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Quilty Progress & Almost time to see the Doctor!!!

This week I have stayed focused on quilting… that is until yesterday when the bottom fell out of my day and I got sad feeling for no apparent reason…

Then I ran back across this meme Bonnie Hunter made!!!! Joy is the word that caught me and what I was missing!!! Today I am still sad but feeling hopeful though because Thursday I finally get to see the Neurologist about these seizures that won’t stop! YAY πŸ˜€

I am joyful too that we are getting closer to our time to move from this home. We are not sure how that looks yet and even the closing date is not firm yet… we still are waiting on some inspections to happen… though we did pass the termite inspection already so that is good!

While we are getting closer to moving I am getting closer to taking this quilt off the frame…

I finished the row I was had just started last weekend and one more beyond that…

Here I am with my thimbles on working diligently…

And here is a photo I took this morning. Linking all this progress to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching HERE <<<

I have spent the week listening to more decluttering advice… I plan to implement as we unpack our worldly belongings at our next home.

I got creative with some left over nail strips this week too… this was quite FUN too ❀

I used strips I had leftover… I store them in a zip lock baggie in the freezer.. and that cuticle treatment is sooo nice and moisturizing… get it at Amazon easiest πŸ˜€

I have ordered some fun colored nail strips put out for Halloween by Color Street…. but atm I am letting my nails grow back out as I mentioned last week… so I moisturize my cuticles daily now and lotion my hands and arms daily with Bag Balm ointment while I wait for healthy growth to be my reward πŸ˜€

If you are interested in trying these dry nail strips please let me know below. I am NOT having my party in November due to our move and these crazy seizures aren’t yet under control either… so that will wait but I still love having beautiful fingers to quilt with !

Don’t forget if you are polishing your nails with traditional polish or strips like mine to keep up the moisturizing during all seasons!!! Also do NOT use ACETONE!! I use non Acetone polish remover and clips to remove the polish…

So this week we hope to hear when inspections will occur… we should find movers this week and a place to store the items still in our home. We have more to sift through and get rid of… mainly in Rick’s mancave outside.

I plan on quilting when we aren’t packing or thinning down. Then Thursday we go to Asheville to view the motel we think we want to stay in while house shopping and have all our doctor appointments most of all.

Keep us in prayer please and thanks for visiting πŸ™‚

Appalachian Delight is in FULL BLOOM!

I am sooo excited that our Buyer came through Monday with LOTS of paperwork to prove she could buy the house.. part with a loan and part with cash… so we accepted her offer and are now going through the hoops to get her into this home! This step is PENDING on some sites we are listed on and others call it CONTINGENT.

I found this on Pinterest and it led me to Etsy where it can be bought πŸ™‚

First we will check for Termites as a standard check here in NC. Then she will send people to inspect and appraise the house. This will make our move time sometime the first week of November our realtor thinks right now.. no date has been set for all that yet! lol

After making good progress last Sunday I happily made my way 2 times this week to the end of a row on Appalachian Delight! I am sooo excited to share pics of my progress with you all πŸ™‚

Don’t you love ALL that progress isn’t it like watching a flower open or something???

After making 2 trips to the end of the row on this quilt… I am now looking at THIS…

So MOST of this progress was made while Binge Watching a new find to me on Youtube! The Minimal Mom is the channel name… it is a decluttering and home reno project channel… didn’t sound like exactly what I need in this season of my life but boy was I WRONG! It is EXACTLY what I needed to see and hear!! Do me a huge favor and listen to 1 episode… it isn’t even very long and features Dawn… the Minimal Mom and her twin sister Diana >>> HERE <<< will open in a new tab on your reading device.

Look at the quilting here… a friend of mine is quilting this top she made and I love it all! The angels in the quilt, the Kaffe fabrics she used for the colorful parts, AND I am loving how she is quilting the background too!!! AMAZING work πŸ˜€ THIS makes me want to add some stitches to the wedding wall hanging too! So glad I haven’t bound that yet πŸ™‚

I haven’t made any progress on red work this week and I am fine with that as I made plenty of OTHER progress. I am linking this busy week of stitching to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching linky HERE <<< Come see what others are linking up and wish Kathy a Happy Thanksgiving in Canada this weekend too πŸ˜€

Last week I shared a pic of Jannessa… now this week I wanna share a pic Connie recently took… I praise God for this girl in my life!

