Thursday, December 31, 2015

Charity Quilts ~ last of 2015

I was able to make my goal of making 50 quilt tops for charity in 2015.  I ended up making a total of 52 for the year with over half quilted by myself.  What will be my goal for 2016???




Sunday, December 27, 2015

Cox Hall Creek WMA

Clouded Sulphur Butterfly seen today at Cox Hall Creek WMA

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas Fabric Postcards

I have belonged to several online groups over the years where we swap small art postcards that have themes.  My biggest collection of these are the Christmas postcards.  This year I thought I would get them out to display.  My original idea was to hang a string and clip the postcards to it with tiny wooden clothespins.  Then I realized  that the perfect place to display them is in the sunroom where Jenny & I spend most of our time.  She has a miniature tree we added to the display.  I love how they look and the sun won't hurt them because in the winter the room doesn't get very much sun.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Needlepoint Christmas stockings

Over 35 years ago I made needlepoint Christmas stockings for my parents Cliff and Jeanne.  After I got married I designed and made one for my husband Russ.  Their stockings are displayed every Christmas but the location moves because I use my fireplace every day.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Cape Island ~ Ash-throated Flycatcher & Henslow's Sparrow

Another bird alert for an Ash-throated Flycatcher at the magnesite plant in Lower Twp and a second one for a Henslow's Sparrow at the Beanery.  I thought both would be life birds for me and since I was off from work I decided  drive over was warrantied,  When I arrived at the magnesite plant, the flycatcher was feeding in the trees along the parking lot and was pointed out to me by some of the birders who were observing the bird.  Then it was a drive over to the Beanery to find the Henslow's Sparrow which was located in a large brush pile along the edge of  field.  Wehad good looks at the sparrow but no great pictures for me.
Ash-throated Flycatcher - Cape My County, NJ

Ash-throated Flycatcher ( 3/24/14 ~ Cabo, Mexico)

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Monarch - My yard

As I went outside today to work in the yard I startled this Monarch. She's a late record for my yard though I still have 6 Monarch Caterpillars eating away.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Wordless Wednesday ~ Backyard Birds

Northern Cardinal (male)

White-throated Sparrow

Monday, December 7, 2015

Charity Quilts

This weekend I was inspired to get back to piecing tops.  My goal for this year is to piece 50 tops.  I made 7 this weekend which brings me to 48 tops pieced in 2015.  Over 2/3 of them I also quilted though some of these will go to a quilting angel in Tampa.







Sunday, December 6, 2015

Cape May Point State Park

American  Lady Butterfly ~ Will it be my last butterfly of 2015?
Downy Woodpecker looking for lunch

Downy Woodpecker ~ Still searching for the bugs

Carolina Chickadee
Northern Pintail (Drake)