The Start Of Another School Year

Since dear hubby drove up with younger son to the bay area, then flew home, it was my turn to drive dear daughter back down to University.  We managed to pack everything in – I think it helped that she only took her road bike.  Now it’s time to pick up and clean up the house.  There is so much of their stuff still in the house. It doesn’t even seem like they moved out!

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Oh, and I just wanted to share these cute horse drawn carts I found at a small village in Croatia.  Not sure if they were intended for children’s toys, but I immediately imagined a vintage Santa or little gift packages in the carts for Christmas decorating:MateaBackToSchool2014_2

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Kid #2 Launched… Sort Of

Younger son has moved up to the bay area to start his newly graduated life.  Unlike older son, younger son goes without employment.  It is an adventure of sorts.  He and two of his friends are working on a Social Media start up, and will find jobs(eventually) to sustain themselves.  Oh, to be young again, without a care in the world, and only to be responsible for oneself!

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Second time around, waving good bye again… It is never easy…

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Our Family Vacation

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We had a wonderful family vacation the past two weeks.  Amazingly, all five of us were able to take a vacation together.  I took tons of photos, and here are just a few – from Croatia, Slovenia, and Austria: Zagreb Cathedral, Croatia: Church of St. Mark: Shopping in Zagreb.  As you can see, the boys […]

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Cowboy Quilt Top

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I started this quilt a year ago.  It was a pattern from one of the classes I took.  Since I didn’t like my fabric choice(too plain and boring), I decided to applique cowboys and horses that I found in the book Applique Quilt Revival. The cowboys and horses are raw edge applique that I blanket […]

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September Garden 2014 & Norwegian Trolls

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What has Norwegian Trolls got to do with my garden you ask? Nothing really, but there doesn’t seem to be much happening in the garden, so I thought I’d share.  Here are some photos of the blooms hanging on in my front garden – so pretty: Dear Hubby came home from a business trip to […]

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Quilts For Project Linus And The Master Chorale

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I was asked to make a quilt for Project Linus.  A novelty fabric was supplied.  I chose to use my scraps to make a scrappy baby quilt – I really like scrappy quilts.  Most of the novelty fabric went on the back of the quilt.  I even used the different stitches on my machine (finally!) […]

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Sew Sisters Exchange Quilt Reveal!

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This is the first year I participated in the Sew Sisters Quilt exchange, and it did not disappoint.  We gathered at a wonderful Spanish Cafe for a brunch followed by the exchange.  Lots of photos to share, so here I go: If Donna’s quilt for Lynn looks familiar, it’s because I made one similar to […]

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Sew Sisters Exchange Quilt

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Last year when I started quilting, I was fortunate enough to be invited to join a quilt group, the Sew Sisters.  We meet regularly, and we also have an annual quilt exchange.  Each person picks a focal fabric, and someone else creates a quilt based on that fabric for them (this is all in secret).  […]

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A Custom Order!

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I keep my Etsy shop open for various reasons… Justify my need to buy pretty glass, feeling legitimate in my lampwork pursuits,  and just plain fun having a little cyber shop.  Anyway, I actually got a request for some custom beads! So, off to my garage studio I went, dusted off my equipment, ran over […]

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Quilts for Moi!

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Finally, I have made quilts for myself! They still need binding, but I decided to enlist the help of dear hubby and younger son (before he takes off) to hold up the quilts.  The first one is a 30’s style, and the second one is a Kaffe Fasset.  They are both queen size, and therefore […]

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August Garden 2014 & Soy Amado

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I have been neglecting my blog lately.  It has been sooo hot around here, all I want to do is lay flat on the cool floor and do nothing… but I have been keeping busy.  Starting off with my garden; venturing out into the unbearable heat, I am rewarded with a bumper crop of American […]

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July Garden 2014 & Row By Row

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This month, I am featuring my vegetable garden.  For the amount of care I give, I am always pleasantly surprised with the results: And for Vickie, I did two rows; the second and fourth from the top – both are paper pieced.  Here are the links to the two rows:  Flying Geese and Tippecanoe.

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