A Fun Day! 4-4-24

Lunch with Jo and Gloria was very fun! It was good to catch up with both of them – good news and not so good news. I started a bunch of plants for Jo’s son Karl so I took those along and as I put in my coat to leave home, I laid the Susannah book for Jo down and then forgot it there.

Gloria, Mary, Jo

Reader photos

From Linda Everett – wondering if anyone would be interested in these dolls. Like all of us she would like to find them a good home so they don’t end up in the landfill.

I admired this little girl and she was sweet enough to just send her to me – isn’t she just delightful?

Sent by Linda Benjamin who is lucky enough to have baby hummingbirds in a nest right outside her door!

Just look at that masterfully made nest!!
About the bedspread from yesterday
And then there’s Petey the Possum that Hazel is very possessive of – she does not want Keeper to play with it! So I have to hold on to that terrible tail and head! Ick!

Someone asked about the big music cupboard – I straightened up music and it looks much better now.

When I had it painted I just assumed that meant the inside, too, but it didn’t.☹️

And of course I want to remind you about the game Iowa Vs. UConn tomorrow night at 8:30 on ESPN. Go Iowa!

43 thoughts on “A Fun Day! 4-4-24

  1. Mary Says Sew!

    I think the little girl who looks like she’s just seen something she’s not supposed to see is the great-great-grandmother of the elf on the shelf….

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mary – haha! What a cute thought – I’ll remember that when I look at her

  2. Jan Smith

    Wow, most watched basketball game ever?! Isn’t that something. I heard on the news that tickets for the Women’s game tickets are double the price of the Men’s. Very cool.
    Is Sunny a collie, or sheltie? Either way I can remember the last time I saw either breed.
    Can’t get over that Hazel’s rough coat cleans itself mostly. Sure do enjoy her antics!

  3. Martha W in WY

    Love the 3 friends photo. The rabbit wool bag is so cute. Linda is so fortunate to have a humming bird nest with babies outside her window. I’m lovin’ it.

  4. Sally

    Amazing having baby hummingbirds right there. I love the bunny rabbit bag & red wool house block. The spider web quilt looks amazing with the lime green background! Hazel with Petey Possum is cracking me up! We are ready for the Final Four tomorrow night! Go Hawkeyes!!!

    1. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas 😻

      Thanks, I followed Jo’s spiderweb 🕸️ tutorial and she used red for the background, I love lime green 😻

      1. Sally

        A big WOW when I saw your quilt 🤩 Lime green background is on my list to do. The spiderweb pattern looks like a fun quilt to make. I’ll have to take a look at the tutorial. ☺️

  5. Jo in Wyoming

    The evening news had a report on the women’s basketball. Yep, tickets were sky high.
    Those dolls are precious, I’m not a doll collector but know a few and they treasure their collection.
    The wool projects are outstanding. The hummingbird nest is remarkable.
    Looks like Mary got some retail therapy along with a good visit with friends…wonderful.

  6. Cindy K

    What a character Hazel is. LOL! Love the spiderweb quilt. Looking forward to the game tomorrow night.

  7. Diane in Colorado

    I wondered if the bedspread might be boutis!! A dear friend of mine (my quilter turned friend!) from Berthoud is an expert at Boutis and makes the most exquisite pieces! The process is very time intensive. We have spent many hours talking about her various pieces.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – really? Maybe you should send me a couple pics for the blog because so many were interested.

  8. Peggy Grandberg

    The dolls are precious. Hope she finds a home for them. Never saw a humming bird nest before. We do have some hummingbirds in the summer.

  9. Candy

    Hazel is so cute with her new prize possession, but that tail would have to fall off and disappear if it lived in my house, lol!

  10. Sandy

    Hi Mary, l remember when people collected dolls from around the world, l am sure some little girl would like them. Hazel toy reminds me of a rat! The collie is magnificent, lot of brushing to look good. I liked the little porcelain doll that needed a set of clothes best.Early night tonight, take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  11. Sandra Goddard

    Linda Everett I would be very much interested in the doll second pic second row second doll. Blond hair with blue ribbons. You can contact me at lazymaplefarm@hotmail.com

    The hummingbird pics are amazing

  12. Donna Jo

    Sunny is adorable with the one floppy ear!.It would be so fun watching the hummingbirds grow up. How exciting. Mary you are so funny! You don’t want to touch the tail or head of the ugly possum toy but will trap live possums or get near dead animals! I’ll take the toy any day! Can’t wait for tonight’s game! Have a bet with my BIL. Loser buys lunch; he’s got SC to win it all and I have Iowa!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna Jo – I hope you win your bet! I’m very nervous and know I’ll have to pace or sweep the floor or straighten up my sewing room during the game. When I turn the corner and see Petey on the floor it always gives me a start! Like when I open the freezer in the garage and forget that the owl is still in there – WHAT?????

