Saturday, December 20, 2014

Krohn Conservatory at Christmas

Now for some peeks at the actual holiday display at the Krohn.  As soon as I went into the holiday area I could feel that I was breathing more deeply and relaxing all over.  In just a few minutes I had my flower fix, and there was more, and more.  Absolutely wonderful. It was hard to pick out just a few pictures to show you.  For you non-Cincinnati folks, the buildings are Cincy landmarks.







I wish you could all come and visit this.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Outside the Show


Yesterday I went to the Krohn Conservatory for their holiday show.  Trains and poinsettias and coleus and many other flowers, an amazing show once again.  I'll share a few pictures soon.  But some of the loveliness came from outside the main event in the big greenhouse.  Like the orchids, above, in the orchid room.


In the foyer were ornament displays from the gift shop.  All silver and crystal on this one.


Bulbs for sale.  Just look at those sprouts, how hopeful is that?


The display of carolers was between the orchid room and the bonsai display.  This is just a few of the cast of characters.


And this bonsai bougainvillea with its pink blossoms was take-your-breath-away awesome.  Between all these AND the holiday display, it filled my heart. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Quilt Panel


An older friend was downsizing her condo and shared her amazing stash with many of her friends.  I took mostly solids, but I did get this panel for a baby quilt.


There were six blocks, which allowed me to piece the back, which I always love.  I hope the family of some tiny but mighty premmie girl likes it. 

My friend also gave each of us a mug from her travels, and mine was from Holmes County, Ohio.  It has a picture of an Amish buggy.

At twenty years older than me, this friend is still taking classes and learning the embroidery software.  Learning all sorts of new things.  She is a role model for me, I hope I can do the same.

Last night I dreamed (probably because it was raining) that I opened my front door and there was a whole stack of Amazon packages on the porch getting wet.  One had fallen to the sidewalk and was so wet that it opened.  Obviously there is too much shopping going on!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Between Parties


Nora and Aaron stopped here between downtown Christmas parties to get ready for party # 2.  Lucky for me, because I got to see them in their finery.  And do one last quick change on Aaron's pants.  

One thing I really enjoy is family mending/alterations.  Nora dropped off two pairs of jeans with holes in the knees, which are now fixed.  For you Viking sewers, check out stitch A:32, perfect for jeans repair.

Their second party was at Great American Ball Park, with the ever popular but mischievious Gapper in attendance.  I heard that he stole a bite of Nora's cheeseburger.

Baby quilt group is this morning and I'm furiously machine quilting to get ready.  I just might be a little behind on baby quilts.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Nora Is Ten


Sweet, pretty Nora is now ten.  Her family party was Friday, and she so enjoyed it.  Usually she's a little on the quiet side, but during this party she sparkled from one end to the other.  During big gatherings she will often find a quiet spot for recharging, in typical introvert fashion, but not this time.  She loved her cake, her gifts, the whole evening.  And for the first time, she wore earrings with a little dangle. 

She had a little party with friends the weekend before.  Four friends, plus Aaron and parents, went tubing at Beach Mountain, across from Kings Island.  It's the first year for that location.  Even though it was a rainy morning there was plenty of "snow" in the afternoon.  Aside from the tubing, there was a spot to just play in the snow, and I heard that the girls enjoyed that.

This school year has been a good one for Nora.  I love the arrangement in her school - there are three fourth grade classrooms and each teacher teaches a different subject for all the fourth graders.  The kids are in a home room where they start and end the day.  And this year there are art and music teachers who work throughout the district, so once a month there is a week that includes those in all the grade levels.

***I went back to read this blog and noticed our pictures beside each other.  Maybe, just maybe, that little girl looks kinda like me.  

Friday, December 12, 2014

Lost Alligator


Behind the Fresh Market, on my way to church, I spotted this alligator, rather deflated.  It would be fun to learn the story about how it got there.  There are a few feet of space between the building and the sidewalk, and there it was.


Also on Sunday was Maggie with a Bengals outfit with an orange tee and hand-colored sign.  She doesn't look a bit happy.  Can't blame her, it wasn't a good day to be a Bengals fan.

I can't believe that on this morning, instead of hemming pants and working on a gift quilt and wrapping gifts, I've been online fabric shopping.  It all started when I was looking up a chocolate cake recipe for Nora's family party tonight and somehow went from there.  I got some fabrics that will make great baby quilts and goodness knows that I'm way behind of those.  It's so easy to twist my arm with sale Riley Blake fabrics.

Last night was my work Christmas party and it was so nice to just sit at a great restaurant and eat lovely food and chat.  My boss is a wonderful hostess and I have great co-workers.

OK, I've really got to get going.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Gift Card Holders



These quilted mugs are gift card holders.  They are in holiday colors but can be made throughout the year in any colors.  They are Viking's December project, and you can find instructions and free embroidery design here.  I was making them away from home and spent too much time trying to turn the little cup handles inside out.  Back home again, it took only a minute with the Dritz Quick Turn. That's a tool I use a lot.

It seems like I have lots of projects these days.  Tomorrow I'm teaching a paper piecing class with the Tall Trim the Tree pattern.  I'm looking forward to doing a few sections of the tree today so folks will have something to look at to help them along.  I got the fabric yesterday and am looking forward to starting.  

Rainy again this morning.  I'm reminding myself that it's raining, not snowing.  I can remember seeing blue sky one day this week.  I guess that's December.

I've moved my studio tv downstairs to my bedroom to see whether I enjoy having a tv in my bedroom.  I've hooked up my new Fire Stick and it's working well.  So far I've watched a few things on Netflex, which seems to get the most use when the grands come.  They also enjoy playing Minecraft on the Fire TV.  I'm glad I have something they can enjoy when they come.  I don't want them to think that there is nothing to do here.