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Shoreline, CT, United States
I would love for you to join me (a retired senior)in my zany crafting adventures with quilting (waaaaay too much fabric); scrapbooking (will I ever catch up?); redwork; counted cross stitch; crossword puzzles; reading; and cooking.

Sunday, January 14, 2018


                                                    Hello, Hello everyone...
I am finally feeling well enough to do a little hand stitching on my 
well-loved Pomegranates in The Rain............

                       See, I got another rainy block done...

it took me about one and one-half weeks of sporadic stitching and
many in-between naps....;ooo

I have been MIA with both family issues and my own bout with sinus and ear infections and just feeling totally crummy....not so sure it wasn't that flu bug that started it all off...I felt like a mack truck slammed into me....and I had gotten the flu shot, too...and it has left me  still coughing up a storm; 
But, I am beginning to  feel human once again ;)))

Lack of any energy has kept me just doing the necessary things around here 
and driving hubster to and from hospital for more testing...

Today I am making my own brand of "medicine"--;)))
                                      Chicken soup--
                             good for the soul on this frigidly cold day..

It should go down a treat tonight....with those little round soup crackers--
                                                 yum.  =))
My design wall is totally blank and my projects, started "way back when"
{lost in the mists of time}, are in my drawer patiently awaiting my interest
to return and my energy....I just cannot seem to get my mojo back.

I did get a gift card to Missouri Star Quilt Co. for Christmas, and 
I picked out some fabrics; I am hoping this will activate my sewing 
desire when they arrive.

My daily journal is no more than a listing of all my meds, aches and pains and
hubster's medical issues...hopefully those will be dealt with for the final time in the near future....
And sometimes, "so it goes"....

Hugs to you all
Julierose La Blageuse (stitching slowly-euse)

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


                                 WILLA ALL DRESSED UP IN HER REINDEER DRESS

                                       FIONA IN HER CHRISTMAS SWEATER

We all "gathered together..." to celebrate

JEFF and

                                                         his wife LINDSAY

                                          TWO LITTLE ELVES handed out the presents...
to us all....

We had a wonderful dinner after which the elves and I settled down to watch "Scooby-Doo" and
                                                    It was a wonderful Holiday Celebration....

And even Kota and Libby joined in the fun

A memorable Christmas...
We are so thankful for the blessings of our family...

hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (still not sewing-euse)

Sunday, December 17, 2017



                             AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!

I will be back in 2018--

but many hugs and thanks for now,

Julierose, La Blageuse (on a break-euse)

Friday, December 8, 2017


                              These pages document moving from Fall into Winter.............

I have used a 3/4 page (on the left ) that opens to these pictures
and was able to scrap 8  photos in this way (along with four 3x3 across the top left)...

I found two old Basic Grey papers that I think are muted and soft....on a darkish gray
cardstock background....

                                                      Here is the 12x12 spread
                           [The Snow Queen appears on all my Seasonal Spreads (top right)]


                                            A closer view of the 3/4 page's reverse side....
         {FYI: the music is by Carlos Jobim...that I often play on the piano when my hands allow}

I snapped all these photos off our back deck looking down into the forest that surrounds
us....so they have a "place" memory in my heart...the snowflakes presaging Winter's arrival
I find this kind of work so relaxing and satisfying...ahhhhh....

Julierose, La Blageuse (Awaiting our First Snowfall-euse)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Here is my double page spread for my Garden Scrapbook detailing our front garden
                                              in its Autumn Glory....

I've added some dried basil stems and frosty oak leaves on this side.........

                           Some little dried rose petals here...

I really love how everything goes all twiggy and grey-ish blue...
..........and how the flower heads dry on their stems...
Everything closing off for the coming of W I N T E R  S N O W S ........

Although I hate to see the days getting shorter and darkening so early
I do love how my little garden spot looks.....;)))

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (in scrap-mode-euse)

Friday, December 1, 2017


Every December 1st finds me scouring our yard for leftover garden plantings that have gone
through the first frost.   I choose a different basket each year--
 (this was an old one of my Mom's that she painted and I found this morning
 hiding in our attic--
I must have come across it last year when I stored our Christmas decorations...)

Twigs, branches, left over mums-- all dried out, and santolina, and lavender--- and generally just
lots of "Twiggy" stuff.  ;)))) and a few greens....I set it up in our front entryway as a welcome...

                           {Our leaf guy has to come for his final "blow through";)))))
                                   --we are beyond raking with our creaking backs and bones--
                                          so, we gave ourselves permission to hire him....
                                                                            a little treat for us both....;))) }

Our stove fan/light stopped working last night...so my own personal "Mr. FIX-IT" took it all
apart and cleaned and repaired it..
Here is a funny picture of him holding a beer while screwing in the final screw holding it up...
.(this is for my December Daily Journal--I try to take at least one picture a day
describing our days leading up to the New Year....)

We had been searching online to see different models and prices--(We really didn't want to lay out another $150+ or so at this pricey time of year either)...................and

                                                     TAH-DAH--Mr. Fix-It to the rescue...
(and, unlike when I try anything like this, there were not even any screws leftover. LOL).
                                                                    MY HERO....sigh.....

                                       Last evening's moonrise....from our back porch
                                                   another shot for my Journal....
I hope to decorate our little tabletop tree this weekend...but I NEED to find teeney- tiny
ornaments...I have been gifting my larger ones to my children every year as part of their
Christmas gifts....most were my mother's and my Grand-mere's...very fragile and memory-laden.....
I haven't done any sewing--but am planning on working on my strip projects over the coming weekend....
Julierose, La Blageuse ("Sleigh bells Ring, are ya listenin'?"--euse ;}}} )

Sunday, November 26, 2017


                                                                 Gobble-Gobble Girls ;)))     
                                                                (Willa (L) and Fiona (R)

                      AND BIRTHDAY BOY, STEVEN (now 18--Whoa how did that happen??)

HOME FOR THANKSGIVING FROM UCONN...We had ice cream cake--so only one quick candle or it would've become an  ice cream pudding  lol...
                                           We had a wonderful day...all together..;))))

And here is the opposite of my "Blue Moon" strip work:

                                                         "MORNING HAS BROKEN"

More leftover strip work...I think I could do strips and squares forever and be happy....

And here are a few more ready to go with this set of colors...

These are all leftovers from other projects that I salvaged; I like that aspect of strip working too.
I have saved the cut off bits and bobs for my Junk Journals--so almost no waste except for slivers too tiny to even glue...makes me happy...:D

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend and are pleasantly stuffed with turkey and all the fixins'....as we are...

We had leftover sandwiches (Thom had, but of course, a hot turkey sandwich -bread- tower with gravy and I had a cold--with mayo and cransauce--sandwich and just a wee bit of leftover green bean casserole with those now carmelized onions on top--oh heavenly!!)

 Aren't we lucky to be able to enjoy our food and have so much bounty...we are so thankful....

Hugs, on a sunny and chilly "Sunday After"...

Julierose, La Blageuse (still full-euse!!);ooo