Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Have Cake

Earlier this year my sister bought a kit to make a slice of cake pincushion when she was on a trip. I started making the pincushion on my birthday but only got around to stuffing it and adding the rose on top today. Therefore it was fitting that today was ironically my 29 and 2 months birthday. lol. Looks like I should have used brown thread on the top seams but in truth if it wasn't for the flash illuminating them you might not be able to tell.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Put Together/Tear Apart

Today's put together project was the gathered clutch I previously posted about. My zipper might have turned a little less nicely on the ends compared to those shown in the tutorial but as I had to cut down a zipper I am satisfied with my results.

I have been watching a web cam of Molly's & McGee's owl box. They are barn owls who have four chicks that are currently learning to fly. I had an owl pellet, which is capsule of regurgitated fur and bones, that Ben and I decided to dissect today.

The barn owl whose pellet we dissect had eaten two moles. We were able to identify most of the large bones for two complete skeletons. Last time I dissect a pellet in college I identified some type of rat or mouse. We could tell it was a mole because of the longer nose, bigger shoulder bones and longer toe bones. We were able to compare them with online skeletons.

It's hard to believe all of these bones where encapsulated in the one pellet.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Northwest Trek

We went to Northwest Trek today located near Eatonville, WA. While there we saw a lot of different animals. Pictured below are just some of the animals we saw. We also saw: skunks, fisher, otters, coyotes, bear, eagles, owls, swans, caribou (a.k.a. reindeer), deer, bobcat, cougars, lynx, porcupine, wolverine and a moose. Think the foxes were hiding but saw most everything else.


Snowy Owl

Canadian Geese

Bison (a.k.a. Buffalo)

Baby Bison


Mountain Goat
Long Horned Sheep



Quilt Hop Blocks

* If you click on the quilt pictures you should be able to see an enlarged version. If you want a close up of a particular block let me know. This post is specifically for my two friends who will also be hoping. I think I am going to make a book bag with four blocks on each side.

1st row: Ruby Street Quiltworks; Folktales; Gee-Gee's Quilting; Keepsake Cottage Fabrics; Sister's Fabric Shop; Fabrics Plus; Fourth Corner Quilts.
2nd row: Evergreen Quilting; Esther's Fabrics; Trains, Fabric, etc.; Quilters Workshop; QuiltWorks Northwest; Aunt Mary's Quilt Shop; Island Quilter.
3rd row: Longview Sewing & Kitchen; Gathering Fabric; The Quilting Lof; Taylor Creek Quilt Studio; Rochelle's; Undercover Quilts; The Quilt Shop.
4th row: Tangled Threads Quilt Shop; Cranberry Bay Fabrics & More; The Quilt Barn; Carriage Country Quilts; Wild Rose Quilt Shop; Shibori Dragon; Just for Fun! Quilting.
5th row: Granny's House; Heirloom Quilts; Kingston Quilt Shop; Calico Country; Pfaff Creative Sewing Center; Sugar 'n Spice; Quilted Straight.

6th row: Bayside Quilting; The Quilter's Garden; The QUiltmaker's Shoppe; Two Thimbles; Material Girls; The Quilter's Stash; Sue's Stitch in Time.
7th row: The Needle & I; Momma Made It; The Quilter; The Quilt Nest; Harobr Quilt; The Country Mouse; Fabric-Etc.
There were also floating blocks pictured that I did not include for Lynda's Quilting (interesting catipilliar on a flower), Parkland Parish Quilt Co. (quilted basket like block with yo-yo's) and Quilter's Junction (little dew drop trailer with weird looking cat hanging out the window).

I had four favorites. The first is from Carriage Country Quilts, Des Moines.

The second is from Kingston Quilt Shop, Kingston.

The third is from Tangled Threads Quilt Shop, Lynden.

And the fourth is from Material Girls, Silverdale. I think I am planning to go to The Quilt Barn, The Wild Rose and Carriage Country Quilts. If there is another block you wish to particularly have in my area let me know and I might just have to go there too.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Trip to San Juan Island

This past weekend we celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary with a trip to San Juan Island. This is one of the ferries we passed.

Our hotel was located in Friday Harbor on top of a bluff over looking the water.

I had hoped to maybe see a whale from the ferry but didn't end up lucking out. Still had fun standing outside in the fresh air and sunshine.

Friday Harbor has a community theater group that put on the play "My Fair Lady" while we were in town.

It was one of the highlights of our trip. Ben thought it was more comical and racey then he anticipated. Ben was previously unfamiliar with the story.

I think the "Little bit O'luck" was my favorite song. The father character was really funny. The actress who placed Eliza was only 17 and did a splendid job.

Here is an actual clip from a different night. It appears to have been posted by the guy who played Mr. Doolittle, Eliza's father, thus mainly features him.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Free Projects

I have been collecting more free project patterns. Here are some of my favorite free patterns I have collect in the last month or so that I want to share. The above apron pattern can be found here.

This website introduced the idea of stamping on fabric to have a quick image to embroider.

This website showed how to make edible button cookies as well as a printable pattern for cards to attach the "buttons" to.

This cute card is an accordion card.

I thought this was an interesting idea. This blogger used multiple colors of bias tape to incorporate iris folding into a sewing project.

I may have chosen a different fabric combination but I thought this dress was super cute. The back is just as cute. The tutorial can be found here.

I thought the gathers in this clutch really added that little extra pizazz. This tutorial can be found here. Long live free project ideas. :)

Mother's Day Tea

We celebrated Mother's Day with a indoor garden tea party.

We had four kinds of sandwiches: egg salad, veggie dog spread, avocado/cucumber and fresh mozzarella/pesto/tomato. We had three sweet options: scones, cinnamon rolls and peach pinwheel pastries.

We also had fresh berries and melons. There was also tea and lemonade. It concluded with full happy bellies.

Had to have a mommy daughter picture.

Here is the other generation mommy/daughter picture.

Mother's Day Gifts

This is the cheery mommy's day card I made.

For my mommy-in-law I made two luggage tags for all her travel but forgot to take a picture of the ones I made. This is a picture of a tag made from the same pattern I used.

I made my mommy this cute little owl stuffy following a pattern out of the book "Doodle Stitching."

Ben's parents stopped by last week on there way from Hawaii to Maryland to pay us a visit. They were traveling out to Maryland for Ben's grandma's 80th birthday party. This is the card I made for her. I used a ribbon punch intending to thread ribbon through but I liked how it looked just as it was so didn't add the ribbon.

Snoqualmie Falls

Sabbath we hiked to the bottom of Snoqualmie Falls. This is one of the pictures Ben took. Somebody had slipped and fallen on the rocks and was taken out by stretcher while we were there. It didn't appear to be too serious. The paramedics had one mountain bike looking tire that they attached under the stretcher.