Archive for March, 2010

March Ogden Art Group Meeting and More Florida Pictures

March 31, 2010

The Ogden Art Group met last week, and we had a wonderful time.  Show and tell was really good and varied.

First, Lucy was wearing an elegant crochet wrap fastened with a gorgeous silver pin:

Karen made the pin for Lucy, and was a  wonderful shawl pin, don’t you think?  There is no big picture of Lucy wearing the shawl as she didn’t feel well, and who would want their picture on the internet when they don’t feel well?  I hope you’re feeling lots better by now, Lucy. 

Karen brought a grouping of some polymer clay buttons she made:

These are very different from most polymer clay buttons I’ve seen.  There are good size and would be wonderful on art quilts, as a purse fastener, on a hat, or for pins. 

Karen also completed a One Block Wonder quilt:

You really can’t tell from the photo, but it is 3 dimensional and has some great buttons on it.  Pat also was working on a One Block Wonder quilt also, but it isn’t finished yet.  No pictures of that one.

Janet brought 4 quilts all made in preparation for her Circle Play class at Betty’s Quilting Store:

 Each one of these quilts got progressively smaller as she challenged herself to continue using the circles cut from behind the circles from each quilt.  She wanted to see how small she could get and the last piece and I’m guesstimating that the last quilt was about 12″ on the longest size. 

Isn’t her quilting amazing? 

I brought my January Bead Journal Project, which you’ve already seen, so no new pictures of that today.  I used interleaving paper for the first time and was a bit concerned that it would be too crinkly when the project was completed, so tested it by sewing a piece of paper between 2 pieces of fabric.  I hand washed it, and it survived that, so decided to toss it in the washing machine with a full load of clothes.  The paper stayed intact, and it was wonderfully soft.  Yeah, not I can work on February’s piece. 

Now for a few more pictures from our Florida trip:

This was the day we drove to Key West.  It was dusk so it’s on the dark side.  I took a lot of pictures of Route 1, but this is the only one I’ll put on the blog.  It fascinated me to have water on both sides of the road.  What can I say?  It doesn’t take much for me to be fascinated.  😉

We toured Ernest Hemmingway’s Home and I couldn’t get over that there are 55 cats in residence.  He left provisions in his will for the care of his famous 6 toe cats and they have  happily been in residence ever since.   They are used to lots of people and manage to catch cat naps in the middle of house tours:


Yes, that is the bed Ernest Hemmingway slept in and that gentleman was our tour guide. 

As cats tend to be rather curious, I caught yet another one “inspecting” a tourist’s bag:

There are some lovely gardens and I’ll only post one picture of them.   You can see a tiny bit of the house and see that there is a balcony all around the second story.  Great for catching any stray breeze:

That same day visited the Southern Most Point of the USA, and posed for the obligatory picture:

Does it look like we’re having a good time?  Most definitely.  It was 83 that day and when I talked to my daughter back home, they had just gotten 15″ of snow.   It was good to be in Florida in February, very good.

In front of the Waterfront Playhouse Theater there are life size and super life size sculptures:

The first picture of the photographer taking a picture of a worker was to scale, but the dancing couple were enormous.  That’s why I get the people in the foreground in the picture.  They were perfect strangers but are wonderful so you can see the true scale of the sculpture.

We ate at Kelly McGillis’s restaurant for lunch that day, a wonderful seafood restaurant for supper, and ended the day a wee bit sunburned, tired, and extremely happy. 



A Nice Present in the Mail

March 19, 2010

What a nice surprise I discovered in my mail.  Our mail was sent to our daughter’s house while we were on vacation, and there was a nice squishie from Cathy K (crazyquiltinternational yahoo list).  It seems my name was drawn for the January Challenge pictures.  Every month there is a different topic for the challenge and we post pictures showing our embroidery.  I got lucky and my name was selected.  Here is a picture of my prize:

Cathy really packs a lot into an envelope.  The fabrics are wonderful and I didn’t have a single one of them.  There is lots of lace – new and vintage – trims, beads, buttons, threads, a stencil, etc…  All in all, it was a wonderful surprise and I am delighted with my squishie.

A few more pictures of our travels follow.  This is a picture of our RV site in Titusville:

That’s my husband hooking us up and notice how nice and high the hook-ups are?  This was a really nice location and we even had a storage shed behind the RV. 

From there we headed to Key West.  What can I say about Key West?  Residents definitely have an “island” mentality.  Visitors were thought of as people from the “mainland”.  Did you know that Key West is called the Conch Republic and they even have a passport that is recognized by 32 countries?  Yes, some Key West residents maintain dual citizenship – USA and Conch Republic.

