Friday, February 25, 2011

My early picks

Are you watching American Idol this season?  I am, and much more diligently this year with the new judges.  I'm happy to see J Lo and Steven Tyler.  They have really stepped up so far but let's be honest, were Paula Abdul's shoes really that much to fill?

So after last night's announcement of the top 24, here are my early picks.

Casey Abrams - the bass player with the shaggy hair and beard.  He's a talented musician with enough personality to make it far.

Tim Halperin - average looking guy, pretty sure he rocked the best Beatles performance in Las Vegas while doing a duet on the keyboard and singing Something in the Way.  He's at a slight disadvantage to start because I couldn't remember for sure which was his performance.

Julie Zorrilla - the pretty one who performed the duet w/Tim and played the keyboard.  She's sounds great and is probably the best dressed female.  Very big hopes for her.

Scott McCreery - Baby lock 'em doors...yea, that guy.  I love it.

Honorable Mentions

Kendra Chantelle and Paul McDonald - they sang together in Vegas, Blackbird by the Beatles.  I'm kind of digging the duets.  Maybe Idol should add a duets week!?!

Haley Reinhart - cute, blond hair girl who sang God Bless the Child.  I'm rooting for her too.

That's it.  We'll just have to wait and see how I did.

Side note - tornado clouds in Sactown this afternoon and predictions for snow.  Brrrr...
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

More Meadowsweet

No, I didn't give up blogging.  Yes, I have been busy working on several projects including this one - my quilt using the vibrant and colorful fabric called Meadowsweet.

I discovered this quilt top pattern several months ago and have been waiting for just the right fabric to go along with it.  The patterns are large and bright and I wanted to show off the designs without getting too overwhelmed by quilt blocks.  I'm not usually the type to painstakingly lay out and cut each block for corner perfection, but this one was so simple, the corners almost line up just right.  Yay me!

Since I planned on actually quilting this project I tried to iron all of my seams in the directions opposite from the adjoining piece to avoid any chunky corners.  

After completing the quilt top and back and pinning the layers together with the batting, I was ready to quilt (or so I thought).  I forgot these little flower appliques for the front, so I had to undo and re-do my pins, but I think it'll be worth it.

Check out the quilt top hanging in the background.  It's my new "design wall".  We have recently moved  some furniture around the house so I now have a place to hang my works in progress.  It's very exciting.
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Holy Moly!

Do you think that you're an expert party planner?  Do you think you've seen the wildest children's party of all time?  Well, I challenge anyone to find a better coordinated and decorated birthday party than this.  It's uh-mazing and it's my... 

You must see these photos at Juicy-Bits

Jessica Levitt is a designer and blogger at  I first discovered her blog several months ago when researching glamping aka glamour camping.  (You can check out my rules for glamping here.)  At first I felt totally inadequate by comparison of my camp site, but after seeing her rainbows and unicorn theme birthday party, I know that she is just one crazy, creative chica. 

And while the gorgeous rainbow of photos will leave you in awe, my favorite part of the blog post is her comment "This stuff doesn't just happen, people."

Tell me you don't think that yourself after cooking a huge meal, cleaning the entire house or hosting a big dinner party.
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Sunday, February 13, 2011


Greetings!  I hope you enjoyed your weekend.  I've been working on a few projects, but mostly I've been focused on a small blanket that I will actually try to quilt!  It's been a while since I quilted anything, but I figure it's time to try my hand at it again. 

The fabric I'm using is called Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson for Michael Miller Fabrics.  The colors are bold and bright and the patterns have everything from dots and swirls to butterflies and berries.  I purchased a fat quarter bundle and have been cutting away putting together the quilt top.

P.S. - Did anyone else hate every single outfit on the red carpet at the Grammy's tonight?
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

The week so far


6 the toll for crossing the Bay Bridge between 3:00 and 7:00 pm on a weekday
4 the current losing streak for the Sacramento Kings
12 the number of Academy Award nominations for The King’s Speech
141 mph serve by Fernando Verdasco at the SAP Open last night against Rajeev Ram
0 the number of points equal to “Love” in tennis, also the number of college mascots cooler than Sammy, the UC Santa Cruz banana slug
5 the price of a movie ticket on discount Tuesdays at the theater
7 the number of National Championships won by the UCSC Men’s tennis team
15 the total point differential between the Kings and their opponents in the last 4 games
36 the number of days until the official start of Spring, or in my family, the number of days until the torture is over :)
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Monday, February 7, 2011

It's a Hoot

Well it was another spring-like weekend here in the Sacramento Valley so I was able to snap a few photos of a recently completed blanket.  This one was completed using It's a Hoot by MoMo fabrics and to me, the colors just look like Spring.

This project started with a charm pack (42 - 5" x 5" fabric squares) and some extra yardage that I picked up at Fabrics on Mill Street in Grass Valley.  To break up the simple 5 inch squares, I randomly cut each square into two pieces and paired them with a coordinating print.  I added a white sashing and a border using Aqua Owl Woods to add a little size.

When I originally set out to work with this fabric a few months ago, my pattern idea was to do a small square inside of a square.  It turned out to be too difficult for me to work with having only 5 inch squares but, coincidentally, here is a very similar blanket that was posted recently at the Moda Bake Shop.  This pattern was done using a layer cake (10 inch squares) by Cindy at Hyacinth Quilt Designs and it is beautiful.

And for those of you keeping track at home, the number of relatives visited this weekend...22.
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Saturday, February 5, 2011

My Nevada City Treat

Ice cream from Treats - Nevada City
About two weeks ago I found myself venturing the lovely town of Nevada City with a dear friend who was visiting from out of town.  The spring-like weather was around that weekend, so we took the afternoon to stroll the boutique shops, have a slow lunch and enjoy maybe the best ice cream ever.    With the abnormally warm temperatures, we wandered Broad Street in search of a cool treat, but being that it was January, most of the sweet shops weren't serving their ice cream or gelato.  Luckily, one kind soul tipped us off to the place called Treats.  Two weeks later I'm still dreaming about their delicious coffee and vanilla bean ice creams.  Mmmm

Nevada City is a treat to visit at any time of year.  I hear that Christmas time is something else there with the Victorian celebration, but I have yet to make it.  This Victorian building is actually the historic Firehouse No. 1 Museum and is the current home of the Nevada County Historical Society.

You never know what to expect as you stroll the quiet streets in the historical part of this small town.  Walk up the steep hill from Broad Street and you'll leave the Victorian details of the Firehouse Museum and stumble in to this gem.  The courthouse is a beautiful reflection of another time, but sadly, it has now been deemed "unsafe, substandard, overcrowded, and functionally deficient".  

And for no reason other than the fact that I liked this building, and to show off the eclectic nature of Nevada City, here is a photo of one more spot on Broad Street.  Can't you just imagine Santa and Mrs. Claus behind the stained glass sipping on some iced tea?

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