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Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas is Coming!!!!

The snow is falling around many of us as winter sets in.  And we haven't gotten our 5th wheel out yet!!! This has definitely been the most stressful year on both of us.

We started the year out with the decision to move to Medford, Oregon. We downsized books, shelves, desks, and much more.

Then packed up about 3/4 of everything we own, put all the boxes in the rented storage shed down the street, about half a mile away. My hubby says 300 boxes, probably close!!!!
That's Sandy above starting the process.  By the time we got done, we had a small pathway to walk in!!!

After spending the summer, cleaning, painting, replacing the old wooden deck with trex,  replacing carpet in bedroom with vinyl floor, by August we were ready to put the house up for sale!


New floor in bedroom:
 Also, we replaced the whole driveway. We also repainted our whole foundation around our unit, which had never been done when built ten years ago.


As you can see the black tar was visible as you walked up the front steps.

When Sandy got finished with painting and cleaning up the concrete, we were very pleased with the results!

We have a friend who took great pictures of the house inside and out so we could advertise it on Zillow and sell the house ourselves. We met with 4 realtors and felt we knew where we should be to sell the house, hopefully quickly!


Front entrance above, back of our unit below.

Our dining room was set up, showcasing the views!

My empty sewing room, and lots, lots more!!! If you are local, and would like my friend to take pictures for your project, just contact me.


And after all that work, and stress, only a dozen or so looked at the house in 5 weeks, and no offers!!!
Now going into September, new decisions needed to be made! We sat with another realtor, more of a friend, and lots more honest and gave us the whole truth for 2 1/2 hours!!!! We would not be able to sell at our asking price, of $182,500....he suggested we go to $169,500, and no guarantee that we would get that price!!! That's lower than we bought 9 years ago!!! And if we had to pay realtor fees....along with the buyer's closing cost....we were way in the hole!!! You mean we have to lose money and pay someone to buy our house?!!!!

The next morning over our morning coffee...we made the decision. NO WAY!!! We decided not to sell, and just stay in our house!!!

We had just bought a used 5th wheel to live in while looking for a house in Oregon!
We have just become official snowbirds!!!! And will be heading out next week to go through Utah to Arizona!!!

Now my blog will become an update on our travels, trials and tribulations, shopping trips and great stores for crazy quilting that I find along the way!!! I will also look forward to an opportunity to meet up with any Facebook friends that I can.

I have brought with me several projects to finish, my Peacock challenge and more.  I also have brought some ideas for some new projects. We will be using the time to read, rest, and relax after such a stressful and disappointing year! I also intend on learning more stitches of tatting, Brazillian Embroidery, Encrusted Embroidery and much more!!!

I may not be on Facebook much, at least not what you have seen (LOL), because we may not always have WiFi available...but I will write on my blog, and post notifications as often as I can.  If you follow my blog with Bloglovin' you will automatically get an email. Maybe, I can learn how to do a You tube videos....that's scary!!!


Well, I wish all my local friends, high school friends, life long friends, and Facebook friends, a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays and more!!!! Love you all, and thanks for being here!!! Above, is a cone tree I made years ago, and it is going in our RV, along with my 2017 Calender, I just love the little rv on the front:


The New Year is coming! Don't forget to have a new calendar on hand! Available at
Magcloud: http://www.magcloud.com/user/kitty-and-me
and at Etsy: http://www.kittyandme.etsy.com/

Happy Stitching,
BJ and Sandy Sandusky!!!!



Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 25, 2016
Summer's Coming to an End!!!

I know, it's hard to believe that Labor Day weekend is just around the corner!!!! We have spent the summer fixing, painting and packing to sell our house and move!!! I will talk more about that later.  What I want to do in this post is to introduce you to a very special friend and wonderful fabric artist!

Her name is Jacqueline Jamison, Jackie for her friends!!! We met in 2015, at the Mountains and Valleys class of Judith Baker Montano, in La Veta, Colorado. There were only 4 of us in that class, but we all struck up some great friendships.  So you can imagine my delight when Jackie said she wanted to visit me this summer, and she lives in New Jersey!!!! When she arrived, I asked her if she brought any projects to share. Well, did she ever!!!

So we went down to the basement, where my sewing room "used to be," and she kept me enthralled for hours!!!



