Saturday, January 31, 2009

Charity blocks made



I feel pretty good, I went thru my stash of little scraps and found a big bunch of tiny little pinks, which is needed for my quilt group right now. I decided to just sew them all together as strips by their widths, and then sew those together into one big piece of fabric. From that I cut blocks, and from the scraps of that I cut out little hearts and then machine appliqued them onto pieces of pink hand dyes I hand on hand.
I really like the look, and the way them came out, so these will get shipped off to my quilt group and go into their love block bank.

Monday, January 19, 2009

aviculture books for sale-from our former bird business, now retired

Bird Books for Sale

I still have a few books left from our bird business, now retired we are still downsizing our large home library.

I prefer payment with Paypal, will ship media mail (the cheapest for books-unless you want a faster service with USPS plus.75 per package for delivery confirmation; which will give us both a tracking number. I have also found the media mail seems to go thru a little faster with this added.



Please send me an email if interested-thanks so much

Psittaculture by Tony Silva $24.95

Finches and Soft Billed Birds by Bates and Busenbark 1970 hard cover-used copy-excellent reference $12.00

Lories and Lorikeets by Rosemary Low 1977 soft cover with protector, shop worn (ours) 8.00

A Guide to Australian Long and Broad Tailed Parrots and New Zealand Kakarikis 1990 by Australian Birdkeeper I have two copies of this excellent soft cover book. We sold many copies in this series, this is the last of them, new. $20.00 each

The Parrot in Health and Illness by Bonnie Munroe Doane 1991 hard cover signed $10.00

My Parrot My Friend by Bonnie Munroe Doane and Qualkinbush 1994 hard cover $10.00

The Handbook of Aviculture by Durrell first edition 1987 of UK hard cover rare book , new book but the paper cover has scuff marks $45.00 (sold for $90.00 plus)

The Quaker Parakeet Handbook by Theresa and Alan Jordan 1997 3rd edition by Jordan enterprises. This is spiral bound the cover pictures is a bit faded-an excellent book on these birds, rare find I have seen this priced from 10.00 a copy up to 50.00 a copy. I would like to find this excellent book a home- $10.00

Canary Breeding tips and tricks by Herma Osman paperback 1990 by Audubon this is another excellent book for breeders, sold several copies in our store. This one is new but does has one stain on the outside pages (when the book is closed can see it) $10.00 (sold for 20.00)

How to Photograph Birds by West and Ridi 1993 by Stackpole books 1st edition, soft cover, new $9.00 (sold for 16.95)

Pet Birds for the Home and Garden by Harper Tetra press 1986 hard cover, rubbing on removable cover $10.00 (sold for 25.00)

Eye of the Eagle by Nunn 1st edition hard cover by Lowell Press rubbings on removable cover, this is a “coffee table” book $10.00 (sold for 20.00) sold

The Wonder of Birds by Nat. Geog. 1983 1st edition hard cover another gorgeous “coffee table” book $10.00 (sold for 20.00) Sold

Colors of the Wild by Nat. Wildlife Fed. 1998 a little rubbing on removable cover-gorgeous “coffee table” book $10.00 Sold

From the wild by Christopher Hume this is portfolio of North America Finest Wildlife Artists 1987 published in Ontario gorgeous book oversized hardcover a little rubbing on the removable cover $10.00 (sold for 45.00) Sold


I also have 1st 2nd and 3rd editions of Parrots of the World, and I also have copies of the Australian Parrots by Forshaw email if interested in these

Thank you so much for looking at my books Kathyinozarks

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sharing a little Piece of Art




I just got this in the mail from my friend in France, her New Years Card to me-I found this little frame that works out perfectly (this past summer we picked up several neat frames at garage sales) so I have it on my desk in my craft room. It gives me a warm comfortable feeling-like Aggie is right here pouring me a cup of tea

Monday, January 12, 2009

Photos of my Latest Quilt






I can't tell you how happy I was when this quilt came out of the dryer-all nice and cozy. I boxed it up right away, and it got mailed off this morning. Now I am anxious to see how Ron likes it.

Those of you that know me, remember my rock shower project? well that is the next project that really needs my attention and the rest of the bathroom renovation. That room will be too cold this week to work in, so will be helping Larry go thru some more of our boxes of "stuff" to keep, sell at a thrift shop, find a home for , or toss. When we retired end of 03 I wanted to take everything with us-and then go thru stuff down here and decide here what we wanted to keep. So many people regret getting rid of too many things and I didn't want to do that. So, I am really glad we did.

