Saturday, February 25, 2017

Kaja, this is all your fault...

Because of your beautiful quilt, my mind will not let me turn loose of these colors until I use them in some way:

My only salvation will be to use them in a small embroidery piece rather than waiting until I finish my Ravioli Quilt.

It was the yellow that got me. I'm so sorry that I promised myself that I would only make one quilt at a time. Dear Lizzy, this may drive me to use my sewing machine.

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

P.S. - I tried to track down the person who owns this image and fell down a series of Pinterest rabbit holes. If it belongs to you, or someone you know, please let me know so I can give proper credit.

Friday, February 24, 2017

It's Ravioli time...

Progress continues on ravioli for the Ravioli quilt.

I've added more shades of blue and green. I still have additional shades I'm going to add.

I've been playing with the numbers, and I need about 380 ravioli for a quilt large enough to cover our Cal King bed. Good thing I'm enjoying the process. Touching blues and greens makes me so happy. I can feel any stress just melt away. I was considering adding some contrasting colors, but I've decided against it.

The ravioli count? A fine 44. I am going to practice this weekend putting a few together with the sewing machine. I want to be able to use the machine to put the squares together at the end.

I am considering making sections and sewing the backing to the sections and then sewing them together. It's kind of fun to do things I wouldn't do if I was giving the quilt away. This one is just for us!

I don't use exclamation points or capital letters very often. It might have something to do with it being FRIDAY!

I hope you have a great weekend.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Another front yard favorite

Another of my favorite trees is a Singapore Plumeria. Imagine an evergreen tree covered in bunches of these lovely, white flowers with bright yellow centers. This tree lives right next to the yellow Hisbiscus I posted yesterday, so they are quite a pair.

There are tons of varieties of plumeria. Each variety has its own, unique scent.

The Singapore is the smelliest of the group. Its scent is heavy and powerful. When a tree is in full bloom, you can smell it a half block away.

The scent reminds me of a mix of gardenia and magnolia.

My tree isn't in full blown right now. I'll snap a pic when it is.

I hope you're having a great day.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

From my front yard

This gorgeous Hibiscus is as big as my hand.

Wishing you beautiful colors today.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

About my home town...

I love about hearing about the places where others live. Especially the few who visit my quiet, little blog. It's so fun to see what other people see when they look out their windows. I'm not very good about sharing here. I'm working on seeing it with "fresh" eyes. We've lived here for 18 years and I guess I'm getting a little spoiled.

We live on the South shore of Maui. Maui is a really interesting place. We have jungle, mountainous areas, country areas that are very rural, posh areas, and everything in between, including many, many, many beaches since we're a little rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The South shore of Maui has, what I think, are the best beaches on Maui. I live across the street from a small beach:

Here's Keawakapu beach down the road. It's one of my favorite beaches:

We have lots of free roaming chickens. Most are jungle fowls:

 Haleakala, a sleeping volcano, watches over us:

Occasionally, Kihei gets a rainbow. We're in the "desert" part of the island. At least it was the desert part until developers brought water down from upcountry:

 What does it look like where you live?


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Three hundred Ravioli are going to be boring...

My showing you the making of 300+ ravioli for my Ravioli quilt would be just a little boring.

In fact, making 300+ ravioli and not doing other things would bore me, too.

Here's my quick and easy project for today:

Ready made ear wires. Swarovski crystals. Two pretty, little opal beads.

I wish you could see them in the sun. They are so sparkly.

It's been so long since I've made any jewelry. When I did, I sold most of it. Any I make now will be just for me. I'm going to try to make some little thing for me each week. I still have a stash of findings and beads.

It also dawned on me that I have very few quilts I've made. And only one of the crocheted bears I made. I kept Leilani:

She was the first bear I made and I just couldn't part with her.

I hope you're having a great weekend.

I'm off to make more ravioli.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Fabric and thread doodle

It looked better before it spent the morning in my computer bag.

I call it, "Fun with Ravioli Scraps." ;-)

Hope you're having a great day.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

My own response to my previous post

I just want to clarify something.

My last post was about my experience on one particular day. I don't want it to color your impression of cataract surgery as I apparently did.

My first surgery was so easy.

Better than any trip to the dentist...even easier than a cleaning with no cavities.

My appointment was at 8:00a and thanks to pre-registration, there were no hazzles.

I was in back in prep by 8:15a and into surgery by 9:00a.

It took about 15 minutes for the actual surgery. Thanks, in part, to the machine that broke yesterday.

Since I had no drugs, including the offered drug to decrease anxiety, I was on my way home in another 15 minutes.

In approximately two hours, I went from 20/150 with signicant astigmatism to 20/25 after a relatively short healing time. My "bionic" eye still requires reading glasses when I read or work on the computer for best results.

