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Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Hope you are planning a fun Halloween!  It is one of my favorite holidays!  I got my decorations all up  and if your in my neighborhood I give out GOOD candy...hoping to increase my number of trick or treater's each year.  The weather proves challenging this year so we will see.  

One of my fondness memories from childhood was my sister and I walking almost a mile to reach the Monsignors house because he always gave out a big Hershey's bar and an apple :) And so, I give out good candy so my house will be in someone's childhood memory :).  The next year my parents thought I was too old to trick or treat but I still had so much fun with my dad.  We decked our house out, played spooky music and had candy left over because our house was so scary few would venture all the way up to the front door, lol


If my dad were alive he would love this video...just watching it nearly gave me a heart attack!  
Enjoy at your own risk!



Still reading the longest book of the year...so no book review this week.  But do I have a fantastic movie review!  This is a Woolie 5 STAR movie!!!  The script was right on...connecting the dots well considering the amount of time a movie has to give you so many details and then wrap it up.  The acting was Oscar Worthy from everyone.  I am not going to give you any hints other than it is about 3 brothers and their father.  Since HH and I were seeing it mid week in the late afternoon we were the only people in the theater!!!  The Sisters Movie House is the best theater in the world...and since we were the only ones we got comfortable changed our seats twice and we would sniffle to our hearts content...it really is a wonderful movie.


Have a wonderful weekend and see you back here on Monday...I have been in the wool prepping mode!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Stitching With Tamra


I was sipping my coffee and I notice through the window the color in the front yard...the sky was amazing!  Then I ran to the back porch and caught this photo.  It is amazing how fast the color disappears...the sun moves fast!


A Halloween Funny!
I gotta get me one of these buttons!

It is the only way it is going to get done!!!  I am talking about my wool project from last year...yes, the  2013 workshop with Sue Spargo!  I love what I started but designing is not my forte and let me tell you the stitching requires practice.  I so love my primitive stitching but the complicated stuff is fun also.  Which brings me to stitching with Tamra.  Since Sue Spargo doesn't live in Sisters.  Nor, is she my sister...it means Tamra is picking up the local stitching baton since she seems to understand Sue's stitching and design concepts.  Maybe just maybe I'll get this project done before my 2015 Sue Spargo Workshop in May :)

I tell you it was hard to stitch because I was laughing so much!  The best kind of class is one where you meet new and old friends, you stitch and you laugh...yep, that is the perfect class!

Just a short slide show for ya...hope you are ready for all the ghost and goblins in your neck of the woods.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sweetest Day of the Week

I can't help it...I have to post another photo of the mountains...they are so beautiful!

It seems more often than not...that the sweetest day of the week is one spent stitching with girlfriends.  I hadn't been stitching with the Material Girls for most of the summer and missed the commraderie and laughter.  It makes each stitch sweeter and I was able to finish my candle mat.  I found this wonderful copper color mercury glass candle holder that was just perfect to highlight the pumpkins.


Since I was in Bend I stopped by Sew Many Quilts to pick up my next Berties project and the place was decked out for Halloween.  I had to take a photo of this Diva sitting at her makeup table and loved that I showed up in the photo with this disturbed look on my face! LOL

Another Halloween motto :)  This is especially for you...and you know who you are!

Enjoy the mini slide show of Sew Many Quilts.  They really have the decor down pat and it is always enjoyable to walk around and around!  
Have a great quilt day!
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Laughing is Good for the Soul

here is a little chuckle for you!

When I woke up yesterday morning I was greeted by our mountains blanketed in snow...I knew if the sky cleared up we would get a beautiful view since we drove through the storm on Sunday.


The best part of spending time in Portland is of course seeing my grandsons but also...life slows down for me.  Even though city life is busy and we go out an enjoy it a lot...life is  much more concentrated.  HH and I are together just about 24/7, we rarely use our car...and, we don't have a TV which means quiet conversation, reading and talking.  Handwork is queen :)  Sometimes I wish I could create the same enviroment in Sisters but I guess having 2 entirely different worlds is the best of both worlds.  How would you chose to live if you could make all the choices...what would your life look like?

I finished some wool projects just in time for my fall decorating!  I love this litte acorn candle mat.


And,  I am most proud that I was able to finish my Oct. Bertie's quilt before Halloween!  Now, to prep the Thanksgiving quilt and get it done before the Turkey gobbles!

