Sunday, May 17, 2015

How About A Bunch of Pictures


  Life has been pretty busy around here! Early last week, we hosted Mom, Dennis and Teddy the dog. 
I hemmed some sparkly pants before our final school concert. 

I saw this guy very little.

  
It rained a lot.

Friday evening, I headed West for my cousins high school graduation. 
 
The sun finally appeared which made my drive so much happier!
 

Breakfast with mom and her coffee friends at the Sweet Shop in St. Paul. 
We had a delicious apricot cinnamon roll.
 
 
 
 
 

Betty's garden is coming to life! 
Maybe someday my garden will be as great as my mom's.
Mom wanted to pick up some tomato and pepper plants, so we drove to Farwell to Rachel's Garden
It was a neat little place where we met a super friendly kitty!
 
 
 
Mom had given me a gift certificate to Material Girl and it has been burning a hole in my pocket since Christmas time. We stopped in so I could spend it but I had a hard time deciding what to get.
 I love it all!!  


I decided on a Denyse Schmidt fat quarter bundle and this Improv Handbook. 
I can't wait to check it out!

We picked up Dennis and headed to my cousin's grad party. 

Check out this jello salad my Aunt Loretta made.  
Isn't it pretty? It was tasty, too!


And there he is, the graduate, my cousin, Doug! We had a great time at his party. I'm so glad I was able to go! I'm a little jealous of him, he's already out of school. 
One more week for me. I can't wait for SUMMER!
 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Takin It To The Street


Exciting things are happening!
The street crew started tearing up the street in front of my house on Friday morning. 
One of the best things is that they had to tear out the annoying bush that was next to the mailbox. 
Yay! No more blind spot when we back out of the driveway!



Last week was super busy with something every night. Tuesday was fun because I went to the Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild meeting for the second time! I'm enjoying meeting new people, especially people who understand my quilt obsession haha!

Things didn't slow down over the weekend, I played for a wedding and a funeral with church services in between. I really wanted to sew but no such luck. 
 

Today was the Lincoln Marathon. Both of the churches I play for are located right inside the marathon path so it's very difficult to GET to church on marathon morning. One of the churches decided to have their service on Saturday night, so that meant that I had some free time this morning! 
Gary and I got some breakfast and went to the park. What a beautiful way to start the day!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I still haven't found the best way to get to church on marathon morning. I do love that people come out to support the runners, and I really love the bands that play on various corners along the route. This morning I enjoyed this polka band while I waited for a hole to open up so I could gun it through the intersection to the inside of the running route!  

Our sunny and beautiful day turned into a thunderstorm this evening. I'm sad to say that if we had a baby bunny nest in the lily of the valley patch, they most likely are drowned. It rained HARD and even a little bit of hail came down. Poor bunnies.  


Poor street crew! This is a muddy mess now. 
 

I didn't get any quilting done this weekend but I have the pieces all ready to put together.
 Maybe this week.
 
I bought myself a new coloring book and colored pencils at Joanns after Saturday night church. I had a 60% off coupon and I was planning on using it for some basting spray. Well, it was already on sale and I didn't want to waste my 60% off coupon! Does that ever happen to you? Ugh it's annoying! I guess that's how they get you to spend more money. 
Anyway, this book is called Just Add Color Botanical by Lisa Congdon. 
I'm a big fan of her artwork and this coloring book has been so much fun to color! 
I think this is just my speed tonight.

 


Monday, April 27, 2015

Photos from the Weekend

 





















Saturday morning, I went to The Ross to see the operas Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. The first one was so dark, the set and costumes were very stark and black. The stage rotated, which was cool at first but then they kept using it, and I was like, enough with the rotation already!! The one part I liked was during one of the first scenes, there was a row of women, all sitting together, knitting. ha! 
The yarn was black, of course. 
Pagliacci at least had bright costumes, a live horse and some comic moments. It was such a sad story though. Both operas were very depressing and they both ended with people dying from stab wounds.
Jeesh! I had to get out of there and do something fun to lift my spirits! 

I decided to walk the couple blocks over to the Sheldon to see the Gee's Bend from Quilts to Prints exhibit. I loved it! I pretty much had the place to myself, which was nice. My favorite was the red, white and black print called "Mama's Song" because it had piano keys in the design and it was made in honor of the makers mother, who was a singer.

After seeing those quilts made from old clothing, I got to thinking that buying new fabric or a whole line of a designers fabric seems so extravagant. It's not about the fabric but what you do with the fabric that matters. Is that what I'm getting at? Anyway, maybe that's why I'm trying to use up fabric that I've had sitting around here forever.
Speaking of old fabric, I've got my retro quilt top all put together. My brain did some flip flops trying to figure it out but I did it! Now to get a backing together and figure out the quilting. 

Oh and if you're wondering about the animals around here, we have a house finch nesting by the picture window and a bunny nest right outside my sewing room. 
So far no robins nests this spring..yet!