Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween: could someone please define "happy" for me?

This is what Mark found when he was ready to leave for work this morning.

SO annoying.

Hmmm. Do you notice how all this broken glass has a really beautiful bluey-green, kind of sea-glass quality to it? I wonder if we could use it in some kind of fused glass project.....

Wait. Hold on. I've veered off the point. We are victims here!

Items left behind: valuable construction tools.

Items taken: small bungee cord, clip-on sunglasses, ear bud for cell phone.

So to those tricksters who performed this little treat, here is my advice: If you were looking to find some valuable things for quick resale, you left those behind so you should probably consider another profession. If you were looking for something cool to add to your Halloween costume tonight, well, uh, I'd love to see what you do with that little bungee cord....

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


I have to admit that Halloween is not my favorite holiday of the year. Don't get me wrong. I really love pumpkins, and you gotta admit, they have a lot of orangey goodness going for them. And then there are these sad pumpkins who started partying a little too soon....
And costumes? Well, Caspar the Ghost doesn't scare the heck out of me and what little princess doesn't make you want to say, "You are tooo cute!", and this year I have a suspicion that I will be particularly fond of monkeys and hot chili peppers (can anyone say "grandchildren"?).
However, to celebrate the holiday that is loved by so many, ATBD got into the "spirit" of things and came up with these items for your decorating pleasure:

Hey, who blew that candle out when I wasn't looking??


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Profusion of Color

On the fourth Saturday and Sunday of September, a most amazing event is held here. Quilting in the Garden was started eleven years ago by Alex Anderson . Alden Lane Nursery is such a spectacular place that even if you don't like gardening and really have no interest in quilting, you would probably just enjoy being here. There are gigantic oak trees dating back over 300 years, and early on both mornings volunteers come and hang quilts from tree to tree. Everywhere you look, this is what you see:

And I have no doubt this would make someone REALLY happy:

And this would too.

And who wouldn't love these?

Around the Block Designs had a booth again this year. Last year we got rained out, even though that meant people were ready to shop since there were no quilts to seen among the trees. This year we had beautiful weather and met lots of great people.

Check out the action on this video (with appearances by Around the Block Designs toward the beginning and again at the end--obviously professional actors were not used in the making of this video).

So if you are ever in the Bay Area around the end of September and are looking for a jolt of color, check out Quilting in the Garden. You won't be sorry.

Monday, October 6, 2008

We're back...

That's actually kind of misleading. It's not like we were ever really here. We reserved a blog name and all that stuff nearly a year ago (see first post) and then this just kind of wandered around in cyberspace waiting for us to decide what we were going to do. So, here is what we are going to do.

Color makes us happy, whether we are working with fabric or glass. We will be giving you little peeks into what we are creating and sharing our process, and progress, with you. If the pictures look great, they were probably taken by this guy:

And if they don't look so good, well, I've been told you can see my reflection in some of the glass (note to self: use the self-timer function on my camera). Occasionally you will see pictures of these incredibly cute children who have brought more color to our lives than we could have imagined:

So there you have it. We hope you will check back often!