Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas in the 'Hood...and beyond

So, I'm a little late putting up pictures from our third annual "Drive around and look at Christmas lights" evening. And these were actually taken on the second night as friends Gwen and Bob offered to drive me back to some favorites from the night before when I did not have my camera with me.
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.

How clever are these folks!?

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.

And of course Nascar Santa is included in the display.

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.

Snoopy has the official countdown at the end of the driveway.

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.

Don't you just love this?! It is the Festival of Lights after all, isn't it?

This looks like the quintessential gingerbread house to me.

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


Yesterday a ballet mom friend - Heather - came over and we played all day. Her dad works at the Apple store and got all these t-shirts to wear, but I gather he's not really a t-shirt kind of guy. Heather decided to take them all and make a quilt, but she'd never made a t-shirt quilt before.

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.