Thursday, June 21, 2012

let the summer begin!

And what better way to welcome summer than with some Halloween quilts!  You couldn't agree more, right!


No? Oh. Okay. I hear you.


But, Halloween is only a little more than 4 months away! A person has to stay on top of these types of things...right?


I should talk. I'm the world's (near) worst at keeping up with holidays and festivities. I don't think I've truly decorated for Halloween in...like...years.

Bad Mom...bad, bad Mom.


Seriously though, aren't these Halloween fabrics -- which, by the way can be found at my favorite quilt store, the Comforts of Home -- just too cute for words!


Did you know? I have a "thing" for black cats. Love. Them. Even if I'm more of a dog girl these days.

And, that funky green fabric in the above picture that surrounds the black cat? LOVE it! I could piece a whole quilt with just that fabric.

Well...IF...it weren't for the spiders.


But, did you know? Back in the Victorian age, women would embroider spider webs on their crazy quilts to bring good luck. Don't you love old folklore!


(Hmm. I must have a Victorian-age ghost pretending that my house is one, gigantic crazy quilt! There are spider webs....)

Ahem. I notice one or two...here or there...now and then.

But, hey! It's summer time! Who cares, right?!


Monday, May 28, 2012

happy memorial day 2012



To me, there's just something about a cemetery....



History and architecture....



Peacefulness around every corner. Nothing to sell or to buy. No noise, except for the occasion mumble or greeting of passers-by...the songs of birds and chatter of furry tree dwellers.



Uninterrupted calm and beauty....



The stories....



Take time to remember those who have passed...and celebrate their story, however short or long.

Happy Memorial Day 2012...from me to you!


Friday, May 25, 2012

so happy that i could just stitch!


So...I've got a secret to let loose. Promise to tell everyone? Please? Pretty please?!

It's not gossip. It's not a rumor. It's the God's honest truth.


Guess what?!

I am longarming again! Professionally. For hire! (Oh, perhaps for me once in awhile, too. Heaven knows I have quilt tops....)

Hope that's as exciting to you as it is to me! (Not that I have quilt tops...but that I'm quilting again!) ;] I'm so happy...I could sing. Or dance!

Or...just listen to music and stitch!





Wednesday, May 23, 2012

rusty


Goodness. It's been awhile, hasn't it!

Blogger has changed a lot -- A LOT -- on me since the last time I posted. I have spent...oh my...look at the time! Well anyway...I have spent the entire morning just switching things around here.

As you will note, my new Blogger address is: http://darciehartmangrager.blogspot.com/ (Please add me to your blogging manager.)

How's that for a change! I tried "october's child" dot blogspot dot com...but it seems someone already has spoken for that. So...here I am...right here now...live and soon-to-be in person. Hope you'll continue to follow me! ;]

And I apologize if you're looking for me under "quilting by darcie" dot blogspot dot com. I did not realize that my new change in address would happen faster than immediately! Wow! Technology. Who can keep up?

I am a bit rusty.

Friday, March 16, 2012

'tis the eve o' st. patrick's day...

...and here's a little green for you....



These? Oh, they are just a small collection of felted wool nesting bowls that I first crocheted and then felted awhile back.

Yes thanks...I've been busy.

You, too? What's the best thing in your life right now?



Awesome!

And may I just interrupt and say...it's so nice to visit you once in awhile!

May I do that?

Drop by, I mean...unannounced...once in blue moon?



Thanks. I was hoping you'd say that. ;]



You didn't expect to find me here, did you!

Reminds me a bit of an Irish quote. It goes like this...

"In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs."
~~By Sir John Pentland Mahaffy.~~

I love that!



Keeps life interesting, right!

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

he said, she said

I have been on a quest for a quote. Just one. That perfect one...that, when I read it, I say to myself, "Yes! That is exactly what I need to say!"

But through hours of research on this wonderful thing we call the internet, I seem to be finding oodles of quotes...not just one. And all of them are perfect! Some are Bible verses...others from famous authors of our time. There are book quotes...bits and pieces of poems...dialogue from movies. The list goes on.

What to do...what to do....



Honestly...it just comes down to this: "I am just not blogging any more."

