Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last Day of the Year

What could be more appropriate for an end-of-the-year post than a photo with my Chinese Zodiac animal? Yes, I am a snake--as are two of my daughters, the ones known on my blog as D1 and D5. Ring out the old year, ring in the new one.

This hasn't been a successful year for my photo blogging ambitions. Kind of hard to take and post pictures when one is flat on her back. However, the back surgery is now behind me (snerk) and I am trying very hard to get back to normal--or more appropriately, get to the new normal.

So, in the spirit of new beginnings, I'm going to declare that for 2012 I will try to post a photo every day. I'm going to allow myself the leeway to maybe post a day or two after the fact, depending on what's going on in my life, but by this time next year (assuming the Mayas just ran out of room for their calculations) there should be 366 pictures on this blog.

I've signed up for a couple of challenges for the year--one is called Take a Stitch Tuesday, and the other is a crazy quilt block challenge. I'll probably post pictures here as well as on my "other blog" but the details will be over there. I reserve the right to make this blog about whatever comes in front of my lens, whether it's my cats, my kids, my grandkids, my flowers, my trees, the skies, clouds, quilts, knitty stuff.

So, for now? Here's wishing you a happy new year, and I'll see you tomorrow!

Monday, November 21, 2011

In she goes...

In she goes... by marie watterlond
In she goes..., a photo by marie watterlond on Flickr.

Love t his picture of Abby going through the "magic" blue door into the Children's Garden at the Huntington, with her auntie Jennie taking a picture!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Girl and Her Rat

A Girl and Her Rat by marie watterlond
A Girl and Her Rat, a photo by marie watterlond on Flickr.

Halloween props can be fun, when you're too young to have a negative back-story!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Mae, driving!

Mae, driving! by marie watterlond
Mae, driving!, a photo by marie watterlond on Flickr.

Border collies are smart...but Mae thinks she's human! She loves to sit in the driver's seat...

Monday, September 12, 2011


Moonrise by marie watterlond
Moonrise, a photo by marie watterlond on Flickr.

Full moon, rising among the clouds. A little hazy but it was that kind of night, too.

Still working on getting acquainted with the new camera. Right now it's a very guarded standoff--I don't think either one of us is exactly sold on the partnership!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

HiHi, hiding

HiHi, hiding by marie watterlond
HiHi, hiding, a photo by marie watterlond on Flickr.

There's a shelf under my computer desk where I keep shoes etc. Sometimes HiHi feels the need to move some of the shoes off so he can be "close" to me while I'm on the computer.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Rooster by marie watterlond
Rooster, a photo by marie watterlond on Flickr.

This guy has a much meaner expression than the one on my dining room table! He's part of the Ai Wei Wei Chinese zodiac installation at LACMA. for the "real" scoop, or check my Flickr page for more of my photos--including a couple of family members with their "year of" critters!

Urban Light installation, LACMA

202 refurbished and refitted light poles. Set up close together but with room to walk between. Now I want to go back and photograph them by night!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Before and Afters

Doing some yard renovations which involved cutting back the "jungle" and taming the formerly-feral rosebushes.

Also took out two trees, which was sad but needed to be done.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Recycling Nan

IMG_8122 by marie watterlond
IMG_8122, a photo by marie watterlond on Flickr.

Misspelled words can drive me crazy. This just amused me!

Sunday, May 15, 2011


05-2011 002 by marie watterlond
05-2011 002, a photo by marie watterlond on Flickr. serious bidness. Gotta start them early with the Love of Yarn!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Croissant and coffee

Croissant and coffee by marie watterlond
Croissant and coffee, a photo by marie watterlond on Flickr.

Chocolate croissant, to be exact. Quite yummy!

Simon, napping

Simon, napping by marie watterlond
Simon, napping, a photo by marie watterlond on Flickr.

Cats and quilts...what better combo is there?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Attic Window

Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Hmmm... wonder if I could design a quilt around this?

Really is the window to the attic. Sometimes, when the light in the attic was on at night, the neighborhood kids would think the house was haunted. Of course, my little darlings did nothing to discourage that thought.

Monday, February 14, 2011


Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
A contribution from my daughter's uncle-in-law. The one on the table has already been eaten and it was delicious--sweet enough without adding sugar! I don't know if the larger, white ones will be as sweet--but it will be fun to find out!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

It's not really spring

even though this tree apparently thinks it is! Yes, Feb. 12 and the trees are blooming. Winter in California!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Frosting Face!

Frosting Face!
Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
It was a really good cupcake!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
My Valentine quilt, out for its annual airing. And yes, it's supposed to look like that--the idea was to replicate an old love note that's been folded and refolded.

There are love quotes written in the corners. This was made around 1990 or 1991, hand appliqued and hand quilted.

Sitting in the rain...

Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
...looking out of the car window while waiting for a friend.

Editorial Comment

Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Found a car I wouldn't want to drive--at least, not in that color! Who thought metallic pink with an orange stripe was appealing?

Wondering if the dents are equivalent to comments on the color of this vehicle...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
If you've been following the progress of the ragg squares, here's the finished piece! All ready to give to my friend and her new little boy!

