Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
But don't feel too sorry for us lowly people on the 30th floor, because this was the view from our room:
Eating ice cream at Ghirardelli Square:
Inserting yourself into other people's bridal photos:
Helping someone you have never met purchase their first violin (actually Jessie and Valerie's second cousin but WE had never met him--so this was probably kinda weird for him...):
And having your picture taken with some weird S&M-looking male version of Hello Kitty (in Macy's--just in case you thought I veered off on my own wild/wicked adventure):
And seeing Wicked? Fabulous! Even if you don't like the Wizard of Oz (and you can count Mark in that category for sure!). As the prequel to the Wizard of Oz, it poses an interesting question: Are people born wicked? Or do they have wickedness thrust upon them? Any thoughts on that?
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
But change is underway. Here's a sneak peak (and yes, I DID get green paint on my newly painted white ceiling. Ugh!)
Saturday, February 14, 2009
She picked her favorite picture, printed and mounted them on purple paper with a personalized note, and then had them mailed from Loveland, Colorado, where they were stamped with a special Valentine's stamp. How fun to open the mailbox and get her valentine.
Next came a special Valentine's card made and delivered by Christa and Charlotte, with cookies and special artwork done by Charlotte.
And finally, what could be better than watching a master pastry chef at work?
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
To backtrack, a couple of years ago when Mark and I came up with the idea of combining our chosen mediums, his in glass and mine in quilting, and when we finally figured out how to do it, we started making Glassy Quilts. Alex was one of the first recipients and since she was still the host of Simply Quilts on HGTV we made a one-of-a-kind for her and the little quilt block said "Simply Quilt." We thought if I embroidered "Simply Quilts" we might be running into some copyright infringement issues (ha! like HGTV would even notice us in the first place....) so we left the "s" off, hoping it would kind of sound like a suggestion. You know, like if you're stressed out....simply quilt.
When I took my pictures in her studio last year, Mark and I were pretty jazzed to see it there on one of her countertops. As I was looking at the magazine spread, which I'm sure was probably "staged" by prop people or photography assistants or somebody, there it was, on the counter, in the photograph, in the magazine! Woo-hoo!!!
Here are two views of her studio from the magazine. In the bottom picture, on the counter to the right is our Glassy Quilt. Still hard to see?
Here's the close-up.
Hooray for magazines still being published. Oh, and yes, I did buy a couple copies...
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
This fabulous office done by Brooklyn Limestone:
Or this equally wonderful office done by Rambling Renovators:
I could live in either one.
Monday, February 2, 2009
While we are thinking of cutting back on vending shows for a couple of reasons, those being (a) the expenses add up with trailer rental, lodging, food, and (b) it's a whole lot of work to set up, work the show for two days, and then pack up, we will probably continue to vend at this show because we really like not only the people who run it, but also the other vendors. Vending shows is interesting--you develop kind of a "community" where you become friends with other vendors and sometimes develop business relationships with them.
There were some great quilts on display, as there are at most quilt shows. An added bonus at this show: they had worked with the garden club in town and members were asked to pick a quilt as inspiration and make a flower arrangement. These were my favorites:
Great little "growing" quilt block.
A "window" of flowers in an open frame.
Our friend, Alex Anderson, was there. For those non-quilters, I always call her the Michael Jordan of quilting. Bonus--she is a big fan of Around the Block and promotes us whenever she has the chance. In fact, she was in our booth photographing some things for some fun possibilities in the future, but did I think to get a picture of her in our booth? Unbelievably, no.
So while she was schmoozing with sponsors or dealers or something, I was talking to her husband, John. Usually when Alex takes a picture with someone, she has this kind of signature picture "pose" where she tilts her head. So I thought I'd practice with John to see if I could be as cute as Alex. Hmmm...
So here we are. Even with practice, it didn't matter. She's still way cuter...
And then there's Harlan. We met him two years ago, actually the last time we vended at this same quilt show. He is an extremely talented jewelry designer, working mostly with silver.
Given the state of the economy, and especially being just a month after Christmas, we were wondering whether we would even sell anything. Nearly everyone is cutting back--not only on money but also on "stuff." And face it, what we sell, while beautiful, is basically non-essential.