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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Catch up time!

First, I want to show another birthday gift I received!  This is from Sally and she picked out the perfect gift for me and the color is so me too!!  Thanks, Sally!  You know I wear a lot of black, beige and brown!  HA

Tuesday wasn't too busy.  I headed off to JoAnn's (had to spend my gift card from Janice!!  Thanks again, Jan!!!  I needed batting and of course had to wander the aisles for other bargains, which I found!   On the way home, I stopped at the grocery store then placed an order for subways to take over to  Karah!  Of course I had to stop at the house and pick up the girls to take with me.  We had a nice lunch and visit and will be doing this again this winter!




Wednesday was the day for me to get my sewing area set up.  I have a project I'm starting (more on that tomorrow along with my screen prints) that is due January 31st!  So I had best get busy!  right!

And for those who know me or follow me...Wednesday is 99 cent margarita night!  So off we went meeting up with Sally & Dan, Karah and Howard and Maria and Kevin!  We had a good dinner, great margaritas and of course good conversation!!!  Just a nice evening.
Karah, Sally and Maria

Howard, Dan, Kevin and my roommate!

Sally, poor Maria on the floor!, me and Karah

Today (Thursday) will be a sewing day for me or at least get the feel of my machine.  I haven't used the 440 in over 3 years!!!  I love my trusty 1090 and it is perfect for me to free motion quilt with.  I need to force myself to get used to this machine.  I don't care for the stitch regulator on the 440 but you don't have to use it.

Tonight we're off for  a BD dinner for Harvey (my Q bud Susan's hubby) along with the rest of the Thursday night gang.  We're going to Bone Fish then back to their house for cake.  It's always a fun night with the 'gang' and I love the Bang Bang shrimp taco's at BoneFish!!

Friday I'm off to meet with my bud, Marcia, who I haven't seen since last May.  Looking forward to catching up with her and having a little girl time too!  Hope to post again on Saturday with more catch-up times.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Happy BD to me! Part 2

After the circus we headed back to the house for lunch/dinner!  And drinks of course!  Each of the ladies brought a dish to pass and the food was delicious as usual! 




Hard to see but there is a beautiful vase with flowers and little lights that Jan M. gave me to brighten the table!  



Of course a birthday isn’t a birthday here in Florida without a cake baked by our resident baker, Verna!  

This is Verna with Gigi. 


And check out the candles Verna put on my cake!  Who else would go to this detail on decorating a cake so beautifully as well as adding that special touch finding margarita candles!!  Only Verna!



And gifts, which the ladies were NOT suppose to give me (via my note to them!!).  Guess Bob is right….”women don’t listen”…HA 

Jan M. gifted me my own wand at the circus!  It is so cool...changes colors and flashes!  

What a lovely pocket charm from Jan M.

Opposite side of the pocket charm!  

Does Patricia know me or what!  I will be selfish and save this just for me!  Well, it is my birthday, right!

I love my puzzle from Susan!  How cool is this!

Peggy gifted me my first Florida Lotto ticket!  Nope, we're still here and didn't run off with the money!  Actually, not one of our numbers came up!

It's candy...no it's a fan!  Thanks, Marilyn! And she brought flowers the day before our party too!

And I received 3 gift cards!  JoAnn fabrics from Jan F.; Harry's from Marilyn and Starbucks from Verna!!!  3 of my favorite stores!!!







Two dozen  beautiful roses from my daughter!  She knows I love yellow and pastel roses.  They are even prettier two days later!  Just a beautiful array of color!  


And a huge Edible Arrangement from my son and his family!  It had to be pushed down to fit in the refrigerator!   At our potluck on Saturday I passed the container around to each lady and I still have tons of fruit left!  The melon and strawberries were delicious!  Chocolate covered pineapple...yum!   


Such a great BD!!!  I am one lucky lady!!!!  Great family...great friends...great life!


Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy Birthday to me! - Part 1

Because my BD outing was so busy I have to put this in two parts!  Today is my actual BD but it started off with a celebration this past Saturday!  Today, Bob and I are just taking off and hitting some of the local stores then off to Harry's for late lunch/early dinner!  
This is part 1!  
Saturday, 10 of us gal pals attended the Cirque Italia Water Circus held here in Ocala!
My bud Jan, bought me this at the circus!  I felt like a little kid...I was so excited!
 What a fun time we all had!  I tried to take a selfie of us waiting to get in!  
Marilyn's hand is showing and part of my face!  Rest of ladies: Peggy, Sally, Patricia, Verna, Susan,
 Jan F., Jan M., and Barb, 

The circus was great!  Here are pics as well as two video's of some of the performances!







And check out the video's!  Part 2 will be posted on Tuesday!  Off to celebrate with hubby!


 And





Friday, January 13, 2017

A recap of the week!

I posted earlier this week about our printing day with my Florida buds (you can that post here).  So Tuesday I decided I might as well do some printing and create another deconstructed screen! with the leftover dyes.    I was having way too much fun!





This was the screen I made on Monday with my buds.




I got four decent prints from the screen.  And I really like how it turned out.



I still had some dark areas left on it so I spread some cranberry thickened dyes through the screen to see what I would get.

I got 3 more prints from that one screen, which is pretty good.

