11.18.2017

In The Works

Now that my craft room has been rearranged for quilting, I’m getting a lot more sewing  projects started - and finished. Yay!




Hand-stitching the binding on this quilt. Probably could have finished it tonight if Lily hadn’t decided to “help” me. These make great tv watching listening projects.



Leanne’s quilt is on the design wall. She decided the block placement tonight and I’m hoping to get it sewn together this week.



Just got this one back from the quilter. It’s gorgeous! Binding goes on this week and it goes to its new home in December. I loved working on this one.

I'm also planning/working on: 1) a rag quilt for a friend; 2) a Christmas present baby quilt for Isaac; 3) small quilt for Jac in the same fabric Leanne used in her quilt; 4) a quilt with Leia for her new baby brother; and . . . .  So many ideas. So little time!


11.17.2017

Baby Approved

The binding is on, so this quilt is officially d.o.n.e.




I put it on the floor to get FO* pics and Jackie made herself right to home.



Love that she's camera-friendly and willing to let me take shots of her.



This was a block-a-month project that started in February 2017. We did two blocks each month, putting the top together in the last class.



Still can’t believe it’s actually finished - and in the same year it was started!



So, who gets this one? That would be ME!

* FO = Finished Object

11.15.2017

The Big Reveal

The newest grandbaby, due in April, is a. . . . 




Boy! 

 We could actually watch him sucking his thumb.

We were all good with either boy or girl - a healthy baby is what’s important (and doctor said baby looks healthy!) - 

 Kissing his knees.

but after four grandgirls, a grandboy is a nice change of pace.

 Cute little hand and ear!

So hurry up, April. We need a new baby to spoil!

11.14.2017

Musical Interlude

One of Leanne's favorite things at Swetsville Zoo 




were the bells and accompanying golf ball mallet which she used to compose her own song. Be sure to turn the volume up . . . 


11.13.2017

When A Zoo Is Not A Zoo

We figured out while enroute to our favorite local museum that it was closed on Mondays. Since we had promised Leanne a special outing on our last day in Colorado, this was Really Not Good.




Thank goodness for old-time local bloggers and that nice Mr. Google. 



Before Leanne even realized something was amiss, we were on our way to Swetsville Zoo in Fort Collins. 



It's more sculpture garden than zoo, 



with a winding path through whimsical creatures,



both big 



and small;



space vehicles, 



dinosaurs,



dragons, 



spiders 



and more.



I handed my camera to Leanne when we arrived



and she did me proud,



taking over 200 pictures -



including this self-portrait - 



during our 40-45 minute visit.

 Spark plugs for dinosaur teeth.

We had the park all to ourselves

 

and had fun wandering through the sculptures 



and enjoying a beautiful fall day. 



Hate to admit it, 



but I’m kinda glad the Discovery Museum was closed today.















11.12.2017

Better Than Trees

While the adults went to TEDx yesterday, the little girls had a craft-video-dressup day. My local quilt shop had a super cute idea for button Christmas trees, so I brought the necessary bits and pieces with us from California.




And what do little girls do when presented with crafty bits and no adult supervision preconceived ideas? They make Royal Enchanters!

 Queen Enchanter

Addy says: This is the Queen Enchanter. She has wings and a rainbow crown with all the colors except black and white. Her dress is different color buttons. She has eyes and earrings. The clear buttons are her necklace.

 Princess Enchanter

Leanne says: I made a Princess Enchanter and named her Twinkles. She has a crown of different colors and invisible wings over her hands and arms. I gave her a dotted dress. She has special eyes, cheeks and nose.


11.11.2017

TEDxMileHigh

Thought-provoking speakers




and interesting entertainment (I never knew what “slam poetry” was before today)



but after 11 hours, including travel time, I’m ready for my bed. This was my first TED Talk - Pop and Rachel have been to a couple previously - and I’d definitely do it again.