After the girls left, Noah talked me into making a dirt race track out in the grove with his hot wheel cars. While he did his boy thing, I worked in the yard.
We have great neighbors here. I am particularly fond of my neighbors across the street, Carl and Sue. They are about the same age as my parents, and I have been close to them since moving in almost 20 years ago. They know how much I love birds, and when they are on their travels they find some pretty interesting and unusual bird related gifts to bring to me. This year they got me a solar cardinal. I put him in my bed of nasturtiums.
I have been wanting to get another small point and shoot camera so that I can pop it into my purse and have something with me all the time. I hate to miss a photo opportunity, but sometimes hauling my big Nikon is not convenient. Luckily, we found one of Erika's (many) cameras that we had gotten for her, still here along with all of the accessories. After looking closer at it, I remembered that it had some sort of problem with the shutter not opening up all of the way. Greg read the manual and found out that by removing the battery and reinserting it, this usually fixes the problem. Sure enough, it did. So I have a little point and shoot to play with now. This morning I was trying to familiarize myself with the settings. I took these of Ducey while he was in his usual mid morning spot by the big picture window in the front of the house.
I haven't even set foot in my sewing room since Christmas. I was so busy in December with orders, that now, I want to do some projects for myself that I have been postponing. My last project was an ipad case for my Mom for Christmas. In finishing it, I broke my needle in my machine, and also bungled the dimensions of this case. I made a quilted case for my ipad but my ipad is a bit larger than my Mom's, so I was trying to go a little bit smaller for a much more snug fit. I don't use patterns. I can barely decipher one. So if I ever put these in my shop, I better fine tune it. But I thought my Mom's turned out really cute. Even for a book bag or something, which is how I presented it to her for a gift. I put a book inside for her.
The bag is a light pink quilted fabric. I put some wool applique on it. And a black ruffle along the top, and
black quilted handles.
So how was that for an all over the place kind of post? December is winding down. I have a lot of ideas swirling in my head for projects to do in the new year. First though, I want to make some simple valances for my daughter Erika's new place. We were over there last night to hook up Noah's new Wii, and as I was lying on the sofa with Noah's new McQueen pillow, looking around at how cute she has it fixed up, I asked her if she was allowed to put up curtains. She said yes. I said let's do it!!!! I have an idea for something that will look really cute in there. That is my first project for the new year.
What's everyone doing for New Year's?