Sunday, October 23, 2011

Hubby and I signed up for a Haunted Gingerbread House workshop yesterday. Thinking that it was mostly designed as a parent/child activity, we figured,between the two of us, we might possess the necessary skills. And while that was true - we along with one mother/daughter team were the only ones in the class to have never previously participated. So our table - Hubby and I along with the mother/daughter team - were the only ones in the workshop to not arrive armed with additional decorating supplies.
I think we made a pretty decent house.
We spent a lot of time working on the front facade and roof. By the time we made it to the back of the house, our supplies had dwindled to the bag of orange frosting.
It was a silly and fun day. Wonder what we can come up with come Christmas?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Okay everybody, now it's time for a change of pace - Mickey Mouse
After what seems like f-0-r-e-v-e-r quilting on this, I decided to see what working on the edge treatment would feel like. Glad that I did. While I like the look, I'm not a fan of the technique. Now I know to keep quilting toward the edges and then finish that section. If I were to leave it all to the end, it may never get done.
My goal is to have this quilt on my bed this winter. With about 25-30% quilting done, it remains a lofty goal. But spring doesn't arrive until March 20, 2012. Winter doesn't have to mean December after all.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ladies (and Gentlemen),
We have quilting!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ta Da!
Let's just hope that it doesn't take ANOTHER 4 years to take if from top to a completed quilt.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Here I am! You know it has been a long time since I posted on my blog when Hubby mentions it! And thank you to those who have sent emails of inquiry and concern as to my whereabouts and condition. I'm here, healthy, and quite happily filling the days. Daisy and I have been taking some nice walks and lots of things are getting done around the house.
You will remember those new shelves we installed.
Well, they are filling up quite nicely.
An added bonus has been that more boxes have been unpacked as well as the long avoided and dreaded project of sorting and organizing the file cabinet contents has been accomplished. Before our move east, I could put my finger on just about any important paper in just a moment's notice. Two moves later and everything was just a jumble.
In some ways it was quite a walk down memory lane with school photos of The Princess through the years (which have been saved) and all the paperwork from our military moved from Camp Lejuene to Camp Pendleton in 1986 (which has been shredded.) Any claim we might have had has long since expired for sure.
We had a birthday celebration for Boyfriend.
Party hats all around. And a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday on the kazoo - a family tradition. You know you are in when you have been 'kazoo-ed.'
There have been some gardening celebrations, too.
The volunteer tomato plant has yielded fruit. The excitement I felt in bringing in the harvest only proves once again that it is the simple things in life that make it all worthwhile.
We enjoyed this year's ArtSplash - fundraiser for art programs in local schools.
Chalk drawings, sand sculpture, and rock stacking were all being demonstrated.
Fall is in the air.
Even in soCal, we have changing leaves. Maybe not the stunning array that New England offers. But I can enjoy this tree in a neighbor's yard and I don't have to bring out the rake or think about getting a blister from taking on the chore.
Along with the arrival of fall comes the celebration of our anniversary. Thirty-two years! Hubby and I took a long weekend trip to Las Vegas. We had tickets to see Elton John's new show - The Million Dollar Piano.
We also went to see The Lion King - after an awful experience at another Disney musical production and a child incessantly kicking our seats, we swore off Disney musicals. But the adult to child ratio in Sin City is significantly lower and we took a chance. So glad we did as it was a great show and rolled the whole Elton John experience up quite nicely.
Back at home, the fall quilts have come out.
I even finished a new fall quilt.
Yes, less computer time has lead to lots of quilting time. I am dangerously close to finishing the Penny Saved top.
The same can be said for a baby quilt that needs to get in the mail soon.
I need only get the binding stitched on and down. I put Minkee on the back and I'm pleased with the result. It is SO soft. As an added bonus, at 60" wide, I didn't have to piece the back. Another of life's simple things.
So you can see, the days have been full and the blogging break unintended. It's not always easy to find a good balance - but I'm working on it.