Thursday, March 14, 2019

Really Random Thursday, 3/14/19

The post this week will basically be a photo dump from my iPhone, in order of how they appeared in the photostream. Bear with me.
Mark is doing a presentation to the Primetimers group at our church tomorrow night. It will be all about his fused glass journey. He's been working very hard on the presentation and I'm proud that he gets to show his creative side.

A picture of my Aunt Rubena and my dad (in my dad's room). Don't they look excited?  The conversation is obviously very interesting.
Aaron returned from a medical missions trip to Jamaica a couple of weeks ago. My cousin, Cathy, had been the contact person who connected him with the leaders of the trip. Cathy received this picture of Aaron with her friend, along with a note that Aaron had really been a blessing. I'm so proud of the work he does and his willingness to provide eye exams to those without ready access to eye care.
Aaron has also taken on another interesting endeavor. He watched a documentary about a person in New York who decided to walk every street in every borough. So...he decided to do the same thing here in Fresno. You can follow his journey on instagram here: @walkeverystreetfresno.
I made a couple of cute house blocks for my friend, Elizabeth--her original pattern. It is going to be a super cute quilt.
It could happen...
This came in the mail the other day from my friend, Terri. The white chocolate bar didn't last long. I'm a Rifle Paper fan so the pen and notes are very appreciated, as is the cute gold zipper pouch and the love notes that were included. Thanks, Terri!
It's that time of year again. Play ball!
Photo by: Christa Wiens
Photo by: Christa Wiens

My friend, Diane, posted a picture of a bag she had made using Outside Oslo fabric by Jessica Jones. Which reminded me of the infamous Weekender bag by Amy Butler that I made quite a few years ago. Look at my cute model. She is now in 7th grade.
The bag turned out quite well, and I loved the fabric. But I had the worst time making it so the bag and I were never friends. So when Stacie asked if she could borrow it for a weekend, I told her to just keep it. Honestly, though, absence has made the heart grow a little fonder, and I think the bag and I could find a way back to friendship. But it's in a good home. Maybe I'll have to borrow it for a weekend...
I've been sporadically posting on #IGquiltfest through @amyscreative side. The other day the prompt was "favorite color." Any guesses?
If I ever approach you with this idea: "Hey, let's do a private swap," your immediate response should be "no!" Lucy (Charm About You) was suckered into doing one with me. I received the cutest needle book from her (you can find her Stitchy Pie pattern here), probably at least a year ago. I just put her pincushion in the mail on Tuesday, but there might be some extra goodies in the box, you know, to make her forget how long she has been waiting!
My favorite thing to do with selvages is customize. This "charming" pincushion makes me long for the days when I sold pincushions on Etsy. So I've spent the last couple of days customizing about ten other pincushions. So.Much.FUN!!! And it validates the whole reason I sort my selvages by theme. 

My sewing room is a mess and selvages are everywhere! So of course I need to eat a piece of Dove chocolate and remind myself of my new mantra:
 But it also means this:


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Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

I just love what you do with selvages! I thought of you the other day when I came across some I'd saved. Unfortunately they didn't have any fun or even usable edges. Not sure why I even saved them other than I like to save all my skinny cutting just because they look fun. Wish Mark good luck on his presentation.

Robby said... #

How fun for Mark to show off his creative side. Although problem solving in his construction/woodworking is a pretty creative skill, too.

How fun to look back at that picture of Charlotte! Oh dear, I hope I spelled her name right, or might as well become a coffee barista.

run100s said... #

I so love your posts! I grew up in Stockton in the 60s/70s and the valley will always have a special place in my heart. My husband and I just moved to southern Italy and i horded....bought....tons of quilting supplies to keep me going for a few years, thanks for all the quilting and life inspirations! You have a beautiful family too!

OPQuilt said... #

The maid quote is hilarious. Yes, the maid is me, too.
Loved all your photos, and fun to see what's going on in your life. Remind Aaron that the guy in NY got divorced while doing his walks, so to not overdo it, but what an interesting project. I wonder how long it will take him.

Happy Orange!

FlourishingPalms said... #

Oh dear, you just reminded me of my curse-d experience making that Weekender Bag! I only finished mine in January, after it sat cut out UFOing in my closet for about two years. Poor pattern instructions, I'd say! Though the bag is decent enough, it really doesn't hold a weekend's worth of clothes and toiletries. Or maybe the name means it's meant to be made over a weekend. Hmm. In either case, it's impossible. I'm glad you're an orange gal too, though you were before I was. I had to move to Florida to become one, and even yet I'm also an aqua gal. You know, don't you, that I have a 22 foot-long "Tangerine" (Sherwin-Williams) wall in my living room? I love it!