Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Ok I'm a bit behind on blogging.  But tonight I arrived home from work and Daisy was sporting a new Halloween bandana!  How adorable, here she is, rolling around in the garden looking for a tummy rub.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Thanksgiving Monday - What A Day!

The weather is still holding on here, and the Cana Lilies and Hibiscus are still in bloom in the garden.  It's hard to believe, it's October!

Tula and all of the kitties had such a wonderful time outside.  Even Tipsy got into the fun, she is an avid butterfly chaser although happily she never actually catches one.

I spent part of the afternoon making a new recipe I found online, potatoes au gratin.  I mixed the cheese, adding some jarlsberg and swiss in with the cheddar.  

Dinner was complete with Lesley and Catherine bringing lentil salad, butternut squash soup, and stuffing... oh and some turkey!

And another picture of my dear friends Lesley and Catherine - only 9 days until they move to the UK.  :(

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend Activities

First up, time to start a new project on Saturday.  Why finish the other stuff and the binding when I can start something new?  :)

So here's the start of a project with Castle Peeps, a fantastically fun line of fabric.  Love it.

And a typical Saturday night with the kitties - I barely have room to sit and pin fabric with all of the crew keeping me company.

Then on Sunday, I decided that it was the perfect time to stain the deck.  I think the staining project went pretty well, mr man at the paint store gave me some helpful tips.  I guess I'll know for sure when I look at it tomorrow.

Here's the before of the deck:

And then the after picture:

The only bad part of the project is that I somehow managed to get stain in my hair, which has made a mess.  Even after a shampoo - well, it wasn't coming out so I just cut it!  Really frightening, perfect cut for Halloween, I'm so set.  The other bad thing is that I can smell stain in the house - not good because that could mean I got stain somewhere else and haven't found it yet.  I was surprised at how runny the stain was, I thought it would be more like paint.

Tonight was dinner at Kim's, I have been having Thanksgiving dinner at Kim's for so many years now I can't actually remember if I ever had dinner anywhere else.  

Noah helped make customized table cards at each setting, and the result was a picture-perfect Thanksgiving table.  All that's missing is the Tofurkey and the vegan stuffing.  

Of course I forgot to take pictures of dinner, but trust me, it was delish.  Kim, her mom, Erin, Noah, Daisy and I all enjoyed our meal.  Here's Kim cleaning up!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Ready to start binding... no matching thread!

... until I thought to check my "Zana" thread stash.  And there it was, the perfect peachy-pink for the little girl baby quilt.  Thank you Zana.  I've never seen so much beautiful thread, have you?

Binding in progress, and a NEW project!

I'm finally back to getting some projects completed, so I put the binding on three quilts this weekend.  All three are coming to you mom, you can see your birthday quilt (isn't it great to get birthday gifts during the year? ) and the other two are baby quilts to use as you wish.

And, here's a sneak peak at my next project, it's called Loulouthi Tiles.  The fabrics are amazing.  It's a super simple pattern, just blocks together, but the fabrics are absolutely stunning.