Wednesday, July 29, 2009


If you are ever in Denver and you enjoy knitting, quilting or both you should go check out The Fancy Tiger. It's a really cute little shop down on Broadway. It's not a huge store but it has some fun retro fabrics. They even have oil cloth. The yarns all look yummy too. Someday I'll learn to knit. All I want is a big, soft, comfortable blanket to wrap up in on cold nights. Is that too much to ask?

Our long visit is almost over. Just a few days left. We went up to Estes Park today just so the kids could see the mountains. Seth was very excited about going to a park. Jeez, it must be some park if you'll drive all the way to the mountains for it, right? It is however an adorable mountain town where I recall getting salt water taffy at when I was a little girl. We took the kids into a candy shop that boasted having over 180 different kinds of candy! They each got a little bucket to fill. Nothing like a kid in a candy shop!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Our visit is going well so far. We've had the chance to see lots of people. Friends and family. Coffee with my girlfriends on Sunday was an awesome treat, I miss that. We've gone to 3 barbecues, one of which was also a pirate themed birthday party, swimming twice, and to the museum. My mom drove all the way from Kansas to see us out here! Makes me feel special. Tomorrow the kids are getting hair cuts and then we're going to see Harry Potter on the giant screen. We have so much more to do while we're here too...

I gave my friend her house wall hanging and she liked it. I told her she could open it but if she didn't like it she had to pretend she did. It turned out she did like it so she didn't have to fake it.

I don't have any pictures to share since I can't upload my images. I've taken close to 100 pictures so far and that's after deleting some bad ones. I have to go through it again.

I've gone to see my aunt twice and it won't be long until she passes away. She's been talking to people that have been dead for a long time. She even was playing catch with her old dog. The end is near for her. She's been talking to my dad so at least I know they'll have each others company.

Anyway, I didn't want the blog to get to dusty from disuse. We'll be home at the end of the month. Hopefully with lots of entertaining stories...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Antique quilt

Last night at our quilt guild meeting the president brought in an old quilt in that had been given to her to give away. Well, every quilter in the room was willing and able to give it a good home. It was decided to be fair we'd raffle it off. A dollar a ticket and the proceeds would go to charity. Somehow through luck or fate, I got it!

It's mine! Mine, mine, mine! Yes.

You can tell by the weave of the fabric that this 80 year old woman's mother did indeed make it. There are feed sack fabrics in it too. SCORE! Can you tell I'm a bit excited. For some reason it's sewn in half like someone was going to stuff it. A small duvet maybe? I can easily undo the seam and open it back up as a top. I do want to hand quilt this someday. Cleaning it will be the hard part. I always worry about ruining them. Now I feel like I am acquiring antique quilts. I have 4 I think. I'm alright with that! I do need to get some archival storage boxes. I currently have old quilts in white pillowcases and I take them out and refold them from time to time.

So cool!

Speaking of cool, nice transition right? Look what I bought the other day...

This won't be a complicated quilt but it's gonna be cute! I like Heather Bailey fabrics. Adorable.

And even more cool, look what I found in my garden today!

A big fat zucchini!

We'll have to eat it before we go to Denver. Friday isn't all that far away. I am excited to go. There will only be one truly sad part about our visit. My aunt isn't doing well. She was sent home from the hospital last week with hospice care. It's only a matter of time now I guess. Very sad. I am hoping to get to see her as soon as I get there.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Company picnic

Yesterday was the annual company picnic. It's definitely fun for the kids. We laugh though because each year you can see how they've had to do a bit less due to the reduced budget for the picnic. Bouncy castles, lollipop hunts, miniature golf, face painting, bumper boats, and free cotton candy make for some happy kids no matter what.

Seth got one lollipop. Good thing brother and sister had enough to share.

Minature golf Seth style.

Seth and mommy in the bumper boats.

Hannah and Simon on the bumper boats shooting everyone with water.

A little face painting.

And finally one tired, worn out little boy.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


I have to start with I've never done this before. I took a picture, kind of drafted it out and then picked out some fabrics that would work as the house. I started it back in Nov and just let it sit for a while. Sometimes projects need to marinate.

The two wall hangings on the left side of the design wall were Xmas gifts.

Threads everywhere!

All quilted up!

