Saturday, December 22, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
The house is "getting there" for decorating. We're having an Open House on December 16th for my husband's co-workers so I've been trying to keep ahead of the game. There are lights on the front of our house and festive decorations in the living areas. There is just a little tweaking to do.
I'm almost getting sick of cookies. So far, I've baked at least 10 dozen cookies for this Open House. I'm so glad we're buying all the rest. Isn't Cosco wonderful? You can buy everything prepared including a delicious Artichoke Dip. My husband's fear is we'll run out of food. My fear is we'll be eating left-over hors d'oeurves forever.
Sewing and quilting have been on hold for the last few days. I did manage to make a Christmas Stocking for the youngest DGD. I even found that I had left-over material from making her sister's stocking two years ago. They've been sent off to California to be filled by Santa.
Time to get back to the endless list of holiday to-do's.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Isn't this the cutest little mouse you have ever seen?
We lucked out on the most gorgeous perfect weather ever. It never rained. There was no humidity and the daytime temps were always in the 70's. We swam, visited the parks, ate, shopped and generally had a great time just being together. We missed our youngest DS who couldn't come due to work commitments and finances. We had a special dinner on the acutal birthday......November 5th. I had pre-arranged for youngest DS and DH's sister and father to call in to say Happy Birthday. And of course, we had a cake served for dessert. I also presented DH with about 20 B-day cards from other friends and family around the country. I had secretly had them sent to me ahead of time. Enjoying the birthday dinner at the Flying Fish Cafe at the Boardwalk Resort near Epcot.
I think I managed to create quite a few memories for DH and the family. We all agree we'd like to do something similar again in about 4 years when the girls are a little older. Next time it will be at Disneyland and California Disney because we'll be living out there. It will also be easier for youngest DS to join in the fun since he lives in Southern CA.
You only live once and it's only money........Go have fun with the ones you love!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Tomorrow is the big day as we travel to WDW in FL. We'll check in to our lodgings and then head out for the afternoon and evening at Epcot. We'll get back to the Old Key West Resort around 9:00 p.m. and by then DS, DIL, and the DGDs will have arrived and they will be there to greet us. I sent a set of Minnie Mouse ears for the DGDs to wear when PopPop arrives.
Holding in this surprise is driving me crazy. I so much want to share all the excitement and planning with DH. I'll be so much more relaxed when the surprise is out in the open. I'm not taking my computer with me so pictures and stories of the "grand surprise" will come later on my blog.
Aren't surprises fun!!!!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
My chance is coming this Friday. DH will be celebrating his 60th birthday on November 5th. I suggested we go to WDW to celebrate. He agreed. What he doesn't know is that our oldest DS, DIL, and DGDs are going to join us. They will be flying in from CA. Unfortunately, youngest DS can't get away due to finances and job committments. I've kept DH totally out of the loop for planning this trip. He doesn't know anything except when we are leaving and how long we are staying. There have been a zillion phone calls and e-mails between my DIL and me as we put all the pieces together. We've even ordered a birthday cake to be brought to the restaurant for DHs big day.
I think I've become something of a WDW expert through this experience. My personal reccommendation for anyone planning a trip to WDW is to invest in a great book called, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World by Bob Sehlinger. He also has a website called touringplans.com. Another great site with lots of tips is http://allearsnet.com
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
The beginning of October, we were fortunate to take a trip to San Antonio, TX for a conference for my DH. I kept myself busy while he attended meetings. I enjoyed the Alamo, the Mercado and the Museo Alameda. The Riverwalk was a wonderful place.......so many choices for places to eat. The weather was warm and humid but bearable. Later in the trip, we visited my siblings in Jefferson, TX (NE corner of the state) where it was a lot warmer and a lot more humid.
Once home, we were back to painting. This time, the painters arrived to fix and paint the Master Bedroom ceiling. Nothing like moving out all your furniture and taking down window treatments to energize your day. Great chance to get rid of dust bunnies.....but I really wanted to quilt not clean.
But I finally got to quilting. I finished a baby quilt for a baby due in November. It's all set to have it's binding sewn down this evening when I meet with my small quilt group. I also played around with an art quilt that I'd ignored since April. I finally got up the courage to add some embellishments.
I made this quilt in a class at our guild show in April. It was taught by Amy Stewart Winsor. She called it Wonky Log Cabins. It was fun and very out of the box for me. I just couldn't figure out what to do about embellishments. Basically what I did was to couch yarns on the surface. I've thought about adding a few beads but I'm leaning towards leaving it as is. I don't want to overdo it.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
In general, I am not a very creative person. I tend to work better from following patterns and directions. But for this quilt, I truly worked outside my box and just invented it as I went along. I really like it. What you don't see if stars on the cornerstones that have now been added. I especially like the mini-piping. It really helped set off the middle.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
At the end of August, we went out to CA to visit DHs father and sister in Southern CA and then went up to Northern CA for a visit with the DGDs.....oh...their parents, too LOL. We're still exploring Alameda as a place to live in retirement. DH loves the nearness of the SF Bay. Wonderful opportunities for walking enjoyment.
Since I've been back, I've been working on Halloween costumes for the DGDs. I don't think I ever sewed any costumes for my boys when they were young. The extent of my garment sewing for them was PJs and T-Shirts.....those were the days of knit fabrics. For this project I had to get my brain back to a 5/8" seam and not the quarter-inch seam that quilters use. Working off and on, I managed to actually finish two costumes before Halloween. Here they are:
The 10 month old will be a darling little lamb and the 2 1/2 year old will be a cute little ladybug. I think this may be my only foray into costume making. I forgot how I hate sewing curvy garments. But you never know. If the DGDs ask, I'll probably give in. I think that's what grandmas are supposed to do LOL.
In between working on the costumes, I pulled out some scraps for a quilt that I had made for my sister when she was undergoing chemo for breast cancer. I found that I had enough orphan blocks and fabric that I could make another quilt. Since another friend is about to have a mastectomy, I decided to play around with what I had and make a quilt for her. Here's the results of that effort:
It's not a very big quilt but it might be enough for her to put across her lap and know that she is loved.
We are having lovely Fall type weather this week. It's the season I like most in the Mid-Atlantic region. It will be one of the things I miss when we move back to California.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Another interesting and beautiful exhibit was "Out of This World: Shaker Design Past, Present, and Future". It contained five different groupings....historical furniture, commercial items sold by the Shakers, Religious drawings and calligraphy, contemporary Shaker furniture, and a fancy work--which were items that the Shakers were shunning in their own designs. I also enjoyed the Chandelier exhibit and the folk art collection.
Electra Havemeyer Webb was the founder of the museum. In her lifetime, she amassed an incredible amount of art and other collections. Along the way, others have contributed to the collections. At Shelburne, I was able to stand up close and personal to art works by Mary Cassatt (a personal friend of Electra), Monet, Manet and others. It was just amazing. Mrs Webb donated most of her art to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY but quite a few nice pieces are here in VT.
For a visit to the Shelburne, check out this web-site Shelburne Museum. In the meantime, here a few pictures from the outside. Unfortunately you can't take pictures with flash inside so I don't have pictures of the collections.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Now we are back in the U.S. having stayed one night in New Brunswick where we saw the Reversing Falls and the Hopewell Rocks. Here is a picture of the interesting rock formations at Hopewell Rocks. When the tide goes out, you can walk out to them. You can really see the effects of the wind and see on the red sandstone.