I don't think these will hold up that dark but I'm likeing what I got so far.  I made another screen but  I don't have a picture of it.  I hope to print with it on Sunday.

It was the perfect day for curing all the prints I made so each were wrapped in plastic and set out in the Florida sun for curing!







Wednesday, Bob and I decided to go to one of our favorite Italian restaurants, after my root dyeing!  We have been looking forward to eating at Carmine's since we left last year!  And we weren't disappointed!  Yum!!!

Thursday we ended up at Cody's with the gang and surprisingly we had another great meal!  Our server, Kay, did a wonderful job making sure all 14 of us were happy!  Jan and I both had the salmon, which is/was delicious!  Bob had ribs and Larry had pulled pork...actually, both the guys ended up having a four course meal, bringing home dessert for $22!  Not sure what the rest of the 10 had but I don't think there were any complaints!  And 2-4-1 drinks!

Today, I'm preparing for a gal pal time on Saturday.  10 of us are head off to the Cirque Italia being held here in Ocala (7 miles from the house!).  It looks like it will be a great time or at least a different kind of circus!  Check out their web site here.    After the circus, we're returning to the house for appetizers and cake (baked by Verna!) as well as a little wine or lemonade! This is all to celebrate my upcoming 70th birthday!  Can't believe I even typed that! 70th!!  WOW!   It should be a good time so I don't expect to post until Sunday!  Until then, enjoy the weekend!  I sure will be!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Deconstructed Screen Printing Day!

Three of us had a fun time today...well, I did!!  We prepared some screens for deconstructed screen printing.  It was cool this a.m. but the sun was out by lunch and we did get a few silk screens to dry!
The process is pretty simple...you spread thickened dye onto a silk screen which you have laid on top of different items for texture (e.g. bubble wrap, crinkled paper, stencils, etc.).

You can see some stencils which Beth used as texture for her screen.







Getting ready to prepare a screen.














Nancy spreading thicken dyes on her screen.












This gives you a better perspective and you can see the texture showing on the screen.  The screen has to be totally dry before we can transfer the design onto fabric.







My screen 






Screens drying in the Florida sun!








This was one of Nancy's screens and it really has lots of texture in it.  She did two and both are really cool.



This is Beth's screen.  Beth was able print with this screen but I didn't get a picture.  Her fabric turned out really cool!!!  I'll have her send me pics and share with you later this week.
And now it was time to transfer the print to fabric!




I'm adding thickened print paste to the top of my dried silk screen.  Next I scrapped the print paste from top to bottom several times to release the dye.  Fabric pre-treated with soda ash is under the screen (that's the white you see next to the screen).  It is pinned to a printing surface made of foam board, batting and heavy plastic.




Now I've lifted up the screen and reapplying more print paste releasing the dye on another area of the fabric.









I liked the print but decided to add some yellow dye to transfer.  



I'm quite happy with this piece!

Beth made a screen using a nylon stocking!!  Results to follow later this week!

Waste not, want not....transfer print on newspaper!
It really was a fun day and I'm looking forward to receiving pictures from the ladies so I can share with my readers.  I plan on printing with the screen I made today and hope to make another one tomorrow.  Sun will be out so the screen should dry quickly!



Friday, January 6, 2017

A week already!

I can't believe we've been here a week already!  Seems like we have been here for months....guess that is because we are so comfortable here at the Miller's home and, of course, being around such wonderful friends.  And the girls have settled into their routine of guarding the door!!

I've talked often about my Q Bud, Susan, and her wonderful work.  Check out this  blog post and quilt Susan did using her own reverse applique technique!  Her workmanship is perfection and she has won many awards for her work!!!   Well, deserved!

Earlier this week Susan and I met at her house for a quick show and tell.  Obviously, I didn't have much to show!  I had my challenge piece from our fiber group, another small embroidered piece and of course my fiber Valentine cards, minus Susan's!  HA

Of course, Susan had some cool pieces...no, I didn't take pics!  She made a small piece for a gift, finished her apple core patchwork quilt, which is wonderful!  It is all hand pieced and she quilted it using some crochet 10 wt yarn!  The thread really made the design pop!!!  And she's working on a modern quilt (large leaves) from a design from a Modern Quilt calendar.  It's going to be great!  

So gift time for me from Susan was a a yard of my Pellon/Peltex 71F.  Susan knows I use this product in my fiber cards so it will be put to good use for use!  And, I also received a Bottle of Mary Ellen's Best Press!








I have read about this product on other folks blog but never think to buy it!  Well, now I don't have to!  I am really anxious to try this product but I need a project to use it!  








I gave Susan a dual pointer and seam ripper which is encased in a hand carved stone.  No, I forgot to take a picture of it but it is cool and works!  The man who designed and made the tool doesn't have a web site but look what I found on FaceBook!!!  It shows Susan's seam ripper/pointer in the back (the purple one!).  

The gentleman's name is Denny Rueter/DLR Woodworks!  You can see photo's of his work.  Wonderful workmanship...just like Susan!!!

I do need to start working on the 'believe' online challenge.   But first I need an idea and a machine!  Mine is at the 'spa' and not sure when it will be ready to make the trip home.  Guess I better get designing!