Colors pop and I can read signs at great distances. I see better than I did in my teens.

It's a miracle surgery and I wish I had done it sooner.

I think Liz had a great point. It would be great to ask about a "Plan B." It never occurred to me. I think that's especially important if your surgery is on Saturday like mine was.

I apologize if I made anyone anxious about cataract surgery. My post was more for me to "write out" the day.

Hugs all around.

One of those life experiences yesterday

You know the ones. An opportunity to see how you respond to things. How you treat people. What you think.

A tech writer summary. (My profession in a past life.)

My second cataract surgery (almost). Here goes.

Wait for months (OK). Plans. Rearrangements. Excitement. Dread. Frustration with vision. Positive thoughts. Sleepless night. Day of. In bed waiting. Pricks and sticks. Waiting. Lots of eye drops. No water or food for 16 hours (but who's counting). Fatigue. Nurses eating and drinking sub sandwiches and Coke. A critical machine breaks. Sent home. Just like that.

There were good things. Some to learn and many to appreciate.

The positives far outweigh the bad.

I was next when an essential machine broke. In the middle of someone's surgery. Grateful it wasn't me.

The woman on the table had been spiteful and mean all morning. Karma?

When I found out I was going home, I had angry thoughts. Some of them almost escaped. But they didn't. I'm proud of that. I wish I had been more gracious to a very nice nurse, but I was too close to tears.

Another incredibly positive group of feelings. Other "rides" left with instructions to call when they were needed. Dear Husband stayed and waited  for me. I had to ask a nurse to go and tell him I was OK.

When I came out, I knew he was concerned and angry. Another woman was sobbing as her husband ranted. Mine put his arm around me, wrapping me in quiet peacefulness and love, while we walked to the car. Just what I needed.

Yet another reminder of the priceless gift of a best friend

Today? Feelings of disappointment. I was supposed to wake up with a new, rejuvenated outlook on life. But gratefulness, too. I wasn't the one on the table who had to wait in fear, and I imagine dread, as they tried to figure out how to finish her surgery. She was screaming and berating them. Although understandable, I guess, I would not have chosen to make my surgical team any more upset than they must have been. I hope.

And one ravioli made. A small token of choice, creating, and moving forward.

Thank you to friends who offered encouragement and support. You are another part of the experience that I treasure.

Now back to our peaceful, ravioli blog.



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Blue ravioli

I'm making about one (count it 1) ravioli a day. Today I might make two.

The pale one above is actually a very nice light blue batik.

I sew the ravioli together with a 1/4" seam allowance, so these wandering stitches will be covered up.

I forgot how much I love to sit and stitch. I know I'll do some of the ravioli on the machine as soon as I am in the mood to sit upstairs where my sewing machine lives. It's just been relaxing to sit on the couch and mindfully stitch.

I'm off to grab a few minutes to see what you're doing. I hope you're having a great week.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Blue ravioli

I watched some of the Superbowl and the halftime show yesterday.

Here's what I was actually doing:

I didn't want to work alone upstairs, so I started putting a few ravioli together by hand.

All the blue fabric made me so happy. I cut about 70 blue squares to go with the 100 or so plain squares for the back of the squares.

I forgot how much I love to sew by hand.

My only rule for placing colors is that the same color can't be next to each other. I have many more pieces of fabric to use so that shouldn't be a problem.

I hope you had a nice weekend and that the rest of your week is full of fun.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

What is that?

Have you ever decided you wanted to learn something, and you knew right away it wasn't as easy as the teacher made it look?

I knew Shgufta Fyms made her embroidered butterfly look much easier than it was. I'm not going to show you what her butterfly looks like. You can check out her work by clicking on the above link.

I was right about her skill and my lack thereof.

Here's my first butterfly:
Let's put it this way. I showed Dear Husband what I had made and he said, "Oh, that's pretty. What is it?" There are a couple of things I like about it. The original doesn't have a head and I liked my French Knots.

Here's my second butterfly:
 The wings are better. The antennae are a little strange.

My third butterfly:
One of the front wings is wonky. There's no head. And the left antenna reminded me of a previous learning outcome when I discovered why they call a French Knot a French Knot.

I need to make about 100 more butterflies to get one the way I want. Can you imagine someone looking at my practice cloth and saying, "Why are there 100 wonky butterflies on her cloth?"

Since it's a wonderful Saturday, I'm going to treat myself and cut blue squares for my Ravioli Quilt and then come back to the butterflies.

What a fun day!

I hope you're having a great day, too.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Middle of the nightime embroidery fun

This is my first attempt at Shagufta Fym's Lazy Daisy stitch. What fun.

Talk to you tomorrow. It's 4:00a here and I'm finally getting sleepy.