See, my friend is going to lose her house. We all know how the market is right now, properties aren't selling for what they were once worth and the bank gets a lot of them back. Her house is one of those. She really liked her Victorian. So, I thought I could give her a house. Her house, to take with her. Cheesy? Yes. Dorky? Yes. Will she like it? I have no idea... It's so totally cheesy... I think I'll give it to her and ask her to not open it in front of me in case she thinks it's lame.

All I have left is to hand stitch the binding down.

Friday, July 10, 2009

One more week

I can't believe it's Friday already. We leave for Denver in one week! There's always so much to do before a trip.

We've had a pretty good week so far. Aside from the cold the kids have. We finished up their session of swim classes. So far this has been such an unusual summer. It's been cool most days. Like 80 ish. I'm not complaining but seriously, how can you run through sprinklers, swim, hit the beach, etc in cool summer weather. Our high for today is supposed to be 77! No need for AC, that's a good thing.

On Weds we went blueberry picking. It was a bit of a drive but worth it. Organic blueberries at $2.50 a pound! Sweet.

The kids love doing stuff like this so I don't feel like I am torturing them. We came home with 8 lbs. We could have picked more but I didn't want to go over board. I have 12 cups frozen now, we made muffins, and we've still got 4-5 cups to snack on! Lots of blueberries. I thought about making jam but I don't think I'd like it very much. I know Hannah wouldn't.

Yesterday, I gave Seth a snack and went upstairs to check my email. I came back down and found this...

Guess he was tired.

In quilting related news- I have a little wall hanging project I am working on right now. I'm making a house. I'll show you when I'm done. I hope it comes out as a cute as I envisioned. Or something like what the house really looks like... I better get on it. I'm already quilting it. I made a brick pattern on the little house. Took forever! I want to have it done before we head to Denver. I shouldn't put things off till the last minute. I'll learn someday. I swear.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Sashing, check

I got the sashing on yesterday and started on the borders. I went all the way to the quilt store and got a nice purple of the sashing but then decided to use a deeper purple that I already had in my stash. I am sure I can come up with something to use the yard I bought. The borders will be like the crazy blocks... It'll take a while.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Fun on the fourth

I don't know about everyone else but I think the 4th is probably the best day of summer. Not that there aren't other great, fun summer days. We participated in the Kazoo Band again this year in Ocean Grove's 4th of July parade. Hannah and Simon rode on the back of the truck and threw candy to the kids and Seth rode in his stroller with us. I had to give Seth a hand full of candy to eat. He just didn't get that the candy was for the other kids. He's a kid, he deserves candy, right? Pick your battles, I say.

They covered their faces with the hats and asked me to take a picture of them. Aren't they cute?

Hannah doesn't seem to want me to take her picture anymore. What she doesn't understand is that I'll put the picture on my blog even if she makes faces. She's gonna love me when she's a teenager, I just know it.

Seth is chilaxin with his home girl.

We ate some lunch in the park and then got a free ice cream cone (a benefit of wearing a t-shirts for Days Ice Cream all over town) to top of the parade day. We had a few hours of quite at home before a few friends came over to grill with us. For little Miss Hannah we started a fire in the chimnea my mom left when she moved. It was enough to get some marshmallows roasted for smores. We just hung out and relaxed until it was almost dark. Then we headed on over to the field to watch fireworks.

At bedtime we asked the kids what their favorite thing was about the day and they couldn't pick just one. Sounds like a good day to me.

Today I'm going to get some work done and photos taken of my current quilt project. I had to put it on hold until I could make a trip to the quilt store for a nice sashing. It'd also help if I hadn't started watching True Blood in the evening. I'd have gotten a bit more done. I want to be punny and say something like, I'd take a bite out of it...

Friday, July 03, 2009


Oh, summer. What would we do without fireflies? They are so much fun.

Letting them go after we caught a whole bunch.

I played with my camera tonight. There's a night mode on it and it's much better than the automatic shots but it's still hard to get a good low light shot. I showed Hannah one of the pictures with Seth blurred and she thought it was cool. She asked me to take a picture of her running around.

Seth, or should I say Dash.

Hannah ran too fast and veered off to the side. Fast as lightning.

Simon, well, he just can't hold still.

Tomorrow should be a fun filled day. We are in the Kazoo Parade again. Then in the evening we'll trun on the grill and hang out with some friends. Once it gets dark and the fireflies start coming out, we'll walk over to where we can see the fireworks. Ah, summer. I like you when you aren't all hot and sticky...