I Love Thursday #61 – End of November
This is our 61th post of things we love for the week. We post these loves each Thursday along with LeeAnna on her blog at Not Afraid of Color. Several additional friends also share on a weekly basis – be sure to check them out. You will surely find something to inspire you.
Andrea! Of course, we love Andrea because she is our niece and we’ve known her since her birth. She had high cholesterol before anyone ever heard of such a thing (she ate lots of cheese) for a child at age two. Before that, we thought she would never walk as she was very content to just stay wherever you put her. Later, her brother John was another story but I digress. Nowadays, she is Dominic’s Mom!! And soon-to-be Baby Girl’s mom. We can’t love her any more as it just isn’t possible. However, we do love that she brought Chris, Dominic and Baby Girl into our lives. Happy Happy Birthday, Andrea. We love you more than we could ever possibly say. Ever. Truth. ♥ ♥ (And she gets orange hearts because that’s her favorite color!)
My friend Kimmee! This is my friend, Kimmee. I work with her, and she graciously agreed to pose for a picture. Coercion and nagging her may have happened a slight bit, and she may not know that this is being shared here. I did tell her but she didn’t believe me! Anyhoo, I just LOVE this top she is wearing. I am going to design a pattern similar to it in EQ8. Some day in 2019. A paper pieced pattern at that! Me – who doesn’t care for EQ8 because she can’t figure it out, and me who doesn’t care so much for paper piecing. The gauntlet has been thrown. I hope I remember, and still like it when I get around to it!
Seriously though, can’t you just SEE this as a quilt? Similar colors . . . random wispy leaves . . . black or very dark gray background. Yup, I can close my eyes and see it. Oh, that reminds me to remind her to water her plant! See it there over her shoulder – she forgets about it, poor thing.
Thread talk. I was watching a video about beginning FMQ. It’s a free video on the website Imagine with Riley Blake. During the first segment, thread is discussed. I have used a variety of different types of threads by Gutermann and Aurifil. You will see in the pictures below that the first two brands are wound in a crosshatch pattern. The Americana thread on the right is wound in a straight method. The crosshatch threads should be dispensed vertically while the last horizontally to reduce twisting. I have only used a vertical method when cone-sized thread was used, without any consideration to how the thread was wound. What about you – did you know this?? Fascinating!
Christmas cactus. This plant may be slightly confused over the name it was given, but then none of us get to pick our name. Some have to deal with funny spellings and some have to deal with never-before-heard words. This little cactus has to deal with not blooming during the holiday it was named. It prefers to bloom at any holiday before Christmas, possibly Thanksgiving. Three of its blossoms have opened, and there are plenty more to follow. Last year only three opened so I have high, HIGH hopes for this year. ♥ ♥
Winter science experiment! A friend gave me these two little plants for my birthday in adorable little pumpkins. With beautiful flowers, I don’t know the name of these plants but they look like mums to me. Lately, each winter at work I try to keep a summer plant alive for the summer. Last winter, two Gerber daisies were lovingly nursed and babied. Surprise blooms in March made the whole experiment worthwhile, only to be drowned in a heavy rainstorm in July. They didn’t survive through the second summer, darn it. This year’s project is going to be these two plants. I think they are mums but I’m not sure. Aren’t the colors just gorgeous?!!
Our boy Dominic had a very, very busy week again. I guess at age one, there are so many things to learn, see and experience that he is constantly busy. First up, he gets distracted going for a book to read when there’s a toy too near the bookcase. Then he patiently waits for dad by playing with his bus. They were going on an excursion to visit GG, grandma and his uncle on dad’s side. Thanksgiving eve was spent with Sue and I, watching Mickey’s Clubhouse. It looks like it was a good episode, doesn’t it?! Not as good as Puppy Paws apparently, as reflected in the fourth picture. He must sit on Auntie Sue’s lap on the floor to enjoy the Puppies. Thanksgiving night, after an exhausting day of visiting and trying new foods, he fell asleep. He likes cranberries and turkey, just like his Auntie Rose. Finally, would you like to hear a story? Dominic would love to read to you. ♥ ♥
That’s it for this week! We hope your week is filled with many blessings. Happy Thursday! See you next week with more loves. Our Linky Parties can be found by clicking the link for more quilting fun or in the sidebar of our website – check out what our friends are up to. Like/follow us on our Facebook page and share your likes/loves there! We love to see them. ~smile~