Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
I just had to take these photos ( w/my PhD camera) ! The colors of the sycamore's are just as vivid yellows as they can be! I am "thinking" quilt here. Calling it "View through my window"!
This nice lady and her 35 mpg "commuter car" w/a 9 ft Noble Fir tree just cried out for a photo opp! My DH "lashed" the tree w/his clever tying to through the windows, etc....she was a peach and turned out we know folks incommon and she lives about 25 miles away!!!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Meet "Rosie Reindeer"!!! She is 18 years old! Our creative DD Penny made her for us. I hang her every year in the same spot on the porch! Last year a "critter",bird,mouse, (I don't know who) ate one of her lovely eyelashes!!! So, she needed help, a gal just cannot be in public w/one eyelash. So...off to the cosmetic department at the local drugstore to find just the right look!!! Well, she is so "glitzy" now! I even touched up her nose "makeup" as well as her lips! Please click on the photo to get a real neat view of her! The little toddlers that come to our tree farm always want to "kiss" Rosie! I love making her look pretty w/a fresh wreath. She hangs up above the "sales" table. We grow 5 acres of "Choose and Cut" trees and also bring in some fresh cuts of Noble Fir that we cannot grow at our elevation! We keep them in water and they stay fresh. Take a look we just filled the "lot". It is a lot of work getting things ready as we open the day after Thanksgiving. I still have more decorating to do! The weather is cooperating w/sunshine. We had frost this morning,brrrr! Whew! Where are those darn kids when you could really use them!!!!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
We returned a few days ago from a very restfull 10 days! The weather was typical fall and we even had a wonderful thunder and lightening storm on the last day! Here is what I did accomplish while away. I so enjoyed this trip. Here is what we came home to!The double rainbow is on our property lines and so I couldn't for looking for the "pot of gold"! Dang! But look what else was waiting for us, actually it was waiting for DH. Our wood supply to be cut and split
(I can never get these photos in the right sequence even when I "tell" them where to stay!)
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I finally got back here! The last weeks have been full of preparing for our quilt guilds annual show! I "volunteered" to chair the judging committee. I have served as an assistant scribe so...that must have qualified me to a promotion!!! We had 143 quilts entered to be judged. The total entered to show was another 200!!! Wow, it was really spectacular! I was able to have some really great gal's to serve on the committee. Our guild hired two judges in order to speed up the judging process. The day was from 7 a.m. until about 4:30 p.m...of course the judging started at 10:00 a.m. sharp. We needed to get the tables setup before the judges arrived . The doors opened at 8:00 a.m. for quilt check in procedure and ended at 9:30 a.m.. there was a different committee for the check in process, thank goodness. That in itself is another giant job. I had worked on the judging "paper chain" for a couple weeks prior. Quilts were "pulled" at the last minute due to not being completed by the quilter....OR....added at the last minute. Only from the waiting list of course!!! Whew....it was down to the "wire" for that! I am so grateful for this new age record keeping on the computer!!!! Our judges came from out of the area. They both are highly qualified. (They both judge at the Pacific International Quilt Show, held in the San Mateo area south of San Francisco,Ca! Which is this weekend. I have never been able to attend that show. )Our show was a huge success. I am sure when the final tally is done , we will have paid the bills and made a profit!!!! I did enter a few quilts. Only one that won a blue ribbon was the quilt "Under The Rainbow", I had entered in the Labor Day weekend County Fair of which I have a post on that. Here it is again! Only with a 3rd Place Ribbon. Different Judges, different opinion!!!! ( I am considering putting it on eBay!) I had a offer from a local person already. I'll have to think on that!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Hopefully by the time I do all 18 of them I'll have one perfect!!!
Friday, August 31, 2007
A few days ago I watch a weekly quilting/sewing show that featured some fabric dyeing methods. I have never done "yardage" dyeing, except for tea dyeing fabric, with real tea! So, I decided I want to try the "over dyeing" trick on fabric that was shown. I can't remember the year it was I bought this pink dye as you can see in the photo it was a looong time ago! I don't even remember what I was going to do with it!!! Yesterday I went and bought a package of the Purple dye. Now, my point is this: I paid $2.99 plus tax for the new dye!!!! Came home and was putting it a cupboard with laundry items and that is when I found the box of Pink dye that cost 35 CENTS!!! The instructions are the same almost but the box design has changed. There is no price on the new dye box! I'll show you the "overdyed" fabric when I get it done in the future days to come. Woo,I just had to share!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
This is a revised post!! Our Parish Priest Father Ron had asked for a volunteer to make a plaque honoring those serving in the Armed Forces from our Parish community. So....my DH made it. He used wood from a walnut tree(a gift from God) for the plaque from our property that we had cut down several years ago and it was "curing" by the barn. Father Ron furnished the "service medals" and DH used his "Leroy" to print the names on the brass strips that he obtain just for this presentation. He then attached them w/little brass screws. It did not go as quickly as I am writing this. It took several weeks to prepare the wood, shaping,sanding and putting the finish on that hopefully will last forever! The brass name strips also had to have a coating for the names to be preserved. There is room to add more names when provided. The parishioners really like it. Whew... I am so proud of DH and his talents!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Last week after our LLQG general meeting one of our members gave a wonderful workshop on purse making!!! She had given us the materials list to bring along w/all the usual sewing supplies, machines,etc (you know that necessary stuff!). OR...she would bring kits for us to purchase to assemble! Well, of course when I saw HER kits I fell in love w/them all and chose the one of my fav's Autum Leaves! First we machine quilted them and then the assembling began....oh boy, what fun it was and here is the results of what I did!!! The "jewels" are so perfectly matched to the fabric.....autum leaves ! I think this is a "foo foo" accessorie, the next one I endevor to create will have a different closing. (click to enlarge) Well, I am on a roll.....!
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Where does the time go? My Sister from Washington was here for a week and then a week later our lovely daughter Penny and 3 grandkids (10,14 & 17) arrived for a week. They swam, and swam some more, ate,fished, ate, auto races, ate,SPCA volunteered, ate,shopped,ate!!!!! Penny decided to "pick pears" in our back yard to take home! She shows John (10) how to pick pears by paying attention to the way the stem is facing!!!! Notice the authentic picking bag! She loaded up several boxes into her SUV ! No photos of when I "roped" Penny into serging some "cowgirl" pillowcases as gifts for some of Emily's friends that she rides horses with....I know you get the idea!!! That was just SO MUCH FUN! But....The "crunch" time is here to finish this "queenie"! The weather was just sooo darn hot (99 -102) every day when the "kids" were here and today it actually cooled down to 88'! (Thank you Lord!) I was just exhausted already just thinking about applying the binding to her!!! But....the machine work is done! Can I now can relax ????, think again! The handwork hemming of the binding will start "mun-yana" then.... the hanging sleeve. I have to deliver it on Aug.15th to the local county fair, which isn't open until LABOR DAY weekend. I'll never understand that time "line". I know this sounds like I am a "whiner"....now really I just have never tackled this large of a quilt until now, so yes, I guess I am "whineing"! Hummm, maybe a little "wine" will ease the tension!!!! LOL
Monday, July 09, 2007
Well, at last I can say I have finished something! I just got this back from the quilter,Linda, and she sure makes my pieceing look better! After I put the binding on and spread it out for the photo I thought; hmm, not bad! I will see what the Judge says at the Falling Leaves Quilt Show !Click on the photos for a good look at her quilting! A couple of the closeups are a little "too closeup"!!!! Sorry!