Saturday, January 30, 2010

Poor Bones.

One of the coolest dogs in the world has fallen victim to the "dachshund curse." It seems these long dogs get a back condition that renders them paralyzed or unable to walk. This is the pup my children grew up with, so it has been especially hard for my family. Even hubby who always says it's not his dog, but who the dog loves probably the most, is upset. It's been a rough day for all of us.

Poor Mr. Bones cannot walk very well. His back legs are basically useless. This is the guy that would run around the house like a crazy man when dinner was being prepared or if he could get someone to chase him! He's quite the character and has always behaved like a puppy. He's been moving slow the past few days but we thought it might be arthritis. He is over 10 years old. This morning he couldn't use his back legs. After a $400 vet trip we've learned he has the curse. It may heal and he could walk normally again, but only surgery can fix it properly, baring no complications. And there's a huge chance other places in his back will develop the same curse and cause pain  for Bones. He's our pup and we love him enough that we would never let him suffer. He is resting comfortably on pain killers and other meds. He's been in our arms or laps most of the day and we can set him outside to relieve himself. He does wander if we're not watching him and he's drug himself in my studio, kitchen, and other rooms. He shouldn't be moving, but dachshunds are stubborn!

We're hopeful but realistic. It's no fun to see your teenage kids (and husband) break down during the family meeting to decide the fate of our little pup. And god knows I didn't bother with eye makeup today. It's been a cry fest. We've all agreed he can't suffer. So table food all around for Mr. Bones. It's helping the meds go down. Send my little pup some of your good vibes and I will be forever grateful.
Rest Bones, you know we all love you.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Reversible apron for a friend. She likes to cook Hawaiian Fusion. Hmmm...might have to Google a few of those recipes.
Mini (6" x 6") made with stinky vintage fabrics.

Two miniature quilts for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI). My Liberated Quilters group is sending quilts for this great cause. I did another house quilt, but I can't get it rotated correctly on this laptop.

Composition book cover. Tutorial here from the talented V and Co.

It's been a busy week. Too bad work gets in the way of creating. I guess I do create for work, but it's not as fun as crafting and sewing! I need more fun clients for my graphic design biz. If you have any leads...

So what are you up to?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Slow Stitching and the Florida Quilt

I've always loved improvisational quilts. They're so artsy and usually have tons of color, which is always fun to me. Recently (like yesterday, thanks to Debbie Babin of Studio Quilts, I've been inspired by the "slow cloth/stitch" quilting movement. Google the term for gobs more information. Anyway, it involves hand quilting, which I've attempted before but could never get the hang of the technique. I took the improvisational route on this little mini (10" x 13") and just started stitching like the examples I saw in blogland. So much easier for me! I'm liking the look of this. We'll see where it goes.

An abstract mini I made for someone who likes black, white and pink. The white fabric has embroidery, but it's hard to see in the photo.

Tacky, spaghetti arm tourist quilt to represent my state. Note socks with sandals. I stink at applique, but I gave it a try. I used Tonya's free-pieced letters tutorial to spell Florida. This one is going to a gal in California. She probably knows all about tourists too! Can't wait to see what she comes up with to represent her state.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Yay Bree!

If you need some inspiration today, this story should do it! My quilting buddies and I made quilts for Bree and her friend. You can kind of see one of the quilts in the beginning of this story. Click on the video and watch the amazing Bree walk onto the soccer field and kick a ball! Is this girl the bomb or what?

I'm sure you'll never see this blog Bree, but know you have inspired many by your determination and drive. Good luck in college. I know you will achieve even more greatness!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Some Strings Attached

Stephanie at Loft Creations issued a challenge to make string blocks from your scraps. These blocks barely put a dent in my scraps, but they gave me a good start. Click on the button to the right for a great tutorial for making these liberating blocks. They are really very fun and relaxing. Thanks for the inspiration, Stephanie!

And hello to my fellow swap-botters! It's been so much fun reading your blogs. What a creative bunch you are!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Can't shake the minis...

I unearthed a few minis that were in my studio. I think they just needed labels. They were pushed aside to make room for the holidays. I have ideas for even more minis that need to get done.

Mini for a swap. I tried some applique. This one measures 10.5" square.

Waverunner Mini

And here's part of the big waverunner. I have all the blocks done, I just need to put them together. I may even try to quilt it myself. 

They're predicting sleet in Orlando tomorrow! Oh my! Sounds like a perfect weekend to spend house cleaning quilting.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

This is how we roll when it's cold in Florida.

Hoo Boy, 47 degrees today. That's really cold for Florida. And not much sunshine either. It's supposed to be like this all week. I'll be on laundry duty every day as we don't really have tons of warm clothing. The cold weather doesn't phase my kids though. They are tough!

Austin in his Snuggie we bought him for his 18th birthday yesterday. Note the rolled eyes. I get a lot of that with two teenagers. It's almost charming now. : P And oh snap, he's an adult now. How did that happen? I should not have had children at age 9!

My daughter, Lauren in the frozen tundra. Actually, she's on the couch. And the heat is on. Note small wiener dog face bundled in quilts. He has a sweater on under all that. I hope you enjoyed seeing my babies. Sending warm wishes to everyone!

Friday, January 1, 2010

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