I have really been enjoying the gas logs in the fireplace this past week too… I had a friend ask how I could use logs this early in the season.. it invigorates me to have them on for some reason.. I can quilt more when I have those logs next to me on early in the mornings when I am quilting.. during the day is busy and hustling and bustling… no time for fires then and too warm besides.. but the house opened up at night is perfect for an early morning fire and quilting and coffee to me! Yummy

In closing… I want to thank each of you for your time today while visiting with me… I do respond to every valid comment left privately. Please… if you made it this far leave me a comment so I know you were here πŸ˜‰

A Whirlwind Week ~

It was a crazy week around here this week… with all eyes focused on getting us listed at the beginning of the week… waiting sooo slowly for the ad to go live on our home!

Well we went live on Wednesday afternoon… then had a showing Thursday and 2 on Saturday and I think we may have found THE BUYER!!! More to tell next Sunday when all the dust has settled so to speak πŸ™‚ In the mean time we can ….

I snagged this awesome blessing to welcome in October on Facebook πŸ™‚ I was so excited to find this neat quote I forgot who I got it from to leave credit! But I haven’t spent much time surfing Facebook… I have spent most of this waiting time STITCHING!

First I quickly stitched the apple pie above.. cleaning the house/yard/property and stitching alternately… Then I hooped up the pepper grinder to start on next…

And… this is where it sits with my “go bag” for when we leave our home for showings …

The scissors and thimble are my daily use items… the bag was gifted me by my bestie Connie for my birthday or just because … lol! But really I quit stitching on my project to take with me and focused more on a long time missed project…

That is right! I finally set back down to Appalachian Delight and put some stitches in this week!

I got past the official half way mark of the quilt this week by passing the midpoint of this row of sashing stitching I am working on… and it feels so good to stitch.. esp in front of the fireplace!

Linking all this hand stitched fun to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching HERE <<< where she encourages us to pick up needle and thread for some restful stitching today! Come on over by clicking the link and see what everyone else is up to and get INSPIRED!!!

I also traded out my nail strips for this set… LOVE THESE!!!!

Which brings this oldie but goodie to remember… and we do sleep under quilts in this home!!!

In closing I will share this sweet photo of my best friend, Jannessa, with 2 of her 10 grands… she loves them all equally too πŸ˜€

So thanks for stopping in and please keep our President in your prayers as he deals with Covid on his terms…

Home Sweet Home ~ Moving On!

Here is my motto and one I want to carry into our future home with us when decor becomes a thing again… aka when we are settled! lol

Because Home for me is where I am with my honey πŸ™‚ I saw this phrase when surfing Pinterest and thought if fit!

Our kitchen…

Close ups of the wall hangings…

Living Room …

Unique view through our home takes me to my next topic…

I finished quilting the wedding wall hanging for my son and his bride.. do you see it on the chair in my sewing room in the photo above?!!!!

Here is a close up of my sewing room today!

So I pulled out the red work project πŸ™‚

Do you recall this Marcus Brothers panel I stumbled across last winter?? I had stitched one square on this panel in the spring.. then it sat waiting until now πŸ˜€

Before I knew it.. it was Saturday and I was making the chain stitch around the chicken….

Last time I stitched I had finished this old fashioned percolator coffee pot…

Next up will be the apple pie… yumm!

Linking this post up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching post HERE <<< come see what other linkers’ know about and join the fun each Sunday!!!

Here is a sweet meme I found on facebook this week ! I sooo believe this too!

I am still having the seizures every now and then so still only hand stitching no machine work… no driving just riding… etc. And waiting for a BOM to open for sign ups πŸ™‚

Are you ready for Pumpkin Picking??? Here is a Meme for you!!!

Then I changed my nail polish strips for a Autumn set…. This one is “wing it on”

Look at the Fall and Halloween sets available!!!!

Do YOU see any that make you happy? I am planning a Color Street Party in November… but enjoy these now by asking me for information!!! I don’t sell Color Street nail polish strips… but I have the hook up for ya πŸ˜€

Have you ever seen someone wearing a mask seriously but it isn’t covering their nose!

