Monday, April 21, 2008

Excuse the photo... it is early in the morning, and very cloudy out...
My 4 Seasons Quilt Swap Spring quilt is done.

Several weeks ago I blogged about the inspiration... and this is the finished product. The colors in the bib reminded me of tulips and daffodils in Spring, and my partner requested a modern style. I hope **** likes it!

Friday, April 18, 2008

A little late-night humor

Tonight, we had some friends and their adorable children over for a fun game night. The kids hung out in the basement and generally got along, while the grown-ups played games upstairs. They left at 10:30pm, and our kids were bummed they hadn't gotten any of Elliott's by now famous warm chocolate cake, so we brought them into the kitchen for a quick treat before bed time. I thought you would enjoy the conversation.

Daddy: It's 10:30, maybe the tooth fairy already came.

Emma: What does the tooth fairy look like?

Daddy: I think she looks like mommy.

Ethan: That's because she is mommy!

Mommy: Nope, its not me, I only have $1 to my name! But did you guys know that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy all live in the same place?

Ethan: But the Easter Bunny isn't real!

Mommy: But Santa Claus is?

Ethan: I know.

Emma: Santa Claus isn't real, he's just a guy in a costume.
It's beginning to feel a bit like summertime around here... Emma has found her favorite warm weather dress (courtesy of cousin Audrey and Aunt Leslie).

Sophie is ready too.
(I tried to get a great neck shot... I fear it will go away soon, maybe she will help me out after her nap!)

And Ethan may spend the summer growing new teeth!
One thing I was really happy about when I moved to Indiana was the knowledge that I was leaving California earthquakes behind. After all, even though there are many tornadoes in Indiana, and the occasional ice storm, these are predictable weather disasters. Earthquakes just blindside you!

That is why I was shocked to be awoken at about 8am one Sunday morning about two weeks after moving to Indiana by a gentle rocking of my bed. I was unsure if it was an earthquake at first, but just as I realized it really was an earthquake, it was over.

No one had bothered to tell me that there is a large fault line that runs through southern Indiana!

Thankfully, that earthquake was small, only about 3.6, and there was no major damage done by it, but I joked with Elliott that we must have brought earthquakes with us from California.

Fast forward to 5:30 this morning... another earthquake. This one wasn't centered here, and although it was approaching a decent magnitude, it was a gentle rolling quake, and was over right about the time we woke the kids up and got in a doorway with them.

Is it the ghosts of the great San Francisco earthquake that happened exactly 102 years ago today coming to life?

Sunday, April 13, 2008


I guess I'm not really missing in action, since I am something of a spotty "poster", but we recently got back from a wonderful trip to visit my sister-in-law and brother-in-law (and their adorable children) deep in the heart of Texas. We had a great time! If you care to see photos... check out Elliott's blog.

I am currently quilting my Spring 4 Seasons Quilt Swap quilt... pictures to come as soon as I am done!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

No restaurant necessary

Did you see the recipe in Elliott's shared list for the warm chocolate cake from Le Bernardin?

Yeah, it's really good!

(So is having my own private dessert chef!)

Painting is so much easier...

... when I am watching Elliott do it!

Of course, that is not the case this time. It's my quilting room, and the painting won't get done unless I do it myself.

This room was quite dreary in its previous life, but I decided I wanted more cheeriness in spite of the lack of windows. I bought natural light bulbs (they reproduce the light of sunshine), which made a world of difference. I decided to go with a white paint (Valspar's Raw Silk) to keep the room feeling light. This way the wall color won't reflect on to fabrics I am trying to put together either. I want to see true colors when I am in fabric lala land.

It's true that at about 10pm last night I wondered what I had gotten myself into, but I know in the end I will be proud of my work. I have one coat up on two walls... that means I have about 3 nights work ahead of me! Yikes.

My house is definitely showing neglect... Sorry, we aren't accepting visitors at the moment!
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