Saturday, April 23, 2016

Quilt Finish

I finished another quilt that was made for a shop sample at my local quilt shop.  I actually finished it a couple of weeks ago, and delivered it to the shop.  The photos I took were all bad.  The colors of the quilt are very muted, and it didn't photograph well outside.  The photo the shop owners posted to their webpage shows it much better than any of the photos I took.
The pattern is available on Moda Bake Shop website for free.  The shop in town, Sewn Together, is selling kits with all of the fabric needed to make this quilt.  Diane, one of the shop owners did a beautiful job with her machine quilting on it.

There was a lot of point matching in this quilt.  I do like it, but these are not the colors that I naturally gravitate towards.  However, I think it is pretty, and very Spring/Summer like.

It was my intention to do a no bulk binding tutorial when I put the binding on this, but I completely forgot.  I will do one soon.

This quilt went together much quicker than the first one I did.  No applique on this one.  Just piecing, lots of piecing.  It has a nice scrappy look to it. 
When it is displayed horizontally, the design in negative space, shows X's.   When it is displayed vertically, the negative space shows more of a chain effect.  Fun pattern.
If you are local to the Corona/Norco area, go to Sewn Together and check out this fun pattern.
Lots, lots, lots going on here.  I am trying to get back into the swing of blogging.  But it may be a bit.
XO  Kris

Monday, April 11, 2016

Maiden Voyage In Our New Trailer

Well, we had our first trip in the new trailer, and I am happy to report that all went smoothly.  We were off like a herd of turtles at about 5:00 PM on Friday night.  Arriving at our destination less than an hour later. 
The only little hiccup of the weekend was with the first site that they assigned us.  We pulled up.  I got out to wave him in smoothly.  But, there was no way we were going to fit. We had to go back to the main office and have a new site assigned.  A larger, more expensive site of course, but it worked out perfectly.   My brother David and sister in love, Glenda, were already there waiting for  us.  They had not seen our trailer yet, and it was fun that they came down to share in our excitement.  They even brought us Sprinkles Cupcakes!!!   They had already eaten dinner, so didn't stay too long.  We grilled up some hot dogs for an easy dinner, and then went inside for the night.

Our middle daughter Erika and grandson Noah came along for the first night.  We got all settled in, trying out the shower, and making up beds, and everything seemed to work just perfectly. 
The next morning Greg made our coffee for us at the outdoor kitchen, using our favorite camp pot.  The kind that perks.  Oh how good it tasted. 
Bright and early, we had a visitor.  My nephew Chad.  He stayed for most of the day, and even though we did have some light rain off and on, we all had such a good time.  There was a rousing game of Uno under the awning.
 We had Mimosa's, and toasted to many good times ahead.
Erika and Noah and I went down to the community center to participate in one of their scheduled crafts.  We made chalk salt candles. 
It looks like sand.  I had never heard of such a thing as this before.  But it was so clever, and so much fun!  They had buckets of salt on the table, and each person had a paper plate, and there were many containers of sidewalk chalk to choose from.  We had our choice of two different shapes of glasses to use.  They were actually plastic.  You scoop a little salt onto your plate, and then take a color of chalk you want to make, and then begin to rub it over the grains of salt, until all salt is colored to desired shade.

Pour your colored salt into cup, and then make another color.  It was simple, and fun.  I thought it was very clever too.  When our cups were full to the top, we took it to the young people who were doing the class, and they sealed the salt with a thick layer of hot glue, placing a tea lite candle down in the center.  The glue keeps the salt from spilling out, and the tea lite can be replaced when it has burned down.

We lit them that night for dinner outside on the picnic table. 
 Aren't they so pretty!!!  What a great craft to do with your little ones.  And big ones too! 
Later on that day, Erika and Noah went down onto the beach where they were doing tie dye Tee shirts.  They each did one for themselves, and one for Geeps.  They turned out darling!  I wish I had made one too.  I did not get many photos this weekend.  I wish I had been better about that. 
Later that evening, we had a big dinner of fresh ahi steaks that my brother David caught on a recent fishing trip way out in the ocean.  Greg grilled them on our new Smokey Joe, and I steamed some fresh veggies, and made a Caesar's Salad.  I had also made a big pot of chili earlier in the day, so we had that too.  I think I caught Gregger's with a tester of ahi in his mouth.
That night, our son Drew and his girlfriend Christine came out for dinner.  We dined al fresco, under the canopy of clouds in the sky.  It was delightful! 
Eri and Noah went back home after dinner.  Drew and Christine hung around at camp with us.  We toasted some marshmallows and had S'more's.
After Drew and Christine left, we went inside and had nice hot showers, and then watched The Martian inside the trailer.  Well, we may have both fallen asleep about midway through, but we started to watch it.  It was good!  The bed in the trailer is so comfy.  I am not a good sleeper, anywhere.  Not at home, and certainly not away from home.  But I slept very well both nights in our new camp bed. 
It rained HARD in the night.  It woke us up at about 3:00 in the morning.  The next day was a bit muddy at camp!  We cooked breakfast outside in the outdoor kitchen.  Pancakes, bacon, sausage and farm fresh eggs.  I had squeezed fresh OJ and brought it from home.

