Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Some of these might be a little blurry as it was cold and taking pictures with gloves on was kinda tricky. Some might look a little crooked, but that's because we live in a hilly town and some of the streets didn't like my tripod.
Nothing says the holidays like rotting fruit over the front door. Actually, I really like this. And the pine bough cross on the door is lovely.
Everyone in this neighborhood had a small tree in their front yard with white lights. Maybe these folks could invest in a little longer extension cord next year so it doesn't look like the tree stepped in lighted toilet paper on the way to the front yard.
There is a house not far from mine that has a lawn covered in blow-ups. We call it "Blow-up Guy's house." It is a very fun place to drive past.
Blow-up Guy also hosts Santa on the three nights before Christmas. Rain or shine. And while the kiddos stay in the cars, he comes to them to take last minute requests.
A block or so away from Blow-up Guy's house there is a lighted runway for Santa. New this year is the addition of a helipad.
This is one of my favorites in my own neighborhood. It is an odd assortment of lighted tree forms and I love that they are all different. It's kinda representative of my neighborhood, too. We're all a little different over here.
And this was part of a much larger and extensive display, but I really liked how the tree at the edge of the yard could stand on its own.
Once my family arrived in town, we drove around again and looked at lights. It was a little rainy, but we all enjoyed it just the same.
Friday, December 18, 2009
She came with the shirts already cut and the interfacing ironed on the back.
First - up on the design wall in raw form for initial placement. Then they got squared up to as large as the interfacing on each would allow. I did some preliminary calculations on the graph paper and we determined the width of each column.
She had found this fun background fabric with colored snowflakes all over it. It wasn't what she was looking for in the beginning, but it turned out to be just the thing. Of course, the first things cut from the 4 yards of snowflakes was the backing and the outer borders.
Heather was kind enough to send me these pictures as I somehow left my camera at work.
Then the fun began. To make it as large as possible, we added these great strip-pieced stripy pieces. Heather says they look like elf stockings.
Adding in bits of background here and there, it all began to take shape.
Once all the outer borders went on, we pinned it up for one last picture before basting it.
I think the whole thing exceeded both our expectations! It turned out great! Can't wait to hear about Dad's reaction when he opens it Christmas.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friends at work started a project over four years ago. It began when they fostered two little sisters – 22 months and 9 months.
At some point, I decided I would make cuddle quilts for these two girls.
And a couple of weeks ago, after much delay and anticipation, their family increased officially from two to six in just one afternoon.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
I went to the big quilt show in Houston for the first time. Pretty amazing.
My favorite great-aunt passed away after a valiant battle with cancer. Three times this woman went up against breast cancer - and while in her 80's, too! I'll have to tell you about my Aunt Kat another time.
I've hosted both my bee and my art quilt group.
And I made a trip to my alma mater to connect with friends.
A visit to the Ole Miss campus never fails to put me back at a time and place in my life when there seemed to be endless possibilities and new discoveries around every corner. The friends I made in college are still my friends today. And I can count on them. There's a freedom and an ease in our conversations that belies the shared experiences of a maturing time in our lives. A time when we were becoming independent thinkers and adults - no longer children. No pretensions. We all know better.
The campus of the University of Mississippi is exceptionally beautiful. I'm not the only one who thinks so either. And you can almost feel the ghost of William Faulkner as you walk the square in downtown Oxford. He is still there, you know.
Every home game weekend, the biggest and best house party in college football sets up in the Grove and the Circle in the heart of campus.
People pay big money these days to hire students to set up their tents and tables. Why didn't we think of that when we were there? We could have raised a bunch of money for summer mission projects.
The next generation has arrived ...
Good food, good friends, good times.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
The guys at the end of the block have added a big spiderweb at the end of their porch complete with one huge spider.
Their flower beds are covered in orange and purple lights and have all sorts of jack-o-lanterns strewn about.
This house is in the next block over. Last year I snapped a shot of their car with the tag that reads "Ghastly." The white lanterns to the right are actually plastic skulls. You should click on the picture to get a better look. I love the chandelier.
After walking the block, I headed up the hill behind me to this address. Every year this place is decked to the hilt at Christmas and Halloween. All of the remaining photos are from this one location.
I imagine engineers get a kick out of these.
This is a view down the sidewalk in front of the house. Can you imagine being a kid on Halloween (or anyone else for that matter) and walking through this magical scene?
I got spooked a little taking this shot. Had the tripod set pointing up the steps and saw a big shadow pass right over me. Turned to see a big ghoul hanging from a tree swaying in the breeze.
But my favorite thing is this sweet fellow. There are always several vintage light-up figures scattered about the property and this little bear all dressed up as a ghost tucked in amongst the bushes is the most adorable.