Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Birdies and Buttons

Never say, "oops." Always say, "Ah, interesting."
~Author Unknown

Over a week ago my DH asked me where he should hang the hooks.  Me - "What hooks?"  DH - "These hooks.  We have two packages of them right here."  Sure enough, there on the desk were two sets of white hooks.  I told him I didn't know what he was talking about.  He got that puzzled look on his face.  DH - "But we bought them for you to hang something up."  Me - "Hang what up?"  DH - "I don't know.  You said you needed them".  Well, for the life of me I couldn't remember what I wanted to hang up.  We don't even have enough wall space in the sewing room or spare room to hang anything, especially nothing the size that would require two, good sized hooks.  DH - "Well, I guess we will leave them here for now.  Maybe you'll remember what we bought them for."  And there they sit - in the middle of the desk - waiting to be put to good use.  It may be years before I remember what I wanted to hang up on the wall.  Perhaps that would be a good place for my memory - lol!  Ah, interesting!



Do you think the English language is easy?  Yes?  Here are a few sentences to make you think otherwise.....
1. The bandage was wound around the wound.
2. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
3.  He could lead if he would get the lead out.
4. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
5.  Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
6.  The buck does funny things when the does are present.
Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
OK!  I give up.  I have more but I will save them for a later date.  Just thought I would give you some food for thought.



Today is Wednesday, and in keeping with tradition, it is also One Flower Wednesday

This is my Spring flower of flowers.  The fabric almost grabbed my hand as I was sorting through scraps trying to decide what to make yesterday.  The colors are so bright I just couldn't pass it up.  If you would like to see more hexie flowers out there in blogland, skip on over to Journey of a Quilter, where Karen so graciously hosts our gathering every week.



Last month I won a giveaway being held by Barb over at Bejeweled Quilts.  And the squishy envelope arrived in today's mail.....

Aren't they the cutest little birdie buttons?  The buttons come from buttonmad, a company that gives employment to women in South Africa.  These buttons are hand made and I just love them.  They are going to make some great embellishments on some blocks I have in mind.  Barb also included a beautiful fat quarter that she says is a "little piece of Samoa".  Makes me feel as though I should be on some exotic island, drifting away........  Thank you so very much, Barb!



Over the weekend I finished up the fourth Birdie Stitches BOM

On the first of the month, Little Miss Shabby released this block for us to make.  I think it is so cute with the eggs hanging in the tree and from the birdie's tail.  I continued with the Dream On line but this time chose only pieces that had a lattice work in the print.  I think it makes the block look very springy a lot like spring.  Now I can hardly wait until next month to see what LMS will design for us.



Yesterday I cut out the pieces for the third Baltimore Basics block.

The first pieces are pinned and ready for me to start stitching.  Looking at the picture I am befuddled by the circle and cross on the background fabric.  It's not something on the fabric so it must have been something I set the square on.  Weird!



I knew yesterday was Tuesday, but I was sure we had another week before the last Layer Cake QAL block was to be released.  But, surprise, it's out!  So I will be making that my main priority for the day.



Sew Fabulous Quilt Shop is having an April giveaway.  You could win a Montego Batiks fat quarter bundle.  This giveaway ends Saturday, April 30.

The Noble Wife is having a I Love Applique giveaway.  You could win 3 free patterns from her website and a pile of other goodies (retail value $45.00).  You must comment by midnight on Sunday, April 10.

The Quilting Pirate is having a Manic Monday giveaway.  Toni is giving away The Hobo Bag  pattern by Indigo Junction and ~20 5" novelty charm squares.  This giveaway ends Monday, April 11.

Margaret's Hope Chest is having 1000th Quilt, 4 Year Anniversary Giveaway.  You could be one of four winners of four fat quarters, Twin Size Hobbs Heirloom Cotton Batting, Thread-the Essential Thread Set in Neutrals or Colors from Connecting Threads, pins, One roll of Heat Press, and a copy of 'In a Twinkle' book by Kay Mackenzie.  The winners will be announced on April 29th.

Quilt n Queen is having a sponsored giveaway.  You could win 2 Sherbet Pips charm packs.  This giveaway ends Monday, April 11.

Have you entered to win the $25.00 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop?  If not, then you need to enter my 200th Post Celebration Giveaway!



Sirens.  More sirens.  That's the trouble with living near major thoroughfares.  We are three blocks off of one main street and about 5 from another.  Most of the time I don't even hear them any more.  That is unless Jack, the black lab next door, decides to sing along with them.  He has such a pitiful howl.  He sounds like the perpetual teenager that is in the voice transition phase of his life.  So funny to hear.  I do wish at times I lived where there was silence.  No car noises, no voices of people walking down the street, no car alarms accidentally going off - nothing but the sweet sound of birds singing and my two pups snoring (well, really only Weasley).  Noise overload is something I can do without.  If ever someone wanted to torture me, obnoxious noise would be the way to do it.  Ah, for some piece and quiet and just the hum of my sewing machine.  One can dream!