I took over when it was time for the pancakes.  Or pannycakes, as our family calls them. 
Not a flattering photo, but oh my gosh, I see photos of myself, and boy do I need to lose weight!  And that hair.  Ugh...I think I hate it.  It was so attractive on my Dad.  But I feel like I am 100 years old with white hair!  I also have a skin condition called vitiligo.  My Dad had it too.  Both of us getting it at about 50.  The pigment is leaving my skin everywhere.  It has begun to spread across my face, starting at my forehead, and dripping downward, revealing a white and pink blotchy face.  I know that there are many things far worse that I could have.  And for that I am grateful.  But I feel like it leaves me looking lifeless.  And with the white hair too, I feel OLD!!!!
I brought my knitting, but only took it out of the bag one time, knitting only a couple of rows.  We were just so busy!
We had an absolute ball.  Fitting a whole lot into a weekend.  We also rode a 4 man bike (Surry?) for an hour.  My legs and fanny were screaming!!! 
And Geeps made us all some home made popcorn on Saturday afternoon as well.   So, for our first trip out, it was an A plus!!!! 
We got home, unloaded it, washed it, and put it away until next time.  We are shooting for a weekend away a month.  And then in the summer, probably a lot more weekends at Big Bear, as well as our week long vacation there.  We snuck a few minutes in every once in a while to watch The Masters while we were cleaning. 
A great weekend was  had by all!!!  We can't wait to go again!
Happy Trails........................................
PS Marsha Brown, you asked what we tow the trailer with.  I have a 2004 GMC Yukon Denali.  I love this car. I wish we did have more towing capacity, but we were not willing to also purchase a new car to do so.  When this car expires, I intend to get another one! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Our New Vacation Home.............On Wheels!

Good morning!  We are having some beautiful Spring weather here.  But the weather forecast says rain is coming!  We are off to the beach for a few days, in our new vacation home......on wheels! 
Greg and I have been talking about getting a trailer for a couple of years.  But for the past month, we have been spending every weekend seriously looking for one to suit our needs.  And we found it! 
We started off looking at used.  And we found some really nice ones.  But truth be told, there is just no comparison to the incredible use of space with the new ones we saw.  We ach had our own list of desires, and must haves.  We also had some limitations, as far as the weight our vehicle will tow and such.  Greg wanted smallish, so that we could easily maneuver into spaces anywhere we go.  I knew that at the top of my list, was to have at least one slide out.  And I had hoped for some extra sleeping for when we had our grandkids with us.  But we had to give up some wants, due to weight restrictions.  Ultimately, we were able to get exactly what each of us wanted, all rolled into one brand new trailer!  We couldn't be more thrilled!
One of  the things that was also important to me, was to have something that I felt like I could manage on my own.  Not to tow, but something that I could operate all alone, if Greg was not there with me.  We want to be able to take it to our beloved Big Bear, and spend time together, but also, we want to leave it there sometimes, and when he has to go back home to work, I can stay.  Sometimes with my Mom, or the kids, or even alone.  I want to be able to operate all of the features.  The awning and slide are all operated by the push of a button.  That couldn't be easier.  But all of it is easy to run.
Come on in and have a look.
The awning is not extended out all of the way because the trailer is close to the roof line of our house.  But when it is, none of those arms will be in the way and at risk to  bump your head when walking by.
I wanted a corner sink, because I think it allows for more counter space.  I also wanted a single sink.  I hate those two tiny divided spaces that lots of RV's have.  You can't even wash a pan. You can see how much more space the slide gives.  It really makes all the difference in the world!  The seating area is a booth, with cushions all the way around in a U shape. And when needed, it makes into a bed as well.  The table is removable, and can be used anywhere you want it.  At the kitchen if more space is needed, as well as lowered to use as a coffee table in front of the sofa.  The seating area has cupboards underneath it.  Each one has a pull out bin for storage, so that you don't have to crawl inside to find things.
The little kitchen has everything I will need to cook in, just in miniature form.
Oven, three burner stove top, little microwave, and more than adequate cupboard space.  In this cupboard I will keep my pots and pans, and serving bowls and larger things I will need in the kitchen.
 And in this side, the pantry items.
In the Jayco, the refrigerators are 30% larger.  I love that.  We always travel with lots of good food to eat!

