Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Fun and Flowers

Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet. 
~Roger Miller

RAIN!  We actually had rain Monday!  What a welcome sight it was to see wet sidewalks and moisture falling from the sky.  We didn't get a lot but we'll take any we can get.  They were starting to talk about the "D" word (drought) around here.  We need a whole lot more to bring us up to normal but at least this was a start.  It was a good day to sit snuggled under my heated lap throw and do some stitching. 




Let's face it rain is something that not a lot of us desire. However Rain plays a key role in the cycle of returning water back to our earth. So it is obvious that we need rain in order for the world to continue functioning.  Here are some fun facts about that wet stuff:
* The umbrella was originally invented to protect people from the hot sun.
* Rain drops can fall at speeds of about 22 miles an hour.
* Rain starts off as ice or snow crystals at cloud level.
* Light rain is classified as being no more then 0.10 inches of rain an hour.
Heavy rain is classified as being more then 0.30 inches of rain an hour.
* Louisiana is the wettest state in the U.S, which recorded an annual rainfall of 56 inches.
* Rain drops do not fall in a tear drop shape, they originally fall in the shave of a flat oval.
* Rain drops range in size from 0.02 inches to about .031 inches.



As you well know, it is Wednesday.  And what does Wednesday mean?  Well, One Flower Wednesday, of course.

I'm not a big fan of bugs, but these saxophone playing bugs are an exception.  This flower was made with my trumpet playing daughter in mind.  Oh, and she has always liked bugs too - lol!

This is a flower for the theater.  Or it could be for an early Mardi Gras.  Funny how the camera made this a much lighter picture than for the flower above.
Karen (Journey of a Quilter) has provided a linky so that you can go to one spot to see more hexie flowers out there in blog land.  Thank you, Karen, for providing this service.  Go HERE to see more flowers.



Recently, Barbara (Cat Patches) tempted me with something fun to try......

This was created using Tagxedo.  You can create all sorts of shapes with words used in your blog.  You can also select a color scheme and the font used.  Believe me when I say you can spend quite awhile here experimenting with different shapes and colors.  It was a lot of fun.  Thanks, Barbara, for letting me know about Tagxedo.



I still have a block to make for a BEE and two little 6" blocks to make for a swap - that will be my goal today.



The Intrepid Thread is having a giveaway.  You could win a kit for a cute table topper.  This giveaway ends Friday, January 27.

Kitschy Suburbia (my daughter's blog!) is having a giveaway.  You could win two gorgeous Zoya polishes.  This giveaway ends Monday, January 30, at 12:01 am EST.

Annie's Ruby Slipperz is having her Mystery Monday giveaway.  You could win 5 fat quarters in the color of your choice.  This giveaway ends Saturday, January 28, at midnight MT.

Jolly Jabber is having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of Sew What You Love by Tanya Whelan. This giveaway ends Thursday, January 26, at midnight CST.

Amanda Murphy is having a giveaway.  You could win some Modern Whimsy fabric and a Bejeweled pattern. This giveaway ends Thursday, January 26.  The same thing can be won over at Scarlet Fig.

My Sister Made Me do it.... is having her first giveaway.  You could win 6 fat quarters from Connecting Threads, a pair of quilting grip gloves, a package of Steam A Seam2, a copy of Fast, Flirty and Fun, and a darling bunny wall hanging made by the blogger, herself.  The winner will be drawn on Friday, January 27.

The Raspberry Rabbit is having a giveaway.  You could win Love, a wool bunny folk art pillow.  This giveaway ends Friday, January 27.

a2(w) is having a giveaway.  Ali is ready to send the Traveling Stash on its way.  This giveaway ends Friday, January 27, at 11 pm EST.

(SIG)nature Creations is having a giveaway.  You could win a $20 credit to SkyeReve and any one pattern from (SIG).  This giveaway ends Thursday, January 26, at midnight CST.

There's still time to enter my 700+ Follower Giveaway sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop.  Just go HERE before Sunday!




Joanne Lendaro said...

Love the hexies!! Enjoy the rain!

Maria said...

While you sit snuggled under your heated lap rug I am sweltering and enjoying my Air Con. Is that why we live down under, LOL.
Gorgeous bug and Mardi Gras Hexie Flowers .
Love the last piture too.

Pen Pen said...

As usual, I just love your post! Intersting tidbits about rain! The hexies are wonderful; i always love seeing what theme will be on the next one. Love the air born puppy at the bottom. Have a good day!

Paula said...

What a cute little flowers you have there. I love how you fussy cut your fabric and out comes beautiful flowers.
Have a nice day stitching.

My Sister Made Me Do It said...

What a fabulous post! Coming from an area that tends to stay very dry....I Love the rain! The hexis are too too cool and so different! Love the bugs but the Mardi-Gras masks are fabulous! (Not to mention that terrific giveaway at my Sister Made Me do it.....LOL)

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Sweet little flowers today! It's a snuggle blanket with the furries kind of day here - off to get hair cut and then I think I'm snuggling.

rubyslipperz said...

I LUV RAIN!! When we lived in Oregon, I would go out for any errand just to be able to be out in the rain. I don't see it as's more like soft, relaxing. Okay...if, its POURING, I luv to watch it thru the window.

What a great/fun idea the Tagxedo. Thanks, Barbara for sending the idea to Linda. But, wait...did I need another distraction from my "to do" list? O! what the hay!
let's play!


sunny said...

Yay for rain! It was obviously good for your flower garden, lovely flowers!

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

Something about a rainy day makes me want to sew or knit and look out the window. It's so pretty, and in warmer temps so much fun to go play in! I'm glad you got your much needed rain! Enjoy your week!

Linda in Calif. said...

I love the rain too. (I know I live in the wrong place for it.) And I like that we are having some cold weather. Now isn't that interesting that your daughter is Kitschy Suburbia? I like that blog.

Hillbilly Tonya said...

Rain--love it;love thunder; love sleeping in the rain; love walking in it-in the warm summer of course!

Also love your buggy flower.

Snoodles said...

Wow! Twenty-two miles an hour? No wonder it stings sometimes when you get caught in the start of a storm! Oh well, rainy days are great sewing days! Have fun!

Sheila said...

I always enjoy your hexagons! Are you going to put all of them into a quilt someday?
BTW Love your blog.

Megan Harmeyer said...

We got some rain/snow yesterday - and by this morning, you couldn't even tell it had done anything. The first hexie is CUTE!!! Thanks for including my giveaway on your list. And that little dog picture is adorable.

Becky G said...

So charming. I haven't been able to spend time visiting blogs for a bit, and have missed yours. thanks for keeping it going! B

Lots of Fabric 2 said...

Again you have a great source of information,love your hexies,stay dry,and have a wonderful quilting.jinnie

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

I always enjoy reading your blog. The saxophone playing bug hexie is so cute - I love it! I think I'm just one of those people who 'just get wet' in the rain. When it's raining I think - "Rain, rain, go away, come again another day..."

Karen said...

I can't wait to see all your flowers together, what a garden it will be!

Joanna said...

Seems funny reading about the need for rain at your location, when we just had snow and then rain to wash it all away in just a few days. You do make the cutest hexies.

Susan said...

Once again, you've given me something to laugh about, information I didn't know, and the hexies! I LOVE the blue bug one. The other one is amazing, too, but the blue bug one is my favorite of all the ones I've seen. I'm really glad I lucked into your blog a while back, and so grateful that you do the follow by e-mail thing. I love that!

Barbara said...

Adorable hexies (again) for what will be a stunning project when done!

Melody said...

Your hexies are BRILLIANT. Loved todays 'final thought'. It made me laugh out loud.

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