Well, that was a looong road trip. Thank God for TAL podcasts! I'm giving a link to it because surely I'm not the only person who wasn't aware until now? Or maybe I am. Anyway, they provided ten interesting/informtive/funny/sometimes fascinating hours in which we didn't have to think up things to talk about. On the first day we stopped and visited my aunt on the Oregon Coast. So pleasant there! On the second day we stopped halfway to that day's destination of Vashon Island, WA to visit with Monica for a couple of hours. I seriously have never seen such a perfectly cute studio in all my life. I hope we'll see pictures of it in magazines soon. Everyone should get to see it! You can get a pretty good idea here in her Flickr set. LOVE IT!! We could have chatted til midnight, I'm sure; but we had to drive another 4 hours to WA and get on the ferry and find our B&B for the night before it got too dark. We had to get up and out by 6:45 the next morning to go pick up our little prize; our newest family member; Sophie.
AWWWW! We LOVE her so much already. I've never had a new puppy, and this one just could not be better. We've only slept with her (she in a crate) for two nights, but both times she slept all night and then just slightly whimpered to go out and potty at 5 or 6am. I've wanted a cardigan corgi ever since I used to follow Alicia Paulson's blog. First she had dear Audrey, who has since passed, and late last year she got Clover. When I saw Clover as a pup I knew that was the breed for me. I was talking with a few breeders late last Fall but then decided against it at the time (too much family stuff going on). Then this past Spring it felt like it might be a good time to try it and I got lucky and found this 'accidental' breeding up in WA about 10 days after they were born. I'm sure that's the only reason I got on the list...if I'd been any later they all would've been spoken for, too. I can now see why. OH she's so sweet and smart. This is how she likes to spend as much time as possible
Lying alongside my lap. That's how she spent her first two days with us, making the long drive back home. I enjoy it because our two cats never have been very affectionate.
So now she's here and we're all happy about it.
Last week Nanette posted some pics of Heather Bailey's new fabric. Nanette is re-doing her couch with some of it. Well, I started looking online for the whole line, which I just love so much, and I found an ebay seller (her mother-in-law!) who sold me a fat quarter each of all 64 designs! Here's how it looks at my house
Here, here and here you can see better shots of the three colorways that comprise the 64 pieces. FAB YOU LOUS Ms Bailey!!(ooh! I see she's having a giveaway) That was one of my biggest impulse buys ever but don't think for a minute I'll regret it. I plan on having LOTS of fun making LOTS of stuff with these. I really do try and make most purchases locally, but as I'm sure Brenda would agree; a quilt shop just can not buy all 64 bolts of one designer, and still please all their customers, so sometimes ya just gotta go online.
Oh, here's a pretty idea to pass along to those of you who are lucky enough to have abundant hydrangeas like we do here.
This is the time of year to successfully dry them. I cut as many as I need, put them in water in the garage, and in about two weeks, long after the water has gone, they will have dried perfectly. Like paper. And the color hardly changes. I'll show you again when they're done.
Oh, and I have a pile o' neat vintage stuff for an etsy update. I've taken pictures
(this was plain blah brown til I painted and papered it) but I just need to make the time to list them.
I recently found a big box of old wood letters. They're about 8 inches high and nearly an inch thick. I put some together as words and will sell the rest individually. I promise I'll make the time to list them soon and will post here when I do.
Yikes. Out of time! Hopefully this big linky post will suffice for the whole week if I don't make it back? Cheers.