Sunday, April 15, 2012

100 years later

Apparently this is the year of anniversaries  - who knew back in 1912 that we'd be celebrating so many things 100 years later?!

This year Oreo cookies turned 100 - yummy goodness! Just as much fun eating them dipped in milk, or twisted to get to the creme filling.  Especially tasty when eating a Double Stuff or colored creme - like orange for Halloween or pastel Easter colors.

In 1912, down in Savannah, GA Juliette Low founded Girl Scouts!  As previously mentioned, I had some GS in at work to make some fun celebratory crafts.  It also makes me think of my days in scouting: friendship circles, camping, earning badges, selling (& eating!) cookies, learning lots about everything & the fun trips we took over the years.  Go Girl Scouts!

Today we also mark the anniversary of the Titanic disaster.  There have been all sorts of news articles popping up about the Titanic: one of the most interesting I found was a commemorative cruise that left on April 8th. The ship is retracing the course of Titanic, will go by the site of its' sinking and is recreating food & entertainment from the original voyage.  Kind of eerie, kind of cool - smooth sailing to all! And of course the re-release of the movie in 3D - good times.

I also learned it's the 100th celebration of the planting of the Cherry Blossom trees in DC. The trees were gifts to the US from Japan as signs of goodwill between the countries and are just gorgeous!  When you can catch it right on a weekend when the trees are in full bloom it's wonderful.

We also celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the writing of our National Anthem: the Star Spangled Banner, by Francis Scott Key.  As a youngster visiting the American History Museum I remember seeing the flag hanging in the entryway - all awe-inspiring & patriotic.  Then, they took the flag down for repairs and preservation work and we walked by the glass hoping to see them in action.  Afters years of this, the Museum was renovated and the repairs finally complete.  The exhibit with the flag now is awesome and very well done.  I'm sure it will be a popular stop this summer!

What a varied array of anniversaries to commemorate!  In the high-speed pace of today, what will it be this year that will endure to have its' 100th anniversary celebrated in 2112?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

WIP :: 4/11/12

I got back into the sewing groove for a little bit this weekend!  There was so much to do at home for Easter - some cleaning, baking (lemon truffles & cookies), sitting out on the balcony enjoying the sunshine, buying pretty tulips to decorate the counters.  It was a relaxing weekend and awesome to go to Easter Vigil Mass - I love watching people enter the Church and all the ceremony that goes with Vigil Mass - incense, fire, candles, multiple Sacraments - awesome!

Star Dot with thread
I told myself that I would work on some of the quilts from the pile so they don't languish away and I actually followed through on that! Linking up at Lee's with some actual progress this week.  
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

in progress
-Star Dot: this sucker is basted and I decided to use some of my new colors of thread to quilt this!  I also have binding fabric picked out & am ready to get started!

sampler quilt pre-border
- Summer Sampler: I've added the border to this quilt top & have to make sure the backing fabric is to size.  The catch? how to quilt it....

-Swoon - still need to figure out how much backing fabric I'll need - looks like I'll be pulling out the colored pencils & calculator this week!

in the pile
-GS Quilt

-Yellow Brick Road/Psalm quilt
-Hawaiian applique block

-Sunflower applique

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

WIP :: 4/4/12

It's Wednesday? really?  It's felt like Thursday all day today - and you say I have to have Thursday tomorrow too?!  

Well, due to b!day adventures last week & stretching into the weekend, I haven't gotten anything sewing wise accomplished.  Okay, so that's not entirely true.  There may have been some fabric that followed me home.... and I had some birthday luck winning a few goodies.

I won a giveaway on Kate Spain's blog and these goodies arrived this week!  A charm pack of her new Christmas line, Joy, and this cute mini of Central Park.  so exciting - Thanks Kate!

I also won a giveaway on Sew We Craft - charm packs of Hullabaloo!  They're coming all the way from Australia too.  Can't wait to figure out what to make with them. 

Some of the fabric goodies:
aren't these yummy? & a roll of strips from N!

*grin* just look at these awesome Aurifil colors!

& some DS for JoAnn Fabrics

in progress
-Summer Sampler

Stay tuned for some sewing progress in the near future! Linking up at Lee's.