(I know...you have already noticed that, haven't you!)

I will never say that I will never blog again.

And I will not say good-bye. Good-byes have never been my forte.

I have found that Facebook is more to my liking, currently. It's simple. It's casual. And simple and casual is something that I wear quite well. It's totally my strong suit.

And it's where I am.

And I do, with all of my heart, hope to see you there!

(Please click here...you'll be taken to my October's Child Facebook page. I do hope you'll "LIKE" it!)

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

remembering...september 11

Because I am tongue tied as to what I really want to say...I am taking this quote from William Ewart Gladstone:

"We look forward to a time when the Power Of Love...



will replace the Love of Power.



Then will our world know the blessings of peace."



Let's keep moving forward...while still remembering what brought us here.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

in tense

I think a lot about the present. Or..."The now" as Cesar Millan would say.

Well, actually...he would probably say something more in the lines of "Dogs live in the now"...but that's a whole 'nother tale.



Over the past few weeks, months...years?...I have shared with you the accomplishments that I've achieved by machine quilting, baking, mothering, home improving (rarely)...and crocheting. I do so enjoy the reward of making something -- or actually FINISHING something -- as much as the next person!

But if I only shared the goods with you...you would never think that I had any bads, right?



Well...I do. Or...did.

Wait. Actually, I still have this less-than-triumphant piece that was supposed to be a hat. I am keeping it. As a reminder. Of what was...and what can be.

Deep thoughts, eh?!

See...I messed up. Simple as that. I was having much too much fun just crocheting along...not bothering to halt even long enough see if the proposed hat would actually fit around my head, much less anyone else's.

So once I concluded that this really, truly, obviously was going to be nothing more than a failed attempt at a hat (which took about 3 days...honestly)...I tried frogging, as they say. (Rip it, rip it.)

Or, technically stated, I tried salvaging the yarn so that I could start over. Fresh. A new beginning. A new future for my yarn...and for my hat.



Ack! After an evening of first, patience...then total lack of it...collected thoughts...then a few choice words...I made an executive decision. I heard a voice in my head.

"Sometimes holding on to something from the past can cloud your thoughts of what brightness the future may hold."

In other words: "Move on Darcie," I told myself!



"It's only yarn. There is more where that came from!"



"Make something prettier...starting tomorrow!"

Thursday, August 11, 2011

one of the rewards i get from yoga

I could have seriously gotten into a lot of trouble -- fun trouble at that -- in a roadside antique and woolen shop in the Black Hills.

It's not because the shop had so many antiques that I was interested in...nor woolens that I couldn't have found anywhere else.

So what had me taking deep breaths?



Antique, vintage, or otherwise...it was their crocheted goods that were in my focus!



But how could I choose just a couple of pieces?



Serious discipline, I'm thinking.



Discipline...along with a car full of fellow adult travelers...wondering if I was ever going to get back in the vehicle and on the road again...

Monday, August 08, 2011

i would if i could

So...if you don't mind, I'd love to show you around the lovely little cabin that we rented while in the Black Hills. I think it was definitely the way to go for our family.

Although they were quite lovely and quaint, I will spare you the details of the bedrooms and bathrooms.

Ooops...make that BATHROOM. Yes. One bathroom. Six adults. And it was the favored room of the cabin, believe it or not.

Seemed everyone always wanted to be in there when it was already occupied by another. Funny how that worked. If no one was in there...nobody else needed it. Does that happen in your house? Or is this nature just suggestive of rental cabins? Hmmm.

Ah well...enough of the small talk. I'll try to let my photos do more of the talking than my fingers....

This old sled and wooden crate made a darling little side table near the television.



The cabin (minus the chinking...ok...make that "the house that looked like a log cabin") was filled with glorious wooden structures.

Some with knots....



And pegs...just right for hanging up jackets and sweaters and hats....



And some structures just pretended to be wood-like. Amazing tile, isn't it! Very textural.



What a stair case!



Oooh...and someone has been crocheting up here!

"Goldilocks? Have you been crocheting in my house?"



Ah...looks like Jack was here once upon a time as well....



Ah yes...I am pining to go back...someday....
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