As she brought out one project after the other, I asked permission to take photos and post them to my blog for others to enjoy!!! 
Jackie crazy quilts many of her backgrounds, vertically for her Under the Sea projects, and then she embellishes with a very 3-D effect. She uses many different fabrics, threads, and more.  Jackie has even bought toys on Amazon and then remakes them for her projects!!!!

Here are some of my favorites, which is extremely hard to narrow down!!!
Being the beach bum that I am, this piece really spoke to me! The crab is one of those toys that she took apart, used the legs, and made her own body!!! I love the use of cheesecloth for the sea foam, and the organza for the water!!! I can stare at this all day!!!!

Here's one of her vertical cq Under the Sea...I love the way she uses cut out pics of fishes and turtles, some under cheesecloth to add dimension. Lots of movement!!!
 Here's a wonderful piece with porpoises surrounding a mermaid. What wonderful hair, her body and sparkling netting for the tail!!!

I love the use of netting in different colors for the movement in this piece! Again she lays some of her fish under the netting to get dimension!!!

This next piece is so much fun!!! Jackie collects real wool sweaters from thrift stores, and use them to make these rocks. And more crabs that she made, along with yarn for the squigglies!!!! I love the beading Jackie has between the rocks!!!

 Jackie is not shy about trying something to see if it will look good...and some of those have been sold to friends and family. 

She is also experimenting with trees, animals and other subjects.  Please be sure to visit her facebook site for lots more pictures. https://www.facebook.com/jacqueline.jamison.5?fref=ts&ref=br_tf  Jackie will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Since I had several comments on the 3D effect of Jackie's work, I had her send me some close-up pictures.
I just love the beading she does on her beaches!!!! And look at the crab!!!!

Can you see the detail work, and the 3D effect of everything?
Doesn't that water look so cool? Like you can feel it? And again, the beading!!!
And of course, her crabs....She even finds the eyes on the internet!!!!

Thanks, Jackie for sharing your wonderful projects with me!!! I thoroughly enjoyed our visit. I could sit in your sewing room and learn from you for months!!!! 

Thanks for visiting!!! 
Keep stitching!!!



Saturday, May 28, 2016

"Beach Therapy"

May 28, 2016
    Well, lots of things have been happening in my world of Crazy quilting journey!!!  One of my favorite projects has been my "Beach Therapy."  As many of your already know, my mother, who passed away a couple years ago, had been a painter all her life, and this is one of my favorites of the beach.  You can visit my pinterest board of more of Nita Faulconer's paintings. I will be using more of her pictures in future projects.

    So this picture has won a 4th place ribbon in the Idaho State Fair last year, and now this May it won 3rd place at the Pocatello Art Center. I had it entered in the Mixed Media category:
My friend, Carolyn, who took 1st place with a silk screen has taken crazy quilting classes from me.  Congratulations, Carolyn!!!!

    When I went to pick up my piece, I learned that the month of June is devoted to Streams, lakes and the sea!!!  It's not a competition, but a chance to show and maybe sell your artwork. So I took back to the center the same day, my Under The Sea picture that had been featured on Pamela's Crazy Quilt Calendar. You can still purchase any issue by clicking on the link. Lots of talented ladies and beautiful eye candy!!!





   Will keep you posted if this should sell, but won't be heartbroken if it doesn't as it is one of my favorites!!!

  I was proud to be included in the latest issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly, with my article on Cottage Dreaming.  My article is on page 4, but be sure you read the whole magazine, including Betty Pillsbury article (page 5), along with Kathlein Klein's Beaded Butterfly tutorial (page 6), which I do intend to learn! Lots more eye candy, as usual in the whole issue!!! Thanks, Pamela for another great issue!!!!
 

This is my Cottage piece, still needs a bit of touch up, and be framed.  This was my 3rd class from Judith Baker Montano.
 
  Yesterday I visited a garage sale and struck gold!!!  Turns out the lady having the garage sale has been a crazy quilt student of mine!! She told me that she had some Japanese silk that I might want, and went into the house to get it.  All white silk, 14" wide, in one long loop, and probably 10 yards...for only $30!!! I just couldn't resist it!!! So glad my hubby called me to come see her garage sale!!!! This will find it's way in many future projects either dyed, painted or printed!!!!

It even has a Japanese stamp on it, which I will cut off and save!!!
   Well, next month I hit a milestone, I will be 65 and eligible for Medicare!!!  How did that happen!!!?  Not ready for it!!! But it is going to be a whirlwind of a summer, my husband has something special planned for my birthday in June, and in July we will make a second trip to Medford, Oregon as our new destination and hopefully move by the end of the summer!!!! So I may not post another blog till September or later, depending on the timing of everything!!!

