Thursday, May 29, 2008

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly


We just finished the last day of school and for Josh, the last day of elementary school. 6th grade graduation... how exciting... and how sad. We've also had a lot going on this week including a death in the family on my side and my hubby's side. It's been an emotional roller coaster - I think the caterpillar saying says it all.

It seems the only crafting I've been able to get to lately is making pads. Which is great, but there is definitely a quilt in my future. Oh...and I almost forgot that it's about time to share my "There's No Place Like Home"quilt with you. Just a few finishing touches and it will be ready for the local quilt show. Oh...another thing I almost forgot...I've finally made the plunge and bought some PUL. It's the waterproof layer that you can sew into pads. I had been putting it off thinking that it would be a plasticy, sweaty material. Boy was I wrong. It's just like any other fabric, soft, bendy....with a shinny side that is the water proofing. I've got a set made and up in the shop - Chocolate Gum Drop - cute!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Girl with Fish

This painting is hanging on the wall in the Room of Requirement aka my sewing room. I found it at a thrift store and just couldn't put it down. It has that Anne of Green Gables feel to it that just appeals to me down deep, ya know.

As I was sewing one day, I thought...is that a fish in her hair? I proceeded to call each person in the family into the room one at a time - "What's that in her hair?" Each time the answer came, "A Fish"

Now she's know as Girl with Fish.

Oh, and I made a pad for those patriotic people out there and in honor of memorial day.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Coming Home

Just a few pictures from our Mom's Weekend...

Good Chocolate...
Kindred Spirits...
gaining perspective...renewing the spirit...
the world awaits...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Packin' my bags and leavin'


I'm off to Saint George on Friday to meet my dear friend Anne. Our "girl's vacation" is about 4 years over due. The last time we went away together, we went camping at King's Canyon. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the little things - like no one to cook for no one to clean up after. We left all 7 kids - my 3, her 4 - along with the dads to fend for themselves. That was a few years and a few kids ago (0 for me, 3 for her). Now that we live in different states the logistics are a little different. While all 10 kids are begging to go with us or at least to go to one or other of the houses to be together, they're all staying in their own state, with their own dads and only the phone and email to commiserate.

While we loved camping, we've opted for a hotel and Zion's National Park. Nature by day, showers and restaurants by night.

I will miss you all - for the whole 3 days that I'm gone. I'm bowing out early because tomorrow will be a made furry of packing, cleaning, baseball and loving on my kids and hubby. Oh, the bag - I did a little machine stitching with the stippling foot.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Mother's Day

Happy Belated Mother's Day to everyone! I hope you're day was filled with home grown love...
Sidewalk chalk cards...Cat naps...

And enjoying the outdoors...Thank you to all those who have mothered me over the years, especially my own mom!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Sluffing

When I just signed in, I used my email address then ".coma" instead of .com....hmmm, fitting since it has been a week since my last post. That duck really did me in.

I have a million things to do today, so naturally I'm going to ditch it all (or sluff as they say here) and run off to the quilt show. I can't wait to see the last supper quilt in person. It's so important to take time out for ourselves, now and then, and be inspired by all of the talented people out there. Don't you think?
Did you ditch school, cut class or sluff? I had never heard of the word sluff until we moved here to Utah. We called it ditching or cutting. We saw an accident on the freeway, not a wreck on the road. We really felt the difference when we were playing pictionary with some friends a few weeks back. The word was barbed wire. I drew this...
Melody drew this...Can you tell who grew up in Southern CA and who grew up in rural Utah? Then it was our hubbies turn to draw. The word was shooting star. My guy drew a hand gun and a star. Melody's drew a shot gun and a star. We all busting out laughing. Funny thing about playing games, it's just like girls camp...when you're there it's so funny. When you write about it later...not so much.

Well off to the quilt show, then baseball and softball practice at 8:30 am...on Saturday...'nuf said.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Fairies, Pads and Ducks...oh my

Fairy Hunting anyone? Of course we are going to use the catch and release method. First you sprinkle a little Fairy dust to attract them, then you slip the little net over them before they fly away.
After seeing a Fairy kit in a store which was way too expensive for a little glitter, Sara and I decided that we could make our own kit. I picked up the glitter and a dowel at our local craft store - could've used a stick but didn't think of it until just now - grabbed some wire that we had laying around, a couple of tiny rubber bands from Aaron's braces (he never wears them anyway), some string and a crochet hook. It came together very nicely and has been so much fun. The glitter is already about half gone, but for some reason we haven't seen any fairies yet.

In pad news, there is this funny little article at Christopher and Tia that featured a picture of a set of my pads. It was so flattering and exciting to see it there. I've also joined a group of talented ladies over at Universal Mama. There is a good variety of items all mama made.

My brother went on a trip to NY. He sent beautiful pictures of landscapes, ponds, the Statue of Liberty, buildings...they were beautiful. I would have to say that the wildlife pictures were by far my favorite...This was a gift shop.Apparently with air conditioning and a rear entrance. Ashamedly I admit that I've always had a fondness-OK, a sick fondness- for bathroom humor, butt -he he- it's something that I'm trying to overcome for the sake of my children, so I'll nip it in the bud and put an end to my comments here - sorry, I couldn't help myself. Oh, if you could only hear all of the cleaver comments, references and puns that remain constipated in my mind -sorry, I let another one fly. OK, I think I'm done now...really, I'll just let go...I mean I'll let you go and finish your business. I really do apologize...it's a sickness, really, it just runs out. Now I've thoroughly em-bare-assed myself... I'm flushed. Have....to....go....before.....more....sneaks......out - ugh! I really am sorry..really, I am.