Anne's Pink Quilt

Anne's Pink Quilt
Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Made with some of the 12.5" squares from our current M&Ms project. Anne made the strip-pieced blocks from some of her "strings" and did the setting.

Monday, January 24, 2011

White Camellias

White Camellias
Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
...are a bit difficult to photograph, especially when the sun is turning the house next door the same color!

Most of the white varieties bloom at this time of year, which means that by Camellia Festival time (last weekend in Feb.) it's practically impossible to find the white ones for float decorating. This bush will be long past its prime by then!


Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Any other words necessary? There is nothing quite as good as REAL maple syrup!

(This went on my Sunday brunch French toast. Might have to make some more tomorrow...)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Ragg quilt

Ragg quilt
Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
I made two just like this. Actually this is the "back" side of the quilt--raggs typically get snipped and then washed and dried several times to fluff up the fringes, hence "rag" quilt. Because each block is two pieces of fabric with batting in between, and the seams are over an inch wide, it doesn't lay flat at this stage.

Stay tuned for the next exciting installment--after I get my house, myself, and my cats thoroughly covered in threads and lint during the snipping process. Still not quite sure if I want to wash and dry them at home, or in a commercial washer.

I do have to say I'm rather pleased with the layout of these blocks, considering what I had to work with in the way of colors and patterns!

Double-Decker Catboys

My little computer buddies.

Why yes, I do kick my shoes off and leave them under the desk. Isn't that why it has a shelf? (This is an old hotel desk--I've had it over 30 years and its previous family had it for a long time before that.)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Watch Out World!

Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Here comes the "Termi-N8r" on his new bike! Gotta love that expression as he takes off on two wheels for the first time. (Well, two and stabilizers. After all, he's 3!)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

First Pie

Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Finally cranked up my "personal pie" baker tonight and made four little cranberry-apple tarts. Really ambitious project: of course, the baker did have to be seasoned...but the pie crust was ready-made, the pie filling came in a jar from Trader Joe's (thanks for the yummies, Aaron!), so the work involved was minimal.

And now I have a hot pie to enjoy. Excuse me...

Windy Sky

Windy Sky
Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Taken from the drive-through at Starbucks in West Covina. Palm trees and windswept clouds, on a very hot and sunny January day.

Baby Jail

Baby Jail
Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
An inflatable bouncer is the perfect spot for a baby! She and a same-age buddy had a ball, literally!


Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Quilting at Sandy's is always fun, but tonight it was enlivened by some of the dogs' antics. Nora-the-iggie (Italian Greyhound) doesn't like to sleep alone so she squeezes in with the pugs--usually just one, but here she's gotten between two of them!

There are other pictures of the dogs on my Flickr page.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Tonight's sunset was absolutely spectacular. This was the best I could do while driving home--although the traffic almost stopped a couple of times, I had to "point and shoot" and not look!

One of those times w hen the 30-mile drive home has entertainment provided, thanks to the changing colors and the strange cloud formations. These clouds really did center on the setting sun. Odd, and oddly beautiful, too!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Work Area

Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
In the process of cutting the strips down into 2-patches. Total yield? 300! They'll make 150 4-patches and 32 (I think!) 16-patches.

Taking big pieces of fabric, cutting them up into little pieces, and then sewing them back together into big pieces. The essence of quiltmaking!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Birthday Cake

Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Pretty self explanatory, except for one thing.

How did my little girl get to be 40?

Friday, January 7, 2011

Baby Face!

Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Couldn't resist putting up Little Cutie! She'll now smile on cue...

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Simon wants to make sure I'm sewing these strips properly.

Quarter-inch seam allowance? Check!

Right sides together? Check!

Thread in the bobbin? oops...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Tonight's dinner. Quite yummy.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Winter Roses

Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
This picture evokes a phrase from an old country song that has haunted me for years:

"faded love and winter roses"

Don't remember who sang it, or even what came next. But the winter-stricken rosebushes, with a few brave blossoms hanging on and some scarlet rosehips leavening the desolation, tell the story. And the seedling Chinese elm tree reaching over the bushes?

Well, it's doomed. One way or another, it's out of there. My love for it faded before it ever grew this tall!

Edit Note: Looked it up. It's a Hank Williams song:

Faded love and winter roses always bloom in memory
Faded love and winter roses yearning hearts that used to be

Will they meet again tomorrow where we parted yesterday
Give me back the winter roses and the love you took away

Faded love and winter roses sprinkled with a lonely tear
Faded love and winter roses still recall each yesteryear

Will I always be a dreamer dreaming of the used to be
Faded love and winter roses live and die in memory

... and now I remember why I loved to listen to this song!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Winter Sky

Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
This is the top of my camellia bush--the one by the back door. I don't think it's supposed to look like this--or maybe it just needs a haircut.

Since I posted its blossom the other day, I thought it was only fair to give another view.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Mother's Little Helper

2011.1.2 004
Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
One of the hazards they don't warn you about when you learn to quilt!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A New year...

Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
a new effort to post a picture a day! Made more difficult by the crashing (and burning, one assumes) of my DSL line, leaving me dependent on whimsical wifi for posting purposes.

So starting the year off with this lovely camellia, which is currently blooming just outside my back door. This is the bush that the deck was built around, and I'm so very glad we saved it!