Friday, August 31, 2012

Light Bulb Moments

I love it when Woolie followers share their ideas!  The other day when I found the Karma quote on Pinterest and shared that I was thinking about embroidering it on fabric Synthia sent this photo of how she displays her favorite quotes!  She also makes them as gifts!!  Ask and ye shall my mind is over flowing with gift ideas.

Anne from Cottons 'n Wool and I took a trip out to Sisters on Wednesday to check the construction.  It is so exciting to see each phase.  When we arrived they had strung the plumbing and ducting!!!  I believe Anne was as excited as me...but then it has been only a short time since she completed her home.  She is such an extraordinary decorator that I love getting her input.

While we were walking around town we came upon this cabinet for sale at the Clearwater Gallery  we both loved it!  The really cool part was the door was made from an old window.  The cheddar yellow color was so yummy.  

Trying to wrap up business before I leave for Paris is keeping me at the speed of Bolt in the Olympics...but I swear today I have to find time to finish my block for group at BJ's tomorrow!!!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

My Favorite Things

It wasn't until I misplaced my favorite tool that I even gave it a second thought.  I hadn't seen my favorite wool scissors since the last Fabric Stalkers Retreat at Quiet River.  I was almost to the point of sending out a mass email to see if they got mixed in with someone else's stuff.  I made one last sweep through every project box, PIG, UFO's, BOW's, BOM's and alleluia I found them in my Harrington and Hannah project.  I love these wool scissors by Olfa.  They cut through wool like butter and that's a fact. What is your favorite tool??

My other favorite item is this photo taken by my DIL, Emily...I love saying that...she was with her saying her SIL and BIL the parents of my grandson', that's a mouth full of fun!  So here is the sweetest photo in the world, an uncle with his nephews.  Sometimes life just is perfection.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Karma Cafe

I love this quote I found on Pinterest.  In fact I like it so much I am thinking of designing an embroidery for my kitchen!  What do you think??? 

I realized after "Cakers" a Woolie Follower and Fabric Stalker reminded me that this Saturday is BJ's Quilt Basket Free BOM meeting....which meant I have to get my blocks done...or it is not free! Yikes! There are 2 blocks with each months pack and yesterday afternoon I put together one block.  Which means I still have 3 days to make the second block.  Cramming my homework assignment...somethings never change! LOL

It is such a wonderful feeling to gently slide back into my sewing room.  Out of my own curiosity...what is the longest period of time you have not been in your sewing space???

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sweet Contentment

yesterday was a sweet day, a sewing day, a HH day...a movie day!  We couldn't go camping because of some unfinished business but tried to make the most of waiting around for papers.  I finished my August UFO!!!  I have several table runner tops that were made at retreats in 2010.  Lori and I were crazy for table runner patterns because we love 5 inch charm packs and the different table runners that can be made using those packs.  1 down....a zillion to

HH and I went to check out the sale of patio furniture and found the perfect set for our future little patio...because we are going to sit out there every evening all year long.  At 40-60% off we couldn't afford to wait till next year cause then we'd be dealing with 2013 Spring prices!

In the afternoon once work was done we went to the movie and dinner.  The movie, "Hope Springs" a Merly Strep and Tommy Lee Jones movie was different than I thought.  I had seen clips and with Steve Carrell I thought it was going to be hysterically fact, it was funny...but, also sweet, heartwarming and the acting was excellent!  Dinner was next door at Hola's the puppet entertainment was cute, the Chanco a la Sancho was delish (we shared the dinner which was more than enough) but, next time I am passing on the Vanilla Mango Mojito...just not that good.

Hope your Monday was adventurous!

Monday, August 27, 2012

FREE August Ornament of the Month!

Well, just in the nick of time I have posted August Free Woolie Robin's ornament of the month!  With our night time temps dropping into the 30's and 40's and our day time temps still in the 80's it signals that Fall is creeping up on us.  Which means time to think of Fall projects and holiday projects/gifts.  The quilt magazines are all filled with Fall colors!  

Yesterday afternoon I actually stepped into my sewing room.  Did some cleaning up so I could actually see the top of my cutting table and decided there wasn't much time to finish up my August UFO!  I can't tell you how wonderful it felt to turn on my sewing machine and hear that hummmmmm.

In the morning Robin and I took a ride out to the construction site to see what's up...the stringers were laid!!! yeah!!!

...and Robin had to test the water in the stream that runs right off our was so sweet hearing the babbling brook...

