Thursday, December 31, 2009

Vacation Art Projects

Did you ever do special art projects during your school holidays? Well, I did this year since I had Katie to help. I've been working on painting a wholecloth quilt, but it's slow going. So here she is helping me move through this wallhanging while watching the Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. Maybe, Maybe Not!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas

What a wonderful Christmas we had together! Everyone was applauding like each gift unwrapping was a great accomplishment. Howard even pulled out his Sunny-D to celebrate with class. We hadn't put any presents under the tree until T-2 days. We served the usual dishes: orange rolls, berry delight, and green bean casserole. I think there was a turkey, too.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Marnie turns 11

For Marnie's birthday party, we had a few girls come over and play. Usually her party has mixed results as the 19th of December is pretty crazy. But this time was had a good group of girls and they had fun playing in the chocolate fondue!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Last day of Seminary before Christmas

Katie flew in on a Thursday night flight and was excited to go to seminary with us in the morning. She'd also scheduled herself as a chaperone on a history class trip to SAM (Seattle Art Museum). Without a car, she did amazingly well getting around to see all her friends.

Christmas Shopping

Tis the season to go to Wal-Mart and spend a little money on the shooting games. I think one deer died of embarrassment at the silliness of this match-up. Frazier and Howard get in the mood and will buy Daisy Red Ryder BB Guns before the year is up.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Howard's Eagle Project

Thanks to all our fabulous friends who braved a cold, blustery day to help Howard complete his eagle project. They resurfaced the tables at the Camano Island State Park until they couldn't feel their fingers anymore.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Thanksgiving in Salt Lake

All of us (except Calvin) went to the Willard's in Salt Lake for Thanksgiving. We picked up Katie in Provo and had a belly-stuffing time for 4 days. I'm still thirsting for that Winder Dairy Egg Nog.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Howard's Busy Schedule

Since Howard Calvin has to work during the play, he isn't getting many hours of sleep in. Everytime he sits down to do something, he falls asleep. Don't forget to see "Laughing Stock" at the High School this month.

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Everyone worked hard on their own costumes this year, so I didn't do much. Marnie just needed a little hair and makeup.

Monday, October 26, 2009

A Tribute to Cecil

Cecil has left us and gone to doggy heaven. We hope he is happy there chasing bunnies and squirrels or just taking naps in the grass. He was a great dog! 2000-2009

Jackson's New Cast

Jackson chose a great Seahawks green for his latest cast. It covers two pins designed to help the growth plate repair itself in the right direction. We're trying to figure out a Halloween costume that would take advantage of the injury.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fall Spiders

It evoked screams of horror. Children went running and calling. I came with the camera and this is the picture we took. We should have added something to the picture for purposes of scale. Perhaps a quarter would have helped. Nevertheless, it was enormous, carrying around its babies on its back. Yikes!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Senior Pics

Calvin had to turn in his Senior Portrait this week, so we ran outside and took some digital pics out in the yard. He donned his flannel jacket and jumped on the log pile.

Monday, October 5, 2009

What to name them?

This is temporarily "Chimichanga," but I'm going with a name from kitties past,
"Smidgen McSmudge."

New Kitties

Oliver hides with Mom's protection.

More Kitty Pics

Marnie had a friend over this weekend and they played with the kitties in a big way. Oh, they are so cute! No! Scratchy!

The Ballerina in the Family

With a name like Kluztma, I couldn't really pretend that I would sometime in the future become a ballerina. But Marnie has no such stigma and so we proceeded to enroll her in ballet classes on the Island. Her instructor is very beautiful and speaks in pretty tones to all of the mini dancers.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

RockBand Invades

Howard and the kids saved up in their RockBand jar to finally buy the game. So far, their rhythm is pretty good. I would prefer them to use the REAL Fender by the couch. But it's better than shooting things.

Brand New Kitties

Yesterday Chuckles delivered four new kittens: two black and two orange. Too cute for words.

Friday, September 25, 2009

What Is On The Machine?

The last few quilts have been unusual in a One-of-A-Kind way. The red was done in clamshells, and the color study was meant for feathers.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Jackson Cross Country Meet

Jack's first Cross Country Meet was last week and he did a great job. Although it was fall, it was still in the 80s and refused to cool off.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Another Purse

I said I wouldn't make another one of these clothesline purses, but I was given a bag of scraps! Don't do that! It turned out more vase-like than the last one. It currently resides at the quilt shop.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Marnie's Class Presentation

Marnie had fun explaining who she is to her class. You can tell from the pictures that she wants to be a teacher when she grows up.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Marnie Paints with Mom

There is no fun like Sunprinting Fabric! Marnie was doing her own piece with me while the summer lingers on. We used Setacolor paints with leaves, marbles, and flowers. I liked hers better than my own. But kids have a heavier hand with paints, which works well in this case.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Dyeing Class

CIQ had the opportunity to host Susan Purney Mark in a dyeing class in September. We had all day to play in color, and made some amazing fabric.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Katie's New Purse

After seeing Katie's well-loved purse in tatters, I decided to make her a sling from Amy Butler's array of purse patterns. Here is Marnie showing it off before I ship it away. School starts on Monday down at BYU, so she has to have it soon!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Philmont COPE Course

I finally got the chance the do the COPE Course at Philmont. The first year I was too chicken, and the second was too full. But it was worth the wait. We did low COPE for the first two days and high elements the last day. The series was incredible. Never thought I could do that 35' up.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Construction Mess!

Our pole building construction is sure messy! The excavator has been here working to clear trees and stumps. We won't be burning due to a burn ban (and no measurable rain for 70+ days), but we can do that later. The next step is to grade the area with rocks.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Out on Lake Shoecraft

My friend Becky invited us to go swimming on the Lake with her ward's Young Women. So being over 100 degrees wasn't too bad! We swam with ducks, kayaked around the lake, and Jack lost his glasses. Not too bad!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Going to Safeco!

Paul and I went with the Turners to the Mariner game just a week out of the hospital. It was so nice to be in the warm weather and we had fabulous seats.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Quilt it up!

I cut out my dyed fabrics into a Hip-to-be-Square pattern, put it together, and quilted it this week. The gold Isacord really sets off the circles.
You can click on either picture for a close-up.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Fourth of July!

We had a fabulous time with friends on the Fourth. The early morning ward breakfast was fun and then we spent the rest of the evening on the beach. For those who liked crab, the Pehrson's found plenty, but you know me...

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy Birthday, Frazier

Celebrating his 15th Birthday on the 3rd, Frazier was a happy camper! For some reason we never have candles to put on his cake. All the other birthdays are Nov-Jan so we just don't remember. So we threw a whole bag of M&Ms instead.

My Newish Purse

I finished this big purse a few weeks ago and thought I'd post a picture. It is based on a new book about wrapping cotton clothesline. While I was teaching one night, I found loads of batik strips in the trash, so I grabbed them and started wrapping. It took about 2 days to finish, and at that rate it will be a one and only!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I'm Dyeing! Not Dying!

I've been dyeing fabric all week and am loving it! I may never buy another piece of commercial fabric. It will be so fun to start putting these together.