Thursday, March 26, 2009

The kids post

One of the reasons I haven't been blogging is my support function for my kids' social lives.

The lovely daughter has started an oil painting class. So far, she's taken to it like a duck to water. She copied a Winslow Homer with foxes for her first try; now she's working on an original design from photos of painted buntings (a request from my mom).

She's awfully fun to be around, most of the time. And she's been known to draw on her shoes.

The middle son, in the past few weeks: (1) won his Cub Scout pack's Pinewood Derby, (2) made and decorated a cake (with only minor adult-oriented help from me) for his CS banquet, (3) moved up from CS to Boy Scouts, and (4) got his half brown/half black belt.

He hates having his picture taken, so I'm surprised I was able to get a couple of good ones.


The Cake:

The small man is still a creature of wonder. When did he get so big?

Just look at those shoes!

Karate at the CS banquet:

On the non-fabric crafting front, I made a King Cake for Mardi Gras:

Bad blogger, again

Well, I did finally get "Florida Dreaming" bound and off for judging. It wasn't picked, though :( We'll see at the show what they were looking for. The final:

"Stars and Stripes (and Butterflies)" is mostly quilted, but it has some black yuck on it that I really hope comes out in the wash, because I DO NOT want to applique stars at this point.
It has simple big stars quilted in the 9-patches, and linear quilting in the borders.

Some giveaways you might want to sign up for:
Over at WonderMommy, you'll find a fabric giveaway:


At Quilting on a Budget, a pattern book. (I really want this one!!)

And a cute, cute basket at Sibling Craftery.

All you blogs with popups? WHY??

Thursday, March 12, 2009

WARNING: Politics ahead

Yes, this is mostly a crafts blog. Mostly quilting. Sometimes I digress to brag about the kids or DH, or report on life in general.


Words simply cannot express how happy I am so far with the Obama administration, or how happy I am simply to have a President with a brain.

Just look at this: Executive Order 13505

"For the past 8 years, the authority of the Department of Health and Human
Services, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to fund and
conduct human embryonic stem cell research has been limited by Presidential
actions. The purpose of this order is to remove these limitations on scientific
inquiry, to expand NIH support for the exploration of human stem cell
research, and in so doing to enhance the contribution of America’s scientists
to important new discoveries and new therapies for the benefit of humankind."

Yeah, I get that some people think it's wrong. I don't. My lovely DH has type 1 diabetes. This may offer a potential cure - probably not for him, but for future generations to not have to go through this horrible disease.

Totally not related, but I love the President's signature.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Blue Rainbow

Your rainbow is shaded blue.


What is says about you: You are a tranquil person. You appreciate friends who get along with one another. You share hobbies with friends and like trying to fit into their routines.

Find the colors of your rainbow at