This is already to go. It's a present I made for a friend who just had a little baby boy. I'd made one for her first son and I have to be fair and make one for the second child too.
I love the plush fabrics for babies too. I'd almost like one of these quilts just for me.
The most fun for me is picking out the fabric.
My daughter went with me to help me pick it out. We looked at monkey material, super hero fabrics and finally settled on elephants...don't ask me why. It just looked so cute and cuddly that we both agreed.
And for the flip side, we went with polka dots and believe me, we looked at all sorts of polka dots, big ones, small ones, green ones, brown ones but we finally settled on little brown and green polka dots.
Then I needed the binding...
I went with green.
These are "sew" fun to make and I'm hoping that the little boy will love it for a looooong time. I know my kids sure loved the "blankies" I made for them.
I bought some beautiful crystal beads because I wear glasses. Yes those two things are related. You see I wear reading glasses. And, I'm always taking them off and putting them back on because as a writer, I read . . . a LOT. And it's easy to misplace glasses but with this handy-dandy bead-work gadget I never misplace my glasses...well, almost never.
My hubby thinks it looks like an old granny contraption but I don't care. I think it looks like a piece of jewelry and it's not just about adornment...it's practical.
So, I love to find unusual beads for my glasses. How bout you? Do you wear a chain around your neck that holds your glasses in place? If you do, this is one idea that might help you never misplace your glasses again.
When I was a kid, we used to make May Day baskets filled with flowers. Really they were just paper cones that we filled with flowers from our yard and hung a little paper handle on them. We usually used Elmer's Glue but in a pinch we'd use a staple to hold them together. Then we'd stealthily sneak around the neighborhood and hang the baskets on doorknobs and wait...
We'd watch to see what would happen when people opened their doors and found a basket of flowers hanging on their door.
It was fun and no one ever seemed to mind finding flowers on their doorstep...but I wondered where that tradition came from.
In my house this is a tradition...especially at Easter.
Mom used to call daffodils "Goldenrods" and every Easter we had lots of left over hard boiled eggs. So Mom would chop up the whites and mash the yellows and make a white sauce. Then she'd pour the white sauce over toast and crumble some of the whites on top. She'd sprinkle the yellow yolks on top and put just a dash of paprika on top to finish the feast.
I wanted to make a dessert for Easter dinner but my family is pretty picky. I had to use whipped cream for the frosting and fruit for the filling. I wanted to liven it up with some white chocolate Easter Eggs and flowers and a few fondant blooms too. So I did.
I started off with four layer cakes that I tried to cut to make fairly even. Then I frosting the layers with whipped cream and used bananas and strawberries to liven up the filling.
In the end it turned out okay. Not as pretty as total fondant but it tasted better than a fondant cake.
Here's a list of upcoming Earth Week Events at Pacific University in Forest Grove, (thanks to an email I received at work):
There are several interesting
speakers coming to the Forest Grove campus of Pacific University next
week as part of the Earth Week festivities. All events are free and
open to the public.
MONDAY APRIL 21: Dr. PHIL MOTE on CLIMATE CHANGE Prof. Mote is the head
of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State. He
will be giving a talk called “Five Things I Wish Were True About Climate
Change” on Monday the 21st at 6:30 in Taylor
TUESDAY APRIL 22: DR. TRYGVE STEEN on OREGON’S OLD GROWTH FORESTS Prof. Trygve Steen
from Portland State will give a presentation on Oregon’s awesome old
growth forests. He’s a lively speaker with awesome photos, so this will
be fun. Tuesday the 22nd at 3PM in the Milky
THURSDAY APRIL 24: MACARTHUR AWARD WINNER DAVID MONTGOMERY on DIRT & CIVILIZATION Renowned author and
scientist David Montgomery from the University of Washington will give a
lecture called “The Need for Global Soil Restoration” on Thursday,
April 24 at 6:30 in Taylor Auditorium.
More information on Earth Week as well as directions to campus can be found on the Pacific University website.
There's a new "multimodal" bridge in Potland. The Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People. It's a name that comes from the original residents of the Willamette Valley and it's a great name for a bridge that soars above the Willamette river. “Tilikum” means people, tribe and relative.
The bridge will host transit, bicyclists
and pedestrians, but no cars. If needed, emergency vehicles can use the bridge.
