Batty Halloween by Kylie Kreations for South Seas
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Batty Halloween by Kylie Kreations for South Seas
Thursday, October 23, 2008
This is Coco:
It was rather difficult to get a photo of her because she rarely stops moving, and when she does, she gets up to satisfy her Husky curiosity every time I pick up the camera. She's 5 1/2 years old, so I can only imagine what she was like when she was younger! She actually listens fairly well, at least to me, but needs some formal training. She can be quite vocal as well. When you aren't paying attention to her, she woofs at you. She also tries to sleep on the bed every night, but every night gets kicked off! When she wants you to rub her belly, she lays down by putting her head down first, butt in the air, then kind of flips over. She wants to play constantly with the other dogs, especially Daisy, but Daisy is only just now starting to warm up to her (that's Daisy eyeing Coco suspiciously in the photo).
She was named Josie at the rescue, but answered to Coco, so we went with that. She's also referred to as "Cocobean, Coco-nuts (for obvious reasons), and Beanie Wienie." The poor thing has been in rescue twice now, so she's had 2 homes and in rescue twice. She really is sweet and just wants love. She's gentle with taking things from your hand and is totally not into food, which is good because Daisy and Bug are total chow hounds.
This is Abbie:
She has really taken to me in particular. She gets all bouncy and happy when I come home, but just calmly greets everyone else. She is about 8 years old and had a botched leg surgery, so she walks slowly and kind of drags her one back leg a bit. She doesn't like to sit, and I think it's because of the leg. She'd rather lay down. Of course, but would rather lay down too, but that's because she's the laziest Husky ever created. Abbie just kind of wanders around the house and yard, keeping to herself. If I'm around and it's not one of her daily dozen nap times, she'll find me and gently poke me a couple of times with her nose to let me know she's there and needs a pat.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Now this is exciting! I developed more of my really old film and found photos of my first applique and originally designed quilt! I made this before I really had any clue what I was doing. It's pretty cute for having no clue, don't you think?
I made this for Anna's first birthday. She turns 7 this coming January. Time sure does fly. Her room was painted in an under the ocean theme with these darling sea critters all around. I had found them for Donna on of all things, wrapping paper from Target.
To make the appliques, I enlarged the critters on the copier, then traced them onto the paperbacked fusible web, cut them out and ironed them down to the quilt top. I used a large zig zag to secure them to the quilt, but after I made my quilt sandwich. In the empty bolcks, I quilted a coral pattern that I found on a set of Martha Stewart's sheets on her old Martha-by-mail website. I really miss her store. I also enlarged the coral, traced it onto cardboard and used that as a template. I don't recall what I type of quilt marking tool used to transfer the pattern to the quilt top.
I distinctly remember being up really late the night before her party working on it, as well as getting up early to finish it! I don't think I finished it entirely though, because these photos are at my house, not Donna's.
Some lessons learned:
aFusible web is your friend. And the answer to almost every problem that plagues you.
aIt always takes you longer then you think it will.
aIt's easier to sew down your appliques on individual blocks as opposed to the whole quilt when it's already put together.
aAngled tweezers are your friend for holding down unruly pieces while you iron.
aMartha comes through for me everytime.
aInspiration is every where, you just have to keep your mind and eyes open.
aYou really shouldn't wait 6-7 years to develop your photos, but if you do, Photoshop is your friend.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Because Torino is in the North of Italy, we were able to easily take day trips to France and Switzerland. We also went down to Florence and Venice for overnight jaunts. Can I just say that Venice looks absolutely nothing like it did in the Scooby Doo cartoons of my youth?
These statues are in the main thoroughfare in Florence.
Why do I tell you all this now? Because I just got some of the film back, and I have about 20 more rolls to develop! Some of which are from my 2001 wedding and honeymoon in Scotland! Yes, I did say film! I didn't even have a digital camera back then! As my friend Peter would say "Pah-the-tic!" (to be said with a Michael Caine-like disdain in Miss Congeniality sort of inflection).
