Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fish Quilt

This quilt just left my studio today. It was a fun little quilt with patchwork fish. I quilted a really sweet little fish border on it.


I am starting to get really discouraged about how my living room is shaping up. The carpet man came yesterday and we will get new carpet in the next few weeks. However my Living room is so very Vanilla. EVERYTHING is vanilla! The walls, the couch and soon the carpet. I was hoping to get some chairs with a fun contemporary print, but the ones I first saw at Pruitts and liked........I didn't like when I went back. I must have looked at 6 different furniture stores yesterday. Guess I"ll keep trying or perhaps start thinking of the space in a new way............Wish me Luck!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Really neat baby shower game!

Yesterday I went to a baby shower held at Mimi's cafe for the daughter of a friend of mine. It was your typical baby shower.........nice lunch, mom-to-be opening her gifts..........until it came time to play the baby shower games.........My friend Katrina arranged for one of her friends to give a nice talk and showing of antique baby items. Below is one of the pictures of an infant cloak from the 1880's! It was really very interesting. If you would like to see all of the pictures taken you can go to this link and see them:
Also of interest is that Pat Stark (the women who gave the presentation) will be appearing at the Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek on Friday October 10 from 4-6PM to feature Vintage clothing dating form 1900-1970. It would be really neat to see.
Here are a few more embroidered t-shirts. One is for a friend who loves to quilt by was raised on a dairy farm in Iowa. (can you guess which one?) The other is for a friend who is building a Christian kids camp in Kauai. The name of the camp will be Akua Makana Lani (God's Heavenly Gift) AND they are shephards over many sheep there! I haven't sent it out to them yet, so I hope my friend does not read this and spoil the surpirse!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Wow! What a weekend

We celebrated Jenny's 23rd birthday yesterday even tho today is her birthday. We went to a family style Italian restaurant called Buca De Peppo and sat at the kitchen table. We could watch all the dishes being prepared and then they were all brought by our table so we could see them close up. After dinner we went to Jenny and Rafael's apartment and had a bite of this chocolate cake that Rafael baked.

Earlier in the day I attended a baby shower given by my friend Katrina for her daughter Tana.

My gift to Tana was the quilt top pictured below. This quilt top was designed so that shower guests can sign in the little white squares and be a rememberance for the mother and child for years to come.

As you can see I have finally finished painting in my living room. My couch now matches the walls. I have spent a good deal of time lately shopping for chairs and curtains to complete the decor in this room. Mike still wants me to paint some sort of texture technique on the wall, but I want to get the other components in the room before I decide on what color to do. The carpet man comes tomorrow! Silly me.........I thought that I could just buy a new sofa and all the other old stuff would still work! What was I thinking?

Mike has been busy outside...........our back porch used to be enclosed by screening, but with age and such it has really been looking unsightly lately. So he has been taking the screening and extra boards off and re-enforcing/creating some main support beams so the porch can be open. Here are some pictures of the project in progress.


During construction: