Monday, October 31, 2011

What's On My Easel

I thought I would let you see what's on my easel.  It has been a while since I posted a picture of  any work in progress.  This is one I have worked on for several months.


 I am now at the final stages of adding skin tones and hair color.  This is my first commissioned piece and I am very excited about finishing it and very grateful for the opportunity.  I have learned a tremendous amount about commission work and will value the experience as I move forward with my work in the future.

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze!
Have a blessed day!

Gift from the mailman!!!

I'm so excited, my thread arrived today. Now I have more options to choose from when piecing and quilting. Have a great day!
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Angelic Looking?

The other day I was going back into my studio when I noticed this little moth just sitting, I guess hanging on the vinyl siding.  I was so impressed with the design of its body that I had to take a picture.


Now, I don't know about you, but to me, it looks like a angel in the center with the outline of a darker grey  to define it.  I have seen a lot of moths in my day but never one that stopped me in my tracks.  I tried to get a closer shot but, the closer I got the more it blurred into the white background.  Anyway this is on my list for an art quilt and a canvas painting.  I've got to start a book to keep up with all I want to do.

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze!
Have a blessed day!

Friday, October 28, 2011

I Saved My Yarn

One day this week I woke up, poured a cup of coffee, went into the living room ready for a peaceful morning when I notice strands of my knitting yarn laying on the stairs.  Well, of course I had to follow to see where it ended up.  Cotton, our 3 month old cat, had taken it out of my bag, carried it up stairs and wrapped it around the railing, not once but twice.  I knew then I would have to find something else to keep my yarn in.  The other day I found it at Tuesday Morning.  I love that store!


It's the cutest storage box I have seen in a while.  Now I can keep my yarns out of Cottons paws.


 I don't have all my yarn in it, only what I'm working with at the time. The rest I keep in my cottage, but this holds everything I need and the fun yarn can be pulled out with the top closed. This is the best find I have made in a long time. If your not familiar with Tuesday Morning, check out their website where you can find a store near you or shop online. Tuesday Morning

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze!
Have a blessed day!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Memory Quilt Finished

I have finished Mom's quilt. I put the binding on it today and plan on running it through the wash to soften it up a little.   Next on the list is to finish one of Bonnie Hunter's quilts that I have been working on for too long now.  This is part of the blocks.


I finished the half sq triangles today.  Now, I've got to press all some of the 4 patches and most of the half sqs.   Then it's sewing the blocks together.  I am determined to get this one done, the sooner the better.
Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze!
Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Here They Are!

Here they are, my Tuesday Treasures.  Thanks Paula for letting me know the picture wasn't there.  I forgot to check after I sent it this morning.  I should only do this stuff after I've had my coffee.

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Little Ones

Good morning! Thought I would share another photo of life at R and K Farm. These little buggers are so cute! While we were out checking for new calves I snapped this shot. I guess you could call this my Tuesday Treasure.
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Tobacco Barns are Smokin'

It's that time of year here in Tennessee and the tobacco barns are smokin'.  I have grown up with the smells of tobacco in the fall and I never tire of it even though it plays havoc head (allergies).  I wanted to share a photo that was taken last year.  This is one of our barns.  We don't raise any tobacco but we do let a neighbor use our barn.  

I have plans of using this photo for a painting.  It speaks of life here in the country.
  
Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze!
Have a blessed day!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Let Me In!

I could not resist taking this photo. Tipper and Charlie looking like long, lost children, staring at Ricky and I while we had our morning coffee. Ricky said, "Mama let those babies in." He's such a push over.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Renewing Friendships

Today was a great day for me.  After painting at the studio I had lunch with a dear special friend of mine that I have not seen in years.  It was like the time between us just dissappeared.  We ate, laughed, cried, hugged and talked alot.  Our visit was something I will treasure for a long time.  She is such a joy to be around and I know that we will continue to stay in touch.  If you have someone that you haven't seen or talked to in a long time and you know how to get in touch with them, take that time and make that contact.  Maybe you will be blessed like I was today.

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze!
Have a blessed day!

Monday, October 17, 2011

It's Working!!!

Thank God, my washer is back in service!  I never thought the sound of water being pumped out of the washer would be music to my ears, but today it was.  As Ricky always says, nothing that 2 or 3 hundred dollars won't fix.  I guess it's better than buying a new one.

I have mom's quilt on the frame and I'm getting ready to start the quilting.  I also have the first coat of paint on my miniature gallery.


 I still have touch up work to do but I like it so far.  So, all in all today was a good day.  How was yours?

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze!
Have a blessed day!

Beautiful Morning!

This morning has just been wonderful, not to hot, not to cold.  My windows are up and the freshness of fall is stirring.  I think the horses even like today.  Here's a picture I made a few months back. 


