Thursday, November 15, 2018
G and I have been hanging out walking the streets, window shopping...taking Enzo for long city walks. When we have been apart it seems we cherish the time together. We tried out a new neighborhood restaurant...Thai Chili Jam and liked it! And, tonight we have tickets to see David Sedaris which should be a good time!
I have been doing some stitching but can't show you because they are part of a gift exchange...but soon...they are so cute if I do say so myself. And, since I put a year on the cross stitch I have been working on I feel compelled to finish it this year, LOL
Yesterday we visited one of our favorite places Monticello Antiques Every year they have a beautiful holiday themed event with many of the booths filled to the brim with Christmas. The unveiling is tomorrow!!! But, they let me walk through and take some photos to share with all of you as the busy little elves were working away at their displays! The talent and creativeness of this collective is inspiring. I hope you enjoy the slide show and get a chance to visit.
Peek A Boo...I see you! lol
Have Fun Shopping!
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
I have been incognito on my quilting links for a week but I am back in the saddle again. I flew down to the Napa Valley Film Festival for some sister bonding time. Little did I know that the world would change for so many people in 5 days. Remember that game 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon where movie stars would within 6 connections end up linked to Kevin Bacon. Well, our world is like that...you are no longer in a cocoon of them and us...we are connected to each other. Within my sister and my world we are connected to people who lost their livelihood and homes in the fire and someone who's life was cut short in the Thousand Oaks shooting. Don't just pray...be active...donate to the recovery, make a quilt for someone, adopt a rescue animal and write your politicians and tell them you want a better world!!!
The Napa Film Festival is held at a variety of venues throughout the entire valley. Movies are shown all day and into the evening. This is the first year at the Upton where a security person dressed in a black vest was inspecting each purse and bag as you walked in...the world is changing.
The movies shown are generally independent films some fictional, some documentary. There are full length films and also a category for narrative shorts and documentary shorts. Sprinkled in are a few movies that make it to the regular theater. One evening there was a film noir from 2000 with Billy Bob Thornton. What I enjoy about the film festival is after a film there is usually a
Q & A with with the director, writer, producer or actor. And listening to Billy Bob talk about his experience was enlightening.
I enjoy the shorts the best...so much emotion packed into a 5-20 min. film but my favorite movie was Green Book and lucky for you it is coming to theaters this month!!! I am going to see it again! I loved the movie and the best part was the Q & A afterwards. A true story we were able to hear from the son who wrote the script based on his father and Dr. Shirley. His mother had saved all the letters that his father had written to her when he was on the road...such a gift. And the 2 men remained friends their entire lives and died within 2 months of each other in 2013. Friendships are such a gift.
Although I was enjoying time with family and the movies were great I couldn't help my heavy heart as we were surrounded by smoke so thick you could touch it....
I was so grateful for the time spent with loved ones
but happy to fly home to blue skies
...and hang out with this little guy...he got a haircut!!!
Have a wonderful week...may you be happy, safe and stitching
Friday, November 9, 2018
Thursday, November 8, 2018
I have been a prepping fiend lately...trying to get a head start on the many stitchery projects that have been lying in wait to be set free! Which means there is not a whole lot getting finished but a a bunch of future dreams, lol. I have been spinning my wheels so much I forgot to actually post a regular blog post on Tuesday!
In addition to prepping I have been reading...my other great passion. The Baker's Secret is a wonderful book gifted to me by a former high school classmate and it was wonderful. I would for sure recommend that you add it to you read list.
I also finished The last Time I Saw You. Robin has been binge reading this author and said she has really enjoyed her books. This one about a 40th class reunion was lighthearted, funny and had a few...REALLY??? moments. Guess I will be adding this author to my read list.
This past weekend a girlfriend and I took in the Snowflake Boutique Sale at the Fair Grounds...and yes we did find a few items that had to come home. It was nice to see a Guild Raffle going on...obviously there are some wonderful quilter's in this guild!
Because the quilt was beautiful and the quilting was exquisite! Someone is going to be awfully happy when they win this beauty!
Although I am hip hopping around
I have my stitching with me
which feels like a comfort cozy...
hope you are relaxing and enjoying a stitch or 2 also!
Thursday, November 1, 2018
All I can say is WOW!
How in the world can it be November?!
Time for some hardcore, biker chick stitchin'!!!!
Yesterday was an awesome Halloween...I started to worry when by 5:30 my doorbell hadn't rung once! We used to lived in a neighborhood when the kids were young that had more candy per acre then any other in town. Which meant parents would car pool their kids to our neighborhood. Since our move to Sisters I have had to cultivate the Trick or Treater population by giving out full sized candy bars and telling each kid...tell you friends. And each year I have increased the numbers to an all time high last night of 58!!! That is over 20 more than last year!!! I also have no problem giving candy to teenagers and adults accompanying their kids. It is fun to see groups of teenagers hanging out together all in good fun. Plus they all get to go home to their parents, LOL
I got photos of the grandkids and their Halloween adventures...little Wyatt is a hoot with his dyed hair and I love that his glasses were perfect for this costume!
Now Silas had fun just going around his Grandma Carrie's house and obviously is not frightened by his Halloween bucket...since it has candy in there. And remembering back to this age he would have needed to eat the candy as soon as it hit the bucket, LOL
At times it seems life happens the way it works out best and my falling and both Robin and my schedule precluded heading to Quilt Market. But then I had the best Halloween evening ever. If I hadn't been here G and Enzo would have been hiding out in the dark, LOL. Instead Enzo got lots of pets...and G enjoyed watching how exciting it all was :)
...and yesterday I also got to pickup Coffee Quaker all framed and now hung up. I am so tickled with how it turned out! It felt good since it had been a while since I finished a cross stitch project!
...and for you Buttermilk Basin fans I just got a peek of the new design that will be teaching at Quilter's Affair 2019 and you are definitely going to want to register for this one!!! The reveal and registration will begin in January!! Can you believe that is only 2 months away!!!
Have a wonderful start to November
I hope kindness envelopes your world.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
This is not a quilt I made...but a quilt I aspire too :) Today I am heading in to The Stitchin Post for a collage class! I started this quilt in the last collage class and am determined to finish this quilt...one collage class at a time, lol. Cheryl Crawford is an excellent resource for the Laura Heine collage quilts at The Stitchin Post. Someday I hope to get this quilt done :) I loved this quilt and octopi are very smart creatures.
I am trying to get somewhat organized and am hoping to do a lot of prepping this week...maybe a wool prep video or two. G and I got our mail under control but I wish I could say the same about my UFO's...well, maybe someday! Sorry for the short post I promise that I will have more to share on Thursday, LOL.
This was last years costume...wonder what Enzo will be this year? Stay tuned!