I am really looking forward to this Fall...I want to sew, sew, sew...and watch the house go up! What about you...what are you looking forward too?

Sunday, August 26, 2012

ZZ Top

It was so fun wrapping up the weekend with the newlyweds at a ZZ Top Concert.  That is the beauty of living in Central Oregon, there is something going on ALL the time!

A big crowd...mostly baby boomers and some reliving their former concert  

4 decades of performing their original brand of music...and getting to enjoy it with Connor and Emily.  Sweet.

and now life is settling into a quiet place...for just a moment.  I get to reflect on how it feels to have both my sons know that there are others who will take care of their hearts.  And and I get to think about ourselves.  hummmm

Saturday, August 25, 2012

My Son From Another Mother...

...and so the story goes...I have a "son" from another mother/father.  He was our son's best friend in high school and spent most of those years in our home.  I was the type of parent that survived my son's teen years by adopting the "show no fear" type of mothering. As for HH, they thought of him as a second coming of Chuck Norris Texas   Even though John was virtually at our home throughout high school and every time our son came home for college it took a long time for him to look me in the eye...he was afraid of me...grrrrrrrrr.  We cared about him, worried about him and thought about him when he went in the military.  I told him I had made a quilt specially for him and when he returned state side he could pick it up.  Arriving from Japan last week but unable to make it to the wedding he came by the house with son in tow...just like the old days.  I asked him if he was ready for his quilt...yep!  And so finally the quilt is home with it owner...filled with wild animals who are watching him....ROFLOL  that is just so he continues to behave himself and knows...I'm watching...

Friday, August 24, 2012

It's a Jibber Jabber Day

I can't tell you how blessed we feel that the newlyweds wanted to spend any of their "honeymoon" time with us!  They said that they are taking a traditional honeymoon at a later date but wanted to spend time with everyone they know in Oregon! lol  I love that Emily is wearing my mom's original wedding set, it means so much to me...and just to explain that intake of breath I hear from everyone reading today's that is not a traditional tattoo.   Emily and her bridemaids had an evening together before the wedding and enjoyed an age old tradition of "bridal henna."  Henna has been used to adorn young women's bodies as part of social and holiday celebrations since the late Bronze Age in the eastern Mediterranean. The earliest text mentioning henna in the context of marriage and fertility celebrations comes from the Ugaritic legend of Baal and Anath,[15] which has references to women marking themselves with henna in preparation to meet their husband.

It is amazing and intricate work with a lot of symbolism and wears off in about 2 weeks.  See the peacocks for love and blessings.

...I forgot to show you the ring bearers pillow that Robin and I made.  I pieced the top and did all the ribbon embellishment.  Robin added some more embellishments and sewed the cording and pillow together.  The rings were attached with the ribbons.

We took the newlyweds out to the construction site and they are standing at the edge of the patio...spectacular view that the photo doesn't do justice because in reality the mountains feel like they are on top of you.

We are already thinking about what kind of landscaping we want to invest in...cause of this guy.  Obviously a smorgasbord for the local critters.  Nothing new for us...these look like relatives of the golf course deer! lol

Hope you have a great Friday...we are gonna rock with ZZ Top tonight!!!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

An Evolving Dream

One of the many items to catch up on was the new construction.  Not only was a $35 credit at the Stitchin' Post burning a hole in my quilting dream but, we were dying to see if anything else had been done.  Alleluia!!! They had poured and cured the foundation!  With that part set in we could walk around and visualize exactly what the view was going to be like and from where.  We decided we were going to drop a dime on outdoor living room furniture because our little patio in the back has a full view of the 3 Sisters!!!!  We are going to eat all our meals out there, bundled in ski gear in the winter and shorts in the  As soon as we pulled up to take photos a new neighbor came over and introduced himself.  He is waiting for his build to start and was excited to see ours start to go up. Then the construction foreman happened to drive up and we got the lo down on what was next.  Tomorrow plumbing and electrical lines go in, followed by subflooring.  On Tuesday a city inspection and Wednesday framing starts!!!

I walked around and around the property...and then I walked around and around the Stitchin Post...what to spend my $35 credit on....hummm?  I decided on these 4 threads and 2 packs of needles....yummy colors.  I was soooo tempted to sign up for classes after seeing all the class displays but I resisted since this fall and winter are going to be busy.

But just so I don't suffer alone I took lots of slides in the shop and of all the class displays.  Maybe some of you will be able to take the classes...or...maybe you will be whining like me....

