Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Have you ever wanted to come to Alaska in the summer and travel?  See the sights?  Enjoy the scenery? 

We went to Anchorage this last week and this is what we saw the most!

And how fast were we going?

Gaaah!  If only there were more passing lanes....

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Here is a short video of my chickens.  They have gotten so big!  They are about eight weeks old now and some are starting to cluck instead of peep.  Watching them is better than watching TV.  Tonight Aerin wanted to take a chicken on a walk, so she tied a length of yarn around a chicken’s leg and let it walk around the yard on it’s leash.  Quite a sight!

Monday, June 14, 2010

A Baby Robin!



Today my son came and got me to tell me the baby robin was out!  We have been waiting for a couple weeks to see it.  What a fun time, seeing the nest with no eggs, then two eggs, two new baby birds and now a fluffy little robin!  I’m sure the other baby is in there too.


I was messing around with the camera on my cell phone and took this photo…Image0148  and this one…Image0153

and this one…Image0117

I gave away two more quilts yesterday.  These went to a little boy and a little girl in my town.  

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I'm quilting!  I'm quilting! Yea!   This quilt was half finished and I picked it up again and finished it!  My friend just got two little foster girls and they need some things.  I figured they would like their very own quilt.  So I am giving these two quilts away today.

Monday, June 07, 2010

This is my lovely daughter.  She wanted to play dress up in this old prom dress.  She said she felt like a princess.  She certainly looked like one!

Friday, June 04, 2010

My family and I were invited to go with some friends up the river on their boat and hike in to a lake where they have gone moose hunting. Of course, we said yes! We rode a couple miles up the river and then hiked inland to the meadow and lake. It was really gorgeous! Here is a great photo of my dear husband.

This is the lake we went to see. We saw a moose on the way there but it was too far away to get a good photo.

The boat goes pretty fast and I enjoyed watching my daughter's hair blow all around. Even though it was warm out, about 70 degrees, we were all wearing two jackets/sweatshirts in the boat.

The wild roses are blooming now, well maybe not now after the hail/rainstorm we had, but they were then. Last year we were traveling when the roses were out and I missed them all. I just love the way they smell, like cheap little girl perfume.

Both kids caught frogs, this little tiny one was so cute!

And what IS this? What a weird thing to happen in a photo!?!

There was an enormous beaver house in the lake we were at but we saw this beaver along the river. He was really big and was walking slow. They chewed down some huge trees!

This photo was taken from the river a few nights before, just after a rain storm. Wow, Alaska is just beautiful, all you have to do is open your eyes!

And today I did some sewing for the first time in a long while! I quickly put the binding on this quilt. I even have someone in mind to give it to.

And I mentioned I was working on a hand piecing project. Well, I believe if you are going to take the time to hand piece something, it should be hard to take advantage of what you can do hand piecing that you can't do easily by machine. I think this pattern is called Coat of Many Colors. It is for my daughter when she gets married. Being that she turns 12 this summer, I think I have enough time to finish it. *grin*

I really enjoy hand piecing. Here are some photos of some other hand pieced projects.

The star below is done by hand, the borders and quilting are done by machine.

This whole quilt is done by hand, piecing and quilting.

Some of these blocks are hand pieced. I was spending a lot of time in the car and pieced then. If you look closely at the blocks, the ones that are hand pieced are the hard ones. There are about 8 hand pieced ones in this quilt.

I think the top star and bottom stars here are hand pieced.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

New Blog Name and Focus

As you can see I have changed my blog look and am going to change the focus too. Since I have not been quilting much lately, I don't think I should advertise this as a quilty blog. This small piece of internet will be about me and what I am currently doing, and if that involves quilting, so be it.

I am in the middle of losing weight, trying to conceive a baby, raising my kids, being healthy, participating in my community, growing chickens for eggs, and just general life. And that is what I will be writing about.

I am very happy and just not in the quilty place right now. I am sure I will get back to it. I AM working on a hand piecing project.

I really like to write on this blog but I have been feeling like I couldn't post about anything that wasn't about quilts. Since it is my blog, I decided to change it. :)