Thursday, September 11, 2014

AlphabeThursday - Q is for Quilting

This past weekend was super busy.  I painted (one coat) my workroom from a dark red to white, and finally finished another step in my crazy quilt.  If you don’t remember, I’ve been sewing a shortcut quilt, where you first quilt the top, bottom and batting together into single blocks.  It’s a method invented, I believe, by Marguerita McManus.


I broke down and bought a 16” square on Amazon, since I knew it would be much easier to cut with a square the size of the finished block. 


 Here’s what some look like.  Next step is to attached the blocks with vertical sashing, then horizontal.  The last step is to wrap the whole quilt with binding.  See the pink post-it?  It’s a marker.  Before I trimmed the blocks, I laid them out to make my final design. 


And this it what it looks like.  I hope to have the quilt completed for my bed by wintertime.


Don’t forget to go by Ms. Jenny’s blog  …off on my tangent… 
and see the other Letter Q posts. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

AlphabeThursday - P is for Princess

I sat down one Sunday after my house got broken into and took out my art journal.  I’ve been in a funk - just haven’t been feeling like doing any artwork

All I could think of was, “I will not be an enabler anymore.”  (Long story)  And that’s what I wrote, over and over.  Then I added blocks of paper, sprayed with my mini-misters (first time to use them; they’re great), scattered around some inexpensive cardboard flowers and glued down a princess that I saved from one of my “Year of the Fairy Tale” lessons.    

Still, I wasn’t happy.  Would I ever be? 

 I’d seen others scrape gesso on top of pages with credit cards, and change their artwork into  backgrounds.  So I tried that, except no gesso on my princess and flowers! 


 Later I added a “grass” bottom and wrote inside the blocks.  And finally walked away from my art table.  Moral of the story: remember to leave unwanted baggage in the background and move on.      


Come over the Ms. Jenny’s blog, …off on my tangent… 
and check out what other words were chosen for the Letter P.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AlphabeThursday - O is for Oval

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I’ve been looking at lots of 0000s recently.  Actually, I was afraid of being a victim of identity theft.  Someone broke into my house; didn’t steal much but I wasn’t sure if they got into my paperwork.  So, I was on the phone for hours, reading credit card numbers to “bank representatives.” 

I also wanted to make sure no one took any mail from the mailbox.   (FYI: I found out if you want to stop receiving those credit card checks that come in the mail, you can call them and request they stop sending them!)  I did decide to get a post office box.  I’ll be removing my mailbox from off the side of the house shortly (another suggestion) so only MY mail is delivered to my PO Box, not my ex-husband’s!  New habits to form…

The other thing I did was request my three online credit reports.  Another friend suggested this to me, and I’m glad he did.  It’s the first time I’ve done this.  If you can stomach looking at all the paperwork, I recommend you do it too.   It’s free, once a year.  The best place to go is Annual Credit Report.com.  They walk you through, step by step.  If you want to print the information off like I did, be sure to have a lot of printer paper handy!  I made a spread sheet to look at everything, because again, there were a lot of 0000s in a row!
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Come over to Ms. Jenny's site, ...off on my tangent... and see what other words people are writing about!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AlphabeThursday - N is for National Register for Historic Places


The purpose of the National Register for Historic Places (NRHP) is to recognize and preserve historic sites in the United States.  I wrote last week about the Mattie Beal Home; the Lawton Heritage Association worked on the application and the house was added to the Register in 1975 in recognition of its historical significance and architectural value (Colonial Revival.)  The home was built between 1907-1909 by Mattie and her husband Charles Payne.  Mattie, a telephone operator from Kansas, was the lucky second name to be drawn in the KCA Land Lottery in 1901.  She chose a 160-acre allotment south of the Lawton town site.  



The house doesn’t have a plaque on it, announcing it is a historic site.  I think we need to put one on the wrought iron gate, and a few other Board members think the same.  



The National Register for Historic Places is the US official list of cultural resources considered  worthy of preservation.  This includes properties that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture.  If you live in the states, do you have a historic home or other historic site in your town?  Here is the listing by state and county. 



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and see what other words were chosen for AlphabeThursday’s Letter N.
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