Thursday, January 23, 2014

Happy New Year!

Life around Lakeside Quilting has been a whirlwind, I didn't mean to be away so long!  So, what's been going on you ask?  Well, right before Thanksgiving, The Boss and I took a little vacation to visit Grace at The Happiest Place on Earth, where she'd been working since June.

The Boss and Grace

We were lucky enough to be there to see the Osbourne Family Lights...they were absolutely gorgeous!

Osbourne Lights
 We spent some time in Magic Kingdom where I got to meet my favorite princess, Merida.  She told me we were twins with our curly, red hair! (Hers is so much prettier!)

At Epcot, Mickey joined us for dinner at The Coral Reef....

 Then we headed back to the Magic Kingdom for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!  The castle was beautiful...

We met Pooh and Friends...

and Grace and Duffy were dressed up for the party...

 Shortly after we came home from Florida, we had some snow...

and we ran into some friends at the mall while we were Christmas shopping...

Santa came...but we really missed having Grace home for Christmas!

And I finished my Milk Run Shawl! Although I didn't keep it...

And then on New Year's Eve I headed back to Florida to help Grace pack up so we could drive home.  We did 3 parks in one day...starting at Epcot...

Where Grace said goodbye to her buddy Duffy...

and asked Mary Poppins to sign her book...

Then to Hollywood Studios where we had dinner with one of her friends at The Brown Derby...

We took an animation class and learned to draw Piglet...

and Grace said goodbye to her boss.

Then we headed to our 3rd park of the day, Magic Kingdom, where Belle said good bye to the girls.

Before setting off for NJ the next day, we stopped by the Polynesian Resort to have breakfast with Stitch...

Grace and Stitch

Me and Stitch

 Pluto stopped by...

And Grace got to say one last goodbye to her former boss, Mickey...

and so did I...

 We stopped in Savannah, GA on the first night home and finally got home at 10pm the next night.  It was good to have all 3 kids back under my roof again, even if it was only for dinner... 

Ellen, Grace and Andrew

Actually, make that all FIVE kids!!!

Joe, Ellen, Grace, Andrew and Dayna
 Grace is back to school now, but before she left we saw Frozen twice. (Yes, it's THAT good!) and created one last Disney memory for her...

So now it's time to get back to MY projects!  Haven't been in my sewing room for awhile, but I have a few things in the works...I need to put my Short List together and get moving!

Friday, November 01, 2013

Shop Cat Update

 Today we were able to catch one of the little guys I talked about in my last meet Jay, the new shop cat!  He's been to the vet and gotten a clean bill of health.  The vet figures he's about 4 weeks old and he weighs in at a whopping 1.8 pounds.  He was purring so loudly that the vet couldn't hear his heart.  She thinks that the mother is no longer with the kittens because he was dirty...see that little ring of dirt around his nose?  I brought him home, cleaned him up, did a little shopping and he's now all set up in our office.  I'll head in to check on him tomorrow to make sure he's doing okay.  He is such a sweetheart!

It's tough work being a kitten though, especially one who is captured and then pampered to the point of exhaustion.  He just couldn't stay awake any longer...

Now we hope we can catch his two siblings who are still outside!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Crazy Cat Lady

So, if you saw this picture, say on an animal adoption site, would YOU be able to resist?  Well, I couldn't!  Especially since we've been looking for a Siamese at a shelter for over 20 years!  When we got married, the Boss had a beautiful Siamese named Kimmy. Ever since she's been gone, we've been looking for another, but we didn't want to go through a breeder, we wanted a rescue.  Well, these two popped up in my Facebook feed at a local shelter and I couldn't resist those faces.

That's Nala on the left above, and Simba on the right.  I went to just adopt Nala, the female, but I couldn't separate them. They came from a hoarder's home and are very skittish.  We've had them for about 2 months and they still won't let us touch them, but they do come out now and play, snuggle up with us to sleep, take treats from our hands.  

They are also coming out and running around the house now.  They are ALWAYS together and have blended well with our other three cats.  Yes...we now have FIVE cats.  See what happens when the kids move out?  

Speaking of kids, one of Ellen's coworkers is expecting a baby girl and Ellen asked me if I could make a quilt for her.  Of course!  I put together this little star quilt for the baby...

and this week I got it quilted and bound.  I love how it turned out, it's so soft looking! 

Ellen and her boyfriend are moving from her apartment into a larger apartment, so she decided she would take her bedroom furniture with her.  The furniture was my parents from when they first got married, so it needed some updating.  She started with a nightstand, just to test it out.  I didn't get a before shot, but you can see the rest of the furniture in the background.  She sanded, primed and I painted and...

it now looks like this!  Since the nightstand came out so cute, they're now busy prepping the rest of the bedroom set for paint.  Now we have to figure out what kind of finish to put on it...wax maybe?  Any great ideas?

