Thursday, December 1, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Sunday we took a boat out to Catalina Island. It stormed the day before so the sky was clear and everything else was fresh and clean and the air was beautiful. It was the perfect day to go.
Catalina seemed very "Lord of the Flies" to us. Piggy, Ralph and Jack could of hopped out of the landscape demanded to know what we were doing on their island. It was such a small little place and I found myself wondering what kind of weird folk decide they want to make home there. Aside from the cluster of homes and dock and airport, the rest of the island was just wild brush. I guess the attraction is that they live on an island...? Our conclusion was that Catalina was beautiful, but a strange place.
One fun thing that we saw - there were cats everywhere. Feral cats live all over the island and they were some of the most majestic creatures I've seen! Especially the one I saw that looked like a miniature lion - what a beard it had!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Hi friends! It's been over a month, but I have good reasons. First, we moved! Only 3 miles down the road, but it took us a good couple weeks to get it all done. Cramming two households into one house means there was a lot to move. Most of our stuff was still boxed up in storage but still, we had to move it all. Right after I posted my last quilt update I had to start packing. I haven't touched the quilt yet.
So let me tell you about our new house! We moved 3 miles further into our lovely little Fallbrook, into a big house that suit all four of us just fine. Billy and I have a big bedroom, our own living room (with space for our computer desk and a craft area!) and our own giant bathroom all to ourselves. This big house we share with his parents is on an acre of land (we already started planting a garden) with a cut flower farm that backs up against us. The drive is a bit longer to everything, but the windy roads, big trees and charming houses are lovely and make up for the distance.
It was a lot of work, and took all of our days. Working all day moving and cleaning and then going to work and getting off at 10:30pm for almost two weeks made me a very tired girl. Now you can understand my absence! Right after we got moved in I had two weeks left until the Carlsbad Street Fair, at which I had a booth. I spent a ton of time getting ready for it, and will share some pics and details with you soon.
Now it's all over and I can focus on regular life again. And blogging. And cooking and baking. And crafting. The season is just upon us!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I've made a ton of progress on my Fall quilt! Monday I spent a good 5 hours sewing and got the bottom half completely sewn and a good start going on the top half. This large block design is a dream to sew - it would be a perfect for beginning quilters. I'm finding that part of the reason it is sewing up so well is because I measured and cut very accurately. I bought a 6x24 quilting ruler for this one, and I can't believe I ever went without it before! I got fairly technical with my block labeling. Everything is numbered and lettered to ensure it gets put in the correct spot and so far no mistakes.
Overall I am really pleased with my progress, and I should be able to finish the top half and get the whole top completed today. I had made a goal for a start to finish time of two weeks, so it would be ready before the weather starts to really cool off. Hopefully it will be on my bed sooner than I had planned!
Sunday we went to pick up some baby kitties to live at my parents house. A few days shy of 8 weeks old, these babies are so little and cute!
Why must baby kitties be so cute?? I want them ALL!!
They are brother and sister, soft as feathers, and have the most playful spirits - and the cutest part of this story is that when we were taking them from the mama cat and saying goodbye she gave each of them a little lick on the forehead.
Gahhh!!! Cute overload.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Happy First day of Autumn friends.
I've seen pumpkins showing up at the market, along with displays of cornbread and cider. It's still awfully warm here, but if I know Autumn, it won't be for long. The nights are starting to really cool off which is the first sign.
I certainly will celebrate tonight with a pumpkin latte.
Don't you love a change in season?
Thursday, September 22, 2011
My fabric arrived for my fall quilt! My package from Sew Mama Sew was just as beautiful as ever - and as I pulled the fabric bundle out of the packaging everything just sang in perfect harmony. I am so excited to start on this.
Erika and I are endeavoring in quilt making together this Fall and I drew patterns for both us based on this gorgeous quilt by One Shabby Chick. The large blocks are perfect for showcasing beautiful fabrics, in fact, once Erika showed me that quilt I couldn't imagine any other possibility for mine. I decided on 90 x 9o inches for our king size bed. I hope to end up using a nice flannel for the backing, making it cozy warm for the Autumn months.
This is one of the more exciting projects I've started on in a while - probably because it is for us. I know that this quilt will be loved when it's stormy out, when the rain pours, and when the morning cold slips through the glass during the chilly months of the Autumnal side of the year...
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Finally! I've learned how to can! My first attempt at home canning was very gratifying and it was actually really really fun. For those of you who can on a regular basis, I want to be like you. And guess what? You ladies better tell your husbands what's up, cuz mine knows how to can. So now that I've gotten a taste of the process I have a lot to look forward to. Having a large home garden like we do means that when we harvest we usually have way more that we can eat, and so we have to do something with it. This week we had half a crate of green beans and about a crate of cucumbers to take care of.
We spent a few hours today canning cucumbers and green beans, and freezing even more beans. We have a vacuum sealer for preparing food portions for freezing, which is even more fun.
Today one of my coworkers was reflecting that if she had lived in another time in history she would for sure have been a hippie. I said I would have been a pioneer lady. And wouldn't you know it, I am certain I would.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Celebrating the seasons - I just can't get over how much I love it. For years I have been wanting to make seasonal quilts for my bed, and I am finally starting with a Fall quilt. See I have this idea in my brain that it would be super fun to switch out bed quilts with each new season. If you're a nut like me, you may think the idea is smashing too.
Here is a fun little Polyvore set of the fabrics that I decided to go with for my king size Fall quilt. I think I am going to make the patten up myself, so we will see how things transpire. I will keep posting on this project throughout it's progress, and maybe you will get inspired too!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I've been in love with laurel wreaths lately. I want to draw them or paint them or stitch them all over the place. This little hoop was done for my mother in law's birthday. She loved it and I am glad because I almost didn't finish it to give it to her. I started doubting her reaction to it but Billy thought it was lovely so I kept stitching. And wouldn't you know! I love how it turned out. I am so not technical when it comes to embroidery, I just freehand penciled this whole scene at record speed. I really should learn to be more methodical! Even so, it was enjoyable and ever satisfying to use my hands.
Monday, August 29, 2011
It's been really hot here, which means lots of water and iced tea for me. Ice cold black tea with milk has been my favorite this year. What is it about the heat that brings memories of childhood? Maybe it's all those recollections of lounging all summer break long, well aware of a generally empty calendar. My sister and I did take advantage of her Summer break, and spent almost every Monday together doing something to entertain ourselves. We could usually be found at some point in the day pounding iced lattes in a desperate attempt to stay cool/stay awake.
As much as I love Summer, I am missing cooking. It's just too hot. I made scones a couple mornings ago, and just being around the hot oven almost sent me over. I love Autumn sincerely, and I will be overjoyed when it comes to town, but still I must continue to dote on Summer while I have it. Salad and fruit have been my companions for months, but when the weather starts to cool I know I will be anxious to start on some soups. And pie. My good Lord the thought of cinnamon...
Before I forget I have the winners for the glitter heart cake topper contest. I used a random number generator to get the results, so the turnout is quite fair. Ok here goes...
<< Natalie Jane
<< Katie Watts
<< Lisa Mac
Let me know which colorway you would like (pink or silver), and I will get your heart toppers off to you! I will email you to get your addresses too.