounds now so I think it is finished.  
 
There you, that is what is going on in my world at the moment.   Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on.
 
XOXOXO
Annette

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Red Shoes and Boots and A Little Day of the Dead

Hello dear ones, well what have I been doing besides watching the snow fall?  Well I do wish we would have gotten more of the fluffy white stuff.  This last week got 2-3 inches but you know I guess we should be thankful for the moisture and not press our luck on wanting more snow.   What is the saying be careful what you wish for  ?   I have to say this softly just incase Mother Nature listens and say ok young lady I am fixin to give you more snow.  Wonder if she talks with a West Texas accent?   Hummmmmm something to wonder about.

Now my friend Betty from Australia sent me the cutest pics of her granddaughter Ava and her new red shoes and how she didn't want to take them off. So typical of sweet little girls and reminded me of a some red shoe and boot stories. 

One of our daughters had some red, plastic, leather looking boots when she was maybe 4ish.   Would not take them off and in the summer smelt to high heaven but she loved the boots.  Must be something about the RED?   She would push her doll's baby buggy around and all over the block, up and down the sidewalk with the red boots on.   Then we got beautiful granddaughter, we bought her some red sparkling Mary Jane shoes.   She stepped in a fish pond at a restaurant with them on, no problem just soggy shoes and then she out grew them and still wanted to were them.  So we got her a pair of red shoes #2.  There we go RED again.

   Now when I was doing  professional photography a grandmother came to her appointment with granddaughter.  The granddaughter was in tears. What a way to start a photography session.  I knelt down and said what is the matter little sweetie?  What could be wrong with you to bring tears.  You are at Miss Annette's, you get a sucker and a floating balloon and you have the magical RED shoes on?  She sniffled and thru sobs said her grandmother wanted her to take off the RED shoes that they didn't go with her white and pink dress.   Well I said they are magical shoes lets go in the studio and see what happens. The grandmother was not happy and I said it will be ok.     Lo and behold when the pictures came back the RED shoes were gone.  Now this was before Digital photography, you know the old fashioned film days when you really had to be creative.  Yes it could be done with film.  Shocking isn't it?

I  wish I could find the pics but it was an all white background, lots of lace curtains, a white little wicker rocking chair and pretty white and girlie pretties all around.  Well Miss Annette used white tulle to make the floor soft and fluffy and we just adjusted the tulle to look like white clouds and hid the RED shoes.  Yep made everyone happy especially the litte RED shoe sweetie and no tears or anything.

I know what a combination---Red shoes and Day of the Dead.  Does anything really have to be a perfect combination these days?   Nope don't think so.

I have been I guess on a kick of the Day of the Dead, party Heaven I guess. Sorry about the pun.    I joined a group   Crazy Quilt International and our little group of 5 is doing a 12 inch, yikes that is big, block of Day of the Dead.  Four of the ladies will work on the block and I will work on theirs and we all will have a finished block.  

 
 
Here is my block, I think I have enough color in it and I can see it all now this naked block transformed in to a block with lots of beads and flowers and creativity.   To me the naked blocks do not sing but will keep you posted on the transforming of this block.
 
 
I did do another block of the D o D for  the Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2015 .  I thought I am going to do all 12 of the blocks with this theme.  So here is February's block .
 
 
 
TAAA DAAAA February's block.  Did you notice I like color?   You can hear the parting and all the love here.  
 
 
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.   Or as Grandson says down my bunny trails all over the place.
 
 
 
                                                          XOOXOX
                                                       ANNETTE


Thursday, January 15, 2015

A New Crop and a New CQ

Hello  and I know you are thinking--- A Crop?  What is Annette growing?    It is cold and most of the time freezing and the ground is hard.  Well for years we grew cotton, peanuts, milo and even Cabbage.  Yes Cabbage one day will share pics of that adventure.  It was an adventure for sure.   The peanuts were so pretty to grow the pretty lush leaves, their blooms then turn then upside down and there were the peanuts.  Funny story, one time when our daughter was teaching she wanted me to send a peanut plant so she could show the students how they grew.  Well I pulled up a plant and it was loaded with peanuts and shipped it with dirt around them and all.  Of course in the shipping the leaves wilted to ugly but when she opened the box the janitor said who would ship a package like that to you?   My Mother she answered.   Peanuts in the natural state.  I hope the kids got to see and just check them out, I know some probably thought peanuts grew on a tree. 

Now in the meanderings of Face Book I saw where someone had gotten the bottom part of Romaine Lettuce, the bottom ugly part of it that you cut off and trash.  Well they showed where they put it in water and lo and behold  more grew.  So I thought I am going to try that.   I did and it grew almost instantly.  No kidding,  you can almost see it growing. 

 
 
You can see the ugly bottom part, the trash I guess if you will and it has a tiny bit of water in it.   I just guessed at that part, the amount of water to put in it.   Almost the next day there was a tiny little bud popping out, pale yellow in color but I thought wow that stuff is fast.  It was looking pretty pale on the little table, yes Candice THE  little table.   So Miz brainstorm here thought it needs sun .   Well lookie there ------ green appeared.  

 
I just had to share from the top of it how pretty it looks.   

 
One more quick look at how healthy it looks, will have to keep you posted on this one little experiment.  Who knows I may sell these at a farmers market,  home grown lettuce from my coffee cups.   Or not.  
 
