Saturday, June 25, 2016

ScrapHappy Saturday - Soothing Sea Colors

Ah to be home again and ready to play with fabric again.  I had plenty of handwork along for the trip, but most of the time the bus was too bumpy.  Still, it was nice to have a little handwork just in case.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Back into Home Mode

 How wonderful it feels to be home again.  Back in my own bed.  Caught up on laundry.  I got the first two sections of OMG sewn together.  Just one more section to go......  I am hoping to be able to settle in and get quite a bit done before we have to be off again for our family vacation later this summer.  
 Anna and I had a great time at Genius Olympiad.  It was quite chilly in upstate New York.  A nice change really from the summer baking of Florida.  Anna thought that staying in dorms and eating dorm food was quite exotic.
They had chipmunks!  So much cuter than our squirrels, though they had those as well.  
Anna met a nice group of girls from Florida.   They were mostly from a private school in Orlando.  Also, two sweet girls from Kentucky who were in the short film category.  Kelly came alone from Pensacola and she joined us later for the college tours.  
After getting an only an honorable mention last year, Anna was so excited with her gold medal this year!  I'm so proud of her for sticking with it and improving her project so much.  
Niagara falls was quite damp!  Because we had done the boat tour last year, we went into the caves this year and enjoyed the view very much. 
 Then we were off for a New York, DC and Ivy league tour.  I had never been to the city before.  It was quite stimulating.  We had already done the DC tour not too long ago, but there is always more to see there.  I learned quite a bit during the college tours.  It was a glimpse of the road not taken.  I was so thankful to be going to college at all, and fancy out of state schools were never on my radar.  It was all very enticing though, so much opportunity for the lucky few.
Now it is back to real life again.  Anna and Ryan both have summer courses to work on.  Sydney seems to be wasting her summer away on Netflix.  Maybe I'll go and see if I can get them moving.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Travel Stitching

Last week we took the kids to a park in North Carolina and then to white water rafting. Kurt's brother and his family met us there and a good time was had by all.  I took along a bag full of pre-cut circles and spent the drive happily gathering the edges.

Then it was off to upstate New York with Anna and I had plenty of prepared circles to keep me stitching away during the flight and layover.  
We are at a Days Inn in New Jersey this morning, getting ready to head into Manhattan for the day. Wifi is horrid and I keep getting a strange new error about HTML protocols. Paula was kind enough to let me know that Mistelinky was having issues this morning, and so I am going to try a simpler version from years past and see if that will get us through today. It is hard to tell at this point whether the problem is the internet connection, the computer, or the web browser.  If worst comes to absolute worst, you could always scroll down and add you linky to last weeks post when things seemed to be working as they should.  I will be so happy to get back home again on Wednesday!  Summer has been a bit of a whirl so far, but there should be a calm in the storm for a few weeks I hope.  

Saturday, June 11, 2016

ScrapHappy Saturday - Teal

I think that I have nothing to do today.  Anna and I are leaving for a science fair and college tour tomorrow, so I'd like to make sure that I have plenty of handwork ready for the bus trip.  First though a bit of sewing sounds like the plan.  This month's sampler block will be a split pinwheel in a 6 inch size.  I did one last year, so that tutorial is still available here.  I'll work up a new one today though, along with alternative instructions for the non specialty ruler folks.  I need to work on some pdf files as well, hopefully summer will settle down soon and give me some time to get caught up, and maybe even work ahead?
How are your aqua scraps coming along?  Misterlinky is below.  Please share with us all.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

ScrapHappy Saturday - Aquamarine Seas

Welcome to the soothing seas of the Caribbean.  June will be all about blues with a tinge of green.  In recognition of the new month, Vicki has sent this hand dyed fabric gradient called Bay of Campeche for one lucky Rainbow Scrap Challenge participant.  To enter the random drawing, just leave a comment on this post.  Misterlinky is below, share your progress and plans with teal blue.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - June Color Palette

As the end of May draws near, it is time to put away your green scraps and pull out the blue.   Don't worry if you haven't use up quite all your green yet, Our inspiration Palette for June has blues tending toward aqua along with a pop of lime green as an accent.  The Sampler block will be a split pinwheel, stay tuned for more details.  Be sure to check back on Saturday for our June fabric giveaway.  

Saturday, May 28, 2016

ScrapHappy Saturday -- Ready for Summer!!!!

Today feels to me like the first day of summer vacation.  Technically, school ended Tuesday and Wednesday was post planning, but then I was presenting at a conference on Thursday and Friday I started moving classrooms.  Today there is nothing though, but me and my sewing machine.  I had so much fun with these string blocks, that I think I will start there.  What are you up to today?   Misterlinky is below, please share with us all.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Happy Scrappy Chaos

There is something strangely satisfying about taking a humble pile of strings, trimmed from the ragged ends and edges, and turning them into a bright and beautiful stack of blocks.  The greens are ready to be trimmed to size and joined together to make three more diamond crumbs.  It was a relaxing way to spend a morning in between the normal weekend chores.
Kurt has gone down south with the girls for a two day LAX tournament, and Ryan has a friend over to "hang out".  With just two days of school left, I think there might be a few more blocks lurking in the string bin.  First though, I'll hop over to Quilting is More Fun than Housework to see what is happening at Oh Scrap!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

ScrapHappy Saturday - Coming to the End of Green

Just two more Saturdays to play with green!  I'm in the mood for a bit of mindless messiness today to contrast with the daily cleaning and organizing which is wrapping up my school year.  I think these green strings will be the perfect choice.  Hopefully there will be plenty of time for sewing this summer.  Just two more days of school to finish off, then one day of post planning and a technology workshop.  After that it will take me a few days to swap rooms and then summer can begin for real.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

ScrapHappy Saturday -- Green with Envy

May is almost halfway done and all I have to show on the sewing front is this one flying goose block.  It took about 10 minutes to make.  I did almost finish a t-shirt quilt that needs to be ready before graduation.  It just needs binding.  Life is crazy and happy around here.  Every week I keep thinking that surely things will calm down, maybe next week will be that week?
My AP kids happily took their exam on Monday.  I always make breakfast to send them off happy.  Not only did they leave happy, but most of them came back out happy which is always a good thing.  They always want to talk about the test right away, which isn't allowed of course.  They released the free response questions on Wednesday, but by then they didn't want to talk about the test anymore.  Then on Thursday and Friday, my freshman went in for their End of Course exam.  They were done super fast and ready to go back to class by the time I was supposed to see them.  They wanted to talk about the test too, which also isn't allowed.  We watched The Bee movie for decompression and they all enjoyed that.  Monday we will start working on our final projects of the year and then exams start on Thursday.
I really do think that it looks like a fairly calm weekend.  I need to go out and check on our camera traps and Ryan has a play practice.  No out of town LAX, no weekend study sessions, no out of town trips.  I wonder what I will do with myself?  Oh, wait, I do know what I will do myself.  You can be sure that fabric will be involved!