Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
There was a yearling deer in the garden munching on our roses, dianthus, salal and more. Mr. Dog has been babying some Easter Lilies in pots (he always saves them and so we have some about to bloom) and while he took in the pots (couldn't let the deer munch the soon to bloom blossoms) he grabbed the camera.
I like this shot of the deer peeking out....who me?
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Larissa made her bag much bigger and added a strip of textured fabric, turned down the top and added a tabbed D-ring for her keys.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Sydney was glad to go with Grandma! She helped pick the quilts and then we had an hour to enjoy the fair. If you are 4 years old and you have an hour what do you do?
You ride the Merry-go-round, up and down, round and round. This is a small fair so the ride operators actually give a decently timed ride.
Then it was a time for a puppet show...Sydney loved it and sat, laughed and clapped for one half hour.
A stop at the concession stand to buy Cotton Candy and we were back to the Quilt Shop. Syd wouldn't eat her Cotton Candy until she got back to the store so she could share with Mama. Most of the bag, though, went home with her so she could share with Daddy. Sydney is a Daddy's girl for sure.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
- Quilt Camp begins this Friday. It's Day Camp for Quilters! Meals are provided (one night we treat them to dinner at Rita's, a great Mexican place a block away) and we quilt from morning till night! The project we'll be doing this time is "Sweet" and they ladies will be learning to applique curves by machine!
- Redwood Empire Quilters Guild is having their big, every other year Quilt Show July 18 & 19 at Redwood Acres Fairground in Eureka, CA. They'll have nearly 300 quilts this year and many vendors including Scottie Dog Quilts. It's a big job vending at a quilt show and it takes weeks of hard work to pull it off. Come by our booth for wonderful new things, coupons for great discounts at the store and a big hello!
- Scottie Dog Quilts Alaskan Quilting Cruise August 7-14! We are so very excited as we sail in only six and a half weeks. There are so many details to iron out, so many plans to complete, quilting projects to finish (I've finished mine....just ironing out the teaching details!). We are gathering door prizes.....pretty fabulous! We still have room if you have been thinking about it!
Sydney has started gymnastics. She seems to spend most of her time upside down!
Head stands, somersaults, bars, frog hopping and more. UP.....
We cooked burgers & dogs over the campfire and celebrated Mr. Scottie Dog's birthday with a cake and candles that wouldn't stay lit. Later we had some fun around the campfire, I beat Mr. Scottie Dog at Chinese Checkers (that's got to be a first!!!!), Syd roasted marshmallows and we ended up staying the night sleeping in the back of the Tahoe....next time I'll remember to bring the trailer!
Back home Monday and classes to teach....and that is what's up lately.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Tonight I had a class which ended at 9 pm and I got the store closed up about 9:20 pm. Back at home I started making Baklava for the birthday. One pan for Mr. Dog and his Accordion Club and one pan for my Tuesday Morning Quilting class. It's 11:02 right now and it will be done in about 30 minutes.
Happy Birthday Mr. Scottie Dog, I love you even more at 60 than I did when you were 21!
Friday, June 12, 2009
It seems just like last month that Sam and her mom, Crystal, told us that she was applying to Academy of the Redwoods. Bill and Melinda Gates had given $$ for the start up of a local academy which would have those interested and motivated students go to high school AND college at the same time on the same campus. In Jr. High Samantha had begun working a little now and again at Scottie Dog Quilts and at one Quilt Show we were vending at she stepped up to the computer/register for a moment and then I stepped back and let HER do all the work. So I was asked to write a letter of recommendation for Samantha for this new school.
Some people thought this school would be fabulous for Sam and what a great opportunity and others said she'd miss out on all the fun a regular high school would bring. Samantha was focused on her studies AND having a great time, surrounding her with friends and good times too. Rarely have I known anyone her age with such talent, intelligence, grace, poise, maturity and the ability to relate to both her peers and adults so well.
