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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Repurposed Chenille

Since I do not seem to have the skills [i.e.: attention span] to absolutely love traditional quilting, I have let myself go with my vintage chenille stash and have been creating some luscious patchwork quilts and throws for snuggling with babies and anyone else for that matter.  Here are photos of a few yummy quilts recently completed.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Reunion of Generations of Good Friends

Nearly 40 yrs. ago while living at a rather remote inland lake, I was longing for a friend both for myself and my toddler.  Back then homeowners names were posted boldly on mailboxes and births were published in the newspaper daily.  When I noticed a birth announcement for neighbors whose name I recognized from having driven by their mailbox, I baked a loaf of banana bread, bundled my toddler on her sled and trudged a half mile through the January snow to introduce myself.  

This wonderful friendship grew, we each had another baby within weeks of each other, and we were always on the lookout for other young mothers in the neighborhood.  One by one, we found newcomers, created play dates for the kids, potlucks for the entire families and the above photo is the result.  Our core group still gets together for birthdays, showers, multi-annual potlucks and parties.  Just one more gal is waiting for grandmother-hood.   We assure her it will happen with patience.   Not all of our daughters were present at this luncheon this past Saturday, but this was a joyful reunion for moms and daughters alike.... one granddaughter could be with us, too.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Art & Craft Fairs

Thought you might enjoy a couple of shots of my booth at the beachfront fair yesterday.   Pure shabby chic cottage decor.   It was great!  Lots of friends came through.  Sales were good.  The location was excellent.   I so enjoy a public presentation and feedback, don't you? 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Busy Summer Days

What a delightful summer it is here!  Perfect weather for the 4th of July neighborhood potluck and right through the following week of the National Cherry Festival.   Our town was so busy!  In between activities and my 2 yr. old granddaughter's first overnight with Nonna and Poppy, I've been painting furniture and sewing up a storm in preparation for an arts and crafts fair this Saturday.   I have been perching all the furniture to be painted and in-process on top of our all-purpose trailer.... works well... just the right height.   Packing the van today... set up tomorrow... wish me luck!