Thursday, August 16, 2012

Summer's out for School...

Well time sure flies and it's been more than two weeks since my last post. Rather than apologize (like usual) for my lazy blogging-ness I will just dive right into playing catch-up!

Today is the first day of school so we've been busy cramming all the fun we can into the last few weeks of Summer!
A few weeks ago, my hubby and I took all the kiddos to a local water park were we met up with some good friends. My kids were the oldest in the bunch so they played chaperones to the younger kids and everyone had a blast playing in the water and going down the water slide. Perfect for a hot summer day!

One of these friends moved away last year and she was out for an extended visit with her new twins so we finally got to meet them! I made some cute little owl quilts for them last year and just now got around to making bumpers for their cribs...just in time for them to almost not need them anymore! I think they turned out pretty cute and I love that boy/girl twins still get a matching nursery! I used Moda's Summer House fabrics by Lily Ashbury for the tops and binding and Minky for the backings :)

Speaking of twins, it was mine and my twins birthday last week! Happy Birthday Joyce!!! I had a fun day sewing with my quilt guild and she landed a new job that's that for a great birthday?!
My quilt guild sponsored a cute little sewing retreat in honor of my birthday! (Okay, maybe it was just a coincidence that it was scheduled for that day :P) We made some darling travel ironing mats/covers...I made mine out of aqua Fandango by Kate Spain! 
Now I've been sewing since I was ten and I'm a teesy bit older than that now so I want to know why I haven't made one of these before?! It's just adorable (and practical but also really cute!) and it fits my Oliso iron perfectly :)
I'm also working on some more Quilts of Valor  for my local chapter, Victor Valley Quilts of Valor. It is so inspiring to work with these incredible quilters who volunteer their time, money, fabric and materials to give back to our troops... you are all AMAZING!!! (You know who you are :)

The quilt show is coming up quickly...less than a month away! Be sure you stop by our booth to see us if you are in the area that weekend. September 14th & 15th at the fairgrounds in Victorville, CA... see you there!
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

An Amusing Tea Party...

So it would appear that I am getting out of the habit of keeping my blog about quilting. This past week has been full of fun adventures with friends and quilting  projects for Quilts of Valor, but I'm not going to talk about those things. Instead 
I'm going to share the story of the Amusing Tea Party.

(Now, you are probably thinking that this will be similar to a fairy tale. If you think this, you are about to be disappointed.)

It all began last week when I received a beautiful, hand-written "cordial" invitation to a formal afternoon tea party hostessed by two of my lovely, teenage daughters. These two young ladies love nothing more than dressing up so I knew that they would look lovely even if nothing else went right. (My oldest daughter declined to attend as she is well aware of what happens at these lovely, little formal gatherings that her sisters love to plan.)

Well, promptly at three o'clock on Sunday afternoon I arrived at the formal venue (our kitchen table) which had been laid out with a beautiful table cloth, pretty, pink place mats and the good china (which I hope they washed and not just dusted off). There were delectable looking trays filled with cookies, cakes and fruit (aka: cookies, cakes, hard candy and gummy orange slices) and of course milk to wash said delectable treats down.

The young ladies invited me to sit down and two of us placed our napkins in our laps while one young lady proceeded to wear hers as a bib over her lovely dress. We conversed about the weather, our lovely ensembles, and of course tea parties in general. As two of us made gentle conversation, one young lady (the same one wearing her napkin like a bib) proceeded to dunk her cookies in her china tea cup full of milk (because after all, we were just at home and no one was going to see).

The conversation continued and many references were made to my favorite movie, "My Fair Lady". One young lady couldn't quite follow the conversation and replied to our movie observations with quotes and lyrics from Ozzy Osbourne songs. (Yes, you guessed it; the same young lady wearing the bib.)

As the conversation and milk flowed (I'm pretty sure the little creamer in the china set has never seen so much use) the party spiraled into the more absurd and a near sugar coma. The manners and giggling got worse, too. In the end, the lovely, formal tea party looked more like a trick-or-treat leftover swap attended by over dressed clowns. I'm glad there is no photographic evidence of this event, but I'll always treasure silly moments like this with my daughters. I love you so much and I'm so glad I get to be your mom! (Yes, even you in the bib:)

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