But, we are both collectors and we really just have too much stuff. I mean I am going to be 60 this year and I still have clothes from high school-most of them still fit which is nice, but if they are cotton they are going into quilts-lol

Well, I am off to take our Nikita for a walk, get the garbage out to the burn pile, and then go thru the box of tax papers for the year. It is going to get bitter cold by thursday-so will need to cozy up by the fire and just relaxe this week.-right-hehe

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Yeh!! It is Finished

My quilt is finished, and I do love the way it washed up. I love the antique look and feel of 100% cotton batting.

My camera just ran out of battery so will post a picture tomorrow. I have it all boxed and ready to ship tomorrow morning-they should receive it on tuesday.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A few Photos-Finished up with Machine Quilting




Here are a just a couple of photos, the quilt measures 70" x 85", I don't have a clean floor right now to show the whole quilt. This was made with mostly cotton shirts, and fat quarters. The coffee cups was a gift fq I received from one of my blog friends a year ago-which was perfect to add as we shared alot of coffee with our friends that this quilt is for. I also added one fq with reindeer and snowflakes as the hopes was to have this to Ron before the holidays.
and as you can see a bit from the back-it looks pretty good, but had alot of tension problems with the thread I was using. after washed I think it will look fine
I have lots of basting stitches to get out today, and then the binding, sew on the label, and wash and dry and mail off hopefully by friday. This was made for our neighbor down the road Ron, who is fighting cancer. Him and his wife Sandy are staying at cancer treatment centers in Oklahoma. He is getting excellent treatment there.

Little mid morning update-wow! how sweet is this? I am catching a Bruce Springstein concert while working on getting all these basting stitches out.-Nice!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Progress

Yeh!! I can actually see the end of machine quilting this morning.
Have you ever gotton into a project, and then about half way thru-just got overwhelmed and realized you had gotton in way above your comfort zone?
This is how this latest quilt has been, if I was not making this for a dear friend, I think this quilt would have ended up as a ufo for a very long time.
I have worked on this quilt every day since end of October,(took 10 days off for a break and holiday baking in december) the top went together really fast-the fastest I have ever made one-I used the original Turning Twenty pattern and really love this one. Then I thought I would jump in and do a stippling machine quilt on my sewing machine. This quilt turned out really big, and I had no clean floors to lay it out and mark lines-so I have been wanting to try this phase of quilting, so just did it.
It looked really awesome-but I have to tell you, if I ever try this again, I will definately be practicing for a much bigger quilt design. This is one project I just dreaded, did not enjoy, and almost thought of giving up quilting over this one.
However, I am surviving, and learning along the way. Number one is I won't do something like this again without first buying quality thread----I have always used Coats and Clark with no problems except for more lint. I used varigated thread and just had major tension problems thru out-most with the redish colors. Ok for smaller quilt project, but I don't think I will ever use this brand for machine quilting again. Any thoughts on this?
Anyways I am on my last long row now, started around 3 am this morning-cause I couldn't sleep. So want this done today-and I think I just might see the end.
Will post pictures later.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Very Important Law We all Need to Know More About

It just came to my attention from a blog friend, of a new law to protect children under 12 is going into effect this coming Feb 2009.
However, the way it has been written-will probably put many resale shops and craftsman and artists out of business.
More information here http://www.etsy.com/storque/craftivism/cpsia-updates-and-calls-to-action-3157/ and also here http://nobodysangel.wordpress.com/2009/01/02/new-lead-testing-lawnational-bankruptcy-day/

This is serious, and will have huge consequences if no changes are made to this law to protect small business here in the USA

There is a deadline date of January 5th to express your concerns about this bill. The first link will take you there.

This effects me already as I have two baby quilts for sale on my etsy shop that will have to be pulled and not sold or be fined huge dollars

winter giveaway

I just found out about this really fun winter giveway from my friend Cathy O, here is a link to anothers blog and giveaway to get you started http://hillscreekquilter.blogspot.com/2009/01/new-year-and-new-giveaway.html
also check my sidebar under blog sites for a link as well

and here is another blogger participating in the giveaway-also a link added to my blog list http://alittleofthisandalittleofpat.blogspot.com/2009/01/okayenter-big-giveaway-today.html

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