Monday, September 15, 2014

Surviving the heat with thoughts of Halloween

Wow, what a hot weekend. Over 100° in some places. And though we're in a drought as well, I've had to soak my veggie garden as it's drying right up. Not sure if I'll have much of a summer crop for my first go-round unfortunately.

But, even though it's blazing, it IS September, and just the thought of that puts me in the mood for fall. So this weekend I finished assembling the top of my Halloween quilt. Now it's time to pick up the backing fabric and batting. Who knows? Might even have it done earlier than I predicted!

Also, about a week or two ago, I finished a boatneck sweater from a free pattern I found on Craftsy.com. Yes, that pattern was made for babies/children, but I adapted it to my size and it worked out pretty well.

At one point, we braved the heat outside and made our way up to the Hollywood Bowl for the 25th anniversary celebration of 'The Simpsons.' The orchestra played along with clips from the show, voice actors and celebrities did some live performances of our favorite songs, and the show ended with fireworks and the full Bowl cast performing 'The Bartman.' Totally worth the extra sweat.

I got a few chores done as well, but the majority of the weekend was spent in front of the fan. I actually looked forward (somewhat) to coming in to work today - Air conditioning!

Kent Brockman: And so Springfield's heat wave continues, with today's temperature exceeding the record for this date, set way back four billion years ago, when the earth was just a ball of molten lava!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

End of Summer at the Bowl

This weekend, we had the opportunity to see John Williams's conducting the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Granted, we've seen him before, but a friend scored free box tickets, so we had Garden Box seats - Seats four people with (basically) lawn chairs and large trays for food, as you're allowed to bring your own picnic yummies.

They played music from different movies, primarily Williams's scores. And, for the Star Wars themes, it was always fun to look upon the crowd with a sea of light sabers thumping to the beat.

hollywood bowl

We'll be back at the Bowl in a couple weeks for The Simpsons Take the Bowl - the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra will be playing along to scenes from the show, and with the voice actors in person! (Back to our poor man seats, though, up in the bench seats.)

Meanwhile, though it was close to 90°, I got right to work this weekend on my Halloween quilt. All dresden flowers have been assembled, most of them are stitched onto their block... until someone forced me to stop...

But a quilt isn't complete until a cat has slept on it, right? So I guess this gives me her permission to continue. My goal is to have it all assembled and quilted by the end of September so I can use it right away on Oct 1!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Laboring into the fall

Here it is. The unofficial end of summer is upon us.

Beach time, gardening, long walks, Comic Con, reading - I didn't let the summer go to waste, that's for sure. And though I've enjoyed this time, I'm sooooo looking forward to my favorite season. So much so that I've already started my seasonal projects.

  • A halloween quilt with dresdens. Only a few more to put together (though I'm running out of scraps!), sewing them to the background fabric, then assembling and quilting the blanket. Hopefully it'll be done by the end of September to it's all ready to use when I decorate.

  • Joe picked up some pistachios, and rather than letting them go to waste, I decided to make more pinecones and flowers from the shells with hot glue.

    So when do I break out the butternut squash?

  • Friday, August 22, 2014

    Pie makes everything better

    It's arrived - the last day of my staycation.

    I never ever take time off just for myself, so I finally decided to do it. Early this week, we spent time at the beach, eating out, going for walks. I also got started on my Halloween quilt and canned some peach salsa. Stayed up late, slept in late. Lovely relaxation.

    But yesterday I got notice that, because of the draught, our external hose taps in our community are being locked. So what's that mean for our garden? So a lot of time was wasted yesterday talking to the HOA office, coming up with ideas as there's only 1 key and 13 gardeners, discussing with the garden committee. It continues today, as well as getting some errands in, like an oil change.

    So I was in a bad mood yesterday as I got nothing fun or personal done that morning and afternoon. A waste. So, to make me feel better - I made pie.

    Appleberry pie

    Appleberry pie. Homemade butter crust with granny apples and mixed berries. With some french vanilla ice cream, warm pie makes all problems disappear, at least temporarily.

    Thankfully the end of my staycation isn't just ALL boring/annoying adult stuff. This weekend is also our local end-of-summer festival. Yes, it means summer is coming to a close, but it's always fun to be around screaming kids on rides, the smell of greasy food and sunscreen, and all the funnel cake you can eat!

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    Flipping over a gymnastics t-shirt quilt

    2014 Quilt #3 is complete!
    Several months ago I received the request to make a t-shirt quilt from old gymnastics tournament t-shirt. I had seen several versions of t-shirt but never made one myself. Here was my chance!


    Gymnastics t-shirt quilt
    I started by cutting out the graphics on the tees, then ironing stabilizer on the back of each to prevent the jersey fabric from stretching too much. I wanted to give this quilt a bit of a gallery look, so each graphic was given a brown frame and then a dark gray shadow.

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

    Sprucing up the garden with upcycling

    I can't believe it's been three weeks since we built our neighborhood gardens.

    And my plants are coming along nicely. All the seeds I planted have sprouted - beans, radishes, onions, carrots, and lettuce. And I've even had to thin my beans and radishes since all my seeds took. My summer squash are touting some lovely blossoms, and my tomato plants are starting to get some tiny flowers. Not bad for my first veggie garden!