Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Victorian Stitchery Retreat 2012

I am finally getting around to posting pictures from the Victorian Stitchery Retreat.  We had so much fun this year and as always we enjoyed the new hotel we stay at!  I even managed to work in some classes.  I just love taking from all of the teachers but this year I took a Cockade class from Candace Kling.

Here is Judith Baker Montano helping her students with their blocks.  Every one of the blocks in the Asti Postcard class were just stunning!  I was so inspired I bought a kit from her....we'll see how long it takes me to work on it. ;-)

Here is Dixie getting some help with Candace...

I just love it when Dr. Vicki and her mom can come! 

Here is Liz at Show and Share, these are the Cockades that she made in Candace's class.  I just love them!

Here is Marci with her Show and Share....I just LOVE her colors!

Dixie did an amazing job with her Home Portrait project.  I was a class she took from Allie Aller last year.

Here is a stunning project that I saw laying on a table after Show and Share....I think it is one of the Kansas City ladies...if someone reading this knows, could you let me know?  I just love the colors and the whole piece is stunning!

In my next post I will show you the purses that were entered in the Crazy Quilt Purse contest!

Also, I had many students and some teachers give me feedback about the status of the Victorian Stitchery Retreat..I'll keep you posted...maybe I'll do it again! 

Talk to you later,

Monday, November 12, 2012

A Very Special Photo Shoot

 For those of you that follow my blog, you may remember that I went to visit Allie Aller this summer.  I met Allie for the first time last year when I asked her to come teach at the Victorian Stitchery Retreat.  We found an instant connection and have become fast friends over the last year or so.

While we were together this year for the retreat, we asked Judith Baker Montano if she would take some pictures of us together.  Judith is an extremely gifted photographer and takes most of her own pictures for her beautiful books.  She agreed to do this for us and what fun it was!

 As you can see here, one of us cannot keep her head still!

What fun getting to see the pictures as Judith took them....


Judith even took some individual pictures for us...

After three different mornings and 400 pictures, we agreed that this picture was the winner as the best photo of us together.  So you ask, why did we spend so much time taking pictures together?  Well this is why...Allie Aller and I are writing a book together!  To say we are excited about this project doesn't even come close to how we feel!   I am very blessed to be teamed up with Allie and it has been a great ride to be on...

To get Allie's post on our wonderful photo shoot, you may visit her at  www.alliesinstitches.blogspot.com

 Talk to you later,

Monday, October 29, 2012

Lovely LaVeta!

Last weekend my family and I traveled to LaVeta, Colorado and we had the best time!  My youngest boys are finally getting old enough that it is much easier to travel with them.   Here is a shot of the room we stayed in...yes it was a bit rustic.

This really made me laugh!  It was taped to the back door of our room.....

But the views around us were just beautiful!

Love this shot....

The was the  road running to the side of our room.

LaVeta have deer that live in town.  They are like pets and are very tame, they are so sweet!

This buck was just relaxing by the Catholic church...

I took a quick tour of the town and here is the La Veta School of the Arts.

Here is a shot of the La Veta Quilt shop.....this building has so much character.

Here is Ricky Tims Art Quilt Retreat Center...

I loved this window in a shop in LaVeta.....actually the building is vacant right now and it would be so tempting to move my Pink Bunny Shop to LaVeta!

And of course, I had to visit my dear friend Judith Baker Montano!

All in all my family had a wonderful but quick visit.  You never know we may go back next summer!

Talk to you later,

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Toffe Chip Thins and other Stuff

Here are the next cookies I tried in my Taste of Home Baking book.  They are called Toffee Chip Thins and they were really, really good!  I am really going to watch my waistline(grow) if I keep eating these cookies!  My husband kept telling the kids that they tasted terrible hoping they wouldn't eat any of them.

This weekend I went on a wonderful getaway!  Here is a sneak peek of the photo's I took along the way!

I took these photo's while we were driving in the car, but I didn't think they turned out too bad.

Maybe you can guess where I was headed too?

Here is a lovely photo of the class that Judith Baker Montano is teaching at the last Victorian Stitchery Retreat I am hosting...I can tell you that this photo is  beautiful but in person this project is unbelievable!
If you are interested in taking this class, there are still spots available and Judith has made up the most beautiful kits to make this project!

Talk to you later,

Monday, October 8, 2012

Something Different

Many of you may know that I am involved in a special project.  I am so excited about the project, but the downside is I can't blog about it!  I got to thinking....most crazy quilter's have to eat....so I will blog about something I decided to do this winter.  I have had the above cook book for quite sometime and have used a few recipes out of it.  I announced to my husband the other day that I was going to work my way through the cookbook, one recipe at a time and in order.  I got a big smile from him!  This is why he smiled so big, you see I am a gluten free girl....that means I don't bake all that often.

I have found a flour substitute that I just love and it works just like flour.  It is called Better Batter and it is just the best!  The picture above is of recipe #3 in the book, I think they are called Double Chocolate Crisps.  We have already made #1 and #2  recipes in the past so I moved on.  They are good but I have other cookies that I like better.  I am sure they will still get eaten around here!

Here is what I made tonight, Baked Oatmeal.  I have never made this before and have always wanted to.  My little boys didn't like it, but I LOVED it.  It tasted a little bit like bread pudding which I also like.

I took a picture of the recipe if you would like it.

Since you stuck around to the end....here is a sneek peek of the special project!

Talk to you later,

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Patriotic Concert

Warning, this is not a crazy quilt post, this is a proud mom post!  My son is the Maize High School choir and he really has a very gifted voice.  The choir had a concert last week , just 5 weeks into school!  Now I have been to Broadways shows and many local Music Theater shows and this show was just as good.  These kids worked hard and the costuming was unbelievable.  The concert had a Patriotic theme and I just loved it.

Here is my son in Show Choir....they were so good!

Here he is on the bottom far right...

They honored all Military Veterans, I just loved those costumes...

They did some Will Rogers stuff and it was amazing...just look at the costumes!

More Will Rogers.....

No Patriotic Concert would be complete without baseball...they sang Take Me out to the Ball Park...

Hot dogs and all!

At the end of the concert, anyone in the audience who was or has been  in the military was asked to come on the stage to be honored.  It truly was a touching moment.....

Talk to you later,