      1. Candy

        Ha, ha! I live with a stuffed pheasant hanging on the wall, and have a stuffed owl in a closet (my brother found it dead and we had it stuffed). There’s no way I’m having more than one dead bird on the wall, and the pheasant always wins for my husband.

        1. Connie in NV

          For some reason I just love owls, so I would have the stuffed owl on display instead of the pheasant. Pheasants are tasty to eat!

  13. Sue Hoover

    I wish my house was built as strongly & perfectly as that hummingbird nest! Lol! Silly Hazel. Gosh Mary, didn’t you teach her the art of sharing???? Lol!!! Love your spiderweb quilt. That green is scrumptious!

  14. Fran Dixon

    Amazing about Caitlin. Love it!

    Been at retreat for 3 days so time to catch up again. As always enjoy the photos and blog with coffee first in the morning.

    I am surprised Hazel’s possum is still in one piece!

  15. Carolyn Recto of Ohio

    The doll that you picked out is lovely and in very good shape for her years. My mother brought a pair back from Germany when we lived there in the 50’s. Unfortunately she put them in the window and the sun did some damage. It brought back a memory of my childhood. Beautiful quilts as always. Glad to were able to go out for a visit with your friends. Went to book Club yesterday at the library. We read The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel. A great book of the French resistance in World War Ii.

  16. Diane, Squeak, Buddy in Central Ohio

    We don’t get the game until 9:30, but I am sure it will be exciting enough to keep me awake!
    I have made many of the table toppers like the ones on the shop wall. What a neat day for you three! I love the two layouts of the Drunkard’s path. The path one is my favorite. Where are the baby Hummingbirds—what state? It is too cold for them here. 44* today.. Sunny, our neighbor, is four months old and adorable. The dolls are so neat and the one you have looks like you😀

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – Sunny did look like a puppy to me – just look at that face!

      1. Diane, Squeak, & Buddy in Central Ohio

        She is so sweet and learns fast. The owners wanted an older dog, maybe 2 to 5 years, but Sunny came up and they said yes. To be honest, she has been almost too much for them. They are in their early 70’s, but do not remember the amount of time that goes into having a baby of any kind. I have taught her to sit when she sees me for her treat, but they didn’t want her to have one b/c she pooped on the floor that morning. This was at noon so I explained that there was no way she could relate no treat from me to the poopl!! She also stays until I hand her the treat and has become much more gentle with time. She’s just young!! Another neighbor has trained his dog sooooo well and he is helping, too. It does take a Village–lol.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Diane – they’re too old for a young dog that’s also big and will require a lot of grooming., what were they thinking? Sunny will need your village to live a happy life – no dog can connect a bad deed to a treat hours later. It has to be immediate. She needs to be praised and given a treat when they take her out and does her business – not the other way around.

          1. Diane and the gang

            Absolutely right. I even used my teacher voice a couple of times to say that she is a “ baby” and needs patience and love. She truly has done VERY well for being here only 3 1/2 weeks. She rarely has an accident! She is very loving, smart, and sweet.

        2. Connie in NV

          Some people are not good at training dogs or raising children. They both need boundaries and praise at the right time. Our fur babies take time to care for them just like our children did.
          I hope your village shows them the patience needed to train their collie so they have a happy dog.

  17. Linda in NC

    Mary I am so happy the little girl has found the perfect home in your sewing room. She has taken on life and looks so happy. She will be watching over you.!Thank you for posting my doll pictures. I have had an interested reply. Hope another home is in the future. I

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda in NC – did you see that a reader thinks she’s an ancestor of the elf on a shelf? Isn’t that cute?

  18. Arlene -Colorado

    Hi Mary,
    Is the black dog a cattle dog? What on earth does he have on top of his back? Reminds me of my blue heeler, Max. So enjoy the pictures of your home and others…

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Arlene – the black dog photo was sent in by a reader but she said the dog loves to roll in the dead grass and they have to comb her before she comes in the house! Yes, she looks like a cattle dog – I can’t remember.

  19. Joy in NW Iowa

    Hahaha! The face on that little doll is so cute! Love it.. I’ll bet she is seeing the elf in the shelf doing….
    Love Hazel! And all the other pictures!
    Hubby and I are in recovery mode after the Michigan family came to visit! It was so fun! We celebrated jays 79th birthday which is tomorrow! Wow! Where did the years go?
    Happy final four watching!!
    Horrible wind!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – WHY does it have to be so windy??? Today it’s from the east and we have no protection to the east so we feel like we’re under siege. Happy Birthday, Jay!

  20. Linda

    I would love to buy the tin head doll…..

    GO CAITLIN…….What a game that was!!!!

    1. Linda in NC

      I don’t know which one. Give me a description and location in which photo. Thank you

      1. Linda

        IThe doll is in the second photo—in the second row—the little girl doll second from the left….The tin head doll…love her…

        1. Linda in NC

          Do you mean the one with no clothes? If so she is sold. Otherwise I stil don’t know which one. One have tin heads.

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