Wednesday, May 11, 2016

April Showers! . . . not!

Oh joy! My April Showers post disappeared! I went into Blogger to upload it a few weeks ago, and the draft was EMPTY. So, this is a short and sweet post and there will be more in a week or two . . .

The weather man reported that our April was the driest on record since 13 years ago! So, my blog title of April Showers is a misnomer! It was my plan to dress my studio mate, my wire dress form, Genevieve, with an appropriate April theme. But, when April began, the days were cold and snowy. I came down with the first cold I've had in probably 7 or 8 years and it lasted two weeks! Sleep was the best medicine and I am fortunate to share my life with my husband, Paul, who encouraged me to rest and take it easy. I got exhausted very easily. My shopping and designing came to an abrupt halt. But, I am better now...just in time to enjoy the gorgeous sun-filled days and cold clear nights we are having. I will wait for next April and will have no excuses for not getting her dressed by then! ;-)

I raked some gardens today to remove the leaves that ended up in there over the winter. Although I would love to work out in the yard all day when it is like this, it's also a good time to do some spring cleaning inside. There are all those corners to clean! I have a quirky thing about cleaning the corners of rooms first ...because it's easy to clean the middle of a room, but the corners require moving furniture! I felt authenticated the other day when a real estate blogger was discussing this very topic!

I've been sewing and have made a few cards. I can't show photos yet of what I've been sewing, because they are gifts, but I can show you the cards I made. They are below at the end of my post, so please scroll way down to the bottom of this post to view them!

Our real estate business is very busy this spring! We love this good weather for showing our listings and working with our buyers. I'd take lovely spring days all year long, if I could! :-)

So, with real estate and springtime outdoors work, I sew at my machine in the early mornings or when I can squeeze in a few hours during the day. I love what is currently on my design wall and hope I can show it to you within the next month or so, when I have the top all pieced together! I am sewing hexagons, or hexi's as they are called in the quilting world, at night. I need about 1600 of them to complete a quilt top. My hexi creation may end up as a wall hanging instead, if I tire of making hexis! But, for now, I keep sewing them at while I watch TV and they are a great carry-along project!

Thank you for stopping by to read my blog. Until we meet again, may the Lord hold you in the hollow of his hand.


Made for my friend Kathi, who is thoroughly enjoying her retirement.
I fussy cut the flowers from the designer paper and popped them up on foam.
The metal gears and the flourish on the body of the butterfly were silver.
I "painted" them with a Sharpie.
Made for a woman who I grew up with in my neighborhood.
She has been battling some serious health issues over the past several years.
She is on the road to recovery!