Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Biking, Beach Baby Quilt

I Finally finished a baby quilt for our third grandchild. Here it is, my very own creation....
Lorena wanted a light blue, bright pink and brown color scheme. So, my latest creation has: sand dollars in the corners and a fish border.  Plus.....


... A bike (in honor of Lorena) and a surfboard (for Rob), a sand castle (for her Grandma), a light house and a little star fish (for her big brother). 
Just so you know, the quilt is even sized, it was really hard to photograph!  I seriously don't know how people enjoy piecing blocks together. 
I've decided that I like creating mural-style quilts.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

If a task is once begun...

In third grade, I learned the following saying, "If a task is once begun, never leave it tell it's done. Be the labor great or small, do it well or not at all."

Let me start by showing you a photo of the blessing dress I made for our first granddaughter .  A very old fashion, traditional christening dress.  I added tatting onto the dress which was made my her great, great grandmother, Ruby Cox. (I cut off one side of a hanky she tatted around for the trim).  The pattern is one that I've had for at least 32 years.  I made the first blessing dress when I was pregnant with Rob because back then we didn't know if I was having a boy or girl and I wanted to be prepared.  Then when I had Andrea and Brittany, I still wasn't prepared since we thought the twins would be a boy and a girl so I had to hurry and made one more blessing dress...sadly, I never finished the dress that Brittany wore (it still needs buttonholes and buttons). I was simply too busy taking care of babies and trying to get some sleep.   As soon as I finish the complicated baby quilt I'm making for this granddaughter, I decided I'd finish Brittany's blessing dress. . . I'll give it to Brittany once I'm finally done with it. Seems to me, I forgot that saying when it comes to this little white dress.  It's about time that I finish what I started even if it was 30 years later.   RIGHT?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

O.K. - Better Than Okay

Last weekend, we enjoyed a quick weekend trip to visit Amy and John in Oklahoma City.  What a wonderful surprise to find Brittany & James
hiding in their backyard waiting for our arrival!
Gardens at the Museum

 We participated in the Jim Thorpe 5k with super  strong winds and a beautiful, warm morning running around  Lake Hefner...just look at Jame's hair to see how strong the wind was.  Joy won a first place metal.  Mike and Amy finished several minutes before her....too bad there were faster people their age.   

 The Cowboy Museum was part of our Saturday tour...it was interesting and very well done...a Definite "must see" while in OK,   We loved the western oil paintings on display.  Mike liked the John Wayne memorabilia. . ..who knew we'd see the actual hat and eye patch from "True Grit"?  

We also visited the serene Oklahoma City Memorial.  It's so sad to think of how many lives are affected by evil people and their actions.
Our little grandson loved trying on hats and glasses!  Spending a few days with our family was great.  Thank you Amy and John for hosting this mini family gathering.



Monday, May 2, 2011

A Unique Time Capsule

Tucked under our house I found this:  Rob's football toy chest...a unique time capsule.
  • The football toy chest was given to Rob by his Grandma when he stayed with her while I was in the hospital with toxemia back in 1981 waiting for Andrea and Brittany's birth.
  • Grandma was spoiling him with a new toy a day.
  • She then decided he'd need a place to store the toys...thus, Rob toy chest.
  • Mike and I decided that the toy chest would be a great addition for Michael's new bedroom in Sweden.
    Tigger, Zipper, & a few old friends
        Here is what I found inside the old toy chest:
        Fireworks, cars & a Christmas stocking &umbrella hat.
        Flat Footballs
        
        Ninja Turtle and ???
        A heavy bag of sports ball, 49er towel....
        High School grad cap & track appearel
        Baseball hats...three are SF Giants
        ....plus a few items I took the liberty of throwing away...don't worry, here's what I threw away: a piece of rope, a dart and a few other items I know Rob wouldn't want. Hopefully, this week the toy chest will take a journey back to it's owner along with a bunch of stuff for their next baby and I'm not talking about the items I found in the chest.  Here's our dilemma..... 
        • Rob wants it sent empty.
        • Mike and I think it should go filled.
        • What do you think?