Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Meanwhile, Kim & I have spent many beautiful summer mornings sitting on the porch, drinking a nice cup of hot coffee. GO FIGURE.
Although I'm quite sure ya'll are sick to death of my porch pictures -- I just can't help myself.
The most interesting thing about this picture is that you can see the people who love me think it's a good idea to DRESS to match my porch!
I love it , love it, love it when people go along and play my little zebra stripe game...
As I post this picture, I'm on my way to Kim's house for a piece of her birthday cheesecake.
Oh, yeah -- life is good. Kim always says, "we'll take this"...
Happy Birthday, Cuz! YOU ARE THE BEST...
Is that a swimming pool in the background?? This is another picture that TURNED UP during my Picasa search. You'll recognize Mary Mulari and Nancy Zieman, of course.
The two BABES sitting at the table, wearing the matching shirts, are Mary's sister, Sarah and her other friend Nancy Harp...I can't make out what their shirts say...And you KNOW how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE t-shirts with messages.
I believe the two women in the back were the official designated drivers.
Although, I only see water bottles on the table -- this is a blog and I'm free to make up anything I want. That's really the very best thing about blogging....
Now that I'm actually looking at the picture -- that looks A LOT like a birthday cake.
Hummm...so they had a party -- didn't invite ME.
THEN -- just to rub it in -- they decided to SEND ME A PICTURE??
This is a picture of Mary Mulari and some of her Aurora, Minnesota friends -- attending a "Church Basement Ladies" theater event. Of course, Mary made EVERYBODY AN APRON.... Do you recognize some seminar samples? I stumbled across this picture and decided to post it, just to see if Mary really is reading my blog....
Hey -- if you want to have an apron sew-a-thon with your own friends -- take a look at Mary's apron patterns. Use this hyperlink Mary's Productions If it works -- nobody will be more surprised than me! (And tell Mary you saw it on my blog!)
It's early days, people. I made a beautiful movie yesterday -- WITH MUSIC -- but cannot, for the life of me, get it to post.
As it turns out, my first "slide show" (over in the right hand side) -- was just beginner's luck. I CAN'T DO IT AGAIN...
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Mary Collen is one of our CTA's. (Clothing Textile Advisors)
The CTA's are the backbone of the Puyallup Sewing & Stitchery Expo. If you have ever attended the show -- you know they're in the back of every classroom, taking tickets, managing seating, directing traffic.
But there is also a lot of BEHIND THE SCENES work. If I can manage it, I'm trying to post a slideshow of Mary's crew -- they have rehearsals for SIX style shows. Every garment must be fitted to the model, and then each model has "dressers" who help during the quick changes.
Like most things worthwhile -- it is MUCH MORE WORK THAN YOU CAN EVER IMAGINE.
This is one of my favorite pictures of Mary Collen. Her daughter London is an excellent photogrpaher (more about her later). Two years ago, we were changing the format of our at-door piece (the Expo Insider) and I needed a picture really FAST. London sent me this FAB PIC of her Mom -- hiding behind a mountain of fabric. Who hasn't done that? (bought more than you can possibly sew in a lifetime!)
Mary sent me a sweet note about this "blog" -- so she became TODAY'S ASSIGNMENT.
Mary -- what are you doing this summer?
Here's the report I REALLY WANT to hear...
Mary won the Bernina sewing challenge, "Project Everyday" -- and that meant a trip to BERNINA UNIVERSITY in San Francisco!
so -- HOW WAS IT, MARY??
DO YOU HAVE ANY PICTURES YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH THE GROUP??
Let's see if you AND I can figure out this back-and-forth-blogging thing...
Your comment also prompted me to try to upload an album ALL ABOUT THE STYLE SHOWS...but that didn't go so well.
TELL US, MARY -- C'MON!!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
You really learn something about people when you travel with them. And -- thanks to Rhonda's great sense of adventure -- we discovered Patti's.
Altho, thousands of other quilt enthusiasts discovered it long before we did. Which meant a two hour wait. ugh. But neither one of us gives up easy....and, believe me -- IT WAS WELL WORTH IT. And the outside grounds are beautiful. There's a gazebo, and shops, beautiful flowers. Really amazing. And so unexpected -- in the middle of nowhere -- they feed hundreds of people every single night! Especially during the famous Paducah Quilt Show.
The pork chop dinner was so incredible -- and the company was so interesting (we sat with two women we met in the waiting line!).
We went BACK THE NEXT NIGHT. Oh, yeah -- even though it's 30 miles out of town. And we knew there would be a long line. That night, we took two friends with us. Nancy Zieman and Kaye Wood. Nancy was exhausted from a long day of teaching -- and she kept saying (from the back seat) -- "how far is this place?"
Turns out, Kaye is a longtime fan of Patti's. She has eaten there every year for over 20 years. (We figured it out when she ordered her pork chop dinner without even opening the menu.)
