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Sew What?

I have not blogged in almost two months, a record for me.  I also haven’t taken any “serious” photographs in at least that long.  For awhile I thought I’d lost “it”, that inspiration that has been sending me out all over several counties to find interesting things to photograph and share.  While I’ve since discovered I still  have “it”, I’ve realized that “it” isn’t on my top list of priorities anymore.  And there just isn’t THAT MUCH around where I live that’s interesting to photograph, or that hasn’t already been done over and over by someone else in the area.  How many times can you take a shot of a waterfall, or water, or a lake or a pond?  And while there are many seasonal things going on locally to photograph, I think I did them all last year.  And I haven’t even gotten to the part where my camera has been taking some pretty awful shots for the past few months.  And, no, it’s not the photographer!

So, putting the camera on the shelf for awhile, I’ve gone back to my sewing room as my creativity outlet for awhile.  Quilting gives me more long-lasting satisfaction anyways, so I’m happy to be back after a month’s absence.  I was working on my “Pure Decadence” quilt, and actually have it all sandwiched and ready to start quilting it, but Christmas interrupted my intentions.  I needed our immense diningroom table that I had been using to sandwich the quilt for Christmas present wrapping.  So the quilt got put on a back burner until after the holidays.

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For awhile I was making fabric Christmas gift bags, sew easy!  I found a pattern online and I just loved it.  Not only can you make them for Christmas, but also any other occasion you can imagine for which you might need a gift bag.

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And I remembered I had a small quilt project started!  It was one where I had found this beautiful fabric while looking for something else, and I decided I really wanted to work with it to make something special.  At the time, I didn’t know what that “special” thing was going to be, as I was completely uninspired.  But having been working on this simple little Nine-Patch quilt top for a month or so now, I have finally decided who is going to get it and that it is going to be a Spring 2014 surprise for someone special.

Spring Surprise 2014

Spring Surprise 2014

 

Meantime, I have been cuddling up with my pink quilt very often lately, especially while watching t.v. in the family room.  I’ve been thinking that, although I create a lot of “theme” quilts etc., I’ve never really made a “seasonal” quilt.  And I want to make something “Christmassy” for winter cuddling during the holidays.  There has been a particular Christmas quilt in my “Keepsake Quilting” catalog that I have been wishing for for about 2-3 years now.  I’ve never purchased a “kit” before, but I really, really want to give this a try.  So, I may splurge and get this for myself after Christmas.

Christmas quilt kit from "Keepsake Quilting"

Christmas quilt kit from “Keepsake Quilting”

The hardest part will be keeping it for myself.  I always want to keep giving my creations away!  I can think of several special people that would enjoy this quilt as a 2014 Christmas gift!  However, at this time next year, I will be soundly sleeping through several afternoon  t.v. shows in my family room cuddled up with this finished quilt!   Until then, I will continue to work diligently on my “Spring Surprise” quilt and will keep you posted.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a looksee.  Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

 

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Season of Spring ~

 

Okay, I admit it… I instigated this challenge.  The winter has dragged on so-o-o-o long here in Central New York that I kinda lost it and got a little depressed.  However, things are slowly turning around and it’s warming up enough for some of my flowers to bloom, despite the frost we had again last night.  I was just hoping for a pick-me-up of some sort, and Cee answered my prayers with the four seasons.  Thanks, Cee!

Enjoy!  Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara

Sure Sign(s) of Spring ~

 

Yesterday was the warmest, sunniest day I’ve seen around here so far this year.  Even though the robins are back, as are the red wing blackbird and even the gold finches, I heard the most convincing sound that Spring is here in our neck of the woods that one could ever hear!  The vrroooom start of a British motorcycle!

Al spent the mid morning with the garage door open, and I could hear the tinking and misc sounds of tools at work ~ metal on metal, for the most part.  Then, sure enough, within a couple of hours, the first roar came to life as he cranked up the 1967 Royal Enfield Interceptor.  Those who don’t ride British don’t understand that it’s not like you can just go out and jump on a motorcycle after winter is officially over, and take off down the road.  Well, at least not MY husband!  It is a ritual of checking levels of this, cleaning that, testing the other and then comes the cleaning.  He wipes down every visible (and invisible) piece of chrome on the machine before  being satisfied enough to even just start it!  It’ll be another couple of weeks before he’s ready to proclaim it “road worthy”.

1967 Royal Enfield Interceptor ("pig bike")

1967 Royal Enfield Interceptor (“pig bike”)

A friend of Al’s had this bike, in pieces in a box mind you, sitting in his barn for 30+ years.  He wanted to sell it, so he offered it to Al, who ended up paying $300 for it.  Yes, it had been kept in their pig barn all this time, like I said, in a box!   My husband, the avid enthusiast, had great hopes for fixing it up and getting it running.  I knew if anyone COULD do it, he would be the one to make it happen.

Jammer investigates the new addition to our motorcycle "collection"

Jammer investigates the new addition to our motorcycle “collection”

Above you can see the bike initially as he kinda put it together to see what he had to deal with.  Our Golden Retriever was insulted.  But, that was 3? 4? years ago now.  Al was successful in the rebuilding of this classis machine.  He has since learned that it is quite probably worth several thousand dollars as it is rare, indeed.

1969 Triumph Bonneville

1969 Triumph Bonneville

 

Triumph Cub

Triumph Cub

Two other members of our motocycle family include Al’s 650 Triumph Bonneville and his Triumph Cub ~ both rebuilt and with custom paint jobs by my husband.  I have my motorcycle license, and have had bikes previously ~ a Kawasaki KZ 440 was my first, then a Triump Legend 900 and lastly a Yamaha Virago 535.  I’m not sure if I’ve given up riding, or am “between bikes” right now.  Time will tell.

Even though it takes time and especially attention away from me when Spring hits and he’s out in the garage with the bikes for hours and hours at a time, at least I know the seasons have truly changed when the garage roars out with British enthusiasm somewhere between March and April each year.  THAT’S my sure sign that Spring is in the air!

Until next time… TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Color of Your Choice, Pick One Color ~

It seems we’ve been all about colors in the past few weeks.  Here’s where we get to choose one color and share it with you through photography.   Although I adore the color red, I chose purple this time ~ as it reminds my of my favorite Spring time flower… the lilac.  Spring can’t come soon enough for me!

How could I quilt without this necessity?

How could I quilt without this necessity?

  

Purple quilted fabric

Purple quilted fabric

Purple pansy painting

Purple pansy painting

Purple flowers painted on pots

Purple flowers painted on pots

Purple heart boxes

Purple heart boxes

I’m already looking forward to next week’s challenge!  I hope you are too!  Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt