Friday, August 8, 2014

The power of a picture

Drama Girl is about to have her 18th birthday party.  I thought it would be fun to create a little slideshow of pictures of her to show at the party.  Also, apparently, I want to torture myself with sentimentality.

Here she is cuddling with a teddy bear I had made for her.  You can barely see it in the picture but it's right next to her face.  She named him Rainbow Flowers and he's gone on a lot of adventures with her.

And there they are again, that little girl and her bear.  This picture is killing me.  Credit and thanks to Jeff Bartee Photography.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Mysterious Halloween Town

I've started another project.  Of course I have.  I'm all about starting more things than I can finish in a lifetime.

I've been seeing lots of pictures on Instagram of this project.  The pattern is by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and is coming out in four parts.  I have the first two and this is most of part 1 complete.  I think I might switch the white moon to yellow.  The beauty of Instagram is seeing how other people have changed the pattern.  It's fun to stitch along with others who are working on the same project.

While I stitch, I've been listening to a great audiobook; The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.  Here's a link to the kindle version:

It's a funny, somewhat dark story of an old man who escapes a nursing home and gets more than he bargains for.  Chapters about his present are interspersed with tales of his life and adventures during the 20th century.  Like Forrst Gump, he meets a lot of famous people and has a hand in changing the course of history.  I laughed out loud a number of times.  Good silly fun.

Everybody is getting ready to go back to school this month.  I used to love August vacations but they're just not possible any more.  I liked the old days when school always started after Labor Day.  Jungle Boy is going to middle college starting next week.  He's still enrolled in high school, but he takes classes instead at the local community college.  Such a great opportunity for him.  He'll be able to transfer all of his credits and possibly shave a year or more off of college.Wasabi Girl goes back to high school the week after that.

Drama Girl and I are all set to fly her out to college.  We spent two painful hours at the sheets and towel store trying to get her to decide on things like a comforter.  No luck.  There were too many choices.  I thought something like pillows would be easier - good grief!  She actually laid down on the floor to test different types.  Then we picked the kind of towel she wanted - but it took her forever to pick the color.  Why was it all so hard?  At least she has a new quilt to start the school year.  If she wants a comforter as well, there is time to ship it to her before it gets cold there.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hattie Hedgehog

How adorable is this?  The fifth in the series of free advent animal patterns from Brookes Books Publishing.

I think I'm going to finish each of these into an ornament, and rig up some kind of garland to display them all.  Since the patterns are coming out once a month, I still have plenty of time to figure it out.

And here is my jar of 2014 scraps to date.  It never looks like much, but it's a big wide jar and it represents a lot of stitching hours.  I'm posting this as part of Daffycat's "TUSAL" (totally useless stitchalong).

I've become an instagram addict.  So many wonderful creative photos from all over the world.  Of course this has led me to new projects I want to start.  There are just never enough hours in the day.  You can find me on instagram at 

Drama Girl got her class schedule and textbook list.  It includes this book, "Buffy and the Heroine's Journey: Vampire Slayer as Feminine Chosen One"
She can never accuse me of not adequately preparing her for her higher education.  Also?  I really want to go to college with her.  But I take consolation in the fact that being a grownup means I never have to take calculus again.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

UFO Monday: The Farmer's Wife Quilt

I am the queen of UFOs (unfinished objects).  It's so much more fun to start new projects than to finish old ones.  Lucky for me, there is a group on facebook that's working on the Farmer's Wife quilt so I'm picking that project up again.

These are a few of my recent blocks. Since I started this project, I feel like I'm seeing hot pink everywhere.  Maybe my wild color choice wont look so wild after all.

I originally planned to only do 50 of the blocks, but now that I have a group of other women to help keep me going, I might make more.  I certainly have enough pink fabric to make all 111 blocks.

27 days until Drama Girl leaves for college.  Her bedroom looks like a bomb went off.  Somehow, it needs to all get sorted and packed and stored.  At the moment the task looks impossible but I know we'll get it done.  I'm savoring every last day with her.  I'm listening to her plans to spend next summer in Europe and my heart is breaking thinking about how much I'm going to miss her.  I'm grateful that keeping my hands busy with quilts is so very comforting to me.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Mini Hexie quilt

I finished my little hexagon quilt that I made from the charm squares I collected during the local shop hop.  The bright batiks make me smile.  Now I feel like I need another hexie project, this one was so fun.  I admire the quilters who make huge quilts this way - so much work!

This one makes me think of summer.  I nearly fell over when I walked in the craft store yesterday and saw all the Fall displays already!  I don't want to think about Fall for a long time.  

I'm planning another trip to Disneyland next week.  The kids are all in summer school and working so this will just be a trip with my girlfriends.  Sometimes grownups are my favorite kids.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Animal Advent #4: Duncan Dog!

Here is the latest in the series of animal advent characters.  It's not too late to join in on this stitchalong!  You can find the free patterns over at Brooks Books.

I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with these.  Might make them into individual ornaments or might put them together as some sort of advent calendar.  Luckily I have about two years to figure it out.

Linking up today with the Smalls stitchalong at Stitching Lotus.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Shop Hop

This past weekend Wasabi Girl and I went on a shop hop to 13 local quilt shops.  I'm using the term "local" rather loosely because the entire trip was hundreds of miles.

Each shop gave us charm squares of batik fabrics and a set of patterns to use with them.  Of course, I took a million pictures of the sample quilts and still couldn't make up my mind so I made hexies out of mine instead.  This was a fun little project and will make a nice memento of the trip.

We saw a lot of fabric and patterns to love.  Wasabi Girl was wearing a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" shirt and several different people we met talked about how much they love the show.

One girl in a shop ran to a back room and got a special bolt of fabric she'd been hoarding for Buffy fans.  It's the famous fabric from this scene.  If you're not familiar with Buffy, this 22 second clip sort of sums up the whole show:

So Wasabi Girl will be making some yummy sushi pajamas this week - which is sort of fitting when I think about the screen name I've assigned her!

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