Sometimes I think I oughta blog almost daily. All the bits and pieces I want to share pile up into a heap that makes no sense together so I end up scrapping it all.
One of my favorite Creative Jens is Jennifer of Hope Studio. Wind chimes or an artistic pair of wine glasses used to be my go-to wedding gift, but now that I found her it'll be one of Jen's frames for future events. Starting with John's oldest daughter's wedding this coming October. The hard part, just like writing on walls around here, is just picking a quote! Jen is a really funny blogger too. I enjoy reading her posts. Today she posted her prom and high school photos. I, of course, didn't walk the traditional course of growing up so I don't have the typical photos to share. I went to four high schools in three years and finally dropped out and got married after my junior year out of sheer exhaustion from the whole teenage thing. I did attend (one of my) high school's graduation ceremony. Only as a spectator.
1976 in all it's glory. My sweet young husband looks pretty hot there! Me...well; my mother had a baby four months prior to this photo so yes, I'm wearing my 40 year old mother's hand-me-down maternity clothes. All polyester, of course. The hat? A leftover from one of my bridal attendants who skipped town the night before the wedding. truly! Hey, it gets better. Here I am the next day sitting on the front porch of my mother's new house (she's still in that house today).
Yes, I am smoking. Six months pregnant and right near a little baby (my new brother). Sorry, but there's no denying; those were the times we were in. I guess the icing on the white trash cake of my shares above would have been if I had gotten married so early because I had to (wink wink) but no, I was just tired of what my teenage life entailed and luckily a nice boy offered to be my husband while I finished growing up. It was a good 13 years. Erica is one of the two best things to come of that life we had.
I get to go see her and Brian down in Monterey for a few days tomorrow. Always so nice to spend time with these two. I love them!!
Last week you may recall we travelled down to the old homestead for a family reunion of sorts. The party hostess was a cousin I hadn't seen since I was 12. She was four years old than me. I thought she was SO COOL back then. Had just the right straight blond hair. Her Lee's jeans were cut off just right. She introduced my ears to their first taste of James Taylor! Seeing her now was like, "Hey! You look just like you only old and chubbier!" "Hey! I was thinking the same about you!" LOL. My aunt loved the piece I made her. She took it around to everyone for closer inspection and would say, "See. Jennifer knew I should have been a princess!"
Here's a cute photo I snapped of the backseat traveler's we took with us.
I laughed at how they both have that tongue-out "HUH?" look on their faces.
I want to show you a quilt I found at an estate sale while down there.
(I photoshopped out the blue painted walls because they really fight with the quilt and they're not gonna be blue much longer anyway). There are 144 squares set on point in each of twenty blocks. Each little square is just under an inch wide.
What a delectable smorgasboard of 30's prints,huh? I LOVE this quilt. I did replace the binding with some 30's repros my mom gave me as well as some vintage fabrics from my own stash. Someone in the recent past had put on a horribly ugly solid purple binding and it just had to go! I like it so much that I'm entering it in our Guild's quilt show this summer. I want as many people as possible to see it. Speaking of the quilt show, I've got my Blue Zinger all but finished.
I'm going to have to hang this somewhere that I will see it several times a day because I always see something new in it. And it makes me smile.
I just have to sew on the four-inch borders, which really sucked up the last of my selvage stash! It'll take me years to build up that variety of stash again.
I guess Sandy Klop has done five or six lines of fabric for her American Jane line now, and I love how they all just go nicely together. A seamless transition from one line to the next. Love it all!
John figured updating Internet Explorer might help out with my blog visiting grief I've been having lately. Thanks be to God it worked so I promise I'll get better about visiting you all soon!
ps: No Wednesday tutorial for this week. Have a good one!