Now, as far as inside goes, my laundry is still sitting, waiting for the nice repair man to come.  I told Ricky this morning that I think I will have to go to the "Wishy Washy" this afternoon if he doesn't come.  I can't remember the last time I was in one of those places.  It's just amazing how much 2 people can mess up in just 3 days.


Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze!
Have a blessed day!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Moms Memory Quilt

A while back I posted a pic of Moms quilt. I have finished piecing it, after adding another row.  Now to get it quilted.

She really liked it, but it was just a little to short for her bed.  The photos were transfered to muslin by my good friend Susan Dietsch at Designs For You, http://www.tees4u.biz/  in Pleasant View TN.  It is a great place to get anything embroidered, plus they have this new printer that is a "hoss" when it comes to pictures on shirts They have over 10,000 embroidery designs to choose from or they will digitize a design for you.

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze!
Have a blessed day!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Surprise! Surprise!

I came in from my studio, for lunch, and found my washer on the "fritz".  Ricky came in and we emptied the water, cleaned it out and he said to start it again, so I did, but it's not pulling the water out!  God love him, he left saying what a great job he had done, but I'm here with wet clothes and a washer that won't work.  So goes the days of my life at R and K Farm.

I'll just head back to my studio and as Scarlett would say, I'll think about it tomorrow, or later when Ricky gets back home.

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze!
Have a blessed day! 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sometimes You Win!

Boy was I the lucky one today!  I went in to Hancock's to buy a dress pattern and noticed they had their fleece on sale for $3.99 yd.  Every year I make baby blankets for the local hospital and normally buy my fleece in November, but today I saved a bundle ($115) on my purchase.

Sometimes you win and today was my day.
Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze!
Have a blessed day! Kathleen

Monday, October 10, 2011

Getting Mixed Up!

As I begin another week of painting, quilting, etc. I thought it would be nice to share this photo with you.

If things seem to get mixed up, just stop and take a break.  That's what Cotton did one morning while I was cleaning out some cabinets.  He looks so sweet but believe me, he can be a little terror!  I hope to finish my mother's memory quilt this week and work on my miniature art gallery.  What are your plans for the week?


Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze!
Have a blessed day! Kathleen

Friday, October 7, 2011

Home, Heart and Memories!

Our grand-daughter, Abby who is 9, is with us for a few days and she was talking about the possibility of her mom getting married.  She was a little upset because she did not want to leave the home where she grew up.  I told her that home is where the heart is and that where ever her mom and her live, it would be home.  We also talked about making memories and moving forward.

This morning, I thought about our conversation while I was cleaning my grandmother's pan.


I use the bottom of this pan, everyday, to make tea. It made many a pie filling in its day, when Grandmother used it.  I also use the nesting bowls that were hers.  I know it's hard to leave things behind, but in some ways we can keep those memories with us.  What about you, do you have items that you use that "stir up" memories each time you use them?

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze!
Have a blessed day! Kathleen

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Memory Quilt for Mom

Yesterday I visited Mom at the Nursing Home and she spent most of the time telling me about her dreams.  Lately they have been about her when she was a little girl.  I really enjoyed listening to her talk as if it happened the day before.  There are times though, I feel she is slipping away from me and then other days she seems to be fine.

Today I pieced this memory quilt for her so she will be able to remember her family and see them even when she is alone.  I wanted it to be small enough for her to be able to look at each picture.  Now to get it backed with a piece of lightweight fleece.  I'm on my way now to see her and I'm taking this with me. Have a great evening.

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze!
Kathleen

Sunday, October 2, 2011

My Credo and Art + Quilt

While attending the annual Tomato Festival, a few months back,  in Nashville, I found this wonderful credo.  I have it hanging above the fireplace in our living room.  I thought I would share this with you because my daughter & good friend Jana said "yes that's you all right." 


This was created by April Stewart of Frankiln, TN and she has a great website http://mypersonalcredo.com where you can see & purchase her work.  You can also create your own credo.

Today, while I was reading I thought about how true this is.  I was in my favorite chair, with a good cup of coffee and a good book.  What I was reading was Lyric Kinard's book Art + Quilt.  She creates some fantastic art quilts.  Check out her web site http://www.lyrickinard.com to see some of her work.  She also has a blog  http://lyrickinard.blogspot.com where she has guest quilters and artists that share their work. If you get time check out these sites, especially if you like eye candy. 

Until next time, have a wonderful day and remember, Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze!  Kathleen

Saturday, October 1, 2011

New Blogs I Found!

This morning I was updating my blog list and just looking around I found 2 new sites, thanks to Maggie R. at Magpies.   From her site I found Gayle Page-Robak's site, A Stampers Touch.  I sometimes dabble in making cards. Anyway, looking at Gayle's site I found this one, Whimsical Musings.  Cindy is having a free "Blogging 101" Seminar on her site. I think I'll try that Blog Button she was talking about.  Thanks to all who share your favorite blogs. You never know who is strolling through.

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze!
Have a blessed day! Kathleen