Happy Independence Day! I hope that everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July!!
Arvada City Hall statue
Built from scratch
Happy Independence Day! I hope that everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July!!
Arvada City Hall statue
Denver Botanical Gardens… image of metal table and shadow on patio. Pretty cool, eh?
Well, what’s happening?
Not much on this end, I guess. The weather has turned hot and dryer, which we are coping with mostly. My backyard is a mess, but I’ve located a local gardener who is interested in taking on the task as soon as he finishes up at my neighbor’s house.
Nothing much crafty to report – working on a ruffled scarf on the bus rides and some evenings. Still pondering the completion of a baby quilt (the baby was born today or possibly yesterday so I had better commit to a quilting pattern and get it in the mail!).
The Rockies can’t seem to get out of the basement, which might be fair because that is where I listen to a good number of their games. Maybe I should move upstairs when the games are on??
My student employee pointed out that we are off from work this Friday (for Independence day), so that was quite exciting. Maybe I should set goals for the weekend…
What are your holiday weekend plans? Crafting? Picnics? Fireworks?
Edited to add: Hey, we get an extra “Leap Second” today. Everyone go wild with all of the extra time!!!
I don’t have much to report today, but I want to keep up with the blog. I beg pardon in advance for any rambling…
How about a pretty picture? Another from the Denver Botanical Gardens Chihuly exhibit. I’ve lost my exhibit guide, so I don’t remember what it was called. Let’s just call it “Lava Splash.”
This was in one of the indoor areas, I believe. I like how the attenuated light reacts with the color of the glass.
Denver had some severe weather last night – possible/probable tornadoes, hail, wind and rain. They must have released water from a reservoir somewhere because when I crossed over Cherry Creek on my way to the bus stop, the water was so high it was up the walls of the bike path (the paths were completely invisible under the water). The weather didn’t help the Rockies, though. It was a tough game, hard fought, but they ended up losing in the 9th inning. Very disappointing, especially since they were ahead in points when I went to bed.
I put a turkey breast into the crock pot this morning. It will be interesting to see what will have developed during the day. I’ve don’t think that I’ve ever actually left my crock pot unattended before. Hope it doesn’t burn down the house before I get home. It was a recipe billed for “desperate cooks.” Only three ingredients, although I would maintain that anyone who has a non-frozen 6 pound turkey breast available is not truly “desperate.”
One of my favorite blog authors was talking about her garden today. She referred to baby tomatoes as ” little green balls of hope” which I found to be rather poetic. Aaaah, the start of summer. When everyone is still hopeful and happy to get produce from their yards. Later in the year, everyone seems rather desperate to get rid of it. I guess that is a good problem to have, right?
Everyone have a lovely day.
Well, not so crafty, but still used up fabric from stash.
I had a flood in my basement (a very polite flood that mostly stayed in the uncarpeted areas). It was a good chance to really clean everything and evaluate things before I returned them to the area. I noticed that these shelves were full of empty cardboard boxes and other “barely used” items. I also noticed that everything on these shelves was really dusty.
I was considering using old bedsheets to drape over the shelf contents, but I figured that would be awkward. It occurred to me that I had fabric in my stash that I could use to cover the back and top and sides of the shelves to help protect the items from dust. It also occurred to me that these shelves were within arm’s reach of my fabric cutting area, yet I wasn’t using them for anything to do with quilting!!
The cardboard boxes have all been recycled. The shelf contents have been either disposed of or cleaned and wrapped in plastic bags to give them further protection from dust. And I’ve taken the top two shelves and turned them over to quilting stuff (namely my “stash management” system of plastic boxes containing specific sizes cut from “scraps” for use in future quilts). It also holds my stack of UFO’s, so they are all in one place and easily viewed for motivation purposes.
I’m very pleased with how this came out. It is fairly easy to grab specific items that are needed, I can still file papers without too much trouble and the bottom layer of items is plastic-wrapped so that they will stay cleaner than they were. And, from an Austerity standpoint, my only expenditures were one pack of thumbtacks and 12 of the plastic storage boxes for holding my precut scraps.
Happy Organization to all!!
How did it get to be June already? I’m not entirely sure, actually.
Anyway… this happened:
In April, I finished the Bonnie Hunter 2013 Mystery Quilt called Celtic Solstice. I really love having it on my bed and it layered quite well to keep me warm during the winter. It is light enough, though, that I think it will be perfect by itself for summer use. It was professionally quilted by a local quilter and I couldn’t be more pleased with her work.
It ended up very huge, though. Math failed me… I’m toying with the idea of getting bed risers so that it is further from the floor (since that seems a cheaper option than buying a King Sized Bed followed by a new house because a King Sized bed won’t fit in my bedroom…).
What else has been going on?
I’ve been participating in an Austerity Challenge on Ravelry (an online knitting forum, for those of you who don’t know). It was supposed to be a six month “no buying fabric” challenge, but some of us have decided to extend the challenge for the whole year. There are various rules, of course; for example, you can buy thread and patterns and batting and tools. You can even buy big pieces of fabric for quilt backs, but only after you pledge that you have exhausted all options from your stash. I thought I might have to buy something for the Celtic Solstice backing, but I kept digging and found another piece (which turned out to be my favorite of the three backing sections after it was all done…).
