Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Thanks for the comments from my last post. It’s not always easy hanging yourself out there—even for the silly stuff. We’re supposed to hit over 80 degrees today and tomorrow I plan on playing in the dirt. I just have to knock out work first.

I have some photos from weekend projects. Here is my basket with the blocks I have cut for my 365-day quilt.
I’ve got the pens and some “doodling” books for inspiration. I’m looking forward to this. The next photo has my watermelon placemats. I made them a couple of years ago. They’re from a Thimbleberries club meeting. I made one block. They’re kind of plain but I loved the blue plaid backing and binding, so I went back up to the shop and got more fabric to make a set of four. Last summer Chelsey and I found Watermelon napkin rings and I stumbled across watermelon seed fabric on the Internet
so I finished up napkins this weekend and I have a setup for June on the back porch.

I’m going to defend a gratitude before I type it today. Cooler days. The past 4 days have been in the low 50 to low 60-degree range. While I’m so excited for warmer weather, but the cooler days kept me from planting too soon and making more work for myself by covering every night. The cooler /rainy weather let me catch up on rest and reading and stitches without the feeling of “I need to be raking or pulling weeds”. Life been so hectic and now I’m getting back into my routine. I know Ransom is grateful.

Gratitudes:
Cooler days
Eric running Ransom with me
Chelsey’s coming home

24 comments:

KCQuilter said...

Love, love, love your watermelon "ensemble"--will look so cute on your porch! Really liked reading your seven, er eight things--just forgot to comment!!!
Hmmm...go-go boots, huh.

Juliann in WA said...

I love cooler days because I am not so tired - too much heat wears me out and this is a part of the country where we don't have a lot of air conditioning, some sort of denial about how warm it really gets.

Tazzie said...

I love your watermelon placemats and accessories, you're amazing with your decorating. It was so fun reading all about you, I've been tagged, and can't think of a single interesting thing to say!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Jeanne said...

Oh, the watermelons are just wonderful!
Jeanne

Bonnie said...

Oh those watermelon placemats and napkins are adorable - just right for the summer.
My gratitudes include the cooler days too. It is nice to sleep with the windows open, cozy under a nice quilt.

anne bebbington said...

Your watermelon place settings are such fun - just right for summer

Libby said...

Here, here on cooler days - I told Hubby over the weekend that I'm saving all my weather complaints for August . . . that will be something to complain about *s*

Patti said...

Oh, those watermelon napkins and rings are absolutely perfect!!!!! I don't like to shop so I never find neat stuff like that. And who cares if the placemats are a bit plain - they are going to have dishes and silverware sitting on them.

I'm with you - I much prefer cooler days. I hate the heat - especially since we have no air conditioning. Finally bought a portable until for the longarm room - now we just have to set it up. Summer is my least favorite season.

susan said...

Love the watermelon placemats! It looks like a good project for granddaughters to try, will put in on The List. Thanks for the inspiration!

Carole said...

Those are sweet placemats! I need to get a project like that going. It certainly makes for a nice looking table. Enjoy your kool weather. Happy quilting!

Darlene said...

The watermelon goodies are cute!

It was nice to learn more about you, Melanie. Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

Love your Watermelon setting, just too cute, and it was fun learning those random facts. We're also enjoying the cooler weather here on Ok, not for long though. It won't be long and we'll be complaining about how hot and humid it is.

Fiona said...

You have such lovely things - what a great idea to make the napkins and placemats too.

Kim said...

Not an original thought in my head, apparently--I ALSO love your watermelon place settings! I have a cute watermelon basket for holding utensils and napkins but nothing yet to go with it. If you ever get tired of those placemats, napkins, and napkin rings, I'd be glad to send you my address! LOL!

Leigh said...

How cute and summery.

Connie said...

I wish my 365 Challenge blocks were all cut out but I'm still working on them. I cut some today, will do more tomorrow. The watermelon set is too cute. Everyone has commented about them and I am too.

tami said...

The watermelon ensemble is great.
I don't mind hot days as long as there isn't much humidity. I hate humidity.

Gail said...

Those placemats and napkins are wonderfull!!

Wendy said...

The watermelon set is so fresh for a summer dinner. I too enjoy abit cooler days as I don't have as much energy when it's too hot.

Linda_J said...

These are going to look perfect on the table for picnics or any summer meal, Melanie. Imagine finding fabric that is just watermelon seeds!

Rose Marie said...

How lucky were you to find all the accessories to go with your placemats! You're all set for summer now.

Journeying said...

Your things are beautiful, and I love the way you always seem able to pull things together with a common theme and look. Also, reading your blog is just plain enjoyable! It's almost like sitting down together with a friend over a cup of coffee.
Keep up the good work!
Susan

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

There is nothing like the understanding of a loyal dog - patiently waiting for your business to be over so you can continue with a much loved routine. Sometimes I think a dog is wonderful for MAKING you get outside, even if you are not motivated! So, hooray for Ransom's happiness.

Great watermelon placemats - I immediately checked out that binding before reading your post!

Cooler weather? Earlier this week our water froze - the next day - tropics! Go figure! But, I did wait until frost warnings were over before planting new plants.

Cheers!

Evelyn

Quilting Kim said...

I love your watermelon placemats, and watermelon napkins and napkin rings, too. What a perfect accompaniment to summer dining on the porch.

Enjoy that cooler weather - it will be HOT soon enough.