Saturday, May 7, 2016

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC16 - Week 19

Welcome to Week 19 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  Another month, another color.  I had REALLY hoped that Angela would announce the color for May early. I was in desperate need of a manicure!  :P

SUNDAY morning found me sitting at my computer following all of the links posted in Angela's Saturday LINK PARTY.  (A link for this week's LINK PARTY can be found near the bottom of this post.) I look forward to this weekly event.  SEW. Much. Quilt-spiration!!

When I arrived, I found that Angela had posted a very subtle Color Announcement embedded in her Slowdown Sunday post.  In the first paragraph, she mentioned,

"The new color inspiration is an evergreen forest.  Think of a soft loden green tree with a dusty brown trunk." 

I think it's a bit odd that ANOTHER month has brown as its accent color, but who am I to complain when the Color of the Month is GREEN?!?!?!  Loden and forest may NOT be my favorite shade, but I can certainly work with sage.  Although, this month's RSC sewing will probably have to wait for the END of the month!!

Remember... BIG doings in the studio = NO actual sewing time.

On MONDAY, I got off to a slow start.  Early, but slow. I spent several hours writing blog posts and later I spent several hours working on reorganizing some things in my studio.

What now, Joyful???

As noted in Random Thoughts discussion thread of Quilters Knitting group on Ravelry: I emptied (and refilled) FOUR drawers today!! One GIANT bag of upholstery fabric has a new home. :o))
P.S. The birthday scraps have a new home, too!!!
I could have snapped a shot of the the empty drawers or one of the diminished T-shirt Scrap Pile, but none of those things make very interesting pictures.

Unfortunately, there has been:


Sewing!  :o((

Instead, I think I'll show you the new arrivals in the garden...

Spiky Iris:

Lavender Iris with Purple Falls:

Lacy Lavender Edges Iris:

There are 3 or 4 more varieties for you Iris lovers, but if memory serves, they are late bloomers.

TUESDAY is Knit Group.  This week it was followed up with a Hair Appointment and then ANOTHER trip to Raleigh!  Another??  Yes, this time I had to get DS1 along with the rest of his stuff!! He's baaaaaaaaaaaaaacccccccccccccccccckkkkkkkkkk:

WEDNESDAY started off well enough.  I woke before my alarm clock (always a bonus) and got a jump on my morning routine.  Once everyone was off to school or work, I put dinner in the crock pot, composed a grocery list, and was on my merry way.

After lunch, DS2 had an appointment at Duke Children's Health Center.  His bone marrow doc wanted him to see his cardiologist before heading off to college.  Fortunately, he didn't have an AP Exam this afternoon!  (AND... they were kind enough to get us out the door in time to make it to my 5:00 appointment, too.  Whew!!)

On THURSDAY, I was up bright and early to take the girls to school.  After dropping them, I headed to my weekly Quilt Group meeting and after that...  Errands kept me out the rest of the afternoon.  Perfectly boring errands made more exciting by having to slog around in the rain.  Oh, joy!

FRIDAY morning I woke up earlier than I had to (considering that Jazz was canceled for DS2!!) I was out of the house by 8:30 AM, returned briefly in the middle of the afternoon (to write out bills,) and didn't get home until nearly 9 PM.  Wow!  What a day!  The good news is...

DS1 got a job for the summer!!!  :o))

On SATURDAY, my family attended the Rainbow Walk of Heroes, a fundraiser for the Family Support program on "5200."  (That's the Pediatric Bone Marrow unit at Duke University Medical Center, where DS2 was hospitalized for the better part of 2 months back in 2013.)  The Family Support staff make being in the hospital more fun.  They celebrate patient birthdays, coordinate meals for care givers, and plan "date nights" for in-patient parents on major holidays.  Since they did so much for us and continue to do so much for others, we like to give back (and solicit contributions from friends.  Just indicate Team Matthew on the donation form.  Thanks!)

We went, we walked, we survived another Rainbow Walk!  Upon arrival home, I threw on a load of laundry and headed for my computer to join Angela's LINK PARTY.  I've been looking forward to seeing all the wonderful GREEN projects that will be featured.

Alas, there will be little time for that.  Why?  Because today is a special day at our house.  DH and I are celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary!!  I'm off to shower and change for our celebration dinner.

Here's a heads up regarding my studio redo...  I will be releasing a feature story in order to document my progress and share the process with you all.  Watch for that on Tuesday.  Maybe it will encourage you to BUY LESS STASH (before your room is buried in fabric like mine is/was/whatever!!)

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!


  1. Welcome home to your college son! I remember looking forward to that and dreading it at the same time. Lol! Both transitions ( when they leave and when they come home again) require adjustments! Looking forward to seeing your updated studio!

  2. Congratulations on your anniversary! The walk for bone marrow is a wonderful cause. It feels good to be contributing to something that can be lifesaving. Thanks for the iris photos. I like the lavender one best. At one time I had 350 different varieties.

  3. You certainly had a busy week! I hope your anniversary dinner was nice (congrats!!). Looking forward to seeing the studio redo, hehe.

  4. Happy Anniversary. Hope you have a wonderful evening out with your hubby. You sure have been busy...... want to come sort out my studio?

  5. so sad, my iris did not bloom this year...wah

  6. Happy Anniversary and congratulations to DS1 on that summer job. Totally get the "buy less fabric" when it comes to managing the stash -- looking forward to your feature story.

  7. What a great and wild week! I'm currently in no danger of having my fabric stash overtake my sewing room as the toys accomplish that feat, thankyouverymuch! ;). I love having all my fabric visible so the temptation to shop is greatly reduced.

  8. Beautiful Iris. Happy Anniversary.

  9. Your flowers are beautiful! I love iris. And Happy Anniversary. I hope you had a great evening.
    --Nancy. (ndmessier @,

  10. Lovely irises. I hope you had a happy anniversary. I remember those day when all you did was go go go. I hope you find some sewing time this week.

  11. I love iris. We're in the midst of tulips right now (northern Illinois). Hope you can get reacquainted with your sewing machine this week.

  12. Thanks for showing your "live greens". My greens are going to be brighter because that is what I have. Maybe you can get to sew this week?

  13. Beautiful flowers! Thanks for sharing pictures. Congratulations on the new job, DS. Walk for bone marrow is such a worthy cause.
    I wonder if we can use blue as an accent with green instead of brown this RSC month...


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