Friday, December 18, 2009
Hopefully, 2010 will be a good show year, as 2009 has seen quite a quilting slump for me.
I'm pleased to be a part of this exhibit. Word on the street is that the entries in "Road" get better and better every year. A friend of mine said of last year's show, "The quilts were so beautiful, it made me want to cry." Sounds like excellent company!
Thursday, October 08, 2009
I have been in a quilting slump for the past few months. I came back from the SAQA conference in May rejuvenated and ready make half-a-jillion quilts, but the summer leaked away and here it is, October.
This spring and summer I was swept away by physical fitness. I was going to enter an offroad triathlon at the end of this month, but decided I needed at least a good year of training, so I will enter next year. I've discovered yoga.
I have been concentrating on training and eating healthy (mostly organic, no processed foods). I'm absolutely smitten by Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," and loved Jillian Michaels' "Master Your Metabolism," and have become very conscious of where my food comes from (and where it SHOULD be coming from). I will go on my first hunting trip for deer this month.
I managed to enter my "breakfast ti" quilt in Road to California. Photographing silk is extremely difficult, so I hope my pictures were at least good enough to get me in. I'll find out in December.
I did not get "Sunday Morning" finished in time to enter, but am still appliqueing like crazy and shooting for the Viewpoints Gallery "Celebration of Hawaii" in January.
I am working, working, working my day job.
I have been occupied with other things for a short while, but feel the creativity beginning to swell up inside, and soon it will be back to usual for this blog, with lots more quilting.
Thanks for sticking around and checking back! I hope to have something fabulous to post very, very soon.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I was the very lucky recipient of the AQT scholarship award in 2007. It was a fabulous experience - so much so that I'd love to go back some day. And in that regard, I encourage all of YOU to apply for the scholarship HERE.
Sue Benner is such a dynamic person and teacher! Everyone I know who has taken her classes raves about them. She was also one of the jurors for Quilt National this year.
Counting my pennies...
Monday, June 08, 2009
I just got home, a week ago today, from attending the Studio Art Quilt Associates conference and opening of Quilt National, in Athens, Ohio, and from a brief, restful vacation in Cody, Wyoming. I hit the ground running on Tuesday because I had to go back to work, and this weekend was spent catching up on the household stuff that doesn't go away...vacation or not!
I have tons of inspiration to share from the SAQA conference, which will take me in new directions this summer. Now, if I can just find the time to sit down and quietly gather my thoughts.
One of the biggest plans is to take the focus of this blog in a more artistic direction, keeping the family and cooking and other miscellany to a minimum. But because I like to write about those things, too, I think I may need to create a "homey" blog to pick up the slack. I'll see.
I hope your summer is off to a positive start!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Here is the finished top! Now just dreading the quilting, which will be fast and simple, but still a lot to move around my dear Janome.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Remember the Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge back in elementary or junior high school? You had to do so many things: push-ups, chin-ups, 50-yard dash, etc., and to pass you had to do a certain number of reps and run in a certain amount of time.
Although it’s been a long time, I remember bits and pieces of this test, especially the fact that I couldn’t do a full chin-up. Not even one. Hence my latest training goal, which is to be able to one and then some!
I’m working through the program in the book: The New Rules of Lifting for Women. I sort of limped through Stage 1, not exactly motivated, but started to pick up speed toward the end. Now, near the end of Stage 2, I am feeling a LOT stronger! I mapped out the seven stage program on my calendar, which will take me through summer. I’ll finish Stage 4 in mid-May, which is perfect timing, since I’ll be able to take a break while I’m on vacation. Stage 7 finishes in early August, at which time will be my test. I wonder how many I’ll be able to do??
At least 5 – that would be outstanding!
Sunday, April 05, 2009
I used to have years and years of Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines. Even though I had an uncanny ability to recall the issue for a particular favorite recipe, I got tired of storing so many issues. Hence, the binder.
One of the all-time family favorites is a recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie, which I made on Sunday, starting with fresh lemons purloined from my SIL's lemon tree:
The lemon filling is perfect, finished with fresh lemon zest and butter. It rests in the best-ever all-butter pie pastry (the recipe is in Apple Pie Perfect - I no longer use any other crust recipe).
I love TONS of meringue on my pies, so I use six egg whites.
FINISHED! There was only a tiny piece left...perfect for Bruce's lunch box.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
...is one of my favorite colors. Especially the beautiful blush on these fresh mangoes! We are lucky to have them because it is very early in the year, but this woman's tree in Kihei has produced its first crop. Can you believe we got these beauties for about a $1 apiece? I've already eaten two. These are destined for a mango shrimp recipe my mom sent me and, if I can eke out enough, for our favorite mango salsa recipe. Delicious on grilled fish.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
- Computer Software
- Inventory Management
- Time Management
- Administrative Work
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I understand that she didn't perform well in the front of the house, nor as a general manager, but I think she was completely overwhelmed by the whole thing. She is a chef, first and foremost, who may be content to remain an executive chef in someone elses organization. Carla, on the otherhand, is just not cutting it as a whole and is becoming more belligerent about it!
I don't think either one of them has what it takes to make it to the final, but to send home a talented chef who has a unique take on food over one who continues to blunder is beyond me.
Unfortunately, I think Stefan is the one who is going to come out on top, but Jamie could take it if she gets down to business and kicks some but.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I'm getting work done in little bits. I guess my theme this year should be "persistence." I'll have to think about that one.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Over the holiday break I had an opportunity to play pool and ping pong with some of the kids at the club. Keep in mind that I remain somewhat of a mystery to most of the kids since I usually stay in my office all day with the "accounting stuff." I don't have kids of my own and usually feel awkward when interacting with them - but I guess I made a good impression on one of them!
My new friend gave me this card she made for New Years. I was really touched!
I usually pass through the day seeing the kids as a blur since I don't work directly with them; now I take a step back to see them more as individuals. I think that's a good new year's resolution, don't you?