Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday Snapshot #7

Fall has been wonderful here.  Nice sunny, blustery days with those skidding grey clouds across the blue-blue sky.  Trees turned some wonderful shades of golden yellow, rich reds & crisp oranges - mostly set against some of the stubborn holdout green. 

Some of the best days have those wonderfully brisk mornings and the sun peeking out to set the trees on fire.  On those days, I miss being able to smell McCormick spices in the air after stepping out of the door.

 The down side for these days is that it gets dark at 5pm.  It completely screws up the body clock so that I think it's later than it really is.  I figure in another couple weeks that will even out enough.  Here's a great snapshot from the other night.  Taken after I got off work, before it got truly dark!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

wedding day finish

A couple months ago (already?) I flew back to Baltimore to be in the wedding of my college roommate.  It was a jam packed weekend full of laughs, hugs, family, tears, friends & good times.  I was glad to be there early and help out with the last minute details.  It made me feel even more a part of the wedding party since I've been out of state for the early planning & parties.  Even after the wedding, I was able to sit down & catch up with more friends before time traveling back home.

C & I wrapped bouquets, ran errands, picked up dresses, set-up the hall and had a grand time all around. Sometimes it's hard to imagine we've only been friends for 5 years and not for always!  Love you Chrissy!

As a surprise for C, I brought her finished quilt! [back story here] I got it all bound, labelled & washed in time to pack it into my carry-on luggage and was super excited to finally deliver it.  I ended up naming it Colorburst, & had some fun with the photo shoot for this one so of course, I had to share with you!  The dress on the quilt is my favorite shot though - such a stunning contrast.  The wedding was beautiful and I'm so glad Chrissy & Bernie found each other.  :)  

happy ever after starts now

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

mug rug mix up

mug rug    noun
         :: a small, coaster-sized quilt where you can set your cup & snack together

     - I set my milk & cookies down on a mug rug so I don't get crumbs on my papers.

Mug rugs are fairly easy to make since they don't require a lot of fabric, or lots of time to create - and they make great gifts!   You can make them any size, shape and color so it gives you some freedom of expression.  I like that they are quick to make start to finish and give me a break between the larger projects.  I also like to use them to try out some new techniques on a small scale with scraps to see if I like it enough to make on a larger scale.

Oh, did I mention that they are addicting as all get out?  
So be warned: you can't make just one.  :)

Here are some that I am in process of making at the moment.  

(and no, they are not all for me!)