This seems so obvious but with so many showing their full nose.. maybe it isn’t!!

Thanks for visiting me and hanging out to the end… I certainly hope you leave me a message below… I would love to hear from you!

Welcome Autumn (Almost)!

As I write this post it is cool outside and the windows are open… so refreshing!! The calendar says Autumn is due to be here on Tuesday officially πŸ™‚

I love Autumn like I love when Spring rolls around… and I love sunshine and that is our forecast in North Carolina this weekend! Grab a cuppa something yummy and settle in for a bit…

Bonnie Hunter has been so spot on in her daily words of affirmation lately! I can finally share a few things I have stored in my photo bank! lol Are you aware of your strengths?? I am learning to focus more on these lately!

I have a seizure disorder… and until the last few months I had only had 1 in my life and that was a full blown seizure back in 2012… After that seizure I was put on daily medication as they found on exam that I have a likelihood of having seizures due to how my brain formed before birth… so now I am not so patiently waiting to see a seizure specialist… a neurologist.

So this Pooh quote has been a tall drink of water on a hot day to me… My tribe has been holding me up. It is difficult to share… but I felt I should be open with you… so what does a seizure look like for me??? They last 15 to 30 seconds and I stare off or laugh lightly or make lip licking noises. They are considered focal seizures… but I am having 10 to 20 a week at the moment. I rarely ever know I am having them though! My daughter’s visit last week was actually mostly so she could check on me… I have had these little focal seizures while walking, while sitting, while at the grocery store… so I am not sewing on a machine right now or driving or anything fun I enjoy except hand quilting and spending time on the computer. I am having issues with concentration and these seizures leave me tired a lot too. So please keep me in your prayers or thoughts right now! Thanks πŸ˜€

Our home goes on the market for sale next week. We are excited to see the pictures the photographer is able to get next week when he comes!

Part of decluttering is selling what isn’t being used … that includes my Fiona …

Fiona was my first vintage machine to get in my quilting history… and my honey built her case so magnificently. I have collected all that comes with her over the years of owning her… so it is bittersweet to have to sell but it is time as she is in a case and doesn’t get used to her potential. The new owner (it sold the day after we put it up for sale on Marketplace) will pick her up on Tuesday … and she lives near us too. So that is nice πŸ™‚

I had two colors of nail polish strips on last week and that just about drove me nuts… so I stream lined my color and put just one color on … it is called Bordeaux Glitz… it is a violet with silver & iridescent flecks of glitter in it πŸ™‚ It makes me happy to look at it!

I am so happy to have these photos to be able to post this week for y’all. And as I close in on the end of the hand quilting I love thinking about my son and his bride to be. I wonder what life this quilt will have. Soon I will decide if I will add some shimmery paint to the sewing lines 😊 I am linking my slow stitching progress to Kathy’s Quilts Slow Stitching Sunday post HERE.

I have also been hoarding some cool project photos I have found on the internet until I figured out how to share all the photos I wanna share with you guys πŸ™‚

This I saw on facebook on Gail Pan’s posting from down under!

This was a long term project a mom started for her daughter then finished it up for her granddaughter (that daughter’s child)… isn’t that cool?!?!!!!

This is a free printable directions by Moda you can find online… I printed it off for after our move… in case I need more to keep me busy and out of trouble! lol

I hope you have enjoyed a relaxing visit with me today… I am happy to be back to my regular posting style … Until next week my friends…

Change is in the Air!

We are just full of change here with my recent leave from blogger and changing to WordPress…. Now I want to share even MORE change coming for us!!! My daughter and her fiance came back for a visit this week. All week long we cleaned, slow stitched and PACKED!!!

That is right πŸ™‚ We are planning to sell this home to move closer to the Asheville NC area. We truly want to be closer to healthcare and thrift shopping among other things.. there is PLENTY we love about this home but the location is not prime for us.

I have slow stitched some this week but unable to share a photo today so I will just let you know I am almost all around the name “CLOWER” stitching around it as I make the lines going out from the heart too… I was halfway around this week and today I have about another 1/4 of it completed. That means I have about 1/4 or so left to work on this week!

I got in some fabric this week I will use for binding when this wedding quilt gets done. I wish I could share a photo but Word Press needs some behind the scenes work before that can happen.

