Monday, June 29, 2009

Quilting Retreat with Amanda Jean!

So have you all checked out crazymomquilts? Amanda Jean Nyberg is an incredibly prolific quilter(the above marks her 20th quilt of 2009!!) with a great sense of color and a love of scrap quilting.

She's coming to Colorado for a quilting retreat at the Inn at City Park, a bed and breakfast in Fort Collins in November!!! I'm so excited! Really--I just want to keep doing a dance! So mark your calenders, book your flights and contact me or Alexis at the inn to book your spot! All the information can be found on the Inn's website.

Can't wait to see you there! We're working on all sorts of door prizes--everyone will win! Good stuff!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Lots of good stuff!

I'd like to welcome the newest addition to our family, Violette Elena Ledet, born Tuesday, June 9th at 7:14 pm! She's a beauty weighing in at 7 lbs 1 oz and 20 inches long. She and mom are doing great if a bit sleep deprived! Can't say I didn't warn you guys! Congratulations, Scott and Janie!

Here's the great old wooden file cabinet that my mom and I found at the flea markets while waiting for little Violette to join us! It was a whopping $7.99!! What a steal! It will house all of my fabrics and free up the kitchen table which is currently stacked shoulder high with plastic boxes of fabric. It's a little big for the space, so it might find another place in my house, but for that price, I couldn't pass it up!

After making Janie's diaper bag for her shower, her friend Celeste, due in August, seemed pretty envious! So Janie and Scott had me make one for her shower next month. I didn't use a pattern and it didn't turn out like it was in my head, but I still really like it! Especially the Kaffe fabrics!

On this great new chair that I've been wanting for YEARS, you see the package I put together for Susan in the Vintage 4th of July Swap. The pillow has the pledge of allegiance printed on it, there are 6 fat quarters of stars and stripey fabric, three repro stars like you used to see on buildings, two packages of napkins, a "vintagey" tin with red white and blue(and black?) thread, a few Colorado treats AND a-- pretty cool if I do say so myself --mini-bunting banner. I'm going to have to get some more red star fabric so I can make on for myself!!
I decided yesterday to knit Drew some socks for Father's Day. Needless to say, they won't be ready in time, but it's the thought that counts, right? Here's Tade "helping" me with some yarn of his own!
And, lastly, the selvege belt that I made a couple of weeks ago!!! I just love it! It goes with everything and fits around my hips!!

Have a great weekend! I have some very exciting news about a quilting reteat and Amanda Jean of crazymomquilts! Check your calenders for the first weekend of November!! And then plan on coming to Colorado! More details to come.....

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sugarloaf Mountain Cake!

The wedding of Megan and Ryan was yesterday and the "mountain" cake I made for them turned out great! I was so very pleased with it all and of course the best part--that it tasted awesome! I despise going to wedding where the cake is gorgeous, but tastes yucky! (I don't really even like cake, but I have very high standards!)

The details like the tent, fire and canoe just made me smile so much! I made about 150 trees in 4 shades of green with a few "beetle kill" trees thrown in for some realism. If you don't know--the Japanese Pine Beetle has made it's way to Colorado and all of the lodge pole pines are dying. It's sad, but also nature's way of rejuvenating the system. There are entire mountain sides that are rust colored and are just a fire waiting to happen--kind of scary for those folks with mountain homes.

Can you see the bear?

With this done, I still have a very busy month, but am so excited to be getting back to my sewing machine! I have projects in the works for my Vintage 4th of July Swap plus a diaper bag of my own design and a selvage edge belt to show you! I'll post those later in the week!

My Brother and Sister-in-law are scheduled to go into the hospital Tuesday to have their first baby!! It's so exciting for all of us. The oldest of the three kids and the last to jump on the bandwagon--they say boys are slower developmentally, so what could we expect, right?

I also want to show you my garden--but we got about an hour of pea sized hail today which didn't help my plants at all! Those poor lettuces! So I'll give them some time to(hopefully) revive!

Have a great week!