29 July 2009

My day has been made...

I got the most wonderful comment on one of my posts today! Jodi said she was 'glad to have found my blog!' My blog? No. That is not a tear! I simply have something in my eye...

So check out her fun blog. I highly recommend this (I totally covet that little stash pillow!) and that (she was featured on Moda Bake shop! Check that out!) She's actually giving those tutorial projects away! Woo-hoo! :) Just leave a comment on 'that' post to enter!

So speaking of grandmother's flower garden quilts, I've started one of my own. Although, is it really one? I wasn't going to share right away, but why not!

I'm (obviously) doing red, white and blue in rounds. I'm just going to keep adding rounds...no individual flowers here. And the hexagons are the 1/2" ones. Small... Yes, it would've been nice of me to finish that red round for the pic...Do you like? I almost did it in 1/4" but I'm thinking 30's repros for that...

Speaking of tiny things. Here is the mini furniture collection I've started...

A tiny chair I got while doing the OR shop hop...A mini ladder...it's one of my favorites!
The mini stool I had my 30's repros on...And a tiny bench...I also have a variety of mini shelves. I wanted to make a sort of collage of mini shelves on a wall, but I'm not at all creative and therefore I haven't decided how to make it work... (a little Tim Gunn tribute there...)

OMG! Project Runway really is coming back! I think it kind-of stinks that it'll be on Lifetime instead of Bravo, but so be it! Yay!

You know what?

I think I was meant to live in the midwest. My husband needs to be near water...but I say the great lakes are enough water. I went to school right on Lake Ontario (for a whopping year) and I absolutely loved to go sit by the lake! You can't see the other side, you get wind, snow, seagulls...what's the big difference?

But alas...I don't see us moving from here...ever. :(

Perhaps tomorrow I'll have something fun to show you...

20 July 2009

Note to self: bring the camera!

Today totally feels like Sunday to me, so I'm a little out of sorts.

Saturday I went to Late Night Sewing at my local craft store. That's such a great way to get out and get some sewing done. I worked on some BOM's (from 2 years ago), a quilt I'm making for my bed, and my 30's quilt.

First, here are the fabrics for the quilt for my bed. It's the Ava Rose collection by Tanya Whelan. Mmm...
And these are the 30's charms.
I have more fabric that hasn't been cut yet. Overall I am going to have over 400 2.75" squares! Right now I'm trying for only 2 of each fabric in the quilt. But if I procrastinate longer, I might have enough that I won't repeat any fabrics! Wow...what a stash, eh? The quilt is called Sweet Memories from Darlene Zimmerman's Granny Quilts book. I actually saw one made up at a store, and that's when I fell in love!

Oh, and see the chicken* thing the fabrics are on? That's a tiny little stool! It's about a foot high. Lately I've been in to collecting small stools/furniture. Maybe I'll share that someday.

And do I even need to say that I bought some stuff while I was at the sewing thing? Of course I did! Here's a necklace waiting to happen. I don't know if I'll bead around the rivoli or just stick it in like that. Swarovski and Vintaj brass...two of my favorite things!
I also got a kit to make a little fabric 'paper doll' book. Have you seen this fabric? I just love this one little girl. In fact, I don't love the rest. So I find it funny that I only got one of her in the kit.
I don't like how grainy fabric gets in pics. But I'm not skilled enough to know how to change it. I also didn't have enough light this morning to avoid the flash. But I'm not patient enough to wait for the afternoon. :)

So here we come to the camera reference. Sunday we went on a little hike. Well, little for some people, not so little or easy for our out-of-shape butts! It's about 3 miles with a 500' elevation gain. At the end there's a great waterfall view (here's a pic I didn't take). But guess what? I forgot my *%&@# camera! >:( Maybe my son and I will do it again just for the pics. Unfortunately my daughter has decided she doesn't like walking downhill. She also doesn't pay attention to where she walks so she's got some slightly-scraped knees. But I think she did great for a clumsy 3yo!

Whenever I talk about her clumsiness I can't help but remember this time that we were walking down the sidewalk and there were some men unloading a truck. Well she was watching them so intently that she littlerally walked full-body into a wall! Poor thing, I couldn't stop laughing!

* I can't tell you how many times since we moved to WA I've encountered people who don't seem to understand that Roosters are chicken. Example: I was in a store and I wanted this thing that had many different designs. So I said I wanted the chicken one. She looked at me with a puzzled face and said, "you mean the rooster?" Uh, yeah... And that has literally happened several times! So in case you didn't know, all chickens are chickens. We call the boy a rooster and the girl a hen. But they are all chickens!

