Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Early Morning

We don't often have a sky like this -- when I came out of the house this morning I thought perhaps I'd been transported to a different state!

Sent from my iPhone  (just discovered that when I post a photo from the iphone, my words don't show up -- just the photo!  Do any of you techies know how to solve this??)

edited to add: did a little research and figured it out... a little cumbersome but not too bad!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

more miscellany

Somehow I've been out of a quilting mood lately -- maybe it's my obsession with Angry Birds or something.  So here's a few random (mostly non-quilty) things to share...
First up is a Marching Alpacas hat that I made for my sister, who lives in Tasmania and raises alpacas along with a number of other beasts.  I actually made two of these, because the first came out too small for an adult head -- it will be gifted to my youngest niece for the holidays.  (pattern free from Ravelry)  Now she tells me that the next hat should have pigs on it!
Next is true confessions of a pathetic baker: honestly, I DID grease and flour these cake pans but the layers just refused to let go!  It's a banana cake I made when my oldest nephew and his new wife came to dinner last weekend. It turned out pretty yummy anyway, and the messed up parts were hidden by blueberry jam between the layers.

I gave the newlyweds the quilt I made (shown here)  and got the strangest response -- usually when you give someone a quilt they immediately open it up and look at it.  Not these two. It was folded up, and she sort of gingerly opened one corner and folded it back, and another corner... and admired the batiks... but never looked at the whole thing!  I know she appreciates quilts because she told a story about a quilt her grandmother had made her years ago, so I don't feel bad about the gift but I still feel funny about it. I guess I just don't know her very well.
And one more California Towhee picture -- whenever we sit out on the patio they hang around keeping an eye on us and cheeping. This one looks like he's trying to be a vulture!

Saturday, August 06, 2011

chirpy weekend

In the room where I sew (otherwise known as the back bedroom) there's a futon-sofa in front of a large window that looks out at a hedge of camellia and bamboo and then the neighbor's yard. Bucky spends a lot of time sleeping on top of the back of the futon
 and a pair of annoying towhees spend a lot of time hopping around the camellia bushes and cheeping incessantly.  I love birds, I really do -- but these guys have one note and one note only, and it gets pretty tiresome! 
 Of course it would also be more interesting if they were something more than plain brown...  although they do have a tiny patch of orange under the tail, and maybe under the chin. 
 They have some beautiful cousins that are brilliant with orange breasts and black wings with white spots, but I haven't caught one with the camera yet; the spotted towhees are much more reclusive.

In quilty news... the scrap challenge Posts and Rails quilt is done:
and I have two more quilts pinned and ready for quilting!