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

It's A Double Trouble Life...

I have come to the conclusion that stepping back into my quilting life may take a second longer than I thought.  Playing catch up and also preparing for my departure to France is ca-ca-ca-razy making.  Today the newlyweds arrive in Bend (I can't wait!!!!) for a few days of hiking, enjoying the mountains and the forest before they head back to the land of corn.  Then HH, Enzo and I plan to head out to the desert and be one with the dirt.  We want to get some camping in before the start of Bow Hunting Season...we don't want Enzo to be mistaken for some deer jerky.

When you step out of your life...and come tend to arrive to a view like in the photo below...yes, whenever we leave for any length of time the local doom squirrel takes to ripping apart pine cones and leaving a giant mess....much like how I left my sewing room.  So tell there anyone out there who is in battle with their own doom squirrel.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Parties Is Over!!!

Man oh man are we pooped...the party is over but the feeling of contentment in the happiness of our son cannot be measured although our little Wyatt is not happy the party is over!

The wedding party was beautiful, the wedding fantastic and the reception...was...well...the best party I have been too!!!

I am at peace.  Have both my boys loving and being loved...well, is there anything more wonderful for a mother.  And be still my heart...HH was so handsome in his tux!

I love this "rock band" photo of the cousins!  cracks me up!

I had to show you the non wedding cake.  So, here is the story...Emily didn't want a wedding cake, she decided to have a variety of wedding pies.  Her dad being an artist for McMenamin's decided to create a cake as the center piece for the pies.  There were rotating lights in the center that twinkled as darkness settled!

soon I will be back to quilt talk....

Sunday, August 19, 2012


It's Wedding Day!!!

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Friday, August 17, 2012

It's All In The Interpretation....

I'm walking in downtown Portland when I see this sign...Honey Bucket...on the side of a Porta Potty...well, as I see it I might have felt different about Porta Potties if they all had this cute sign on the side.  Of course the construction worker who came out while I was taking the photo...said, "they don't smell like a honey bucket!" LOL

Once my aunts arrived I took them on a short Trolley sight seeing ride and a quick trip into a couple of stores for shopping.  Sur La Table was at the top of my list but I had never been inside of Anthropologies which turned out to be a great store!  Not only a clothing store but home decor...and look at this lamp.  It opened the possibilities of how to use wool in different way!

Maybe it is just me but it seems every where I went there was a little bit of France...just enough to make me remember where I will be on Sept. 5th!

I am pooped but it is the good kind of pooped...stay tuned....

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Spoiler Alert...NO Quilt Talk Here

I barely got to hug my son upon his arrival at the airport because we were dropping him a car while we met up with other family members to take the Max (the light rail) into downtown.  And the cops do not let you chit chat at the curb...nor hang onto your son who you haven't seen in 11 months!  Why am I telling you this...because I wanted to share a story.

You know how you occasionally will make a mistake and you won't know the benefit of the mistake for a long time. I didn't have to wait long. So, I am chit chatting with my sis while HH and my BIL are standing on the Max...HH says, "I think this is our stop."  but I was too busy to pay attention and so we went several blocks passed our stop.  Which required us to double back and wait for a Max going the opposite direction.  While waiting i saw this pigeon looking at if to say, ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME????

Then he decides to heck with it and takes a drink!  How fascinating...and I would have missed it if I had gotten off at the right stop...I think this week will be filled with these AH Ha moments!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

La Famille

The bridal shower was wonderful.  Held in the back yard of the maid of honor's mother in Lake Oswego.  It was heart warming to see those that gathered to celebrate Emily's marriage.  And, truth be told it was heart warming to hear how all of Emily's family and friends loved my son Connor.  We always thought he was special...but it is always wonderful to hear that others recognize what a special guy he is!

So you understand how great Emily is...she didn't want people spending more money on her and Connor and chose to have a recipe shower...where everyone shared their favorite recipes with them!  

....and here are 2 of the flower girls...their older sister was not able to attend...but these little girls are some of my favorite people!  They were breaking in their flower girl shoes! lol

AWWW...and my little guy was so sweet during the shower and then fell the arms of my DIL

My son had to work but the family went out shopping with me!!!  Power shoppers we were!!!

At the hotel my grandson and Enzo were practicing for Dancing With The Stars...although I have never seen this show...I know they would win!!!

I can't guarantee that this weeks blog will have anything to do with quilting but it will have to do with surviving chaos!!! LOL Which may in the long benefit you!