Hi! I think I mentioned before that I'm having a booth at The Crafty Maverick's Spring Show toward the end of April. I'm pretty happy with the productive creativity I've been able to keep going out in the studio on almost a daily basis. I hope to have some things photographed soon and share with you here. (It's all baby related items). One thing I wanted to share is a comparison of fabrics used in the same quilt pattern. I've always wanted to do an Eye Spy quilt. I thought that if I did two blocks of each fabric it would cut in half the different fabrics I'd need to find and could also be a Matching Game quilt! Here's one I did in 'boyish' fabrics.
Now, I thought the 'girls' version would be even better, as I would get to use some of my White Background/Novelty prints that Kim at True Up referred to as a potential addiction in a recent post. :-) I generally try and stick to the old saying "A true artist knows which ones to show and which ones not to" but I'm hoping someone else will learn from my mistake, so I'll show it to you.
Blech! It may be better if I were to sash it in red (as there is red in nearly every block) as opposed to the white, but...blech. I don't even have it in me to finish it off, let alone redo it. I think the only reason I haven't already thrown it away was because I wanted to share the mistake here. The 'boy' one may be the ONLY one offered at the craft sale because that last waste of time took the fun out of that quilt pattern for me!
I had round 2 at the French Macaron making process last week. I have to have a place I'm going that day in order to make them, or I seriously will eat ALL of them! This time I got much better on the size (just went over the 1.5" mark by a smidge) and got a pretty decent 'foot', too.
Can you tell what I still need work on? The filling. I keep trying to make White Chocolate Ganache and both times I've accidentally bought and used whipping cream instead of heavy cream. Tastes delish but doesn't stand up.
Kadence just barely licked the shell of one and said they weren't for her, but for Madison it was a different story!
Here she is finally slowing down on her third one in less than two minutes! I think I'll try again next week for quilt guild. I want to get good enough at them to do a tiered plate full of them in Kate's wedding colors this July. Any better suggestions for filling as opposed to a ganache?
I'm being random as usual, but I'm trying to cover the past three weeks. Here's a cute (to us) video of Madison and Sophie the dog at the beach last Sunday. It's kinda freaky how they both flop down perfectly still at my feet, then at exactly 60 seconds is UP AND AT 'EM!
Melissa saw this and nervously asked, "Uh, Mom. Aren't you letting her get pretty far away?" No...it just looks like that on the video. ;-) We rarely if ever have Madison alone, but Caleb had a couple of friends over and Melissa wanted to give them a fun day without lil sis around. It was a good day for everyone. :-)
John and I are going to take Sophie back alone (hopefully today) so I can video her playing catch. She looks just like an aerodynamic skateboard when she runs!
When I was making the macarons on Thursday I turned to watch Caleb reading aloud to me and was struck by the sweetness of this scene.
See the cat in the ray of sunshine on the table? And trusty Sophie, never far away. It's funny to hear him reading Henry Huggins, which was written in 1950. Henry had to catch over 1300 worms to earn $13. And what was really odd was that $13 is what he needed to buy a football. When a weekly allowance was a quarter? Doesn't quite add up in my mind, but it's been a fun read.
Must get up now and start this day. Hope to be back and chat with you soon!