Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Last Sunday when I first got up  I had this urge  to go to the flea market  I was actually contemplating all week even all month ,.so I took the metro train downtown ,it took forever due to the fact that they are doing some work on the tracks so there were a couple of stops and then taking the bus part of the way ,but I was desperate to get out I hadn't been down there for ages well not ages to be specific about 7 months .

I love the way this photo came out with the graffiti in the back.


  I like to look for things that I can use such as
doilies,vintage hanky's,vintage needlepoint  and of course fabric .  I  liked  the sewing machine it is so pretty it has a nice cabinet ,but I checked it and it didn't have all the parts I have spoken to the singer fellow near me and he advised me to look and make sure the parts are there and if  you turn the wheel that where the bobbin fits in also moves which of course makes sense, but I need a good a working one to have in the store so I can also work while there.

I found some trims and various buttons and ribbons,buckles so I got them for only 2 euros and put them in my sewing box which I had purchased on a previous trip after I had gotten home.  I just couldn't get the photos in the order that I wanted them I kept switching I finally gave up and left it at that.

As I walked the narrow streets I happen to see two lady's standing and looking at the schedule for  Athens city tour bus .they had been volunteering as English teachers in Crete for a month and that they said it was a wonder full experience and now they are touring Athens ,just then the bus came and they hopped on and off they went.
As I was roaming around I saw this book in a trash bin I quickly took it out and put in my bag and was saddened that someone had thrown out an old book just because it had fallen apart it can easily be fixed , even though I can't read German I think someone out there would be happy to have it , when I got home I put the pages in order and not a page was missing one day I will fix it with a little paper glue I love old books just the thought of the people that must have held it and read it through the years makes me think  and ponder.

 There is the red bus with the ladys from the states I wish the bus didn't come by so quickly so I could chat with them longer they were so nice.   Well that was my trip I was glad it wasn't so hot. And I certainly hope I get my act together this post is not what I had planned next time I will do better I will go again.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


I finally got these posted ,I was working on these just before I started blogging .
I got inspired after visiting tons of blogs, and I actually love the log cabin ,it is one of the first blocks that I tackled when I first started quilting full time, it's been now over 15 years.
So I wanted some kind of play full images for the center and then work around with various bright happy fabrics. Looked high and low, looked through my stash ,then I was bent over my sewing machine for nearly two months , and I made over 55 some blocks and I joined them , some with white in between and some without ,I have now about 12 joined they are a good baby size, haven't measured them I've been to busy sewing .

Some of these fabrics are from shirts, and various children's clothes the snoopy one in from pajamas , and of course some bought locally.

On the left I see a floral from my mom's robe that she forgot at my house..I called her and asked of course before cutting.

The red and pink ,green floral is from a shirt I bought for 50 cents at the flea market years ago , and the light blue with tiny pink and white is also moms robe , she picks nice prints for her robes so I can use them in quilts.

some close ups.

I pinned these on the curtain I just don't have any wall space to put it up and it's hard to photograph on the floor it comes out crooked, I will be posting the rest soon.

Friday, August 13, 2010


I am taking care of an Iguana that belongs to Timo while he is on vacation, Timo has an Internet Cafe next door to my store , so I bring from home vegetable scraps anything I cook I bring the scraps with me zucchini,cucumber,eggplant,green beans,lettuce he just loves cucumbers and lettuce. He is seven years old now ,he loves the sun and he also loves attention everybody stops to look at him .
Thank goodness that there are wheels on his huge cage , I just wheel him out in the morning and wheel him in my store at night . It has been an enjoyable experience I was more than willing to help out a neighbor he will be back soon,time flies as we all know.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


I was just parking my car this morning when I saw a plastic bag on top of a garbage bin with some items that someone doesn't want anymore, and among them I found these awesome embroidery patterns, they must of thought I would be coming around LOL. They are new and unused this one has 36 traditional folklore motifs inside they are so pretty , I don't know when I will be able to work on them I have so many projects going on, but one of these days I will get around to it.

The blouse pattern is not inside it just has the design for the embroidery . I love it when I find items I like It's like going shopping , its like a surprise without having to take out your wallet HE HE!!.

I opened this one and the butterfly and flower are large , a nice size for a cushion, how did they know???