I asked, "do you get the same thing every year?" Kaye replied, "Rita -- I eat the same thing every time I come here. This is my third night in a row..."
Imagine my surprise this morning when I realized it had vaporized overnight. Instead of the beautiful dance video, there was a message telling me Dick Clark had creeped into my blog and SUCKED the video out. Amazing, eh? (Marion is Canadian, and I know "eh" annoys her).
Yes, I know it's risky to use the words Dick and Suck in the same paragraph. I can hardly wait to see what happens to THIS POST...
It's ALL A TEST, people...
Monday, July 27, 2009
My husband John is giving Emily a kiss on the cheek, and, obviously, I'm trying to hide behind Elliott -- who has his usual look of sheer delight at the prospect of YET ANOTHER kiss on the cheek from his Mom. (these wedding pictures had a LOT to do with me going on a diet...and losing 100 pounds in the last 3 years...)
They're doing great. Still in the Army -- but now stationed in Wisconsin. Which is a very good thing -- because in March, they had LILLIAN...and we're falling in love with a little girl.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
This is a picture of my great-niece, Memphis Rose Kearney. She was brand new when I took this photo -- I was trying to work out the correct dimensions to make a crib sheet.
Because my sister Ronda (Memphis' Grandma) collects ALL THINGS PIGS -- it seemed like a good idea to make a crib sheet out of PIG FABRIC...
Memphis just turned a year old last week! I've made a dozen crib sheets since then. The new mothers LOVE getting them -- they have so much more personality than the boring blue or pink crib sheets available on the market. My young neighbors are having a baby boy in the fall -- and I've already purchased the "John Deere" fabric. (the Dad is a mechannic for John Deere)
I wish I'd been at this wedding! They were in the TODAY show this morning -- and I couldn't resist sharing the video. I predict this marriage will be a long and happy one. I cannot believe more couples don't do this! WHAT FUN...Their guests will long remember this entrance, I'm sure! Well done!!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
This is a picture from the 2008 Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup. On Sunday, we had a "Charity Tea" -- and hundreds of women paid $10 to sit at a table for an hour and visit with a "Sewing Star". Here you see Joanne Ross, Expo Chair and Sue Hausmann rushing around to re-set the tables. We only had 15 minutes between each session (we did SIX sessions). It was a very, very busy time. All the money we raised went to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer.
In 2009 -- we changed the charity event and it morphed into a "GO RED" Style Show to benefit the American Heart Association. It was a very big deal -- a one-time only ALL RED EVENT. Our Sewing Stars all agreed to make a special red outfit for themselves -- and we had everything you can think of -- from jogging suits to evening gowns. The audience all WORE RED as well. My next blog assignment is to find the pictures from the Go Red event and put up another "slide show".
Just when I thought things were going great -- I went back to my Picasa account -- and can't seem to find the 3000 photos I uploaded last night.
Hey -- if it was easy -- anybody could BLOG...
Friday, July 24, 2009
Their program was OUTSTANDING. The audience loved their presentation! Jan sews everything over-the-top -- with hanging threads, matching purses, embroidery, embellishments, whatever she can think of to push it to the BRINK. Bonne is more of an accountant-who-likes-orderly-matching-symetrical. Their differences are EXACTLY why their program was so entertaining! Because their challenge was to buy the same fabric, pattern or book and then go home to make their own "version". One year later, they unveil their creations to each other -- and they've been doing it for YEARS. In 2009 -- they shared their very different final projects with our EXPO audience and they were a BIG HIT.
How am I doin', Jan & Bonne??
And -- have you started your 2010 challenges yet??
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Who would do the judging? Maybe we'd have an audience vote? Yeah. That's a really sucky idea.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Whereas I've been PUTTING OFF WRITING A BLOG -- some people are out there actually DOING THE RIGHT THING. Like Susan Chesney and the CTA's in Everett, Washington. Here's what she writes:
The official title of the school is Camp StitchALot. We had almost 80 kids signed up this year.
Class topics included: Cargo pants, knit top, Chalkboard apron, and refashion your wardrobe. Each class was 3 hours a day for 5 days. We offered 2 morning classes and 2 afternoon sessions.
But -- in the spirit of "no pain -- no gain" -- here is a picture of Schaeffer Hall in Iowa City. In order to tell the story of the first morning of our "Blogging" Class -- with pictures instead of words -- I would have criss-crossed the front doors with bright yellow crime scene tape.
(exactly 11 people get that joke...)
'He's My Brother' - (..I received this story TWICE on the same day. Once from my husband John, and also from my friend Donna Babylon.) It is priceless...
Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of tampons and proceeded to the checkout counter. The man at the counter asked the older boy, "Son, how old are you?" "Eight," the boy replied. The man continued, "do you know what these are used for?" The boy replied, "not exactly, but they aren't for me. They're for him. He's my brother. He's four. We saw on TV that if you use these you would be able to swim and ride a bike. Right now, he can't do either."