Wednesday, November 19, 2014

a thanksgiving miracle

they ran around and around
and chased themselves into this...
Running Bear Loves Little White Dove
with thanks to Jennifer of Bronze Wombat for giving this little quilt the perfect name

this may not seem like a thanksgiving miracle to anyone else, but it is because:

a) with the exception of the brown for the paws, the fabric was ALL from the Magick Shoppe's Hoard

2) i actually used a panel before it had a chance to go out of print or get lost in the Magick Shoppe

thirdly) RBLLWD was finished in less than two months - which is a record time for ANY quilt that i have ever started and finished (thanks in a big, big way to Longarm Quilter Extraordinaire Liz Bowman) 

the panel is from this collection by this artist
Princess On A Pea - First Nations by Denyse Klette
and it is awesome!!!
Liz quilted dream catchers all over it...

how does she DO that?!?
and they are awesome!!!
the backing fabric is called Five Cent Peace...

lucky buffalo nickels
and it is awesome!!!

i LURVE this quilt!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

mountains and walking and shopping and weaving and swimming and music and men in kilts

gotta write this down before i forget that it happened...

it was the weekend after Labor Day ... Auntia and i took LuLu with us to Estes Park for the Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival 
aka Men in Kilts...
first we walked through the town so we could shop for caramel apples and candy and coffee and christmas tree ornaments and other stuff that we don't need but want anyway...
LuLu and Auntia ... behind them is the river that flooded last year and wiped out most of the roads in and out of the town ... it behaved while we were there
and when we checked into the hotel, LuLu wanted to swim...
the water was FUH-FUH-FUH-FUHREEZING!!!!
she was singing Let It Go and letting go ... which made me very, very nervous
she spent more time in the hot tub than in the pool...

ah... now THAT's what i'm talking about!!!
when we woke up the next morning, the car looked like this...
is that a shamrock?!?
which seemed rather fortuitous... 
we skipped the parade this year and went directly to the fair grounds...
the clans tent is ginormous!
which meant that we missed the crowds and we were able to do some more shopping...
wee lassie
we ate Meat On A Stick and Cheesecake On A Stick (my favorite) and walked around the festival grounds a gazillion times while LuLu practiced her numbers by counting the men in kilts...

we saw The Wall That Heals...

and found one of the names that the eXMan asked Auntia to look for...
rest in peace, Larry
it was an emotional experience ... so many names of so many men and women... 

LuLu learned how to weave in the weavers' tent...
over and under and over and under
and over and under and over and under
and watched jousting...
cheer cheer cheer cheer ... ooo!!! that's gonna leave a mark!!!
that night we went to the tattoo and when we came back to the hotel, LuLu turned her weaving into a little blanket for Leo the Leopard...
smirk smirk smirk
and when we left on sunday morning, LuLu left a message on the door...
so glad that isn't MY patio door!!!
after we took her home, LuLu wrote these thank you notes...
dianne?!? seriously?!? she NEVER calls me dianne!!!
we had a lotta fun!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

thank you...

to our veterans, living or gone, for your service to our country

Friday, October 31, 2014

kinda creepy...

sewing these together was no fun at all ... ick

the Little Guy is the naming block for the Big Guy...

the Big Guy needs borders... 

maybe red roses...

or maybe not...

i am undecided...


“Though my skull is the size of a soup bowl, everything in the universe—and more—can fit inside my imagination. And guess what? My imagination tastes like chicken noodle soup.” 
― Jarod Kintz

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

abby normal

franken-kit-kats ... even less fun to make than the werewolves

i dunno ... they look more like zombies than Frankenstein's monster

recipe and how-to video are here
note to self - stay away from this website next halloween

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Ah! Very good. Would you mind telling me whose brain i DID put in?
Igor: Then you won't be angry?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: I will NOT be angry.
Igor:  Abby someone.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Abby someone. Abby who?
Igor: Abby ... Normal.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Abby Normal?
Igor: I'm almost sure that was the name.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Are you saying that I put an abnormal brain into a seven and a half foot long, fifty-four inch wide GORILLA?
Young Frankenstein

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

beastie boys

note to self - Wilton's black sparkle gel doesn't ever dry ... it's gonna smear no matter how long you wait 

they look more like chocolate pigs than werewolves, but adding fangs would have been too scary for the younglings and their nonna...

the recipe and how-to video are here 
note to self - she makes it look a lot easier than it is In Real Life

as for being a werewolf, Jacob Black had this to say:
It's not a life-style choice, Bella. I was born this way, I can't help it.
Jacob Black in New Moon

Monday, October 27, 2014

s'more peeps

p.s. - you can make your own ... directions are here