I also decided to do a little painting.  I was tired of the shelves in the Boss's office, so while he was on a business trip, I took them from white to red.  A bright, Philadelphia Phillies red.  Without telling him I was doing it.  Yeah, I'm like that.

Fortunately, when he got home from the trip, he liked it.  He let me stay.

And just because there wasn't enough kitty cuteness at the top of the page, here's a shot of a little guy who we found outside our shop at work this week.  He was playing with two others in an enclosure where we have this hose.  They were having a wonderful time running in and out of the hoses!  We're trying to capture them and if we do, one will be adopted by the owner of the company, one will go to foster care until he's adoptable and this little one?

He'll be our "shop cat" and will live in our office/warehouse.  Yeah, kittens at home AND at work.  

I am officially the crazy cat lady.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Vintage Rouge

About 2 years ago I thought I needed to add a Block of the Month program to my life, as if I didn't have enough other projects waiting in the wings!  I dutifully did the first month when it came in and then...well, you know how THAT goes!

Months One through Three of Vintage Rouge
I've finally pulled the rest of the kits out and started working on them.  I'm proud to say that I have the first 3 months done now.  (Three months worth in about 27 months?  Yeah, don't want to think about that!) The next month is pieced, then come 2 months of applique.  My goal is to have it done by Christmas of 2014.  Wonder if I stand a chance?  What do YOU think?

Monday, September 02, 2013

I'd swear this used to be a quilting blog...

but it's become a little bit of everything.  With today being Labor Day, I was thinking back over where the summer went.  It passed so quickly!  I did little in the garden this year, chronic illness has a way of keeping you from doing the things you want to do because what you have to do takes precedence.

Summer started here with Andrew and Dayna getting engaged on the day before my birthday!  The wedding won't be for about 2 years, but we're delighted to welcome her into the family!
The happy couple!
Another highlight of my summer was driving Grace's car down to her in Orlando.  I hadn't expected to see her until November, but we realized that she really needed her car.  I took a few days off work and drove the 16 hours from NJ to FL.  I enjoyed the ride and was so excited to see her.  We were able to spend a full day at the Magic Kingdom, it was such fun!

Grace and Minnie
We arrived at the park at 10AM and left sometime after midnight.  After visiting the park so many times, Grace knew exactly when to go on each ride with the shortest wait, the best times to get fast passes and how to time things so that we didn't have to wait for more than a few minutes anywhere.  It was fabulous.
Cinderella's Castle
 It poured the whole day, but we didn't care, it just made it easier to get on rides! She wore her Minnie ears all day and insisted that I wear the tiara that she got me for my birthday...I got to be Merida from Brave.
Grace and I...with tiara of course!
We did have the most amazing time and I can't wait to head back down in November!  Since I've been home I've been working on my Milk Run Shawl.  I fell in love with it when Mollie was making it and needed to make one for myself.  I have about 40 rows on the body left, then onto the ruffle.  I only plan to do the ruffle on two sides and not across the top, so I hope to have it done before Disney in November.  I think it will be nice to wear on the plane! I'm using Cascade 220 in Silver Gray. I did make a mistake that I see, but don't know that anyone else will notice.  I'd gotten almost a full skein past it before I noticed and I was NOT going back that far!

Milk Run Shawl
Finally, I came up with an idea to hang my Grandmother's Album quilt that I finished several years ago.  We have wood trim around the top of our family room.  I took a 6 foot long 1 by 3, stained it and the Boss and I drilled into it, and screwed it into the wall with knobs so that I can change out the quilt.  I had another of this type of hanger than I won years ago and it never occurred to me to use the same idea using the wood trim in the family room.  What can I say, I'm a little slow sometimes!  But it's finally hung and I'm enjoying's much  better than just seeing the edge of the quilt, folded in my closet!

Grandma's Album Quilt
I've done some sewing, but it's handwork and doesn't seem to be showing much progress.  More on that next time...

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Canoe Carnival 2013

This time of year is always a little crazy.  The first Saturday in August every year is Canoe Carnival in the little lake filled town that we live in.  It's a time to get together with friends, build a float...and mount it on two canoes so it can make its way around a lake.  The float idea and design is usually decided by late February and the serious building starts in June.  We work a few nights a week and the occasional weekend to get it all together.  This year the theme was circus, so we decided to make a Lego Circus.  Here are a few pictures from the building and from Canoe Carnival night, which was last Saturday.

Bringing all the elements we'd made to the lake house.

Getting them mounted on the float.

The work continues...

Our float group...A Group Named Sioux.

Lego Circus out on the lake.

Another view...I loved the little penguin!

Isn't it amazing what you can do with aluminum supports, 1" foam, paint and a little creativity?

Lee and I after he rowed the float around the lake.

It was a great night, perfect weather and so much spite of the fact we came in last in our division!  Now that it's all over, I'm back to doing some sewing and knitting...more on that next time!

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