On the west side, the bridge will connect with the new Southwest Porter Street. The east side will run near the OMSI.
The 7.3-mile Portland-to-Milwaukie light-rail line will
run on the bridge.
The new transit line is scheduled to open Sept.
If you're looking for something to do to help support the Earth and Earth Day, you can check out this website for a few good "green" ideas. Then plan to make a difference. It's easy to volunteer and you might make a few friends while you're helping the earth.
Maybe you don't see the connection but I am determined to reach certain goals and whether it's a chapter or a half marathon, it takes the same set of skills to get-er-done.
I have to make time instead of excuses. And believe me, it's much easier to make excuses than to make time. When I run, I have to work it into my life and that means getting up earlier than normal so I can clock my miles. And when I write, I usually stay up later than I'd like so that I can reach my word count.
Both running and writing take determination, setting goals and perseverance. There is no substitute for "butt in the chair" time or "feet on the pavement" time. You can't reach your goals if you aren't willing to make a few sacrifices, which might mean less sleep or perhaps less t.v. time, but no matter what your goals are, you have to set some guidelines.
You can't just decide one day to go outside and run a marathon or tell yourself you'll write the next great novel, if you don't make time to put the hard work in.
So, if you want to run a 5k, 10k, or even a marathon - or write a story, a book or an article - set some goals and find the time to do the work to get you where you want to be.
If you don't, the time will slip past and one day you'll end up wondering why...you never ran the race, wrote the book or did whatever it was you wanted to do. Because time stands still for no man...or woman.
Jeanette Walls The Glass Castle was an interesting story. It's hard to believe it's true. This is the story of a very dysfunctional family. The mother is mentally ill and the father must have been a little too. He was an alcoholic but it would have taken more than that to live with this woman. She had money and a lot of it yet she let her children starve and never took care of them at all. In fact Jeanette caught on fire when she was cooking hotdogs (at the age of 3).
There was one wild story after another about this family and the crazy things they did. So, if you don't want to hear a sad story about the mistreatment of children, then this isn't the story for you. But, if you'd like to hear how children can overcome adversity and rise above their upbringing, then this might be the story for you.
There's an odd spot, behind a chimney, in our house. It's never been used for much of anything except for storage until now.
Now, my husband is reworking the area (with the help of his brother) and creating an entirely new space. Together they have framed in the odd angled walls and slopes and are building me some hidden benches behind the chimney, where I can put cushions and pillows, and they are creating shelves that will store my books. So this odd unused little corner will soon be my very own reading nook - or in my mind, at least, a tiny little library.
And, I'm so excited.
Just wait until it's finished. I can already picture it now. . . it's going to be beautiful.
Woodburn is 37 miles from Portland so it takes a little longer than 40 minutes to drive and make it to the tulip festival. But once you're there, it's worth it. It's $10 for a car load of people so pack up the kids and make a day of it.
Where else could you ride on a pink tractor? Or view mountains and fields at the same time?
They also have cow trains for the kiddies and sometimes even facepainting. They also had a man carving wooden shoes right on the fields. And you can get 4 bouquets of flowers for only $15.00. Plus they have food and crafts available. You can wander the booths and look at some great craftman's work and fun kabaubles too.
These barrettes and pins were made from old zippers. And hooks and hangers made from recycled water faucet knobs.
and mobiles and wind chimes made from old cans, forks and watering pots...or maybe coffee pots.
But, if you come, please wear boots and pants (unless it's a sunny day) because otherwise you are going to be walking fields that are damp and sometimes very muddy.
and you're not going to be wanting to be walking in white tennis shoes (which we saw a bunch of young girls wearing...and skirts). You can do that, if you want to stand on the edge of the fields and take a few photos but otherwise, come prepared.
And if you don't want to buy food there, pack a lunch or bring some snacks and a few water bottles.
So, if you're driving from Portland and you make it to the Woodburn Outlet Mall, instead of taking a right at that exit, take a left and go straight for about . . . 5-10 miles (just keep your eyes open for tulip signs) the signs will lead you to the fields.
And then be ready to spend a couple hours wandering the fields, taking pictures, looking at the gift shop and booths and watching the carver . . . plus more.
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