Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lorraine's Quilt

This quilt dates back to my pre-blogging days. I gave this quilt to my co-worker Lorraine after she had a house fire in 2007. I never took a photo of it. We still work together so when I ran into her the other day, I asked her to send me a photo.
Lorraine's quilt still looks nice after 11 years! Lorraine says that she treasures it and it is always on her couch or on her bed. Now that's a good compliment!
This quilt has a funny back story. My friend Carol and I signed up to go to the Chicago Quilt Festival and take a mystery quilt class from Debby Caffrey. Carol was very busy at work the day I went to the quilt store, so she told me to just buy double of whatever I picked out for the class. So I bought Carol her fabric. Carol was still busy at work, so I ended up cutting out her pre-class fabric homework for her. Sadly, when we got to the Quilt Festival, Carol caught a horrible stomach virus, and never got to go to any of her classes or even see the show. She was sick in the hotel for the whole trip. We joke that I should have just gone ahead and made Carol's quilt too. I'll have to ask her if she ever made it.

Thanks for visiting.

Pugs and kisses,
Nancy

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Pugtastic Tuesday: Fun with Food!

This week's Pugtastic Tuesday was inspired by all the pug-shaped food photos that my friends post on my Facebook page. While I've yet to receive any of these delectable (for the most part) pug-shaped treats, I thought you would enjoy them too.
Pugcakes. Yum!
Pug-shaped sugar cookies. Also yummy!
Pug cookies and matching bone cookies. So cute!
This one got posted on my timeline last week. I'm pretty sure this is photo-shopped, i.e, faked. The pug faces appear to be superimposed on the cookies. I couldn't eat these.
The perfect cake for my next birthday!
More pug cupcakes with black pugs too!
I think that Elvis deserves this cake for his birthday in October!
Pug-shaped gummies for humans! I will have to ask my nephew Sam to look for these when he goes to Germany in May for his study abroad program.
This past weekend, Mike went to New Orleans for the French Quarter Festival with a couple of his friends. The Pug Boys were not thrilled with their new accommodations in our living room due to the impending kitchen remodel. Caesar thought it would be fun to start barking at 5:30 a.m. each morning. I brought them upstairs to bed with me in hopes of getting a few more hours of sleep. Here's why the pugs no longer sleep in the bed with us...
Caesar wants to sleep on chest, but preferably on my face. He weighs about 25 pounds (he's a big boy). LarryPug is right next to him. LarryPug also enjoys sleeping on my chest, but he only weighs 20 pounds.
In case you're curious, this is not a super comfortable position, at least for me.
Elvis is that black spot under LarryPug's tail. I managed to grab him before he fell out of the bed.

Thanks for visiting!

Pugs and kisses,
Nancy

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Kitchen Capers

No sewing has been done. There have been some fabric purchases to assuage my soul, but Mike and I have been very busy packing up our kitchen. We are having our kitchen renovated! Last weekend we did this...
Mike was in charge of buying boxes. He brought home six... we packed 25...
Here's a little blog post about our kitchen renovation.

About 15 years ago, I built a two car garage, not-so-affectionately referred to as the Garage Mahal, a project of such epic proportions that I vowed I would move before attempting such an undertaking
again…

Earlier this winter, my husband and I started to toss around the idea of remodeling our kitchen. Our kitchen is small and impractically laid out. I’ve never liked the ugly brown cabinets and the homely Formica counter tops. Our discussion began with the necessity of having our hardwood floors refinished and quickly morphed into tearing down the wall between the kitchen and the dining room. This would double our space and give us room to add an island so that Mike would have lots of room for food preparation. Mike also wanted a high powered exhaust fan that vented outside and a stove with higher BTUs for more cooking power. I was more concerned with the kitchen’s aesthetics and desired white Shaker style cabinets and a farmhouse sink.

Pug boys in the kitchen last weekend before the packing began. As you can see, we definitely need our floors refinished!
Since neither of us is a master of DIY, we hired a contractor who will oversee the renovations. We placed the order for the cabinets last month. We chose grey quartz for our counters and are still negotiating the color for our tile back splash. If all goes well, the kitchen remodeling project will start in mid-April. When my Mom asked me how long the renovations would take, I jokingly said, “about one hour with three commercials,” because I watch too much HG TV. Our contractor has assured us that the project will take 4-5 weeks; I’m secretly estimating 6-8.