Thanks for stopping in and checking on us πŸ™‚

Lots of Hand Quilting Heralds in September 2020

Suddenly it was September and cooler air started circulating..

Today… the cooler air didn’t really start until Labor Day weekend! lol

I have made sooo much hand quilting progress this week.. I have a host of photos to share with you ..

I am just exploring how to make things happen on my new platform.. I am linking this post to Kathy’s Quilts ~ Linky ~ Slow Sunday Stitching HERE <<<< Come see what other slow stitchers are doing as September enters their neck of the world πŸ˜€

Molly got groomed this week…

I got a new pair of shoes and finally found what I think is a cozy pair of shoes.

I got them from a wonderful shop called “Orthofeet”. They tout a 60 day money back guarantee and free exchange or return and they did that for me … it took 3 times for me to find this pair of shoes .

I got a new QUIET keyboard and mouse for my computer… I love this one.. it is made by Jelly Comb and I found it on Amazon πŸ™‚

I love the silicone cover for the keyboard πŸ™‚

In closing… I encourage you to follow me and add me to your blog reader… I am trying to add each of you to my new blog reader too.

A Happy Goodbye to August this Week!

It seems like every month we live through this Pandemic… I am happy to see a month enter and then happier to wish it goodbye… August is definitely not different…

So as you enjoy the last days of August and get ready to welcome in September, Labor Day and Autumn… what are you most looking forward to??Β  I hope you will leave your thoughts on this in a comment at the end of this post πŸ‘‡

September will herald in the use of WordPress for future blogging… you can find me already starting to get my WordPress account set up at…

https://designoriginalsbykc.wordpress.com/blog

However I am NOT very tech savvy and it is taking a bit of time and thought as it can be way more custom that the blogger format is.

But the detriment of the Blogger system just is taking the fun out of blogging for me… and I wanna enjoy this thing I do each Sunday morning!Β  Just like this Bonnie-ism…

So today (Saturday) I am pre-writing my blog post to deal with posting in Blogger one last time for y’all and for me!

I have worked some Every Day on making myself happy quilting this wall hanging…

And I put on fresh Color Street nail strips yesterday too!

And I made the final frame move on the heart part of the wall hanging I have been steadily working on…

I have 7 triangles to finish quilting around on this heart.

Linking this progress to Kathy’s Quilts Slow Stitching Sunday group link up HERE <<< Go see what all the fun is about there… including hand stretching πŸ˜€
Now look at this cute quilt… have you seen this pattern in your travels???Β  I came across it in one of my quilty groups but haven’t found the pattern.Β  I thought in bolder colors my daughter and HER fiance might enjoy a wall hanging like this… when they find a home of their own πŸ™‚

Then I saw these awesome curtains someone made… ooooh makes me want some quilted curtains now!!!Β  How about you??!!

And I have a great group of different colored plaids in all different sizes…

Would this group look better to you in this kind of queen sized quilt setting…

Or would you be more inclined to add solid centers and do something like this in a queen finish???

I am pondering the two with the plaids I was gifted by a dear friend of mine.. I wanna make it a quilt for our bed from these fabrics ..or do you know a pattern that would lend itself to this grouping of plaids???

Here are a couple funnies I saw this week that gave me a chuckle… First this one I can TOTALLY relate to…

And as a pediatric nurse … I can totally see a K or 1st grader coming out of school from a long day with a different mask than you sent them in with…

In November I am planning a Color Street Party on Facebook.Β  Here are the NEW additions for Autumn…
If we aren’t Facebook friends consider finding me HERE on Facebook and send me a friend request or simply a private message as I have a private page… to let me know you are interested in some fun colors on your nails too!Β  I would love for you to be able to meet my vivacious Color Street Stylist & join in the FUN! of a Virtual Party πŸ’…and then when you are doing fun hand work you can enjoy pretty color bold or quiet color on your nails πŸ’•
In closing… take time to think what an amazing chance YOU have every day to remake decisions you aren’t happy with…

This C. S. Lewis quote speaks volumes to me in the period of time we are in TODAY!Β  Can’t we change the ending we are currently in starting NOW??!!

Thanks for stopping in πŸ™‚Β  I certainly appreciate you giving me a bit or your time… Happy Sunday!