Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Since she needed another helper, I got to help with Levi, who turned out to be a little fish.
It took Charlotte a while to become comfortable in the water, but toward the end of the sessions, she was talking to Grandpa on the phone right after one of the classes. He asked her how she had done, and she said, "Grandpa, I did so good I scared myself."
Huh? What was that again?
When kids start talking, they say the most amazing things. Charlotte has already done this many times, and I would give you some examples, but the thing is, I've already forgotten. A friend had a great suggestion (thanks, Tanya). When her 4-year-old says one of those priceless things, she writes it on a piece of paper, dates it and puts it in a jar. Brilliant. Easy.
Oh, and all those fortunes you save when you eat Chinese food, because of course "your ideas are clever and you will be rewarded."
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Well, apparently the whole order thing kind of took off, and Jessie is now in the slipper-making business.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Someone recently asked what our motivation was to be part of the owner group of Lakeview Cottages. If you had asked me that four years ago, I would have said "investment." It sounded like something that would give us a good return on our money. Yes, even in this economy.
However, now that Mark and I have spent a lot of time there, managing, relaxing, working, I have a totally different answer. Part of it is building memories for our family. Does it melt my heart when Charlotte wants to spend time at the "cabinet." How could it not? I hope it will be a place that Levi and Charlotte spend many happy and memorable hours, and Aaron and Christa as well.
More than anything, I have come to realize that Lakeview Cottages gives back to me much more than I have given to it. A lot of work? Definitely. But it is a place that calms my heart and feeds my soul. It eases the stress of the work week. It is a place of rejuvenation.
The water level in Huntington Lake is very low and the dock has been beached.The cabins are ready for the winter, shutters on the windows, the porches closed up, the doors bolted shut.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
A couple of years ago Mark changed out the ceiling fixture in my office from a low-emitting 60w bulb to a nice and bright fluorescent. Last week I looked into my sewing room (since lately that's mostly what I do....just peer longingly into my sewing room from my office) and the light bulb went off in my head that I needed a fluorescent light over my sewing table. You know, in case the time ever arises that I can actually spend time in there sewing...So here's a question: Why is it that when a house is built, they will put light fixtures in the ceiling of every room...except the
And then, since I could see so much better, I thought I might as well do a little organizing.
Bright, clean and organized. If only I could have found some "extra time" hiding under one of those piles of fabric...
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Then...you add a website, a blog, an etsy shop...necessary information overload. So you print labels with all that info and put it on the back of your cards...and hope people turn your card over. Right.
Then...you finally decide to just bite the bullet and order new cards. Somehow I landed here and ended up at zazzle, designed my own cards (read that again--yes, I did it myself) and a day later (not kidding!) they arrived on my doorstep.
Oh, and the fabulous little card case? Mine was a gift, but you can find them here.
Friday, October 9, 2009
This is my current favorite quilt, which I made for Cynthia at fabricworm. I have gotten so much fabric from Cynthia and she bends over backwards to make sure I always get what I need. This quilt was made with the fabulous fabric line, Summer Soiree, by Paula Prass. (and now she has a new fabric line so I see more of her fabric in my immediate future...) I absolutely love this quilt.This is the fabric I used on the back, from the same line, and since I'm completely in a orange/pink mode right now, it was perfect, as was the fun zebra print for the binding.
Sewed them together (I made a total of 25 nine-patch blocks):
Now I mail them all off to a block exchange administrator, 100 of these segments. And in about a month I should get 100 back in the mail. (Is this sounding too much like one of those weird chain letter things??)
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Side note: if you read her latest post (link above), you'll know why Jessie and I are such kindred spirits. Gotta loooooooove a girl who loves fabric, right?
Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Some of our trees were mandated by the forest service to be cut down because they were either dead or diseased. So sad to see those stately trees chopped up and on the ground.
When I woke up this morning and turned on the XM radio, Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" was playing and then I was sure without a doubt it would be a great weekend. I listen to a lot of different music, just about anything but heavy metal. And with a nod to Handel's "Messiah," I still think this piece of music is the absolute best thing written. Ever.
About twelve of us are having "quilt camp." We did it last year so this is officially the second annual quilt camp. Most of my favorite things: sewing, friends, good food.