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Friday, January 30, 2015

A Foggy Winter Walk

Winter in Bellingham is usually made up of grey days, the rain or fog seem to last from October to July. On rare days the sun may shine through. This is a typical winter's day walk in Bellingham, Washington.

Winter in Bellingham, WA

 Lots of birds are all around calling in the fog to each other.

Winter in Bellingham, WA

 The bay has a wonderful salty sea smell that wafts through the moist air to freshen your face. It is quite nice.
Winter in Bellingham, WA

You feel as though you are walking inside a cloud.

Winter in Bellingham, WA

Winter in Bellingham, WA

The branches are decorated with drops of rain. 

Winter in Bellingham, WA

You see boats come in and out of view.

Winter in Bellingham, WA

I love the quietness of a foggy day.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How to Make a Tee-shirt Quilt

How to Make a Tee-shirt Quilt

The packing up of our shared house has begun. This is a very hard thing to do as there are so many memories in possessions. Which do you keep, which do you disregard? Who gets what? Some things that you can’t let go of you can re-purpose by turning them into a usable item for your future like this quilt my son and I made out of his old tee-shirts.


How to Make a Tee-shirt Quilt


Supplies you’ll need: Tee-shirts, glue sticks, backing (we used a poly/cotton interlock, wash it before using it) and a filling layer (we used a micro fleece) and matching thread.

How to Make a Tee-shirt Quilt



1) You need to cut out a square in what ever size fits most of the designs on your tee-shirts. We used a 12" X 12" square.

2) Decide the size of quilt you want to make by how many tee-shirts you want to use.

3) Lay your tee-shirt squares out and stand back, look at the layout and move your squares around until you get a pleasing design.


How to Make a Tee-Shirt Quilt



4) Stitch your tee-shirt squares together in rows.

5) Then stitch your rows together. Press all seams.

6) Now lay your backing right side down on the floor it should be about four inches longer and wider then your tee-shirt top. Then lay the same size filling layer over your backing layer. Carefully smooth all wrinkles and creases out of the surfaces. (Check the bottom to see if it is smooth.


How to Make a Tee-shirt Quilt


7) Lay your Tee-shirt top over the filling layer face up.

8) Pin all layers together down the middle of the quilt.  Working from that pin line fold your top tee-shirt layer back to expose the filling layer. Then use a glue stick to glue each tee-shirt row to the filling layer smoothing them as you go. Pin along each seam to secure all three layers in place, continue this process until the top of your quilt is secure.

9) Let the glue dry thoroughly.


How to Make a Tee-shirt Quilt


10) Now stitch your quilt together along all the seams and along the edge (remember to remove your pins as you go so that you don’t break your needle on them). I did this by machine but you can also do this by hand.


How to Make a Tee-shirt Quilt


How to Make a Tee-shirt Quilt



11)  Lay your quilt again on the floor.  Now cut your filling layer to one inch from your outer seam line.

12) Now fold your boarder piece over a half inch then in half again to your tee- shirt top just covering the seam and pin in place.

How to Make a Tee-shirt Quilt

13) Finish the corners by folding them into each other. Now stitch your edging down.  

How to enjoy a Tee-shirt Quilt

 You're done. 


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Monastery of St John the Theologian, Patmos, Greece


It's time to take a virtual trip to Greece and get some sun.   Make sure you check out the third floor.

Monastery of St John the Theologian, Patmos, Greece


To see a virtual tour of this beautiful place click on the photo above.



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Big Thank You to all my Friends!


For Standing by me in this hard time. 


I really appreciate you!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

So Creative!!!

In Vancouver Canada at the Granville Island Market there is a cement plant.
 The market grew up around this cement plant. 
Over the years the cement plant has done many things to fit 
into the market and this is my new favorite. How very creative.  

Granville Island Market Vancouver Cement Plant 

Granville Island Market Vancouver Cement Plant

Granville Island Market Vancouver Cement Plant

Granville Island Market Vancouver Cement Plant

Granville Island Market Vancouver Cement Plant

Granville Island Market Vancouver Cement Plant
LOL aren't they wonderful!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Fun and Easy Birthday Cards!


I found these bird prints at a local used book store. 
The owner had just cut them out of a book and sold them individually.

Finch Bird Print

All I did was scan them and print them card size. 
Then I cut out little party hats for each bird
 and glued them on with a glue stick.

Finch Bird Print Birthday card
On this card I wrote the Happy Birthday song at the top.


Bird Print

Bird Print Birthday card
On this card I had the front bird carrying a present. 


Woodpecker Print

Woodpecker Birthday Card

This one I only added party hats. 
This is a fun and easy way to make Birthday cards.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

My Heart is With You Paris

It is so hard for me to understand why these things happen. 
Why we all can't get along. It just breaks my heart.









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