 
Now my CQing is coming along, I have finished my January block for Kathy Shaw's CQJP 2015.   Where we do a block of our choice and just kind of an self imposed if you will project.   Usually I am willy nilly about my subjects just whatever pops in my head,   Those knowing me probably thinks oh no this could be scary.    This year I am organized with the project.   I sewed up 12 blocks 8 inches  in size and used some fabric of the Day of the Dead or Dia De Los Muertos.  Yep 12 of these pretties.   A friend Janet had sent some fabric with the scenes on them and I had some fabric and thought ok a theme.  I am not a theme person by the way.   Then another angel Mary said I have some things you can use.  So this is a collaboration of Janet, Mary and Annette.
 
a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died
 
 



Here you go, can't you just hear the music being played and the dances laughing and having a good time of their wonderful celebration.   Yes this block is different and is it real CQ?  don't have a clue but it will be mine.   I have another one for February nearly finished.   I just thought the colors were fun and cheerful.   Of course I had to put lots of beads on it, it is a party you know.   

There you go my " Bunny Trails" for the day.  Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.


XOXOXO
Annette 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Fresh Bunny Trails for 2015

Wow my blog muse has taken a vacation---it looks like it anyway.   She is back now strong and no telling what this year will bring to us all.    I do hope all had a wonderful Merry Christmas and lots of new and good changes for 2015.

Now I know this not probably the most exciting news in the world but we did get some snow, not near as much as they called for and lots of ice.   Here in the Lone Star State we are not blizzard proof and we do get ready for the pretty white stuff and we personally enjoy it.  Well, as long as we are snug in our home with the fireplace going and nice and cozy that is.   Fair weather snow peeps I guess.   

Here is it the 3rd of January and the tree is still up.  That doesn't bother us one bit but where we keep the tubs for all Christmas decorating is in the back garage and it is icy to get back there and no reason to hurry the tub hauling exercise up.   Better just to enjoy the decorating and no broken bones.  Hubby and I are not champion ice skaters,  well we are not ice skaters at all.  We watch when the fur babies go out and the slip and slide for us all.   Now I do have to admit we bundle up and take turns playing outside with our newest fur baby Charlie.   Mr. Energy.  He does love to chase his toys and when he is finished he usually goes and hides the toys.   We still have not figured out the magic command for him to come inside the doggie door but we have a little program that suits us all.  Now Libby? She is now the matriarch and is older and wiser and just doesn't mess with all the hoop la of anything.  She just lays there and watches and thinks----oh me I just can't teach this young dog anything.

I can remember in years and I mean years past I loved to go out in the snow when we lived in Takoma Washington.   We would bundle up like little snowmen and have a blast and then come in and take all of the pile of clothes  and be like little frozen icicles.  Tingly feet and fingers and cold noses that go with snow play.    At least that is where I think we were living at this time in my life. 

We do not make resolutions, nope none at all.  Why? We will just break them  and then think well that was a waste of time.  So the best way to save time in our relaxed retired lifestyle, where time is a plenty, is to not make resolutions.   Done and done.

I have been doing some crazy quilting, well really not quilting but that is what we call it and so it is.   Pat Winter did a call out for a hand, our hand, to be drawn and CQed .  That was fun and in pastel colors.  Now any of you that know me know that pastel is really really not in my vocabulary but I did it.  She is making a wall hanging with 12 hands of friends on it.  It should be beautiful.   Soooooooooo here is my hand I did. 

 
 
You see the ugly background but the hand was fun to do.   I did draw off the right hand being as I am left handed.  Of course I had to put a bracelet on, the more bling you know.   We were suppose to leave about 1/4 inch around and then Pat will applique it on the hanging.   Pretty awesome idea I do believe. 
 
 
I actually braved the elements to take pics instead of standing in our kitchen or sun room and take them. 
 
Now I said bunny trails and here is one set that was in the  front, well they were actually all over the front but I didn't want to fall with my good camera.  Oh the foot prints on the right were of human nature. 
 
 
Just a few views of some of our little people and doings in the front and back.   A couple of  ice covered little people.  One for each grandchild, I know they don't look like them but they stand for them, our little soldiers guarding the front door.    







 
Canadian geese that fly over a couple of times a day and all their honking.  It is always so fascinating to watch them fly in formation and the like one of them yells I am tired take my place and then the dance of switching places takes place.   .  


 
 





 
The girl tree of the patio side of the yard with the back garage holding court.  Now I call this the girl tree -she is shorter and the tree on the other side of the patio is the boy tree.  He is taller, a lot taller and both planted at the same time.  Hence boy and girl tree.  

 
Mr. Nome,  he is our moving Nome.  We have used him to help us move and Grandson has used him also.   Now if you look to the right you will see more Bunny trails coming and bouncing in the back.  This is why Charlie has such a conniption in the dark of the night.  Bunny invasion.  

 
Even our Faerie village got snow and ice.  We were disappointed no more snow than we got but moisture is moisture. 


 
More Bunny trails in the back yard.  Oh the whole back yard was full of them, I like to think of them as little bunnies  and not some giant multi legged critter with rabbit feet.  Did get carried away with that thought didn't  I?  Sorry, sometimes my fingers get carried away, certainly not my imagination  
 
I would like to thank each and every one of you for your visits to my world.   Kind words and just popping in.   I hope all have a great 2015 and we will see what takes place in the creative world  of us all.  
 
 
 
XOOXOX
Annette