Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thursday Has Gone To The Dogs

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
 ~William Morris

In the process of moving things back to where they belong I'm also trying to de-clutter.  I find myself going in circles trying to decide where I should be working, what needs to go where, and trying to find the right box.  My brain is so frazzled that I didn't get a lot accomplished yesterday.  I think I hit a temporary proverbial wall.  Today will be better!  I will get more accomplished!  I will only keep those things that I believe to be useful and/or beautiful!!



If you are regular readers of my blog, you will recognize these to little furry creatures.  This is Snickerdoodle (left) and Weasley (right).  They are both Miniature Long-Haired Dachshunds, or easier to type and say - mini doxies.  The Dachshund, meaning "badger dog" in German, is a lively breed with a friendly personality and keen sense of smell. They are known for their long and low bodies. Miniatures are supposed to weigh right around 11 pounds - Snick weighs in at a lean 10 pounds while Weasley is a very chunky 14+ pounds.  Dachshunds were first bred in the early 1600s in Germany. The goal was to create a fearless, elongated dog that could dig the earth from a badger burrow and fight to the death with the vicious badgers.  Both of my little couch potatoes would run in the other direction if they came face to face with a badger.  They are the little spark of life in our lives that give us unconditional love, undying devotion, and heaps of happiness.


I did take a break from unpacking boxes today.  I belong to the International Friendship Quilters and joined in the fun of the Mosaic Color Play swap.  For this you send your swap partner a 4 1/2" block from your fabric.  When you receive your partners square you are to take fabric from your own stash (or you can purchase some) to coordinate to make the Mosaic Tile Block. 

This is the block I made for Lynn from Canada (she don't think she has a blog).  The center block is actually almost a gray blue with off white.  She said her colors are blue, rose and off white.  The blocks around the center are actually off white, not white like they look in the picture.  I was pleased with how the block turned out and hope she likes it.


The other day I managed to cut out the pieces for this month's Le Petite.  The pattern is Butter Churn by This & That Designs.

If I don't put sticky notes on my blocks, I will forget my color order.  How many of you do something similar?  I don't know if I will make the deadline this month but I will certainly try.


Heirlooms by Ashton House is giving away Allie, a darling owl pincushion.  You must enter by Wednesday, November 24 to have a chance to win.

Canton Village Quilt Works is having a Big Giveaway!  One prize is Rapid Fire Hunter's Star ruler and the second is  The V Block that Deb Tucker introduced at Fall Quilt Market.  You must enter before midnight on November 22nd.



With Thanksgiving only a week away, I'm sure we are all thinking about what we will be preparing for the wonderful feast.  But have you taken the time to ponder what you are truly thankful for?  I'm thankful for so many things but mostly for my family, for having a roof over my head and food to eat, and for my many friends, especially you, my blogging friends!!

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
~William Arthur Ward

Have a thankful, thoughtful Thursday!!


Jen said...

I was just thinking today of how absolutely lucky I am! I have a wonderful husband I'm madly in live with, we have good jobs and a cozy happy home and this year will be my first Thanksgiving with my family in about 9 years! That's definitely something to be grateful for!
I know what you are going through with the boxes. We are just finishing up our unpacking from moving. Because we moved in with family for awhile and put our stuff in storage, our boxes were all jumbled and disorganized. It was a nightmare to unpack and I felt so overwhelmed and helpless! But we worked on it a little at s time and now it's so nice to come home and see my organized, neat little house set up. You can do it, it gets better, and the payoff is worth it!

Needled Mom said...

It will be nice to have everything back in place again. There is nothing like new carpet to throw your life in turmoil. Glad to see that you were able to escape and do a little sewing.

Megan Harmeyer said...

You'll get everything back in order before you know it! I like the design of the Butter Churn quilt (and the colors). I can't wait to see how Mason reacts with Weasley and Snick.

Melissa said...

Of course I love the doggies! And your International Friendship block is very pretty.

Talin's Corner said...

I do not know how you do it. You find the time to find the quotes, take pictures, post (on your blog), clean/de-clutter, and cut and sew blocks. Where do you find the time?

Karen said...

Useful and/or beautiful, that is what I believe too. I'm in the mood for a little de-cluttering myself.

Lana said...

I love this blog~

The Quilting Pirate said...

I love your puppies and the knowledge you shared! I never knew - learn something new every day!

Fun blocks!

Brigitte said...

I think about what I am thankful for a lot throughout the year and not just on Thanksgiving. This keeps me humble, I think.

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