Thursday, June 22, 2017

Arapahoe Quilter Beauties

I've been meaning to show you a few quilts from the Arapahoe Quilters' recent show.  They are a wonderfully talented group.

There was a good mix of styles and colors...though I would say that modern took front and center status more than traditional. Ironically, every quilt I'm showing here has applique touches -- though it didn't seem to me at the time that applique was very prevalent. Maybe I mis-saw.

Please note:  I was careful to ask permission to show these pieces, from the actual quiltmakers. You should do this, too, when you visit various shows this year.  

Larry by Regina Hoffman. Her husband, in cloth -- I was impressed by how few pieces she used, to give him such a realistic effect.  Netting was used, too. A striking piece.

This is Jacquelyn Baker Mathews' A Walk In the Woods. Notice the 'bear paw' prints mixed in with the traditional pattern of the same name? I really liked the way that the quiltmaker used fusible applique to give a natural look to the center bear's fur, as well as the foliage around it. Nice.

Rebecca Musgrave calls this You've Got Mail. The cat lives with one of her friends. Isn't that eye treatment realistic!!

And Best of Show:  Forever Garden by Lexie Foster, quilted by Myrna Ficken.
I'm betting you'll see this one again in the winners circle -- it's beautifully made.

Look at the detail on that quilting...

These Dresden Plates are appliqued, not pieced -- wedge by wedge.

Any fuzziness in the photos is the fault of the photographer (me)...the actual quilts are crisp and graphic.

Nice job, everyone.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It's HOT

...I mean it.

I had two stops to make in Denver and Boulder...which meant driving in a steaming-hot car for hours. (Traffic is horrendous right now in the Denver metropolitan area, thanks to construction, tourists and Idiots of the Month.)  When I was almost home, and it was starting to cool down a bit, I checked the car's temperature gauge: 96 degrees.


My can of root beer was almost too hot to touch. Ditto the cellphone and steering wheel.

It's been this way now for at least two weeks. Breaking all sorts of high-temperature records, too. Either it cools down soon...or we're going to melt off the map.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

One of the Best Floral Hacks Ever

Want a gorgeous 'disco vase' for your summer flowers?

Dump a bag of sequins in an empty clear vase. Top up with water, and your favorite flowers.

That's it.

I'm serious.

This idea comes from Sania at the At Home blog, and is simply brilliant.

Simple. And brilliant.

Oh...and the sequins, when the flowers fade?

Strain them out and let them dry. Then they're ready to use again in whatever project you wish...including another vase.

Full instructions are here.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Dad's Delight -- And Hanky Panky

    The Brick is generally a calm and quiet sort of guy -- not very demanding. When it comes to his daughters, though, he loves having them celebrate Father's Day with him. 
    That makes being responsible so difficult -- because Daughter #1 had to cancel at the last minute, and Daughter #2 couldn't make it here until 8 p.m. (She had to close for the shop, El Loro, she manages in Boulder.) 
     We had t-bones, bacon-and-onion-garnished green salad, and yes, a Sachertorte, before she and Son #1 reluctantly headed out about midnight for the hour's drive home.
      Of course she has to go into work early tomorrow. 
     They gave their dad a t-shirt -- but the best present of all was having them here, laughing and talking, for hours. I'm so grateful that they realize how much this means to 'the folks.' 
     Father's Day, I always remember my own dad, gone now for more than seven years. The Mama reminded me that her dad, my Grandpa Cumings, had his birthday on Father's Day. Pa's father, Grandpa DeVries, died on or just before Father's Day, while I was heavily pregnant with Daughter #1. Our great-niece Adie was born a day later, on her parents Adam and Stephanie's anniversary. 

Now our niece Brianna and husband Kevin have welcomed their first child, Micah Vince, into the world. He was born last Friday night -- Grandpa Mike and Grandma Lori couldn't be prouder. 