So last week Samantha graduated with honors from College of the Redwoods and today from high school. Some say it might be a let down....after delivering her Valedictorian Speech, Sam met with friends and family (I was honored to be among those!) for a celebratory dinner and then with glowing face she and two friends ran off to the high school's Safe and Sober Graduation Party. Samantha will go far and be at ease in any situation she finds herself in.
September will be here soon enough and Sammy will be off to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo where she was admitted as a Junior with honors and continuing with her dream of becoming an Architectural Engineer. Congratulations Samantha for a job well done. I wish you the best and am so very proud of you. And Crystal.....the empty nest is fast approaching.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
While we were at the zoo we made two different toy drops for The Toy Society. First off while we visited the gibbons and the spider monkeys we left "Angus" the second little felt Scottie Dog I made.
We left Angus on a bench called "Brayden's Bench" in honor of a little boy who lived and passed on in little more than a year. His memory is honored with that bench.
No one was around when we left it and after watching the bears sleep, the golden tamarins, the ravens, the flamingos and the birds in the aviary Sydney decided that it was time for ice cream....strawberry!
While Sydney licked her cone we spied a little boy and his grandma....he was holding our little Scottie and she had the bag in her hand! I was able to bet a picture of them while taking a picture of Sydney!
Sydney loved being in on the drops. At first she thought she should get to have the toys. When I explained they were "a surprise for someone to find" she was in. She kept whispering and helped me tie our next toy onto a bench by the Spotted Owls.
"Maggie" was our second toy. I made her while I was still in Minnesota and I've just waited for the right time to make my toy drops. I'm sure some think I'm pretty crazy, but you know....I love this.
Tomorrow I'll show you the new purse I made.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
I found a pattern for this cute little Scottie Dog on line and I made two of them. I named this one "Alastair" and took him with me to Sacramento this past weekend. I have another I'll leave somewhere in town.
At The Toy Society site they show pictures of toys "dropped" and toys "found". You can download labels and more. Each toy is accompanied by a card with information inside about The Toy Society. I made my card with some pictures I cut out of a $1 children's book. I've never scrap booked but making my tag and label were fun. I didn't use glue, but stitched my cards together. Guess that's the quilter in me.
The idea behind The Toy Society is that you make a soft toy suitable for a child, you attach a little tag which says, "I'm free! Take me home." Then you find a spot to leave your toy where a child will find it. Some members leave toys at parks, libraries, doctor's offices, lots of creative places. I left mine near the front gate of Scandia Miniature Golf Course in Citrus Heights, CA. about 9 am on Sunday morning.
It's kind of like a random act of kindness....you don't know who will find your toy, hopefully someone who won't throw it away, but I'd like to think that someone who really needed a little hug, or pick-me-up or affirmation will find it. Maybe it will give a grown-up some faith or trust and in addition a child will have a little squishy toy to hold close and find some comfort.
Look for more toys....I think it's a lot of fun.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
After Preschool she comes to the quilt shop. First off she finished her lunch....she asked for peanut butter on her carrot (yes, carrot....I thought it was kind of weird, but whatever!) and when she finished she had to do HER job at Scottie Dog Quilts. She had to water the flowers in the outdoor flower box.
Lori came bearing gifts....really cute sunglasses and Tinkerbelle sox. Sydney posed for a picture with a big smile. Can you see the peanut butter all over the shirt?
About 4:30 Sydney brought her mom a picture she'd colored. I was busy putting borders on another Eureka! quilt (pictures tomorrow) and Lori, Liz & Laura began to laugh. When I looked to see what they were laughing at I could see Sydney....three minutes earlier she was coloring....now she was snoring and had fallen asleep on the stool.We couldn't leave her in the walkway so while Liz & Laura prepared a quilt and pillow, Laura picked up Syd and they tucked her in...
The Quilter in Training turned into Sleeping Beauty.
And that was the excitement at Scottie Dog Quilts today.