Any volunteers?

I bought a couple of asparagus ferns for our deck three years ago and planted them with a few petunias in the same flower pot.  I wanted to keep the ferns from one year to the next so I pulled out the spent petunias and brought the ferns inside during the cold months.

Last summer some petunias tried to emerge from the soil but the plants never got bigger than four small leaves.

A blooming petunia surprised me a few weeks ago.

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At least one seed got enough sunlight and water to make it.  And yes, that is a solar light that I just left in the pot.  No, it doesn’t get enough light inside to glow at night.

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Perhaps more will plants will grow and bloom once these pots get back outside.

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If it ever warms up enough.

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Happy 90th Birthday!

My aunt had a milestone birthday last month and I sent her a goodie box filled with fruits, muffins, breads, and a special handmade gift.

Her iPad has a factory Smart Cover to protect it but when she takes it out of the house she doesn’t have any way to carry it except in a way-too-large tote bag.

And since I am on this sewing and quilting kick, I sewed and quilted one for her.

002-FrontIn red and purple.

006-Open-frontTwo of her favorite colors.

007-Open-backWith a bit of pink since that was what I had in my stash.

012-close-up-2The darker red is actually part of a skirt I had that I ripped apart.

014-stitch-in-the-ditch-2The closure is actually two buttons sewn on together.

003-ButtonThe strap is padded with a couple of layers of quilt batting as most tablets have a bit of weight to them and I wanted it comfortable enough to carry over a wrist or in the hand.

010-side-2It’s just machine quilted in a grid.



008-closed-backLined with red cotton and light blue flannel (because that’s what I had).

016-inside-1I schootched the lining out a bit before I top stitched around the edge so it almost looks like piping.


To be totally truthful…this is the second one I made for her.  The first one fit my iPad but not hers as her Smart Cover adds an inch or so to the overall size.  My sister took the smaller one for her tablet so it all worked out.


I need to mention that I just got a new camera and am still getting used to it.

Remember last week when I mentioned that the one and only local yarn shop was going out of business?  I went downtown on Saturday and redeemed my gift certificate.

Cascade 220 in Misty Lilac Heather and Shrimp.  Another garter-stitch bag?


Or maybe one with these colors. Celery Heather and Smoke.


Cascade Fingering weight yarn Ember Heather (I bought the last one) and Walnut Heather for socks?


Lullaby, Sunburst Gold, French Clay, Snow, and Pepper Nature Spun Sport for knitted animals


I had my eye on some other yarns so I’ll be checking back hoping for a bigger discount.

One of the sales people mentioned to another customer that someone is interested in buying the shop and wanted all the old inventory out so the new owner could stock whatever they wanted.