My friend Jason has lived through two kitchen remodeling projects and offered me the following advice.
  • Move our refrigerator and microwave into another room and set up a makeshift kitchen.
  • To minimize eating out, order a large submarine sandwich and eat half for dinner on one night, and save the other half for the next night.
  • Invite ourselves over to our friends’ houses for dinner with the promise that one day they can come over and dine in our new kitchen.
While I’m very excited, I’m also terrified. I’m worried about the mess and the upset of our normal household routine. In order to get to the other side, i.e., our dream kitchen, we will need to remove EVERYTHING from the three rooms on our first floor — furniture, knickknacks, and dog crates — so that the floors can be refinished. There is definitely a major spring cleaning in my future.

If you’re considering a kitchen renovation, you may find these articles helpful:
Have you ever done a large scale renovation project? Do you have any tips? Would you like to have Mike and me over for dinner?

Thanks for visiting!

Pugs and kisses,
Nancy

P.S. Latest update: Construction was supposed to start tomorrow... we are still waiting for approval of our Home Equity Line of Credit and our contractor is waiting for the construction permits... I am camping out in the living room while Mike is visiting New Orleans for the French Quarter Festival.

P.P.S. One would think that having no kitchen would mean that you would have a lot more time for sewing. This doesn't appear to be the case yet...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Pugtastic Tuesday: Pug Magnets

Today, I bring you pug magnets!

Lest you think that only pug people are crazy, on Sunday I met my Scottie dog doppelganger. My friend Cindy introduced us to Lisa. I brought LarryPug and Caesar with me to play with her dog Kiltie, an adorable three year old Scottish Terrier. Lisa was wearing a Scottie sweatshirt and Scottie dog earrings. Naturally, I was wearing a pug sweatshirt and pug earrings. She invited us inside and we toured her Scottie dog themed family room. I forgot to check her refrigerator, but I bet that there were Scottie dog magnets...

Without further ado, I present my collection.
There is quite a collection of pug magnets on our refrigerator.
This gigantic pug magnet is Lily's favorite and mine too! I should get a second one and add it to my PugMobile!
This is also one of my favorite pug magnets. Let me know if you see this graphic anywhere else. I'd love a giant framed print or a t-shirt. Maybe we should name our next pug Mr. Puddingstone. What a great name!
More puggy cuteness! It's always a bonus when I find a black pug version!
Puggy cuteness multiplied when pug magnets hold up cute photos of Romeo and Elvis in their glorious youth. Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of Romeo's death. I can't believe that it's been a year since we lost our precious pug angel.



Mike's sister bought me this funny magnet for my birthday a couple of years ago. Ever wonder how the puggies got their squishy faces? Now you know.
My adorable pug boys dressed and ready to go outside.
Our adorable baby Caesar. He turned five last month!
Thanks for visiting!

Pugs and kisses,
Nancy

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Pugtastic Tuesday: A Brief Hiatus

Hello Dear Blogging Friends,

All is well, except that I have no time to write a Pugtastic Tuesday blog post this morning. Mike and I spent the holiday weekend in Delaware and New York visiting family and friends. We spent all day Thursday and all day Sunday driving in the car. Yesterday I was back in the office and I am leaving this morning for a two day business meeting in CT.

Here are two things to entertain you while I'm gone.

The Clever Chameleon blog in Australia is publishing a monthly Beary Colourful Block of the Month quilt. It's free and the patterns are adorable.
This is the bear for April.
If you've never visited Moda Bake Shop, they publish new quilt patterns about twice a week. The patterns are free and there is a search bar if you're looking for something specific, such as a bag pattern.
This one definitely appeals to me. It looks fast and pretty. A great way to use your jelly roll strips.
Go sew! Enjoy!

Pugs and kisses,
Nancy

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Pugtastic Tuesday: Pug Bracelets

Welcome to another fascinating edition of Pugtastic Tuesday where I showcase some of my never ending pug collectibles and usually throw in a gratuitous photo of my handsome pug boys. The good thing about starting this series is that it forces me to write at least once a week, which in turn, usually forces me to write more than once a week so that you will know that I am doing some sort of quilting or at least buying some fabric.

This week, I show off my pug bracelets. Unlike some of my other collectibles, which have been gifted to me by well-meaning friends and relatives and might not be something I would choose myself or that I necessarily want to decorate my home or office with, I truly love my pug bracelets. Two of the bracelets are available commercially and several have been custom made for me.

This is the first pug bracelet that I had custom made on Etsy back in 2008. I sent photos and charms and she made this wonderful bracelet for me. It is extra special because Mike took all of the photos of Romeo and Elvis, my first two pugs. Sadly Romeo passed away last April, but Elvis is still going strong at 15 1/2. This artist is no longer on Etsy.

