26 Weeks Letter Challenge – B

This week is the letter 2008 Sept Hiigh Desert Wine Auction_4574.CR2 :

May 2007 Ballooning over Madras 192a Ballooning…what a ride!

Boats…

IMG_5540 Beans…garbanzos made for us in Greece…delicious!

Bottles…food related…and drink (not our party!)

IMG_6070 Boy and Birds. This kid was really having fun with the pigeons…many in U.S. would think it potentially disgusting! No need to worry, really, he could never catch them!

I noticed there were LOTS of “B” images in my collection…this seemed a nice variety.

This fun challenge is hosted by Lumar…maybe you want to join in!

 

 

26 Weeks Letter Challenge – A

I just saw this on Lumar’s post. 26 weeks…can I do it? There is no question that I have plenty of images. Maybe it will be fun and maybe I will miss some, but I will give it a go, as I have been enjoying lots of old photos lately!

For the week of  IMG_8821 :

Apples and Asparagus

Abandoned…

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Aspen Grove

Aspens and

an Angel…Angels 014

Have a great week!

(images © Valorie Webster)

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Lucky Quilting Club – March

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I have not forgotten the March challenge for the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club! This month just did not sing to me. I have had some larger scraps laying out since March 1…and playing with them. As I understand it from Rossie Hutchinson, this is about learning colors…contrasting, complementary, etc. Also about color values and hues. It is a good lesson and as with all quilting, it still surprises me how much impact there is with using photos. You can see so much that just does not show up when you simply look at something.

I have so much fabric on hand, I was not ready to go buy more, so I decided to play with this using scraps I have. This would help me with the process she is teaching. So, I am posting the final selection (so far) after culling out several pieces. I am still not sure that the “wrong” color, another thing we are supposed to select and the name of this challenge, is what I like. I picked the green…it may not be “wrong” enough for this lesson.

I am not sure these pieces will actually turn into anything this month. I have to just hang with them and see. Purple is not really my color, so I would have to figure out something that works…maybe into the Etsy shop. That little square you see in the foreground…I threw that in at the last minute as a different addition…it has the colors. What do you think?

If I do go any further with this March lesson, I will post an update. What are you working on?

 

An Extra Day

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We get an extra day today…

what are you doing with yours?

Just in case you are curious, the infamous Wikipedia tells us this about leap year…

Leap year

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Leap year (disambiguation).

A leap year (also known as an intercalary year or a bissextile year) is a year containing one additional day (or, in the case of lunisolar calendars, a month) added to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year.[1] Because seasons and astronomical events do not repeat in a whole number of days, calendars that have the same number of days in each year drift over time with respect to the event that the year is supposed to track. By inserting (also called intercalating) an additional day or month into the year, the drift can be corrected. A year that is not a leap year is called a common year.

For example, in the Gregorian calendar, each leap year has 366 days instead of the usual 365, by extending February to 29 days rather than the common 28. Similarly, in the lunisolar Hebrew calendar, Adar Aleph, a 13th lunar month, is added seven times every 19 years to the twelve lunar months in its common years to keep its calendar year from drifting through the seasons. In the Baha’i Calendar, a leap day is added when needed to ensure that the following year begins on the vernal equinox.

The name “leap year” comes from the fact that while a fixed date in the Gregorian calendar normally advances one day of the week from one year to the next, the day of the week in the 12 months following the leap day (from March 1 through February 28 of the following year) will advance two days due to the extra day (thus “leaping over” one of the days in the week). For example, Christmas fell on Tuesday in 2001, Wednesday in 2002, and Thursday in 2003 but then “leapt” over Friday to fall on a Saturday in 2004.[2] 

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I will admit that I never have really looked at the reason why we have this extra day, so the explanation above makes some sense. Good stuff to know, right? We probably learned something about this in school, but I won’t confess how many leap years have passed since then!

Some people seem to think that it would be no big deal to be born on this day…just celebrate things on the day before or after. Some might think great…I only get a birthday every four years. Well, that is great if you are getting old, but not when you are young and want a party or to get older. What do you think?

Today, my day will be much like most days. At this “almost retired” stage, and since I work from my home, I have lots of flexibility. I generally do most of my work first thing…already done that…so I will play with my crafts and do some work around the house. It is granola-making day along with some laundry. Normal is good!

Oh, and since it is the last day of February, I had better go post one more February Happy Thought for the month!

Make it a great day!

(image from the Internet)

Mighty Lucky Quilting Club – February – Update

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Update on the earlier post…

This challenge has just seemed very much not intuitive to me, but today I finally started. Thanks goes out to my sew mate, JudeMadeIt, who I have mentioned before. We craft on Tuesdays, so today was the day to get going on this one! She will probably post about her squares. It is so interesting to note how different eyes see different challenges.

At any rate, I am happy to say that once started, it is actually fun and easier than the earlier improvisational pieces I had done…place mats I made to try the concept a while ago…

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So, I have started stitching pieces together and placing them on the design wall…

Another interesting thing is the subtle differences even a little shift in placement makes. Can you see the tiny difference above? Be advised, this WILL absolutely be changing before it is done! It is already different on the wall right this minute! So, if you are interested, keep watching. I will post whatever the final result is.

In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying whatever you are working on!

 

Mighty Lucky Quilting Club – February

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Just downloaded the February installment of the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club! Looks interesting…updates to follow…after I select my modern fabrics.

It is just $5 a month for these inspirational, educational lessons with well-known quilters. Check it out…here.

Happy Quilting!

February Happy Thoughts

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Here’s lookin’ at ya! Smile!

I can’t credit the owner, but doesn’t this just look like a happy place? Remembering the old days, back in the 50s; thinking of the car shows that will be coming up; drive-in movies? Lots of things come to mind.

What does this image make you think of?

Image @ Valorie Webster