It was warm and sunny (we were checking in close to twilight, so the photo is a bit dark).  This time our RV spot was less than 2′ from the Atlantic Ocean:

There are chickens roaming all over Key West.   During early island settlement, the pirates used to enjoy cock fighting.  I’m pleased to say it was outlawed, and all the chickens were turned loose.  Since the islands are a bird sanctuary, it is illegal to kill them, so they’ve made themselves very much at home in town, in the fields,  and pretty much wherever their little hearts desire.  This one greeted me outside the ladies restroom by Mallory Square:

Isn’t he a handsome one?  I found the whole chicken thing quirky and part of Key West’s charm.  Traffic comes to a dead stop when they cross the street.   


January Bead Journal Project Completed

March 7, 2010

Life is getting back to normal, but I have to say, I do miss traveling around the USA in my little RV.  We have one of the smallest ones you can purchase – a Winnebago ERA, but it gets great gas mileage 17.5-22 miles per gallon, and it has all the comforts of home – except for a bed with a real mattress.  Oh, it has a fold down bed, but when you get to be my age, you really, really, really miss a good mattress.  😉

Anyway, I’ve completed my January Bead Journal project and am happy with how it turned out:

It’s supposed to depict the clouds in the sky and falling snow.  We got an amazing 4′ of snow the first 2 weeks in January and it made quite an impression on me. 

Originally, I was going to tat a lot of snowflakes like this one:

but the beads didn’t show up enough for my taste.  By the way, that snowflake is less than an inch square and I used 30wt sewing thread and size 11 seed beads to tat it. This IS a Bead Journal Project though, and I wanted the beads to be more prominent. 

We’re only supposed to show pictures of each month’s piece as we make it, but it’s hard to disguise the applecore shape I’m using.  Y’all can pretty much well guess how all 12 months will eventually be assembled. 

Y’all is definitely a new favorite saying of mine after visiting Georgia.  Savannah was the first city we visited in our trip south.  I fell in love with the city.  The people were wonderful, the city is clean, and the historic district is wonderful. 

We took a trolley – you’ll see the green sticker on my jacket in an upcoming photo – and that is a great way to get an overview of Savannah.  The trolley took us to 15 different locations, and while being driven through the city, I was able to take a lot of photos.   The drivers were constantly imparting information about the houses, cemeteries, squares, etc… and we learned quite a bit about the city.   We could get on and off the trolley all day long so we were able to take house tours and stroll through some of my favorite squares.  It was a wonderful way to tour the city. 

I took a LOT more close-up photos of the houses when we got off the trolley and walked through some of the squares. The Georgia architecture is very different from Upstate New York’s architecture.  We toured the Telfair’s Owens-Thomas House, the shops along the waterfront had wonderful things for sale, and ate at Paula Deen’s restaurant – The Lady and Sons.  See my yummy chicken pot pie:

And I had to get the obligatory picture in front of the restaurant and purchase a few goodies in her shop.  If you look closely, you can see the reflection of my husband taking my photo:

I dearly and purely wish I had scheduled more time to visit Savannah.  It is on my list of cities I want to visit again.  My husband loved it too.  He’d happily go visit again. 

We ran out of time before we could visit Savannah’s College of Art and Design.  It was a short walk from where we boarded the trolley.  The students have helped with restorations throughout the city.  Let me tell you, I looked at those college buildings with such longing.  Heck, we ran out of time before we could do a lot we would have liked. 

The city, the people, the food – all combined to create a memorable start to our vacation.


Home Again

March 3, 2010

I’m baaack!!!  My husband and I took a long anticipated vacation and traveled through Florida for the entire month of February.  We were first time RVers and jumped in with both feet.  I’ll share pictures and stories from our trip with all of you, along with posts of what I’m up to this month. 

At the moment, I’m still doing laundry and trying to get everything put away, but have started my January Bead Journal piece, and am knitting a cotton lace sweater for myself. 

Day 1 – Feb 1st we got up early, finished packing the last minute items and headed out of cold Upstate New York around 7:30 am – really early for me as I don’t do mornings.  😉  We got caught up in one of the February mid-Atlantic snowstorms by the time we reached VA.  The RV park we booked didn’t have anything cleared for us, so we had no water, no TV, no internet and were so far into the mountains, my cell phone didn’t work.  Suffice to say, we were in the boonies with the skies dumping snow and ice on us.

The RV park owners let us pull up close to their home and lent us an extension cord so we wouldn’t have to run our battery down or turn on our generator.  They still charged us full price, but under the circumstances, we were happy to have a place to stay the night.

We enjoyed a warm supper – thanks to the microwave and the weeks worth of home cooked meals I had prepared for the trip – and watched one of the DVDs I brought with us.  It’s great traveling with all the comforts of home.