Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to Everyone! DH and I celebrated Mother’s Day and his Birthday early with Morning Tea.  We were a bit early, so we ducked into a thrift store next door to the Tea Shop.  And look what I found –  a Retro 60’s sewing machine, mounted in its own table! A Calanda 650, and she sews like a dream :).

 

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A Visit to Piecemakers

The last time I visited my parents in Orange County, I had a chance to stop by Piecemakers Country Store.  Oh, it was such a delight to browse, and look at all the amazing fabrics and supplies for all the things I love to do! Quilting, needlework, beading, etc.  The list goes on and on.  And I met Jean and Joanna who were so kind to invite me into the room where all the current and upcoming class items were displayed.  My last project that I worked on from Piecemakers were some rag dolls, almost 30 years ago! I never managed to dress them, so they happily/patiently sit in their birthday suits on the shelf in my studio :).

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Still Hiking

I have found such peace and satisfaction in hiking… New boots that don’t pinch, goofing off, and enjoying my surroundings…2016StillHiking

Spring Break Hike

DH and I took the opportunity to join Dear Daughter on a Spring Break hiking trip.  We started with the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens, then on to Inspiration Point.  The views were spectacular! And on the advice of our Innkeeper, we climbed Grass Mountain.  Well, I managed 1,950 feet climb before it got too steep and gravelly, and my mild high anxiety kicked in :).  DH and DD sallied forth and made it to the top, another 150 feet climb or so.  This time of year, the wild flowers were in full bloom and amazing! And we managed to fit in a hike up to the Gaviota Wind Caves, another hike with gorgeous views.

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Tagging Along

DH had a business trip to the State Capital, so I tagged along.  Some sightseeing, shopping, and eating out.  Fun, but I prefer playing tourist with the company of others.  Found some nice quilt shops along the way.  Spent a night in Cambria on the way down home, and even had time to do pebble art – day dreaming of a seaside cottage one day… Came back in time for my Longarm rental day – finished the quilt I started at the retreat!

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More Vintage Quilt Tops

I found this pretty quilt top on Etsy.  It is a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt.  The seller had it for many years, and decided to part with it.  I like it so much, I think I’ll be keeping this one 🙂

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A couple more quilts made of vintage quilt tops.  I find tops that I really really  like, and as I make them into quilts, sometimes they “speak” to me and tell me who they belong to… And now, they are happily in their new homes.  Not the best photos – no quilt holders around, so I precariously stood on a bar stool and did my best:

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And some random photos.  Santa stockings for community service, me at Beethoven’s 9th (Disney Concert Hall), and me hiking in Wildwood Canyon:

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Hemet Quilt Show & The Dammit Doll

I am still in the process of cleaning/organizing the kids old bonus room into somewhat of a studio/sewing room for myself.  It is a long process… Amazing how much fabric I have amassed in the last year and a half of quilting.  And equally amazing that the kids have “moved out” but still have most of their things in our house.  Anyway, I digress… I had a chance to go to the Hemet Annual Quilt Show.  I got a good dose of inspiration, and I can’t wait to finish organizing, so I can start to sew and create again.  Here are some of my favorites at the show (love the quilted dressmaker’s dummy):

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I just love the silhouette black/white lady quilt.  And I wanted to share this doll that one of the ladies in my sewing group was making.  Cute idea, but I kind of feel sorry for the doll…

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New Shoes

I don’t know why, but I am not a fan of shoe shopping.  After wearing my all purpose sneakers on my last hike and nearly destroying them, I realized I really needed new hiking shoes as well as workout shoes.  So, dear hubby happily accompanied me to the outlets.  I am very fortunate to have such a patient husband.  I was the one shopping for shoes, and getting bored.  He reminded me that shoe shopping couldn’t possibly be worse than the root canal I got last week.  I had to think about that one…

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Our Family Vacation

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:

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Shopping in Zagreb.  As you can see, the boys weren’t much into shopping, but more into eating and tasting the local brew.  As for dear daughter, she was happy to shop as well as eat 🙂  Even with all the walking we did, we collectively gained over 20 pounds!4

We were fortunate to take in an ice hockey game.  Medvescak Zagreb now plays in the KHL, and we were able to see their first home game – they won against Severstal Russia:5

Market in Britanski Trg(British Square) down the road from MIL’s house:6

A pretty window in Samobor – Cute quaint village outside Zagreb:7

I figured out how to use Pano on my iPhone.  Tito’s village where he grew up:8

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Bled, Slovenia – So beautiful! The monastery on the little island on Lake Bled is so picturesque.10

The kids complained that we were boring photo subjects, so dear hubby and I decided to pose :). Austrian Parliament Building, Pallas Athena Fountain:11

We even managed to hit a flea market in Vienna – vintage buttons, and amazing art!12

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Everywhere we went, there was graffiti.  I loved this mural along the Danube:14

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Melk Monastery:

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Shoe Shopping And Antiquing

Dear Hubby decided it was time to go and get some new shoes.  This entails driving to the outlet malls and looking through various shoe shops, and Electronics shops as well… So, the ever supportive wife that I am, I decided to tag along.  I am not the stereotypical woman; I am not into shoes.  Anyway, after much patience, going in and out of different shops, we were finished – yay! The best part came on the drive home.  We stopped by some Antique stores, and I picked up a few things.  A family of cute vintage ceramic bunnies, six vintage orange juice cups, and a Little Kiddles doll.  I love everything orange since we live in a small grove. and the Little Kiddles doll reminded me of my childhood. Oh, and I did  get a pair of new sandals too 🙂

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October Garden 2013 & Update

A quick post about my October garden, and some other things.  Pomegranates are  the October standout in my garden.  They are delicious! I don’t know why, but a lot of them have split, but nevertheless they are very good.   Dear Hubby and I went to the Claremont Faire last week.  There was an amazing stained glass artist.  I came home with a glass dragonfly :).  And the Senior Center where one of my quilting groups meet had a costume competition – so I took a photo with a “Sumo” wrestler (not my husband. Just a random Senior dressed as a Sumo wrestler 🙂 ).  Happy Halloween!

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Zentangle Challenge #133 “Tipple” & Day Out With My Girl

I have had a happy few days sitting around with dear daughter.  As most of her friends have already left for College, and adding to that her wisdom teeth extraction, she has been a homebody the last few days.  So, as I sat around with her, I got the idea to do a Zentangle Challenge with the Diva.  The theme is “Tipple” which are the little round tangles.  I started with a Hearts and Loops quilting design, and worked around that:

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And today, since most of her pain subsided, and her chipmunk cheeks have receded, we ventured out.  I had her take a snap of the truck loaded with oranges on the freeway.  I just love the fact that our town has an orange growing history, and that we live in a small grove.  We stopped by Hobby Lobby before hitting Victoria Gardens.  I get a bit overwhelmed at Hobby Lobby sometimes, they just have so much stuff! We managed to get out of there with just a few items.  First stop at the mall was See’s Chocolate, to fortify ourselves for the shopping ahead.  After hitting most of DH’s favorite shops, we sat down and had some frozen yoghurt.  On the way home, we picked up her new glasses.  It was a hot but wonderful day.  I am cherishing every moment with her before she heads off to College…

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