Silence is more musical than any song.
~Christina Rossetti

Make your Wednesday wonderful!


Sunnybec said...

Heck I am English and I still don't understand my language!! I shed a tear when I have to tear myself away from my sewing machine LOL. Since living here I have noticed how much we use the same word for different things, but in French its a different word so I have to learn maybe 3 French words for one word in English, and then its a different word for the plural, you can't just put an "s" on everything .... its hard!!

Samelia's Mum said...

Great hexy! So bright and lovely.

Cheryl said...

I love quiet too!! I don't listen to the radio when I am driving even! Your hexies are always so much fun to see. Have a peaceful Wednesday.

Sue said...

I so enjoy the quiet:)

Love your English sentences! Those were fun and I aced all of them. But then again, it was my major:)

Enjoy your weekend!

Cheryll said...

Today was a FuN post... well done in english is still well done... I think? :) Anyway LoVe the fabric in the hexie...and the birdie is gorgeous! NiCe WoRk!

Lynda said...

Once again a fun hexie for Wednesday. The little birdie buttons are so cute and I love the Birdie stitchery.

I agree, our language is interesting. Like who sews; and sewer...a pretty stinky place!

Today is my day off of work so I'm headed to my sewing room to finally get something done. It's been so long. Ah, interesting!

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Your hexie is a breath of Spring!

Carolyn :)

Staci said...

Love the story about the hooks, sounds so familiar!LOL

The opening quote is a good one, too!

Darling hexie & your biridie is the best!

Happy Wednesday!

Maria said...

I really love quiet!!

Lovely bright hexie and your wee birdie stitchery is really cute.

Karyli said...

Fun post today. The whole thing made me smile. I love you story about the mysterious hooks. I laughed at your thoughts about our crazy language... ever thought about all the different ways we use "up" (hurry up, wait up, stand up, kiss up, back up, push up...) And your flower and all of your work is beautiful, as usual. :)
Have a wonderful day!!

WoolenSails said...

I saw those buttons yesterday, they are beautiful and would be so fun to put on an art quilt.


Anonymous said...

I had to put down my mug of tea before I made a mess, I was laughing so much! Love your notes on the English language! Oh, the colors in your hexie flower - so cute!
We live way off the beaten path, so it's really quiet here, until someone unloads their dirt bike and uses our road/land/driveway for their race track! Sigh.
Jacque in SC

Impera_Magna said...

I can't begin to imagine how hard it is to learn to speak English as a second language fluently...

I enjoy spelling rules and all the exceptions... such as:

"I" before "e" except after "c"... weird...

Birdie said...

Very cute, bright hexie. I live in the country and love the silence. Thanks for the English sentences.

Anne said...

I, too, hope to someday live far away from intrusive noise! I live near a busy interstate and a neighbor who thinks he's cool because his SUV, sans muffler, sounds like a jet engine revved to the max!

Love the blocks you made! The autumn mosaic is gorgeous!

Donna said...

Once I lived within a couple of blocks of two major hospitals, a large police station and a helipad. I complained of the noise. When I moved the silence drove me crazy for months!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I love your twist on English - no wonder my boys could never spell. Love the new Hexie flower. I almost forgot about the last LC block, too - did it late last night. I am very behind on things today - I think it is a day of rest.

Hilachas said...

Wow! You were up early this morning.
More on the English language. Look at all the different ways to pronounce these similar words:
I absolutely LOVE your spring hexie AND your blog.

Joanna said...

Your birdie block is very pretty. It's a very sweet design, and the fabric border is lovely.

Barb said...

Glad you like the hexies...

Sarah Craig said...

Try this one - On the bough over there, they're trying to be tough, though they won't be tough until they're through. I have total sympathy for people for whom English is not their first language - I don't know how in the world I learned to speak it, and I was born here!!

Karen said...

That is one flashy flower, let me get my sunglasses!!!!

Q said...

love that hexie and I hope you remember what you wanted to hang up! that made me giggle thanks for that!

Jeanette said...

Thanks for the interesting English facts. Both my son & i found them amusing to read. Love both your hexie & birdie block. Had to have a laugh at you hooks story. Hope you remember what they were for. Happy Stitching,

Lana said...

Hey there! Just wanted to come by and say I've missed you!
That's all. Just wanted to come by and catch up on all my missed reading too. :) Hugs!

Wendy said...

Awesome spring flower, Linda, and your birdie stitches block is adorable.

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