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A note to Mom

IMG_9807IMG_9801IMG_9803IMG_9800Dear Mom,
Thank you for sending this quilt to me. I remember when it was on my bed as a kid and I am so happy to be able to use it again after all these years. I love looking at the squares remembering a dress, a hat, or maybe just a pattern or color combination. It all comes together in such a wonderful way. Seeing all of these fabrics together makes me realize how much of an influence they have had on what I like today. Simple patterns and lots of color make me happy! Thank you for making this quilt for me long ago and for getting it back into my hands to enjoy for many more years.
Love, Karen
P.S. The portrait is of me as a four year old wearing a dress my mom made for me. The fabric she used is in the quilt block to the right of the portrait. The yellow calico with the red apples and black leaf sprigs.

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IMG_9551IMG_9556IMG_9558IMG_9562IMG_9567This book was unearthed a few weeks ago at a used book store. I *love* it! Especially since I have been feeling the urge to embroider lately. When I was a Girl Scout back in the 70’s, my mom, who was the scout leader, made little books for each of us out of a heavy weight cotton. Each page of the book was for a different stitch for us to try such as chain stitch, running stitch, blanket stitch etc. and it was a great reference when it was finished. I really loved making that little book. I started reading “The Stitchery Book” and enjoyed the approachability of it. The women who wrote it (Irene Preston Miller and Winifred Lubell) really had a love of the craft and wanted to share it in a friendly, fun way. Some of the projects include taking a “stitchery walk” where you create a little map of a town or neighborhood using decorative stitches. Another is to make a fabric and stitchery collage of your family. I want to try both of these projects out!

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Summer Sky

You know that impossible shade of blue? That shade of blue so perfect that it almost hurts to look at it? That was the shade of the sky the day we went to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk the Friday before school started. What a perfect end to a wonderful summer.

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Around the house…

I was unloading my camera just now and found a bunch of pictures that Avery had taken from around the house. It is fun to see what she she took. I have so many memories of things from around the house where I grew up that will stay with me forever. I will always remember the floral wallpaper in my childhood room, the wonderful fabric banners that my mom has made over the years, the images on the little tea set that was displayed in my room as a kid, and the images from the Child’s Garden Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated Gyo Fujikawa. I wonder what Avery’s visual memories will be when she is my age. 🙂

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Avery’s birthday is upon us which brings back fond memories of the kids past birthday parties. One of my favorite ways to decorate is to get a blue or brown tarp from the hardware store and paint a festive banner in honor of the birthday kid. The first one I did was a mermaid for Avery’s fourth birthday and then from there I did a monkey, a pumpkin, Spiderman, Batman and Darth Vader. This year will be in an owl theme which of course I am thrilled about. I searched through our pictures and found these examples of past tarp-art. A tarp is an awesome canvas which is very affordable and makes a BIG impact. I will post the owl tarp soon.

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Mystery Box…

Last week as we pulled in the driveway, we saw this HUGE box on the porch. I thought Jeff had bought a new computer. It was about 2 1/2 feet by 3 feet. We opened it up and found it filled with four more boxes and lots of foam peanuts. We opened those boxes one by one and found various glass bowls, plates an trays in clear, lime and forest green plus a letter from my Aunt in Pennsylvania. All the pieces fit together to form a lazy susan from the 50’s. It belonged to my Grandpa and my aunt and uncle thought I would like it. It is fabulous and will be great for taco night, veggies and dip or buttons and such. Chuck and Jackie, thank you SO much!

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A dish washer in 1968 made me smile. A dish washer in 2010 still does the same thing. 🙂

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