Photo Friday: I love AutoCAD

Wanting to make a quilting design I saw today was frustrating when I realized that the pattern was not available.

So, I started a session in Virtual PC, running a seat of WindowsXP, (*edited see explanation below)  and then cranked up an ancient version of AutoCAD.  With a bit of tutoring from Bob (he works with this stuff all the time)  I had my new Foundation Paper Piecing block!

AutoCADI printed it onto freezer paper.

Now I need to choose my fabrics and get sewing!


*Note:  As the running of the background programs in a PC world is not my thing… Bob has advised me that I was not running DOS, I was running a virtual PC with a “seat of WinXP”.  Clear as mud; Yes?  I have corrected my error in nomenclature above.  :P

Old Dog New Tricks

Been busy, oh so busy teaching myself new tricks…  Pictures  with few words today.

(Click the first picture for gallery and captions)

NOTES:  The curved seam practice went not so well, but it was a good learning experience and made a cute little mat for the kitchen table.   It now holds the napkins, salt and pepper.

So what are the little hexagon shapes in the picture of the finished cupcake?  Why my next learning exercise of course!  ;)

Julie’s apron is HERE

Be back soon!


ETSY doesn’t make it easy with their new shipping calculator set up, but I think I got it covered!

And now no matter where in the world you live you can buy it if you like it!

Newly added is my Log Cabin table topper.


You can find it HERE

Things should start showing up a bit more regularly now.  :)




I put it up and it’s SOLD! 

That makes me happy.



The Crazy Chicken Lady Gazette Vol. 1, No 2

Bringing you all the chicken poop that’s fit to print, and some as what ain’t.


Wherein the Noodle Dog Learns He Cain’t FLY

Fall has come creeping up in dribs-n-drabs and the weather has cooled enough for us to get some things done about the place.  This means me prepping chicken for the freezer… and convincing Bob that I need that back deck done!  The temporary steps we got (mummmbbble) months years back to replace the deteriorated ones are now themselves rotting and rickety.  I must confess that when we bought the wood for the job we had no idea that illness would settle in like an unwanted relative and stay with us for so long.  However we are now, relatively speaking, fit and ready for getting the job done.

And so it was, that while Bob worked at laying on and screwing down the planking, the Noodle needed to potty from time to time.  Having become used to the deck being there (albeit not screwed down) he has taken to flying off the steps and then right back up when he’s done his business.  Yesterday when he had to go I would pass him through the door to Bob and he would set him down to ‘go’.  However, at the end of the day when he went out, he did his business and then instead of coming to Bob for a lift into the mudroom,  he raced up the steps and, for all intents and purposes, tried to fly!

I give him credit for form and gumption.  The deck is 12 ft long and he made it just past center before he began losing altitude and crashed into a cross beam, tangled his legs in it, rolled, and then fell to the ground in a swan nose dive.  Had there been a diving pool below he would have won on that swan dive alone.  As it was, he jumped up and looked at us with a most confused expression, then shook himself off as if to say:  “I’m OK!”       <— (Click, it’s funny I promise.)


Thankfully, today finds him totally fine and full of spunk.


Regarding Miss Dixie

Dixie wanted you to know that she is no longer being incarcerated by the neighbors.  The lady of the house lamented as how sad she was to let out all her chickens to play in the grass and bask in the sun, and then listen to Miss Dixie complain all day…

Hm… ya think?

I cheerfully suggested that since their garden was done for the summer and that Miss Dixie preferred to sleep in our tree each night, that she just leave her to run free.    I am so happy to say that she has done just that.  I rarely see Dixie over the fence, as she has begun hanging out in the temporary quarters with the *Stay Puft Gang and the three Little Red Hens.  Apparently, she thinks they have the best eats.  I even spied her visitin’ with the Cornish just this morning, well, until Crow started giving her unwanted attention.  ;)


On the Business Front

I have been working feverishly to complete a long overdue project for a friend and I’m happy to say it is done, mailed and has been received.  I am now going to apply the same efforts and steam to make new items for my Etsy shop.  The crickets have taken over and it is well past time to add some new fall and winter items.  I will post these as they are completed and added.

See y’all next time!


*Stay Puft Gang:  My euphemism for the meat chickens out back. For the uninitiated Stay Puft is a fictional Marshmallow character from the movie, Ghostbusters.