With regards to the challenge, I extended it to cover all crafting supplies (yep, no yarn, and knitting needles and patterns only if I need them).
I think that I’ve been doing pretty well. Since December 18th, I’ve bought two quilting magazines, two quilting pattern books and inherited a double handful of scraps for my hexagon project (thanks, Glenda!!). I was given one fat quarter as a gift. I’ve also signed up for a quilting class in August, but I’m not thinking that I will have to purchase anything for it – it is a “pet portrait” class and should be all done with scraps.
So, as far as crafting expenditures goes, I think I’ve done pretty well.
In other news… I’ve spent a lot of time lately cleaning out and organizing the craft room. It is amazing how quickly clutter develops, isn’t it?? I think that will be a subject for a later post (so I can get some photos).
Hopefully, that post won’t happen nine months from now…
At last, a post with pictures!
My friend Glenda and I went to the Denver Botanical Gardens last Saturday to see the Dale Chihuly glass exhibit. It was really beautiful!!
detail from “Saffron Tower and Cattails”
The glass sculptures are worked into and around the existing gardens and fountains.
I particularly liked this one, which I have dubbed “Purple tree frogs attempting to escape the arc of doom.” Or by its real name: “Blue and Purple Boat & Walla Wallas” (there were floaty things nearby that looked like walla walla onions…
Perspective is important. I really liked this installation (Part of the “Monet Pool Fiori” display):
But then we saw a gentleman holding his camera (cell phone) at water level. What a difference it makes!!
I guess the frogs and ducks get a really nice view of this exhibit.
The exhibit runs through the end of November. I really recommend it if you live in the area (if you don’t live in the area, watch for it because it travels around…). Get there early, though because parking is extremely limited and there are lines to get in.
More pictures later. You don’t think I’m going to waste them all in one post, do you??
Thanks, Glenda, for getting me out of the house. I really had a great time.
I am taking advantage of this forum to officially state the following:
Thursday night football is STUPID.
I now return you to your regularly scheduled lives. I most likely will not be posting tomorrow because I will be a zombie.
Edited to add the following observation: Last Sunday, I made homemade pizza for the Broncos game. I will be eating leftover pizza for this week’s game. If there is leftover pizza for dinner, then the time between games is TOO SHORT!!
Edited, part two: On the plus side….yay pizza!
Had a nice quiet weekend. Made dinner for Mom and Dad (yummy salmon and quinoa recipe) and worked on knitting. I’m going to try to get the majority (if not all) of my errands run this week so that I can focus on quilting next weekend.
It is an achievable dream, no?
Funny quote on the radio this morning (I think it sounded like Craig Ferguson): “Peyton Manning has scored so much in Denver that they’ve made him an honorary pot dealer. His brother Eli called him to congratulate him, but unfortunately, the call was intercepted…” (insert rim shot)
Well, I didn’t manage to get much crafting done this weekend. Am having a bit of difficulty with my current knitting project, but I can’t show it to you because it is going to be a gift. I still haven’t put the buttons on the finished baby sweater, nor have I blocked it. Hopefully there will be pictures of that soon. I didn’t get to do any sewing, but am hoping to get another quarter of the Bonnie Hunter quilt put together this week. We will see.
I made some yummy dinners, so I have lots of leftovers in the fridge. Swedish Meatballs with egg noodles and green beans; Greek Marinated chicken with lemon-herb pasta and baked squash. Yummy. Made some cookies, which I really need to take to work and feed to people because they are right-on tasty.
Did laundry. I think you will thank me for sparing you photos of that activity. Suffice it to say that it isn’t quite cold enough for the furnace to run regularly, so things aren’t drying very quickly.
On a silly note, Taffy would be happier if the furnace was running more frequently. When I left the house this morning, she was staring at the floor vent as if she could force the furnace to run with the power of her mind alone…
I’ve continued to work on getting projects finished up. When I cleaned up my quilting lair, I realized that I had two tops completely done, just needing to be quilted. I also had the blocks for three more quilts all finished, they just needed to be sewn together.
The Scrappy Split 9 patch was the first one that I got sewn together. I wanted to use it as a dry run to remind myself of technical details with regards to getting the blocks together, putting on borders, etc.
Now on to the big one… The Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt. It is going to be huge!
Here is the first quarter of the top (the top is going to be so big that it won’t all fit on my design wall at the same time…)
I think it is coming together quite nicely. I love the secondary pattern of the blue circles that has emerged…
I stuck pretty close to the colors that Bonnie Hunter recommended. It was very kind of her to pick my favorite colors for my first mystery project…
It isn’t perfect by any means, but it is going to be bright and colorful and on my bed for a very long time. I can’t wait to get this one finished up.
Happy Friday, everyone! I hope that you have a great weekend!!