  Have a great summer, and stay healthy and stitch!!!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Happy Valentines!!!
Well, it's hard to believe that we are already into February!!! We just got back from two weeks traveling in Oregon! Naturally, I visited several quilt shops along the way. I will give you a short list here, just in case you find yourself traveling in Oregon. I know I didn't get to all stores available, but here goes.
We landed the first evening in Bend, Oregon. Got in late, so we hit the bed, but up bright and early the next morning. We had to see Mt. Bachelor for the ski fanatic in my hubby. That was way too much snow for me!!! Just notice how high the snow is near the truck!!!!


 Now, you can't go to Bend, and not go to Sisters, Oregon! And I had my second visit at the Stitchin' Post! So much fabric, classes and outstanding art quilts on the walls. It was hard, but I only bought a few pieces of fabric/threads. I knew I still had two weeks ahead of me!!!!
These fabrics will do wonders in my Under The Sea projects. Be sure to visit their web site and Facebook site!
From Sisters, we headed over to near Eugene, and then down Freeway 5 to Medford, Oregon, which is only about two hours from the California border. In fact, when we went a little south to Mt. Ashland, we could see Mt. Shasta from where we were!
I visited a wonderful quilt shop in Jacksonville, Oregon, that had hundreds of beautiful quilts for sale!
Country Quilts, and lots of small gifts ideas for your quilting friends!

Then in Ashland, Oregon I came across Sew Creative, where I was greeted with such friendliness from Jeanette and Mary. I didn't meet the owner, but these two ladies were so helpful. They loved my artwork, and had some crazy quilt books in the store! And look at the Kaffe Fassett fabrics I bought. They had the whole collection, and it was really hard to hold back!
Then latter in the day, back in Medford, we found Cottage Quilts.  Carolyn McCray, the owner, is a crazy quilt enthusiast, and she fell in love with my work, as I fell in love with her store!!! And I fell all over the ribbon embroidery she has stocked.
I have a huge stash of ribbon embroidery, but I have to have some of these colors.  At least, now I know where I can go back for lots more!!! Thanks, Carolyn for your warm hospitality! California sisters that we are, I will be back!!!

The next day, we took a trip to the coast, only 2 1/2 hours away, but you end up in the tip of California!
  South Coast, Oregon is so beautiful, and now one of my favorite spots of the West Coast! I visited Country Keepsakes Quilt Shop, and I was thoroughly impressed with the whole shop and the reception I received from Laurie Mitts. She really has a very active store set up for retreats and teachers! I will be back, Laurie.
Then it was time to hit the road for Depoe Bay, on the coast, where we were going to be staying for 8 days. WorldMark Depoe Bay,  is set along a beautiful spot on the coast.
We didn't have access to walk the beach, as you can see, very rocky. But it was wonderful listening to the surf day and night!
 Yes, it rains a lot, but not necessarily all day, sometimes only an hour and then the sun would come out. Best of all, the temperatures were in the 50's or more!
 Our view from our room. We purposely chose the first floor, so we could walk out of our room and feel the spray from the surf!
It was amazing to us, to see green grass in January/February!!! Not possible in Idaho!!!
In Newport I found a couple more wonderful fabric stores. Quilters Cottage, is another wonderful shop. Monica gave me another wonderful reception and has taught Crazy Quilt classes herself!
Here's a couple she has in her shop:
The next stop found me at Quilter's Cove and Holly Nevins was fun and friendly and had some wonderful sea fabrics! She has a wonderful online store here: https://www.quilterscove.net/shop/

One event I would miss, by having to go home, is the Quilt Run 101!!! As you can see on their home page, there are a lot more quilt stores than I even got to!!! Which is another reason for another trip to Oregon!!!

Although I wasn't focused on bead stores, and had seen some on my travels, but I only made it to one! Beluga Beads has a wonderful large inventory of all kinds of beads!!! And they do shipments, so be sure to visit their website!


I have been working on my CQJPChallenge 2015, a Peacock theme, all year. I took the last four blocks with me to embellish.  I didn't get them finished, but I did get some stitching in.
And here are the four that I still need to finish!!!


Well, thanks for visiting, and check back for pictures of finished blocks!!! Be sure to click on the highlighted sites to go to their websites and look for them on Facebook!!!