Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hello to a Friend...

I'm home after a long day at work, enjoying a glass of wine while checking on my blog roll and listening to the news. There was a post from Laura, of Sew at Sea, who we haven't heard from in quite some time. It brought me such joy to hear from her and get a brief update! Plus a great selfie of Wilbur, her beloved pit bull. It got me thinking about the friendships I've made through blogging and how we pass in and out of each other's lives. I used to blog all the time. Now if I get a post off once a month I feel like I've accomplished something. Some day I may have the time to blog more regularly, but until that time I appreciate a quick drive by from the people I have met through our mutual interests. I wish you all well in your journey, and may our paths cross again soon.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Farewell to a Friend...

We said goodbye to a friend this weekend. Two, if you count Peanut, but we may see him again, or at least one of his buddies.  We went to a memorial service yesterday for Kyle Thomas, a young man we came to know through our snowmobile club. Sadly he was caught in an avalanch last Sunday on Paulina peak. He was a live out loud kind of guy, with an infectious smile and a no fear attitude. And one helluva snowmobile rider. He also was an amazing single father to a little girl. He will be missed by a lot of people.
I mentioned Peanut. A couple months ago Tom rescued a little nuthatch who couldn't fly. He lived for a week in a box in the bathroom, and since he made it that long, we decided to get him a cage to rehabilitate him. Today we set him free, and it was heartwarming to see the other nuthatches stay with him as he looked for food. Last we saw him, he was up a tree. Here's Peanut a few weeks ago:
The sun came out to play, so we took a little ride on the quads out back. I am still learning, but my
time on the snowmobile helped and I am a little more comfortable riding than I was before. I also
spent some quality time in the studio this weekend, finishing Simplicity 0229, a vintage peplum top
that I cut out last summer:

Lastly, here is a picture that completes my studio...Iron man/Bob the Builder graces my wall over the ironing board 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Back in Business

The sewing studio is coming together nicely! The work tables are in, the machines are in place and Tom mounted my birthday present today... A new TV to keep me entertained while I create.
I did a lot of organizing, dancing and even sewed a bit on a skirt I cut out last summer. Tomorrow is a serious day of sewing before the work week begins again.
So how's your weekend been?

Friday, March 7, 2014

Drive by

Just a quick drive by. Life has been incredibly hectic, but busy is good! The sewing studio is under renovation right now. Tom has ripped out the carpet and will lay the laminate flooring once we get some more paint to finish where the molding will drop down. (The carpet sat higher than the laminate will) I have several projects in line, but since I haven't had time to sew, I've been feverishly knitting scarves for our Relay for Life and ALS walk fundraisers. The girls just sold out of the Duck and Beaver stockpile I gave them, so the needles are flying again! (It's an Oregon thing!)  We have a big snowmobile ride tomorrow and Sunday is the sportsmen's show (AKA the best date ever!) Work is super busy with some exciting new projects happening. And the most exciting news of all? A new grandson will be arriving this summer and we're going to Texas to meet him! I really miss the kids and especially Colt-Colt! I suppose we will have to drop it to one Colt eventually, but for now, that's what he calls himself...or Ironman! Well, better go hop in the shower...almost time to go make the doughnuts! TGIF!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

I Sewed!

I finished 3 McCall's 6844 view B cardigans this weekend. If I weren't so comfortable sitting on the couch watching curling, I might get up and take a picture. Nah, not happening! It's amazing how different you can make the same pattern with different fabrics! The cardi I'm currently wearing is a rich plum rib knit. Very stretchy...I had to adjust the differential feed on the serger to keep it from stretching. The other two were made with nice pontes that were part of a Fabric Mart mystery box. I love those! The stability of the ponte make them more jacket-like.  One is a beautiful textured coral, which matches a scrub top I seldom wear, so I may wear it more, and it will be nice come Spring. The other is a zebra like print and will look fabulous with a black pair of pants. Already 4 makes from this pattern...I'd call that a winner!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


It's been raining hard all night! Sheesh! I feel like I'm back in Portland! Rain + Snow = Big sloppy mess! Oh well! Long day at work today and then fun with friends from out of town! Better get to it!
P.S. No sewing on the cardis yet, but I've been knitting ruffle scarves at breakneck speed!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Snow Day

This week we got an impressive snow dump! That made for an absolute fantastic ride today! (We worked to clear snow around the house yesterday) I am gaining more confidence and didn't get stuck once! We stopped for lunch at Paulina lodge and I received a text from our daughter asking where we were. I took a picture for her, as Paulina is where we drug her every year on vacation. (Not a favorite for our world traveler).

I did manage to get some sewing time yesterday after shoveling snow. I cut out 3 McCall's 6844 cardigans. I think they will go together quickly when I get some machine time...maybe next weekend. We have a night ride, so maybe in the morning. Now to watch some Olympics and knitting. How was your weekend?