Here is that nice big sink.
There is a small entertainment center too.  A telly, and DVD player, CD player, and stereo with speakers throughout trailer.   The telly is small, but it has a great picture. 
Seating area.  I put a small ottoman cube from my sewing here for a place to rest your feet.  But I am going to get another one that matches the sofa, and we can use it for storage too.
The feature that Greg loved, and I did not, on this model, was the Murphy Bed.  I thought the mattress would be flimsy, and the space would be poor.  And I also thought the sofa would be uncomfortable.  But I was wrong.  During the day time, we have the seating of the sofa, and at night, that wall behind the sofa, pulls down and it becomes our bed.  The mattress is a full size Queen pillow top.  Very comfy.  And I forgot to pull the bed down and take a photo!  The sofa jackknifes down, in one quick pull, and bed comes down. There is a privacy curtain if needed.  There is a small cupboard on either side, with a rod to hang things, and a divided space for shoes and such.  Each side has a small shelf for water and phone.  Each side also has a plug in, and one side, a USB port. 
The bathroom on this model is huge by RV standards!  I love it! 
I prefer to have the sink, shower and commode all in the same room.  On some models, the sink is located across room, and divided by a separate door.  I don't care for that.  I also loved that this shower has glass doors!  No wet shower curtain sticking to your legs in a shower you can hardly turn around in.

The commode is ceramic, not plastic, and there is a huge cupboard in there. 
This is where we will be hanging most of our clothes.  I will put a set of those plastic stacking drawers in there for our shirts and socks and things. 
Well, I think we covered everything, from head to toe.  One more small feature we liked, was the  little mini kitchen on the outside, with a two burner stove, counter top, and mini fridge  We always do a lot of cooking outdoors when we camp, so this will get used a LOT!
There is also another outlet here for plugging in a toaster....or blender...or whatever.  The outside of the coach also has a mount for putting a telly on so you can watch that big game out under the awning.  And on the other side, there is an outdoor shower, complete with hot and cold water.  I can see using that for sandy feet when we camp at the beach.
So, if you are in the market for a new RV, I can  highly recommend the Jayco White Hawk.  We bought it at Richardson's RV in Riverside, and had the most exceptional service.  Skip was our salesman, and he was informative without being the least bit  hard sell!  We visited several places, and this was by far and away the best!!!!
Let the fun begin!!!!!
Happy Trails........
XO  Kris

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Easter

Greetings!  I have a few quick pictures to share.  We had a lovely Easter Sunday at my Mom's house.
As always, the food was terrific.  We all bring different things, and have it pot luck style.  Our family is too big for the sit down meal!!
My baby brother requested that I make the Bunny Cake.  And I was happy to oblige.
I noticed while getting the dinner together, that the cake, which was sitting on the counter in the kitchen, was missing a piece. 
Then, just a while later, it was also missing an entire ear!  Hmmmmm.  Who could that be?
I think it may have been baby brother? 
Before we left, I had made up some Easter baskets and things for my family.  I made some embroidered hand towels, and thought they were cute.  The lop ear bunny was for Mom.
I made an Easter basket of fresh oranges for my brother and sister in love. 
I stitched out a Spring finger tip towel for her. 
The grand kids all got a little basket too.
They had a fun Easter Egg hunt at Mom's house.
My three babies.
My son Drew, big brother Dave, and nephew Chad.
My handsome hubby.
We had a really nice day.  Thanks Mom!!!
The baby chicks all went to their forever home on Tuesday.  Sunday night, after getting home from my Mom's, the entire family next door came to see them. 
 Noah and the little girl up the street saying goodbye.

A co worker of Greg's took them.  Goodbye little Chicklets.  I will miss you.  And I will never forget my first experience with incubating and hatching our very own chicks!!!
XO  Kris