Sunday, July 27, 2014

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Driving And More Driving

Finished tonight at Maine Quilts. It went well, but I'm 'dead beat and plum tuckered out,' as the Brick would say. Have more than fifteen hours of driving to get to Michigan, then another twenty hours of driving (including a quick stop in Kansas City for The Mama to see her sister-in-law, Aunt Ruth) before I get back to Colorado...and home. 

    Home -- wow, I haven't been there since May 24! Does it still exist? Is it really still there? 

Here are photos of some of the wonderful blocks my Maine-r students kicked out this week. Since we were studying fabrics (and designs) Colonial Americans used, many of these include similar fabrics, including toiles and 'diapered' backgrounds. Nice!

    Now if you'll excuse me, I have to pack up the "cah" and get going. Meanwhile:

This block with appliqued girlies in the star points, as well as the center -- and gold filagree 'fans.' From Zoe, age 12.

Three different ways to make fudge. (From Who Needs A Cape)

James Garner, amazing actor...gone.

And, from yours truly, via Midlife Finance:

A unique way to go back to school.

A closer look at the debacle that was Zeek Rewards.

Have a good week.

Friday, July 25, 2014

I'm Still Here...

...but just beat.

Maine Quilts has been a lot of fun. Not only are people really enthusiastic, but I had a chance to look at a BUNCH of wonderful hanging quilts. (Mine is out there, too...a Crazy with my first experiment on LED lights included. Working on a second one.)

Had a morning redwork class, then a lunch lecture immediately afterward on Crazy quilts, THEN a two-hour lecture on dating quilts! I can still remember my name (sort of), and I know where my car keys are. Everything else is pretty much a lost cause.

Quilts of the Colonials is tomorrow...lots of sewing and working with old fabrics. What a burden. (!!!)  There are some spots left in my Crazy class Sunday, if you're in the Augusta, ME area.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Female Bikers, Take Note!

Especially if you love to wear skirts...

now you can, without worrying if you're showing.

Simple...but it works.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


If it's been raining a lot at your house, you might keep this in mind...

(I'd swear that lynx is licking its lips - and the protein source it's staring at is the driver!)

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Wandering

Whoa...I don't have anything to rush off and do in the next few days! The appraisers conference is done, but Maine Quilts doesn't start until Friday morning. And it's too far to drive back to Michigan, then return again. (Well, there is...but I'd spend all that time driving there and back, with just a little between.) 
    So -- I took a friend to the Norfolk airport, then started heading north. Stopped at an antiques mall, a thrift shop, and a seafood buffet. (Went by Fort Nonsense, as well -- a Revolutionary War fortified hill that never got used.) Then got a hotel room and took a long nap. All this resting could be addictive! 

Are aliens on the moon? A quick review of the latest ScyFy special, including purported photos of 'fortresses,' 'flying saucers' and 'machine tracks.' The interviews with former astronauts, though, are the real kicker -- it sounds very much like they're saying that the astronauts Saw Things they weren't allowed to talk about. (The review credits the astronauts saying they really didn't say that -- their statements were just edited convincingly.) 

10 TV moments that were almost fatal. (And you probably haven't heard about them -- these were mostly hushed up.)

A closer look at the debacle that was Zeek Rewards. (From yours truly via Midlife Finance)
     You might also enjoy:

25 ways to save this summer (time, as well as money!)  Another contribution from yours truly.

Save money on college textbooks. (Yes, school's starting up again. From Money Saving Mom)

Bleepety-bleep pesto. Fast, beautiful, and best of all: delicious.  (From Hungry Girl)

Cracker bread crust pizza -- a basic unleavened bread recipe, topped with yummy stuff. (From Tammy's Recipes.)

How much underwear do you have? Donna Freedman wants to know.

Twelve cool ways to tie a scarf. (From Tipjunkie) Includes scarf patterns. Also: twelve trendy fashion accessories. 

Turning too-large pants into skinny ones. (From Life As Mom)

A new baby gift idea - sending enough small presents, one for each doctor appointment! (From One Frugal Girl)

And, to finish up, Allison's Curated and Collected Apartment, courtesy of Apartment Therapy. Cool, calm and collected...and all done in a rental. Wow. Take a close-up look at this great living room:

I really like the 'painting' above her bed, too. (It's actually a blown-up photo of kelp in the ocean.)

Also from Apartment Therapy: how to spend only 20 minutes cleaning your house -- a program for 30 days. (Going to try this when I get home.)

Have a great week.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Plane Truth

From the Bizarro Blog...bless his weird little heart.

Still Williamsburg...But Not For Long

Today was the last day of the PAAQT appraisers conference. We finished off with the annual meeting and a talk by Laura Fisher, New York City dealer extraordinaire, and the author of several incredible books, including Quilts of Illusion and my personal favorite, Home Sweet Home. (It's an analysis of house designs in textiles, including quilts and samplers. What can I quilts just make me happy.)

I had planned to spend the afternoon vegging, but instead, went back to the museum with Laura. We had fun analyzing the quilts and samplers on display. She has a good eye for detail, as well, and pointed out several things I hadn't even noticed on the first trip through a few days ago. Then we had supper at the Shields Tavern. (The Fish House punch was particularly good.) Actually heard this guy playing there:

    The violinist with him played a slow, meditative melody that suddenly made me long for home and the Brick. The tune? "Westering Home." No wonder.

We walked down the street to attend a candlelight organ concert at the church three blocks down. Then back to the hotel, and a quick swim.

What a nice way to end an interesting day.

Leaving tomorrow morning to start heading north to Maine Quilts.