This is my collection of fabulous Hawaiian prints. My mom picked them out and bought them for me a few years ago in Hawaii, I think she'd make a great quilter - check out these great fabrics! This one is my favorite:
I like how it's tropical and vintagey but not too loud.
This quilt was on display where I work as part of a "The Other Work We Love," gallery display. I also was showing an apron and another, larger quilt.
It occurred to me that I haven't ever shown this quilt on my blog before.
Here's the story:
This quilt was finished quite a few years ago - in 2005. I Made it with old family photos from my mom's mom's side. In fact, the center photo is one of my great grandparent's wedding photos - Helen and Carl Hoesel. It's one of my favorite photos - ever. I made this quilt for my grandma the summer of our annual family reunion. The blue represents the sky, the green the prairie and the photos make up the horizon – rolling just like the North Dakota prairie where they settled, a long time ago.
I'm starting anew quilt tonight! It's so darn exciting for me. I may even post a work in progress photo soon.
Corey's grandpa Andy gave me a walking stick. This isn't just any walking stick! He hand-sanded the wood (many times) and varnished it himself. He also attached a metal plate toward the top (I chose the bison). It is very beautiful – I love all the knots and twists and turns in the wood. Thanks, grandpa Andy!
Here's what I worked on today - my grandma Katy's quilt. It's so pretty - lots of fall colors!
I despise milk. I'll drink chocolate milk every now and then but I avoid white milk at all costs. I'll consume it if it's in food but I've never been the type to sit down and drink a tall glass of milk. I have milk in my cereal every morning ... but I use the spoon to strain the milk out of each bite. Yep, that's how much I avoid milk. ack. yuck.
So it was pure luck that the sample dude in the grocery store lured me to try a small taste of chocolate milk. I was pleasantly surprised at at the tastyness of it. I was even more impressed when he said the milk was from his farm, from his cows just a few miles east of town. How cool is that?! I was gosh darn impressed, I even sampled the white milk. I got it down without gagging - I was impressed with myself ... and the milk. It actually tasted good.
The packaging is quite charming too. "Bessy's Best - Milked and bottled fresh at Bessy's family farm in Sterling, ND"
Have you seen this milk in your local grocery store? I'm curious ... let me know.
I should also mention that it is a "Pride of Dakota" product - made in North Dakota.
Like any vacation we've been on, Corey and I came home with some awesome souvenirs from Boston. In addition to the countless memories and thousands (yes, I said thousands) of photographs, we brought back some treasures in our suitcases. Above, from left: real Italian extra virgin olive oil from Boston's North End (little Italy); from the Harvard bookstore, "Make Way for Ducklings" children's book based in Boston; Corey's Red Sox game program; "The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life" book from the Boston Science Museum gift shop; "American Revolution" book (this one is Corey's) also from the Harvard bookstore; Boston Baked Beans (a 'welcome' gift from Jesse and Megan); Boston Duck Tour ticket stub; Red Sox ALCS game 5 (home game 3) ticket stub.
What fun! I also bought a Boston Christmas ornament for our tree (below).
Here's a link to our Boston Photos (the same ones that appear on the "old" site - but should be easier to view and comment on images). Look in the upper right hand corner for the "slideshow" button, then sit back and enjoy.
click here. (must be a "friend or family" member on Flickr)