I've got some to share this week...so see you back here tomorrow!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Reflections

What's the weather like in your neck of the woods...in ours it is all over the board!  We had days of sun and rain, sun and torrential downpour, sun and wind, then...sun and rain.  So, life's choices had to  be flexible.  The Portland Art Museum had a pumpkin carving contest...but, they put up a tent so everyone could stay dry!  Here are a couple of the contenders :)



HH and I hurried out to the Farmer's Market on Saturday because it was not raining.  The colors at the Farmer's Market are so vivid!


And then, there was coffee and lots of it!  We would huddle inside a coffee house till the rain let up and we could walk home.  I love coffee in Portland because the Barristas always make the extra effort to present you with a gift in each cup of coffee.

The trip back over the mountains was filled with all that Fall is about in Central Oregon.  The Fall colors were stunning.  And, the water was rushing filled to the brim.


As we reached the top of the pass...it was snowing :)  Just reminding us that winter is around the corner.


I did get a lot of stitching done this week. But, will wait till tomorrow to share with you.  Today, I head off to spend time with the Material Girls and get the final stitching done on my projects :)

Friday, October 24, 2014

TGIF...an over the brim week...

As par for the Woolie course it has been a full week.  A chance to spend time with family...especially those grandsons.  What can I say...as with all Nana's I think mine are the cream of the crop, lol.  My sister flew into Portland where we had a great birthday weekend together.  We were both born in October which makes it a priority to get away together :).  

We jumped on the Max and met the grand kids at the Zoo.  It always amazes me that even though I see both these guys every month they change dramatically in that short time!



Sis and I went to the Living Room Theater to see The Skeleton Twins.  It was funny, disturbing and hooked that part of me that likes all things to do with the psyche...our human existence is a challenge, how we grew up, our experiences and the day to day choices we make.  I would give it a Woolie 3.5.


On Wednesday HH and I met up with some neighbors from Sisters for a dinner out in Portland.  This 5 star restaurant has always been on our radar and finally with the interest/encouragement of our foodie and wine neighbors we took the plunge.  It was an experience!  I got really brave and ordered a multi course (small courses) meal that was totally chosen by the chef with a wine appropriate pairing.  The only restriction I gave him was my food allergy.  What a fun evening!  Between the food and the company I have never sat through a meal that lasted 3 hours!


Portland has been a combination of sun, sprinkles and downpours....and so, this photo of a window washer doing his job during a full day of rain...priceless! LOL


Least you think I haven't been stitching...I have been!  I finished stitching a wool table topper and already started another one :)...so no slacking by the Woolie!  How about you????


Have a wonderful weekend and we'll see you back here on Monday!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Woolie Day

With the busy summer I have been missing my quilt groups!  But Fall is here and with that the scent of quilting is in the air I had to get back into the local quilt scene.

I love this photo because I am in it! LOL

But, I had to show you the cute little stitchery that Blogless Sandy gave me for my birthday!  So sweet and perfect for my front entry table!


One of my first Fall projects to get done was the Autumn project by Buttermilk Basin.  I decided to make mine into a pillow for my church pew.

Here is a close up...I love it and it was on the bench by the first day of Fall!!!

A short slide show of what the Woolies are currently up too...there is nothing like being home and stitching with my girlfriends!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gallery Show ~ Quilt Works

I was so excited when I got home and the Halloween quilt I left with Hal was ready for pick up!  I needed it quilted while I was camping so that when I got back all I had to do was put the binding on and take it with me to Portland.  Hal, whose business is called The Finishing Touch in Sisters, Oregon is available to quilt your quilts.  So if you need any long arm quilting done he can be reached at (541) 588-0873

When I picked up the quilt is was hung a nice hanger with a plastic cover...just like the dry cleaners!


The quilting was perfect for the quilt and I know my grandson's  love it!  I cut up a stack of Halloween panels and sewed them back together :)

Here is a back view of the quilting!

This is an amazing slide show from QuiltWorks October Gallery Show.  Cathy Moen who is a Juniperberry quilter and the Undercover Quilters quilts were sensational.  Cathy is one of those quilters who has learned every technique and quilt art form and actually created quilts!  Enjoy the slide show!
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What I learned on Our Camping Trip

1.  Towing your own Port A Potty is the only way to go!


2.  you have to like your travel companions because you are together 24/7+
















3.  Hand stitching and a book on CD are a necessity


4.  Favorite food items should be packed


5.  Stopping at Quilt Shops is a wonderful diversion.


6.  Meeting new friends is great!


7.  Seeing old friends is heartwarming.

8.  Best of all,  coming home to your own sweet neighborhood :)