Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend...

The three day weekend dawned with beautiful weather and lots of plans. On Saturday morning we went into Collingswood, where there was an amazing street fair with loads of vendors. It was a beautiful day to walk around and look at their wares. Jewelry, soaps, stained glass...you name it, it was there!

We wandered down one of the side alleyways, just so I could show the boss the front of this building. The entire thing is a mosaic, pieced together with bits of broken china and mirrors...it is just breathtaking. Click to embiggen so you can see the details...especially the china plates that are used to edge the flower beds!

We had lunch reservations at the Tortilla Press. They have large windows that open to the street and they were flung wide open so we could watch the crowds as they passed.

The food was fabulous...definitely worth a stop if you're ever in the area...
I had a fresh asparagus and red pepper salad (the veggies were all purchased from the farm market set up down the street!) that I...well, enjoyed thoroughly! :o)
On Sunday morning, I woke up at 5am, after not sleeping very well because my back hurt. I got up at 5:20 and at 8am headed out to work in the yard until noon. By noon I wasn't feeling well, but figured a shower would make me feel better. Not. By Sunday afternoon, my throat hurt, my whole body ached and my back was killing me. You know how first graders love to share things? Well, they shared the strep infection that's been in the classroom with me! In spite of the beautiful weekend, I spent the rest of it indoors, on the sofa, quite miserable. The doctor called in some antibiotics for me and I should be good as new by tomorrow. Thank heavens there was a Deadliest Catch marathon on Discovery Channel to keep me entertained when I was awake...I love that show! I didn't accomplish anything on my list this weekend, except for what I did in the garden. I'm missing my quilting time...definitely going through withdrawal! Maybe this week...

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sunny Saturday, Dreary Sunday...

Yesterday was a beautiful day in South Jersey. The sun was shining, it was warm and there was a slight breeze...a perfect day for an outdoor quilt show and fair. Historic Burlington City played host to over 100 quilts, which were hung from clotheslines in the streets and displayed in store fronts along High Street.

Even Ben Franklin came to visit!

The Delaware River looked beautiful...and the boss looked pretty good himself. :o)
New to the Burlington Waterfront is the Liberty Belle, a paddleboat which can be rented for parties, meetings and other events. It's a beautiful boat and was being prepared for a wedding while we were there.
The sunshine didn't carry into today unfortunately. It's been damp and dreary here, which made me want to spend the day in the kitchen. I made a pot of beef stew, cinnamon streusel muffins and even tried my hand at bagels. The bagels taste much better than they look, considering they are just a little flat. I did find out what I did wrong and will be trying again next week!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


That was then....This is now...loved the yarn, hated the sock. I'm just not a toe up kind of girl!
Hey Calvin...can I have the paper when you're done?
Guess what season it is, here in the Pinelands...
But it's also rose time, at last....

Friday, May 09, 2008

Senior Prom...

Tonight is Ellen's Senior Prom...it's hard to believe that she's about a month from graduation! We've had beautiful weather here for the last few weeks...warm and sunny. Of course, the skies opened up today and it's very cold, wet and gloomy. But I'm sure they'll have a wonderful time!

Daughter number two is off with the boss at Philadelphia's Festival Pier at an outdoor concert...they're pretty cold and wet too! But Grace tells me it's so worth it to see Panic at the Disco!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Catching up...

I'm trying to catch up with the Dear Jane group. Here are...





I still have a few more until I'm caught up!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

A Milestone...

Yep, here it is, my 300th post! I never thought I'd get here! I'd like to thank all those...never mind, let's just get to the good stuff...

The random generator told me that comment 14 was the winning comment, so congratulations to

Jana from Wyoming!!!

Please send me your address and I'll get a package of goodies off to you!

I've finished the little nine patch quilt that I'd been working, on, it's all hand quilted and bound. Another project that sat for years for no reason! Although it's made from Christmas fabric, it goes perfectly on the wall of my sewing room, so there it will live. Those nine patches were tiny, weren't they? The quilt finished at 10 inches square.
I think I'd like to make another one to put on my antique sewing machine in my family room. Theoretically, it shouldn't take too long, but then again, this one shouldn't have taken over 5 years!

I got a migraine on Thursday night, which seriously curtailed my plans for the weekend. I stayed home from work on Friday, but once I got off the couch, I did get the house cleaned and the binding on the quilt. Yesterday I wanted to sew, but couldn't concentrate on anything complicated, so I pieced backs for the two lucky stars quilt. I used about 10 yards of fabric pieces that were laying about...I love how the backs look when they're randomly pieced. Almost like a second quilt.

Not much sewing will happen today. My youngest and I are heading to the new Ruby Tuesday for lunch, then to see "Made of Honor". It should be fun!