Wild Grapes??


I noticed this rather pretty looking vine growing in my backyard last year.  Curious, I left it and let it grow.  This year, it has little berries on it.  Anyone know what it is? Wild grapes, maybe? Something a bird pooped out, I’m sure! I’m assuming if a bird ate it, and pooped a seed, whatever it is will be edible…right?  I mean, birds know what’s good for them, don’t they?

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I finished quilting the borders on the customer wallhanging, that I posted earlier this week.  I hope to finish the center this weekend.  I’ve been pondering my design…and I think I’ve got a solid plan in my head now.

I love it when I get more than one meal from a recipe.  We had plenty leftover from the pork tenderloin recipe I posted yesterday, to have dinner from it tonight, too.  However, tonight, I decided to shred the remaining meat up, along with the little bits of veggies and pineapple left in it, put it in a skillet with some barbecue sauce, and made yummy barbecue sandwiches with it.  AND, there’s enough left for some lunch tomorrow or Saturday.  Two thumbs up!!

Tomorrow is Friday!! Woohoo! I’m always ready for the weekend!

Yummy Delicious Dinner


I made this pork tenderloin crockpot recipe for dinner tonight.  Big hit!  It’s from Stephanie’s a Year of Crockpotting blog.  It’s a really cool blog with some good looking recipes, and full of tips from Stephanie.  I just recently learned about it, and it is definitely in my favorites now.

And while I’m giving blog shout outs…I’ve meant to mention this one for awhile.  Im sure that most of you that read my blog are already familiar with Vicki’s Field Trips in Fiber, but for those that might not be…check her out! Her blog is full of all kinds of neat stuff…from her beautiful quilting, to her hand dyed fabrics and t’shirts, to bird watching photos.  Also, she takes the time and effort to compile weekly lists of cool, pretty things she has found on other blogs, for her readers to go see, also.  You will surely be in for a treat when you visit her blog, Field Trips in Fiber.

The Small Ones Always Take the Longest…


Or so it seems.  I had hoped to be further along on this by now.  Of course, I haven’t worked only on it this weekend.  I’ve done laundry, shop statements, and various other household chores.  This is all batiks, and I’m using Rainbows thread, so I’m going slowly and carefully.  Of course, outlining those butterflies took a fair amount of time, and I’m tying off and burying all my thread tails.  I did SID in the black border, and am doing a leafy vine in the outer border. 

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I would have gotten further, but I had to stop and tweak tension.  I ended up changing bobbin cases, and it got a lot better.  I think something was screwy with the other one.  Then, when I thought I was finished this corner, and these two half sides, I inspected the back and found a big thread bobble on the back of one of the leaf veins.  The top thread was all garbled up on the back, for whatever reason…who knows…just one of the many joys of longarming.  So, I had to pick out two leaves and restitch them.  I still need to bury the thread tails, but it looks good as new.  I just hope that it doesn’t keep happening.  Longarms, apparently, are not crazy about batiks, top and bottom, and that’s what I have going on here.  Though do-able, it does make the quilting more challenging. 

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And now Zapper has made an appearance.  Once in awhile I get a pic I’m really kind of proud of, and I think this one came out pretty neat.zapper

And a nameless toad has appeared.  I will have to come up with something for it, as he may turn into one of the regulars…lol.  I’m still waiting to see Green Bean.

Quilting Again


I actually started quilting a wallhanging today.  Hopefully, I can post some pics tomorrow.  My son took my camera with him today.  Maybe I am starting to get back in the swing of things.

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