But I digress, I was in Italy. I spent 2 sweet weeks there with an apartment, car and translator! It really is wonderful to have a sister who is gifted with languages. I wish I were. I only dabble a bit in Spanish these days. I have found that I can sort of read both Italian and French though. And I totally mastered how to say "Gianduja gelato per favore!" (If you want an absolutely hysterical tribute to Gianduja, visit the Bon Appegeek. I'm totally with her in the second paragraph.)
Torino is the home of Gianduja, so it's a great place to be based. It also has Fiat and the Shroud of Turin, but really, can that compete with chocolate hazelnut heaven? I think not. There's a fabulous photo of those delectable, mouth watering, mound shaped chunks of chocolate hazelnut goodness wrapped in gold that we ate plenty of, on David Lebovitz's blog. He also tells all about it's history and how it's made. Very fascinating stuff. Makes me really want some Gianduja about now.
This is my sister eating some kind of tasty Swiss pastry we found in Mont Blanc (I'm pretty sure it's Mont Blanc at least.) Mont Blanc is the mountain behind her, I think.
Since the photos are like new to me I thought I would share them, because couldn't we all use a European vacation right about now?
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Thursday night after our guild meeting, I was standing in the parking lot chatting with Jan when I noticed an unattended Beagle. He went down a driveway with purpose, so I thought he belonged there. Then he popped out around another house and crossed the street. Then he crossed the other streets a few times. I crossed the street to see if I could get him to come to me. It worked. He came over, tail wagging and let me grab his collar. His name and phone were on his tags so I called and left a message. I tried again, and realized that I had transposed 2 of the numbers the first time I called! So there's someone out there w/a message on their machine about their dog Skooter that they don't have! The second time I got someone and they didn't even know Skooter was out. It ends up they were just a couple of houses down. The wife and son (probably in his early 20's) came out to get Skooter. They said the electric fence must have been off. This is why I like my 6ft tall wood fence. I know if my fence is down. The son expressed surprise that Skooter would come to me because he's shy. Jan just shot me a look. She knows how I am about critters. The mom gave me a big hug and called me an angel.
On Saturday night Debbie's husband drove out to our retreat to have dinner with us. We were on our way to Belvidere to check out the quilt store there and eat at the really good Mexican restaurant on route 20. In downtown Belvidere a little, tiny, furry black and white dog ran out in front of 4 lanes of traffic. There were several Hispanic children, under the age of about 9, trying to get the dog, but not wanting to go into traffic, rightly so. Three out of the 4 lanes had stopped, but a giant silver suv came barreling down the lane next to us and literally came with in an inch of killing this poor little dog. That was it for me. I told Dean and Debbie that I was going out there. The kids were hopping up and down yelling "Chiquita! Chiquita!" So I walked toward the dog and in my sweetest voice called her name. She cam running straight into my arms and kissed me all over. She was the cutest little thing! The children were over joyed. I gave her to the oldest girl and told her to be careful with her because she was almost smooshed. I'm pretty sure they will, they saw her almost get hit by the suv.
As I was leaving the car I had heard Debbie say something to her husband. It ends up she told him that he might as well pull over because Vicki was going out there and she's going to open up a can of whoop-a%$ on someone about that dog. She was right. I didn't do any whoop-a$#ing though. Dogs get out. It happens to the best of us. That's why we have the air lock system in place in our house.
Later that evening at our retreat, a lady came in from the wedding in one of the other rooms. The bride's bustle had come undone and she was trying to find something to fix it. She had gone to the scrapbooker's room first and they sent her over to the quilters. Debbie gave her a bunch of safety pins to pin it back together. I was glad for that. I thought she was going to ask us to come and sew it!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I usually have Christmas dinner at my house, and my sister has Thanksgiving. This year however, she is going to be in Australia for Thanksgiving, so I will have dinner. I don't have any Thanksgiving stuff though, so I decided to make my table cloth for it at the retreat when I'd have long tables to cut and press it. I put it on the table last night and realized that it's a tad bit narrow.