So now we are in Maine (one of my very favorite states) and my story ends for now. It's been a great trip. I feel so truly blessed to be able to travel and see so many lovely places.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Now it's time to get back to quilting and other sewing projects. The current top of the priority list is curtains for Makayla's room. Today I finished the tabs for the top. Tomorrow, I'm going to work full day and see if I can't finish them. So here is the basic idea:
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
While they were here we visited Hillwood House, a little known gem in Washington, D.C. It was the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post and it houses her collection of Russian art. The gardens were lovely though we are not quite at the height of springtime in the Mid-Atlantic. We also went out to Harper's Ferry, WVA and had coffee and lunch at a great little cafe in Brunswick, MD called Beans in the Belfry.
Today it is windy and blustery following two days of rain. Our friends are traveling south to visit other friends in Asheville, NC. But they'll be back here for one night before heading home to Idaho.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
I'm kind of liking this. It's been fun to work on and it will be a great quilt for practicing my machine quilting on.
But it's got to go on hold for now. Tomorrow I fly out to CA to visit the darling grand-daughters.
Just a note......It's going to be in the 80's today. Spring really is here. Yeah!
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Then there is the 150QE which I need to sell. But the alphabet progran was all out of whack and it needed a regular tune-up so in to a different tech it went. To the tune of $300.00, it was ready by the afternoon. I took an applique class while it was being fixed over in VA at the Quilt Patch. I sure hope I can sell it for a decent price to make up for the cost of fixing it.
The applique class was alot of fun. We practiced several techniques for doing applique. I've never been one for much hand-work. I'd like to get in to it so I have something to work on that can go along with me.
I've also been taking a color class for quilters. Haven't worked that hard in ages. We had to use zillions of little 2 inch fabric samples to make a color wheel with tints, shades, etc. Then we had to make charts of analogous, complimentary, etc. colors. Lastly, we hit the fabric department and had to pick a fabric palette that matched a picture we brought in. It was intense.
Last Friday, we had snow again. Jim and I went out that evening to see the Irish Tenors at the Music Center at Strathmore. What a lovely event that was! The acoustics in that auditorium are fantastic. We had great seats and we enjoyed the program of Irish tunes and melodies.
Saturday, March 3, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
The machine is home and it sat in its box for two days because I was busy. But now it's upstairs in the sewing area and I've even tried it out. BUT I haven't gotten quite brave enough to try the BSR (Basic Stitch Regulator) foot yet. I may wait for the classes for that. In the meantime, I've researched and read many reviews and sewers of all kinds seem to like this machine. I'm sure my husband is wondering how many sewing machines I will end up owning in my lifetime.
I'm having "sew" much fun trying out the decorative stitches with variegated thread and memory. I see lots of possibilities for sewing for the grand-daughters. Don't think I'm interested in the embroidery module at this point but if a sale comes up, who knows what will happen.
Time to get back to sewing.......................
Monday, February 19, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
I've found a new church to attend. It's a community church and not a denomination. From my past experiences with other churches, I think this kind of church is the best fit for me. It's casual, contemporary and the people there seem caring and friendly. I find myself anxious to get there on Sunday mornings to the point of actually sort of popping out of bed. Coming home, I feel as if I've been fed by the Word. God is good in leading me to this place. The question before me now is how involved do I become with this church. Hmmmmm....something to pray about.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
I spent the afternoon getting back up and running with Amazon and eBay. Little by little, I'm whittling away at the shelves and shelves of books we have. My goals are more to rid myself of stuff rather than make money. It does take time to do all this. I need to get back into the groove and get myself organized like I was last fall.
Haven't done any quilting today but I did take time to check out some of the Quilt Gallery on thequiltshow.com. There is some pretty amazing stuff out there. I even wrote a compliment to someone who did a Ricky Tims convergence quilt. She had added lots of sparkly embellishments that made her choice of fabrics really stand out. I've got the Ricky Tims book but I haven't yet attempted the quilt.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Today in Rockville, MD we've had sunny skies and cold, cold weather. There's about 3-4 inches of snow on the ground but it's not soft and fluffy. It's icy cold and hard as rock. We're expecting a few more days of this record cold. Being a native Californian, I can't imagine the kind of snow that the upstate NY folks are experiencing.