brrrr it’s cold outside

for here near Charlotte NC!!!!!!!

I’ve spent yesterday and today inside sorting, organizing and cleaning house.  My kitchen sparkles!!!!!

Why have I spent the last two days inside?  Well, if you haven’t yet heard, we got snow here!  A major storm for the South.
And I’m not going down the driveway until it melts or someone else clears it.  Here’s a pic of the bottom of the driveway:

Now I probably, could, maybe get down the driveway, without dropping off the edge at the bottom, but I’m not sure I’d make it back up it.  Even my front wheel drive didn’t want to go up it at the beginning of the storm when we only had about 3″ on the slope.  Somehow I doubt it would go back up now.

Of course our back yard is pretty, in a way hardly seen here:

Snowstorms and their aftermath always give us little surprises.  How about this skyline above the trees?  Isn’t it interesting?

OH WAIT!   That’s not the skyline!   That’s the snow melting off the studio roof:

And in case you wonder why I’m spending so much time watching this snow.  Well, it’s because of little surprises like the following picture that just inspire beyond belief.

Doesn’t this melting snow/ice look just like lace!

I think I’ll leave you with that picture tonight and go light the fireplace.  It is after all down into the mid 20’s already and my southern house is not built for this weather.  I can feel the drafts from the windows and doors from six feet away tonight.

Pumpkin Applique Quilt

An absolutely adorable pumpkin quilt my customer brought to me.  We decided to go with custom quilting to enhance her wonderful applique work.   This quilt was a treasure to work on, the applique was flat and nicely turned under edges.  The quilt layed nice and as a bonus to me, I really like pumpkins!

Full front image
Front Detail

The colors in the detail picture are truest to the quilt.

A day off

Today is an unexpected day off….a SNOW day.  One that actually merits being a snow day!  A few days ago the ground looked like this, with spring bulbs starting to sprout up:

This morning I woke up to this:

8 a.m. measured on picnic table in the middle of the yard

I’m thinking the snow must have come straight down the way it piled up:

This is the planter box on the back deck that I moved the cedar barrels into this fall.  Aren’t the straight edges of snowfall interesting!

And finally the pool steps.  Not that you can tell there are steps there.  And notice NO SNOW underneath the deck?  We must not have had any blowing winds at all last night.

Of course this weather means that we broke down the booth at QNAE 2010 last night, but here’s a pic or two of the booth as we were setting up before the show:

This is always a good show for us, and I look forward to returning next year and not having a snowstorm that weekend!  But as the show didn’t last as long for us as we anticipated, the good news is that I’ll be restocking my etsy shop later this week for those that couldn’t make it to the show.  That is, as soon as I get everything dug out of the car where it’s packed and inventoried that is!  Today, I’m staying inside where it’s warm and watching it come down…. we’re in the mix stage now, partially snow, partially sleet, cold!!!!!!!