Pondering the fate of the universe, no doubt

     Strange, that all these, new life and old, would happen so close to this holiday.

Cindy Thomas' graceful interpretation of Hanky Panky
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    I'll be teaching at Holly's Quilt Cabin in Littleton, CO this week Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Information is here. The class is based on my bestselling handkerchief quilt method. You'll learn the Hanky Panky way, plus several variations -- and some, you don't have to cut the hankies at all! Space is limited; give the store a call if you're interested.

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A deer crashes through a Denny's plate glass window in Rome, NY.
    Did he want a Grand Slam to go?

How to propagate roses -- from the ones you already have. I'm thinking of doing this for the Harison roses, especially. ( These Yellow Rose of Texas blooms are hard to find.) You've got several methods to choose from. (From the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society)

Or do it the pioneer way -- and use a potato.  (Thanks, Homeguides)

More progress on the summerhouse.  If you're not sure, here's the starting post on the subject.  She built this handy shed from leftover doors, windows and pallets!  (From Life After Money)

Who keeps sitting in seat J47 at Hibbing High School's auditorium? Even if you don't live in Minnesota, this is going to be interesting. (From My Paranormal Podcast)

Incredibly strange (and fitting) instances of karma -- or what we would call a "God thing."  (From Listverse) Plus:

Ten instances where a single vote made all the difference.

The woman who drove to the Atlanta airport, four-year-old daughter in tow, left her with strangers while she 'went shopping'...and disappeared. Hmmm. Contrast her with:

The woman who thought she'd won $43 million at the casino -- then was offered a steak dinner and $2.25, instead. (She's suing for the full amount.)

Paperwork required for the Y2K bug has finally been eliminated -- SEVENTEEN YEARS LATER.

A woman, a raccoon -- and a puddle. (Son #1 told me first about this one.)

Six movie/tv unsolved mysteries explained.  Yes, there really were backstories for these.  (Thanks, Cracked. Now explain that totally strange "dream" explanation for Dallas!) Plus:

Seven weird tv/movie problems that were actually explained in deleted scenes.

Have a good week. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

I Had A College Professor Like This...

     The class was called "Fine Arts" -- but derisively referred to, by most of my friends, as "Fine Farts." The professor, though a nice guy, was famous for not thoroughly reading submitted assignments. Students would trudge along on-subject until the middle of the paper...then launch into recipes, baseball scores, even free association.

He never seemed to notice. But after a while, I got the impression he was very aware of our collective shenanigans, after all. The 'tell' was when he said to someone (I think they 'fessed up):  'You're cheating yourself when you do this -- not me.'


Guess you taught me a bigger lesson in that class than I thought, Mr. Osbeck.

        (oh, and... thank you.)


    Gentle Readers, I messed up.

If you saw a strange post for a few hours tonight on June Frugal Hits and Misses...well, that's my working file. You weren't supposed to get it for a few weeks yet. I put up another post, and must have accidentally 'published' this one, too.


It's tiptoed back into the Ethernet for a while, until it can grow into a full-fledged post.

Sorry about that. 

Probably will, too...

For a Friday, today has been extra-hot and really busy. I did a bunch of errands in searing heat, then flopped down and had a root beer with ice when I got home.  (The Brick, both girlies and Son #1 all drink beer; I don't drink that stuff. Tequila, you bet.)

This weekend will be spent catching up on paperwork...and hopefully cooling off a bit. Everyone will stop by on Sunday to say hi to their favorite DAD. I've even promised him a Sachertorte.

Hello, weekend -- you're needed.

He's Got A Point...

If you hang around here, you know I've got a thing for Ryan Gosling and 'Hey Girl...'

He's far more interesting in this story -- direct from the Gosling's mouth.

Hey buddy -- if they're thin mints or samoas, you can throw me a box anytime.

Arapahoe Quilter Beauties

I've been meaning to show you a few quilts from the Arapahoe Quilters' recent show.   They are a wonderfully talented group. ...