The trouble with weather forecasting is that it's right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.
They promised us sun yesterday. All day long sun. Can you guess how much sun we actually saw? About an hour. The rest of the day it was hidden behind clouds that weren't supposed to be there. The temp was a nice 68 (as promised) but little sun. The birds were singing and flitting about. The bees were even lazily buzzing around trying to get their wings warmed up without that promised sun. The tulips remained closed but the Gerberas decided to show us some color. Maybe today? Maybe tomorrow? That allusive sun. The provider of all warmth. I really didn't miss it and am not looking forward to those days of endless sunshine and the heat of summer. But if you're going to give me clouds you might as well throw some rain in there too. Thank goodness I'm not a weather forecaster.
PHOTO FACT OF THE DAY
In 1924, the Kleenex brand of facial tissue was first introduced. Kleenex tissue was invented as a means to remove cold cream. Early advertisements linked Kleenex to Hollywood makeup departments and sometimes included endorsements from movie stars (Helen Hayes and Jean Harlow) who used Kleenex to remove their theatrical make-up with cold cream. By 1926, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, the manufacturer of Kleenex, became intrigued by the number of letters from customers stating that they used their product as a disposable handkerchief.
A test was conducted in the Peoria, Illinois newspaper. Ads were run depicting the two main uses of Kleenex; either as a means to remove cold cream or as disposable handkerchief for blowing noses. The readers were asked to respond. Results showed that 60% used Kleenex tissue for blowing their nose. By 1930, Kimberly-Clark had changed the way they advertised Kleenex and sales doubled proving that the customer is always right. The word Kleenex is now commonly used to describe any soft facial tissue. However, Kleenex is the trademarked name of the soft facial tissue manufactured and sold by the Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
Today is Wednesday so that automatically makes it One Flower Wednesday. I almost forgot about making a hexie flower until late Monday afternoon.....
I guess I'm still on a green kick as far as flowers go. All the little frogs made me think of spring when the little toads and frogs usually start appearing along creeks and lake shores. To check out other wonderful hexie flowers you can click on the link above or on the button on the side bar. There are some very talented ladies out there creating some of the cutest and prettiest flowers around.
Yesterday I went waaaaaaay out of my comfort zone to create a block for April, this month's hostess for Bee In Oz......
She sent us most of the material needed for this mosaic block - I added two pieces of my own fabric. As most of you know, I'm very much a traditional piecer. Give me a pattern or the measurements and I can pretty much produce whatever you ask. But to ask me to go wonky or abstract and I start to sweat. April did provide an excellent tutorial but I still had to work with odd shapes and NO PATTERN OR DIMENSIONS other than the finished size of the block - 12.5". I didn't intend for the block to be cut in half with such straightness and the upper horizontal sashing was supposed to me more angled too. But this is what I produced. I really do like the affect of the narrow black sashing and all of the angles that were created. I just didn't like being the one to create it. I have to say, being a member of Bee In Oz has really tested me and we've only been at it for four months - lol!
We were also asked to create a 3" signature block....
It may not look like it but it really is square - lol. And working the mosaic in miniature was even more challenging. Thank goodness I get a month to rest before I find out what I will asked to make next month - whew!
And this is what Snickerdoodle (on the right) and Weasley (buried under the afghan) did while I pulled out my hair creating the mosaic block!
I don't know how much sewing I will get done today but I would like to work on my monthly mini quilt since April is just two days away (if you count today!)
Sew We Quilt is having her end of the month giveaway. You could win a copy of The Quilters Bible and a jelly roll of Bella white. This giveaway ends Monday.
Sew We Quilt is also have a GO! Baby giveaway. As with the previous giveaway, this one end Monday also.
The Vintage Sheet Blog is having a giveaway. Jodi from Come Tarry With Me is giving away a yummy bundle of goodies or vintage sheet pieces. This giveaway ends Monday, April 4th.
As we journey through life there are bumps in the road that throw us for a curve. My DH's BFF just lost his mother to cancer. She fought the fight valiantly for over two years but the cancer finally one. Her death made remember my dad's final hours. He knew when his time was almost over. He made sure we knew where things were and which doctor to call. He made sure to tell us he loved us and to tell us he would always be with us in spirit. Apparently this not an uncommon occurrence. That wonderful woman did the same thing with her family in the wee hours of Monday morning. No matter what the doctor's say, a person knows when it is their time to go. I have heard of too many cases like this. I hope, that when it is my time, that I too, will be able to call the family around for one last hug and kiss, and final word, a final good-bye, see you later. Don't worry, I'm not planning on doing that any time soon but I just hope it happens that way for me too.
The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.
May your day be full of sunshine and rainbows, smiles and happiness!