Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Smile Makers

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Monday evening view from the 'penthouse.'


Now if I could only figure out which birds call in the dark of morning.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

ooooh I won something!

Well, heck... if I'm not going to have anything blog-worthy of my own, I guess the next best thing is to win something!  Megan offered up this adorable quilt in a contest, so I put my two cents in and she announced today that I won.   I'm so excited!!  I'll be donating the quilt to the charity of her choice or to one locally here.   

My local Project Linus group is a wealth of information with regard to local charities, so I was pleased to learn through them of a teen center at our Children's Hospital and also of a Homeless Families Foundation.  I like that the HFF strives to house families together in apartment-like residences while helping them get back on their feet.  Both of these places are perfect for larger size quilts.

By the way, I learned of Megan's quilt give-away through Joanne's blog.  If you remember Joanne's quilty stimulus package offer (NOTE: the stimulus offer is now closed; the link is for reference only!), my number came up so I sent this quilt top to her last weekend.   

I am hoping to get it back in time (and bound and re-mailed!) for an April 25th deadline.  I'll be excited to count something toward yardage used with this backing, another backing, and bindings for three quilts.

Other than a few kiddie charity tops ready to quilt, not much else is going on around here.  I'm still working long hours, spending all the free time I can with the grandsons, and decompressing with a little knitting in the evenings.   We did have some fun on Easter... while hunting eggs in the yard, we all turned around and there were three ducks standing there.   Truly serendipitous, and GMan was beside himself over it.  

I guess I could count getting GMan to poop on the pot as my most memorable goal attained last week!  It turned a switch in his little brain and he's been accident free since a week ago Friday.   I wish everyone could be so easily bribed encouraged with stickers.  

I've been reading too.  No matter how tired I am, I can't fall asleep without reading.  Currently on the nightstand is A Single Thread (Bostwick) which I'm enjoying immensely.   I recently finished The Friday Night Knitting Club (Jacobs), which I liked (oooh... a movie in 2010 with Julia Roberts!) (as the mother???  LOL) and Comfort Food (also Jacobs), which I didn't care for.    She has another one out, Knit Two, which is next on my list.  [for some reason my tinyurl's aren't working for me... I hope they do for you!]

Until next time (which likely will not be today, tomorrow, or 40+ times in a week...), take care.


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Many months ago when I first found Quilting Gallery, I added to Google Reader several blogs of those who live near(er) me.  One of those was Joan in Cincinnati's Quilting on a Budget.  You can find all manner of interesting quilting tidbits and sales on her blog.

I received the last of the ordered yellow Kona cottons today from Hancocks, and I'm more sure than ever that I'm going the wrong direction.   I've been collecting teal/purple combos for years with the sole intention of making a Hunter's Star quilt.  I have no deadline to make it (it's for me), but every once in a while I get an itch to find the perfect 'other' color to use with those.   Maybe I'll  try some greens next.

Grant spent the night with Nana so we rented some videos and got BOGO blizzards from DQ with a birthday coupon (mine was Oreo CheeseQuake!  yummy), ordered some pizza, and enjoyed each other's company by playing with trains and Lincoln Logs while watching Horton Hears a Who.   Today we met up with his mommy, daddy & little brother for a pancake breakfast the local Kiwanis group was hosting.  [That wasn't a very healthy eating period for me!]

I've had a few 4-hours-of-sleep nights this week, then an insomniac grandson, so I think I'll take a nap then watch a movie and possibly stitch down binding and/or make headway on the never-ending socks.

Take care,