The small blue beads and the tiny polymer pugs (which you can see in greater detail in the second photo) are actually intended to be stitch markers for knitting. They are still available from sellers, WeeOnes and Beadmarkers.
My bracelet is chock full of charms, beads and photos. Some of the little pugs have fallen off. Fortunately there are lots of baubles and dangles on this piece, so it still looks good.
Detail of the bracelet above.
I love this photo of Romeo and Elvis waiting at the gate. To get this photo, I am on the other side of the gate and Mike took this photo from behind them.
Another cute photo of Romeo and Elvis in their youth.
I purchased this bracelet on Etsy in 2012. The shop is called BeadPassion.
Detail from bracelet above. There is a charm with Romeo's name and Elvis' name.
I bought this bracelet many years ago at jeweler Erwin Pearl. They still sell dog breed jewelry. It only came with the large pug on the far right. I had the other two tiny pug charms added later. They came inside my hinged miniature pug boxes, seen here.
Detail of the bracelet above.
Detail of the bracelet above.
This is probably one of my favorite bracelets ever because Mike and my Mom have bought the pug charms for me over the past ten years. It is sterling silver and it is made by Esquivel and Fees. They also sell on Etsy as EFSilver. I highly recommend their work. It is exquisite. They make all types of dog breed jewelry and other animals as well. I had the good fortune to visit their shop (which I found by accident) the last time I attended the Houston Quilt Festival.
Detail from the bracelet above. Shown are the Pug in a Basket, the two pugs in a heart and Elvis' birthstone charm. Romeo and LarryPug also have birthstone charms. I would get one for Caesar except that he and LarryPug both have March birthdays. Perhaps I will get a charm with his name on it. I think I need to get a tiny silver PugMom license plate!
I thought I bought this bracelet on Etsy, but I can not find it listed in my past purchases. I may have bought it at a craft show. The pugs have very silly faces. They remind me of Caesar with his tongue hanging out!
I bought this bracelet in 2012 from the shop Livilubaby. It was custom made for me by Denise and Katie, a talented Mother-Daughter team in Oregon.
Detail from the bracelet above.
Elvis!
LarryPug!
This photo taken tonight by PugDaddy Mike. Cuddle buddies, LarryPug and Elvis. I may have to have this printed to hang in our house. It is so adorable.
In case any of you are wondering, I do not have a diamond studded pug bracelet. It would make an excellent addition to my collection.

Thanks for visiting!

Pugs and kisses,
Nancy

Monday, March 26, 2018

A visit to the Quinobequin Quilt Show 2018

Joannie, Marion, and I went to the Quinobequin Quilt Show on Friday night. I belonged to this guild many years ago when I lived in Newton. It was a very nice show. Marion always says that she likes to go to a guild show because there is usually a good mix of quilts: some that are so amazing that you could never make them, some that inspire you to make them, and some that make you feel slightly smug about your own quilting skills by comparison.

I took photos of many of my favorites.
Net Gear by Maxine Rosenberg.
The "gears" in this quilt are from the pattern "Passacaglia with Mr. Penrose" from the book Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein.
A close-up of the quilt above.
Find the Telephone? by Maxine Rosenberg.

This quilt was inspired by Edyta Sitar's Bushel Basket Quilt.
Detail from the quilt above.
I found the telephone!
Mystery en Provence by CharAnn Brown

This was the free 2016 mystery quilt pattern designed by Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville.
Bunnies for Emily by Marlene Thurston
City Neighbors by Penelope Kulko
Window details from the quilt above.
Window details from the quilt above.
River's Edge by Elinor Nelson
Stash Buster/Builder by CharAnn Brown

This quilt was made in a class taught by Brown Bagger extraordinaire, our very own Lynne Godin.
Detail from the quilt above.
In Celebration of the Sampler by Catherine Gentile
Detail from the quilt above.
Black & White and Red All Over by Cathy Clemens
Detail from the quilt above.
Hurricane Season by Robin Jaeger.

Can you believe this is her first quilt?
Take Flight by Robin Jaeger. Her second quilt! Based on a pattern by Christine Echols.
Detail from the quilt above.
When You Only See Rainbows, Look For The Sun by Susan Downs
Detail from the quilt above.
Black Magic by Marleen Kroll
Detail from the quilt above. The images are fussy cut from a Paula Nadelstern kaleidoscope fabric.
Fallen Leaves by Carol Miller
Detail from the quilt above.
Hexies in Red and White by Maxine Rosenberg
Details from the quilt above.
Fishing for Love by Evy Megerman
Detail from the quilt above.
Thanks for visiting.

Pugs and kisses,
Nancy