14 July 2009

Back from the hop...

So we did end up going on the shop hop. It was great. Though it would have been much nicer had we taken more than just two days to do it. For one, we were rushed, and I didn't get to go to all 12 shops so I'm not eligible for the big prize. So be it. Next year (oh yes, I plan to do it again!) we'll take more time so we can stop and explore some interesting places.

The people in those shops were so darn nice. Not one quilt snob or rotten mood as I've sometimes encountered in my area. And I got a free fat quarter at each shop! How cool is that?

Here are some of my purchases/winnings:

Some delicious 30's repros... The seafoamy/minty green in the back is for the project that I'm collecting all these 30's for. Someday I'll tell you about that...
Yet more pink and browns...
Some reds, whitse and blues for another project I'm working on...At one of the shops we encountered this little guy. I saved him from a certain foot-related death (he was on the welcome mat). I put my lens cap in the pic for size reference. Isn't he tiny? I don't know if he's a baby praying mantis, or some other tiny albino mantid.
A storm was rolling in on our way home. This is a cloud of dust...
And this is what I believe to be a closed up mine. I have the strongest urge to explore stuff like that! The pic is kind-of fuzzy because we were driving by at 70mph. Sometimes I just wish we could stop for these things...
Also, I forgot to show the mini quilt I made for that mini hanger. Yes, it's wonky, but do I care? no...
And here's the back...
I did end up making that pin cushion but the pattern was wrong and so I'm not at all happy with how it turned out. :( I know I should have checked for corrections, but I never do...

10 July 2009

So I was wrong...

Our anniversary is on the 6th, not the 7th. Oops! Actually, I make that mistake a lot. I wonder why?

So today is Friday! Which, as you know, is my favorite day. This weekend is the start of a quilt shop hop in the south middle part of WA and in to OR. I really want to go. Crabapple Hill is having an open house just for shop hoppers! Oh I really, really want to go. But it's all hanging on whether or not dh gets any checks. He's done the work, but the payments are coming in slow. Some late...

So on the subject of fabric, would you like to see some?

I'm planning/stashing for a pink and brown log cabin. Here are my latest acquisitions:

Some browns...

Some pinks...
Might as well show you all of them...I'm going to use this rick rack in it as well...

As I was taking these fabrics out I saw a little kit I have for a pin cushion. I should make that up today. Maybe I will and show you tomorrow. It's so cute! I also want to make up some pot holders. My friend made me some and they're so darn handy. I have those silicone ones, which are great, but not the easiest to grab stuff with. But I do like that it's no big deal to get them wet...

I've also promised a game of uno and chess to my son. Such an exciting life I lead...

09 July 2009

Happy 10th anniversary to me...

It was on July 7th. We planned to go back to Banff, but with the new company and all, it didn't pan out. (I can't believe we haven't been back yet. That was one of the reasons we moved here...to be closer.)

So that means that JJ and I have been together for 13 years. (Hmm, that's my lucky number. It should be a good year for us!) It's easy to remember because we got married 3 years after our first 'date.' Was it really a date? I don't know. We met at the Union station metro stop and walked around the mall. That was the best summer of my life! And then it was 2 years of long distance. (I'd go up to Penn State every month to visit.) Then he moved down to MD to be near me. Aahh, the early years...

Anyway, my super-sweet neighbor brought these over! They're all from his yard...which I covet. How sweet is that?
My parents came for a visit this past week. It was their 40th anniversary on the 5th. Whew, that's a lot of years!

One of the days we took them to St. Helens. It was nice, but we encountered quite a bit of traffic and JJ was missing his Navigatrix (that's what we call me, as I have a good sense of direction. He drives and I guide him. It took longer to get their because I wasn't in charge...)

Here are some pics:

Here is the mountain itself. A lovely viewable caldera...I thought this was cool. Thay have a little visitor's center and this is the reflection off one of the windows:This is a meadow-type-place. In the background you can just barely see some of the fallen trees:
And this is actually a picture of a picture of a weyerhauser site after the explosion:
Pretty cool stuff. How awesome would it have been to see that explosion in person...so powerful it ripped trees in half/out of the ground and sent them flying away. Of course, you wouldn't get to see much as you'd be dead...but all the same.

And here are some of my plants. The hydrangeas have bloomed...
This guy, which I may have shown you previously, is about to pop. I've never seen him bloom...


Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!