Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Yesterday I took a walk to snap some photos. It's a challenge to stay out of the way of the work crews, so I walked up to the archery range. Right now attention is being focused on roads and campsites so this area is not a priority.
For whatever reason, it seems this hillside took a particular beating. There are standing trees in the background, however the trees you see in the foreground are not only downed but uprooted. Lots and lots of them, like a swath was taken right across that hillside.
But most shocking is that this kind of damage is not isolated. It's around every corner. The crews here are working ever so hard and making great progress but obviously it can't all be addressed. I can't imagine how many years it will take for nature to restore herself to previous splendor. Probably not in my lifetime!
Here's a typical roadside scene. This beautiful old cedar got a good pruning in order to clear the roadway. Behind is lots more that will lie, at least for the time being.
The thrilling beauty of rebirth . . .
So - enough camp talk! On to sewing . . .
Diaper bag made for my mom to give (Daddy is a trucker, can you tell?!).
Are you photo over-loaded?!
Hope your day is a good one!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Here's what was in our welcome package.
A Baby Quilt - going for the boyish look in chocolate and sea foam green.
I think the hand embroidery really added something, don't you?
Most of the design images are from a Nancy Halverson book, Whimsical Baby, I believe. I added the monkey and some of the words myself. :)
I love the back almost as much as the front -- let me tell you, it was really hard to part with that fabric. Those classic images of puppies, kittens and bunnies are so adorable. It's a good thing I love you so much Lynz!
And a few useful items to round out the package.
Aunt Linda reminded Lyndsay that those burp cloths and wet wipes actually serve a purpose - babies aren't all coos and sweet smells! If you know Lynz, you will understand that she may not have realized that! Tee-hee.
I made some other goodies for my parents to gift. I'll show you those in another post, I don't want to overload you in one day!
Have a great one!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Along those lines, I can't tell you how excited I was when I recently visited Paula Prass's blog Show & Tell to find I was featured there - it totally took my breath away!
Paula is a fabric designer for Michael Miller Fabrics and creator of the beautiful Flights of Fancy collection. Of all the lovely things being made with her fabrics, I am incredibly honored that she chose to include my magazine sized totes ("mag bags") on her blog. This was several days ago and I'm still reeling! To have a fabulous designer such as Paula recognize my humble work makes me feel as if I've been sprinkled with stardust.
Thank you Paula, what an honor!
Here are the featured bags.
And another, later creation from the same line.
Switching channels now, I got another little thrill this morning when I got see my quilt block stitched into place on one of the Project Improv quilt tops over at Jacquie's Tallgrass Prairie Studio. Jacquie and her helpers are working to transform these donated blocks into lovely work-of-art quilts for charity. I am so grateful for their hard work and proud to be a part of such a meaningful project. What a nice start to my day. :)
Can you find it? Center row, far right.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I've been deep cleaning, sewing of course (there are so many projects in my head), also making cards and wrapping gifts as birthday season is in full swing around here. We have eleven family birthdays between Jan 30th and April 14! All three of my sisters and my mom are within 30 days. Here's something that's been hiding in the wings for sometime now.
This is for my Sister Deb. My "other" Sister Deb, that is. I have my own Sister Deb - Debbie Diane; I inherited Debbie Kay through my husband. Confusing, I know. Get this - I also inherited "Pam" and I already had one of those too! Anyhoo . . .
Deb loves earthy greens and antiquey farmhouse decor so I took advantage of some classic calicos I had on hand.
Close-up of the free motion quilting that I love to do! Don't look too closely, this is only my second go at it.
And to all my other dear sisters, please don't go thinking, "I didn't get a quilt for my bday!" You gotta remember, Deb has seniority - she is the oldest sister I have. (You liked that didn't you Deb?!) Your turn will come. If your turn is not now, that means you're too young. Hmm, it got kinda quiet in the room, didn't it?!
Gifting -- you gotta love it, so much fun!
Tomorrow is my niece Lyndsay Kay's baby shower.
I can't wait to show you what's in this package! Stay tuned. xoxo Janis
Sunday, March 8, 2009
I decided this was the year of the apron so here's one for Carol in the toile that she loves.
Hope you have a good one, little sis!